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

Camacho Corojo (old version) Cigar Review

October 15, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Change is inevitable but, at least for this review, I’ll stand athwart change and yell “Stop!” because I’m going to review the old Camacho Corojo. Not only that, I’m bucking another trend (the one towards bigger vitolas) by reviewing the Machito, which is a very diminutive cigar measuring in at 4″ x 32. Cigars of this size are ideal for those times when you want a quick smoke, like when you are driving home from work.

Before I get into the review I would like to point out the picture below. If you click on the link you will get to see a bit of the future as that link will bring you to some reviews of the newly blended Camachos. (The fact that there’s a woman in lingerie has nothing to do with me using that picture. Nothing.)

 Click on picture to go to reviews of the newly blended Camacho cigars

Honestly, it’s a very ugly little cigar looking more like a twig off of an evil tree from some fantasy story. Somewhat veiny, kind of bent in places, light brown color to it and not a lot of oils on the wrapper either. I’ve smoked a lot of these cigars (fifteen or so at this point) and I was able to get these cigars for about $1/stick on sale because they are (obviously) discontinued.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: small panatela
Length: 4”
Ring Gauge: 32
Wrapper: Honduran
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Honduran
Price: Discontinued – Get ‘em while you can

Treehouse Torch!

Small cigar with a big flavor profile, this cigar starts out with a plethora of deep and provocative flavors. Bread, dark fruit, hay, cedar and dry spice are the flavors and they are delivered in a dense and chewy format. It’s a bold flavor profile that connects on many levels, many more than I thought it would before I tried one, but there are a couple of problems.

One of the problems I’m having with this cigar is that the flavors can get a little overbearing. It’s flavors are unrelenting and that leads to this cigar being heavy at times. I never would have thought that a little cigar could impart such a heaviness but this one does.

Another problem is that this cigar’s flame tends to go out pretty easily. This can be averted by making sure to take a puff every minute or so but if you are smoking this cigar on the go, which is its intended purpose as far as I’m concerned, then that might be a tall order.

Full bodied with a good draw and a decent burn; the old Camacho Corojo Machito is a great cigar when you are short on time. There’s a good deal of complexity and strength to this cigar and the flavors are enjoyable.

89 points

Cain F Cigar Review

August 26, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

In a way, this review of the Cain F lancero is pretty much a followup of a review I published a while ago of the La Flor Dominicana Air Bender lancero. The LFD Air Bender lancero was, without a doubt, one of the best cigars I have ever smoked; tons of flavor and strength.

The Cain F lancero looks and feels perfect. These cigars come in tubes and is one of the special offerings from Oliva’s Studio Tobac, which is basically their version of the cigar equivalent to Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works. There’s a bit of oil on the wrapper, the wrapper feels smooth and this cigar has a bit of give to it, which I appreciate because cigars that are packed too tightly tend to have a tighter draw.

So, is it better than the LFD Air Bender? Will it become one of my favorite cigars? Let’s find out.

Click the picture for some more info on the Cain F Lancero

Click the picture for some more info on the Cain F lancero

Cigar Stats
Vitola: lancero
Length: 7”
Ring Gauge: 38
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $42.95/Box of 10 | $6.48/Single

The Red-Headed League Flame!

Spice and sweetness are the main flavors at the beginning. These flavors aren’t overly aggressive, actually, they are quite mature and refined. Even though this cigar is full bodied right now it probably wouldn’t overpower most cigar smokers. There are also light and bright barnyard flavors going on. Hay and grass add a subtle dimension to the flavor profile that I appreciate.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about this flavor profile is how unique it is. It definitely has some strength to it but there’s also a lot of elegance as well. If this cigar were a person he would be able to knife a bad guy in an alley and then, ten minutes later, play a high stakes poker game whilst drinking a martini.

Vanilla – Is that right? Yes – enters the mix during the middle third. The spice and sweetness are still present without any diminution of force but the vanilla does provide a nice accent to the overall flavor profile.

Oak makes a brief cameo during the final third and I have to say that I am really enjoying this cigar. I have liked the Cain F series in the past but this one is by far my favorite of the series.

