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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: 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 – 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.

 

Cigar Review – Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro

I first had this cigar at Highland Cigar Company last year when it was a newer release. Chai had me give it a whirl and see what’s what.

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Churchill – at Got Cigars?

The short version about the RP Sun Grown Maduro is that.  A Broadleaf wrapper is draped over dual binders and Nicaraguan filler.  I expect some sweetness to come through, depending on Patel treated his Broadleaf wrappers.

The mainstay of this cigar is that the flavors start off with cocoa and spice.  Construction is pretty spot on for this6X52 vitola.   Hints of creaminess come through, along with pepper and cinnamon. The cigar feels light in my fingers but it’s well constructed enough that the ash hangs on for a good quarter inch.   This is a more medium to full bodied cigar with a very eye appealing wrapper.  Continuing on the simplicity, the band is also lacking in intricacies but that’s not a strike. Sometimes, simplicity is king.

I’l have more photos for this blog post later.

Overall, it’s a good addition to Rocky’s lineup.

 

Cigar Review: CAO Flathead v660 carb

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.

CAO Flathead v660 Carb

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.

Luxury Cigar Review – Inauguration by ACC Cigars

Inauguration by ACC Cigars

The Inauguration by ACC Cigars comes in two sizes, A size (a whopping 9 inch cigar) and standard 7X50 Churchill.  I got this from Max for review, so there’s the honest bit.

The first thing I will say is in typical ACC Fashion, the cigar is beautiful, construction and leaf selection.  Not a single blemish on the wrapper.  Not unlike the Presidente, there is a certain flair to the band, with the elegance of the double band, color selection and of course, the pin.  (I still haven’t figured out what to do with the few I have!)

Onto flavor:  The first promise of this cigar starts from the pre-light.  Initial raisin and stone fruit come through, but something else, almost like a sherry or ruby port sweetness just from the cold draw.

Lighting the cigar gives us that same sort of sweetness, unexpected from darker wrappers in many cases. Tasting it even a day later reminds me of more of a ruby port than a sherry, and I wonder if these are cask aged like the one I reviewed some time back.  Near even burn (my fault, shitty wind) and a great, easy draw, along with what I’d call a lighter to medium, almost chocolate finish.  For someone like me who enjoys pairing cigars with different things, this was much like the Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum, a very wine friendly cigar.  Something light with a little fruit, but still a red would make your smoking time more enjoyable.

Not sure the retail, check ACC Cigars site for information and availability.

If I had to stack this up against my other ‘higher end’ cigars, it wouldn’t even be a cigar one could hold a candle to.  That’s not to say that the others are worse, but the ACC Cigars in general are something of a treat for those of us seeking more than just a great smoke.

Cigar Review – Masterpiece Gold Reblended

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

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 n 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.

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. Nots of wood, pepper, intense leather and hints of oak come from the cigar at various points, but the pepper and spice remain up front.

Masterpiece Gold Lancero

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

Masterpiece Gold by Don Cervantes

Cigar Review – Diamante by PROPIO

Diamante by PROPIO

Another PROPIO release that came out not too long ago, this cigar’s blend I’m not sure of but I might have notes in my email – which I’ll add later. The first bit though, is the dark wrapper that’s a little toothy. Has a few veins but otherwise is smooth. In sticking with the classic old school PROPIO bands of black, red and silver, the cigar is an excellent addition to the PROPIO line up and one for smokers who prefer more old school tastes.

The cigar, like all ACC cigars is triple capped and rolled entubado, to get more leaves into the blend and allow for deeper customization of said blend. A pre-light draw reveals fresh stone fruit and that familiar raisin, but something else too, that’s almost like mulled wine.

When I toasted the foot of the Diamanté, bright gray semi-spicy smoke emitted from the foot. The taste on this cigar is pretty straight forward. What I’ve been noticing as mulled wine exists, but also those rich stone fruit notes. It’s got a darker, riper, different sort of richness than other PROPIO cigars, and rounds out the portfolio nicely.

Only information I can get you to a website would be ACC’s site.

Outside of that, I’ve had a lot of cigars during the winter months that fit my palate, and kind of induce a holiday feeling, because you’d think more of those mulled wine flavors, and harvest, and picking up a cigar with a richness such as the Diamante has just reinforces not just quality, but the time spent on a product that delivers an experience you can remember for a long time.  Trust me.

Cigar Review: PROPIO Léon by ACC Cigars

This is a fun review, because I did it in three parts in a video!  This is another release from ACC Cigars – you remember my interviews with Max Myers.

Part Two:

And Part III:

This honestly is, as much as I hate to betray my beloved Platinum (he already got me to betray it with the Tres Maduro haha) at LEAST up there as a favorite of mine.

A cigar this flavorful, this complex manages to stand out among the crowd.  I did the original video reviews back in 2012 and have had a chance to revisit the blend. It’s hard to describe, even funny if you follow my career as a romance author, because I have no words.  It’s truly an amazing cigar.

For other reviews:
Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum

Don Cervantes Tres Maduro

Don Cervantes Masterpiece Gold

More about ACC Cigars