Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Serino Royale Medio Robusto Gordo 8/24/16

Appearance 
The milk chocolate colored Ecuadoran Habano Claro wrapper has a few prominent veins. The nice tight seams are well done. The cigar is well but not overly packed with filler tobacco. There is a nice oily sheen on the wrapper. The bands are exquisite. 

Aroma 
Earthy,woody & sweet on the wrapper. Earthy,cedar,red fruit like plum at the foot. 

Prelight Draw 
Black licorice, raisin, cedar and a hint of spice on the lips and tongue.
 
1st
The initial draws bring lots of smoke and flavor. Notes of cedar, bread and a hint of spice. A thought that keeps coming to mind is a soft, warm buttery dinner roll with a warm mild spice kick. The ash is medium gray and mildly flaky. Draw is spot on. Burn has a slight wave. There is a very faint citrus note, just enough to put a little tang in my cheeks. The spice is a nutmeg with a pinch of white pepper. Burn has fully self corrected. Ash is holding strong.

2nd
Strength is a solid medium. Finish is long with notes of earth,cedar,bread,citrus,nutmeg & white pepper spice. The flavors in the profile remain consistent through the 2nd/3rd. 

Final/3rd
There is a mild coffee bean note joining the profile. The nutmeg becomes more prominent then comes back into balance.

Overall the Serino Royale Medio Robusto Gordo provides a very enjoyable smoking experience. Full flavored, medium strength and balanced with a spot on draw and good burn. 
Thanks again to Carson Serino @SerinoCigarCo for the samples for review. These are excellent cigars from the presentation right through to the end of the smoking experience! 
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

OM MANI Connecticut Toro 8/23/16


Appearance 
The Light brown colored wrapper has a few prominent veins. The seams are tight. It has a bit of tooth and a very light oil sheen.

Aroma 
Barnyard, fruit & hay on the wrapper. Barnyard,chocolate,fruit and a hint of spice.

Prelight Draw 
Tobacco,black licorice,cedar & spice.

1st
The initial draws show notes of cedar,leather and a hint of black pepper spice. The burn starts out good then develops a wave at the 1/2" point. The draw is just a pinch snug. The ash is salt&pepper gray, slightly flaky and stacked. 

2nd
A little bit into the 2nd/3rd the burn has almost fully self corrected. Flavors from the 1st continue into the 2nd/3rd. Black pepper begins to dominate the profile. After a half dozen draws the black pepper tapers off some and the fruity notes become more evident. Draw opens up. A mild coffee note joins the profile. Burn line goes off but quickly begins to correct. A tunnel opens up where the burn went off. 

Final/3rd
The finish is long with the black pepper dominant. The strength started medium and has moved to med/full. Burn has fully self corrected. Crushed red pepper joins the profile balancing the black pepper. 

Overall the OM MANI Connecticut provides an enjoyable smoking experience. The profile is complex and flavorful albeit dominated at times by the black pepper spice. 
Thanks again to Peter @ommnaicigars for the samples for review, and Mark @iRobusto for making the connection. The cigars are available at Ommanicigars.com in small quantities and sample paks so u can try them for yourself. I recommend u give them a try.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Magnate Green Connecticut Robusto 8/22/16


Appearance 
The light brown wrapper has a couple prominent veins. The seams are tight and nearly invisible. The cigar is toothy and has a light oil sheen. 

Aroma 
Tobacco,hay,cedar and a hint of spice on the wrapper. Cedar & cocoa at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Cedar & hay.

1st
Initial draws reveal notes of cedar & hay with a faint hint of cinnamon spice. About 3/4" in the warm cinnamon joins the profile. The draw is perfect. The burn is spot on as well. The ash is salt&pepper gray and tight so far. It has a nice amount of smoke production. 

2nd
The strength goes from the high end of mild/med to medium+ a few draws into the 2nd/3rd. A coffee note is entering the profile. The finish is long with notes of cedar,hay,cocoa,coffee & warm cinnamon. The burn got a bit wavy but fully self corrected very quickly. Smoke production is at high. 

Final/3rd
The flavor profile stays consistent and creamy smooth. Tasty right to the nub.
Overall the Magnate Green Connecticut Robusto provides an enjoyable smoking experience. Well balanced and creamy smooth throughout. This would make a great morning smoke for mild/med smokers.
Thanks to Najib Green @MagnateGreen for the samples for review. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Magnate Green Maduro Churchill 8/21/16


Appearance 
The dark chocolate looking wrapper has tight, nearly invisible seams and very minimal veins. It has a little bit of tooth and a nice oily sheen.

Aroma 
Dark chocolate and a hint of spice on the wrapper. Dark chocolate, molasses and a hint of spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Dark chocolate, molasses and spice on the lips and tongue.

1st
The dark chocolatey flavor surfaces on the initial draws along with the cinnamon spice. The molasses like flavor comes thru right away as well. The draw starts out a bit snug but that usually changes. The burn started out razor sharp but developed a wave. The ash is salt&pepper gray and fairly tight with a little stacking. The draw loosened up 1/2way thru the 1st/3rd. The ash tightens up in the 
2nd half of the 1st/3rd.

