Monday, December 26, 2011
Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Toro Gordo - 6 X 60. Wrapper - Dominican Republic Criollo 1998, Binder - Dominican Republic Olor, Filler - Dominican Republic Criollo & Nicaragua. Medium bodied.
Initial lighting taste - Cinnamon and wood.
First third - Spice, leather, citrus and woody notes.
Second third - The spice increases along with the citrus leather and wood.
Last third - Spice, citrus, leather, and woodiness. Nice long finish of spicy citrus and leather.
Construction - nice oily sheen, dark brown wrapper with no major veins. Burn was straight with a gray and black colored ash that was solid and held on. Draw was very good allowing plenty of smoke.
Another very good cigar from Gurkha that was complex and balanced. Flavors were very well pronounced and lasted long on the palette. The woodiness remained throughout the entire cigar instead of fading out in the first third as many other cigars do. I have been very impressed with the latest releases coming out of Gurkha and 2012 promises to bring more interesting cigars from them. MSRP is $10.00 for this vitola. If you are a fan of tangy, spicy leather with continued woodiness, than I definitely recommend this cigar for you.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Canimao "Jibaros" - 5/5/8 X 50. Wrapper - Ecuadorian Sumatra, Binder - Ecuador, Filler - Dominican Republic & Nicaragua. Between medium and full bodied.
Initial lighting taste - Dry woodiness.
First third - Spice, dry cedar, leather and a very nice citrus flavor emerges.
Second third - Spiciness continues with the tangy citrus coming to the forefront followed by leather and now a raisin flavor reveals itself.
Last third - Spice, tangy citrus, raisin and leather. Very nicely balanced. Long coating finish of spice and citrus leather.
Construction - Nice looking, light-brown wrapper with a silky sheen texture and no major veins. Burn was sharp with a salt & pepper colored ash. The ash is solid and held on. Draw was very good and the cigar had plenty of smoke.
An excellent little cigar packed with bold flavors. I found it to be very well balanced as with all Canimao cigars and with very good complexity. This flavor profile is among my favorite. The citrus raisin flavors were very tasty and enjoyable. I would say that this line is my new favorite in the Canimao portfolio followed by the Robusto and the Torpedo. It is also the fullest bodied in terms of flavor. MSRP is a consumer friendly $7.20. This is a perfect cigar for those cold winter days when you want a short smoke. A definite recommend to try for yourself.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Factory Press IV
National Release - December 2011
The 4th in the series of highly acclaimed Factory Press cigars by La Flor Dominicana. The tobaccos used to construct these wonderful cigars are from special small crops that have been retained and aging for use in this very limited production.
Total Production: 250 Boxes
Size: 60 X 6.5 inches
Packaging: Chest of 10 trays of 12 cigars.
Wrapper: Mexican Maduro
Filler: 100% Dominican grown at Estancia La Flor De Palma in La Canela, Dominican Republic