I haven’t posted a review in a couple of weeks so I decided to do one on a cigar that I’ve been looking forward to for a while: the Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch No. 4 Oscuro. Now, of course, this doesn’t mean this is going to be a great cigar, it might, but it’s just one of those that has piqued my interest mainly because my favorite cigar is a LGD 2012 Chisel. I know it has a different flavor profile than the normal LGD cigars, I smoked one prior to this review, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
This cigar is seven inches long, which is a bit longer than I normally smoke, but that’s fine. Very dark wrapper but still brown. More of a chocolate brown really and, if I were to break out the thesaurus, Roget could probably come up with a better description. Rough texture to the wrapper with a good amount of oils and not many veins. There is a small tear at the foot, which may have been my fault, but there are also three small slits about two inches from from the cap; hopefully this won’t cause any problems.
Vitola: Double Corona
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $1,500.00/Box of 105 | $17.35/Single
Why on God’s green earth would anyone make a cigar this size? I mean, yeah, I know the story, some LFD connoisseur told someone from LFD (I don’t think it was Litto but I could be wrong) that while they loved the double ligero it wasn’t strong enough for him and wanted something that was much, much bigger. Some time later, the LFD representative came back to this guy with this monstrous ligero stick and said “Smoke that!” The connoisseur, and I’m not using that word in a derogatory fashion because in the stories I heard this guy is a serious cigar smoker, came back after smoking one saying that he loved it and wanted more.
Thus, the Digger, which gets its name from the hole that will have to be dug to bury your ligero-addled body after smoking one of these things, was born. Measuring in at 8.5″ with a ring gauge of 60, this cigar is definitely massive. I have seen bigger cigars (there is the Meaner Digger after all) but, damn, why? Who would want to smoke this thing?
Since I’m doing a review of this cigar I am presumably one of those people who would want to smoke this cigar. LFD DL fans would probably give it a try as well along with a horde of other people who are interested in trying a cigar that has to be near the apotheosis of the big cigar trend. (It has to be, right?)
Once you get beyond the size of this cigar you are left with a cigar with a decent amount of oil on the light-medium brown wrapper. There are some veins on it but, honestly, I’m surprised that they were able to find wrapper-grade tobacco that was big enough to cover the copious amounts of binder and filler tobacco that goes into the construction of one of these monsters.
Excuse me while I find the hedge trimmer so I can cut the cap and light this baby up.
Length: 8 ½”
Ring Gauge: 60
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Price: $182.99/Box of 20 | $45.99/Pack of5
Usually, I like the maduro wrapped La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the natural version. As for this one, it’s good. Up front there’s a strong, bright spice along with some faint fruity sweetness and oak. Nice mixture of flavors and that spice is very nice and strong.
The second third, which begins a little after one hour of smoking, continues on where the first third left off. There are a couple of additions, however, and they are pleasant earthiness and cashews.
Hay gets added to the mix about two hours in. The flavor profile is very dry, which works well with the flavors that are present. A lot of good stuff is going on with this cigar but the fact that I’m two hours into it and there’s still another third to go is just too much. Evidently, you can have too much of a good thing.
Full bodied with a good draw and burn; the La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Digger Natural is a good cigar that sticks around way too long. Actually, I would have enjoyed this cigar just fine if I had set it down after the halfway point but that defeats the whole purpose of smoking a cigar like this, doesn’t it? With that said, I can’t see myself buying any more of these. After five of these cigars, which equates to more than 15 hours, I’ve had my fill. But I haven’t tried the maduro yet and there is that Meaner Digger….
Change is inevitable but, at least for this review, I’ll stand athwart change and yell “Stop!” because I’m going to review the old Camacho Corojo. Not only that, I’m bucking another trend (the one towards bigger vitolas) by reviewing the Machito, which is a very diminutive cigar measuring in at 4″ x 32. Cigars of this size are ideal for those times when you want a quick smoke, like when you are driving home from work.
Before I get into the review I would like to point out the picture below. If you click on the link you will get to see a bit of the future as that link will bring you to some reviews of the newly blended Camachos. (The fact that there’s a woman in lingerie has nothing to do with me using that picture. Nothing.)
Honestly, it’s a very ugly little cigar looking more like a twig off of an evil tree from some fantasy story. Somewhat veiny, kind of bent in places, light brown color to it and not a lot of oils on the wrapper either. I’ve smoked a lot of these cigars (fifteen or so at this point) and I was able to get these cigars for about $1/stick on sale because they are (obviously) discontinued.
Vitola: small panatela
Ring Gauge: 32
Price: Discontinued – Get ‘em while you can
Small cigar with a big flavor profile, this cigar starts out with a plethora of deep and provocative flavors. Bread, dark fruit, hay, cedar and dry spice are the flavors and they are delivered in a dense and chewy format. It’s a bold flavor profile that connects on many levels, many more than I thought it would before I tried one, but there are a couple of problems.
