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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.

 

Miraval Cote De Provence

This was a find from Underground Cellar that I really enjoyed. The

flavors were standard out of a good solid Cote De Provence, chalk, mineral, and this was an excellent summer sipping wine.

Notes on the nose include grapefruit, terroir, and a touch of sweetness.

The gold straw color isn’t so prolific thanks to my shitty photo taking abilities, but this was definitely an enjoyable wine.  Medium finish.

For great deals on wine (we both get $25 in wine I think) Underground Cellar.

Cigar Review – Rocky Patel 55

We recently received a box of Rocky Patel 55, a new release from Rocky Patel and Co. out of Esteli, Nicaragua factory.

Rocky Patel 55 – a multinational blend

This is a multinational blend consisting of Nicaragua and Costa Rican tobaccos.    This cigar was created to honor Rocky’s 55th birthday (this year!) and is part of the Artisan series.

Right from the start, the draw on this cigar is good, producing a good heft of sweet smelling smoke.  There is definitely a plum taste to it. The cigar feels thicker and better packed than the softer counterpart the Rocky Patel platinum. Hits of sweet cocoa light up the first few puffs.

As the cigar burns fairly evenly, the softness of the flavors really accent the smoking experience.  Unlike the Decade or the 15th, the 55 is much smoother.

Developing flavors include light cocoa or chocolate, almost like baking chocolate. Still with the easy draw. i’m really enjoying this cigar more than I thought I would.

The middle and final third produce

The burn line required a few touch ups, but was solid most of the way through.

baking chocolate. Definite baking chocolate.  Spice joins an earthy core for a medium finish that’s rather unique in that it lingers just on the palate without quite being annoying.

It’s a higher price point for a Rocky, but I feel it’s justified

Cigar Review: My Father Opulencia

This is a brand new release from My Father Cigars, which features a Mexican Rosado Oscuro wrapper that has a plethora of flavors, and none of them were what I expected the cigar to have.  All of them as usual, exceeded expectations.

This is a softer box press at 6X54, complete with the extravagant and somewhat ornate band that My Father is known for.

Cutting into the cigar with a straight cut, I take a prelight cold draw and pick up hints of wood, fruity notes.  Pepper is actually absent considering this is a My Father cigar.  Once the cigar is lit a few puffs

My Father La Opulencia Toro 6X54

revealed white pepper from the wispy, white smoke.  The draw was solid.  Fruit and graham cracker sweetness, almost like honey, join the fold.

This is a full bodied, yet softer release from My Father, a perfect compliment to the My Father Le Bijou line.  sweetness

Cigar Review: Señorial Maduro Toro

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.

Señorial Maduro by Las Cumbres/Jose Blanco

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.

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*

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.