Camacho Powerband Cigar Review

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Inspired by the power, performance, and acceleration associated with a classic V-Twin engine. Camacho Powerband is an intense and powerful cigar. This is the latest edition to the Master-Built Series, fueled by Nicaraguan tobacco and the full flavor of Honduran Corojo.

There are five different origins of tobacco used to make the Powerband. There are three different Ligero tobacco used for the filler – Nicaragua, Honduras, and San Vicente from the Dominican Republic. The rest of the filler is tobacco used from the Dominican Republic – San Vicente, Viso, and Piloto Cubano. The binder is Negrito San Andres from Mexico, and finished off with a Habano 2000 wrapper from Ecuador.

The filler of the cigar is made with a new bunching technique. They combine the Dominican accordion-style, where the leaves are folded like an accordion, and the Entubado style, a Cuban technique, where the leaves are rolled into long, cylindrical tubes.

COUNTRY: Dominican Republic

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Habano 2000

BINDER: Negrito San Andres

FILLER: Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic

LENGTH: 6”

RING: 60

APPEAREANCE: Chocolate in color, with an oily sheen, and prominent veins noticeable. The construction is flawless, and the cap is applied seamlessly.

PRE-LIGHT: Prior to lighting, I sniff the foot of the cigar to see what aromas I might pick up.  While sniffing the foot of the cigar, I pick up notes of a musty, grassy odor.

CUT: I cut my cigar with my Xikar guillotine cutter and check the draw. The cigar draws easily. The wrapper has a little salty taste, and the cold draw leaves notes of bread and tobacco.

LIGHTING: I use my Xikar soft flame lighter to toast the foot of my cigar thoroughly before puffing on it to make sure it is nice and lit.  The cigar lit easily.
Now, let’s get into smoking this cigar!

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FIRST 1/3:

The first few puffs reveal notes of grass, hay, and oak on the palate. Immediately makes me think of Davidoff cigars, until I retro hale and get hit with a blast of chili pepper. This is definitely not a Davidoff cigar. There is a salty taste to the wrapper, but it’s not overbearing. There is lots of smoke coming from the foot. The ash is dark gray in color and holding firm. The burn line is sharp, but a little wavy. No touch up needed. This is a very strong cigar right out of the gate! As I near the end of the first 1/3, the flavors are still status quo, although the retro hale has settled down. Surprisingly, the ash is still holding strong after almost 3” in.

 

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Second 1/3:

As I get into the second 1/3, there is an abrupt change in the flavor profile. The retro hale has settled down, and there are now notes of coffee and cocoa, with a muted chili pepper. A note of oak remains on the palate, but the grass and hay are replaced by a note of leather. The ash falls off after 3”, and the burn line is still a little wavy, but not enough to need a touch-up. Even with the changes to the flavor profile, this cigar still remains very strong.  There is still a lot of smoke coming from the foot of the cigar that leaves a pleasant aroma in the air.  As I near the end of the second 1/3, the strength of this cigar seems to be getting more intense.  The chili pepper on the retro hale seems to be picking back up.

 

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Final 1/3:

As I start the final 1/3, the power ramps up again, to the point that the flavors seem muted by the power of the Ligero. The chili pepper is back on the retro hale, but the flavors on the palate are indiscernible.  At this point, this cigar is straight on full-body. The ash is holding firm, and the burn line needs a few touch-ups. As I near the end of the final 1/3, I can’t get over how strong this cigar has gotten.

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Final Thoughts:

From start to finish, this was an intense cigar. It definitely lives up to its name, and the V-twin engine it was inspired by. All I can say is “Wow!” I would give this cigar a 5/5 on strength. I would like to give it a 5/5 on flavor, but I can’t because the power of this cigar mutes the flavors in the final 1/3, so I will give it a 3/5. This is not a cigar for the novice, but for the experienced cigar enthusiast.  You better like full-on strength, and have a full stomach, before smoking this cigar.

