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Cigar Review: Diesel Grind torpedo

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.

Henry Clay Tattoo by Pete Johnson

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know

Henry Clay Tattoo by Pete Johnson

my favorite non luxury (read, not super ultra premium) cigars has been made by Pete Johnson. In everything of his I’ve smoked, I have found immense pleasure.

The Re-Imagined Henry Clay was no different.

The pre-light draw is really more mellow than anything else – like mulled wine and candy. This is a box press cigar with plenty of heft in the fingers.

The original Henry Clay band remained, but the addition of a second band just below it in typical Tatuaje-style font added to the aesthetic.

The first few puffs elicit cedar and hints of pepper along with that sweetness described earlier. The draw is good with wood notes sneaking up along the rest of the other flavor.

Flavored are much more mellow than expected. Hints of mint. Good draw. Gray smoke.   It’s a fairly complex smoke, something I would expect from Pete Johnson and Don “Pepin” Garcia. 

Sweet red pepper comes into play. Odd juice-like notes. Still solid burn and draw.

I was really happy to see Pete still kicking around and doing new things.

Wine review: 9 mile road langhorne creek Shiraz 2013

This is another hit from First Leaf Wine Club.  I’ve been enjoying the half case shipments when I could pick them up and I think you’ll enjoy them too. Unlike my preferred Underground Cellar, Firstleaf is a curated wine program in the more traditional sense of the word – that is, you buy in and are sent wine at specified time periods.

Deep red in color, slight purple tinge. The nose is mostly berry and herbaceous, but once the wine opens up, the herbal notes tone down just a bit. I was pleasantly surprised to not get hit in the face with typical, strong pepper notes from Shiraz, this wine is softer than that.

The flavor is very herbaceous, but hints of pepper, cherry and vanilla come through. Medium long finish and enjoyed with pepper steak and roasted garlic potatoes.

When things settle in for me I’ll start posting about the various wine regions I’m getting bottles from. I think you’ll be excited, just as I am!

Cigar review – Perdomo 20th anniversary barrel aged.

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.

Perdomo’s greatness continues at Got Cigars? in Decatur, GA.

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.

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Cigar Reviews – Quesada 70th

Cold draw reveals lots of plum and raisin. The band is simple but elegant – black with gold lettering and trim stating the cigar name and 70th embossed.

Right off the bat bread-like tastes start off the cigar with a good draw. Not too hard. Dark grey smoke that also smells sweet. The taste quickly adds spice – not quite pepper but something.

Had to correct the burn line at first but that is minor. Draw is a little stiff but after a second and third puff it loosens up. Flavors meld together into warm bread, black pepper and hints of wood.

Near the end of the first third, vegetal notes appear. Cedar strengthens. Pepper intensifies.

The body is medium definitely to full The second third has more cedar. Some smokiness.

The pepper and spice strengthen in the middle.

Flavors really intensify at the end where we now taste sweetness along with the spice taking a back seat and the smoke still medium in the mouth. This definitely is fuller in body and is a great cigar. I’ve got one I’m holding on to to see how it changes over another year or two if I can mange!

11 year anniversary of Highland Cigar Company

Cigar Review – Ultra Luxury: ACC S. E. 1960 Oak Sherry Barrel

 

1960 Oak Sherry Barrel by ACC Cigars, atop the Don Cervantes Travel humidor

At first glance, this dark cigar looks like it’s going to be a powerhouse.  The band has a very old world Cuban feel to it in design and because it matches well with the darkness of the leaf, it makes it harder to see.

But for a cigar with such a hefty price tag ($2,500 per cigar), I have my suspicions. Yet, the website (Yamantaka Global) says the cigar is the same vintage tobacco as the 1950s Cubans. It’s obvious that this cigar is also rolled entubado like everything else ACC does. What that means is that the cigars are rolled in a tube-like fashion, and require a higher skill level of roller, else the attrition rate of production becomes really high since older tobacco is more susceptible to damage.

I’ve smoked enough ACC cigars to know the quality behind them has always been top notch, but this is hands down, the most expensive cigar on the market, and the most expensive cigar I’ve ever smoked to date.

Cutting the cigar and doing a pre-light draw reveal really smooth flavors that are a little hard for me to identify, and I’m drinking water with this cigar.  Upon lighting, the cigar has a smooth taste, with mellow notes of sherry and oak, as one would expect, from a cigar with this name.  (Reminds me of the style used by Drew Estate to make their barrel aged cigars.)

The cigar has a beautiful draw, sending a plethora of almost sweet, white/gray smoke into the air.  That trademark ACC scent isn’t present on this cigar though, but that’s okay. The feel of the cigar in my fingers suggests plenty of tobacco in the blend and at first puff, one would think, would have a tight draw. But no, the draw is excellent as I mentioned earlier.

Medium bodied, but full flavored, the oak becomes soft vanilla notes across the palate.  If I searched hard enough, I tasted the lightness of sherry, making me wonder what style of sherry they used for the casks.

Solid cigar all the way through though.  And a great start to me getting into higher premium cigars!