Thursday, April 30, 2015

GTO Cigars Pain Killer Corojo 4/30/15


Appearance
Milk chocolate brown wrapper with a light oil sheen. It has a couple prominent veins. The seems are fairly tight.

Aroma 
Barnyardy scent on the wrapper and sweet molasses at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Molasses and a hint of spice.

1st
I find a citrusy(Tangy) note immediately in the first few puffs. The spice begins to show itself right away but is just a mild red pepper at this point. The cigar has a perfect draw. The burn line is nearly perfect as well. The ash is light gray and semi tight with just a few flakes at the 1" mark. Ash dropped at 1 1/4" mark. 

2nd
A woody note began to emerge near the end of the 1st/3rd and has continued to develop into the 2nd. The aroma reminds me of a few times my dad would put hickory chips on the BBQ. Burn & draw have continued to b perfect. Ash has tightened up nicely. Getting some coffee notes albeit very light. The spice has picked up to a nice Pimenton(spanish paprika). 

Final/3rd
Prior flavors continue thru the final/3rd. A very nice flavorful medium+ strength smoke. Thanks to Oscar for the samples to review 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bill Bromley Cigars Butter Toro 4/28/15


Appearance 
The cigar has a light oily sheen. One prominent vein. Seams are tight and nearly invisible. Light brown in color.

Aroma
Light cedar notes on the wrapper. Cedar and a hint of spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Cedar and some light hay.

1st
The initial draws are a bit snug. I'm sure it will loosen up as the cigar burns. The cedar comes thru right away with a subtle hint of spice. It also shows a bit of leather. The flavors are creamy as the name would hint. The burn line is off about 30*. The strength is mild to medium at this point. The ash is salt&pepper gray and slightly flaky. Near the end of the 1st/3rd the spice and strength ramp up. The spice is like allspice. 

2nd
By the start of the 2nd/3rd the cigar has fully self corrected. No touch ups or re lights have been needed. The spice has mellowed somewhat allowing cashew notes to emerge. The spice vacillates back and forth. Since self correcting the burn has been spot on. 

Final/3rd
Since the halfway point of the cigar the ash has been tight and holds on til I ash at each third. Flavors continue as in the first 2/3's. A very creamy buttery enjoyable smoke. Thanks to Bill Bromley for the review samples. Follow Bill @BBromley on Twitter. And give these very enjoyable cigars a try.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

GTO Cigars Pain Killer Maduro Toro 4/19/15



Appearance
A chocolate brown wrapper a little mottled. There are a couple prominent veins. The seams are fairly tight. It has a nice oily sheen.

Aroma
Earthy and chocolatey on the wrapper. Earthy with molasses at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Molasses and earth

1st
First puffs are earthy. The ash is tight and almost white. The molasses comes in right after the earthy notes. Just past 1"in a hint of spice is detected. The spice grows from a hint to a mild Paprika. The cocoa powder notes are a nice addition to the spice. It's a very smooth smoking cigar to this point.  The draw and burn have been spot on so far. Late in this third some espresso notes join the mix.

2nd
Just into the 2nd/3rd the espresso notes become a little more prominent. The spice seems to vacillate from strong to mild as other notes enter the mix. The ash has become a light gray and a little flaky. Midway thru the 2nd I'm picking up notes of nuts which coupled with the spice reminds me of roasted nuts. The strength of the cigar started out a low medium but has progressed nicely to a medium+ late in the 2nd/3rd. Plenty of smoke output on puffs and between. 

Final/3rd
Noticing some dried fruit notes initially. The finish has notes of espresso, spice, nuts and dried fruit. The spice ramps up to a cayenne pepper range. The draw & burn have continued to be perfect with no corrections or re lights needed. 
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Friday, April 10, 2015

GTO Cigars Gold Corona Connecticut 3/31/15

GTO Cigars Gold Corona Connecticut 3/31/15

Appearance 
A beautiful Conn.(USA) wrapper with a couple prominent veins. Seams are tight and nearly invisible.

