Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"Don Kiki Green Label" Corona
This light brown cigar had a slightly toothy wrapper with medium sized veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of tobacco and grassy hay notes. The ash was white in color and the burn was slightly wobbly, never needing a touch up. The draw was very tight, producing a small volume of airy mild bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of sweet grassy tobacco notes on the draw with a creamy sweet grassy coffee on the finish. As I reached the end of the first third, the draw had not loosened up, creating a bad smoking experience. The Cherry was burning very hot. I wasnt really getting any flavor or major smoke production. The cigar finally went out at the halfway point. It wasnt a tunneling issue, it was possibly plugged or just some freak thing. I know I was not over heating the stick, so I hope that this was just a dud cigar. Im going to pick up another two of these sticks to give this cigar a fair chance! Stay Toasting people!

"Don Kiki Green Label" Corona

This light brown cigar had a slightly toothy wrapper with medium sized veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of tobacco and grassy hay notes. The ash was white in color and the burn was slightly wobbly, never needing a touch up. The draw was very tight, producing a small volume of airy mild bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of sweet grassy tobacco notes on the draw with a creamy sweet grassy coffee on the finish. As I reached the end of the first third, the draw had not loosened up, creating a bad smoking experience. The Cherry was burning very hot. I wasnt really getting any flavor or major smoke production. The cigar finally went out at the halfway point. It wasnt a tunneling issue, it was possibly plugged or just some freak thing. I know I was not over heating the stick, so I hope that this was just a dud cigar. Im going to pick up another two of these sticks to give this cigar a fair chance! Stay Toasting people!

Sunday, July 8, 2012
"Partagas Shorts" (Cuban)
This dark reddish brown cuban cigar had a rustic look with no tooth and no visible veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and pepper notes. The draw was on the tight side but was producing tons of medium to full bodied smoke. The burn was a little uneven and the ash was a little on the flowery side and was bright white in color. The first third was providing flavors of a sweet coffee note on the draw with wood and pepper on the finish. This cigar was proving to be a very slow burning stick. The smoke coming off the foot had a pleasant cinnamon note. Approaching the second third, the flavors basically remained unchanged. The pepper on the finish was increasing and now lasting until the next draw. Now at the second third, the sweetness died down, leaving behind a black coffee note mixed with wood notes on the draw. The pepper zing on the finish was still in full force, leaving my tongue tingling. Reaching the final third, I noticed a faint caramel note becoming present on the draw. The black coffee was still the prominent draw note, however the faint sweetness was a welcome flavor. The finish was still packed with pepper and woody notes. This cigar proved to be one dimensional and a little power house. The burn continued to be slow throughout the entire cigar, lasting a little over an hour. For being such a small cigar, this was very impressive. I may buy a box or two just to age for a few years. With some time, this cigar would be very delicious. Stay Toasting!

"Partagas Shorts" (Cuban)

This dark reddish brown cuban cigar had a rustic look with no tooth and no visible veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and pepper notes. The draw was on the tight side but was producing tons of medium to full bodied smoke. The burn was a little uneven and the ash was a little on the flowery side and was bright white in color. The first third was providing flavors of a sweet coffee note on the draw with wood and pepper on the finish. This cigar was proving to be a very slow burning stick. The smoke coming off the foot had a pleasant cinnamon note. Approaching the second third, the flavors basically remained unchanged. The pepper on the finish was increasing and now lasting until the next draw. Now at the second third, the sweetness died down, leaving behind a black coffee note mixed with wood notes on the draw. The pepper zing on the finish was still in full force, leaving my tongue tingling. Reaching the final third, I noticed a faint caramel note becoming present on the draw. The black coffee was still the prominent draw note, however the faint sweetness was a welcome flavor. The finish was still packed with pepper and woody notes. This cigar proved to be one dimensional and a little power house. The burn continued to be slow throughout the entire cigar, lasting a little over an hour. For being such a small cigar, this was very impressive. I may buy a box or two just to age for a few years. With some time, this cigar would be very delicious. Stay Toasting!

Saturday, June 16, 2012
"Blue Mountain Cigars El Threesome" 6x60
This large cigar had a very oily appearance with medium sized veins and no tooth present. The “El Threesome” gets its name from the three wrappers which makes up this cigar divided in thirds. The three wrapper types are connecticut,habano and maduro. The pre lit aroma consisted of barnyard notes and a sweetness I associate with most maduro cigars. The draw was perfect and produced good amounts of medium bodied smoke. The ash was salt and pepper in color and the burn was almost razor sharp. The first third provided flavors of sweet tobacco on the draw with notes of leather and earth on the finish. At the halfway point I had noticed a raisin like sweetness mixing with the sweet tobacco. The leather and earth remained on the finish. The last third simply morphed into a mellow combination of sweet tobacco and bread notes on the draw, with a very nice flavor of perfectly blended leather and earth. I’m not usually a big fan of dual wrappers or in this case a cigar with three types of wrappers. But I have to say the filler and binder tobaccos really blended well together making a nice combination. Stay Toasting! 

"Blue Mountain Cigars El Threesome" 6x60

This large cigar had a very oily appearance with medium sized veins and no tooth present. The “El Threesome” gets its name from the three wrappers which makes up this cigar divided in thirds. The three wrapper types are connecticut,habano and maduro. The pre lit aroma consisted of barnyard notes and a sweetness I associate with most maduro cigars. The draw was perfect and produced good amounts of medium bodied smoke. The ash was salt and pepper in color and the burn was almost razor sharp. The first third provided flavors of sweet tobacco on the draw with notes of leather and earth on the finish. At the halfway point I had noticed a raisin like sweetness mixing with the sweet tobacco. The leather and earth remained on the finish. The last third simply morphed into a mellow combination of sweet tobacco and bread notes on the draw, with a very nice flavor of perfectly blended leather and earth. I’m not usually a big fan of dual wrappers or in this case a cigar with three types of wrappers. But I have to say the filler and binder tobaccos really blended well together making a nice combination. Stay Toasting! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
"Alec Bradley Prensado" Corona Gorda
This beautiful box pressed cigar had a dark brown, almost black oily wrapper with no tooth present and small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of deep chocolate notes and a slightly musty tobacco smell. The ash was a dark grey color and the burn was wobbly but it would always self correct, never needing to be touched up. The draw was on the firm side, however it was producing great amounts of rich and oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of sweet tobacco and chocolate flavors on the draw, with a leather and earthy finish. The smoke itself was incredibly smooth and rich creating a wonderful blend. Nearing the end of the first third, the sweetness died down leaving the same aged tobacco notes and a mellow creamy cocoa flavor. The finish was intensifying with the same leather and earth flavors, but now with a pepper note lasting until the next draw. The flavors remained unchanged until the last third of the cigar, where the chocolate sweetness had returned on the draw and the pepper on the finish was becoming less prominent. A great cigar with beautifully blended flavors and construction. Stay Toasting!

"Alec Bradley Prensado" Corona Gorda

This beautiful box pressed cigar had a dark brown, almost black oily wrapper with no tooth present and small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of deep chocolate notes and a slightly musty tobacco smell. The ash was a dark grey color and the burn was wobbly but it would always self correct, never needing to be touched up. The draw was on the firm side, however it was producing great amounts of rich and oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of sweet tobacco and chocolate flavors on the draw, with a leather and earthy finish. The smoke itself was incredibly smooth and rich creating a wonderful blend. Nearing the end of the first third, the sweetness died down leaving the same aged tobacco notes and a mellow creamy cocoa flavor. The finish was intensifying with the same leather and earth flavors, but now with a pepper note lasting until the next draw. The flavors remained unchanged until the last third of the cigar, where the chocolate sweetness had returned on the draw and the pepper on the finish was becoming less prominent. A great cigar with beautifully blended flavors and construction. 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!

Monday, May 7, 2012
"CAO Maduro L’anniversaire"
This dark chocolate maduro stick costing $9.00, had no tooth and virtually no veins. Having a box press, this stick burned amazing. The ash was a dark grey color with a razor sharp burn. The pre lit aroma consisted of chocolate notes with aged tobacco. The draw was very loose producing a ton of chewy rich smoke. The first third showed flavorful notes of chocolate and coffee with cream and a slight pepper zing on the finish. By the half way point, the sweetness was vanishing and the main flavors transitioned into an expresso flavor with wood and the pepper was still noticeable on the finish. The last third mellowed out to a black coffee with almost no pepper or sweetness to take note of. Definitely a complex blend compared to a typical maduro stick. As always, Stay Toasting!

"CAO Maduro L’anniversaire"

This dark chocolate maduro stick costing $9.00, had no tooth and virtually no veins. Having a box press, this stick burned amazing. The ash was a dark grey color with a razor sharp burn. The pre lit aroma consisted of chocolate notes with aged tobacco. The draw was very loose producing a ton of chewy rich smoke. The first third showed flavorful notes of chocolate and coffee with cream and a slight pepper zing on the finish. By the half way point, the sweetness was vanishing and the main flavors transitioned into an expresso flavor with wood and the pepper was still noticeable on the finish. The last third mellowed out to a black coffee with almost no pepper or sweetness to take note of. Definitely a complex blend compared to a typical maduro stick. As always, Stay Toasting!

Friday, April 6, 2012
"Fonseca Delicias" (cuban)
This $7.00 cigar had a pre lit aroma of peppery tobacco and wood. Featuring an oily reddish brown habano wrapper with no tooth and large veins. This stick had an extremely tight pack with a draw to match. The smoke output was pretty disappointing due to its tight construction. Very mild bodied with notes of heavy wood and a very slight sweetness. The burn was wobbly and the ash was a dark grey color. I thought that maybe this cigar was plugged but after massaging it I couldn’t feel any knots. I would like to chalk this cigar up to bad construction but on previous memories of trying this stick I have never been impressed. Of course this is only my opinion but I can give you a long list of cuban cigars in the same price range which would blow this stick out of the competition. As always, Stay toasting!

"Fonseca Delicias" (cuban)

This $7.00 cigar had a pre lit aroma of peppery tobacco and wood. Featuring an oily reddish brown habano wrapper with no tooth and large veins. This stick had an extremely tight pack with a draw to match. The smoke output was pretty disappointing due to its tight construction. Very mild bodied with notes of heavy wood and a very slight sweetness. The burn was wobbly and the ash was a dark grey color. I thought that maybe this cigar was plugged but after massaging it I couldn’t feel any knots. I would like to chalk this cigar up to bad construction but on previous memories of trying this stick I have never been impressed. Of course this is only my opinion but I can give you a long list of cuban cigars in the same price range which would blow this stick out of the competition. As always, Stay toasting!

Sunday, April 1, 2012
"Don Tomas Clasico"
This $7.00 cigar had a satiny light brown wrapper. No tooth present with medium sized veins. The pre lit smell consisted of dry tobacco and pepper. The draw was wonderful producing a ton of smoke. The burn was razor sharp with a beautiful light gray ash. Upon lighting it, I was tasting heavy earthy sweetness and leather with notes of wood and pepper but with out the pepper burn. This cigar in my opinion was a mild to medium body cigar, leaning more towards medium. The only significant flavor change was at the midway point where the earthy sweetness transitioned into a grassy sweetness. Not bitter but you could definitely taste the the new flavor notes. The leather and pepper taste dominated this cigars flavor profile. The cigar was tasting quite bitter when I was approaching the nub. All in all, a pretty one dimensional cigar but a great cigar for the low price. Stay toasting!

"Don Tomas Clasico"

This $7.00 cigar had a satiny light brown wrapper. No tooth present with medium sized veins. The pre lit smell consisted of dry tobacco and pepper. The draw was wonderful producing a ton of smoke. The burn was razor sharp with a beautiful light gray ash. Upon lighting it, I was tasting heavy earthy sweetness and leather with notes of wood and pepper but with out the pepper burn. This cigar in my opinion was a mild to medium body cigar, leaning more towards medium. The only significant flavor change was at the midway point where the earthy sweetness transitioned into a grassy sweetness. Not bitter but you could definitely taste the the new flavor notes. The leather and pepper taste dominated this cigars flavor profile. The cigar was tasting quite bitter when I was approaching the nub. All in all, a pretty one dimensional cigar but a great cigar for the low price. Stay toasting!