It’s the end of the year and it’s time to do what every one else is doing, give my top cigars. We’ll I decided to do a little something different and put my favorite cigars that I reviewed this year instead. Here they are in no particular order.
Archive for December, 2012
If you’re reading this then “Mayan Doomsday” was a crock of shit and zombies have not eaten your brains. Yet. So I figured for the sake of being festive (and a nerd) I would review this years Viaje Zombie and make it one of my Doomsday sticks.
This spring marked the second annual release of this limited stick. And typical of LE’s there isn’t to many facts out about this blend. However, it is a Nicaraguan Puro and features triple caps on BOTH ends of the 4 7/8 by 52 stick. The wrapper is very dark and oily, emanating a rich, sweet, earthy scent.
The cold draw has hints of cocoa, raisins and earth. Upon lighting, wood, earth and cocoa hit my palate with a hint of spice on the finish. After several puffs, the spice intensifies on the front of the palate with a woody finish mixed with raisins. There isn’t much change in the first half inch but there is also a great amount of spice I’m the retrohale. The spice picks up in the finish of the first third, so does the cocoa. The finish is more earthy and sweet.
The middle third is rich in cocoa and spice through the entire draw with a finish of cocoa and earth. The spice remains in the retrohale and there is plenty of smoke. At about halfway through, the spice practically drops off leaving cocoa, wood, raisins and sweetness on the palate with the same earthy finish.
Cocoa becomes the main note in the final third, with a hint of spice and wood, with sweet cocoa and raisins again on the finish. The burn throughout remained nearly perfect and the draw was just as good. In the last bits of the cigar, the spice returns and tingles the whole palate.
I’ve been smoking my way through a box of these and have enjoyed every one. I’m definitely looking forward to next years release.
Size: Box press 6.5 x 42ish
This stick I found going through my humidor earlier today. I can honestly say I have no idea where I got it from but it was pretty good other than the fact that I couldn’t get it to stay lit, maybe my humidity is to high. But anyways onto the review.
First half: With the first few puffs I got a nice little hit of pepper which soon subsided and gave off great woody notes with a nice amount of smoke. About two inches down it started to almost give off a sour note which was weird but complemented the woody notes to my surprise.
Final half: With the final half not much changed still a pretty good tasting cigar. With a great woody, not very complex taste to it. I would say with this guy I really did like all the notes but the only draw back I really had was that it just wouldn’t stay lit.
So for a cigar that I have no idea where I got, I would say it was pretty good and I would smoke it again if I knew where I had gotten it. Kind of a shame I don’t know where I got it from. Until next time you all have a great christmas/holiday festivals and make sure you spend it will good people. God bless and see you all in 2013.
Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo ’98
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo ’98
Size: Torpedo (6 1/8 x 52)
The wrapper on this smoke was very oily and had a dark brown shade to it. The veins were minimal and the cigar felt well packed from head to foot. Smelling the cold wrapper I got an earthy and sweet aroma. After snipping the cap and taking a few cold draws I picked up a wood and earthy flavor.
There is no hints of pepper on the initial lighting of the cigar which I would expect with a lot of Nicaraguan tobacco in it. Instead I’m picking up that earthy and woody flavor I was getting on the cold draw. The burn is a little wavy but not out of control.
There are more sweet tones coming through in the middle portion of the cigar. The earth and wood flavors are still there but that sweetness shows up every few puffs. The burn is still a little wavy and there is a ton of creamy white smoke coming off of every draw.
The pepper finally showed itself in the final third. Still haven’t had any construction problems and it’s still smoking like a chimney. The flavors still seem to be focused on the earth and wood. I’m getting a slight leather taste every once in a while to go along with that sweetness I started to pick up the 2nd third.
I haven’t heard of these until they were sent to me and I’m glad they were cause I enjoyed them thoroughly. Flavors were nice and construction good. Don’t just take my word for it go smoke some of these yourself.
Keep em burnin’
This last week I have had the opportunity to do a bit of travel and visit shops and attend a few cigar events, starting with Smoke Cigar Shop and Lounge in Bridgeville, PA. It’s a new shop just outside of Pittsburgh that opened in April this year, run by Mame Kendall. Yes, that’s right, a bad ass shop run by a bad ass chick with a great selection of cigars.
I have wanted to check out Smoke Cigar Shop and Lounge for quite some time and decided to join my friends Eddie and Lawrence of Tarazona Cigars for their event on Tuesday. Mame and the crew were such great hosts and we all had a wonderful time smoking Tarazona 305s and XTCs.
The following day, Eddie, Lawrence and I decided to take a day and head to Ohio to visit the fellas at Governors Smoke Shop in Westerville. Their shop has been a stop on all of my trips out west. The people are wonderful, the shop is great and there is always some debauchery. (I think the stripper pole MAY have something to do with it though!) Here’s the infamous wooden Indian, Eddie Tarazona, Justin Richards (manager) and myself… Typical.
After that, the Tarazona team went East for other events they had scheduled and I decided to stay and hang out at Smoke with Mame for a few more days. While perusing the shop walk-in, I noticed she had the 7-20-4 Hustler and was very fortunate to be gifted one. It’s a beautiful barberpole with a Brazilian mata fina and Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper, Brazilian binder and Nicaraguan Filler.
This cigar looked fantastic and tasted just as good. It’s a medium to medium-full smoke with a lot of flavor. I picked up wood, leather, spice, coffee and anise all with a smooth finish and plenty of spicy smoke. The draw was perfection and the burn was great. This is definitely a cigar I would recommend you try.
While I was sitting in Smoke, enjoying my cigars, I had the great opportunity to meet Adam and Greg from GRAMMworks and pick up my new favorite cigar accessory, a travel humidor made from aircraft grade aluminum. It has a built in hygrometer and humidification. I just loved the idea and the design, so I HAD to have one. They just look freaking cool in a variety of colors and single and multiple cigar sizes.
The last few days have been an absolute blast exploring this industry further. Thank you Mame and Smoke crew, Adam, Greg, Eddie and Lawrence for all your hospitality and a great time!
Next week I’ll bring you another review as usual, I just wanted to share a glimpse of what I’ve been up to lately!