Unnamed Cigar in a box of Diesel Wicked Short Cigar Review

October 21, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Wrapper: ?    |   Binder: ??   |   Filler: ???   |   Price: ?????   |   Toro   |   6″ x ~52

A picture of the unnamed cigar from a Cigar.com forum (click on picture to go to the thread)

A picture of the unnamed cigar from a Cigar.com forum (click on picture to go to the thread)

0/3: When I bought a box of Diesel Wicked some time ago I was not expecting to find an extra cigar in it, especially one in a coffin (a coffin with holes in it summoning images of some feral beast being locked in its cage to protect the town folk from its murderous intent). So that was pretty cool. Also, I don’t really know much about this cigar other than it is 6″ long, has a pig tail and I’d say the ring gauge is around 52 or 54.

There are a good number of veins all over the wrapper but, for the most part, they’re fairly superficial. It feels like it is uniformly packed and there’s a little give to the cigar as well. I’m excited to smoke this cigar as it’s kind of a blind tasting (although, I’m relatively certain there will be a good helping of Nicaraguan tobacco in this cigar since it is an A.J. Fernandez blend).

1/3: It starts out nicely with earth, cocoa and some rich grape flavors. Actually, I think “rich” is the right way to describe this cigar thus far.

2/3: The second third continues on where the first third left off until some spice and wheat notes start taking over shortly after the halfway point. I did like that first grouping of flavors – dark flavors with some depth – but these flavors that are coming on are nice in a slightly different way – a little more excitement and a bump in the intensity (not the strength as in full bodied or medium bodied, per se) of the flavors.

3/3: During the final third dark wood gets added to the picture along with a shift in the spice more towards sweet spice.

4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; this unnamed cigar definitely has it going when it comes to the richness of its flavors but does it work on other levels? The flavors themselves are pretty good and they work well together but they lack a certain amount of vibrancy and clarity to be a truly great cigar. So it works on a couple of levels at least. What it all boils down to is one simple question: Would I want to smoke another one of these cigars? Yes, I think I would. Now I just need to find out what the name of this cigar is.

3.5 out of 5 points – There’s some really good stuff going on here but it falls a bit short of being great

Fuente Fuente Opus X Forbidden X Lost City Cigar Review

June 20, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

Yeah, I know, if you take out the spaces in that title it reads like a long Welsh village name. Oh well, that’s pretty much everything on the band and I can’t find the keys on my keyboard for the crest that also adorns the band… so there we are.

First off, it’s a cigar. Even though it costs more than most other cigars it is still going to be consumed by flame (ashes to ashes, nubs to nubs – that sort of thing) but, hopefully, it will taste better than most other cigars as well. And, if psychology papers are to be believed, just by the fact that this cigar costs a lot I will enjoy it more. (I could supply a link for you here to cite my source but I think the extra effort you will have to take to find this information out for yourself will leave you more satisfied.)

This is the torpedo, er, pyramide, vitola in the line. It’s a Dominican Puro and there’s a bunch of special stuff about the tobaccos used: they’re probably aged five years in a special corner of the Fuente Chateau and on and on. The construction looks pretty good but there are some bumps and veins and symmetry doesn’t look like it was high up on the torcedor’s list when it was made. That’s not fair, it’s a well made cigar but, for the money, I was expecting perfection. But, like I’ve said in the past, it’s the taste that matters most to me and this does look good enough to satisfy those who care about such things like how good a cigar looks.

What is very noticeable about this cigar is its aroma. Sitting a couple feet away from me while I type this out I can effortlessly smell the strong tobacco and sweet spice scents emanating from the cigar. This is a cigar I have had a few times before and, well, you’ll see…

Opus X Forbidden X Lost City

Cigar Stats
Vitola: torpedo
Length: 6”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $300.00/Box of 10

How Many 5-year old’s Could you Take in a Fight? Flame!

A splendid mixture of candied fruit, sweet spice, cedar and leather. The fruit and spice are more in the foreground and the others are definitely supporting characters with some strength. Whereas the Opus X’s I’ve smoked have more of an intensity to them this cigar has more well rounded edges to it. It’s good and a very slow burner.

Resonating flavors that really come to life during the second third bounce around the palete like an excited quark on its first day of element school. Flavors are roughly the same as the first third but with more of an emphasis on the sweet spice and leather. Very nice flavor profile; while the flavors aren’t very robust they are still pretty strong in their own right and they are also interesting.

During the final third, the flavor profile does seem to have run out of some steam. Cedar and leather make up the brunt of the flavor profile at this point and it’s all falling a bit flat without the spice and the sweetness from the first two thirds adding in that extra dimension of flavor. It’s still enjoyable but not nearly as much as it was.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; this Fuente Fuente Opus X Forbidden X Lost City was very good during the first two thirds but fizzled out a bit during the final third. I suppose if you want to quit smoking this cigar around the end of the second third then it would all be very enjoyable but this is a review and reviewing cigars in thirds seems to be an industry standard of sorts. Still, even when you do lump in the final third with the first two it is an interesting and enjoyable cigar. More so than most. However, I prefer the Fuente Fuente Opus X to the Fuente Fuente Opus X… Lost City.

91 points

7-20-4 Cigar Review

June 18, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

I received this cigar from the manufacturer, Kurt Kendall; as always, all review are my own.

I am reviewing the lancero – the thin and relatively long parejo – and it has had probably about a year’s worth of aging in my humidor. This lancero looks well constructed with some superficial veins and a decent amount of oils on it. There’s a pigtail on the cap and the texture of the cigar is a little bumpy.

When I started smoking cigars, I held the belief that lanceros weren’t as good as the other vitolas mainly because they were long and thing and, to my mind at least, they couldn’t perform as well because long, thin cigars inevitably had burn and draw problems. Since then, I have come to realize that lanceros can, in fact, be good cigars. Their thinness means that there is more wrapper in the blend than is the case for a cigar with a larger ring gauge and just because they are long and thin doesn’t mean they have any more burn problems than the more popular sizes. In fact, I like lanceros nowadays.

7-20-4 Logo

Cigar Stats
Vitola: lancero
Length: 7 ½”
Ring Gauge: 38
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Columbia, Honduras, Mexico & Nicaragua
Price: $150.00/Box of 20

Is George RR Martin Dead? Flame!

It starts out very well with notes of mild sweetness, cedar and some sweet spice. All of the flavors work well together and the overall feeling I’m getting from this cigar is calmness. This isn’t to say that this is a mild cigar but, rather, it’s an elegant mixture of nice flavors. Also, I’m thinking the cedar wrap on the cigar might have something to do with the cedar flavor.

The middle third proceeds in much the same way as the first third and that means more easygoing enjoyment for me. What I don’t like about this cigar right now (no bold flavors and not a lot of evolution) is easily outweighed by what I like about it (flavors working extremely well together, elegant profile and it is tasty).

Maybe I was a bit too hasty with my summation of the second third. It is a longish cigar, after all, and I am oftentimes impatient. The flavor profile does evolve and takes on a definite creaminess to its texture and adds on vanilla to the flavor profile. It’s a plus in my book.

Vanilla and cherry represent the main flavors during the final third. There’s a strong tobacco flavor that augments all of these flavors and I would be remiss if I forgot to mention that cedar is still playing a part at this point. It’s definitely an interesting mix of flavors and even though none of the individual flavors stand out as stars, as a whole, the flavor profile is quite enjoyable.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; the 7-20-4 lancero is quite an enjoyable cigar. Deftly moving from cedar and spice to creamy vanilla and cherry, this cigar has enough changes to keep you interested and the flavors are elegantly married to one another. It’s a good cigar and should appeal to just about anyone but, if you are looking for a cigar with a bit of a wild side, this cigar probably won’t get you going. Usually, I’m in the latter camp but it is nice to have a cigar that is simply enjoyable. And this cigar is enjoyable in spades.

91 points

Casa Magna Domus Magnus II Cigar Review

May 15, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

A little less than a year ago I reviewed the Domus Magnus I and I liked it but I didn’t think it was anything earth shattering. That’s fine; few cigars (few things for that matter) are. But what about the second coming of the Domus Magnus?

