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Quick Smoke: A.J. Fernandez Last Call Maduro Geniales

26 May 2018

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 maduro version of A.J. Fernandez’s popular Last Call line starts a little smokey and a little gritty. As soon as the wrapper-covered foot burns to the filler, though, it clearly announces itself for what it is. If you’re a fan of those classic maduro flavors like coffee and chocolate that were the standard before the embrace of Mexican San Andrés, this cigar delivers in spades. It’s well-constructed and produces lots of smoke. With a price tag generally under $5, the Geniales (4.5 x 48) provides an hour or so of maduro pleasure.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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Quick Smoke: Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary Churchill

20 May 2018

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.”

Paul Garmirian’s 15th Anniversary Belicoso Extra (6.75 x 52) makes my short list of all-time favorite cigars, which is probably why I’ve rarely smoked the similarly sized Churchill (7 x 48). The cigar, made by Davidoff in the Dominican Republic along with the rest of the Paul Garmirian line, features a Nicaraguan wrapper and aged filler tobaccos. There’s a Burgundian characteristic that comes through in the cigar: light tannin, red fruit, with musty wood that would remind you of an old wine cave. It’s a flavorful blend, but also exquisitely balanced. A real treat, even with it’s premium ($17) price tag.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Guardian of the Farm JJ

19 May 2018

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.”

Collaborations are all the rage in the cigar industry, and Guardian of the Farm joins the party. This Nicaraguan puro was created by Max Fernández (son of Aganorsa S.A. owner Eduardo Fernández) and Kyle Gellis (owner of Warped Cigars). It has garnered much praise. The Apollo (6 x 44) vitola was Cigar Aficionado’s No. 8 cigar for 2017. The JJ (5.25 x 50) begins earthy and strong, with a little back-of-the-throat tickle that, happily, fades quickly. After that, the cigar stays consistent with some pepper, a little cedar, occasional citrus, and sweetness. Smoke production is plentiful, and it burns straight from start to finish. All in all, a most satisfying cigar.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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Quick Smoke: Gran Habano Persian King Rajah

13 May 2018

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.”

The unbanded Persian King from Gran Habano features a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper with a band of Connecticut wrapper near the foot. The binder and filler are Nicaraguan. The toro-sized Rajah sells for under $6 and features a silky floral sweetness, especially while the Connecticut wrapper is being combusted, combined with roasted and creamy notes. Enjoyable medium-bodied flavors, good combustion, and a reasonable price earn it a recommendation.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: MBombay Classic Torpedo

12 May 2018

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.”

In January, MBombay began shipping a new Torpedo (6 x 52, $11.95) as part of its Classic line. The finished cigars are aged for more than 14 months and include an Ecuadorian wrapper and binder around filler tobaccos from Peru, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. The resulting profile is mild- to medium-bodied with a complex array of creamy, salty, and crisp notes. Cashew, cedar, cinnamon, white pepper, clove, and citrus are among the bouquet of individual flavors. Construction is excellent.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: La Gloria Cubana Trunk Show Liga JD-05

6 May 2018

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 large torpedo from the original 2013 La Gloria Trunk Show release was the blend created primarily by Jhonys Diaz (hence “JD”). The entire line uses homogenized tobacco for the bands, in this case dye-cut with the La Gloria logo. The cigar has an aged Sumatra wrapper around undisclosed binder and filler and features lots of spice (baking spices, cinnamon, and cayenne) layered over a core of cedar and cream. It’s an enjoyable medium- to full-bodied cigar.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Intemperance BA XXI A.W.S. IV

5 May 2018

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.”

Much of what I smoke is dictated by which cigars need to be examined for this website. But I also try my best to keep up with old favorites, too. Earning a spot in this select rotation is perhaps one of the highest marks I can give a cigar—a true testament to quality, consistency, and performance. The Intemperance BA XXI A.W.S. IV from RoMa Craft Tobac has been in this elite group for a few years now. This Arapiraca-wrapped lonsdale (6.5 x 44) is the perfect format to enjoy the outstanding Intemperance BA blend, which also includes an Indonesian binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. For the very fair price of about $7.50, you get a well-balanced profile of red and black pepper along with notes of cocoa, sweet cream, roasted nut, and dry wood. Construction is outstanding. A word of warning: If you give this cigar a try, you’ll find yourself buying a lot more.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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