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La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva

Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 25, 2013 by Griff

Wrapper: Mexican

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 5 ½ x 54

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Pre Light

The Mexican wrapper on this cigar has a marbled brown wrapper with a slight oil sheen on it.  The cigar has double bands like the original Mi Amor but the colors on the second band on inverted.  The cigar has a peppery barnyard  aroma on the wrapper.  After doing a punch cut to the head of the cigar a nice open draw is revealed.  I get a sweet peppery taste off the cold draw.

1st Third

The cigar opens with a very light pepper on the palette and then gives way to notes of chocolate and earth.  The draw is perfect giving off lots of creamy smoke with every puff.

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2nd Third

The pepper has disappeared in the middle portion of the smoke but the flavors of chocolate and earth are still the focal point.  As I reach the middle of the cigar the chocolate flavor turns into more of a chocolate covered cherry flavor.

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Final Third

The flavors stayed the same the rest of the way forward and all the way down to the end the cigar but out massive amounts of white smoke.

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Overall

I enjoyed the original line of this cigar a little better than this one but I still enjoyed it.  The flavors were good and construction was flawless.  I like most stuff coming out of the La Aroma de Cuba lately and this one is no different.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan

Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 18, 2013 by Griff

Wrapper: Candela

Binder: Sumatra

Filler: Panama, Honduran

Size: 6×50

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Pre Light

Well I guess we all knew this was coming.  Today was St. Patrick’s Day and what else would I smoke today?  The Filthy Hooligan has a slight oily sheen on the wrapper with only one large vein running down the one side of the cigar.  The wrapper has a grassy and pepper aroma to it and I get the same smells off the foot.  I did a punch cut on this cigar and it opened up a nice and easy draw.  The flavors on the cold draw are grass, cream and wood.

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1st Third

The cigar didn’t open up with much pepper like I was thinking it was with the aroma I was getting off the cold wrapper.  The one side of the cigar seems to be burning a little faster than the other but not to out of control.  The cigar is putting off lots of smoke and is burning cool.  I’m getting a creamy flavor along with a dry grass.

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2nd Third

The middle portion of the cigar starts off with a light wood flavor to go along with the creamy flavors from the first third.  The cigar is still burning unevenly and when I went to remove some ash I noticed that the center of the cigar is hard as a rock and bright orange.  We’ll have to see what happens with this.

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Final Third

The grassy flavors start to show again along with some pepper in the final third.  The problem with the burning didn’t really affect the cigar.  I still burned unevenly and needed to be touched up a few times but nothing major.

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Overall

I didn’t necessarily love the cigar nor did I hate it. To me it was just an average smoke.  I have to be honest the only time I smoke candela cigars is on St. Patrick’s Day so I don’t really have a lot of experience with them to judge it against other candela cigars.  I’ll have to give more a try to see how the measure up against each other.  But if you can find a few give them a try and let me know what you think.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Emilio AF Suave

Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 12, 2013 by Griff

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Unknown

Filler: Unknown

Size: Toro

Pre Light

The Suave has a smooth looking wrapper with a very light oil sheen on it.  There are no large veins on the wrapper and it is a milk chocolate shade of brown.  The cold wrapper has a light hay and pepper aroma to it and the foot smells like dry grass and pepper.  The band is pretty basic with a white background and black trim and text.  After a punch cut I open up a nice open draw with a dry peppery taste.

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1st Third

With first few draws get a light pepper zing on my tongue.  After the opening pepper I start to pick up a dry grass flavor along with a nutty aftertaste.  The smoke is creamy and white giving off a really nice room aroma.

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2nd Third

The pepper has almost disappeared with the flavors of creamy coffee and nuts coming into the forefront.  The cigar is still putting out lots of smoke and the burn is sharp and cool.

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Final Third

The pepper reared its head again in the final inch or so but wasn’t as strong as the beginning of the cigar.  The coffee and nuts seemed to have some staying power with this cigar.  Cigar burned straight through with no relights or touchups.

Overall

I enjoyed this cigar a lot.  The flavors and body to me are perfect for a morning smoke.  The construction was perfect and didn’t have any issues throughout the entire smoking experience.  Gary has really been on the mark with all of his releases these past couple years and can’t wait to see what he has in store for the future.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Oliva V Melanio

Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 4, 2013 by Griff

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Petit Corona 4 ½ x 46

Pre Light

This little smoke has a nice marbled brown wrapper with a sweet aroma and a box pressed finish.  The wrapper has an aroma of sweet hay and pepper and the cigar has a good in hand feel with the box pressed shape.  The cigar has the original Oliva V band but is joined by a second band with the same colors and design.  The second band has the word Melanio written across it.  The wrapper doesn’t have any significantly large veins in it and has a slight sheen of oil on it.

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1st Third

The cigar opens up with that Nicaraguan pepper but is not too overpowering.   I then start to get notes of coffee with a light taste of nuts in the background.  I find that box pressed cigars always feel better on the lips with the draw but that’s just my opinion.

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2nd Third

I’m still getting the same coffee flavor but the nutty flavors from the start of the cigar have faded and been replaced with a dull cocoa flavor.  The burn is cool and even with tons of heavy gray smoke coming off of every drag.

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Final Third

The coffee flavor seems to be this cigars main focus as it’s been the main flavor throughout the entire smoke.  The cigar smoked all the way to the nub without any relights or touch ups and stayed cool all the way down.

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Overall

The Melanio wasn’t as strong as the original Oliva V maduro but still had some kick to it.  It wasn’t really that complex though.  Don’t get me wrong it was tasty but the flavors didn’t change much during the entire smoking experience.  But give them a try if you can find a few.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

H Upmann Legacy

Posted in Cigar Reviews on February 25, 2013 by Griff

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican

Size: Toro 6×52

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Pre Light

The Legacy has a dark brown shade wrapper with a double band.  The band and foot band are brown with a gold trim.  There are a few small veins running through the wrapper and it has a very sweet and peppery aroma to it.

1st Third

The cigar starts out with a big blast of pepper and is then met with a burnt cocoa flavor.  The flow is pretty open and I’m getting a lot of smoke after every draw.  The smoke is white and think.  It sits in the air needing to be brushed from your face.

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2nd Third

I start to pick up a more syrupy flavor along with a natural tobacco flavor in the middle portion of this smoke.  The draw is still pretty loose and I haven’t had any construction issues.

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Final Third

The pepper kicks back up in the final third but isn’t overpowering.  The cigars has gone from medium to full in last few inches.  I had to relight the cigar with a little over an inch to go but was expecting that earlier with the lose draw.

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Overall

There were a lot of flavors in this cigar but it didn’t really suit my preferred flavor profile. I didn’t really like the burnt sweetness and syrupy flavors.  That might be your cup of tea but not mine so don’t let this review deter you from giving it a try.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

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