Aroma
Very barnyardy with a sweet aroma on the wrapper. Same at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Hay

1st
First couple puffs gave hay notes then a few more puffs and a wonderful citrus jumped in with both feet. Nice tangy notes but not overpowering. Draw is a bit snug and burn perfect at this point. The citrus balances nicely with the hay and cedar notes. Ash is salt&pepper gray and fairly tight. 

2nd
Flavors continue from the 1st/3rd. Halfway thru 2nd there is a faint hint of allspice. The flavors are definitely creamy and work well together.

Final/3rd
The spice picks up a little blending nicely with the cedar and citrus. A nice creamy consistent smoke. Thanks go to Oscar @GTOcigars for the samples to review. Check back for more GTO Cigars reviews soon.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Villa Zamorano No.15 by Maya Selva Cigars 3/23/15

Villa Zamorano No.15 by Maya Selva Cigars 3/23/15

Appearance A few small thin veins appear on the wrapper. The seams are tight and nearly invisible. Very little sheen.

Aroma
Very little aroma on the wrapper. Light molasses at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Faint hint of molasses.

1st
Notes of cedar, leather and a hint of spice. The draw is a bit snug. The draw is almost perfect. The ash is light gray and flaky. There is some sweetness that comes and goes. The ash tightens up by the end of 1st/3rd.

2nd
So far the spice which has picked up in strength is like a curry. The strength of the cigar is medium so far. The Cedar,leather and spice carry on thru the 2nd. The draw is no longer snug.

Final/3rd
The strength has moved to medium/full. The burn line is off by about 22 1/2*. Burn line self corrected before 1/2 way into Final/3rd. A well balanced enjoyable cigar. Thanks to my brother Gabriel @gabealvarez_ for the review samples.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bill Bromley Cigars "OG" Maduro Toro 3/19/15


Appearance Sort of a Colorado chocolate color. Nice tight seams almost invisible. I notice a couple of small thin veins and very little oil sheen on the wrapper.

Aroma
A sweet tobacco aroma with some hay notes on the wrapper. Molasses notes at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Black Licorice and molasses.

1st
The beginning of the cigar starts out with a meaty and woody combination of flavors.  About 3/4" in the spice arrives albeit subtly. The draw is about perfect. The burn line is darn close to perfect as well. The ash is light gray and tight. 

2nd
The cigar is still burning and drawing well, significant of great construction. There are some floral notes that leave as quickly as they came. The strength is about a medium with the flavor profile about the same. It has a nice long smooth mild spicy finish. The spice reminds me of allspice. Very pleasant.

Final/3rd
A bit of espresso notes to start this 3rd. The spice seems to be more of a cayenne pepper spice now. The strength has moved to a medium+. This Bill Bromley Cigars "OG" Maduro Toro was a very well balanced cigar. A very pleasureable smoking experience. Thank you to Bill Bromley for the review samples. I'll be reviewing the "Butter" very soon. Follow Bill at @BBromleyCigars on Twitter and give these cigars a try.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Flor De Selva Maduro Robusto 3/18/15


Appearance
Dark chocolate with a light oil sheen. It has a couple of prominent veins. The seams are tight and almost invisible. 

Aroma
The wrapper has an earthy scent. The foot smells like molasses and earthy.

Prelight Draw
Similar notes of earth and molasses like the aroma. 

1st
The first notes to b present are chocolate. There are some cedar notes as well. Late in the 1st/3rd the spice presents itself first as a hint.  Then more pronounced. The draw is perfect. The burn slightly off but not bad. 

2nd
More of the same flavors thru halfway point of cigar. The strength has been mild to medium.

Final/3rd
Consistent flavors continue thru to the end. A very relaxing cigar from start to finish. Thanks to my brother Gabriel Alvarez of Maya Selva Cigars for the samples for review.