Saturday, February 6, 2016

MBombay Habano Churchill 2/6/16


Appearance 
Beautiful milk chocolate brown Ecuadoran Habano wrapper with nice tight seams, nearly invisible. Mostly small thin veins. It has a nice oily sheen. This cigar came with only the large MBombay band.

Aroma
Sweet tobacco on the wrapper. Stronger sweetness and a hint of spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Very sweet hay and a hint of spice.

1st
First draws bring several different sweet flavors. Sweet hay, alongside a light cedar note. The draw is effortless. Burn has a little wave to it but as u know by now I almost never do burn corrections allowing the combustion of the cigar to correct itself. The ash is medium gray and slightly flaky. There is a floral essence in the background of the sweet notes. Some of the sweetness fades on the cedar allowing a more pure cedar note. A nice light roast coffee note joins the profile late in the 1st/3rd. 

2nd
The burn has fully self corrected at this point. The strength is a light medium at this point. A creamy cashew note has entered the mix. The cigar has a long finish with notes of cedar, coffee,cashew,a light floral and the hint of spice rounds it out. The ash appears to be tightening up as I get deeper into the 2nd.   Very smooth like grade 100 leather. The spice has developed into a nice crushed red pepper. The strength has moved to a medium+.

Final/3rd
Smoke output has been good throughout. Burn went off by about 45* but quickly self corrected. The flavor profile remains the same til the end. 
Overall the cigar provided a very enjoyable smoking experience. Very complex thru the first 2/3rds. Definitely a cigar to keep in the humi. Thanks again to Mel Shah (@MBombaycigars) for the samples for review. If u can't find them at a local shop @SeriousCigars has them online. GoGetchasome™!!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

MBombay Kesara Salamon 1/31/16


Appearance 
Light brown wrapper with tight nearly invisible seams. Very few veins are visible in the silky wrapper. There is a nice oily sheen on the wrapper. 

Aroma
A slight barnyard aroma on the wrapper and not much aroma at the foot other than the faint sweetness and a hint of spice.

Prelight Draw
Hint of spice on the lips and cedar and a sweet note.

1st
First draws bring notes of cedar to the palate. The draw is near perfect and the burn is spot on. The cigar flavor has a nice creamy texture. The ash is medium gray and semi tight. Cashews join the flavor profile with a hint of spice developing. The spice which starts in the cinnamon range quickly moves to warm cinnamon. 

2nd
By the start of the 2nd/3rd the ash has tightened up. The cedar and cashew notes remain constant while the spice fluctuates up and down in strength. The strength of the cigar has been in the medium range since the start. It has a long finish with notes of cedar, cashew and warm cinnamon spice. 

Final/3rd
By the beginning of the final/3rd the strength is at medium+. The flavors remain the same through till the end. 
Overall a very enjoyable smoking experience. Definitely a cigar to keep in the humi for anytime of the day. Thanks again to Mel Shah brand owner of @mbombaycigars for the samples for review. GoGetchasome™!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

MBombay Mora Lancero 1/24/16


Appearance 
The wrapper is chocolate brown in color with tight nearly invisible seams. It has a nice tight pig tail cap and an inch of exposed binder and filler at the foot. I didn't use the word shaggy because it's not a shaggy foot in the normal sense. The exposed binder is wrapped around and covers the filler. The wrapper has a somewhat mottled oil sheen.

Aroma
The wrapper has an earthy aroma with a very faint cocoa powder scent in the background. The foot has a white cedar type aroma.

Prelight Draw
Hazelnuts with a light cocoa powder and an earthy finish.

1st
Initial draws bring notes of dry toast and cedar. A faint hint of spice also shows itself. As the wrapper begins to combust there is a definite sweetness joining the flavor profile. The draw is a bit snug. The ash is medium gray and tight. The burn thus far is spot on. There is a slight black pepper note present. The sweetness I detected early on is reminiscent of hazelnuts. 

2nd
There is a meaty note bringing the flavors together. The flavor profile has been very balanced to this point. The draw is still snug and could be due to the small ring gauge. The finish is medium in length with the earthy, hazelnut,cedar,spice and meaty notes all in balance. Later in this 3rd there is some cinnamon that joins the black pepper in the spice department. 

Final/3rd
The same flavor profile continues into the final/3rd. The draw opened up a little in this 3rd. Burn was spot on from start to finish. 
Overall the Mora Lancero provided a very enjoyable smoking experience with a nice complexity. Thanks again to Mel @mbombaycigars for the samples for review. GoGetchasome™!! 
Available at @SeriousCigars if your local shop doesn't carry yet.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

MBombay Classic Robusto 1/17/16


Appearance 
The cigar has a light brown colored wrapper with a couple prominent veins. The seams are tight tho not invisible. There is a light oil sheen. 

Aroma
A light barnyard aroma is present on the wrapper with a hint of spice. Faint licorice blends in with fresh tobacco aromas at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Cedar leather spice and licorice flavors are present on the prelight draw.

1st
The first puff after lighting brings an iced coffee like flavor with an unusual sour note mixed with a little sweetness. The sweetness lingers on the finish. The draw is just a touch snug. The burn has a slight wave. The finish is medium in length. At about 3/8" in there is a spice note developing. The iced coffee noted becomes more of a traditional coffee flavor. Cedar is also present at this point. The ash looks like charcoal burning with the dark and light contrasts and is a bit flaky. 

