Iconic Leaf Recluse Cigar Review

Disclaimer: I received the cigars used for this review from Iconic Leaf Cigar Company. All reviews are my own. Don Jose Rafael, working in the Leyendas Cubana factory, created the blend for these cigars. If you want the whole story you should check their page on this cigar out but, what I found interesting is […]

Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro Short Cigar Review


There are some holes in the wrapper, raised veins and bunched up areas on the wrapper. It is well packed and the wrapper is a nice looking coffee with a bit of cream added. For this review I am smoking the Robusto (5 x 50) vitola and if you want to know more about this cigar, like how Lot 23 is the farm near Esteli, Nicaragua where all the binder and filler tobaccos in this cigar comes form, then head on over to the Perdomo Lot 23 website page. It costs around $5.00 a stick. The maduro wrapper comes from Nicaragua.


An effortless draw reveals herbal and some spice flavors in the beginning. Spice is short lived and gives way to chalky chocolate, earthy and some sweet flavors. The draw may be a little too loose for some smokers but I like it and the burn is relatively even.

A full flavored cigar that is medium bodied is the best way to succinctly describe this cigar. After a couple of inches the main flavors are dark chocolate and mocha. There is a bitter aftertaste that continually builds up throughout the cigar and it is beginning to detract from the good.


I’m conflicted about this cigar. The flavors were great but that aftertaste just seemed to keep on getting worse. I think I can overlook the aftertaste this time since the flavors were really good.

4 points

Cohiba Black (Robusto) – Cigar Review

Very black and oily. The construction for this cigar looks perfect. I’m actually excited about this cigar even though I have had problems with Cohibas in the past. This, like all the other Cohibas I have smoked, is of the Dominican variety (sigh). I smoked this cigar with Wild Turkey and water.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: USA/Connecticut
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Filler: Dom. Rep., Mexico
Price: $13.50

Da Light!

The draw is a little tight (can I catch a break?). It’s a medium bodied cigar without much flavor (due to the draw) being able to come through. What I am getting is spice, leather, dark chocolate and some sweetness.

The cigar’s draw gets better as I smoke it further. More spicy now and the flavors, in general, are coming through better now. This is a fine cigar that won’t offend anyone. There’s also an earthiness and saltiness to this cigar as I near halfway through.

A little over halfway through now and the draw is getting better. More spice and I’m beginning to think that this cigar is more medium-full than medium.

But then it tightens up again. Maybe for an inch it was very good but then the draw tightens up again. The cigar burns evenly but who really cares if you can’t get the flavors?

In the end all I can say is that I did like what this cigar could have been. Due to the draw I can’t give this cigar a great score and it knocked off at least a couple of points in my book.

87 points