Archive for May, 2012

RAMON BUESO PROJECT

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 18, 2012 by smokinjoe65

Country: Honduras
Wrapper origin: Honduras
Wrapper type: Habano Connecticut Maduro
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua and Honduras
Length: 6”
Ring: 52
Cost: 5.50 per

PRELIGHT: At Cigarfest 2012 there were quite a few people wearing a yellow sticker that asked “Who is Ramon Bueso?” with a date on them of 07.05.12. this caught my  attention. I was able to get hold of two of these for testing. This toro sized vitola was wrapped in an absolutely wonderful Maduro wrapper.Here is the web site for further reading. http://www.whoisramonbueso.com/ . notes of barnyard and peat were strong on the foot. The exterior felt smooth and very well packed. Testing various parts of the cigar yielded no areas of concern at all. The foot had some nice ligero showing.

THE FIRST HALF: This one ignited well and the wrapper produced a good flame that stayed lit for several seconds from the oils. The toro produced strong flavors of spice with notes of  espresso and cocoa. the draw was  slightly tight but after a few moments this opened up nicely.by the half way point I was getting that “nica tingle” on my toungue.

THE SECOND HALF: the second half of this toro began to exude strong notes of spice and a sweet maduro taste began to take the forefront to the espresso flavors. Of note along the length of this smoke was the burn on the wrapper. it began to outpace the filler several times and this can pose a problem. The burn corrected itself after some torch touch up and did not greatly affect the draw.I enjoyed this one. it reminded me of the classic maduro smokes of the early ninties and I will keep my eye out for them at my B&M.

THE FINISH: This toro is well priced and I enjoyed the plumes of smoke this cigar produced. the only down side is the wrapper’s thickness and burn rate as compared to the filler. A good thick, oily maduro wrapper is a smokers dream. However as a producer its a real trick to get the filler and binder and wrapper to burn at a decent rate together. Over all you should kick the tires on this one if you like a classic maduro. ALL THE BEST-SMOKINJOE

Intemperance BA

Posted in Video Reviews on May 16, 2012 by MIKE

Today I am reviewing the latest cigar by Romacraft aka Skip Martin and Mike Rosales. This cigar is the follow-up to the Cromagnon cigar. It has a Brazil Arapirca wrapper. These cigars can be purchased at http://www.havacigarshop.com

So let’s get this show on the road and see my thoughts on the Intemperance BA.

Mobile device users click here:http://blip.tv/file/get/Mikesstogies-IntemperanceBA721.m4v

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition Connecticut

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 14, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Pelo de Oro

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Toro 6 ½ x 52

Pre Light

Last week the maduro and this week the Connecticut shade. This smoke’s wrapper has a slight oil sheen across it and has very thin veins. The cigar is well packed from head to foot and has that sweet barnyard aroma on it. After snipping the triple cap and taking a draw it seems it is a little snug but not enough to be unpleasant. I’m getting a pepper flavor off the cold draw but it’s not like that was unexpected.

1st Third

After the initial Pepin pepper blast I get a cedar flavor with a sweet undertone. The tight draw hasn’t played a role in the cigar as yet. The burn has been pretty even and has been burning slow. The ash holds on for well over an inch and has to be knocked off.

2nd Third

Reaching past the halfway mark on this cigar I am starting to get a sweet honey taste almost like honey roasted nuts. The wood is still on my palette and the burn still hasn’t been a problem.

Final Third

The final couple inches of this Connecticut version of this cigar were quite flavorful. The honey, the nuts, the wood and now with the pepper kicking back up along with a rich earthiness peeking its head in once in a while. No construction issues even though the cigar did start splitting round the head somewhere around the halfway point.

Overall

I think I might have enjoyed this one a little more than I did the maduro. There were a lot of flavors and they all blended together very well. There were some construction issues but none of them played a role in the smoking of the cigar. I am going to have to pick up some more of these along with the maduros.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

CRY HAVOC!! (ROMMEO Y JULIETA THAT IS……)

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 11, 2012 by smokinjoe65

Strength:Medium

Size:6 x 60

Country of Origin:Honduras

Wrapper Leaf Type:Habano

PRELIGHT: This boutique blend from Romeo y Julieta is a departure from their regular lines.All the sizes in this blend are large ring gauge vitolas and full flavor/full bodie. I contacted Altadis as they have absolutely no information on their site.Given that this is a new roll out and “big” for them its surprising…well maybe not. I visited several on-line cigar sellers to se what I could glean from them for this review.The wrapper is a vein free, smooth and  creamy/ tan in color. It appeared well packed and firm.

FIRST THIRD: I decided to use a punch on this girthy stick and the triple cap was evident. Ignition was easy and the draw was smooth and crisp. I was greeted with a smoked almond flavor that was dominated by strong notes of red pepper.This is not your typical Romeo y Julieta cigar!

SECOND THIRD: I began to notice that the ash was thick grey/white with bands of black. The burn was slightly wobbly but self correcting.The The smoked almond flavor was still evident.the red pepper had settled slightly but was still prickling my tongue. I was pleasantly being surprised by this smoke. Towards the end of this third  I needed to touch up this smoke with my torch.The draw remained smooth and the smoke voluminous.

LAST THIRD:The flavor profile remained the same throughout the last third with the red pepper ramping up a bit. the bodie through out remained a medium.the flavor was definitely into the full range but just so. I needed to touch up this stick one more time during my finish and the burn was even for the most part.

THE FINISH: Over all this was a “dry smoke” for me. Something I expierance from time to time with cigars. Any one who has read my reviews knows I’m not a big fan of this size,but I have to say I really enjoyed this take on it from Romeo y Julieta. It’s worth taking it for a spin and kicking the tires. They did a nice job on this. ALL THE BEST-SMOKINJOE

Zino Embassy Selection Limited Edition 2011

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 9, 2012 by youngbuckbotl
Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Special Sun Grown 702
Binder: Dominican Criollo
Filler: Criollo, San Vicente and Piloto Dominican Ligero
Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5 inches
Ring Gage: 52
I have had this cigar for a few months now and it’s just amazing what a little time does to a cigar. With time this cigar actually changed a lot. It went from an extremely oily, chocolate dominate cigar with a little spice, to a cigar that had little chocolate and a lot of spice. It was also an extremely dry smoke, almost like a 100 Anos La Aurora.
1st half- Now the first half of this cigar I got a pretty large amount of spice straight off the bat. This stayed predominate throughout the cigar and didn’t go away at all. About an inch into the cigar I got a slight hint of citrus which was an odd paring I felt but it actually went well with all the spice.
2nd half- Now the second half the spice stayed the same. I think I would have enjoyed this cigar more if I had been drinking coffee because the spice along with the coffee would just have been great. But aside from the spice I got a very pleasant sweetness again along with a very creamy rich smoke.
All and all I did like this cigar, I am not a big fan of the Z series but this was a very good cigar. For $10 I would buy it again. The wrapper and construction was very good and I didn’t have any complaints with this one. keep ‘em smoking god bless and see you all in two weeks.
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