Ashton Magnum Review

Country: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 5 x 50
Shape: Robusto
Wrapper: Natural
Strength: Mild

MSRP: $7.00/Stick

My Rating: 4.75 Stars

Where to Buy: Tinderbox, Cigars.com, Cigars Direct

This weekend I attended an Ashton tasting that gave us an Ashton puro del sol Belicoso. That was a good stick, earthy, spicy and a wonderful smoke. They were also running a special on all Ashton cigars so i had to take advantage. I purchased a pack that contained these Ashton cigars – Heritage Puro Del Sol, Cabinet, Magnum, ESG, and VSG. I got a great deal on the pack so i said why not.

I pulled the Magnum out of the pack and noticed the quality right away. When i toasted the foot i could smell a buttery floral scent that was very pleasing. On the initial puff i could taste the buttery flavor and the floral was on the back end. What a great smoke this was turning out to be. As the cigar was about half way down other flavors started to emerge. I noticed more butter but also an almost toasted marshmallow flavor that was hard to pin point at first but after a few more puffs was pretty dominate to the palate. I haven’t smoked too many Ashton’s in my life but wow, if this is what i get from them i will be smoking more in the future. All in all this was a wonderful smoke that i would recommend to anyone, seasoned or newbie.

Tatauje Havana VI Aristas Review

Country: Nicaragua

Length/Ring Gauge: 6 1/8 x 52

Shape: Torpedo

Wrapper: Corojo

Strength: Medium

MSRP: $8.00/stick

Where to Buy: Tinderbox, Cigars.com, Cigars Direct

Tatuaje Havana VI Aristas

I’m a huge fan of anything touched by Don Pepin Garcia so it was no surprise that this cigar called to me. Looking at this cigar I was amazed at its flawless construction and beautiful sheen to the wrapper. I looked at the foot and saw an impecible rolling job that goes hand in hand with anything done by the Don.

Pre-cut tasting of the head brought a little spice to my tounge and dark chocolate smell to my nose. I gave it a good cut and performed a pre-light draw. The draw was smooth and loose with lots of spice and chocolate undertones. I lit the cigar with my $5.99 Ronson torch and noticed a nice and even burn. The first draw brought a nice spice and a little dark chocolate taste. After the first third the cigar tunnelled so a re-light was necessary. The relight brought a sharp, harsh smoke so a purge was in order. After the purge a sweet toffee explosion hit my taste buds and never left. The spice and dark chocolate was left behind for the beautiful toffee goodness that is remenicent of an Anejo 77 I had on Veterans Day. The second third never let up with that toffee goodness that hit me after the first third. The burn throughout was even and minor touch-ups were necessary. All in all, I would highly recommend this cigar to any cigar smoker, whether you’re new to cigars or a 20-year-my-senior smoker. This cigar was beautiful throughout and is definatly worth the $8.00 price tag that comes with it. My hat goes off to Pete Johnson for creating a masterpiece with this one.

2 New Reviewers!!

We Welcome Mike and Jeff to the In the Humidor team, they have a lot of cigar smoking experience and will be a great addition.

Jeff has many years experience in the cigar world.  I know he can bring us some great insite.

Michael is in the military and has been smoking for about 6 months, he is still developing his palate but already has great knowledge in cigars.  He leaves for Iraq in January so lets wish him luck with that!

You can also find them on Cigarpass.com.  Again, welcome to the In The Humidor team!

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Toro Review

Country: Honduras
Length/Ring: 6 1/2 x 52
Shape: Toro
Wrapper: Natural
Strength: Full

M.S.R.P: $5.50/Stick

My Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy: Tinderbox, Cigars.com

I had this smoke in my hands with a lot of anticipation in mind considering it was a Rocky Patel blend. I have had the edge, olde world reserve, The first thing i noticed about this stick was the fresh tobacco smell and brownish almost vein free wrapper. The double band on the stick made for a beautiful display on the smoke.

I toasted the foot to get the oils moving and i could smell fresh cedar and leather coming off the stick. On the first few minutes of this cigar there were a lot of good flavors and lots of thick smoke coming from it. It stayed pretty consistent throughout the stick, typical of all the Rocky Patels i have enjoyed. I would recommend this to those who like a medium to full stick with a fair amount of flavor.

Rocky Patel The Edge Maduro Toro Review

Country: Honduras
Length/Ring: 6 x 52
Shape: Toro
Wrapper: Maduro
Strength: Full

M.S.R.P: $5.50/Stick

My Rating: 4.75 Stars

Where to Buy: Tinderbox, Cigars.com

Many thanks go to Cigars Direct for sponsoring these cigars to me. I have really enjoyed them. Now onto the review.

I was down at the lake house again this weekend working on the rest of the boat house that we didn’t finish last time. We had to finish the facia on the water side of the boat house, man is that some hard work. We got down there on Friday night and relaxed on the deck and i broke out this RP cigar.

What a firm roll this cigar had, i couldn’t find any loose areas around this stogie anywhere. It had a very fresh tobacco smell and i could tell i was in for a good smoke. I toasted the foot and really enjoyed the smells it gave off. The first couple of puffs had some leather and chocolate notes which i really enjoyed. The burn was perfect and my dad even had a 3 inch crown on his before it fell over.

I generally smoke my cigars down to the nub and this cigar was no exception, i didn’t want it to end. In fact i even liked the RP Edge more than the RP Olde World Reserve. Overall i would recommend this cigar with coffee or a nice single malt scotch.

601 Habano (Black) La Fuerza Review

Country: Nicaragua
Length/Ring: 5 1/2 x 54
Shape: Robusto
Wrapper: Oscuro
Strength: Full
Quantity: 20

M.S.R.P: Around $6.00/Stick

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Where to Buy: Tinderbox, Cigars.com, Cigars Direct

Let me first say that Eo Brands was kind enough to send me some of these cigars for tasting and blogging. I must say it has been a treat smoking these beauties. When i got home from work last Friday and saw that package sitting on my counter i was excited to say the least. I had not had a chance to sample any of the 601 varities yet so i was a 601 virgin.

I took these cigars with me to my parents lake house so we could smoke them while we worked on the boat house i had promised my dad i would help with. It is an impressive looking cigar right out of the box oily, dark, and delicious looking. At first glance of this cigar and a roll of the cigar in my fingers i could tell it was very well made with high standards. The roll was very tight and gave off a great chocolaty and herbal smell. The band is a nice gold color but nothing too exciting there.

The initial light is where i was really blown away by this cigar, the aroma and taste of the smoke was wonderful. It gives great chocolate and nutmeg flavors right up front, it would go great with an oatmeal stout or dark lager. The burn was not perfect and a couple times i found myself trying to straighten it back out but overall it was worth it. I would definitly recommend this cigar to those who like a medium to full smoking experience.

POR LARRANAGA CUBAN GRADE Review

Origin: Honduras
Length: 5.50
Ring: 44
Strength: Mild-Medium
Wrapper Color: Light Brown (N)
Wrapper Type: Ecuador Connecticut
Binder: Mexico
Filler: HON/DR
Shape: Parejo

M.S.R.P: $5.50/Stick

Where to buy: Tinderbox, Cigars.com, Cigars Direct

My Rating: 4 Stars

Tom at Cigar Warehouse has graciously supplied me with another cigar to sample and review. Today we have the Por Larranaga Cuban Grade, it is a new blend from the old brand that i can hardly ever spell right. Anyways, when i first held the cigar the wrapper was very nice and smooth. I barely saw any tobacco stems in the roll. Right away i could smell the very strong tobacco scent, it was one of the strongest, freshest smelling cigars i have seen.

After i toasted the foot of this beauty i took my first puff and could sense lots of fresh rich tobacco taste. There were also some hints of nutmeg on the initial puffs. As the cigar was burning down i got some leathery notes with pepper on the back end. It was a very tasty cigar that i really enjoyed. Overall i would recommend this cigar to those who enjoy a strong yet smooth taste.

Frank Vincent Signature – Cuban Corona Review

Origin: Dominican Republic
Length: 5.50
Ring: 44
Strength: Mild-Medium
Wrapper Color: Light Brown (N)
Wrapper Type: Connecticut Shade
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: DR/NI

My Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Where to buy: Tinderbox, Cigars.com, Cigars Direct

First of all i would like to say thanks to Cigar Warehouse in Plano, Texas for the free cigar. There were a few different companies sponsoring a tasting in a strip mall in my neighborhood. This is an annual event and Cigar Warehouse gives out a free cigar everytime. You simply can’t beat that, so i will leave their link on here.

Frank Vincent for any of you who don’t know is a member of the cast of the Sopranos. He is the actor that portrays the mob boss of New York. The Sopranos is a great HBO drama about the mobb boss Tony Soprano and his many families. The DVD Boxsets can be purchased here DVD Supplier.

Now to the cigar, when i first pulled the cigar from the wrapper i could tell it was well made and had a firm roll to it. The band is nicely made as well and makes the overall appearance very pleasing. I usually use my torch lighter and torch the foot of my cigars so i started torching this one and it had a very good aroma. As i puffed away at this mild stogie i could taste some cedar and nuts. There was no sign of harshness as i smoked this cigar almost down to the nub. The stick pretty much stayed consistent throughout. I would recommended this smoke to newbie smokers, it is not very expensive and it is very mild.

Jose L. Piedra CAZADORES – Cuban

Country: Cuba

Length/Ring: 6 x 43

Strength: Full

M.S.R.P: $3.00/stick

My Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

This was another Cuban cigar that i have gotten my hands on here lately. The cigar is a full bodied medium flavored cigar. The construction was something to be desired and the draw was very loose. You could tell this was one of the cheaper cuban cigars on the market, but i figured i would give it a try anyway.

When i first lit the cigar it had a nice aroma which is custom to Cuban cigars, the first few puffs were rather harsh and i could tell the cigar was young. It started to settle down towards the middle and had some floral flavors and a hint of sweet on the back end. Overall there are a lot better choices out there, but if you are on a tight budget and still crave that cuban tobacco taste this is not a bad selection.

El Credito Super Habenero – Aged


Country: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 7 1/2 x 46
Shape: Churchill
Wrapper: Maduro
Strength: Medium

M.S.R.P: $ 1.00/ stick

Where to buy: Tinderbox, Cigars.com, Cigars Direct

My Rating: 2 1/2 Stars

A Dominican-Nicaraguan filler blend and oily, Maduro wrappers achieve a ‘sweet,’ medium-bodied smoke.

I know what you are thinking… Why is he smoking that? Well, i asked myself that when i bought these 6 months ago from famous smoke for the low price of $22.50 a bundle. Geez, you can barely get a cup of coffee these days for that price. Anyway, i smoked a couple of them when i got them and wasnt impressed, not that i should have been so i stashed them in the bottom of my humidor for safe keeping.

I pulled one of these cigars out last night just to see what would happen and was pleasantly surprised. These actually were kind of sweet with some peppery notes on the back end. They do have a gritty kind of flavor in your mouth after smoking which couldnt be avoided. All in all i enjoyed the second round of this smoke, although i will stick with my Don Pepin’s and Cubans.

FONSECA DELICIAS – Cuban

Country: Cuba

Length/Ring: 4.8 x 40
Shape: Petite Corona

Strength: Medium

MSRP: $3.00 Overseas

My Rating: 4 Stars

I have found a website online that ships cuban cigars from Switzerland and boy was i excited when i opened my package yesterday. This little gem of a cigar is packed with flavor! These cigars are wrapped with tissue paper and the band is wrapped around the outside. The construction is second to none. The cigar is superb from start to finish. I had to nub this thing and i dont normally smoke cigars down that low. I would recommend this smoke to everyone, if you can get your hands on it.

New Site Look

I know i havent been around for a few weeks but i have been crazy busy, plus for some reason my websites kept getting hacked.  If any of you had been around for the past couple of weeks you may have noticed it.  I had to completly change my ftp name and password and re upload all of my sites, talk about a pain in my butt.  Anyway, i am back now and i have some new cigars i have smoked that i cant wait to review.  Keep on a look out for my up coming reviews.

Nick

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990

Country: Honduras
Length/Ring: 7 x 48
Shape: Churchill
Wrapper: Maduro
Strength: Full

MSRP: $7.50

Where to buy: Tinderbox, Cigars.com

My rating: 4.5 stars
Box pressed at its finest is how i describe this cigar. These cigars are handmade with a blend of 7 yr-aged Dominican & Nicaraguan fillers with a vintage ’90 Maduro wrapper. The smoke is full-bodied, creamy, smooth and full of flavor. When i first lit the cigar up it had a lot of deep smells. The first one i noticed was a slight chocolate smell followed up by a peppery note or two.
As I have stated before that Rocky Patel’s are some of my favorites and this is probably the one that caused me to say that. Rocky’s blends are some of the best in my book.

Don Pepin Garcia – Blue Label Chruchill

Don Pepin Garcia – Blue Label

Country: Nicaragua
Length/Ring: 9 1/4 x 48
Shape: Presidente
Wrapper: Natural
Strength: Full

MSRP: $8.50

Where to Buy: Tinderbox, Cigars.com, Cigars Direct

My rating: 5.0 stars

Let me first say that this was my first Don Pepin Garcia experience and boy did it deliver! Don Pepin Garcia cigars are a royal, full-bodied smoke with a rich and spicy taste. Created by Cuban-born master blender José Pepin Garcia, each cigar is blended with Nicaraguan Corojo & Criollo long-filler tobaccos rolled in Nicaraguan Corojo wrappers.

The cigar burns evenly with a bold, balanced, yet non-overpowering flavor. There are a lot of flavors bursting out of this cigar, the first flavor i had was of sweetness…an almost raspberry flavor on the palate. Next, i experiecned some floral and earthy undernotes that were the best i have tasted from any cigar.

I would recommend this cigar to anyone and everyone. This is now my favorite cigar to date. Enjoy!

Indian Tabac Super Furete Robusto

Indian Tabac Super Fuerte

Country: Honduras
Length/Ring: 5 x 50
Shape: Robusto
Wrapper: Natural
Strength: Full

MSRP: $3.99

Where to Buy: Tinderbox, Cigars.com

My rating: 3.0 stars

I am a big fan of the Rocky Patel line of cigars and just love the RP Sun Grown and 1992. This is another one of Rockys master blends in his value line of cigars. This cigar is well constructed and box pressed. It has a pretty dark wrapper and nice aroma. When i first lit this cigar it had a kind of harshness to it. I thought nothing of it as i figured it would go away as i smoked it. I was wrong, for some reason the cigar maintained the bitter taste and slight harshness and was not as enjoyable as i would have liked. I hung in there though and the last 3rd of the cigar started to get better and gave me hints of leather and spice. I have been a fan of the Indian Tabac’s in the past but this one was not quite my cup of tea. All in all there are many other cigars i would have chosen over this one.