Unnamed Cigar in a box of Diesel Wicked Short Cigar Review

October 21, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Wrapper: ?    |   Binder: ??   |   Filler: ???   |   Price: ?????   |   Toro   |   6″ x ~52

A picture of the unnamed cigar from a Cigar.com forum (click on picture to go to the thread)

A picture of the unnamed cigar from a Cigar.com forum (click on picture to go to the thread)

0/3: When I bought a box of Diesel Wicked some time ago I was not expecting to find an extra cigar in it, especially one in a coffin (a coffin with holes in it summoning images of some feral beast being locked in its cage to protect the town folk from its murderous intent). So that was pretty cool. Also, I don’t really know much about this cigar other than it is 6″ long, has a pig tail and I’d say the ring gauge is around 52 or 54.

There are a good number of veins all over the wrapper but, for the most part, they’re fairly superficial. It feels like it is uniformly packed and there’s a little give to the cigar as well. I’m excited to smoke this cigar as it’s kind of a blind tasting (although, I’m relatively certain there will be a good helping of Nicaraguan tobacco in this cigar since it is an A.J. Fernandez blend).

1/3: It starts out nicely with earth, cocoa and some rich grape flavors. Actually, I think “rich” is the right way to describe this cigar thus far.

2/3: The second third continues on where the first third left off until some spice and wheat notes start taking over shortly after the halfway point. I did like that first grouping of flavors – dark flavors with some depth – but these flavors that are coming on are nice in a slightly different way – a little more excitement and a bump in the intensity (not the strength as in full bodied or medium bodied, per se) of the flavors.

3/3: During the final third dark wood gets added to the picture along with a shift in the spice more towards sweet spice.

4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; this unnamed cigar definitely has it going when it comes to the richness of its flavors but does it work on other levels? The flavors themselves are pretty good and they work well together but they lack a certain amount of vibrancy and clarity to be a truly great cigar. So it works on a couple of levels at least. What it all boils down to is one simple question: Would I want to smoke another one of these cigars? Yes, I think I would. Now I just need to find out what the name of this cigar is.

3.5 out of 5 points – There’s some really good stuff going on here but it falls a bit short of being great

La Flor Dominicana Litto Gomez Diez 2012 Cigar Review

October 9, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 
Litto Gomez Diez cigar (click image to go to manufacturer's site)

Litto Gomez Diez cigar (click image to go to LFD site)

I have a little bit of history with this brand as I named the 2012 Chisel as my top cigar of 2012 and, frankly, that’s the best cigar I have ever smoked. It’s so good that if I had to only smoke one cigar for the rest of my life I would quickly choose that one and have no qualms about it. Well… nah, no qualms.

Also, I’ve been reviewing a lot of lanceros lately and liking most of them. Since this cigar is a lancero and made from the same blend as my favorite cigar I have high hopes for this cigar.

There really isn’t anything like the smell of a Litto Gomez Diez cigar; it smells of spice and a barnyard. The construction looks good, there are some stretch marks around the foot though. It is a very oily cigar and there is one of those darling little pigtails on the cap. And now I’m going to cut that off.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: lancero
Length: 7 ½”
Ring Gauge: 39
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $178.95/Box of 20 | $8.80/Single

Bizarro Flame!

It wants to be good but I have my doubts. The draw is very tight and that is wreaking havoc on the flavor profile, at least in the beginning. What flavors are able to get through include dark fruit and some fleeting spice. Basically, my impression of this cigar is that the flavors are there but they are hidden by the bad draw. The previous (two) LGD ’12 lanceros I smoked had the same problem.

A bit further into the first third the draw does open up a bit but it will probably be a problem throughout; I hope not but that was the case with the previous two. As long as you concentrate on bringing in enough of the smoke you will get pretty strong flavors including the aforementioned dark fruit and spice (but they’re much, much better now that the draw has opened up a bit) and there’s also barnyard and cedar.

Meandering is nice when it’s a warm, sunny day and you are walking through a park but it isn’t very nice with a cigar. I really want to like this cigar and there are some very good moments at the end of the first third and the beginning of the second third but then it just kind of wonders off again shortly after the halfway point has been reached. Earth, spice and those dark fruit flavors are kicking around and they are pretty good but are not as good as they should be. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that all the ingredients for a great cigar are present except for a good draw, which significantly hurts the performance of this cigar.

This cigar has all of the flavors that I like in a cigar but they just don’t get the opportunity to shine. My problem, which is not getting solved in the final third, is that the draw is making the performance inconsistent. Pretty much the same flavors going from the second third into the final third.

Medium-full bodied with a poor draw and good burn; the La Flor Dominicana Litto Gomez Diez 2012 lancero’s major problem is a poor draw. This problem undercut what should have been a wonderful group of flavors and made them pretty blah. This happened with the three cigars that I smoked and I would be surprised if this problem were isolated to the three cigars that I smoked.

87 points

Room 101 San Andres Short Cigar Review

September 28, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

The cigar for this review was provided by Cigars Direct; As always, all reviews are my own.

Wrapper: San Andres Natural    |   Binder: Honduras Corojo Seco   |   Filler: Honduras & Dominican Republic Criollo, Ligero & Corojo Seco   |   Box of 25: $169.00; Single: $7.50   |   Gordo   |   6″ x 60

Room 101 San Andres cigar

Room 101 San Andres (Click to go to Matt Booth’s Twitter)

0/3: Big, pretty much gigantic, cigar, with a matte brown cigar. There are a decent amount of oils on the wrapper with no noticeable imperfections. In fact, this cigar’s looks are about as uniform as I have ever seen. I am worried about the size of it though, I am not particularly partial to larger vitolas.

