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Quick Smoke: La Flor Dominicana Coronado Toro

13 Apr 2019

A couple times each week we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

I remember first smoking, and being very impressed by, La Flor Dominicana’s Coronado shortly after it debuted in 2006. Years later the cigar disappeared, only to be relaunched in 2015 with new bands and packaging. But Coronado’s basics, including Dominican binder and filler tobaccos around a Nicaraguan sun-grown wrapper, remain the same. The Toro starts out with an intense burst of leather and peppery spice, though it later settles into a medium-to full-bodied profile with bread, oak, and leathery spice.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Caldwell Eastern Standard Euro Express

7 Apr 2019

A couple times each week we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

One of the cigars that put Caldwell on the map, the original Eastern Standard blend features a Connecticut Ecuadorian wrapper that is a hybrid of Connecticut Shade and Brazilian Mata Fina. Underneath are filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic paired with a Domincan binder. The result is a medium-bodied blend with notes of earth, sweetened coffee, subtle spice, and light oak. The corona-sized Euro Express is an enjoyable smoke with integrated, complex flavors and excellent construction.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Montecristo Nicaragua Series Toro

5 Apr 2019

A couple times each week we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Yes, this cigar is another collaboration involving the ubiquitous A.J. Fernandez and is handmade at Tabacalera A.J. Fernández Cigars de Nicaragua S.A., in Estelí. Yes, you should give it a try. Added by Altadis as a full-production line last year, the Montecristo Nicaragua Series is a puro that bears little resemblance to the brand’s other core lines. From the peppery start to earthiness, floral notes, and cedar along the way, the slow-burning Toro (6 x 54, $12.50) is a finely balanced and well-performing treat. Well worth lighting up.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Dunhill Heritage Robusto

31 Mar 2019

A couple times each week we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Few names in cigars can boast the history of Dunhill, though the brand is now being discontinued. One of the last new Dunhill blends before the announcement was the Heritage. The full-flavored cigar was produced in Honduras and made with an Ecuadorian wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua. The well-constructed, box-pressed cigar is a a spicy, rustic smoke with cedar, clove, anise, and dry dirt.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: 2012 by Oscar Connecticut Toro

29 Mar 2019

A couple times each week we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

There’s no mistaking the Connecticut nature of this smoke, from the light brown wrapper to the first draw. The grassy flavor dominates from the start, receding only a bit in the second half to allow a little spice and leather to come through. The box-pressed cigar from Oscar Valladares, who became known with Leaf by Oscar, features a Honduran binder and filler from Honduras and Nicaragua. The burn and draw are fine. But even Connecticut fans may find the overall experience to be too much a single-note performance.

Verdict = Hold.

George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: My Father Connecticut Toro Gordo

24 Mar 2019

A couple times each week 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

When My Father Cigars introduced the Connecticut in 2014, Janny Garcia told Cigar Aficionado it was “the one cigar that was missing in our lineup.” Apparently, it still is. It didn’t show up in the listing of “our brands” on the My Father website. Nonetheless, it’s well worth checking out. With a beautiful light brown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and binder and filler tobaccos from the Garcia’s Nicaraguan farms, it’s a mild cigar that has plenty of taste, even starting with a little pepper. The blend is creamy, smooth, and well-balanced. I smoked the Toro Gordo (6 x 60) because it was the only vitola available at the shop I visited. I’d prefer a smaller ring gauge (like the Robusto pictured), but it certainly wasn’t a deal-breaker.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: La Galera 1936 Box Pressed Chaveta

22 Mar 2019

A couple times each week we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Since seemingly no one in the cigar industry can resist commemorating an anniversary, it’s no surprise that the La Galera 1936 Box Pressed was introduced in 2016 to celebrate 80 years since the Blanco family opened its factory in the Dominican Republic. With an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Dominican binder, and Dominican Piloto Cubano and Criollo ’98 filler, I thought the Robusto (5 x 50, $7.50) offered promise. But it began with a bit of harshness and didn’t begin to smooth out until roughly the midpoint, when I picked up light spice and earthiness. The harshness returned in the final third. Construction was fine, with a solid burn and good draw.

Verdict = Hold.

George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys