Vivalo Cigar Co., has been established since 2013 with the inaugural release “Serie Exclusivo,” which is comprised of 100% Nicaraguan tobacco from the two most esteemed growing regions, Esteli and Jalapa.
The Vivalo Exclusivo Gordo starts off with a peppery draw that has coffee on the back along with hints of sweetness. Almost nutty flavors.
The pre-light draw is awesome, that rich coffee flavor. The cigar has a great draw, whereby the pepper backs off to give way to sweeter notes of coffee properly sweetened.
The burn line is awesome after the initial pepper blast, the cigar flavors became coffee and chocolate. The sweet chocolate takes a prominent place in flavor on the end of the first third and the burn line stays pretty even.
Color: Deep Red
Nose: Classical merlot nose of spice and berry.
Taste: Immediate earthiness from chalky soil. Intense tart cherry followed by subtle spices and soft tannins. I wouldn’t be surprised if this went well with braised lambs, hard cheeses or certain Italian sausages. Overall, it’d a good starter merlot because the tannins don’t punch your palate to hell!
Medium finish. Paired with a Liga Undercrown Toro by Drew Estate for a soft, cigar/wine combination. In fact, the the sweetness of the Undercrown paired beautifully with the softness, cutting through some of the tannin structure of the merlot. This was a wine made for drinking with deep, well made maduros.
Oxidation opens the wine slightly.
This is definitely a treat of a cigar for those who want something extra special in their humidors. At just over four inches, this 35 minute smoke packs a ton of flavor. Great construction with a tight white ash that held firm. The taste was smooth and silky, but not as sensual as the Padron 1964. Still a treat, especially when paired with Glenfiddich 12 year.
I had this earlier at Grants and all I can say is WOW! The construction of this box pressed cigar is solid, producing a tight white ash. Flavors on this easy to draw cigar include pronounced coffee and tobacco that smooth out as the cigar smokes.
This is definitely an upgrade if you’re familiar with the general thousand line of Padron, which I am as those are my go to sticks most of the time.
I sipped a decent brandy while smoking and watching the news discuss the proposed smoking ban in San Francisco and talking to some of the more politically inclined smokers.
For $15.50 a stick, this is definitely worth buying a few if not a box.
The Artistas is a 6 1/8 X 52 Torpedo
Pete Johnson has done something in the cigar industry that not many people have. He’s made a quality cigar that’s quickly shot to the ranks of top scoring by cigar magazines across the board. Reviewers love his cigars, smokers love them, and now you’ll find out that I love them.
I had my first Tatuaje a week ago at the Occidental but I purchased the Artistas at Grants in San Francisco. I was hoping for something like La Riqueza (which i’ll review shortly) but what I got in the first third of this Nicaraguan puro was a nice spice. Upon lighting, the pre aroma brought out spice and sweetness. The smoke wasn’t so thick like a Padron. The draw easy, the construction, solid.
I had an inch of bright white ash before it fell off. And it burned pretty quickly.
The first third hit me with spice and sweetness. The next third had an oiliness I’ve grown to associate with La Riqueza that can only be described as just..yum! The last third had for me a combination of the two, but tasted so good that I smoked it to the nub.
From the website:
Blended in the style of the flavorful yet Medium Bodied Cuban Cigars.
Cigars are rolled in Nicaragua using select Nicaraguan tobaccos and classic cuban blending with a beautiful Cuban triple-cap.
Staying true to the pride of El Rey de Los Habanos.
I picked this up for a little over $8 and my only regret is I didn’t get two. Even the one I smoked yesterday with my crappy cold affected palate picked up on the nuances of his well crafted cigar.
I enjoyed this cigar with a glass of Glenfarclas 12 year single malt Scotch. The pair worked well together because the scotch is not overpowering and nor is the cigar.
Among one of the best blends from the Carlos Torano family of fine cigars. Carlos Torano Signature cigars are flawlessly handmade with a robust, complex-tasting blend of Dominican & Nicaraguan Cuban-seed Ligero long-fillers, a broadleaf binder, and an oily, sun-grown Brazilian Maduro wrapper. – From Famous Smokes who seems to have better prices than some of their competitors.
igar: Carlos Torano Signature
Size: Robusto 5 x 52
Wrapper: Sun Grown Brazilian Maduro
Filler: Dominican Cubano Ligero, Nicaraguan Habano Ligero
I had a very long day in front of the computer handling edits in my normal job as an erotic romance author and needed a cigar. I lit this up looking for something different than my normal Padron or Cuesta Rey and seeing as how I have a few of these now in my humidor along Fonsecas and other stuff, I figured I’d try one again.
Wow, what flavor! Peppery spice hit my palate upon lighting up that mellowed into a toasty flavor with undertones of refined earth and dark coffee. Due to the maduro wrapper I picked up notes of cream too. Firm ash that held on for the first inch suggested good construction.
I smoked with this Roibos tea in front of the Good News Cafewhile reading. I’ll probably try to pick up a box or so.
A very nice smoke that lasted about an hour or so. The maduro leaf used brings out a lot of flavor and even an hour or so later I’m still tasting it. Nothing about this cigar is overpowering though it’s rated as a medium bodied cigar. FYI, tis is one of the only maduros the Torano family makes and will become a staple in my humidor. I picked this beauty up in a five pack from Cigarbid at a decent price but checking out box prices at Cigar.com puts it at a similiar price to my beloved Padrons.