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Romeo y Julieta Viejo

Sean G

'B' (Torpedo) (6.1"x52) Beautiful box pressed torpedo with a dark and oily wrapper. This cigar boasts some bready caramel notes with a sweet finish. Excellent burn and draw.

'R' (5.0"x54) This fat robusto is well filled and heavy in the hand. Strong notes of wood and bread on the palate with a moderate finish.

'C' (7.0"x54) This cigar is a monster. Nice oily wrapper with firm construction. Wood tones accompanied by a caramel sweetness. Lots of flavor and medium to full bodied.

'E' (6.0"x54) This medium to full bodied maduro is very rich with sweet notes of wood and bread on the palate. Burned a bit hot toward the end.

'B' (Torpedo) (6.1"x52) Beautiful box pressed torpedo with a dark and oily wrapper. This cigar boasts some bready caramel notes with a sweet finish. Excellent burn and draw.

'R' (5.0"x54) This fat robusto is well filled and heavy in the hand. Strong notes of wood and bread on the palate with a moderate finish.

'C' (7.0"x54) This cigar is a monster. Nice oily wrapper with firm construction. Wood tones accompanied by a caramel sweetness. Lots of flavor and medium to full bodied.

'E' (6.0"x54) This medium to full bodied maduro is very rich with sweet notes of wood and bread on the palate. Burned a bit hot toward the end.

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Sean G | | ...the best of Hammer & Sickle
Hammer & Sickle has always been a brand that’s been on my radar but one that I never tried. So when we got a large shipment in recently, I was pumped to go through the line and see what all the fuss was about. And after burning through a few sticks, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. They weren’t bad but I didn’t think they were worth the lofty rating that one of blends recently received. Then I fired up their Hermitage line…

At first, I was just happy I found one I really enjoyed. Nothing too spectacular but a good cigar nonetheless. The next day, I found myself craving another one. The second cigar seemed even better. Robust notes of espresso and toffee made for an incredibly rich cigar that finished smooth with hints of vanilla. After that, I was hooked. I went from enjoying a couple of samples to buying a box myself. Sure, Hammer & Sickle has a higher rated blend out there, but for my money Hermitage is by far the best of the bunch.
Hammer & Sickle has always been a brand that’s been on my radar but one that I never tried. So when we got a large shipment in recently, I was pumped to go through the line and see what all the fuss was about. And after burning through a few sticks, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. They weren’t bad but I didn’t think they were worth the lofty rating that one of blends recently received. Then I fired up their Hermitage line…

At first, I was just happy I found one I really enjoyed. Nothing too spectacular but a good cigar nonetheless. The next day, I found myself craving another one. The second cigar seemed even better. Robust notes of espresso and toffee made for an incredibly rich cigar that finished smooth with hints of vanilla. After that, I was hooked. I went from enjoying a couple of samples to buying a box myself. Sure, Hammer & Sickle has a higher rated blend out there, but for my money Hermitage is by far the best of the bunch.

Sean G | | ...actually worth the price.

Gurkha’s Yakuza is stunning. Yes, even for the brand known for their extravagant packaging, they’re actually outdone themselves with an elaborate, unrivaled, hand-carved box. Even though the most hardened enthusiast’s jaw would still drop upon first sight of this beauty. But you know the old adage, “You can’t smoke the packaging…”

We’ve seen this before from Gurkha, right? Stunning design, average blend, right? Wrong. Yakuza was a surprise from the first moment I fired one up. Coming across as full-bodied, Yakuza has this subtle creaminess to the blend that keeps it from becoming to over-powering. Otherwise, your palate gets hit with notes of spice, espresso, and oak that really drive home a relaxing feeling. This paired really well with a nice bourbon and is the perfect nightcap to a long day. My only complaint? The price. These beauties will set you back a few coins but these are one of the few cigars that actually live up to the price tag.

Gurkha’s Yakuza is stunning. Yes, even for the brand known for their extravagant packaging, they’re actually outdone themselves with an elaborate, unrivaled, hand-carved box. Even though the most hardened enthusiast’s jaw would still drop upon first sight of this beauty. But you know the old adage, “You can’t smoke the packaging…”

We’ve seen this before from Gurkha, right? Stunning design, average blend, right? Wrong. Yakuza was a surprise from the first moment I fired one up. Coming across as full-bodied, Yakuza has this subtle creaminess to the blend that keeps it from becoming to over-powering. Otherwise, your palate gets hit with notes of spice, espresso, and oak that really drive home a relaxing feeling. This paired really well with a nice bourbon and is the perfect nightcap to a long day. My only complaint? The price. These beauties will set you back a few coins but these are one of the few cigars that actually live up to the price tag.


Sean G | | ...a well made cigar
My first impression of Caldwell’s Blind Man’s Bluff is how beautiful the cigar looks. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is simply stunning. A little rough to the touch but rolled seamlessly and dripping with natural oils. It’s easy to see why there’s so much hype surrounding this brand. And that hype is almost justified when I first fire one up. Smooth, crisp notes of pepper, cedar, and hints of espresso are present and make for an incredible opening to the cigar. Unfortunately, for me, that’s the highlight. As the cigar burns, I don’t notice many changes and the overall experience feels a bit lackluster. I get why everyone is drawn to Caldwell’s cigars; they’re made well, look great, etc. After enjoying a few of these, the results are always the same for me.
My first impression of Caldwell’s Blind Man’s Bluff is how beautiful the cigar looks. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is simply stunning. A little rough to the touch but rolled seamlessly and dripping with natural oils. It’s easy to see why there’s so much hype surrounding this brand. And that hype is almost justified when I first fire one up. Smooth, crisp notes of pepper, cedar, and hints of espresso are present and make for an incredible opening to the cigar. Unfortunately, for me, that’s the highlight. As the cigar burns, I don’t notice many changes and the overall experience feels a bit lackluster. I get why everyone is drawn to Caldwell’s cigars; they’re made well, look great, etc. After enjoying a few of these, the results are always the same for me.

Sean G | | A perfect everyday blend.
Full disclosure, I used to love Padilla Hybrid. I’d fire one up most mornings when I got into the office and pair it with a nice, dark espresso. Needless to say, when I saw these hit our docks again, I rushed to stock up. SPOILER ALERT: They’re still delicious. Hey, knock me for being biased but I’d be hard-pressed to find a cigar this good starting at $1.99 each. The mellow to medium-bodied blend hits all the right spots with rich smooth notes of cedar, almonds, vanilla and hints of spice on the finish. A great morning cigar for an enthusiast who normally enjoys fuller-bodied cigars. Sure, I won’t be firing one of these up on a special occasion but enjoying one every morning makes it feel like every day is a special occasion.
Full disclosure, I used to love Padilla Hybrid. I’d fire one up most mornings when I got into the office and pair it with a nice, dark espresso. Needless to say, when I saw these hit our docks again, I rushed to stock up. SPOILER ALERT: They’re still delicious. Hey, knock me for being biased but I’d be hard-pressed to find a cigar this good starting at $1.99 each. The mellow to medium-bodied blend hits all the right spots with rich smooth notes of cedar, almonds, vanilla and hints of spice on the finish. A great morning cigar for an enthusiast who normally enjoys fuller-bodied cigars. Sure, I won’t be firing one of these up on a special occasion but enjoying one every morning makes it feel like every day is a special occasion.

Sean G | | You'll love this lady in red
La Palina Red Label hails from the PDR factory in the Dominican Republic and appears to be flawlessly constructed with no soft spots and a beautifully applied triple cap. On the cold draw there are hints of sweetness and some readily apparent pepper. This cigar has a gorgeous reddish-hued Ecuador Habano wrapper, and upon lighting I am greeted with a not so subtle blast of red pepper. As the cigar progresses the flavor profile settles down and comes to include notes of citrus fruit, baking spice, graham cracker, and cedar. I would say the strength is a flavorful medium and I am overall impressed with the construction as it burned perfectly and required no touch-ups. This was an immensely pleasurable cigar, although a little mellower than I generally prefer, and for those that enjoy medium-bodied blends I would recommend the La Palina Red Label without hesitation.
La Palina Red Label hails from the PDR factory in the Dominican Republic and appears to be flawlessly constructed with no soft spots and a beautifully applied triple cap. On the cold draw there are hints of sweetness and some readily apparent pepper. This cigar has a gorgeous reddish-hued Ecuador Habano wrapper, and upon lighting I am greeted with a not so subtle blast of red pepper. As the cigar progresses the flavor profile settles down and comes to include notes of citrus fruit, baking spice, graham cracker, and cedar. I would say the strength is a flavorful medium and I am overall impressed with the construction as it burned perfectly and required no touch-ups. This was an immensely pleasurable cigar, although a little mellower than I generally prefer, and for those that enjoy medium-bodied blends I would recommend the La Palina Red Label without hesitation.

Sean G | | CAO turns back the dial
Pilon is a new release from CAO that utilizes a 19th century fermentation technique called the circular pilon. Using this method, the wrapper leaf is fermented at a lower temperature and at a slower rate and thus making it much more flavorful. At least that’s what they want you to believe, the real test is in smoking the cigar. With all this information swimming in my head, I lit a CAO Pilon to see if it lived up to its billing. The first thing I noticed about this cigar was the gorgeous, oily, Ecuador Habano wrapper. The CAO Pilon burned cool and slow and I would rate it medium-bodied. Construction was excellent, with the cigar being firmly packed and requiring no touchups. CAO Pilon's flavors were indeed rich and meaty, and I could really taste wonderful natural tobacco notes, with some hearty  cedar and pepper in the background. This cigar is definitely a winner from CAO, and I would recommend giving it a try.  
Pilon is a new release from CAO that utilizes a 19th century fermentation technique called the circular pilon. Using this method, the wrapper leaf is fermented at a lower temperature and at a slower rate and thus making it much more flavorful. At least that’s what they want you to believe, the real test is in smoking the cigar. With all this information swimming in my head, I lit a CAO Pilon to see if it lived up to its billing. The first thing I noticed about this cigar was the gorgeous, oily, Ecuador Habano wrapper. The CAO Pilon burned cool and slow and I would rate it medium-bodied. Construction was excellent, with the cigar being firmly packed and requiring no touchups. CAO Pilon's flavors were indeed rich and meaty, and I could really taste wonderful natural tobacco notes, with some hearty  cedar and pepper in the background. This cigar is definitely a winner from CAO, and I would recommend giving it a try.  

Sean G | | A lack of complexity
Anytime the boss drops off a pack of 4 cigars that retail at $16.90 per stick, I tend to perk up and put those spreadsheets on hold. Even though I work in this business, I tend to avoid a high priced cigar like this but I’m always happy to give one a go. And since this is being billed as one of Davidoff’s strongest blends, I was excited to say the least. The cigar delivered in the beginning offering a slight hint of spice layered with some notes of cedar and vanilla. But as good as it started, I found the cigar faded rapidly into bland notes of cedar and spice. It wasn’t awful but its lack of complexity was pretty boring to me. I could get into this at an event or special occasion but if I’m sitting on my back porch I’d opt for something with more complexity – and a smaller price point.
Anytime the boss drops off a pack of 4 cigars that retail at $16.90 per stick, I tend to perk up and put those spreadsheets on hold. Even though I work in this business, I tend to avoid a high priced cigar like this but I’m always happy to give one a go. And since this is being billed as one of Davidoff’s strongest blends, I was excited to say the least. The cigar delivered in the beginning offering a slight hint of spice layered with some notes of cedar and vanilla. But as good as it started, I found the cigar faded rapidly into bland notes of cedar and spice. It wasn’t awful but its lack of complexity was pretty boring to me. I could get into this at an event or special occasion but if I’m sitting on my back porch I’d opt for something with more complexity – and a smaller price point.

Sean G | | Perfect end-of-the-day blend

Look, I’ll admit it. I totally got sucked into the packaging of this beauty. An ammo can? A sleek beanie? Shiny foil?! Ok, none of that means anything when it comes down to the cigar itself but I still like to be romanced from time to time.

So what is the blend like? Rubicon is made in Nicaragua with Dominican tobaccos and finished with Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro. The blend starts off with a wallop of spice that wasn’t very welcome but it settled in quite nicely after that. The smoke is heavy and thick and just hung on palate with an incredibly long finish. Notes of cedar, espresso, and dark chocolate stay with you long after the cigar is finished. I wouldn’t start my day with a Rubicon but it’ll definitely be my go-to cigar after a long summer day.

Look, I’ll admit it. I totally got sucked into the packaging of this beauty. An ammo can? A sleek beanie? Shiny foil?! Ok, none of that means anything when it comes down to the cigar itself but I still like to be romanced from time to time.

So what is the blend like? Rubicon is made in Nicaragua with Dominican tobaccos and finished with Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro. The blend starts off with a wallop of spice that wasn’t very welcome but it settled in quite nicely after that. The smoke is heavy and thick and just hung on palate with an incredibly long finish. Notes of cedar, espresso, and dark chocolate stay with you long after the cigar is finished. I wouldn’t start my day with a Rubicon but it’ll definitely be my go-to cigar after a long summer day.


Sean G | | Nothing Short of Perfection

I really loved Ave Maria's Reconquista when it came out a few years back. I mean, it's not something I enjoy everyday after work, but the blend was excellent for a special occasion. And looking at Divinia's price tag, tells me this will only be enjoyed on special occasions as well.

So what are you paying all that money for? A really damn good cigar. Divinia is near flawless. The blend starts off light and smooth and quickly builds to a medium to full body. I got notes of spice and almonds with hints of espresso and cream. The balance of the cigar is amazing and you'll instantly realize this beauty can go toe-to-toe with any top shelf heavyweight. Make that occasion a little more special and pick up some Divinia.

I really loved Ave Maria's Reconquista when it came out a few years back. I mean, it's not something I enjoy everyday after work, but the blend was excellent for a special occasion. And looking at Divinia's price tag, tells me this will only be enjoyed on special occasions as well.

So what are you paying all that money for? A really damn good cigar. Divinia is near flawless. The blend starts off light and smooth and quickly builds to a medium to full body. I got notes of spice and almonds with hints of espresso and cream. The balance of the cigar is amazing and you'll instantly realize this beauty can go toe-to-toe with any top shelf heavyweight. Make that occasion a little more special and pick up some Divinia.


Sean G | | I Can't Believe It
This guy has a whole warehouse full of cigars to review and he picks one of the cheap ones?! At least, I imagine that’s what you’re saying now. But, seriously, there’s a place for inexpensive cigars in all our humidors and you know that. Of course, what struck me about this blend was the Alec Bradley name attached to it. That alone is worth a try.

In a nutshell, Alec Bradley’s White Gold is a pretty tasty cigar. I’ve burned through a bunch of these lately. The blend is light and mellow with the typical nutty and creamy notes Connecticuts are known for. It finishes with a hint of spice and remains pretty consistent throughout. For a Cuban-sandwich blend, the construction is superb. This is a cigar you stock up on and fire up everyday when the weather gets warmer.
This guy has a whole warehouse full of cigars to review and he picks one of the cheap ones?! At least, I imagine that’s what you’re saying now. But, seriously, there’s a place for inexpensive cigars in all our humidors and you know that. Of course, what struck me about this blend was the Alec Bradley name attached to it. That alone is worth a try.

In a nutshell, Alec Bradley’s White Gold is a pretty tasty cigar. I’ve burned through a bunch of these lately. The blend is light and mellow with the typical nutty and creamy notes Connecticuts are known for. It finishes with a hint of spice and remains pretty consistent throughout. For a Cuban-sandwich blend, the construction is superb. This is a cigar you stock up on and fire up everyday when the weather gets warmer.

Sean G | | This Is No Gimmick
When Black Crown released the original Sons of Anarchy blend, I was skeptical. Popular show, boutique blend; seemed like a gimmick. That thought quickly washed away once I tried the first cigar. The blend was legit and enthusiasts everywhere seemed to agree as the cigars started to fly off our shelves.

Now that the Clubhouse Edition Chapel has hit our docks, any fear of this cigar being a gimmick is completely washed away. Made by AJ Fernandez and coming in hand carved boxes designed to mirror the iconic clubhouse table from the show, the cigar blows you away on pure aesthetics alone. And after quickly firing up one of these gorgeous gems, you’re hit with the familiar rich and flavorful profile of an AJ Fernandez cigar. The blend sets itself apart by the hints of sweetness that come from the tobaccos being aged in rum barrels. Even though the cigar is wrapped inside an Ecuadorian Habano, it reminds you more of a maduro. The cigar is incredibly balanced and pairs extremely well with the Dominican rum I’ve been hording in my liquor cabinet. Unfortunately, boxes of these classics will move fast but if you get a shot at them, don’t hesitate; this one is worth it.
When Black Crown released the original Sons of Anarchy blend, I was skeptical. Popular show, boutique blend; seemed like a gimmick. That thought quickly washed away once I tried the first cigar. The blend was legit and enthusiasts everywhere seemed to agree as the cigars started to fly off our shelves.

Now that the Clubhouse Edition Chapel has hit our docks, any fear of this cigar being a gimmick is completely washed away. Made by AJ Fernandez and coming in hand carved boxes designed to mirror the iconic clubhouse table from the show, the cigar blows you away on pure aesthetics alone. And after quickly firing up one of these gorgeous gems, you’re hit with the familiar rich and flavorful profile of an AJ Fernandez cigar. The blend sets itself apart by the hints of sweetness that come from the tobaccos being aged in rum barrels. Even though the cigar is wrapped inside an Ecuadorian Habano, it reminds you more of a maduro. The cigar is incredibly balanced and pairs extremely well with the Dominican rum I’ve been hording in my liquor cabinet. Unfortunately, boxes of these classics will move fast but if you get a shot at them, don’t hesitate; this one is worth it.

There’s nothing like a true Graycliff from the Bahamas. The high-end brand makes some of the finest boutique cigars in the world. The only problem? The hefty price tag. But it’s the Christmas season so I’m treating myself to Double Espresso’s robust blend of ligero tobaccos covered inside a gorgeous Costa Rican maduro wrapper.
There’s nothing like a true Graycliff from the Bahamas. The high-end brand makes some of the finest boutique cigars in the world. The only problem? The hefty price tag. But it’s the Christmas season so I’m treating myself to Double Espresso’s robust blend of ligero tobaccos covered inside a gorgeous Costa Rican maduro wrapper.

