Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"Camacho Corojo Monarca" Robusto
This dark colored cigar had a slightly oily wrapper with no tooth and small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of dry fruit and faint pepper notes. The ash was dark grey in color and was a little flakey at times. The burn was slightly wobbly and only needed one touch up during the first third. The draw was perfect, giving of tons of rich and oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of fruity citrus notes mixing with leather on the draw. The finish had a blast of pepper and heat lasting nearly until the next draw. Despite the bold pepper zing on the finish, this cigar was proving to be really smooth and creamy. The second third continued with the same citrus like flavors on the draw. A new coffee note is mixing with the pepper on the finish which really blended well with the heat. Reaching the half way point, I came to realize that I should have eaten a big meal before smoking this stick. I would not recomend this cigar as a morning stick! More of a “poker night” or ”night on the town” kind of stick. As I reached the final third, the citrus notes really died down and was replaced by a sweet coffee on the draw with a warm and nutty finish. This Camacho was a power house and carried with it a flavorful blend. I can’t wait to review some more cigars from Camacho line! Stay Toasting!  

"Camacho Corojo Monarca" Robusto

This dark colored cigar had a slightly oily wrapper with no tooth and small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of dry fruit and faint pepper notes. The ash was dark grey in color and was a little flakey at times. The burn was slightly wobbly and only needed one touch up during the first third. The draw was perfect, giving of tons of rich and oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of fruity citrus notes mixing with leather on the draw. The finish had a blast of pepper and heat lasting nearly until the next draw. Despite the bold pepper zing on the finish, this cigar was proving to be really smooth and creamy. The second third continued with the same citrus like flavors on the draw. A new coffee note is mixing with the pepper on the finish which really blended well with the heat. Reaching the half way point, I came to realize that I should have eaten a big meal before smoking this stick. I would not recomend this cigar as a morning stick! More of a “poker night” or ”night on the town” kind of stick. As I reached the final third, the citrus notes really died down and was replaced by a sweet coffee on the draw with a warm and nutty finish. This Camacho was a power house and carried with it a flavorful blend. I can’t wait to review some more cigars from Camacho line! Stay Toasting!  

Friday, May 18, 2012
"Alec Bradley Family Blend" in T11 size
This beautiful $15.00 cigar featuring a pigtail cap, had a dark tan wrapper with medium to small veins and slight tooth. The pre lit aroma consisted of a barnyard and sweet hay smell which was very nice. The ash was a salt and pepper color and the burn was razor sharp. The draw was on the firm side producing a decent amount of medium to full bodied smoke. The first third of this cigar had flavor notes of a spicey chocolate on the draw with a short finish consisting of Earth notes. This cigar was producing possibly the smoothest smoke blend that I have come across in a long time. The flavors would almost melt in your mouth as you smoke! Reaching the second third, the faint earth flavor on the finish vanished and was replaced with a sweet fresh bread. The draw flavors transitioned into a nice creamy hot chocolate flavor. The final third continued to satisfy my palette, the hot chocolate flavor transitioned into a creamy sweet coffee and a nutty finish. This cigar in my opinion is definitely box worthy and I will be in the market for a few boxes to have on hand! A definite winner in my books. Stay Toasting!

"Alec Bradley Family Blend" in T11 size

This beautiful $15.00 cigar featuring a pigtail cap, had a dark tan wrapper with medium to small veins and slight tooth. The pre lit aroma consisted of a barnyard and sweet hay smell which was very nice. The ash was a salt and pepper color and the burn was razor sharp. The draw was on the firm side producing a decent amount of medium to full bodied smoke. The first third of this cigar had flavor notes of a spicey chocolate on the draw with a short finish consisting of Earth notes. This cigar was producing possibly the smoothest smoke blend that I have come across in a long time. The flavors would almost melt in your mouth as you smoke! Reaching the second third, the faint earth flavor on the finish vanished and was replaced with a sweet fresh bread. The draw flavors transitioned into a nice creamy hot chocolate flavor. The final third continued to satisfy my palette, the hot chocolate flavor transitioned into a creamy sweet coffee and a nutty finish. This cigar in my opinion is definitely box worthy and I will be in the market for a few boxes to have on hand! A definite winner in my books. Stay Toasting!

Thursday, May 17, 2012
"La Flor Dominicana, El Jocko No.1 Maduro" in Perfecto 
This $12.00 dark chocolate maduro Perfecto had a very oily wrapper with no tooth and small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of musty tobacco and a raisin like sweetness. The draw was on the loose side but produced a nice amount of medium bodied smoke. The ash was a light grey in color and the burn was wobbly but was typical for a Perfecto, never needing to be touched up. The first third was producing flavors of a raisin like maduro sweetness on the draw and also leather and pepper notes were faintly on the finish. The second third had the sweetness die down and the pepper and leather ramped up creating a nice blend. At the beginning of the final third the maduro sweetness returned accompanied with a nutty coffee and leather flavor. This La Flor Dominicana was a welcome peppery change compared to other popular maduro sticks which consist of the big maduro flavors. If you can find these sticks for a good price, pick them up and enjoy! Stay Toasting!

"La Flor Dominicana, El Jocko No.1 Maduro" in Perfecto 

This $12.00 dark chocolate maduro Perfecto had a very oily wrapper with no tooth and small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of musty tobacco and a raisin like sweetness. The draw was on the loose side but produced a nice amount of medium bodied smoke. The ash was a light grey in color and the burn was wobbly but was typical for a Perfecto, never needing to be touched up. The first third was producing flavors of a raisin like maduro sweetness on the draw and also leather and pepper notes were faintly on the finish. The second third had the sweetness die down and the pepper and leather ramped up creating a nice blend. At the beginning of the final third the maduro sweetness returned accompanied with a nutty coffee and leather flavor. This La Flor Dominicana was a welcome peppery change compared to other popular maduro sticks which consist of the big maduro flavors. If you can find these sticks for a good price, pick them up and enjoy! Stay Toasting!

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Cellophane Cigar Debate…

Alot of my followers have been asking me if they should keep there cigars in there cellophane or remove it when storing there cigars. I do not have the answer because this debate has been the one where both sides are right. There are pros and cons for each method but I have a system I believe might work for you and make everyone happy lol. Some of the cons of leaving the cellophane on the cigar are; the aging process is 60% slower. Another con is over time as the cigar ages you will notice the cellophane changing color from the oils released from the cigar making the cellophane clogged and unable to breathe creating a micro climate in which mold can grow easier. Now some of the cons of taking the cellophane off. If you have your cigars touching one and other and they are different blends or brands, these two cigars will trade oils creating a taste and aroma not meant for either blend or make. Also, once you take the cellophane off, your exposing the fragile wrapper to easily become torn if you are not careful. There are more cons for each method but these are just examples. My method is as follows, since I review a ton of cigars, I generally won’t have them aging long enough to make it an “aged cigar” , so I will leave the cellophane on. However, some of my favorites such as the “Casa Magna Colorado” , I keep unwrapped to properly age and I keep them separate in there own special corner of my humidor so there is no chance to cross flavors with any other cigars. At the end of the day no one is right or wrong, it all comes down to personal preference and the only thing that really matters is that when you sit down and enjoy your cigar, you are happy. Stay toasting!