I came into a small stash of cigars that I don’t have any room for and I have been told I can sell for a fair price.
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.
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.
This is a brand new release from My Father Cigars, which features a Mexican Rosado Oscuro wrapper that has a plethora of flavors, and none of them were what I expected the cigar to have. All of them as usual, exceeded expectations.
This is a softer box press at 6X54, complete with the extravagant and somewhat ornate band that My Father is known for.
Cutting into the cigar with a straight cut, I take a prelight cold draw and pick up hints of wood, fruity notes. Pepper is actually absent considering this is a My Father cigar. Once the cigar is lit a few puffs
revealed white pepper from the wispy, white smoke. The draw was solid. Fruit and graham cracker sweetness, almost like honey, join the fold.
This is a full bodied, yet softer release from My Father, a perfect compliment to the My Father Le Bijou line. sweetness
The Señorial by Jose Blanco was a hit, but what could be better that this?
If you said a Maduro version, you’re goddamn right! Wrapped in a San Andreas wrapper, with Dominican fillers, Las Cumbres is knocking things out of the park.
The pre-light starts off with raisin and what I’d describe as terroir. Once lit, strong spice and oak come through. The cigar burns evenly with an enjoyable amount of smoke.
Black pepper starts to show itself in the second third, and on the final notes, we taste oak and mellow flavors. Overall, it’s a really satisfying cigar with a good, even burn line, good construction and a fantastic presentation.
Hint of vanilla.
The oak comes through stronger at the halfway point with the black pepper being nuanced.
Really glad to see JC Newman add a Maduro to this line and one that isn’t the Mighty Mighty. Nothing against the 6X60 cigar but I tend to prefer cigars in the toro range, usually no bigger than 6X54.
The Brick House Maduro Toro isn’t one of those cigars that’s going to blow your mind, but you’re smoking it because it’s consistent, draws well every time, is a little rustic in not just packaging but overall appearance and is a damn fine cigar for the price point.
Flavors include bitter cocoa, bittersweet notes and some earthiness that resonate throughout the entire cigar. Again, it’s consistent, well priced and a solid medium bodied cigar.
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.
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.
The Ramon Allones Specialty Selection was a great cigar the first time I had it back about seven or eight years ago. It was a quick, delicious but not overpowering, forty-five minute smoke with decent tasting notes of tobacco, bread and maybe some yeast.
This version I have?
Awful. I hate to say it because I really don’t like to talk smack about products, but this RASS? It sat in my humidor for a good few months before I lit it, and I know the humidor it was in prior til was golden. But this cigar, honestly? Lighting it up, it smokes well. It’s not plugged, the wrapper was clean, shows no veins or blemishes. But taste profile?
I mean it had a very light tobacco taste. Very faint toast.
It burned well all the way to the end, ash held up well too. But I have no idea the age of this cigar, only that it wasn’t what I remembered it being from all those years ago. We’ve talked loosely on this blog about the problem with Cuban cigars and how many cigar makers out of Nicaragua, Honduras and even the Dominican Republic produce higher quality tobacco and products. Oh and let’s not forget about Ecuador. Half of what is on the market (at least) has some form of Ecuadoran tobacco involved. There’s even a Wikipedia article on it.
But the RASS? Perhaps they are meant to be smoked new. *sigh*
I managed to spend the last night of the old year at Highland Cigar Company, around good friends, family and fantastic drinks. I met Rick Baumgartner of Kristoff, and Garrett Damore of AVO/Davidoff, may be setting some things up in the future with these two gentlemen.http://whitewolfindulgence.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/img_1356.mov
They’re really knowledgeable about the cigars they sell, and they’re both passionate men too.
Drink of the Night? (Before the Champagne of course!)
Blood and Sand:
- 1 oz Scotch (In this case, Cliff used Johnny Walker Black)
- 3/4 oz Cherry heering
- 3/4 oz Sweet vermouth
- 3/4 oz Orange juice
- ¼ oz Lemon (Classically, not an ingredient)
Mad Moulton was on FIRE New Years Eve, making those cocktails like a boss. I’m a fan of savory and this classic cocktail had enough balance and froth that made it look as pretty as it tasted. My preferred cigar was the ACC S.E. 12 Year to ring in the new year, but I had a chance to re-taste the Kristoff GC – and it indeed is lighter than presumed, with cocoa and coffee notes, slight bite but a smooth draw and a solid, medium finish. I had the Robusto.
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
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!
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.