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Cigar Review – Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua

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.

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: 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: 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: Brickhouse Maduro Toro

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.

Brick House Maduro Toro

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.

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!