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Sunday, September 30, 2012

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Hey everyone! I just wanted to say thanks to all my loyal Tumblr viewers! I also wanted to let everyone one know about my website www.cigarcrook.com , where you can find all my cigar and accessory reviews as well as videos i have made reviewing certain things. Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter @thecigarcrook ! As always, Stay Toasting!

"Rocky Patel, Vintage 1990" Churchill (7x48) CC Rating: 90
This nearly black cigar featured a very oily wrapper with some tooth and small veins. The cigar itself had wonderful overall construction and featured a nice box-press. The pre lit aroma consisted of a sweet tobacco anda faint candy like smell. The ash was light grey in color and the burn was pretty even for the entire stick. I did have to provide one touch up during the first third, no touch up issues occured after that. The draw was perfect, producing tons of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first few draws were producing flavors of leather and earth on the draw with a blast of pepper. The pepper would continue into the finish accompanied by spicey black coffee notes. The foot smoke aroma consisted of very nice tobacco and floral notes. Reaching the second third, the draw consisted of a spiced bread-like note with the finish consisting of black coffee and pepper notes. The blend overall up until this point was very even and complex. As I crossed the halfway point, I tapped the ash off of the cigar and noticed a slight tunnel issue. Nothing major, I just felt as if the wrapper didn’t want to burn. I generally keep my cigars at 70% RH and I came to realize that this cigar may need to be kept at a lower RH level, such as 65%. The final third continued with the same bold flavors of a faint sweetness with hints of leather and pepper on the draw. The finish consisting of leather and black coffee notes mixing with the pepper which would crossover from the draw. I would smoke this cigar again due to its wonderful construction and flavor profile. However the next time I do, I may let the cigar sit for a half hour or so outside the humidor to hopefully solve any burn issues. As always people, Stay Toasting!
 

"Rocky Patel, Vintage 1990" Churchill (7x48) CC Rating: 90

This nearly black cigar featured a very oily wrapper with some tooth and small veins. The cigar itself had wonderful overall construction and featured a nice box-press. The pre lit aroma consisted of a sweet tobacco anda faint candy like smell. The ash was light grey in color and the burn was pretty even for the entire stick. I did have to provide one touch up during the first third, no touch up issues occured after that. The draw was perfect, producing tons of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first few draws were producing flavors of leather and earth on the draw with a blast of pepper. The pepper would continue into the finish accompanied by spicey black coffee notes. The foot smoke aroma consisted of very nice tobacco and floral notes. Reaching the second third, the draw consisted of a spiced bread-like note with the finish consisting of black coffee and pepper notes. The blend overall up until this point was very even and complex. As I crossed the halfway point, I tapped the ash off of the cigar and noticed a slight tunnel issue. Nothing major, I just felt as if the wrapper didn’t want to burn. I generally keep my cigars at 70% RH and I came to realize that this cigar may need to be kept at a lower RH level, such as 65%. The final third continued with the same bold flavors of a faint sweetness with hints of leather and pepper on the draw. The finish consisting of leather and black coffee notes mixing with the pepper which would crossover from the draw. I would smoke this cigar again due to its wonderful construction and flavor profile. However the next time I do, I may let the cigar sit for a half hour or so outside the humidor to hopefully solve any burn issues. As always people, Stay Toasting!


 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
"Romeo Y Julieta, Wide Churchill" (5 1/8x55) CC Rating: 94
This light brown cuban cigar had a slightly oily wrapper with small veins and faint tooth over the entire wrapper. The pre lit aroma consisted of floraly tobacco and wood notes. The ash was a beautiful dirty white color and the burn was razor sharp for the entire stick. The draw was perfect, providing tons of rich mild to medium bodied smoke. The first third consisted of earth and sweet creamy coffee notes with hints of caramel on the draw. The finish consisted hints of wood and toffee with a faint note of pepper. The blend was incredibly smooth and creamy, showing no signs of harshness. Nearing the second third, the body had ramped up to a solid medium. The second third consisted of creamy coffee with leather and sweet tobacco notes on the draw with the coffee and cream notes continuing into the finish. The burn time was very impressive overall. Reaching the final third of this wonderful cigar, the blend had continued to impress me. The draw consisted of caramel and black coffee notes with hints of wood and nuts. The finish consisted of a ramped up pepper note with black coffee and dry tobacco. I picked up this sample from my friends over at Victory Cigars in Oshawa, ON! Hopefully they have more, because I want them all! Stay Toasting!

"Romeo Y Julieta, Wide Churchill" (5 1/8x55) CC Rating: 94

This light brown cuban cigar had a slightly oily wrapper with small veins and faint tooth over the entire wrapper. The pre lit aroma consisted of floraly tobacco and wood notes. The ash was a beautiful dirty white color and the burn was razor sharp for the entire stick. The draw was perfect, providing tons of rich mild to medium bodied smoke. The first third consisted of earth and sweet creamy coffee notes with hints of caramel on the draw. The finish consisted hints of wood and toffee with a faint note of pepper. The blend was incredibly smooth and creamy, showing no signs of harshness. Nearing the second third, the body had ramped up to a solid medium. The second third consisted of creamy coffee with leather and sweet tobacco notes on the draw with the coffee and cream notes continuing into the finish. The burn time was very impressive overall. Reaching the final third of this wonderful cigar, the blend had continued to impress me. The draw consisted of caramel and black coffee notes with hints of wood and nuts. The finish consisted of a ramped up pepper note with black coffee and dry tobacco. I picked up this sample from my friends over at Victory Cigars in Oshawa, ON! Hopefully they have more, because I want them all! Stay Toasting!

"Hoyo De Monterrey, Coronation" (5 1/8x42) (Cuban) CC Rating: 89
This rugged looking cigar featured a reddish brown wrapper with small veins and no tooth present at all. The pre lit aroma consisted of faint wood and tobacco notes. The ash was a light grey color with a fairly even burn for the entire cigar. The draw was slightly on the loose side, producing tons of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of strong leather and coffee notes with a faint sweet cream flavor on the draw. The finish consisted of a big blast of pepper which mixed with wood notes. Reaching the second third, the cream had lost most of its sweetness from the first third. The draw flavors mainly consisted of the same leather and strong coffee notes with the coffee continuing into the finish mixing with pepper and faint wood notes. The final third continued with the same flavors which were previously mentioned. The draw consisted of a creamy coffee with hints of pepper and black coffee notes on the finish. The pepper had died down, losing its intense heat. The flavor profile was left with the pepper flavors mixing with the overall profile. This cigar would go perfect with a strong cup of coffee in the morning to have with your breakfast! Stay Toasting!

"Hoyo De Monterrey, Coronation" (5 1/8x42) (Cuban) CC Rating: 89

This rugged looking cigar featured a reddish brown wrapper with small veins and no tooth present at all. The pre lit aroma consisted of faint wood and tobacco notes. The ash was a light grey color with a fairly even burn for the entire cigar. The draw was slightly on the loose side, producing tons of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of strong leather and coffee notes with a faint sweet cream flavor on the draw. The finish consisted of a big blast of pepper which mixed with wood notes. Reaching the second third, the cream had lost most of its sweetness from the first third. The draw flavors mainly consisted of the same leather and strong coffee notes with the coffee continuing into the finish mixing with pepper and faint wood notes. The final third continued with the same flavors which were previously mentioned. The draw consisted of a creamy coffee with hints of pepper and black coffee notes on the finish. The pepper had died down, losing its intense heat. The flavor profile was left with the pepper flavors mixing with the overall profile. This cigar would go perfect with a strong cup of coffee in the morning to have with your breakfast! Stay Toasting!

Monday, September 24, 2012
"Montecristo, No.4" (5x42) (cuban) CC Rating: 92
This light brown cigar had an almost stitched looking wrapper with small veins and virtually no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of strong cedar and faint tobacco notes. The ash looked as if it was a wonderful mix of salt and pepper coloring. The burn was even for the entire stick and the draw was a little on the snug side, producing great amounts of medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of earth and leather notes with hints of wood on the draw with a strong creamy coffee profile on the finish. Nearing the second third, the draw loosened up revealing coffee and wood notes mixing with leather on the draw, leaving a slightly peppery and creamy coffee finish. Reaching the final third, the draw consisted of flavors of creamy coffee and faint pepper on the draw with hints of leather and expresso with nutty notes on the finish. Overall, this wouldn’t be a cigar which would win major transition awards, but the consistent blend and flavor profile these cigars offer are truly wonderful! To me this cigar was a Montecristo No.5 on steroids being bigger and bolder. If you ever get the chance to smoke a Monte, do it! This is the quintessential cuban cigar! Stay Toasting

"Montecristo, No.4" (5x42) (cuban) CC Rating: 92

This light brown cigar had an almost stitched looking wrapper with small veins and virtually no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of strong cedar and faint tobacco notes. The ash looked as if it was a wonderful mix of salt and pepper coloring. The burn was even for the entire stick and the draw was a little on the snug side, producing great amounts of medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of earth and leather notes with hints of wood on the draw with a strong creamy coffee profile on the finish. Nearing the second third, the draw loosened up revealing coffee and wood notes mixing with leather on the draw, leaving a slightly peppery and creamy coffee finish. Reaching the final third, the draw consisted of flavors of creamy coffee and faint pepper on the draw with hints of leather and expresso with nutty notes on the finish. Overall, this wouldn’t be a cigar which would win major transition awards, but the consistent blend and flavor profile these cigars offer are truly wonderful! To me this cigar was a Montecristo No.5 on steroids being bigger and bolder. If you ever get the chance to smoke a Monte, do it! This is the quintessential cuban cigar! Stay Toasting

Sunday, September 16, 2012
"La Tribu, The Mystery Cigar" Robusto (5.5x50)
This naked cigar featured a light brown wrapper with a couple medium sized veins and no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and peppery notes. The ash was dark grey in color and featured a razor sharp burn. The draw was perfect, producing good amounts of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of creamy coffee and wood notes on the draw with creamy smooth tobacco and very faint earth and leather flavors on the finish. Nearing the second third, the draw flavors consisted of a tea-like note mixing with cream and sweet tobacco notes. The finish provided flavors of sweet bread and wood notes with a hint of pepper. The over all construction was wonderful! The ash held on until the halfway point. Reaching the half way point, the draw flavors had a major transition. The draw consisted of coffee and almond notes with hints of faint vanilla and dry tobacco. The finish consisted of nutty flavors with hints of cream and coffee with slight pepper notes. The final third remained unchanged only adding a slight caramel sweetness to the draw. This cigar would be a great candidate for mowing the lawn or sitting around the poker table. If you ever get the chance, give it a try! Stay Toasting!

"La Tribu, The Mystery Cigar" Robusto (5.5x50)

This naked cigar featured a light brown wrapper with a couple medium sized veins and no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and peppery notes. The ash was dark grey in color and featured a razor sharp burn. The draw was perfect, producing good amounts of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of creamy coffee and wood notes on the draw with creamy smooth tobacco and very faint earth and leather flavors on the finish. Nearing the second third, the draw flavors consisted of a tea-like note mixing with cream and sweet tobacco notes. The finish provided flavors of sweet bread and wood notes with a hint of pepper. The over all construction was wonderful! The ash held on until the halfway point. Reaching the half way point, the draw flavors had a major transition. The draw consisted of coffee and almond notes with hints of faint vanilla and dry tobacco. The finish consisted of nutty flavors with hints of cream and coffee with slight pepper notes. The final third remained unchanged only adding a slight caramel sweetness to the draw. This cigar would be a great candidate for mowing the lawn or sitting around the poker table. If you ever get the chance, give it a try! Stay Toasting!

"La Gloria Cubana, Serie R No.6" Gordo (5.8x60) CC Rating:89
This nearly black cigar had a slight oil sheen and featured small veins with no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of peppery floral tobacco notes. The ash was light grey in color and the burn was fairly even for the entire stick. The draw was on the snug side producing good amounts of medium to full bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of strong leather notes with hints of pepper and wood on the draw with hints of cinnamon and peppery tobacco and spice on the finish. The blend of this cigar was very smooth with no harsh moments at any point. The second third continued with the same flavor profile. The draw consisted of flavors of creamy leather with hints of wood and tobacco on the draw. The finish consisted of the same leather notes from the draw but now featured a pepper zing lasting until the next draw. The ash had become very flakey making the whole experience pretty messy. The final third didn’t show any further major transitions. The draw flavors still consisted of a creamy leather note with hints of tobacco and spice on the draw with the finish consisting of a faint pepper and creamy nut note. This cigar wasn’t as complex as I thought it would be, but if you enjoy leather and pepper or creamy notes with hints of spice, you should try this cigar! I’m very excited to try one of these cigars in a smaller ring gauge to see if the flavors are more intense! Stay Toasting!

"La Gloria Cubana, Serie R No.6" Gordo (5.8x60) CC Rating:89

This nearly black cigar had a slight oil sheen and featured small veins with no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of peppery floral tobacco notes. The ash was light grey in color and the burn was fairly even for the entire stick. The draw was on the snug side producing good amounts of medium to full bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of strong leather notes with hints of pepper and wood on the draw with hints of cinnamon and peppery tobacco and spice on the finish. The blend of this cigar was very smooth with no harsh moments at any point. The second third continued with the same flavor profile. The draw consisted of flavors of creamy leather with hints of wood and tobacco on the draw. The finish consisted of the same leather notes from the draw but now featured a pepper zing lasting until the next draw. The ash had become very flakey making the whole experience pretty messy. The final third didn’t show any further major transitions. The draw flavors still consisted of a creamy leather note with hints of tobacco and spice on the draw with the finish consisting of a faint pepper and creamy nut note. This cigar wasn’t as complex as I thought it would be, but if you enjoy leather and pepper or creamy notes with hints of spice, you should try this cigar! I’m very excited to try one of these cigars in a smaller ring gauge to see if the flavors are more intense! Stay Toasting!

Friday, September 14, 2012
“Xikar Round Digital Hyrgometer”
A digital hygrometer is one product which you should definitely own if your thinking about storing cigars. This hygrometer features a calibration button so you can re-calibrate the hygrometer with a salt test. I performed the salt test and came to the conclusion that this product was perfectly calibrated right out of the box. Its always a good idea to do the salt test just in case. Beside the “Calibrate” button, there is a “C/F” button, which is used to change the temperature reading from Celsius to Fahrenheit or viceversa. Another great feature of this product is the fact that it has a refresh rate of 10 seconds. This feature will keep the users mind at ease knowing that the exact humidity and temperature reading will always be recent and precise. As a matter of fact, the time it took me to move my humidor to a proper area for picture’s, the temperature was 74 degrees Fahrenheit in the area where I was shooting. I always keep my cigars at a minimum 65 degrees or maximum 70 degrees. The back of the hygrometer has a magnet for easy placement in your humidor. For the past two months, i’ve been using this hygrometer with my crystal 50 humidifier for the past two months and i couldn’t be happier. If my statements don’t convince you, keep in mind this hyrgometer has a lifetime warranty! Stay Toasting!

“Xikar Round Digital Hyrgometer”

A digital hygrometer is one product which you should definitely own if your thinking about storing cigars. This hygrometer features a calibration button so you can re-calibrate the hygrometer with a salt test. I performed the salt test and came to the conclusion that this product was perfectly calibrated right out of the box. Its always a good idea to do the salt test just in case. Beside the “Calibrate” button, there is a “C/F” button, which is used to change the temperature reading from Celsius to Fahrenheit or viceversa. Another great feature of this product is the fact that it has a refresh rate of 10 seconds. This feature will keep the users mind at ease knowing that the exact humidity and temperature reading will always be recent and precise. As a matter of fact, the time it took me to move my humidor to a proper area for picture’s, the temperature was 74 degrees Fahrenheit in the area where I was shooting. I always keep my cigars at a minimum 65 degrees or maximum 70 degrees. The back of the hygrometer has a magnet for easy placement in your humidor. For the past two months, i’ve been using this hygrometer with my crystal 50 humidifier for the past two months and i couldn’t be happier. If my statements don’t convince you, keep in mind this hyrgometer has a lifetime warranty! Stay Toasting!

"Xikar Crystal 50 Humidifier" & "Xikar Round Digital Hyrgometer"
I will be doing a double accessory review today due to the fact that these products go hand in hand. I’ll start with the Xikar Crystal 50 Humidifier. The design of this humidifier is very sleek and well thought out. The Crystal 50 is the shape of a hockey puck and features a magnet on the back for easy placement anywhere in your humidor. On the front of the humidifier, you will notice holes in the plastic to release the humidity. Just under the plastic front, you will also notice a metal mesh to keep the crystals from falling from the humidifier. The Crystals themselves are made up of a special polymer gel which allows the crystals to hold up to 450 times their weight in PG soloution. You simply lay the humidifier on a flat surface and pour Xikar PG solution through the holes on top and stop when your level with the metal mesh. Wait thirty minutes and you will notice that the crystals absorbed all the fluid and your ready to place it in your humidor! Once the crystals shrink to half the size, you just add more PG solution! It’s that Simple! I’ve been using this product for a solid two months in one of my 50 count humidors which I use for my private stash and I would not have it any other way! When used with the Xikar PG solution, this humidifier will maintain a perfect 70% humidity. Not only will it give off humidity, but it will also absorb it if needed. If you are the kind of person who would like to have the peace of mind knowing that your cigars are kept in the best state possible, then you need to try this product! I’ve used all kinds of humidifiers and PG solutions but none are on the same level as Xikar! Stay Toasting!

"Xikar Crystal 50 Humidifier" & "Xikar Round Digital Hyrgometer"

I will be doing a double accessory review today due to the fact that these products go hand in hand. I’ll start with the Xikar Crystal 50 Humidifier. The design of this humidifier is very sleek and well thought out. The Crystal 50 is the shape of a hockey puck and features a magnet on the back for easy placement anywhere in your humidor. On the front of the humidifier, you will notice holes in the plastic to release the humidity. Just under the plastic front, you will also notice a metal mesh to keep the crystals from falling from the humidifier. The Crystals themselves are made up of a special polymer gel which allows the crystals to hold up to 450 times their weight in PG soloution. You simply lay the humidifier on a flat surface and pour Xikar PG solution through the holes on top and stop when your level with the metal mesh. Wait thirty minutes and you will notice that the crystals absorbed all the fluid and your ready to place it in your humidor! Once the crystals shrink to half the size, you just add more PG solution! It’s that Simple! I’ve been using this product for a solid two months in one of my 50 count humidors which I use for my private stash and I would not have it any other way! When used with the Xikar PG solution, this humidifier will maintain a perfect 70% humidity. Not only will it give off humidity, but it will also absorb it if needed. If you are the kind of person who would like to have the peace of mind knowing that your cigars are kept in the best state possible, then you need to try this product! I’ve used all kinds of humidifiers and PG solutions but none are on the same level as Xikar! Stay Toasting!

Thursday, September 13, 2012
"CAO La Traviata Maduro" Favorito (5.5x52) CC Rating: 90
This dark brown cigar had a very oily wrapper with small veins and no tooth present. The prelit aroma consisted of a creamy milk chocolate. The ash was a beautiful salt and pepper color and the burn was dead even for the entire stick. The draw was perfect, producing tons of rich medium to full bodied smoke. The first third consisted of dry tobacco and creamy coffee notes on the draw with hints of a peppery semi sweet chocolate finish. The over all smoothness was really incredible! I’ve had previously reviewed the La Traviata Divino Maduro and this cigar proved to me how much flavor change there can be from vitola to vitola of the same brand and blend. Nearing the second third, the draw flavors consisted of the same creamy coffee and tobacco notes but now only smoother. The finish also changed slightly having the chocolate notes fading slightly and the pepper ramping up. A great combo! The ash started to become very flakey upon reaching the second third but I had no burn issues at all.  The halfway point proved to show more transitions. The draw consisted of almond and coffee notes with a blast of pepper now on the finish. The sweetness which was present before had vanished but was very nice for the fact that ir really rounded the blend. Reaching the final third, a sweetness returned in the form of a sweet caramel note and creamy coffee which dominated the draw profile with a faded pepper on the finish. Overall, this was a very impressice stick in my opinion. I would not hesitate to try this vitola again and again! As always, Stay Toasting!

"CAO La Traviata Maduro" Favorito (5.5x52) CC Rating: 90

This dark brown cigar had a very oily wrapper with small veins and no tooth present. The prelit aroma consisted of a creamy milk chocolate. The ash was a beautiful salt and pepper color and the burn was dead even for the entire stick. The draw was perfect, producing tons of rich medium to full bodied smoke. The first third consisted of dry tobacco and creamy coffee notes on the draw with hints of a peppery semi sweet chocolate finish. The over all smoothness was really incredible! I’ve had previously reviewed the La Traviata Divino Maduro and this cigar proved to me how much flavor change there can be from vitola to vitola of the same brand and blend. Nearing the second third, the draw flavors consisted of the same creamy coffee and tobacco notes but now only smoother. The finish also changed slightly having the chocolate notes fading slightly and the pepper ramping up. A great combo! The ash started to become very flakey upon reaching the second third but I had no burn issues at all.  The halfway point proved to show more transitions. The draw consisted of almond and coffee notes with a blast of pepper now on the finish. The sweetness which was present before had vanished but was very nice for the fact that ir really rounded the blend. Reaching the final third, a sweetness returned in the form of a sweet caramel note and creamy coffee which dominated the draw profile with a faded pepper on the finish. Overall, this was a very impressice stick in my opinion. I would not hesitate to try this vitola again and again! As always, Stay Toasting!

 
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