Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Gent by Paula Cigars Corona Gorda 6/4/17

 
Appearance 
A medium brown wrapper with a little mottling and a few prominent veins. The seams are tight. There is a bit of tooth and a light oil sheen. 

Aroma 
Barnyard and cedar on the wrapper. Honey sweetness at the foot. 

Prelight Draw 
Spicy, cedar, honey, black licorice. 

1st
Initial draws bring notes of cedar with a hint of cinnamon spice. The draw is a bit snug to start. A pinch of black pepper joins the profile. The ash is mostly tight and holding strong. Strength is a low medium. 

2nd
The burn is spot on. The draw has loosened and is now perfect. Smoke production has moved with the draw from low to medium. The black pepper is more of a dash now. Some light roast coffee notes join the profile. 

Final/3rd
The burn is a bit wavy but self corrects quickly. The finish is long with notes of cedar, coffee, honey and mild black pepper spice. Burn is back to spot on. The black pepper becomes a little more prominent late in the final/3rd. 

Overall
The Gent Corona Gordo by Paula Cigars provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A nice well balanced profile with a great draw and good burn. 
Thank you to Paula @PaulaCigars for the samples for review. 
The cigars are available at Paula's website as well as some B&M's on the East Coast.
 
 

Archetype Strange Passage Toro 6/3/17

 
Appearance 
A silky wrapper with a couple prominent veins. Their is some slight mottling as well making the tightly wrapped seams more visible. It has a beautiful 3 seam cap and an oily sheen. The cigar also has a soft box press. The filler is well packed with no soft spots. 

Aroma 
Earth, fruity, cedar with a hint of spice on the wrapper. Fruity and light roast coffee at the foot. 

Prelight Draw 
Earthy, fruity, spicy

1st
Initial draws bring notes of earth, cedar, light roast coffee and a mild spice. The fruity notes come through in the finish. The draw and burn are spot on right now. The ash is light gray and mostly tight with a little flake. Some creamy cashew notes join the profile late in the 1st/3rd. 

2nd
Burn and draw still spot on, not unusual for a cigar made at Davidoff. The smoke production is at the high end of medium. The burn goes off a bit. Upon investigation of the working end I notice the cone is off center which will cause a slower burn on one side. With the application of simple physics self correction brings the burn under control. The finish is long with notes of earth, fruit, cedar, light roast coffee, cashews and a mild nutmeg spice. A little wave develops. Removing the ash I find a small tunnel. 

Final/3rd
The well balanced flavor profile continues into the final/3rd. The strength which started at medium has moved to med/full. 
Great flavor and balance right to the nub.

Overall
The Archetype Stange Passage provides a very enjoyable smoking experience. A very well balanced and flavorful profile with an excellent draw and mildly erratic burn. 
A big thank you to @VenturaCigarCo for the samples for review.
A special thank you to Rachel at Ventura for facilitating the delivery of the samples. 
Definitely a cigar to hunt down and enjoy. 
 
 

Sensado Cigars Roma Torpedo 5/29/17

 
Appearance 
A milk chocolate colored wrapper with a few prominent veins. The seams are tightly wrapped. The cap on this Torpedo is well done. 
The wrapper has a nice oily sheen. 
It's filler bunch is well packed with no soft spots. 

Aroma 
Earthy, fruity, cedar on the wrapper. Earth, cedar and sweetness at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Cedar and a little sweetness with some spice. 

1st
The initial draws, while snug, yield tasty notes of mild chocolate and espresso with a mild Caribbean spice(allspice) Not a bad combination. The burn is off about 12* which can be an indication that the Ligero cone is off center. We'll see. The ash is salt&pepper gray and mostly tight. Smoke production is at medium. 

2nd
After removing the ash to start the 2nd/3rd, my suspicion is confirmed, the cone is off center causing the angled burn line and there is a tiny tunnel at the center of the cigar. Midway in the 2nd the draw opens up nicely. The burn has fully self corrected with the help of some simple physics. The finish is long with notes of earth, cedar, milk chocolate, espresso and allspice.

Final/3rd
The very flavorful profile is very well balanced. The profile remains consistent through to the nub. 

Overall
The Sensado Roma Torpedo provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A very flavorful profile. The burn and draw are nice from the halfway point to the nub. 
Thank you Rick Strawn @ParadigmPres for the sample for review. They are available at Rick's local B&M. Definitely a cigar to try. 
 
 

Indian Motorcycle Maduro Robusto 5/28/17

 
Appearance 
This dark chocolate colored Conn. Broadleaf Maduro is veiny, mottled and toothy none of which is a bad thing, they are simply characteristics of the Conn. Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The seams are wrapped tightly and their is a nice oily sheen. The filler bunch is well packed with no evident soft spots.

Aroma 
Earthy, chocolatey, fruity, cedar and a hint of spice on the wrapper. Cedar, earth, chocolate and a hint of spice at the foot. 

Prelight Draw 
Dark chocolate, earth, red fruit, raisin, black licorice and nutmeg spice. 

