AFGL: 1992 Federal 91st Cervantes, Tobacco Plaza DD & Ultimate

March 16, 2012 · Posted in AFGL, Cigar Community, Cigar Review · Comment 

A Few Good Links this week deals with three cigar reviews. Two are reviews of cigars that are specific to certain shops throughout the country and I want to try them. The third review is of a cigar I’m dreading to smoke but have to because it’s in my humidor and I’ll have to do a review of it at some indefinite point in the (hopefully) distant future. Maybe it will age well but I doubt it.

1. My Father Le Bijou 1992 Federal 91st Cervantes: from Peter at A Cigar Smoker’s Journal

After Barry left A Cigar Smoker’s Journal (He actually sold it!) I was a little worried. Barry started his blog around the same time that I started The Perfect Draw and he’s one of the first guys that I really connected with in the cigar blogosphere. During a trip to the La Aurora factory in the Dominican Republic we got to hang out some and I realized that he’s a cool guy in real life too. Now he works for La Aurora and his blog came under new management.

I didn’t check in to the site every day but it seemed like the posts were a never-ending procession of press releases, which is boring. But then more reviews starting popping up and, happily, they’re good reviews. Peter’s review of the My Father Le Bijou 1992 Federal 91st Cervantes (That name is why acronyms were invented but MFLB1992F91stC doesn’t roll of the tongue like FUBAR does) is a great example of the quality posts still being published on that site.

According to Peter, this cigar offers a good mixture of flavors ranging from oak to cocoa. It is a medium bodied cigar and, coming from My Father, definitely has a good pedigree. A box of 23 will set you back a little more than $180.

2. Tatuaje Tobacco Plaza DD: from Brooks at Halfwheel

It’s a Tatuaje and the blend is based off of the Fausto, which is good enough for me. Interestingly enough, I was somehow already following the Twitter handle for the B&M (Or do they have a Twitter handle just for the cigar? I forget.) and one night, out of the blue, I got a message from that account asking me if I was going to try this cigar. I promised to look into it and now I have.

Brooks wasn’t head over heals in love with this cigar saying that it was stronger than the Fausto and reminded him more of a young T110. Basically, according to him, only people who love that nicotine kick should smoke this cigar. He had to put the Double D down for a while because he was about to puke due to the strength. Obviously, this cigar is not for new smokers.

According to Brooks he thinks that this cigar will age well and will be more tame in about six months.

3. Cuban Stock Chubbys Ultimate Swell: from Niko at In the Humidor

Yesterday I panned the Cuban Stock Chubbys Maduro Swell because it tasted like a salty mud puddle. I’m dreading lighting up the “Ultimate” Swell because I just don’t see how it can be that good. Niko is giving me some hope that I might be wrong.

He noticed leather, spice and earth and said that whenever he’s looking for a stronger cigar this is the cigar he will go for. Still, I just don’t think I’m going to like this cigar. It’s going to get plenty of time in my humidor and I have been surprised by cigars in the past. Heck, right now I’m being pleasantly surprised by the cigar I’m smoking, which is a Thunder by Nimish (Rocky Patel is somehow connected, I’m not looking it up).

Chubbys Maduro Short Cigar Review

March 15, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Full Disclosure: The cigar comes from Cuban Stock. All review are my own.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro Special   |   Binder: Dominican   |   Filler: Dominican   |   Single MSRP: $7.90   |   Perfecto   |   6″ x 60

0/3: That’s a lot of missing information and if I get that information I will put it up ASAP. I looked for that information for more than half an hour and it just isn’t anywhere. (Updates made) Alright, now onto the cigar.

It is misshapen. The head sort of ends up as a nipple and the foot, if I look at the profile the right way, either looks like a bottle nosed dolphin’s head. It has a dark wrapper with some moderate veins running from head to foot. The feel is slightly soft and there are some oils on the wrapper.

1/3: I once did a review on a Chubbys Ultimate and didn’t care for it that much. It’s an alright cigar but just didn’t do it for me.

This one is starting out earthy, bitter, grassy and there’s this salty aftertaste. Everything but the salty aftertaste is… alright.

After the burn line gets comfortably over the shoulder, which takes about an inch, the flavors become earthier with chocolate and coffee. It’s actually decent.

2/3: The second third is a regression, sort of like a decent tv show that just becomes dumb after the first season. Saltiness is back and there is this hot chocolate flavor that tastes like it has been thinned out with water.

3/3: It’s all washed out now. The only flavor that is making any kind of impact is saltiness. Washed out earth and chocolate make up the bulk of the remaining flavors.

4/3: A big part of me wanted to like this cigar but that just wasn’t in the cards. There wasn’t much intensity of flavor even at the best of times and for the remainder the flavors were the cigar equivalent of mud puddles. Medium bodied, with a good draw and burn, which is the best thing I can say about this cigar.

1 point