After spending the last couple weeks working on my Top 10 of 2011, I found it difficult not to give the proper respect to all the cigars that were worthy. There are five other cigars that were very close to making the list, but I felt that they just didn’t leave an impression like the others did.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Back in March of this year, I set upon a mission to find some of the best cigars. Throughout the year I have visited a wide variety of shops, as well as different online retailers. But without the help of family, friends, social media, and of course, my friends over at /r/cigars, none of this would have been possible. Another special thank you goes out to all of the cigar companies that have been in contact with me and their sales representatives for all of the samples they have supplies me with. The people I have met over the past nine months have really helped this website become what it is today. With total page views creeping up on 30,000 views, I feel this website is going in the right direction, and I have all of you to thank for this wonderful feeling.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Wrapper: San Andres Maduro
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan
Last month was my birthday, and for my birthday I wanted to spend the day in Center City Philadelphia. While I was over there, I had to go into Holts. As I’m browsing around like a kid in a candy store, I came across the Undercrown. There were a few boxes there, so I grabbed two toros: one for review, and one to enjoy while walking around the city.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Wrapper: Dominican Sun Grown
I have been asked several times to review the VSG. One of the reasons being that I like full bodied cigar and sun grown wrappers. A couple weeks ago a friend of mine sent me one to review. So now that I had my hands on one, I couldn’t refuse it. The reason I never reviewed it before was honestly because it never crossed my mind to.
The Virgin Sun Grown wrapper is dark brown with a couple very thin veins. The cap was perfectly flush and double layered. The cigar itself is very solid with a slightly softer foot. There is also a very sweet smell coming off of this cigar. Its almost like the smell of sugar and vanilla. The cut was very clean and this cigar required no effort to light.
As soon as it was lit, there was a nice helping of spice. There was also a good amount of wood that started to enter the picture. Right after I picked up the wood notes, I started getting a good amount of earth as well. The peppery spice actually started to stick to my tongue, which is not a bad thing at all.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
I want to start off by saying how much I do not like daylight savings. Now when I get home from work to review a cigar, I have roughly an hour. So during the week you are going to be seeing many more robustos reviewed. So as I was going through my humidor to find a good cigar for today’s review. I stumbled across this Illuminati. I heard from one of their distributors that this was a great cigar. So it was the perfect size for my time constraint.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
Filler: Panama & Honduras
As many of you know, Alec Bradley is constantly pumping out new blends. The Black Market is one of his newest blends that I have had my eyes on. When I finally got my hands on a couple, I smoked one right away and set one aside to do this review on. I have been asked several times when I was finally going to review this cigar, so I gave in a reviewed it.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Since this cigar was smoked as my Thanksgiving cigar, I feel I should start out by thanking all of my readers. I would like to extend a special thanks to all of my readers and friends over at r/cigars as well for helping me find and smoke new cigars. I was asked what I was smoking for this Thanksgiving, and why? The only think that popped into my head was the Upper Cut because it is more or less the movement used to stuff a turkey. That was the best I could do.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
A couple months ago I was sent a couple cigars from Savinelli. Prior to that package, I did not know this company made cigars. After talking with them I learned a little bit more about them. The weather was actually nice enough to day to smoke and relax so I felt it was a good day to sit outside with this cigar and just enjoy my day off.
This cigar has a very nice, medium brown wrapper. There were a couple thin veins, but none of them were big enough to cause any concern. The cigar is solid throughout the entire length of the stick. The torpedo cap is perfectly flush and smooth. There is also a slightly bitter smell coming off of this cigar. The torpedo cut very clean and didn’t unwrap at all.
As soon as I lit this cigar up, I was greeted with a mild spice. There were also some strong earthy tones that came out. As the cigar slowly progressed, there were some good wood notes that entered into the picture. By about the one-inch mark, the earthiness takes over. The mild spice picked up a little bit more and actually stuck to my tongue a little bit.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
For my birthday a couple weeks ago, my family and I went over to Center City Philadelphia. While we were over there I had to make a stop into Holts Cigar Shop. I went in there for the sole purpose to find new cigars to review. I have been trying to get my hands on this cigar because I enjoyed the other San Cristobal lines. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.
