Chubbys Maduro Short Cigar Review

March 15, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Full Disclosure: The cigar comes from Cuban Stock. All review are my own.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro Special   |   Binder: Dominican   |   Filler: Dominican   |   Single MSRP: $7.90   |   Perfecto   |   6″ x 60

0/3: That’s a lot of missing information and if I get that information I will put it up ASAP. I looked for that information for more than half an hour and it just isn’t anywhere. (Updates made) Alright, now onto the cigar.

It is misshapen. The head sort of ends up as a nipple and the foot, if I look at the profile the right way, either looks like a bottle nosed dolphin’s head. It has a dark wrapper with some moderate veins running from head to foot. The feel is slightly soft and there are some oils on the wrapper.

1/3: I once did a review on a Chubbys Ultimate and didn’t care for it that much. It’s an alright cigar but just didn’t do it for me.

This one is starting out earthy, bitter, grassy and there’s this salty aftertaste. Everything but the salty aftertaste is… alright.

After the burn line gets comfortably over the shoulder, which takes about an inch, the flavors become earthier with chocolate and coffee. It’s actually decent.

2/3: The second third is a regression, sort of like a decent tv show that just becomes dumb after the first season. Saltiness is back and there is this hot chocolate flavor that tastes like it has been thinned out with water.

3/3: It’s all washed out now. The only flavor that is making any kind of impact is saltiness. Washed out earth and chocolate make up the bulk of the remaining flavors.

4/3: A big part of me wanted to like this cigar but that just wasn’t in the cards. There wasn’t much intensity of flavor even at the best of times and for the remainder the flavors were the cigar equivalent of mud puddles. Medium bodied, with a good draw and burn, which is the best thing I can say about this cigar.

1 point

Padron 1964 Anniversary SI-15 Maduro Cigar Review

April 15, 2011 · Posted in Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

Yesterday I posted a review for this cigar with the natural wrapper; it received 90 points from me. It was a very enjoyable cigar that exhibited flavors like chocolate and earthiness. The strength for that cigar can sneak up on you a bit because the flavors are fairly subtle and mellow. So, how is the maduro version different?

Honestly, I think the darker wrapper looks better. It feels velvety to the touch and gives off some oils. There is one moderately raised vein but no visible blemishes other than that (can you really call a smallish vein a blemish?). As was the case with the natural wrapper version of this cigar the maduro has a slight box press, which I think helps out the draw (maybe too much) and looks good as well.

This cigar was provided to me for review by Smoke Inn; all reviews are my own.

Cigar Stats
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 60
Wrapper: Nicaragua (maduro)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $92.50/Box of 5 | $277.50/Box of 15

Apeirogon Flame!

Right out of the gates there are significant differences between the two cigars. Whereas the one with the natural wrapper had flavors that held back too much for me in the beginning this one is bold. At first I thought the leading flavor was spice but that is not true. It’s a secondary flavor to this multifaceted earthiness and chocolate mixture. It is honestly bowling me over with the intensity of its wonderful flavors.

As the first third progresses there are some changes. Think mole sauce with some sweetness. This cigar is already pretty strong strength-wise.

The second third is continuing with where the first third left off. But then, about halfway through this third the flavors begin to revert back to that combination of earth and chocolate that was prevalent during the middle parts of the first third. These flavors can be experienced most fully during the retrohale.

The final third has chocolate and some grassy undertones. I was a little worried because the intensity of the flavors seemed to dim a little during the second third but they are coming back here. During the last half of the final third there is bitter cocoa along with that grassy undertone. It’s quite good.

Overall, this is a better cigar than its brother. The flavors are more alive and complex. One of my problems with this cigar and, in hindsight, with its brother is that the draw is too loose. The burn has been good with this cigar and I would peg the strength as being full bodied.

92 points

PS: You can preorder this cigar now from Smoke Inn and they will ship April 18th.

Carlos Torano Casa Torano Cigar Review

March 4, 2010 · Posted in Cigar Review · 3 Comments 

From the Torano website:

Casa Toraño appeals to all the senses. The Ecuadorian-Connecticut wrapper is delicate, silky, and smooth. The binder is especially selected from the Toraño farms in the hills of Nicaragua; and the filler is a combination of Honduran, Nicaraguan, and a family blend of Central and South American tobaccos. Originally the Toraño´s private family blend, the Casa Toraño was made available to the smoking public and has received an enthusiastic reception.

Honestly, I am looking forward to a treat with this cigar. If it really started out as the “family blend” then this must be something that is truly astonishing. Or, what they consider to be a good cigar differs from what I think is a good cigar. I hope that is not the case.

Anyway, the wrapper is light but I do have to say that it is rather veiny. Furthermore, the foot seems a little misshapen. Finally, there is a soft feel to the cigar. Other than that, all is well.

Cigar Stats
Toro
Length: 6 1/4″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua
Price: Box 25 – $128 | Single – $6.35

Lost Flame!

Creamy cigar smoke leads to a couple of strong flavors. First of all, there is a strong grassy flavor. No, scratch that, it’s more like bitter, leafy greens. Beyond that there are some cherry and oak flavors. It really is an intriguing mix of flavors that I’m not altogether convinced tastes all that great.

And then after the burn line crosses the one inch mark the flavors begin working in harmony. I guess since it is such a complex cigar that it takes a little while for the metaphorical engine to warm up but oh am I glad that it has warmed up.

Oddly enough, the flavors aren’t usually what I would go for. I like my cigars spicier than this one is. I also like leather and meat, neither of which is in this cigar. Even though the flavors present aren’t my normal cup o’ tea I find myself really enjoying this stogie.

In addition to the multitude of flavors I have already mentioned there is a milky flavor. It’s not as rich as cream but it’s definitely whole milk.

It burns well, the draw is great and it is a mild bodied cigar. Couple this with the great flavors and it’s a real treat of a cigar. Can’t say that I’m going to go back to it all that often but it is undeniably a great cigar.

91 points

Purchase as Part of a Torano Variety Sampler

Another view from Cigar Jack

Diesel Cigar Review

December 16, 2009 · Posted in Cigar Review · 5 Comments 

This near-jet black beauty of a cigar is made by A.J. Fernandez who has made cigars for Rocky Patel, Padilla and the Man O’ War lines as well. I must be honest, this is one of the better looking cigars I have seen. In addition to the jet black wrapper it is a rather smallish torpedo that absolutely glistens with oils. There are no seriously raised veins either.

It is rough to the touch, though. And the cigar is tightly packed. Based off of my previous experiences with this cigar neither of those things should hurt the flavor at all.

Cigar Stats
Torpedo
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 56
Wrapper: USA/Pennsylvania
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua (Jalapa, Condega, Esteli)
Price: $6.00/Single | $100/Box (30 cigars)

Funny Flame!

As expected, the draw is very good. Not too tight, not too loose. Also, as expected, the Diesel has a ton of flavor that runs smack dab through the “dark” flavor profile. Lots of espresso/coffee beans, earthiness/grassy and some charcoal. There is a little bit of spice but not a whole heck of a lot to speak of. Oh, and chocolate – milk chocolate to be precise – is a fairly prominent flavor with the Diesel.

The flavors coat the mouth and just won’t leave, which is a pretty good thing here. It’s a very good cigar throughout the first half and shows no signs of slowing down.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn. One of the previous Diesels I smoked had the flavors drop off around the halfway point but, with this one, the flavors are sticking through – so far.

For the most part the flavors are staying strong even as the burn line crosses the three-quarters mark. There is some complexity with this cigar and, overall, I am liking it a lot. This isn’t to say that this cigar is special but it is above average for sure.

Leather starts to come through during the second half along with some spice. Further on, within a half inch of the nub, the flavors take a bad turn but, as long as you don’t smoke it way too far down, it’s a very good cigar. The bad flavors revolve around salt, which isn’t a horrible flavor but does diminish my enjoyment to a degree.

What amazes me about this cigar is that if you buy it by the box it is less than $3.50 per cigar. That’s amazing for a cigar that tastes this good. While the flavors are not mind blowingly great they are well above average for the majority of the stogie. If you can buy a box I would strongly suggest you do so; after all, Christmas is just around the corner.

89 points

Nub Maduro Short Cigar Review

November 23, 2009 · Posted in Asides, Short Cigar Review · 5 Comments 

Pre-Smoke

The 460 (4″ x 60 ring gauge) Nub Maduro is a good enough looking cigar. Not too tightly packed, somewhat veiny, no glaring imperfections.

Smoke

Due to its large ring gauge, it does take a little bit longer to light than most cigars. The predominant flavor is espresso with a good helping of a low-octane spice (i.e. not very spicy spice – if that makes sense).

After the one-inch mark the flavor profile makes a dramatic shift towards earthy/grassy flavors. However, it appears that was nothing more than a brief intermission since the spice and espresso return.

It’s an up-and-down cigar as far as flavor goes. The flavors alternate between being crisp and muddled.

On the bright side, the draw is good (maybe a smidgen too tight for my liking) and the burn is for all intents and purposes, even. It is a medium bodied cigar.

After-Smoke

The Nub Maduro was one of those cigars that I don’t have any real negative or positive feelings for. It’s a fine cigar but, as I was merrily puffing along, I found that I was waiting for the end of the cigar to come along. It’s just a boring cigar.

2.5 points

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