Tatuaje Series P Cigar Review

Tatuaje P Series Review

The Tatuaje Series P is one of Pete Johnson’s most affordable cigars in his portfolio today. It is also called the White Label Cigar due the white band used on the cigar. The cigar is comprised of both medium and long filler tobacco commonly called a Cuban Sandwich.

COUNTRY: Nicaragua

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Habanobuy-now-icon

BINDER: Nicaraguan

FILLER: Nicaraguan medium & long fillers

SIZE:  5 x 50

FACTORY:  My Father

APPEARANCE: Upon inspection, the Series P is chocolate in color, has many veins,    is oily, and flawless in construction. The triple cap is seamlessly applied.

PRELIGHT: Prior to lighting, I sniff the foot of the cigar to see what aromas I might pick up. While sniffing the foot of the cigar, I pick up notes of tobacco, earth, and cocoa.

CUT: I cut my cigar with my Xikar guillotine cutter and check the draw. The draw is slightly tight. I am picking up straight tobacco flavor on the cold draw.

LIGHTING: I used my Xikar soft flame lighter to toast the foot of my cigar thoroughly before puffing on it to make sure it is nice and lit. The cigar lit easily.

Now let’s get into smoking this cigar!
FIRST 1/3: The first few puffs reveal leather and light spice on the palate and cinnamon on the retro hale. The burn line is razor sharp, but uneven. The ash is dark gray and holding firm. As I get into the first 1/3, there are no changes in the profile. As I near the end of the first 1/3, the only change is the cinnamon is gone on the retro hale. The burn line is still a little uneven but sharp, and the ash is still holding strong. The smoke coming from the cigar is light coming off the foot of the cigar. The smoke is creamy on the palate.

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SECOND 1/3: The start of the second 1/3 has the cinnamon on the retro hale replaced by a burst of pepper. The light spice on the palate is gone and replaced by coffee to go along with the leather. The burn line had to be touched up twice, and the ash has fallen off after an inch plus. The smoke is very light off the foot. Again, kind of one dimensional, just like the first 1/3. As I near the end of the second 1/3, the profile has not changed.

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FINAL 1/3:  The first two thirds should have been like the final third. The final third sees the pepper leave the retro hale and be replaced with sweet molasses and light spice. The flavors on the palate are still coffee and leather, with a little earthiness mixed in. The burn line has evened out, and the ash is holding steady again. The smoke off the foot is still light. As I near the end of the final third, the pepper has replaced the sweet molasses on the retro hale and has intensified. The leather and coffee have been replaced as well by the earthiness and a light spice. This third makes up for the first two thirds’ lack of dimension. This cigar went from mild to medium all in the final third.

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FINAL THOUGHTS:  This is not a typical Pete Johnson cigar, unless you cut to the final third. It is mild and somewhat one dimensional in the first two thirds, but opens up in the final third to a full medium. Going off the final third, this is a Tatuaje through and through, as the final third makes this a very good cigar. Strength 2.5/5, flavor 3/5, which is mostly based on the final third. I can see this being an everyday cigar for the price-conscious cigar smoker looking for a cigar that won’t blow you away or empty your wallet. This cigar is a good cigar overall, just not great. It wouldn’t be a staple in my humidor, as it is a little on the mild side for me. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try if you are a mild-to- medium cigar smoker.

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If you enjoyed this Tatuaje Series P Cigar Review, and this sounds like a cigar you would like to try, stop in to Rocky’s or give them a call. Tell them Cookie sent you!

Largo Pipe Tobacco Review

If you learn anything from this Largo pipe tobacco review, it should be that Largo is a great choice for beginning smokers as well as value conscious smokers. But there is now another reason to choose Largo; buy-now-iconthey recently went from a 12 ounce bag to a 16 ounce bag with no increase in price. What a deal!

As if the new, larger size and same low price wasn’t enough, I still feel Largo is more than pipe tobacco. Finely cut, and excellent for rolling, Largo doubles as a great source for the roll your own smoker. No matter what your preference is, roll your own or pipe tobacco, Largo comes in several great flavors including the popular full flavor, mellow (or gold), and menthol. They also have a richer more full bodied blend called sun grown.

I find that any or all of these fine cut blends fit the bill when one is looking for, as I mentioned above, value or just a basic starter tobacco. The flavor is true to the blend and the burn is consistent depending on the tube or paper one uses.

You will happily discover that Largo comes with a consumer friendly resealable bag. The switch to 16 ounces makes Largo an easy decision no matter what your preferred blend. Choosing Largo is a homerun for the smoker today.

Largo is available in ¾ oz. pouches for a small sample of just what they have to offer, but I find the 16 oz. bag the best value.

Largo Pipe tobacco is a great first choice for someone switching away from high prices cigarettes but looking for the quality smoke of pipe tobacco. From Largo you may move onto some more interesting pipe tobacco blends, or you may just stay with Largo and be one happy smoker!

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Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Cigar Review

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“Caldwell Cigars: Built by Friends for Friends.” That is Caldwell’s business motto.  Another saying Caldwell believes in is “Rare Tobacco, Attention to Quality, Social Conscientious, and Flavor First.” Caldwell states that their business model is “Good Cigars, Great Friends, and a Strong Conscience.”

Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Cigar Review:buy-now-icon

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Country: Honduras

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Honduran Criollo

Filler: San Vincente Viso (Dominican), Honduran Criollo           “Generoso” Ligero

Length: 5”

Ring:   50

Factory: Camacho

First off, the band on this cigar is interesting, to say the least. It has a picture of a man with a bowler hat on, and his eyes seem to have been erased. The band has the saying “We own the night” on it.

Okay time to smoke this cigar.

Appearance:  This cigar looks chocolate in color, like a candy bar. The construction is flawless, there are few veins visible, and the cap is seamless. The cigar feels oily to the touch.

Prelight:  Before lighting this cigar, I sniff the foot to see what aromas I might detect. While sniffing the foot of this cigar, I pick up notes of barnyard, earth, and cocoa.

Cut: I cut my cigar with my Xikar guillotine cutter and check the draw. The cold draw is effortless. The cold draw reveals tobacco, cocoa, and cinnamon flavors.

Lighting: I used my Xikar soft flame to toast the foot of my cigar thoroughly before puffing on the cigar to make sure it is nice and lit. It lit easily.

Now let’s get into smoking this cigar!

First 1/3:

The first few puffs reveal a light spice on the palate, with light pepper on the retro hale. As I get into the cigar, I am picking up cocoa and cedar. There is still a light pepper on the retro hale, but it is joined by sweet cocoa. The aroma off the foot is that of earth and cocoa. The burn line is uneven right from the get go, and a slight touch up is needed. The ash is a light gray in appearance and is barely holding on. The smoke on the palate is smooth. The smoke from the foot of the cigar is abundant. As I get toward the end of the first 1/3, the ash is still holding on but barely, about 2” in. The retro hale has seen the pepper being taken over by the sweet cocoa. There is still a slight light spice on the palate, and the cocoa flavor is subsiding, as the cedar is getting more pronounced.

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Second 1/3:

The flavors of this cigar have changed a little. The cedar is still present but is joined by anise. The light spice on the palate remains, and the retro hale is now that of sweet cocoa. The burn line is still uneven, and I have had to do multiple touch ups. The ash fell off at about the 3” mark, which was surprising as it seemed to be barely holding on. About halfway through the second 1/3, the flavors are still the same, but the retro hale has changed from sweet cocoa to that of molasses. This is a pretty good cigar at this point. I would have to say a solid medium hinging on a medium +.

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Final 1/3:

The burn line is still uneven, but has gotten better. The flavor profile has shifted a little bit, as the sweetness in the retro hale has changed to cedar. The cedar and anise have been joined by a faint pepper note, and the light spice remains on the palate, but is starting to become a little stronger.

The ash at this point is holding firm. As I near the end of the final 1/3, the flavors remain the same, but pepper has joined the cedar on the retro hale. What a combination! This cigar is now a solid medium +.

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Final Thoughts:

This was a solid complex cigar. It had some burn issues, but it didn’t take away from the smoking experience. This was a good cigar, not great but good. Maybe with a little age it will be a great cigar. The potential is there. The Blind Man’s Bluff gets a 3/5 on the overall strength, and a 3/5 on the overall rating. I can see this cigar finding its way into my humidor. Maybe not an everyday cigar, but a cigar I can start my day off with once in a while. Caldwell Cigars are making waves, and this is a cigar you should try for yourself.

Smoke Time: Will vary from person to person. I smoked this cigar for about 1 ½ hours. It was a pretty enjoyable cigar.

If this sounds like a cigar that you might be interested in, give Rocky’s a call or stop in and tell them Cookie sent you.

A.J. Fernandez Enclave Cigar Review

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“The spirit of the Enclave lays within the special brotherhood created by those who enjoy a great cigar,” are words spoken by A.J. Fernandez himself. The Enclave is a tribute to Native Americans who were well known to be purveyors of tobacco. This cigar is a collaboration between A.J. and his father, Ismael.

COUNTRY:  NICARAGUA

WRAPPER: ECUADORIAN HABANO ROSADO

BINDER:  CAMEROON

FILLER:  AJF NICARAGUAN FILLERS & AJF NICARAGUAN PILOTO CUBANO

LENGTH: 6

RING:  52

FACTORY:  A.J. FERNANDEZ

APPEARANCE:  Upon inspection, the ENCLAVE appears very well constructed. The triple cap is applied so seamlessly that appears as if it was part of the cigar from the get go and not added after the fact. The Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper is dark in color like a chocolate bar, feels velvety to the touch, and looks oily with many veins visible. The foot of the cigar is closed.

PRELIGHT:  Prior to lighting, I sniff the foot of the cigar to see what aromas I might pick up.  Due to the closed foot, the only flavor I am picking up is chocolate from the wrapper.

CUT:  I cut my cigar with my Xikar guillotine cutter and check the draw. For having a closed foot, the ENCLAVE actually draws pretty well. The cold draw reveals rich tobacco and chocolate.

LIGHTING:  I use my Xikar soft flame to toast the foot of the cigar thoroughly before puffing on it to make sure it is nice and lit. Once lit, the draw was effortless.

Now let’s get into smoking this cigar!

FIRST 1/3:  The first few puffs reveal pepper on the retro hale and a light spice on the palate that lingers throughout the experience. As I get into the cigar, I am picking up cedar mixed with cinnamon and spice. The pepper on the retrohale has died down a little bit and has been joined by a creamy cocoa flavor. The ash is a light gray and is holding steady. The burn line is a little wavy but probably due to human error. The smoke is creamy on the palate and plentiful. As I am getting through the first 1/3, the spice picked up at the beginning is now identified as nutmeg. The ash falls off after an inch and a half. The pepper on the retrohale is picking back up, and the cocoa is sticking right with it. As I near the end of the first 1/3, the flavor profile is that of cedar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. So far, this is a very enjoyable cigar with a little bit of complexity.

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SECOND 1/3:  As I get into the second 1/3, the flavor profile hasn’t changed much, and that is okay with me. The pepper on the retrohale has died down again, but not as much as it did in the first 1/3. The cocoa has been replaced by cinnamon along with the pepper on the retro hale. The flavor profile is still that of cedar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The ash is now a little flaky and not holding very well. The burn line is still a little wavy but not hindering the smoking experience. As I am getting through the second 1/3, there is now a leather note added to the profile to go along with the cedar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. As I near the end of the second 1/3, the pepper on the retrohale has all but faded, leaving cinnamon as the lone flavor. The main flavor profile has stayed the same, but as with the retro hale, the cinnamon is edging into the predominant flavor.

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FINAL 1/3:  As I get into the final 1/3, the cigar seems to mellow a bit. The retro hale is still that of cinnamon, with cocoa making a return. The cinnamon has now become the dominant flavor in the profile, followed by cedar, leather and coffee. The nutmeg has disappeared. The ash is once again holding strong, and the burn line is razor sharp and finally even. As I am getting into the final 1/3, the cocoa on the retrohale is replaced by the return of the pepper, and things are starting to pick up. The flavor profile is also starting to pick up, as this cigar went from medium to medium plus. As I get near the end of the final 1/3, the flavor profile and the retro hale have intensified immensely, and now the cigar is full body and strength to round out a very good cigar.

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FINAL THOUGHTS:  This was a cigar that, even though the flavor profile changed little, was still very complex. It went from medium to medium plus and then ended up full flavor and body near the end. What a way to finish another great cigar by A.J. Fernandez! I give it a 5/5 on the overall rating, as it was that good, and 4/5 on the strength, as it didn’t get full body until the end. I really enjoyed this cigar and could see it ending up in my humidor and even as an everyday cigar. It is a must try. I think you will like it.

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SMOKE TIME:  Will vary from person to person. I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar and took it right down to the nub and got an 1 hour and 45 minutes out of it.
If this cigar sounds like something you might be interested in, give Rocky’s a call or stop in and tell them Cookie sent you.

 My Father Limited Edition 2015 – 5th Anniversary

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The My Father Limited Edition 2015 5th Anniversary cigar is part of the highly acclaimed Limited Edition series created by Don Pepin Garcia back in 2010. This cigar is rolled exclusively by Don Pepin Garcia himself along with his son Jaime Garcia.  Just like the previous Limited Editions, the 2015 comes in individual coffins and uses the company’s prized Pelo de Oro leaf. Just a side note – last year didn’t see a Limited Edition put out by the Garcia’s, so the 2015 is actually the 4th installment of the series. 

COUNTRY:  Nicaragua

WRAPPER:  Ecuador Habano Rosado Oscuro

BINDER:       Nicaragua Corojo 2006 & Nicaragua Habano

FILLER:        Nicaragua

RING:        52

FACTORY: MY FATHER CIGARS

APPEARANCE:   This cigar is rolled flawlessly. There are no visible seams, very few veins, and the cap is placed perfectly. The cigar is firm to the touch with no soft spots noted. It is oily to the touch, and the wrapper has an appearance of a light chocolate candy bar.

PRELIGHT:  Prior to lighting, I sniff the foot to see what aromas I might pick up. There is a slight sweetness, along with coffee, earth, and cedar coming from the foot.

CUT:  I cut my cigar with my Xikar guillotine cutter and check the draw. The draw on the Limited Edition is excellent.  The cold draw reveals caramel and mocha.

LIGHTING:   I use my Xikar soft flame lighter to toast the foot of my cigar thoroughly before puffing on it to make sure it is nice and lit. The cigar lit easily.

Now let’s get into smoking this cigar!!!!!

FIRST 1/3:  The first few puffs reveal what almost all Pepin cigars have in common, the Pepin spice on the retro hale and tingling on the palate. As I get into the cigar, cedar is the dominate flavor, along with a bit of pepper and leather. The aroma off the foot of the cigar is that of cedar and earth. The burn line is a little wavy but not terrible. The smoke off the foot of the cigar is light, and the smoke on the palate is thin and sharp feeling. The ash is a dark gray and holding firm. The flavors are well balanced thus far. As I get into the final first 1/3, the spice has died down a little, and there is a little creaminess to the profile, as well as a floral note. The ash is still holding strong.

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SECOND 1/3:  As I start the second 1/3, the spicy tingle to the palate is still present. Cedar and coffee are the prominent flavors, and the floral note is still present. The retro hale has a light spice mixed with a creamy texture. The ash is still holding on but looks like it wants to fall off. Had to touch up the burn line a little, nothing major, but it was starting to get a little out of control. As I get into the final second 1/3, there is a resurgence of the pepper on the retro hale, which is surprising as the floral note seems to be taking over the coffee and becoming the predominant flavor along with the cedar. The ash has finally fallen off around the 3” mark.

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FINAL 1/3:  As I get into the final 1/3, the cedar and floral notes are still predominant but the pepper is coming on strong, as the cigar seems to be amping up in strength. The ash is holding firm, and the burn line is now razor sharp. No touch ups needed. The spice on the retro hale has my nostrils stinging a bit. As I get into the final 1/3, there is a new twist on the flavor profile. It was so subtle, I almost didn’t notice. Cinnamon has now joined the flavor profile, and the coffee has returned to go along with the cedar and floral notes. The flavors seem to marry so well, and the transition from medium to full is so smooth. What a fantastic cigar!

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As I have stated earlier in my review, this is the 4th installment in the Limited Edition Series, as there wasn’t a Limited Edition released in 2014. In my opinion, this might be the best Limited Edition yet in the series. It starts out medium + and finishes full-on-full strength and body, but somehow manages to stay smooth. This being Limited means it won’t be around long. This is one amazing cigar that is a MUST TRY – MUST HAVE cigar. This cigar has found its way into my humidor, and if it was a regular production cigar, it would be an everyday cigar for me. The My Father Limited Edition 5th Anniversary gets a 4.5/5 on the overall strength and a 5/5 on the overall rating.

SMOKE TIME:  Smoke time will vary from person to person. I really enjoyed this cigar so much I didn’t want it to end. I got all of 3 hours out of it before I had to let it go.

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Oliva Connecticut Reserve Review

 

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In 2007, Oliva held a meeting with his staff to gauge interest in creating a mild cigar. After hearing reports from staff that cigar smokers at events wanted full bodied cigars, Oliva shelved the idea of a mild cigar, and the Serie V was created. Once the demand was met for the full bodied cigar, Oliva again held a meeting to see if there had been any change in the perception of the cigar smoker, and this time staff reported that cigar smokers were looking for a milder cigar at events. Thus the Oliva Connecticut Reserve was created. This was in 2009. The Connecticut Reserve is available in five sizes:

buy-now-iconLonsdale: 6.5 x 44

Robusto: 5 x 50

Toro: 6 x 50

Torpedo: 6.5 X 52

Churchill: 7 x 50

Today I am smoking the torpedo for this Oliva Connecticut Reserve review.

COUNTRY: Nicaragua

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut

BINDER: Nicaragua

FILLER: Nicaragua

LENGTH: 6.5

RING: 52

FACTORY: Oliva

APPEARANCE: Upon inspection, the Oliva Connecticut Reserve is constructed beautifully. The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper is a light to medium brown with visible veins. The wrapper doesn’t have an oily appearance and feels velvety to the touch. What I am noticing about this wrapper is the lack of flaws that a lot of Connecticut wrappers are prone to, such as discoloration or green spots. This wrapper is flawless.

PRELIGHT: Prior to lighting, I sniff the foot of the cigar to see what aromas I might pick up. While sniffing the foot of the cigar, I pick up very light tobacco and earth notes.

CUT: I cut my cigar with my Xikar guillotine cutter and check the draw. The draw is a little tight but not enough to hinder the experience. The cold draw reveals subtle cream and raisin flavors.

LIGHTING: I used my Xikar soft flame lighter to toast the foot of my cigar thoroughly before puffing on it to make sure it is nice and lit. With Connecticut wrappers, you have to be careful when lighting them, as the wrapper is fragile, and they tend to burn beyond the burn line which can cause the flavor of the wrapper to be bitter. The cigar lit easily, and I was able to not burn past the foot.

Now lets get into smoking this cigar!!!

FIRST 1/3

The first few puffs are surprising in that there is a kick of pepper on the retro hale that was not expected, being this is a mild cigar. The palate is coated by chocolate and coffee notes. The burn line started off razor sharp, but has begun to waver a bit. No touch up is needed at this time. The ash is holding steady, doesn’t fall off until almost 3”, and is a medium gray in color, almost metallic looking. There is little smoke coming from the foot. The smoke on the palate is smooth and silky. The aroma given off by this cigar is that of chocolate and nuts. I am about through the first 1/3 and the spice is all but gone. A cedar note takes over on the retro hale, the cigar is a mild to medium at this point, and the flavors have stayed the same, with the chocolate, cedar and nutty notes.

