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Quick Smoke: La Antiguedad Corona Grande

14 Sep 2014

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

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My colleague reviewed La Antiguedad (Spanish for “antiquity”) a couple months ago, but I hadn’t gotten around to trying this new offering from My Father Cigars. I picked up the box-pressed Corona Grande (6.4 x 47) from a local shop for just under $8. The Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper looks flavorful with its reddish-brown color, notable veins, and oily appearance. Beneath are double Corojo and Criollo binders and filler all grown at My Father-owned Nicaraguan farms. The cigar features a complex combination of oak, chalk, leather, and black pepper. The burn is occasionally uneven, but otherwise construction is solid. Smoke it slowly and it will reward you.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: La Palina Goldie Laguito Especial

13 Sep 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.”

On a recent trip, I was surprised to spot this limited edition on a cigar store shelf. Naturally, I couldn’t resist, even at $19. Goldie has achieved something of a cult status since La Palina released the first edition 2012. I never had that one, or the Goldie that came out in 2013. If they were as tasty and elegant as this one, I understand all the praise. This lancero-shaped (7 x 40) smoke is, simply, wonderful—from the fantail head to the long ashes as it burns. If you can find one of the 25,000 that were released, don’t miss it.

Verdict = Buy.

-George E

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Quick Smoke: Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Belle Encre

7 Sep 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.”

Tatuaje Belle Encre

I’m a big fan of this the 10th Anniversary Belle Encre. Like the entire regular Brown Label line, it uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper around Nicaraguan binder and filler. (Though you might recall that long ago the blend was a Nicaraguan puro made with Aganorsa tobacco before a falling out between the Pepíns and Eduardo Fernandez.) Full of flavor with earth and coffee notes, along with a fair amount of spice. Construction is excellent, and the perfecto shape seems to really focus the flavors on the palate. I for one hope this 10th Anniversary addition to the line doesn’t go away when the anniversary passes.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: My Father Connecticut Toro

6 Sep 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.”

My Father Connecticut Toro

One of the most anticipated releases of the year, Don Pepín Garcia’s riff on an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper does not disappoint. With Nicaraguan Habano-Criollo filler and a Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 binder—both grown on the Garcias’ farms—this caramel-colored stick is a tasty treat. Considerably milder in strength than the typical Pepín creation, the Connecticut is, nonetheless, a complex cigar with a bit of the familiar pepper as well as plenty of sweetness, spice, and wood. This should please any cigar smoker, from beginners to those who chase the boldest blends.

Verdict = Buy.

-George E

photo credit: My Father Cigars

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

photo credit: Stogie Guys

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.”

Hoyo

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

 EH-lancero

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