Cigar and alcohol enthusiast, romance author, lifestyle blogger. I've been published in romance for the last 17 years, but only as o f late have been able to combine my passions for the grape, leaf and written word into a careeer that allows me to live passionately!
The Alec BradleyBlack Market line has enjoyed a lot of success over the years – as a refined, softer, more sensual (I know) version of the Tempus/Prensado lines IMO, but the newest extension features a unique blend of tobacco from Estella, home of fantastic Nicaraguan tobacco. The viola I smoked for this review was the 6X52. The same basic packaging is the same, only the box color is orange. Same with the sleeve.
First notes on the cigar start off with fruit – really light apricot and wood. The same sort of medium blend sensuality of this cigar is present but the fruity flavors overshadow them up until the first half of the cigar, then wood and light spice/pepper notes pick. Up.
The draw, like all Alec Bradley cigars I’ve reviewed is good, and a plentiful amount of smoke comes with each satisfying puff. Ash holds on for about an inch before falling off. Overall, a unique blend and a great extension to the Black Market Family.
I managed to pick up the diesel grind torpedo at got cigars here in Decatur. This was a new blend from AJ Fernandez and came out at this last year’s IPCPR convention in Las Vegas. I’ve smoked two so far and the notes are consistent.
The cold draw really flavor heavy like fruit. From the first light, woodsy taste came across on the first few puffs. Raisin and plum prelight draw.
The first thing I noticed about this cigar was the rustic, basic look of the entire packaging. Simple wooden boxes of 20 cigars, band at the foot only in blue. Reminiscent of a simpler time.
When I lit up the cigar, the first thing I got was toast notes along with heavy earth and white pepper. Around the second third the cigar picks up in body, more intensity on the earthy flavors. Dirt, tobacco. Help the medium bodied finish go out on a good note. The cigar has a good, esau draw. It burned consistently nad had white-ish gray ash.
Decent cigar for a good price. I’d call it a value smoke, honestly.
Yup, you read that right. We’ve got some new cigars.
Oh, new thing too. I’m doing a part time bit helping out the owner so she can take some vacation time or spend time with her family. It’s been fun so far!
Let’s see, just a few things that have come in:
Diesel Grind: I left my full review here. Basic takeaway was that this was a new release from AJ Fernandez for IPCPR and utilized a different blend than any of the other Diesel lines.
Pinar Del Rio: These are one of the hidden gems of the industry. Nicaraguan hand made cigars with excellent quality and taste .We carry the Sungrown, the Maduro and Capa Especial (red)
Avo Syncro South American Ritmo: A personal favorite of mine, this
cigar will get a proper review on this site soon. Full bodied, beautiful, well crafted, this premium cigar will surely satisfy any fans of the late Avo Uvezian. I prefer the torpedo in the box pressed Churchill size.
Brickhouse Natural and Maduro: A solid re-release from Nicaragua
by the folks at JC Newman, who brought this toasty, earthy cigar back from extinction as a tribute to J. C. Newman.
Macanudo Inspirado Red and Black: Soft and supple, or more full bodied in a maduro, you decide. But we carry black, red and white!
This is another hit from First Leaf Wine Club. I’ve been enjoying the half case shipments when I could pick them up and I think you’ll enjoy them too. Unlike my preferred Underground Cellar, Firstleaf is a curated wine program in the more traditional sense of the word – that is, you buy in and are sent wine at specified time periods.
Deep red in color, slight purple tinge. The nose is mostly berry and herbaceous, but once the wine opens up, the herbal notes tone down just a bit. I was pleasantly surprised to not get hit in the face with typical, strong pepper notes from Shiraz, this wine is softer than that.
The flavor is very herbaceous, but hints of pepper, cherry and vanilla come through. Medium long finish and enjoyed with pepper steak and roasted garlic potatoes.
When things settle in for me I’ll start posting about the various wine regions I’m getting bottles from. I think you’ll be excited, just as I am!
I picked this up at Got Cigars? in downtown Decatur a few weeks back and got to try it. The pre-light has heavy raisin and mulled wine tastes. Dark wrapper has no noticeable flaws. Speckled slightly, giving hope of spice.
6×60 and felt so right in my fingers!
The Cigar starts off easily with hints of red pepper and spice along with slight oak flavors.
Then it picks up as the smoke burns evenly, with hints of cocoa and bourbon barrel flavors.
The burn line corrected after a few minutes and the flavors became more like baking spices.
Coffee notes develop along with chocolate sweetness and light earth. With a medium to full bodied finish that lingers, this is a definite keeper in the humidor.