Well now there seems to be a bug going around Mike’s Stogies and I’m the latest victim:( So here’s hoping this passes quickly. I’ll have something new for you next week!
Sorry for the late post folks, it’s bed a bit of a crazy week and I totally forgot! Better late than never I suppose! This weeks review was a gift from the folks at Cigar Connection but it typically retails for $8-10. The L’Atelier LAT52 is from the creators of Tatuaje, blended by Pete Johnson and made by the Garcia family. It has a hybrid wrapper of Criollo and Pelo D’Oro called Sancti Spiritus. The binder and filler are Nicaraguan. The LAT52 is 4 3/4 by 52.
The wrapper is a bit uneven in color but has a very nice caramel hue. I notice a few very small veins but otherwise it’s very smooth and perfectly wrapped. It does also have a little pigtail off the cap. The aroma from the wrapper are of wood, cedar and sweet hay with grass on the foot and hints of cocoa. The cold draw has sweet, creamy notes with hay and some cedar. The first notes that hit my palate are cedar, coffee, cinnamon and toasted nuts with cinnamon in the retro hale. There is a noticeable tingle on my palate in the finish. After an inch I start to pick up a black peppery note that warms my mouth.
In the second third, I pick up cinnamon and spice by coffee and cocoa with a smooth finish. There is warm cinnamon in the retro hale. The flavor a balances out nicely at the halfway point. The black pepper fades and cedar is more noticeable. There is coffee and cocoa on the finish.
The the final portion of the L’Atelier LAT52 is very smooth with cocoa, coffee and cedar. There is spice tingling the palate during the finish with an aftertaste of coffee. Hints of cinnamon are still noticeable through the nostrils.
This cigar is a great medium body that borderlines medium-full in strength, flavor and complexity. It is one of my favorite go to sticks and a great daily cigar.
So as you can probably tell, I have become a bit of a CLE whore as many of my reviews have been their product. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have been so impressed with everything that has come from them. The EH is no exception. It is brought to us from Christian Eiroa’s factory and Edgar Hoill, the mastermind behind the OSOK that was released as a limited part of the Room 101 brand. These Nicaraguan Puros come in boxes of ten in three sizes. Today I am bringing you a review of the Vida, which is 4 1/2″ by 38/54/22.
The wrapper is a nice oily, medium brown. It has an aroma of earth, cocoa and tobacco. The cold draw brings notes of hay, rich earth and sweet cocoa to my palate. Cedar and earth are the most in the first few puffs. Spice then washes over the entire palate. The tasting notes are very rich in earth mid palate after about a half inch leaving aftertaste of cedar and cocoa. There is pepper and cinnamon in the retrohale.
Into the second third, the ash is holding solid. Spice, cedar, unsweetened cocoa take over the palate with anise in the finish. There is very distinct cocoa and earth in the aftertaste. The retrohale still maintains spice and cinnamon. The ash held up until just past the halfway point.
In the finishing third, the spice subsides quite a bit and the remaining notes balance out nicely with none overpowering the palate. In the last few puffs there is plenty of cocoa on the palate right before the finish.
I would definitely say this is a tasty cigar but it is also a stronger cigar, so if your palate is more inclined to a milder or medium strength cigar, take heed, this may just knock you on your ass. The quality of construction was just as good as the blend, so if you get the chance, definitely scope this cigar out in any of the sizes. I’ve smoked all three and have enjoyed each one. The EH Vida, however, is my favorite.
So… This one time… At Civil Cigar DC… I ran into Eddie Tarazona from Tarazona cigars and between glasses of Willet Tobacco Road 8 year and Angostura 1824, he handed me his newest cigar, the Cubanacan Habano Torpedo. Now this isn’t my first time smoking this cigar, but I love it so I wanted to review it!
The cigar has an Ecuadoran habano wrapper, with an Ecuadoran binder and Nicaraguan filler. It’s 6 1/8 by 62. The aroma from the wrapper is sweet floral with hay and wood emanating from the foot. The cold draw has notes of wood and hay with an underlying sweetness. Upon lighting, the first few puffs bring a warm spice and a finish of wood and sweet hay. As I continue to smoke, the spice starts to warm my entire palate, there is a sweet floral mid palate with wood, hay and leather on the finish. The retrohale has a medium cinnamon like spice with plenty of smoke.
The second third continues with spice washing over the entire palate, but it is not over powering. There are sweet, subtle hints of floral notes as well. The finish reminds me of graham crackers and there is a woody after taste. The draw opens up nicely producing plenty of spicy smoke.
In the final third, the spice balances out nicely and the flavors are rich, earthy and woody with a sweet creamy finish. In the final half inch or so, the spice is most noticeable on the retrohale, leaving wood and floral mingling on the palate, with a smooth finish.
From start to finish this was an excellent medium-full bodied cigar, with subtle complexities and great flavors and aromas. The burn and construction were superb. I am always impressed with the quality that Tarazona puts out into the market. I would definitely recommend this cigar for fans of medium or full bodied smokes.
Wrapper: Connecticut/Ecuadorian Dark
Price: Gift from Vato Cigars; priced online for $14.99
Cut/Prelight: I used a double blade guillotine cutter for a smooth cut. The prelight draw had notes of earth and leather.
Toast/Burn: I used a single flame torch to evenly toast and light the foot of the cigar.
Initial Observations: This barberpole is beautifully wrapped with flawless leaves. A few small veins are present. The lines on the barberpole are practically perfect. There is an aroma of cedar emanating from the wrapper. The draw has an ideal amount of resistance to it. It will open up perfectly while smoking.
First Blush Puffs: Leather and wood come to the palate first. After a couple puffs the wood picks up distinct notes of cedar. The retrohale is cedary and rich with hints of spice.
First Third: Leather, cedar and coffee mingle with the gentle spice of the smoke. The finish is woody with hints of cinnamon. As the first third continues, the richness builds and it starts to evolve into a different level of complexity as the cinnamon and spice start to play a bigger role in the flavors reaching the palate. (insert ash mishap right about…… now. Wow, I’m such a klutz! ) The burn is very even and the draw is perfect. There is plenty of rich, slightly spicy smoke.
Cigar Art? Nope! Just clumsiness! Whoops!:)
Second Third: All the notes balance out beautifully as the I get into the second third. It sticks around for awhile, then the cedar, leather and coffee returns. Once again the spice is mostly noticeable in the retrohale. The flavors don’t change again until the last third.
Final Third: Coffee and Oak are the main notes in the finale of this Twister. The spice and cinnamon still hang in the retrohale. It is a very well balanced yet rich smoke. Just when I think the body is done transforming, the spice and cinnamon returns and remains through the finish.
Conclusions: The Vato Cigars Kansas Blend Twister is a wonderful medium bodied cigar with great complexity. The notes go through a metamorphosis that take your palate from cedar, leather, coffee, spice, cinnamon… it is such a fantastic variety. It is balanced enough that no single note overwhelms the palate at any given time, but they are pronounced just enough to be easily recognizeable. The blend, construction and the whole experience with the Twister in general, is what keeps me coming back to try more of their cigars. If you want to give these a shot on your own, visit them inside Binion’s Casino in Las Vegas or you can order online here.