Monday, November 21, 2011
As many of you may know by now, I am always in a search for new and unknown cigars. So over the past couple months I have been getting in touch with people through social media websites. I came across Chess Cigars and found them to be quite interesting. After viewing their website and seeing an amazing humidor that doubles as a chess table (complete with the chess pieces) I wanted to reach out to them. They sent me a few samples of the Habana 2000 to try out.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Columbian Corojo
A couple weeks ago, someone from Gurkha Cigars found my reviews on some of their cigars. After going back and forth by email for a couple days, they offered me a couple samples to review for them. Once I reviewed the package about three days later, I let the cigar get readjusted to the humidity. The first of the cigars I chose to review was the Seduction because it was smaller and I didn’t have a couple hours to spare to smoke a larger cigar.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
In the past few months, I have been exploring the various La Gloria Cubana lines. I heard from a couple people that they were releasing a new line. This news was exciting to me because I love trying new cigars. So when this cigar was released I got my hands on some. I put one away to review one morning because it was mild and would be a great morning cigar. So over this past weekend I figured it was a good day to smoke my last one.
Upon lighting up this cigar, I got some strong earthy notes. There were also some little notes of wood and nut that formed. Shortly after the wood and nut flavors, came a mild spice. About an inch into this cigar, the nuttiness picked up a great deal and a sweetness like honey formed. The honey nut flavor was great and coated my mouth perfectly.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Crillio
As most of my readers probably remember, I reviewed the Viaje Skull and Bones a couple weeks ago. Once I smoked that I had to find more Viaje cigars because they would all be new to me. I asked around to see if anyone knew of anywhere to get them. Before I knew it, a package was on my doorstep with a couple other Viaje cigars in it. I let them rest a little bit and get back to proper humidity. This one is the first of the cigars I will be reviewing.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero
I originally was going to smoke this cigar for my Halloween review, but that got voted down. But I have had this cigar in mind for some time to review. This cigar has been on my “to try” list for about a year because I am a fan of spicy cigars. Once I got my hands on this cigar, I let it rest for a few weeks until I had a good day to smoke it. So yesterday when I left work, its was 70 degrees outside with no wind. To me that is a perfect day for a cigar.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
A couple weeks ago, this cigar was sent to me. As soon as I received it I figured it would be the perfect cigar to review for my birthday. Since today is my birthday, I woke up nice and early to light this one up. I couldn’t think of a cigar that would be more unique to review than a God of Fire. This is one of the cigars I have been trying to find for some time.
The wrapper is dark brown and oily. There is one vein running the length of the cigar that is a little thick. The cigar is very solid. The cap is perfectly flush. The only flaw I see with this cigar is that there is some extra glue that is visible around the bands and cap. The cigar gave off a sweet and spicy smell. This stick cut perfectly clean and was very easy to light.
As soon as I lit up this stick, there was a very pleasant light spice. Shortly into this cigar, there was a good amount of sweet cedar that forms as well. There was some strong earthy tones that came out that were very flavorful and complex. By about an inch into this cigar, the spice mellowed out. There is a little bit of sweetness that forms. There were nice hints of chocolate and coffee.
Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan
I have been on a mission for some time now to find an Alec Bradley cigar that I really like. Several people have told me to look into this one. So when I went up to The Smoking Dog Friday night, the owner got in a few samples. She wasn’t completely sure what these were like, so she asked me to see what I thought on it. I figured it was a great time to see if it was the one I would like.
This cigar appears to be flawless. The wrapper is a chocolate shade of brown and very smooth. There is a nice oily sheen to the stick as well. The wrapper has a couple very thin veins. The stick is a very solid box press. Usually with box pressed cigars, they are softer. Not this one. The cap is perfectly flush. This stick gives off a sweet and earthy smell. The cigar cut clean and lit very easily.
The flavor was very spicy right off of the light. The spice quickly mellowed out and gave way to some strong earth tones. Once the earthy tones came out, there was a good amount of oak that came out. There were also some sweet hints of chocolate. The combination of oak and chocolate sat on the tongue. There was also a little bit of leather that built up on my palate.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero
Price: $7.00 - $8.00
A couple weeks ago I was introduced to this cigar company. I was talking with one of the company’s distributors and he asked me to write up some reviews on the cigars. So once the cigars came, I let them rest in my humidor for some time to get them back to ideal humidity. After I got out of work, the weather was so nice that I had to take advantage of it before it gets ridiculously cold. After looking through my humidor, I felt these cigars were back to ideal smoking conditions.
