Don Tomas Classico Maduro Robusto Cigar Review

Maduro wrapper with a slight sheen of oils. The construction looks perfect. This should be a good cigar. I am having Maker’s Mark and a Cherry Coke with this cigar.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: USA/Connecticut Broad Leaf
Binder: USA/Conn
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua
Price: $3.25

Winter Light!

Partagas Black Label Magnifico Cigar Review

I basically told you yesterday what I thought about this cigar. It just wasn’t that good. Which was weird because I thought the pyramid version of this cigar was excellent. Anyways, here is my review of the Partagas Black Label Magnifico:

Tons of oil. Jet black cigar. Perfect construction. There seems to be nothing wrong with the construction of this cigar. I am drinking Maker’s Mark and a glass bottle of Coke with this cigar.

Cigar Stats
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: USA/Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dom Rep, Nicarauga
Price: $6.50

Scrubs Flame!

I’m watching a great show, Scrubs, while smoking this cigar so I am in a good mood. Right off the bat I am getting chocolate and earthy notes. It’s like a sweet earthiness though. Not sure that I like it all that much.

The draw is great but the burn is awful. I know I will have to fix it soon. This cigar would be a lot better if there was a strong bitterness to it so that it could cut the sweet earthiness. As it stands a quarter of the way through the cigar the major flavor I’m getting is sweet grass.

About halfway through the chocolate flavors take over. It is just barely a full bodied cigar. Even though the earthiness has mostly vanished I still cannot say that I like this cigar.

What started out as a subtle sour taste has only gotten worse. I don’t know what’s wrong with this cigar but it’s just bad. The sourness kills any good feelings I had for this cigar.

Maybe I am being a little too harsh about the sourness. It’s only an intermittent flavor. In between the sour flavors the cigar is fairly good. Unfortunately, for me at least, I cannot get past the sourness – it ruins the cigar.

82 points

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series (Natural) Monarca – Cigar Review

[NOTE: originally I had this as a sun grown cigar. Actually, thanks to friends at A Cigar Smokers Journal and Stogie Review I have come to understand that it has natural tobacco as the wrapper. Sun grown means that it was grown in the sun as opposed to the shade. While this Padron uses a wrapper grown in the sun the wrapper is, indeed, natural. For further clarification head over to Padron’s website HERE to really understand what goes into the making of this wonderful cigar.]

This was the first of two cigars I smoked on New Years Eve night and, without a doubt, it was the best cigar of the night. It might actually be the best cigar I have ever smoked bar none. Here’s my review:

Box pressed with a medium brown, sun grown wrapper. Extremely oily cigar. The appearance of this cigar is actually quite bad. There are stretch marks, divots and blemishes galore! This is supposed to be a great smoke and I hope it is since this is one of my last cigars for 2008. I’m drinking Wild Turkey Single Barrel with Cherry Coke and a water.

Cigar Stats
Grand Corona
Length: 6 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 46
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nic
Filler: Nic
Price: $11.50


Oh… my… GOD!

I was going to say something derogatory about the look of the cap on this cigar but when it tastes this good who cares about a gnarly cap?

Tons of flavor: spice, earth, cocoa, coffee. The draw is perfect. It’s full bodied. Tons of smoke. Happy New Year to me!

Over a quarter of the way through now and this is easily the best cigar I have ever smoked. It doesn’t burn evenly though, pretty badly actually.

Fortunately, I was able to correct the burn. Half way in now and I have to say that the flavors have become milder. However, when I blow smoke through my nose, retrohaling the cigar smoke – if you will, all those amazing flavors are still present.

Here is my dilemma. The first half of this cigar was awesome, 97 points without a doubt. The second half of the cigar was still great but due to the flavors falling away somewhat I give that half 93 points. And then there is the whole thing about the horrible appearance and the bad burn for this cigar. Truthfully, I still think it’s the best cigar I have ever had.

95 points

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature – Cigar Review

This is the cigar I smoked Christmas night. Expecting a lot from this cigar I needlessly got my hopes up and, as you will see, they were dashed. In fact, it forced me to create a brand new rating category called unsmokable. Here’s my review:

I am smoking this cigar with Single Barrel Wild Turkey, which is quite smooth, and water. The construction of this cigar looks extremely difficult with a nipple on the foot, which is called a perfecto tip (a tapered end at the foot). It also has a lot of oil and it’s just a visually impressive cigar. Can’t wait!

Cigar Stats
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 47
Wrapper: Cameroon
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $9.50

X-Mas Flame!

The draw is very tight at first. I hope it’s just because of the unique shape of this cigar. It is beginning to open up a little bit as the burn gets past the shoulder of the nipple. It’s sweet with some spice. Medium-full bodied.

Draw is just getting worse and the burn isn’t much better. This cigar is a pain. If it weren’t for the draw this would be a very good cigar. Unfortunately, the draw kills it.

Leather, spice, sweetness, but it just doesn’t draw. That means I can’t get much of those flavors from the cigar. It’s a damn shame because I was really looking forward to smoking this cigar. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.