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Quick Smoke: La Aurora Preferidos 1903 Edition Diamond

16 Jan 2016

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief take on a single cigar.

Diamond

Encased in the perfecto-style tube that distinguishes this high-end line, the Diamond smokes as good as it looks. A dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a Dominican maduro binder, and Dominican filler combine for a rich, thick, tasty smoke with a pearl-white ash. The Diamond, often called “Black” after the tube color, is fairly small (5 x 54). The only real negative is the hefty price, which runs about $18-$20 individually, though I’ve seen it as low as about $12.50 when purchased by the box of eight. Worth the money, especially as a celebratory stick.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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Quick Smoke: Coronado by La Flor Double Toro (Original Release)

10 Jan 2016

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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Last year La Flor Dominicana’s Coronado blend returned after being discontinued in 2013. In smoke shops, though, it seemed the cigar never went away at all, like the one where I found this Double Toro (7  x54) from the original run. (You can tell the new version by the new band which prominently features “LFD” in the center, while the old version only says “Coronado by La Flor” in small letters at the bottom.) The cigar features heavy oak, light cream, a little pepper, and a dusty, powdery element. It’s medium- to full-bodied with excellent construction that requires a deliberate slow pace. The original Coronado might not have sold well—hence the remaining availability despite the line being pulled from the market years ago—but I always enjoyed Coronado, and this was no exception.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Doble Robusto

9 Jan 2016

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.”

Cuatro Cinco Robusto Doble

In 2013, Joya de Nicaragua released Cuatro Cinco to celebrate its 45th anniversary. Only 4,500 boxes of 10 were made in a single vitola (6 x 54) that sold out in just a few short weeks. I consider that smoke to be my favorite Joya ever made, so I was pleased when the oldest cigar manufacturer in Nicaragua decided to revive Cuatro Cinco as a regular production line in 2015—even if the blend isn’t quite the same. Like the Toro I reviewed last summer, the Doble Robusto (5 x 56) sports barrel-aged, Grade A fillers from Nicaragua, a Dominican binder, and a shade-grown Habano wrapper from Jalapa. The lightly box-pressed cigar, which retails for $10.50, is rich, full-flavored, and chalky in texture with bold notes of espresso, dark chocolate, black pepper, creamy peanut, and cayenne heat. It’s well-balanced, well-constructed, and well worth your time and money.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Fuente Forbidden X (CRA Exclusive)

20 Dec 2015

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief take on a single cigar.

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In our gift guide, we recommended picking up a special Cigar Rights of America sampler, which includes, among other cigars, this toro-sized Fuente Forbidden X. The Forbidden X blend features tobaccos from the same Dominican farms as the Opus X line, although the wrapper is shade-grown and the filler leaf is aged in Calvados (French apple brandy) barrels. The result is 90% of the strength of the Opus X and 50% more balance. It’s a nice medium- to full-bodied smoke with lots cedar, salt, and pepper, and a hint of red pepper spice that lingers on the lips and the roof of the mouth. Construction is good, despite a necessary touch-up towards the final third.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: MoyaRuiz La Jugada Habano Toro

19 Dec 2015

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief take on a single cigar.

La Jugada

Last summer, I bought a five-pack of this highly regarded cigar from MoyaRuiz Cigars for $38.50 and eagerly smoked a couple. I like strong cigars, but, honestly, La Jugada Habano beat me silly. I tucked the remaining sticks in the humidor and forget about them. Until today. I’m glad I went back. A year and a half of time did wonders for this Toro (6 x 52) with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, undisclosed double binder, and Nicaraguan filler. Age toned down the power a notch and allowed other flavors to shine, especially a wonderful sweetness in the last half. If you want a powerhouse, light it up at once. But if you have patience, I think you’ll be rewarded with an even better cigar.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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Quick Smoke: Pura Soul Barber Pole Robusto

13 Dec 2015

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief take on a single cigar.

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This “limited production” offering from Robert Wright’s Pura Soul Cigars is made by CLE in Honduras. Barber Pole features Corojo and Maduro wrappers around Honduran binder and filler tobaccos. The medium- to full-bodied smoke has plenty of cedary spice along with notes of roasted cashew, unsweetened chocolate, and hay. The box-pressed Robusto burns well and has excellent combustion qualities. Although the $11 price tag isn’t the best value, this is still a well-made, pleasant cigar.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Davidoff Escurio Petit Robusto

12 Dec 2015

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief take on a single cigar.

Escurio Petit Robusto

As Davidoff’s black band lines continue expanding beyond the company’s Dominican roots, the Escurio line features Brazilian tobacco along with Dominican inside an oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. It’s a spicy, complex smoke, even in this small size (3.25 x 50), which runs about $32 for a four-pack. Escurio is spicy, complex, and different. This profile likely won’t appeal to everyone, and I wouldn’t want to smoke it regularly. But as an occasional treat, it’s well worth a try.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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