Saturday, July 18, 2015

Virtuoso Cigars Connecticut Shade Robusto 7/18/15


Appearance
A little toothy & mottled. Tight seams and 1 prominent vein. Cap is a little rough around the edges.

Aroma
Hay with a sweetness on the wrapper. Sweetness at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Hay and sweetness with spice.

1st
The first few draws bring out the spice which is on the mild side like Allspice. Notes of white cedar are also noticeable. The ash is light gray and semi tight. Strength is in the medium range. The draw has been nice from the start. The burn line which is off slightly has been pretty good since lighting. Ash is getting more flaky than tight.

2nd
Ash has held on so far. Strength interestingly has gone to med/full. The spice has mellowed just a little. A very well balanced cigar so far. The finish is long and nice and balanced with the cedar on the palate and the spice on the tongue with a hint of sweetness. The spice picks up to more of a paprika at the 1/2 way point of the cigar. The burn line has fully self corrected also. The cigar produces a large amount of smoke from each draw. The strength is more on the full side at this point.

Final/3rd
The flavors have been consistent since the start providing a very enjoyable smoking experience. I highly recommend you try this cigar. This was one of the best Connecticut Shade wrapped cigars I've smoked. It's a House blend from The Smokers Hut. To get some contact Rob@TheSmokersHut.com 
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Thanks to Rob & @jthallbeck for the samples to review. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

GTO Cigars Torpedo Doble Capas 7/12/15


Appearance 
Barber Pole. Several prominent veins. Seams are fairly tight. Seems to be a little oil sheen on the Maduro portion but not the Connecticut leaf. 

Aroma 
Barnyardy on the wrapper. Barnyardy with a hint of sweetness at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Cedar with that hint of sweetness.

1st
Initial draws are a bit snug. Noticing some spice on the lips first then on the palate. Strength is on the mild side of medium to start. Ash is medium gray and flaky. Has a bit of uneven burn to start but we'll see if it corrects. So far cedar, cream & spice are the flavors. The spice is of the Pimenton(Spanish Paprika) variety. 

2nd
Burn issues continue into 2nd/3rd. The Maduro wrapper is slower burning than the rest of the cigar. The Maduro portion of the ash is tight while the Conn. Portion is flaky. Getting some cashew notes about halfway thru. Draw still a bit snug at end of 2nd.

Final/3rd
The previous flavors continue into final/3rd. Draw has loosened up now with the burn doing good as well. Setting the draw and burn issues aside, this was a pleasant cigar. I will definitely smoke it again. 
Thank you Oscar for the cigars for review.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Glandon Family Premium "Matthew" 6x56 7/10/15


Appearance 
Chocolate brown wrapper with a light sheen. Invisible seams. Mostly fine veins.

Aroma
Earthy on the wrapper. Earthy with some sweetness like molasses at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Earthy and sweet

1st
Initial puffs are earthy and woody. After the next few puffs a very mild spice appears like cinnamon. Ash is salt and pepper gray and almost flaky. Perfect draw and slightly uneven burn. Medium strength. A little over 1" in the spice goes from cinnamon to CRP(crushed red pepper). Burn line has self corrected at this point as well. The spice tapers off a little. The earthy wood & spice notes balance nicely to create a nice long finish. 

2nd
Flavors are the same to start 2nd with some nutty notes joining the mix. The nutty flavor reminds me of cashews due to the creamy texture. Strength picks up to medium+. Some cocoa powder notes have joined the mix. Draw & burn have continued to be perfect. Before the end of the 2nd/3rd the CRP comes back stronger. With it the strength goes to medium/full. 

Final/3rd
Strength is at full to start the Final/3rd. The spice tapers back again allowing the cocoa,wood & earthy notes to balance perfectly with the cinnamon note once again. Near the end the CRP comes back again. A very enjoyable complex cigar from start to finish! Wait 4 It! Wait 4 It! BOOM! Salamanca Cigar Group's Glandon Family Premium "Matthew" gets The Chairmans Buy Signal™!! GoGetchasome!! Brand owners Alan & Beth Fonseca have done it again! 


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Joseph NicaVana Belicoso 1/7/15


Appearance 
Dark chocolatey with a light oil sheen. Nice tight seems. 2 prominent veins.

Aroma
Earthy and floral with light cocoa on the wrapper. Molasses, earth and chocolate at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Earthy and dark chocolate and a hint of spice on the lips.

