Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Robusto Cigar Review

The construction on this cigar is near perfect. There are a couple of bumps on it and a couple of areas where the wrapper has been bent over on itself. Even though I was expecting this cigar to be covered with oils it isn’t. It has a good coating of oils but not particularly oily. In a couple of areas it does feel a little soft to the touch.

Cigar Stats
Robusto
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Nicaragua – Cuban seed Criollo
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $6.50

DeGroot Flare!

It starts off fairly robust, gravelly even. Evocative of a cigar that I think John Wayne would have loved smoking, if he indeed smoked cigars. And then it becomes more sophisticated, indicative of a cigar I envision Gary Cooper smoking. Personally, I would have preferred if it had stayed like the kind of cigar John would have smoked.

The main flavors that I am getting are peat, cashews and some spice on the retrohale. It is a refined cigars with a good deal of complexity. Medium-full bodied with a great draw and a fairly even burn.

On the Perdomo website it says that there should also be coffee and cocoa notes but I’m not getting those flavors at all. Even though I may not have the most refined palette I’m confident I would be getting those flavors if they were in this cigar. My guess is that the coffee and cocoa flavors come through better with the maduro version of this cigar.

There is some sweetness with this cigar. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it’s there.

Overall, it is a very good cigar. Definitely worth the money. Personally, I would have liked more spice to it but what is there is great. Pretty good flavors with a good amount of complexity is wonderful in a cigar. And, again, you can’t beat the price.

91 points

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Ashton Double Magnum – Cigar Review

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This is a well packaged cigar with a cedar sheath and two bands; one at the foot and one near the cap, like normal. The problem is that the glue securing the bands to the cigar are actually securing the bands to the cedar sheath and when I went to take the sheath off it also took both bands off. Oh well.

The cigar itself has a nice, oily wrapper. The wrapper is unusually smooth. Looks nearly perfect with only a mild imperfection in the way the wrapper looks in one spot. Light brown cigar. I’m smoking this cigar with Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel and some water.

Cigar Stats
Toro
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: USA/Connecticut
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Price: $10.00

Evening Light!

Finally, a cigar with a good draw! It’s not the best drawing cigar ever but after the last couple of cigars I’ll take it. Even though in the past I have thought this was a mild cigar there is a little more bite to it this time around. (Note: It should be a mild cigar, I don’t know what was up with this cigar.)

Flavors: earthy, black cherry, peat; almost tastes like a single malt. It is also burning evenly and I think it’s medium-full bodied, which it shouldn’t be. It is supposed to be a mild smoke.

Guess my luck, the draw got a little tight about halfway through. The flavors are still mostly there but, for me at least, when the draw tightens up it lessens the flavors and thus my enjoyment of the cigar. Wait, I just ashed the cigar and the draw has opened back up. Weird.

Nearing the end now and there haven’t been any more problems with the draw for this cigar. There is also an added sweetness to this cigar now. I think it’s an excellent pairing with my single barrel bourbon. Good cigar.

89 points

Leon Jimenes Belicoso Maduro – Cigar Review

Cigar Stats —
Length: 6.25 —
Ring Gauge: 52 —
Wrapper: Brazil, Cameroon, USA/Connecticut —
Binder: Dominican Republic —
Filler: Dominican Republic —
Price:$5.50 — Dark torpedo with some white spots on it (not my fault, I just got this cigar!). While it is rough to the touch there are a lot of oils on it. It smells like it’s going to be a strong cigar but, knowing these cigars, it won’t be. There are some minor problems with the construction.

God of Fire Come Forth!