This 4 5/8×42 cigar features a dark brown satin wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, a nice triple cap and rich oily tobacco aroma. First light reveals a very tight draw but with good smoke production. Flavors are medium-full bodied giving a thick and chewy leather with an earthy pepper finish. The first third shows much the same flavors, dropping the body to a medium and the smoke is a bit less thick. Burn is excellent and the draw is still very tight. 30 minutes in at the 1/2 way point I clip it once again to try and open up the draw to no avail. It’s still very tight and quite difficult to draw and smoke, but it’s still putting off good smoke and flavors. Ending at 45 minutes the last bit showed no further changes. Thank you very much to Tyson Hockstaff for sending this in for review, and a big shout out to the Sailors of VRC-30 in Japan!
This 5×50 cigar features a dark milk chocolate wrapper with a rough tooth, minimal veins, ragged seams, firm even pack and a rich oily tobacco aroma. First light reveals an extremely loose draw but great smoke output. Flavors are medium bodied with a silky smooth aged tobacco and nut taste on the short finish. The first third shows copious amounts of thick medium-full bodied smoke with creamy wood and light tobacco and pepper flavors. The draw snugged up perfectly after a few draws in and burn is almost razor sharp. 25 minutes in just past the 1/2 way point, flavors shift just a bit, dropping the wood and going to a bright but deep earth especially on the finish and adding a bit of cinnamon at points. Ending at 45 minutes the last third shifted to a very creamy nut, also dropping the pepper. Thank you very much to La Garita Cigar Co for sending this sample for review!
This 6×52 torpedo stick features a mottled dark chocolate wrapper with small veins, tight invisible seams, a slightly toothy satin feel and a rich, oily, musty tobacco aroma. First light reveals a medium bodied wood flavor, airy and parched but with an oily mouthfeel on the finish. Draw is on the snug side with good smoke output. The first third brings flavors of an oily nut and wood, with the same long finish. 40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors transition slightly to an oily nut and deep wet earth with a bit of a strength kick. Ending at 1:20 minutes, the last third only added a bit of warm licorice flavor at times, and added to the strength.
This very rustic 5.5×38 cigar is completely hand made and rolled without a mold, and thus features a very lumpy construction with a dark brown slightly toothy wrapper, minimal veins, fairly large slightly uneven seams, a dry firm feel and oily tobacco aroma. The tip is pre-cut and the first light reveals (more…)
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!
This 6×50 cigar features an oily jet black wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a slight spongy give and faint barnyard aroma. First light reveals an extremely loose draw with no resistance, light airy smoke and mild flavors of a sweet earth. At this point in the video I demonstrate why draw is important to a cigar. The first third comes and goes with much the same experience as the first light flavors, being fairly one dimentional. 40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point, the draw improves giving medium body smoke, and flavors of a bigger earthiness with kind of a harsh bite to it especially on the finish. Ending at 1:15 minutes, the last third showed no further changes other than needing a couple minor touchups. Thank you to DiFazioCigars.com for providing this sample for review!
This 6.5×42 cigar features a dark brown wrapper with a smooth satin finish and slight oil sheen. It has a soft, even pack minimal veins, tight seams and a sweet soapy aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, good rich thick smoke output, creamy tobacco and leather flavors with a bit of bitterness. The first third develops in to medium-full body flavors of a sweet creamy coffee and leather, with a good pepper kick that builds through the long finish. The 1/2 way point comes at 30 minutes in, with no changes whatsoever to the profile. Ending at 50 minutes, the last third dropped the leather and most of the pepper, continuing the creamy coffee flavors with no strength buzz, just lots of rich flavor. Thank you very much to viewer Miguel Feliciano for sending me this to review, I appreciate it!
This 5×50 cigar features a dark chocolate wrapper with a slight red hue, slight imperfections, small veins, tight seams, a firm oily wrapper and feel with a small double cap and rich sweet chocolate aroma. First light reveals (more…)
This 6×60 cigar is made of three different wrappers stacked in thirds. Starting at the foot with Connecticut, then Habano then maduro at the head. It features a butter soft feel, a few small veins, tight seams, double cap and a pungent barnyard aroma at all spots. First light reveals (more…)