La Flor Dominicana Litto Gomez Diez 2012 Cigar Review

October 9, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 
Litto Gomez Diez cigar (click image to go to manufacturer's site)

Litto Gomez Diez cigar (click image to go to LFD site)

I have a little bit of history with this brand as I named the 2012 Chisel as my top cigar of 2012 and, frankly, that’s the best cigar I have ever smoked. It’s so good that if I had to only smoke one cigar for the rest of my life I would quickly choose that one and have no qualms about it. Well… nah, no qualms.

Also, I’ve been reviewing a lot of lanceros lately and liking most of them. Since this cigar is a lancero and made from the same blend as my favorite cigar I have high hopes for this cigar.

There really isn’t anything like the smell of a Litto Gomez Diez cigar; it smells of spice and a barnyard. The construction looks good, there are some stretch marks around the foot though. It is a very oily cigar and there is one of those darling little pigtails on the cap. And now I’m going to cut that off.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: lancero
Length: 7 ½”
Ring Gauge: 39
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $178.95/Box of 20 | $8.80/Single

Bizarro Flame!

It wants to be good but I have my doubts. The draw is very tight and that is wreaking havoc on the flavor profile, at least in the beginning. What flavors are able to get through include dark fruit and some fleeting spice. Basically, my impression of this cigar is that the flavors are there but they are hidden by the bad draw. The previous (two) LGD ’12 lanceros I smoked had the same problem.

A bit further into the first third the draw does open up a bit but it will probably be a problem throughout; I hope not but that was the case with the previous two. As long as you concentrate on bringing in enough of the smoke you will get pretty strong flavors including the aforementioned dark fruit and spice (but they’re much, much better now that the draw has opened up a bit) and there’s also barnyard and cedar.

Meandering is nice when it’s a warm, sunny day and you are walking through a park but it isn’t very nice with a cigar. I really want to like this cigar and there are some very good moments at the end of the first third and the beginning of the second third but then it just kind of wonders off again shortly after the halfway point has been reached. Earth, spice and those dark fruit flavors are kicking around and they are pretty good but are not as good as they should be. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that all the ingredients for a great cigar are present except for a good draw, which significantly hurts the performance of this cigar.

This cigar has all of the flavors that I like in a cigar but they just don’t get the opportunity to shine. My problem, which is not getting solved in the final third, is that the draw is making the performance inconsistent. Pretty much the same flavors going from the second third into the final third.

Medium-full bodied with a poor draw and good burn; the La Flor Dominicana Litto Gomez Diez 2012 lancero’s major problem is a poor draw. This problem undercut what should have been a wonderful group of flavors and made them pretty blah. This happened with the three cigars that I smoked and I would be surprised if this problem were isolated to the three cigars that I smoked.

87 points

Room 101 Ltd Conjura Edition Cigar Review

September 25, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Whenever I do a review I do a little search into the background of the cigar. Normally, this stuff can be pretty interesting. For example, knowing the genesis of a particular blend can be informative if not entertaining. This is all the information that I found for this cigar:

 

Saying I found nothing is a bit of an overstatement but I didn’t find much. I couldn’t find a central location for information on Room 101 Cigars, which I find odd since Matt Booth (Boofy), the creator of Room 101, is a genius at marketing and promotion and Camacho, who make the cigars, isn’t bad either. It’s not too important, I guess, as the more recent stuff from Room 101 is pretty popular even without a ton of info on the web.

Take myself as an example. I find the brand interesting and I did like the original Namakubi and Daruma. Now onto this cigar.

It’s a box pressed cigar with a medium-light brown wrapper and good construction. There are a decent amount of oils on the wrapper and the look, beyond the “medium-light brown” descriptor, has a mottled look to it. Alright, enough of this, let’s smoke the cigar.

Room 101 Ltd Conjura Size Chart (click on image for Boofy's Twitter handle)

Room 101 Ltd Conjura Size Chart (click on image for Boofy’s Twitter handle)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: robusto
Length: 4 ¾”
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Rosado (from where?)
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican
Price: $79.99/Box of 20 | $30.60/Pack of 5

Taper no more? Fire!

After an initial burst of peppery spice comes some dry, barnyard flavors that are performing decently. There’s also some oak and that peppery spice gradually morphs into a dry spice. It’s a unique mixture of flavors and I’m not quite sure what to think about it yet.

Some sweetness comes on during the second third but the main flavors are barnyard and oak. Spice is pretty much gone at this point. There isn’t a lot of strength to these flavors at this point, which is troubling.

Sweetness becomes a stronger flavor during the final third. I did have to perform one sizable touch up during this third but it didn’t seem to affect the performance of the cigar. The sweetness started to take on a floral character during the second third but it really comes on during the final third.

Medium bodied with a good draw and a decent burn; the Room 101 Ltd Conjura isn’t a bad cigar but just one that I don’t particularly care for. The spice that was present was decent for a while but then it just falls off of the map. What is present is a lot of pleasant sweetness that, while I’m sure some of you will like it, I just didn’t particularly care for it.

87 points

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 Cigar Review

September 20, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

I’ve reviewed a few lanceros lately so I figured that I might as well do another. But before I get on with the review I would like to say a little about trying different vitolas. So, here it goes. Try different vitolas and you might be surprised in a good way. The more you know.

