Monday, March 23, 2015

Villa Zamorano No.15 by Maya Selva Cigars 3/23/15

Villa Zamorano No.15 by Maya Selva Cigars 3/23/15

Appearance A few small thin veins appear on the wrapper. The seams are tight and nearly invisible. Very little sheen.

Aroma
Very little aroma on the wrapper. Light molasses at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Faint hint of molasses.

1st
Notes of cedar, leather and a hint of spice. The draw is a bit snug. The draw is almost perfect. The ash is light gray and flaky. There is some sweetness that comes and goes. The ash tightens up by the end of 1st/3rd.

2nd
So far the spice which has picked up in strength is like a curry. The strength of the cigar is medium so far. The Cedar,leather and spice carry on thru the 2nd. The draw is no longer snug.

Final/3rd
The strength has moved to medium/full. The burn line is off by about 22 1/2*. Burn line self corrected before 1/2 way into Final/3rd. A well balanced enjoyable cigar. Thanks to my brother Gabriel @gabealvarez_ for the review samples.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bill Bromley Cigars "OG" Maduro Toro 3/19/15


Appearance Sort of a Colorado chocolate color. Nice tight seams almost invisible. I notice a couple of small thin veins and very little oil sheen on the wrapper.

Aroma
A sweet tobacco aroma with some hay notes on the wrapper. Molasses notes at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Black Licorice and molasses.

1st
The beginning of the cigar starts out with a meaty and woody combination of flavors.  About 3/4" in the spice arrives albeit subtly. The draw is about perfect. The burn line is darn close to perfect as well. The ash is light gray and tight. 

2nd
The cigar is still burning and drawing well, significant of great construction. There are some floral notes that leave as quickly as they came. The strength is about a medium with the flavor profile about the same. It has a nice long smooth mild spicy finish. The spice reminds me of allspice. Very pleasant.

Final/3rd
A bit of espresso notes to start this 3rd. The spice seems to be more of a cayenne pepper spice now. The strength has moved to a medium+. This Bill Bromley Cigars "OG" Maduro Toro was a very well balanced cigar. A very pleasureable smoking experience. Thank you to Bill Bromley for the review samples. I'll be reviewing the "Butter" very soon. Follow Bill at @BBromleyCigars on Twitter and give these cigars a try.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Flor De Selva Maduro Robusto 3/18/15


Appearance
Dark chocolate with a light oil sheen. It has a couple of prominent veins. The seams are tight and almost invisible. 

Aroma
The wrapper has an earthy scent. The foot smells like molasses and earthy.

Prelight Draw
Similar notes of earth and molasses like the aroma. 

1st
The first notes to b present are chocolate. There are some cedar notes as well. Late in the 1st/3rd the spice presents itself first as a hint.  Then more pronounced. The draw is perfect. The burn slightly off but not bad. 

2nd
More of the same flavors thru halfway point of cigar. The strength has been mild to medium.

Final/3rd
Consistent flavors continue thru to the end. A very relaxing cigar from start to finish. Thanks to my brother Gabriel Alvarez of Maya Selva Cigars for the samples for review.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jeremy Jack Cigars JJ 23 Maduro Toro 3/17/15


Appearance
Chocolatey. Has a couple of prominent veins. Tight seams nearly invisible. It has a very light oil sheen.

Aroma
The wrapper has an earthy aroma with a sweet chocolatey scent. Earth and molasses aroma at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Earthy with some leather and wood notes.

1st
The first few draws bring a heavy earthy flavor with notes of white cedar. A little ways in I'm noticing some spice. The draw is a bit snug but I'm sure it will loosen up as I smoke. The burn line is off by 45*. The ash is salt&pepper gray and somewhat flaky. The burn is already self correcting. The spice started out leaning toward blk pepper(which doesn't thrill me). Nearing the end of 1st/3rd and the spice seems to b changing. 

2nd
The burn line has not yet corrected. The cigar produces plenty of smoke. I'm noticing some mild citrus notes(tangy). At this point the draw has loosened up. The spice has become a cross between blk pepper & crushed red pepper. With the CRP being dominant.(that's a good thing). Had to touch up the burn(1 1/2"is too much). 

