Wednesday, August 25, 2010

La Gloria Cubana Serie N JSB Review

La Gloria Cubana Serie N JSB - 5.5 X 54. Wrapper - Ecuadorian Sumatra, Binder - Nicaragua, Filler - Nicaragua. Medium - Full bodied.

Initial taste - Earthy sweetness.

First Third - Earthy, fruity sweetness, hint of black cherry, light spice. Very nice flavor combination.

Second Third - Continuation of the earthy, fruity/ black cherry sweetness. Spice is picking up now and a nice leather flavor is emerging.

Last third - Spice really kicked up and it is now in the forefront followed by earthiness, black cherry and leather. Very nicely balanced. Very enjoyable long finish of earth, leather and spice.

Construction was perfect - dark chocolate color, burn was good and draw was excellent.

This is a very tasty, complex and very well balanced cigar. I really like this flavor profile and I also liked the way it started off as a medium cigar and kept building to a more full bodied cigar. I smoked this right down to the nub and it left me wishing there was more to smoke. MSRP for this vitola is $6.30 which makes this a great value for such a flavorful cigar. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

7-20-4 "Dog Walker" Review

7-20-4 "Dog Walker". 4 1/4 X 40. Wrapper - Brazilian Mata Fina, Binder - Costa Rica, Filler - Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexican & Colombian. Medium bodied.

Because this is a small cigar, I decided to break it down in halves instead of thirds.

Initial taste - Nice blast of black pepper & cedar.

First Half - Black pepper, cedar, leather and a nice hint of cocoa. Very good balance.

Second Half - The black pepper now becomes more of a spice along with leather, cedar and a very pleasant and interesting floral flavor. Marvellous complexity. Very nice long finish of spice & leather.

Construction, burn and draw were excellent - nice tight light-gray ash that held on.

I was very impressed with this cigar - it had excellent balance and complexity. Plenty of flavor. A fantastic little cigar for a short smoke or for...well... walking your dog. MSRP on this vitola is $5.50 which makes this cigar a great value in my opinion. Absolutely recommend.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Canimao Robusto Extra Maduro Review

Canimao Robusto Extra Maduro - 6 X 52. Wrapper - Brazilian Arapiraca (aged 3 years), Binder - Ecuadorian Sumatra, Filler - Nicaragua & Dominican. Medium - Full bodied.

Initial taste - Dry woody and coffee.

First third - Woody, earthy coffee flavor, spice and hints of cinnamon and a pleasant sweetness.

Second third - Now the cigar takes on a more predominate earthy sweetness, coffee flavor with nuts, spice and cinnamon. Very nicely balanced.

Last third - Earthy sweetness and dark coffee flavor with spice increasing and hints of cocoa and nuts. Strength is really increasing. Smooth and complex. Very long finish of sweet dark coffee and spice.

Construction, burn and draw were perfect as is the case with all of the Canimao cigars that I have smoked. Nice light gray ash that held on.

This is yet another Canimao cigar line that I really enjoyed. Complex and smooth with very good flavors. The cigar definitely increases in strength during the last third which I really like as well. MSRP on this vitola is $4.58 which is a great value for a cigar of this caliber. Fantastic cigar. Highly recommended.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Montana Azul Torpedo Review

Montana Azul (Las Cenizas del Mombacho) Torpedo - 6 1/8 X 52. Wrapper - Nicaragua (Connecticut Oscuro), Binder - Nicaragua, Filler - Nicaragua. Mild - Medium bodied.

Initial taste - Dry cedar/wood.

First Third - Creamy cedar, some spice, hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Very nicely balanced.

Second Third - Continuation of the smooth, creamy cedar, mild spice, hints of vanilla and now also some orange peel replacing the cinnamon.

Last third - Creamy cedar, cinnamon is back, light spice, notes of vanilla and nuts at the end. Nice long finish of creaminess, cedar and cinnamon.

Construction, burn and draw were perfect.

This is a very good cigar for the morning that would go very well with your coffee or as your first cigar of the day. Lots of nice complex flavors blended smoothly together. Very enjoyable. MSRP on this vitola is $5.60 which is a good value. Definite recommend to try.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Reinado Cigars Robusto Review

Reinado Cigars Robusto - 5.5 X 50. Wrapper - Nicaragua, Binder - Nicaragua, Filler - Nicaragua. Medium bodied.

Initial taste - Toasty, bready cedar.

First third - Spicy cinnamon, bready/woody leather. Near the end of the first third a slight sweetness emerges.

Second third - Spicy woody leather, & sweet cinnamon continues with some notes of nuts.

Final third - Now there is a sweet, creamy and woody leather flavor (bordering on a creamy, coffee flavor), continued spiciness and hints of cinnamon. Very nice balance. Long finish of spice, leather and wood.

Burn on this cigar was razor sharp producing a light gray ash that held on for an inch at a time. Draw was perfect producing a good amount of smoke. Construction was good although the wrapper was delicate.

This was a very nicely balanced cigar with a lot of complexity. I really enjoyed this cigar and I would definitely have it in my regular rotation. MSRP is $8.00 for this size. Definite recommend. For more information take a look at their web site:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Canimao Churchill Review

Canimao Churchill - 7 X 48. Wrapper - Ecuadorian Sumatra, Binder - Ecuadorian Sumatra, Filler - Dominican & Nicaragua. Just to the right side of Medium bodied.

Initial lighting flavors were that of cedar, leather and spice.

First third - Spice, leather and nutmeg. A creamy sweetness emerges with the cedar taste fading.

Second third - Flavors are continuing to build and evolve - tangy, citrus spice, leather and a very enjoyable creamy sweet cocoa taste.

Last third - The spice is even stronger now with more of a fruity orange peel citrus taste. The leather now gives way to a coffee flavor along with the creamy, sweet cocoa. Very enjoyable. Long tasty finish of tangy spice, sweet cream and coffee.

Construction, burn and draw were excellent.

This was a very good, well balanced and complex cigar that I smoked down to the nub. Ecuadorian Sumatra is one of my favorite wrappers on a cigar and this cigar is exactly my flavor profile. MSRP on this vitola is $6.56 which is a great value in my opinion for what this cigar delivers. Highly recommended.