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Quick Smoke: Partagas Serie P No. 2 (Cuban)

25 Jan 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.”

Serie P No. 2

I don’t smoke many Cubans. While there are definitely good Cuban cigars, on the whole they can be expensive, relatively difficult to find, inconsistent, and typically require significant aging post-purchase. Digging through one of my humidors, the first Cuban I came across was a Partagas Serie P No. 2 (6.1 x 52) that had been resting for about three years. Like most other Cubans, it pays to age this pirámide instead of smoking it fresh. If you can invest the time, you’ll be rewarded with a rich, medium-bodied, well-balanced treat of cinnamon, white pepper, nuts, cream, and cedar spice. In other words, this is one of the good ones.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Illusione Epernay Le Petit

20 Jan 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.”

illusione-epernay-petit

The Illusione Epernay La Petite is a great winter cigar when time is short. The petite corona-sized (4.5 x 44) Nicaraguan puro features a Corojo ’99 Rosado wrapper and Corojo and Criollo filler. The cigar produces an exquisitely balanced combination of coffee, wood, and creamy notes in the mild to medium range. Construction is excellent. Shop around and you can find it for about $5 per cigar (in a box of 50). It’s an excellent cigar at a great value.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Legend Conqueror

18 Jan 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 found this smoke in the corner of one of my humidors, and there’s no telling how long it hid there unnoticed. Perhaps since 2008, the year this blend was introduced as a fuller-bodied version of the original Excalibur line. Setting fire to the Connecticut-wrapped Legend yields a tasty, well-built cigar that goes well with sipping rum. The Conqueror’s (6.25 x 54) profile of seared steak, black pepper, and woody spice pairs perfectly with a sweet spirit, and its superior combustion properties only add to the enjoyment. Expect a 120-minute smoke that’s more complex than your average bold cigar.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

 

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Quick Smoke: La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Churchill Especiales Oscuro

13 Jan 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.”

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Churchill Especiales Oscuro

With an incredibly oily wrapper, the Double Ligero Especiales has been a hidden gem in the La Flor Dominicana portfolio for years. The cigar (7 x 48) features a sun-grown Ecuadorian Oscuro wrapper with a pigtail cap around Dominican binder and filler. The pre-light notes are rich with toasted oak and dried fruit. Once lit, I find graphite, wood, unsweetened chocolate, and earth. It’s medium- to full-bodied with lots going on. A classic, powerful, Dominican filler-driven blend, the La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Churchill Especiales Oscuro is worth revisiting.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Cornelius & Anthony Cornelius Toro

11 Jan 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 smoked quite a few Cornelius Toros since I first reviewed it in 2016. It’s a remarkably consistent cigar, from the looks of its light-brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper to the opening puffs of sweetness that are followed by some spice and nuts. The Cornelius burns slowly and smokes smoothly. I thoroughly enjoyed the latest one, and I think most smokers will, too.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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Quick Smoke: Tatuaje Monster Series The Michael

6 Jan 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.”

For ten straight years Tatuaje has released an annual Halloween series cigar. The 2017 edition was “The Michael” – a large 6.5 inch by 52 RG toro using an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper around Nicaraguan binder and filler. One of the better recent Tatuaje Halloween releases, it features a complex medium-full bodied combination of flavors including leather, oak, roast nuts, coffee and light spices. Like all Halloween series annual releases, suggested retail is $13.00.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Cohiba Blue Robusto

4 Jan 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.”

In May 2017, not long after it had been introduced by General Cigar, I reviewed the Robusto (5.5 x 50, about $10) format of the then-new Cohiba Blue. This line sports a Honduran Olancho San Agustin wrapper and binder around Honduran Jamastran, Nicaraguan Ometepe, and Dominican Piloto Cubano filler tobaccos. At the time, I called the Robusto a “satisfying, well-made smoke with good flavors,” yet I also remarked, “I don’t think it’s going to wow anyone.” After about 20 months of aging, the flavor remains the same: cinnamon, cedar, roasted nuts, and a bit of honey; well-balanced, spice-forward, and medium-bodied. Enough to merit a recommendation, albeit not a completely enthusiastic one.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys