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Quick Smoke: E.P. Carrillo New Wave Brillantes

15 Dec 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.”

Perhaps overlooked in favor of some of the E.P. Carrillo brand’s more recent and buzz-worthy offerings, New Wave Connecticut is (unsurprisingly, given its name) a modern take on the classic Connecticut-wrapped cigar. More medium-boded than mild, and with an Ecuadorian-grown, Connecticut-seed wrapper rather than one grown in the Connecticut River Valley, it is in many ways an updated take on the classic, best-selling formula. Roasted nuts, cream, graham, and mild spice round out this balanced smoke. With a price around $5, it’s a real value in addition to being a well-constructed, enjoyable cigar.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Mi Querida Short Gordo Grande

8 Dec 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.”

Following Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust’s 2015 debut cigar, Sobermesa, was a flurry of new releases for the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, including Mi Querida. Mi Querida was particularly anticipated as it reunited Dunbarton owner Steve Saka with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper (he famously employed Broadleaf to create Drew Estate’s landmark Liga Privada line). This squat gordo (4.75 x 56) features medium- to full-bodied flavors with notes of coffee, chocolate, light spice, cedar, cinnamon, and black pepper. Excellent combustion and a sub-$10 price makes this an easy cigar to recommend.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: H. Upmann Magnum 50 (Cuban)

24 Nov 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.”

This toro-sized Cuban H. Upmann vitola started as a limited edition in 2005 before being added as a regular offering in 2008. What starts out with light hay, cedar, and white pepper later evolves with the additions of coffee and cocoa notes. Construction is solid, and the featured flavors are complex. This is one of the better Cubans I’ve smoked in the past few years.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Gran Habano Blue in Green Corona

21 Nov 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.”

Over the fourteen years I’ve been seriously smoking cigars, I can’t say how many Gran Habano creations I’ve sampled. Certainly many. But I can tell you this: The Gran Habano Blue in Green is the best I’ve ever had from the Rico family’s outfit. It is stellar. Released at the IPCPR Trade Show this summer, this line intends to put the “rich nuances of its fillers” on display. Those filler tobaccos are from Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The binder is Nicaraguan, and the wrapper is a golden Connecticut leaf. The Corona (6 x 44) retails for about $9 and boasts a wonderfully balanced, medium-bodied profile of creamy cashew, dry oak, cereals, and floral notes. Construction is impeccable. There are three other Blue in Green vitolas: Churchill, Gran Robusto, and Robusto. I suspect they are all excellent, though I haven’t yet had the pleasure of trying anything but the Corona, which is a limited edition (1,000 boxes of 20 were made). I strongly suggest picking one up at your earliest convenience.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Cohiba Siglo I (Cuban)

17 Nov 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 don’t smoke as many Cubans as I used to, even though they are now easier to acquire than they have been for decades (you can import them for personal consumption as long it is in your own luggage). For example, I brought this petit corona back with me last year when I visited France and Germany. One of the reasons I’ve not gone out of my way to smoke more Cubans is the inconsistent construction and quality. Fortunately, this small, 40-minute smoke didn’t suffer such issues, as combustion was excellent. With balanced flavors of cedar, hay, cream, nuts, and light spice, this is a Cuban well worth smoking.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Boutique Blends La Boheme Pittore

13 Nov 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.”

From the makers of Aging Room, La Boheme has earned high ratings, including a showing on a Top 25 list or two. The cigar features an Ecuadorian wrapper around Dominican binder and filler tobaccos. Light cedar, pepper, paper, and cream notes create a medium-bodied smoke. It is well-made but lacks the complexity I had been expecting given the elevated praise. Still, it has solid construction and a pleasant (if unexceptional) flavor profile.

Verdict = Hold.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Partagas Ramon y Ramon Robusto

10 Nov 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.”

partagas

My colleague reviewed this Partagas blend a few years ago when it debuted. I agree it is impressive. Right from the start, I find a creaminess combined with light but flavorful spices and a touch of cedar. Although I might classify the cigar as mild in body, it is anything but dull. Add in the excellent construction I’ve come to expect from smokes produced by General Cigar, and this is one I’d recommend to novices and aficionados alike.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys