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Quick Smoke: Aquitaine Cranium

7 Feb 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.”

Aquitaine Cranium

It says something about my high regard for RoMa Craft Tobac that I chose the Aquitaine Cranium as my after-steak smoke last night. I was fortunate to have many cigars to select from for my birthday, yet I kept gravitating towards this one as I perused my stash. I’m glad I did. The Cranium (6 x 54) has the bold flavors I seek on a full stomach—including black pepper, subtle syrupy sweetness, cedar, espresso, and a tangy barbeque zing. Construction is superb. Plus, with an MSRP of $8.25, you don’t have to save this Ligero-wrapped smoke for special occasions.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Robusto

1 Feb 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.”perdomo20-sq

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I picked up this smoke based solely on Ben Lee’s praise in his Stogie Review posting a few weeks back. It’s a fat robusto, coming in at the typical five-inch length but with a ring gauge of 56. The line is rolled from tobacco grown on Perdomo’s Nicaraguan farms, with the wrapper leaf aged 14 months in bourbon barrels. The result: a tasty, spicy smoke that satisfies from start to finish, with a good draw and even burn.

Verdict = Buy.

-George E

photo credit: Perdomo Cigars

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

31 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.”

Serie P No. 2

I don’t smoke many Cubans. But there’s been a lot of talk about Cuba lately, and all the media attention got me craving a Habano. 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.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: Señor Rio Diamanté

25 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.”senor-rio-diamante-sq

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This week I reviewed the Señor Rio Añejo and in the process I also smoked theDiamanté (which I reviewed in October) to compare and contrast the two cigar offerings from Jalisco International Imports. Of the two, Diamanté is the more balanced and well-rounded smoke, while Añejo is bolder and stronger. Diamanté features coffee flavors, bready notes, and a slight pepper spice, all in a small, odd shape (5 x 40). Particularly if you are a fan of A.J. Fernendez’s cigars (he helped blend and make Señor Rio), this is worth picking up.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: La Aroma de Cuba El Jefe

24 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.”

I’ve been a fan of La Aroma de Cuba since it was redone a few years ago by Don José “Pepin” Garcia. This large (7 x 58), modestly priced (about $7) cigar was introduced a few years back to cater to the then-emerging trend for big smokes. For me, this size seems to lack the characteristics that make the line enjoyable. El Jefe has low smoke production, muted flavors, and lacks the smooth complexity of its siblings. Try a smaller size to appreciate what La Aroma de Cuba has to offer.

Verdict = Sell.

-George E

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Quick Smoke: Cabaiguan Lancero

18 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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This excellent cigar comes as part of Tatuaje’s ten-pack lancero sampler inaugurated last year and expected to be a low-production annual release at a shade under $100. I’ve tried a few and, while they’re all good, this is the best so far. The medium strength and many shifting flavors create a winning combination, with near-perfect construction and draw throughout. The Cabaiguan Lancero (7 x 38) is a beauty that should please almost any cigar smoker.

Verdict = Buy.

-George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Quick Smoke: CroMagnon Cranium

17 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.”

CroMagnon Cranium

Last year I spent a lot of time smoking cigars from Skip Martin’s RoMa Craft Tobac, and I even had the opportunity to visit his small Nica Sueño factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. In my judgment, Martin and his lean team are making some of the best damn cigars money can buy. And the price points are all very reasonable. The CroMagnon Cranium (6 x 54) is no exception. It’s a large, slow-burning toro that features a hearty blend of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, enclosed by a Cameroon binder, and covered by a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. For $8.50, it offers a full-bodied, balanced experience with flavors of charred steak, milk chocolate, barbecue sauce, black pepper, and coffee. Smoke the CroMagnon Cranium on a full stomach with a side of sipping rum. You won’t regret it. Guaranteed.

Verdict = Buy.

-Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys