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Quick Smoke: Crowned Heads La Imperiosa Minutos

24 Dec 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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I found this cigar on sale for $4 at a lounge and couldn’t be happier with the purchase. Even at the regular price, which is in the $6-7 range, Minutos (4.4 x 42) is a steal, especially if you’re looking for a lot of flavor and don’t have much time. The rich, medium- to full-bodied taste includes satisfying notes of cocoa, dried fruit, and black and red pepper spice. The combustion properties are likewise superb. This is an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro-wrapped winner, and an easy recommendation.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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Quick Smoke: Curivari Achilles Eternos

18 Dec 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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After being nearly uniformly impressed by the cigars I’ve smoked by the Nicaraguan-based Curivari brand, I’ve been making a point of getting acquainted with their remaining offerings. Achilles Eternos, introduced in 2013, is a softly box-pressed torpedo (6.5 x 52, $9.50) utilizing all Nicaraguan tobacco, including an attractive light brown wrapper. Once lit, I was somewhat surprised to find flavors that can best be described as grassy and raw. There is also wood and roasted notes, but too often they were overshadowed by unpleasant vegetal flavors and a notable lack of balance. Even with adequate construction, I cannot recommend the Curivari Achilles Eternos based on my first experience.

Verdict = Sell.

Patrick S

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Quick Smoke: Riverside House Blend Toro

17 Dec 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 creamy, well-balanced cigar is made exclusively for Jeff Mouttet of Riverside Cigar Shop & Lounge in Jeffersonville, Indiana, by Noel Rojas in Estelí, Nicaragua. It sports an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper around Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. I paid about $8.50 for the Toro, and found it well worth the price. Construction is excellent—including a straight burn, solid ash, and smooth draw. The mild- to medium-bodied flavor is toasty, bready, and creamy with hints of cinnamon and a soft, woodsy spice. If you’re in the area, I would urge you to drop in and give the Riverside House Blend a try.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Illusione Cigares Privé 660 Corojo

11 Dec 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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A blend previously only available as a store exclusive, Cigares Privé was added as a full-production line by Illusione shortly before the IPCPR Trade Show earlier this year. The blend is listed simply as having a Corojo wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and filler, and I’m smoking the gordo size (6 x 60). (There is also a Mexican Maduro wrapper version, and both come in a gordo, plus a pressed toro and a robusto.) After some initial sourness, the cigar settles into a woody, bready profile with light spice and nice medium-bodied balance. This is another winner from Illusione and I particularly look forward to trying it in a more traditional vitola.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: La Flor Dominicana Ligero L-400

10 Dec 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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I can’t remember that last time I lit up a La Flor Dominicana smoke, which is truly amazing given how consistently solid the brand is. This realization hit me as I was scanning the selection of a walk-in humidor at a cigar shop. So I picked out a Ligero L-400 (5.75 x 54). This Ecuadorian Sumatra-wrapped smoke, which features Dominican binder and filler tobaccos, has a balanced profile of sweetness, cream, and subtle spice with a straight burn and a solid ash. I found it to be a good value at about $8.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Famous Smoke Shop

Quick Smoke: Ashton Virgin Sun Grown Torpedo

4 Dec 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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Ashton’s Virgin Sun Grown line used to be a staple in my humidor, but its spot has been replaced over the years. In fact, this Torpedo is the first VSG I’ve smoked in a few years. Made for Ashton by Fuente, the blend features a dark, sun-grown Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a rarity when it was introduced in 1999. It boasts roasted flavors with wood, pepper, and earth. Although it was considered very full-bodied when it debuted, now I’d classify it more in the medium- to full-bodied range. It’s a well-made, tasty cigar worth catching up with if you haven’t smoked one in a while.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Emilio Cigars Draig Cayuquero Toro

3 Dec 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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Before Gary Griffith retired from Emilio—a cigar outfit he founded in 2010 that grew to become a distributor of various boutiques under the House of Emilio umbrella—he introduced Draig Cayuquero. This four-vitola line is comprised of a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper around Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. The Toro (6 x 50) retails for about $12 and yields a medium-bodied, straightforward profile of dark cherry, leather, and musty earth notes. Hints of black pepper and cedar spice come and go, and the combustion properties are fine, though the draw can be a bit tight. I was hoping for more, especially in this price range. And I wasn’t terribly impressed with occasional waves of heat, harshness, and bitterness.

Verdict = Sell.

Patrick A

 

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