This 6×52 stick offers a dark chocolate oily wrapper with small veins, invisible seams, a very even crushed velvet texture with a slight spongy give and a rich oily chocolaty tobacco aroma. First light revels (more…)
This 6×54 stick offers a soft dark brown wrapper with minimal veins, good seams, a very firm tight construction and a few patches, with an even double cap, putting off a slight barnyard aroma. First light reveals a very easy draw, minimal smoke production and mild flavors of a slightly sweet grass and earth with a tiny bit of pepper on the finish. The first third develops to a slightly sweet mild creamy leather with a clean short finish. The draw is still very loose and the burn has a bit of a problem, prompting periodic touch-ups. 35 min in to the 1/2 way point there are few changes, with only the leather and cream dying down. Ending at 1:10 the last third was the same flavor wise although the smoke output increased and the burn finally evened out. Thank you very much to swagcigars.com for sending this sample for review!
This 4.5×60 perfecto offers a very oily dark chocolate wrapper with very firm construction, minimal veins and a very small cap & shoulder that gave me a bit of trouble cutting as far as unraveling. Draw was very firm, almost plugged, offering little smoke output and somewhat muted flavors. What did come out of it were (more…)
This 6.5×54 stick offered a loose bound foot with no wrapper on the last inch or so, and came in a cedar sleeve. It gave some interesting flavors directly after the light, with a very loose draw that came up to a normal resistance once the burn point hit the full wrapper section. Flavor was medium bodied offering a mild complexity of smooth and rich wood, hints of sweetness and pepper at points. Burn was good, needing a couple minor touch-ups and the draw was on the loose side overall. The finish changed from the first half to the last, getting shorter and cleaner as it went. Thank you very much to Tinderbox.com for generously donating this stick for review!
This large 6×60 stick offered rugged construction with minor burn issues needing a couple touch-ups giving lots of smooth smoke and a good draw slighly on the loose side. It was mild-medium at most, offering wood flavors with a touch of nuts and sweetness at a few points, with a short, dry finish. Thank you very much to Cuban Crafters for donating this stick for review!
This very nice box pressed 6×50 dark chocolate stick offered a great light tobacco pre-light aroma. The flavors changed constantly to the 1/2 way point, offering woodiness, nuts, cream flavor and texture. A slight pepper heat was present on the top of (more…)
This dense, pressed 5×56 stick offers a nice blend of flavors, comprised of a chocolate nuttiness with a touch of pepper on the draw and short finish. The draw is on the firm side, and it needed quick double puffs to get any smoke and flavor out. It had burn issues all the way down, requiring multiple touch-ups. Overall a medium bodied experience worth trying if you get a good deal on them.
A large 7.2×49 stick that offered good promise from the start with a strong medium-full bodied leather flavor and great pepper zing, followed by a long pepper and spice finish. By the 2nd half it mellowed to medium losing the leather and most of the spice bringing a smooth nutty flavor. Unfortunately the remainder of the smoke was marred by a very bad burn requiring touch-ups and a relight, ruining the flavors by the band.