The wrapper is Mexican and, not too long ago, that wouldn’t have been something that cigar companies would have trumpeted. I don’t know about the quality of Mexican tobacco from years ago but they seem to be pretty good nowadays. And I’ve heard rumors about a major, well respected cigar line having used Mexican San Andres wrappers for years but that’s for another time.

1/3: Wow, a ton of flavors are jumping around right off the bat. Spice, dry earth and some fruity sweetness. I’m liking it very much.

2/3: Sweetness takes over as the leading flavor but the backup flavors of smokiness, earth and some soft spice are strong and provide a strong counterbalance to the sweetness. It’s an interesting mix for what it is.

3/3: The flavors become a bit deeper and warmer during the final third. Fine cigar but without much of a zing at this point. The flavors are about the same as they were in the second third.

4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and a decent burn; the Room 101 San Andres is a pretty good cigar. The flavor profile is straightforward and is tasty enough. I liked the cigar but I’m pretty sure that I would have liked it more in a smaller vitola.

3.5 out of 5 points – Solid cigar with some good flavors but probably better in a smaller vitola

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra Cigar Review

September 27, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

During the summer last year I purchased the cigars for this review as well as some of the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano, which I liked. I’ve been looking forward to reviewing this cigar for a while and today is as good as any other.

Maybe not an exquisite looking cigar, it does have a rich look to it. Also, the wrapper feels like velvet, velvet with some oils. There are also a couple of bumps and veins on the semi-dark brown wrapper. It feels uniformly packed and it’s pretty solidly packed at that; slight box press to this cigar.

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra (click picture to see Cigar Aficionado's review; this cigar was their #9 cigar of 2012)

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra (click picture to see Cigar Aficionado’s review; this cigar was their #9 cigar of 2012)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6 ½”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $13.00/Single

Study Hall (American Horror Story Short) Witch Burning!

There’s an overall softness to the flavor profile that is nice. Sweetness, a mixture of bright spices that linger in the nostrils after a healthy retrohale and there are some pleasant wood notes occasionally coming through. The flavors are good at this point and my overall impression of this cigar is that it’s pretty laid back but that there is also this underlying spicy intensity just wanting to be let free.

That soft spice is evolving into something more exotic and the intensity is picking up a bit from the first third. This spice has some body and depth to it. Sweetness, which has a faint resemblance to brown sugar, is still chugging along. Any woodiness that was around in the first third has receded well into the background. I’m hoping that the intensity of flavors (not the strength of the cigar) will continue to increase.

During the final third the flavors seem to drift a bit and lessen in intensity. Not a bad turn as the flavors, which are pretty much the same with a bit of doughiness added in, are still enjoyable but this cigar didn’t end with the bang I was hoping for.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra features a well developed flavor profile that never turns bad. Throughout my time smoking this cigar I got an unmistakably exotic feel to the flavor profile that was interesting and pretty tasty. It’s a good cigar and I’m glad that I got the chance to smoke these cigars.

90 points

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 Cigar Review

September 20, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

I’ve reviewed a few lanceros lately so I figured that I might as well do another. But before I get on with the review I would like to say a little about trying different vitolas. So, here it goes. Try different vitolas and you might be surprised in a good way. The more you know.

Rustic looking darkish brown wrapper with some oils on it. I do have to note that none of these (this is my fifth) have looked very good. Actually, each one of these I’ve smoked looks like it has gone through the ringer a few times. Veiny, bumpy, feels a bit soft and a couple of these cigars, including the one that I am set to smoke shortly, has had a crack at the foot. And there’s a pigtail on the cap.

One last thing: I have reviewed a Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 before and I loved it, making it one of my Top 10 Cigars of 2012. Wow, I should start thinking about my Top 10 for 2013 soon….

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 (click picture to go to Joya’s site)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: lancero
Length: 7 ½”
Ring Gauge: 38
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habana Criollo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $110.99/Box of 20 | $31.99/Pack of 5

Walking Dead Spinoff Conflagration!

The draw is loose and, even though I like my draw to be a bit on the loose side, this is much too loose. It takes too much effort for me to get the smoke going but, when it finally reaches my taste buds, it’s pretty good. Very much like the other vitolas but with more of a moistness to the flavors. Spice, a cross between oak and cedar and leather make up the flavor profile at this point. It’s an aggressive flavor profile but, probably because of the extra effort I have to go through to get the smoke to come through, the flavors don’t stick around for very long.

I like the flavors, especially the powerful spice (with an edge of oak) but it’s just not as strong as it normally is in the other vitolas. The only conclusion I can draw is that since this is a lancero it’s having an affect on how much power is actually able to come through. In and of itself, less power is not a bad thing but, unfortunately, it’s also affecting how good the flavors are.

With the final third comes a better draw and a return to the spicy, dry earth flavor profile that I’ve come to expect from the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970. It’s a good ending.

Medium-full bodied with a loose draw but a good burn; the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 starts out unspectacularly but finishes well. And I’m not just saying that I didn’t like the first two thirds because I was expecting one thing and got something else. The draw was just too loose and that significantly affected my enjoyment of this cigar and this happened with each one I tried.

87 points

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