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La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especialé Club

12 Nov

Synopsis:
Maker: General Cigar
Filler: Nicaraguan/Dominican
Binder: Nicaraguan/Mexican (Double Binder)
Wrapper: Connecticut-Seed Honduran
Flavors: Wood, fresh tobacco, pecans → roasted red peppers, light spice, tangy sweetness
Draw/Volume/Strength: +1 / +2 / 3
Rating: 9.1

Retro. There’s something innately appealing about bygone eras. It’s well known that fashions resurface every 20 or 25 years, but what often appears the second time around are merely caricatures of iconic themes, from the fluorescent colors of the mid 1980s to the bell bottoms of the 1970s to the tie-dye of the late 1960s. And then there’s Steam Punk, aviator caps, and ironic handlebar moustaches which find their way into modern beer commercials.

There’s a reason these retro styles have an appeal beyond what’s in and what’s out of fashion. They call to mind a “simpler” time, the “good old days,” when things were different, when things were better.

This is, of course, a load of utter bull shit.

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La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale Club (5¾ x 47)

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7-20-4 Corona

18 Oct

Synopsis:
Blender: Kurt Kendal
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, Mexican, Columbian
Binder: Costa Rican
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Flavors: Pepper, earth, leather → oak, espresso
Draw/Volume/Strength: +1 / +3 / 4
Rating: 9.2

Never smoke a Robusto when you should be smoking a Churchill, and never smoke a Churchill when you should be smoking a Corona. Implicit in this simple Sasquatchism is the notion that there is a right time and place for cigars of certain sizes. “Indeed,” you may say, “but what are they?” Good question, I say. Allow me to philosophize.

Regular readers know that the Cigar Sasquatch likes things big, so I can frequently be seen smoking Churchills. If there’s a good time to smoke a Robusto, I can only say that it’s when you get one as a gift and you don’t want to be rude, or when it comes in a sampler with a bunch of other sizes, and there’s nothing left in that blend that you can smoke instead (I’m not a fan of Robustos). So what’s the right time for a Corona? Any time you bloody-well please.

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7-20-4 Corona (5⅝x46)

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EP Carrillo Regalias Real

15 Jun

Synopsis:
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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Liga Privada Único Serie Dirty Rat

15 Mar

The Cigar Sasquatch likes things big, and at 5×44, the Liga Privada Único Serie Dirty Rat fits nicely into that ideal.

Wait, what? Yes, you read that right. The Dirty Rat is a MASSIVE cigar. How else could a cigar feature 7 different tobaccos unless it was absolutely enormous? And that’s not all that’s big about the Dirty Rat. The flavors….

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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Liga Privada Único Serie Dirty Rat (5x44)

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Tasty Tuesday: Gispert Maduro Lonsdale

10 Aug

Gispert Cigars are another classic Cuban brand resurrected in name, and now offered by Altadis. This moderately-priced line features Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers and a Nicaraguan binder, and the Maduro version has a handsome medium-brown San Andreas Maduro wrapper. I selected the Lonsdale (6½x44) in this blend. It’s sharply pressed, with a solid roll and a smooth veinless capa, and the 5-pack as reviewed has rested 17 months.

The initial flavors of this cigar are an earthy sweetness, with a creamy café mocha flavor Read the rest of this entry »

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Tasty Tuesday Sampler Volume 1

27 Jul

With this edition of Cigar Sasquatch, I return to the original concept for Tasty Tuesday, which is short reviews of affordable cigar brands in the never-ending quest for a diamond in the rough. It’s a chance for me to work through some singles and miscellaneous cigars in the Sasquatch-a-dor, and to check out some mystery blends that might fly under the radar. Think of it as a herf-tastic grab bag of sorts.

The cigars under evaluation today are the Cuvee 151 Robusto (5×50), the Plasencia Reserva Organica Corona (6¼x44), and the Sancho Panza Caballero (6¼x45) Read the rest of this entry »

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Tasty Tuesday: Henry Clay Brevas ala Conserva

20 Jul

Henry Clay is a classic Cuban brand originally dating from the 1840s. The current brand is hand-made in the Dominican Republic by Altadis. I chose the “Brevas ala Conserva” (5/5/8×46), a moderately small Gran Corona.

Henry Clay cigars feature a robust blend of Dominican ligero longfillers and binder, with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. This is not a particularly handsome cigar. There are some rough patches in the wrapper, and a notable color gradient in the roll from head to foot. But let’s talk about that wrapper Read the rest of this entry »

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