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Cigar Review: Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Maduro Torpedo

I picked Thursday night to head to Highland Cigar Company and help them ring in 12 years of being one of the main staples and best bars in the ATL.

They were pouring High West bourbon all night but I left the bourbon alone until much later due to tooth pain.

But when I saw the Perdomo Estate Seleccion, I had to give it a test.  Being a new convert to Perdomo after trying his Lot 23 release several years back, and selling the 20 year, Champagne Noir and having a number of our customers at the shop pick up Perdomo sticks, I thought, what the hell.

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Maduro Torpedo

The hell indeed! Nice dark wrapper with a very sharp point at the torpedo.  The cigar didn’t have the same ‘chock full’ weight that say, the 20 year Anniversary Maduro has, but it wasn’t a cigar for a Johnny, either.

I clipped it and detected instant raisin and plum on the cold draw.  When I toasted the foot, took a few more puffs, I got a good bit of spice along with some bready notes.  I really thought I was smoking an older blend of pipe tobacco that I used to get at Grants Tobacconist when they were still around.

I have to be honest, the band is lacking.  I mean it’s pretty, reflective, but it felt cheap.  I’ll probably have a “this annoys me” post on cigar bands and the latest trend eventually.

Eventually, the flavors turned toward more earth notes.  Balanced, overall with the graham cracker notes I picked up around the center of the first third.

The draw was easy, the tobacco burned well like most of the cigars I’ve smoked from Perdomo’s line.  I really did try to find more information about this cigar, but even the Katman said back a few years ago there wasn’t much on it.  I’m also convinced his cigar was different than mine.

Overall a fine cigar, if not a little pricey but without more to go on, I can’t justify if that is worth it or not.  I paid $17 at Highland, so I reckon finding these online for about $14 may be about right.

Cigar review: Camacho Coyalar

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.

Camacho Coayalar

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.

Overall, a solid new release from Camacho.

Cigar review – Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary

I can’t believe I’ve been smoking these cigars off and on for years and never left a review.

The Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary is a box press cigar with flavors of spice, earth, cocoa and a slight sweet baking spice core. The strength is a solid medium out of Nicaragua and hailed as one of Rocky’s best blends – though I’m more a fan of the San Andreas that came out last year.

The flavors develop nicely over the length of the cigar, changing slightly while the baking spice remains present.

Cigar review – Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary

I can’t believe I’ve been smoking these cigars off and on for years and never left a review.

The Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary is a box press cigar with flavors of spice, earth, cocoa and a slight sweet baking spice core. The strength is a solid medium out of Nicaragua and hailed as one of Rocky’s best blends – though I’m more a fan of the San Andreas that came out last year.

The flavors develop nicely over the length of the cigar, changing slightly while the baking spice remains present.

Flight Night – Highland Cigar, Whiskey Edition

The Serie O Habana is a rich, medium bodied, yet somewhat spicy cigar that will pair well with the whiskies mentioned.

Morning Cigars: Oliva O Serie

Having had to go into the shop to open up, with no food in my system, I see why the Oliva Serie O is a popular cigar for smokers. Considering I spent most of my smoking time in the evenings, when I want a heavy or full-bodied Cigar, I usually find the Serie O to be too weak in body. But since I started to work at the cigar shop in Decatur I’ve discovered that the Oliva O series is a good morning cigar.

Oliva Serie O Churchill

I’ve got a lot more of the flavor out of it because it is my first cigar with a fresh pallet.  Definitely has notes of earth and light spice, almost like cocoa dust.  Good draw, mild to medium flavor and strength.

It would probably pair well with a medium bodied coffee, or perhaps my mushroom coffee. It might even do well with a spot of Earl Grey tea.

Come down and see us at Got Cigars? in Decatur, at 232 E. Ponce De Leon, just off Decatur MARTA!

Cigar Review: CAO Zócalo

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
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • 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.

From CigarDojo

“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.

 

Underwood cellars sparkling NV Rose

It’s nice to go where they remember you even after you haven’t visited in eons!  I picked up another can of wine.  Yes, you read that right.  

Underwood Cellars is located in Oregon and is part of the Union Wine Company. 

The folks at Wahoo Wine and Provisions keep Underwood Cellars cans of wine in stock and out of my own natural curiosity I had to try one.  I’ve had the Cabernet Savignon, the Pinot Noir and now I’m trying the Sparkling Rose.

I have to be honest.  The snob in me is disgusted LOL!

PInk Sparkling Rose…

But honestly?  This is one of the better cans of wine I’ve had in a long time. In fact, for a rose, since I’m not overly fond of those to begin with, it was pretty tasty.  The nose was typical, but the flavors were lingering tart cherry, blueberry and almost a candy heart sugariness that’s oddly light and refreshing.

I’ll go back for the other two cans mentioned and do reviews on them when I can.

The bubbles are light and approachable without being too dry

Big takeaway here?  Oregon is known for stellar Pinots.  But wine in a can?

Blew my mind too, but remember, a can of wine is HALF A BOTTLE haha!

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.

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.