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Belicoso (5.7" x 56) Full-bodied with black pepper and spice noticeable upon first light. Draw was perfect, although the cut to the head of the cigar had to be deeper than most other figurados. The complexities of cedar, earth, and pepper were enjoyable and interesting throughout as most of the strength is felt in the gut, not the head. Excellent!

Robusto No. 1 (5.5" x 54) This size easily lasted 75 minutes and produced a longer finish with a more robust character than the belicoso. The smoke is thick and heavy with an excellent, toasty aroma. Complex with abundant spice throughout and a note of espresso, this is a size for the true, full-bodied enthusiast.

Robusto No. 2 (6" x 60) The huge gauge allows for an incredibly easy draw that emits a ton of smoke and tasty complexities. The different nuances available with this size are easy to taste, from its leathery qualities to its spicy-sweet characteristics, but it did burn slightly uneven. The finish was toasty but not as smooth as the two other sizes.
Belicoso (5.7" x 56) Full-bodied with black pepper and spice noticeable upon first light. Draw was perfect, although the cut to the head of the cigar had to be deeper than most other figurados. The complexities of cedar, earth, and pepper were enjoyable and interesting throughout as most of the strength is felt in the gut, not the head. Excellent!

Robusto No. 1 (5.5" x 54) This size easily lasted 75 minutes and produced a longer finish with a more robust character than the belicoso. The smoke is thick and heavy with an excellent, toasty aroma. Complex with abundant spice throughout and a note of espresso, this is a size for the true, full-bodied enthusiast.

Robusto No. 2 (6" x 60) The huge gauge allows for an incredibly easy draw that emits a ton of smoke and tasty complexities. The different nuances available with this size are easy to taste, from its leathery qualities to its spicy-sweet characteristics, but it did burn slightly uneven. The finish was toasty but not as smooth as the two other sizes.
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Bryan |
La Aroma de Cuba’s Noblesse is pretty legit. This blend was definitely filed under “office favorite” after we got a couple of samples from IPCPR. But what surprised me about the cigar was how lackluster the dull, Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper looked when I took the cello off. There are some blends that look so appealing I start to fumbling around with my lighter and cutter because I can’t wait to start smoking. Noblesse is not one of those blends. Frankly, I even debated passing on it for one of the many other new cigars from IPCPR.

Thankfully, I went ahead with the review. From the very first puff, I knew I had something special. The draw was effortless. And even though it’s packed with some potent Nicaraguan fillers, the cigar remained incredibly balanced. I was surprised, for a Pepin blend, there wasn’t as much spice as I expected. Noblesse has a dry, smooth flavor and I experienced notes of cedar, leather, and earth. The flavor built as the burn progressed but I wouldn’t say its complex. The only real complaint I have is the price tag but that’s what you get when only 3,000 boxes are made. Definitely try to pick one of these up before they’re gone.
La Aroma de Cuba’s Noblesse is pretty legit. This blend was definitely filed under “office favorite” after we got a couple of samples from IPCPR. But what surprised me about the cigar was how lackluster the dull, Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper looked when I took the cello off. There are some blends that look so appealing I start to fumbling around with my lighter and cutter because I can’t wait to start smoking. Noblesse is not one of those blends. Frankly, I even debated passing on it for one of the many other new cigars from IPCPR.

Thankfully, I went ahead with the review. From the very first puff, I knew I had something special. The draw was effortless. And even though it’s packed with some potent Nicaraguan fillers, the cigar remained incredibly balanced. I was surprised, for a Pepin blend, there wasn’t as much spice as I expected. Noblesse has a dry, smooth flavor and I experienced notes of cedar, leather, and earth. The flavor built as the burn progressed but I wouldn’t say its complex. The only real complaint I have is the price tag but that’s what you get when only 3,000 boxes are made. Definitely try to pick one of these up before they’re gone.

Bryan | | Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover
Talk about a cigar I never thought I would purchase. Don Tomas may have been an industry giant at one point in time, but in the 10+ years I’ve been enjoying cigars, ‘The Don’ has remained pretty quiet. Maybe it’s the band that reads ‘Don Tomas’ or is it ‘Don’t Omas?’ My subconscious has always replied, ‘Ok, ok, I won’t.’ Until two weeks ago anyway, when I was offered one Don Tomas Clasico free of charge and prepared to step into uncharted waters.
 
Construction
The wrapper looks a bit marbled and it’s a thinner leaf than most of the newer Habano-seed wrappers on the market. With a gentle squeeze, the cigar felt firm to the touch with no soft spots. The cold draw was perfect and I knew at the very least this cigar would burn properly. At these early stages of my experience with Don Tomas Clasico, I was still a skeptic.
SCORE: 11/15

Flavor & Body
Upon first light, I’m hit with notes of hay, cedar, and leather. It’s rich, it’s delicious, and the finish is light and clean. It’s immediately apparent that the tobaccos inside have had some serious age on them, and that is a good thing. As I get about halfway in, the blends sweetness begins to shine which adds a nice balance into the mix. With each puff, the cigar gets creamier and the flavors are melding together well. Here I am, completely confused, and borderline upset. My intuition has deceived me; Don Tomas Clasico is a wonderful medium-bodied blend.  It has plenty of subtle flavors without all the strength.
SCORE: 23/25

Smoke & Burn
This cigar was built to burn well and it shows. What I mean – today’s full-bodied blends are so loaded with thick ligero leaves that you need to either re-light them frequency, draw on them constantly until they burn too hot, or smoke the cigar on the dry side. Don Tomas requires none of that. The thinner Habano-seed wrapper burns razor-sharp along with the rest of the tobaccos. The ligero center of the fillers keeps the cigar lit even when you set it down for a minute. This allows the cigar to burn cool and evenly, and the flavor really shines as a result. The ash is white and a little flaky, but it doesn’t detract from the experience one bit.
SCORE: 24/25

Impression
I like Don Tomas Clasico. Enough to purchase a whole box in fact. Is it my favorite blend of all time? No. Have I started thinking about replacing my morning Connecticut with Don Tomas to accompany my coffee? Yes, absolutely. In an industry dominated by extremes (the mellowest or the strongest), it’s rather difficult to pin point a good medium-bodied blend that you can rely on. Don Tomas makes quick work of filling that need. Clean, crisp, balanced, and highly flavorful, that is Don Tomas Clasico.
SCORE: 32/35

OVERALL SCORE: 90/100

This cigar was rated Cigar Aficionado Best Bargain in 2006 and now I know why. If you goal is strength then you’ll probably want to sit this round out. If you are a looking for a hearty, medium-bodied no-nonsense blend at a fair price, take a look at Don Tomas Clasico. Pick up a single or 5-pack and let me know what you think.
Talk about a cigar I never thought I would purchase. Don Tomas may have been an industry giant at one point in time, but in the 10+ years I’ve been enjoying cigars, ‘The Don’ has remained pretty quiet. Maybe it’s the band that reads ‘Don Tomas’ or is it ‘Don’t Omas?’ My subconscious has always replied, ‘Ok, ok, I won’t.’ Until two weeks ago anyway, when I was offered one Don Tomas Clasico free of charge and prepared to step into uncharted waters.
 
Construction
The wrapper looks a bit marbled and it’s a thinner leaf than most of the newer Habano-seed wrappers on the market. With a gentle squeeze, the cigar felt firm to the touch with no soft spots. The cold draw was perfect and I knew at the very least this cigar would burn properly. At these early stages of my experience with Don Tomas Clasico, I was still a skeptic.
SCORE: 11/15

Flavor & Body
Upon first light, I’m hit with notes of hay, cedar, and leather. It’s rich, it’s delicious, and the finish is light and clean. It’s immediately apparent that the tobaccos inside have had some serious age on them, and that is a good thing. As I get about halfway in, the blends sweetness begins to shine which adds a nice balance into the mix. With each puff, the cigar gets creamier and the flavors are melding together well. Here I am, completely confused, and borderline upset. My intuition has deceived me; Don Tomas Clasico is a wonderful medium-bodied blend.  It has plenty of subtle flavors without all the strength.
SCORE: 23/25

Smoke & Burn
This cigar was built to burn well and it shows. What I mean – today’s full-bodied blends are so loaded with thick ligero leaves that you need to either re-light them frequency, draw on them constantly until they burn too hot, or smoke the cigar on the dry side. Don Tomas requires none of that. The thinner Habano-seed wrapper burns razor-sharp along with the rest of the tobaccos. The ligero center of the fillers keeps the cigar lit even when you set it down for a minute. This allows the cigar to burn cool and evenly, and the flavor really shines as a result. The ash is white and a little flaky, but it doesn’t detract from the experience one bit.
SCORE: 24/25

Impression
I like Don Tomas Clasico. Enough to purchase a whole box in fact. Is it my favorite blend of all time? No. Have I started thinking about replacing my morning Connecticut with Don Tomas to accompany my coffee? Yes, absolutely. In an industry dominated by extremes (the mellowest or the strongest), it’s rather difficult to pin point a good medium-bodied blend that you can rely on. Don Tomas makes quick work of filling that need. Clean, crisp, balanced, and highly flavorful, that is Don Tomas Clasico.
SCORE: 32/35

OVERALL SCORE: 90/100

This cigar was rated Cigar Aficionado Best Bargain in 2006 and now I know why. If you goal is strength then you’ll probably want to sit this round out. If you are a looking for a hearty, medium-bodied no-nonsense blend at a fair price, take a look at Don Tomas Clasico. Pick up a single or 5-pack and let me know what you think.

Bryan | | Flor del Valle by Warped Cigars
It’s easy to get wrapped up with how good these cigars look. The packaging and bands are top notch and the cigars show off an impeccable construction. But like most seasoned enthusiasts, I’ve been burned by all these attributes before only to fall victim to a lackluster blend. This is not the case Flor del Valle.

Produced at the Casa Fernandez factory in Nicaragua, this blend packs a ton of flavor with all the balance you’d expect from high-priced stick. Slight hints of cedar and honey are detected up from while a light spice and earthy note hit you on the finish. The only knock I can find on this blend is that they’re a little pricey. But as soon as you fire one up, you’ll know its well worth it.
It’s easy to get wrapped up with how good these cigars look. The packaging and bands are top notch and the cigars show off an impeccable construction. But like most seasoned enthusiasts, I’ve been burned by all these attributes before only to fall victim to a lackluster blend. This is not the case Flor del Valle.

Produced at the Casa Fernandez factory in Nicaragua, this blend packs a ton of flavor with all the balance you’d expect from high-priced stick. Slight hints of cedar and honey are detected up from while a light spice and earthy note hit you on the finish. The only knock I can find on this blend is that they’re a little pricey. But as soon as you fire one up, you’ll know its well worth it.

Bryan | | Tatuaje 10 Year
Belle Encre (5.4”x48, Perfecto): Full disclosure: I’m not a big Tatuaje fan. Don’t get me wrong, the cigars are made with supreme tobaccos, construction, and an incredible attention to detail. After going through a big Tatuaje phase two years ago, it’s hard for me to get excited about another blend from this brand. With Tatuaje 10th Anniversary, I was peer-pressured into picking one up. Immediately upon lighting it up, I knew this was something different; something special. While the perfecto isn’t normally my size of choice, any enthusiast will enjoy this straight down to the nub.

Bon Chasseur (5.4”x52): I found this size to be where the blend really shines. Even on both sizes, once you light it up, you can tell how much time and effort went into fermenting the perfectly even Nicaraguan tobaccos. Strong notes of coffee, earth, leather, and spice provide a thick, chewy smoke that saturates your palate in the best way possible. After enjoying cigar after cigar for my profession, this blend was a breath of fresh air and one of the finer cigars this reviewer has had in a while.
Belle Encre (5.4”x48, Perfecto): Full disclosure: I’m not a big Tatuaje fan. Don’t get me wrong, the cigars are made with supreme tobaccos, construction, and an incredible attention to detail. After going through a big Tatuaje phase two years ago, it’s hard for me to get excited about another blend from this brand. With Tatuaje 10th Anniversary, I was peer-pressured into picking one up. Immediately upon lighting it up, I knew this was something different; something special. While the perfecto isn’t normally my size of choice, any enthusiast will enjoy this straight down to the nub.

Bon Chasseur (5.4”x52): I found this size to be where the blend really shines. Even on both sizes, once you light it up, you can tell how much time and effort went into fermenting the perfectly even Nicaraguan tobaccos. Strong notes of coffee, earth, leather, and spice provide a thick, chewy smoke that saturates your palate in the best way possible. After enjoying cigar after cigar for my profession, this blend was a breath of fresh air and one of the finer cigars this reviewer has had in a while.

Bryan |
Toro (6.0"x50): A complex flavor profile shines through the well-blended, well-aged blend. With a smoky, toasty character throughout, this stick is simply unique and delicous. Perfectly constructed, there's so much to experience here that you'll never tire of burning this stick.Impressive. 91/100 [Buy Now]

XO (6.0"x60):
Looking for an even more complex experience? The XO will serve you well. The size shoots out plumes of thick smoke with a fantastic aroma that won't offend even the most discerning enthusiasts. You really taste the changes in flavor here with more of the whiskey aroma on the finish. 91/100 [Buy Now]

Robusto (5.0"x52):
Not as enjoyable as the other sizes since it lacks the same amount of complexity. But still, this size is great for a quick preview as to just how boldly complex the blend can get. 90/100 [Buy Now]

Corona (4.0"x46):
Really zesty with very little sweetness. Nearly tastes like a completely different blend. Not for everyone, but those who love a really quick smoke in a super bold, robust format will die for this corona.
Toro (6.0"x50): A complex flavor profile shines through the well-blended, well-aged blend. With a smoky, toasty character throughout, this stick is simply unique and delicous. Perfectly constructed, there's so much to experience here that you'll never tire of burning this stick.Impressive. 91/100 [Buy Now]

XO (6.0"x60):
Looking for an even more complex experience? The XO will serve you well. The size shoots out plumes of thick smoke with a fantastic aroma that won't offend even the most discerning enthusiasts. You really taste the changes in flavor here with more of the whiskey aroma on the finish. 91/100 [Buy Now]

Robusto (5.0"x52):
Not as enjoyable as the other sizes since it lacks the same amount of complexity. But still, this size is great for a quick preview as to just how boldly complex the blend can get. 90/100 [Buy Now]

Corona (4.0"x46):
Really zesty with very little sweetness. Nearly tastes like a completely different blend. Not for everyone, but those who love a really quick smoke in a super bold, robust format will die for this corona.

Bryan | | Another Amazing Blend From Pepin
Belicoso (6.1”x52): With the longer body and a slightly bigger ring gauge, the Belicoso size really amps things up. The first inch of the cigar sets the tone with a medium-bodied flavor of cedar and spice. But after the first inch, the blend amps up and bombards your palate with rich flavors of espresso and caramel while finishing with a hearty black pepper spice. Blends like these are what made Pepin what he is today.

Churchill (7.0”x50):
The Churchill adds another 30 minutes of enjoyment and remains very similar to the Belicoso. If you loved the Belicoso, the Churchill just gives you more. It’s a nice Churchill like this that is perfect to enjoy after work on your Friday and completely sets up a relaxing weekend.