Sean G | | I Never Tasted A Bahia Like This
Admittedly, this one had me scratching me head a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bahia. They’re easily one of the best bargain brands in the business and I always keep a bundle or two around the house. But as I stared down these delicious-looking morsels nestled beneath a plexiglass lid, I was shocked with the steps that Bahia was making. These things look awesome! But as we know in the cigar business, looks only get you so far…

Starting off, Bahia Vintage hits you with a wave of spice. Ok, I’ve been here before; nothing special. But after that first wave, the blend progresses into a deep, rich espresso base. Notes of cedar, spice and almonds complement that base and make for one of the finest blends I’ve had in a long time. Bahia Vintage isn't overly complex but delivers a ton of flavor and is prefect with a strong cup of coffee. Bahia’s next step up is well worth it.
Admittedly, this one had me scratching me head a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bahia. They’re easily one of the best bargain brands in the business and I always keep a bundle or two around the house. But as I stared down these delicious-looking morsels nestled beneath a plexiglass lid, I was shocked with the steps that Bahia was making. These things look awesome! But as we know in the cigar business, looks only get you so far…

Starting off, Bahia Vintage hits you with a wave of spice. Ok, I’ve been here before; nothing special. But after that first wave, the blend progresses into a deep, rich espresso base. Notes of cedar, spice and almonds complement that base and make for one of the finest blends I’ve had in a long time. Bahia Vintage isn't overly complex but delivers a ton of flavor and is prefect with a strong cup of coffee. Bahia’s next step up is well worth it.

Sean G | | Box-Pressed Maduro - Sign Me Up
The first thing that popped in my head while enjoying these was how smooth they were. There’s absolutely no spice to the blend. The cigar has an oaky core with a rich espresso finish and has absolutely no complexity. Of course, I say that as a complement. There are a ton of cigars out there that boast a world of complexity but end up falling flat in muddled confusing mess. La Historia shows what a seasoned blender can do with properly aged and fermented tobaccos. Carrillo has been in the business for a long time and knows that you don’t need to throw a million flavors at a palate for a cigar to be good. Novices will like this cigar; season enthusiasts will love it.
The first thing that popped in my head while enjoying these was how smooth they were. There’s absolutely no spice to the blend. The cigar has an oaky core with a rich espresso finish and has absolutely no complexity. Of course, I say that as a complement. There are a ton of cigars out there that boast a world of complexity but end up falling flat in muddled confusing mess. La Historia shows what a seasoned blender can do with properly aged and fermented tobaccos. Carrillo has been in the business for a long time and knows that you don’t need to throw a million flavors at a palate for a cigar to be good. Novices will like this cigar; season enthusiasts will love it.

Sean G | | Broadleaf Beauties
Montecristo Media Noche has been a mainstay in my humidor for years. The complex blend of Nicaraguan, Peruvian, and Dominican tobaccos make for a perfect end-of-day cigar ripe with notes of cedar, espresso and spice. Definitely on par with the lofty expectations that come with a name like Montecristo.
Montecristo Media Noche has been a mainstay in my humidor for years. The complex blend of Nicaraguan, Peruvian, and Dominican tobaccos make for a perfect end-of-day cigar ripe with notes of cedar, espresso and spice. Definitely on par with the lofty expectations that come with a name like Montecristo.

Sean G | | It's A Love, Hate Relationship
I hated this cigar; seriously hated it after trying it for the first time. And I even like the folks who make it and the packaging of the cigar. You’d think some of that would have swayed me subconsciously but it didn’t. I swore to never try this again…until I ran into a meeting where The Beard and our boss were puffing away on them. I was shocked. These two were talking about how great these things were. So much for not trying one of these again. Time to pick up a 5-pack and give it a test…

As soon as I fired it up, that familiar overwhelming spice and sharpness hit me. This is what caused me to put it down the first time. And don’t get me wrong, I love a powerhouse cigar but this just seems unbalanced. This time, I had to power through though. Amazingly, the spice subsides gradually and is gone after the first half inch replaced by rich notes of coffee and earth. The Banker then goes through another shift offering spicy and smoky notes. Overall, way more complexity than I expected. One thing I noticed is that when you puff too fast on this, the cigar quickly becomes unbalanced which I found was my error the first time. If you take your time with H. Upmann’s The Banker, you’ll find your investment will certainly pay off.
I hated this cigar; seriously hated it after trying it for the first time. And I even like the folks who make it and the packaging of the cigar. You’d think some of that would have swayed me subconsciously but it didn’t. I swore to never try this again…until I ran into a meeting where The Beard and our boss were puffing away on them. I was shocked. These two were talking about how great these things were. So much for not trying one of these again. Time to pick up a 5-pack and give it a test…

As soon as I fired it up, that familiar overwhelming spice and sharpness hit me. This is what caused me to put it down the first time. And don’t get me wrong, I love a powerhouse cigar but this just seems unbalanced. This time, I had to power through though. Amazingly, the spice subsides gradually and is gone after the first half inch replaced by rich notes of coffee and earth. The Banker then goes through another shift offering spicy and smoky notes. Overall, way more complexity than I expected. One thing I noticed is that when you puff too fast on this, the cigar quickly becomes unbalanced which I found was my error the first time. If you take your time with H. Upmann’s The Banker, you’ll find your investment will certainly pay off.

If you’re looking for a thick, meaty Habano-wrapped cigar look no further. HC Series Criollo is a blend that caught me off guard, nowhere on the packaging did it say it would be this delicious. Notes of leather, earth, and a hint of coffee intermingle for a very enjoyable experience. The construction and burn are top-notch and most impressively it’s perfectly balanced.
If you’re looking for a thick, meaty Habano-wrapped cigar look no further. HC Series Criollo is a blend that caught me off guard, nowhere on the packaging did it say it would be this delicious. Notes of leather, earth, and a hint of coffee intermingle for a very enjoyable experience. The construction and burn are top-notch and most impressively it’s perfectly balanced.

Why He Likes It: This ‘93’ rated Dominican puro from Fuente never lets me down. The initial blast of flavor from the perfecto tip sets the tone for a smooth, flavorful blend ripe with flavors of leather, earth, and hints of spice. Limited in production, these beauties are a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion.
Why He Likes It: This ‘93’ rated Dominican puro from Fuente never lets me down. The initial blast of flavor from the perfecto tip sets the tone for a smooth, flavorful blend ripe with flavors of leather, earth, and hints of spice. Limited in production, these beauties are a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion.

Sean G | | Four Times The Ligero
CAO is one of my favorite brands out there. In fact, CAO Brazilia was the first cigar I’ve ever had and still one I go back to from time to time. The problem has been that their most recent releases haven’t lived up to my expectations. So when CAO Extreme hit our docks, I was a little skeptical. But the brand has done me enough good over the years to warrant me picking up a 5 pack to try…

The packaging and band, while great-looking, really plays up the four ligeros they use in the blend. For me, that’s usually not a good thing and I usually take that as “we’ve stuffed a lot of strong tobaccos in here because we couldn’t find a blend that worked.” But all of those reservations quickly subside as soon as I light it up. Powerful? Yes, but incredibly balanced. Frankly, I’m shocked how much I love this blend. I can only liken it to a powerful cup of coffee that you’re not sure you like at first but soon realize you can’t live without it. Notes of cedar, espresso, cashews and a subtle spice on the finish having me burning up this 5 pack real quick.
CAO is one of my favorite brands out there. In fact, CAO Brazilia was the first cigar I’ve ever had and still one I go back to from time to time. The problem has been that their most recent releases haven’t lived up to my expectations. So when CAO Extreme hit our docks, I was a little skeptical. But the brand has done me enough good over the years to warrant me picking up a 5 pack to try…

The packaging and band, while great-looking, really plays up the four ligeros they use in the blend. For me, that’s usually not a good thing and I usually take that as “we’ve stuffed a lot of strong tobaccos in here because we couldn’t find a blend that worked.” But all of those reservations quickly subside as soon as I light it up. Powerful? Yes, but incredibly balanced. Frankly, I’m shocked how much I love this blend. I can only liken it to a powerful cup of coffee that you’re not sure you like at first but soon realize you can’t live without it. Notes of cedar, espresso, cashews and a subtle spice on the finish having me burning up this 5 pack real quick.

Rocky Patel’s other Connecticut-wrapped blends get all the notoriety but RP Signature is the true gem. This well-balanced cigar is loaded with Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers then topped off with a smooth Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. Rich plumes of smoke offer notes of cedar, cashews, and vanilla that top off one of the most satisfying cigars you’ve ever had.
Rocky Patel’s other Connecticut-wrapped blends get all the notoriety but RP Signature is the true gem. This well-balanced cigar is loaded with Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers then topped off with a smooth Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. Rich plumes of smoke offer notes of cedar, cashews, and vanilla that top off one of the most satisfying cigars you’ve ever had.

I don’t consider myself an enthusiast who only enjoys full-bodied blends. I enjoy all types of flavor profiles especially since its part of my job. And even after firing up a myriad of cigars on a daily basis, I find myself coming back to Man O’ War Ruination. One of the finest full-bodied cigars out there, AJ’s blend is teeming with rich flavors of cedar, spice, and hints of espresso.
I don’t consider myself an enthusiast who only enjoys full-bodied blends. I enjoy all types of flavor profiles especially since its part of my job. And even after firing up a myriad of cigars on a daily basis, I find myself coming back to Man O’ War Ruination. One of the finest full-bodied cigars out there, AJ’s blend is teeming with rich flavors of cedar, spice, and hints of espresso.

Sean G | | Spectre
When the blend was launched, the contents of the cigar were unknown. Of course now that enthusiasts have got their hands on it, we’ve figured out that the fillers have a dose of Latakia tobaccos from Turkey. These smoky tobaccos are usually used with pipes and only very few blends use them for cigars. Easily one of AJ’s most unique blends to date, this is one that I’ve been dying to get my hands on.

When you take a whiff of the foot of the cigar, your senses are overwhelmed with the smell of a campfire. Appetizing? Not really. When you light up the blend, the smoky aroma becomes even more apparent, yet, mixes well with the coffee-like aroma of the maduro wrapper. Surprisingly enough, the smoky flavor of the Latakia is in the background rather than being the dominate flavor. When combined with the Nicaraguan tobaccos and the maduro wrapper, the full package reminds me of a chili cooked with some strong-brewed coffee. Is it the best AJ Fernandez blend I ever had? No, but it’s the most unique and definitely a cigar that will add some diversity to my rotation.
When the blend was launched, the contents of the cigar were unknown. Of course now that enthusiasts have got their hands on it, we’ve figured out that the fillers have a dose of Latakia tobaccos from Turkey. These smoky tobaccos are usually used with pipes and only very few blends use them for cigars. Easily one of AJ’s most unique blends to date, this is one that I’ve been dying to get my hands on.

When you take a whiff of the foot of the cigar, your senses are overwhelmed with the smell of a campfire. Appetizing? Not really. When you light up the blend, the smoky aroma becomes even more apparent, yet, mixes well with the coffee-like aroma of the maduro wrapper. Surprisingly enough, the smoky flavor of the Latakia is in the background rather than being the dominate flavor. When combined with the Nicaraguan tobaccos and the maduro wrapper, the full package reminds me of a chili cooked with some strong-brewed coffee. Is it the best AJ Fernandez blend I ever had? No, but it’s the most unique and definitely a cigar that will add some diversity to my rotation.

Sean G |
Yes, this is that cigar. The blend garnered a lot of attention at this year’s IPCPR for being the first cigar shot into space. And unless you can tell me that shooting a cigar into space makes the blend better, I could really care less. Regardless, I still felt the need to try the cigar because of all the goodwill the brand has built up with all of their legendary blends.

The blend is described as being loaded with ligero leaves and it proves that right out of the gate. Notes of a dark espresso and leather are prevalent up front while hints of spice are present on the finish. After about half an inch, the cigar mellows and gives off more of a medium to full-bodied profile. To me, it’s definitely not a complex cigar and tastes a little bit like everything else that Alec Bradley makes. That being said, tasting like every other Alec Bradley isn’t really a bad thing but when you factor in all the great blends they’ve made.
Yes, this is that cigar. The blend garnered a lot of attention at this year’s IPCPR for being the first cigar shot into space. And unless you can tell me that shooting a cigar into space makes the blend better, I could really care less. Regardless, I still felt the need to try the cigar because of all the goodwill the brand has built up with all of their legendary blends.

The blend is described as being loaded with ligero leaves and it proves that right out of the gate. Notes of a dark espresso and leather are prevalent up front while hints of spice are present on the finish. After about half an inch, the cigar mellows and gives off more of a medium to full-bodied profile. To me, it’s definitely not a complex cigar and tastes a little bit like everything else that Alec Bradley makes. That being said, tasting like every other Alec Bradley isn’t really a bad thing but when you factor in all the great blends they’ve made.

Anyone yearning for the old days of Cuba simply hasn’t tried anything from the My Father factory. This ‘94’ rated gem was blended by a legend (Don Pepin Garcia)who started rolling cigars in Cuba when he was just 11 years old. All-Nicaraguan fillers are nestled within a choice Ecuadorian Habano leaf that is packed with notes of cedar, earth, and hints of spice.
Anyone yearning for the old days of Cuba simply hasn’t tried anything from the My Father factory. This ‘94’ rated gem was blended by a legend (Don Pepin Garcia)who started rolling cigars in Cuba when he was just 11 years old. All-Nicaraguan fillers are nestled within a choice Ecuadorian Habano leaf that is packed with notes of cedar, earth, and hints of spice.

Sean G |
Yes, this is that cigar. The blend garnered a lot of attention at this year’s IPCPR for being the first cigar shot into space. And unless you can tell me that shooting a cigar into space makes the blend better, I could really care less. Regardless, I still felt the need to try the cigar because of all the goodwill the brand has built up with all of their legendary blends.

PL#5 (5.1”x52): The blend is described as being loaded with ligero leaves and it proves that right out of the gate. Notes of a dark espresso and leather are prevalent up front while hints of spice are present on the finish. After about half an inch, the cigar mellows and gives off more of a medium to full-bodied profile. To me, it’s definitely not a complex cigar and tastes a little bit like everything else that Alec Bradley makes. That being said, tasting like every other Alec Bradley isn’t really a bad thing but when you factor in all the great blends they’ve made.
Yes, this is that cigar. The blend garnered a lot of attention at this year’s IPCPR for being the first cigar shot into space. And unless you can tell me that shooting a cigar into space makes the blend better, I could really care less. Regardless, I still felt the need to try the cigar because of all the goodwill the brand has built up with all of their legendary blends.

PL#5 (5.1”x52): The blend is described as being loaded with ligero leaves and it proves that right out of the gate. Notes of a dark espresso and leather are prevalent up front while hints of spice are present on the finish. After about half an inch, the cigar mellows and gives off more of a medium to full-bodied profile. To me, it’s definitely not a complex cigar and tastes a little bit like everything else that Alec Bradley makes. That being said, tasting like every other Alec Bradley isn’t really a bad thing but when you factor in all the great blends they’ve made.

Sean G | | New Age Connecticuts
I love a good morning cigar. There's nothing better than starting your day off with a smooth, mild-bodied blend and a nice cup of coffee. I remain true to Perdomo Reserve 10th Champagne because it's graced with an exquisite Connecticut-shade wrapper and provides ample flavor while maintaining a mellow profile.
I love a good morning cigar. There's nothing better than starting your day off with a smooth, mild-bodied blend and a nice cup of coffee. I remain true to Perdomo Reserve 10th Champagne because it's graced with an exquisite Connecticut-shade wrapper and provides ample flavor while maintaining a mellow profile.

Sean G |
Robusto (5.0"x50): Simply delicious. You're met with a toasty flavor of earth up front while the blend maintains a smooth, creamy character throughout. Expels a solid medium and although the blend isn't too complex, it's straight forward profile keeps your interest from head to foot. This is a cigar you get lost in and at the end, you'll find yourself enjoying the creamy finish while determining when you'll be lighting up another. 93/100 [Buy Now]

Toro (6.0"x50):
Perfectly blended and incredibly balanced from start to finish. The toro size presents the same flavor profile and creamy character you get with the robuso, except the finish is slightly heartier when you get to the last inch. 92/100 [Buy Now]

Churchill (7.0"x50):
This size allows for a bolder character but still maintains a creamy finish. You'll notice a bit more complexity and some slight changes in flavor when compared to the toro and robusto but again, the blend is so well-balanced that its integrity is never compromised. Usually there's a rather big difference in flavor from robusto to Churchill but with Saison, you simply get some more exaggerated changes from first puff to the last with a slightly longer finish.
Robusto (5.0"x50): Simply delicious. You're met with a toasty flavor of earth up front while the blend maintains a smooth, creamy character throughout. Expels a solid medium and although the blend isn't too complex, it's straight forward profile keeps your interest from head to foot. This is a cigar you get lost in and at the end, you'll find yourself enjoying the creamy finish while determining when you'll be lighting up another. 93/100 [Buy Now]

Toro (6.0"x50):
Perfectly blended and incredibly balanced from start to finish. The toro size presents the same flavor profile and creamy character you get with the robuso, except the finish is slightly heartier when you get to the last inch. 92/100 [Buy Now]

Churchill (7.0"x50):
This size allows for a bolder character but still maintains a creamy finish. You'll notice a bit more complexity and some slight changes in flavor when compared to the toro and robusto but again, the blend is so well-balanced that its integrity is never compromised. Usually there's a rather big difference in flavor from robusto to Churchill but with Saison, you simply get some more exaggerated changes from first puff to the last with a slightly longer finish.

Sean G | | Mouthwatering Maduros
Back in ’07, I was lucky enough to visit the Camacho factory in Honduras.  Already home to my favorite cigar at the time (Camacho Diploma), Christian Eiroa had a batch of his new project, the Triple Maduro, rolled up for myself and Alex to try.  Long story short, it kicked my ass and blew my mind.  Every maduro fan MUST try this cigar.
Back in ’07, I was lucky enough to visit the Camacho factory in Honduras.  Already home to my favorite cigar at the time (Camacho Diploma), Christian Eiroa had a batch of his new project, the Triple Maduro, rolled up for myself and Alex to try.  Long story short, it kicked my ass and blew my mind.  Every maduro fan MUST try this cigar.

Sean G |
Toro (6.0”x52): The toro really allows for the flavors to open up. The fatter ring gauge allows for a cooler burn and emits a smoother smoke than the robusto. Not overly complex, the blend is perfect as a cigar to pass the time but flavorful enough to really focus on the depth of the flavor. Pair this with a nice cup of coffee and you’ll be in heaven.

Churchill (7.2”x54):
Jumping up a ring gauge again, the Churchill loses a little bit of flavor that makes the Toro so good. But the same principles apply here. Smooth consistent flavor that’s perfect to pass the time. Even though we’re in the middle of winter, keep this on your radar for a round of golf or tailgating. The flavorful, consistent blend is mellow enough for when you’re socializing yet flavorful enough if you have a moment to yourself. Plus, the aroma is fantastic.

Robusto (5.2”x50):
Don't let the wrapper color fool you. It's darker than most Connecticut cigars but still presents those smooth Connecticut flavors you enjoy. If you're not a fan of spicy cigars, you'll love this robusto. A robust, earthy sensation will stimulate the tip of your tongue while the finish encapsulates your entire palate with earth and a hint of cedar. This pairs incredibly well with your morning cup of coffee.
Toro (6.0”x52): The toro really allows for the flavors to open up. The fatter ring gauge allows for a cooler burn and emits a smoother smoke than the robusto. Not overly complex, the blend is perfect as a cigar to pass the time but flavorful enough to really focus on the depth of the flavor. Pair this with a nice cup of coffee and you’ll be in heaven.

Churchill (7.2”x54):
Jumping up a ring gauge again, the Churchill loses a little bit of flavor that makes the Toro so good. But the same principles apply here. Smooth consistent flavor that’s perfect to pass the time. Even though we’re in the middle of winter, keep this on your radar for a round of golf or tailgating. The flavorful, consistent blend is mellow enough for when you’re socializing yet flavorful enough if you have a moment to yourself. Plus, the aroma is fantastic.

Robusto (5.2”x50):
Don't let the wrapper color fool you. It's darker than most Connecticut cigars but still presents those smooth Connecticut flavors you enjoy. If you're not a fan of spicy cigars, you'll love this robusto. A robust, earthy sensation will stimulate the tip of your tongue while the finish encapsulates your entire palate with earth and a hint of cedar. This pairs incredibly well with your morning cup of coffee.

Sean G | | Only the Beginning
Toro (6.0”x50): Simply stunning. We barely hand out 95 ratings. In fact, this is one of the only blends we've ranked so high but we're proud to do so because we've never tasted something so consistent, flavorful, yet mellow. All of our experts agree here too. This is a cigar you can enjoy one right after the other. It doesn't destroy your palate but it constantly keeps your interest. Mellow, medium, and full-bodied enthusiasts will find something special about this cigar so it really is the epitome of "the perfect blend."

Robusto (5.0”x50):
Same great flavor profile as the toro size but in can be enjoyed in under an hour. The only reason why this size lost a few points is due to the fact that it doesn't last as long or become as complex as the toro.

Muy Bueso (6.5”x60):
Not usually a big fan of the mammoth cigars but the boldness and richness of this blend is just captivating. While not an everyday cigar, this size is perfect if you’ve got plenty of time to kick back and relax.

Torpedo (6.0”x52):
Hey, we have to nitpick somewhere. Don’t get us wrong, this is still an excellent size but we found that some of the cigar’s boldness is a little sharp on the finish when you first light it up. Otherwise, this size is still worthy of the Genesis name and is still nothing to scoff at.
Toro (6.0”x50): Simply stunning. We barely hand out 95 ratings. In fact, this is one of the only blends we've ranked so high but we're proud to do so because we've never tasted something so consistent, flavorful, yet mellow. All of our experts agree here too. This is a cigar you can enjoy one right after the other. It doesn't destroy your palate but it constantly keeps your interest. Mellow, medium, and full-bodied enthusiasts will find something special about this cigar so it really is the epitome of "the perfect blend."

Robusto (5.0”x50):
Same great flavor profile as the toro size but in can be enjoyed in under an hour. The only reason why this size lost a few points is due to the fact that it doesn't last as long or become as complex as the toro.

Muy Bueso (6.5”x60):
Not usually a big fan of the mammoth cigars but the boldness and richness of this blend is just captivating. While not an everyday cigar, this size is perfect if you’ve got plenty of time to kick back and relax.

Torpedo (6.0”x52):
Hey, we have to nitpick somewhere. Don’t get us wrong, this is still an excellent size but we found that some of the cigar’s boldness is a little sharp on the finish when you first light it up. Otherwise, this size is still worthy of the Genesis name and is still nothing to scoff at.

Sean G | | Delicious Nicaraguan Handmade
Toro (6.0"x50): Consistent in flavor from head to foot with a smooth, clean finish. Creamy notes of spice and pepper swirl about while the well-balanced character creates an enjoyable aroma. For the price, this blend really impressed us. Well-constructed.

Torpedo (6.2"x52): Slightly more complex than the toro size but the draw remains quite tight. We suggest cutting the head down a bit further than usual on this one. Expect a strong flavor with the same enjoyable aroma as this size creates a lot more in terms of pepper and spice. Still remains medium-bodied from head to foot and burns slow.

Robusto (5.0"x52): A great 45-minute smoke but it remains rather one dimensional througout. Maintained an effortless draw but burned slightly uneven due to a thick vein in the wrapper. Produces plumes of thick smoke but this size doesn't represent the blends full potential.

Churchill (7.0"x48): Bold yet unbalanced is the theme of this churchill. If you're looking for more of a full-bodied experience, this is your size. The blend builds in strength as it burns but doesn't release as much smoke as the other sizes. It also burns slightly hot after 3 inches.
Toro (6.0"x50): Consistent in flavor from head to foot with a smooth, clean finish. Creamy notes of spice and pepper swirl about while the well-balanced character creates an enjoyable aroma. For the price, this blend really impressed us. Well-constructed.

Torpedo (6.2"x52): Slightly more complex than the toro size but the draw remains quite tight. We suggest cutting the head down a bit further than usual on this one. Expect a strong flavor with the same enjoyable aroma as this size creates a lot more in terms of pepper and spice. Still remains medium-bodied from head to foot and burns slow.

Robusto (5.0"x52): A great 45-minute smoke but it remains rather one dimensional througout. Maintained an effortless draw but burned slightly uneven due to a thick vein in the wrapper. Produces plumes of thick smoke but this size doesn't represent the blends full potential.

Churchill (7.0"x48): Bold yet unbalanced is the theme of this churchill. If you're looking for more of a full-bodied experience, this is your size. The blend builds in strength as it burns but doesn't release as much smoke as the other sizes. It also burns slightly hot after 3 inches.

Sean G | | AJ's Personal Cigar
Corona (5.0”x42): Wow. That’s all we have to say...
Ok, we can’t leave it like that. As AJ’s go to blend, you know this sucker is good. The small 5.0”x42 packs a flavor that you’d expect from a bigger cigar and will leave you more than satisfied after your last puff. It’s like ordering a Happy Meal and getting a Big Mac instead. The blend leads in with strong notes of spice and leather that transforms into notes of espresso as the blend progresses. Hands down, one of the best blends we’ve smoked.
Corona (5.0”x42): Wow. That’s all we have to say...
Ok, we can’t leave it like that. As AJ’s go to blend, you know this sucker is good. The small 5.0”x42 packs a flavor that you’d expect from a bigger cigar and will leave you more than satisfied after your last puff. It’s like ordering a Happy Meal and getting a Big Mac instead. The blend leads in with strong notes of spice and leather that transforms into notes of espresso as the blend progresses. Hands down, one of the best blends we’ve smoked.

Sean G | | OSA Sol
Lot 50 (5.0”x50): Unique and satisfying from start to finish. The flavor is slightly complex but maintains itself for the majority of the burn. An effortless draw adds to the allure and the box presentation is exception. Overall, a good blend by CAO but you must decide if the special tobaccos featuring in this stick are worth the high price.

Lot 58 (6.5”x58): Wow. Impressive burn and draw. Quite complex with ever-changing flavor. This enormous cigar burns forever, remains cool, and release a plethora of thick smoke with a fantastic aroma. A long finish rests with you for a solid 30 minutes after you're through.

Lot 54 (6.0”x54): Good, but nothing special. Not as complex as Lot 58 and too boring compared to Lot 50 because the flavor characterists are nearly identical. This size keeps a steady flavor and burn from head to foot, with small amount of complexity. No problems with burn, draw, or construction. This one simply lost points because we were expecting a bit more complexity, based on the size.
Lot 50 (5.0”x50): Unique and satisfying from start to finish. The flavor is slightly complex but maintains itself for the majority of the burn. An effortless draw adds to the allure and the box presentation is exception. Overall, a good blend by CAO but you must decide if the special tobaccos featuring in this stick are worth the high price.

Lot 58 (6.5”x58): Wow. Impressive burn and draw. Quite complex with ever-changing flavor. This enormous cigar burns forever, remains cool, and release a plethora of thick smoke with a fantastic aroma. A long finish rests with you for a solid 30 minutes after you're through.

Lot 54 (6.0”x54): Good, but nothing special. Not as complex as Lot 58 and too boring compared to Lot 50 because the flavor characterists are nearly identical. This size keeps a steady flavor and burn from head to foot, with small amount of complexity. No problems with burn, draw, or construction. This one simply lost points because we were expecting a bit more complexity, based on the size.

Sean G | | Genghis Khan
Churchill (7.5”x52): It's been a while since we touched base with this blend so we wanted to go ahead and give it another review. By this point in time, the cigars have been aging for a few years due to the lack of new production, and this churchill is tasty. Definitely not as potent as it originally was, but the super smooth and creamy flavors you receive are worth the exchange. The sweetness in this blend presents itself a bit more while the hearty, spicy finish remains rather mellow - perfectly balanced. Many cigars age better than others and this is one of them. Only issue with the churchill is by the 5th inch, the balance begins to fade away and you're left with a stout, robust character and builds in strength until the finish. Some may find that good, others not so much. Personally, this is a great blend that got better with age.
Churchill (7.5”x52): It's been a while since we touched base with this blend so we wanted to go ahead and give it another review. By this point in time, the cigars have been aging for a few years due to the lack of new production, and this churchill is tasty. Definitely not as potent as it originally was, but the super smooth and creamy flavors you receive are worth the exchange. The sweetness in this blend presents itself a bit more while the hearty, spicy finish remains rather mellow - perfectly balanced. Many cigars age better than others and this is one of them. Only issue with the churchill is by the 5th inch, the balance begins to fade away and you're left with a stout, robust character and builds in strength until the finish. Some may find that good, others not so much. Personally, this is a great blend that got better with age.

Sean G |
Fantastic. Easily AJ's best cigar to date. Incredibly similar to Cuban cigars from flavor to construction and releases thick, creamy smoke with a complex aroma. Full-bodied. You will burn this one down to the nub, guaranteed.
Fantastic. Easily AJ's best cigar to date. Incredibly similar to Cuban cigars from flavor to construction and releases thick, creamy smoke with a complex aroma. Full-bodied. You will burn this one down to the nub, guaranteed.

Sean G |
Toro (6.0"x50) Mellow in body but thoroughly complex. The flavor builds and builds while the blend burns, leaving you with a fantastic, long-lasting yet smooth finish. Creamy and finished with light spices.

Robusto (5.0"x50) If you're looking for a medium-bodied La Diferencia, this size is it. The size allows for a hearty character that presents itself after one inch, while the ring gauge maintains a steady, consistent and effortless draw. You'll pull a ton of smoke into your palate with this robusto while tasting earth, pepper and cedar.

Churchill (7.0"x50) Slightly unbalanced. We expected this blend to build in strength even more so than the robusto. However, after 3 inches, the cigar actually mellows out transitioning from medium to mellow. An inch later, you'll find yourself tasting some rich complexities. Burned slightly hot.

Torpedo (6.5"x52) Really flavorful with a ton of spicy nuances throughout and a super smooth finish. This stick presents many different earthy sensations with a hint of sweetness. Balanced and slightly one dimensional.
Toro (6.0"x50) Mellow in body but thoroughly complex. The flavor builds and builds while the blend burns, leaving you with a fantastic, long-lasting yet smooth finish. Creamy and finished with light spices.

Robusto (5.0"x50) If you're looking for a medium-bodied La Diferencia, this size is it. The size allows for a hearty character that presents itself after one inch, while the ring gauge maintains a steady, consistent and effortless draw. You'll pull a ton of smoke into your palate with this robusto while tasting earth, pepper and cedar.

Churchill (7.0"x50) Slightly unbalanced. We expected this blend to build in strength even more so than the robusto. However, after 3 inches, the cigar actually mellows out transitioning from medium to mellow. An inch later, you'll find yourself tasting some rich complexities. Burned slightly hot.

Torpedo (6.5"x52) Really flavorful with a ton of spicy nuances throughout and a super smooth finish. This stick presents many different earthy sensations with a hint of sweetness. Balanced and slightly one dimensional.

Sean G | | Cain Nub
464 Torpedo (4.0"x64) Potent and hearty from head to foot with an incredibly smooth finish. The Habano offers spicy nuances throughout that surround a core of earth while the maduro maintains a sweetness that lasts throughout the finish. Both versions are quite complex and will perfectly complement your favorite meal.

460 (4.0"x60) Expect a burst of earth and red pepper from the start as the size allows the strength to build throughout. This stick will burn for at least an hour while creating thick, milky smoke. Both versions still create a long, smooth finish while the Habano creates a full-bodied robust character with no sweet nuances.
464 Torpedo (4.0"x64) Potent and hearty from head to foot with an incredibly smooth finish. The Habano offers spicy nuances throughout that surround a core of earth while the maduro maintains a sweetness that lasts throughout the finish. Both versions are quite complex and will perfectly complement your favorite meal.

460 (4.0"x60) Expect a burst of earth and red pepper from the start as the size allows the strength to build throughout. This stick will burn for at least an hour while creating thick, milky smoke. Both versions still create a long, smooth finish while the Habano creates a full-bodied robust character with no sweet nuances.

Sean G | | Diesel Shorty
If you're looking for the full-bodied, spicy counterpart to Diesel, this is it. The flavor changed drastically from the original Diesel blend due to the 4.5"x60 parejo frame. You're immediately met with potent spices and notes of pepper from the start while the strength slowly builds. Still maintaining the same filler blend and wrapper as the original Diesel, Shorty Ltd. Edition also has a semi-sweet finish and comes perfectly balanced. Great smoke.
If you're looking for the full-bodied, spicy counterpart to Diesel, this is it. The flavor changed drastically from the original Diesel blend due to the 4.5"x60 parejo frame. You're immediately met with potent spices and notes of pepper from the start while the strength slowly builds. Still maintaining the same filler blend and wrapper as the original Diesel, Shorty Ltd. Edition also has a semi-sweet finish and comes perfectly balanced. Great smoke.

Sean G | | La Herenica Cubana Oscuro Fuerte
Toro (6.5"x50) Great burn and draw. Created thick, creamy smoke and a ton of complex earthy nuances with a rich, flavorful after taste. Maintained a medium finish with a medium body and can be enjoyed any time of day.

Belicoso (5.0"x56) Burned slightly uneven but corrected itself immediately. Produces a ton of smoke while burning cool from the start. Offers an effortless draw and creates an incredibly full character while leaving an oily feel on your palate.

Salomon (7.1"x58) Tight draw at first, due to the shape of this cigar. Toast the end well to prevent an uneven burn. The blend really opened up after two inches, creating hearty, earthy flavors with some pepper flavors mixed throughout. Will burn for at least 70 minutes.

Robusto (5.5"x54) A decent 45 minute cigar. Not as complex as the other sizes but maintained a consistent flavor from start to finish. You'll notice this size offers a sweeter character on the finish and does not burn as robust, keeping a smooth mellow after taste from the start.
Toro (6.5"x50) Great burn and draw. Created thick, creamy smoke and a ton of complex earthy nuances with a rich, flavorful after taste. Maintained a medium finish with a medium body and can be enjoyed any time of day.

Belicoso (5.0"x56) Burned slightly uneven but corrected itself immediately. Produces a ton of smoke while burning cool from the start. Offers an effortless draw and creates an incredibly full character while leaving an oily feel on your palate.

Salomon (7.1"x58) Tight draw at first, due to the shape of this cigar. Toast the end well to prevent an uneven burn. The blend really opened up after two inches, creating hearty, earthy flavors with some pepper flavors mixed throughout. Will burn for at least 70 minutes.

Robusto (5.5"x54) A decent 45 minute cigar. Not as complex as the other sizes but maintained a consistent flavor from start to finish. You'll notice this size offers a sweeter character on the finish and does not burn as robust, keeping a smooth mellow after taste from the start.

Sean G | | Diesel
The first puff overwhelms the palate with rich smoke as earth and sweet cocoa intermingle for a great flavor. The cigar becomes robust as it flawlessly burns from inch to inch but still maintains a perfect balance with underlying hints of black pepper. The finish is relatively long but enjoyable as espresso lingers on the palate. Excellent.
The first puff overwhelms the palate with rich smoke as earth and sweet cocoa intermingle for a great flavor. The cigar becomes robust as it flawlessly burns from inch to inch but still maintains a perfect balance with underlying hints of black pepper. The finish is relatively long but enjoyable as espresso lingers on the palate. Excellent.

Sean G | | Ruination

Robusto No. 1 (5.5" x 54) There is no contest, this size fully portrays all Ruination has to offer. Intense spice overwhelms the palate from the first puff as oaky flavors and earthy mask its hearty, spicy undertones. The thick gauge allows for a smooth, even burn as the blend produces copious amounts of thick smoke. The aroma has notes of pepper with a touch of cedar. Phenomenal.

Belicoso (5.7" x 56) Perfectly constructed and sporting a shiny, oily sheen, this belicoso is slightly less robust with a smoother character than the other sizes. This size is perfect for the medium to full enthusiast looking to try this full-bodied blend but afraid of being overwhelmed with tons of spicy flavors. With great balance, we easily recommend this size to the most discerning aficionados.

Robusto No. 2 (6" x 60) In one word, powerful. Strength overwhelms the complexities found in the thicker sizes as the cigar continues to gain in strength from foot to head, creating an incredibly robust finish. The aftertaste will remain on the palate for a while after the cigar is extinguished. If you prefer a full-bodied firecracker with some complexity but consistently blasts the palate with black pepper, this is your cigar.

Robusto No. 1 (5.5" x 54) There is no contest, this size fully portrays all Ruination has to offer. Intense spice overwhelms the palate from the first puff as oaky flavors and earthy mask its hearty, spicy undertones. The thick gauge allows for a smooth, even burn as the blend produces copious amounts of thick smoke. The aroma has notes of pepper with a touch of cedar. Phenomenal.

Belicoso (5.7" x 56) Perfectly constructed and sporting a shiny, oily sheen, this belicoso is slightly less robust with a smoother character than the other sizes. This size is perfect for the medium to full enthusiast looking to try this full-bodied blend but afraid of being overwhelmed with tons of spicy flavors. With great balance, we easily recommend this size to the most discerning aficionados.

Robusto No. 2 (6" x 60) In one word, powerful. Strength overwhelms the complexities found in the thicker sizes as the cigar continues to gain in strength from foot to head, creating an incredibly robust finish. The aftertaste will remain on the palate for a while after the cigar is extinguished. If you prefer a full-bodied firecracker with some complexity but consistently blasts the palate with black pepper, this is your cigar.


Sean G | | Royal Vintage
Robusto (5.5" x 50) A perfect burn and draw confirmed this was a Rocky made blend as its rich, robust notes of spice build from start to finish. Maintains an earthy finish with a cool smoke and slightly sweet nuance in the aftertaste.

Torpedo (6.1" x 52) Construction was flawless as the complex flavors between earth and pepper fought for dominance. The smoke emitted could have been a bit thicker and the sweet nuances found in the Robusto size were not as prominent, although many hints of espresso were recongizable.

Toro (6.5" x 50) Offered an easy draw and cool burn but was relatively one dimensional in terms of flavor. Notes of white pepper easily masked the earthy characteristics and the strength continued to build through the last inch. Finish was very long.

Churchill (7.1" x 48) Initial light tasted dirty and the draw was tight. However, it opened up after an inch and delivered an intense wave of pepper to the palate. The smoke had a cedary aroma but the tasty earthy characteristics found in the other sizes seemed to be lacking as pepper overwhelmed the senses.
Robusto (5.5" x 50) A perfect burn and draw confirmed this was a Rocky made blend as its rich, robust notes of spice build from start to finish. Maintains an earthy finish with a cool smoke and slightly sweet nuance in the aftertaste.

Torpedo (6.1" x 52) Construction was flawless as the complex flavors between earth and pepper fought for dominance. The smoke emitted could have been a bit thicker and the sweet nuances found in the Robusto size were not as prominent, although many hints of espresso were recongizable.

Toro (6.5" x 50) Offered an easy draw and cool burn but was relatively one dimensional in terms of flavor. Notes of white pepper easily masked the earthy characteristics and the strength continued to build through the last inch. Finish was very long.

Churchill (7.1" x 48) Initial light tasted dirty and the draw was tight. However, it opened up after an inch and delivered an intense wave of pepper to the palate. The smoke had a cedary aroma but the tasty earthy characteristics found in the other sizes seemed to be lacking as pepper overwhelmed the senses.

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Imperial (6.0"x54) Burned slow and even but still maintained a great draw. Earthy nuances were abundant with a light sweet character. Easily will last 70 minutes. Strength increased towards the head.

Torpedo (6.0"x52) Complexities between coffee and cocoa exist throughout with a unique earthy note that remained on the palate once extinguished. Incredibly smooth.

Exclusivo (5.5"x50) Robust at first before opening up into a pleasant medium body. Featured a rich character and perfect to enjoy for about 40 minutes after dinner.

Diplomatico (7.0"x50) Burned slow but with a tight draw. Spice was easily noticable from start to finish as the character developed and became stronger inch by inch. Save some time to enjoy this one.
Principe (4.5"x46) A great 30 minute cigar. Incredibly potent with a rich, chocolately character. Lost points for burning too hot and slightly uneven
 
Imperial (6.0"x54) Burned slow and even but still maintained a great draw. Earthy nuances were abundant with a light sweet character. Easily will last 70 minutes. Strength increased towards the head.

Torpedo (6.0"x52) Complexities between coffee and cocoa exist throughout with a unique earthy note that remained on the palate once extinguished. Incredibly smooth.

Exclusivo (5.5"x50) Robust at first before opening up into a pleasant medium body. Featured a rich character and perfect to enjoy for about 40 minutes after dinner.

Diplomatico (7.0"x50) Burned slow but with a tight draw. Spice was easily noticable from start to finish as the character developed and became stronger inch by inch. Save some time to enjoy this one.
Principe (4.5"x46) A great 30 minute cigar. Incredibly potent with a rich, chocolately character. Lost points for burning too hot and slightly uneven
 

Sean G | | Park Avenue
Torpedo (6.2" x 52) An enormous amount of smoke was created with the first couple of puffs, showcasing an easy draw and perfect burn. Cedar overwhelmed my nostrils, which was an excellent experience as the blend's complexities slowly build as the cigar burns. Notes of nuts are easily noticeable in the aftertaste, as the cigar burns cool. Although incredibly smooth and mellow, this stick emits a ton of flavor with a hint of pepper in the finish.

Churchill (7" x 48) With a tight draw, this size lacked the smooth characteristics of the Torpedo's initial light. There was a difference in taste and a stronger finish, but still creates a great cedar-like aroma. The nutty nuances were masked by an earthy character creating a stronger flavor on the palate. Slightly more robust, this size is great for the medium to full-bodied enthusiast searching for a smooth, everyday Gurkha.
Torpedo (6.2" x 52) An enormous amount of smoke was created with the first couple of puffs, showcasing an easy draw and perfect burn. Cedar overwhelmed my nostrils, which was an excellent experience as the blend's complexities slowly build as the cigar burns. Notes of nuts are easily noticeable in the aftertaste, as the cigar burns cool. Although incredibly smooth and mellow, this stick emits a ton of flavor with a hint of pepper in the finish.

Churchill (7" x 48) With a tight draw, this size lacked the smooth characteristics of the Torpedo's initial light. There was a difference in taste and a stronger finish, but still creates a great cedar-like aroma. The nutty nuances were masked by an earthy character creating a stronger flavor on the palate. Slightly more robust, this size is great for the medium to full-bodied enthusiast searching for a smooth, everyday Gurkha.

Sean G | | Nub Habano
Habano:
460 (4" x 60) Oily wrapper offering a complexity that seems more potent than other Habano leaves. Much spice noticeable on the palate with a hint of sweetness in the finish. Average burn time is about 60 minutes.

464 Torpedo (4" x 64) Burned slightly uneven but still produced rich, toasty flavors with peppery nuances. Draw was a bit tight for the size and shape but this particular stick was incredibly complex and eventful. Average burn time is about 70 minutes.

358 (3.7" x 58) Rich with hints of espresso in the initial light. Becomes slightly more robust as the cigar burns and provides ample spice through the nose. Average burn time is about 45 minutes.

466 (4" x 66) Thick cigar that is slightly uncomfortable to hold between the lips. Offers a peaty taste with pepper and spicy sensations, much complexity and a robust finish. Average burn time is about 80 minutes.
Habano:
460 (4" x 60) Oily wrapper offering a complexity that seems more potent than other Habano leaves. Much spice noticeable on the palate with a hint of sweetness in the finish. Average burn time is about 60 minutes.

464 Torpedo (4" x 64) Burned slightly uneven but still produced rich, toasty flavors with peppery nuances. Draw was a bit tight for the size and shape but this particular stick was incredibly complex and eventful. Average burn time is about 70 minutes.

358 (3.7" x 58) Rich with hints of espresso in the initial light. Becomes slightly more robust as the cigar burns and provides ample spice through the nose. Average burn time is about 45 minutes.

466 (4" x 66) Thick cigar that is slightly uncomfortable to hold between the lips. Offers a peaty taste with pepper and spicy sensations, much complexity and a robust finish. Average burn time is about 80 minutes.

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Robusto (5.0"x50) Complex right from the start with a sweetness on the lips and earthy nuances on the palate. Spice was noticeable but not overwhelming. Allowed for a medium finish, cool burn, and produced a ton of creamy smoke.

Torpedo (6.5"x52) Great size – very complex. Offered nuances of pepper, peat, earth, cedar, sugar cane and a hint of vanilla with a robust finish. Easy draw and a perfect burn, which created a balanced flavor. The strength is never overwhelming while the finish is smooth and mellow.

Toro (6.5"x52) Robust during the first inch and then slightly mellowed before picking up more power after 3 inches. Initial flavor was peaty with a spicy aftertaste but the cigar burned unevenly. The smoke was creamy and left an aroma of cedar. The finish was very strong, robust, and rich.

Lonsdale (6.5"x44) Tight draw but burned evenly throughout. Produced many flavors of pepper with very little sweetness in the aftertaste. Burned slightly hot and produced a thin smoke with a robust finish.
Robusto (5.0"x50) Complex right from the start with a sweetness on the lips and earthy nuances on the palate. Spice was noticeable but not overwhelming. Allowed for a medium finish, cool burn, and produced a ton of creamy smoke.

Torpedo (6.5"x52) Great size – very complex. Offered nuances of pepper, peat, earth, cedar, sugar cane and a hint of vanilla with a robust finish. Easy draw and a perfect burn, which created a balanced flavor. The strength is never overwhelming while the finish is smooth and mellow.

Toro (6.5"x52) Robust during the first inch and then slightly mellowed before picking up more power after 3 inches. Initial flavor was peaty with a spicy aftertaste but the cigar burned unevenly. The smoke was creamy and left an aroma of cedar. The finish was very strong, robust, and rich.

Lonsdale (6.5"x44) Tight draw but burned evenly throughout. Produced many flavors of pepper with very little sweetness in the aftertaste. Burned slightly hot and produced a thin smoke with a robust finish.

Sean G | | CAO America
Monument (6.2"x54) Complex with layers of spice and earth masked by an enjoyable underlying sweetness. The draw was a bit tighter than expected but the cigar burned even and true throughout. Strong, robust finish.

Constitution (6.0"x50) Burned even, true, and cool throughout. Offered competeing notes of earth and sweetness from start to finish without ever becoming too strong. Great size, perfect after lunch.

Potomac (5.0"x56) Smooth, easy draw that produced large amounts of creamy, white smoke. Not as complex as expected, with pepper and cocoa noticeable from start to finish. The ring gauge allows for a cool burn. Enjoyable after a hearty meal.

BottleRocket (7.0"x50) This churchill is smooth but does pack a punch. The initial light offers intense flavors of earth and pepper, which mellows after half an inch. The remainder is complex, with hints of chocolate and cedar throughout. Burned slightly hot to the touch, but offered thick clouds of smoke and an incredibly robust finish.

Landmark (6.0"x60) Very easy draw due to its massive ring gauge, but also incredibly powerful. The initial light offered a burst of pepper that faded into an earthy, peaty flavor. Complex, with many competing nuances of spice but very little sweetness. Expect at least 120 minutes of enjoyment.
Monument (6.2"x54) Complex with layers of spice and earth masked by an enjoyable underlying sweetness. The draw was a bit tighter than expected but the cigar burned even and true throughout. Strong, robust finish.

Constitution (6.0"x50) Burned even, true, and cool throughout. Offered competeing notes of earth and sweetness from start to finish without ever becoming too strong. Great size, perfect after lunch.

Potomac (5.0"x56) Smooth, easy draw that produced large amounts of creamy, white smoke. Not as complex as expected, with pepper and cocoa noticeable from start to finish. The ring gauge allows for a cool burn. Enjoyable after a hearty meal.

BottleRocket (7.0"x50) This churchill is smooth but does pack a punch. The initial light offers intense flavors of earth and pepper, which mellows after half an inch. The remainder is complex, with hints of chocolate and cedar throughout. Burned slightly hot to the touch, but offered thick clouds of smoke and an incredibly robust finish.

Landmark (6.0"x60) Very easy draw due to its massive ring gauge, but also incredibly powerful. The initial light offered a burst of pepper that faded into an earthy, peaty flavor. Complex, with many competing nuances of spice but very little sweetness. Expect at least 120 minutes of enjoyment.

Sean G | | 601 Green
La Punta (5.5"x52) Perfect size. The ring gauge allows for an easy draw, without sacrificing the slow burn. Many cocoa nuances noticeable on the palate with much pepper and spice through the nose. Produced almost a 3-inch ash.

Tronco (5.0"x52) Started off robust and heavy with ample spice but refused to mellow out. In addition, the after taste was definitely sweet making this size incredibly well blended. The oils left some residue on the lips and the last two inches were very strong, but highly enjoyable.

La Fuerza (5.5"x54) Medium in length but thick, this size emits a ton of smoke. Although it burned evenly, the smoke seemed slightly hot on the palate but allowed for a rich after taste. Many espresso-like flavors.

Trabuco (6.1"x58) Very big cigar that engulfs the palate with many competing nuances of coffee and pepper. Very complex but the burn followed a vein down the left side. Good cigar but became incredibly intense towards the last 3 inches. Will easily last 90 to 120 minutes with very little to offer in terms of sweetness.
La Punta (5.5"x52) Perfect size. The ring gauge allows for an easy draw, without sacrificing the slow burn. Many cocoa nuances noticeable on the palate with much pepper and spice through the nose. Produced almost a 3-inch ash.

Tronco (5.0"x52) Started off robust and heavy with ample spice but refused to mellow out. In addition, the after taste was definitely sweet making this size incredibly well blended. The oils left some residue on the lips and the last two inches were very strong, but highly enjoyable.

La Fuerza (5.5"x54) Medium in length but thick, this size emits a ton of smoke. Although it burned evenly, the smoke seemed slightly hot on the palate but allowed for a rich after taste. Many espresso-like flavors.

Trabuco (6.1"x58) Very big cigar that engulfs the palate with many competing nuances of coffee and pepper. Very complex but the burn followed a vein down the left side. Good cigar but became incredibly intense towards the last 3 inches. Will easily last 90 to 120 minutes with very little to offer in terms of sweetness.

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A truly excellent cigar with great aging potential. This cigar is medium bodied with a rich full flavor and is very well balanced and well rounded. The Camacho Pre-Embargo 1962 is the perfect cigar, complex yet very smooth.
A truly excellent cigar with great aging potential. This cigar is medium bodied with a rich full flavor and is very well balanced and well rounded. The Camacho Pre-Embargo 1962 is the perfect cigar, complex yet very smooth.

Sean G | | Centro Fino

Pyramid No. 9 (6.2"x52) Damp with a very light and subtle sweetnss. Notes of peat with a moderate finish and balance. Medium to full bodied with a full flavor.

Robusto No. 7 (4.5"x54) Smoky and earthy cigar. Medium bodied with a moderate flavor and short finish. Some minor burn issues but the flavor was pleasant.

Belicoso No. 11 (4.8"x50) This short torpedo came out of the gate strong with earthy notes of wood and cinnamon but became bitter and hot as it was smoked. Moderately balanced with a medium body and flavor.

Pyramid No. 9 (6.2"x52) Damp with a very light and subtle sweetnss. Notes of peat with a moderate finish and balance. Medium to full bodied with a full flavor.

Robusto No. 7 (4.5"x54) Smoky and earthy cigar. Medium bodied with a moderate flavor and short finish. Some minor burn issues but the flavor was pleasant.

Belicoso No. 11 (4.8"x50) This short torpedo came out of the gate strong with earthy notes of wood and cinnamon but became bitter and hot as it was smoked. Moderately balanced with a medium body and flavor.


Sean G | | Hemmingway Maduro

Untold Story Maduro (7.5"x53) Dark and oily wrapper on this large perfecto. A fair draw and even burn. This cigar boasts a rich chocolate aroma with strong earthy undertones. Dry finish with hints of cherry.

Short Story Maduro (4.5"x49) Dark and toothy wrapper. The smoke is damp and very well refined with hints of sweetness and peat and a surprisingly short finish. Mellow to medium bodied with a moderate flavor.

Signature Maduro (6.0"x47) A nice sweet cigar with a good burn and solid ash. The sweet notes are well balanced with a slight spiciness and a moderate finish.

Masterpiece Maduro (9.0"x52) This large perfecto is a great cigar that has a great deal of complexity. Peaty balanced aroma on the palate with a longer sweet finish. Medium bodied with a rich full flavor.

Classic Maduro (7.0"x48) This cigar had some burn issues with a flavor that was slightly off balance. Damp and earthy aroma with a moderate finish.

Work of Art Maduro (4.7"x60) This fat perfecto was dark and toothy but burned a bit hot. Peaty with hints of sweetness and a short buttery finish. The moderate flavor was not balanced. Medium bodied.

Untold Story Maduro (7.5"x53) Dark and oily wrapper on this large perfecto. A fair draw and even burn. This cigar boasts a rich chocolate aroma with strong earthy undertones. Dry finish with hints of cherry.

Short Story Maduro (4.5"x49) Dark and toothy wrapper. The smoke is damp and very well refined with hints of sweetness and peat and a surprisingly short finish. Mellow to medium bodied with a moderate flavor.

Signature Maduro (6.0"x47) A nice sweet cigar with a good burn and solid ash. The sweet notes are well balanced with a slight spiciness and a moderate finish.

Masterpiece Maduro (9.0"x52) This large perfecto is a great cigar that has a great deal of complexity. Peaty balanced aroma on the palate with a longer sweet finish. Medium bodied with a rich full flavor.

Classic Maduro (7.0"x48) This cigar had some burn issues with a flavor that was slightly off balance. Damp and earthy aroma with a moderate finish.

Work of Art Maduro (4.7"x60) This fat perfecto was dark and toothy but burned a bit hot. Peaty with hints of sweetness and a short buttery finish. The moderate flavor was not balanced. Medium bodied.


Sean G | | Punch Rare Corojo

Rothschild (4.5"x50): Smooth oily wrapper with cedar pre-light aroma. Slow pull with some burn issues throughout. Gradual build in body and aroma finishing medium to full. Wood and nut flavors, slightly too much work but yielded excellent flavors.

Pita (6.1"x50): Dark and toothy wrapper. Slightly tighter draw but produced a lot of smoke. Spice through nose and on palate. Rich aroma and heavy wood notes. Consistent and complex filling the palate with flavor and texture.

El Doble (6.0"x60): Toothy with a reddish brown wrapper. Rich aromas off of the first puff and consistent. Some burn issues throughout. Cool on the palate with some spice on the finish. Burn evens out with a little patience, otherwise wrapper went up like a fuse. Cedar and wood notes predominant.

Double Corona (6.7"x48): Dark and oily, gorgeous wrapper. Excellent burn and draw with an ash that fell even with the foot. Very consistent with a gradual build in character with nut and cedar tones. Well balanced and complex.

Magnum (5.1"x54): Dark and oily wrapper. Smooth draw with a lot of smoke and a sweeter flavor on the palate. Spice through nose and a gradual build in body. Even burn with an ash that fell flush with the foot. Slow smoking with a rich and robust flavor and aroma.

Rothschild (4.5"x50): Smooth oily wrapper with cedar pre-light aroma. Slow pull with some burn issues throughout. Gradual build in body and aroma finishing medium to full. Wood and nut flavors, slightly too much work but yielded excellent flavors.

Pita (6.1"x50): Dark and toothy wrapper. Slightly tighter draw but produced a lot of smoke. Spice through nose and on palate. Rich aroma and heavy wood notes. Consistent and complex filling the palate with flavor and texture.

El Doble (6.0"x60): Toothy with a reddish brown wrapper. Rich aromas off of the first puff and consistent. Some burn issues throughout. Cool on the palate with some spice on the finish. Burn evens out with a little patience, otherwise wrapper went up like a fuse. Cedar and wood notes predominant.

Double Corona (6.7"x48): Dark and oily, gorgeous wrapper. Excellent burn and draw with an ash that fell even with the foot. Very consistent with a gradual build in character with nut and cedar tones. Well balanced and complex.

Magnum (5.1"x54): Dark and oily wrapper. Smooth draw with a lot of smoke and a sweeter flavor on the palate. Spice through nose and a gradual build in body. Even burn with an ash that fell flush with the foot. Slow smoking with a rich and robust flavor and aroma.


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