Wrapper: ? | Binder: ?? | Filler: ??? | Price: ????? | Toro | 6″ x ~52
0/3: When I bought a box of Diesel Wicked some time ago I was not expecting to find an extra cigar in it, especially one in a coffin (a coffin with holes in it summoning images of some feral beast being locked in its cage to protect the town folk from its murderous intent). So that was pretty cool. Also, I don’t really know much about this cigar other than it is 6″ long, has a pig tail and I’d say the ring gauge is around 52 or 54.
There are a good number of veins all over the wrapper but, for the most part, they’re fairly superficial. It feels like it is uniformly packed and there’s a little give to the cigar as well. I’m excited to smoke this cigar as it’s kind of a blind tasting (although, I’m relatively certain there will be a good helping of Nicaraguan tobacco in this cigar since it is an A.J. Fernandez blend).
1/3: It starts out nicely with earth, cocoa and some rich grape flavors. Actually, I think “rich” is the right way to describe this cigar thus far.
2/3: The second third continues on where the first third left off until some spice and wheat notes start taking over shortly after the halfway point. I did like that first grouping of flavors – dark flavors with some depth – but these flavors that are coming on are nice in a slightly different way – a little more excitement and a bump in the intensity (not the strength as in full bodied or medium bodied, per se) of the flavors.
3/3: During the final third dark wood gets added to the picture along with a shift in the spice more towards sweet spice.
4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; this unnamed cigar definitely has it going when it comes to the richness of its flavors but does it work on other levels? The flavors themselves are pretty good and they work well together but they lack a certain amount of vibrancy and clarity to be a truly great cigar. So it works on a couple of levels at least. What it all boils down to is one simple question: Would I want to smoke another one of these cigars? Yes, I think I would. Now I just need to find out what the name of this cigar is.
3.5 out of 5 points – There’s some really good stuff going on here but it falls a bit short of being great
I reviewed the Oliva Serie V Melanio a little while ago and I enjoyed it. I mean, it wasn’t the best cigar I’ve ever had but it was pretty good. Better than that really. Will the wrapper change make a difference for the better… or worse? (Technically, I guess there could be a push.)
With a darkish black/brown wrapper, which is velvety to the touch, this box pressed torpedo (the only vitola they offer according to their website) looks expertly put together. Firmly packed with a bit of oil on the wrapper, I can’t see much wrong with the way this cigar looks. Sure, there’s that one rogue vein near the head of the cigar but that’s not going to cause a problem for the draw or anything else that actually matters in terms of taste and whatnot. The prelight draw is a bit tight but, based off of the other one I smoked, that will not pose a problem.
Length: 6 ½”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Mexican Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
Price: $110.95/Box of 10 | $58.00/5 Pack
Better Call Saul Flame!
A hard, bright spice is the first I noticed when I started this cigar. There’s also a strong peppermint flavor going on, which is unique in my cigar smoking experience. In the background we can also find some cocoa and some other complimentary flavors. It’s really an interesting mix and it wasn’t what I was expecting when I first tried this cigar.
It’s weird but in that good, Memento sort of way. (I would try to wring every last drop out of the Memento comparison but I don’t think a cigar review would be that enjoyable to read backwards.) Peppermint is the main flavor I’m getting during the second third followed by spice, some dark (but definitely background) wood notes and a bit of rich earthiness on the aftertaste.
Peppermint basically disappears during the first part of the final third as an ascendant barbecued meatiness takes over. Some sweetness does come on at the tail end but it would have been better if it had been around for the full third to provide a nice counterbalance to the somewhat off putting barbequed meat flavor.
Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn, the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro is a worthy addition to the Melanio line extension. It was a very interesting cigar during the first two thirds and I sincerely enjoyed how the peppermint played off of the other flavors. The final third, on the other hand, was a bit of a dud. Still, I think the first two thirds are worth it and, with some age, I’m sure the final third will round out nicely. Did I like it more than the original Melanio? Yes, but barely.
This particular Viaje is a perfecto shaped cigar with a bottle nosed shaped tip. That’s a fairly unique shape nowadays and I do like the look of it. As you might guess with Viaje, this is a limited edition cigar (For more info check out Cigar Coop).
But limited edition, or, as is the case here, “Collector’s Edition,” doesn’t mean good. I’ve liked some Viajes (Skull and Bones Red 2012 WMD) and I haven’t cared for some others (TNT 2012); that’s just natural.
This cigar does look nice and, as I mentioned before, is a perfecto. I think due to the difficulty in rolling this kind of cigar the wrapper does have a couple of minor stretch marks around veins. It’s also a little bumpy in some areas with the most obvious misshapen parts being around the bulge near the foot. None of this is off-putting, though.
It’s also a very oily cigar and the Nicaraguan grown wrapper tobacco is medium brown with some darker flecks and lighter splotches (this isn’t a demerit in my book because tobacco is, after all, a natural product). I’ve smoked one before at a herf and now let us see if this thing is worth the price tag.
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
Price: $225.00/Box of 25 | $10.00/Single
Tree of Life Fire!
It’s a fairly spicy cigar with a decent amount of intensity. The spice is a cross between sweet and floral but the main part of it is black pepper. There’s also some cedar and earthy flavors roaming around as well. What I like most about the first third is that the flavors work well together and are very clean.
The spice loses some of its sweetness but keeps its floral and black pepper essence. Cocoa has come on and has a slight bitter tinge to it that gives extra life to the flavor profile. It’s a (good kind of) weird mixture of soft, floral spice and earthy, bitter cocoa. I’m liking it.
During the final third the main flavor is that black pepper with a solid backing of bitter cocoa and earth flavor combination. The flavors are fairly strong during this third as has been the case throughout. Perhaps the flavors were a bit stronger during the first third but not by a large margin.
Medium bodied with a good draw and burn, this cigar was easily able to keep my interest from the beginning to the end. It wasn’t a particularly special cigar but it was good in its own way. The combination of the spice and earth and bitter cocoa was interesting. If you are a fan of Viaje you probably won’t be disappointed by this cigar.
I have no clue why they are using the band that they are. It’s cool and all, with a little painting of a woman and what looks like a grown up cherub (or is it an angel?), but I have no clue what it’s suppose to signify. And guess what? I’m not going to look into it.
Alright, I looked into it. Supposedly, it’s basically souped up artwork from the early twentieth century and, when put that way, that makes sense because it actually looks like art is suppose to look. You can see it on the side.
The name, Flor de las Antillas, means something like “flower of the Antillas”, and that “flower” would be Cuba and the “Antillas” are, I’m led to believe, a group of islands (For those of you like me who have only had tres years of high school Spanish – and, as such, know barely any Spanish – “Antillas” is the Spanish spelling for “Antilles“, which is the term used to denote the island chain in the Caribbean). So, the name is meant to honor Cuba (and by “Cuba” they must be talking about the island itself and the people – not the athletically attired tyrant on the Oft rumored precipice of death).
What about the cigar? It’s rustic with some bumps, veins and wrinkling of the wrapper. A box pressed torpedo and it is obvious that this cigar is very well made no matter how “rustic” the oily, medium brown sun grown wrapper looks.
Length: 5 ½”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown
Price: $130.00/Box of 20 | $7.25/Single
Sweet spice with chalky earth and some cocoa start out this cigar during the first third with the sweet spice taking the lead. I like spice and if it just sticks to that I will enjoy this cigar. The smoke is chewy and the finish lasts for a little while both in my nostrils and in the back of my throat.
Whereas spice was the major flavor during the first third the second third shifts more towards cocoa and earth. It’s an interesting mix of flavors that works well and I’m finding that I don’t like it any less since the flavor profile has shifted.
With the final third of this cigar the cocoa and earth just get stronger. There are fleeting moments of burnt hay interspersed that adds a little bit of extra interest into the flavor profile for me.
My first introduction to this cigar was when one of the guys who works at Embassy Cigars in Brea, CA gave me one as a sample. I didn’t know anything about the cigar and he just figured that I’d like it. Well, he was right. This is a very good cigar, maybe not very complex but still very flavorful.
Medium-full bodied with an excellent draw and burn. Each one of these that I smoked offered copious amounts of smoke and that smoke was the residue of what is a very good cigar.
A dark wrapper with a couple of medium sized veins; this cigar looks good. It comes from Don Pepin Garcia and the My Fathe Le Bijou 1922 makes use of this difficult leaf to grow called Pelo de Oro for the wrapper, which means something of gold, if I’m not mistaken (score one for three years of high school Spanish!). I have liked this cigar in the past and have generally good feelings about the My Father line of cigars as well. Never have done a review on one (except for the Smoke Inn’s special edition El Hijo) but do not take that as a sign of anything, good or bad.
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Price: $235.00/Box of 23 | $11.50/Single
Eagle Speedster Pyre!
Pepper with very dry wood – oak – and a distinct crispness to the flavor profile. It’s hitting me just right with that slight peppery burn at the entrance to my nasal passages, the lasting oak on my tongue and the general warmness of the flavors. Basically, it’s starting out a winner.
As all you francophiles out there already know “le bijou” stands for “the jewel” – at least that’s what I have read. And it makes sense, maybe not “the jewel,” but the whole French thing because while I was thinking about the best way to describe the flavor profile for this cigar that’s what I came up with: French. While the flavors are big and bold (spice and oak I’ve already mentioned, I’d add cocoa to the mix after the first third) they are also refined and there is an elegant balance to everything.
The only change of note to this great cigar is that there is a grilled meat flavor that starts coming on near the end. Overall, it’s a good cigar that definitely kept my interest from the beginning, when it was very peppery, to the end as it mellowed out into a well rounded mixture of pepper, oak, cocoa and meat. It’s medium-full bodied, just slightly more than medium really, with a great draw and burn. It’s one of those cigars that you will love smoking.