Saturday, August 5, 2017

Four Kicks LE 2017 Mule Kick Toro 8/5/17

 
Appearance 
A dark milk chocolate colored wrapper with a few prominent veins. The seams are tight. There is a small amount of mottling making the seams visible. It has a nice oily sheen. The filler bunch is well packed with no apparent soft spots. 

Aroma 
Earthy, cedar on the wrapper. Cedar and a very faint hint of spice at the foot. 

Prelight Draw 
Cedar, candy sweetness, dried fruit and a hint of spice.

1st
The initial draws bring notes of cedar with a pinch of black pepper spice. The draw is absolutely perfect. The texture of the smoke is meaty. There are also some cinnamon spice notes to balance the black pepper. Smoke production is at the low end of high. Strength is a solid medium. The burn has a bit of wave at 3/4" in. The ash is salt&pepper gray and stacked. Some cashew notes join the profile. The burn has almost fully self corrected with the help of simple physics. 

2nd
After removing the ash and inspecting the "working end" I notice 2 small tunnels which are causing the wavy burn. Strength moves to medium+. A nice espresso note joins the profile. One of the tunnels has disappeared and the other has gotten larger making the burn erratic. The finish is long with notes of cedar, dried fruit, cashews, espresso, warm cinnamon and a pinch of black pepper spice. 

Final/3rd
The burn has fully self corrected to start the final/3rd. The bands remove perfectly with no damage. The black pepper spice becomes a dash. Espresso and black pepper notes become more prominent. The cigar remains flavorful right to the nub.

Overall 
The Four Kicks LE 2017 Mule Kick Toro by The Crowned Heads provides a very enjoyable smoking experience. A complex and flavorful profile with a perfect draw and mildly erratic burn. Definitely a cigar to hunt down and try before they are gone. The Limited Edition production of 20,000 cigars won't last very long. Check with your local Retailers. 
 
 

Archetype Dreamstate Toro 7/30/17

 
Appearance 
A veiny light brown colored wrapper with tight seams. The wrapper has a light oil sheen. The filler bunch is well packed with no soft spots. 

Aroma 
Cedar on the wrapper. Hay, cedar, faint dried fruit at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Dried fruit, cedar, hay and a mild spice.

1st
Initial draws reveal notes of hay, cedar and dried fruit all well balanced. About 3/4" in the spice notes join the profile. The ash is light gray and mostly tight. Draw is a tick snug. Burn is almost perfect. Strength starts out mild. Ash dropped at a 1/2" before the 2nd.

2nd
Smoke production is at the low end of medium. Draw has loosened up. Burn is still spot on. The spice is like nutmeg. Flavor remains consistent through the 2nd/3rd.

Final/3rd
Midway in the final/3rd the strength moves to medium. Flavor profile remains consistent through to the nub.

Overall
The Archetype Dreamstate Toro provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A consistent profile with nice flavor. The final 2/3's had perfect burn and draw. 
Thanks again to Ventura Cigars @VenturaCigarCo for the samples for review and Rachel for facilitating.
 
 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

CAO Fuma Em Corda Robusto 7/29/17

 
Appearance 
A medium brown colored wrapper with a couple prominent veins. There is a bit of mottling as well making the tightly wrapped seams visible. It has a good amount of tooth and a nice oily sheen. The filler bunch is well packed with no apparent soft spots. 
The band is tightly wrapped tobacco so leave it on and smoke through it.

Aroma 
Earthy, cedar and sweetness with a hint of spice tickling the nasal passages. Fresh dried fruit, cedar and a hint of spice.

Prelight Draw 
Very sweet like skittles and licorice, earthy, cedar and warm cinnamon spice.

1st
The initial draws bring notes of fruit and candy with warm cinnamon alongside. The draw is perfect. The burn has a small wave. The ash is light gray, stacked and a bit of flake. The flavor profile is nicely balanced. Ash dropped at about an inch and a quarter. 

2nd
The profile remains consistent with the exception of the "skittles" like candy flavor has tapered off a bit leaving the dried fruit sweetness in balance with the earth and cedar. The finish is long with notes of earth, cedar, dried fruit and warm cinnamon. Strength is still medium. Smoke production is at the low end of medium. 

Final/3rd
Some espresso notes join the profile. The spice becomes more like a crushed red pepper. Smoke production moves to the high end of medium. Burn is off about 5* due to the Ligero cone being just off center. Strength finishes at medium+ right to the nub.

Overall
The CAO Fuma Em Corda Robusto provides a very enjoyable smoking experience. A well balanced and flavorful profile with a perfect draw and mildly erratic burn. Definitely a cigar to try while they last. 
 
 

2012 by Oscar Rebirth Edition Maduro box pressed Toro

 
Appearance 
The wrapper is a beautiful dark chocolate color with a satiny smooth texture. Almost no veins are visible on this cigar, the couple that are visible are on the back. The seams are tightly wrapped and difficult to notice. The cigar is well packed with filler with no soft spots. It is soft box pressed.
The band is interesting with Mayan designs.

Aroma 
Earthy on the wrapper. Nothing at the foot except a very faint hint of spice.

Prelight Draw 
Earthy, cocoa, succulent pear and a hint of spice.

1st
Initial draws are very earthy with cocoa alongside. The draw is perfect and the burn is nearly spot on at the 1/2" mark. The ash is light gray and mostly tight and a little flaky. The spice is beginning to develop in the form of a mild cinnamon. The ash held strong till removal.

2nd
Smoke production is at the low end of high. Burn is spot on after implementing a little physics. The strength which started at medium has now moved to medium+. The finish is long with notes of earth, cocoa, pear sweetness and warm cinnamon spice. The burn has a small issue again. 

Final/3rd
Some dark roast coffee notes join the profile midway in the final/3rd. Burn is mildly erratic. Flavors remain consistent through to the nub.

Overall 
The 2012 by Oscar  Rebirth Edition Maduro box pressed Toro provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A well balanced flavor profile with a perfect draw and mildly erratic burn. Another nice cigar by Oscar Valladares @OscarVTobacco 
Definitely a cigar to try. 
 
 

Plasencia Alma Fuerte box pressed Toro 7/22/17

 
Appearance 
Beautiful chocolate colored wrapper with minimal veins. The seams are tight. The wrapper feels more oily than it looks. It's well packed with  filler with no soft spots. The bands are very attractive with great color contrast.

Aroma 
Comes without cello so all the aroma has escaped from the wrapper. Earthy, cedar and sweetness at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Earth, spice, black currents, black licorice and cedar.

1st
The initial draws bring big earthy notes with some cedar mixed in. The spice is beginning to develop as I can feel it on my lips and tongue. At 3/4" in some dark espresso notes join the profile with a pinch of black pepper alongside. The ash is salt&pepper gray and stacked with a bit of flake. Burn is spot on so far. Draw is perfect. Strength started at medium but is up a notch to medium+. Ash held strong till removal. Felt like it would have held well into the 2nd/3rd.

2nd
Black pepper spice is more like a dash now. Smoke production is at the low end of high. The finish is long with notes of earth, cedar, espresso, black currents and a dash of black pepper spice. The burn is off a bit due to a small tunnel just under the binder. Warm cinnamon notes join the spice profile tempering the black pepper which was not too prominent but it's always better when cinnamon notes are involved. Smoke production moves to high. 

Final/3rd
Strength moves to med/full. The profile is very well balanced. The burn never fully corrected due to a couple small tunnels but didn't affect the smoking experience. The strength was at full by midway in the final/3rd right to the nub.

Overall
The Plasencia Alma Fuerte box pressed Toro provides a very enjoyable smoking experience. A very well balanced and complex flavor profile with a perfect draw and mildly erratic burn. 
A Big thank you to my brother Joe @joe_boca for the sample for review. 
 
 

Archetype Initiation Corona 7/3/17

 
Appearance 
A light brown colored wrapper with a mostly smooth finish and not many veins. The seams are tight and there is a light oil sheen. 

Aroma 
Barnyardy yet sweet and light cedar on the wrapper. Woody, cocoa powder at the foot. 

Prelight Draw 
Dried fruit, cedar

1st
Initial draws are bland with notes of dry tobacco. At almost an inch in notes of cinnamon spice join the profile. The ash is salt&pepper gray and stacked. 

2nd
The draw is good. Burn is slightly wavy. Smoke production is at medium. Strength started mild but has moved to medium. The spice becomes mor like nutmeg. About the 1/2way point of the cigar the flavors which were pretty bland have now become more vibrant. The spice change was the beginning. The bland dried fruit becomes luscious pear, apple and banana.

Final/3rd
The finish which was short and lacking flavor in the first half is now long with notes of cedar, luscious pear, apple and banana and nutmeg spice.

Overall
The Archetype Initiation Corona provides an interesting smoking experience. The flavor started bland but finished nicely after the midway point. Burn was mildly erratic and Draw was good. Will review another to see if it was a one off. 
 
 

R P Martinique TAA 2017 50th Anniversary Toro 7/16/17

 
Appearance 
A beautiful medium brown slightly mottled wrapper with a couple prominent veins. The seams are tight. There is a light oil sheen. The filler is well packed with no apparent soft spots. 
Very attractive bands with nice contrasting colors.

Aroma 
Earth and cedar on the wrapper. Earth and molasses at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Molasses, earth, spice

1st
The initial draws bring notes of cedar and mild earth. The draw is perfect. The ash is salt&pepper gray and stacked. Midway in the 1st  the sweet molasses notes begin to develop. A bit of white pepper spice joins the profile late in the 1st. The burn has been off a little from the start. 

2nd
Smoke production is in the medium range. The finish is long with notes of cedar, earth, sweet molasses and white pepper. Some dark roast coffee notes join the profile late in the 2nd/3rd. 

Final/3rd
The profile remains consistent into the final/3rd and all the way to the nub.

Overall
The R P Martinique TAA 2017 50th Anniversary Toro provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A consistent flavor profile with a perfect draw and a mildly erratic burn.