1st
Earthy to start. The spice comes on strong after the first few puffs. It's of the CRP (crushed red pepper) variety. Draw is just a touch snug. Burn is almost perfect at the 3/4" mark. Ash is salt & pepper gray and flaky. Ash dropped at the 1 1/4" mark. At the 1 1/4" point the spice has mellowed and a floral note arrives. Actually melds nicely with the earthy base. Ash is tightening up. 

2nd
CRP spice picks up a bit at the start. There's a hint of black licorice. Wow didn't see that coming! Spice fades a bit and a nutty note appears. Draw has loosened up to perfect. Nuts, earth and dark chocolate flavors working well together almost halfway into 2nd/3rd. About 2/3's into 2nd there are some blk pepper notes but we'll overlook that! 

Final/3rd
Blk pepper faded. Strength was medium+ til now when it went to a low full. Mostly earth and nuts now. Roasted unsalted in case u were wondering. Strength is at full halfway thru. The CRP is back strong. Very flavorful complex smoke! 
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Maya Selva Flor De Selva Robusto 6/21/15


Appearance
The wrapper is very light brown almost tan color. Seams are tight. It has a few prominent veins. The cigar has very little sheen.

Aroma
Light barnyard notes w/sweetness

Prelight Draw
First thing I notice is the tang or citrus notes. Then creamy notes w/ a mild spice on the lips.

1st
The first draws bring notes of cream and white pepper. The draw initially is a bit snug. Burn line almost perfect. The ash is a medium gray and is holding firm and tight. The smoke is leaving my palate a bit dry. Noticing a flavor that I don't taste much in cigars but it reminds me of toasted marshmallow, dry but sweet on the finish. 

2nd
Thus far I would say this cigar has been mild in strength. Just into the 2nd/3rd the strength picks up a little to mild/medium. I just ashed for the first time at about the 1/2 way point of the cigar. The flavor profile has stayed the same albeit a little more creamy and spicy(not a bad thing). The wrapper has developed a few cracks but I do live in Az and the lack of humidity could b contributing to the cracking. The strength has leveled out at medium late in the 2nd. Most of the sweetness has faded while the spice(paprika) has become dominant which I enjoy. 

Final/3rd
The strength has moved to med+. Spice is the only discernible note at this point albeit not a bad thing. Although a bit light for my normal strength preference it was an enjoyable before Brkfst smoke. The draw(once it opened up) and burn were spot on thru to the nub. This cigar may b just right for a lot of smokers. Definitely worth trying. Thanks again to @gabealvarez_ of Maya Selva Cigars for the samples for review.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Maya Selva Cigars Villa Zamorano El Gordo Robusto 6/17/15


Appearance
Milk chocolatey brown color with tight nearly invisible seams. A couple of prominent veins. The wrapper has a very light sheen.

Aroma
Cedar on the wrapper and cedar and raisins on the foot.

Prelight Draw
Cedar and raisin notes on the prelight draw.

1st
First draws bring some cedar notes with the raisiny notes. The raisiny sweetness comes from the Mata Fina binder. Draw and burn are spot on. The ash is almost white and fairly tight. 

2nd
There is a little red pepper spice on the tongue to start the 2nd/3rd. Also a nice creaminess joins the mix. The cigar has been medium in strength and body thus far. The raisin note has faded at 1/2 way point. This 3rd ends with the cedar and spice notes.

Final/3rd
The final/3rd brings more of the same cedar & spice. The strength finished at a medium+. This is a very enjoyable stick especially since it retails for under $4. I would recommend trying it. Thanks to @gabealvarez_ of Maya Selva Cigars for the review samples. GoGetchasome™!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Maldonado Dynasty The Mogul 6/14/15


Appearance
Milk chocolatey brown with tight seams. 1 prominent vein.

Aroma
Earthy aroma on the wrapper with a hint of sweetness. Same at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Chocolate and dried fruit.

1st
First puffs bring out notes of chocolate, espresso and dried fruit. Draw is a hair snug but I'm sure it will loosen as we go. Burn line has been perfect since toasting. The ash is light gray and tight. At 3/4" into the cigar I'm noticing a hint of spice. It has a long balanced finish with notes of Chocolate, espresso,dried fruit and spice. Near the end of the 1st/3rd the spice note reminds of cinnamon toast. Draw has loosened up nicely. Ash dropped at end of 1st/3rd.

2nd
Flavors from 1st/3rd continue into 2nd. Just after the 1/2 way point the spice ramps up a bit to more of a Pimenton (spanish paprika). Draw & burn still spot on. Strength picks up from solid medium to med/full.

Final/3rd
More of the same flavors. It was a very enjoyable cigar. I would definitely smoke again. GoGetchasome™!! Thanks to @MaldonadoDynsty for the samples to review.