Punch Sucker Punch King Hit

Posted by Jack | in Punch | on 19 Mar 2015 | at 6:44 AM | 25 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 | 72 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 | 147 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 »»

 


 

Eastern Standard Euro Express by Caldwell Cigars

Posted by Jack | in Caldwell Cigars | on 29 Jan 2015 | at 11:30 AM | 146 views

" I'm going to find it and I'm going to destroy it. I don't know how yet. Possibly with dynamite."   Yes, I am starting this review with a quote from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.  Why?  I'm glad you asked.  Have you ever watched a movie by Wes Anderson, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, and just thought how quirky and fun they are?  Well, I categorize Caldwell Cigars as the Wes Anderson of the cigar industry.  Their cigars are incredible and the names and designs are quirky and fun.  So, that is where I am coming from here.  Spinning off from Wynwood, Caldwell has really taken the boutique side of the industry by storm with a nice air of magnificence and mystery.  So, enough... Continue reading »»

 


 

Oliva Connecticut Reserve Robusto

Posted by Jack | in Oliva Cigars | on 22 Jan 2015 | at 10:38 AM | 75 views

I am happy to announce that the guys at Famous Smoke Shop have asked me to review for them.  This is my first review for them and am pretty excited to get things rolling.  Granted, I am so far behind on reviews it is crazy - so their partnership has given me a bit of a goose to get back on the horse. The cigar up for review is one of the tried and true brands - Oliva.  A family that provides tobacco to tons of other brands out there, Oliva is constantly one of the best selling brands around based on price, availability, and quality.  Their earning of the number one cigar of the year on Cigar Aficionado's top 25 of 2014 can't hurt... Continue reading »»

 


 

Foundry Rare Air ET-P2

Posted by Jack | in Foundry | on 30 Dec 2014 | at 12:34 PM | 109 views

I have reviewed a few Foundry cigars over the past couple of years and they continue to surprise me.  Every cigar from their rather hush-hush catalog has been unique and enjoyable.  This year saw a slew of new releases from General Cigar's boutique arm, and the subject of this review is one of their best.  I am too anxious to talk, so let's get smoking.... Construction: So dark an oily you can see yourself in the wrapper leaf, slightly lumpy, with a few veins, the ET-P2 is actually a pretty cigar with a rustic feel.  Since the tobacco was grown from 1960 seed, that makes some sense. Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Out of the cellophane, I get a very powerful musty leather, malt, and minty... Continue reading »»

 


 

Carnavale Toro by Epicurean Cigars

Posted by Jack | in Epicurean Cigars | on 27 Dec 2014 | at 9:46 AM | 137 views

Before I go any further, I need to tell you that this review is a tad self-serving.   Steven Ysidron is a friend of mine.   I developed his website and when things are settled down, he and I chat often.   Steven was working on a band idea for his Carnavale release last winter and I asked him if I could help.   The result is now wrapped around every Carnavale cigar.   I have bands ready for his next three releases too.   Steven is just a terrific guy, so if you are lucky enough to meet him at your local shop, shake his hand, smoke and enjoy his cigars, and wish him a great 2015. Construction: The Carnavale is covered with a... Continue reading »»

 


 

Asylum Dragon's Milk

Posted by Jack | in Asylum 13 | on 20 Dec 2014 | at 7:22 AM | 202 views

So, I am sure you probably know about this cigar already if you like cigars and you like beer.  The Asylum Dragon's Milk is aged in New Holland Brewing Co's bourbon barrel stout barrels.  After the cigars are rolled they are aged for two days in the barrels.  So, after some delays and trials the Dragon's Milk is here.  Let's get smoking.... Construction:  The Dragon's Milk is a hefty Churchill size.   Lots of sheen to the wrapper leaf and a small vein or two, the DM is heavy in hand too. Pre-light Aroma and Draw:  I admit, I was expecting a beer note to the unlit cigar....instead,I get a sugary sweet tobacco with a very slight spice.   The draw is nice and open... Continue reading »»

 


 

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