2nd
Smoke production has been in the moderate range. Strength has been medium. The burn develops a wide u shape but quickly begins to self correct. Flavors remain consistent. 

Final/3rd
The cinnamon spice becomes warm to begin the final/3rd. Burn self correction still in process. 
Overall the Magnate Green Maduro provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A balanced flavor profile of chocolate,molasses and warm cinnamon spice. 
Thanks again to Najib Green for the samples for review. Check their website to order for your smoking pleasure. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Magnate Green Habano Torpedo 8/20/16


Appearance 
The medium brown wrapper appears a bit mottled with a couple prominent albeit thin veins. The seams are tightly wrapped. The cigar is also a bit toothy but remember, that's not a bad thing... It's just a thing. The wrapper has a gritty fine sandpaper like finish as opposed to being smooth. There is a light oil sheen on the wrapper. 

Aroma 
Barnyardy yet has a hint of earthy aroma on the wrapper. Earth and sweetness at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Cedar,sweetness,leather,
earth & spice

1st
Initial draws bring notes of leathery cedar with a mild sweetness along with a hint of cinnamon spice. The ash is medium gray semi tight with a bit of flake. The draw is a bit on the snug side of just right. The burn has a slight wave currently. There is a mild tang joining the profile. Draw opened up near the end of 1st/3rd. As I removed the ash it revealed a nice cone shaped ash. 

2nd
Moving into the 2nd/3rd the strength of the cigar moves to medium+ and the burn has fully self corrected. The flavor profile is still balanced with notes of leathery cedar,earth,a citrusy sweetness and mild tang and cinnamon spice. The cigar has a nice long finish. Burn has become a bit wavy again. Not a problem just an observation. 

Final/3rd
Burn has almost fully self corrected again. A mild coffee note has joined the profile. The coffee & cinnamon spice become the prominent flavors with the leathery cedar,earth and citrusy sweetness still present in the background.
Overall the Magnate Green Habano Torpedo provided an enjoyable smoking experience. Fairly well balanced and flavorful.
Definitely a cigar u should try. They are available on their website.
Thanks again to Najib Green @MagnateGreen for the samples for review.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Magnate Green Corona King 8/18/16


Appearance 
Light brown wrapper with very small thin veins. The seams are tight. Their is a very light oil sheen. 

Aroma 
Cedar,barnyard,strong tobacco & a hint of spice on the wrapper. White cedar and a hint of spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Cedar, dry toast, cinnamon & a hint of dried fruit.

1st
Initial draws bring strong notes of cedar and sour apples. The draw is almost effortless. Burn is almost razor sharp. The sour apples fade and a leather note replaces it. The ash is medium gray and mostly tight with a little stacking. The cinnamon spice is developing.

2nd
The 2nd/3rd starts with notes of cedar, leather, toast and cinnamon spice. The finish is long with an additional sweetness. The sour apple re emerges briefly. I notice a slight imperfection in the wrapper upon removing the band which slid of easily. The burn was off briefly due to the wrapper imperfection but self corrected nicely.

Final/3rd
The strength has been in the medium range throughout. The flavor remains consistent with a brief visit by the sour apple note. 
Overall the Corona King provided an enjoyable smoking experience. It has a nice flavor profile and is well balanced. Definitely worth a try. Could be right in your wheelhouse. 
A big thank you to Najib Green(brand owner) @MagnateGreen for the cigars for review. You can order from their website.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Serino Royale Maduro XX Sublime 8/14/16


Appearance 
Beautiful bands. The Ecuadoran Habano Oscuro Maduro wrapper is very attractive with very tight nearly invisible seams and nice chocolate brown color. The only visible veins on the surface are small and thin. There is a nice oily sheen. It also has a slight bit of tooth, which is not a bad thing.

Aroma
Strong rich tobacco, cedar and sweetness on the wrapper. 
Tobacco,cedar,earth,sweetness and a faint hint of spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Fruity sweetness, earth, chocolate, rich tobacco and a hint of spice.

1st
Initial draws bring notes of cedar, earth and sweet fruity notes with a hint of spice in the background. The draw is smooth, the burn has a slight wave. The ash is light gray and fairly tight. The spice is leaning towards black pepper. The strength is already at medium+ a little past halfway in the 1st. It has very good smoke production. 

2nd
There is a bold espresso note joining the mix. The burn has fully self corrected. Draw is still smooth. Strength moving to med/full. The spice is a nutmeg with black pepper and well balanced so far. Near the end of the 2nd/3rd the strength goes to full. 

Final/3rd
The finish has remained consistent with notes of cedar,earth, fruity sweetness, milk chocolate,espresso and a nutmeg/black pepper spice all well balanced. Burn and draw remain spot on. The ash held strong and tight til removal at each 3rd. 
Overall the Serino Royale Maduro XX Sublime provided a very enjoyable smoking experience. Well balanced and flavorful right to the nub. I recommend you give them a try. 
Thanks again to Carson Serino @SerinoCigarCo for the samples for review. 2 more reviews forthcoming.