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Quick Smoke: Abaddon (Blue Havana Exclusive)

10 Jan 2015

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.”

Abaddon

In August 2013, I reviewed a pre-release sample of Abbadon (6.25 x 52), a single vitola made by Skip Martin’s RoMa Craft Tobac exclusively for Blue Havana, a tobacconist in Chicago. I immediately loved the full-bodied smoke, which later appeared on our list of the best cigars of 2013. Jump forward to December 2014, when I found myself near Blue Havana and unable to withstand the temptation to go in and buy an Abaddon bundle. I’m glad I did. This dark, oily smoke—which features a Nicaraguan hybrid (Criollo/Corojo) wrapper around a Mata Fina binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic—is a triumph. It boasts a huge, powerful profile of black pepper, coffee, leather, and creamy nut with superb construction. And I think there’s some solid aging potential here, too.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Tatuaje WCD 127

4 Jan 2015

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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In September I reviewed the Tatuaje WCD 127, the cigar made by Tatuaje exclusively for the Washington-based W. Curtis Draper cigar shops. The large vitola (7.6 x 56) boasts an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper around Nicaraguan binder and filler. The additional aging time has only made this cigar better. It still features plenty of roasted flavors: coffee, leather, and a bit of pepper spice. There’s also a charred savoriness to the oversized double corona. If you’re offered one, jump at the opportunity to try it.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Padrón 5000 Natural

3 Jan 2015

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.”

Padron 5000 Natural

The Nicaraguan puros in the original Padrón line always have such mouth-watering pre-light fragrances. Creamy nut and rich chocolate come to mind, especially when you smell the foot. Once lit, the 5000 Natural (5.5 x 56) transitions from this enticing preview to feature flavors of oak, cocoa, coffee, and leather. But the flavor is considerably milder and less concentrated than the (many) formats in this line that sport smaller ring gauges. While I remain a steadfast fan of the so-called “Thousands Series” from Padrón, I don’t think the 5000 Natural is the best showcase of the blend.

Verdict = Hold.

-Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero “A” Oscuro Natural L.E. 2013

21 Dec 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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On a whim I recently lit up this super-sized (9 x 47) smoke, one of only a few “A” size cigars in my humidor. The cigar was given to me while visiting the La Flor Dominicana booth at the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show. It features an oscuro-colored Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper around binder and filler grown at La Flor’s Dominican farms. Despite the limited release’s special size, the flavors are pretty standard Double Ligero: woodiness, spice, and a little coffee. The medium- to full-bodied profile is very consistent throughout the two-hour smoke, and construction is flawless. Judging “A” sizes is hard, since it’s more of a celebratory, special occasion cigar than something you might smoke more regularly. Still, this is a good example of the elegant format, and the $15 price is not unreasonable.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Viaje Stuffed Turkey White Meat

20 Dec 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.”IMG_3778 - Version 2San-Lotano-Oval-Conn-sq

As a vegan, this annual holiday season release is about as close to turkey as I get. The Stuffed Turkey, available in both White and Dark varieties, became a separate line this year after three years under the so-called White Label Project. The White Meat (5 x 58) sells for $10 and features Nicaraguan Aganorsa binder and filler tobaccos wrapped in a Criollo Aganora leaf. I found this cigar to be spicy and satisfying, changing intensity and flavors throughout. It’s a fine cigar for any time of year.

Verdict = Buy.

-George E

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Quick Smoke: Crowned Heads The Mason Dixon Project Southern Edition

14 Dec 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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This limited edition, expected to become an annual release, makes quite an impression with a beautiful Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and wonderful room aroma. Made for Crowned Heads by My Father Cigars, the 6-inch stick with a 52 ring gauge is flavorful with some spice, some wood, grass, and a short finish. MSRP is $9.85. It checks in on the lower end of medium strength, so it’s unlikely to please those who want powerhouse smokes. But others should find it an enjoyable experience.

Verdict = Buy.

-George E

photo credit: Crowned Heads

Quick Smoke: 7-20-4 Lancero

13 Dec 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.”

7-20-4 Lancero

Over two years ago, my colleague wrote a very favorable review of the Lancero from 7-20-4, a brand made in Honduras for Kurt A. Kendall, owner of Twins Smoke Shop in New Hampshire. I visited one of the Twins locations on a recent business trip and decided to take the Lancero (7.5 x 38, $8) for a test drive. That was a good decision. This elegant cigar—comprised of a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper, Colombian binder, and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua, Honduras, and Mexico—smokes beautifully and produces a complex, medium-bodied flavor of roasted nuts, cream, cocoa, syrup, and cedar. I encourage you seek it out.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys