Alec Bradley Nica Puro Short Cigar Review

October 13, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · 2 Comments 

The cigar for this review was provided by Cigars Direct; As always, all reviews are my own.

Wrapper: Nicaragua    |   Binder: Nicaragua   |   Filler: Nicaragua   |   Box of 20: $125.95; 5 Pack: $33.00   |   Robusto   |   5″ x 50

Alec Bradley Nica Puro cigar (click on image to go to manufacturer site)

Alec Bradley Nica Puro cigar (click on image to go to manufacturer site)

0/3: When I first started smoking cigars I smoked a lot of Alec Bradley cigars and while there are definitely some good cigars in their lineup (I especially like the Prensado and the Family Blend) I found myself smoking less and less of them as time went on. Maybe my tastes have changed or maybe there are just too many good cigars out there that I just lost touch with Alec Bradley cigars.

But then I saw that Alec Bradley had put out their first Nicaraguan puro, aptly named the Nica Puro, and I wanted to try it to see how good it was.

It is a good looking cigar, not a lot of oils on the wrapper, nor veins, noticeably not symmetrical but pretty close. Mostly consistently packed.

1/3: How is the world suppose to end? Does it include fire raining down on the sinful masses? Well, my shorts just received their own little micro-apocalypse after I fumbled with the cigar and knocked newly lit tobacco cherries off of the foot and they fell on my shorts like a shower of small asteroids. Argh!

The cigar is quite good though. This is a very good example of what I think of when I smoke a Nicaraguan cigar: a bit on the dry side, bold flavors (including spice, leather and cedar) and a general sense of contentment on my part. Not only are the flavors bold but the strength is fairly bold as well. I’d say that this is an aggressive cigar that is by no means harsh or containing an off note during this first third.

2/3: While the spice is still present, especially in the back of my nasal cavity, the main flavors I’m getting are dry earth and leather. The cedar is still present around the edges of the flavors profile and it is now accompanied by a whiff of sweetness, which rounds off any rough edges this flavor profile may have had. The strength of this cigar has moderated a bit and is now in the low full bodied range.

3/3: Copious amounts of smoke have billowed throughout the duration, which is neat and shows that there is good combustion going on, which is important for performance and the such. The flavors, however, take a bit of a turn during the final third going more for oak and a bit of spice. On its own it’s not a negative but it did take some of my enjoyment away from the cigar. Kind of a bland ending when compared to the first two thirds but not compared to cigars in general.

4/3: Full bodied with a good draw and burn; the Alec Bradley Nica Puro was, overall, a very good cigar. I especially liked the first two thirds which featured a good mixture of spice, sweetness and earth. The final third was somewhat of a drop off but still a net positive third in my estimation. I thoroughly liked this addition to the Alec Bradley line of cigars.

4 out of 5 points – A very nice addition to the AB line that fans of Nicaraguan tobacco will surely like

Camacho Triple Maduro Short Cigar Review

July 30, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

I received this cigar from Cigars Direct; as always, all reviews are my own.

Wrapper: Maduro    |   Binder: Maduro   |   Filler: Maduro   |   Box of 21: $183.00; Single: $8.95   |   Robusto   |   4 ½″ x 50

Camacho's logo - I like it

Camacho’s logo – I like it

0/3: I have reviewed the Camacho Triple Maduro 50/4.5 twice before and I absolutely loved it both times. In fact, I did a full review of this very cigar back in 2009 and gave it 95 points and the Short Cigar Review I did saw the Camacho Triple Maduro receive 5 out of 5 points. Of course, that was back in 2009 and even if I haven’t “matured” as a cigar smoker since then my tastes have changed. Although, I liked full bodied cigars back then as well so….

Solidly packed and very dark, the wrapper is slightly oily with a couple of small veins running from the foot to the cap. This cigar has the old band on it (the Camacho website shows a new band so I’m assuming that’s not just for web marketing purposes).

1/3: Heavy flavors greet you from the get go. Deep sweetness and earth notes as well. Very good so far.

2/3: Sweetness – the dark fruit kind, the kind that I like – earth and a great smokiness that adds a really nice dimension to the flavor profile. It may not seem like it from the description (I’ve never been one for “flowery” language, although mimicking said “flowery” language helped me win a writing competition or two in school) but there is some complexity to this cigar.

3/3: Mostly a continuation of the second third. If possible, the flavor profile does get a bit heavier; you know you are smoking something good when you smoke one of these cigars.

4/3: I do like this cigar. I’d peg it in the medium-full bodied range with a good draw (excellent even) and burn; this cigar may not be full of bold, in-your-face/take-no-prisoners flavors but, rather, deep, brooding flavors that remind me of French cuisine. I can’t say that I like it as much as I once did but this is still one of those cigars that I enjoy revisiting from time to time.

