Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Cigar Review

September 18, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

I reviewed the Oliva Serie V Melanio a little while ago and I enjoyed it. I mean, it wasn’t the best cigar I’ve ever had but it was pretty good. Better than that really. Will the wrapper change make a difference for the better… or worse? (Technically, I guess there could be a push.)

With a darkish black/brown wrapper, which is velvety to the touch, this box pressed torpedo (the only vitola they offer according to their website) looks expertly put together. Firmly packed with a bit of oil on the wrapper, I can’t see much wrong with the way this cigar looks. Sure, there’s that one rogue vein near the head of the cigar but that’s not going to cause a problem for the draw or anything else that actually matters in terms of taste and whatnot. The prelight draw is a bit tight but, based off of the other one I smoked, that will not pose a problem.

Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Cigar

Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro (click picture to go to Oliva’s site)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: torpedo
Length: 6 ½”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Mexican Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
Price: $110.95/Box of 10 | $58.00/5 Pack

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A hard, bright spice is the first I noticed when I started this cigar. There’s also a strong peppermint flavor going on, which is unique in my cigar smoking experience. In the background we can also find some cocoa and some other complimentary flavors. It’s really an interesting mix and it wasn’t what I was expecting when I first tried this cigar.

It’s weird but in that good, Memento sort of way. (I would try to wring every last drop out of the Memento comparison but I don’t think a cigar review would be that enjoyable to read backwards.) Peppermint is the main flavor I’m getting during the second third followed by spice, some dark (but definitely background) wood notes and a bit of rich earthiness on the aftertaste.

Peppermint basically disappears during the first part of the final third as an ascendant barbecued meatiness takes over. Some sweetness does come on at the tail end but it would have been better if it had been around for the full third to provide a nice counterbalance to the somewhat off putting barbequed meat flavor.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn, the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro is a worthy addition to the Melanio line extension. It was a very interesting cigar during the first two thirds and I sincerely enjoyed how the peppermint played off of the other flavors. The final third, on the other hand, was a bit of a dud. Still, I think the first two thirds are worth it and, with some age, I’m sure the final third will round out nicely. Did I like it more than the original Melanio? Yes, but barely.

91 points

Ashton VSG Short Cigar Review

September 14, 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: Ecuadorian Sun Grown    |   Binder: Dominican Republic   |   Filler: Dominican Republic   |   Box of 20: $214.95; Five Pack: $54.95   |   Robusto   |   5″ x 50

Ashton VSG cigar picture

Picture: Ashton’s Website (click picture for more information about this cigar)

0/3: Very good looking cigar with a dark, chocolatey brown wrapper and not very many veins. The cigar feels firmly packed. Oh, yeah, and it smells like manure… literally.

1/3: It may smell like crap but it doesn’t taste like it. Not by a long shot. A strong, somewhat sweet spice leads the way and is backed up with some oak and a dark sweetness akin to red wine.

2/3: Cedar comes on during the second third but that spice still remains. The spice is strong but it’s a well developed flavor that has a few different sides to it.

3/3: The spice’s intensity has dissipated some but the flavor is still there. Perhaps, this dissipation has made it possible for this floral flavor I’m getting to come through. Also, toffee is coming through now; I really like this flavor. It has lost that darkness of flavor but in its place there’s a lightness and clarity to the flavors that’s good change of pace.

4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; this Ashton VSG was a great cigar. Good complexity in flavor and the flavors are very enjoyable. Must try.

4.5 out of 5 points – Lots of good, strong flavors with this cigar

Camacho Triple Maduro Short Cigar Review

July 30, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

I received this cigar from Cigars Direct; as always, all reviews are my own.

Wrapper: Maduro    |   Binder: Maduro   |   Filler: Maduro   |   Box of 21: $183.00; Single: $8.95   |   Robusto   |   4 ½″ x 50

Camacho's logo - I like it

Camacho’s logo – I like it

0/3: I have reviewed the Camacho Triple Maduro 50/4.5 twice before and I absolutely loved it both times. In fact, I did a full review of this very cigar back in 2009 and gave it 95 points and the Short Cigar Review I did saw the Camacho Triple Maduro receive 5 out of 5 points. Of course, that was back in 2009 and even if I haven’t “matured” as a cigar smoker since then my tastes have changed. Although, I liked full bodied cigars back then as well so….

Solidly packed and very dark, the wrapper is slightly oily with a couple of small veins running from the foot to the cap. This cigar has the old band on it (the Camacho website shows a new band so I’m assuming that’s not just for web marketing purposes).

1/3: Heavy flavors greet you from the get go. Deep sweetness and earth notes as well. Very good so far.

2/3: Sweetness – the dark fruit kind, the kind that I like – earth and a great smokiness that adds a really nice dimension to the flavor profile. It may not seem like it from the description (I’ve never been one for “flowery” language, although mimicking said “flowery” language helped me win a writing competition or two in school) but there is some complexity to this cigar.

3/3: Mostly a continuation of the second third. If possible, the flavor profile does get a bit heavier; you know you are smoking something good when you smoke one of these cigars.

4/3: I do like this cigar. I’d peg it in the medium-full bodied range with a good draw (excellent even) and burn; this cigar may not be full of bold, in-your-face/take-no-prisoners flavors but, rather, deep, brooding flavors that remind me of French cuisine. I can’t say that I like it as much as I once did but this is still one of those cigars that I enjoy revisiting from time to time.

4 out of 5 points – A cigar to meditate on

La Flor Dominicana Limitado V Cigar Review

July 3, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Nope, no relation to the Oliva Serie V, which, by the way, is an awesome cigar. Very awesome. Loads of flavor with a decent amount of strength…. But this review isn’t about that Oliva cigar, or any Oliva cigar for that matter, it’s about a La Flor Dominicana cigar: the Limitado V.

This cigar is a bit larger than I normally smoke, which is a tidbit that doesn’t necessarily have any significance to it. The chocolatey brown wrapper is undeniably rustic looking with a maze of veins all over the place and the wrapper is very oily to the touch. I’ve smoked a few of these so far and I’m going to review it now so let’s get it started.

La Flor Dominicana Limitado V

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6 ½”
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $475.00/Box of 48 | $55.00/Pack of Five

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Wow. This cigar starts out with very strong flavors ranging from earth and chocolate to floral notes and woodiness. There is a bit of heat that lingers on the retrohale, which is nice, but it doesn’t overtake the flavors in any way. It’s a very interesting mix of flavors; a mix that is also unique. In certain ways it does remind me of the original La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero natural but with a nice twist. If you’re a fan of the Fast and Furious series, this cigar is a souped up Supra and the regular LFD is stock. (Okay, that’s a pretty extreme analogy since the regular LFD DL is a cigar I love and this isn’t necessarily better but is definitely different. Maybe a better analogy would be to say that the LFD Limitado V is a black swan and the regular LFD DL is a white swan.)

There’s a bit of sweetness that comes on during the second third but it’s definitely a background flavor; it’s nice. The earth and chocolate slowly dissipates during this third and is replaced by notes of oak and toast. Maybe not as good as the first third but still very good.

The final third is much the same as the second third but with more toast thrown in the mix. Maybe not as good as the second third but still very good. Don’t read too much into those “not as good” phrases.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; it’s an excellent cigar. There are a ton of flavors that all work well together and build off of each other. What really surprised me about this cigar is its absence of spice, which is something that I usually get in a cigar and something that I like. It’s absence was not noticed by me until near the end of the cigar, which says something good about the flavors present. The Limitado V is a very good addition to the La Flor Dominicana line of cigars.

94 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

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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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