Robusto (5.0”x50):
What we have here is really just an appetizer. Don’t get me wrong, the blend is delicious but as soon bursts of espresso, cedar, caramel, and black pepper hit their sweet spot, the cigar is almost done. Highly recommended for quick enjoyment but stick to the larger sizes to get the full effect of the blend.
Belicoso (6.1”x52): With the longer body and a slightly bigger ring gauge, the Belicoso size really amps things up. The first inch of the cigar sets the tone with a medium-bodied flavor of cedar and spice. But after the first inch, the blend amps up and bombards your palate with rich flavors of espresso and caramel while finishing with a hearty black pepper spice. Blends like these are what made Pepin what he is today.

Churchill (7.0”x50):
The Churchill adds another 30 minutes of enjoyment and remains very similar to the Belicoso. If you loved the Belicoso, the Churchill just gives you more. It’s a nice Churchill like this that is perfect to enjoy after work on your Friday and completely sets up a relaxing weekend.

Robusto (5.0”x50):
What we have here is really just an appetizer. Don’t get me wrong, the blend is delicious but as soon bursts of espresso, cedar, caramel, and black pepper hit their sweet spot, the cigar is almost done. Highly recommended for quick enjoyment but stick to the larger sizes to get the full effect of the blend.

Bryan | | San Lotano Habano
Robusto (5.0"x54): A great size to start this line off with. A nice mixture of cream and spice right up front will instantly get your palate’s attention. The size is good for about 45 minutes of enjoyment; just enough for a nice break in your day.

Toro (6.0"x54): The Toro builds on what the Robusto started. This size is definitely one of the best cigars that have come out lately. Rich spice and cream floods your palate with notes of cedar throughout.

Toro Gordo (6.0"x60): The hefty 6.0”x60 will water down the blend a bit and won’t be as gripping as the smaller sizes. This cigar is still perfect for a long summer day where you can casually smoke one of these while barbecuing in your back yard.

Torpedo (6.5"x54): Pretty nice size. The ring gauge still offers the notes you’d get from the Robusto or Toro. The longer size makes the blend start to burn a little hot though. But that’s just being nit-picky.

Churchill (7.0"x54): Suffers from the same problem the Torpedo has. But at this point, we’re just trying to look for issues. Still an excellent cigar.
Robusto (5.0"x54): A great size to start this line off with. A nice mixture of cream and spice right up front will instantly get your palate’s attention. The size is good for about 45 minutes of enjoyment; just enough for a nice break in your day.

Toro (6.0"x54): The Toro builds on what the Robusto started. This size is definitely one of the best cigars that have come out lately. Rich spice and cream floods your palate with notes of cedar throughout.

Toro Gordo (6.0"x60): The hefty 6.0”x60 will water down the blend a bit and won’t be as gripping as the smaller sizes. This cigar is still perfect for a long summer day where you can casually smoke one of these while barbecuing in your back yard.

Torpedo (6.5"x54): Pretty nice size. The ring gauge still offers the notes you’d get from the Robusto or Toro. The longer size makes the blend start to burn a little hot though. But that’s just being nit-picky.

Churchill (7.0"x54): Suffers from the same problem the Torpedo has. But at this point, we’re just trying to look for issues. Still an excellent cigar.

Bryan |
Belicoso (5.5"x54) In our opinion, this is the best size of the blend. The maduro wrapper and the zesty fillers blend harmoniously to form a well-balanced cigar with mixtures of chocolate and a spice that lingers on your palate.

Magnifico (6.0"x52) Similar to the Belicoso, this blend features a well-balanced smoke with excellent construction. The smaller ring gauge, however, makes the cigar burn a little hotter and thus makes it less smooth than the Magnifico size.

Valentino (5.7"x58) The 58 ring gauge dilutes the richness of this blend. If you’re looking for a lighter version of this blend, this is the perfect size.

Churchill (7.0"x50) The longest vitola of the blend, this cigar suffers from the longest smoking time and lack of complexity of the blend.

Robusto (5.0"x50) Excellent size and fantastic construction. Unfortunately, when the blend starts to really get exciting, the cigar is almost done.
Belicoso (5.5"x54) In our opinion, this is the best size of the blend. The maduro wrapper and the zesty fillers blend harmoniously to form a well-balanced cigar with mixtures of chocolate and a spice that lingers on your palate.

Magnifico (6.0"x52) Similar to the Belicoso, this blend features a well-balanced smoke with excellent construction. The smaller ring gauge, however, makes the cigar burn a little hotter and thus makes it less smooth than the Magnifico size.

Valentino (5.7"x58) The 58 ring gauge dilutes the richness of this blend. If you’re looking for a lighter version of this blend, this is the perfect size.

Churchill (7.0"x50) The longest vitola of the blend, this cigar suffers from the longest smoking time and lack of complexity of the blend.

Robusto (5.0"x50) Excellent size and fantastic construction. Unfortunately, when the blend starts to really get exciting, the cigar is almost done.

Bryan | | Java Mint
Just when you thought Java couldn't get any better! Enter Java Mint, a sweet treat from the Drew Estate team that combines the pleasantly rich cocoa flavors from Java with a unique touch of mint and sweet vanilla.

Drew Estate is certainly one of the most unique cigar makers and Rocky Patel remains one of the top enforcers of quality control. Together, Drew Estate and Rocky Patel collaborated to create this excellently constructed and equally tasty blend. Their use of infusions and rare small batch productions enables them to make cigars unlike anyone else in the world. Drew Estate is best known for their ACID line, but have since created hundreds of blends that have a cult like following while Rocky Patel is noted for his 90+ rated blends.

Java Mint sports a premium Brazilian Mata Fina maduro wrapper, aged 3 years, concealing long fillers from Nicaragua's premium growing regions. This medium-bodied blend experiences the same infusion process as Java but premium mint was added to create a cigar unlike any other. You'll almost feel like you're eating mint chocolate chips as you draw the smoke into your palate. The finish is refreshing, leaving a crisp, cool feel with hints of vanilla left over. If you enjoyed Java or if you're just discovering this brand, you'll agree it is not only one of the best-tasting infused cigars on the market, but it also offers some of the most unique cigar flavors you'll ever experience.
Just when you thought Java couldn't get any better! Enter Java Mint, a sweet treat from the Drew Estate team that combines the pleasantly rich cocoa flavors from Java with a unique touch of mint and sweet vanilla.

Drew Estate is certainly one of the most unique cigar makers and Rocky Patel remains one of the top enforcers of quality control. Together, Drew Estate and Rocky Patel collaborated to create this excellently constructed and equally tasty blend. Their use of infusions and rare small batch productions enables them to make cigars unlike anyone else in the world. Drew Estate is best known for their ACID line, but have since created hundreds of blends that have a cult like following while Rocky Patel is noted for his 90+ rated blends.

Java Mint sports a premium Brazilian Mata Fina maduro wrapper, aged 3 years, concealing long fillers from Nicaragua's premium growing regions. This medium-bodied blend experiences the same infusion process as Java but premium mint was added to create a cigar unlike any other. You'll almost feel like you're eating mint chocolate chips as you draw the smoke into your palate. The finish is refreshing, leaving a crisp, cool feel with hints of vanilla left over. If you enjoyed Java or if you're just discovering this brand, you'll agree it is not only one of the best-tasting infused cigars on the market, but it also offers some of the most unique cigar flavors you'll ever experience.

Bryan |
An elegant, super premium that competes with OpusX, God of Fire, and even Graycliff's most expensive sticks, Ave Maria Reconquista will change your perception of super premium cigars - we guarantee it.

Ave Maria Reconquista is simply the real deal packed in beautiful boxes of 12, each cigar in an individual coffin for the ultimate experience in quality, presentation, flavor, and aging. Only 16,000 boxes have ever been created, as the blend's Brazilian Habano Oscuro wrapper is so limited that this is the only cigar in the world to feature it. That's right, no other cigar in the world sports a Brazilian Habano Oscuro wrapper - which puts Ave Maria Reconquista in a league of its own.

Lift the heavy lid of this special box and you'll find a stunning presentation of 12 individual coffin boxes under a beautiful, hand-drawn vista. Inside each coffin lay a Reconquista - a Cuban-seed beauty packed full of premium Nicaraguan tobaccos from Condega, Jalapa, and Esteli - the country's most premier growing regions. To finish the blend, a dark, oily, toothy, rich and potent Brazilian Habano Oscuro leaf rests on the outside, concealing a premium Honduran leaf as a binder.

What should you expect with Reconquista? A whirlwind of complex flavors that intermingle with every single one of your taste buds. You'll find tons of different spices, a core of tobacco flavors, earth, pepper, some sweet nuances and a toasty finish - just for starters. This blend is so complex and well-aged that you could have a slightly different, yet unique experience with every different Reconquista you light up. Expect only the finest in quality as this tasty, balanced, full-bodied blend tantalizes your palate and soothes your mood. If you had to choose one cigar as your final smoke - something you've never even tried before - we promise you that Ave Maria Reconquista will not only surprise but thoroughly satisfy you to your core.
An elegant, super premium that competes with OpusX, God of Fire, and even Graycliff's most expensive sticks, Ave Maria Reconquista will change your perception of super premium cigars - we guarantee it.

Ave Maria Reconquista is simply the real deal packed in beautiful boxes of 12, each cigar in an individual coffin for the ultimate experience in quality, presentation, flavor, and aging. Only 16,000 boxes have ever been created, as the blend's Brazilian Habano Oscuro wrapper is so limited that this is the only cigar in the world to feature it. That's right, no other cigar in the world sports a Brazilian Habano Oscuro wrapper - which puts Ave Maria Reconquista in a league of its own.

Lift the heavy lid of this special box and you'll find a stunning presentation of 12 individual coffin boxes under a beautiful, hand-drawn vista. Inside each coffin lay a Reconquista - a Cuban-seed beauty packed full of premium Nicaraguan tobaccos from Condega, Jalapa, and Esteli - the country's most premier growing regions. To finish the blend, a dark, oily, toothy, rich and potent Brazilian Habano Oscuro leaf rests on the outside, concealing a premium Honduran leaf as a binder.

What should you expect with Reconquista? A whirlwind of complex flavors that intermingle with every single one of your taste buds. You'll find tons of different spices, a core of tobacco flavors, earth, pepper, some sweet nuances and a toasty finish - just for starters. This blend is so complex and well-aged that you could have a slightly different, yet unique experience with every different Reconquista you light up. Expect only the finest in quality as this tasty, balanced, full-bodied blend tantalizes your palate and soothes your mood. If you had to choose one cigar as your final smoke - something you've never even tried before - we promise you that Ave Maria Reconquista will not only surprise but thoroughly satisfy you to your core.

Bryan | | Nica Libre Potencia
Double Robusto (5.0"x54) Incredible. Super full and superiorly balanced. Burns cool while expelling thick smoke and maintains a fantastic aroma. Very complex with a ton of spice through the nostrils.

Torpedo (6.0"x56) Best way to describe this size compared to the others? Elegant. Instead of blasting your palate with robust flavors from head to foot, the blend seems to build in this 6"x56 frame. Past the 3-inch mark, you'll find a mellowing cedar flavor with an earthy finish. Perfect draw with a strong finish.

Double Toro (6.0"x60) We recommend this double toro for those who want to experience a true, well-balanced, full-bodied blend that could last 2 hours. This bulbous cigar releases an intoxicating aroma and a plethora of complexities. Definitely a jaw breaker, you may not be able to feel your lips when you're finished.

Churchill Extra (7.0"x52) Interested in strength, complete strength, and nothing but strength? If so, you'll love the churchill extra. This stick tastes about the same from head to foot: tons of pepper and tons of earth with light complexities throughout. Be warned, the last two inches may burn hot and create an incredibly hearty finish.

Belicoso (5.0"x54) Great 60-minute smoke in terms of flavor and balance. Not quite as strong as the churchill extra yet just as flavorful as the double toro. Don't cut too much off the head - you'll find yourself with a very loose draw and the stick could burn unevenly.
Double Robusto (5.0"x54) Incredible. Super full and superiorly balanced. Burns cool while expelling thick smoke and maintains a fantastic aroma. Very complex with a ton of spice through the nostrils.

Torpedo (6.0"x56) Best way to describe this size compared to the others? Elegant. Instead of blasting your palate with robust flavors from head to foot, the blend seems to build in this 6"x56 frame. Past the 3-inch mark, you'll find a mellowing cedar flavor with an earthy finish. Perfect draw with a strong finish.

Double Toro (6.0"x60) We recommend this double toro for those who want to experience a true, well-balanced, full-bodied blend that could last 2 hours. This bulbous cigar releases an intoxicating aroma and a plethora of complexities. Definitely a jaw breaker, you may not be able to feel your lips when you're finished.

Churchill Extra (7.0"x52) Interested in strength, complete strength, and nothing but strength? If so, you'll love the churchill extra. This stick tastes about the same from head to foot: tons of pepper and tons of earth with light complexities throughout. Be warned, the last two inches may burn hot and create an incredibly hearty finish.

Belicoso (5.0"x54) Great 60-minute smoke in terms of flavor and balance. Not quite as strong as the churchill extra yet just as flavorful as the double toro. Don't cut too much off the head - you'll find yourself with a very loose draw and the stick could burn unevenly.

Bryan | | Graycliff Double Espresso
Easily the best tasting Graycliff cigar made to date. This short, hearty blend tantalizes your palate with its intense, strong and robust flavors. Black pepper and a multitude of spices will swirl around your mouth while the finish is bold with notes of cedar that stay with you far after the cigar is extinguished. Excellent but especially enjoyable after a hearty meal
Easily the best tasting Graycliff cigar made to date. This short, hearty blend tantalizes your palate with its intense, strong and robust flavors. Black pepper and a multitude of spices will swirl around your mouth while the finish is bold with notes of cedar that stay with you far after the cigar is extinguished. Excellent but especially enjoyable after a hearty meal

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No. 2 (5.2"x54) Easily the best size in the line. The head of this torpedo only tapers slightly, allowing for an easy, consistent cut. Its length and ring guage perfectly compliment one another, creating an effortless draw while releasing thick, aromatic smoke with many competing spicy complexities.

No. 4 (7.5"x38) Truly impressive for a long lancero. Surprisingly, the stick burned perfectly even but without a tight draw, although thick smoke was left to be desired. Incredibly complex with a robust character from the start, this size builds in strength from head to foot but provides an elegantly smooth character with a long, enjyoable finish.

No. 3 (6.0"x49) Enjoyable and perfect everyday. A slightly tight draw prevented thick smoke, which was disappointing since this blend offers a great aroma. However, the blend increased in strength and complexity from start to finish without becoming overwhelmingly strong. The aftertaste also contained a nutty flavor which was not noticeable in the other sizes.

No. 1 (5.2"x52) Its not often a robusto is rated so low but this size lost points due to faulty construction. The draw was great and the flavor was incredibly enjoyable with perfect balance between earth and hot, spicy sensations. However, the burn was uneven from the start and never corrected itself.
No. 2 (5.2"x54) Easily the best size in the line. The head of this torpedo only tapers slightly, allowing for an easy, consistent cut. Its length and ring guage perfectly compliment one another, creating an effortless draw while releasing thick, aromatic smoke with many competing spicy complexities.

No. 4 (7.5"x38) Truly impressive for a long lancero. Surprisingly, the stick burned perfectly even but without a tight draw, although thick smoke was left to be desired. Incredibly complex with a robust character from the start, this size builds in strength from head to foot but provides an elegantly smooth character with a long, enjyoable finish.

No. 3 (6.0"x49) Enjoyable and perfect everyday. A slightly tight draw prevented thick smoke, which was disappointing since this blend offers a great aroma. However, the blend increased in strength and complexity from start to finish without becoming overwhelmingly strong. The aftertaste also contained a nutty flavor which was not noticeable in the other sizes.

No. 1 (5.2"x52) Its not often a robusto is rated so low but this size lost points due to faulty construction. The draw was great and the flavor was incredibly enjoyable with perfect balance between earth and hot, spicy sensations. However, the burn was uneven from the start and never corrected itself.

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Torpedo (6.5"x54) Potent and supremely rich from the start. This size keeps the sweet-characters to a minimum while producing a hearty, yet mellow earthy flavor with a touch of pepper that rests on the back of the palate. You'll experience many competing espresso notes that keep your interest from the start. Impressive.

Robusto (5.5"x50) Smooth and mellow with soothing full flavors. This 45-minute stick contains many more sweet nuances than the other sizes and presents complexities during the first two inches. The final three build in strength for a medium finish while the smoke leaves an oily feel on your palate.

Toro (6.0"x52) Well-balanced, maintaining the same flavor from head to foot. Up front you're met with a sugar-sweet nuance that slightly masks its hearty and bold earthy core. Remains rich throughout and offers a long-lasting finish.

Churchill (7.0"x50) Not our size of choice but a perfect blend if you enjoy chewy, thick smoke with robust, hearty flavors throughout. This stick offers very little in terms of sweetness and just builds in strength without ever becoming full-bodied. Burned unevenly and the ash did not hold for more than an inch.
Torpedo (6.5"x54) Potent and supremely rich from the start. This size keeps the sweet-characters to a minimum while producing a hearty, yet mellow earthy flavor with a touch of pepper that rests on the back of the palate. You'll experience many competing espresso notes that keep your interest from the start. Impressive.

Robusto (5.5"x50) Smooth and mellow with soothing full flavors. This 45-minute stick contains many more sweet nuances than the other sizes and presents complexities during the first two inches. The final three build in strength for a medium finish while the smoke leaves an oily feel on your palate.

Toro (6.0"x52) Well-balanced, maintaining the same flavor from head to foot. Up front you're met with a sugar-sweet nuance that slightly masks its hearty and bold earthy core. Remains rich throughout and offers a long-lasting finish.

Churchill (7.0"x50) Not our size of choice but a perfect blend if you enjoy chewy, thick smoke with robust, hearty flavors throughout. This stick offers very little in terms of sweetness and just builds in strength without ever becoming full-bodied. Burned unevenly and the ash did not hold for more than an inch.

Bryan | | Liga Privada T52
Toro (6.0"x52) Packed full of flavor from the first puff to the last. Pepper hits your palate up front as cedar and earth take over after an inch. The Habano wrapper provides ample hearty nuances that keeps your palate entertained for an hour. Perfectly constructed with no soft spots, this beautiful cigar offers little in terms of sweetness but packs a robust, incredibly flavorful punch.

Robusto (5.0"x52) Burned cool and slow. Seemed slightly less robust compared to the toro size with less complexities. There are many earthy and cedar-like nuances throughout with less of an emphasis on spice. If you prefer a smooth, medium-bodied blend with only light complexities, this is your stick.
Toro (6.0"x52) Packed full of flavor from the first puff to the last. Pepper hits your palate up front as cedar and earth take over after an inch. The Habano wrapper provides ample hearty nuances that keeps your palate entertained for an hour. Perfectly constructed with no soft spots, this beautiful cigar offers little in terms of sweetness but packs a robust, incredibly flavorful punch.

Robusto (5.0"x52) Burned cool and slow. Seemed slightly less robust compared to the toro size with less complexities. There are many earthy and cedar-like nuances throughout with less of an emphasis on spice. If you prefer a smooth, medium-bodied blend with only light complexities, this is your stick.

Bryan | | Rocky Patel Vintage 1992
Toro (6.5"x50) Construction was top notch as the cigar burned perfectly even from start to finish. The ash still refused to fall after two inches and the aroma offered many flavorful notes of cedar. Much spice is noticeable out the nose but this size still remains smooth with a mellow yet flavorful finish.

Torpedo (6.1"x52) Excellent blend with perfect balance. The cigar switched between medium earthy flavors and full spicy sensations after the first inch and slow continued to build in flavor without becoming overwhelming strong. Smooth.

Mini Belicoso (5"x52) Unique and enjoyable. Offered some sweeter flavors up front with a pleasant underlying toasty nuance of earth. Rich and enjoyable.

Sixty (6.0"x60) Very rich and full-flavored. This size expells a ton of smoke while burning cool and even from head to foot. Expect a 90 minute, full-bodied experience with a long finish.

Robusto (5.5"x50) Produced thick, creamy smoke with earth and cedar nuances. Burned fast and slightly uneven but corrected itself immediately. Great complexities with a mellow yet flavorful finish.

Churchill (7.0"x48) Nice slow burn with an effortless draw. Produced light spice at the foot which slowly changed throughout the cigar for a complex experience. Allow yourself at least 70 minutes to enjoy this one.

Petit Corona (4.5"x44) Burned hot. Incredibly robust with spice and pepper throughout. Maintained a tight draw from start to finish and the strength only increased from head to foot.
Toro (6.5"x50) Construction was top notch as the cigar burned perfectly even from start to finish. The ash still refused to fall after two inches and the aroma offered many flavorful notes of cedar. Much spice is noticeable out the nose but this size still remains smooth with a mellow yet flavorful finish.

Torpedo (6.1"x52) Excellent blend with perfect balance. The cigar switched between medium earthy flavors and full spicy sensations after the first inch and slow continued to build in flavor without becoming overwhelming strong. Smooth.

Mini Belicoso (5"x52) Unique and enjoyable. Offered some sweeter flavors up front with a pleasant underlying toasty nuance of earth. Rich and enjoyable.

Sixty (6.0"x60) Very rich and full-flavored. This size expells a ton of smoke while burning cool and even from head to foot. Expect a 90 minute, full-bodied experience with a long finish.

Robusto (5.5"x50) Produced thick, creamy smoke with earth and cedar nuances. Burned fast and slightly uneven but corrected itself immediately. Great complexities with a mellow yet flavorful finish.

Churchill (7.0"x48) Nice slow burn with an effortless draw. Produced light spice at the foot which slowly changed throughout the cigar for a complex experience. Allow yourself at least 70 minutes to enjoy this one.

Petit Corona (4.5"x44) Burned hot. Incredibly robust with spice and pepper throughout. Maintained a tight draw from start to finish and the strength only increased from head to foot.

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Toro (6" x 50) Burned evenly from start to finish with an effortless draw that burned cool and slow. Many earthy nuances were abundant as the flavor and strength slowly build as the cigar burns.

Torpedo (6.2" x 52) The head needed to be cut a bit further than anticipated but the blend really opened up, releasing a slew of complexities ranging from pepper and toast to espresso with a spicy nuance in the finish. Rich, full-flavored and easily medium-bodied, this size is a winner.

Churchill (7" x 48) Slightly less complex than the torpedo, the 7 x 48 frame kept a slow and steady burn, although some heat was noticeable to the touch. The complexities slowly changed throughout as the flavor mellowed towards the finish and the strength continued to increase.

Robusto (5" x 50) No construction problems existed but the smooth, toasty finish wasn't present in comparison to the torpedo and toro. The blend was very robust from the start and kept building towards the end. The finish was not balanced.
Toro (6" x 50) Burned evenly from start to finish with an effortless draw that burned cool and slow. Many earthy nuances were abundant as the flavor and strength slowly build as the cigar burns.

Torpedo (6.2" x 52) The head needed to be cut a bit further than anticipated but the blend really opened up, releasing a slew of complexities ranging from pepper and toast to espresso with a spicy nuance in the finish. Rich, full-flavored and easily medium-bodied, this size is a winner.

Churchill (7" x 48) Slightly less complex than the torpedo, the 7 x 48 frame kept a slow and steady burn, although some heat was noticeable to the touch. The complexities slowly changed throughout as the flavor mellowed towards the finish and the strength continued to increase.

Robusto (5" x 50) No construction problems existed but the smooth, toasty finish wasn't present in comparison to the torpedo and toro. The blend was very robust from the start and kept building towards the end. The finish was not balanced.

Bryan | | La Aroma de Cuba Edition Especial
No. 2 (4.8" x 48) Easy draw with tons of different aromas. Burned perfectly even from start to finish and was incredibly complex. The smoke produced a ton of cedar-like nuances with a definitive cinnamon flavor in the aftertaste. Did not notice many sweet flavors.

No. 5 (5.5" x 52) Great size with a cool and even burn. Noticeably complex with cedar, earth, white pepper, and spicy notes intermingled throughout. Far from boring and produced a thick, creamy smoke. The wrapper was very oily and the aftertaste left a sweet flavor on the palate, with some hints of nutmeg.

No. 3 (6" x 50) Pepper fills the palate with the initial light, producing a robust experience from the start. The blend's medium-bodied character shifts halfway through to a more potent full-bodied flavor with spicy undertones that mask its cinnamon characteristics. Almost no sweet nuances were present, as the cigar burned slightly uneven. Complex, strong, and robust.

No. 1 (5.6" x 46) Offered many competing nuances between pepper, spice, and cinnamon. Noticeable sweetness left on the palate with an oily feel. Burned slightly hot to the touch and was very earthy. Robust.

No. 4 Torpedo (7" x 49) Robust from the start. Burned well but still maintained a tighter draw than expected. Earthy sensations were noticeable throughout with a unique sweet-pepper flavor left on the palate. Great aroma.
No. 2 (4.8" x 48) Easy draw with tons of different aromas. Burned perfectly even from start to finish and was incredibly complex. The smoke produced a ton of cedar-like nuances with a definitive cinnamon flavor in the aftertaste. Did not notice many sweet flavors.

No. 5 (5.5" x 52) Great size with a cool and even burn. Noticeably complex with cedar, earth, white pepper, and spicy notes intermingled throughout. Far from boring and produced a thick, creamy smoke. The wrapper was very oily and the aftertaste left a sweet flavor on the palate, with some hints of nutmeg.

No. 3 (6" x 50) Pepper fills the palate with the initial light, producing a robust experience from the start. The blend's medium-bodied character shifts halfway through to a more potent full-bodied flavor with spicy undertones that mask its cinnamon characteristics. Almost no sweet nuances were present, as the cigar burned slightly uneven. Complex, strong, and robust.

No. 1 (5.6" x 46) Offered many competing nuances between pepper, spice, and cinnamon. Noticeable sweetness left on the palate with an oily feel. Burned slightly hot to the touch and was very earthy. Robust.

No. 4 Torpedo (7" x 49) Robust from the start. Burned well but still maintained a tighter draw than expected. Earthy sensations were noticeable throughout with a unique sweet-pepper flavor left on the palate. Great aroma.

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Alpha (6.0"x52) Robust during the first 2 inches, but mellows to become richer in flavor towards the band. Produced many hints of pepper, which blended well with the chocolaty aftertaste. Also offered an easy draw, slow burn, and thick smoke.

Artisan (5.0"x52) Great size. Well blended and extremely complex offering nuances of earth, peat, and cocoa. The initial light was not as robust as the other sizes but the cigar still changed in flavor from inch to inch. Toothy wrapper that burned evenly and slow all the way to the nub.

Anomaly (4.5" x 44) A spicy, 25-minute cigar. Offered the same complexities noticeable in the larger sizes, with added pepper, and burned evenly throughout.

Archetype (6.0"x50) Great draw. Again, the flavors were very robust towards the foot of the cigar and slightly mellowed towards the head. Noticed more peppery nuances over sweetness but the wrapper was cloaked in oil, which coated the palate. Cool burn.

Apostle (7.0"x50) Draw was a bit tight but still allowed all complexities to be enjoyed. Noticed few veins in the wrapper and this size burned slow, providing more than an hour of enjoyment. The sweet aftertaste was not as prominent.
Alpha (6.0"x52) Robust during the first 2 inches, but mellows to become richer in flavor towards the band. Produced many hints of pepper, which blended well with the chocolaty aftertaste. Also offered an easy draw, slow burn, and thick smoke.

Artisan (5.0"x52) Great size. Well blended and extremely complex offering nuances of earth, peat, and cocoa. The initial light was not as robust as the other sizes but the cigar still changed in flavor from inch to inch. Toothy wrapper that burned evenly and slow all the way to the nub.

Anomaly (4.5" x 44) A spicy, 25-minute cigar. Offered the same complexities noticeable in the larger sizes, with added pepper, and burned evenly throughout.

Archetype (6.0"x50) Great draw. Again, the flavors were very robust towards the foot of the cigar and slightly mellowed towards the head. Noticed more peppery nuances over sweetness but the wrapper was cloaked in oil, which coated the palate. Cool burn.

Apostle (7.0"x50) Draw was a bit tight but still allowed all complexities to be enjoyed. Noticed few veins in the wrapper and this size burned slow, providing more than an hour of enjoyment. The sweet aftertaste was not as prominent.

Bryan | | Graycliff Double Espresso
From the first puff, the palate is engulfed with rich, earthy flavors that continue to build as the cigar burns. The wrapper appears to be flawless, showing some tooth and veins, while burning evenly throughout. The strength cannot be under estimated. By the third inch, the cigar is very robust and does give off some slightly sweet nuances. However, these are carefully masked by the intense strength and spice of ligero tobaccos. A full bodied masterpiece.
From the first puff, the palate is engulfed with rich, earthy flavors that continue to build as the cigar burns. The wrapper appears to be flawless, showing some tooth and veins, while burning evenly throughout. The strength cannot be under estimated. By the third inch, the cigar is very robust and does give off some slightly sweet nuances. However, these are carefully masked by the intense strength and spice of ligero tobaccos. A full bodied masterpiece.

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Corona (5.7"x45) Preferred size. Burns very smooth and even, but the draw is not too tight for a 45 ring gauge. The flavor seemed a bit more consistent from start to finish and there were very few hints of sweetness in the aftertaste.

Toro (6.0"x52) Excellent burn, even from start to finish. Wrapper had no imperfections and the ash held on for almost two full inches. This size seemed a bit richer than the others and definitely had an underlying sweetness in the finish. Actually did taste some woodsy flavors as well, almost like cedar.

Epicure (5.2"x50) Noticed a lot more earthy flavors after the first inch, in comparison to the Corona size. This cigar was very easy to puff on and the smoke was milky white, but not excessive. Great aroma.

Toro Grande (6.2"x54) Without a doubt the most complex of all the sizes, probably due to its ring gauge. The flavor was a bit more intense during the first inch in comparison to the others and the cigar was significantly stronger about halfway through. Did burn very cool but was lacking the subtle, pleasant aftertaste present in the other sizes.

Corona (5.7"x45) Preferred size. Burns very smooth and even, but the draw is not too tight for a 45 ring gauge. The flavor seemed a bit more consistent from start to finish and there were very few hints of sweetness in the aftertaste.

Toro (6.0"x52) Excellent burn, even from start to finish. Wrapper had no imperfections and the ash held on for almost two full inches. This size seemed a bit richer than the others and definitely had an underlying sweetness in the finish. Actually did taste some woodsy flavors as well, almost like cedar.

Epicure (5.2"x50) Noticed a lot more earthy flavors after the first inch, in comparison to the Corona size. This cigar was very easy to puff on and the smoke was milky white, but not excessive. Great aroma.

Toro Grande (6.2"x54) Without a doubt the most complex of all the sizes, probably due to its ring gauge. The flavor was a bit more intense during the first inch in comparison to the others and the cigar was significantly stronger about halfway through. Did burn very cool but was lacking the subtle, pleasant aftertaste present in the other sizes.


