5 Vegas Relic Short Cigar Review

Thanks to the good folks over at Cigars Direct for this cigar. Now onto business. And this is going to be a Short Cigar Review not because the length of this post is short but because I only smoked one of these cigars. You would be forgiven if you saw this cigar from across the […]

Padilla Series ’68 Short Cigar Review

First off, I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas. One in which you got twice as many cigars as you had hoped for and Santa even threw in a dependable lighter and a sharp cigar cutter. Oh, and maybe some liquor too if you were really good this year. Full disclosure: I received […]

Fonseca Habana Selection Short Cigar Review

First, thanks to Cigars Direct for this Fonseca Habana Selection cigar. Now onto the down and dirty review. Wrapper: Nicaragua | Binder: Nicaragua | Filler: Dominican Republic Vitola: Cosacos (robusto) | Price: $30/5 pack 0/3: Oh, neat! The cigar is wrapped in wax paper. With the wax paper now disposed of there is a cigar […]

Oliva Connecticut Reserve Short Cigar Review

Pre-Smoke

Silky, light brown Connecticut wrapper. Oily, veiny and there are a couple of dark color splotches. The feel of the cigar is a little spongy.

For this review I am smoking the churchill (7″ x 50) vitola. It costs about $7.00.

Smoke

A burnt oak flavor is the first and main flavor to start off and it is pretty good. It burns evenly and the draw is great.

The cigar stays very consistent throughout. Oak is the mainstay and, if you like that flavor a lot, then you will like this cigar a lot. It ranges from burnt to sweet but it’s oak all the way.

After-Smoke

For the Oliva Connecticut the complexity is confined to its oak flavors. It’s a fine cigar and an enjoyable enough cigar. Now, if you are thinking there are going to be a lot of flavors then you need to look elsewhere.

3 points

Carlos Toraño Signature Collection Short Cigar Review

Pre-Smoke

The Carlos Toraño Signature Collection features a sun grown Brazilian maduro wrapper, a Connecticut broadleaf binder and the rest of the tobacco is Cuban-seed ligero from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Very good looking cigar with tons of oil. This cigar is truly a fine piece of craftsmanship. I am smoking the toro vitola (6″ x 50) for this review and it retails for a little more than $7.00 a stick.

Smoke

Earth and cocoa are the first flavors I get. Most of the flavor is evident in my mouth and not when I exhale out my nose, which is different than my normal experiences with most cigars.

There is an almost tart flavor on the tip of my tongue. The burn is basically even, the draw is good and this is turning into a tasty medium bodied cigar. The flavors are moderately above average.

Sweetness is apparent in the immediate aftertaste associated with the cocoa and then fades. On a side note, the cocoa becomes watered down.

After-Smoke

If I had to teach the “law of diminishing returns” I would have my pupils smoke this cigar. It starts out as a solid example of earth and cocoa. But then it progressively got weaker. Still, at its low point, it is a decent cigar. For the most part… I liked it.

3 points