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Quick Smoke: Punch Gran Puro Pico Bonito

10 Dec 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.”

This year Punch added the Gran Puro Nicaragua line, but today I’m smoking the original Punch Gran Puro, which is made with 100% Honduran tobaccos. The well-constructed cigar produces a nice combination of leather, hickory, pepper, and a subtle gingerbread sweetness. The Punch brand as a whole, and this blend in particular, have always offered up good value for the price, and this toro is no exception.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Pinar del Rio 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Natural Robusto

9 Dec 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.”

Let’s cut to the chase: This is one of the tastiest mild cigars I’ve smoked. The blend—Dominican and Nicaraguan filler under an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper and Dominican Criollo ’98 binder—kicks in a little spice to keep it interesting along with wood and an occasional touch of sweetness. I found virtually none of the grassy component often common with Connecticut Shade tobacco. But full disclosure: This cigar has been in my humidor for a couple of years and I can’t say how that might have affected it since I hadn’t smoked one previously. The Robusto (5 x 52) from Pinar del Rio is a bargain, available online at just a bit over $5 a stick.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Curivari Reserva Limitada Classica Epicure

3 Dec 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.”

I rarely get to enjoy this indulgence, but a cigar in the morning with a good cup of coffee and the newspaper is a great way to spend an hour or so on Saturday or Sunday. Recently, on an uncharacteristically warm December day, I fired up a Curivari Reserva Limitada Classica Epicure (4.5 x 52). The Nicarguan puro features a dark, oily wrapper and a band that’s reminiscent of the Cuban Partagas Series D. The short robusto starts out with a blast of oak and chocolate and background notes of shortbread cookies and hints of black pepper spice. With excellent combustion producing a solid gray ash, this is a strong recommendation considering its sub-$6 price tag.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Neanderthal SGP

2 Dec 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.”

This magnificent specimen from RoMa Craft Tobac includes a toothy, rustic, dark Mexican San Andrés wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and four different types of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. It also boasts an aromatic Dominican olor component, and a Pennsylvanian double ligero leaf known as “Green River Sucker One.” The result is a strong, full-bodied cigar with dense, rich flavors packed into a compact (4.25 x 52) format. Notes include dark chocolate, leather, espresso, black pepper, nougat, and dry oak. Construction is exquisite. There are few better ways to spend $10.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Avo Heritage Short Corona

26 Nov 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.”

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Prior to Davidoff’s remake of the Avo brand I picked up a box of the Heritage line in this small Short Corona (3.6 x 43) format. (The size seems to have been a casualty of the brand makeover, but the blend remains the same, albeit with updated packaging and bands.) Heritage features a sun-grown Ecuadorian wrapper, Dominican binder, and a combination of Dominican and Peruvian filler. The medium- to full-bodied cigar is both leathery and woodsy with light spice. It provides a 30-minute jolt of flavor that’s perfect for when you’re short on time.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Perla del Mar G

25 Nov 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.”

Another in J.C. Newman’s production of lower-priced cigars, the four-vitola Perla del Mar line marries an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper with Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos. The G is a box-pressed 6.25-inch toro with a ring gauge of 54 and a price tag around $6. A little pepper and a little wood are the primary flavors from start to finish. It’s a fairly one-dimensional smoke, but for those who like a mild Connecticut, it is well worth lighting up, especially for the agreeable price.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

photo credit: Perla del Mar

Quick Smoke: Illusione Fume d’Amour Concepcions

19 Nov 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.”

Concepcions is the corona gorda version of Illusione’s Fume d’Amour line, which debuted at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show. The Nicaraguan puro demonstrates medium-bodied flavors that have made this a popular line: cream, cedar, roasted cashews, and light pepper spice. Construction is flawless. I’ve enjoyed all the Fume d’Amour vitolas, but this might be my favorite.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys