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92
I just got this box in yesterday and couldnt help but light one up today. i planned on waiting a few weeks. out of the box a great cigar, awesome burn and aroma with a good ash as well. cant wait for them to rest a bit and smoke some more. Hopefully i can resist smoking them for a bit. Just a great cigar, full bodied and nice flavor.
80
not bad for a cheap smoke. a little harsh at first but a little bit of age does them well. for the price i like it and it is a regular short smoke for me.
96
I have smoked many of these. There always consistent , and my opinion the best out of the My Father line up. I always smoke the #1 which is a Robusto size. Has lots of flavor, has spice, sweetness and balanced by smoothness and elegance!! Construction is fantastic and burns great. Has a rich aroma and its once cigar i dont like to put down.This cigar is top notch and should be tried in any size, would highly recommend this cigar!!!
90
Great smoke as usual. The draw was slightly tight so made a larger cut. It burned evenly up till half way but then caught up. Had a strong punch throughout the whole cigar and almost got light headed at one point. Great cigar for a full body taste.
75
Not too sure how I should rate this. Wasn't my favorite, but I don't have the palate to really describe in full what I was experiencing. i enjoyed the mild flavor of the cigar, though it was a bit large for me. Probably wouldn't buy again till a later date because I have a few more to go through. Overall: Mild flavor, a bit more woody than I prefer, and a bit too large for my liking. ***Further Research Required.*** My next cigar I will be more aware of things to better rate this for myself.
85
Little strong (Try again)
85
Little strong (try again)
95
Tasted great! Hard to draw
80
90
Too long for me.
93
Love this smoke. Smooth and tasty. Creamy notes with a mild to medium overtone.
60
The taste is awful
85
Great little cigar, filled in admirably when the first selection was a dog rocket =)
70
Was a great cigar, too bad the thing was cracked nearly in half =/
91
Very tightly rolled, few veins, pleasant but very mild smell. Almost no flavor but occasional whiffs of a smoky nutty smell. Easy to light but burned quite unevenly. Required frequent touch-ups. Moderate amount of smoke. Almost no after taste. For a $15.50 cigar I suppose I expected a lot more. It was a very nice smoke and I enjoyed it a lot, but for $15.50, I don’t feel it quite rose to the price. Price, no real flavor and uneven burn is where it got the deductions. No aftertaste or nicotine buzz really made me want to get more of these cigars, but the price is not justifiable to me.
93
I'm not sure if I just love the size of this cigar or everything about it. If I didn't know any better I'd say the tip of this cigar is sweetened but its isn't. the smoke out of this cigar is very sweet and delicious. Top 5 smoke for me.
91
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
95
Nice mild cigar
90
*Torpedo* -Prelight- This cigar is very oily in appearance with a firm feel and a good weight. The wrapper is pretty nice with one medium sized vein making it's way along the length of the cigar. It is a but lumpy looking, but not anything major. Taking a good whiff of the foot was very spicy, in fact I sneezed a few times, it was nice. *Having a 12 year Macallan with it.* -=1/3=- About a inch and 15 mintues in and it's been all spice until just now I tasted some licorice and it was a bit mellower. -=2/3=- Right off the bat I get another hint of licorice off the tail end of a draw exhaled through my nose. Most of the pepper blast has faded now and I am getting more of a spice like herbal maybe, I've always had a difficult time describing this aroma but I think it's what some people call earthy. No more licorice yet, dangit... Nice and creamy spicy with some plenty of full bodied punch. I have a bit of a buzz off this smoke, or it could just be that I live in Texas and it's like 90 degrees in my garage. Also having a bit of a hard time keeping it lit in this 90% humidity. Ash is pretty firm dropping off about 1" 1/2 in. -=3/3=-
85
I have smoked plenty of these sticks now and overall I'm pretty disappointed with the sticks. I think mainly I am disappointed by the hype associated with the namesake of Graycliff. These Sticks have a decent amount of coffee/espresso notes, but very one dimensional. I have not had any burn problems with any of them however the draw has been pretty wide open which I dislike, and the ash is pretty girly and generally doesn't last more than an inch at a time.
92
This is actually a Maduro Nub but I added it as the habano due to the missing Maduro from the list. This was an absolutely wonderful smoke. I have tried all of the other varieties of Nub and found them all to be very lacking in the flavor department. Construction is top notch , burn and draw fantastic, and flavor was loads of coffee and sweet creaminess.
92
This is a spicy and very robust smoke. I loved the flavors, very complex with a little cedar and toasty earthiness. This is a review written months after i smoked my last one. I'll redo it on my next stick.
96
Easily one of my top 5 favorite smokes to date. If I didn't know any better I'd lay claim that this cigar had an almost unnoticeably sweetened tip, and the cigar was maybe one f the creamiest sweetest cigars I have ever smoked, aside from flavored smokes of course.
95
Delicious smoke, was a combination of DPG Blue and DPG cuban Classic.
98
Again the Liga Privada shows it's greatness. Flawless wrapper construction, scents of cocoa from the wrapper and foot with a perfect draw. Smooth smoke with no uneven burning. Nothing new I could add except that it smokes consistently great.
55
Great smelling cigar and while I normally do not like Maduros, I had high hopes on this one since I really loved the NUB maduro. First of all it lit easily but the draw was almost like pulling on a garden hose. I had clipped it close to the head but still, the draw was way too easy. The ash started falling off immediately. The flavor was, as with most other maduros I've tried, too strong for me. If I quit puffing it went out quickly and burned very unevenly. I had to relight several times which is something I normally do not do. When a cigar goes out I normally toss it, but this thing went out if not puffed on for only a minute. As I smoked it a hollow developed in the center for the first inch and a half of the cigar. When it was burning there was a good amount of smoke but by the time you finished a sentence, the thing was out again. After fighting it for forty-five minutes, multiple relights, and several burns to even it up, I tossed it with only about 2/3 of it smoked. It was more trouble than it was worth. Toward the end the head end was getting spongy and starting to unravel. I was very disappointed in this cigar because it was a beautifully wrapped stick with a terrific smell.
87
Strong smell and tightly rolled with a few veins. Dark in color. Flavor too strong for me. Earthy flavor but strong. Easy lighting and even burn. Lots of smoke but a fairly strong nicotine buzz considering this is a small cigar and only a 30 minute smoke. Too strong for me and while if you like a small and strong cigar you would love this but I won't be trying a second.
94
601 Blue is fantstic. This is a full bodied cigar and boxed pressed which normally im no a fan of but this cigar changed that. Very rich and creamy flavor and burns very well. The wrapper is dark and and no veins literally. I ove this cigar, its smooth and the ash holds up. You wont be disappointed
83
This is not a bad stick and not one that I would buy a box of. This is medium bodied and very one demensional meaning the flavor doesnt change at all. Burned a little uneven but held an ash. The aroma was also pretty good and strong as well. The cigar looks very good and not ruff or too veiny. I was a little disappointed.
96
San Cristobal is one of my favs. Distributed by Ashton and blended by Don Peppin Garcia. This cigar is delicious. The wrapper on the cigar is chocolate color very oily as well, which I like. Full bodied and complex, but consistant flavour that doesnt change. Burns evenly and has a nice white ash. This cigar is definatley worth the price.
50
OK, Altais needs to get rid of there playboy line. These cigars are horrible. Made by Don Deigo, and his whole line should be discontinued as well. Anyways, This cigar is mild but has a little bit more to it than a macanudo, which isnt saying much. The only thing I can say good about this cigar it that it looks good and burns evenly.
88
This is definatly a cigar that I would buy and smoke again, if only it wasnt a small run of these made. This was a medium bodied stick and burned a little uneven but not too bad. Had a great taste to it and the aroma was great off the cigar. AT about 7 bucks is good. This is the first cigar that Rocky has made that fits and is worth the price you pay.
81
Im only rating this an 81 cause its Gurkha. This cigar was medium bodied and was very streamlined. It burned evenly and held an ash. Im not a fan of the ecuadorian conneticut wrapper. Wouldnt buy this cigar or smoke it again. It just didnt do anything for me.
96
This cigar is one of my favorite cigars out there. Made by Drew Estate, and one of the best cigars made. This cigar is dark chocolate color, full bodied and sweet.It has a sweet strong scent to it that I cant depict what it is. Nice thick and creamy smoke. Burned slow and very even. The ash was pearl white and held up pretty well.If you havent had this cigar you need to get it and try it. Its not your typical Drew Estate Cigar.
98
This smoke is very similar to the Connecticut NUB except the ash will fall if allowed to get too long. The smoke was heavy, flavor was mild with no nicotine buzz. Tightly rolled with a few veins. It was easy to light and burned evenly all the way down. The only deduction was the ash had to be kept short or it would fall on its own.
95
Very good smoke and almost the equal to the NUB. Very nicely rolled with a few veins. Gives off a good amount of smoke but not as much as a Connecticut Nub and the ash will fall if not watched, but does not fall easily. It gave no nicotine buzz and had no long lingering aftertaste. Slight earthy smell and flavor but not objectionable at all. Quite an enjoyable smoke all in all.
70
Decent smoke for a $1.25. Wrapper is dark with many veins, wrapper is tight but ash falls easily. Moderate amount of smoke and gives mild nicotine buzz which I don't care for. This is a good cigar to offer your visitors who will want to smoke with you but do not smoke cigars regularly or smoke machine rolled drug store quality cigars. I hate to be greedy or snobbish but why waste a $5 cigar on what really amounts to a non-smoker.
50
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87
Very nice wrapper, full body smell, veins present but rolled in a very distinctive pattern. Flavor was indefinable and smoke was on the light side. No nicotine buzz and while strong smelling, it is very mild. Burn was even, easy to light but ash fell too easily. It was a nice enjoyable smoke but I do not like the ash falling so easily and the paucity of smoke is what caused me to rate it lower.
91
I haven't had a Nub in a while. Construction looked great and smelled nice. Lit it up and took about 2 minutes before the taste started coming in. Very simple favor which is what I was in the mood for at the time with my Heinkien. About half way in the wrapper started to come off just slightly and I believe I hit a knot because twice in the same spot it did with 3 minutes of relighting. Besides that the cigar was great.
93
The best when it comes to a mild-medium smoke. I normally don't smoke many cigars under the medium-full strength but this is one I prefer to smoke. Nice light shade wrapper with great aromas of Spanish cedar. Draw was a little hard but the smoke was flawless. Rolled off the tongue like a dream and the retro hale was even better. Smoked it till the tips of my fingers almost got burnt.
88
Construction was done well, just for the cigar slightly uneven for the second half. Nice white ash and a near perfect draw. Probably a Gurkha I won't always pick up first, but still not a third stringer either.
90
I love these things! Construction was excellent with a strong, robust taste. Started burning a little hot towards the end of the smoke but still a great cigar.
86
Pre-Light---Nicely rolled cigar that really looks like it is to be an awesome smoke. Very short and compact cigar. Very small veins and the feel were some what tight. I snipped it and noted a slight tingling to the tip of the tongue. Pre- draw had a bit of coca and cedar. The draw was clean and clear also. After I toasted the foot and my first puff seemed to be taste of tobacco and cedar. Really nice smoke coming off as well. Taste-- The taste of spice was very present and the hints of coca present. All threw the cigar was a nice flow of cocoa, cedar and hints of leather were present. The ash held very well and the color was mixed with both light and dark gray marbling. I would rate this as a good cigar that was medium to full at times. Very good cigar for the price.
96
Pre-Light---The look of the cigar was a nice dark brown wrapper and a very nicely rolled cigar. The band looked nice with the wrapper. No prominent veins but did have a few smaller ones. The feel was tight and the smell of the wrapper was of cedar and tobacco and I knew would pair very well with my morning cup of coffee. I cut the head of at the shoulders and the pre-draw was of spice and tobacco and was clean. Taste—I heated the foot and gave it a good toasting and my first taste were spicy and leathery. Man what a very good smoke this is starting out to be. I let the heat settle and took a few more draws and everyone was better than the one before. I really like this cigar. After I reached the half way mark the intense coffee and leather started. A great cigar so far. No burn issues also. I finished this to the nub and wanted more. The price was a bit more than what I would expect to pay but would do it again. This is one of the better cigars in my book. From the look, taste and over all review of it was stellar. I would enjoy having a box sit for a couple of years.
94
Pre-Light--The appearance is a stellar one with the nice Barbie pole look and the very clean wrapper. These are no longer in production and if you can find them they will cost you. The size of this cigar is one that will take a minute to finish, so plan this one out so you can enjoy and not rush to judgment. The band is very patriotic. The smell of slight tobacco and sweet aroma were very exciting and could not wait to give it a taste. I snipped the cap, very clean cut and the draw was flawless. The flavors were nutty at the pre-draw. Taste----I toasted the foot real good and took my first draw and got a sweet tobacco and slight nutty flavor. The spice and a coffee background was noticed after a few draws and was starting to like it. After the half way mark there were pleasant leathery and now roasted nuts that got my senses going. I could also note some peppery taste coming out at over 2/3 in and knew this would be great if it continued. I had a few areas of concern as the burn was not perfect but did get back on track. The finish was a little bitter with some more leathery taste. The heat was not bad and the flavors are what I like. I only have a couple left and think after a couple years these smokes should be just fine.
85
Pre-Smoke---This was a nice looking cigar that was very dark in color. Had a vein that was prominent and do not fore see any problems. I noticed a nice tobacco smell and went in for the head cut. The cut was clean and draw was perfect, with a slight resistance. Taste---Earthy taste on the draw and started to heat it up. It was lit very well and let it sit as I always do after I torch it. It stated with a sweet tobacco taste that stated some nice spicy flavors coming in behind it. Plenty of smoke. About the ½ way mark I noticed a small flavor change of some coffee and started to get bitter and hot. The burn was off and running as I had to make some corrections to keep it on track. I was not a happy smoker at this point. I let it rest a bit in hopes that it would lose the bitterness. The ash was not looking to well. It finally straightens up but the flavors really stayed the same, Earthy, Sweet, coffee and bitter. I was not very pleased with this smoke as I was with the Crystal Pirates (I Think). That said it was OK but for the price there are many better.
98
A quick pre-light draw gives off a lightly sweet tobacco taste with a hint of leather. It took a minute for a good light but that may be due to the setup of my cc humi. I need to remember to transfer what I am going to smoke at least a week before I enjoy it. As always, a RASS puts out an ample amount of smoke. Immediatley I notice a leathery taste with a slight hint of pepper. An outstanding blend for the palate. Around the second third I noticed the pepper got stronger and a chocolate note appeared. These are the same flavors I found right out of the box, but they have now blended wonderfully and are more refined. The flavors grew stronger by the final third and lasted until I couldn't hold the tiny nub any longer. These are one of my favorites - and for good reason. If you have have never smoked a RASS do yourself a favor and try one. You will be hooked and looking for more before you nub it.
88
Pre-Smoke---This has got to be one of my favorite little smokes after they have plenty of resting time in the box. The longer they sleep the better they get. The look is a very nice looking wrapper and very tightly rolled also. The smell was of cedar. I snipped the head and the pre draw was very nice. The taste of some woodsy notes and spice were present in the pre-draw. The taste of some cedar and pepper were tingling my tongue after the cap was cut. A very clean cut also. Taste—I get some cedar, spice and slight pepper from the start that mellowed a bit until the half way mark. It started to pick up a bit and some nutty flavors in the taste. This was constant till the end of the smoke. Plenty of smoke and the taste were what I like. I’m sure there are some smokes available at this price that are a bit better but have been a fan of these little guys’s for years. If you’ve not tried one, give it a whirl and see if you think the same as I do.
85
Pre-Light---This smoke looks very nice with a Nice Brown wrapper that had one prominent vein running on one side opposite the Torano wrapper. There was a slight sheen to the wrapper also. The roll was great and had a tight feel. I cut the cap and the draw was very good. Taste--The draw gave me hints of wood. From the start this is appearing to be a medium smoke that is light with taste of a creamy, woodsy start. This was pretty much all I was getting through the entire cigar until I got to the last third that I picked out some peppery spice, but not that intense smooth and creamy like the cigar is.. The ash and burn were very nice and had no problems. Over all this was a nice smoke that would be great at any time of the day.
85
I am a fan of this line just from their appearance. The black was not as nice a look as the Red but was still a compact, nice looking cigar.I'm a fan of the Habano wrapper that are on the reds. The wrapper had a little oily sheen to it. It has a great looking cocoa like wrapper. I cut the cap and had a peppery or tingling to the tip of the tongue. It cut very clean and the scent from the foot was of wood and cedar. The pre-draw was slightly restricted and hope after it is lit that would free up. After the torch it really was a nice morning smoke with a cup of coffee. It was spicy and full of smoke. The flavor was intense at the half way mark that picked up as a full bodied cigar with the combination of spice, slight leather and cocoa that is present at the last third of the smoke. No problem with the lighting and the burn was great. I take my time with cigars with this flavor profile so as not to get any harsh taste. I recommend trying this. The pepper, spice is really good. I like this cigar but I am more of a fan of the Reds. I would also recommend this be smoked on a full stomach also.
90
Pre-Smoke---The wrapper looks very clean with a few veins present. The light brown color was even. The roll and tight wrapper was very good. The smell of earth and tobacco was present and the foot has a slight woodsy and cedar smell. The ban was clean and looked great on this cigar also. Taste—cut the cap and a very clean cut that gave off a taste of tobacco on the tip of my tongue. The draw is very good and clear with a very slight tug from it. The earthy and cedar taste were present before lighting. I lit the cigar in the same manner as I do with all and was perfect. My first taste was of slight cedar and earth. It had sweetness to it but was not as noticeable as the leather and woodsy taste after the half way mark. It was a great ash that was light grey. It held on nicely almost to the ½ way mark also. The strength started as a mild/medium smoke that picked up to a full cigar over all. Very good in strength, draw, taste and burn. Overall I would rate this as a good cigar and would recommend to people just stating out and for the well seasoned as a nice relaxing smoke.
92
I was gifted a whole box of these smokes and must say thank you to the one and only BigFoot aka 9.5. for the awesome gift----Thank You Brian. This cigar really is a master piece and a work of art when it comes to what a cigar should look like. The wrapper was a very dark chocolate sweet looking wrapper. On to the cigar---I have many of these smokes and from one to the next are perfect in every way. One of the largest torpedo’s and one the the best draws, burns and tasting smokes there is. The price is a bit pricey and if they were to have a drop in price they would move like wilder beast in Africa under attack by a cheetah. Wrapper was oily, tightly rolled and stellar. I always get more flavors form one to the next but stay within the same flavor profile. After the snipping of the head I torch er up to get some taste of spice and leather. Very Mild to start and the smoke is just right. After a few more draws I start to get some coffee and cocoa that really pick up the intensity of the cigar. This was constant and near the last third there was an overwhelming taste of pepper, leather and cocoa that rounded this bad boy very nice at the end. Can’t get enough of these.
86
The appearance of the wrapper was of dark chocolate and a very prominent vein. The smell of coffee I noticed while inspecting the smoke. It clipped very nice and tasted a slight tingling in the tongue with taste of black pepper. The draw was slightly restricted and the taste was of coffee and spice was great. As I torched this cigar I can tell the scent of coffee and a woodsy / earthy smell. It was a mild to medium cigar threw the first ½ and enjoyed the feeling I got off of this smoke. As I entered the ½ way mark it really picked up very nice with some peppery, spiciness that was awesome. With the wrapper burning straight as an arrow I was very impressed with how this was going, very good taste. I have to say that the cigar performed as I expected from the look. It was a Med. to Full cigar with some peppery, spicy and earthy taste. The cigar was a more than adequate smoke and it taste very good. This along with many of the CAO line is in my normal rotation and I like to see them mature with age. I also would rate this as a Great Cigar.
