La Hermandad Short Cigar Review

September 17, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

I received this cigar from the manufacturer, Primer Mundo Cigar Company; as always, all reviews are my own

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca    |   Binder: Nicaraguan   |   Filler: Nicaraguan   |   Box of 24: $218.40; Five Pack: $45.50   |   Toro   |   6″ x 52

La Hermandad cigar logo

La Hermandad cigar logo (click picture to go to the company’s site)

0/3: Dark brown wrapper with a waxy, oily feel to it. There aren’t many veins here and the cigar feels well made to me with no soft spots if, perhaps, a bit under packed, which isn’t a bad thing by any means. (I must also note that while the cigar I’m smoking is most definitely 6″ x 52 there is no corresponding size on their site. It’s either a typo or there was a change in the vitolas they now officially offer.)

1/3: There’s a great sweetness coming through, which is probably due in no small part to the Brazilian wrapper’s influence. Bright sweetness to be more specific with a definite grape flavor going on. There are also some woody notes as well.

2/3: A misting a chocolate is coming through here as well as some mint as well. Unique mix of flavors and, so far, it’s enjoyable.

3/3: Chocolate still coming through. Mint is still kicking around as well. Also a bit of graham cracker.

4/3: Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; the La Hermandad is a good cigar. There is a bit of an aftertaste with this cigar that isn’t wholly enjoyable but the flavors are undeniably good.

3.5 points – Good cigar after a nice dessert

Tatuaje Apocalypse Short Cigar Review

November 22, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

I received the cigar I am using for this review from Smoke Inn, all reviews are my own.

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf   |   Binder: Nicaraguan   |   Filler: Nicaraguan   |   Box of 15: $134.25; Singly: $8.95   |   Perfecto   |   5 ¼″ x 48-52

0/3: About a year ago Smoke Inn released their first in a series of micro blend cigars with the Tatuaje Anarchy. It was a wonderful cigar and I rated it at 94 points, which is a pretty damn good score. Supposedly, the blend for the Apocalypse is a tweaked version of the Anarchy blend so that the Apocalypse has more concentrated flavors. Or, to put it in layman’s terms: it’s like cracking an egg and getting two yolks.

Now, this is a pre-release cigar but, according to the good folks over at Smoke Inn, this is the same cigar everyone else can purchase starting at midnight on Thanksgiving Day. I’m not exactly sure but I’m pretty confident that you will be able to purchase these cigars on this page at the appointed time.

Of course, your buying decision is going to solely rest on what my verdict is. Starting off, it is a really cool looking cigar. A perfecto, the chocolate brown wrapper feels like fine grit sandpaper and is very oily. The pigtail is back for this iteration and, to be honest, it doesn’t add anything to the cigar. It actually looks like an impressionist Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll but one I cannot eat.

1/3: The draw gets good once the burn line overcomes the perfecto’s hump. Whereas the flavor profile for the Anarchy was dry and “rugged” this one is warm. Leather, spice, graham cracker and some sweetness. Good mix.

2/3: Gritty, chalky earthiness comes through. The leather, spice and graham cracker flavors are still there with roughly the same intensity but the sweetness has pretty much left.

3/3: During the final third there is a marked change in the flavor profile with a movement towards dark, floral sweetness. Earth is still present but the other flavors have definitely receded into the background. Some fruity flavors as well.

4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn, this cigar is pretty good. But I didn’t like it as much as the Anarchy. Still, I think it’s definitely worth a try.

4 out of 5 points – Definitely worth a try

La Casita Criolla Cigar Review

March 30, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

This is another cigar from Tatuaje. That might have sounded a little bit like complaining but, trust me, it’s not. If you’re going to be a company that puts out a lot of new cigar lines then you could do worse than try to emulate Tatuaje’s model.

I think the La Casita Criolla line came out about the same time as the Fausto; don’t check me on that, just nod along. Besides both being Tatuaje cigars there is little comparison, taste-wise at least, between the two. The Fausto is a powerhouse and this isn’t. I’m definitely not saying that this is a bad cigar, it’s just different.

Some medium sized veins streak across the wrapper like falling stars on an old catcher mitt-colored sky. It’s oily to the touch and is packed evenly. Quality construction is one of Tatuaje’s trademarks and this cigar does not fall short.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: Corona Gorda
Length: 5 5/8″
Ring Gauge: 46
Wrapper: 100% Broadleaf
Binder: 100% Broadleaf
Filler: 100% Broadleaf
Price: $145.00/Box of 25 | $5.85/Single

Phrasing Fire!

The flavors for this cigar start out solidly dry. Leather, cream and a minute amount of sweetness. There’s also some graham cracker playing around in the background. The flavors are above average but the burn line did stray quite a bit in the beginning, which surprised me because that didn’t happen with the previous four of these that I smoked.

It’s definitely one of those easy going, unobtrusive cigars. You’ll start smoking it and find yourself relaxed, sitting by the dock of the bay watching the tide roll away. That’s great but it’s not everything.

My major problem with this cigar is that it doesn’t meld well with what I look for in a cigar. Even though that is true I can still appreciate it for what it is. There isn’t a lot of evolution in this cigar (I don’t think that matters all that much).

The final two thirds of the cigar are pretty much the same as the first third. There might be a little more graham cracker but, overall, it’s a consistent cigar flavor-wise. It’s a medium bodied cigar with a good draw and, despite the poor burn in the beginning of this cigar, over the course of trying five of these cigars I’ve found that the burn is good as well. If you like medium bodied cigars with a dry, leather flavor profile you will probably like this cigar.

90 points

Four Kicks Short Cigar Review

March 13, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

First, I need to thank Keith from Tiki Bar for gifting me this cigar. Thanks buddy!

Wrapper: Honduran Ecuador   |   Binder: Nicaragua   |   Filler: Nicaragua   |   Box of 24: $182.00 | 5 Pack: $42.50   |   Toro   |   6″ x 54

0/3: I’ve heard a lot about this cigar and have read a little bit about it. It’s the first blend from the guys who created CAO, sold it off and then split to create their own brand again. At the helm of this new venture, Crowned Heads, is Jon Huber and, at least according to some, the Four Kicks is his best cigar yet.

This cigar had been resting in Keith’s humidor for a while and then it was resting in mine for a while longer. It’s a little banged up but not much. What really gets me is that it’s bumpy. It looks rustic and smells like it had recently been rolling around a barn; like a pig. It’s somewhat oily.

1/3: It’s definitely an interesting cigar with good, clean flavors. Sweet spice, which isn’t something I get all that often. There’s also this graham cracker flavor in the background.

2/3: There’s a slow move towards a stronger graham cracker flavor along with coffee bean. Honestly, there’s a lot of things going on here. The spice is still around; lurking in the background like Gollum in The Fellowship of the Ring, more sensed than really noticed.

3/3: The final third takes on a more woody/nutty flavor profile. The spice is pretty much gone and so is that graham cracker flavor.

4/3: It’s a really good cigar. It’s medium bodied with a good draw and burn. The flavors are all pleasing and they work well together. If you’re reading a book, lounging about on a nice summer day this would be an excellent cigar to smoke.

4 points

Illusione f9 Short Cigar Review

February 1, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Wrapper: Nicaragua   |   Binder: Nicaragua   |   Filler: Nicaragua   |   Box of 25: $158.00 | Single: $7.50   |   Lonsdale   |   6 ¼″ x 44

0/3: This one is known as the f9 Finesse, which can lead to some lame joke making like “this cigar looks like it was made with a lot of finesse” or “there’s a real finesse to these flavors.” But you’ll get none of that here!

The cigar looks adroitly made by someone with a skillful hand. It’s oily, dark brown wrapper conceals filler and binder tobacco that is less densely packed than most cigars. A webwork of veins crisscrosses the wrapper.

And a big thanks to JJ for gifting me this cigar.

1/3: Yes, there is a reason why most other cigar smokers like these cigars. Salty leather, cherry and graham cracker. It’s a medium-full bodied cigar with very forceful flavors.

2/3: With flavors much like the first half the second half is continuing on in its goodness.

3/3: More of the same during this third. The only difference is a faint sweetness on the retrohale but it isn’t much.

4/3: I liked this cigar because of the leather and graham cracker flavors. The burn was pretty even but the draw at times just disappeared because it was too loose. That probably hurt this cigar more than I realized at the time. When it was going well it is definitely a very good cigar.

4 points

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