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Quick Smoke: Avo 2nd Movement

17 May 2015

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.”

Avo’s 2nd Movement is an intriguing combination of some typical Davidoff elements such as a mushroom and grassy flavors with a shade of spice and coffee. The Ecuadorian wrapper is dark and virtually perfect. At 6.25 inches long with a ring gauge of 47, the $11 price tag seems reasonable for the 2014 limited release (1,500 boxes of 20). It’s a fine smoke, though I wouldn’t call it a standout like my favorite Avos. Nonetheless, if you’re an Avo fan, it’s well worth picking up.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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Quick Smoke: Abaddon (Blue Havana Exclusive)

16 May 2015

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.”

Abbadon Blue Havana

In August 2013—about a month before this RoMa Craft creation was launched as an exclusive for Blue Havana, a Chicago tobacconist—I published a glowing review of Abbadon. In December 2014, I found myself buying a 12-pack. I’m glad I did. Six months of age haven’t changed the cigar much, and that’s OK with me. Abbadon (6.25 x 52, $8.15) still packs a good punch, and it brings a lot of complexity to the table. The Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, coupled with a Brazilian Mata Fina binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, yields a supremely enjoyable taste of coffee, roasted nuts, leather, and a touch of sweetness. There’s probably good aging potential here, but I’m probably not patient enough to find out for sure.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic 1950

10 May 2015

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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As Don Pepin was bursting onto the cigar scene nearly a decade ago, I remember smoking quite a few Cuban Classics known  simply as the Black Line. Billed as Pepin’s most full-flavored cigar at the time, it was also the Pepin cigar most likely to be had for sale and frequently available for around $4. Though I haven’t smoked many lately, I did recently light up this toro. Hardly the full-bodied cigar I remembered, (makes you wonder: Has the cigar changed, or something else?) it’s more medium-bodied with hay, salted butter, mild earth, and wood spice. Still, it’s a enjoyable cigar and if you find one on sale it’s unlikely to disappoint.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Cohiba Nicaragua N50

9 May 2015

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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When I first reviewed this cigar, I thought it might improve with age. It’s been six months, so I plucked one of the General Cigar-supplied samples from my humidor. It did have a bit better balance, but overall still isn’t one I’d reach for, even with online prices now several dollars below the $12.99 list. I have one left and plan to try it in another six months. But until I report again, I can’t really recommend it.

Verdict = Hold.

George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie UF-13 Dark

3 May 2015

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.”

UF-13 Drew Estate

The UF-13 comes pre-loaded with the pedigree of its Único Serie predecessors. And the cigar is also beautiful, what with its unique cap and gorgeous Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Fortunately, I can say with a great degree of certainty that you won’t be disappointed by this $14 smoke—that is, if you can find it. Dark chocolate, charred oak, and fleeting sweet notes characterize the full-bodied profile. And in keeping with the Drew Estate tradition, construction is top-notch.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: La Dueña Belicoso

2 May 2015

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.”trinidad-reyes-sq

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I noted last year that although I really enjoyed La Dueña when it was first released, the later iterations didn’t quite hit the mark in the same way. With that in mind, I revisited the cigar this week by smoking the Belicoso size. The Broadleaf-heavy line still features dry chocolate flavors, wood, and black coffee. What’s missing is the sweetness and depth that really made it a standout. Ultimately, this Belicoso version is not as good as I remembered (hard to say if it’s time or just the vitola), but the conclusion is inevitable. In it’s current form it’s a solid smoke but hardly a standout.

Verdict = Hold.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Room 101 HN 615

26 Apr 2015

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.”

Room 101 HN

The HN line derives its name from its Honduran Criollo ’98 wrapper (the “H”) and the use of Dominican Navarette tobaccos (the “N”). It’s a product of Matt Booth’s Room 101 Cigars, which is affiliated with Camacho and manufactured and distributed by Davidoff. The 615 vitola (7 x 48, about $7) is my favorite format of the blend, offering excellent construction and a full-flavored, moderate-strength profile with notes of roasted nut, milk chocolate, woody spice, sweet cream, and white pepper. About a year of age in my humidor hasn’t resulted in much change, but that’s not an issue since I enjoyed the cigar considerably right after acquiring it.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys