Cigar Review – The Edge A-10 by Rocky Patel

We started carrying these cigars in our shop here at 232 E. Ponce (Got Cigars?) in Decatur a little over a month ago and I had to admit, I was curious. I mean, when the original Edge came out from Rocky, it was a tremendous hit, and it was a bit underpriced. Over time, Rocky corrected that part, but oh well.

Since then, the edge has had a few variations, including an Edge Lite, among others.

The A-10 is a barber poll wrapped cigar that comes in 20 count boxes. The construction seems pretty decent, with no visible seams in the cigar I smoked. The start of this cigar is fresh leather and coffee, joined with mild baking spices. It’s got a clean burn, good draw. Overall, it’s not a bad cigar but nothing to write home about. Medium finish. I’d give it a solid 3 out of 5, honestly.

New La Flor Specialty at Got Cigars? Just in time for the Super Bowl!

We got in the Super Bowl release from La Flor Dominicans, simply called the Super Bowl 2019 Release. It’s a unique cigar, in that the wrapper pattern has the tobacco shaped like a football. But how does it taste?

Like a typical La Flor, it starts off with well rounded pepper notes, but this really a more mild cigar than the Double Ligero or any of their other cigars. In fact, it’s pretty well rounded, giving off notes of cardamom, baking spice, hints of leather and warm bread. Yes, the tobacco does burn evenly, the ash is another sign of good construction.

I’d expect nothing less. Sadly, I didn’t smoke this for the Super Bowl, as I could give a fuck who is playing, not being a sports fan. And the price tag is a little heft here: $20.99. But the LFD, like most of the cigars I’ve reviewed from them, is well Roth the price, and at a better value than you probably paid to see Tom Brady yet again win another damn ring.

Wine Review: Châteauneuf du Pape – reserve des diacres

A fantastic full bodied wine from the Rhône region of France. Complex with leather, big fruit/mulled wine and a nice, medium to long finish. It opens up nicely to reveal softer fruit and tannins.

Admittedly, the wine opened up nicely with some time in the glass. I believe this was. Pretty sure we picked this up at Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market, here in Decatur, GA.

New Years at Highland Cigar Company

My favorite spot, with a special guest (to me) having come with this year. The suit was bumping, the crowd dope and we all got to ring in the new year with some good sparkling wine. I couldn’t think of a better way to ring in 2019, than with Timperiss, Zoo, Cigar Mike and others, along with my favorite bar staff at my second home. Few pics, because I was too busy enjoying good company.

It didn’t hurt that our friends from General Cigar were also present, handing out deals, specials, and promoting a good set of blends, including the new Punch (review to come), CAO stuff, etc. It’s always a pleasure to hang with those guys.

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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