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Quick Smoke: Macanudo Estate Reserve No. III

28 Jun 2014

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.”

Macanudo Estate Reserve

Macanudo launched Estate Reserve about a year ago to challenge the perception that the best-selling brand in the U.S. is only for rookie cigar fans who haven’t yet graduated to fuller-bodied, more complex smokes. It’s a pricey ($16-18) three-vitola line that competes in the super-premium spectrum of the market. In the No. III format (5 x 50), the blend of Dominican tobaccos surrounded by a golden Connecticut Shade wrapper yields mild flavors of almond, cream, dry cedar, and a little sweetness. This is no doubt an interesting mild cigar, but it’s hard to justify a full recommendation given the price—and given all the other options you have for the money.

Verdict = Hold.

-Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Falto Terruño Hermanos

22 Jun 2014

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.”Falto-Terruno-sq

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Sometimes you find a cigar in your humidor and you’re just not sure how it got there or where it came from. This Falto Terruño Hermanos, made in the Dominican Republic at La Aurora’s Santiago factory, is one of those mysterious cigars. The well-constructed robusto consists of a Dominican Corojo wrapper and binder around Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Cameroon filler. It features an interesting combination of chalky and woody flavors with a decent amount of red pepper spice, especially at the start, and a bit of sourness that fades in and out. It’s definitely dominated by the the distinctive Dominican Corojo flavor, so if that’s up your alley you’ll want to give it a try.

Verdict = Hold.

-Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Belle Encre

21 Jun 2014

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.”

Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Belle Encre

If you appreciate cigars for their aesthetic beauty as well as their flavor and smoking characteristics, you’ll agree the Belle Encre (5.4 x 42) is a sight to behold. This perfecto in the Tatuaje 10th Anniversary line has a unique shape, a gorgeous, milk chocolate-colored Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, and a super oily—almost velvety—texture. It’s a cigar that begs to be smoked. And when you do light it up, it doesn’t disappoint. The profile is balanced and complex with notes of woody spice, black pepper, warm tobacco, and a little creamy sweetness. This classic-tasting smoke is one of my all-time favorites from Tatuaje.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Drew Estate Liga Privada T52 Robusto

15 Jun 2014

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 Liga Privada T52 from Drew Estate has been a staple in my humidor for a couple years now. Those of you who smoke it regularly know why. It consistently delivers expert construction with bold, full-bodied flavors of spice, coffee, leather, and black pepper. And the unique stalk-cut “American Habano” Connecticut wrapper is always mouth-watering. The Robusto (5 x 54) may be expensive at around $12, but it delivers time and again.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: 5 Vegas Miami Toro

14 Jun 2014

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.”5Vegas-Miami-GR-sq

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I’ll admit, I hadn’t realized this Cigar International smoke was no longer made by the Garcias until I was sent a sample by its new maker, G.R. Tabacaleras Co., which is run by Goerge Rico. (Then again, the 5 Vegas website still has the old version listed.) Now made completely in Miami (the old version had only one size made in Miami, while the rest were produced in Nicaragua) this is a traditional Toro (6 x 50) featuring a slightly mottled Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with Nicaraguan filler. It’s medium-bodied and nicely balanced with cocoa and coffee. The draw is a touch loose, but overall I have no complaints about the construction. With a price around $5 by the box, it’s a good value on a well-made cigar.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Nestor Miranda 70th LE Nicaragua

8 Jun 2014

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.”Nestor-Miranda-70-Nic-sq

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In early 2013, Miami Cigar & Co. released two limited edition lanceros to celebrate company head Nestor Miranda’s 70th birthday. This Nicaragua edition was made at the My Father Cigars factory, while the Dominican edition was made at La Aurora. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro with a dark, oily Habano wrapper. The result is a dark, rich cigar full of earth, peppery spice, syrupy sweetness, and powdery cocoa. Construction is perfect throughout the hour-plus smoke. At $14 it isn’t cheap, but it’s an exceptional cigar, and if you’re lucky enough to come across one, I’d highly recommend picking one up.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

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

7 Jun 2014

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.”

Every time I light up this Abe Flores creation I find myself wondering why I took so long to come back to it. I may not light up a Cubano Especial Capa Natural Robusto (5 x 52) very often but, when I do, this Ecuadorian Connecticut-wrapped smoke never disappoints. It has a tremendous flavor of dry oak, vanilla, nuts, and cream that’s complemented by some floral notes. And the construction is outstanding. For its $5 retail price, this is a steal.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys