Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch No. 4 Oscuro Cigar Review

November 26, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · 4 Comments 

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.

Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch No. 4 Oscuro

Cigar Stats
Vitola: Double Corona
Length: 7”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $1,500.00/Box of 105 | $17.35/Single

Offices Flame!

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Viaje Satori Edición Limitada 2012 Cigar Review

October 30, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

One of the local shops I go to, Embassy Cigars in Brea, has the uncanny ability to have a good selection of limited edition cigars. For example, take the Viaje Satori, which I will review shortly. Viaje Cigars only makes cigars in small batches and, according to Halfwheel, there were only 3,750 cigars made for each of the three Satori vitolas. FYI: I am smoking the un-box pressed perfecto released in 2012, the Zen.

Of course, just because there weren’t many made doesn’t mean you or I will like them but it does usually mean the cigar will be expensive, which this is. Expect to pay more than $10 a stick and potentially a lot more if you can still find them. Well, that is a lot of money for one cigar and even though I’m not a huge fan of Viaje cigars I did like a couple of their cigars, i.e. the Viaje Skull and Bones Red WMD 2012.

The Satori is a cool looking cigar. Halfwheel refers to this vitola as a double torpedo, which is an apt description of how it looks. The foot has a very small opening and, as such, the cigar will take a bit of time to get going. The wrapper is dark brown, almost black and the cigar’s construction looks good. Personally, I’m always impressed when I see a shaped cigar because rolling a normal parejo vitola is difficult enough.

For what it’s worth, Satori is a Japanese Buddhist term that means awakening or enlightenment. Will I become enlightened? (Probably not, but I won’t be able to fault the cigar on that accord. Or will I?)

Viaje Satori band art (click on image to go to Viaje's Facebook Page)

Viaje Satori band art (click on image to go to Viaje’s Facebook Page)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: perfecto
Length: 6 ¾”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $265.00/Box of 25 | $11.75/Single

Satori Flame!

Citrus, cedar and meat are the first batch of flavors that I am getting from this cigar and they work pretty well together. The citrus, especially, is an interesting flavor as it provides a nice accent to what could be an overbearing flavor profile that would weigh you down if given half the chance.

Cedar and fruit flavors come through during the second third. It’s not a great flavor profile, in my opinion, and what is there tastes watered down. And then, about halfway through this third, a nascent burnt flavor comes through; not good.

Wood and meat are the main flavors for the final third but, unfortunately, these flavors are accompanied by a very off-putting burnt flavor, which has only gotten more obtrusive. I was hopeful for this cigar but the two that I have smoked have all been borderline bland, nay, bad.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; I did not like the Viaje Satori Edición Limitada. Even though it did start out with some promise with the interesting combination of citrus, cedar and meat it just fell apart during the second third. Maybe you would like this cigar but, unless you are a fan of Viaje cigars you can skip this one. Oh, and don’t expect enlightenment either.

84 points

Unnamed Cigar in a box of Diesel Wicked Short Cigar Review

October 21, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Wrapper: ?    |   Binder: ??   |   Filler: ???   |   Price: ?????   |   Toro   |   6″ x ~52

A picture of the unnamed cigar from a Cigar.com forum (click on picture to go to the thread)

A picture of the unnamed cigar from a Cigar.com forum (click on picture to go to the thread)

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

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Digger Natural Cigar Review

October 17, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 
La Flor Dominicana Digger Natural (click image to go to the LFD website)

La Flor Dominicana Digger (click image to go to the LFD website)

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.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: giant
Length: 8 ½”
Ring Gauge: 60
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Price: $182.99/Box of 20 | $45.99/Pack of5

Monster Torch!

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….

88 points

Alec Bradley Nica Puro Short Cigar Review

October 13, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · 2 Comments 

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

Wrapper: Nicaragua    |   Binder: Nicaragua   |   Filler: Nicaragua   |   Box of 20: $125.95; 5 Pack: $33.00   |   Robusto   |   5″ x 50

Alec Bradley Nica Puro cigar (click on image to go to manufacturer site)

Alec Bradley Nica Puro cigar (click on image to go to manufacturer site)

0/3: When I first started smoking cigars I smoked a lot of Alec Bradley cigars and while there are definitely some good cigars in their lineup (I especially like the Prensado and the Family Blend) I found myself smoking less and less of them as time went on. Maybe my tastes have changed or maybe there are just too many good cigars out there that I just lost touch with Alec Bradley cigars.

But then I saw that Alec Bradley had put out their first Nicaraguan puro, aptly named the Nica Puro, and I wanted to try it to see how good it was.

It is a good looking cigar, not a lot of oils on the wrapper, nor veins, noticeably not symmetrical but pretty close. Mostly consistently packed.

1/3: How is the world suppose to end? Does it include fire raining down on the sinful masses? Well, my shorts just received their own little micro-apocalypse after I fumbled with the cigar and knocked newly lit tobacco cherries off of the foot and they fell on my shorts like a shower of small asteroids. Argh!

The cigar is quite good though. This is a very good example of what I think of when I smoke a Nicaraguan cigar: a bit on the dry side, bold flavors (including spice, leather and cedar) and a general sense of contentment on my part. Not only are the flavors bold but the strength is fairly bold as well. I’d say that this is an aggressive cigar that is by no means harsh or containing an off note during this first third.

2/3: While the spice is still present, especially in the back of my nasal cavity, the main flavors I’m getting are dry earth and leather. The cedar is still present around the edges of the flavors profile and it is now accompanied by a whiff of sweetness, which rounds off any rough edges this flavor profile may have had. The strength of this cigar has moderated a bit and is now in the low full bodied range.

3/3: Copious amounts of smoke have billowed throughout the duration, which is neat and shows that there is good combustion going on, which is important for performance and the such. The flavors, however, take a bit of a turn during the final third going more for oak and a bit of spice. On its own it’s not a negative but it did take some of my enjoyment away from the cigar. Kind of a bland ending when compared to the first two thirds but not compared to cigars in general.

4/3: Full bodied with a good draw and burn; the Alec Bradley Nica Puro was, overall, a very good cigar. I especially liked the first two thirds which featured a good mixture of spice, sweetness and earth. The final third was somewhat of a drop off but still a net positive third in my estimation. I thoroughly liked this addition to the Alec Bradley line of cigars.

4 out of 5 points – A very nice addition to the AB line that fans of Nicaraguan tobacco will surely like

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