Category Archives: Cigars

Cigar Review: Illusione MJ 12

This was one of the flagship releases from Illusione cigars back in 2009 and I had a chance to smoke one at the now defunct Grants Tobaccoist in San Francisco. I enjoyed it immensely at the time but it was a little fuller in body than I was used to. Now?

Illusione MJ 12

We carry the cigar line at Got Cigars? (232 Ease Ponce De. Leon Ave. Decatur, 30030) and I have updated notes!

The cigar still possess a great finesse courtesy of the blending techniques Dion Giuliano uses and the types of tobaccos in the blend, but now I tasted more vanilla and oak notes. Of course, this is a smaller size than the one I prefer, but the robust will not fail to deliver.

Razor sharp burn, great draw, plethora of sweet smelling smoke, along with a medium finish.

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 – Masterpiece Gold Reblended

These came in a while back and I’ve been sitting on a few of them in the new lancero size, along with some of the minis which also are reblended versions of the original, which I reviewed here.

Masterpiece Gold by Don Cervantes

As you know, Don Cervantes is a luxury blend put out by ACC Cigars and tend to consist of aged tobaccos, some of which may be as old as 50 years in age. The cost of their cigars is due in part to the age of the tobacco and the skill required to roll tobacco that old.  You can’t use everyday rollers and have them roll vintage tobacco.  You’ll lose too much.

Per usual, the cigar has an even burn. The pre-light notes are typical of raisin and light stone fruit, but a torch to toast the foot reveals a semi-sweet smelling smoke. The first draw is easy, and the burn line is razor straight.

Notes of wood, pepper, intense leather and hints of oak come from the cigar at various points, but the pepper and spice remain up front.  Honestly, it’s rather refreshing.  I’ve had a number of cigars with Connecticut wrappers and I enjoy them, but the refined version of Don Cervantes tends to surpass all of them.  This new version is incredible, and has a stronger profile than the original, but remains balanced.  You ever have a cigar that is a mild blend but certain flavors dominate?  Not that it’s a bad thing, but when you’re seeking that delicate balance, this is a cigar that stands out among my 20 years of being a cigar aficionado.

A medium finish with an easy draw makes this an even better cigar for those who don’t prefer the stronger taste of maduros.

 

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.

 

Flight Night – Highland Cigar, Whiskey Edition

The Serie O Habana is a rich, medium bodied, yet somewhat spicy cigar that will pair well with the whiskies mentioned.