Category Archives: Cigars

Cigar Review – Camacho Ecuador

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.

Camacho Ecuador – an even burn line.

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.

Cigar Review: Cuban Ramon Allones RASS

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?

Rather flat.

Ramon Allones Specialty Selection

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*

Happy New Years and here’s to a fantastic 2018!

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.

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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)

    ACC S.E. 12 Year – a fantastic way to ring in the New Year with luxury and class

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.

New Stock at Got Cigars? in Decatur, Georgia

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

Avo Nicaragua Syncro South American Ritmo

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!

Cigar Review: Camacho Criollo

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.

Cigars I’m looking forward to in 2018

I have this one cigar that..honestly I know so little about because there’s some mystery behind it, but all I can tell you is that it’s supposedly reminiscent of the Opus Double Corona NOT made by A. Fuente.   It’s a fairly lengthy cigar made by Purity Cigar Group and when I can post a pic of it, I will.

It might be my new years smoke.

I’m looking forward to the ACC S. E. 12 year – which I’ve reviewed in a video here. It’s a great smoke and a fantastic way to ring in the new year at Highland Cigar Company.

Though who knows. I hear Highland is doing a Drew Estate/Kristoff event on New Years Eve – so I imagine drink pairing but probably no official review from me LOL!

Cigar Review – Cubo Toro

The prelight draw is heavily raisin with notes of wood.

Strong wood notes start the cigar off. Chocolate sweetness and light bodied flavors of cardamom. Slightly tight draw.

The flavors are consistent with some chalkiness but he draw isn’t top notch. The chocolate and cocoa persists along with hints of baking spices.

Draw improved. Cigar is well constructed and holds ash well.

The flavors hold well with some of the cocoa and baking spices disappearing or lessening.

Cigar review – Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli

The Alec BradleyBlack Market line has enjoyed a lot of success over the years – as a refined, softer, more sensual (I know) version of the Tempus/Prensado lines IMO, but the newest extension features a unique blend of tobacco from Estella, home of fantastic Nicaraguan tobacco. The viola I smoked for this review was the 6X52. The same basic packaging is the same, only the box color is orange. Same with the sleeve.

First notes on the cigar start off with fruit – really light apricot and wood. The same sort of medium blend sensuality of this cigar is present but the fruity flavors overshadow them up until the first half of the cigar, then wood and light spice/pepper notes pick. Up.

The draw, like all Alec Bradley cigars I’ve reviewed is good, and a plentiful amount of smoke comes with each satisfying puff. Ash holds on for about an inch before falling off. Overall, a unique blend and a great extension to the Black Market Family.

Cigar Review – Cubo Toro

The prelight draw is heavily raisin with notes of wood.

Strong wood notes start the cigar off. Chocolate sweetness and light bodied flavors of cardamom. Slightly tight draw.

The flavors are consistent with some chalkiness but he draw isn’t top notch. The chocolate and cocoa persists along with hints of baking spices.

Draw improved. Cigar is well constructed and holds ash well.

The flavors hold well with some of the cocoa and baking spices disappearing or lessening.

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.