Final/3rd
This part of the cigar is the most enjoyable with the blk pepper gone and the CRP taking over in the spice department. The earthy and woody notes come together nicely with the crushed red pepper spice thru the end of the cigar. I want to smoke another of these JJ23's as I'm sure the burn issues are not indicative of the Brand. Thanks to Brady of Jeremy Jack Cigars for the samples to review.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Crux Cigars Passport Lancero 3/15/15


Appearance
Milk chocolate looking wrapper with a couple prominent veins and nice tight nearly invisible seams. Has a very light oily sheen.

Aroma
Woody and slightly earthy scent on the wrapper & foot with a hint of cocoa.

Prelight Draw
Notes of wood, leather and earth.

1st
Notes of earth and wood show themselves right away. Has a slightly snug draw. The burn is close to perfect. The ash is salt&pepper gray and semi tight but only holds for about 3/4" to 1" at a time. There is a slightly metallic flavor a little past 1/2 way in the 1st/3rd. Draw has already loosened up before the end of this 1/3. 

2nd
As the 2nd/3rd starts the metallic flavor disappears in favor of a very mild spice. Like a white pepper. There is a nice long creamy woody & leathery finish with a hint of the spice on the sides of the tongue. The strength so far has been medium. Same flavors have continued thru the 2nd. Only difference being the spice gets a little more pronounced near the end of 2nd/3rd.

Final/3rd
The final third continues the same flavor as the rest of the cigar. Tho it lacks complexity it was not lacking in overall smoking enjoyment. We don't always need a spice or flavor Bomb and the Crux Passport fits in the relaxing enjoyable cigar category. I will definitely smoke it again. Thanks again to Joel @Joelrogerscrux for the samples to review. GoGetchasome™!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cubanacan Soneros Habano Claro Toro 3/13/15

Cubanacan Soneros Habano Claro Toro 3/13/15

Appearance
A couple of veins but otherwise a nice smooth wrapper with fairly tight seams. The wrapper has a light sheen.

Aroma
Very faint hay aroma on the wrapper. Sweetness at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Almost a dry tobacco draw but there is a hint of sweetness in the background.

1st
The Soneros starts out with some sweet candy type notes. The draw and burn have been perfect from the start. There is also a very light white pepper note with some cedar in the mix. At about 1 1/4" into the 1st/3rd the candy like sweetness becomes more of a tangy citrusy sweetness. The finish so far is short. The strength thus far I would say was mild.

2nd
The flavors I notice at the start of the 2nd are cedar and white pepper with a hint of the citrus. The ash has been salt&pepper gray and semi tight. There is actually a creamy texture to the flavors as they meld together. About halfway thru the cigar the spice ramps up a bit staying in the white pepper range. The strength at this point is just on the high side of mild. While the balance and creaminess is the high point of the cigar so far. 

Final/3rd
The flavors stay about the same while the spice moves up a notch. I would say the overall strength of the Soneros Habano Claro Toro is a mild to mild+ and the body is medium. This would work well for new smokers or as a morning smoke for others. Thanks again to Spence Drake for the review samples.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cubanacan Soneros Maduro Toro 3/10/15


Appearance 
Wrapper has a few prominent veins but mostly fine. Seams are fairly tight.

Aroma
Hay and grassy notes on the wrapper. Molasses notes at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Licorice and molasses

1st
Draw is a bit snug to start out. Cedar and leathery notes to start it off. The burn has been almost perfect from the start. A light spice has been noticeable but not prominent. Near the end of the 1st the spice becomes more prominent. It reminds me of Pimenton (spanish paprika). 

2nd
The cedar, leather and Pimenton spice notes continue into the 2nd. Part way in the cocoa I was waiting for showed up. Shortly after that some nutty notes blend with the cocoa. The ash is light gray and semi tight. The finish is long with spice, cedar and sweet notes.

Final/3rd
The flavors continue thru the final/3rd with the cedar being more pronounced. I found it to be mild in the complexity scale but a very relaxing smoke. The strength and body we're medium to med/full but on the very low end of full. So most smokers will enjoy this stick. Thanks again to @thedrakeisgood Spence Drake for the samples for review. GoGetchasome™!!