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Tasty Tuesday: Dark and Mysterious

08 Feb

This edition of Tasty Tuesday features three dark and slightly mysterious cigars from various sources. Two are chocolaty Maduros, the third, a rich Habano, which was interestingly darker than the two Maduros. Two of them feature some component of hearty Mexican tobaccos, and they all have at least a portion of Nicaraguan longfillers. I do enjoy Nicaraguan longfillers. Read the rest of this entry »

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CAO La Traviata Radiante (6×52)

30 Nov

La Traviata cigars by CAO were blended to recreate the taste and aroma of Cuba. The blend is offered in 5 vitolas, all featuring Nicaraguan and Dominican longfillers over an aromatic Cameroon binder. The wrapper is a lightly veined, oily Ecuadorian Habano leaf, with a handsome sheen and a beautiful EMS color. I selected the Radiante, a gorgeous Toro (6×52). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted in Dark Natural, Tasty Tuesday, Toros

 

Tasty Tuesday: Famous Exclusive Sampler

17 Aug

For this edition of the Tasty Tuesday Sampler, I present reviews of three cigars exclusive to Famous Smoke Shop. Most retailers have house-brands, and Famous is no exception, but Famous also has an impressive selection of cigars from major manufacturers made exclusively for and available only at Famous. I selected one house brand and two manufacturer brands, which include natural, dark natural, and maduro cigars, in Churchill, Toro, and Torpedo vitolas. They are the Final Blend Churchill (7×50), the Alec Bradley Overture Toro (6×50) and the Rocky Patel Cuban Blend Natural Torpedo (6×52). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted in Churchills, Dark Natural, Figurados, Maduro, Natural, Tasty Tuesday, Toros, Torpedos

 

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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Posted in Coronas, Maduro, Natural, Tasty Tuesday

 

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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Posted in Coronas, Lonsdales, Maduro, Natural, Robustos, Tasty Tuesday

 

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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Posted in Coronas, Dark Natural, Maduro, Tasty Tuesday

 

Tasty Tuesday: Alec Bradley MAXX Ego

06 Jul

The Cigar Sasquatch likes things big. I have long lived by the Sasquatchism, “Never smoke a Robusto when you should be smoking a Churchill.” If you believe like I do that if some is good, more is better, then Alec Bradley’s MAXX cigars were made with you in mind. Maxx is a line of super-sized cigars that are big in both size and flavor, and my personal favorite is the Ego, a monster-sized Presidente (9.25×50).

But this is no novelty brand. The MAXX line features an incredible 5-nation blend Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted in Churchills, Dark Natural, Tasty Tuesday

 

Tasty Tuesday: Brick House Toro

29 Jun

Brick House Cigars are a new blend from J.C. Newman Cigar Company, and are rapidly becoming one of my favorite modestly-priced premiums. This resurrected brand was made to honor the heritage of the original Brick House brand, a Cuban puro made for Julius Caesar Newman and the cigar company he founded in 1895. It’s a Nicaraguan puro, and features a hearty blend of all Cuban-seed tobaccos wrapped in a toothy Havana “Subido” wrapper.

The construction of the Toro (6×52) is rock-solid. The roll is Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted in Natural, Tasty Tuesday, Toros

 

Tasty Tuesday: Alec Bradley Family Blend VR1

22 Jun

The Alec Bradley Family Blend VR1 is a gorgeous Robusto (5.5×50) composed of rich Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers and a buttery Indonesian binder, finished in a nearly veinless rosy-hued Honduran Trojes wrapper. The roll is smooth and firm, and features a handsome triple-cap with a delightful little Cuban pigtail.

The bouquet is positively vibrant, with rich floral notes which evolve into highly aromatic herbal and fruit flavors on the palate. The blend also produces mild cinnamon and some earth, with a dry mouth feel and considerable depth. The draw from a cap cut was even and full, and produced an excellent smoke volume. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted in Dark Natural, Robustos, Tasty Tuesday

 

Tasty Tuesday: Fonseca 10-10 Maduro

04 May

I was doing some research recently and came across a little piece of data indicating that the #3 selling cigar line in the world, behind Romeo and Mac, is Fonseca, the Dominican brand blended by Manuel Quesada. Upon discovering this, and upon reflecting on how much I love a good Romeo or Mac, I did some looking. As it turns out, this frequently-overlooked brand rates pretty well for a $5-$8 cigar. Armed with this knowledge, I rolled into a local tobaconist shop and picked up a pair of 7×50 Churchills (Quesada names the size the “10-10”), including one Ecuadorian Connecticut Natural and a (gorgeous) Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro.

The blend I reached for first, and the one I’m currently writing about, is the maduro, and on first impression, it’s a very smooth, even tempered cigar. The most notable feature is the textbook maduro flavor. This is the definition of what a smooth maduro should taste like. Slightly sweet, slightly tangy, some depth and Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Posted in Natural, Robustos, Tasty Tuesday

 

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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Posted in Dark Natural, Robustos, Tasty Tuesday

 

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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Posted in Maduro, Robustos, Tasty Tuesday