I’ve been a huge fan of anything LFD has done, including the Capitulo I and II. This latest release was created to celebrate the superbowl and while it carries a hefty price tag in the shops, ($20+/-) We ended up with a few boxes at Got Cigars in Decatur and I had t try one.
The first thing to notice about this cigar is the obvious, cutout pattern of the goal lines and football on the top. I was interested to note how this would change the flavor overall, figuring it would add some level of complexity.
In earnest, the cigar is a straightforward vitola, Solid burn line, good draw producing a healthy bit of smoke, the cigar smells a little creamy but the earthiness comes out full force. It’s not a heavy pepper bomb like a lot of the LFD stock. More balanced. Good medium finish on a medium boied cigar.
We got this cigar in recently at Got Cigars? in Decatur and I was curious. I haven’t had a Rocky in a good long while, on purpose.
The first thing to note is the very clean lines on this box pressed cigar. Habano wrapper- guessing Ecuadorian Habano.
Pre-light flavors include deep raisin, almost sweetness. Some hints of wood, and leather. The pull is easy. A rich, chocolate, blemish free wrapper graces the cigar.
Used a straight cut. The green and silver band are a nice touch.
Right off the top, oak and spice, like a coarse black pepper. Bit of wood. Easy draw. Plenty of grey smoke. Smoke has a pepper smell to it, black.
This isn’t as robust as say, the RP Decade. It’s a little mellower. The burn line isn’t clearly even but I expect the cigar to correct itself or only require a small touch up. I’m anal about my cigars burning evenly.
The ash didn’t hold on. It feel pretty quickly. During the first third, the flavors sweeten a little, becoming more open to that raisin/plum-like note I hinted to earlier. The burn line has mostly evened out. Draw is easy. Feel in my fingers is a little softer than I’m used to. We did just open the box the other day.
The cigar gains some additional red pepper flake flavors, along with mellow sweetness before a bite comes across the palate. Not a harsh or bad thing, just maybe that black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied.
Once I touched up the burn line, the cigar burned evenly. This is around the start of the second third.
The flavors continue to mellow slightly. Overall, a good cigar. Burn line did stay even. Mellow, almost mulled wine finish mixed in with hints of white pepper. I picked up dry oak on the middle third of the cigar and the white pepper intensified.
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
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.
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In conjunction with Groupo De Maestro, AJ Fernandez was asked to re-imagine several key blends for Altadis. Made in Nicaragua at
the A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua factory in Estelí, this cigar consists of Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, Mexican San Andrés binder and filler from Nicaragua and Honduras.
Romeo Crafted By A.J. Fernandez comes in five sizes: Churchill at 7 inches by 50 ring gauge; Robusto, 5 by 52; and Toro, 6 by 52, Belicoso, 6 by 52,
For this review, I smoked the Toro. When I first picked it up, the cigar felt heavy and full of quality tobacco. Medium chocolate color wrapper. Fruity on the cold draw, like plums or raisins. This is a really different Romeo, more robust than any other blend of theirs. It begins with heavy wood and black pepper. Cedar notes along with fruit on the back end of the exhale show up as well.
After the final third starts, the tone of the cigar changes and I picked up warm cinnamon spice with slow wisps of smoke. The cigar also sports notes of yeast and bread. Those become prominent flavors along with mellow red pepper until the cigar finishes.
I’ve been waxing poetic lately about the local finds here in Atlanta/Decatur and this bourbon is no exception. Still with the age statement on it, indicating they haven’t run out of good juice yet, Eagle Rare’s 10 year DPS offering offers the bourbon connoisseur a lighter bodied, yet fully flavored bourbon in the same bottle.
It doesn’t require a cube like the DPS edition of 1792 did, as the alcohol has a perfect balance between mellow and spice to pair with any cigar you want to throw at it.
Yes, I mean any. Be it something as luxurious as Don Cervantes or a heavy pepper bomb like anything the magnificent Don Pepin Garcia makes, this bourbon will pair nicely with it.
At the start of the year, I’m going to stock up on different liquors so we can play a new game. Cocktail hour!