Saturday, February 25, 2017

GTO Pain Killer Maduro Lancero 2/19/17

 
Appearance 
A dark chocolate colored wrapper with a couple prominent veins. Seams are mostly tight and difficult to spot. The overall look is rustic and toothy and it has a big coiled pigtail cap. The cigar has a light oil sheen.

Aroma 
Earthy, chocolate and cedar on the wrapper. Earthy, cedar and chocolate at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Chocolate, earth, licorice and a hint of spice.

1st
The initial draws are very earthy with dark chocolate alongside. The strength is noticeable immediately at med/full(not a bad thing). Smoke production is in the high range. At 3/4" in the burn is perfect as is the draw. The spice is a warm cinnamon. The ash is light gray and mostly tight with some flaking. About 2" in the flavor gets real creamy in texture. The woody cedar notes begin to show up shortly before the end of the 1st/3rd. 

2nd
The ash has tightened up with very little flake at this point. The finish is long with notes of cedar, earth, creamy chocolate and warm cinnamon spice. The ash holds for about 1"to 1 1/2" before dropping so have an ashtray close. The profile is very well balanced to this point. As the cigar burns it provides a warm chocolatey aroma. Very nice. 

Final/3rd
The ash gets a bit flaky again. The profile remains consistent through the final/3rd. 

Overall
The GTO Pain Killer Maduro Lancero provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A very tasty flavor profile albeit not complex, with a great burn & draw. 
Thanks to Oscar @GTOCigars for the samples for review.
 
 

Lost & Found/BCS Butter Corona 2/18/17

 
Appearance 
The wrapper is light brown  and a little mottled. The seams are mostly tight but clearly visible due to the mottling. There are a couple prominent veins. It has a nice light oily sheen. It seems well packed with no apparent soft spots. 

Aroma 
Cedar, light earth, a hint of spice on the wrapper. Light wheat bread and butter with a very faint hint of spice at the foot. 

Prelight Draw 
Creamy with dried fruit, earth, cedar and a very faint hint of spice but it is there. No doubt. 

1st
Initial draws albeit a bit snug have a tingle on the tongue with some cedar notes. Draw starts to loosen right away. The spice at this point reminds of white pepper with a pinch of cinnamon. At about a 1/2" in the draw is firm so I find that totally acceptable. The ash is med/dark gray and fairly tight. Burn is spot on. The flavor is very creamy or buttery if u will. The dried fruit enters the mix about midway in the 1st/3rd. I'm getting a little wary of the ash at this point as it is beginning to bend. I removed the ash so I could focus on the flavor profile. A roasted nutty note joins the profile. The finish is medium in length with notes of cedar, creamy butter, light dried fruit, white pepper & cinnamon spice and roasted peanuts. 

2nd
The burn gets a bit wavy to start the 2nd/3rd. The flavor is reminding me of a soft warm buttered crescent roll. A little simple physics and the burn self corrects. Smoke production is in the medium range. Strength has been medium so far. The smoke production moves up to the low end of high. Draw has loosened up a little more to where I would call it perfect. 

Final/3rd
The ash has become a bit flaky. The spice is more of a warm cinnamon with a dash of crushed red pepper. Strength is medium+. The core flavor is still creamy, buttery soft crescent roll with cedar and light earthy notes and warm cinnamon spice with a dash of crushed red pepper and nuts. Very tasty. 

Overall
The Lost & Found/BCS Butter provides a very enjoyable smoking experience. A complex, well balanced and very flavorful profile. Unfortunately this was a very limited production and they are nearly impossible to find. 
A Big thank you to my brother Bo Lerer for the sample for review.
 
 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

GTO Trankilo Corojo Corona 2/12/17

 
Appearance 
The wrapper is a medium brown color and has a few prominent veins. The seams are tightly wrapped.  It has a very well applied triple seam cap and a light oil sheen. There is a little bit of tooth. 

Aroma 
Fresh tobacco and cedar on the wrapper. Cedar and sweetness at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Fresh tobacco, cedar, red fruit, cinnamon spice.

1st
Initial draws bring notes of cedar and fresh tobacco. A cinnamon spice is beginning to develop starting with the outer edges of the tongue. The draw is spot on. The burn has a small wave. The ash is a salt&pepper gray and fairly tight. There is a nice leather texture joining the profile. Burn has begun self correcting. 

2nd
Smoke production is at the low end of high. The burn has fully self corrected. The red fruity notes have moved from way in the background to right up front with the rest of the profile. There is a bready note blending in nicely with the rest of the profile. The cinnamon has faded to the background. The finish is short with notes of cedar, bread and hints of red fruit and cinnamon. The cinnamon spice is re emerging with the red fruit alongside. There is a buttery note as well. 

Final/3rd
Oddly the length of the finish is now long. Vanilla and coffee bean notes join the profile. The strength of the cigar has been medium from the start but is inching toward medium+. 

Overall
The GTO Trankilo Corojo Corona provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A complex and well balanced flavor profile. 
Thank you to Oscar @GTOCigars for the samples for review. 
They are available in the Atlanta area and other shops in the SouthEast. Definitely worth seeking out. U won't be disappointed. 
GoGetchasome™!!
 
 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Oscar Habano Robusto 2/11/17

 
Appearance 
A nice milk chocolate colored wrapper with a couple of prominent veins. The seams are tightly wrapped. It has a bit of tooth and a nice light oil sheen on the wrapper. The cigar is well packed with filler with no soft spots. 

