Archive for April, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Rocky Patel American Market Selection Robusto

27 Apr

This large robusto (5.5×50) has a light, buttery Ecuadoran Connecticut Shade wrapper and Nicaraguan/ Honduran filler blend. It’s a smooth and toasty smoke, with mellow woody flavor, a large smoke volume and great aroma. The draw is open, and the burn is razor-straight with perfect 1-inch double-cone ashes. Overall, it’s a mild, easy-going smoke, bordering on boring at times, but all in all, it’s got enough texture and depth to keep it interesting to the nub. I give it a 8.4. The flavors are right in there, but sometimes you just want a little more, and it might be a little richer in a smaller ring or a longer length. At $6.50 for a single, it’s a decent bargain, and definitely nice as a light alternative.

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Tasty Tuesday: Alec Bradley Tempus Terra Nova

20 Apr

This robusto (5×50) has a rich dark natural Honduran Criollo wrapper, and a Nicaraguan/Honduran viso and ligero blend for smoothness and complexity. The flavors are mellow, oaky and nutty, with great depth and richness. It’s a nicely balance cigar. The draw was wide-open with a single wedge cut (maybe a little too wide), and the burn was a little troublesome, eventually tunneling so badly I had to ditch it before the second half. I’ll reserve a score for now, based on the undesirable burn, but it’s a great tasting cigar, so I’ve got high hopes that the next one will burn better.

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Tasty Tuesday- La Riqueza #4

13 Apr

A nice-looking slim robusto (5×48) with an oily medium brown maduro wrapper, blended by Don Jose Pepin Garcia for Pete Johnson’s Tatuaje line. This Nicaraguan puro produces a huge volume of smoke, and the flavors are rich and slightly tangy, but not sweet, with roasted coffee, earthy flavors, a hint of anise and some spice. There is also some moderate strength, not overpowering, but definitely noticeable. The draw was perfect and even with a single wedge-cut, and the burn was flawless to the nub. It’s a very well made cigar, and I give it an 8.8. It’s a robust flavor profile, so if you like them rich and dark, you’ll love this. At $9 for a single robusto, it’s not exactly inexpensive, but definitely an interesting and generaly enjoyable smoke.

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