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Quick Smoke: Plascencia Reserva Original Cortez

27 Jul 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.”

Plascencia grows lots of tobacco and rolls lots of cigars, mostly for other brands. Through the years, the company has also released a number of its own products, including some using organic tobacco like the Reserva Original. The Nicaraguan puro came out last year and is available in seven sizes, each adorned with three bands. The Cortez is a handsome figurado that measures 5.75 inches long with a ring gauge of 56 and a reasonable retail price around $9. I was excited to try it, but disappointed with the results. I knew it was a relatively mild cigar, so I wasn’t looking for power or punch. But I was expecting more than I got: a fairly bland smoke with little in the way of interesting flavors, spice, or complexity.

Verdict = Sell.

George E

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Quick Smoke: JFR Corojo Robusto

22 Jul 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.”

Casa Fernandez’s JFR (short for “Just for Retailers”) was originally known for its over-sized vitolas. This 5.5-inch, 50-ring gauge format is a welcome addition for those, like me, who are generally not a fan of 60+ ring gauge cigars. The Nicaraguan puro features a Corojo ’99 wrapper and Aganorsa binder and filler tobaccos. The result is a classic, medium-bodied Nicaraguan profile with sourdough bread, wood spice, and earth flavors. Excellent construction and a reasonable price ($5.50) makes the Robusto easy to recommend.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Caldwell The T. Lonsdale

21 Jul 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.”

Although this cigar is generally referred to as a Caldwell smoke, it’s the result of a collaboration by Robert Caldwell, Matt Booth, and Abdel Fernandez of A.J. Fernandez. All are credited on the cigar’s green and gold secondary band. The T.’s Nicaraguan binder and filler are covered by a San Andrés wrapper. Surprisingly, I noticed none of the “dirt” taste I so often associate with that Mexican tobacco. Instead, I found a pleasing, complex smoke that begins with sweetness reminiscent of chocolate. Along the way, flavors of pepper, wood, burnt coffee, and a little nuttiness came and went. Performance was excellent. At about $10, the 6.5-inch, 44-ring gauge, lightly pressed Lonsdale is a cigar I can recommend highly.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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Quick Smoke: Muestra de Saka Exclusivo

15 Jul 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.”

The Nacatamale from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust’s Muestra de Saka portfolio measures 6 inches long with a ring gauge of 52. It boasts tobaccos from each of Nicaragua’s four major growing regions: Condega, Estelí, Jalapa, and Ometepe. It’s an exquisitely balanced cigar with cinnamon bread, coffee, earth, and pepper. Construction is flawless. Even though I slightly prefer the Nacatamale, the Exclusivo is is an excellent cigar.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: El Titan de Bronze Gold Lonsdale No. 1

14 Jul 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.”

A few months ago, I visited El Titan de Bronze, a factory on Calle Ocho in Miami that’s small in size but big in prestige. El Titan crafts cigars for such clients as Drew Estate, Warped Cigars, La Palina, Cornelius & Anthony, Padilla, El Primer Mundo, Cremo, and many others. Less well known are the operation’s house blends. Gold, for example, sports a Connecticut Shade wrapper around an Ecuadorian binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. As I recall, I paid about $8 for the Gold Lonsdale No. 1 (6.5 x 44). I love the size. The expertly constructed cigar boasts a medium-bodied profile of honey, cinnamon spice, oak, almond, and white pepper with a bready texture.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Crowned Heads Four Kicks Maduro Lancero Limited Edition 2018

8 Jul 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.”

H-Town Four Kicks

Shipped recently to members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America, this Lancero (7.5 x 38, $10) was produced in small numbers: 1,500 boxes of 10 cigars. It’s a handsome, dark cigar with a pigtail cap. (The earlier H-Town Four Kicks LE Lancero is pictured above.) The thin frame packs a lot of flavor and some punch with a Connecticut Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler. Performance was excellent. The good news is that Crowned Heads plans to offer its remaining supply to retailers attending the IPCPR Trade Show next week.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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Quick Smoke: Villiger Flor de Ynclan Lancero Especial

7 Jul 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.”

Officially debuting at the upcoming IPCPR Trade Show, this limited edition Lancero (6.75 x 43) is the fourth size from Villiger’s Flor de Ynclan line. It sports an Ecuadorian wrapper around Indonesian binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The profile is bready with light wood, hints of orange peel, and nutmeg. The well-constructed cigar is the my favorite of the line. Only 500 boxes of 25 will be made each year (suggested retail is $11 per cigar).

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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