Archive for June, 2012

Torano Loyal Churchill

Posted in Cigar Reviews on June 29, 2012 by theladyofthestick

Ever since its release at IPCPR last year, I have really enjoyed the Torano Loyal. Now typically, I would reach for the robusto size but several months ago, I was gifted a churchill from my favorite rep, Brian McGee. Since, I have a little extra time on my hands lately. I decided to take the extra time and enjoy this cigar for this weeks review.

This 7×47 Churchill has an Ecuadorian Sumatra seed wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and  filler from the Dominican and Nicaragua. The wrapper is a beautiful medium brown, slightly toothy with a light sheen of oil and a few small veins. It gives off an aroma that is sweet, woody and smoky. Once cut, the cold draw brings notes of sweet, rich molasses and oak to my palate.

When I first light the Torano Loyal, I immediately experience a hint of spice, followed by oak, leather and coffee. As I continue to smoke further into the first third, the spice increases and I begin to pick up more molasses. The notes on the back of the palate alter from spice to oak and back to the initial pepper. As the first third reaches its finish, the pepper and leather intensify, mingling with the molasses. The retrohale is medium in spice strength, having a warmth more like cinnamon than a peppery spice.

Immediately into the second third, the spice takes center stage and for awhile it almost masks the other notes completely. However, after a bit, leather, oak and cinnamon pick up on the back of the palate, finishing each puff. At about the halfway point, notes of mocha become more noticeable and the molasses returns. The retohale picks up more spice and it smells absolutely fantastic.

In the final third, the spice becomes almost an after thought as the leather, oak, molasses and coffee linger on the palate. The spice in the retrohale even calms down quite a bit but it still has a wonderful aroma. The cigar finishes with coffee and the rich sweetness of molasses and leather.

In the future, I may have to reach for the Churchill sizes of the Torano Loyal more often. This “size upgrade” was a great recommendation for my palate. It definitely had a depth and richness on a different level than the robusto. It did maintain a medium strength but it was fuller in complexity. The notes were constantly changing. I really think for an average of 5 dollars and change per stick, it can’t be beat.

 

Headley Grange Estupendos by The Crowned Heads

Posted in Video Reviews on June 27, 2012 by MIKE

Today I was lucky enough to be one of the few to get their hands on the new cigar coming in August from The Crowned Heads. It’s the Headley Grange and here is some info for you. It’s size is a 51/2×52 I call it a soft box press. ;This cigar has a Sumatra (Ecuador) wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and filler. The price point TBD isn’t available yet but come IPCPR you will hear lot’s of buzz. This Cigar will have a production of 1,000 boxes of 24 count and then in Spring of 2013 they will release 3 other sizes as follows, Eminentes:51/4×44,Corona Gorda:55/8×46 and Dobles:61/8×50. The Headley Grange is NOT a limited edition but the sophomore cigar of the fine folks at The Crowned Heads. So without further ado let’s see what I ;think of this cigar. After speaking with Jon Huber he informed me the shape of the cigar is actually called a trunk press (old school).

Visit the folks over at the Crowned Heads @ http://www.crownedheads.com

mobile device user’s click here:http://blip.tv/file/get/Mikesstogies-HeadleyGrangeByTheCrownedHeads912.m4v

Romeo by Romeo y Julieta

Posted in Cigar Reviews on June 24, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Select dark Ecuadorian Habano seed

Binder: Dominican Olor

Filler: Dominican Piloto & Olor

Size: Robusto (5 x 54)

Pre Light

The Romeo has a very oily and dark wrapper which has an aroma of light hay. The wrapper doesn’t have any majorly prominent veins on it and the red and gold band really goes well with the dark wrapper. The cap is well applied and is easily removed with my Palio cutter. The aroma I get of the cold but and flavors I get off the cold draw are the same, chocolate and pepper.

1st Third

With the first few puffs I was met with an array of different flavors of the bat. I tasted the normal pepper kick at first with a mix of chocolate and wood all the in first few pulls. An earthy flavor also started to creep towards the end of the first inch mark.

2nd Third

The second third kicks off with the chocolate, wood and earthiness. Those flavors are met with a slight spice that starts to peak its head around the halfway point. The cigar is burning a little hot and needed to be relit. The cigar also doesn’t seem to be putting off much smoke on either end.

Final Third

The cigar mellowed out in the final third with the wood flavor really dominating. All the other flavors seem to have disappeared with only the chocolate flavor showing up here and there. The Romeo also needed a few more relights.

Overall

I enjoyed the flavors in this cigar even though they seams to dull out at the end of day. The construction was a little poor but that coulda just been the humidity here since it’s been very hot. Hey, that’s just my opinion get out there and try them for yourself.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Hight Cigars Primitivo

Posted in Cigar Reviews with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2012 by theladyofthestick

Last summer at IPCPR in Las Vegas, I had the privilege of being introduced to Chip Hight of Hight Cigars out of Houston, TX. Not only does he have a passion for cigars, Chip also is an accomplished culinary master. I think that fact alone gives way to big expectations when blending a cigar. He is skilled in rolling cigars and even gives demonstrations. Curiosity peaked, I decided this weeks review would be the Hight Cigar Primitivo. Production of these cigars is in Esteli, Nicaragua and the three blends he currently has are composed solely of Nicaraguan Tobacco.

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The Primitivo has a Jalapa grown Habano wrapper with binder and filler coming from Esteli. The band is a thick paper with gold lettering and looks very rustic. There is also approximately an 8th of an inch on the foot of the cigar that remains unwrapped. The wrapper is a beautiful medium brown and has an aroma of earth and tobacco. I did not notice any further, more specific notes. Once cut, the cold draw has flavors of a rich earth. Once toast and lit, spice joins the richness and earthiness.

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The first third begins with wood, cocoa, earth and spice. Notes of wood finish off the palate. The smoke is very robust and spicy, as is the retrohale. There are no further changes until the first third is almost smoked through, then the spice picks up, both on the palate and the retrohale.

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Spice is the most noticeable flavor to start the second third which transitions nicely to wood, cocoa and earth. At about the midway point, coffee and leather join the body of notes adding to the full ness. The retrohale is still rich and spicy.

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The finale of the cigar is all about spice. I picked up a more distinct cinnamon as the notes in the retrohale intensifies. At this point the spice begins to linger on the palate and almost masks the coffee, leather and cocoa.

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Chip has created a full bodies, flavorful smoke for the more discerning palate. I was very impressed with not only the flavor profile but also the strength. This fits my flavor profile rather perfectly. Unfortunately there is only a few locations where this cigar can be purchased, seriouscigars.com being one of them. If you come across one of these blends, give it a shot. It is well worth it.

Avo Signature

Posted in Cigar Reviews on June 20, 2012 by youngbuckbotl

Wrapper: Ecuador

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Dominican Republic

Size: Robusto

To start off this review I want to say I am sorry I still haven’t posted a video. Next week there should be one due to the fact that this will be my one year anniversary considering today is my birthday… Yay me… (sarcasm if you couldn’t tell). But any who I would like to say this stogie I reviewed was gifted to me by my girlfriend but lets not get too carried away and lets review this shit.

This cigar I am going to  review in one section due to the fact that it was extremely bland. First off when I lit it I got this pretty good mellow spicy flavor but it quickly ended and ran into an oaky woody taste which ended up following the cigar all the way through. For a $14 stick I was pretty disappointed in the lack of flavor but if you are looking for an expensive boring smoke I would defiantly suggest this. Now although I wasn’t to thrilled on the price if this stick was in the $7 range I would have liked it much better but since it was twice the price I was throughly disappointed.

A quick thank you to Mike for letting me review on his site I know we have had our ups and downs but I have throughly enjoyed this year and hope to continue as time goes on. Thanks Mike.

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