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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 – 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

Cigar Review: Gurkha Rogue Ruthless

I can’t lie. I’ve had like…five Gurkha cigars in my entire life, the last one of which I was drunk for.  (One of the 15 year anniversary cigars, thanks Cooper)

And I’m annoyed that they claim the most expensive cigar on the market.  The Black Dragon goes for something like $1,150 per stick.

ACC has a $2,500 cigar that I can almost PROMISE is better and that’s NOT based on brand loyalty.

So let’s get on with the Gurkha Rogue Ruthless.  First off, it’s got a light brown, coffee colored wrapper that’s almost seemless.  The cigar feels pretty solid in the hand, but not heavy like a Don Cervantes or Drew Estate Undercrown.  The closed foot is unique.

The band itself isn’t ornate, more or less on the pirate tip, giving us the feel of a rougher cigar.  Amusing.  It’s not. cutting the cigar gives us a pre-light flavor of raisin and another spice I can’t quite identify yet.

But when I light up the cigar, it starts off with sweet vanilla and cedar notes.  Those continue throughout the majority of the cigar, while toasted nuts are transformed from nuttiness and a touch of oak.  The cigar has a few burn issues, but that may be the fact that I was working at the shop, not here at home.

The only bad thing about this cigar really?  The end third, the cigar goes very squishy.  It’s not a cigar I’d pick up, again, (compared to the Gurkha Seduction or Gurkha Ghost – which I would) but it was enjoyable for something different.

Cigar Review: Montecristo White

The Montecristo White was a cigar I picked up from a grab bag of

random things from the folks at Casa De Montecristo by Tampa

Humidor.  It came along with the Partagas Black, and Alec Bradley Prensado (5X50).

I was rather surprised.  For starters, I’m not a huge Monte fan as a rule, I’ve outgrown the traditional big brands.  It’s like drinking Budweiser (if you like pain) and then realizing there is locally brewed IPA. But since I paid for this, figured, what the hell.

The surprise came in that the cigar was fairly flavorful.  Honestly, it was creamy, with good solid wood notes and a touch of pepper.  The draw was good, construction solid.  I’d expect that though from General Cigar.  Good flavor overall, with a medium finish, this cigar is one for those who would enjoy a mild cigar but still want plenty of flavor.

 

Cigar Review – Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua

The Gran Puro Nicaragua, latest release from Punch cigars is more or less a line extension.  With re-envisioned coloring and packaging, the brand is trying to remain relevant among a sea of new blends for newer smokers who crave something different.

Using a USA Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan binder, and fillers, the line isn’t a puro at all.  But it is interesting.  Measuring at 6X54, the cigar was supposed to be a blend of different things and have more complexity than the usual Punch smoker was accustomed to.

The cigar itself is rolled and constructed well, and a plethora of peppery smelling smoke emits from the lit foot. Flavors from the cigar aren’t overwhelming, so we may come back to this in a different size.  But what I did pick up included pepper, sweet molasses, wood notes and and if you reach, you can detect subtle hints of sweetness at the end.

Overall, decent but nothing I’d purposely write home about.

Cigar Review: CAO Zócalo

This is a monster of a cigar but it has flavor and some depth to it. I had this at Russia’s (Got Cigars?) in Decatur as we’re thinking of carrying it.

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Morron
  • Binder: African Cameroon
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Factory: STG Estelí (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Limited Edition (3,500 boxes of 20 cigars)
  • 6X60 in this size and will probably retail for just around $9.

From CigarDojo

“As promised with CAO’s announcement of their Pan-Am Tour at the beginning of April, the company released details on a new limited release over the weekend. The CAO Pan-Am Tour is a virtual tour throughout the focal points of the Pan-American Highway, beginning in Mexico with the new CAO Zócalo.”

Now, the review:  The first thing about this cigar honestly is that it’s hella packed full of tobacco.  I used a V-cut and took a pull, getting nothing really special off the cold draw.

But that’s not how I judge a cigar anyway, so lighting it up, I took a puff.  Then another, and got it good and going.  The first thing to note was the sweetness from the Cameroon binder imparting distinctly.  The flavors were mellow and medium with hints of spice.  Consistent throughout the first third and a half, until warmer flavors pick up.  The taste of red pepper becomes evident.  The draw is excellent, and the cigar retains a good bit of ash before I knocked it off.

The Zócalo.finishes with a combination of that sweet, earthy taste and mild pepper notes.

 

Cigar Review – Rocky Patel 55

We recently received a box of Rocky Patel 55, a new release from Rocky Patel and Co. out of Esteli, Nicaragua factory.

Rocky Patel 55 – a multinational blend

This is a multinational blend consisting of Nicaragua and Costa Rican tobaccos.    This cigar was created to honor Rocky’s 55th birthday (this year!) and is part of the Artisan series.

Right from the start, the draw on this cigar is good, producing a good heft of sweet smelling smoke.  There is definitely a plum taste to it. The cigar feels thicker and better packed than the softer counterpart the Rocky Patel platinum. Hits of sweet cocoa light up the first few puffs.

As the cigar burns fairly evenly, the softness of the flavors really accent the smoking experience.  Unlike the Decade or the 15th, the 55 is much smoother.

Developing flavors include light cocoa or chocolate, almost like baking chocolate. Still with the easy draw. i’m really enjoying this cigar more than I thought I would.

The middle and final third produce

The burn line required a few touch ups, but was solid most of the way through.

baking chocolate. Definite baking chocolate.  Spice joins an earthy core for a medium finish that’s rather unique in that it lingers just on the palate without quite being annoying.

It’s a higher price point for a Rocky, but I feel it’s justified