4 out of 5 points – A cigar to meditate on

Casa Magna Colorado Short Cigar Review

April 9, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

Wrapper: Nicaragua   |   Binder: Nicaragua   |   Filler: Nicaragua   |   Box of 27: $150.00; Five Pack: $28.95  |   Lancero   |   8 ½″ x 40

0/3: Got this from one of my cigar smoking buddies; thanks buddy!

This cigar is extremely long, is rather rustic looking with all those veins and bumps but it does have a pigtail cap and the wrapper covers the head. And there’s a little bit of oil on the wrapper.

Casa Magna

1/3: Pretty strong flavors from the beginning: pepper and a general hot spice, some chocolate in the background. There’s also oak and wheat. Lots going on.

2/3: Oak and nuts are the big flavors during this third. Spice is gone and so is the chocolate (wheat is sort of still around).

3/3: Still tastes good with oak and nuts being the major flavors at the end. There’s a bit of spice coming back.

4/3: Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; this cigar is consistently good from the beginning to the end.

4 out of 5 – Definitely worth a try

PS: I have reviewed this line of cigars four times in the past: short robusto, corona and robusto (double review!) and the torpedo. All scored very well.

Tatuaje Apocalypse Short Cigar Review

November 22, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

I received the cigar I am using for this review from Smoke Inn, all reviews are my own.

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf   |   Binder: Nicaraguan   |   Filler: Nicaraguan   |   Box of 15: $134.25; Singly: $8.95   |   Perfecto   |   5 ¼″ x 48-52

0/3: About a year ago Smoke Inn released their first in a series of micro blend cigars with the Tatuaje Anarchy. It was a wonderful cigar and I rated it at 94 points, which is a pretty damn good score. Supposedly, the blend for the Apocalypse is a tweaked version of the Anarchy blend so that the Apocalypse has more concentrated flavors. Or, to put it in layman’s terms: it’s like cracking an egg and getting two yolks.

Now, this is a pre-release cigar but, according to the good folks over at Smoke Inn, this is the same cigar everyone else can purchase starting at midnight on Thanksgiving Day. I’m not exactly sure but I’m pretty confident that you will be able to purchase these cigars on this page at the appointed time.

Of course, your buying decision is going to solely rest on what my verdict is. Starting off, it is a really cool looking cigar. A perfecto, the chocolate brown wrapper feels like fine grit sandpaper and is very oily. The pigtail is back for this iteration and, to be honest, it doesn’t add anything to the cigar. It actually looks like an impressionist Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll but one I cannot eat.

1/3: The draw gets good once the burn line overcomes the perfecto’s hump. Whereas the flavor profile for the Anarchy was dry and “rugged” this one is warm. Leather, spice, graham cracker and some sweetness. Good mix.

2/3: Gritty, chalky earthiness comes through. The leather, spice and graham cracker flavors are still there with roughly the same intensity but the sweetness has pretty much left.

3/3: During the final third there is a marked change in the flavor profile with a movement towards dark, floral sweetness. Earth is still present but the other flavors have definitely receded into the background. Some fruity flavors as well.

4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn, this cigar is pretty good. But I didn’t like it as much as the Anarchy. Still, I think it’s definitely worth a try.

4 out of 5 points – Definitely worth a try

La Sirena Short Cigar Review

October 10, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

I received this cigar as a gift from Barry, who works for Miami Cigar & Co. All reviews are my own.

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro   |   Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo ’99   |   Filler: Nicaraguan Corjo ’99 Viso and Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 Ligero   |   Box of 10: $102.00; 5 Pack: $55.00   |   Size: A   |   9.2″ x 48

0/3: Big… Ass… Cigar. Very oily cigar with one stretch mark. I’m amazed there aren’t more imperfections with a cigar of this length. It is a little spongy to the touch and, since it has been resting in my humidor for about 10 months, it is a little banged up. But not too banged up to hurt performance, I hope.

1/3: I don’t normally smoke “A’s” but when I do I get this unsettling feeling that I should have some kind of support system about 2/3rds of the way down to make sure it doesn’t break. It’s irrational, I know, but that’s what my brain is thinking.

Good, clean spice comes through strong during the first third. A bit of floral flavoring comes through too. There’s some earthiness as well.

2/3: Floral spice is the main thing going during this third. There’s also a good deal of earthiness going around and some meaty flavors. But, like I said, it’s mostly floral spice, which has a little bit of sweetness to it.

3/3: Leather and that floral spice which covers everything like the Blob on some hapless 1950’s town. Still, I’m liking it. Maybe not as much as the robusto, which I gave 95 points to a while back, but, still, very good.

4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn, this cigar is easily above average. It’s a bit expensive but, then again, it does last a really long time and is great throughout. It’s not the same robust spice explosion that you get with the smaller vitolas but the flavor here is very nice. More like two-plus hours of restrained delight.

4 out of 5 points

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