EDIT: Congratulations ARM and djwilmot – you both tied so I’ll split the pot to you both!
Time to vote up your favorite ideas! I have a few hundred cigar bands I’ll be giving away, all you readers have to do is vote for your favorite idea, and that person gets um all! The vote will close in one week. Entrants – spread the word if you want more votes! The sharing buttons below are a great easy way…
Welcome to the 3rd Themed Photo Contest Vote! The prize for this round will be custom 5 stick sampler of premium Padron Cigars sponsored by TrueTobacco.com!! The theme this time is SMOKE so please voters, bear this in mind when selecting your favorites. Viewers, please simply (more…)
EDIT: Entry 1 has been disqualified for using multiple fake accounts to try and rig the vote.
Welcome to the 2nd Themed Photo Contest Vote! This time around the lucky winner will receive a box of Flores y Rodriguez cigars, courtesy of me! The theme this time is water so please voters, bear this in mind when selecting your favorites. Viewers, please simply (more…)
My apologies, I got sidetracked today and simply forgot to put this up earlier. So, the voting will run an extra day to makeup, ending at midnight Monday, and the next contest starting Tuesday. I’ll give you a head start on the next one, it’ll be the theme : Water.
OK now on to the vote – we have some awesome entries this go around! Viewers, please simply (more…)
This 7×52 cigar sports an oily velvet dark brown sungrown wrapper with a slight red hue, triple cap, minimal veins, smooth tight seams and rich sweet earth aroma. First light reveals a very snug draw producing minimal smoke with medium bodied flavors of a smooth sweet earth much like it’s aroma. The first third shows much the same, only adding a bit of pepper to the draw flavors. It has a good bit of strength to it but certainly no full body as it’s marketed. The finish is long but subtle without and pepper or spice. 45 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors remained unchanged. Just over 1 hour in flavors finally shift a bit but require a double puff to really bring them out. They have transitioned to a soft creamy nuttiness followed by a soft oily earth. 1:25 minutes in after two touch-ups and a re-light the cigar is unfortunately out once again and I don’t care to try and continue it. Clearly this one just had severe construction issues. Thank you very much to viewer Darin Mohr for generously providing this for review!
This 7.5×50 stick comes wrapped in a very dry and soft squishy light tan leaf, with minimal veins, invisible seams and a slightly soapy aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw giving medium bodied flavors of a rich creamy oily wood, with a thick chewy mouthfeel and long finish. The first third ups the flavors to include a slight sweetness and nuts, also taking it to a medium-full body – very satisfying flavors and quite surprising to me, for a connecticut! The 2nd third drops the wood and brings up the creamy nut flavors. The ash is holding less than an inch at a time. Ending at 1:15 minutes, the last third showed no further changes, proving the cigar to be quite consistent all the way down. Thank you very much to DiFazioCigars.com for providing this sample for review!
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 full bodied flavors of a sily smooth chewy thick smoke, though not a lot of it. Flavors are a deep earth, chocolate and mild pepper zing through the long finish. Draw is perfect with just a bit of resistance. The first third gives solid medium body flavors of a super thick and rich dry aged tobacco with a touch of a sweet chocolate and pepper. 20 minutes in I encountered a strange burn problem, with a tiny shaft burning through the center of the cigar, and 1/2 of the stick getting very hot and mushy. It stopped putting out smoke yet continued to burn. After spending 10 minutes correcting the burn, manually lighting 1/2″ of wrapper and getting through a section that seemed to be rolled with a tube down the center, it is back to burning correctly. 40 min in at the 1/2 way point, flavors returned to a medium-full body treat of rich creamy milk chocolate, a slightly sweet eart and smooth tobacco with a touch of pepper and long smooth finish. 1:15 in at the band point the burn has slowed significantly flavors have changed to a creamy textured, smooth slightly sweet earth with a long earth and pepper finish. I have given it a couple minor touchups, but overall performance is good. Ending at 1:40 min where it got hot probably due to the touch-ups near the end, I ended it as flavors got a bit warm and washed out. If this hadn’t of had the burn issues it would be pushing the two hour mark easily, as I burned off more than an inch correcting the burn. Thank you very much to viewer Jonathan Novatt for generously sending this in for review, I greatly appreciate it!
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 6.5×53 stick offers a medium brown dry wrapper with tight seams, a smooth firm feel and minimal veins with a slight barnyard aroma. First light reveals very smooth and creamy slightly sweet tobacco, a perfect draw and plenty of rich smoke. The first third ups the smoke production to a medium bodied thick and rich smoke, with very smooth creamy earthy and tabacco flavors with a long smooth finish. 25 min in at the 1/2 way point the only change is the sweetness bringing a slight licorice flavor. The burn is almost razor sharp and the ash is holding a solid 2″ at a time. 45 min in just past the band, the last third holds the same draw flavors adding an earthy finish that gets a bit longer than the start of the stick. Thank you very much to Joyas De Panama for sending this sample for review, I greatly appreciate it!
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 very nice notes of cream, light tobacco, sweetness and a hint of pepper with a very short clean finish on the first third. The center section required two touch-ups and changed to a very light sweet leather. Getting to the last third the draw suddenly opened up, producing tons of rich creamy smoke, a creamy earthy leather and a good pepper zing. The center section was obviously not constructed properly. Thank you very much to Jeremie Plouffe for sending this sample in for review!
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!