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Luxury Cigar Review- ACC Special Edition 18 year

I first experienced smoking this cigar some time ago when a sample was sent for review, and I am now smoking the ACC S. E. 18 year.

ACC S. E. 18 Year – a testament to luxury

If you remember, I did a review for the ACC S. E. 12 year here.  I really enjoyed the robustness of flavor in the 12 year, but the 18 year is a different beast entirely.

Yes, vintage tobacco, and I mean maybe up to fifty years old vintage, rather than the industry standard when a maker (wine does this too) slaps the word “Vintage” on a cigar box.

With a beautiful, laser cut jacket that’s just as exquisite as the 12 year, and a secondary band proclaiming the age statement, this cigar’s wrapper is much lighter in color compared to the 12 year.

ACC S. E. 18 Year, a 7X50 Churchill for those seeking an exquisite experience.

Rolled entubado, this cigar is also triple capped to protect smoker, requiring another level of skill to not just blend, but roll this elegant cigar.  Cigars with tobacco this old require a lot more care, not just because of the need to be gentler with the leaf, along with making sure the cigar is consistent and remains in line with the creator’s vision.

The flavors of this cigar are much milder than the 12 year, also. Due to the age of tobaccos, the blend, the flavors are softer.  More of that cotton candy-like flavors, with very much a smoother profile too. Lighter on the pepper and spice, but damn tasty for sure.

1200 Cigar cabinet from ACC – a Luxury Lifestyle brand

Definitely a cigar that can’t be compared to anything else, really.

The packaging of ACC S. E. cigars is highest quality, using materials that only enhance the uniqueness and really look more like a lifestyle, than just a simple cigar.    The Accessories from ACC, such as custom humidor cabinets and ash trays are a perfect compliment for those seeking to upgrade their lives.

Cigar Review – La Jugada Habano

I picked up this cigar in an assortment for a really good deal from the fine folks at Tampa Humidor and I must say, the unknown sampler bags are out of this world in value.  You have to make sure you can get them, as they tend to fly off the shelves quickly.

Anyway, the La Jugada cigar was new to me.  Moya Ruiz cigars makes this powerhouse of a cigar and I must admit, the overall impression of it left me wanting more of them.

The prelight draw has a really sweet taste o it. Light and free I expect the draw to be very good. The cigar feels light in the hand.
The first few puffs are really wood heavy with pepper on the back end. The Habano wrapper flavor really comes through wot almost loam?  Smoke in the mouth is rather thick.
The second third continues with the same, flavors being consistent and balancing out with white pepper coming out on top and continue into the final bit of the cigar.  I’d also detected some cashew notes, almond notes.
Overall, this is going to be a cigar I keep in my regular rotation.

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

Boutique Blends G5 by Rodrigo Cigars

Hola Amigos!

That’s how George Rodrigo, head Amigo at Rodrigo cigars greets his customers.  And I’ve gotta say, I’m glad to be an amigo here.

Rodrigo G5Rodrigo 5X56
The prelight draw coated my mouth with chocolate raisin flavored air.  I suspected this new blend was going to be interesting.  So far, only a few cigars have I had, gave raisin notes – more  likely were dark fruits.
The initial draw is good. Cigar is a little harder than I expected but presentation has no major veins or flaws. Sweet but pronounced wood flavors start the palate off along with almost milk chocolate?
The construction is solid with a mostly even burn.  The line had to be corrected once but after that, it burned well.    The first third showed strong white pepper but that dissipated as the cigar burned down to the second third.
The final third, that’s where that red chili pepper taste emerged, a smokiness that was not boring.

Cigar Review – Nestor Miranda Danno One Life Edition

Nestor Miranda Danno – a Nicaraguan blend with a broadleaf wrapper and pig tail cap.   The cold draw produces flavors of light dark fruit with something mellow, maybe spice?  The wrapper looks a little rough, few IMG_3578veins.  Very dark chocolate color. 
The first few puffs start off with wood flavors-the dark fruit is definitely present along with muted spice. Not that power heavy stuff one gets from cigars from My Father factory.   In fact, I tasted plum on the initial few puffs.
Hints of leather appear along with a stronger sense of black pepper. This is just the first third. It actually paired well with the Laughing Skull beer (IPA) I had that night with it.
Starting the second third, the flavors give way to wood and the spice takes a back seat. The burn was slightly uneven.
The wood notes grow slightly in intensity. The smoke is cool. I was surprised at the construction.  If you’ve seen my rants on FB or twitter, you’ve seen that a number of cigars close to this size I’ve smoked have been duds, a disappointment considering they’re coming from some of my favorite makers.  Regular sizes (Toro, proper Churchill, etc) smoke just fine.
IMG_3579The final third is a mellow version of all the previous spices, chocolate and balanced bitters bonus the deep wood from earlier.  The burn line self corrected. Overall, a well made, tasty release with plenty of complexity from Nestor Miranda.

Cigar Review – Casa Magna Colorado

When it comes to a robust cigar, I used to think of stuff that was too strong initially.  JdN, LfD, etc.  The problem I had as a beginning cigar smoker was the nicotine kick overpowered the flavors and I often got light headed.

casa-magna-colorado

Not so with this release from Manuel Quesada.  Casa Magna Colorado features a Cuban Ligero seed Colorado wrapper, Viso and Ligero fillers from Nicaragua, this cigar starts off with plenty of balanced spices.

The packaging is elegant, yet simple at the same time.  The large band is striking and lets you know you’re smoking something with heft.

A good bit through the cigar is a plethora of earthy notes combined with the spice.  The smoke to me smells rugged, in a really good way.  As in, no one will mistake this cigar for something else, because it’s just that good.

Even better, the cigar burns really slow.  The draw is excellent.   This is one to be a permanent staple in any respectable cigar smoker’s rotation.

Don Cervantes Interview Part Four

Max Myers continues talking to Pure Indulgence about the Don Cervantes cigars, charity and worker treatment in the Ecuadorian Factory while we enjoyed the Masterpiece Platinum. Review here

The interview was conducted in November of 2010 for Radio Dentata‘s Pure Indulgence at the Occidental Cigar Club

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