1st
The initial draws bring notes of very earthy dark chocolate. A few draws in the fruity sweetness makes its presence known but not out of balance. I'm also tasting some espresso notes. The draw is a tick on the snug side. The burn is almost razor sharp. The ash is a very light gray and tight with a few flakes. Draw has opened up nicely. 

2nd
The smoke production is on the low end of high. The finish is long with notes of earth, cedar, dark chocolate, red fruit, espresso, and nutmeg spice. The flavor profile is very tasty and well balanced. The ash is becoming more stacked. The Ligero cone is off center causing a slightly angled burn line. I'm using physics to keep it under control. Ash holds til removal at each 3rd.

Final/3rd
The flavor profile is very chewy which is another characteristic of the Conn.broadleaf Maduro wrapper. Warm creamy cashew notes join the profile. 

Overall
The Indian Motorcycle Maduro Robusto provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A well balanced and very flavorful profile with a great draw and good burn with the help of simple physics. The cigar is made by Royal Agio Cigars and distributed by Drew Estate. 
 
 

Balmoral Añejo 18 Rothschild Masivo 5/27/17

 
Appearance 
A medium brown colored wrapper with a couple prominent veins. You have to really search for the seams as they are tightly wrapped. There is a bit of tooth as well as a light oil sheen. The cigar is well packed with filler with no soft spots. It has a very attractive band.

Aroma 
Cedar, fruit and a slight hint of spice on the wrapper. About the same at the foot. 

Prelight Draw 
Cedar, raisin, dried fruit, red licorice and a mild spice. 

1st
Initial draws bring notes of cedar with a little leather. The sweetness of the dried fruit joins in right away. About a 1/2" in the first spice notes show up. The ash is light gray and fairly tight with a little flaking. Draw is effortless. Burn is a bit wavy but not bad. With the help of simple physics it should self correct.

2nd
The spice has developed into a warm nutmeg. The finish is long with notes of cedar, leather, dried fruit, red licorice, raisin and warm nutmeg spice. Midway in the 2nd/3rd the burn has fully self corrected. The spice transitions to a paprika. 

Final/3rd
The flavor profile remains consistent and well balanced through to the nub.

Overall 
The Balmoral Añejo 18 Rothschild Masivo provides a very enjoyable smoking experience. A very flavorful and well balanced profile with a perfect draw and minor burn issues. The Balmoral is made by Royal Agio Cigars and is distributed by Drew Estate.
 
 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cohiba Blue Rothschild 5/21/17

 
Appearance
A light brown colored wrapper with 1 prominent vein. It's well wrapped with tight seams. There is a very light oil sheen. It also has a bit of tooth.

Aroma 
Cedar and tobacco on the wrapper. Brown sugar toast and a faint hint of spice at the foot. 

Prelight Draw 
Toast, cinnamon spice and a hint of cocoa powder.

1st
The initial draws bring notes of dry mild cinnamon toast. Draw is perfect. As is the burn. Cocoa powder notes join the profile. The ash is medium gray and flaky. 

2nd
The smoke production is in the low end of high range. Some black pepper notes are joining the profile. The finish is long with notes of toast, cocoa powder, black pepper, a pinch of brown sugar and mild cinnamon spice. Burn is getting a bit wavy. Cinnamon spice steps up to warm cinnamon. The ash tightens up, very little flake now. Burn has almost fully self corrected. Strength is at medium+. 

Final/3rd
The ash holds firm til removal at each 3rd. The flavor profile remains consistent through to the nub.

Overall
The Cohiba Blue Rothschild provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A well balanced tasty profile with a perfect draw and near perfect burn. This was probably the best Dominican Cohiba I've smoked but at $9+ for a 4 1/2" cigar is a bit pricey.
 
 

Powstanie Broadleaf Maduro Perfecto 5/20/17

 
Appearance 
It has a typical Broadleaf Maduro wrapper with a couple prominent veins and a little mottling. Meaning it's a bit rough and toothy as opposed to silky smooth. Not a bad thing just an observation. 
The seams are tight and not very noticeable. It has an oily sheen and is well packed with no soft spots.

Aroma 
Earthy, fruity and a hint of spice on the wrapper. Not much of anything at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Earthy, dried red fruits, faint raisin, black pepper spice. 

1st
The initial draws bring a blast of black pepper with some earthy and fruity sweet notes underneath. The draw is perfect. The burn has a small wave. The ash is salt&pepper gray and stacked. It held firm until removal.

2nd
The strength is at medium+. Smoke production is medium. The finish is long with notes of earth, dried red fruit and chocolate but dominated by black pepper. Smoke production moves to the low end of high. Late in the 2nd/3rd the black pepper tapers back a bit allowing the red fruity notes to become more noticeable. 

Final/3rd
The black pepper spice takes over the dominant role again with the fruity and earthy notes with bits of chocolate close behind all the way to the nub. 

Overall
The Powstanie Broadleaf Maduro Perfecto provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A consistent flavor profile albeit dominated by heavy black pepper with a perfect draw and good burn. 
If heavy black pepper is in your wheelhouse this is definitely a cigar u want to give a go.