Size: 4″ x 44 gauge
The illusione line is quickly starting to become my favorite cigars right now. These cigars have such a great distinctive flavor profile that is like nothing else.
Today I have the ~68~ Petite corona size cigar from Illusione. The cigar is pretty small but perfect for the drive home or a good quick smoke. The wrapper is perfect looking with no veins and a dark sheen. The smell is wonderful and reminds me of some good island smokes. On the initial light up I can taste lots of cedar and coffee along with that unique flavor that these cigars possess. The cigar had a perfect burn and never ran on me. The flavors also stayed consistent throughout and I nubbed this little beauty. I would recommend this smoke to everyone who likes cigars, its not strong and not mild. I believe it to have the perfect balance strength.
Country: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 5 x 50
I haven’t been around too much in regard to writing reviews. We just bought a house a month ago and I have been really crazy with the upkeep. Hopefully I will find more time to post. I picked up a Cusano Maduro yesterday because I have never had one before. This was a great smoke from the beginning. I picked up lots of flavors from coffee to chocolate. It’s not an overly powerful smoke, i would say it on the milder side of medium. I really enjoyed this smoke and would recommend it.
Length/Ring: 5 3/4 x 52
I was lounging last night after hanging pictures in our new house for my wife and pulled a Camacho Negro Robusto out of the wine0dor. The box for these cigars is awesome, one of the best i have seen. The cigar is nice looking right out of the wrapper and I could tell it was well made. The cigar had lots of flavor and was not overpowering like some other Camacho’s i have smoked. I got hints of cedar and coffee and smoked it down to the nub. I would recommend this smoke to those who like dark flavorful smokes.
Length/Ring: 5 5/8″ x 54
Shape: Torpedo (Shark)
Wrapper: Connecticut broadleaf maduro
My rating: 4.75 Stars
It was my birthday yesterday and I broke out all the stops on my cigar selection. I am here to add one very special selection from yesterday, the rare #77 Shark. Not too many people have tried these as they are rare holiday cigars distributed out by Fuente during the holiday season only to select vendors. I happen to have some very good BOTL friends that gifted me some to sample.
The cigar itself its a beauty. The construction is top notch, it is very toothy and mine had some plume around the foot. The smell was sweet and very pleasing even before i lit it up. I clipped it with my Xikar Xi and started to light it up with my Element lighter and toasted the foot. As i was smoking it I was getting lots of sweet notes, cedar, and earth. This was a great cigar all the way through and I didnt want it to end. It was by far my favorite Anejo to date, and i have tried the 48,49, and 55. I would recommend this to anyone that can actually get theirs hands on one.
Sorry B/SOTL’s i have been out of sorts the last week and a half with a nasty cold and sinus blockage. Needless to say I have not smoked as many cigars as i usually do. In fact i tried to smoke one again today but I couldn’t taste it! I will get back on track and hopefully my trusty sidekick Matthew can pick up some slack for me. I will see everyone soon.
My rating: 2.5 Stars
Today I strolled into the shop looking to recover from the disappointment of the Don Lino Africa, and today I decided on a Perdomo Habano Corojo in the Presidente size.
From initial light up till I finished this cigar there was a very slight hint of a cedar flavor. Aside from that this cigar was a very light smoke. I would recommend this cigar to someone who may have a long drive to work i the morning. But it’s just too mild to truly be enjoyed. Any other time of the day this cigar wouldn’t be enjoyable when a possible stronger or more flavorful cigar would rather be smoked.
Length/Ring: 6 1/2 x 58
Wrapper: Colorado Maduro
My rating: 2.0 Stars
Today I walked into my local cigar shop looking to make another fine cigar purchase. In the past I had walked past the Don Lino Africa each time the very beautiful glossy box caught my eye. Today it caught my eye enough, and I bought one of the Kiboko’s. At first glance it was nice and oily, and shined in the light of the store. Unfortunately that was the best part of this cigar for me .
With the initial light up there was a very short woodsy, creamy aroma that went away after a minute or two. An enjoyable couple minutes of a medium leathery taste was the only enjoyable taste this cigar left in my mouth. Two thirds into smoking this cigar (15-20 mins) all hints of any flavors were lost for me. After smoking it down to halfway with no flavor a very strong bitter tangy flavor appeared. But I decided to press on and ride it out. Minutes later a very strong acidic flavor appeared, and never went away. It was so strong that I had to put it down, and stop smoking it.
As a guy who enjoys full bodied cigars I was very disappointed with this cigar. After the initial 20 minutes of creamyness left this cigar was very bland and tasteless. The strong acid flavor was a taste that I had never tasted before but it was bad enough that I would have a very hard time buying this cigar again.
Length/Ring: 6 X 52
Wrapper: Broadlfeaf Ligero
My Rating: 4.50 Stars
This is one cigar that has been a long time coming. Drew Estate, the maker of such brands as Acid and Natural wanted to express his “real” cigar blending skills and crafted this beauty. I have had the privilege of being a tester for Steve Saka of Drew Estate who sent me 2 of these sticks.
On first glance you can tell the tobacco used was top notch. The cigar has a dark oily sheen and no visable large veins in the wrapper. Rolling it between my fingers i could not find any under filled spots that may cause an uneven burn. The foot smelled of fresh tobacco and slight coffee. I cut the cigar with my trusty Xikar Xi and we were ready to roll. My Xikar Element lighter was blazing as i put foot to flame to get a little toasting. The aromas were great, nuts and earth.
