Sunday, July 10, 2016

OM MANI Habano Toro 7/10/16


Appearance 
The wrapper is milk chocolate in color with a couple prominent veins. The seams are tight and nearly invisible. There is a matte finish in regards to the oil. It has a simple but well done 2 seam cap. The primary band while simple has an enlightening verse on the reverse.

Aroma 
Earthy leather is how I would describe the wrapper aroma, while the foot has the earthy leather plus a sweetness and a hint of spice.

Prelight Draw 
Leathery, cedar, sweetness and a hint of cinnamon

1st
Initial draws bring earthy notes alongside some smooth leather and cedar. The ash is light gray and mostly tight. Burn is near perfect and the draw which started a touch snug is loosening. The ash dropped at about an inch. The hint of cinnamon spice is still there but still very much in the background. The burn line gets off about 5*.

2nd
Strength is at a low medium so far. Smoke production is about medium as well. The finish is medium in length with the cinnamon spice holding til the next draw. Flavor profile remains consistent with the exception being the cinnamon spice comes into balance with the earth, leather & cedar. The burn line has fully self corrected.

Final/3rd
The burn goes off again. The flavors stay consistent to the nub with the cinnamon becoming warm. The burn self corrected again. 
Overall the OM MANI Habano provided a pleasant smoking experience. Consistent flavor and nice balance.
Thanks again to Mark @iRobusto and Peter @ommanicigars for the samples for review. 
Available at ommanicigars.com

Saturday, July 9, 2016

OM MANI Maduro Toro (Gold Series) 7/9/16

OM MANI Maduro Toro (Gold Series) 7/9/16

Appearance 
A nice dark chocolate color wrapper with a couple prominent veins and tight nearly invisible seams and a light oil sheen. It's also a bit toothy but that's not a bad thing. 

Aroma 
Barnyardy with a sweetness on the wrapper. The same with a syrupy sweetness at the foot. 

Prelight Draw 
Black cherry, molasses and a hint of spice.

1st
Initial draws yield notes of cedar and a dark fruity sweetness. There is a hint of spice in the background. The draw is a bit snug but I'm sure that will loosen up. The burn is nearly perfect. The ash is light gray and mostly tight. Strength is in the medium range. 

2nd
The draw opens up nicely in the beginning of the 2nd/3rd. The spice becomes more prominent and is like a warm cinnamon. The cigar produces a good amount of smoke. Midway through the 2nd the strength moves to med/full. The finish is long with notes of cedar, dark fruit and warm cinnamon, with a hint of espresso. 

Final/3rd
So far the flavor profile has been very well balanced. Burn and draw are still spot on. Flavor remains consistent through to the nub.
Overall the OM MANI Maduro provides an enjoyable smoking experience. 
A Big thank you Mark @iRobusto for hooking me up with Peter @ommanicigars . Thanks for the samples for review. 2 more blends to review. Stay tuned.
The cigars are available at ommanicigars.com in small quantities and sampler packs so u can try them for yourself. I recommend u give them a try.
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

MonteCristo(DR) Private Batch 7/2/16


Appearance 
A milk chocolate brown wrapper with a couple prominent veins. The seams are tight. It has a little tooth. There is a light oil sheen. 

Aroma 
Barnyard on the wrapper. Bread & light graham cracker at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Almost no flavor 

1st
Not a lot of flavor in the initial draws. Very bland. About 1/2" in a light wood note comes to the surface,followed closely by a hint of spice. Draw so far is firm(my cheeks are feeling it). The burn has a slight wave. Ash is medium gray and mostly tight. There was a sour note briefly late in the first. 

2nd
At this point I'm still only getting dry cedar and some white pepper. Draw has loosened up a bit to the snug range. All I can say is this profile reminds me of plain rice cakes with a dash of white pepper. 

Final/3rd
The strength has been mild/medium til now as it settles at medium. The ash gets a bit flaky on one side. The profile is consistent from start to finish. 
Overall the MonteCristo Private Batch was a disappointing cigar. I had high hopes due to the $15 price point but they were dashed in the 1st/3rd and never recovered. 

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.
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