Archive for June, 2011

Trinidad Cuban

Posted in Video Reviews on June 17, 2011 by MIKE

Today I get to give you a first impressions of the Trinidad Cuban. I was gifted this cigar by a viewer of my site Bigmike. I dont have much info on this cigar except its a 6 1/8×50 robusto extra. Of course it’s produced in Habana, Cuba. Well let’s see my thought’s on the Trinidad Cuban and if it matches up to the cigars today being produced in other countries.

La Aurora Para Japon

Posted in Cigar Reviews on June 13, 2011 by Griff

Size: Robusto (5×50)

Wrapper:  Nicaragua

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Brazil, Dominican Republic, Cameroon

Strength: Med/Full

Pre Light

The Para Japon is a pretty nice looking stick. It has a medium brown wrapper with no major veins, a nicely applied triple cap and the cold aroma off the wrapper is off a sweet barnyard. The squeeze test shows no soft or hard spot throughout the cigar. The cold draw has a sweet earthy flavor. Without any further ado let’s light this one up “for Japan”

1st Third

In the first quarter inch of the cigar you are hit with lots of nutty flavors and a lot of thick creamy smoke. After the first half an inch you start to taste a sweet coffee flavor with earthy notes in the background. The ash in this third holds on very nicely and is a dark grey in color. The burn is very even and is burning quite cool.

2nd Third

As we come into the second third the ash is getting a little flakey but isn’t very messy. The nut and coffee flavors are still there with a nice cinnamon finish coating your palette. The burn has been very even throughout.

Final Third

As we finish up this cigar it comes only too quickly. The flavors stayed the same throughout the final third. The nut and coffee flavors blended very well together with the cinnamon just setting the cigar off. The flavors were delicious and I didn’t want the experience to end. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting much from this cigar thinking it was going to be something just thrown together in a rush but was pleasantly proven wrong. If put up the money for these cigars not only are you supporting a good cause but you are getting your money’s worth.

Keep em burnin’


Punch 10th Anniversary Rare Corojo

Posted in Video Reviews on June 10, 2011 by MIKE

I’m joined today by Daryl to review the Punch 10th Anniversary Rare Corojo. I picked up these smokes at Corona Cigar Company on my vacation in Florida. So without further a do let’s get this thing started and see what we think of the Punch 10th Anniversary Rare Corojo.

El Perrito

Posted in Cigar Reviews on June 8, 2011 by Gus

Size: 5 ½ x 38

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican

Made in: Dominican Republic

Strength: Medium+

Price: $2.50

Source: Gifted by General Cigars Co.

First of all I would like to thank General Cigars Co. for giving me the chance to try this new “little guy”. The story about couple supervisors of the factory coming up with the idea of a small powerhouse, packed w/ flavor cigar, is pretty much well known and I will skip on the details. So let’s concentrate in the cigar itself.

The El Perrito is definanately not a cigar that would win a beauty contest. It’s just four leaves rolled together completely by hand and without being put in a mold. If I’m not mistaken this is the old traditional Cuban way of tasting different blends. Therefore it is not a cigar that can be judged for its appearance and construction.

Although they come precut I snapped a little more off the head. The cold draw is perfect with a nice sweet and spicy flavor. Only one match later, the stick is good to go. It starts medium with a peppery zing and a tasty nutmeg flavor. The more I smoke the more I get in to it. Towards the mid-point it picks up a little more in strength and the flavors extract even more. There is a combination of spices that although they’re very reach at the same time are really hard to pin-point. I easily detect hints of toasted cedar that alternate with some leather notes. At the final third the cigar becomes strong with a sweet cinnamon taste that is mouthwatering.

The burn wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t great either. A few self-corrected problems that honestly were nothing to worry about. It lasted about 35-40 minutes, the smoke was rich and the ash was holding maybe a little longer than ½ inch each time.

The price for this stogie is only $2.50 which IMO it makes it a winner on its class.

To put it in just a few words, the El Perrito, is not the stogie for those who are choosing a cigar depending on what it looks like. But for the rest who don’t care about the looks and instead want a low maintenance, affordable and flavorful smoke is the way to go. Get some next time you’ll find yourselves around them I’m sure you will not regret it.


E.P. Carrillo New Wave

Posted in Cigar Reviews on June 6, 2011 by Griff

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua

Wrapper: Ecuador

Vitola: Divinos (6 x 52)

Body: Mild to Medium

Pre Light

The cigar I will be coming from Ernesto Perez Carrillo who has been on a roll since launching his own brand after leaving La Gloria Cubana years ago. This Connecticut wrapped cigar is very fragile with a thin and sensitive wrapper. The veins on the wrapper are minimal and have an even color throughout. The aroma and the wrapper is of a very strong barnyard smell. The triple cap has been nicely applied and is very easily removed. The draw is very free with flavors of nuts and hints of wood on the cold draw.

1st Third

The initial draws give off a little spice with notes of nuts and cream. The smoke is very creamy and thick. Grey ash seems to hold onto this cigar like it doesn’t want to let go. The burn is very even and is nice and cool. As you reach the end of the first third you start to pick up notes of coffee.

2nd Third

The burn has been perfect on each one of these I have smoked and is doing the same with this cigar. The ash is still holding on and I have to push it against the side of the ashtray to get it off. The flavors have remained the same with the nuts and coffee with a creamy aftertaste on you palette.

Final Third

This cigar is not very complex in the least bit but the flavors are very good. The flavors have the stayed the same throughout the cigar. The construction on each one has been perfect and never got bitter or harsh at the end. It was very different than most of the Connecticut wrapped cigars out on the market these days and are definitely worth picking up.


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