Bryan | | Oliva Serie V

Torpedo (6.0"x56) This is the most preferred size in this blend. The stick is very easy to light and draw. It burns cool and the strength is very consistent from start to finish. The ligero qualities are not noticeably dominant until the last three inches. The finish contains many hints of pepper, but is very rich as well. Perfect balance.

Churchill Extra (7.0"x52) Again, very easy to light. The draw was not as loose, but this stick is pleasantly complex. The finish is very strong and hints of cocoa and espresso are evenly experienced throughout most of the smoke. These nuances then transform into strong hints of pepper and earthy undertones which can be easily noticed lingering in the back of the palate. A well constructed cigar producing lots of creamy smoke, this size is only second to the Torpedo.

Double Toro (6.0"x60) Noticed more cedar notes and chocolate nuances in comparison to other sizes. As expected, the draw is very smooth but the strength contains very little bite for being a 60 ring gauge. The smoke is very creamy and has an excellent aroma.

Double Robusto (5.0"x54) This size begins with some intense strength and flavor from the first puff. The nuances of coffee and earth seem accented in comparison to the other sizes. Noticeable spicy nuances are prominent throughout and this cigar has a strong, but pleasant finish.

Special V Figurado (6.0"x60) The shape is unique but causes a hassle when lighting. There is almost no flavor for the first couple of puffs and it gradually increases until the first inch is reached, then this stick really gives off some strength. It is well constructed, like the other sizes, but drastically mellows out after the first 2 inches are surpassed. Coffee flavors are very dominant on the palate and this size did burn very evenly.

Belicoso (5.0"x54) Noticed this stick burns very slow, even, and is incredibly smooth for the amount of peppery flavors it produces. Leaves a subtle taste of wood and cocoa on the lips, but the smoke is not as milky as expected. Burns a bit hotter in comparison to other sizes.

Lancero (7.0"x38) Due to its small ring gauge, the draw is very tight. The stick does burn even and slow but the heat can be felt on the fingertips. Tastes a lot stronger than the other sizes and the spicy notes are more noticeable over the coffee-like flavors.

Torpedo (6.0"x56) This is the most preferred size in this blend. The stick is very easy to light and draw. It burns cool and the strength is very consistent from start to finish. The ligero qualities are not noticeably dominant until the last three inches. The finish contains many hints of pepper, but is very rich as well. Perfect balance.

Churchill Extra (7.0"x52) Again, very easy to light. The draw was not as loose, but this stick is pleasantly complex. The finish is very strong and hints of cocoa and espresso are evenly experienced throughout most of the smoke. These nuances then transform into strong hints of pepper and earthy undertones which can be easily noticed lingering in the back of the palate. A well constructed cigar producing lots of creamy smoke, this size is only second to the Torpedo.

Double Toro (6.0"x60) Noticed more cedar notes and chocolate nuances in comparison to other sizes. As expected, the draw is very smooth but the strength contains very little bite for being a 60 ring gauge. The smoke is very creamy and has an excellent aroma.

Double Robusto (5.0"x54) This size begins with some intense strength and flavor from the first puff. The nuances of coffee and earth seem accented in comparison to the other sizes. Noticeable spicy nuances are prominent throughout and this cigar has a strong, but pleasant finish.

Special V Figurado (6.0"x60) The shape is unique but causes a hassle when lighting. There is almost no flavor for the first couple of puffs and it gradually increases until the first inch is reached, then this stick really gives off some strength. It is well constructed, like the other sizes, but drastically mellows out after the first 2 inches are surpassed. Coffee flavors are very dominant on the palate and this size did burn very evenly.

Belicoso (5.0"x54) Noticed this stick burns very slow, even, and is incredibly smooth for the amount of peppery flavors it produces. Leaves a subtle taste of wood and cocoa on the lips, but the smoke is not as milky as expected. Burns a bit hotter in comparison to other sizes.

Lancero (7.0"x38) Due to its small ring gauge, the draw is very tight. The stick does burn even and slow but the heat can be felt on the fingertips. Tastes a lot stronger than the other sizes and the spicy notes are more noticeable over the coffee-like flavors.


Bryan | | Exodus Silver

Corona Grande (6.0"x46) Beautiful brown wrapper and pleasant aroma, this medium to full bodied cigar has earthy notes of cocoa. Well balanced with a moderate finish.

Torpedo (6.5"x54) This spicy medium to full bodied cigar has a luscious wrapper and great flavor that is accompanied by some minor burn issues. Notes of leather and cocoa on the palate.

Robusto Corto (4.7"x52) Medium to full bodied with an exceptionally rich flavor that brings espresso and cocoa notes to the palate. Became a bit hot and soft toward the end.

Corona Grande (6.0"x46) Beautiful brown wrapper and pleasant aroma, this medium to full bodied cigar has earthy notes of cocoa. Well balanced with a moderate finish.

Torpedo (6.5"x54) This spicy medium to full bodied cigar has a luscious wrapper and great flavor that is accompanied by some minor burn issues. Notes of leather and cocoa on the palate.

Robusto Corto (4.7"x52) Medium to full bodied with an exceptionally rich flavor that brings espresso and cocoa notes to the palate. Became a bit hot and soft toward the end.


Bryan | | Lot 23

Toro (6.0"x50) Well-balanced with dry toast on the palate with some sweetness that develops over the course of the smoke. Medium bodied with a moderate finish.

Robusto (5.0"x50) Extremely well-balanced. Dry and toasty aroma with hints of cinnamon and a moderate finish. Medium bodied with a medium to full flavor.

Churchill (7.0"x50) A meatier cigar compared to the other sizes. Medium bodied with a blanced flavor that is dry and spicy with a long finish.

Belicoso (5.7"x54) While the Belicoso had a nice burn and fair draw, the flavor was a bit young. Deep wood aromas with a long and somewhat ashy finish.

Toro (6.0"x50) Well-balanced with dry toast on the palate with some sweetness that develops over the course of the smoke. Medium bodied with a moderate finish.

Robusto (5.0"x50) Extremely well-balanced. Dry and toasty aroma with hints of cinnamon and a moderate finish. Medium bodied with a medium to full flavor.

Churchill (7.0"x50) A meatier cigar compared to the other sizes. Medium bodied with a blanced flavor that is dry and spicy with a long finish.

Belicoso (5.7"x54) While the Belicoso had a nice burn and fair draw, the flavor was a bit young. Deep wood aromas with a long and somewhat ashy finish.


Bryan | | Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ

Belicoso (5.7"x52) Creamy brown and silky wrapper. Effortless draw with a ton of earthy flavors and spice off the bat. Full-bodied and complex with three major changes in character. Good to the nub with excellent construction the whole way through.

Salomon (7.2"x57) Beautiful looking and smelling cigar. Some minor burn issues but great construction. A lot of full, earthy flavors with a lot of spice and a full body. Complex and well balanced. Great cigar to dedicate some time to.

Sublime (6.0"x54) Creamy Brown and silky wrapper with a strong pre-light aroma. Full earthy flavors with a full body to back it up. Heavy tobacco and earthy notes. Easy draw with a lot of smoke. Rich aroma. Never became hot or bitter. Excellent cigar. Extremely Cubanesque with consistent construction and quality

Belicoso (5.7"x52) Creamy brown and silky wrapper. Effortless draw with a ton of earthy flavors and spice off the bat. Full-bodied and complex with three major changes in character. Good to the nub with excellent construction the whole way through.

Salomon (7.2"x57) Beautiful looking and smelling cigar. Some minor burn issues but great construction. A lot of full, earthy flavors with a lot of spice and a full body. Complex and well balanced. Great cigar to dedicate some time to.