According to SAG Imports, the company that distributes Casa Magna (and other) cigars, the same two sizes that were available in the original are available in the sequel. There’s the Optimus, which I am smoking, that is 5 ¾” x 52 and there’s also the Primus at 6 ½” x 55. These are Roman names and since I talked about this with my review of the original Domus Magnus, I won’t repeat myself here.

It’s a good looking, slightly box pressed Nicaraguan puro. According to Halfwheel, the main difference between this version and the previous Domus Magnus is that the wrapper is a different vintage this time around. Oh, and there’s that pigtail, which I twisted off and (surprisingly to me) it leaves a perfect hole in the cap and it actually is supplying me a pretty good draw. I will try it with this small little hole and if the draw starts to get tight I can always cut the head properly. I’ll tell you how it goes.

Domus Magnus II

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 5 ¾”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Sun Grown Jalapa 2007 (Nicaragua)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $80.00/Box of 10 | $9.40/Single

Marble Hornets Torch!

Even though I was able to get a decent draw from the hole I got by twisting off the pig tail I quickly decided to cut the head to produce more air flow. I suppose it was worth the try to make it work but… oh well.

The flavors are amazing from the very first puff. Strong flavors circling around the sweet spice spectrum. Backing up these is wheat and some floral notes as well. Very dry flavor profile, which works wonderfully for these flavors.

Granular flavor bits are all about and they all taste good. It’s a very interesting cigar and even though the flavor profile is a bit on the dry side, which I don’t normally favor, it works for these flavors. Sweet spice, oak with a tinge of char and there’s a faint chocolate flavor hovering about.

There really isn’t that much of a difference between the final and the second third (and not that much of a difference between the final two thirds and the first third) but that is okay because the flavors are enjoyable.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; this cigar has much to recommend it. The flavor profile is very creamy and the flavors are pretty smooth; even in the final third. While there is some complexity in the overall flavor profile what I am liking about this cigar the most is the clarity of the flavors and how they mix well with each other. It’s an excellent cigar.

94 points

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano Cigar Review

November 8, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Rustic cigar with a strong box press going on. It is very oily and is not without some minor imperfections including: stretch marks, a couple small holes in the wrapper, bumps along the sides and, well, that’s it. Throw all of that negative stuff out though because, in the end, that stuff doesn’t really matter (to me at least).

What does matter? This is one of three cigars in this release of the Cojonu line. For more of an explanation on that you can head on over to Cigar Coop’s breakdown to learn how to spot the difference between Habano, Capa Especial and Reserva versions of this cigar. Don’t worry, it really isn’t that complicated.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6 ½”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $13.00/Single

Weltschmerz Torch!

It starts out subdued but enjoyable. There’s a bit of hot spice (close to pepper) and soft spice (cinnamon) along with some bread (wheat). Everything works well together but it isn’t an amazing mixture of flavors. Also, the cigar has been threatening to go out if I don’t take a puff every 30 seconds or so. The draw is fine but it’s just threatening to give up on life.

Fortunately, during the second third, the cigar stays lit without necessitating my constant attention. It wasn’t a big pain to begin with but not having to worry about it is better.

The second third’s flavors are a bit better for me than the first third’s. Oak with sweet spice adding a strong secondary influence. There’s also this slightly bitter and washed out chocolate lurking in the background like that creepy neighbor who is peaking over the fence leering at the hot chick sunbathing but she doesn’t mind so it works (I mean the chocolate flavor works, you should never be a peeping Tom, that’s just wrong).

Slightly bitter and washed out chocolate gets an upgrade to slightly bitter milk chocolate during the final third. The sweet spice is still around.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn, this cigar features a decent amount of evolution with a flavor profile that I think most will find agreeable. Besides this cigar not wanting to stay lit during the first third there really aren’t any glaring deficiencies with this cigar. There aren’t a lot of really high points either. Instead, this is a solid cigar performing admirably from beginning to end.

90 points

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