I had this last night in the short figurado size at Highland Cigar company. Off the top, the cigar has a robust appearance with both ends being pointed. Really interesting cold draw – almost bread and leather.
Upon lighting up I was hit instantly with soft notes of leather and spice, not quite a strong black pepper flavor, but something more refined.
The cigar lasted for about an hour, having both a good, solid draw that produced a decent amount of ash gray smoke, and an even burn line. Flavors were pretty consistent throughout the entire cigar, no real variance from one section to another. I’d look to see that in the larger sizes.
I’m still not a fan of the larger gaudy bands Camacho uses but this one does fit.
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?
We carry the cigar line at Got Cigars? (232 Ease Ponce De. Leon Ave. Decatur, 30030) and I have updated notes!
For starters, this is one of my favorite releases of theirs. Yes, even in the size (6×56) as it’s not only a solid smoke, but well constructed and has a great draw, producing a good bit of flavorful smoke. The cigar feels weighty in my fingers, chock full of hearty tobaccos.
Aesthetically, the foil wrapper around the entire cigar is interesting but nothing really special, nor does it serve a purpose in my mind. Didn’t on the Maduro either, which, now that I think about it, was what I smoked first at Grants.
The flavors overall of this cigar range from red pepper, sugary sweetness (I didn’t get that, more or less got a heady bite of bread and yeast) along with some slight woodsiness.
The Katman cigar reviewer detected a variety of Maltiness in the cigar. For as much IPA as I consume, I didn’t pick it up, but you should be aware because his reviews are usually solid, when he’s not talking about turtle fucking..
I did pick up slight raisin notes along with more of those impressive bread/yeast as the cigar burned. Which, by the way, was mostly even for a cigar of this size. Not impressive (because it’s Illusione, they’re ALL good!) but good because it makes selling them easier.
The cigar is definitely a medium to full bodied cigar, but nicotine isn’t overflowing with potency like an LFD. The intensity of flavors picks up as the cigar nears the mid-point. Transitions are smooth.
Overall, this is a complex cigar and one that commands the $11 price. Pick up a few and you won’t be disappointed!
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
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.
“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.
The Señorial by Jose Blanco was a hit, but what could be better that this?
If you said a Maduro version, you’re goddamn right! Wrapped in a San Andreas wrapper, with Dominican fillers, Las Cumbres is knocking things out of the park.
The pre-light starts off with raisin and what I’d describe as terroir. Once lit, strong spice and oak come through. The cigar burns evenly with an enjoyable amount of smoke.
Black pepper starts to show itself in the second third, and on the final notes, we taste oak and mellow flavors. Overall, it’s a really satisfying cigar with a good, even burn line, good construction and a fantastic presentation.
Hint of vanilla.
The oak comes through stronger at the halfway point with the black pepper being nuanced.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
I picked this up at Got Cigars? in downtown Decatur a few weeks back and got to try it. The pre-light has heavy raisin and mulled wine tastes. Dark wrapper has no noticeable flaws. Speckled slightly, giving hope of spice.
6×60 and felt so right in my fingers!
The Cigar starts off easily with hints of red pepper and spice along with slight oak flavors.
Then it picks up as the smoke burns evenly, with hints of cocoa and bourbon barrel flavors.
The burn line corrected after a few minutes and the flavors became more like baking spices.
Coffee notes develop along with chocolate sweetness and light earth. With a medium to full bodied finish that lingers, this is a definite keeper in the humidor.