Sunday, June 26, 2016

AJF Enclave Robusto 6/26/16


Appearance 
Milk chocolate colored wrapper with a few prominent veins and a light oil sheen. The seams are tight. It has a semi closed foot. The primary band is quite attractive. 

Aroma
A heavy barnyard aroma is present on the wrapper. Aroma at the foot is barnyard and a light sweetness.

Prelight Draw 
Aged tobacco,dried fruit and licorice.

1st
Initial draws are woody with a hint of white pepper spice developing. The wood leans  toward cedar. The draw is firm. Ash is a light gray and mostly tight. The burn has a slight wave. 1/2way thru the 1st the white pepper mellows. Dried apples & bananas make a short but sweet visit. 

2nd
Bready notes enter the profile. The white pepper spice transitions to a mild cinnamon. The strength seemed to start at medium+ but has settled in at medium. The finish is basically medium with notes of cedar,bread.with the cinnamon hanging on for a bit longer. The cinnamon becomes more like warm cinnamon late in the 2nd. 

Final/3rd
Coffee joins the mix to start the final/3rd. Smoke production is in the medium range throughout. 
Overall the AJF Enclave provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A well balanced flavor profile from start to finish. 
A big thank you to Vartan(owner) @AmbassadorCigar for the sample for review. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Regius Exclusivo USA Oscuro Especial Robusto 6/25/16


Appearance 
The cigar has a soft box press. The San Andres Maduro wrapper has tight seams, only one thin vein and a light oil sheen, like a matte finish. 

Aroma
Very earthy on the wrapper. Earthy and a light fruity note at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Earthy with a light sweetness.

1st
Initial draws bring forth a very rich earthy tobacco note. The sweetness comes thru especially on the finish with a hint of spice. It's got a little bit of that "Skittles" flavor(sweet & sour). The ash is charcoal gray and stacked. The burn is off about 30* but it's early yet. 

2nd
Some cedar & leather notes are beginning to surface. The burn line has almost fully self corrected. Strength has been medium so far. Mild cashew notes have entered the mix. Strength goes to medium+ by the end of 2nd.

Final/3rd
The spice, a warm cinnamon has moved to the head of the blend. The ash tightens up. The finish is long and balanced. 
Overall the Regius Exclusivo Oscuro provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A well balanced flavor profile from start to finish. I recommend u give it a try. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Magnate Green Nicaraguan 6/18/16


Appearance 
The cigar has a medium brown wrapper with a few thin veins. It is a bit toothy. The seams are tight. There is a nice oily sheen. It has a nicely done 3-seam cap. 

Aroma
Light earth on the wrapper. Moist tobacco, cedar at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Light earth, cedar and a faint hint of spice.

1st
Initial draws have a light earthy flavor. About a 1/2" in a faint spice begins to develop. The ash is light gray and stacked. It has a snug draw and the burn is almost perfect. The spice is becoming like a mild cinnamon. The burn line is off about 11*. The ash is tightening up. 

2nd
The draw is opening up as is the flavor with the earth, cedar and spice all stepping into the bold category. What started as a mild almost bland flavor profile has stepped up to medium strength. The burn line has almost fully self corrected. At the halfway point of the cigar, the draw & burn are perfect. The finish is long with the earthy, cedar & cinnamon notes being joined by a light espresso and a bit of caramel. It produces a nice amount of smoke. 

Final/3rd
The strength moves to a medium+. The flavor profile has remained balanced and consistent. 
Overall the Magnate Green provides a pleasant smoking experience. A well balanced blend with a consistent flavor profile. 
Thanks to Najib Green(brand owner) @MagnateGreen for the sample for review. 


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Cesar Cigars Maduro Robusto 6/12/16


Appearance 
The wrapper is a dark milk chocolate color with a couple prominent veins. The seams are tight and it's a little toothy. There is a nice oil sheen. The band is beautiful. 

Aroma
Earthy chocolate and espresso with a hint of spice on the wrapper. Chocolate, earthy and black licorice at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Earthy, chocolatey, black licorice and a hint of spice.

1st
Initial draws are very earthy and thick. Dark chocolate shows itself on the long finish along with the initial spice notes. The burn at a 1/2" in is perfect leaving a tight light gray ash. The draw is snug so far. Some salty notes have surfaced as well. The cigar provides a good volume of smoke on expel. Espresso notes join the profile. The spice so far is of the white pepper variety. There is an underlying sweetness on the palate. 

