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Quick Smoke: Todos Las Dias Half Churchill

26 Jul 2019

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.”

A couple months ago, I wrote that, while Steve Saka “has been at the helm of many cigars I love,” I like—I don’t love—the Todos Las Dias Robusto. I cited the cigar’s sometimes overbearing strength and body as justification for my position. And yet, over the past few weeks, I seem to have cozied up to the Half Churchill vitola (4.75 x 48, $10.45). The notes of charred wood, black pepper, and espresso are still present, but they seem less intense and better balanced against a sweet, creamy sensation. The Todos Las Dias Half Churchill sports a Cuban-seed, sun-grown wrapper over tobaccos from Jalapa and Estelí, as well as superb construction. Lately, it has been my companion of choice for an after-dinner smoke with a serving of sipping rum.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: My Father La Promesa Toro

21 Jul 2019

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.”

Like so many cigars from Don José “Pepin” Garcia, La Promesa starts with a pleasing blast of pepper. Unlike some others, though, this one dials it back a bit before getting too far along. With an oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler, there’s a wide mix of flavors ranging from tobacco sweetness to leather and nuts. Strength is in the medium range. This new line from My Father Cigars comes in five sizes, with the Toro (6 x 52) running about $9.25. Originally introduced a few years ago in small numbers to qualify under FDA rules, La Promesa is now a full-scale release.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

photo credit: My Father Cigars

Quick Smoke: La Sirena Merlion Robusto

18 Jul 2019

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.”

There’s no telling how long this Merlion Robusto had been resting in one of my humidors before I fired it up recently. But I guess you have to hand it to its obnoxiously large band (two bands, actually); once the cigar came into view, it caught my eye. The Robusto (5 x 50) retails for about $9 and sports an Ecuadorian wrapper around a Brazilian binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic. The flavor is dry and a bit salty. I can pick out notes of oak, café au lait, white pepper, and warm tobacco. Construction is solid, but I am stopping short of a full recommendation since the taste hits my palate in a way that’s too straightforward and too dry for my liking.

Verdict = Hold.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: La Flor Dominicana Old Virginia Tobacco Company Exclusive

14 Jul 2019

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.”

I consider myself lucky to live near multiple excellent cigars shops that carry plenty of store exclusivew and other hard-to-find limited cigars. This La Flor Dominicana was made exclusively for one of those (the northern Virginia-based chain Old Virginia Tobacco Co.), and has an undisclosed blend with a dark brown wrapper and a lightly box-pressed shape. The cigar features flavors of roast nuts, cedar, coffee, and a spice that builds towards the final third. Balanced, well-constructed, and medium- to full-bodied, it’s easy to recommend.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Tatuaje Exclusive Series TAA 51st

12 Jul 2019

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.”

I’ve found another cigar with a Mexican San Andrés wrapper that I like. With Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos, it’s a rich, creamy smoke with chocolate and espresso overtones and none of the dirt taste I often associate with the San Andrés leaf. In addition to the wrapper, the band is also a major departure from Tatuaje’s past exclusives. This limited edition of 60,000 sticks—Tatuaje’s ninth for the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA)—comes as a robusto (5 x 52) with a retail price of about $12 each. This is one I highly recommend.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Plasencia 146 Cosecha La Vega

7 Jul 2019

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.”

It’s almost a surprise it took the Plasencia family this long to start making cigars under their own name (though the 2012 Don Sixto was named after the family patriarch). The Plasencias have been making excellent cigars for other brands for many years now. Cosecha features a flawless medium-brown Honduran wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and filler from both countries. The well-constructed robusto gordo (5.25 x 52) is medium-bodied with spice cake flavors of brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, and oak.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Illusione *R* Rothchildes

5 Jul 2019

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 secret seems to be out. Six years ago, when Illusione launched the *R* Rothchildes (4.5 x 50), you could find it for about $4. These days, the price tag is likely to be in the $5-6 range. That’s still a great bargain, though. Made at Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) in Nicaragua, this Illusione creation’s Mexican San Andrés wrapper combines with Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos to yield a medium-bodied profile and a balanced taste of roasted nuts, sweet cream, earth, cocoa, and warm tobacco. It’s surprisingly satisfying and balanced for the price and the small format, which will only take about 45 minutes to smoke. The smart play is to invest in a box of 50 and always have some on hand when time is short, or to hand out to friends.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys