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Quick Smoke: La Flor Dominicana Ligero L-400

10 Dec 2016

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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I can’t remember that last time I lit up a La Flor Dominicana smoke, which is truly amazing given how consistently solid the brand is. This realization hit me as I was scanning the selection of a walk-in humidor at a cigar shop. So I picked out a Ligero L-400 (5.75 x 54). This Ecuadorian Sumatra-wrapped smoke, which features Dominican binder and filler tobaccos, has a balanced profile of sweetness, cream, and subtle spice with a straight burn and a solid ash. I found it to be a good value at about $8.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Famous Smoke Shop

Quick Smoke: Ashton Virgin Sun Grown Torpedo

4 Dec 2016

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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Ashton’s Virgin Sun Grown line used to be a staple in my humidor, but its spot has been replaced over the years. In fact, this Torpedo is the first VSG I’ve smoked in a few years. Made for Ashton by Fuente, the blend features a dark, sun-grown Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a rarity when it was introduced in 1999. It boasts roasted flavors with wood, pepper, and earth. Although it was considered very full-bodied when it debuted, now I’d classify it more in the medium- to full-bodied range. It’s a well-made, tasty cigar worth catching up with if you haven’t smoked one in a while.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Emilio Cigars Draig Cayuquero Toro

3 Dec 2016

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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Before Gary Griffith retired from Emilio—a cigar outfit he founded in 2010 that grew to become a distributor of various boutiques under the House of Emilio umbrella—he introduced Draig Cayuquero. This four-vitola line is comprised of a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper around Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. The Toro (6 x 50) retails for about $12 and yields a medium-bodied, straightforward profile of dark cherry, leather, and musty earth notes. Hints of black pepper and cedar spice come and go, and the combustion properties are fine, though the draw can be a bit tight. I was hoping for more, especially in this price range. And I wasn’t terribly impressed with occasional waves of heat, harshness, and bitterness.

Verdict = Sell.

Patrick A

 

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Tatuaje The Krueger

27 Nov 2016

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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The latest Tatuaje monster, Krueger (named after the Nightmare on Elm Street villain) uses a Mexican maduro wrapper with Nicaraguan tobaccos. The box-pressed torpedo (7 x 48) has flavors that include light wood, sweet cocoa, slight clove, and spice, all resulting in a powdery mouthfeel on the palate. I admit I’m not a big fan of this wrapper leaf, but I can always appreciate a well-made cigar. The Krueger fits the bill with medium- to full-bodied flavors, a woodsy profile, and excellent construction.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Intemperance EC XVIII The Industry

26 Nov 2016

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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I recently found myself at a cigar lounge on an empty stomach midday looking for something affordably priced with ample flavor that wouldn’t bowl me over. I settled on the Intemperance EC XVIII blend from RoMa Craft. The torpedo-sized The Industry (5.5 x 54) ran me about $8 (including ridiculous Chicago taxes). It hit the spot. Construction was impeccable, and the dry, woodsy, medium-bodied flavor of cedar, pepper, vanilla, and honey really hit the spot. This is an easy recommendation.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

 

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Tatuaje Brown Label 7th Capa Especial

20 Nov 2016

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.”

I vividly remember quickly smoking through a box of these when they first came out in 2011, but I hadn’t revisited the cigar lately. Made in Nicaragua, the 7th Capa Especial (5.9 x 46) is the only standard Brown Label blend to use a Sumatra wrapper. The result is a woodsy, powdery smoke with cafe-au-lait and a slight cinnamon spice. The three “7th” size cigars of the Tatuaje Brown Label are excellent since they let you see the difference a wrapper makes and, although I slightly prefer the natural (Habano) and Reserva (Broadleaf) versions, the Capa Especial is also very enjoyable.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Montecristo Espada Estoque

19 Nov 2016

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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If you’re in the market for a cigar with a whole bunch of shiny, elaborate bands, look no further than the Espada Estoque from Montecristo. This well-dressed cigar debuted last year as Altadis’ follow-up to the 2014 Montecristo Espada. The Plasencia Family made only 5,000 boxes of 10 in a torpedo (6 x 50) format, the only vitola offered. The tobaccos include a 2013 Jalapa wrapper, 2002 Criollo Jalapa binder, and three filler leaves from Estelí (Corojo 2009), Ometepe (Criollo 2013), and Condega (Criollo 2013). I found a single Espada Estoque in one of my humidors, where it had likely been resting over a year. The initial profile is deliciously nutty with a toned-down black pepper spice and some espresso. Thereafter, the nuttiness fades while pepper and leather come to the fore. The texture is gritty and papery. Construction is excellent, but I expect more from a cigar with an MSRP of $14.50.

Verdict = Hold.

Patrick A

 

photo credit: Stogie Guys