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!
The Montecristo White was a cigar I picked up from a grab bag of
random things from the folks at Casa De Montecristo by Tampa
Humidor. It came along with the Partagas Black, and Alec Bradley Prensado (5X50).
I was rather surprised. For starters, I’m not a huge Monte fan as a rule, I’ve outgrown the traditional big brands. It’s like drinking Budweiser (if you like pain) and then realizing there is locally brewed IPA. But since I paid for this, figured, what the hell.
The surprise came in that the cigar was fairly flavorful. Honestly, it was creamy, with good solid wood notes and a touch of pepper. The draw was good, construction solid. I’d expect that though from General Cigar. Good flavor overall, with a medium finish, this cigar is one for those who would enjoy a mild cigar but still want plenty of flavor.
The Gran Puro Nicaragua, latest release from Punch cigars is more or less a line extension. With re-envisioned coloring and packaging, the brand is trying to remain relevant among a sea of new blends for newer smokers who crave something different.
Using a USA Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan binder, and fillers, the line isn’t a puro at all. But it is interesting. Measuring at 6X54, the cigar was supposed to be a blend of different things and have more complexity than the usual Punch smoker was accustomed to.
The cigar itself is rolled and constructed well, and a plethora of peppery smelling smoke emits from the lit foot. Flavors from the cigar aren’t overwhelming, so we may come back to this in a different size. But what I did pick up included pepper, sweet molasses, wood notes and and if you reach, you can detect subtle hints of sweetness at the end.
Overall, decent but nothing I’d purposely write home about.
We recently received a box of Rocky Patel 55, a new release from Rocky Patel and Co. out of Esteli, Nicaragua factory.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Really glad to see JC Newman add a Maduro to this line and one that isn’t the Mighty Mighty. Nothing against the 6X60 cigar but I tend to prefer cigars in the toro range, usually no bigger than 6X54.
The Brick House Maduro Toro isn’t one of those cigars that’s going to blow your mind, but you’re smoking it because it’s consistent, draws well every time, is a little rustic in not just packaging but overall appearance and is a damn fine cigar for the price point.
Flavors include bitter cocoa, bittersweet notes and some earthiness that resonate throughout the entire cigar. Again, it’s consistent, well priced and a solid medium bodied cigar.
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.
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.