Archive for March, 2011


Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 28, 2011 by MIKE

Today I’m reviewing for you the CroMagnon Cranium a 6×54 Gran Toro. This cigar is a collaboration between Skip Martin of Hava Cigar and Michael Rosales of Adrian’s Premium Costa Rican Cigars. Let’s take a closer look and see what I think of the CroMagnon Cranium.


Shape-Gran Toro

Wrapper-Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro

Filler-3 Nicaraguan varietals



Pre Light-Construction is beautiful on this smoke very minimal veins with a really dark and rich oily wrapper. The one thing that I noticed right when I received these is how dark the wrapper was. The oils from the wrapper give it a great sheen. The triple cap had one small blemish looked like when the cap was being put on it was pulled to tight but doesn’t appear that it will affect the cigar. There are no soft spots or blemishes and its packed very nicely. Smell from the wrapper is a nice spicy note and on the foot lots of pepper. Cold draw is snug with notes of spice and pepper.

1st Third-Right off the bat you are met with a blast of black and red pepper. On the retrohale you get lots of pepper as well and I have to admit I tried to retrohale everything on the  first puff and I don’t recommend this, as this is a strong cigar. In the back ground I’m picking up a nice chocolate note with a little hint of leather. The cigar is burning good a very slow burner and ash is holding over an inch.

Midway-Not much has changed here in the midway point. I’m still getting the pepper mix and the spice like I said especially thru the nose.The leather remains in the background. The only real change and it happens after 1 1/2 inches into cigar it goes from medium to full fast. I even mentioned to Skip saying this isn’t for the faint of heart. Ash does get a little flaky now and then and burn needs attention. I think because of the dark oily wrapper is the reason for the burn attention but it’s not something that’s a pain to watch.

Final Third-Ok into the final third and the strength and flavors are full, not a kick your butt full but you will know you are smoking something. Taste is really nice with notes of spice and leather. The pepper has left and I’m getting more hints of chocolate and coffee. The burn still need’s attention and ash remains flaky. This cigar produces lot’s of dense and refreshing smoke.

Conclusion- I’m a fan of this cigar and price point is great,lot’s of flavors and complexity that I look for in a cigar. The note’s start off the minute you light it and gives you pleasure til the end. I will say I don’t think a beginner should even think of this smoke, but hey that’s just my opinion. I think Skip and  Mike have a winner here and this will be in my humidor for sure. Go out and get your hands on this cigar. Enjoy your Smokes.

Ave Maria

Posted in Video Reviews on March 25, 2011 by MIKE

Daryl and I smoke the Ave Maria by A.J. Fernadez another C.I/ exclusive smoke. The Ave Maria has a Ecuadorian grown Habano wrapper with Nicaraguan long leave. Take a look and see what we think of this smoke. We smoked the Barbarossa which is 7×48.

Ramon Allones – Specially Selected

Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 23, 2011 by Gus


Size: 124 x 50 Handmade: Yes
Shape: Robusto Strength: Medium+
Origin: Cuba Price: $21.75 CAD
Packaging: CB2, SLB50 Source: Self purchased




With just a few vitolas in the portfolio and without the glamour that this company deserves, Ramon Allones is one of the oldest makers in the history of Cuban cigars. It was founded in 1845 by Ramon Allones with the help of his brother Antonio. Rumors want them to be the first to put rings in cigars and also the first to pack them in an 8-9-8 formation for storage. The cigar up for review is the “Specially Selected”, that is also known as “RASS”.

This robusto is slightly box-pressed and nicely rolled, packed generously with tobacco and with no soft spots or any other visible issues. The dark wrapper looks perfect as well and has a nice velvety feeling to it with minimal veins. The red and gold ring without saying that is ugly is undeniably very common. The aroma is very light and I can hardly get anything from the foot just sweet tobacco.

I make a straight cut; the cold draw couldn’t be more perfect. The flavor that hits my palate first is very fade but has sweetness to it like honey.

The smoke that was coming from the foot while I was toasting it, was different – more distinct I could say, than other cigars I had so far. I take a nice deep drag and I get the wow factor, incredible flavors of coffee and cedar that are very balanced, and a little pepper in the background. Only better things get going towards the midpoint of this RASS. Creamy, with rich mocha flavors and a hint of cinnamon, this stogie leaves an aftertaste in my mouth similar to the one that a cappuccino leaves. The final act will close the same with the only difference that the cigar became fuller in body.

I didn’t even bother once to reach for my lighter in these 60 minutes that the RASS lasted, and during this time, it was producing clouds of white – thick smoke and solid ashes that were holding over an inch every time.

The price is really high, especially for a robusto size cigar, but hey, I’m not traveling often to a country that I can get Cuban cigars and actually smoking one that is so enjoyable… I guess it’s worth it.

The Ramon Allones – Specially Selected is a cigar that I highly recommend and suggest for you to try if you ever get that opportunity It’s a cigar that pretty much has it all, good construction, perfect burn and interesting flavors that will satisfy every aficionado.


Monte Pascoal

Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 21, 2011 by MIKE

I’m smoking today a cigar I was gifted by Wesley Gensel of  Tobacos Mata Fina USA. This cigar is composed of Mata Fina binder and wrapper with a filler of Mata Fina and Mata Norte. These cigars are produced according to centuries old traditions and blended of rigorously selected Brazilian Mata Fina and Mata Norta tobaccos.

Take a look and see what my thoughts were on the Monte Pascoal.

Size-4 7/8×50


Wrapper-Mata Fina

Binder-Mata Fina

Filler-Mata Fina & Mata Norte



Cut-Xikar V-Cut

Pre Light- Construction of the Monte Pascoal is flawless, with a dark looking wrapper that reminds me of a chocolate bar. There are very few minimal veins and no blemishes or soft spots detected. Smell from the wrapper is a sweet tobacco and on the foot I’m picking up molasses. Cold draw is perfect just a tad snug. Right away on the  cold draw I’m picking up licorice.

1St Third- The Monte Pascoal is burning great, very clean and crisp burn line. The cigar is producing lot’s of clean smoke that s light and airy. The ash is strong and a nice white ash. I’m getting notes of sweetness in the foreground with an earthy undertone. On the retrohale there’s a slight hint of the licorice. So far it’s a nice low medium stick.

Midway- Cigar continues to burn perfect no complaints here. Still a medium body cigar. Ash holds on well over an inch. I’m still picking up that sweet note but a nice chocolate note has made its way into the mix. The licorice has left and I’m getting sweetness thru the nose. The earthy note is the dominate note now.

Final Third- This cigar is ending exacttly like the midway point. Earth note is very dominate with hints of chocolate and sweetness both on tongue and retrohale. Burn is awesome couldn’t ask for a better burning cigar. Ash is very nice white and gray ash holds on strong. Smoke is fresh and clean.This to me is a good medium body stick.

Conclusion- My Monte Pascoal is a really enjoyable medium body cigar. It isnt complex but offers nice earthy,sweetness,chocolate and some licorice notes. A great burning cigar and for the price point it’s worth it. So go out and give this smoke a try to and remember Enjoy your Smokes.

God of Fire by Don Carlos 2006

Posted in Video Reviews on March 18, 2011 by MIKE

I was gifted this cigar by my friend Rob to try and review. This is the first time I’ve smoke this God of Fire 2006 but I have had others. The God of Fire 2006 has a Ecuador wrapper with both filler and binder from Dominican Republic. Let’s see what I think of this slightly expensive smoke.


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