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SECOND 1/3

The second 1/3 starts out much like the first 1/3 ended, but soon evolves into a milder smoke. The flavors are now of cream, nuts, and a hint of spice coating the palate. The burn line is holding, albeit not perfectly straight, but no touch up is needed. The smoke is more plentiful and is still smooth and silky. Half way through the second 1/3, the cedar is back and the spice is gone. The cream and nut notes are still present. The ash is still holding strong and hasn’t become flaky, again lasting over 2” before falling off. The cigar is milder at this point.

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FINAL 1/3

As I get into the final 1/3, I have to do a slight touch up. Nothing major and it doesn’t affect the smoking of the cigar. The final 1/3 starts off with a slight harshness of toasted almonds being the predominate flavor, along with cream and wood notes. The ash is still holding strong, and the smoke is still smooth and silky. Half way through the final 1/3, the toasted almond flavor is coating the back of the palate, and the cream and wood notes come through predominately. As I get to the end of this cigar, the flavors all but dissipate, leaving a mild tobacco flavor as the only flavor detected. This cigar finishes very mild.

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FINAL THOUGHTS: A good mild cigar to have with morning coffee. The cigar is mild in both flavor and body, with flavor notes that complement each other well. The Connecticut Reserve gets a 2/5 on overall strength score and a 2/5 on the overall rating. As a fan of a more full bodied cigar, this cigar would not find its way into my humidor or every day lineup, but if you are a fan of mild cigars then this cigar is for you.

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SMOKE TIME: Will vary from person to person. This cigar took me 1 hour 30 minutes to smoke.

Flor de Oliva Bundles – Cigar Review

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The Cigar:

Oliva bundles are, in my view, one of the great value cigars available today. This review is of the Oliva 6 x 50 in the Flor de Oliva natural line.

The Wrapper:

Considered a Toro in size, the wrapper is smooth. It appears to be well made and I’m looking forward to lighting it. A quick snip of the cap and I’m off as my Xikar torch lighter works on the foot and I notice I get an even, complete burn with a careful light.

The Review:

The first taste is a bit sweet, almost chocolaty, with no bitterness from the ignition. I find the chocolate notes interesting based on its Maduro wrapper appearance. Not all maduros deliver that note.  The 650 Maduro gave me generous billows of smoke with each puff, the smoke tinted grayish-blue.

It’s a beautiful day outside but I’ve decided to enjoy this cigar indoors at my local while catching up on the Senior PGA tournament in the Friday rounds. Tom Watson still has a sweet swing after all these years. One a high handicapper like me is envious of.

The first third of this cigar features a nice even burn and a solid gray ash that builds in length as I smoke through the stick.

After smoking a bit now, the body of the cigar is soft but not spongy, with no hot spots to notice. After a few minutes pause and returning to the cigar the ash was still well lit ….in my view a sign of good construction.

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The flavor of this Flor de Oliva natural is mild at best. Finishing the last third, the taste has not changed much since the outset; it’s just a good mild smoke.

The Flor de Oliva natural 6 x 50 took me about 50 minutes to smoke. It was a solid cigar through and through. I smoked it with less than 2 inches remaining and called it complete.

I enjoyed its mild flavors. In terms of construction it was solid, its appearance with a wrapper neither too many veins nor completely smooth, certainly looks like a well-made cigar and it smoked in the same fashion.

For bundle smokers, and guys looking for a good “yard ‘gar” this is a solid choice. For the budget conscious this is also an excellent cigar choice.

This cigar comes in several popular sizes from Robusto up to Double Corona. And the Olivas offer the Flor de Oliva lineup in several wrapper choices, Connecticut, and Corojo to name a few. There should be one for each cigar smoker’s taste.

All I can say is light one up and enjoy it for yourself. Both you and your wallet will be pleased.

