Quesada Heisenberg Cigar Review

October 6, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

I liked Breaking Bad. It was a different kind of show; a good mixture of smarts, drama and enough comedy, especially during the earlier seasons, to make the show work very well. Even though it’s by no means my favorite show it’s a show I wouldn’t mind watching again in five or ten years.

The cigar I am reviewing here, the Quesada Heisenberg, shares its name with the nom de cuisiner of the main character, Walter White, in Breaking Bad. Is that intentional? Well, I don’t know for sure. What I do know is that no information about the tobacco used in the blends for this cigar was ever publicly released. Why do this? Quesada did this to make it easier for the cigar smokers to just focus on enjoying the cigar instead of focusing, for example, on how the Dominican leaves played with the Nicaraguan and Honduran leaves.

So what does this Heisenberg thing mean? Heisenberg was a scientist who came up with the popularly (that’s a relative term) named “Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.” Without going back to look at my notes, what I remember of this principle is that it stipulates that when you are measuring one thing with great precision you cannot measure another thing with increasingly less precision. And I think it has something to do with quantum mechanics. But I don’t want to waste too much of your time on this so if you want more information on this click the equation below.

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The cigar itself looks pretty gnarly. There are some pretty serious veins, stretch marks and bumps all over the place. It feels like the cigar is slightly underpacked and the wrapper has some oils on it.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: petit corona
Length: 4 ¾”
Ring Gauge: 40
Wrapper: ???
Binder: ???
Filler: ???
Price: $49.95/Box of 10 | $5.50/Single

Uncertainty Principle Torch!

Quesada Heisenberg cigar (click on image to go to manufacturer's site)

Quesada Heisenberg cigar (click on image to go to manufacturer’s site)

It is an interesting flavor profile. A host of flavors including cappuccino, oak and cherry supports a sweet floral core. The draw is very nice right from the start and the flavors, without getting into whether or not I like them, are strong and clear. Even though there are a lot of positives here this isn’t my favorite combination of flavors.

During the second third there are some bright citrus notes that cut through to the foreground of the flavor profile providing an extra element to this cigar. Even though this may not be my favorite combination of flavors they do seem to work well together and if you are a fan of these flavors I’m sure you would like this cigar thus far. Personally, I would like it if the cappuccino and oak flavors played more of a role in this cigar but it is mainly about the sweet flavors – cherry and floral – with the citrus providing a little extra excitement.

As if this cigar knew what I was thinking, the cappuccino flavors do come further into the fore during the final third. The sweeter flavors recede a bit but are easily noticeable and, in my opinion, are better served as secondary flavors. A bit of an edge comes on during the final third in the form of barbequed meat. By itself that would not be a great flavor but with the other flavors present it does add something positive to the overall experience. I should note that the barbequed meat flavor came on during the second third for one of the three cigars that I smoked for this review but twice in the final third.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; the Quesada Heisenberg is an interesting cigar with a good deal of evolution to the flavor profile. During the first two thirds I would put it firmly in the sweet profile camp but during the final third it migrates over to the grittier side with meat and cappuccino. What you will find with this cigar are good examples of the flavors featured and all those flavors work decently well with each other. Personally, I don’t think I will make a concerted effort to buy any more of these cigars but I am glad that I smoked the few that I did.

88 points

Room 101 Ltd Conjura Edition Cigar Review

September 25, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Whenever I do a review I do a little search into the background of the cigar. Normally, this stuff can be pretty interesting. For example, knowing the genesis of a particular blend can be informative if not entertaining. This is all the information that I found for this cigar:

 

Saying I found nothing is a bit of an overstatement but I didn’t find much. I couldn’t find a central location for information on Room 101 Cigars, which I find odd since Matt Booth (Boofy), the creator of Room 101, is a genius at marketing and promotion and Camacho, who make the cigars, isn’t bad either. It’s not too important, I guess, as the more recent stuff from Room 101 is pretty popular even without a ton of info on the web.

Take myself as an example. I find the brand interesting and I did like the original Namakubi and Daruma. Now onto this cigar.

It’s a box pressed cigar with a medium-light brown wrapper and good construction. There are a decent amount of oils on the wrapper and the look, beyond the “medium-light brown” descriptor, has a mottled look to it. Alright, enough of this, let’s smoke the cigar.

Room 101 Ltd Conjura Size Chart (click on image for Boofy's Twitter handle)

Room 101 Ltd Conjura Size Chart (click on image for Boofy’s Twitter handle)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: robusto
Length: 4 ¾”
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Rosado (from where?)
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican
Price: $79.99/Box of 20 | $30.60/Pack of 5

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After an initial burst of peppery spice comes some dry, barnyard flavors that are performing decently. There’s also some oak and that peppery spice gradually morphs into a dry spice. It’s a unique mixture of flavors and I’m not quite sure what to think about it yet.

Some sweetness comes on during the second third but the main flavors are barnyard and oak. Spice is pretty much gone at this point. There isn’t a lot of strength to these flavors at this point, which is troubling.

Sweetness becomes a stronger flavor during the final third. I did have to perform one sizable touch up during this third but it didn’t seem to affect the performance of the cigar. The sweetness started to take on a floral character during the second third but it really comes on during the final third.

Medium bodied with a good draw and a decent burn; the Room 101 Ltd Conjura isn’t a bad cigar but just one that I don’t particularly care for. The spice that was present was decent for a while but then it just falls off of the map. What is present is a lot of pleasant sweetness that, while I’m sure some of you will like it, I just didn’t particularly care for it.

87 points

Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel Cigar Review

September 19, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

I received two of these cigars from Smoke Inn for this review; as always, all reviews are my own

“Quesada” is the name of the cigar making family, “Oktoberfest” is a drunkfest celebrated by Germans (I think they are celebrating short dresses, lederhosen and beer; I’m not sure though) and “Dunkel” is German for what I’m guessing is some sort of “dunking.” Maybe some of that first sentence is true, maybe none of it is. For some real info check out the blurb from Smoke Inn’s site:

This exclusive cigar is the newest offering in the Smoke Inn Microblend Series™. The Oktoberfest Dunkel is a 6×54 cigar that is specifically blended to pair perfectly with your favorite Oktoberfest brew.

The Oktoberfest Dunkel features the same binders and fillers of the regular Oktoberfest release, with the exception of the wrapper. A very select broadleaf maduro wrapper envelops this rich cigar with a slight underlying Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper at the foot, thus giving the appearance of a dark rich Dunkel beer with a savory foamy head.

Like the above quote points out, the main wrapper, the broadleaf maduro, comes up about a quarter of an inch short of the foot revealing a much lighter wrapper, which is the Ecuadorian Connecticut. It’s interesting to look at but will it have much of an affect on the flavor of the cigar? Speaking of the cigar, it looks well made with a slightly rough texture, a decent amount of oils and some small, lighter colored marks on the wrapper. There are some veins as well.

Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel

Smoke Inn Microblend Series Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel (Click picture to order the cigar now)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6”
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Broadleaf Maduro/Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $134.25/Box of 15 | $44.75/5 Pack

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It starts out very pleasantly. Warm wood, fatty nuts and some caramel sweetness lurking around in the background. I like this mixture of flavors and I can easily see the connection between this cigar and beer. The flavors are dark and robust with an underlying sweetness that is very enjoyable.

A floral sweetness with some spice comes on during the second third, which is a nice progression for this cigar to make. The strongest flavor going on is that caramel sweetness tinged with a hint of oak. It’s still quite good but less like beer.

Oak and floral notes are the main thing in the final third. There’s also a slightly burnt caramel flavor coming through right now that takes a bit of my enjoyment out of the cigar but, overall, it’s still a plus cigar.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; the Smoke Inn Microblend Series Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel is a pretty good cigar. Have it with a dark beer (by the way, after reading a little more into it, “dunkel” means “dark” in German; who knew?) and you will have a good time.

90 points

Ashton VSG Short Cigar Review

September 14, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

The cigar for this review was provided by Cigars Direct; As always, all reviews are my own

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown    |   Binder: Dominican Republic   |   Filler: Dominican Republic   |   Box of 20: $214.95; Five Pack: $54.95   |   Robusto   |   5″ x 50

Ashton VSG cigar picture

Picture: Ashton’s Website (click picture for more information about this cigar)

0/3: Very good looking cigar with a dark, chocolatey brown wrapper and not very many veins. The cigar feels firmly packed. Oh, yeah, and it smells like manure… literally.

1/3: It may smell like crap but it doesn’t taste like it. Not by a long shot. A strong, somewhat sweet spice leads the way and is backed up with some oak and a dark sweetness akin to red wine.

2/3: Cedar comes on during the second third but that spice still remains. The spice is strong but it’s a well developed flavor that has a few different sides to it.

3/3: The spice’s intensity has dissipated some but the flavor is still there. Perhaps, this dissipation has made it possible for this floral flavor I’m getting to come through. Also, toffee is coming through now; I really like this flavor. It has lost that darkness of flavor but in its place there’s a lightness and clarity to the flavors that’s good change of pace.

4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; this Ashton VSG was a great cigar. Good complexity in flavor and the flavors are very enjoyable. Must try.

4.5 out of 5 points – Lots of good, strong flavors with this cigar

La Flor Dominicana Limitado V Cigar Review

July 3, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · 3 Comments 

Nope, no relation to the Oliva Serie V, which, by the way, is an awesome cigar. Very awesome. Loads of flavor with a decent amount of strength…. But this review isn’t about that Oliva cigar, or any Oliva cigar for that matter, it’s about a La Flor Dominicana cigar: the Limitado V.

This cigar is a bit larger than I normally smoke, which is a tidbit that doesn’t necessarily have any significance to it. The chocolatey brown wrapper is undeniably rustic looking with a maze of veins all over the place and the wrapper is very oily to the touch. I’ve smoked a few of these so far and I’m going to review it now so let’s get it started.

La Flor Dominicana Limitado V

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6 ½”
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $475.00/Box of 48 | $55.00/Pack of Five

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Wow. This cigar starts out with very strong flavors ranging from earth and chocolate to floral notes and woodiness. There is a bit of heat that lingers on the retrohale, which is nice, but it doesn’t overtake the flavors in any way. It’s a very interesting mix of flavors; a mix that is also unique. In certain ways it does remind me of the original La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero natural but with a nice twist. If you’re a fan of the Fast and Furious series, this cigar is a souped up Supra and the regular LFD is stock. (Okay, that’s a pretty extreme analogy since the regular LFD DL is a cigar I love and this isn’t necessarily better but is definitely different. Maybe a better analogy would be to say that the LFD Limitado V is a black swan and the regular LFD DL is a white swan.)

There’s a bit of sweetness that comes on during the second third but it’s definitely a background flavor; it’s nice. The earth and chocolate slowly dissipates during this third and is replaced by notes of oak and toast. Maybe not as good as the first third but still very good.

The final third is much the same as the second third but with more toast thrown in the mix. Maybe not as good as the second third but still very good. Don’t read too much into those “not as good” phrases.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; it’s an excellent cigar. There are a ton of flavors that all work well together and build off of each other. What really surprised me about this cigar is its absence of spice, which is something that I usually get in a cigar and something that I like. It’s absence was not noticed by me until near the end of the cigar, which says something good about the flavors present. The Limitado V is a very good addition to the La Flor Dominicana line of cigars.

94 points

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