La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse

Posted by Jack | in La Aroma de Cuba | on 27 Aug 2014 | at 7:09 AM | 151 views

I recall smoking my first La Aroma de Cuba back in the day and stating that if Cuba smells like these cigars, sign me up.  Since then, I have moved to and away from the brand...it is just one that I tend to forget about...sad I know.  Well, this summer brings the birth of a new addition to the La Aroma lineup.  The Noblesse (French for nobility).  Last spring, I ended up with a three pack containing the Pepin-blended Mi Amor, Edicion Especiale, and Mi Amor Reserva...which I managed to plow through in twenty-four hours...reminding me why I should feel ashamed about forgetting about this stellar brand.  The Noblesse is a blend that was originally only available to Ashton Cigar Bar in Philly and is... Continue reading »»

 


 

RoMa Craft Neanderthal

Posted by Jack | in RoMa Craft Tobac | on 14 Aug 2014 | at 11:16 AM | 188 views

I will admit that I was going to save my sample of the RoMa Craft Neanderthal until last out of the pile of samples I was handed from the IPCPR.  Honestly there have only been three good ones in the batch so far and so many bad ones that I felt that I better go with a sure thing today.  Smoking many boring and just downright bad cigars in a row can make a guy start to loose faith.  So, let's see if my sure thing is what I need to erase the cigar-blahs. Construction: A flat cap and tapered foot....man, Skip makes some cool shapes.  No band (yet) so nothing to say about that.  The wrapper leaf is shiny and smooth with well manicured... Continue reading »»

 


 

Joya de Nicaragua Red Toro

Posted by Jack | in Joya De Nicaragua | on 31 Jul 2014 | at 2:34 PM | 57 views

Last week, Joya de Nicaragua surprised me with a sampler of their newest creation.  The Red was one of the few cigars I had seen ads for prior to the IPCPR.  Lauded as a value offering, the Red absolutely blew me away.  I waited for too long to review it in all honesty so I am just going too get right to it.... Construction: A golden brown wrapper leaf with few veins and no visible seams covers this beautiful cigar. Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Out of the cellophane, the Red gives off aromas of sweet tobacco, dry hay, and nuts.  The draw is perfect and a cold pull gives a nice sweet tobacco flavor.  Light and Burn: Lighting is a snap.  Burn is sharp from... Continue reading »»

 


 

Bodega Reunion Digestivo Robusto Extra

Posted by Jack | in Bodega Cigars, Emilio Cigars | on 11 Jul 2014 | at 4:38 PM | 223 views

There is only one cigar under the Emilio umbrella that, until this review, I had to try.  The Bodega brand is a pretty small label under Gary's distribution...only two cigars in their catalog so far.  On the menu for today is the Digestivo.  Made to smoke after dinner with a brandy or cognac, this cigar is said to be very sweet.  I am intrigued.  Here goes.... Construction: A hefty leathery Mexican San Andres wrapper covers this chunky cigar.  The seams are nice and the veins are very well managed. Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Some leather and cocoa notes appear once the cellophane is gone.  I picked up some very sweet raisin and cocoa from the foot as well. Light and Burn: The Digestivo burns perfectly... Continue reading »»

 


 

Intemperance BA XXI Breach of the Peace by RoMa Craft Tobac

Posted by Jack | in RoMa Craft Tobac | on 10 Jul 2014 | at 7:27 PM | 252 views

Five days of worry and then some are over!  My Fiancee had a rough ordeal this past week involving her heart.  She is home now with a clean bill of health.  To celebrate, we are sitting on the porch enjoying this exceptionally mild summer weather.  So, I dug into my cigars and decided to review the last RoMa Craft cigar in my collection.  The Intemperance BA XXI Breach of the Peace.  Another cigar in the line that pays homage to the early days.  I won't bore you with loads of words....Let's smoke! Construction: A beautiful dark and oily wrapper leaf covers this chunky cigar.  No seams and very minor veins finished with a flawless triple cap.  The wrapper leaves about a quarter of an inch... Continue reading »»

 


 

CroMagnon Anthropology

Posted by Jack | in RoMa Craft Tobac | on 03 Jul 2014 | at 11:32 AM | 164 views

Time for my second ever RoMa Craft.  I selected the CroMagnon Anthropology today....which leaves me two Intemperance blends remaining.  I enjoyed every puff of the Aquitaine Mode 5, so I expect big things from this corona gorda sized beauty. They list it as a grand corona, actually.  Anyhow, RoMa Craft has some groovy inspirations behind the names of their cigar lines.  Paying homage to the dawn of man, the CroMagnon line has some cool named sizes like the cranium, the early modern human, the slobberknocker, the blockhead, and the 110 ring gauge femur.  So much fun!  Okay, enough talk, let's smoke! Construction: A Grand Corona in size - similar to a corona gorda - with a red-brown and very oily wrapper leaf, the Anthropology is... Continue reading »»

 


 

Cuellar Connecticut Kreme Toro Gordo by Villiger

Posted by Jack | in Villiger Cigars | on 28 Jun 2014 | at 9:24 AM | 303 views

Okay, I don't do this very often but I was handed a few samples to try for The Wharf...I try them and give a thumbs up or down for the store to add them to their already massive stock...but this one I lit up today warranted a fast review as I had already started smoking it. It's a mild Saturday morning here in Dayton.  Cloudy, cool for now, and lazy.  I made a cup of coffee and grabbed this Connecticut shade cigar from my humidor thinking it would be a run of the mill mild cigar for my morning coffee.  Boy was I surprised. It was so shocking that my Fiancee recommended I do a review before I got much further into it.  So, here... Continue reading »»

 


 

Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda (2013)

Posted by Jack | in Tatuaje | on 27 Jun 2014 | at 3:34 PM | 260 views

I know I am a bit behind on reviewing the Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda released last fall and this spring.  I have smoked several and I think the time is right.  The past few months have seen a slew of Tat releases and I have tried hard to review as many as I can.  The Tattoo and Pudgy Monsters are on my list of upcoming reviews.  As with many cigars, some time in the humidor has done wonders for these and they are only a couple of months old.  I felt them to be a tad harsh at first smoke but they have already simmered down a bit and...well, let's just get to the review....Better late than never. Construction: This particular specimen contained a... Continue reading »»

 


 

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