La Palina El Diario Cigar Review

November 17, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · 2 Comments 

I received this cigar and another just like it from La Palina Cigars. All Reviews are my own.

Previously, I have reviewed the diminutive La Palina El Diario Kill Bill and I was duly impressed by that little cigar. This one, the Toro, is a little bit longer and has a larger ring gauge. In general, I have a slight preference for smaller cigars but this toro, measuring in at 6′ x 50, is at the edge of my butter zone for length but well within my acceptance level for ring gauge.

The wrapper is a medium to a dark-medium color and has more than a few veins marring the surface. When touched, it is immediately evident that this wrapper has more than the average amount of oils on it and is relatively tightly packed. Not a beautiful cigar but the shape and construction look good.

The La Palina WebsiteCigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6”
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Honduran Corojo ’99 Rosado
Binder: Honduran Criollo ’98 (x2)
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98
Price: $200.00/Box of 20 | $10.00/Single

BSG: Blood and Chrome Conflagration!

Even though the prelight draw was a bit tight, once this cigar was lit the draw was good. The flavors you should expect during the first third include: dark, molasses sweetness trapping spice in a misty cloud. That spice is especially evident in the retrohale as it does not leave and just increases with each puff you take. There’s also some dry, dusty earth swirling around.

During the first third there was a bit of sweet, fruity sweetness but there’s a lot more during the second third. Retrohaled spice has dissipated but isn’t gone. What I’m especially liking about the taste of this cigar is the consistency of the smoke, which is very fine and granular.

Earth and an edge of sweetness. The spice is pretty much gone during this final third. It’s still a good cigar but the flavors have lost a bit of their intensity, which has to do with the fact that this cigar has been resting in my humidor for many months now. The rest has made the flavors marry better.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn, this cigar is solidly good throughout. In my estimation this cigar is not as good as the Kill Bill was but, still, the toro is a very enjoyable cigar.

90 points

EP Carrillo Elencos Series Cigar Review

August 18, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

EP Carrillo is a classy guy who makes some pretty damn good cigars and this cigar is no different. Perfectly constructed, the EP Carrillo Elencos comes with a Brazilian Habano wrapper that exudes oils and is medium-dark brown. Very consistent color to it and you will not find very many veins on this cigar.

Unfortunately, the EP Carrillo site does not have any information on this cigar, which sucks, but it’s not like there’s going to be a test after this cigar gets nubbed. What I was able to find out is that the EP Carrillo Elencos is the same blend as the EP Carrillo Edicion Limitada 2010 (Stogie Review).

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6”
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Brazilian Habano
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $216.00/Box of 20 | $54.00/5 Pack

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This cigar does take a little while to build up some momentum but when it does the flavors do come on strong; mainly spice and oak (about 2:1 spice:oak ratio). There’s also a bit of sweetness that is rattling around in there like loose change in a frat house couch.

During the second third the spice does fade into the background. Oak and a sweetness that reminds me of molasses. This cigar is not being very aggressive and that has been my experience with these cigars recently. I do, however, remember some that I smoked a while back that were heavier with the spice and definitely full bodied.

The last ten or so of these that I have had have been different. Instead of this onslaught of spice this cigar goes towards wood, sweetness and, at least during the final third, meat. It’s not a bad change of pace but I’d rather these things were spicier than what I am experiencing with these last ten or so.

Like I said: this isn’t a bad cigar. Even when the spice just makes an appearance during the first third the other flavors are good enough to keep my interest. It’s medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn. Well, the draw was suboptimal for a couple of these cigars that I smoked but the vast majority of them have an excellent draw.

Really, I’m conflicted about my opinion for this cigar. If I would let price factor into my ranking, which I won’t and never will (a cigar should just be judged on how good it is while deciding whether or not a cigar is worth a certain price is best determined by each individual), I probably wouldn’t buy this cigar very frequently. I don’t think I’d be singing the same tune if more of my experiences with this cigar were like my earlier experiences with it: i.e. spice, leather and meat flavors predominantly.

89 points

Sosa Vintage Short Cigar Review

July 17, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Full Disclosure: I received this cigar as a sample from the manufacturer.

Wrapper: Connecticut    |   Binder: Dominican Republic   |   Filler: Dominican Republic   |   Box of 25: $156.00; 5 Pack: $35.00   |   Toro   |   6″ x 50

0/3: The wrapper has a very dark, reddish-brown hue to it. Light is reflected off of the wrapper as if it has been lacquered. Rustic in appearance, there are a number of bumps all along the cigar. Moderately packed with no extreme hard or soft spots.

1/3: It starts out really slow. The flavors weren’t there and it wasn’t enjoyable for the first five, ten minutes. But then things started to pick up. A dark sweetness, which is pretty close to maple, and burnt grass, which isn’t that good because it is pretty strong and is overpowering the other flavors.

2/3: The burnt grass does subside marginally and that does allow for some of the other flavors to shine more brightly. Maple is the leader in this flavor gang. There is also wheat and molasses (which is in addition and separate from the maple).

3/3: The final third continues on where the second third left off. There is a little bit more of the burnt grass, which sucked.

4/3: Even if it weren’t for the burnt grass flavor wreaking havoc on the flavor profile this cigar would still just be an average cigar. This medium bodied cigar with a good draw and a decent burn is below average.

2 points

Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Short Cigar Review

August 14, 2009 · Posted in Asides, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Pre-Smoke: It looks good but it is very dry. The cigar is also a little soft to the touch. Not veiny at all. Looks good.

Smoke: It starts out with some bade tastes that last for less than a half an inch. Then it morphs into a warm and inviting cigar. With it’s great draw and even burn this is shaping up to be a very good cigar.

Molasses dominates the flavor profile for this cigar. There is also a smokiness that I like to it. Deep flavors.

4 points

CAO L’Anniversaire 1968-1998 Cameroon Belicoso Cigar Review

March 6, 2009 · Posted in Cigar Review · 2 Comments 

This is the torpedo vitola and I have smoked the robusto vitola in the past. I gave that cigar 90 points, here’s what I had to say about it:

    Lots of smoke and an excellent draw. There is spice, which tastes like red pepper flakes, and the flavors are crisp – not muddied down at all. The flavors just explode on the tongue. It is medium bodied.

That was one of those I smoked a while ago so my notes were a little sparse. Here’s my review of this cigar that I thought was even better.

Milky brown wrapper. Good amount of oil with a box press, which I have grown to really appreciate. Perfectly good construction, no problems with it. Drinking Makers Mark with some water.

Cigar Stats
Torpedo
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Cameroon
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $8.50

Afternoon de-Light!

Peppery and leathery. It has a perfect draw. Warm, moist smoke. Medium-full bodied with a bias towards being more full bodied.

Slightly salty undertones. There is also this molasses-like sweetness to it. Very complex array of flavors.

Inch in now. The molasses sweetness, which is very rich and deep and is actually quite good is the main flavor now. Next is spice with a small side of saltiness. Still a very most cigar and the saltiness isn’t anywhere near the point of being a nuisance.

A third of the way through and the saltiness is gone. It’s a net plus that that flavor has left but it wasn’t too much of a problem since all the other flavors are great. The burn is fairly even, haven’t had to touch it up.

Nearing the end now. I love this deep, molasses sweetness because there’s also some peppery flavors remaining. It really is an enjoyable cigar. The complex flavor profile stays for nearly the whole length of the cigar.

92 points

Other Takes:

My Previous Review

It got great ratings from Epinions.com

Blank Mind Blog gave the toro vitola a 9.3/10 saying “From the initial light up the C.A.O L‘Anniversaire 1968-1998 Cameroon Toro teased my palate with a toast and straw base and slowly built up a caramel sweetness. I noticed that the caramel revealed itself when I rested the smoke for more than a minute or two. The sweetness would last for several draws before crossing back over to the toast and straw flavor.”

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