87
Presmoke—The wrapper looked aged well and kind of rustic if you will. Had a little shaggy foot that looks like will help light this thing well. The smell was of cedar. The color was constant also. I snipped the cap and was a very nice clean cut. The draw was of again cedar and some tobacco taste. Slight tingling to the tip of the tongue that got my senses going. It was a very nice draw and the feel was just a little loose. Nothing bad, all good. Taste---After the light the first taste of cedar and some nice tobacco flavors to start. After smoking for about a 30 minute period the taste of pepper and spice pick up and tons of smoke to boot. No problems with heat or taste going bad. It was very constant threw and threw. I would say this is a Medium smoke with a nice cedar and spicy smoke. Great with the morning cup of coffee .I have to say for the cost of this cigar it was not bad at all. It was my first and was gifted it to see what my thought where on it. This would be a great cigar to use in a blind review. I have no idea how much humi time this had but need to check and see. As I looked to purchase a few,I read that the wrappers are aged for 5 years .Not a bad cigar.
83
Presmoke—The wrapper looked aged well and kind of rustic if you will. Had a little shaggy foot that looks like will help light this thing well. The smell was of cedar. The color was constant also. I snipped the cap and was a very nice clean cut. The draw was of again cedar and some tobacco taste. Slight tingling to the tip of the tongue that got my senses going. It was a very nice draw and the feel was just a little loose. Nothing bad, all good. Taste---After the light the first taste of cedar and some nice tobacco flavors to start. After smoking for about a 30 minute period the taste of pepper and spice pick up and tons of smoke to boot. No problems with heat or taste going bad. It was very constant threw and threw. I would say this is a Medium smoke with a nice cedar and spicy smoke. Great with the morning cup of coffee .I have to say for the cost of this cigar it was not bad at all. It was my first and was gifted it to see what my thought where on it. This would be a great cigar to use in a blind review. I have no idea how much humi time this had but need to check and see. As I looked to purchase a few, I read that the wrappers are aged for 5 years. I enjoyed it very much.
82
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Cedar Scent at Foot: Earthy and slight pepper Appearance: Not a bad looking smoke Wrapper: Very nice brown wrapper with a double band that made it interesting Feel: Firm Tongue: Earthy, wood & cedar maybe some slight hints of leather Flavor on Draw: I tasted a little cocoa maybe some more cedar Smoke Taste: Better than Indian Tobac but was not what I would have expected. Flavor Changes: Pretty constant 2/3 through and picked up a bit at the end.. Strength: I would say a constant medium with sometimes getting a fuller taste Feeling: From the look of this and the prelate I was expecting something more powerful and was a bit let down. Was still an O K smoke Scent of Smoke: Did not really notice Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: NO Draw: Easy and clear draw Finish: Half way through I noticed some coffee again and the last 1/3 picked up with the pepper and spice that did not last (very little) Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: From the look and feel I thought I was in for a treat and as I said was not in for a let down .I would recommend this line to someone starting out but not to my seasonal friends. Make any notes beyond what you noted already I am very fond of the R P Ole World Reserve and this lie was in no way near that caliber. Though it was an O K smoke it really did not tell me to hurry and get some more. I did enjoy it a bit more than the Torpedo I smoked if that helps.
92
A pre-light draw has a strong sweet chocolate taste, with a hint of something nutty. These all lit easily and had gobs of thick smoke. The chocolate I noticed before I lit it was there from the start. I think the nutty taste that is coming through is actually more like nutmeg than nuts. About a third of the way in I also started picking up a sweet coffee smell and taste. All flavors got stronger as I smoked, and the final third was outstanding. These have aged very well. Pick them up if you see a deal on them and you won't be disappointed.
86
Very nice looking wrapper but did have a few veins that was a concern from the start. I also notice a color difference in the wrapper and wondered why this was. Maybe not enough time to ferment before a rush to get them out or something. The scent of cedar, earth was present after I snipped the cap. The tip of the tongue gave me just a taste of tobacco. The taste after the draw I picked up some earth and wood and a slight sweetness about it. After I lit the cigar and had a few draws there were no draw problems and the taste of pepper started. It went back to the taste of a sweet earthy and woodsy smoke. This was present from start to finish. The burn was a bit off and touched it up a couple of times. The ash was O K but with the burn issues all I could see was it was light grey. I have one more of this blend and will see if anything changes after it has time in the box. It was not a bad cigar but a decent one. I would rate this as a good cigar.
88
PRE-SMOKE Scent of wrapper: Spice and chocolate. Scent at foot: Spice and a slight earthy, woodsy taste. Wrapper: Sweet looking fine vein wrapper. Looked like a piece of chocolate. Feel: Not as tight as it appeared but was OK. Tongue: A bit of earth and wood flavor—can’t put my taste buds on it. Flavor on draw: Some coffee and woodsy taste. SMOKE Flavor: Sweet taste of cocoa and with a slight taste of cedar. It did pick up a bit more intense but not like I would have expected. Very good taste I like it. Strength: This is a Medium to Full cigar. Burn: This was very nice and it held very well about 2 inches each time. The draw w Scent of Smoke: Tobacco. Heat on fingers/Mouth: None Draw: Very nice and easy draw from start to finish. Finish: I enjoyed the taste of cocoa and spice but was looking for something to change but stayed this way. It to me was a good cigar but expected more for the money. Not bad just below what I expected.
95
PRE-SMOKE Scent of wrapper: Lots of spice and peppery. Scent at foot: Cedar and leather. Wrapper: Very presentable wrapper, great feel and look. Nice sheen to the awesome brown color—not to be alarmed by the very slight veining. Feel: Very good feel. Tongue: Tingling and a slight taste of pepper. Flavor: Cedar, leather and spicy pepper—all of my favorites. SMOKE Strength: Now we are talking –this started with allot of pepper and spice form the get go. I also picked up what I think was cocoa but was nothing like the spice/pepper. Nice combination. Burn: Very nice even burn and the draw was impeccable. The ash held on for dear life and was a solid gray. Scent of Smoke: Tobacco Heat on fingers/Mouth: None Draw: Great. Finish: This is a full flavored smoke that will keep you interested all the way to the end. Very nice blending and everything about it was great. Do not smoke this on an empty stomach as it will take away all the great aspects of this cigar. Glad I torched this when I did after a full meal. I would rate this as a excellent cigar and would diffidently recommend for anyone to try again on a full stomach.
80
Pre-Smoke Scent of Wrapper: Some very nice spice. Scent at Foot: More of the spice and tobacco smell Appearance: Some slight veining and nice oily sheen also. Wrapper looked very good. Feel: Firm feeling and packed at the foot. Tongue: A slight tingling to the tip of the tongue with a nice after taste. Flavor on Draw: Woodsy, spicy and tobacco taste all were present. The draw had a bit of a tug but not tight. Smoke Taste: A very smooth mild taste of spice that was the same for a minute and was in anticipation of more to come. Strength: Mild to Medium Burn was very nice and the burn line was very nice. The ash held together very well also and was a marble look of light gray and dark grey. Scent of Smoke: Nothing out of the ordinary just smoke to me.. Heat on Fingers and Mouth: No signs of heat and took this to the nub hope I would pick up more flavor changes but would not get there for me. Finish: Nothing great here and the spice was a level taste through the end. Not great. Other Aspects of this Cigar: I was not a happy camper on this smoke and from the look I thought I would be in for a treat—disappointed on this one—Sorry! Just an O K smoke is the best rating I could give.
85
The Artisan is one of the most beautiful cigars I have seen. A triple wrapped beauty over 7 inches long with the girth to match. It is tightly wrapped with few veins present and the barber pole stripes are even from tip to tip. It is easy lighting, even burning, and produces copious amounts of rich white smoke. I have a hard time tasting flavors that others say they detect but I can say it was strong. The nicotine left my lips tingling and half way through I could hardly stand up straight. I don't like nicotine buzzes and this cigar gave me one of my worst buzzes ever. Two-thirds the way through I cried uncle and chucked the rest of it, and chucking any of a $20 cigar is not something I considered lightly. Normally I rate cigars that are way too strong for me pretty low since I am not likely to buy them again, but this cigar is such an eye catcher and is rolled so perfectly I had to get another box just to have on hand. In this cigar's case, even though I will likely never smoke another I cannot rate it lower than I have. It is a perfect testimonial to the rollers skill and worthy of any cigar smoker's collection. And if you like strong cigars, this could well be one of your favorites.
92
I have had only a few of these maybe a 1/2 box and always enjoy this line. The wrapper and appearance are stellar with only a few small veins.Could not wait to set fire to it. After the snip I noticed a slight tingling of the tongue and the draw had a bit of a tug to it—pretty nice. It smells of tobacco and could not wait to get her going. After roasting the foot I pick out a few scents. Some nice cedar & something like burn oak. The taste started out with some earth and hints of leather. Noticed the earth leaving and the leather and spice started to pick up. My burn started wondering a bit and had to get it back on track. The ash was of marble white and dark gray. There are a couple of taste I can not put my taste buds on. It had me searching the list not flowery but kind of—maybe! I can say near the last 1/3 it really picked up the leather, pepper and spice. This is a great cigar and who else could mix the tobacco better than Pete Johnson and Pepin. I would highly recommend this to anyone. You can catch them at a good price if you look around. Might not be in this size but at least you can try it and you won’t regret it. I had some time on this smoke and don’t understand the slight burn issue I had but it worked itself out and still was a enjoyable smoke.
95
Like everyone the first impression with an expensive cigar to me is the look, feel and of coarse the price. These were some I traded for and got like 10-15 each for a very good trade. So I have had a few and wanted to let a few rest to see if my opinion would change. The color of the wrapper was very clean with no veining and the smell was very good, and the shape was one of my favorites. I snipped the head and tasted some slight hints of sweetness at the tip of my tongue. The tobacco was packed and the draw was just right. I started this with an even torch and it started burning very nice. White ash and very even. The first taste that came to mind was a coffee. Not sure if the coffee I was drinking with this helped in my first impression or not we will see. So as this smoke started getting lit real good and man the taste of spice that was creamy was really nice. I felt this would start to pick up and it did. It started to have taste of a creamy, nutty taste with some spice in the background. It really packed a punch while in the home stretch with all of the flavors above and my head was stating to sway. I could not believe this was coming from this cigar with its light tantalizing wrapper. But it did. Now for the price of this cigar it is a bit pricy and not that they are bad but an excellent cigar. To me it would be more in the $10-$15 dollar range. An excellent smoke but a bit pricey.
80
The look of the cigar was appealing with the ban really presenting this as one of Rocky’s premier lines. I looked over the wrapper and was not a bad wrapper but looked to be a little light in color to me. I snipped the head and tasted it and was no more that a woodsy taste. I was wondering if this was what it was cut out to be. So the draw was fine and torched the foot and smells some woodsy scent. My first draw was of cedar and maybe oak and really could not pick up anything else at this point. So onward I go and really no changes until I get about the half way mark that there were some faint hints of tobacco only. It did start to get a bit harsh and had to put it down in disappointment. I was really disappointed with this cigar as from the look I thought the taste would have more than just a cigar taste. It was not a bad cigar but as I stated I was expecting much more for the price and the name on the cigar. So with no further a do I would rate this as an O K cigar and would recommend for someone that is new to cigars to try. Sorry Rocky but this one was not a good one for me. To mild and no flavors that would get me coming back for more-
92
The appearance of the wrapper was of dark chocolate and a very prominent vein in the wrapper. The smell of coffee I noticed while inspecting the smoke. It clipped very nice and tasted a slight tingling in the tongue with taste of black pepper. The draw was slightly restricted and the taste was of coffee and spice was great. As I torched this cigar I can tell the scent of coffee and a woodsy / earthy smell. It was a mild to medium cigar threw the first ½ and enjoyed the feeling I got off of this smoke. As I entered the ½ way mark it really picked up very nice with some peppery, spiciness that was awesome. With the wrapper burning straight as an arrow I was very impressed with how this was going, very good taste. I have to say that the cigar performed as I expected from the look. It was a Med. to Full cigar with some peppery, spicy and earthy taste. The cigar was a more than adequate smoke and it taste very good. This along with many of the CAO line is in my normal rotation and I like to see them mature with age. I also would rate this as a Great Cigar.
92
The appearance of the wrapper and size of this cigar was very nice with the cedar wrapper protecting this bad boy was an extra in my book. Very nice wrapper with some slight veining and the smell of the cedar got my taste buds going. I clipped it and from the draw I felt this was one of my favorite tastes of cedar and spice. The draw was perfect. After heating the foot on, the cigar tossed out some very nice floral scent and this was actually a smoke I was able to smell this. The cedar, creamy and spicy taste really started at the ½ way mark and was a very good taste after waiting for it to change. The burn and ash were excellent and the taste of cedar, spice and a slight hint of leather made this one of the nicest smokes that I really enjoy. It is a Mild to Medium cigar with plenty of smoke. I would rate this at a very good cigar and would recommend to everyone to try.
96
I've had this for nearly 3 years. Draw was perfect, never died and ash was a near blinding white. It was a medium strength cigar with a sweet kick at the end. Well worth the wait, but they're great regardless of age.
90
Very nice cigar, moderate veins, easy to light and even burning. The taste was very mild with no nicotine buzz. The ash held firmly until flicked and was a long one hour fifteen minute smoke. The cigar had very little smoke which is not a plus in my book and it had an after taste which lasted over night. For me those were the only deductions from a perfect smoke. While it did not have an unpleasant after taste, I prefer none. I enjoyed this cigar a lot but my favorite (Nub Connecticut) still holds the top place for me.
80
Quite an exquisite little cigar. Very nicely wrapped barber pole. Having roughly the same shape as the Short Story, this one packs a lot more of a punch, at least to me. It has a moderate flavor that I cannot really identify but is very pleasant. There is a good amount of smoke, few veins in the wrapper, easy to light and burns evenly. The only thing that kept it from scoring a 100 was it really kicked my tail and for that much money, I would have to have enjoyed it more to rate it any higher. Half way through I had a strong nicotine buzz going which I do not like but I'll be darned if I'll throw away a $17.00 cigar. I bought my son a box of them and he loves them, scoring them a 100, but if not for the cost I would have tossed it half way through. I'm glad he really likes them because I won't smoke another.
90
A quick pre-smoke sniff gives off a mild tobacco smell with a hint of cocoa. These babies have a great medium brown wrapper with a few small veins. All 4 lit easily, and put off loads of thick, rich smoke. I didn't have any burn issues with any of them. The most noticable taste in this line is chocolate and an extremely rich leathery taste. As I smoked hints of cocoa also faded in and out. Towards the middle of the cigar I noticed a starbucks-like (burnt?) coffee taste appear. Near the nub the tastes got stronger with the burnt coffee being the most pronounced. These are jsut the right size for my lunchtime smoke at work. If you are looking for a tasty lunchtime smoke give these a try. As always, the MSRP is too high so when you can get them for a deal jump on it.
83
The wrapper very nice dark sweet looking and the packed tobacco was a treat in itself. The pre-draw was flawless and the first draw was amazingly sweet and fresh taste of earth and was looking forward to getting this cigar going. This smoke was very intense and the spices were very good. It was however a pleasant taste of a creamy chocolate that really packed a punch with the spices picking up. Drinking my morning cup of coffee really paired well with this also. I think this will be one of the best morning smokes in this case.The ash and burn at this point were doing well not as I anticipated because of the line not holding as straight as I would have expected but still no touch ups. .If you retro inhale you will note more spice and a woodsy taste at the ½ way point. I was picking up allot of pepper when doing this at the start. At the end I noticed some hints of leather, some pepper still prominent and a creamy finish.. A very nice Maduro with some very nice flavors for your senses to have some fun with.I found this to be much like the regular V's with the maddy wrapper giving it that extra touch. I don't think the $$$ was appropriate and for this price I expected much more. Still a Good Cigars. I would rate this as an good cigar.
87
Scent of Wrapper: Sweet Scent at Foot: Leather Appearance: Nice looking size and color Wrapper: It had some thin veins running through it and the volor of the light brown wrapper was pleasing Feel: Consistent firm feel Tongue: Leathery / Bitter Flavor on Draw: Sweet sugar taste Smoke Taste: Sweet cedar, very slight hints of pepper Flavor Changes: A sweet sugar taste that picked up with hints of cedar, wood and slight notes of spice. Strength: Medium Feeling: Very smooth tasting cigar and was a little sweeter than my last. With the Corojo wrapper it was a smoother smoke that I was not expecting with this wrapper. The flaking was present during the burn of the wrapper. It was a very good cigar that I can’t wait to check the changes after a year or so in the box. Scent of Smoke: Really could not notice Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: None Draw: Great draw Finish: Very consistent flow of sweet, slight leather and cedar taste throughout the cigar with subtle notes of nuts at the finish. Very enjoyable smoke. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: It was not as full as I had anticipated but was still a very well made and pleasant cigar. Make any notes beyond what you noted already I think with some age on these they will probably pick up the flavor profile more after they have some time in the box. That being said I enjoy this cigar and would recommend them to others to try I would rate this cigar as a “Good Cigar.”
92
First I gut say I really enjoy this cigar. Nice looking wrapper and appearance is an all around great look.A very nice milk chocolate wrapper with a small amount of veining. I can smell the hints of Cocoa from head to toe on this cigar. After a trimming I torch it real nice and take a draw that was very clean with no obstruction. The flavor is of Chocolate, and spice, both of my favorites. As I hit the middle of this smoke I start getting a more peppery, leather taste that got my senses going again. The ash holding very well at this point and the burn line is very good also. Some cedar was present at the end and with the combination of cedar, pepper and leather it really rounded out this very good smoke. The smoke was intense and again this is one of my favorite go to smokes. The price is a bit much from $9-$10 each, but only smoke them I have time to enjoy them. Very good smoke.
91
Another hit from Rocky Patel - the Olde World Reserve. This one had a heavier aroma than the others I rated even though it was from the same box and has been resting for the same amount of time. Nice toothy wrapper with some veining. It lit easily but this one needed constant repairing. It got to be a pain. Still gives out loads of thick, creamy smoke, with an earthy taste, but this one has a slight harshness to it. Lots of cocoa with a slight hint of chocolate. I can't understand why this one tastes a little different than the others and why this one had burn problems. I hope it isn't a quality control issue. This is a good example of why you can't judge a batch by a single stick. If I would have started with this one I may have thought differently about them. Overall tasty, but don't pay the ridiculous full price.
90
These babies have a dark tan toothy wrapper with no large veins. A quick pre-light sniff gave off a very subtle sweet tobacco smell. Upon lighting I noticed a mix of creamy cocoa and hints of citrus. It made me constantly lick my lips. But this wasn't sweet cap glue causing this (cheap trick), it was the tobacco. A chocolate-like taste also faded in and out as I continued to smoke. The blend of tastes was very satisfying. When I reached the half-way point bitterness began to creep into the flavor mix. This tells me that these sticks need some rest time to reach their full potential. I had to try one but it was way too soon. The finish was light and short lived. Overall these are another great cigar from RP. If you like the usual RP flavor profile pick up a few and give them some rest time. You won't be disappointed.
92
Someone gifted me this NUB. They said it had been resting for about 6 months. The pre-light sniff gave off a creamy aroma making me want to light it up. It was easily lit, and put off thick, rich smoke. I immediately noticed a creamy cocoa flavor. Very nice. After a few minutes a leather hint appeared, followed by an earthy tone. The cocoa was still there but not as pronounced. This cigar had no harshness at all, which may be due to the rest time before smoking. It took almost an hour to smoke. A very nice smoke, but not the 'end all' it was hyped to be. I would say that anyone who likes a creamy cocoa-type flavor profile should try a NUB.
93
The cigar is one of my favorite go to smokes. The color of the Habano wrapper is toothy, spicy and sweet looking all wrapped into one small Robusto smoke. The wrapper is clean and no prominent veins were present also. I really like the look of this cigar as you can tell. The main thing I like about this cigar is the draw, taste and burn. The draw is flawless and the taste of spice hit my pallet during the pre-light. No any problems with the burn. It was as straight as straight could be. After heating this smoke the first draw was filled with spice and a sweet taste. Diffidently a full bodied smoke that has my senses moving this morning with my cup of joe. The pepper picked up and my nostrils were on fire. What a very nice cigar. Some slight hints of cocoa were present from ½ ways thru the end. I would highly recommend anyone to give this size and smoke a go. You will not be disappointed.
83
Very nicely rolled cigar that ha s a very appealing look. Some slight vexing also present. The draw and pre-light taste were very nice with some taste of cocoa. The draw being very clean with a slight tug as I ready for the cigar. After lighting the burn and draw were very nice, the ash also was just right. The taste of spice was very present and the hints of coca coming still present. Not sure but there was another taste, maybe leather I guess but was not a prominent as the spice and cocoa, If that makes any since. It produces plenty of smoke and was an enjoyable smoke. I would say this is a good cigar that was mild to medium with limited taste available. For the price I could find others that are better.
82
The look and feel was O K but nothing fantastic, just O K.--Look and appearance of the wrapper Very small veins, well aged and somewhat dry. Had a rustic look about it and thought it had aged well in the box. Scent of unlit cigar wrapper and foot -Mild tobacco Flavors upon first draw and other--- smooth draw with a hint of pepper. Good smooth draw with allot of smoke. Not a bad burn, pretty good. Slight roasted nuts with a little allspice undertone and mild tobacco flavor throughout. No real changes at any point, although got a very little bit more spice in the last part of the cigar..
87
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Grassy Scent at Foot: Cedar Appearance: A few veins with a slight oily sheen Wrapper: Very nice Corojo wrapper with an oily look and small veins throughout cigar Feel: Firm Tongue: Leathery Flavor on Draw: Earthy with hints of cedar Smoke Taste: Slight pepper, smooth vanilla Flavor Changes: The flavor was constant throughout the entire cigar except near the nub I picked up a little more vanilla Strength: I would say a Medium smoke. Feeling: For the price of this line you can’t go wrong. I was a little apprehensive when think of trying it but will not hesitate to recommend someone to try. Scent of Smoke: I really could not notice anything. Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: None Draw: Starting out with this shape I thought it would be just find and it was a great draw. Finish: This smoked picked up slightly and started tasting more wood, nuts and earthy.the leather was starting to fade. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: The burn, draw, construction and taste of this smoke were all very good. Make any notes beyond what you noted already The only down point of the cigar is that there were only a few thousand made and when they run out they will be gone. This is my understanding. What a shame. I may have to get a box and let them rest. I would rate this cigar as a “Very Good Cigar.”
83
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Cedar Scent at Foot: Tobacco Appearance: Nice size smoke, well rolled Wrapper: Clean looking wrapper with some small veining Feel: Firm Tongue: Bitter Flavor on Draw: Earthy and very clean draw Smoke Taste: Earthy and tobacco taste Flavor Changes: A light ammonia that changed quickly to a leathery, woodsy taste form the 1/2 way mark till the end Strength: Mid to start with a Medium finish—I liked it OK Feeling: A nice mellow, medium smoke that was enjoyable with the early morning cup of coffee. Pleased with the burn, smoke and smell of this cigar. Scent of Smoke: Tobacco Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: None Draw: Very easy draw Finish: Picked up more taste of leather and cedar that continued till the end Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I usually enjoy a larger ring and this ring was not bad. This was an enjoyable smoke that was pleasant with the feel, taste and scent from the cigar. Make any notes beyond what you noted already I like the size for a quick smoke especially during the winter months. For the price it was to bad.Would of enjoyed it to be a little fuller though. I would rate this cigar as a “Good Cigar.”
93
To start this cigar was a pleasant looking cigar –looking like a nice piece of dark chocolate in color with no bad veins, etc. Very clean and easy draw. Tasted an earthy chocolate taste from the draw and from the first light. Something tells me I will enjoy this one as much as I did the 80th. After the first third the second started to pick up notes of coffee with some more of the cocoa and chocolate rounding out this awesome cigar. I also picked up some very slight hints of leather but nothing like I did the Cocoa, & Coffee. Had not one problem with the burn and was great all the way to the nub. I would rate this as an excellent cigar and notch under the 80th. I would only smoke this type of cigar on special occasions because they are a bit pricey. I would rate this as a 93. Very good smoke.
93
Cigar: Padron 1926 Serie 40th Anniversary To start this cigar was a pleasant looking cigar –looking like a nice piece of dark chocolate in color with no bad veins, etc. Very clean and easy draw. Tasted an earthy chocolate taste from the draw and from the first light. Something tells me I will enjoy this one as much as I did the 80th. After the first third the second started to pick up notes of coffee with some more of the cocoa and chocolate rounding out this awesome cigar. I also picked up some very slight hints of leather but nothing like I did the Cocoa, & Coffee. Had not one problem with the burn and was great all the way to the nub. I would rate this as an excellent cigar and notch under the 80th. I would only smoke this type of cigar on special occasions because they are a bit pricey. I would rate this as a 93. Very good smoke.
93
Cigar: Padron 1926 Serie 40th Anniversary Appearance & Construction (19/20): There are two sides to this box pressed cigar. On the top and bottom the cigar is silky smooth with a few oil showing on the natural wrapper. The sides of the box press reveal a different look, one that is quite toothy with many bumps and ridges. The label features the classic look Padron 1926 Serie, with a secondary band denoting “40 Years”. The cigar has a nice weight, no soft spots, and a perfect pre-light draw. Flavor & Notes (29/30): The prelight draw reveals notes of earth and a touch of chocolate. As we continue smoking the first third, notes of cocoa and coffee develop both of which are extremely pleasing to the palette. The second third continues to be a journey of rich cocoa and pleasing spices that are incredibly pleasing to the palette that is quickly making this one of the best cigars I have ever smoked. As we reach the final third of our journey cocoa remains with some coffee and leather notes. Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The ash is medium gray in color and it reveals little magnesium pimples as well which is very common for a Padron cigar. The draw can be described with just one word, “Fantastic”. The thing that prevents this section from being perfect is the wavy burn line which I did not expect for a cigar in the price range despite it being box pressed. Overall (22/25): The price of this smoke brings down the rating some but despite the number this is one of the best cigars I ever smoked. It is easy to see how it once won cigar of the year. While too pricey to be an every day smoke, this cigar deserves to be in your repertoire for special occasions. Rating: 94 Price: $25.00 a stick at Cigars Direct
96
Ahhh, this is one sweet cigar. Only available from Havana Connections in Richmond VA, it is specially made for them by Rocky Patel. It comes packaged in glass tubes, 10 to a box and named after the Shocko Valley (Bottom) region in Richmond VA, where HC is mostly located. It is a tightly rolled cigar, mild pleasant smell, with few veins. It has a slightly sweet flavor, almost as if it were a flavored cigar but it is not. It lights easily and burns even and has a good amount of smoke with little after taste. Even though it seems rolled tight, the ash falls very easily and if not careful, a mess is easy to make. I did not like this aspect of the cigar. Body is mild with no bite, start to finish.
67
Beautiful cigar with a light smell. Veins seen but not prominent. Lots of smoke, easy to light, and a good even burn. Why the low score? I'm a woose and it is way too strong for me. Half way through I was toting a heavy nicotine buzz and called it quits. I very pretty cigar and a great collection piece, but I dare not smoke one again.
87
Very easy to light and burns was very even with good amount of smoke. It was very mild with a cool draw, but had a slight ash taste that lingered for hours after smoking. It was a very nice smoke and had no nicotine buzz. If not for the ash after taste it would have scored a couple of points higher.
92
From my favorite brand Rocky Patel comes the Olde World Reserve. A pre-light sniff gives a tasty chocolate aroma. The toothy wrapper is oily to the touch. Easily lit, and burned to the nub without any need for 'repairs'. These give out loads of thick, creamy smoke, with an earthy taste. I also noticed hints of cocoa and spice, and of course chocolate. I would say they are a full bodied smoke and not for beginners. If you can get a deal on them they are well worth trying.
92
The more I smoke these the better I like them. The toothy, dark brown wrapper has few veins and looks good enough to eat. It has thick, rich smoke, with the immediate taste of spice and cocoa. After the first third an occasional vanilla note develops. I didn't notice the vanilla with the first one I smoked. Could it be that only a few weeks at 65% humidity improved them? In the final third the flavor is stronger, but there is still no harshness. An earthy taste also develops. Similar to the earthy taste you get from the Vintage 90 line. I have to make it a point not to continually choose this stick for my daily smoke. It would be easy to do. If you can get them at a discount it is well worth getting a box, but at full price you may just want to pick up a couple to test out. I like them and I'm glad I picked up a box.
89
Again, this is one of my fav's - an inexpensive cigar with some kick. Good draw and construction wasn't bad either. It died once about 5/8 into it and lost a little bit of its flair, but still good enough to smoke near the nub. Recommend if you like some spice in your cigar plus it goes really good with Captain Morgan's Private Stock.
91
I purchased a box of 10 glass tubed Exclusivo from JR's because they were just over $3 each to my front door. When a Perdomo is $3 each I have to try them. These babies have a beautiful dark brown toothy wrapper that is oily to the touch. In the pre-light sniff I noticed only a very mellow tobacco smell. It lit easily, and had no burn issues. When I began smoking it I noticed a light creamy taste with hints of mocha and cocoa. These flavors remained all the way through, got slightly stronger near the middle, and remained that way until I nubbed it. It was like drinking a cup of coffee that had been diluted with mocha flavored cream. Very light and very smooth. This cigar proves that you don't need a strong stick to get great flavors. If you like mild, flavorful smokes check them out. You won't be disappointed.
90
The Cuban Montecristo is known to be erratic in quality. Usually you will find 4 or 5 in every box that are either plugged or burn horribly. That being said they are one of the richest cc's out there. They are also known to need a minimum of one year down time before smoking. I couldn't wait another 11 months to try one, which is unfair because they need that time to mellow. I'm sure my future review will rate these babies at greater than a 90. The have a beautiful chocolate brown wrapper with small veins. In my pre-light smell I could detect an earthy tone. They light fairly easily, and the first few draws told me I should have let them age because it was so powerful I almost put it down. It mellowed quickly and gave way to a smoother earthy taste with hints of pepper every so often. After the half-way point the pepper was more prominent and it included an occasional hint of cedar. I smoked it as far down as I could before nubbing it. Overall I would recommend these to anyone who likes reasonably priced, tasty cc's. But plan on aging them before enjoying them.
92
Pre-Smoke: I have recently become a fan of the Lancero size. This cigar has a very nice wrapper, A few veins that caused concerns but with the look of a dark piece of chocolate and a woodsy smell, it seems everything would be just fine. After clipping the Cuban style cap pigtail the draws seem at first that the draw would be a problem but soon after the light it was just the opposite. Sweet vanilla, wood and spice hit my taste buds immediately. I really enjoy all of the spices from the start. Smoke: Many notes of spices after lighting the cigar.. Nuts, cinnamon and Leather where prominent in the taste and smell of the cigar. When approaching the 2nd. Half of the cigar there was a slight hint of vanilla and cinnamon and both spices really picked up the intensity of the cigar and the taste of Chocolate and Leather. The burn was excellent during the entire cigar. No problems with heat, just all a great smoking cigar. At the end of this cigar the flavors of chocolate, leather intensified and can not wait to torch another. All of the flavors and spices were in my flavor range and profile. Overall: My overall impressions of this cigar are very positive. The cigar is constructed very well and proved itself as the burn was flawless. I did have a couple of re-lights as I was doing this review due to my typing and smoking it. This did not take away from my over all rating and feelings, taste and impressions of this smoke. The flavors were all within my flavor profile as stated above and really enjoyed this cigar very much. I am a big Pete Johnson fan and really enjoy his dedication to producing his cigars. I would love to check this cigar out after a year or so of age on them. I was gifted this stick for Christmas and have to say it was all I had expected and more. This is why I feel Pete Johnson will go far in this industry as he already has in my opinion. You will never be displeased with anything he puts his name on. I look forward to the larger rings if they do come out. I think the price could be better and in hopes that this will soon be a priority of his. On another point I would request that the new lines not be in limited production and was wondering why this is becoming a trend. .
90
very tasty looks and feel were excellent. Cut great but was a little tight on the draw all the way through. Would have been a winner if the draw was a little looser.
94
This cigar was delicious. I can't say anything more.GREAT flavor, burn and the taste was outstanding. Gonna buy more for sure.
70
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Green peppercorn Scent at Foot: Peppery Wrapper: Very little veins thru the cigar Feeling: Nice tight feel with a slight tug on the draw but not bad—I like the draw.. Tongue: Peppery, Earthy and Slight Tingly Flavor on Draw: Earthy Smoke Taste: Peppery-Right from the start it was pretty nice with hints of pepper, spice and a slight taste of cedar. Building as I smoked from a Med. to Full bodied cigar. Flavor Changes: Lots of pepper and further into the cigar it started getting spicier. Also french inhaled this smoke. It was stronger at first then when I got to the ½ way mark it smooth out. Strength: Med. / Full Scent of Smoke: Could not put any notes on this part. Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: Nothing during 1st. half but near the 2/3 is when the heat picked up with my mouth and nose. Draw: Very nice smooth / loose draw Finish: Problems with the burn and will let the other rest a bit before torching it. I think it needs some time to rest and at a lower R.H... Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: Very good cigar and not a bad smoke. I thought it was an OK cigar but had some problems with the burn. Not sure if that was due to the resting time. I will see if the other one is different after a few months at 70* / 68 R.H.
95
Bar none, my favorite cigar. The closest to cuban that I have had. Just my opinion though.
88
Good everyday cigar. First box I bought. Age well.
92
Good cigar. Should have let it sit in the humidor for a while. At times had a bitter taste. But overall good.
85
A fantastic cigar for the money, definitely box worthy. Mild to medium..similar to an Ashton Maduro Which are my all time favorites
90
Great!
85
This is one of the Nestor's before Don Pepin started rolling it. It had a very loose draw, but not too annoying for me. It had a bit of spice with a very mellow, mild-medium smoke. Died on me once but picked up with no prob. The cigar was alright, wasn't great but wasn't a bad smoke either. Did have it aging for some time though. Could explain the smoothness with the spice.
82
Nice looking cigar but not a whole lot of flavors. Very mild and sweet and the burn was near perfect. A good morning cigar while having a cup of coffee and reading the Sunday paper.
89
This perfect little petite measures 4.3 x 44 and is a lovely cigar. The pre-smoke is nice with a perfect wrap and wonderful smell. The first flavors were very smooth, not over powering and were mostly nutty with a nice taste of milky cream. I was loving this cigar in the second part of the smoke when coco formed and tastes of woods and spicy leather. It still held its creamy taste until the last stage where it became stronger and more of a clean spice taste which isn't my favorite. At the very end, the coco came back with medium strength and then ended with a cedar clean finish. This was a great cigar, but in my opinion it isn't worth the price of $14+.
77
Great looks and good taste make this an enjoyable smoke. Excellent draw, but marred by the need to make small touch ups from time to time. Not quite as enjoyable as the La Fuerza. But a cigar I would buy again readily.
87
This was my News Years smoke, and what a great choice it was. This one had it all- easy light, perfect draw, even burning, and the taste- well, I still remembered what it tasted like on New Years Day! It didn't have many flavors going on, but it just seemed like it was better that way. The best word I can use to desribe it would be "full". Not so much full-bodied, but a full taste. A lot of earthiness, and the smoke was very smooth. A great cigar to begin the New Year with!
80
Lit easy and had a great draw. The first 1/3 had a strong but not overpowering spiciness, and ample hints of nuts, especially when exhaled through the nose and mouth. It lost the nuttiness and most of the spiciness towards the end of the second 1/3, but the spiciness picked back up until the end.
50
Wouldn't smoke another.
90
These are a tasty, budget isom that you won't regret trying. The wrapper has many large veins and looks rough. Some of the sticks I have even have a slight bend in them. Probably the worst looking cigar you have seen - but give them a try. They light easily. I have had a few with burn issues that were easily corrected. Not a single one has been plugged. They have an earthy taste, with a leathery tone that fades in and out. For as awful as they look they are a tasty little isom that I find to be a higher-grade yard gar. They were free with a box purchase or I probably wouldn't have tried them. Probably the most under-rated isom out there.
92
These smokes have a beautiful light brown wrapper with no veining. They are easily lit with a consistently great burn. Smooth and creamy when lit, with hints of chocolate and cinnamon that get stronger as you smoke. These are a little more mild than I usually like in a isom, but they are very flavorful and worth trying.
97
These are probably the best 'small cigar' (minuto) I have ever smoked. They are easy to light with a perfect burn and loads of thick, rich smoke. They have aged very well and turned smooth as silk. I notice subtle hints of sweetness and cocoa, with an occasional peppery blast. The last third makes you burn your fingers to get every luscious little bit. Buy them now and put them away for later.
75
Some veins with a very good smell. Body was mild and flavor OK but there were two very bitter draws. Burn was even, easy to light, and a good amount of smoke. If not for the bitter draws that almost gagged me, ti would rate much higher. Moderate after taste.
65
Some veins but very nicely rolled barber pole. Heavy nicotine buzz half way through so that I could not finish the cigar. Full body, burned even and easy to light but produces little smoke. Flavor was strong and after taste lingered for hours. WAY too strong for me and that is why I rate it so low. Otherwise it would rate much higher.
88
Beautifully rolled with fair amount of veins. It had a hint of undefined flavor with a very smooth and even draw. Moderate amount of smoke, somewhat less than I like. First few puffs seemed like it was going to be too strong but then mellowed out into a very enjoyable smoke. Even burn and easy to light. No nicotine buzz but short lived after taste.
75
Beautiful cigar and finely rolled. However, I did not really taste anything. It was a smooth smoking cigar with a moderate amount of smoke, but burned unevenly and required frequent relights. It had a moderate nicotine buzz with a very good draw. However, not a cigar I will try again. Too strong for me.
100
For a quick smoke, this cigar has no peer. Very densely packed, no flaking, lots of smoke and a mild earthy taste. No nicotine buzz and cool smoking with no lingering after taste. These are my favorite cigars in all Nub Connecticut sizes I've tried. Smoke time about 35 minutes.
100
These NUB Connecticuts really hit the spot. Very densely packed, no flaking, lots of smoke and a mild earthy taste. No nicotine buzz and cool smoking with no lingering after taste. These are my favorite cigars in all Nub Connecticut sizes I've tried. Smoke time about 45 minutes.
100
Now, THIS is my kind of cigar. Very densely packed, no flaking, lots of smoke and a mild earthy taste. No nicotine buzz and cool smoking with no lingering after taste. These are my favorite cigars in all Nub Connecticut sizes I've tried. Smoke time about 65 minutes.
100
Now, THIS is my cigar. Very densely packed, no flaking, lots of smoke and a mild earthy taste. No nicotine buzz and cool smoking with no lingering after taste. These are my favorite cigars in all Nub Connecticut sizes I've tried. Smoke time was about 50 minutes.
80
Very dense and well packed with no filler flaking. It had a leathery and earthy taste with lots of smoke. It had a strong flavor that was too strong for me and gave a moderate nicotine buzz with long lingering after taste. Once again, if a person likes a stronger cigar then this would score much higher.
80
Very dense and well packed cigar with only a trace of filler flaking. I found these two hard to light and with moderate smoke. Burn was even though once lit. It had a spicy, slightly smoky flavor and full body. Once again, this cigar proved too strong for me (hence the low score) and gave a stronger than liked nicotine buzz. It also left a lingering heavy after taste. For a person who likes a strong cigar, this would be a much better smoke than for a person like me.
75
Beautifully built cigar with very nice smell. Lots of smoke, easy to light, and good even burn. Price is right for a very nice cigar, so why do I score it so low. I'm a sissy and it kicked my butt. Way too strong and a very long after taste. If I could stand a strong cigar I would rate it much higher.
87
Wowie! This was a super strong cigar but didn't stay that way. It would be really strong, then be medium, then go back to full strength. There was one bad vein and the construction was alright i guess. Ash was a slight grey-ish looking color.
85
The Vega Talanga Tercio was something I came across in a $20 grab bag from CI one time. At first I assumed it would be like most buck sticks (tolerable, but just a step above garbage). Since that one, I have bought 2 bundles of the Tercio. Supposedly the VT Terc is supposed to have a knotted cap and a shaggy foot, however mine (maybe the Corona doesn't have it) had a standard cap and a clean cut foot. The first half an inch of this cigar is actually pretty bitter, almost terrible. I was close to throwing it away. I am glad I didn't (note: you should toast the foot and blow out a couple times with this one before actually smoking it). The cigar has a very woody underflavor that is blended with subtle hints of earth and cream at different points. For a $1 cigar, it's fairly multi-dimensional, makes for a great everyday stick. I paired this (due to the woody hints), with a glass of Laphroaig.
92
I was relatively new to Nubs up until about a month or so ago. I wasn't afraid of it, but more like a curious bystander watching something happen and not really sure what to make of it. I am now, officially, hooked on the Nub. I've only had the Cameroon's to this point, but they are great. The 460 Cammie is such a big cigar.. wait, no it's not. No, really it is.. this badboy will burn longer than most churchills (I clocked just under 1 1/2 hours) With all cameroons, I had spice almost throughout this cigar, with very subtle and flavorful earthy undertones that varied as it went along. The burn was even the entire way, never had to hit it with the torch and of course, the ash held like a champ (until like a fool I wasn't paying attention and hit the end against my side table). I would definately recommend this to anyone.
87
The Pimp Stick is part of the Natural Ltd Line (which also includes the Irish Hops). Known for being extremely well constructed, I was not surprised to find no soft spots and have no wrapper issues. I don't think I ever have with a Drew Estate. The cigar is a figurado shape and lights up very easily. It's a good tasting cigar, but didn't really knock my socks off (it's one of the more "natural" of the Natural series).. The first third held a pretty solid, white ash and get off plenty of smoke. It had a spice flavor throughout which actually remained for a good portion of the second third as well. The ash fell off shortly into the second third and there was a flavor I could not pin down.. nothing bad, just couldn't figure it out. The final third had a flavor I am not a huge fan off, but I actually never noticed before with a Pimp Stick. Typically I get very subtle hints of chocolate with the Pimp Stick, this time it was still chocolate, but bitter (like baking chocolate).. not a very good finish. I would recommend this cigar, as I think the bitter was a oddity from the other Pimp Sticks I have had, but I would recommend the Irish Hops over this one (even if it does taste more "infused")
92
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Tobacco Scent at Foot: Rich earthy soil Appearance: Well made and constructed Wrapper: Very nice Brown in color with some prominent veining Feel: Tight and Firm Tongue: Bitter and Leathery Flavor on Draw: Cedar and again a slight woodsy twist, maybe oak Smoke Taste: Very nice light peppery and creamy taste Flavor Changes: Pretty constant 2/3 through and picked up a bit at the end.. Strength: I would say a constant medium strength that did pick up intensity at the end 1/3 that was a full bodied cigar Feeling: A really relaxing cigar that I enjoyed very much Scent of Smoke: Hard to say Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: None Draw: Very nice clean draw Finish: Very smooth finish and again was constant from the start Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: After the first draw of this cigar I knew it was similar to the 601 Red that I like very good job. This was my first one. Make any notes beyond what you noted already I have to say, anything Don Pepin over see has got to turn out to be a pretty good cigar. From the choice of wrapper, binder and filler he never stops amazing me. I would diffidently recommend this cigar.
60
Pre-Smoke Sent of Wrapper: Slight oak--???? Sent at Foot: Wood. Wrapper: Conn.Wrapper and notice several veins. Feel: Spongy Tongue: A small taste of spice but nothing exciting. Flavor on Draw: Field Grass. Smoke Taste: The taste was confusing to me. It was all over the place, earth, wood, oak, grass and really could not pin point one specific taste. Really did not enjoy this. I usually can tell when rolling the smoke through my nose and mouth but the taste when doing this I did not enjoy. Strength: Mild Sent of smoke: Stale smell. Heat on Fingers and in mouth: None. Draw: Good. Finish: I really could not finish this smoke and had to stop 2/3 into. There were issues with the burn, taste, aroma and first thing in the morning was not a good idea. Other aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I usually have good comments here but sorry but the cigar was to me not what I would recommend and or purchase. The only rating for this smoke I could give that is a positive one was the wrapper appearance, draw and putting it down. Just being honest—Sorry!
80
Pre-Smoke Sent of Wrapper: Nutty. Sent at Foot: .Dirt earth type smell. Wrapper: Looked like a Nic./ Nice. Feel: Gave a little doing the pinch test. Tongue: I could not really tell. Flavor on Draw: Taste of straw. Smoke Taste: This is a very nice tasting smoke, taste of cedar, spices and earth. At first light the flavors “all” were trying to confuse my senses and notes of the cedar really hit heavy then came the combo of cedar & Spice. After I smoked about half the flavor of pepper started hitting my nostrils—made me sneeze. Strength: Med. -- Full. Sent of smoke: It was nice enough to take this outside and really could not tell. Heat on Fingers and in mouth: None on figures and very little in mouth at the end. Draw: Very nice draw. Finish: Full peppery finish with some hints of cedar. Other aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: This is a very nice smoke that that I would enjoy once a week—The make up of this cigar was very well planned and put together. Nice binder and filler that held the ash together in the wind pretty good. The draw, burn and taste was very nice.
80
Pre-Smoke Sent of Wrapper: Cedar Sent at Foot: Field Grass--Woodsy Wrapper: Nice wrapper, looked to be a habano wrapper but noted a few veins that did not affect my impressions of the cigar. Feel: Tightly rolled, nicely rolled--comfortable. Tongue: No tingle for me--Earthly taste Flavor on Draw:Again field Grass Smoke Taste:It to me was a slight taste of oak with a mild flavor and continued through out entire smoke. Did not notice any changes in this cigar. Stayed constant. Strength:This was a very mild smoke. Sent of smoke:I really did not noticed a heavy smell and was pleasant in the house. No complaints from the wife . Heat on Fingers and in mouth:Notta--None Draw: Draw was great --did not get tight at all--this was impressive due to the tightness of the roll. tells me it is a quality smoke. Finish: The finish was the same as the start--maybe a slight difference--maybe to start a very mild to mild at the finish. Other aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I liked the Burn , Draw and look of the wrapper for this cigar. It just did not have the flavors I was anticipating form the looks of the cigar. I do have one more and will smoke outdoors to maybe see if I see any changes. For now it was a good mild cigar and with little taste.
90
Pre-Smoke Sent of Wrapper:Very nice sent of Cocoa Sent at Foot: Earthy Wrapper: Very nice wrapper and no problems with unraveling, No bad spots very clean Feel:Nice tight feel –No soft spots anywhere. Tongue: Slight tingle and after taste Sweet like chocolate Flavor on Draw: The draw was O K not tight and hints again of Cocoa. Smoke Taste: Spicy and taste like cocoa Strength: Full Bodied Sent of smoke: The scent was again like burn chocolate. Heat on Fingers and in mouth: None what so ever until the nub! Draw:Very nice smooth draw Finish: The finish was very good-smoked to the nub and enjoyed the time limit of this smoke. It had a many spices but the most memorable would again be Cocoa. Other aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I really liked and enjoyed this cigar from the very start till I dreaded having to lay it down. The first third there was a little confusing but started to pick up a taste of pleasant spices and dark coffee. There was plenty of smoke and ringed a few puffs. My nose really enjoyed the immense flavors of the cocoa all threw the cigar. As the cigar got smaller the smoke really picked up its intensity. It was differently a full flavored cigar that I would enjoy every once in a while. I really enjoyed this smoke and the length of time in which to smoke—Very Nice!
93
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Spice Scent at Foot: Leather Appearance: This is starting to be one of my favorite sizes and the pig tail cap looks outstanding Wrapper: Very nice clean looking brown wrapper with some slight veining Feel: Firm Tongue: Leathery & Earthy Flavor on Draw: Cedar and slight spice Smoke Taste: Leather,wood and tobacco flavor—very nice Flavor Changes: After the Woodsy, leathery taste at the atsrt the smoke started to change and I picked up a slight hint of Coffee and or Chocolate Strength: Full Feeling: An outstanding and stellar cigar. This is one of my favorite blends and really gets your senses moving. I would recommend if you have yet to try get one of these and you will really enjoy it with a cup of Joe or a nice libation. Scent of Smoke: Tobacco Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: Did not notice Draw: For a Lancero this was outstanding and clean Finish: Man what a spicy filled smoke. The spice and coffee really picked up at the end. Lots of smoke and flavor galore. Great taste. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I usually smoke a cigar with my cup of coffee in the early AM and this one really started my day in the right direction. The coffee, spice and woodsy taste paired very well with my morning coffee. .This cigar has got to be one of the number one smokes today. I have heard nothing but good things about this line Make any notes beyond what you noted already: I have always enjoyed a good, clear draw Lancero and this had to be one of those Lancero that you wish it would have lasted longer. The cost is a little much than some 90 plus rated cigars but like always would enjoy seeing the price drop some. Maybe if the embargo is lifted I will buy a couple boxes.
89
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Very nice smell of cedar and tobacco Scent at Foot: Cedar Appearance: Great look and the pig tail is always a nice look Wrapper: Very fine veins—no blemishes at all—very clean Feel: Firm Tongue: Cedar Flavor on Draw: Woodsy, earthy draw Smoke Taste: Slight nutty with slight hints of spice Flavor Changes: This smoke started out a smooth mild to medium smoke that picked up a bit at the ½ way mark—the end started to get fuller but noted some slight bitterness and leathery taste. At the 2/3 mark it looked to start a bad burn but corrected itself and was no problem. Strength: Medium to Full Feeling: The flavors were consistent with no drastic change--- The sweet and spicy flavor I did enjoy but the bitterness with the leather for some reason took me off guard. I would enjoy the combination of both with more spice. Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: I smoked it to the nub a was a bit warm at the end but not hot Draw: A very slight tug on the draw and was very good Finish: Finished to the nub as the pictures shows—I enjoyed this one from start to finish. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: The look of the cigar is very nice and expected much more –Though it was a good smoke I would have appreciated more spice. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: I wonder if the flavor will get better with age due to the Criollo wrapper. The flavors were a bit mild for me I still really liked the cigar.
92
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Tobacco Scent at Foot: Tobacco Appearance: Very nice looking cigar Wrapper: Wrapper very nice, some prominent veins Feel: Near the cap it was tight and a little spongy from middle to foot Tongue: Spicy Flavor on Draw: Earthy, spicy taste Smoke Taste: Cedar and peppery Flavor Changes: At the start it was full of pepper and cedar that change pretty quick and picked up its intensity with earthy and slight nutty flavors with a creamy back ground. The half way mark there was taste of coffee—very nice. At the end it was allot of spice with leather tones—this was a great smoke and really would enjoy one with a better burn. Strength: Full from the start to finish-- Feeling: I enjoyed it while the burn stayed in line. Other than that it was a great cigar. Scent of Smoke: Tobacco Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: Narrry none Draw: Draw had a slight tug that was pleasant Finish: Lots of pepper and spice Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: This bums me a little because of the burn. Re-touch many times, distracted me and was not really able to enjoy 100 %. I dry boxed this for a couple days and still had a burn issue. It was still a very great smoke. I just don’t care for the touch ups when purchasing a pricy smoke. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: What I would enjoy is to have one of these smokes burn even for me. It seems to start well and then it would go off. So after re-touch it started back it’s coarse only to have a re-light again. This was annoying to me. The flavors, taste and smoke when on track was stellar though. That is what kept my interest.
81
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Cedar Scent at Foot: Earthy and slight pepper Appearance: Not a bad looking smoke Wrapper: Very nice brown wrapper with a double band that made it interesting Feel: Firm Tongue: Earthy, wood & cedar maybe some slight hints of leather Flavor on Draw: I tasted a little cocoa maybe some more cedar Smoke Taste: Better than Indian Tobac but was not what I would have expected. Flavor Changes: Pretty constant 2/3 through and picked up a bit at the end.. Strength: I would say a constant medium with sometimes getting a fuller taste Feeling: From the look of this and the prelate I was expecting something more powerful and was a bit let down. Was still an O K smoke Scent of Smoke: Did not really notice Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: NO Draw: Easy and clear draw Finish: Half way through I noticed some coffee again and the last 1/3 picked up with the pepper and spice that did not last (very little) Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: From the look and feel I thought I was in for a treat and as I said was not in for a let down .I would recommend this line to someone starting out but not to my seasonal friends. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: I am very fond of the R P Ole World Reserve and this lie was in no way near that caliber. Though it was an O K smoke it really did not tell me to hurry and get some more.
83
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Cedar Scent at Foot: What else but Cedar Appearance: Nice color, nicely rolled and packed tobacco Wrapper: Medium to Dark Cameroon wrapper looked tasty. Feel: Compact Tongue: Cedar with a bit of hay Flavor on Draw: Earthy Smoke Taste: Really nice flow of Cedar and spice Flavor Changes: Not noticeable until 2/3 into the smoke—the flavors of the Cameroon started in and was very enjoyable—a smooth and rich flavor Strength: A steady Medium smoke threw out the entire cigar Feeling: I have always enjoyed this line and was a custom to the Belicoso -- the Robusto size was O K but remembered the Belicoso to be a little more flavor in it. Scent of Smoke: Cedar Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: NO Draw: Draw had a bit of a tug to it--Not Bad—should have let it rest for a few weeks maybe Finish: Cedar and a bit of salty taste at the nub Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I was not impressed with this smoke like I was with the Belicoso –maybe the size difference and the resting time may have been reasons for this review not to be as good as I was anticipating Make any notes beyond what you noted already: I may have out grown these smokes as my taste have become more accustom to the newer lines out today. I still enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone that has not tried to give it a whirl.
89
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Slight cedar Scent at Foot: Grassy Appearance: Great looking smoke from all angles Wrapper: Very nice Cuban Habano wrapper with some very small veins Feel: Tight Tongue: A little spice and leather Flavor on Draw: Slight Cedar and can’t put my senses on another flavor profile that is present, maybe nutty??? Smoke Taste: Cocoa, Coffee and Peppery Flavor Changes: Very nice start with hints of coffee that paired well with the cocoa and pepper that picked up in strength very quick with no delays. The last 1/3 I also noted hints of oak or wood and nuts that was pleasant tasting. Strength: Full Feeling: Good feeling cigar, relaxing taste and pretty nice smoke and flavors—well rounded cigar Scent of Smoke: Not to good on this part—maybe smoke Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: None Draw: Very clear and clean Finish: The cigar had no bad after tastes and had a very nice peppery finish. I took my time smoking it and the flavor profile was up my alley. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: The cigar burn, draw and taste were very good and enjoyed the slow burn it had. The ash held well and had that cubanist look. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: I thought this was a very good cigar – the look, feel and taste were all very good, I was very pleased with this cigar from start to finish--- if you have yet to give this one a try—do not hesitate.
93
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Cedar Scent at Foot: Earthy cedar Appearance: Very clean and well made cigar—impressive looking Wrapper: Excellent wrapper with some very tiny veins Feel: Firm Tongue: Bitter with a slight tingling Flavor on Draw: Grassy with notes of cedar and a slight taste of oak maybe Smoke Taste: A Spicy, Peppery smoke with subtle notes of cream Flavor Changes: The flavors were very consistent at the beginning with spice and pepper that moved on to a coffee taste at the end—the cigar went from a Mild start to a Medium Finish... Strength: This is a medium smoke with the flavors that are sleek and enjoyable. Feeling: I always like this as a early morning smoke with a nice cup of coffee—I hear many speak on this cigar and are not all positive but got to tell everyone, you pay for what you get—The cost around $10 for a well made , smooth, tasty well made cigar is a good price. Scent of Smoke: Wood / Oak and plenty of smoke Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: None Draw: Draw was very clean and smooth and the ash was excellent Finish: From the start of this cigar all the way to the nub was a fantastic smoke—If you want everything you expect in a fine well made cigar that is a medium smoke this is one that I would always recommend— Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I really enjoyed everything about this smoke—the burn, draw and flavors were great and can only say that about a very few cigars. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: This cigar had no bitter taste at all and was very enjoyable – I would recommend that you take an hour or more to sit and relax when trying this cigar.
93
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Rich Tobacco Scent at Foot: Rich Tobacco Appearance: This was an excellent looking cigar that I’ve wanted to try—from the color of the wrapper with the triple cap very nice looking Wrapper: There was slight veining and this wrapper was a master piece—great looking! Feel: Tightly rolled Tongue: Leather Flavor on Draw: Chocolate and sweet coffee Smoke Taste: Sweet Coffee and slight hints of a nutty flavor Flavor Changes: This smoke started with a punch of coffee, nutty flavor with me starting to taste a bit of chocolate. The 2nd. Part of this smoke came the chocolate, man what a sweet tasting smoke. The last 3rd. I noticed some leather that really rounded out this cigar. All of my favor flavors. Strength: Full Feeling: I always in the morning with my first cigar of the day pair it with my coffee. This was a very intense smoke with lots of smoke and the taste was great. Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: None Draw: Very smooth and easy draw. Finish: The flavor at the finish was a taste of thick Coffee & Leather. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I really wanted to let this smoke sit a while but from the look of it and the taste of the foot it was irresistible. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: Gotta tell you-- I checked the price on these and they are a bit costly at around $10.00 a stick. After smoking it though I would differently grab one the next time at the B & M. Very relaxing smoke.
85
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Leathery Scent at Foot: Tobacco Appearance: Nice looking size and color Wrapper: Some veining and very nice even brown color Feel: Firm Tongue: Slight Cocoa Flavor on Draw: Leather and earthy Smoke Taste: Very nice and consistent Earthy, woodsy taste Flavor Changes: None that I could really notice--- maybe picked up a slight taste of chocolate in the background. Hard to pin point. Strength: Medium Feeling: I really wanted this cigar to pick up from the start, but after ½ ways through the flavors was just the same. It was not a bad cigar but form the looks of it I thought I was in for a surprise. Let me down a bit. Got several left and will see what happens the next time I torch one up. Scent of Smoke: None other than tobacco Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: None Draw: Good draw with plenty of smoke Finish: Nice looking cigar, tobacco taste was average and had very slight hints of several different flavors but was not constant enough to pin point exactly what it was. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: The burn and ash held very well and the taste was the same throughout. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: Will see what the next one brings in hopes it may have been my taste buds not aligning like they usually do with my morning cup of coffee.
90
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Cocoa Scent at Foot: Tobacco Appearance: Dark brown chocolate wrapper with one vein running from the head to the foot. Wrapper: Very sweet looking brown wrapper with a triple cap Feel: Very Firm Tongue: Leather Flavor on Draw: Earthy with hints of leather Smoke Taste: Earth, Leather and Spice Flavor Changes: From the start it had a slight earth taste that picked up a strong leather and spicy flavor throughout. Strength: Full Bodied Feeling: This cigar really kept my interest all the way through. Very complex and very delicious smoke Scent of Smoke: Slight smell of spice Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: No heat at all Draw: Easy draw with no burn problems Finish: I really like the Miami line but this cigar has more of a sweet leathery taste that was outstanding and pleasing Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: Retro inhaled this cigar many times and each time I was very impressed with the taste and aroma. The only bad point is the price. At $7-$20.00 a stick I found this to be a bit pricey. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: This was another triple cap cigar made known by some of the finest Cuban Cigars made. The wrapper and taste was great and will always recommend to anyone looking for a great cigar.
97
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Earthy Scent at Foot: Cedar Appearance: This smoke was stellar looking with its shape, size and wrapper color. Wrapper: This wrapper was very nice no flaws and very tiny veins and an oily shine to top it off. Feel: Firm Tongue: Leather Flavor on Draw: Cedar and Peppery Smoke Taste: Spicy, pepper and cedar Flavor Changes: Leather and spice during the first ½. Then, wow what a great leathery, peppery taste in the last ½ of the smoke. Strength: Full Feeling: Very nice cigar and the price tag told me that this might be a gang buster and it was. I have had many expensive cigars that did not live up to the hype and this was not one of them. Man what a smoke. Scent of Smoke: Scent of leather, slight but was noticeable. Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: Nary None Draw: Smooth and easy draw--Fantastic Finish: This was a constant flavor smoke with leather, cedar and pepper from start to finish. Flawless—? Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: With many spicy, leathery tasting cigars this one at the finish was not hot or harsh at all. The draw was never a problem also. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: This is one stellar cigar and will need to find me a couple more. I have held on to this cigar for the right time to torch and what a Christmas present it was. My favorite combination of Leather, earth, pepper and cedar in a cigar and to top it off the burn and heat were not noticeable at all.
86
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Sweet Scent at Foot: Earthy Appearance: Nice wrapper and tobacco was packed pretty nice looking over the foot. Wrapper: The leaf is not as Red as I have seen some Habana wrappers are ---Dark lines swirling the length of the wrapper. Feel: Tight Tongue: Cedar Flavor on Draw: Taste of cedar and slight spiciness tones Smoke Taste: Spicey, Flavor Changes: I noticed a slight spicy taste that picked up as the heat hit the cigars ½ way point picking up the rest of the way to the finish. Strength: Med to Full—First half Med. and the end was much fuller. Feeling: A good tasting cigar that impressed me the second time around. I enjoyed the smoke but had to touch up to keep the burn straight.. Scent of Smoke: Not sure Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: No Heat. Draw: Very good draw with no problems. Finish: Was a bit like the start but with a little more kick Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: So I guess this goes to say “Don’t give up after your first try”, Try a second one and see what you think then. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: I smoked one of these after they first came out and thought it was just O K. the one I smoked today had some humi time on it and must say the flavors are not that bad and enjoyed my second one.
91
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Deep dark chocolate Scent at Foot: Spicy and earthy Appearance: Great looking wrapper, no massive veining and cap off nicely. Wrapper: Very dark black spicy looking wrapper. Feel: Firm & Tight Tongue: Spice and a slight hint of pepper Flavor on Draw: Sweet & Spicy Smoke Taste: Peppery, spices and really got my senses going. I could taste the sweet flavor I noticed earlier and really took me by surprise. Flavor Changes: Very nice mellow sweet taste, chocolate, hints of spice that really picked up ½ ways through and was making my head spin a bit to the full rush of Pepper. Strength: Started medium and packed a Full punch at the end. Totally taken off guard. Feeling: Before torching this smoke make sure to do it on a “FULL” stomach. I will have another after a full meal and think I will enjoy it much better. Beads of sweat on my forehead and taking a “Nip” of clear water did not help things. Very nice flavors and burn was a little out but not a problem. Scent of Smoke: I can’t really say-- Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: None Draw: Very clean draw Finish: Peppery and very spicy. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: This is for the avid cigar smoker and would not recommend to someone just starting out. It says it was a Med/ Full and I have to say it was more on the Full side especially at the nub Make any notes beyond what you noted already: CAO is continuing to move in the right direction and the flavor profiles are come along quite nicely. I would rate this as an “Excellent”, cigar that for anyone that wants something that really packs a punch from ½ way mark to the end—this is for you.
90
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Woodsy Scent at Foot: Sweet & Peppery Appearance: Very nice dark brown wrapper Wrapper: Some veins throughout the wrapper and looked to be a well aged Feel: Tight feel Tongue: Woodsy. Different from some I have tasted Flavor on Draw: Earthy Smoke Taste: I looked through the list and found the closet match to be a hickory, creamy taste. Also present was a slight sweetness of coffee. Flavor Changes: None , again at the end Strength: Medium to Full Feeling: I really like this cigar. No overwhelming with the flavors but enough to pick up the different taste from start to finish. It was constant and at the end was a little sweet reminder. Scent of Smoke: Smelled like cedar sort of. Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: Only at the nub the heat was present which goes without saying Draw: Perfect draw no obstructions Finish: The finish picked up more spice and cream. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: The burn was a little out and needed to adjust it a bit and a few times. It was not real bad but overall I really like this stick, flavors and taste. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: I would recommend everyone try if not already. You may have problems locating this smoke due to the limited numbers made. What a sad feeling. The taste and flavors are very good.
92
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Sweet smell Scent at Foot: Slight Sweet Cedar Appearance: A very dark Cameroon wrapper color was great looking and uniform though the whole length of the cigar. No blemishes what so ever. Wrapper: Very nice dark, clean and smooth to the touch. A slight sheen to it also. Still showing signs of the oil and I have had this one resting for at least 2-3 years. Great looking wrapper. Feel: The feel was what one would think and see in a well made cigar. A tightly rolled. cigar. Tongue: Earthy Flavor on Draw: Sweet & leathery—looking forward to this one. Smoke Taste : Leather and lots of Cream, sweet and tasty. Flavor Changes: The flavor or cedar and earth intensified with the creamy taste picking up as I got to the ½ way mark and there after. Medium strength. Strength: Med/Full Feeling: I liked this smoke very much and Montecristo lived up to their name on this blend. I enjoyed the Peruvian spices and the cream given off from this smoke. Very enjoyable and would recommend it highly to anyone. Scent of Smoke: This is a great smell of a sweet and well balanced smoke. Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: None what so ever. Draw: Excellent Draw with no issues with the burn. Finish: The spices started picking up enough to get my attention. This combined of pepper with the Cream was outstanding and delicious. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: This cigar burn and aroma were both outstanding. The taste was evenly distributed throughout this entire cigar. Glad I have a few more resting. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: I hated to finish this cigar. Every draw I anticipated from one to the next. Every draw from this cigar was better than the one before with the strength picking up form the 1’2 way mark to the nub.
91
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Smells like coffee, rich and peppery. Scent at Foot: Slight scent of leather and pepper, almost sneezed. Appearance: Very nice looking cigar. Had a small vein on one side and I think this is something you will notice on any cigar with this type of wrapper. The color was consistent and very clean. I liked the look and feel of this size and the appearance was exceptional. Wrapper: A small vein, looks like a piece of chocolate. No blemishes and noticed the cap was a triple cap. Feel: Tightly rolled and firm. Tongue: Leather and earthy taste. Flavor on Draw: Not any tingle on draw but did noticed hints of coffee. Smoke Taste : Leathery and Nutty Flavor Changes: The first 1/2 of the cigar was full of Pepper, Leather and Spice. As I entered the second 1/2 picked up some Nutty flavors and the Spice mellowed into it very nice. Strength: The first half was medium and it intensified after the ½ way mark. Picked up to a full flavor with lots of coffee, leather and spice. The spices intensified with no problems of heat or harshness during the finish. Feeling: I would recommend all to try. This is going to be on my rotation for sure. If you want a cigar that gives you many different flavors and spices, this is the one you need to try. Scent of Smoke: Not good at telling what the scent was during this smoke. My wife tells me it smells like my coffee brewing but with a Smokey smell. Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: No heat on figures or mouth. Burns cool throughout the whole smoke. Draw: The draw was perfect with a very slight restricted draw. Perfect and what I expect in a premium cigar. Finish: There was an after taste of coffee and that pair very well with my morning cup of Joe. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I really enjoy this cigar as I stated it will be in my rotation as a early morning smoke. It pairs well with coffee, and will check it next time with an evening glass of rum no ice. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: I would highly recommend this cigar as it will not let you down. Compared to the other AB Blends this one takes the ribbon. It’s a very relaxing and complex smoke that will sure have your senses on their toes.
84
Pre-Smoke Sent of Wrapper: Cedar Sent at Foot: Field Grass--Woodsy Wrapper: Nice wrapper, looked to be a habano wrapper but noted a few veins that did not affect my impressions of the cigar. Feel: Tightly rolled, nicely rolled--comfortable. Tongue: No tingle for me--Earthly taste Flavor on Draw:Again field Grass Smoke Taste:It to me was a slight taste of oak with a mild flavor and continued through out entire smoke. Did not notice any changes in this cigar. Stayed constant. Strength:This was a very mild smoke. Sent of smoke:I really did not noticed a heavy smell and was pleasant in the house. No complaints from the wife . Heat on Fingers and in mouth:Notta--None Draw: Draw was great --did not get tight at all--this was impressive due to the tightness of the roll. tells me it is a quality smoke. Finish: The finish was the same as the start--maybe a slight difference--maybe to start a very mild to mild at the finish. Other aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I liked the Burn , Draw and look of the wrapper for this cigar. It just did not have the flavors I was anticipating form the looks of the cigar. I do have one more and will smoke outdoors to maybe see if I see any changes. For now it was a good mild cigar and with little taste.
88
Sent of Wrapper: Field Grass Sent at Foot: I love the dirt smell—earthy I guess. Wrapper: Nice color wrapper almost a Habano color, but a little lighter. Very slight veining and the cap was spot on. I liked the wrapper—looked clean and very well made. Feel: Tightly wrapped , very nice. Tongue: Could not really taste anything. Flavor on Draw: Field Grass Smoke Taste: The cigar from the very beginning was an easy draw and full of flavors some of which I enjoyed. Many spices but what got my attention was the pepper. Reminded me of the Oliva line. Strength: Full. Sent of smoke: My wife was a little upset because this was # 2 in the house today. She said this one smelled like someone was burning leaves. A good scent. Heat on Fingers and in mouth: None—at all. Draw: Great draw from start to finish. Finish: This cigar was very relaxing and was able to get many aspect of the cigar after a good meal. It was peppery, and lots of smoke. Other aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I also felt this was along the lines of the Oliva’s. Nice construction, burn taste and smoke. This is a Full Bodied smoke and picked up after ¼ of the smoke really well. The burn was consistent and the ash looked to be from a plant in very nicely cultivated soil. I would highly rate this smoke and would also if not already, purchase some.
90
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Cedar and slight leather Scent at Foot: Leathery Appearance: This is a Torpedo with slight veining and the look of chocolate. Wrapper: Dark & Sweet looking with slight veining and a pointy cap. Feel: Firm Tongue: Leather. Flavor on Draw: Earthy tones with hints of spice. Smoke Taste: Rich, Peppery with a slight creamy taste. Flavor Changes: After the ½ way mark the taste picked up slightly with more leather, spice and cream. At the nub it did have some very slight hints of nuts. Strength: I find this to be a medium to full smoke. Feeling: Great taste and always like torching this cigar with a cup of coffee. The creamy taste was great. The only problem I had with it was after the half way mark I needed to control the burn a bit. It did not have a bad impact on my feelings but was a bit distracting. Scent of Smoke: Smoke & slight cedar. Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: When I got to the nub that the heat was noticeable. Other than that it was very cool throughout. Draw: Very clean and clear draw. Finish: The finish was a bit warm but the slight nutty flavor would take my taste buds off of that. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I enjoy the entire Padron line. After my first one I had to have more. Very much in my rotation and will always be. Make any notes beyond what you noted already I would recommend this cigar to everyone to try. It will not displease you.
93
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Rich, fertile and earthy Scent at Foot: Earth and a slight spicy smell Appearance: The color was constant and the look was cubanist. Wrapper: Very nice Dark and well aged wrapper, no flaws. Feel: Tight Tongue: Leather Flavor on Draw: Tobacco & sweet Smoke Taste: Spicy and hints of creamy caramel Flavor Changes: This cigar started out with a clean tobacco taste that really picked up intensity at the ½ way mark with its spicy, earthy and creamy taste Strength: Full Feeling: I like the triple cap as that from the start says allot about how the cigar was made. Scent of Smoke: Tobacco Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: Only when I got to the nub that I noticed the heat—other than that, it was a cool smoke from the start till the nib. Draw: Very nice and clean draw Finish: The finish was very spicy and full of smoke. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I remember my first Illusione and from my first till this one, it is always a fantastic smoke for any occasion. The Burn, draw and taste were constant and really kick me in my backside at the nub. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: This is another favorite of mine. I like the overall taste and construction of this cigar. The only problem is with the ash, as when you least expect it to fall, it will so be careful. Dion Giolito blends some very nice cigars and I give him many props for the outstanding work he has done and continues to do. Thanks Very Much Dion!
91
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Earthy Scent at Foot: Cedar Appearance: Dark brown wrapper looks like a piece of chocolate Wrapper: There is one prominent vein running and a couple small veins also—overall not bad looking Feel: Well made and constructed—very firm Tongue: Spices and Leather Flavor on Draw: A nice taste of coffee and or cedar Smoke Taste: Many flavors in this smoke from the coffee, nutty flavor, and spice you can’t help but taste and smell the pepper Flavor Changes: This again started with taste of leather and hints of coffee that you can really get use too Strength: Full Feeling: I really like this size and the constant flavors that come from it. They are what I would enjoy in all the cigars I smoke but have only found it in this smoke and maybe one other.. Scent of Smoke: Tobacco Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: None Draw: Very nice smooth and easy draw Finish: After the great taste of leather and coffee this bad boy had a very nice chocolate finish that’s was awesome and very enjoyable Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: The smoke and aroma were very full and present during this entire cigar. It also had a great burn with no problems Make any notes beyond what you noted already From both the flavor and strength of this cigar I found it to be one of the top smokes out there. Now that I have tried this size I have to say I gathered more flavor changes and taste in the size as compared to the cg4 and 88. All very good smokes
92
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Chocolate Scent at Foot: Cedar / Tobacco Appearance: Though the wrapper had many dark spots and the slight veining was also present, I did not let this deter me from my review Wrapper: Again, it had some dark spots and slight veining / the wrapper was not a perfect wrapper by all means but has had this cigar before and was not an issue. Feel: A little spongy Tongue: Bitter, Spicy Flavor on Draw: Hints of cocoa Smoke Taste: Started out with the taste of cedar then I noticed in the background some very sweet taste that only lasted through a couple of draws. Flavor Changes: The flavors were pretty constant with cedar, pepper and picked up with some chocolate and spice nearing the end. Strength: Med/ / Full Feeling: I enjoy this cigar for its strength and enjoyment for an early morning smoke with my cup of coffee. The smoke was plentiful and the taste was very good. Scent of Smoke: Really did not notice Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: At the very end there was a bit of heat Draw: Very nice even draw and burn Finish: The flavor of chocolate and or cocoa at the end was very good and make’s this cigar one of my favorite quick smokes. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I enjoy the combination of Nicaraguan & Peruvian as filler and with the Honduran wrapper to keep this smoke sweet, spicy and tasting great Make any notes beyond what you noted already The burn, ash and flavors coming from this cigar were pretty good and have several resting. I would recommend if you like the taste of cocoa and spice to give this smoke a go. I picked my box up from one of the devil sites from a bid I won. I was curious of these smokes and read about them several times and read several reviews as well. I tried and I liked it, and the rest is history.
90
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Sweet Tobacco Scent at Foot: Slight Cedar and Tobacco Appearance: Nice wrapper the color made me hungry Wrapper: Great looking wrapper with a one prominent vein and a couple small ones also Feel: Compact and tightly rolled Tongue: Slight leather and cedar nothing strong or tingling Flavor on Draw: Could taste hints of cedar and maybe floral—all I could taste and from the list it pretty much described it Smoke Taste: Cedar and spice Flavor Changes: Went from a smooth cedar taste with hints of spice that picked up with some floral back ground in the back of my pallet from ½ way mark to the end.. Strength: It started out with a smooth medium taste that picked up really nice to a full smoke. Feeling: A really relaxing cigar that I enjoyed very much and kept me on my tip toes. I enjoyed it very much. Scent of Smoke: Hint of flowers and smoke Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: None Draw: This was a great drawing cigar with no problems at all—great! Finish: Tasted a whole lot of spice and earthy at the end of this cigar and more than enough smoke Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I have yet to have a bad draw on any of the CAO line and must be doing something right to keep it that away. These cigars are very nice with a cup of coffee and really enjoy this blend very much. Make any notes beyond what you noted already The flavors were hard to pick up on but glad I have a copy of the IRCS rating list. The floral back ground was present more at the end and was a really nice taste along with the spice and cedar also. It was smooth and enjoyable from start to finish.
94
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Spice Scent at Foot: Leather Appearance: This is starting to be one of my favorite sizes and the pig tail cap looks outstanding Wrapper: Very nice clean looking brown wrapper with some slight veining Feel: Firm Tongue: Leathery & Earthy Flavor on Draw: Cedar and slight spice Smoke Taste: Leather,wood and tobacco flavor—very nice Flavor Changes: After the Woodsy, leathery taste at the atsrt the smoke started to change and I picked up a slight hint of Coffee and or Chocolate Strength: Full Feeling: An outstanding and stellar cigar. This is one of my favorite blends and really gets your senses moving. I would recommend if you have yet to try get one of these and you will really enjoy it with a cup of Joe or a nice libation. Scent of Smoke: Tobacco Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: Did not notice Draw: For a Lancero this was outstanding and clean Finish: Man what a spicy filled smoke. The spice and coffee really picked up at the end. Lots of smoke and flavor galore. Great taste. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I usually smoke a cigar with my cup of coffee in the early AM and this one really started my day in the right direction. The coffee, spice and woodsy taste paired very well with my morning coffee. .This cigar has got to be one of the number one smokes today. I have heard nothing but good things about this line Make any notes beyond what you noted already I have always enjoyed a good, clear draw Lancero and this had to be one of those Lancero that you wish it would have lasted longer. The cost is a little much than some 90 plus rated cigars but like always would enjoy seeing the price drop some. Maybe if the embargo is lifted I will buy a couple boxes. I would rate this cigar as an “Excellent Cigar.”
92
Pre-smoke Scent of Wrapper: Sweet tobacco smell Scent at Foot: Spicy Appearance: Very tight and nicely rolled--- The tobacco is also compact Wrapper: Light brown Ecuadorian Connecticut Sun grown wrapper with the Cuban feel and look of its pigtailed triple-cap. Feel: Firm Tongue: Grass Flavor on Draw: Taste of grass and sweet tasting tobacco. Smoke Taste: Peppery, spices and really got my senses going. I could taste the grassy flavor I noticed earlier and really took me by surprise. Flavor Changes: [/b] Starting off the flavors was very mild and sweet and as I entered the ½ way mark this baby picked up with hints of Coffee & Cream. . Strength: This is a Medium smoke that will diffidently keep you on your toes. Feeling: I have to say this is another one of my favorite smokes that Pepin and Pete Johnson have their hands in. Anything Pete and Pepin work on always come out to be stellar smokes with many flavor changes blended within. Great Cigar. Scent of Smoke: The smoke was pleasant. Heat on Fingers and in Mouth: No heat with this smoke either. Draw: A slight tug on the draw and after the light, it was perfect. Finish: The finish picked up more spice and creamy also. Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience: I have always said anything Pete Johnson has his hands in I want it. What more can you say about Pepin, what an awesome blender of very well rounded cigars. Make any notes beyond what you noted already: This is another Cigar I would “Highly” recommend to try. The flavors of Pepper, Spices and Cream are all in my flavor profile and sure many here. So if you have yet to try this one put it at the top of your list—you will not regret it. I would rate this cigar as an “Excellent Cigar.”
55
Tightly rolled with few veins. Good amount of smoke and even burn. The killer was that it had only what I can describe as an "odd" taste while smoking but afterwards it had an absolutely terrible aftertaste. This is one that I won't try again.
96
Beautiful cigar with very few veins and tightly wrapped. Strong smell but not overpowering. Easy to light and even burn with good smoke, mild flavor, and very little aftertaste. Cool burning but got slightly hot toward the end but I smoke down past the wrapper. No nicotine buzz. Only down side was the cost.
94
Good smelling cigar with only a few veins. Tightly rolled with no flaking or splits. The flavor is mild with no bite or nicotine buzz. It burned hot toward the end but I may have been smoking it faster than I should have been. Burn was very uneven but touched up easily all the while producing a good amount of smoke.
87
Tightly rolled with few veins. Very good smelling cigar. Good smoke overall that was easy to light and with an even burn until toward the end when it started to burn uneven. It has a slight nutty flavor in the middle but started to take on an ashen taste toward the end. No nicotine buzz but a long lingering aftertaste. It has a good amount of smoke and was cool in smoking.
90
Tightly rolled with minimal veins. Mild peppery flavor with a hint of nut with mild body. Burned a little hot if smoked too quickly. Lots of smoke but with uneven burn at first. Half way through the burn evened out and finished very well. An enjoyable smoke with no lingering after taste.
65
Moderately tight wrapped with moderate veins but some flaking of the outer wrapper occurred after it split during smoking. Burn was uneven and tended to want to go out unless puffed rigorously. Smoke was heavy. No nicotine buzz with slight buttery flavor. Moderate draw. Nice smoke but the wrapper split and flaked while smoking but the killer for me was I could still taste the cigar 24 hours later.
90
Nicely rolled cigar with good smell and fair amount of smoke. Draw was easy with mild flavor but not really identifiable and no nicotine buzz. Burn was even and easily lit. All in all a very pleasant and enjoyable smoke.
60
Veins very prominent in wrapper. No flavor that I could detect but it did have a very even burn and very good draw. Very little smoke and after 2/3 the way through I was so bored I chucked it. Won't be trying these again.
81
Very nice smelling cigar and well rolled. Some veins present. Very smooth and mild with no nicotine buzz. Excellent draw but slightly uneven burn. Three-fourths the way through the taste took on an ashen flavor leaving me with no desire to smoke this one again.
88
Rolled tightly, prominent veins. Smooth smoke with moderate amount of smoke. No nicotine buzz with excellent draw and even burn. No real discernible flavor but a pleasant smoke none the less. I would have preferred more smoke but if one does not like a lot of smoke this one would rate higher.
98
Nutty smoky flavor. Very slight nicotine buzz, just enough to be noticed. Tightly rolled with some veins present. Easily lighted and even burn. Very good amount of smoke. Little to no aftertaste. It is a quick smoke for when you don't have time for a larger Hemmingway.
83
Great smelling cigar, lightly veined, tightly rolled. Mild body and flavor. Would not burn even and required multiple re-lights. Medium amount of smoke Except for the uneven burn and multiple re-lights, it would have rated much higher, in the 90s but the re-lights and uneven burn ruined it for me.
85
Good cigar but a not very complex. It burned evenly, good construction and died once at the end. The smoke was more like a medium strength, maybe even a mild-medium. It was smooth, but didn't leave much of an impression while smoking. I gave it the rating bc it wasn't a bad cigar but I was expecting more.
88
Prelight- Scent of Wrapper: faint pepper Scent of Foot: Strong Pepper Draw: Extremely hard draw Feel: a little spongy, but not in a bad way. The cigar lit very well, and maintained a perfect burn all the way through. The ash held on for 1 to 1 1/2" portions. Initially when I lit this all I could taste was pepper, however as the first third began to unwind I got a coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate.. this actually remained for most of the cigar until pepper came back on strong.. The cigar was a good one, but one I feel I would not buy personally. I would smoke another if it was gifted to me, but I personally feel the Brazilia is a much better cigar for the price.
91
Its only been a few weeks since I received my bundle but I had to smoke one. I don't think they are the 'end all' 95 rating that CA gave them but they are tasty. The toothy wrapper is a dark brown with few veins. It began to flake off at the end during the final third but that may have been my fault. Lots of thick, rich smoke, with hints of spice and cocoa. During the final third I picked up some earthy notes. A tasty stick for sure, and not for the faint of heart. For me this is a full bodied smoke. I look forward to seeing how much they will change with some age on them.
92
Strong cigar with alot of bite. I don't recommend smoking this without eating something first. Smelled great, smoked great without dying and went perfect with my Black Label drink.
89
With age these become smoother and the harshness disappears. Slight hint of cocoa and nutmeg during the first third, with a strong chocolate taste during the final third. They won't be breaking the top 25 of the year (or top 100 for that matter) but for the price they make very nice yard gars.
97
This box of Bolivars has been resting in my vinotemp for a full year so I thought I would see how they have improved over that time. The flawless wrapper looks good enough to eat. Easily lit, with a consistent, perfect draw. The volume and thickness of the smoke is unbelieveable for a Mareva size stick. This is a cigar that you want to slowly savor and enjoy to its fullest. I immediately noticed cocao and hints of coffee, which remained and grew stronger after the first third. For me the taste and smoothness of this cigars is matched only by other isoms with some age. Simply outstanding.
90
wonderful smoke. great prelight flavor, construction, burn, flavor, etc. very coffee/chocolatey. all-around great stick. one of my favs, just wish i could afford to have them around all the time.
81
average. average construction, burn, flavor, smoke, etc. not bad for the price.
90
another of my all-time favs. ive heard knocks on these because of the large ring guage, and admit that i am not the biggest fan of larger sticks...but this being a torp, i can choose how large im going to smoke it as. i love these things first thing in the morning with coffee or at the end of a long day. either way, theyre solid, creamy smoke, relaxing, and just full of great mellowing flavor.
91
absolutely one of my favorites. stiff construction, not loose nor tight on draw, strong. great asskicking cigar, imho.
83
ive had the torpedo of these, and REALLY enjoyed it. i found, while smoking this one though, that i do not enjoy the flavor of the smaller ring-gauge 3 siglos. not bad, but seemed to get really acrid and hot when i wasnt smoking fast or drawing hard on it. meh. will stick to fatter ring-guages with these in the future.
69
prelight was aboslutely horrendous. almost trashed the thing before ever lighting it. gave it a shot anyways, turned out tolerable. not on the list to purchase again, but wanted to give it at least one shot...
91
Scent of Wrapper: No distinct smell Scent at Foot: grassy Appearance: The smoke looked very good. Well wrapped Wrapper: Nice Medium Brown coloring Feel: Very Firm Ratings: Flavor: 85 - While the flavor of the first two thirds were enjoyable, they did not stand out. It was not until I hit the subtle Currant flavor at the end that I was really wowed by it. Construction: 98 - The construction (as you will see) was top notch. I have never had an ash remain like this one did. The only thing that kept it from being a perfect 100 was some cracking to the wrapper in the last 1 1/2". The ash held for the full length of the cigar. Price: 90 - While I did not pay for this smoke, at $4.00, this was a great smoke. Overall: 91 The draw seemed very tight and the cigar seemed extremely firm. It lit up with some work.. at first it produced very little light smoke. This only lasted about 1/4" of an inch and it opened right up. The ash remained white only for about another 1/4" of an inch and then would begin to darken. The first third was very smooth and tasted of leather. The second third brought a very mellow and welcome change. After the leather I was hoping for something light and I got it. A very sweet wheat flavor. The smoke was beginning to increase and it was a nice aroma. The final third, the flavor changed to a wonderful fruity Currant flavor. This remained until the end until the cigar simply got to hot to continue smoking.
91
The wrapper on these beauties is flawless, with a rich light brown hue. The box has a date code of 2001. A wonderful mellow aroma surrounds you as you smoke. I detected hints of chocolate and cinnamon from the second third which became more powerful near the nub. For what I paid I stole these. I prefer stronger sticks which affected my overall rating. If you like mild to medium isom smokes these are worth looking at.
80
Pre-Smoke Scent of Wrapper: Woody Scent at Foot: More wood, perhaps slight pepper Appearance: The cigar looks fantastic, although had one or two decent veins in it. Nothing large enough to draw your attention to it, but noticeable. Wrapper: Medium to Dark brown. Feel: Extremely firm, had a fairly decent size soft spot about 1 1/2" to 2" in. Ratings: Flavor: 82 - While the flavor was not bad, it was nothing to write home about. It started with a fairly heavy wood flavor and ended with that same flavor. It had a very dry, but easy finish. Construction: 78 - I was a bit disappointed in the quality of the cigar.. while the burn was fairly even most of the way it did require about 2 or 3 hits with the torch every inch or so to even it up. When I hit the soft spot it was extremely noticeable as the ash began to split into two. The ash throughout most of the cigar, while perfect white, was very flaky and unforgiving. Any non-fluid movement caused most of the ash to fall off. Price: 80. I got this cigar off CBid at a steal compared to the retail (and the MSRP) .. so for what I paid, not terribly bad, but for what others have paid, I would be very disappointed. The MSRP is $129 (CI sells for $110, I paid $61) for a box of 10. Overall: 80
88
Great little stick. Like to smoke it when i what to smoke but dont have alot of time. Good cigar taste and burn as well.
98
Im almost at a loss of words over this cigar. This is the third one I have had and has yet to disappoint. The wrapper was a beautiful, oily dark brown with no flaws at all. The foot gave off a rich cocoa aroma that resonated to the wrapper. The draw was perfect, not to tight nor loose. Immediately after lighting it the taste came right through. It was a very robust, may mediumfull-full bodied, smoke that was fresh as well. The retrohale proved to be the same. The only flaw in the cigar was that it slightly burned uneven but not to a degree that was complainable. Till the very end the cigar remained the same. This is easily in my Top 5 cigars due to all the elements working together. And probably one of the few cigars that are priced over $10 and worth every penny.
91
As with all torpedo cigars I started by taking a very limited amount off the end to find the perfect draw. I took just about 1/4 inch off the end and the draw was absolutely perfect. I could taste slight tones of leather and perhaps coffee (like a mocha perhaps). I light my cigars using a torch and toasting the end. Some smokes take a lot of effort to torch but this one seemed to get going real quick.. The draw after being lit was still perfect and the smoke gave off a nice pleasant aroma (one thing I have come to love about Olivas they never smell bad). The coffee flavor seemed to get a little stronger through the first 1/3rd and I also noticed hints of spice. Construction seemed to be top notch through the first third and held nearly 1 1/2 inches of perfect white ash. Burn was even (throughout the entire smoke). The coffee flavor seemed to take a slight backseat in in the middle of the cigar and the spice/pepper became a bit more noticeable but only for a short bit.. until I was hit with a wonderful Chocolate flavor .. the ash was not holding as well past the first third.. would not hold more than 3/4 to 1 inch. Not bad, but still perfect white. When all was said and done there was less than an inch left of this cigar. Definately would recommend and will definately be buying more.
73
I got this for free for the New Year and decided to smoke it because I had no other cigars available. The draw was a little tight but the ash was a nice white and it did not die on me. Their was flavor, just not a good one. I think I would of got more pleasure from smoking a Garcia y Vega. I would of given this one below 70, but I tend to be harsher when rating Rocky Patel cigars so this is my good samaritan act of the day.
84
Ok cigar. One bad vein, died a couple times, smoked well. I buy them cause i can smoke them every day.
97
These are one of the best small smokes I have tried. They have some age on them now and have improved nicely. They are milder but the wonderful flavor is still present.
96
Wow, what a cigar! Had this aging for a few months and was near perfect. No ugly veins, burned evenly the entire way and the ash did not fall until I knock it off. At the very end it ended a little too hot but worth it.
79
I only smoked this one because I got it free at an event. Nothing great unless you like smoking hot air. Although the construction was above par, it was not enough to save it.
83
This cigar apparently does not like to age. I have had this one since they came out aging and it does not have the same complexity as when you smoke it right out the box. Construction was great and never burned uneven but there was really nothing to taste. Maybe just some cedar from the humidor, that is all.
80
This stick isnt bad at all, I was actually surprised cause its a mexican cigar. Its mild and has a little sweet taste to it, very pleasant, the aroma is ok but burns very well, I have had several sticks and all have been consistant except for the burn, some burned badly but no big complaints!
90
This cigar was good, not typically the size I like cause the one I had was 7 inches long not 6! It tasted just like the Warlord to me, burned evenly and had the same smell! Wouldnt smoke again unles it was given to me cause the size isnt my preference and it taste like the Warlord.
76
I rated it a 76 cause its a 601 and cause It wasnt bad enough that I threw it out! This cigar was mild to medium which surprised me and was very plain in taste. Burned well, had a decent aroma but I can only describe the taste as plain, it didnt stand out for me!
60
The only reason this cigar is rated a 60 and not 50 is cause of the price. This cigar had a poor shaded wrapper on it , had green spots and wasnt appealing at all. Had a decent aroma lit and pre lit. The cigar burned evenly but tasted like dirt, I was displeased with this cigar about 3 inches I gave it and thre it out!
88
This was a great medium bodied smoke and Has hints of nuts and cedar. Burned not so evenly but not enough to where I had to assit with a torch. The price is very right and the aromad is very thick and cedar like, has a great smell, would recommend
88
Black pearl is one of my favorite lines. This cigar is very good, burns extreamly well and I had a 2 inch ash on this one! Before I lit the cigar at the foot it had a stong raison smell which was very nice, I wanted to eat it right then. The aroma was ok, and the taste was kinda sweet and then a hint of cedar, It was enjoyable. Medium bodied smoke as well
88
For a bundle cigar this is a definate must have! This cigar was mild to medium and very sweet as well as consistant! Burned somewhat evenly but the aroma was great and the ahe was nice and white. The wrapper wasnt too pretty but this cigar was great. Definatley recommend
98
What can you say about RASS that has not been said before? They are consistently tasty and well made, full of chocolate and leather notes with a hint of pepper on the tongue. If you can set them aside to age they get even better. One of the few cigars that makes my mouth water on the first draw.
72
Got this one for free last night. Tried it out not expecting much and I was right. Did not have much flavor, construction was decent and burn was good. Almost felt like smoking hot air to an extent. For the price of $4 that it was worth, cant expect much out of it.
95
My ideal smoke! An extremely tasty and chewy smoke. Flavors of black pepper, spice, a hint of sweet tobacco taste. Need to buy again no questions asked.
88
This cigar was definatley longer than 6 inches, it was more like 7 inches by 52 ring. This cigar was almost a year aged and I have to say it was almost identical in taste to the Warlord. Burn was a little uneven but caught right back up. Smoke was thick and the ash was black and a little gray, not sure why. Cause its a long cigar it took forever to smoke but all around good cigar and will smoke again but not buy a box cause that length doesnt appeal to me.
94
Friggin Great says it all
90
This cigar was great. Medium in body and had a strong liqour taste to it and was sweet as well. Burned evenly until 3/4 of the way down the cigar but then caught itself right back up! The aroma was not overpowering but did sting the nostrals. Very good stick and would definately smoke this cigar again. Not typically the size of the cigars that I typically smoke but it was a good cigar.
88
This cigar I have to say, I enjoyed! Medium in body and had a creamy taste to it. It burned pretty evenly and had a light ash. It was consistant in taste as well and didnt change at all. Not a fan of indian tabac but this one isnt too bad, I would smoke this cigar again.
88
Probably the only 601 I will rate under a 90. The draw was really hard and the flavor was ok, strong but not to complex. Construction was great and did not feel too hard or soft.
80
I like them for a good cheap everyday burn. The ones I smokes so far burn nice,kinda of a stiff draw,holds up well,good flavor.
89
This is a great smooth medium bodied smoke. Burned evenly and had thick creamy smoke! Had hints of coffee and a tad bit of spice, great cigar for the price. The wrapper is very smooth and not too too veiny, all around fantastic cigar
91
I had this cigar on my birthday, one of 4 cigars! This is a great full body smoke. Burned very evenly and the aroma was great but very strong. On the retorhale I tasted a sweet grape or dry wine, weird but good, never tasted that in a cigar, I was drinking amaretto with it so maybe it had a influence on the taste. But a great taste and cigar, this cigar was aged as well for close to a year!
97
This was an awesome smoke! I have had this waiting for about a year now. Clipped and the draw was near perfect, just slighty tight enough for me to notice. Right off the first puff, this thick flavor of coffee bean and cedar came was very apparent. It was super smooth and rolled of the tongue nicely. In addition the retrohale was even better. The construction was great, the ash was a bright white and the burn even until about 3/4 of the way in. I smoked this till I could not hold it anymore. Just from smoking this, I am willing to through down some cash for the 2008 version.
81
Smoked this one cause i just wanted it out of the humidor. No specific aroma came off besides cedar from my humidor. Clipped it and the draw was a tight. The constrution was good but the burn was uneven. The cigar had some robust flavor, but it slowly dissipated away. Nothing major about this cigar, I would only suggest if you had nothing else to smoke.
91
Looking at this cigar there were only a few thin veins, the coloring was a dark brown with a small marbling of almost black. The scent of the wrapper had an earthy, chocolate smell as well as some notes of burnt sugar. After cutting the cap and taking a pre-light draw I tasted a slight peppery flavor. After lighting and taking my initial draw I notice the pepper from the pre-light draw. The flavors one the first part of this cigar are what I would describe as sweet and spicy. I received lots of caramel flavors as well as the pepper that was ever so slightly hitting the back of my throat. Further into the smoke I begin to get some hints of chocolate, and coffee. Man is this cigar tasty and the aroma from the actual smoke is nice as well. Although I was expecting a stronger cigar the complexities are great. Overall, I would say this is a medium bodied cigar although the last two inches or so are full bodied
89
As I took the cigar out of the cellophane I noticed that the wrapper had a strong scent coming off of it. Cocoa, tobacco, leather, and chocolate were all aromas that I detected in differing levels on both the wrapper and foot. The Wrapper had consistent coloring and very thick bumpy veins. So I clipped the cap, and lit the foot. From the fist puff I got a cocoa flavor in the smoke. Once I got a little further into the cigar I started picking out other flavor besides the cocoa. A creamy chocolate, with subtle woody undertones, and a spicy kick after all the smoke is out. After about two and a half inches in I stared to get a slight chocolate toffee, or brown sugar flavor. Throughout the cigar I had an uneven burn line come in and out (this may have been due to the wind). The burn line was very thin, and the draw was perfect throughout the entire cigar. I noticed that the cigar was burning one the inside. Soon after this maybe three minutes or so the cigar died on me
79
First thing I noticed was that the cigar had a beautiful chocolate shaded wrapper which was very oily. Next I took a couple of sniffs of the foot and wrapper the smell I got was one which I would call an earthy scent. I toasted the foot and began to smoke. As I was smoking I wasn’t getting much flavor so I retrohaled, if that was what the cigar had tasted like I would have really enjoyed it, but not so much. The cigar did have a good draw, but the flavors were not complex nor were they very existent at all. The cigar died on me twice and had a consistently bad burn
87
The burn on this cigar was a little off, the flavors were still good
81
First thing I notice as I begin the pre-light inspection is the nice even color of the wrapper and the really cool band. I put my nose to both the wrapper and foot of the cigar and all I got was tobacco and a very light chocolate scent. So the next thing I do is feel along the length of the cigar, man is this cigar spongy. Well even with the knowledge that the smoke might suffer because of the construction, I clip the cap and toast the foot. As I began to smoke the cigar I was getting a bitter coffee flavor. About two inches in I began to get some really great coffee, toffee, cedar, and spice flavors on the retrohaled. I should have retrohaled the whole cigar because the bitter coffee was the only flavor I got when I smoked normally. About half way through, the cigar became so spongy that it was collapsing with every puff I took. The cigar finally died with about three and a half inches left
86
I got the strong smell of earthy tobacco, with a slight hint of some kind of fruit and chicken coup. The veins on the cigar were almost invisible, and the coloring was very even. As I pressed slightly throughout the length of the cigar, it seemed to neither be too firm nor too spongy. So I clipped the cap and took a pre-light draw. The draw was loose and there was the slight flavor of raisin. I then lit the bad boy up and wow, right off the first puff I knew this was going to be a flavorful complex cigar. I got both sweet and spicy flavors as well as an espresso flavor. The cigar had a great thick smoke and the draw was perfect. Unfortunately I had burn issues throughout the whole cigar. At about a quarter inch in the cigar started burning on the inside so I gave it a little to see if it would adjust, but it didn’t and I had to fix it. This cigar ended up dying on me twice
93
Another quality nub Cameroon, same great construction, and flavor
98
This cigar was almost perfect, great coffee and chocolate flavors w/ some spiciness perfect burn and draw. Man I am I loving these lanceros right now
95
Man is this cigar great one of my new favorites, great creamy chocolate flavor with a spicy kick, this cigar burnt and smoked perfectly
94
Great cigar, perfect burn, this is a good everyday lunch smoke
89
I have to say this cigar was very pleasant. I enjoyed this medium bodied smoke. It took an inch before it gave me a little kick on the retrohale. Very well constructed and rough wrapper. But u can expect that when Pepin blends it. Very creamy vanilla taste, the smoke wasnt to thick though and burned almost perfectly, One of the best Lancero I have had!
50
This cigar was terrible, although the aroma wasnt bad and the burn was perfect it had a fresh taste to it and nothing else, it was sour to me on the retrohale and I didnt like that at all. The cigar scored low cause I through 6 inches of this cigar out! I wish it would have stayed the same way it was in the begining, strong. I wouldnt recommend
90
Smoked this one about a week ago. Great draw, construction and look. Very smooth with a slight sliky tasty smoke. Took this one down to the nub. Great consistent cigar that adds to the 601 reputation.
87
I have had this once before but it did not stand out to much so I gave it a second try. Nice dark wrapper, draw was not bad and construction appeared great. Lit it up and got a small taste of brown sugar and/or fruit sugar from it. It was consistent till the end and the construction stayed up to par but it stopped burning evenly about half way through.
86
Let say I like this cigar, id smoke it again if it was given to me but I wouldnt buy it. This is a medium bodied smoke and has a great draw and burned very evenly. Had small hints of cocoa taste which was pretty good. I have to say I had one before and wasnt anything like this one.
80
Quite frankly I have grown to like Torano but not this one. This is a medium bodied smoke but for some reason it has a tart taste to it. Which is unpleasant and its always half way down the cigar. It also burns on the inside and I have to constantly help it out. I am always hoping I have a bad one and the next one will be better and I get tricked into smoking this again.
89
I would rate this cigar higher if it werent for his prices being to high. This cigar was a medium to full bodied smoke and had very thick and creamy smoke. Had hints of vanilla and burned very well. The texture of this cigar was a little weird to me, it was very soft, not sure how to describe it. I really enjoyed this cigar but Rocky needs to come down on his prices.
91
This cigar was amazing! The only problem was it didnt burn evenly after a half an inch down the cigar. But this is a medium bodied smoke and this cigar taste was complex changing on me 3 times. The first half of the cigar when I retrohaled it had a brown suger taste at the end. Then the 2nd part had a chocolate taste at the end and finally it would end with a chocolate liqour taste. It was great. Very good draw and I smoke this cigar down to a small small nub. I would deinatley recommend this cigar to anyone
91
OK MUCH BETTER! I smoked it again guys and it was fantastic, it held up to the gurkha name. I also let it age since april so its been a good 6 months! This is a full bodied smoke which isnt overpowering and the reason why is its very smooth with an effortless draw. Burned fairly evenly and had a cedar and typical tobacco smell. This cigar was consistant till the end and had a small hint of a creamy taste, smoke was thick. I will definatley smoke these and perhaps buy a box when I have the money and would recommend this cigar!
70
The first time I smoke th Warlord it wasnt very good at all! No flavorbut definatley medium in body. It burned very evenly, but also threw it out half way down the cigar cause I got nothing out of it, lets just say I was very dissappointed, but I will smoke it again and rerate it
65
I wasnt very pleased with this cigar at all. The reason why is cause it reminded me of a Davidoff. The taste was that of grass and tobacco. The aroma was a nice tobabcco smell and it didnt burn well at all. It was a mild to medium bodide smoke. I threw it out when there was an inch and a half left, So the only reason why this is rated hire than the Davidoff is becausegrass taste withered away as I got down the cigar.
87
This cigar was great! I ages it for a year. It was mild to medium in body, the retrohale had a tiny kick to it, which was nice! TThe taste was that of citrus and not overwelming. The aroma was of a srong ceader smell and tobacco. The only issue I had was it wasnt burning properly, so all in all it was a great cigar and would recommend it
85
This cigar was good, I do have to say! I enjoyed the taste, it was like grapes! Was mild to medium bodied and the texture was rough! The draw as well was effortless and it burned very evenly as well. The aroma was very suttle as well, not strong and not over powering. I would recommend this cigar and will add this one to my every day smokes!
89
This cigar was the best nub out of them all! Thiscigar had a very even burn and the aroma was sweet and had a small hint of vanilla. Medium in body and also consistant in taste! I burned this cigar to the band and it held up on the ash and then smoked the rest. I was very pleased with the construction as well. Very lose draw and thick smoke, I would recommened this cigar1
88
This Nub was very good. I enjoyed this cigar. The aroma was sweet and burned very evenly! Half way down the cigar "which isnt much" it started burning on the inside but did catch up with a little help. Medium in body and had a bite to it. Very smooth thick and creamy smoke, also very consistant as well. I would recommened this cigar!
79
I was very disappointed in this Gurkha. It was boxed pressed and Im liking boxed pressed cigars more now! But this cigar was very mild and had very little taste, not something I expect from gurkha. It burned very evenly and had a great aroma. I threw half of the cigar out cause it was so plain! I hope I had a bad one! I will try it again and rerate it!
85
This cigar was decent but for Camacho it didnt hold up to my excpectations! This cigar burned evenly throughout and had a taste of raisins. The aroma was a little harsh but not bad! This cigar was very light and its a bigger cigar! So light I had a Cusano 18 Robusto Maduro and it weighed noticably more! But all around good cigar!
93
Again this was a great smoke. Great construction, ash and burn. Draw was near perfect for my taste and the complexity of flavors also added to this. If you like more bite to your cigar and you got a few extra dollars, I highly recommend this.
88
I have had this one for almost 2 years now. Burned was great, construction and ash good and a couple noticeable veins. It started with a slight citrus taste that was smooth about 90% of the way. At the end it was not burning hot, but the flavor seemed to disappear. Not a bad cigar, but not worth $25.
82
This cigar was mediocore, It had a bad taste at the begining, almost like dirt. About an inch in it got a little better. But not much. I smoked it down to about an inch and a half and just tossed it. the few plus where in the construction department
90
Had this one just under a year. This is my first and I was surprised by it. It had a nice smooth flavor of walnut, cream and just rolled of the tongue nice. Construction and draw were good, plus it burned evenly till the end.
91
Good draw, burned evenly the entire time, consistent taste and an unbelievable construction. I shook the living crap out of the cigar, even with almost 4 inches of ash, and it did not budge. I have to say that really surprised me because its a RP. Earthy, creamy, coffee taste that Im used to. Same complaint though - still too pricey.
84
This cigar was...ehhh. Draw and burn were good, but no real complexity in flavor. Construction was alright and held up till the end.
88
Hoyo De Monterrey Cigars are one of my favorites! This cigar is medium in body and has woody taste and aroma! Very thick and creamy! I would recommend all Hoyos! This cigar left a little bit of a ashy taste cause of the conneticut wrapper but not to where I wouldnt smoke it again!
86
Ok, I put Rocky Patel down, not cause his cigars suck, just his prices! I would rate his cigars alot higher if his prices were good and didnt get a bad one every so often! But this cigar is medium in body has a pleasant aroma and burnd pretty even but veered off a few times! Overall a good cigar!
85
A cigar blended by Arturo Fuente! I have to say for a sungrown it really isnt bad! It was mild and had a slight woody aroma, but nothing special! Burned unevenlty and never caught back up! But for a first time smoker, this is good!
85
Chuck Norris!!! Lmao, in the cigar buisness, wew ok! Well to be honest this cigar wasnt bad at all, I would definatly smoke it again! It was medium in body and full of flavor and the flavor was strong! Burned evenly and had a very strong wood smell, an overall good cigar, I would recommend!
70
I am very disappointed with this cigar! I love the max line by Alec Bradley! But this cigar wasnt as good! This cigar had a decent aroma and burned almost perfectly! Had a great draw but I threw 3 1/2 inches of the cigar away cause it started to get really harsh and taste like dirt! I am defiatle willing t give this cigar another chance cause I like Alec Bradley line!
50
Alrighty! The only reason its a fifty it cause it wont let me rate it worst! This cigar by far is one of the worst I have had! Very harsh, had a severe smell of amonia, I thre it out after a few puffs so cant tell you anything else but that!
89
As I said for the natual, im finally glad I found and Arturo Fuente that I liked! This cigar was mild to medium, smooth and flavorful! Even burn like the natural and I would recomend this to a first time smoker! Smelled like wood, but the aroma was ok!
89
Finally, I found and Arturo Fuente that I liked! This cigar was mild to medium, smooth and flavorful! Burned evenly and I would recomend this to a first time smoker as well! Smelled liked burnt wood, so it wasnt all that pleasnt but was ok in smell!
89
Punch is another one of my favorites! This cigar is mild to medium and has great flavor and burns evenly! I smoked it when it was a year and 3 months old! It was fantastic! I would recommend all pucnch cigars!
91
La perla line is one of my favorite cigars! This cigar is medium in body and has lots of flovor and a really creamy thick taste! The aroma is a little bit of cedar and a hint of vanilla to me! Burned evenly and all around great cigar! I would recomend!
50
Ok! I dont know why people like these cigars, they obviously like smoking air with no flavor or they have a REALLY sensitive palate! This cigar was horrible and I dont like many conneticut wrappers! This cigar left a really harsh after taste in my mouth! I would recomend it only cause its popular and for a VERY mild smoker! Had barely any flavor and burned evenly and smelled like cedar!
90
This cigar was good! Camachos are one of my favorite! This cigar was medium in body and had lots of woody flavors! I would recomend this cigar! burned unevenly at first but caught up and burned evenly! Price is a little much but a good cigar all around!
80
This cigar was not thatgoo at all! It had a very strong smell of amonia like the white label! It didnt burn evenly and is medium in body! If you need your amonia high, this cigar is just for you! I wouldnt smoke this cigar again even if it was free! Had an ok taste but harsh half way threw!
80
This cigar was not thatgoo at all! It had a very strong smell of amonia like the white label! It didnt burn evenly and is medium in body! If you need your amonia high, this cigar is just for you! I wouldnt smoke this cigar again even if it was free!
85
This cigar was ok! It burned really well, but had an amonia smell to it which wasnt pleasant at all! It was medium in body and had some flavor!
84
This cigar was ok! It had a pleasant smell, got harsh towards the end! Burned unevely the whole time but did catch back up! I would have rated the cigar higher but the price isnt worth it!
89
Had this one aging for just about a year. The draw was really loose, but everything else was good. Burned even, nice color ash and the construction was top notch. Smooth flavors of walnut and cedar. Unfortunately the wrapper starting coming off about 3/8 of the way in and eventually completely off 70% in. Overall a good smoke for the price but with some minor flaws.
94
I love this cigar! As always the Ashton Pyramid did not fail to perform. Great taste from the second puff, burned evenly till the end and a great taste as well. My only complaints were the draw was a little loose and a little veiny. Besides that it was an incredible smoke.
95
This review is for the Gran Consul from G.A.R. by George A. Rico. The full review can be found in features area. This cigar had one of the best flavors of any cigar I have had right off the bat.I would call this cigar full flavored, medium-full bodied. If I had to sum this cigar in four words, these come to mind Phenomenal, Fantastic, Amazing, Great. This is a must try in my book, hope the sequential ones live up to the first.
95
This was an AWESOME cigar. Everything was near perfect from the draw, burned even the whole way, and the taste was consistent from the second puff. Plus I also received this cigar for almost 1/2 off from a sale set I got at Tampa Humidor. The only problem I had was toward the very end it started to get extremely hot, but besides that it was great. This is probably in my top 5 cigars and top 3 for cigar over $10.
90
Not a bad smoke at all but not what I am used to. Construction, draw and pull were all great but the complexity of the taste was not standing out like most cigars I prefer to smoke. I would normally give this a lower rating, but because I got it for $8 rather than $24 (sale set at Tampa Humidor), I gave it a 90. If you like lighter cigars than this would be the choice. If you prefer more unff then I would stick with the Beast.
96
These petit coronas manifest all the characteristics of the Partagas brand, rich, rich woody tobacco flavours, bittersweet coffee and chocolate with honey overtones. A small cigar with a big taste. With age they will get even better - if I can let them age!
97
Reminiscent of Bolivar these cigars are not for the fainthearted, definitely not a beginners cigar. They are medium to full flavored, extremely complex with rich chocolate and leather overtones. Smooth, rich cream and peppery spice notes predominate, with an unexpectedly floral aroma. If I can let the remaining 23 sticks sit for about a year they will be unmatched with anything you can buy in the U.S.
87
Nice, tasty cigar.Had some burn issuses, and had to relight once. Other than that this was a good cigar. Good taste, good draw, just not great.
93
I’ve been hearing about this cigar for months. My expectations were high, so when I saw some at my local B &M I had to smoke one. So I pick one up and they were all oily, dark, and veiny. I took a whiff of the foot and what a nose. So I clipped the cap, toast the foot and start smoking. Amazing flavor from start to finish, and a nice aroma coming off the smoke. The cigar had a smooth draw not loose and not to tight, and it burned almost perfect. I smoked this cigar till I all most burnt my fingers. It’s one of my new favorites, can’t wait to smoke another one, and I would recommend it to anyone. Great bang for your buck if you can find them.
92
I was given this cigar from our user cubano and was it a great one. He had already by aging it for over a year so that definitely adds to the score. It had a good draw, flawless construction and great burning. Till the end of the cigar it had a creamy, nutty taste that rolled off the tongue with elegance. I was not expecting this type of treatment, but I am glad I got it.
94
This is a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan Ligero draped in a natural Broadleaf wrapper from Honduras. It’s medium-bodied with a complex rich flavor. And a very smooth smoke that gets better with age. If I could only put some away to age - they are one of my favorites and are just the right size for a lunch time work smoke.
95
I wish I would have bought more of these to put away when they were available. They improve greatly with age, and the slight harshness they had out of the box is now gone. The wrapper is still oily to the touch, eight months after purchase. Very smooth, with slight hints of pepper and spice. If I could find them somewhere I would buy a box - or two!
89
I swear Camachos you cant go wrong with! I have a whole box of these bad boys! A medium to full bodied smoke strong aroma and burns really well! The draw wasnt tough but not really easy either, vieny wrapper an overall fantastic smoke, I love camacho cigars!
75
This cigar was not was I was hoping for, The aroma was unpleasant and the taste was very bland, burned really well and evenly! I did toss half the cigar out though I wasnt enjoying it, I have a few more, I hoping that was a bad one!
90
This cigar was fantastic! I really enjoyed this one! It burned so well and I smoke till Iwas done and the ash still held on, I measured the ash it was 3.75 inches of ash! That impressed me! The taste was great, the aroma was a bit overwelming and this cigar was consistant in taste throuth the entire cigar! Im not a fan of the conneticut wrapper but this cigar I loved!
88
This cigar is a good everyday cigar! Burns well, had trouble keeping it lit! The aroma was ok the draw was fantastic though which troubled as to why it didnt stay lit! The tase was very nutty, I put this cigar in my everyday smoke pile!
87
This cigar wasnt bad at all! Wasnt great either, burned really well and the aroma wasnt the best! Tasted great at first, so good that I was gonna think totally different about RP, but the flavor slowly got harsh toward the end, I threw away 1/4 of the cigar out, overall not badd, it was free, so I cant complain to bad!
87
This cigar was decent, It didnt burn evenly and the aroma was ok but the taste wasnt bad at all! The only problem I had was it started out really harsh and ashy, I almost threw it out, but I gave it a chance cause of the price and it wasnt bad!
88
I am not a fan of Rocky Patel, or conneticut wrappers but this cigar I actually enjoyed! It didnt leave an ashy taste in my mouth and burned almost too even! The aroma was great, smelt like my humidor and stayed consistant through the whole cigar, This is one of the couple I will smoke from RP line!
87
This cigar was better than I thought it would be! It didnt burn evenly but the taste was pretty good, the aroma was ok, nothing I would want to smell constantly, but overall a good everyday smoke!
86
I have to say I am not a big fan of A.Fuente but this cigar was pretty good, burned well and even had a nice woody aroma! Good everyday smoke and consistant, wouldnt by a box but will smoke it if its given or is in a sampler i bought!
87
Not my favorite out of the Oliveros line but a decent cigar! The aroma isnt inviting but it burns wells and taste good! Very veiny wrapper and very complex, changes flavor through out the cigar, a good everyday smoke!
93
This cigar is one of my favorites and have 2 boxes and will be getting more! This cigar is medium in body, great aroma, this cigar has a tiny kick to it! Burns really well and it very consistant, get hot toward the last inch but this cigar is fantastic and cant wait to try other lines by Alec Bradley!!!
90
This is probably a tie for my favorite "infused" cigar with the CAO Moon Trance. If you want to break away from a conventional cigar and have a long smoke then this is it. The biggest thing is the aroma it gives off, similar to an incense burning. Taste of rose, jasmine and a tiny hint of spanish cedar. The ash held on until i knocked it off, great draw and burned evenly. I would suggest this to anyone who wants to try something different or is smoking in an area with lots of non smokers. I have yet to receive a complaint from one person.
94
Once again Gurkha has done it. The cigar had perfect structure (had a 3 inch ash with no signs of breaking), burned evenly till the end and the ash was a perfect white. From the beginning there were taste of smoked wood and a slight walnut flavor. The smoke was consist throughout and did not show any signs of slowing down. I recommend this smoke for more veteran smokers or those wanting to take it to the next level.
89
Now this was alot better than my previous entry, but just fell short. The draw was perfect, great construction and burned evenly. Off the bat I could taste the spicy flavors and slight hints of wood. But about 60 percent into the cigar it started burning hot which overpowered any of the complexity i was tasting. I am happy though since the previous one I had smoked was flavor less.
78
This is probably be the only time i will give this cigar a low rating. This is one of my type five cigars but for some reason it smoked like a low tier. It burned great, decent draw, great construction but there was no flavor, no complexity that I am use to. About midway through i got a small hint of the spicy flavor, but disappeared as soon as it appeared. I hope this was a bad one of the bunch. I will smoke another within minutes hoping a better conclusion
93
A very tasty smoke, with notes of earth, nuts, and coffee - with the slightest hint of sweetness. The dark maduro wrapper feels oily to the touch. A wonderful medium-bodied smoke. Smoke one and you will be a Graycliff fan.
93
The Cofradia starts with a peppery tingle, and hints of leather and molasses. The long finish starts with a dusty cocoa texture, then turns sweet and caramelized. This full-bodied cigar is intoxicating with its decadent flavors, heady aroma, and intense finish. There are some burn issues, but if you nurse it all is well. And at <$70 a box they are hard to beat.
92
Beautiful cigar, amazing nose, great flavor through out the smoke. The cigar felt a little tight but had a nice even draw, it also had a slight burn issue, but it corrected itself towards the middle of the smoke. I would recommend this cigar to anyone.
89
So I smoke this cigar the other day, my expatiations were high as I have enjoyed these cigars tremendously in the past. The appearance was great and the nose was tasty. After lighting the flavor profile on it was wonderful, but the construction was a miss, I had burn issues with the cigar tunneling, and dyeing on me a couple of times.
68
I have been convinced to smoke this cigar time and time again even though i have never liked it. And again it was not up to par. It burned unevenly, bad draw, foul taste and just overall terrible. The only Rocky Patel i can smoke is the Decade and it appears it is going to stay that way.
94
This cigar was fantastic! It stings the nostrals, the aroma of this cigar was so amazing! I had a strong taste of grapes and wine for some reason! It burned well and the presentation is beautiful, I recommend this cigar but not to the rookie smoker!
60
Beautiful cigar. Too bad it was utterly unsmokeable. Tried everything to get it unplugged. Even cut it in half. Canned it after trying too much.
