Archive for January, 2011

San Cristobal

Posted in Cigar Reviews on January 17, 2011 by MIKE

I’m reviewing for you today the Ashton San Cristobal made by Jose Pepin Garcia. This cigar is handcrafted in Nicaragua with Nicaraguan tobaccos and wrapper. This cigar is the new size called the Papagayo. See what I thought of the San Cristobal.

Size-5.75×55

Shape-Papagayo

Wrapper-Nicaraguan

Tobaccos-Nicaraguan

Price-$7.00

Pre light-Perfect construction this cigar is nicely packed with no blemishes or soft spots. A nice smell of sweet tobacco coming off the wrapper and a spicy pepper on the foot which is expected of a cigar by Pepin. The cold draw is very snug and I’m picking up a mild spicy note.

1st Third- Picking up a nice leather note right off the bat along with a pepper note. The pepper isn’t bam in your face its more of a mild white pepper. On the retrohale I’m getting a really nice espresso note which is enjoyable. Draw has opened up and producing a good amount of smoke. Burn is perfect and ash is holding on about 3/4 inch.

Midway- I have to say this cigar so far is very one-dimensional I’m still getting the mild pepper with the leather and that espresso thru the nasal. Nothing has changed so far and I’m hoping to pick up some different flavors in the final third. Burn is still good and draw is going great.

Final Third- Well no changes into the final third for me still peppery with leather and espresso notes. The draw was great and ash held on awesome my one complaint is the band was over glued and it lifted the wrapper as you should be able to see in photo below.

Conclusion- This cigar is not complex, its a straight forward cigar that I personally wished had a little more flavor notes. Over all I enjoyed it and would buy again. If you haven’t tried it please go out and pick up I promise you wont be disappointed but don’t expect a lot of flavor notes.Remember Enjoy Your Smokes.

Opus X Lost City (Dual Review)

Posted in Video Reviews on January 14, 2011 by MIKE

Today I was lucky to have my friend Daryl join me once again and also donate the Opus X Lost City. The Opus X Lost City is a Dominican Puro that was produced by the Fuente family as a token to Andy Garcia the actor who was filming the moving at their farm, hence The Lost City. Check out the video and see what we thought.

 

 

 

La Sirena

Posted in Cigar Reviews on January 10, 2011 by MIKE

Today I have for you a cigar that is new to me and the industry that came out in the fall of 2010. It’s the La Sirena cigar a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper with a Nicaraguan Criollo 99 binder and a filler of Nicaraguan Corojo 99 Viso, Nicaraguan Criollo 98 Ligero.

I was gifted this by Miami Cigars to review and of course how can you not they are really nice people but as always I give my honest review. So how did the La Sirena stack up look below and find out.

Size-5×50

Shape-The Prince

Wrapper-Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro

Filler-Nic. Corojo 99 Viso, Nic. Criollo 98 Ligero

Binder-Nicaraguan Criollo 99

Price-$8-10

Gifted-Miami Cigars

Pre Light- This cigar has a band that takes over the entire cigar from foot to cap. It’s a very elegant band and nice but for my liking to much on such a small cigar. The cigar is packed solid with zero blemishes just a really nice chocolate looking wrapper. Smell from wrapper is a barnyard  with a hint of sweet tobacco and a rich molasses smell on the foot. Cold draw is a bit snug but will have to see how it affects the cigar when lit.

1st Third- Nice rich tobacco notes hit you right from the start with a mild cocoa note on the retrohale. I’m picking up a hint of leather in the background after the smoke leaves your mouth. The burn is perfect and ash is light gray that holds on for 3/4 of an inch. This cigar starts off at a nice medium body cigar.

Midway- Cigar is going really nice getting notes of leather and that cocoa still with a spice through the nasal. That rich tobacco taste has left but you pick up more of the spice and the strength picks up to a full. Burn still perfect but the ash has started to get very flaky not holding at all.

Final Third and Conclusion- Things haven’t changed here in the final still getting that spice and cocoa along with the leather, body and strength remain in the full but not the kick your butt full. Burn still great and ash hasn’t gotten any better very flaky. I admit overall a good cigar and the price point isn’t bad but I haven’t seen the N.Y. price yet, I plan on looking into that today. I would smoke this cigar again and will keep in my humidor. Go out and give the La Sirena line a try to remember Enjoy Your Smokes.

 

 

Alec Bradley New York

Posted in Video Reviews on January 7, 2011 by MIKE

Congrats to the winner of the 3 pack giveaway of the Alec Bradley New York. The lucky winner was picked once again by my girlfriends daughter and that person is JohnG. Please email me your address and I’ll get the 3 pack out to you. Thanks to all who commented.

 

First thing I want to mention is I had a problem producing video with green screen so I scrapped it, I don’t want to put a crappy video up for you to view. Ok with that out-of-the-way today I review another N.Y. exclusive its the Alec Bradley New York. It has a Criollo 98 wrapper and binder with a filler from Honduras and Nicaragua. Take a look below and see what I thought, also I want to say thanks to Avery for lending a hand with my sign off. Also I’m going to give away a 3 pack to anyone outside of N.Y. just by leaving a comment, my reason for out of state is you can only buy in N.Y so please those of you in N.Y that follow this site please dont be mad.

 

La Aurora Broadway Series (NY Exclusive)

Posted in Cigar Reviews on January 3, 2011 by MIKE

I’m reviewing today a cigar I was Gifted by Miami Cigars who have been very gracious to this site over the past year. Today its the La Aurora Broadway Series. This cigar has a dual wrapper of Ecuadorian Sumatra and Nicaraguan Habano. The filler is a variety of Dominican Republic,Nicaraguan and Peru. The binder has Dominican and Corojo. My La Aurora Broadway Series is a N.Y. exclusive and will only be found in N.Y. B&M. See below what I thought of this cigar. I want to thank everyone at Miami Cigars and La Aurora for the kindness and respect to me.

Size-5 3/4×54

Shape- Sumo Toro

Wrapper-Ecudorian Sumatra/Nicaraguan Habano

Binder-Dominican Corojo

Filler-DR,Nicaraguan,Peru

Gifted-Miami Cigars

Price-$12.25

Pre Light-This cigar has a really nice tan shiny wrapper to it. There are a few medium size veins that run from foot to the top of cap that are very noticeable. The sheen from wrapper is oily and almost crystal like. Smell from wrapper is tobacco and the foot gives off a spicy component. Cold draw is perfect just a tad snug. Notes of that tobacco are very noticeable as well as the spice.

1st Third- Right off the bat you are hit with an earthy note that only last for the first 1/2 inch of this cigar. When you get past this point the cigar comes to life with a nice mild pepper note on the retrohale and hints of spice and wood coats the palate. The ash really holds on good for about 1 inch before falling off just a really nice white ash.

Midway- This cigar is going great my only complaint would be that the vein that runs from foot to cap is very noticable in your mouth but it doesn’t effect the cigar at all. Notes of that mild white pepper remains through the nose and the wood is a nice cedar. The spice I can’t put my finger on it but it’s not a powerful spicy note. Every now and then I’m picking up a nice nutty note in the background more like a toasted nut. Burn continues to be perfect and the ash is strong. Lots of fresh smoke that leaves the air and your palate clean.

Final Third- I have to admit I’m digging this cigar the notes are very consistent from start to finish not really complex but there are good flavors. The cigar to me is a high medium body and strength. I’m still getting the mild pepper through the nose and the spice is kinda like a combination of a cinnamon and nutmeg spice. The cedar and the nut notes remain but are not as noticeable as the first half. The burn needed no attention from start to finish just perfect.

Conclusion- What more can I say I am thankful to have received this cigar for reviewing and I will be sure to buy some of these and keep in my humidor I really enjoyed this smoke. If you get the chance and are in N.Y. stop by your local B&M and pick some up you wont be disappointed.  Hope you enjoyed the review and as always Enjoy Your Smokes.

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