Nat Sherman Epoca Prince

Posted by Jack | in Nat Sherman | on 25 Jun 2015 | at 10:45 AM | 21 views

The year was 1929. My Grandpa was 8 years old, the stock market crashed, Popeye made his first appearance, 7-up and the car radio were invented, and Nat Sherman released their first cigar...The Epoca.  Michael Herklots resurrected the line last year to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the company - complete with original packaging, box art, and vintage band.  Now, it is no secret that I am nuts for anything and everything vintage.  My radio station in the car is set to the big band era 90% of the time and most of the movies I watch are from the golden age of Hollywood.  That being said, I was super excited when I first read about this cigar and the nice guys at Famous Smoke... Continue reading »»

 


 

L'Atelier Cote d'Or

Posted by Jack | in L'Atelier | on 14 May 2015 | at 10:16 AM | 148 views

The announcement of a Pete Johnson creation containing Pelo de Oro last year at the IPCPR was akin to seeing a new blockbuster movie teaser.  The hype was heavy and it did create an air of excitement.  Pelo de Oro is a very sought after and incredibly difficult leaf to grow.  susceptible to mold and diseases, most farms avoid growing it if they can cultivate it at all.  In fact, the Sancti Spiritus leaf that Pete uses on the core L'Atelier line is a hybrid of Pelo de Oro and Criollo which is much more hardy.  Pelo de Oro itself is regarded for strength and sweetness - but again, being hard to grow it isn't seen often.  This cigar landed at the Wharf here in... Continue reading »»

 


 

A. Fuente Don Carlos Robusto

Posted by Jack | in Arturo Fuente | on 30 Apr 2015 | at 10:33 AM | 107 views

Famous Smoke Shop sent material for the easiest review I have ever had the pleasure of doing.  I mean, a Fuente?  They are Cigar Royalty, folks.  And the Don Carlos line is easily the Duke of their lineage.  I will get right to it.... Construction: The Don Carlos line is not the prettiest cigar around.  They are usually a bit lumpy and have the occasional vein here and there.  I  have had some issues with the wrapper splitting too - but in defense of this terrific smoke, the wrapper leaf is very delicate on this cigar, and a few issues here and there do not detract from the flavor at all. Pre-light Aroma and Draw: The Don Carlos has a nice earthy and sweet tobacco... Continue reading »»

 


 

Headlines 1st Edition Page 3 by Fusion and Sosa Cigars

Posted by Jack | in Antillian Cigars, Fusion Cigars | on 17 Apr 2015 | at 1:24 PM | 115 views

Back in the early 2000s, I went through a phase where I smoked Sosa cigars and almost nothing else.  I found them to be perfectly constructed and rich in flavor.  Over the years, as often happens, tastes change and products vanish.  Sadly, Sosa cigars because very scarce in the Dayton area, so I switched to....I believe it was Camacho.  Anyway, this past winter I received an e-mail from no less than Arby Sosa asking me to review their new venture with Fusion Cigars.  Well, I was pretty darned excited about that, as you can imagine.  This review has been in the hopper for far too long - and to be honest that is a good thing.  More on that later.  For now, let's get smoking....... Continue reading »»

 


 

Espinosa Alibi Backroom Series 2015

Posted by Jack | in Espinosa Cigars | on 09 Apr 2015 | at 10:11 AM | 207 views

Today I am going to try to get back on the review train.  I have a huge backlog of stuff to review but the subject of my magnifying glass today is the Espinosa Lounge Exclusive, Alibi (Backroom Series 2015).  Every single Espinosa cigar I have tried has been terrific.  Erik does a wonderful job coming up with new and unique blends - something I really enjoy.  The Alibi is not an easy cigar to come by.  If you have a lounge in your area, you can get them readily.  If not, you have to hunt online - which won't be easy.  So, I am pumped to smoke this thing so I will get going.... Construction: A gorgeous toothy wrapper covers this cigar.  The coloring is... Continue reading »»

 


 

Punch Sucker Punch King Hit

Posted by Jack | in Punch | on 19 Mar 2015 | at 6:44 AM | 151 views

I have mentioned before that there are only two of the big name brands that I typically will smoke of my own volition.  Those brands being La Gloria Cubana and the subject of today's review - Punch.  I used to be a Punch only guy back in 2001, so getting to smoke my way through a few of these Famous Smoke Shop exclusives was an exciting treat.  So, enough babble...let's try this. Construction: The Sucker Punch is a tad lumpy with a few minor veins Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Lots of sweet tobacco, cream, and some grassy notes appear once the cellophane is tossed in the bin.  The draw is wide open and a cold pull gives some sweet tobacco and herbal notes. Light and... Continue reading »»

 


 

La Gloria Cubana Tres Puros Dominican Puro.

Posted by Jack | in La Gloria Cubana | on 05 Mar 2015 | at 11:00 AM | 299 views

I have said before in one of my posts, that I tend to steer clear of the big name brands.  They just lack a bit of pizzazz that I find in smaller boutique blends.  Now, having said that again, I should caveat that with the two big name brands I do smoke often.  Punch comes in second to La Gloria Cubana....and that is the brand we are looking at today.  La Gloria has a nice old world feel while still being redolent of boutique brands.  My personal favorite La Gloria is the Serie N.  Seeing them release a trio of Puros this winter got me pretty excited and thanks to samples provided by the sales rep, I was lucky enough to try them before they... Continue reading »»

 


 

Padron 2000

Posted by Jack | in Padron | on 08 Feb 2015 | at 2:24 PM | 309 views

Today we are going to review a cigar that I would call a tried and true classic.  They have been around for years and they are one of the most recognized brands around.  Often I have found that folks overlook the classic Padron line because the high end of their lines gets all of the attention and press.  So I hope this will energize folks to dip into what is a terrific catalog.  The samples for this review were provided by the friendly folks at Famous Smoke Shop.  Let's get smoking.... Construction: The core Padron line has always had a very rough and rustic look.  Slightly lumpy, a few seam pops here and there, and a dry looking wrapper leaf make these look like something... Continue reading »»

 


 

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