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Jun 28

Carlos Torano Signature Toro Cigar Review

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

 

Carlos Torano Signature Toro Cigar Review

This dark black 6×50 maduro stick features small veins, tight seams, minor imperfections such as outer cracks and holes, a firm, lumpy pack, rough paper texture, slight oil sheen and mild manure aroma. First light reveals a very snug draw putting off an ok amount of smoke with mild bodied flavors of a slightly sweet earth with a short clean finish. The first third brings the body up to medium and improves the draw, producing much better amounts of smoke. Flavors are a wet earth with a bit of sweetness like a butterscotch, which quickly gives way to a black pepper taste on the longer finish. 40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point, draw had opened up to normal, burn was great, and body was up to medium-full. Flavors had dropped the sweetness, just going to a deep creamy and peppery earth with a very oily mouthfeel. Ending at 1:15 min the last third showed no further changes. Thank you very much to viewer Jeff Oda for providing me this for review!

Jun 7

Illusione Epernay Le Petite Cigar Review

Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

 

Illusione Epernay Le Petite Cigar Review

This 4.5×44 sungrown stick offers a dark brown satin wrapper with slight tooth and oil sheen, very firm construction, a triple cap, small veins, tight seams and a very mild chocolate aroma. First light reveals (more…)

Jun 5

Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo Cigar Review

Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo Cigar Review

This 6.5×52 box pressed torpedo features a dark brown oval pressed wrapper with a slight spongy give, faint red hue and soft velvet feel with a rich barnyard aroma. First light reveals (more…)

May 14

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Belicoso Cigar Review

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Belicoso Cigar Review

This 5.75×52 torpedo shaped dark chocolate stick features a soft sily texture with minimal veins, invisible seams, an even slightly spongy give and slight barnyard aroma. First light reveals a big peppery tobacco taste, rich smooth and creamy textured with a perfect draw and plentiful thick smoke output. The first third goes mostly to a dry peppery tobacco, needing a slight touchup but otherwise burning very well and very slow. The ash is a bit flaky, so watch it if you in the car or whatnot. 1 hour in at the 1/2 way point, flavors remain unchanged. Ending at 1:25 the last bit added a tiny bit of cocoa but for the most part was very consistent with the first part of the cigar. Strength wise it did sneak up on me, I really felt it for 15 minutes after I was done with the smoke. Thank you very much to Jeremie Plouffe for generously sending this in!

Apr 29

Di Fazio Picoso Churchill Cigar Review

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Di Fazio Picoso Churchill Cigar Review

This 7.5×50 stick features a dark brown wrapper with small veins, minor imperfections and stretches, tight seams, a spongy give and soapy aroma. First light reveals a nice easy draw with plenty of medium-full body smoke giving peppery tobacco flavors with a big pepper and spice finish. The first third brings a medium body with creamy oily tobacco flavor, and a bit of spice through the finish but not nearly as much as the first light. it does leave a nice tingle on the lips though. The ash is fairly loose, dropping at just less than an inch. The half way point comes and goes at the 1 hour mark with no changes. Ending at 1:30 where it began to get too warm for my taste, the whole stick proved to be very consistent in flavors and performance. Thank you very much to DiFazioCIgars.com for sending this for review!

Apr 27

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Best Seller Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Best Seller Cigar Review

This 4.5×43-55 perfecto stick offers a dark brown paper bag like color with an oily, firm wrapper showing minimal veins, tight seams and a generous double cap with a cedar and tobacco aroma. First light reveals (more…)

Apr 23

El Primer Mundo Rosado Oscuro Perfecto Cigar Review

Posted on Saturday, April 23, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

El Primer Mundo Rosado Oscuro Perfecto Cigar Review

This 6×54 stick features a perfecto shape – like a torpedo at both ends. It’s definitely hand made, with slightly uneven construction in the roll although the pack feels firm and even. It has a good heft in the hand, minimal veins, invisible seams and a dark brown wrapper with a very soft tobacco aroma, a very nice humidor smell. First light reveals unfortunately a completely plugged cigar. It felt like there was a solid plug near the head, and it took a couple minutes of working it with my fingertips to loosen it up and be able to draw anything though. The first third produces thick almost chewy smoke with oily, rich smooth creamy tobacco flavors. A sweetness and pepper come on the end of the draw and carry through on the short finish, leaving just a pepper zing. 15 minutes in the flavors shift to a creamy sweet nuttiness, keeping the peppery finish. The second third holds the same flavors, hitting the 1/2 way point at the 40 minute mark. Near the end of the 2nd third the cigar completely went out all of a sudden, with a 1/2″ hard and burned section that had to be burned and tapped off to relight. The last third takes on a deeper earthiness replacing the nut flavors. Ending at 1:10, the last third showed no further changes, although the wrapper near the band point had begun to unravel. Obviously this stick had some construction issues throughout.