2nd
The burn line which was off line a bit has almost fully self corrected by the start of the 2nd/3rd. The draw has loosened up nicely at this point. The spice note has developed into a crushed red pepper. The ash is becoming tighter(less flaky) as the cigar burns. The spice tapers off a bit at the end of 2nd.

Final/3rd
A meaty note joins the coffee and cedar to start the final/3rd. Strength has remained in the medium range til now when it goes to medium+. 
Overall a well balanced and flavorful cigar which provided a very pleasurable smoking experience. Another great cigar from @mbombaycigars 
Thanks to Mel Shah(brand owner) for the samples for review. If your local B&M doesn't have them try @SeriousCigars and GoGetchasome™

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Jas Sum Kral (I Am King) Toro 6x52 1/2/16


Appearance 
A milk chocolatey wrapper with tight seams and a couple of prominent veins. It has a very slight oil sheen. Single cap with a tightly wrapped and coiled pig tail. The foot is almost fully closed by excess binder and wrapper. The band is very ornate and well done.

Aroma
Barnyardy on the wrapper and a molasses sweetness at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Molasses and cinnamon 

1st
First puffs reveal nutty tobacco notes with a cinnamon spice in the background. The draw is a bit snug to start but they generally loosen up in short order. The burn has a slight wave but again it's early. The ash is light gray and tight. The nutty flavor is along the lines of mixed nuts. Smoke output is in the generous range. There is also a dry hay like note. The finish is long with notes of cinnamon spice, hay, nuts and the molasses sweetness. 

2nd
Dropped the ash into the ashtray to start the 2nd/3rd. The strength went from medium in the 1st to medium+ at the start of 2nd. The draw has loosened up nicely and the burn is still off by about 10*.  Getting some nice leather notes at end of 2nd. 

Final/3rd
Burn line has fully self corrected at start of final/3rd. Flavors continue thru til the nub.
Overall a consistent flavorful cigar that provides a pleasant smoking experience. They are available on their site at jassumkral.com  In March they should begin showing up in stores. A big Thank You to Riste Buc (brand owner) @Jas_Sum_Kral_ for the samples for review.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Jordan Alexander III Robusto (reblended/rebranded) 1/1/16


Appearance 
Dark brown silky wrapper with tight nearly invisible seams. No prominent veins. It has an interesting single cap with a twisted and tied pig tail. It has a nice oily sheen. The new band is very nice and ornate. 

Aroma 
Barnyard with cinnamon and cocoa powder on the wrapper. Foot is mostly closed by excess wrapper.

Prelight Draw 
Cocoa powder & cinnamon spice over a light woody note. 

1st
Initial draw is mostly from wrapper and is full of cinnamon spice. The cocoa powder and cinnamon mix well together with an underlying wood note. At the 1" point the draw and burn are perfect. Excellent construction at the Quesada cigar factory in DR. The ash is salt&pepper gray and tight. Near the end of 1st/3rd the cinnamon becomes warm cinnamon. 

2nd
Moving into the 2nd the cocoa powder seems to fade but a roasted nut flavor replaces it. The burn has developed a slight wave. I removed the ash between 3rd's but it was strong and would have held much longer. The strength is a solid medium. At the halfway point of the cigar there is a nice fruity note joining the mix. Fruit, nuts and cinnamon dominate the profile at this point. A few draws later the cinnamon gets warmer and the strength moves to medium+. Late in the second the spice becomes more of a crushed red pepper(that's a good thing). The burn line has fully self corrected. The strength moves to med/full near the end of this 3rd. 

Final/3rd
The final/3rd starts out with the fruity note becoming much like a Granny Smith apple flavor. The roasted nuts and crushed red pepper with woody undertone round out the flavor profile. 
Overall a complex flavorful wonderful smoking experience. 
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A big thank you to Alex Miller @JA3Alex for the samples for review. Available only at B&M's in Penn.,Delaware,NJ and Florida til they branch out with this new rebranded/reblended release.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Flor De Florez Maduro Robusto 12/27/15


Appearance 
Toothy wrapper with mostly tight seams. A couple prominent veins. There is a very light oil sheen over part of the cigar while the rest shows no oil.

Aroma 
A light barnyard aroma with a candy type sweetness on the wrapper. Molasses at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Black licorice and fruit.

1st
The first few puffs show a spice developing. The draw is a bit snug to start. Burn is a little wavy but not bad. The spice is like a nice warm cinnamon. Flavor notes are of earth and wood. The warm cinnamon and molasses meld together nicely. The ash is light gray and fairly tight. 

2nd
Removed the ash at start of 2nd. Would have held longer but I don't like to have to focus on ash falling while doing a review. The draw is loosening up. Earth,wood,warm cinnamon and molasses notes continue into 2nd/3rd. The strength bumps up from med. to medium+. Burn has fully self corrected midway in 2nd. At this point the warm cinnamon transitions to crushed red pepper with a mild floral note. The finish is long with spicy and sweet flavors.

Final/3rd
Notes of espresso and cocoa powder join the mix. The crushed red pepper ramps up at this point. 
Overall the cigar is flavorful and complex. These Miami made cigars are $7.25 per stick and are available on their website www.flordeflorez.com 
Thanks to Terri Binns @CigarRep for the samples for review.