Rustic looking darkish brown wrapper with some oils on it. I do have to note that none of these (this is my fifth) have looked very good. Actually, each one of these I’ve smoked looks like it has gone through the ringer a few times. Veiny, bumpy, feels a bit soft and a couple of these cigars, including the one that I am set to smoke shortly, has had a crack at the foot. And there’s a pigtail on the cap.

One last thing: I have reviewed a Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 before and I loved it, making it one of my Top 10 Cigars of 2012. Wow, I should start thinking about my Top 10 for 2013 soon….

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 (click picture to go to Joya’s site)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: lancero
Length: 7 ½”
Ring Gauge: 38
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habana Criollo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $110.99/Box of 20 | $31.99/Pack of 5

Walking Dead Spinoff Conflagration!

The draw is loose and, even though I like my draw to be a bit on the loose side, this is much too loose. It takes too much effort for me to get the smoke going but, when it finally reaches my taste buds, it’s pretty good. Very much like the other vitolas but with more of a moistness to the flavors. Spice, a cross between oak and cedar and leather make up the flavor profile at this point. It’s an aggressive flavor profile but, probably because of the extra effort I have to go through to get the smoke to come through, the flavors don’t stick around for very long.

I like the flavors, especially the powerful spice (with an edge of oak) but it’s just not as strong as it normally is in the other vitolas. The only conclusion I can draw is that since this is a lancero it’s having an affect on how much power is actually able to come through. In and of itself, less power is not a bad thing but, unfortunately, it’s also affecting how good the flavors are.

With the final third comes a better draw and a return to the spicy, dry earth flavor profile that I’ve come to expect from the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970. It’s a good ending.

Medium-full bodied with a loose draw but a good burn; the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 starts out unspectacularly but finishes well. And I’m not just saying that I didn’t like the first two thirds because I was expecting one thing and got something else. The draw was just too loose and that significantly affected my enjoyment of this cigar and this happened with each one I tried.

87 points

La Aurora Para Japón Cigar Review

July 8, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

After three years of Spanish in high school I am reasonably certain that “Para Japón” has something to do with bacon. The Para Japón cigar hails from La Aurora, a very charitable company, and some of the proceeds from the sale of these cigars goes to humanitarian efforts to help Japan rebuild after the disasters that befell it a while ago. Read HERE for more information.

Fine looking cigar; nothing particularly special about the way it looks. There are some oils on the wrapper, looks well made, has a couple of veins here and there and the wrapper is of a lighter brown hue. Of course, none of this really matters all that much because you can’t judge cigars by how good their wrapper looks. To the review!

Credit: Cigar Explorer

Credit: Cigar Explorer

Cigar Stats
Vitola: robusto
Length: 5”
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Brazil & Cameroon
Price: $65.00/Box of 12 | $28.00/Pack of Five

Red Wedding Flame!

The first and main flavor during the first third is sweet oak; it’s nice. There’s also some hay and a salty, rare meat flavor. Overall, the flavors are in the lighter spectrum of the flavor profile and I cannot find much to fault here.

While the second third has much the same flavors as the first, the flavors are now working better together. I like the mix of the sweetness and the oak and the hay; they play off of each other well and make the whole experience better.

This cigar does produce a lot of smoke throughout and, in its totality, is pretty enjoyable. The final third sees much the same flavor profile as the second third. And that’s fine.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; the La Aurora Para Japón shows some flickers of excellence but, in its totality, is nothing special. As noted, it burns well and the draw is good, which is the baseline for a cigar, but the flavors weren’t very evocative and, even though they worked well together, they didn’t ever really get going. There’s some promise in this cigar but it’s unrealized.

87 points

Viaje TNT 2012 Cigar Review

October 2, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

When I picked up this cigar in late July I was hoping to be able to make some allusions to the Angels then-dynamic duo of Trout and Trumbo, affectionately known as “TNT.” They were dynamite and then they weren’t. And now the team is out of the playoffs for a third straight year and my interesting introduction has been all shot to shit. #FirstWorldProblem

But now I’m going to smoke the most recent Viaje TNT, which is short for “boom.” But does this cigar really go boom? Well, that’s for me to know and you to find out. What I will tell you right now is that this toro has a “fuse” that tops off the cap and the general construction of this cigar looks good. It’s tightly packed, more oily than the average cigar, pretty much devoid of veins and imperfections and it has a closed foot. I’ve smoked one previously and am honestly looking forward to smoking this one.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6 ¼”
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $780.00/Box of 75 | $10.40/Single

Where’s the Beef? Incineration!

It’s a simple cigar without much strength. There’s some floral flavors and soft spice. Also some washed out woody flavors as well.

Actually, this is a decent cigar. While the flavors are more subtle than I would like and the strength is right smack in the middle of the medium bodied range it is enjoyable. That sweet spice gets stronger while maintaining it’s reserved attitude and the floral notes are still present. The wood, light oak really, is also lurking in the background.

The spice lessens, hay comes on board and so does a bit of chocolate during the final third. It’s a different flavor profile but I do miss those floral notes and the oak.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn, what I don’t like about this cigar doesn’t have anything to do with how it performs, which is good. What I don’t like is the name: TNT. Replete with fuse and menacing name I expected a powerhouse of a cigar, something with a good amount of flavor and a lot of strength. This cigar has some of the former and none of the latter.

But a name is just a name and you really can’t judge a cigar by something as unimportant as a name. After the final puff was retrohaled I found myself longing for something more. It’s a good cigar, pleasant really, but nothing special.

87 points

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