One of the problems I’m having with this cigar is that the flavors can get a little overbearing. It’s flavors are unrelenting and that leads to this cigar being heavy at times. I never would have thought that a little cigar could impart such a heaviness but this one does.
Another problem is that this cigar’s flame tends to go out pretty easily. This can be averted by making sure to take a puff every minute or so but if you are smoking this cigar on the go, which is its intended purpose as far as I’m concerned, then that might be a tall order.
Full bodied with a good draw and a decent burn; the old Camacho Corojo Machito is a great cigar when you are short on time. There’s a good deal of complexity and strength to this cigar and the flavors are enjoyable.
I’ve smoked a few of these over the last few months and my recent review of the E.P. Carrillo E Stunner reminded me that I haven’t posted a review of the Cardinal Series (this is for the one with the natural wrapper and the maduro review will happen in the future). Even though I didn’t particularly care for the E Stunner I do have higher hopes for this cigar.
It looks like a well made cigar but there are a number of stretch marks around veins. Not really a particularly good looking cigar but it does have a waxy feel to it.
Before getting onto the review I need to direct your attention to the picture below (click it to go to the E.P. Carrillo Facebook Page). Like the E Stunner, this cigar (and its maduro brethren) are billed as being full bodied cigars. Personally, I prefer full bodied cigars over medium bodied or lighter cigars when all else is held equal. But the strength of the cigar isn’t the only thing, it’s not even one of the three or four most important things I look for in a cigar.
Without giving away big spoilers, this cigar’s performance is better than the E Stunner and the full bodied sales pitch (seen below) is just that, a sales pitch. Which is fine.
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Price: $130.50/Box of 20 | $34.50/Pack of 5
Puttin’ on the Ritz Conflagration!
It’s a pleasant cigar with a good mixture of flavors; pretty refreshing actually. Initially, you get oak and some fruit-tinged sweetness. And then you are hit with a clean and sharp red pepper sensation through the nose on the retrohale and on the tongue as well. There’s also cherry going on here and it closely resembles the cherry I experienced in the E Stunner.
The flavors are good and they’re pretty clean, so I’m liking it. Cherry, oak and a hint of spice are the main things going on now. It’s reminiscent of the E Stunner but better.
Cherry dissipates a bit during the final third but so does all the brightness and cheer that was evident during the first two thirds. Cherry is still around but it progressively plays a lessened role as earth and coco ascend to the top of flavor mountain. It’s become a dark and gritty cigar and I just don’t know what to think about it. I’ve had five of these now and the flavor profile seems simple but there’s also a great deal of evolution going on with the flavor profile at the end. Interesting? Sure.
Medium bodied with a good burn and draw; the E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Series Natural is an interesting cigar but it just didn’t work for me on a couple of levels. Yes, I liked it more than I did the E Stunner but, from what I can tell, the flavor profile is very similar. This cigar’s flavors worked well together but it just isn’t what I’m looking for in a cigar.
P.S.: After writing this review it occurred to me that maybe I’m just not a Sumatran wrapper fan and, after looking through my previous reviews, that’s mostly true. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the La Flor Dominicana Limitado V, which has an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper just like the cigar in this review.
The cigar for this review was provided by Cigars Direct; As always, all reviews are my own.
Wrapper: San Andres Natural | Binder: Honduras Corojo Seco | Filler: Honduras & Dominican Republic Criollo, Ligero & Corojo Seco | Box of 25: $169.00; Single: $7.50 | Gordo | 6″ x 60
0/3: Big, pretty much gigantic, cigar, with a matte brown cigar. There are a decent amount of oils on the wrapper with no noticeable imperfections. In fact, this cigar’s looks are about as uniform as I have ever seen. I am worried about the size of it though, I am not particularly partial to larger vitolas.
The wrapper is Mexican and, not too long ago, that wouldn’t have been something that cigar companies would have trumpeted. I don’t know about the quality of Mexican tobacco from years ago but they seem to be pretty good nowadays. And I’ve heard rumors about a major, well respected cigar line having used Mexican San Andres wrappers for years but that’s for another time.
1/3: Wow, a ton of flavors are jumping around right off the bat. Spice, dry earth and some fruity sweetness. I’m liking it very much.
2/3: Sweetness takes over as the leading flavor but the backup flavors of smokiness, earth and some soft spice are strong and provide a strong counterbalance to the sweetness. It’s an interesting mix for what it is.
3/3: The flavors become a bit deeper and warmer during the final third. Fine cigar but without much of a zing at this point. The flavors are about the same as they were in the second third.
4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and a decent burn; the Room 101 San Andres is a pretty good cigar. The flavor profile is straightforward and is tasty enough. I liked the cigar but I’m pretty sure that I would have liked it more in a smaller vitola.
3.5 out of 5 points – Solid cigar with some good flavors but probably better in a smaller vitola