Camacho Corojo (old version) Cigar Review

October 15, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Change is inevitable but, at least for this review, I’ll stand athwart change and yell “Stop!” because I’m going to review the old Camacho Corojo. Not only that, I’m bucking another trend (the one towards bigger vitolas) by reviewing the Machito, which is a very diminutive cigar measuring in at 4″ x 32. Cigars of this size are ideal for those times when you want a quick smoke, like when you are driving home from work.

Before I get into the review I would like to point out the picture below. If you click on the link you will get to see a bit of the future as that link will bring you to some reviews of the newly blended Camachos. (The fact that there’s a woman in lingerie has nothing to do with me using that picture. Nothing.)

 Click on picture to go to reviews of the newly blended Camacho cigars

Honestly, it’s a very ugly little cigar looking more like a twig off of an evil tree from some fantasy story. Somewhat veiny, kind of bent in places, light brown color to it and not a lot of oils on the wrapper either. I’ve smoked a lot of these cigars (fifteen or so at this point) and I was able to get these cigars for about $1/stick on sale because they are (obviously) discontinued.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: small panatela
Length: 4”
Ring Gauge: 32
Wrapper: Honduran
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Honduran
Price: Discontinued – Get ‘em while you can

Treehouse Torch!

Small cigar with a big flavor profile, this cigar starts out with a plethora of deep and provocative flavors. Bread, dark fruit, hay, cedar and dry spice are the flavors and they are delivered in a dense and chewy format. It’s a bold flavor profile that connects on many levels, many more than I thought it would before I tried one, but there are a couple of problems.

One of the problems I’m having with this cigar is that the flavors can get a little overbearing. It’s flavors are unrelenting and that leads to this cigar being heavy at times. I never would have thought that a little cigar could impart such a heaviness but this one does.

Another problem is that this cigar’s flame tends to go out pretty easily. This can be averted by making sure to take a puff every minute or so but if you are smoking this cigar on the go, which is its intended purpose as far as I’m concerned, then that might be a tall order.

Full bodied with a good draw and a decent burn; the old Camacho Corojo Machito is a great cigar when you are short on time. There’s a good deal of complexity and strength to this cigar and the flavors are enjoyable.

89 points

Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Cigar Review

September 30, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

From Cigar Aficionado:

To commemorate [Tatuaje's tenth anniversary], My Father Cigars is repackaging the original Tatuaje Selección de Cazador, or “brown label,” sizes in a gold foil pouch with a redesigned band and uncut foot. A new perfecto size has also been created.

That’s cool, most companies, no matter in what industry, don’t make it ten years. How has Tatuaje done it? Well, most of there cigars are awesome. Plus, Pete Johnson does an amazing job of promoting the brand and has created a cult status around his brand. Also, there’s some more stuff about the 10th anniversary party on that link. Now onto the cigar.

The cigar for this review is called the Havana Cazadores and measures in at 6 3/8″ by 43 and it looks well made, as is all of the premium stuff that comes out of My Father Cigars. While not a lot of oils on the wrapper the construction looks impeccable and the chocolate brown wrapper is marred only by quite a few superfluous veins.

Tatuaje 10th Anniversary box art (click to go to Tatuaje's Facebook Page)

Tatuaje 10th Anniversary box art (click to go to Tatuaje’s Facebook Page)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: long corona
Length: 6 3/8”
Ring Gauge: 43
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $224.99/Box of 25 | $50.00/5 Pack

Wikipedia Speed Race Flame!

You are met with a fine grouping of warm flavors with a good helping of bright, fairly strong spice during the very beginning of the cigar. Those warm flavors include maple and some bread notes as well. It’s a complex group of flavors all wrapped up in a medium bodied bouquet. Very tasty.

Great combination of deep, rich savory sweet flavors with spice continues during the middle third. A bit of meat gets added to the flavor profile during the latter part of this third. I’m really enjoying it thus far.

While there isn’t a ton of evolution in this cigar the flavors do steadily pick up steam from the first third to this one. Spice has become a progressively bigger player throughout this cigar and the final third is no different.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; the Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Havana Cazadores is a wonderful cigar replete with flavors ranging from rich maple sweetness to a clear, cutting spice. This mixture of flavors is great and will probably appeal to just about anyone.

92 points

Room 101 Namakubi Cigar Review

January 7, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

For whatever reason I had assumed that I had reviewed this cigar for some time now. I went on reviewing other cigars and then, one day, while smoking another Namakubi, I decided to see what my review said. To my surprise there was no review. I mentioned this at the end of my Top 10 Cigars 2012 post and now I am rectifying that oversight.

This one is the very short vitola, called the Roxxo, and it is easily my favorite in the line. It doesn’t look perfect, perhaps a little rustic. There’s some bumps and veins and the color of the wrapper is a lighter than medium brown color. It has a little bit of oils on the wrapper and looks well made (well made at the Camacho factories by the way).

Here’s a little something from their website:

Although in many ways long gone, Samurai culture is believed to live on in spirit within certain groups. In ancient times when two Samurai clans would gather for competition there was a great deal at stake. Normally, the losing party would die as a result of wounds sustained in battle or be executed upon defeat. The Namakubi, or freshly severed head of the losing party would be prepared on a wooden tray then tagged in a regimented manner and presented to the leader of the winning clan as a gift. We, as modern day samurai, present to you our own Namakubi.

NamakubiCigar Stats
Vitola: short robusto
Length: 4”
Ring Gauge: 48
Wrapper: Criollo
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Dominican and Honduran
Price: $126.00/Box of 20 | $35.00/5 Pack

Animal Farm Blast Furnace!

I don’t get to say this much about cigars but this one has a refreshing flavor profile. Bright flavors but also very strong. Visceral spice, which could be too strong and unruly on its own, is retarded by what I can only describe as minty effervescence (I spelled “effervescence” correctly on my first try! Now if I can only learn how to spell “occassion” [sic]). With the larger vitolas I think the flavor profile skews too far towards the minty pole but with the smaller ones the balance is just right.

During the second third the spice gets notched up a peg or two and vice a versa for mint, which is fine by me. There’s also some oak that comes on during this third. Basically, this is still a bright and refreshing cigar. Very enjoyable.

The final third isn’t refreshing but it’s still enjoyable (to a lesser degree than the first two thirds however). The spice has fallen into this milieu of mint, bread and perhaps a little meat and earth as well. Unfortunately, more flavors doesn’t always mean that the flavor profile has improved; this is one of those times. Still good, I just preferred the refreshing profile from the first two thirds.

Full bodied (just barely) with a good draw and burn; this cigar was a definite joy to smoke during the first two thirds and finished unspectacularly. In no way is that a condemnation of this cigar because even if the cigar had only had the flavor profile of the final third it would have been a very good cigar. Add in the first two thirds, which were excellent, and we have a great cigar.

91 points

Table 36 Fellowship Cigar Review

December 21, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

I received this cigar from the maker. All reviews are my own.

A closed foot and a pigtail; what more could you want? The pigtail actually looks more like a fan – no, wait, it looks more like a very small guitar pick. The closed foot looks like what you would think it would look like with the extra tobacco from the wrapper draped over the foot protecting the filler and binder tobaccos from the elements.

It is a bit soft to the touch, which I would think would mean that this cigar is going to have at least a somewhat loose draw. Somewhat oily to the touch, the wrapper does not have much in the way of imperfections save for a little bit of bumpiness near the head.

From Table 36:

Constructed at the famed Raices Cubanas factory [which is known for making Alec Bradley cigars], the filler is a mix of Honduran leaf grown on Raices own farm in Trojes and Nicaraguan leaf from the Jalapa valley.  These long filler tobaccos are all tied together with a Honduran Criollo 98 binder and wrapped in a rich Honduran Habano “Colorado Subido” leaf.  The result is exactly cigar we intended: a medium-bodied cigar (OK, so it might cheat a little on the fuller side…) that connoisseurs and occasional smokers alike can appreciate.

Table 36

Cigar Stats
Vitola: corona gorda
Length: 5 ½”
Ring Gauge: 46
Wrapper: Honduran Habano
Binder: Honduran Criollo 98
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
Price: ~ $7.00/Single MSRP

Jiro Dreams of Sushi Laser Burn!

Initially it is dull and bland, the flavors tasting like aged wet paper. Fortunately, that passes and I am left with something really enjoyable. There’s a definite heaviness to the flavor profile and even though it’s been a while since I last smoked an Alec Bradley cigar this heaviness seems to ring a bell.

Heaviness can definitely get bad if the flavors aren’t that enjoyable but they are enjoyable in this case. Spice (understated but powerful especially since it’s lingering in my nostrils for quite some time), earth and this rich, doughy bread. It’s an interesting mixture.

The second third is nice as well. Soft spice with a tinge of sweetness added in for balance is the major force in the flavor profile. Earth (that dry, clay kind of dirt that has some character) is the other dominant flavor. Bread is out.

Going into the final third and the spice is still present. It has never been strong but, rather, pleasant and flavorful. Oak seems to be peaking through the fog and making its presence known. I was able to pick up hints of it throughout but it has become a player during this final third.

Medium bodied with a good draw (requires just a bit of effort to get a good draw, which is more effort than I expected) and burn; this cigar was very good. There was some evolution to the flavors from beginning to end and it was always enjoyable. Good mix of flavors and it’s probably a cigar that will appeal to most everyone.

89 points

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano Cigar Review

November 8, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Rustic cigar with a strong box press going on. It is very oily and is not without some minor imperfections including: stretch marks, a couple small holes in the wrapper, bumps along the sides and, well, that’s it. Throw all of that negative stuff out though because, in the end, that stuff doesn’t really matter (to me at least).

What does matter? This is one of three cigars in this release of the Cojonu line. For more of an explanation on that you can head on over to Cigar Coop’s breakdown to learn how to spot the difference between Habano, Capa Especial and Reserva versions of this cigar. Don’t worry, it really isn’t that complicated.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6 ½”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $13.00/Single

Weltschmerz Torch!

It starts out subdued but enjoyable. There’s a bit of hot spice (close to pepper) and soft spice (cinnamon) along with some bread (wheat). Everything works well together but it isn’t an amazing mixture of flavors. Also, the cigar has been threatening to go out if I don’t take a puff every 30 seconds or so. The draw is fine but it’s just threatening to give up on life.

Fortunately, during the second third, the cigar stays lit without necessitating my constant attention. It wasn’t a big pain to begin with but not having to worry about it is better.

The second third’s flavors are a bit better for me than the first third’s. Oak with sweet spice adding a strong secondary influence. There’s also this slightly bitter and washed out chocolate lurking in the background like that creepy neighbor who is peaking over the fence leering at the hot chick sunbathing but she doesn’t mind so it works (I mean the chocolate flavor works, you should never be a peeping Tom, that’s just wrong).

Slightly bitter and washed out chocolate gets an upgrade to slightly bitter milk chocolate during the final third. The sweet spice is still around.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn, this cigar features a decent amount of evolution with a flavor profile that I think most will find agreeable. Besides this cigar not wanting to stay lit during the first third there really aren’t any glaring deficiencies with this cigar. There aren’t a lot of really high points either. Instead, this is a solid cigar performing admirably from beginning to end.

90 points

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