Foundry Cigar Review

October 30, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · 2 Comments 

I received the cigars used for this review from General Cigar Co. All reviews are my own.

It’s weird. There, I said it, whew!

But, honestly, it’s definitely odd to ring the cigar with a metal gear that you must keep for about a year so that it will (somehow) work magic with a newly released cigar around that time (you’re suppose to keep the gears because they will somehow do something cool with a future release, or something like that). Very odd and I just hope General gets the whole gear thing right unlike some others…

Alright, so it’s probably a safe bet that General won’t screw up the whole gear thing like Smithsonian did so let’s get to the cigar. There’s actually not a lot of information about it (check out Dave’s snarky comments regarding this issue over at Tiki Bar) but that doesn’t detract from the fact that it’s a very nice looking cigar. Evenly packed with a slight give, the wrapper almost feels like you’re running your fingers over some really fine sandpaper; oily sandpaper at that. The color is a light brown, almost looks washed out.

I’ve looked for information on the blend of this cigar and besides the fact that there’s five different types of leafs from four different countries making up the binder and the filler tobaccos I couldn’t find anything else on them. The wrapper’s name is also a bit odd (look below). The name kind of sounds like the impersonal identifier some futuristic communist government will give to a member of its benighted proletariat. But you don’t really care about all of this, do you? You’re probably still looking at the picture of the interlocking gears.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6”
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Connecticut H-47 Pleno Sol
Binder: ???
Filler: ???
Price: $191.00/Box of 24 | $8.00/Single

The Lean Startup Incineration!

Oh, and steampunk! Yeah, I had to look it up myself. But the whole “steampunk” thing was the inspiration for the marketing of this cigar. That doesn’t really do it for me because, based off my five seconds of reading about it, my idea of steampunk is Will Smith in “Wild Wild West.” Yes, I know, all you steampunk aficionados are probably furiously typing out angry missives directed at me on your steam powered computers very soon for uttering such blasphemy but… oh well.

The first third’s flavor profile seems to be a little washed out. There’s oak and some sweetness jockeying for position but there isn’t much else. Burnt toast is another flavor you can add to the mix. It’s not horrible, nor even bad, but it’s just not much to write home to ma and pa about either.

It’s a slow, steady slide into drudgery. The flavors just don’t seem to want to express themselves. There’s still oak and some sweetness, almost floral. To add insult to injury, there’s a very bland aftertaste that just won’t go away.

Burnt toast comes back from the death with at least as much vengeance as Michael Meyers. It’s a grotesque mixture of wheat and sourdough with “being burnt” the only unifying characteristic. Perhaps there’s a bit of oak left but the sweetness has almost disappeared. Very bad turn for a cigar that was merely decent before.

Mild-medium bodied with a good draw and burn; this cigar mostly failed. Too bad, really, because I was hoping that this cigar would be good. But it wasn’t. Too bad, indeed.

80 points

G. De Graaff ‘S-Gravenhage Short Cigar Review

July 20, 2011 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

After my grandmother came back from her most recent sojourn, this time to see the Continentals amongst them a certain former foreign exchange student from Germany, she brought me this cigar for my birthday. As you can tell by the title of this review the cigar’s name is quite a mouthful. It looks like it is a house blend but beyond that I don’t have much information on the cigar. What I have found can be seen here.

Here’s a little bit of information from that site:

De Graaff cigars have been hand-made for generations by the old established house of cigar makers De Graaff, using only the highest grade tobaccos from Brazil, Cuba and Indonesia. The tobaccos are blended in their factory according to old family recipes which conscientiously are kept a secret. One of the advantages of their cigars is that no artificial tobacco is used, another that each cigar has its own particular sophisticated composition, resulting in an unique balance between fragrance and taste.

With all that being said I cannot vouch for the makeup of this cigar nor can I seem to be able to find the vitola that I smoked on their website. Here’s the basics: it’s a thick cigar measuring in at more than a 55 ring gauge I’m sure. The length is about 5 ½” and the only reason why I don’t know the exact length is because I was sure I would be able to find the vitola on their site, but I didn’t.

The cigar did get a little smashed in transit but there was no tearing of the wrapper and I do not think it had much of an affect on the performance of this cigar. It has a triple cap and the wrapper is medium brown with some smallish veins.

Friedman Flame!

Honestly, this cigar is starting off awesomely. Spice, grass and earth make up the core. Immense flavor in the early goings. Pretty intense though, hopefully it will mellow out a little bit as it progresses.

Burnt toast and sweet spice come on during the second third and they are tasty. The intensity has yet to flag, which I’m actually liking now with the new flavors on board. I would peg this as a medium bodied cigar.

Taking the band off of this cigar is proving to be a pain because the band does not reach all the way around the cigar and, to make up for this fact, the manufacturer has decide to use tape to bridge the gap instead of making a larger band. This is a problem because the tape has stuck to the wrapper. I am only able to remove the band at the expense of the wrapper, which has now been torn.

Charred meat is coming on strong in the final third, which is a flavor that I really like. There is also the sweetness but without much of the spice that was ever present during the first two thirds of this cigar.

In retrospect, my favorite third of this cigar was the first third where the flavors were perhaps a little wild but they were interesting. The second third offered a more well rounded experience that most anyone would enjoy. The final third took a step back in terms of f lavor and enjoyability but, overall this was a very good cigar and I bet many people would enjoy it.

4 points

Perdomo Habano Connecticut Short Cigar Review

December 2, 2009 · Posted in Asides, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Pre-Smoke

The light Connecticut shade wrapper that adorns this cigar has some discolorations. This Perdomo is packed nicely but there is not that much oil on it. Other than that, it looks like a well made cigar.

Beside the American wrapper, the filler and binder tobaccos are grown in Nicaragua (Esteli, Condega and Jalapa). For this review I will be smoking the robusto (5″ x 52), which retails for around $6.00 (the rest of the line will cost you more).

Smoke

Creaminess is the first noticeable flavor followed by oak. Those are the main flavors but there is also burnt toast in the background. It is a relatively smooth cigar but there is just something in the background that wants to burst out – sort of like a caged tiger or something like that.

At times I can almost taste the spice breaking through and then the mellow oakiness takes back over. Not a bad cigar by any means. It’s medium-full bodied, has a good draw and an even burn. And, truthfully, this cigar is growing on me. It’s laid back flavor profile is endearing.

After-Smoke

Overall, it is an enjoyable smoke. The flavors are more than adequate but there is not a lot of complexity with this Perdomo. I will say this: it is better than most of the Perdomos that I have smoked.

3.5 points