Top 10 Cigars 2010

January 11, 2011 · Posted in The Perfect Draw · 3 Comments 

As I sit here earnestly smoking an Arturo Fuente Short Story I realize that now is the time to do another Top 10. It was just a year ago when I published my first Top 10 and much has changed in the world. Instead of getting philosophical and patter on about this or that I’m just going to present the list (you of course know that these lists don’t matter, right?).

10. Carlos Torano Casa Torano Toro

This is the only mild cigar that makes this list but it does make this list because the grassy and oak flavors are very good.

9. Nestor Miranda Collection Dominicano Robusto Grande Rosado

Medium-full bodied treat with a whole host of flavors ranging from maple, earth, cream and so on.

8. CAO La Traviata Favorito

With this cigar you will get lots of flavor in the spice and leather mold. Full bodied and reasonably priced.

7. CAO Lx2 Rob

A full bodied cigar with some very good flavors ranging from spice to oak and some complexity.

6. Alec Bradley Family Blend T11

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro ChiselA delicious medium bodied smoke that delivers on flavor and complexity. The reason why it’s not closer to the top is because I have smoked more of these since I reviewed it last and my opinion of it has slackened off a bit.

5. Padilla Dominus Robusto

Oak and spice and everything nice. This is one of my favorite Padilla made smokes.

4. Guillermo León Gran Corona

Medium bodied cigar with loads of flavor and complexity. I love this cigar because it offers the right amount of wood and leather flavors without too much of a kick strength-wise.

3. Tatuaje Anarchy

Loads of spice and leather with some nuttiness acting in the background. Another awesome cigar that you must try (but you are going to have to act quick because this is only a limited edition cigar and once they’re out they’re out).

2. Camacho Coyolar Titan

Leather, meat and spice make up the flavors for this cigar. I love this cigar, an absolute must try.

1. La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel Maduro

Insanely good cigar. Tons of flavor and complexity. Fits right into what I like about a cigar: spice, leather and some sweetness.

There was an Opus X that scored extremely well, but since the Opus X line had a representative last year I decided to disqualify it for this year’s Top 10. As you can probably tell this is not an exhaustive list but this is what I liked for 2010.

Padilla Dominus Cigar Review

May 12, 2010 · Posted in Cigar Review · 4 Comments 

Let me be upfront about my Padilla bias; I like their cigars. That being said, if the Padilla Dominus were a dog of a cigar I would tell you. Without giving too much away, it is anything but a dog.

The Padilla Dominus that is currently sitting on my ash tray is a beauty. Very smooth, a slight sheen of oil and only a couple of minor imperfections (a couple of dark spots the size of a gnat). It feels well packed and is a very well made cigar.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $9.00/cigar | $200/box of 24

Levin Flame!

The immediateness of the spice is impressive. Right off the bat you will be hit with a robust helping of spice and a healthy helping of oak as well. It’s a nice mix. My one problem with this cigar during the first third is that it isn’t a particularly smooth cigar. The fact that it “isn’t a particularly smooth cigar” doesn’t deter me because I like it when a cigar has a little bit of an edge to it.

One other thing, the spice can tend to get a little racy and overpower the other flavors. In addition to the oak and the spice there is this mild sweetness that is barely noticeable. Honestly, I did not notice the sweetness until I had smoked a few of these cigars.

As I continue smoking this cigar I realize that I absolutely love it. Seriously, the spice is so alive, so vibrant. It’s a cross between cinnamon and something caliente (that’s Spanish for spicy or hot or something like that, I think). The wood – oak – is a welcoming canvas for the spicy interplay.

It is just barely a full bodied smoke. The draw requires just the slightest tug and the burn is mostly good, requiring just one touch up about two thirds of the way through. I have had some minor burn problems with almost every one of these cigars. Fortunately, the draw doesn’t put too much of a damper on the flavors.

In addition to all the goodness that is this cigar the band is awesome. I know it doesn’t affect the way the cigar smokes but it is nevertheless pretty cool. There’s a lion in the center of a bunch of flowers. The P – for Padilla – is artfully done. And even the name, Dominus, is awesome. You may not be able to judge a book by its cover but you wouldn’t be misled if you judged this cigar by its band.

The flavors do a bit of evolving. That sweetness, however faint it is, stays on after the first inch or so. The only thing I have to add is that there is a slight grittiness to the flavor profile that comes on about halfway through. It’s actually an interesting addition that I like.

It’s a great cigar. Need I say more?

93 points

For another opinion head on over to Fire up that Cigar’s review of this cigar. They have pictures! :-)