The first few puffs were smooth and full of white smoke. The first third i didn’t have any complaints but i wasn’t getting to many flavors out of it. The second third i started getting some nutty notes, with a coffee back end. The cigar was smooth all the way through. The last third was of toffee and coffee, what an enjoyable smoke this is. I would definitely recommend this cigar to any smoker, it is never overpowering and produces smooth white smoke.
Length/Ring: 4 1/2 x 50
My Rating: 4.75 Stars
I was lucky enough to be chosen by Christian Eiroa and crew to sample the brand new wonder that is the 10th Anniversary Camacho Corojo. I was excited when i saw the box sitting on the counter when i got home, the wife with her usual stare of “What did you buy this time?” I had to explain to her my status in the cigar community and how my taste buds were to about to be exploded upon by the wonder that is the 10th anniversary. She said blah blah, yeah whatever… So i guess she understands. Anyway to the cigar.
It was a sunny day here in Dallas, Tx. A very nice Sunday at about 60 degrees, perfect for kicking back on the deck and firing up this corojo beauty. The wrapper was dark and chocolaty looking. I noticed little gold crystals throughout the wrapper. The smell was of fresh tobacco and nuts. I clipped the end with my Xikar Xi and it was clean. The first inital puffs were fantastic with strong tobacco, nuts, and a bit of cream, I knew i was in for a wonderful treat. As i continued to smoke the cigar it was full of thick white smoke which i really enjoyed. The first and second 3rd were pretty consistant with nuts and cream. The last 3rd was the best, i started picking up a black licorice flavor that was unbelievable. I didn’t want this cigar to end but sadly i had to part ways with the little nub.
I would recommend this cigar to those who like full bodied, full flavored smokes. These arent scheduled for release until March 28th, so call your B&M’s and get those pre-orders in!
Length/Ring: 4.88 x 50
M.S.R.P: $7.50/Stick OverSeas
My Rating: 4 Stars
I haven’t smoked too many cuban cigars being that they are the “forbidden fruit” and all. This is one cigar that i am glad that i tried. It had a great razor even burn and produced thick clouds of smoke. The initial flavors were of leather and pepper. Just a hint of spice was noticeable, which was ok even though i like more spice than that. The cigar did draw kinda tight at first but loosened up upon smoking. The wrapper did feel a little bit frail and the foot was slightly cracked before i lit it.
I would say the last 3rd of this cigar was the best as the flavors really came out and danced on my palate, i felt an explosion of pepper and meaty notes. The cigar went well after a nice hearty meal.
I would recommend this cigar to anyone that likes a good flavored medium smoke that is an affordable Habano.
Length/Ring: 6 x 52
My Rating: 3.75 Stars
I know i haven’t posted a cigar review in awhile but you can blame that on all the work i have doing on the Shop. The shop is now fully functional and carries a great selection of humidors, cutters, hygros, etc.
A few months back i had reviewed the RP Edge Maduro but since the Corojo and Maduro have such different flavor profiles i figured I would write a review for the Corojo as well. This cigar is blended with all ligero long fillers for a more robust and stronger flavor. I just don’t think the Edge is very strong even though they are classified as such. The appearence of this cigar is nice, the wrapper has a nice oily sheen with very little veins protruding.
The light up has great flavors of ceadar and leather. Overall the cigar is pretty good, the Edge are my favorite smokes for RP besides the Old World Reserve. I would recommend this stick to anyone with medium to full tastes.
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Length/Ring: 7 x 54
Wrapper: Dark Sun Grown
My Rating: 3.75 Stars
This is a big cigar and I had no idea what to expect from it. This cigar is in the family of tobacco’s blended by Felipe Gregorio. I had heard about this blender but never tried any of his stuff until now.
First off, this is not an expensive cigar. It can be had on cbid for around $2-$3 per stick. So at that price it was worth a go. Initial look over was very promising, this is a very large torpedo and it had hues of reddish and almost blue coloring on the sun grown wrapper. The cigar smelled great as well, construction seemed to be good with very little veins present on the wrapper.
When i toasted the foot there were hints of cedar and leather. The cigar created mass clouds of white smoke and good flavor. I could taste more leather, some nutmeg, and coffee notes. The burn started acting up a touch so i had to do some corrections but all in all it was a good cigar for the money.
Length/Ring: 6 x 50
Wrapper: Dark Natural
My Rating: 4 Stars
This is a great cigar made by Ashton. The dark, oily, Cuban-seed Honduran wrapper that holds in a full-flavored blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers are really pleasing to the palate. Upon the first glance of this cigar the band is beautiful and makes it look like Ashton pulled out all the stops. While this is not a VSG it smokes really well and has a great aroma. I tasted flavors of nuts with a slight butter backend. The cigar is much better as it hits the middle and the oils really come alive with flavor. I liked this cigar and would recommend it to anyone who likes the Ashton line without the Ashton price.
Length/Ring: 5 x 50
My Rating: 4.75 Stars
Today we have the Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro Robusto for review. The cigar looks good and has a nice dark sheen maduro wrapper, it seems to be oozing with oils as well. There are a couple of big veins sticking out on the wrapper though, i was really hoping they didn’t interfere with the burn. The pre light was nice and of toasty earth. I have smoked a few of these before but forgot what i was in store for.
This cigar took about the first 1/3 to settle in. The smoke was full but kinda flavorless at first, then it happened; the flavors exploded on my palate. I had earth and leather, even meaty peppery notes. To me this cigar tasted almost like a Tatuaje, it was amazing. I nubbed this cigar for sure as i couldn’t get enough of it. I was even sitting outside on my porch freezing and i couldn’t put it down to go inside. This is one of those cigars that grabs you and tells you to smoke more of them.