Archive for June, 2011

Father’s Day Special: Padrόn Churchill Maduro

19 Jun

Blender: Jorge Padrόn
Maker: Piloto Cigars
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun-grown Maduro
Flavors: Toasted oak, dark chocolate → cocoa, earth, tobacco
Draw/Volume/Strength: 0 / +2 / 3
Rating: 9.1

In honor of Father’s Day, I’m smoking the Padrόn Maduro Churchill. I selected this cigar for the Father’s Day special for a number of reasons. First, the Padrόn organization is a family operation, and considers quality to be a matter of family honor (in fact, that’s their company slogan). Secondly, the “Padrόn Series” (sometimes called the “Thousand Series” after of the names of several of the vitolas), is considered “Everyman’s Padrόn” for its affordable price and unshakable quality. And though my father is not a cigar man (I’m pretty sure he has never smoked a thing in his life), he certainly is an “Everyman,” as I’m sure many of your fathers are.

What do I mean by that? My dad is an average Joe, hard-working, dedicated to his family, selfless and giving, slow to anger, quick to forgive, a man full of lessons (mostly of the organic kind), who did (and does) his best for a large family of modest means. He’s a man’s man, massive in stature, mild in temperament, and brimming over with experience, the stories of which he freely (and repeatedly) shares at any suitable occasion.

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Padrόn Churchill (6 7/8 x 46)

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EP Carrillo Regalias Real

15 Jun

Blender: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo
Maker: EPC Cigar Co.
Filler: Nicaraguan/Dominican
Binder: Nicaraguan (Double)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Flavors: Floral, nuts, white pepper → herbs, espresso
Draw/Volume/Strength: -2 / +1 / 3
Rating: 9.1

Can a cigar be both straightforward and subtle? Can it have bold, up-front flavors, and also be finely nuanced? Of course it can. But it’s tough. In fact, that’s the essence of a current trend in boutique cigars: rich, striking expressions, interwoven with fine threads of flavor, creating a complex and wholly satisfying experience.

The EP Carrillo core line are just such cigars, though this marvelous trend isn’t limited to cigars. It can be seen in fine cuisine, wines, and even such trend-buckers as single malt Scotch (no mean feat for a product that’s still considered young at 12 years). The Balvenie, for example, is producing some incredible Scotches at 15 and 17 years, featuring multiple cask agings, and delivering a stunning palate of flavors. So how did they know 17 years ago that we’d want to drink this stuff right now? There’s only one answer: The Force!

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EP Carrillo Regalias Real (5 5/8 x 46)

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Warlock Toro

08 Jun

Time to get with the program.

After a brief hiatus, the Cigar Sasquatch is back, and boasting a whole slew of new cigars to share with you. You know, it’s a funny thing about tobacco. The more we have, the more we seem to want. I chalk it up to nicotine. It’s not pretty, but there it is. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that cigars are trending stronger and richer. What used to pass for “strong” or “full-bodied” ten years ago now are generally considered medium at best. They almost seem quaint by comparison to today’s powerhouses. There are obviously exceptions to this, but for the most part, strong is the new medium.

Altadis, the mega-conglomerate with dozens of brands to its name and perhaps hundreds of individual frontmarks, has gotten with the program in a big new way. And I’m happy to say they’ve gotten on board the Nicaraguan train as well.

Warlock Cigars are a brand-new line in the Altadis stable, blended by the capable hands of Omar Ortez. These Nicaraguan-made beauties feature a mix of Nicaraguan and Dominican longfillers, a Nicaraguan binder, and a slick, shiny Ecuadorian Cubano wrapper. All of the vitolas of this line are 54-ring with the exception of the Corona at 44. I selected the Toro (6×54); the roll is solid, and the wrapper is dripping with oils, with some pronounced veins. Read the rest of this entry »

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