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Quick Smoke: Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8

6 Aug 2016

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.”

Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8

This isn’t the first time we’ve written about this cigar, and it probably won’t be the last, either. Because as much as it’s important to try the exciting and new, it’s equally important to connect with old favorites—particularly those smokes that offer great bang for the buck. The Flor Fina 8-5-8 (6 x 47) from Arturo Fuente costs around $5, yet it boasts a spicy, toasty aroma with notes of pine, nuts, and herbs. Construction is excellent. Work this smoke into your rotation the next time you have the chance, even if it isn’t sexy or trendy.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Nomad Dominican Classic Line Renegade

31 Jul 2016

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 robusto-sized cigar had been in my possession for about 18 months. That modest amount of time seems to have done it some good. The Renegade (5.25 x 54) is creamier and nuttier than I remember, though all of the other flavors from my April 2015 review still hold true: bread, woody spice, earth, and a touch of bitterness on the finish. I paid $9 for this well-constructed Ecuadorian Habano-wrapped Dominican. That’s a fair price, and it’s a good value if you can exercise some patience. (For what it’s worth, if this were a full review, I would bump up my rating from three-and-a-half to four stogies out of five.)

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Royal Agio Balmoral Añejo XO Rothschild Masivo

30 Jul 2016

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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Unlike the limited edition Balmoral Añejo 18, the XO doesn’t state the exact age of its Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. However, we’re told the wrapper, the Dominican binder, and the filler tobaccos from Nicaragua, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic are all “eXceptionally Old,” hence XO. The large robusto (5 x 55) performs flawlessly with a solid gray ash, straight burn, and an open, easy draw.  I’d classify the XO’s flavors as muted and subtle, but also complex. There’s a rich creaminess, raisin bread, and just a hint of wood and cinnamon spice. This is the type of cigar I’d smoke with a rich cup of coffee or a balanced brown ale.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

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

24 Jul 2016

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.”

Serie P No. 2

I’ve had this Cuban puro resting in a tube in my humidor for at least a few years. With all the new non-Cuban cigars being introduced this week at the IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, I decided to check out a Cuban that is anything but new. (Of course, if the cigar could legally be sold in the U.S., it would not be grandfathered as exempt because it was not sold or marketed in the U.S. in 2007.) This pirámide is medium-bodied with a typical Cuban profile with cedar, leather, roasted nuts, and just a bit of woody spice. Although he foot of the cigar has been a little beat up by the metal tube (something I’ve seen before from these) construction was generally without incident.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: H. Upmann Ingot The Banker Private Holding

23 Jul 2016

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 from Altadis is a standout, far from the stereotype of cigars from an industry’s giant. It’s rich, complex, and nicely balanced with a Criollo ’98 wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler. Issued in a single size (6 x 54) with 4,500 eight-count boxes shaped like gold bars, the single-stick MSRP is $9.25. I did experience some minor meandering burn issues and a flaky ash, but the spicy, sweet, and shifting flavors more than made up for it.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Espinosa Habano No. 5

17 Jul 2016

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.”

Espinosa-Habano

Erik Espinosa announced last year that he was tweaking the blend on his eponymous line, as well as redoing the packaging. The result is well worth checking out: a spicy, flavorful cigar that lets the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper shine with the Nicaraguan binder and filler, all at an everyday price (the three sizes run from $6.75 to $7.50). While not overly complex, there are some flavor shifts as the spice intensity rises and falls a bit, while cedar and a burned coffee notes come and go. Construction and draw are excellent.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

photo credit: Espinosa Cigars

Quick Smoke: 1502 Ruby Lancero

16 Jul 2016

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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Made at the Plasencia Cigars S.A. factory for Enrique Sánchez Icaza’s Global Premium Cigars, the seven-vitola 1502 Ruby line sports an Ecuadorian wrapper around tobaccos from Jalapa and Estelí. The Lancero (7 x 40) has a soft box-press, a semi-closed foot, and pre-light notes of sweet hay and cocoa. The profile is chalky—and a little meaty—with core flavors of red pepper, dry wood, bread, and toned-down cinnamon spice. Construction is excellent. Notes of creamy, sweet nut are a little more fleeting than I would like, but this is still a good buy at about $8.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys