Category Archives: Cigar reviews

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

Cigar Review – Rocky Patel Platinum

We got this cigar in recently at Got Cigars?  in Decatur and I was curious.  I haven’t had a Rocky in a good long while, on purpose.  

The first thing to note is the very clean lines on this box pressed cigar. Habano wrapper- guessing Ecuadorian Habano.

Rocky Patel Platinum – at Got Cigars? in Decatur, GA

Pre-light flavors include deep raisin, almost sweetness. Some hints of wood, and leather. The pull is easy. A rich, chocolate, blemish free wrapper graces the cigar.

Used a straight cut. The green and silver band are a nice touch.

Right off the top, oak and spice, like a coarse black pepper. Bit of wood. Easy draw. Plenty of grey smoke. Smoke has a pepper smell to it, black.

This isn’t as robust as say, the RP Decade. It’s a little mellower. The burn line isn’t clearly even but I expect the cigar to correct itself or only require a small touch up. I’m anal about my cigars burning evenly.

The ash didn’t hold on. It feel pretty quickly. During the first third, the flavors sweeten a little, becoming more open to that raisin/plum-like note I hinted to earlier. The burn line has mostly evened out. Draw is easy. Feel in my fingers is a little softer than I’m used to. We did just open the box the other day.

The cigar gains some additional red pepper flake flavors, along with mellow sweetness before a bite comes across the palate. Not a harsh or bad thing, just maybe that black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied.

Once I touched up the burn line, the cigar burned evenly. This is around the start of the second third.

The flavors continue to mellow slightly. Overall, a good cigar. Burn line did stay even. Mellow, almost mulled wine finish mixed in with hints of white pepper. I picked up dry oak on the middle third of the cigar and the white pepper intensified.

Cigar Review – Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro

I first had this cigar at Highland Cigar Company last year when it was a newer release. Chai had me give it a whirl and see what’s what.

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Churchill – at Got Cigars?

The short version about the RP Sun Grown Maduro is that.  A Broadleaf wrapper is draped over dual binders and Nicaraguan filler.  I expect some sweetness to come through, depending on Patel treated his Broadleaf wrappers.

The mainstay of this cigar is that the flavors start off with cocoa and spice.  Construction is pretty spot on for this6X52 vitola.   Hints of creaminess come through, along with pepper and cinnamon. The cigar feels light in my fingers but it’s well constructed enough that the ash hangs on for a good quarter inch.   This is a more medium to full bodied cigar with a very eye appealing wrapper.  Continuing on the simplicity, the band is also lacking in intricacies but that’s not a strike. Sometimes, simplicity is king.

I’l have more photos for this blog post later.

Overall, it’s a good addition to Rocky’s lineup.

 

Cigar Review: CAO Flathead v660 carb

This is a cigar I first tried at Highland Cigar Company back several months ago as it was a release from 2017’s IPCPR.  The line, inspired by hotrods and muscle cars, came out from CAO as a tribute to the hot rod craze, as even the boxes come with pinup girls and artwork attributed to the engines.

CAO Flathead v660 Carb

Created by General Cigar’s Rick Rodriguez and Ed McKenna, the Flathead 660 is a bulky, jet black box pressed cigar with no veins, a simple red and silver band with the frontmark present.  A quick cold draw from punch at the cap gives us dried plums and dark fruits.

Lighting up the cigar presents us bittersweet cocoa and chocolate notes, a touch of pepper.  As the cigar smokes, the flavors intensify and I start to taste the dark fruit, though I’m unable to identify it.  (My problem, not the cigars)  Closing with a medium finish, the spices increase in intensity, making this a great value cigar that definitely lives up to the hype.

Cigar Review – Camacho Ecuador

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.

Camacho Ecuador – an even burn line.

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.

New Stock at Got Cigars? in Decatur, Georgia

Over the last few weeks we’ve picked up some new stock. Some of the new cigars include:

Rocky Patel San Andreas – a robust, full bodied cigar deserving of a review all on its own. Coming soon (the review, not the cigar!)

Last Call by AJ Fernandez – a 45 minute smoke designed to win the night. Semi-sweet flavors mixed with light wood and a great draw provide the way for closing time.

Last Call Maduro by AJ Fernandez – the same as above, but with added sweetness.

Avo South American

Avo Nicaragua Syncro South American Ritmo

Syncro Ritmo – an earthy, but complex cigar, only we have them in the Robusto sized, as well as the torpedo largo.  The box press only adds to the classy feel of this amazing cigar.

Brick House and Brick House Maduro – both are outstanding, inexpensive value cigars from JC Newman, but don’t let the word “value” fool you.  This cigar is medium to full bodied, and in the natural, has a decent amount of wood and earth, while the maduro picks up with some spice and sweetness.

Come down to 232 E. Ponce De Leon, Decatur, GA!  Visit us!

Cigar Review: Camacho Criollo

This was a re-branded cigar from Camacho, owned by Davidoff now and I have to say, the cigar is good but I hate these ugly bands. Big, bold, yes but horrible LOL! The first few notes from the foot of this medium brown torpedo include plum, raisin, tobacco and chocolate.

Cold draw confirmed those findings only adding an orange zest sweetness. That was rather different for my palate even though I’ve been smoking cigars as long as I have.

Taking the first few puffs gave a good draw, with a lot of gray, semi sweet smelling smoke along with robust pepper and hints of leather. As it developed, the taste of wood slides over the palate to continue through most of the cigar. The burn line was good, clean. Well constructed.