Siglo Limited Reserve Maduro Cigar Review

February 14, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · 2 Comments 

Full Disclosure: Received this cigar from Cigars Direct. All reviews are my own.

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Morrón   |   Binder: Nicaragua Broadleaf   |   Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican   |   Box of 25: $135.00 | Pack of 5: $35.00   |   Torpedo   |   6.1″ x 52

0/3: It looks like it has been tapered a little bit being larger by the foot and getting progressively smaller as it progresses to the cap. Maybe I’m just having a hard time dealing with perspective in this instance but it does look a little different.

It has the kind of dark brown wrapper speckled with some nearly black spots and lighter spots along the few obvious veins that this cigar is going to be rough around the edges. The look of it alone cries out “I’m not going to be a perfect cigar.” There are the veins, the inconsistencies in color, the tumorous lumps here and there and the already noted tapered appearance of this cigar.

However, the wrapper is oily and it does feel evenly packed. This cigar has been resting in my humidor for probably about a year now so I’m hoping that aging it has made it better.

1/3: Unfortunately, the flavors are not great in the beginning. There is this dull bitterness that screams “I’m not even trying.” Coffee and earth are the two flavors that are coming to mind right now. Those flavors can be a pretty good combination together but not at a low flavor intensity. They’re watered down facsimiles – at least in the early going.

Fortunately, things do begin to pick up during this third. If this cigar were a novel I might have been tempted to put it down after a few minutes of numbing blandness but, thankfully, I did not. It’s beginning to round itself out into a flavorful cigar. The coffee, earth and bitterness have all picked up in intensity and there is also a sweetness that is coursing through the flavor profile that is offering some balance.

2/3: As the burn line progresses into the second third the flavors begin to go through some changes. Mocha starts to come through along with some hints of vanilla. The bad part is that there also is this salty, dried meat flavor as well. And that brings things down.

3/3: During the final third it degrades like a piece of space junk going through the atmosphere; well, at least it degrades as bad as an aging slugger in baseball. That salty, dried meat flavor gets stronger and brings down my overall enjoyment of this cigar. Overall, the flavors go a little hot and harsh, which definitely isn’t good.

4/3: Two decent to good thirds plus one bad third does not a good cigar make. Alright, that’s not completely fair. It’s good moments are more abundant than the bad ones (barely) and that should count for something. And those good moments were at times above average. At times a little less than average. So, for a medium bodied cigar with a good draw and burn this is a decent cigar.

2.5 points

Casa Magna Oscuro Cigar Review

January 26, 2011 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

I like the Casa Magna Colorado. It’s a very good cigar.

Full disclosure: I received this cigar from Cigars Direct. All reviews are my own.

Wrapper: Honduras | Binder: Honduras | Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua

Vitola: Toro – 6″x52 | Price: App. $33.oo/5 pack

0/3: Good looking cigar. Very dark wrapper. Feels dry to the touch.

1/3: Bitter chocolate and dry wood. It’s starting out a little interesting. Not quite sure if it’s a good or a bad “interesting” yet. Can already tell that I’m not liking it as much as I liked the Casa Magna Colorado. The Oscuro seems like it may lapse into being harsh over the course of the cigar.

Also am getting some grassy notes during this third.

2/3: Retains a lot of that bitter chocolate flavor. There is also some graham cracker apparent during this third. This is the third where it begins to become a little too harsh for me. The flavors are okay but nothing spectacular.

3/3: Getting a little too bitter at this point and it has its spots of harshness. It’s a medium bodied cigar with a good draw and burn.

4/3: While this cigar does have its moments where it is good I’m afraid to say that for the majority of the time it under performs. Too bad, really, because I had such high hopes for it.

2.5 points – Prove me wrong, get this sampler to try the Casa Magna Oscuro.

Avo Cigar Rights of America Cigar Review

November 29, 2010 · Posted in Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

One of the reasons I like writing is because you never have to pronounce any of the words. Take, for example, this cigar. Is the “A” in “Avo” a hard or soft “A”? I don’t know which it is but, if you absolutely need to know how I’m pronouncing it in my head, I am pronouncing it with a soft “A” in my head: Ah-vo.

Now let’s get into the part that you actually care about. This Avo is part of the Cigar Rights of America sampler that I purchased a number of months ago. I’ve liked all the cigars, some better than others, and I have high hopes for this cigar.

It feels a bit on the dry side. The construction is mostly good but there are some issues with the cap. No serious drawbacks that I can make out in the construction. The prelight draw, on the other hand, feels a little tight. Even so, I am getting a distinctly peppery flavor.

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Oak is the first flavor that I can discern. After that there is dry prairie and after that a hint of cherry comes through a little bit.

Medium bodied cigar and the flavors are okay. There just isn’t that much interesting going on in this cigar during the first half. Part of the problem is that there is this off note that makes this cigar a little harsh.

And then, with the commencement of the second half, this Avo becomes smooth. That doesn’t mean the flavors are amazing or anything like that but it is better.

Oak is the dominant flavor followed by cherry and that dry, grassy flavor (that aforementioned pretentious sounding prairie).

Not much changes throughout; it is a fairly consistent cigar. There’s some complexity to the flavor profile but not a whole lot. It’s a good cigar and worth a smoke or two.

Like all the other cigars from the CRA sampler I will not give this one a score. If you haven’t done so already you should head over to the CRA website and become a member before smoking cigars is outlawed.

Tatuaje Series P Short Cigar Review

November 30, 2009 · Posted in Asides, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Pre-Smoke

The Tatuaje Series P is significantly cheaper than the other lines from Tatuaje. The robusto costs between $3.00 to $4.00 per stick, depending on how many you buy at one time. So, is it as good as it’s much higher priced brethren?

Just based off of looks and feel I would have to say no. It looks like a dried out leaf with only a slight sheen of oils. Beyond that, it does feel a little squishy to the touch. Not a good start for this Nicaraguan puro.

Smoke

With a good draw and burn and a medium body this cigar is starting off alright. While I don’t think it measures up to the premium Tatuaje lines (which is an unfair expectation considering the price) it is actually a somewhat enjoyable smoke at the beginning. A slight amount of spice, a decent helping of maple sweetness and woody flavors.

Working against it is that it is not a smooth cigar and the flavors don’t meld all that well together. In fact, as the cigar progresses it does get harsh and then it gets better and then it gets harsh all over again. Basically, it’s an inconsistent cigar that does have a couple of kind of good moments.

In addition to the aforementioned flavors there is a nuttiness and meatiness to it.

After-Smoke

Upon reflection, the best way to describe this cigar is that it is dry. The flavors are there but they are intermittently harsh. It’s a cheap cigar and it shows.

1.5 points

Occidental Reserve Short Cigar Review

September 1, 2009 · Posted in Asides, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Pre-Smoke: This is a cheap cigar and it looks like one. Veins, stretch marks and a couple of holes mar the light wrapper. It isn’t very oily and it feels evenly packed.

Smoking the Robusto (4 7/8″ x 50) vitola.

Smoke: This must be what smoking a chicken bone tastes like. Harsh, burnt flavors dominate. There is some oakiness in the background that shows me that this cigar isn’t a complete waste. But it’s close to being one.

On the bright side it does draw and burn well. It’s a very mild cigar but that isn’t my problem with it. The flavors are nearly all negative. As I near the end of this cigar I get a strong tobacco flavor that isn’t good.

After-Smoke: Look, I know that this is a cheap cigar and that my expectations should be considerably lower – and they were. But, besides the negligible oak flavor all the other flavors were harsh and it just wasn’t much fun smoking.

1 point

Occidental Cigar Web Page

Price Range: $3.00 to $5.00

Vitolas:

    Torpedo (6″ x 52)
    Toro (6″ x 48)
    Churchill (7″ x 48)
    Corona (6 1/8″ x 43)
    Robusto (4 7/8″ x 50)
    Gigante (8 1/2″ x 52)

Wrapper: US Connecticut Shade
Binder: US Connecticut
Filler: Dominican Republic, Indonesia