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.

CI Anniversary Epicure

CI Anniversary Epicure

Country: Honduras

Length/Ring: 6 x 52

Shape: Epicure

Wrapper:

Strength: Medium – Full

MSRP: $5.50

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

My rating: 4.5 stars

The CI Anniversary is an interesting cigar to say the least. This cigar is available in one size the Epicure – a fat 6”x52 toro shape – this unique cigar is handmade by Nestor Plasencia in Honduras. When you first take it out of the humidor you can tell its very well bulit. It is slightly boxed pressed but not square like other box pressed cigars. It opens with a deep, rich array of flavor that remains smooth from start to finish. It is very hard to pinpoint a certain flavor in this cigar because it is a powerhouse! I have not quite had a cigar like it ever. I could almost compare it to an ACID cigar it is so flavorful.

It’s quite mellow with a refined character, medium body, and long, lingering finish. I enjoyed this cigar with a good Shiraz by Robert Mondavi last night and they married quite well. If you are the type that likes your cigars very complex while staying smooth i would recommend this cigar to you! Cheers!

CI Anniversary

Acid Gold Cold Fusion Tea

Acid Gold Cold Fusion Tea
Country: Nicaragua
Length/Ring: 6 3/4 x 44
Shape: Lonsdale
Wrapper: Natural
Strength: Medium
MSRP: $5.50
My rating: 3.5 stars

To start out Acid cigars are not like any cigars on earth. They are infused with herbs and botanicals and have a distint smell and taste. Most people either hate or love Acid cigars. I for one love them, they are not as powerful as a full blown flavored cigar but have just enough flavor and aroma to make them unique.

This cigar, the Acid Cold Fushion Tea is an interesting cigar. First when you take it out of the wrapper you can smell the fresh tea and botanicals that make your mouth water(at least mine). Upon the initial light up of the cigar you can taste the sweet end of the cigar in your mouth as you take your first puff. The first flavors are floral with a hint of pepper and spices. As the cigar continues in turns into a plethora of flavors as you reach for your favorite lager or ale to compliment them. All in all this is a great cigar, they retail for around $6-8.00 at your local retailer or Tinderbox.com.

Gispert Churchill

Gispert Churchill
Country: Honduras
Length/Ring: 7 x 54
Shape: Churchill
Wrapper: Natural
Strength: Medium
MSRP: $4.50
My rating: 4.5 stars

This is one of my favorite go to cigars. I would even be willing to put this above the Macanudo in smoothness and mildness. It has to be the most mild cigar i have ever smoked. When you first pull this cigar out of the wrapper you can tell its quality. The hairs of the tobacco is very easily detected and the construction is top notch. When you first light this cigar up you can tell the aroma is excellent and the draw is very good. The smoothness is like silk on the draw and you get a hint of woodyness on the finish. I never go without a Gispert in my humidor.

Carlos Torano Signature Series

Carlos Torano Signature Series
Country: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 5 x 52
Shape: Robusto
Wrapper: Maduro
Strength: Full
MSRP: $3.00
My rating: 3.5 stars

This cigar was good on the inital light up. I really enjoyed the complexity that this medium to full maduro possessed. As the cigar burnt down it started changing a bit of flavors from peppery to woody. It was quite pleasent and would purchase this cigar again.