79
Ugly little cigar. Looks like something found in the yard. Wrap was just ugly and wrinkled everywhere. Light up was very spicy. Cigar tunneled badly. After 1/2 inch, cigar turned very bitter, and it got tossed.
83
Bland. Citrus, wet hey, salt and leather flavors did not compliment each other at all. Plenty of nic pop in the end, but smoke was bland. Plenty of smoke and good burn were the only things going for this cigar. Not interesting to me at all...
91
I was very happy that i got a chance to smoke this cigar. Great draw, construction and burn. It was smooth going in and out. There was a slight woody taste that did not jump out, but was noticable. I tried it with a port and made this cigar 3 points better. The slight sweetness of the port with the cigar just brought out all the good qualities of this cigar. I would recommend this cigar to anyone who enjoys a good, smooth smoke with a sweet wine.
89
I will be the first to say that I am not a fan of Rocky Patel cigars, but this one is the only exception. Good draw, burned evenly the entire time, consistent taste and good construction. It had a little earthy, coffee taste that went well with an espresso. Not an earth shattering cigar, but was still a good smoke. A little pricing though for what you get.
89
Not a bad smoke for those who like a stronger cigar. Started burning uneven at first, but after helping the cigar catch up there were no problems. Also, I would recommend a good quality beer to enjoy like Chimay Blue or Delirium Tremmens.
97
Wow! I had one of these recently and after smoking this one I am at a loss of words. As always it had a great look, nice smell and perfect light. Burned evenly throughout the entire cigar. The pull was perfect and I literally smoked it till i burned the tips on my fingers. Near perfection from the Ashton Cabinet series again.
50
Oh my god, I cant believe I smoked this cigar after I smelled it, the cigar itself smelled like feet and sour milk,I will go no further and leave it at that! DEFINATLEY DO NOT SMOKE!!!
84
Not a bad cigar but not great, burns uneven and very very mild! Cheap too, I would smoke this cigar if someone gave it to me but would not buy them! This is a humidor stuffer!
92
One of my favorite cigars out there! One om my everydayers! haha!!! Mild to medium bodied smoke and tastes nice and a very smooth smoke! The churchill is the same just a bigger cigar by length! I recommend these to everyone! This was the 2nd cigar I tried when I first started smoking! Still smoking it 5 years later!
50
OK!!! Rocky Patel cigar to meare going down hill! The Vintage 90, 92 and 99 are all grabage, I dont know what happened! 3 years ago these were great! But now the garbage! The smell is the only thing I enjoy! I do not recommend
50
Ok, the Edge line from Rocky patel is pure garbage! Doesn smell burn or taste good at all! The one I had all burned uneven or burned only on the inside and the wrapper didnt burn down and also got really hot halfway down! I gave it chances cause it looked so good but.....DO NOT SMOKE THIS CIGAR!!!
50
The Puros Indios cigars are an absolute joke! I hope noone actually smokes these, and if they do I hope they dont actually enjoy these cigars! This cigar is like a black and mild without the flavor! This cigar isnt even worth rating!
92
I rate all Punch cigars a 92, this one is one I really like so I rated this one! I just didnt want to rate every single Punch, and yes I have tried them all! Thes cigars are always medium bodied! Also all Punch cigars have the same smell of cedar and nutty! and has the same taste just very in smoothness and how the cigar starts out! I recommend all Punch cigars to anyone even a rookie, just be seated if its your first time!
82
This cigar was great until half way down where the taste turned from flowers to ashes an started burning horrible! The aroma was actually bad from the beggining! So I do not recommend this cigar!
90
Greta cigar, one of my everyday cigars! Medium to full bodied smoke and burned very well! Tastes a bit like sugar and peanuts! The aroma is the same to me! I recommend this cigar to everyone but not the rookie!
89
Some people might not like that I rated Partagas lower than normal, but no matter what Partagas I have had its tasted the same, the only difference was the smell cause of the maduro wrappers! But all around Partagas cigars are medium in body and smooth! They are a good cigar and if there were more of a variety I would rate each indiviually but the taste is the same!
93
I absolutley loved this cigar! Great aroma and taste! This cigar is medium to full bodied and burns really well, doesnt smoke alot when burning but this cigar is fantastic! I recommend this cigar and cant wait to try the others!!!
50
Not a fan of this cigar, none of them I like! It has a foul odor and burns really well though! Also th taste is bland and avtually medium to full smoke so it makes the taste that much unbareable!
88
Honestly this cigar is no different from my other Oliveros rating! The only difference is the aroma and not as smooth, read the other rating!
89
Good cigar! Mild in taste and the aroma is nutty, very nice! Burns a little uneven but managable and a little veiny of a cigar! All around good cigar, and definatley for the rookie smoker and a great cigar to have with cafe con leche in the morning!
89
This cigar is good! I cant really tell the difference from the O or the G! Except one is smoother than the other! Medium bodied with a hint of honey nutt! G
89
This cigar is good! I cant really tell the difference from the O or the G! Except one is smoother than the other! Medium bodied with a hint of honey nutt! Great smoke and the aroma is fantastic! Truly a good cigar!
91
The only thing I didnt like about the cigar was it is box pressed! Medium to full bodied smoke and contructed well with a beautiful label! The aroma was pleasant and very very smooth! All around good cigar!
90
Made by oliva, this cigar was decent! Not what I was hoping for and I want to try the rest! Good taste and mediun bodied cause it so short and fat! Burned very well and yes, it can stand on its ash when its burned all the way to the label! I recommend this one and cant wait to try the others!
50
The only reason this cigar has a 50 is cause it wont let me rate it lower! Horrible cigar, everything about it from taste, aroma and the fact that I had to relight it 3 time! DO NOT SMOKE THIS !!!!!!!1
90
This is thed only other Montecristo I will smoke! Mild in taste and a stronfg aroma! Burns a little uneven but not bad! If you have a good hour, yoour gonna need it to finish this one and I do recommend this one!
90
This is thed only other Montecristo I will smoke! Mild in taste and a stronfg aroma!
90
This is thed only other Montecristo I will smoke! Mild in taste and a stronfg aroma!
91
The white label is one I will smoke , most all others are trash! Mild to medium in taste and contructed well! The aroma is decent and very consistant in tatse threw out the whole cigar! Recomend this one!
50
pk! I love Macanudo, but this cigar is trash! Doesnt burn well and gave it several chances! The aroma is bad and tastes like ashes! I dont recomend this to anyton unles you smoke black and milds and cloves!!! HAHAHA
91
This is a great medium to full bodied smoke! This and everyday smoking cigar for me! Its rough to the touch but smooth when smoking! Has a great taste with a great finish! The aroma is amazing! Constructed very well and burns evenly! I recommend this cigar, its great!
95
This cigar by far is one of the best full bodied smoke I have ever had! The only difference bettween this one and the natural is the natural is a little smoother and love both cigars! Very complex and presentation is great! Smokewell and burns well, also very smooth! Not for a rookie at all! This cigar is great! The aroma is bold as well!
91
This cigar is a great! I really enjoyed its complxity and full bodied taste and this cigar is not for the rookie! The presntation is incredible and tastes great and get stronger the further down but only slightly, very consistant! The aroma is great but very deep, and deep meaning strong, do not smoke around women! LOVE THIS CIGAR!!!
70
The reason I give this cigar a 70 is because this was the first cigar I smoked when I started smoking at 18 years old! I used to swear by these and thought they were great, until I tried a real cigar! This isnt a mild cigar at all, its actually medium in body! The aroma smells like a hint o vanilla and leaves a sweet taste on your lips! The taste of the tobacco is almost salty in a way which isnt goo for a cigar! But I would recommend this to a woman that smokes cigars, they might enjoy it!
91
One of Gurkhas line, this cigar was medium in bodied and very smooth, so smooth that I didnt feel the smoke enter my palate! And the taste was great! Also, the presentation in awesome and burned evenly! Aroma was nice too! Overall good cigar, very pleased with Gurkha!!!
50
This piece of trash cigar made by Rocky Patel, was horrible, I threw it down after 12 puffs! And yes, I did count!The aroma was that of sweaty feet and tasted like air with a hint of trash! I do not recommend this cigar to anyone, not even my customers! The only good this is it burned well for the first 5 minutes till I threw it away!
90
This cigar is fantastic! The presentation is great and looks aalmost glossy! Avery nutty tasting cigar in my opinion and about a mild to medium taste! Very smooth with a great aroma! This is one of my everyday smokes! Hoyo de Monterry...the very best! Quote from the punisher movie!
91
Another Don pepin cigar and a good one at that! Only problem with this cigar is it burned uneven but did catch back up! The taste was just spicy enough with a kick to get your day going! Aroma was decnt and the presentation is great an overall good cigar! I recommend it!
91
This cigar I loved! Really medium in bdy and great presentation and stayed consistant thre the entire cigar!Burned well and the aroma was great, a little nutty and very tastefull also very smooth! Very good cigar!
88
Don Pepin is one of the best out there! This cigar unfortunatley was ok in my opinion! It burned well and had an aroma I didnt agree with! Also really spicy I thought! But not a bad cigar and definately not for a rookie smoker!
94
This cigar is one of the best out there! Not for the rookie smoker, this will knock you down! I on the other land love these and will smoke them one after the other! This is a very strong bold and smooth cigar! The aroma is great but may offend women! This cigar is fantastic!!!
94
An assortment of cedar, oak and pepper will tantalize your taste buds if you are lucky enough to find one of these to smoke. There were only 60k rolled, and they are now very hard to find. Surprisingly smooth and balanced.
94
A blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan Ligero draped in a tantalizing natural Broadleaf wrapper from Honduras. It’s medium-bodied with a really enjoyable, complex smooth-rich flavor. One of my favorites.
81
This cigar has some flavor, but it is very weak. The stick is also much too small to be considered a true cigar. If small is what you are looking for I would recommend skipping over this one and trying a different smoke.
89
This is a great little smoke if you want to break away from conventinal cigars. Good burn and decent draw. Goes great with a cold coffee. Though i will argue at times the "shape" for gripping is a little annoying.
51
The only reason this cigar isnt a 50 rated, is cause of its price which is ridiculous! It smelt like fresh cut wet grass and tasted the same, so if thats what you like this cigar is just for you! It burned evenly for an inch cause I threw it out after that! The aroma was horrible! Davidoff is ridiculous expensive and to be selling that kind of poor smoke to the public for that price should be a crime! By the was I rather have smoke a black and mild! Absolute garbage!
90
Camachos are some of the best cigars made and truly one of my favorites! These cigars have never let me down, all camchos I have had have been consistant! The aromas are great and the tastes are smooth but bold! I recomend these to anyone!
93
This cigar was fantastic! The aroma was great, it had a nutty smell to it! The presentation on the cigar was aswesome and burned perfectly! This cigar is truly a great!
82
The cigar started out great. Had a good even burn, taste was smooth and the draw was perfect. Then around midway through the cigar it seemed to hit a knot. It kept burning on the inside and would die out, three times in fact. I was a little disappointed since ive had a few of these before and never had any problems before. Hopefully this was just one bad apple in the bunch.
79
This smoke did nothing for me. Citrusy yet salty and earthy. No aduro sweetness at all. Construction, however, was flawless.
50
This cigar was trash and thats exactly where I threw it! This cigar was so mild, I litterally could smoke air and get more flavor! The look and smell are great but if u cant taste it, its a waiste of time and money! I recommend this cigar to someone who has never smoked before!
96
Gurkha! Should I say anymore? This cigar is very bold and definatly not for a rookie! The look, aroma and taste are exquisit! Truly one of my favorites!
83
This cigar is ok! Burns well, tastes ok and the presentation is weird! This ciagr for some reason was very ruff and veiny! Felt close to sand paper! But for a rookie smoker I would recomend it!
90
This cigar was one of the greta cigars that I have had! The aroma isnt bad but not good either! But the taste and the prensentation are great! Burned almost perfectly and this cigar gets stronger have way down the cigar! All around good cigar
86
This cigar is great and perfect for the mild cigar smoker! I like the taste the aroma and the way its constructed! Im not a big fan of the conneticut wrapper but this cigar is one of the few I do like! This cigar is one of my everyday cigars!
50
This cigar here is trash in my opinion! The aroma was horrible and was very mild, the cusano 18 is much much better! I didnt even give it a chance, I threw it out after the first few puffs cause the taste ws horrible! Sorry cant rate this cigar, just wanted people to know my opinion
95
These smooth, light smokes are loaded with an assortment of flavors ranging from rich, earthy tones, coffee-like nuances and a creamy hints of spice. With an estate-quality Connecticut leaf wrapper. What else would you expect from Perdomo?
82
This cigar isnt horrible but its not one I would buy! I would smoke this if someone gave it to me! Another cigar that leave an ashytaste behind on ur palate! Smooth and burns well but not worth the price!
50
This cigar by far is one of the worst cigar I have ever smoked! Left a nasty ashy taste in my mouth, the only great thing about it. it bured very well, and it was smooth just tasted like dirt! I wouldnt recomend this cigar to anyone
50
None of the Carlos Torano Brand I like and YES...I have tried them all! Not smooth and has a weird taste I cant describe! Not even worth the price in my opinion! Also, the aroma is horrible! All around not a good cigar at all!!!
90
If you have had the brazilia then you will love the Italia! There really is no difference between the two the blend and one lighter in color than the other. Read my rating on the brazilia and apply it to the italia!
80
This cigar I was unhappy with and was surpised that the quality wasnt that of the C.A.O. name! It burned horribly and the aroma ws firece and the worst part, was it left a nasty ashy taste in my mouth once I was done! A rookie might like this but not an aficionado!!!
89
This cigar is one of my everyday cigars next to my many different kinds! This cigar is smooth and smoke pretty quickly, it a mild to medium bodied cigar, the aroma is ok but not to smoke around women! Overall presentation is well and I love the label! Even a rookie smoker can smoke this cigar!
90
This cigar is absoultel fantastic! Its one that I consider to be one of my "exclusives" which means I smoke them on a rare occasion! This cigar is smoth, very well priced and worth every minute of your time to smoke it!
90
Camacho cigars are one of my favorites and havent smoke one that wasnt great! The look of this cigar is awesome!It a medium to full bodied smoke and very tasty and the aroma is quite nice, not offensive at all! It burned well and was smooth!
88
This cigar, as odd as it may seem was not full bodied, It was medium bodied! Smooth smoke and burned well! Also, the prentation is great! Taste was nutty for me, it wasnt to strong of a nutty taste, just a hint! The cigar drew very well and was overall a great smoke!
80
The only thing good thing I can say about this cigar is, the taste was decent and the prentation is good! The aroma and the burn were horrible! Alos, After I smoked this cigar it left the worst ashy taste in my mouth, Very disatisfied! The strength was medium bodied and not so smooth!
94
This cigar has got to be one of the very best cigars I have even encountered! This cigar is great with cafe con leche! This cigar is smooth and the presentation of the cigar in emaculant! For this company to be the oldest cigar company around, Iknow exactly why.its cause of this cigar!!!!
92
There is nothing bad I can say about this cigar, it burned evenly and smell pretty good, almost nutty! It left a little ashy taste in my mouth but other than that this cigar is great and constructed beautifully and is the perfect mild to medium smoke!
70
This cigar is for someone who like a very mild taste. I was very disatisfied with it! It burned horrible and smelled horrible! Plus it was too mild for my liking! A mild cigar like this only needs to be about 5-6 bucks a stick but this one is 22-25 bucks a stick and definatley not worth the price!
90
This Don Peppin Garcia is a classic cigar representing all the fine qualitys of a Nicaraguan cigar! Very smooth, and the Habano rapper definatly give this cigar a great finish! One of the best cigars I have had!
95
This is an amazing cigar great smooth taste, some of the best construction I have seen. And the best thing it is not an expensive stick. I would recommend this cigar to anyone.
94
Great look, nice smell and perfect light. Burned evenly throughout the entire cigar. The only complaint i have on this was the pull was a little hard until i applied some pressure with my teeth to open the air canals. Great overall smoke.
88
Good smoke. Nice appearance, no bad veins and good ash. Did burn uneven for a about an 1/4 of the cigar but caught up afterward.
90
A very smooth and light smoke handcrafted with golden, elegantly thin wrapper leaves from the 1st and 2nd primings of a specially-cured Connecticut Shade crop. The smoke is even milder and smoother in flavor than the regular Macanudo cigars with a succulent, natural sweetness. If you like mild, tasty cigars this one is worth trying.
94
A strong smoke with hints of cocoa, chocolate and spice. It puts out thick, rich, smoke - and lots of it! These sticks have a dark wrapper, and stay lit even when left alone for several minutes. Being one of my favorites in the RP line, I always have several on hand.
94
A strong smoke with hints of cocoa, chocolate and spice. Thick, rich, smoke - and lots of it!
90
It was a tasty, light, smooth smoke, but I expected more from a high-priced Montecristo.
92
Well, as we all know anything Don Peppin Garcia creates is gold and is known for the spicyness of his cigars! This cigar is great! Smooth, great tecture and burned very evenly, this cigar on the other hand get stronger as you get to the nub! Very well balance and full flavored!
93
This cigar is so smooth its unbeliveable! This cigar tricks you cause of its smoothness, its when u release the smoke from your palate that has the bold flavor! I would recomend this cigar to someone that wants to try a maduro! Alex bradly is blowing up and this cigar is the reason why!
95
This cigar holds up to Gurkhas name! It bold sstrong and very flavourful. Very consistant!This one in particular burned a little uneven but didnt need to fix it, it fixed itself! Very smooth, and has no kick just bold! From start to finsh this cigar is one of the best cigars I have ever had!
96
A smooth smoke with hints of black cherry, spice, and cocoa, with a nice robust finish.
86
This was a mild cigar contratry to popular belief. The flavors were ok, but nothing special. For the price I would have expected much much more.
92
Smooth, plesant smoke. Nice buttery flavor.
90
Can be bitter if smoked too soon. Hints of cocoa, nutmeg, and a strong chocolate taste. Yum. For the price they are top notch.
93
Lots of smoke, hints of cocoa and chocolate, and a nice earthy taste.
92
One of my favorites. Every stick I have smoked in this line is great.
99
Ok, so she *really* likes em!
90
The wife likes em, so I buy em.
87
Gotten via the Altadis VIP program from Altadis USA
90
Appearence - Beautiful Dark wrapper with almost no visible viens. 9.5/10 Construction - A nice even burn, effortless draw, the burn stayed even with the thinnest of burn lines. Held ash well. 9/10 Flavor - This was a great somke altough a little mild, but great earlier in the day, or on an empty stomach. Nice aroma, had a nuttyness to it, best part flavor was the last third where it got stronger. 8/10 (would have given it a 10 if it was a little stornger throughout. Overall - 1st third: , smooth though I was suprised by mildness. 2nd third: ,the flavor changed ever so slightly, to a more cedaryness. 3rd third: I was amazed by how even the burn stayed, the cigar gained a bit of spice and became stronger towards the end I really nubed this one. Comments: hard to put down, could make this cigar an everyday lunch stick. 9.5/10 Using the formula we wish for our users to start using to give the cigars a more accurate grade (Appearence*2+Construction*2.5+Flavor*2.5+Ov*3), i will give it a 90
90
Construction: had a very open draw, had only one soft spot on the foot of the cigar, burned evenly, w/ a thin burn line Appearance: nice even color, very small veins, almost none. Nose: Nice barnyard, tobacco smell 1st third: Burned evenly, relitivly smooth w/ only a slight bitterness (good bitterness) good flavor, had a slight metal/copper taste that went well with the Heineken I was drinking. 2nd third: Had slight burn issuse thoughout the 2nd third, the draw was still amazing the slightly metalic taste from the 1st third dissapated, and the cigar started to strenghten. 3rd third: the burn issues strightened out, the flavors changed, and the cigar got stronger. General Comments: good cigar, would smoke again, smooth through out the complete smoke