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Posted by Jack | in Antillian Cigars, Fusion Cigars | on 17 Apr 2015 | at 1:24 PM | 18 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 | 97 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 | 45 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 | 119 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 | 176 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 | 162 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 | 93 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 | 128 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 »»

 


 

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