Apr 21

Capoeira Aluno Cigar Review

Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Capoeira Aluno Cigar Review

This 5.5×46 maduro stick features a tightly packed, firm dark brown wrapper, some small and medium veins, tight seams, a very oily sheen with a soft toothless feel and a cocoa powder aroma. First light reveals very unique flavors! Medium bodied it gives an oily, VERY chewy, slightly salty and meaty taste, with an earth core. The finish has some pepper but no zing or spice kick. The first third continues with all the same qualities, ramping up the body to full. The draw is perfect, smoke output is huge and the burn is very good. 25 minutes in the 2nd third shows no further changes, just continuing with a full on flavor assault forcing me to slow down a bit, taking no more than 2 draws per minute. 50 minutes in by the start of the last third, no flavor changes had occurred but the strength was creeping up. Ending at 1:05 where it got too hot for my taste, the whole stick proved to be very consistant in blend with no further changes. A big thanks goes out to viewer ‘megladon8′ for sending me this to review!

Mar 26

Old Henry Gold label Belicoso Cigar Review

Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Old Henry Gold label Belicoso Cigar Review

This 5.5×52 torpedo shaped Connecticut stick offers a very soft medium tan wrapper wit minimal veins, tight seams and a slightly sweet soft tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, great smoke output, on the tick side. Flavors are a mild-medium (more…)

Mar 24

Di Fazio Double Robust Maduro Cigar Review

Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Di Fazio Double Robust Maduro Cigar Review

This 5×60 stick offers a jet black, firm thick wrapper with small veins, tight seams, oily look and feel with a soft tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, tons of thick rich smoke giving flavors of a slightly sweet and creamy leather with smooth tobacco and a small kick of spice heat. The first third develops to a smooth slightly sweet earth with a long but muted finsh, giving medium-full body and an oily mouthfeel that really makes your mouth water. The 2nd third shows little change, overall this a very consistent stick. Body is down to a medium and a creamy leather sneaks in every once and a while. Ending at 1:20 with an inch to go where it got hot, flavors had a bit of an oily nut to them for the last 30 min of the smoke. Thank you very much to DiFazioCigars.com for supplying this for review!

Mar 22

Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro Medius 6 Cigar Review

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro Medius 6 Cigar Review

This 6×52 dark chocolate stick offers thick and stiff construction with minimal veins, invisible seams, a rich oily wrapper and a soft sweet tobacco aroma. First light reveals a very snug almost unsmokeable draw, minimal smoke output and medium bodied flavors of a very earthy black pepper with a deep finish. Rolling the stick gently I loosened up a bit of a plug near the band which opened the draw significantly. Still on the firm side it smokes fine with good output giving medium body flavors of a rich, oily and creamy earthy chocolate with black pepper especially on the long finish. 30 minutes in at the start of the 2nd third, flavors added a bit more chocolate and a touch of sweetness. This stick likes 2 quicker puffs rather than a long slow draw to keep the thick wrapper burning normally. 55 min in at the 1/2 way point flavors changed to a deep earthy oily coffee, with a good bit of strength kick to it, yet only medium body flavors. I’m surprised how slowly it’s burning considering how often it needs to be drawn. Ending at 1:30 where it began to get too warm for my taste, the last third transitioned to just a deep earthy tobacco with a very heavy aftertaste. Strength was near full certainly much more strength than body flavor. A big thank you goes out to viewer Jonathan Novatt for sending in this fine sample for review!

Mar 20

Cigari Maduro Robusto Cigar Review

Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Cigari Maduro Robusto Cigar Review

This 5×50 dark chocolate stick offers a firm, rough satin finish with tight constructions, minimal veins, invisible seams and a chocolate and hay aroma. First light reveals a very snug draw, medium bodied flavors of a sweet tobacco with minimal smoke output and a short clean finish. The first third opens the draw a bit to a firm but smokable amount, giving the same slightly sweet tobacco taste. 30 min in at the 1/2 way point the only shift is to a creamier smoke, not exactly smooth but not harsh by any means. Ending at 50 min where it got very snug and warm, there were no further changes to the cigar at all. Overall a very consistent, good performing smoke. Thank you very much to Cigari Cigars for generously providing this sample for review!