Category Archives: Cigars

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.

Morning Cigars: Oliva O Serie

Having had to go into the shop to open up, with no food in my system, I see why the Oliva Serie O is a popular cigar for smokers. Considering I spent most of my smoking time in the evenings, when I want a heavy or full-bodied Cigar, I usually find the Serie O to be too weak in body. But since I started to work at the cigar shop in Decatur I’ve discovered that the Oliva O series is a good morning cigar.

Oliva Serie O Churchill

I’ve got a lot more of the flavor out of it because it is my first cigar with a fresh pallet.  Definitely has notes of earth and light spice, almost like cocoa dust.  Good draw, mild to medium flavor and strength.

It would probably pair well with a medium bodied coffee, or perhaps my mushroom coffee. It might even do well with a spot of Earl Grey tea.

Come down and see us at Got Cigars? in Decatur, at 232 E. Ponce De Leon, just off Decatur MARTA!

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