Archive | Quick Smoke RSS feed for this section

Quick Smoke: Eastern Standard Midnight Express Toro

18 Feb 2017

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.”

Eastern Standard

This line from Caldwell Cigar Co. is billed as the maduro version of the Eastern Standard line, with an Arapiraca wrapper. The Toro (6 x 52), about $12.50, that I smoked kicked off with a very nice spice for about a quarter of an inch and then settled into more common maduro flavors like coffee and chocolate. It burned slowly and produced a great deal of smoke, except at several airy spots where the smoke almost disappeared. I also had trouble with the wrapper burn throughout. Not a bad smoke by any means, but it required too much effort for me.

Verdict = Hold.

George E

photo credit: Caldwell Cigar Co.

Quick Smoke: My Father The Judge Toro

12 Feb 2017

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-the-judge

This new offering from My Father Cigars immediately brings back thoughts of the early cigars made by Don José “Pepin” Garcia: opening with a blast of pepper; winding gradually down a bit to a creamy, rich taste; and building in strength along the way. Box-pressed and nearly covered with bands, The Judge, a regular production line, combines the My Father Nicaraguan filler blend with an Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro wrapper. At about $12, it’s a bargain.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

photo credit: My Father Cigars

Quick Smoke: La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2006 Corona Gorda

11 Feb 2017

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.”

Cosecha

This limited edition, introduced last year, is a spinoff of the 107 line that debuted in 2010 to celebrate the storied history of the oldest cigar manufacturer in the Dominican Republic. It sports a Habana-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador around a Brazilian Mata Fina binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The Corona Gorda (6 x 47, $10) is one of three sizes. In addition to solid construction, you’ll find a medium-bodied, well-balanced profile of dried fruit, citrus, sharp cedar spice, and coffee bean. My colleague recently reviewed this same cigar and liked it; I think I enjoyed it a little more.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Benji Menendez Partagas Master Series Prominentes

5 Feb 2017

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.”

Partagas-bmms-prominentes

Of all the many cigars made by General Cigar in Dominican Republic (think Cohiba, Partagas, Macanudo, most La Gloria Cubanas, and quite a few others), perhaps my favorite was the original Partagas Benji Master Series Majestuoso, something I mentioned last week while visiting General’s facilities in and around Santiago. No sooner than that evening, some of the 2013 release Partagas Benji Master Series Prominentes (7 x 49) were procured. The cigar features an oily wrapper (for a Cameroon) that came out of yellow-stained cellophane, paired with a Connecticut-grown Havana-seed binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobacco. The Prominentes features light wood spice, coffee, and bread presented in a harmoniously-balanced, medium-bodied blend. The Majestuoso size (especially in the original 2009 edition) may still be better, but that’s no knock on the excellent 2013 Prominentes, which is definitely a cigar smoker’s cigar.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Aging Room Solera Shade Fantastico

4 Feb 2017

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.”

Solera Shade

Part of Aging Room’s new Solera line, Shade takes its name from the Ecuadorian Connecticut shade-grown wrapper that covers the cigar’s Dominican filler and binder. The tobacco aging process—combining various vintages as they age before being rolled into cigars—was adapted from the solera method of wine making. The Fantastico (5.5 x 54) runs a little over $7. The first half is a slow-burning, spicy treat, later mixing in a syrupy sweetness. It’s an enjoyable, medium-strength smoke from start to finish.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

photo credit: Aging Room

Quick Smoke: Charter Oak CT Shade Rothchild

29 Jan 2017

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.”

Charter-Oak-CT-Shade - 1

In 2016, Nicholas Melillo’s Foundation Cigar Co. expanded beyond its debut offering. Of the new releases, most of the attention (predictably, given Melillo’s history with Drew Estate) was paid to the Broadleaf-wrapped offerings, particularly the premium-priced Tabernacle. More under-the-radar was the Connecticut shade-wrapped version of the value-oriented Charter Oak brand. The Rothchild (4.5 x 50) features classic medium-bodied flavors with cream and roasted notes. Maybe not the most complex cigar, but it’s well-constructed, balanced, and priced right ($4.50).

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Winston Churchill Robusto

28 Jan 2017

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.”

Winston

Revamped a couple years ago, the Winston Churchill brand from Davidoff proudly announces itself with the company name and an iconic image of the British statesman on its white band. At 5.25 inches long with a ring gauge of 52, the Robusto is a bit larger than the typical robusto. And it is packed with flavor. It begins with cedar, pepper, and an earthy undertone. Some of the typical Davidoff “grass” floats in and out along the way, as does a dark coffee flavor. The blend combines a brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Mexican binder, and filler leaves from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. At $16.50, it’s not likely to be an everyday smoke for many, but if you’re looking for a medium-strength treat, pick one up.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys