Archive for August, 2012

Nub Maduro

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 20, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Pre Light

The Nub maduro has an oily dark brown wrapper with no overly large veins running through it.  The cigar is well packed from head to foot with a nice in hand feel to it.  The cold wrapper has a sweet hay aroma to it with the foot having a more peppery chocolate.  After slicing off the cap the flavors off the cold draw are a dull chocolate and slight wood.

1st Third

There was a slight pepper on the initial lighting but the quickly mellowed and opened up the chocolate flavor I was getting on the cold draw.  The burn has stayed pretty straight and the smoke is heavy and very white.

2nd Third

The chocolate flavor is still in the forefront and I’m starting to pick up the wood in the background with a slight pepper kicking in around the end of the middle section.  The ash is holding on for a while and had to be knocked off.  The burn is still great with no relights or touch ups needed.

Final Third

The profile for this cigar is pretty much the same from beginning to end.  The chocolate flavor is the main focus of the cigar but I was expecting as much with that Brazilian wrapper.  The construction was great which is a plus in my book.

Overall

The Nub maduro is a good little smoke with rich chocolate flavors and is great for quick rides and when you don’t have time to sit and enjoy a full size smoke.  It may not be very complex but I enjoyed the flavors and wasn’t expecting a very complex cigar with the short size.  The Nub line is well worth a try so get out there and try em.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Calling In Sick!!

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 17, 2012 by theladyofthestick

Unfortunately there will be no review from Luh-Lots this week! It seems as though I have caught a summer cold and since I wouldn’t do any cigar justice with my compromised palate and sinuses, you’ll just have to wait until next week.

On the bright side, my nails look spiffy!:)

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My Father LE 2011

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 15, 2012 by youngbuckbotl

This cigar has come out for the second time now with the first limited edition coming out in 2010 which was bunched by Jaime Garcia and rolled by Jose Garcia but the sad news about the 2011 LE is that it wasn’t rolled and bunched by those two men which is a pretty big disappointment.

 

Cigar: My Father Limited Edition 2010

Size: 6.5 x 52

Wrapper: Hybrid Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Criollo

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Price: $25.00

 

 

Construction:  The construction on this piece of art was flawless, without a single blemish on either of the three I smoked for this review. Not to mention the band. The band is a piece of art in its self. With its intricate designs I would almost say it beats the Opus band which is know for its amazing artwork.

 

 

1st half: The first half of this cigar was extremely tasty with a hit of pepper as I lit it followed by some chocolate and coffee. As I got to the end of the first half it started to come alive even more with hints of vanilla and coco.

 

2nd half: With the second half the flavor just didn’t seem to end getting more and more complex as it burned. With more Vanilla, chocolate, and coffee but then ending with how it started with pepper and earthy tones again.

 

 

Conclusion: I would say it wasn’t as good at the 2010 but I think it’s just because it didn’t live up to its expectations. Now don’t get me wrong this cigar was amazing but it just wasn’t all that I thought it would be due to the fact that last years was just an amazing mix of flavor. Till next time god bless and have a great two weeks.

Arsen

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 13, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Dominican Republic – Habano Especial

Binder: Dominican Republic – Cubano San Vicente

Filler: Dominican Republic – Seco Habano Vuelta Arriba, Ligero Habano Vuelta Arriba, Ligero Corojo

Size: 4×58

Pre Light

This pudgy little stick has a milk chocolate colored wrapper with a few small veins running through it. There is only a little bit of oil on the wrapper.  After snipping off the cap and take a draw it is very open.  A little more than I would like and I’m hoping it doesn’t create burn problems.  On the cold draw I’m getting coffee and a slight wood.

1st Third

After lighting up there wasn’t much initial pepper and it went straight into the wood and coffee flavors I got off the cold draw.  The burn is very wavy but is relatively even.

2nd Third

The flavor profile of wood and coffee are still there but are joined by a creaminess.  The cigar is putting off a ton of thick white smoke and is burning very fast.  I’m guessing that’s from the very loose draw.

Final Third

Flavors are about the same but that pepper that was absent in the beginning of the cigar has finally showed its head. The cigar did start to get very hot down towards the end and was difficult to hold.

Overall

I enjoyed this cigar but I wish the construction was a little better.  The loose draw made the cigar burn hot and fast.  The flavor profile was nice and it was and enjoyable little smoke. Couldn’t find much info on this smoke and haven’t seen it in any stores but I’m glad I was able to try it.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

CLE Cuarenta Corona

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 10, 2012 by theladyofthestick

I picked up this weeks review at IPCPR in Orlando. Now after a week of marathon cigar smoking, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be up for another review til next week but I saw this in my stash and just could not resist. It is a release from CLE Cigars, Christian Eiroa’s new company. The CLE Cuarenta (Spanish for 40) was released on July 5th of this year, which just so happens to be Christian’s 40th birthday. There was very little released about this blend except that it features a Habano seed wrapper. Today I am reviewing the corona size from the Cuarenta line.

The Habano seed wrapper is a silky, smooth medium brown that looks practically seamless. It has an aroma of wood and earth coming off the wrapper and the foot of the cigar. The cold draw has the same rich notes of wood and earth as well as hay. Once lit, the first few puffs bring spice to the palate, but this quickly fades leaving notes of leather, wood and earth. As the first third progresses, coffee joins the notes and some hints of spice. There is wood on the back of the palate and spice in the retrohale. The spice in the draw begins to pick of attributes of cedar as it mingles with the wood, these notes starts to slowly intensify towards the finish of the first third.

Some sweet floral notes join the coffee, leather, wood and spice as I smoking into the middle portion of the Cuarenta. This is consistent for about an inch. Then I notice hints of cocoa and the spice evolves to a stronger pepper, which is more noticeable n the back of the palate and in the retrohale. The draw has been a but tight, but not too much so, it is still smokeable without too much effort. The burn was a little uneven as well, but it quickly fixed itself.

In the final third, the pepper is noticeable in the entire draw and lingers in the aftertaste of each puff. Leather coffee and cocoa remain balancing notes throughout but the floral notes have completely dropped off the palate. After a short period, the leather and coffee become the major notes through the end of the cigar, with hints of pepper.

All in all, this was a great medium cigar, both in strength and complexity, with some great notes that would be pleasing to most palates. This certainly is a cigar that I will look forward to smoking again when I can locate them at a B&M close by. Christian Eiroa certainly has a good reputation for creating palate pleasing cigars, so I look forward to sampling his other lines.

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