Cigar Review: Illusione MJ 12

This was one of the flagship releases from Illusione cigars back in 2009 and I had a chance to smoke one at the now defunct Grants Tobaccoist in San Francisco. I enjoyed it immensely at the time but it was a little fuller in body than I was used to. Now?

Illusione MJ 12

We carry the cigar line at Got Cigars? (232 Ease Ponce De. Leon Ave. Decatur, 30030) and I have updated notes!

The cigar still possess a great finesse courtesy of the blending techniques Dion Giuliano uses and the types of tobaccos in the blend, but now I tasted more vanilla and oak notes. Of course, this is a smaller size than the one I prefer, but the robust will not fail to deliver.

Razor sharp burn, great draw, plethora of sweet smelling smoke, along with a medium finish.

Cigar Review: Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Maduro Torpedo

I picked Thursday night to head to Highland Cigar Company and help them ring in 12 years of being one of the main staples and best bars in the ATL.

They were pouring High West bourbon all night but I left the bourbon alone until much later due to tooth pain.

But when I saw the Perdomo Estate Seleccion, I had to give it a test.  Being a new convert to Perdomo after trying his Lot 23 release several years back, and selling the 20 year, Champagne Noir and having a number of our customers at the shop pick up Perdomo sticks, I thought, what the hell.

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Maduro Torpedo

The hell indeed! Nice dark wrapper with a very sharp point at the torpedo.  The cigar didn’t have the same ‘chock full’ weight that say, the 20 year Anniversary Maduro has, but it wasn’t a cigar for a Johnny, either.

I clipped it and detected instant raisin and plum on the cold draw.  When I toasted the foot, took a few more puffs, I got a good bit of spice along with some bready notes.  I really thought I was smoking an older blend of pipe tobacco that I used to get at Grants Tobacconist when they were still around.

I have to be honest, the band is lacking.  I mean it’s pretty, reflective, but it felt cheap.  I’ll probably have a “this annoys me” post on cigar bands and the latest trend eventually.

Eventually, the flavors turned toward more earth notes.  Balanced, overall with the graham cracker notes I picked up around the center of the first third.

The draw was easy, the tobacco burned well like most of the cigars I’ve smoked from Perdomo’s line.  I really did try to find more information about this cigar, but even the Katman said back a few years ago there wasn’t much on it.  I’m also convinced his cigar was different than mine.

Overall a fine cigar, if not a little pricey but without more to go on, I can’t justify if that is worth it or not.  I paid $17 at Highland, so I reckon finding these online for about $14 may be about right.

Cigar review: Camacho Coyalar

I had this last night in the short figurado size at Highland Cigar company. Off the top, the cigar has a robust appearance with both ends being pointed. Really interesting cold draw – almost bread and leather.

Upon lighting up I was hit instantly with soft notes of leather and spice, not quite a strong black pepper flavor, but something more refined.

Camacho Coayalar

The cigar lasted for about an hour, having both a good, solid draw that produced a decent amount of ash gray smoke, and an even burn line. Flavors were pretty consistent throughout the entire cigar, no real variance from one section to another. I’d look to see that in the larger sizes.

I’m still not a fan of the larger gaudy bands Camacho uses but this one does fit.

Overall, a solid new release from Camacho.

Cigar Review: Illusions Garagiste

The Illusione Garagiste was a cigar named after the French winemakers who got fed up with the wine making snobs in Bordeaux and began making wine out of their garages. That’s the basic story anyway. This years’ IPCPR release from Illusione is, like all their previous efforts, no disappointment.

The cigar is a 5X50 Robusto and man, what an impressive cigar to start with.  The cigar comes in four sizes:

  • Illusione Garagiste Short Robusto (4 1/4 x 50) — $8.35 (Boxes of 20, $167)
  • Illusione Garagiste Robusto (5 x 50) — $8.95 (Boxes of 20, $179)
  • Illusione Garagiste Gordo (6 x 56) — $10.80 (Boxes of 20, $216)
  • Illusione Garagiste Toro (6 x 52) — $9.85 (Boxes of 20, $197)

    Illusione Garagiste Robusto

Using Corojo Viso and Criollo Viso tobaccos with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper draped over makes for an interesting flavor profile.  Picked from the farms in Anganorsa, Nicaragua, and rolled at Tobaccos Valle De la Jalapa in Nicaragua, cigars are pakced in boxesof 20. The feel of this cigar reminds me of other Illusione cigars, brimming full of tobacco.    The chocolate brown wrapper has no veins but a solid oily appearance that’s mouthwatering.

The cigar starts off with a definite sweetness and a touch of bitter cocoa, almost like dark chocolate.  The draw is solid, as is the burn from the get go. Dion and crew know what the hell they’re doing and it’s evident from the first puff.

The next bit of the cigar continues producing a light cloud of light blue/ash gray smoke with solid ash.  Flavors continue to deepen while the profile is a solid medium body.  Yet the richness of dark chocolate continue to grow in strength. I’m tasting definite earth, green tea leaves, along with a touch, and I mean a small touch, of nuttiness.

The finish is long and flavorful. The cigar’s construction is solid, and unlike other cigars that go soft when they get to the nub, the Garagiste doesn’t disappoint.

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Cigar review – Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary

I can’t believe I’ve been smoking these cigars off and on for years and never left a review.

The Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary is a box press cigar with flavors of spice, earth, cocoa and a slight sweet baking spice core. The strength is a solid medium out of Nicaragua and hailed as one of Rocky’s best blends – though I’m more a fan of the San Andreas that came out last year.

The flavors develop nicely over the length of the cigar, changing slightly while the baking spice remains present.

Cigar review – Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary

I can’t believe I’ve been smoking these cigars off and on for years and never left a review.

The Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary is a box press cigar with flavors of spice, earth, cocoa and a slight sweet baking spice core. The strength is a solid medium out of Nicaragua and hailed as one of Rocky’s best blends – though I’m more a fan of the San Andreas that came out last year.

The flavors develop nicely over the length of the cigar, changing slightly while the baking spice remains present.

Cigar review: Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art Toro

We just got these in at the shop and you know I had to try one. In a box press like the prensado maduro, only with a natural wrapper, the Cigar had weight in the hand. I like that.

The flavor profile is complex, starting off with smooth flavors of bitter cocoa, some nuttiness and melding into creaminess and leather, along with an earthen core. Definitely has a strong finish.

The burn line was pretty straight forward. No part of the cigar got soft like an upcoming review will suggest about another stick o smoked recently…

Alec Bradley tends to make solid cigars and I’ve probably only smoked more stuff by ACC than by Alec Bradley