Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Short Cigar Review

January 22, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

I received this cigar from Cigars Direct – purveyors of premium cigars. As always, all reviews are my own.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano   |   Binder: Nicaraguan   |   Filler: Nicaraguan   |   Box of 20: $189.00; Single: $10.50  |   Toro   |   6 ½″ x 52

0/3: This cigar has received a number of accolades from a variety of different media outlets. Supposedly, it’s one of the better offerings from Rocky Patel. Let’s see.

The Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary is box pressed with the flat top and bottom being about 1.5 times as wide as the flat sides. The edges are a bit rounded, the wrapper has a bit of oil on it, the wrapper is a fairly dark brown and there is this network of superficial veins crisscrossing the wrapper.

Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary

1/3: It starts out very understated with flavors in the wood, mild cotton candy sweetness and some nutty flavors as well. Loose draw.

2/3: Sweetness is gone. Nuts and dry wood are the main flavors. The draw is better. Medium bodied.

3/3: Floral sweetness comes on during the final third. Wood and nuts are still present. Pleasant.

4/3: Medium bodied with a decent draw and a good burn; this cigar is good. None of the flavors were very strong but they were all good.

3 out of 5 points – If you are looking for a pleasant cigar with flavors that won’t overpower you then this is the cigar for you

Tatuaje Avion 12 Cigar Review

September 16, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Size does matter.

Tatuaje’s Fausto line is becoming one of my favorite line of cigars with the Fausto Avion 11 being my favorite cigar of all time – by far. I gave that cigar 98 points and I would still give that cigar that high of a score. It just fits right into my preferred flavor profile and, I think, due to the fact that it’s a larger figurado, it just worked perfectly for me. I have found that figurados, in this case a perfecto, smoke better for me and the reason why I think this is the case is because they must have to use more experienced torcedores to make these kind of cigars.

So that’s why I was excited to try the Fausto Avion 12. It’s also a perfecto and it’s just a smaller version of the Fausto Avion 11. The diameter is the similar with the same high and low diameters (it’s not the same because the cigar is shorter, I think my math is right here). Smelling it I get a large whiff of liberally spiced hay. Looks perfectly made with a slight box press.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: perfecto
Length: 5  5/8″
Ring Gauge: 48/52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $42.50/Pack of 5 | $152.95/Box of 20

Orangutan & Dog Torch!

Spice, leather, hay and some sweetness. The same, basic flavors are here that I found in the Avion 11 but the Avion 12 just isn’t holding up to the 11, which I know is a tall order. With this one the flavors are a little wild and almost harsh. Both the draw and the burn are great. Even with that being the case, I’m loving this cigar.

During the second third the flavors do calm down a bit and any hint of harshness is gone. Spice is still present but it’s a secondary flavor to the hay and leather and, now, there’s also some nutty flavors coming through. It’s a really strong cigar in my book but nowhere near as good as the Avion 11.

One of the interesting things about the Avion 11 was that the final third wasn’t as good as the first two. That isn’t the case here. Spice and sweetness have combined to create a wonderfully delicious flavor profile. Leather and hay are gone now but I’m liking this spice and sweetness mix a lot.

Full bodied with a great burn and draw this cigar may not be as good as its bigger brother, the Fausto Avion 11, but it’s still damn good. The flavors are really clear and, for me at least, they work really well together. I think that if you are worried about smoking an Avion 11 this would be a good alternative because at no point did it make me even the slightest bit queasy. It’s strong but not overly so. Great cigar.

Interestingly, I’m pegging this cigar’s score right around the same score I would have given the final third of the Avion 11. It’s just an inch shorter but that inch did make a big difference. Still a great cigar but I’ll stick with the Avion 11.

94 points

Perdomo Habano Corojo Cigar Review

June 21, 2011 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

A rather thickish-looking robusto, this cigar has no visible malformations. Of course, like nearly all cigars, it has the stray bump but even those seem to be less bumpy than the average cigar’s bumps. Plus it is oily and nicely packed.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $90.00/Box of 20

Gaiman Flame!

After getting it lit, which took longer than usual, I am welcomed with a bouquet of goodness. There’s a little bit of a zing followed by a floral sweetness, a bit of a cookie dough flavor, a touch of citrus and some barnyard for good measure. This is definitely a unique mix of flavors and, even though this cigar is in its infancy, it is shaping up to be a good cigar.

Now that I am a little more than an inch into this cigar I can still say that I like it. Citrus is playing the lead right now, which, while interesting, is a little odd. It’s not like the citrus flavor is bad but, well, it’s just unexpected. On the other side of the coin is a dash of spice; thankfully. That barnyard flavor, more like hay, is still present. That cookie dough flavor is not.

After the halfway point this cigar becomes a little bland. Citrus is gone and in its place is a full-throated hay flavor, which is boring. I had higher hopes at the beginning of this cigar but all my hopes seem to have gone down the drain after the halfway point.

It’s a medium bodied cigar with a good draw and a good enough burn (a couple of touchups were necessary during the middle third).

Three quarters of the way through and it does improve a little bit. A doughy flavor starts to come through and the hay takes on a burnt quality. Additionally, a nutty flavor has also entered the mix.

Alright, it is a fine cigar but it’s just nothing special. Like most other Perdomos it falls into that solid category.

88 points

Declaration by Jameson Cigar Review

March 2, 2011 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Hey, sorry for the lack of posting over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to smoke many cigars over that time because I contracted Walking Pneumonia. Not fun, I don’t recommend it.Fortunately, the recently engaged Danny, you can find him on Twitter @dannysguitar, was good enough to do this guest review on the Declaration “The Reason” by Jameson Cigars. Thanks Danny!

Before we jump into the review here is what Jameson has to say about this cigar:

A cigar created with purpose and passion, Declaration embodies our independent spirit and inspires a statement about personal liberty, “Smoke to be Free.”

A showcase of Dominican tobaccos, Declaration features an aged Habano ’98 wrapper paired with a Criollo ’98 binder and select filler tobaccos from the prime growing regions of the Dominican Republic. The unabashed enthusiast can expect deep, bold flavors and a memorable, medium-full bodied smoking experience.

It’s a very nice looking Dominican Puro. Pigtail on the cap and it is honestly a very thick cigar.

Cigar Stats
Lenght: 6″
Ring Guage: 58
Wrapper: Dominican Republic Habano ’98
Binder: Dominican Republic Criollo ’98
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $31.50/5 Pack | $127.00/Box of 21

Walking Pneumonia Fire!

Medium bodied cigar with a good draw and burn. Flavors in the first third are wood, a little spice and a nice sweetness. Kinda hard to really pinpoint the flavors but I think I taste oak, kinda like an oaky wine or whiskey. This is a big smoke and it would be good for the golf course. The first third leaves me wanting a little more flavor, but the flavors that I do identify I enjoy. The texture of the smoke is ok. A little thin on the exhale, I wish it coated my palate a little better.

The second third has flavors that are pretty similar but I get a distinct nutty flavor balanced with some syrupy sweetness. Actually very enjoyable. The ash has held on into the second third.  Also the body of the smoke is thicker and richer. Thankfully, getting much better.

Final third amps up the sweetness and a slight herbal flavor comes on. Really enjoyable and complex. The balance of flavors is well blended.

I enjoyed how the flavors changed. I enjoyed the sweetness and how it got more and more intense throughout the smoke. If I had to change anything about the cigar, I think I would have preferred some more spice in the beginning of this cigar. Overall, this was an enjoyable smoke from Jameson. Thanks to Brad Mayo and Stogie Review for the contest that I got these smokes from. I definitely recommend these cigars to new and seasoned smokers alike.

90 points

Tatuaje Cigar Rights of America Special Edition Cigar Review

February 14, 2011 · Posted in Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

Note: This cigar came from the CRA Sampler Pack #1.

It looks old, worn. Older than Clint Eastwood, an Afghan goatherd and the Sahara combined. Leathery valleys are punctuated by veiny mountain ranges that jut upwards harum-scarum. The excess tobacco is not cut off at the foot but is folded over completely hiding the filler tobaccos.

Even though the picture looks bleak I am holding out a lot of hope for this cigar. It’s a Tatauje, which is usually a good thing. It’s oily, which is, again, usually a good thing. And it smells like it is going to be a robust cigar.

The rough outward appearance and texture suggests, to me at least, that Pete Johnson’s crew used an older wrapper that grew at the top of the plant. More sun exposure may mean a meaner look but it also usually leads to a lot of character as well. Hopefully that comes through loud and clear.

A syrupy sweetness is the high note for the pre-light draw. It’s also a surprisingly open draw as well – with tobacco hanging over and covering the foot I expected a lot more resistance than I got. There is some spice that reveals itself in the aftertaste but it is not a lasting flavor. The sweetness is low in acidity and reminds me of a darker, fruity flavor.

I decided against circumcising my cigar before I lit it and that did not cause any problems. The initial flavors run the gamut from plum, which bears little resemblance to the “syrupy sweetness” of the pre-light draw, to dried out leather. In a way it does taste like it looks – complex.

In between plum and leather there is spice, salt and a saccharine sweet aftertaste that lingers on the tip of my tongue for way too long. Other than that last flavor this cigar is very enjoyable. It will probably reach the full bodied spectrum, or at least barely so, as the cigar continues to burn. And the draw and the burn are relatively good (the burn being the better of the two) an inch in.

While I was smoking this cigar (and writing this post) I decided to go online and see what others were saying about the Tatuaje Black Label and I found this thoughtful review from Matt’s Cigar Journal. Great review.

At the halfway point and I don’t think my prediction of a full bodied cigar is going to come true. No bother, it is medium-full bodied and tastes great. The big change from the first half is a strengthening of spice – black pepper. A nutty flavor also presents itself. Sweetness disappears.

It ends with an intermittent raggedness maybe even some harshness. Taken in its totality, this cigar is still a very good one. Well worth the price of the CRA sampler. (No score given to CRA Sampler cigars.)

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