2nd
The ash is still holding straight and strong but I will gently remove it soon so I don't end up wearing it. As I moved it over the ashtray the ash fell off on its own. Whew! Good timing. The strength is in the medium to medium+ range. Remember I do my reviews before breakfast. The draw has opened up. Nice roasted cashew notes join the profile. The chocolate tapers back a bit bringing the black licorice to the forefront. The long finish has notes of earth, espresso, chocolate, salt, roasted cashews, black licorice and spice. The spice which started as white pepper has become more of a warm cinnamon. The band removes very easily. 

Final/3rd
The strength is at med/full. The flavor profile which continues thru the final/3rd is very complex albeit well balanced. 
Overall the Cesar Cigars Maduro provides a very enjoyable smoking experience. It's a very complex and well balanced cigar with great construction. 
Thanks go to Brad Berko @scottsdalecigar for the samples for review. 
Definitely a tasty cigar to have in the humi.
GoGetchasome™!!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Toraño Vault Blend D-042 Robusto 6/5/16


Appearance 
A medium brown milk chocolatey looking wrapper with a few prominent veins. Seams are mostly tight. The wrapper has a light oil sheen and is a little toothy. The band is very attractive. 

Aroma
Earthy tobacco with a hint of barnyard on the wrapper. Earthy with sweetness at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Earthy,fruity,cocoa and cinnamon spice.

1st
The first draws yield a strong cedar presence along with a medium roast coffee with chocolate creamer added for balance. At this point the cinnamon spice begins to show itself. The draw is perfect. The burn has a slight wave but not bad. The ash is charcoal colored and stacked. The strength is in the medium range. 

2nd
Strength has moved to medium+. The finish is long with notes of cedar,coffee,chocolate and warm cinnamon spice. The ash has tightened up. A nutty almond note has crept into the profile. The ash holds til I remove at each 3rd. 

Final/3rd
Strength moves to med/full. The flavor profile has remained consistent through to the nub. 
Overall the Vault D-042 provides a very enjoyable smoking experience. A flavorful well balanced cigar. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Angel's Anvil TAA 2016 6/4/16


Appearance
The cigar has a chocolatey  brown wrapper with a couple prominent veins. Seams are tightly wrapped and tough to find. It has a soft box press and a light oil sheen. It has a small amount of tooth. 

Aroma 
Earthy & sweet on the wrapper. Earthy & sweet with a hint of spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Cocoa powder and black licorice with a hint of spice.

1st
Initial draws bring notes of very earthy tobacco with a nice mild cinnamon spice in the background. The draw is good albeit slightly snug. The burn line has a slight wave to it. The cocoa powder is gaining prominence and balancing the profile. The ash is light gray and semi tight. There is a sweet caramel like note joining the profile.

2nd
The strength is in the medium range. A well balanced profile. The finish is long with notes of earth,cocoa,caramel and warm cinnamon spice. Late in this 3rd the spice becomes more like a crushed red pepper. The draw has opened up nicely. 

Final/3rd
The strength is at medium+. The profile remains consistent with notes of earth,cocoa & crushed red pepper with the caramel fading bringing the black licorice to the surface.
Overall the Angel's Anvil TAA 2016 provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A well balanced cigar with a nice flavor profile. 
Thanks to Rick Hopkins owner of Stag Tobacconist and former president of the TAA for the sample for review.
These are available at any TAA shop. GoGetchasome™!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

A.Flores AFR-75 Sublime(Robusto) 5x56 5/30/16


Appearance 
The wrapper is a very dark oily San Andres Maduro with a couple prominent veins. The seams are tightly wrapped and almost invisible. It has a coiled flag cap.

Aroma 
Aromatic earth with thick cocoa on the wrapper. Earthy, cocoa and fruit at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Earthy, cocoa, lush fruit(plum) and a hint of spice.

1st
Initial draws bring some charred meat flavors coupled with the cocoa(an interesting combination). A little farther in some nice floral notes and aroma's come to the surface. Draw and burn are spot on from the start. It produces a high volume of smoke even between draws. Ash is salt&pepper gray tight and stacked(a mix of both). The spice, ramping up quickly is a black/cayenne pepper mix. Strength is medium+. I removed the ash but it would have held on longer. 

2nd
The charred flavor has gone  leaving a more balanced profile of earth,cocoa,bread and spice. The spice has tapered off a bit. Strength is up to med/full. By the end of the 2nd/3rd the strength is at full.

Final/3rd
The fruit notes(think apple & plum) are joined by dark roast coffee notes. The cayenne notes disappeared late in the 2nd but have rejoined the profile balancing nicely with the earth,cocoa,bread & mild black pepper. 
Overall the AFR-75 Sublime provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A complex blend full of flavor and strength. It is a bit pricey at almost $15 but you Gotta Try Em All™.