Really glad to see JC Newman add a Maduro to this line and one that isn’t the Mighty Mighty. Nothing against the 6X60 cigar but I tend to prefer cigars in the toro range, usually no bigger than 6X54.
The Brick House Maduro Toro isn’t one of those cigars that’s going to blow your mind, but you’re smoking it because it’s consistent, draws well every time, is a little rustic in not just packaging but overall appearance and is a damn fine cigar for the price point.
Flavors include bitter cocoa, bittersweet notes and some earthiness that resonate throughout the entire cigar. Again, it’s consistent, well priced and a solid medium bodied cigar.
I’d swear I’ve reviewed this cigar before, but apparently I’ve only smoked a few of them. I tend to like a cigar that hails more or less from Ecuador, if my tastes in anything ACC Cigars. Has. Proven. The Camacho Ecuador has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Brazilian binder and long fillers from the DR. The cigar has won an impressive 91 points from CA also.
Starts off woodsy and with plenty of earth and muted black pepper. The pre-ight draw has a lot more fruity notes than expected.
The flavors melts into a sweet, earthy core. A relight – because I had let it go out produces hints of wood and black pepper but the earthy core remains firm. There is a subtle sweetness in this cigar, probably due to the Ecuadorian wrapper.
The burn line is razor sharp almost. Good, even draw producing a decent amount of grayish smoke. This really was an exceptional smoke for a great price both in the shops and online. Oh, and this is ‘new’ stock at Got Cigars? in Decatur.
The Ramon Allones Specialty Selection was a great cigar the first time I had it back about seven or eight years ago. It was a quick, delicious but not overpowering, forty-five minute smoke with decent tasting notes of tobacco, bread and maybe some yeast.
This version I have?
Awful. I hate to say it because I really don’t like to talk smack about products, but this RASS? It sat in my humidor for a good few months before I lit it, and I know the humidor it was in prior til was golden. But this cigar, honestly? Lighting it up, it smokes well. It’s not plugged, the wrapper was clean, shows no veins or blemishes. But taste profile?
I mean it had a very light tobacco taste. Very faint toast.
It burned well all the way to the end, ash held up well too. But I have no idea the age of this cigar, only that it wasn’t what I remembered it being from all those years ago. We’ve talked loosely on this blog about the problem with Cuban cigars and how many cigar makers out of Nicaragua, Honduras and even the Dominican Republic produce higher quality tobacco and products. Oh and let’s not forget about Ecuador. Half of what is on the market (at least) has some form of Ecuadoran tobacco involved. There’s even a Wikipedia article on it.
But the RASS? Perhaps they are meant to be smoked new. *sigh*
I managed to spend the last night of the old year at Highland Cigar Company, around good friends, family and fantastic drinks. I met Rick Baumgartner of Kristoff, and Garrett Damore of AVO/Davidoff, may be setting some things up in the future with these two gentlemen.
They’re really knowledgeable about the cigars they sell, and they’re both passionate men too.
Drink of the Night? (Before the Champagne of course!)
Blood and Sand:
1 oz Scotch (In this case, Cliff used Johnny Walker Black)
3/4 oz Cherry heering
3/4 oz Sweet vermouth
3/4 oz Orange juice
¼ oz Lemon (Classically, not an ingredient)
Mad Moulton was on FIRE New Years Eve, making those cocktails like a boss. I’m a fan of savory and this classic cocktail had enough balance and froth that made it look as pretty as it tasted. My preferred cigar was the ACC S.E. 12 Year to ring in the new year, but I had a chance to re-taste the Kristoff GC – and it indeed is lighter than presumed, with cocoa and coffee notes, slight bite but a smooth draw and a solid, medium finish. I had the Robusto.