The wrapper on this cigar was dark brown and smooth. There were a couple thinner veins running the length of the cigar, but nothing that worried me. This cigar is solid throughout with not a single soft spot. The cap was evenly wrapped but had a couple rough spots. This cigar also gave off a sweet and earthy smell. The cut was clean with no peeling occurring.
As soon as I lit up this cigar, the flavors jumped out. There were some very strong wood and spice notes. Shortly into this stick, the spice mellows out a bit. When this happens, there are much more robust wood and earth flavors. The wood becomes more distinct like oak. There is also a good amount off leather that forms as well. By an inch in, the spice is very mellow. The wood continues to pick up. Then all of a sudden, a nice sweetness forms in the background to compliment the leather.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Wrapper: San Andres Maduro
Price: $11.00 - $12.00
Just wanted to start off by saying Thank You to all of my readers. This is my 100th review. It feel like yesterday that I started this website. Once I realized that this milestone was approaching, I had to find an amazing cigar to smoke for the occasion. So when I was walking around a cigar shop, this cigar was just put on the shelves. I couldn’t think of a better cigar to smoke for this one.
The maduro wrapper is dark brown and very oily. The wrapper is flawless. There is no thick veins throughout the entire wrapper. The cap was multiple layers and perfectly flush. This stick is solid from cap to foot. The cigar itself gives off a very sweet chocolate smell. The cut was very clean, and the cigar was very easy to light.
The flavors are amazing right away. There are some very nice wood tones that come out right off of the light. Shortly into the stick, some spice comes out. As soon as the spice comes out, so does some strong earth. About an inch into this cigar, the flavors all combine together nicely. The wood and spice notes are a perfect compliment to each other.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Filler: Costa Rican, Nicaraguan, Filipino
Well as most of you know, today is Halloween. I help a little contest on one of the forums that I frequent to get a little bit of a contest going. I went through my “Coming Soon” list to pick out the ones that had some sort of connection to Halloween, either with the name of the cigar, or the size. So after about 6 hours of voting, the Graycliff G2 Pirate won. “Pirate” is the size of the cigar, but I was reaching out for something.
This cigar looks pretty good. The light brown wrapper is very smooth with only a couple very thin veins throughout it. The only flaw that I noticed with the wrapper were a couple water spots, but that really doesn’t give me a bad impression. The stick is very solid with a slightly softer foot. The cap is a little rough, not as flush as I would have liked to see. The cigar gives off a very earthy and cedar-like smell. The torpedo cap cut very clean and was very easy to light.
The flavor was robust right off of the light. There was some strong earth and nutty flavors that jumped out immediately. Shortly into the stick, there was a little bit of spice that formed. The spice wasn’t strong, but it was a nice compliment to the earthy tones. The wood notes pick up about an inch in. The spice that is there actually mellows out and allows the earth to pick up.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
At least the weather prior to yesterday was nice. It gave me the perfect time to do a few reviews since the weather was going to be so bad this weekend. Yesterday was a great 33 degrees and full of winter weather, not quite the ideal weather for doing a review. I can handle reviewing in the cold, but getting hit with and ice, snow and rain mix isn’t the best time.
Well on Friday I review this cigar. The gold wrap on it covering the cap makes this cigar appear very elegant. This is the first thing that I noticed, Once I took it off, the light brown wrapper was flawless. There was not a single vein or a spot of a different shade. The cap was multiple layers and flush. The only flaw that I saw was on the foot. There was a slight crack in the wrapper and binder. Overall this cigar was solid. The cigar cut clean and lit with ease.
Upon lighting this cigar I noticed the very light and earthy flavors. There was a good amount of woody notes, especially a sweet cedar undertone. This flavor stayed very consistent for the first couple inches. The earthy notes were very strong, but that sweetness of the cedar made the flavor profile very nice. A couple inches in, there was a mild spice that came out to compliment the earthy tones. Just shy of the halfway point, there was a feint chocolate note in the background.