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Cigar Review: Diesel Grind torpedo

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.

New Stock in at Got Cigars?

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 by AJ Fernandez

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

Avo Nicaragua Syncro South American Ritmo

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

Brickhouse Natural and Maduro

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!

Henry Clay Tattoo by Pete Johnson

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know

Henry Clay Tattoo by Pete Johnson

my favorite non luxury (read, not super ultra premium) cigars has been made by Pete Johnson. In everything of his I’ve smoked, I have found immense pleasure.

The Re-Imagined Henry Clay was no different.

The pre-light draw is really more mellow than anything else – like mulled wine and candy. This is a box press cigar with plenty of heft in the fingers.

The original Henry Clay band remained, but the addition of a second band just below it in typical Tatuaje-style font added to the aesthetic.

The first few puffs elicit cedar and hints of pepper along with that sweetness described earlier. The draw is good with wood notes sneaking up along the rest of the other flavor.

Flavored are much more mellow than expected. Hints of mint. Good draw. Gray smoke.   It’s a fairly complex smoke, something I would expect from Pete Johnson and Don “Pepin” Garcia. 

Sweet red pepper comes into play. Odd juice-like notes. Still solid burn and draw.

I was really happy to see Pete still kicking around and doing new things.

Cigar review – Perdomo 20th anniversary barrel aged.

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.

Perdomo’s greatness continues at Got Cigars? in Decatur, GA.

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.

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Cigar review: AJ Fernandez Enclave Broadleaf

At Got Cigars? the owner had brought in a larger selection of AJ Fernandez cigars, including the new Enclave Broadleaf.  Naturally, I had to give it a try.

The first thing to notice is the beautiful chocolate colored broadleaf wrapper, cluing me in that I’m in for a sweeter treat than AJ’s normal experiences.

Using a straight cut to clip the cap, I put the cigar to my lips and tasted the cold draw’s sharp stone fruit, mixed with hints of wood. The cigar wasn’t too loose or too tight so the draw was good, also assuring me of solid construction. Oh, there was a subtle sweetness I can’t quite name yet, too.

Once I lit the cigar, I tasted the prominence of wood that died down after a few hearty puffs. The smoke was ash gray. Sweet, dark cocoa (how can something be dark cocoa and sweet?  Don’t know, ask the blender!) balanced along with bitter notes of black pepper.

Enclave Broadleaf, by AJ Fernandez

As the cigar burns down, we pick up more balance in the sweet and spice mixture, until we burn down to the final third. Then the broadleaf really shines and we pick up that light cocoa I associate oftentimes with Tatuaje cigars.

The medium to full flavor is graced with a long finish.

Great cigar overall, and another hit for master blender AJ Fernandez.

few photos from Highland’s 11th Anniversary

Had a blast last Saturday and just forgot to post about it cause it was THAT crazy LOL!

Rocky Patel May 20th, 2011 Edicion Unica

The local rep from Rocky Patel, Stacy Cross, showed up with plenty of goodies, specials, and raffles. Featured were the new Edicion Unica May 20th, 2011, among others. She shared space with General Cigars and a Rocky/General collaboration that escapes me and if she sees this post hopefully she’ll let me know what the other cigar was!

Notes on the Edicion Unica are as follows:

A nice, clean look with a paper bag brown wrapper.  Light with no visible flaws or veins. The pre-light is full of wood flavors and the typical stone fruit/raisiny tastes often found in cigars.

Stacy Cross of Rocky Patel

Upon lighting, the wood notes come across heavily reinforced. As with any Rocky Patel cigars I’ve smoked, the construction and draw are spot on.

Toward the middle of the cigar, sweet cedar notes present themselves along with deep pepper. Wood takes a back seat to (dark?) cocoa bitterness.

Touch of leather on the final end, and the cigar is mellow without being in your face overpowering.   A limited release, if you can find these, get your hands on them and give them a try!

Late Night Chai, Highland’s superstar GM

Of course Mad Moulton was in, making a ton of dope ass drinks that not only had plenty of flavor, but looked incredible to boot. Take a look at his Instagram for proof of his cocktail prowess!

For an 11th anniversary party, it was much lower in key than last year’s 10 year, but still an awesome place with great folks, drinks and cigars. It was indeed, an example of Pure Indulgence.

Villiger Colorado 1888

Starts off with strong chocolate notes and light flavor. Solid draw and good even burn. Bitter cocoa notes dance over the palate almost as if afraid but are later joined with definite sweetness and a touch of the bold.

In the second third the cocoa becomes sweeter.

The cigar develops a softer profile over time and maintains throughout the smoke.

From what I was told, the new CEO of Villiger is committing more resources to premium handmade so bravo!

Cigar Reviews – Quesada 70th

Cold draw reveals lots of plum and raisin. The band is simple but elegant – black with gold lettering and trim stating the cigar name and 70th embossed.

Right off the bat bread-like tastes start off the cigar with a good draw. Not too hard. Dark grey smoke that also smells sweet. The taste quickly adds spice – not quite pepper but something.

Had to correct the burn line at first but that is minor. Draw is a little stiff but after a second and third puff it loosens up. Flavors meld together into warm bread, black pepper and hints of wood.

Near the end of the first third, vegetal notes appear. Cedar strengthens. Pepper intensifies.

The body is medium definitely to full The second third has more cedar. Some smokiness.

The pepper and spice strengthen in the middle.

Flavors really intensify at the end where we now taste sweetness along with the spice taking a back seat and the smoke still medium in the mouth. This definitely is fuller in body and is a great cigar. I’ve got one I’m holding on to to see how it changes over another year or two if I can mange!

11 year anniversary of Highland Cigar Company