Pride of Jamaica Vintage Reserva Crystals Cigar Review

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 palette 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

Cohiba Black (Robusto) – Cigar Review

Very black and oily. The construction for this cigar looks perfect. I’m actually excited about this cigar even though I have had problems with Cohibas in the past. This, like all the other Cohibas I have smoked, is of the Dominican variety (sigh). I smoked this cigar with Wild Turkey and water.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: USA/Connecticut
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Filler: Dom. Rep., Mexico
Price: $13.50

Da Light!

The draw is a little tight (can I catch a break?). It’s a medium bodied cigar without much flavor (due to the draw) being able to come through. What I am getting is spice, leather, dark chocolate and some sweetness.

The cigar’s draw gets better as I smoke it further. More spicy now and the flavors, in general, are coming through better now. This is a fine cigar that won’t offend anyone. There’s also an earthiness and saltiness to this cigar as I near halfway through.

A little over halfway through now and the draw is getting better. More spice and I’m beginning to think that this cigar is more medium-full than medium.

But then it tightens up again. Maybe for an inch it was very good but then the draw tightens up again. The cigar burns evenly but who really cares if you can’t get the flavors?

In the end all I can say is that I did like what this cigar could have been. Due to the draw I can’t give this cigar a great score and it knocked off at least a couple of points in my book.

87 points

H. Upmann Churchill – Cigar Review

I smoked this cigar Monday on my way home from a database final. Lets just say that it was a very cold drive due to the fact I had to have a window down to let the smoke out of. But the cigar went better than the final did so all’s well that ends well.

The H. Upmann churchill is a good looking cigar with only one slightly raised vein. It looks well constructed.

I should also note that I had nothing to drink while I smoked this cigar.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5 5/8″
Ring Gauge: 46
Wrapper: Indonesia, USA/Connecticut
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Filler: Brazil, Dom. Rep.
Price: $7.00

Database Flame!