Sublime (6.0"x54) Creamy Brown and silky wrapper with a strong pre-light aroma. Full earthy flavors with a full body to back it up. Heavy tobacco and earthy notes. Easy draw with a lot of smoke. Rich aroma. Never became hot or bitter. Excellent cigar. Extremely Cubanesque with consistent construction and quality


Bryan | | Titan
Dark, smooth wrapper with a pungent nose. Easy draw with plenty of thick, rich smoke. Medium bodied and wet on the palate. A good amount of spice on the palate and through the nose. Slightly sweet with a long finish. Became harsh with minor burn issues.
Dark, smooth wrapper with a pungent nose. Easy draw with plenty of thick, rich smoke. Medium bodied and wet on the palate. A good amount of spice on the palate and through the nose. Slightly sweet with a long finish. Became harsh with minor burn issues.

Bryan | | Solid Gold
Churchill (7.0"x48) Rich aroma right off the bat. Thick creamy smoke with spicy notes of wood and nuts. Great burn with a long dense ash. Well balanced and complex. Consistent the whole way through.

Torpedo (6.2"x52) Silky, slightly rough wrapper. Great draw which delivered plenty of full flavored smoke. Nut and wood tones with spice on finish and through nose. Balanced and consistent throughout with nice complexity.

Robusto (5.0"x50) Creamy Brown and Silky wrapper. Excellent construction with a perfect draw and razor burn. Became slightly soft at the end. Creamy smooth smoke with some honey and nut flavors. Light and rich aroma with some cedar notes. Long finish, consistent with great balance.

Corona (5.5"x42) Seamless golden brown wrapper. Great construction with some spice through the nose. Cedar and wood flavor and aroma. Dry finish and an outstanding burn. Consistent and well balanced. Not very complex but great to the nub.

Corona Gorda (6.5"x50) Oily, creamy brown wrapper. Slightly under filled with a tight pull and a lot of initial spice through the nose. Some burn issues throughout. Heavy wood flavors with some bitterness.

Double Corona (7.5"x54) Big cigar with a rich and creamy wrapper. Easy draw with a great deal of thick smoke. Fairly even burn with minor issues. Medium-full flavor, consistent and well balanced. Heavy cedar flavors with spice through the nose.

Churchill (7.0"x48) Rich aroma right off the bat. Thick creamy smoke with spicy notes of wood and nuts. Great burn with a long dense ash. Well balanced and complex. Consistent the whole way through.

Torpedo (6.2"x52) Silky, slightly rough wrapper. Great draw which delivered plenty of full flavored smoke. Nut and wood tones with spice on finish and through nose. Balanced and consistent throughout with nice complexity.

Robusto (5.0"x50) Creamy Brown and Silky wrapper. Excellent construction with a perfect draw and razor burn. Became slightly soft at the end. Creamy smooth smoke with some honey and nut flavors. Light and rich aroma with some cedar notes. Long finish, consistent with great balance.

Corona (5.5"x42) Seamless golden brown wrapper. Great construction with some spice through the nose. Cedar and wood flavor and aroma. Dry finish and an outstanding burn. Consistent and well balanced. Not very complex but great to the nub.

Corona Gorda (6.5"x50) Oily, creamy brown wrapper. Slightly under filled with a tight pull and a lot of initial spice through the nose. Some burn issues throughout. Heavy wood flavors with some bitterness.

Double Corona (7.5"x54) Big cigar with a rich and creamy wrapper. Easy draw with a great deal of thick smoke. Fairly even burn with minor issues. Medium-full flavor, consistent and well balanced. Heavy cedar flavors with spice through the nose.


Bryan | | Don Carlos
Don Carlos Presidente (6.5"x50): Silky smooth, oily and toothy with a dark aromatic wrapper. Amazing pull with a burst of flavor and lots of smoke. Subtle sweetness with a very tight flake-less ash, very smooth flavor. Very consistent, slightly bitter 2nd half but faded away. Medium to full flavor with a smooth body. Solid cigar.

Don Carlos Double Robusto (5.75"x52): Toothy, oily, with a silky smooth wrapper, excellent vein construction. Milky smooth start with thick smoke. Slightly tight pull but a lot of flavor. Earthy aroma and sweet on the palate. Slightly uneven burn. Very consistent body and aromas. Not the best of the line.

Don Carlos No. 2 (6.0"x55): Toothy, silky smooth with a dark wrapper, solid to the touch. Effortless draw with a very rich aroma. Smooth thick smoke with a dark gray ash, some floral notes. Not too sweet on the palate. Not the greatest burn but complex, consistent and balanced.

Don Carlos No. 3 (5.5"x44): Oily, Toothy, silky and a slightly veiny wrapper that’s solid to the touch. Effortless draw with a mellow start. Filler burned slightly slower than binder and wrapper. Very consistent, slightly complex without too much development. Well balanced, medium all around, foot to nub. Very consistent Don Carlos character and flavor.

Don Carlos Belicoso (5.38"x52): Oily, toothy with nice leaf construction. Very consistent flavor. Slightly uneven burn, fixed itself. Long flakey ash that fell fairly flush with foot. Slightly sweet aroma and finish, very rich flavors and well balanced. Fairly consistent the whole way through with a gradual build in body down to the nub.

Don Carlos Robusto (5.25"x50): Oily, seamless, toothy, slightly veiny wrapper. Effortless draw with lots of smoke. Soft start with lots of flavor. Even burn with a sweet aroma. A little spice on finish, thick smoke. Tight, solid ash that fell flush with the foot. Very consistent with a gradual build in body.

Don Carlos No. 4 (5.13"x43): Smooth, seamless, oily and toothy wrapper. Easy draw with lots of smoke and a tight dark ash. Excellent burn and construction. Slight spice developed, great aroma. Slight tar build up near the end. Very consistent the whole way through, great cigar and a great size for the blend
Don Carlos Presidente (6.5"x50): Silky smooth, oily and toothy with a dark aromatic wrapper. Amazing pull with a burst of flavor and lots of smoke. Subtle sweetness with a very tight flake-less ash, very smooth flavor. Very consistent, slightly bitter 2nd half but faded away. Medium to full flavor with a smooth body. Solid cigar.

Don Carlos Double Robusto (5.75"x52): Toothy, oily, with a silky smooth wrapper, excellent vein construction. Milky smooth start with thick smoke. Slightly tight pull but a lot of flavor. Earthy aroma and sweet on the palate. Slightly uneven burn. Very consistent body and aromas. Not the best of the line.

Don Carlos No. 2 (6.0"x55): Toothy, silky smooth with a dark wrapper, solid to the touch. Effortless draw with a very rich aroma. Smooth thick smoke with a dark gray ash, some floral notes. Not too sweet on the palate. Not the greatest burn but complex, consistent and balanced.

Don Carlos No. 3 (5.5"x44): Oily, Toothy, silky and a slightly veiny wrapper that’s solid to the touch. Effortless draw with a mellow start. Filler burned slightly slower than binder and wrapper. Very consistent, slightly complex without too much development. Well balanced, medium all around, foot to nub. Very consistent Don Carlos character and flavor.

Don Carlos Belicoso (5.38"x52): Oily, toothy with nice leaf construction. Very consistent flavor. Slightly uneven burn, fixed itself. Long flakey ash that fell fairly flush with foot. Slightly sweet aroma and finish, very rich flavors and well balanced. Fairly consistent the whole way through with a gradual build in body down to the nub.

Don Carlos Robusto (5.25"x50): Oily, seamless, toothy, slightly veiny wrapper. Effortless draw with lots of smoke. Soft start with lots of flavor. Even burn with a sweet aroma. A little spice on finish, thick smoke. Tight, solid ash that fell flush with the foot. Very consistent with a gradual build in body.

Don Carlos No. 4 (5.13"x43): Smooth, seamless, oily and toothy wrapper. Easy draw with lots of smoke and a tight dark ash. Excellent burn and construction. Slight spice developed, great aroma. Slight tar build up near the end. Very consistent the whole way through, great cigar and a great size for the blend

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