Pride of Jamaica Vintage Reserva Crystals Cigar Review

January 18, 2009 · Posted in Cigar Review · 3 Comments 

This isn’t a mistake. Even though I reviewed one of these yesterday (HERE) that doesn’t mean I can’t review another one today. The same thing goes for this one – I got it for free. Here’s my review:

Pale and dry to the touch. The construction on this cigar looks pretty good but there are some bumps and some mildly raised veins. The last one got 91 points. By the way: I’m smoking this cigar while recovering from being sick. I’m drinking Wild Turkey with some water.

Cigar Stats
Grand Carona
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 45
Wrapper: Cameroon
Binder: Mexican
Filler: Jamaica
Price: $6.50

Second Flame!

Lots of spice; reminds me of cinnamon. There is also a mellow cedar flavor in the background. This one is at least medium bodied.

A half an inch in and that herbal flavor that I tasted the last time I smoked one of these cigars starts to creep back in. It isn’t a strong flavor but it is there.

This has to be one of the spiciest cigars I have ever smoked and I really like that about this cigar. Remember how I described the second half of the other one (“it’s like a little firecracker”)? Well, this one is like that from the beginning. The flavors I am getting are cinnamon and peppermint.

It’s an interesting cigar, very unique. It isn’t full bodied but the spice is extremely strong on the palate and when you blow smoke through your nose. You may not like this cigar if you don’t like your mouth numb from spice. But if you are like me then you will love this cigar.

This is the second one I’ve had and I have got to tell you that this is a great cigar. I love it.

92 points

Pride of Jamaice Vintage Reserva Crystals Cigar Review

January 17, 2009 · Posted in Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

This cigar comes from Barrington House International, Ltd. Barrington House is one of the only cigar companies that operates in Jamaica and before I started this blog and did a post on Jamaican cigars I can’t recall ever hearing about them. Luckily for me the good people at Barrington House saw the post and decided to send me a few dozen cigars for free and, based off the first couple I have smoked, I am very glad.

And I must say that even though I did get these cigars for free from Barrington House in no way have they paid me for my reviews nor would I be any easier on them in a review. Now onto the review:

Very pale cigar. It comes in a glass tube and it looks like it has very good construction. There are some oils in this cigar. I must also mention that I just got this cigar today and it hasn’t had enough time to rest in a humidor – so keep that in mind. I’m drinking Makers Mark and some water.

Cigar Stats
Grand Carona
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 45
Wrapper: Cameroon
Binder: Mexican
Filler: Jamaica
Price: $6.50

Gratis Fire!

It’s actually quite good. Mild-medium bodied but strong on the flavors. Perfect draw. Earthy with fleeting spice on each puff. The flavor is musty, it’s not a dry cigar. There’s also an herbal flavor to it – something like sage or rosemary.

Normally, I do not like cigars that are less than medium bodied but this one has strong flavors so I’ll make an exception. Half an inch in and the spice still lingers on the palate. Very laid back cigar; none of the flavors are too strong nor offensive.

Burning quickly – that could be because it’s not properly humidified. Whatever the case, I’m really liking the flavors. Spice is taking over more now. Halfway through and it’s turned into a spicy little firecracker! That herbal flavor is still there but it’s way in the background now.

Burns evenly with lots of smoke. I am really enjoying this cigar. Maybe if I give it some time in the humidor it will get even better. Usually I would be lowering a cigar’s rating as the cigar progressed but this isn’t the case here. This cigar only gets better.

91 points