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Quick Smoke: MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto

27 Jan 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.”

As we reported a couple weeks ago, MBombay recently announced a new five-count sampler pack that retails for $45. This pack is the only way to get the new Classic Torpedo (full review forthcoming from StogieGuys.com). Not to be overlooked is the Corojo Oscuro Robusto (4.5 x 50), a dark, Ecuadorian-wrapped beauty that retails for about $7. This well-constructed smoke burns well, draws smoothly, and boasts admirable balance. The flavor is thick and leathery with notes of espresso, dark chocolate, nougat, roasted cashew, and red pepper.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Artisan’s Selection by PG No. 2

21 Jan 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.”

Top Bordeaux winemakers often make a “second wine” that shares the general characteristics of the higher-priced release but lacks some of the complexity and sophistication. In many ways, Artisan’s Selection by Paul Garmirian has a similar relationship to the more expensive PG Gourmet blend. With an Ecuadorian-grown wrapper around Dominican binder and filler tobaccos, this toro-sized No. 2 produces balanced, mild, creamy flavors with light cedar and roast cashew notes. The well-constructed $9 cigar isn’t for those who only enjoy full-bodied cigars, but if you appreciate cigars that emphasize smoothness, this is one to try.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: A.J. Fernandez Habano Enclave Robusto

20 Jan 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.”

With a flawless Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and a partially covered foot, this cigar makes a great first impression. This entry also features something of an unusual combination for A.J. Fernandez: a Cameroon binder covers his Nicaraguan filler. It’s a medium-strength cigar with lots of flavor, including cedar and nuts. The Robusto (5 x 52) retails for around $7. I would have liked greater smoke production and a little better burn, but, overall, this is an enjoyable cigar and worthy of a recommendation.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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Quick Smoke: Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

14 Jan 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.”illusione-singulare-2014-sq

Shortly before Christmas, my colleague rated this 6-inch, 48-ring gauge parejo a five out of five stogies, which earned it a spot in our best of 2017 list. I fully endorse that lofty score. Nacatamale features a Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and filler entirely from one farm in the Jalapa region of Nicaragua. The profile is characterized by medium- to full-bodied flavors with cream, wood spice, and leather, all of which come together in a  supremely balanced total package. It burns flawlessly, which you’d expect from a cigar the retails for over $15.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: La Gianna Natural Robusto

13 Jan 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.”

United Cigar’s La Gianna brand sports Honduran binder and filler tobaccos. There are two different wrapper varieties: Maduro and Natural. The latter has a pale Connecticut Shade wrapper that’s dry and smooth. Once lit, the Robusto’s (5 x 50) faint pre-light notes of hay and molasses transition to a mild, somewhat papery profile of dry oak, butter, and almond. As it progresses, the cigar picks up a little body and adds flavors of cedar spice, toast, and cream. Construction is outstanding. While the Robusto isn’t a bad buy at around $6, it’s a bit too mild, flat, and dry for my liking, which is why I cannot give it a full recommendation. But feel free to give it a try if you’re looking for an inexpensive mild smoke to pair with morning coffee.

Verdict = Hold.

Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Tatuaje Black Petite Lancero

7 Jan 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.”illusione-singulare-2014-sq

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Tatuaje’s Black line, sometimes referred to as Pete Johnson’s personal blend, has come in many shapes and sizes since a 2007 debut limited release of Corona Gordas in ceramic jars. In 2010, a Petit Lancero (6 x 38) format was introduced as a store exclusive with a run of just 5,000 cigars (later it was added as a regular release). In 2016, the line was expanded and, at the same time, the Petit Lancero packaging was updated (with boxes of 20). The Nicaraguan puro is medium-bodied with oak, cream, leather, pepper, and cinnamon spice. The cigar is well-constructed, balanced, and enjoyable, though lately I’ve been finding that this blend actually is best in some of the larger ring gauge formats.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Intemperance BA XXI Vanity

6 Jan 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.”

RoMa Craft Tobac’s Intemperance BA XXI line is one of my favorites in terms of consistency, flavor, and bang-for-the-buck. In fact, the A.W.S. IV has long been one of my regular go-to smokes. Until recently, though, I had never tried the Vanity vitola (5.5 x 37). This smaller cigar is well-suited to the cold winter months as it won’t require you to stand outside for too long. It sports a dark Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper around an Indonesian binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. I pad $7.25 for mine here in Chicago. It did not disappoint, exhibiting solid construction and a delicious profile of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, cream, roasted cashew, and dry oak. Heartily recommended.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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