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Quick Smoke: Davidoff Escurio Petit Robusto

4 Nov 2018

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.”

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Davidoff is as inextricably linked to the Dominican Republic as it is to super-premium luxury and high prices. In recent years, however, the brand—crafted by industry legend Hendrik “Henke” Kelner—has ventured to other soils, namely Nicaragua and Brazil. In 2015, Davidoff launched the Brazilian-themed Escurio, which boasts an Ecuadorian Habano-seed wrapper, Brazilian Cubra binder, and a filler blend that includes Mata Fina and Cubra tobaccos paired with Dominican leaves. The Petit Robusto (3.25 x 50) retails for about $8 and is notable for its short-format, condensed delivery of a spicy, complex profile that includes black pepper, espresso, natural tobacco, oak, and earthy mustiness. Construction is absolutely perfect and the smoke production is voluminous and rich. It’s a delicious, intense indulgence that won’t leave you disappointed.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Tatuaje Fausto FT153

2 Nov 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 toro (6 x 50) was from the first batch of cigars (box date July 2011) released after the 2011 industry trade show when Fausto was introduced. I was interested to see if time had mellowed this potent smoke. If it did, it did so only slightly. The cigar is still a bomb dominated by black pepper and charred oak, with black coffee and dark chocolate. Construction is perfect, with an easy draw, solid white ash, and even burn. If you’re looking for a balanced, subtle stick, look elsewhere. But when you want a cigar that “goes to 11” (Fausto’s tagline in its ads) even years later this cigar gets the job done.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua Double Robusto

28 Oct 2018

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.”

This 5.5-inch, 54-ring gauge cigar ($9) is made at the TABSA factory in Nicaragua with 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos. (The blend reportedly differs from the original Viaje Exclusivo, which was made at Raices Cubanas in Honduras, although exactly how is unclear.) The cigar is well-constructed with a reddish-brown wrapper with a little sheen. Medium- to full-bodied flavors include black coffee, leather, and light char with oak and pepper spice. It’s a tasty, well-made cigar.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Aging Room Small Batch Pura Cepa Mezzo

26 Oct 2018

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.”

Regular StogieGuys.com readers know I’m a long-time fan of Aging Room cigars. As such, I approach any new release from Rafael Nodal and company with high expectations. Pura Cepa, released this year, is a Nicaraguan puro that begins with sweetness rather than the more-common pepper, which is present in the background. As the toro-sized Mezzo (6 x 54) progresses, the pepper moves forward at some points, and I also get spice and notes of coffee and wood, all smoothly blended for a satisfying smoke. Burn, draw, and smoke production are excellent. All in all, Pura Cepa is another winner from Aging Room.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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Quick Smoke: 262 Paradigm Lancero

21 Oct 2018

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.”

This cigar has been resting in my humidor for more than a few years. The 7 inch by 38 ring gauge lancero features excellent construction. The Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper surrounds Honduran binder and filler from Colombia and Nicaragua. Flavors include rich earth, dark chocolate, light wood spice and cafe-au-lait. The medium-bodied cigar is a well-balanced, highly enjoyable smoke.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: CroMagnon Venus

19 Oct 2018

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.”

The CroMagnon line from RoMa Craft Tobac sports a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper around a Cameroon binder with Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The petite salomon-sized Venus (6.5 x 56) retails for about $11 and sports a full-bodied profile with flavors ranging from black pepper and espresso to peanut and dark chocolate. Attentive smokers will also notice hickory, cream, and char, as well as subtle differences in taste as the perfecto’s ring gauge widens then narrows. The texture is leathery and the outstanding combustion properties live up to the high expectations set by the Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño S.A. factory in Estelí. You should buy this cigar. You should smoke this cigar.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Drew Estate x Caldwell All Out Kings Smash

14 Oct 2018

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.”

When I reviewed this cigar about a year and a half ago, I didn’t particularly enjoy it. Commenter Brandon suggested I wait a while to gauge the impact of a little aging. I still had two and lit one the other day to check out the performance. The short answer: much better. Gone was the “sharp, back-of-the-throat bite” and much of the dirty taste that marred my initial experience with this robusto (5 x 52). There was also greater balance. Time in the humidor seems to have done well by this cigar. While I still don’t find the complex blend to be among my favorites, the aged All Out Kings was a more than satisfactory smoke. If you lack the patience to age them yourself, check the shelves at your local retailer and see how thick the dust has settled.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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