Full bodied with a good draw and burn; the Cain F lancero is an excellent cigar with a great deal of refinement. Do I like it more than the LFD Air Bender? No, I like the Air Bender a bit more but I have a distinct feeling that the Cain F lancero would have a broader appeal as it is less full bodied than the Air Bender, which is very strong. For another look at this cigar head on over to Halfwheel.

94 points

La Aurora Para Japón Cigar Review

July 8, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

After three years of Spanish in high school I am reasonably certain that “Para Japón” has something to do with bacon. The Para Japón cigar hails from La Aurora, a very charitable company, and some of the proceeds from the sale of these cigars goes to humanitarian efforts to help Japan rebuild after the disasters that befell it a while ago. Read HERE for more information.

Fine looking cigar; nothing particularly special about the way it looks. There are some oils on the wrapper, looks well made, has a couple of veins here and there and the wrapper is of a lighter brown hue. Of course, none of this really matters all that much because you can’t judge cigars by how good their wrapper looks. To the review!

Credit: Cigar Explorer

Credit: Cigar Explorer

Cigar Stats
Vitola: robusto
Length: 5”
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Brazil & Cameroon
Price: $65.00/Box of 12 | $28.00/Pack of Five

Red Wedding Flame!

The first and main flavor during the first third is sweet oak; it’s nice. There’s also some hay and a salty, rare meat flavor. Overall, the flavors are in the lighter spectrum of the flavor profile and I cannot find much to fault here.

While the second third has much the same flavors as the first, the flavors are now working better together. I like the mix of the sweetness and the oak and the hay; they play off of each other well and make the whole experience better.

This cigar does produce a lot of smoke throughout and, in its totality, is pretty enjoyable. The final third sees much the same flavor profile as the second third. And that’s fine.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; the La Aurora Para Japón shows some flickers of excellence but, in its totality, is nothing special. As noted, it burns well and the draw is good, which is the baseline for a cigar, but the flavors weren’t very evocative and, even though they worked well together, they didn’t ever really get going. There’s some promise in this cigar but it’s unrealized.

87 points

My Father Cigars Flor de las Antillas Cigar Review

June 27, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Image Credit: Cigar Aficionado

I received the cigars for this review from Thompson Cigar; as always, all reviews are my own.

I’ve reviewed this cigar before and I remember liking it. Actually, the first time I ever tried one of these cigars I thought it was an amazing cigar. Full of flavor and life and pretty much everything else I want from a cigar. But I smoked them a few more times and, while I still enjoyed them, these cigars did not maintain their lofty status in my estimation. Great cigar, just not one of those cigars perched at the uppermost reaches of my all-time top list (which is firmly ensconced in my head).

This is the robusto; oily, box pressed with rounded edges, twice as wide as it is deep, great construction, not much in the way of imperfections, a pleasure to look at. A lot is going on in the band, paintings of some sort, which I like. There’s also a cloth band around the foot (I guess that’s in case it gets cold… (I’m leaving that in because it’s such a horrible joke)).

Cigar Stats
Vitola: robusto
Length: 5”
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $118.80/Box of 20 | $32.20/Pack of Five

Borgia back on Netflix Conflagration!

I’ve gotta admit, the way this cigar is starting out reminds me a lot of that first experience I had with one of these cigars. It has loads of flavor with a decent amount of intensity. There’s this really unique spice that enhances everything that it touches. Oak, cherry tinged hay and some other bright flavors. The texture to the smoke feels almost like mist.

During the second third the spice greatly dissipates, which isn’t a great development but it could be worse. Oak and cherry still around. There’s a light dusting of coco in there as well.

The final third features a great deal more coco and there’s also a floral flavor too. That floral flavor was probably in there the whole time but buried behind the other flavors.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; the Flor de las Antillas is definitely a tasty cigar with a lot to recommend it. Like I said earlier, when I smoked my first one I thought this was one of those truly special cigars; and maybe you’ll think so. It sure started out exceptionally well this time but it quickly dropped off from Olympus down to mortal status. And yet, much like everything My Father Cigars makes, I think this cigar is worth a try.

90 points

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