Brioso Cigar Review

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The Cigar:

Brioso Gigante Natural
6×60
Packaged in Bundles of 20

The Wrapper:

Brioso Wrapper

The Brioso Gigante is a 6×60. Today I’m smoking the natural rapper. Aesthetically it’s an average looking stick. I consider it a value priced cigar and don’t expect much more than a basic smoke just based on its pleasant price point.

I consider its look to be well made with the big cap and plenty of room to clip. I got a crisp clean cut with my Xikar multi tool. I create the ignition with a triple torch on the 60 ring foot, it lights beautifully.

The Review:

Brioso Cigar ReviewThe first draw is a bit woody in taste, the burn is even and I’m getting a lot of smoke as I would expect from this large ring gauge cigar.  Each draw delivers smoke that is not overly spicy or very flavorful, just mellow in taste.

After a few inches, the consistent woody taste that showed itself in the first inch carries on straight through the cigar.  The one-dimensional flavor of the Brioso Gigante continues past the halfway point. This perhaps is not a surprise considering I do consider it to be a value smoke. It is a good cigar for the money, but not necessarily a great stick in terms of flavor and complexity.

My original light lasted beautifully and has not needed any touch ups.

Just passed the midway point I got a hint of acidity but it’s quickly vacated. The steady smooth flavor from the beginning carries through to the end, which was about 75 minutes.

All in all the Brioso is a fine smoke, especially for the price. As you may tell from my review I don’t expect much from these value cigars, so the Brioso was a nice surprise.

Spider by K.A. Kendall

The Cigar:

K.A. Kendall’s Spider has become the fourth blend to be released under the 7-20-4 Cigars line. It’s made of a Nicaraguan Jalapa Wrapper, Honduran Binder and mixture of Honduran Jamastran, Colombian and Nicaraguan Jalapa filler.

The Story:

Kendall’s headquarters are located in Manchester, New Hampshire, which is known for resurrecting a turn-of-the century brand called 7-20-4, a clear Havana produced by Roger G. Sullivan in Manchester from 1874 until the Cuban Embargo started in 1963. Kendall registered the dead 7-20-4 trademark and debuted the modern 7-20-4 line in April 2009, with Alec Bradley producing it in Honduras at Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L.

The Wrapper:

This cigar has a dark cocoa brown wrapper, very firm to the touch, has a nice silky, oily feel to it. A good bit of visible veins, tight seams and no tooth. The cigar has a nice rounded cap and overall look. Its a very attractive looking cigar with a very nice band representing it. The cigar is actually a bit musty smelling down the wrapper and at the foot. Not bad, just that of aged leather and stale bread almost.

 

 

1st Third:

Very unique start. Draw has a slight resistance body is a mid to full medium, a good bit of spice hit up front followed flavors that were not what I expected. I’m getting bitter coffee, dry powder cocoa, some pepper zing chased by flavors of sweet tarty fruit. The flavors I’m tasting raisin, dried cherries, sourdough bread and a hint of salt. There’s a little cream that continues to shine thru and really linger in the finish. Retro is a bit unique as well, I’m getting the same sourdough bread, salt roasted nuts with a beautiful zing of pepper.

2nd Third:

Second third changed very early on, flavors changed to that of aged tobacco, leather and earth, some cedar followed by cream, salted nuts, a hint of spice. Burn and construction are pretty solid, still getting a bit of resistance in the draw but overall a great smoke so far, body remains the same.

 

 

Final Third:

Spice and coffee notes have really picked up in this third! Getting a thick chocolate / cocoa coating and flavor followed by allot of earth of creamy leather. Very thick on the pallet. I did get a little bit of bitterness   ( not harsh ) but it’s there toward the nub. Finish had brought back the flavors of dried cherries and plum mixed with cedar and a hint of cinnamon.

 

Overall:

  • This is another great release by K.A. Kendall and 7-20-4 cigars!
  • Total smoke time was just over 80 minutes. It has a smooth but consistent burn.
  • Each release so far has been night and day difference in blends, while the Dog Walker has been my favorite release yet, this is a close second.
  • This cigar paired very nicely with a Darker Lager Beer
  • Without a doubt worth the investment!