Aroma 
Very light tobacco and some cedar aromas on the wrapper. A little cedar and very faint dried fruit notes at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Fruity with cedar and some earthy notes. 

1st
The initial draws bring notes of cedar and a little dried fruit. There is also a hint of spice beginning to develop. Around a half inch in bready notes join the profile. A few draws later there are some white pepper notes joining the mix. The ash is dark gray and stacked. The draw is perfect and the burn has a small wave but otherwise is straight. Near the end of the 1st/3rd the spice is like a warm cinnamon. The strength starts out medium and is at medium+ by the end of the 1st/3rd.

2nd
The ash looks stacked but is actually moderately tight and held firm til removal to start the 2nd/3rd. Espresso notes join the profile. The finish is long with notes of cedar, bread, faint dried fruit, espresso and warm cinnamon spice. There is also a hint of black pepper and more white pepper. All of the flavors are nicely balanced. A 1/4" tunnel was exposed when I removed the ash at the end of the 2nd/3rd. 

Final/3rd
The white & black pepper is slightly more prominent than the warm cinnamon spice at this point. The burn which has been wavy and erratic has nearly fully self corrected. The smoke production has been medium throughout. The ash has become a little bit flaky. The warm cinnamon becomes more prominent than the white & black pepper again. 

Overall
The Oscar Habano Robusto provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A mildly complex and well balanced flavor profile with a perfect draw and wavy burn. Definitely a cigar to put on your list to try.
 
 

LaPalina Maduro Robusto 2/5/17

 
Appearance 
A dark chocolate looking wrapper with a few prominent veins. The seams are tight and difficult to find. The cigar is very toothy and has a very oily sheen.

Aroma 
Earth, cocoa, cedar and a hint of spice on the wrapper. Espresso, citrus, licorice and a hint of spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Dark chocolate, licorice, earth, citrus.

1st
The initial draws bring notes of earthy citrusy flavors with an underlying cinnamon spice. The ash is salt&pepper gray and fairly tight. The draw is perfect and the burn is almost razor sharp. The dark chocolate notes join the profile along with some coffee notes making  a nice combination of flavor. The spice begins to lean toward white pepper. The burn develops a slight wave. 

2nd
The smoke production is in the medium range. Some cashew notes join the profile. Strength started at medium and has moved to medium+. Oddly the licorice has a Cherry type flavor. Though I don't think I ever had Cherry licorice that's what my palate is saying. The burn has a bigger wave now. The ash has become stacked. The finish is long with notes of earth, citrus, dark chocolate, coffee, cashews, Cherry licorice, mild black pepper and a hint of cinnamon spice all well balanced. The burn has fully self corrected. 

Final/3rd
Strength and body are at med/full. The ash has tightened up. The burn has become wavy again. The black pepper fades to a white pepper. 

Overall 
The LaPalina Maduro Robusto provides an extremely enjoyable smoking experience. A very complex and flavorful profile with great balance. Although I can't give it the Chairmans BUY Signal™ due to the burn issues I highly recommend this cigar. I will definitely be keeping some of these in my humidor. 
GoGetchasome™!!
 
 

Casa Lovo Honey Tip Petite Corona 2/4/17

 
Appearance 
The wrapper is light brown in color with very little in the way of veins. There is a slight imperfection in the seam near the head but all the seams are tight. There is a light oil sheen.

Aroma
Mild earthy, cedar and tobacco with a hint of spice on the wrapper. Not much of anything at the foot. 

Prelight Draw 
Honey with cinnamon and light cedar.

1st
The honey dominates the profile with an odd flavor in the background kind of metallic. The burn and draw are spot on. The ash is light gray and tight. 

2nd
The metallic flavor continues with the honey/cinnamon spice in the background and on the finish. Burn goes off by almost 45* before beginning to self correct. 

Final/3rd
The metallic flavor continues thru to the end. 

Overall
The Casa Lovo Honey Tip Petite Corona started nicely but went downhill fast. I was wondering if the honey Tip was an attempt to mask the metallic flavor of the tobacco.
 
 

GTO Pain Killer Short Culonas Maduro 1/22/17

 
Appearance 
The chocolatey brown wrapper is a bit mottled and has a couple prominent veins. The seams are tight but the cap is a little rough. There is a nice oily sheen. It's also a bit toothy. 

Aroma 
Barnyardy, cedar, spice and molasses sweetness on the wrapper. Barnyard, cedar, molasses and spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Earthy, dark chocolate, dried fruit, molasses and spice.

1st
The dried fruit comes right to the forefront in the initial draws. Also some earthy notes and mild spice. The draw is spot on. Not always the case with a Culonas. The spice is a warm cinnamon. The flavor profile is very prominent. The burn is a bit wavy. The ash is salt&pepper gray and stacked. The medicinal properties of the molasses is an additional feature that is often overlooked, but seems to play a prominent role in the Pain Killer. There is even a syrupy texture to the smoke on each draw. Strength is medium.

2nd
The burn which got a bit wonky has begun to self correct. I'm picking up a nice espresso note midway in the 2nd/3rd. The ash tightens up midway also. The dark chocolate goes from a minor role to a more balanced part of the profile. Strength moves to med/full.

Final/3rd
The finish is long with notes of earth, cedar, molasses, dark chocolate,espresso and warm cinnamon spice. The burn has fully self corrected. Strength and body are med/full.

Overall
The GTO Pain Killer Short Culonas provides a very enjoyable smoking experience. A well balanced and very flavorful profile. Definitely a cigar to experience.
Thanks to Oscar @GTOcigars for the samples for review. 
GoGetchasome™!!