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Quick Smoke: Dignity Cigars Dignidad del Hombre Torpedo

31 Aug 2014

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”dignity-dignidad-del-hombre-sq

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Costa Rica-based Dignity Cigars introduced its Dignidad del Hombre brand at the 2013 industry trade show. I don’t actually remember where I got this cigar (maybe it was a sample from that show) but I’ve had it for the better part of a year. The Torpedo (6 x 52) features a cool-looking band with a silhouette of one of the workers in the factory where it is made. (Careful though; the band was a real pain to remove without damaging the cigar.) Once lit, I found a combination of oak, cream, and warm tobacco. It’s medium-bodied and, except for a notably unstable ash, construction was fine. I applaud Dignity for trying something different by making Costa Rican puros using pesticide-free organically-grown tobacco. While this isn’t a cigar I’ll return to often, it makes me want to try out Dignity’s other offerings.

Verdict = Hold.

-Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo des Dieux (Cuban)

30 Aug 2014

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

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There’s no telling how long this Le Hoyo des Dieux (6 x 42) had been resting in one of my humidors before I fired it up earlier this week. I would wager at least a couple years. And that’s a good thing. I typically find—unlike your average Nicaraguan, Dominican, or Honduran—most Cubans are in need of post-purchase aging. In this case, the time I invested (albeit on accident) paid good dividends. The texture is bready and the complex flavors include vanilla, syrup, graham, and sweet hay. This was a good buy for about $10.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Edgar Hoill EH Lancero

24 Aug 2014

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”Edgar-Hoill-Cigars

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Earlier this year, Edgar Hoill Cigars announced a very limited run in this Lancero (7 x 38) format. The Nicaraguan puro was previously only available in the three regular-production sizes. The spongy Lancero features lots of cocoa, tea, and earth flavors with a bit of clove spice. It’s medium- to full-bodied. The draw is slightly tight (a common issue for lanceros) but otherwise construction is solid. Big lancero fans (although I enjoy them on occassion, I wouldn’t say I’m a “big lancero fan”) should scoop one up while they can, but the three regular-production perfecto sizes are a better representation of this blend.

Verdict = Hold.

-Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Dunhill 1907 Robusto

23 Aug 2014

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Dunhill 1907 Robusto

If this cigar were $5 instead of $8-9, I’d be more inclined to recommend it. But, in my opinion, there are just too many superior options at the $8-9 price level for the Dunhill 1907 Robusto (5 x 52) to be competitive. Don’t get me wrong, though. This Honduran Olancho-wrapped tribute to the storied history of Dunhill is by no means a bad smoke. It has a peppery, woody taste with notes of leather and warm tobacco. But its full potential is blocked by some burn issues and occasional sour flavors.

Verdict = Hold.

-Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: George A. Rico Barracuda Robusto

17 Aug 2014

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

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Gran Habano/George A. Rico’s branding can be a bit confusing, but when you get past that you find a company that provides quality cigars at lots of price points. This offering (initially under the Gran Habano line, but now known as Barracuda by George A. Rico) is a great example of what it can provide in the $7-9 range. With an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler, it it a savory cigar with leather, earth, and cream flavors. There’s a subtle, mouthwatering saltiness from start to finish. It’s medium-bodied and full on flavor. All that plus excellent construction makes it easy to recommend this $8 Robusto.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Illusione Epernay L’Excellence

16 Aug 2014

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

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Dion Giolito’s Illusione Cigars makes some fine smokes, but this might be the pinnacle of Illusione achievement. The Epernay L’Excellence (6.75 x 48) is a fantastic Churchill with floral notes and core tastes of coffee, honey, white pepper, and apple. The absence of Ligero tobacco (the recipe is Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo tobaccos surrounded by a Café Rosado wrapper) results in a smooth, mild- to medium-bodied experience that’s balanced and creamy. Construction is excellent. This is a fine way to spend about $10.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial

10 Aug 2014

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”TatuajeCigars

The 7th Capa Especial remains the only regular production Brown Label Tatuaje with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The wrapper has a profound impact on the blend. The medium- to full-bodied smoke has a distinct sweetness with cocoa, and coffee along with woody spice. With flawless construction and a price around $8, it is highly recommended.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys