Sunday, March 11, 2018

Ciudad De Musica Robusto by Montecristo, EPC & Crowned Heads 3/11/18


 Appearance
A medium brown colored wrapper with several prominent veins. The seams are tightly wrapped. The filler bunch is well packed with no apparent soft spots. Some sections of the wrapper have an oily sheen while others do not. The band while attractive was very difficult to get off.

Aroma
The band is so large that there is not very much wrapper exposed to smell much, maybe a bit of cedar on the wrapper.
Cedar and sweetness at the foot.

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

1st
The initial draws bring notes of cedar and spice. The draw is perfect. The burn is near perfect as well. The ash is medium gray and fairly tight. A little over an inch in there is a marshmallow note joining the profile. A light coffee note also joins the profile. Ash held firmly til removal.

2nd
The 2nd/3rd starts off with mild citrus notes and white pepper spice alongside. The smoke production is at the medium range. The smoke is leaving my mouth dry. The burn gets a bit wavy. Smoke production moves up to the low end of the high range. A dash of black pepper joins the white pepper spice. Strength is med/full.

Final/3rd
The final/3rd begins with the spice being the dominant flavor. Flavor profile is consistent right to the nub.

Overall
The Ciudad De Musica Robusto provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A complex and flavorful profile with a perfect draw and mildly erratic burn.

La Galera 80th Anniversary LE Toro Box Pressed 3/10/18


 Appearance
A beautiful dark brown and fairly smooth San Andreas Maduro wrapper with a couple small veins on the surface. The seams are tightly wrapped. The cigar is box pressed and the filler is well packed with no apparent soft spots. It has a light oil sheen. The triple cap is well done. The bands are both colorful and ornate.

Aroma
Earth, cedar and spice on the wrapper. Earth, cedar,cocoa and spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Earth, cedar, cocoa, leather and barnyard with a mild cinnamon spice.

1st
The initial draws bring notes of earthy cedar with a hint of spice. The draw is effortless and the burn has a good wave to it. The ash is a medium gray and flaky. The smoke production is in the high range. There is a pinch of black pepper mixed in with the cinnamon spice. The strength is at medium+. The ash is getting tighter as the cigar progresses. The burn is self correcting. The ash held firm til removal.

2nd
Chocolatey notes join the profile early in the 2nd/3rd. The strength moves up to med/full. Midway in the 2nd the spice tapers back. The finish is long with notes of earth, cedar, chocolate and spice.

Final/3rd
A mild coffee note joins the profile midway in the final/3rd. Nice flavor and balance right to the nub.

Overall
The La Galera 80th Anniversary LE Toro provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A nice flavor profile with an effortless draw and mildly erratic burn.

RyJ Reserve Rare Corojo 2006 3/4/18


 Appearance
A light brown colored wrapper with a few prominent veins. The seams are tightly wrapped and difficult to find. It has a nice oil sheen. The filler bunch is well packed with no apparent soft spots.

Aroma
Barnyard, cedar and some mild cinnamon spice on the wrapper. Graham cracker and cinnamon spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Cedar, sugary, candy sweetness, raisin and spice.

1st
The initial draws bring notes of cedar and a faint hint of spice on the tongue. Draw is a bit snug. Burn is pretty close to spot on. Smoke production is at the upper end of medium. Strength is in the medium range. Some buttery or creamy notes join the profile. Also starting to get a bit of that “Dominican flavor”. The ash is medium gray and stacked with a bit of flake. The burn has developed a small wave. Ash held til removal.

2nd
There are some sweet notes joining the profile. Draw has opened up nicely. Upon inspection of the working end I find a couple of tunnels which are causing an erratic burn. There is a mild citrus note joining the profile. Burn has fully self corrected.

Final/3rd
The well balanced flavor profile continues into the final/3rd and right to the nub.

Overall
The RyJ Reserve Rare Corojo 2006 provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A well balanced and flavorful profile with a nice draw and mildly erratic burn.

Fin De Los Mundos Robusto by Nomad 3/3/18


 Appearance
A dark chocolate colored wrapper with a few prominent veins. The seams are tightly wrapped and visible due to the mottling. The wrapper doesn’t have much oil showing. The filler bunch is well packed with no apparent soft spots.

Aroma
Earth, cedar, cocoa on the wrapper. Earth and cedar at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Earthy, cedar, leather, cocoa powder and a hint of spice on the lips.

1st
The initial draws bring notes of earthy cedar. The draw is perfect. Smoke production is in the high range. The burn has a slight wave. The ash is dark gray and mostly tight with a little flake. The cocoa sweetness joins the profile at about 1” in.

2nd
The spice, a mild cinnamon at this point, joins the profile. The burn & draw are spot on. The finish is long with notes of earth, cedar, leather, cocoa powder and cinnamon spice.

Final/3rd
The profile rolls seemlessly into the final/3rd. No changes right to the nub.

Overall
The Fin De Los Mundos Robusto by Nomad provides a very enjoyable smoking experience. A flavorful profile with a perfect burn & draw. A little pricey at $9 and change but with the recent price increase (17%) On Nicaraguan tobacco and the cost of Pennsylvania tobacco it is understandable.
Well done Fred! @Godfadr

Aladino Toro 2/25/18


 Appearance
A light brown colored wrapper with thin veins. The seams are tightly wrapped. There is a very light oil sheen. The filler bunch is well packed with no apparent soft spots.

Aroma
Barnyard, dry tobacco and spice on the wrapper. Tobacco, coffee and spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Tobacco, coffee, caramel and a warm spice.

1st
Initial draws bring notes of light earth, tobacco and a spice combo of nutmeg and white pepper. Draw and burn are spot on at the 3/4” point. The ash is medium gray and tight. At 1” the burn gets a bit wavy. Strength is mild/med. Ash held strong til removal.

2nd
Caramel notes join the profile. Smoke production is at the low end of medium. The spice becomes more like paprika(not a bad thing). The burn is still wavy but not bad. Finish is long with notes of earth, cedar, tobacco, caramel and paprika spice. The ash has gotten a bit flaky.

Final/3rd
Not sure if it was the blenders intent but this cigar tastes like an “old school Camacho. The spice gets very bold and sharp(again, not a bad thing). Smoke production picks up to the high end of medium range. Strength finished out at medium. Flavor remained consistent right to the nub.

Overall
The Aladino Toro provides an enjoyable smoking experience. An interesting profile with an old school Camacho flavor. Draw was perfect and the burn was wavy.
The brand is owned by Julio Eiroa the originator of the Camacho brand.

CuriVari Socrates Robusto 2/24/18


 Appearance
A nice dark San Andreas Maduro wrapper with one prominent vein. The seams are tightly wrapped but visible due to some mottling. It has a light oil sheen and a bit of tooth as well. The filler bunch is well packed with no apparent soft spots.

Aroma
Very faint earth, cocoa and spice on the wrapper.
Earth at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Earth, cedar, dried fruit

1st
The initial draws bring notes of chewy earth and cedar with a hint of cocoa. There is a very faint spice. Draw is perfect. Burn is perfect as well. The ash is light gray and stacked. The smoke production is at the medium range. Strength is medium. Spicy notes are starting to develop.

2nd
The chewy earth and cedar are still the dominant flavors with the spice, a mild red pepper with a pinch of black pepper coming in a close second. Strength is at medium+. Burn & draw still spot on. The flavors have all come into balance. The dried fruit notes have joined the profile. Ash holds til removal at each 3rd.

Final/3rd
The well balanced flavor profile moves into the final 3rd. A well balanced cigar with a nice flavor profile right to the nub.

Overall
The CuriVari Socrates Robusto provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A well balanced cigar with a nice flavor profile and a perfect burn & draw.

RP San Andreas Vintage 2006 Robusto 2/18/18


 Appearance
A dark chocolate colored wrapper with a few prominent veins. Seams are well wrapped and are only visible upon close inspection. There is a nice oily sheen and a bit of tooth. The filler bunch is well packed with no apparent soft spots.
The orange bands provide a great contrast against the dark wrapper.

Aroma
Earthy, chocolate, cedar and the presence of spice on the wrapper. Earth, cedar, chocolate, mild coffee and spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Cedar, licorice, chocolate and spice.

1st
Initial draws bring notes of cedar, earth and chocolate. The next series of draws bring out the spice which seems to be a mix of black & red pepper. The draw is a tiny bit snug(so say my cheeks). The burn is wavy. There is a definite leathery texture to the smoke. The ash is medium gray and stacked. The smoke production is at the low end of medium. The flavor profile remains consistent through the end of the 1st/3rd.

2nd
The burn has fully self corrected. The draw has opened up nicely. The finish has notes of chocolate, cedar, earth, mild spice and a leathery texture. Strength is in the medium range. A very well balanced blend so far. Nearing the end of the 2nd/3rd and the black pepper is getting a little more bold.

Final/3rd
To start the final/3rd the red pepper gets more bold joining the black pepper for a nicely balanced spice combo. Midway the spice becomes more crushed red pepper with a pinch of black. Flavor profile remains consistent right to the nub.

Overall
The RP San Andreas Vintage 2006 Robusto provides a very enjoyable smoking experience. Once the draw opened up and the burn self corrected they were perfect the rest of the way. The balance was spot on.
Another fine cigar from Rocky Patel.
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