Archive for August, 2011

A. Fuente King B

Posted in Video Reviews on August 19, 2011 by MIKE

Well it’s been sometime since I smoked the A. Fuente King B so, let’s dive right in. The A. Fuente King B Has a Ecudorian Sungrown Rosado wrapper with Dominican filler and binder. This size cigar was named after a favorite meeting spot in Tampa of his grandfather, Arturo Fuente. Well enough of the facts let’s see what I think of the A. Fuente King B.

San Cristobal – El Principe

Posted in Cigar Reviews with tags , , , on August 17, 2011 by Gus

Size: 4 1/8 x 42
Shape: Minuto
Origin: Cuba
Packaging: SLB25
Handmade: Yes
Strength: Medium
Price: $8
Source: Self Purchased

San Cristobal is one of “the last of the Mohicans” in the Cuban cigar industry. The company was founded in 1996 and was named after the Cuban city. Although San Cristobal has only 6-7 different lines, it certainly is one of the very well selling brands of Habanos. The El Principe is the smallest stick of its portfolio, let’s go ahead and see what this little guy has to show…

The light brown wrapper has a velvety texture and a few tinny veins all along. The gold and brown band, might look simple but is actually colorful and fully decorated compare to other Cuban ones.

This minuto is surprisingly well constructed – no soft spots or bumps are detected. The wrapper has a nice floral aroma, same from the foot but with a touch of spice. I punch it… the draw is a little tight but gives me a pleasant sweetness.

The smell of the smoke that is coming while I’m lighting it up, is vey Cuban-like and smells really nice. The first puffs, gift me with a blast of bitter-sweet cocoa and espresso with a spicy finish. Towards the mid-point the El Principe, becomes even sweeter with a nutty aftertaste. The last third is probably my favorite part with a cinnamon flavor to dominate and make you burn your fingers before you finally put the cigar down.

The San Cristobal lasted 30 minutes tops, the burn wasn’t bad although it was wavy. I did one or two touch ups that they might were never even necessary. The whole time it was producing a lot of smoke and a dark grey ash that was lasting a little less than an inch each time.

The price might be a little high for this size but I guess it only really bothers me when the cigar is finished and I wanna light up a second one since the first one wasn’t enough. Then… $16 might be to0 much.

I’ll be honest with you; I’m impressed with how well balanced this little stick is and the flavors it extracts. It’s also very suitable to those freezing cold Chicago winter days that you can only smoke for 20-25 minutes outside. Definitely try it if you can find it, I’m sure you’ll like it.

Gus

Tatuaje Fausto

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 15, 2011 by Griff

Wrapper: Ecuadorian

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 5.5 x 52

Strength: Full

Pre Light

Today’s review is of a cigar newly released at this year’s IPCPR.  The cigar today is the FT140 size and has a nice dark maduro wrapper that smells of sweet spice. The wrapper is nice and smooth with no major veins. The band is in the classic Cuban style not big a gaudy but small and to the point. The traditional triple cap is easily removed and I get a nice spice of the cold draw.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about this cigar from the coverage from IPCPR and I couldn’t wait and bought a box as soon as I could so let’s hope it was worth it.

1st Third

Lighting this cigar up I am immediately met with the strength that I’ve read in other reviews and I’m glad I ate before lighting this one up. The pepper that Tatuaje is famous for is of course there to smack you in the face. The pepper is with a slight sweet coffee flavor along with some woody notes.

2nd Third

The pepper has died at the half way point of the cigar but the woody flavors are still there. There is plenty of creamy white smoke coming off this cigar and the burn has needed a few touch ups. The ash has held on pretty strong. The strength hasn’t been as bad as I originally thought it was gonna be but we’re only half way there.

Final Third

As I wrap up the final third I was met with a rich coffee flavor to go along with the wood and sweet flavors. The pepper kicked back up here in at the end of the cigar. The band came off without a problem.

Overall

I survived the Fausto! While this is a very strong cigar it was as strong as I thought it was going to be. The flavors were rich and delicious. Although the burn needed a few touch ups it wasn’t anything that would drive you crazy. I’m glad I bought a box of these and look forward to smoking many more.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

PDR 1878 Capa Oscura

Posted in Video Reviews on August 12, 2011 by MIKE

So today I am trying the PDR 1878 Capa Oscura. This cigar has a beautiful Dominican Habano Oscuro wrapper with Dominican Habano binder and a filler of Dominican (Corojo,Habano and Crillio 98). The PDR 1878 Capa Oscura is a medium smoke that is perfectly constructed and priced right. Let’s see what I think of this smoke.

Sorry it appears that at the 6:52 mark my audio is gone and I wont be able to fix it since my computer with the video is down. Again I apoligize to you all.

Arturo Fuente

Posted in Video Reviews on August 10, 2011 by youngbuckbotl

Today I do a review of the Arturo Fuente. This was gifted to me buy Rich from East Coast Cigar Co. It is a prefecto, 4.5 by 55. Little small but hey little doesn’t always mean bad, does it?!

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