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Hey Everyone!

Hey everybody! I’ve been away for a while but thats due to the fact that i have been working on my website  a lot! Be sure to check it out for all your cigar review needs! www.cigarcrook.com and be sure to follow me on twitter @thecigarcrook , Stay Toasting!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
"Pinar Del Rio, Liga Especial Reserva Superior" Robusto (5x52)
This nearly black cigar had an extremely oily wrapper featuring small veins and faint tooth and also featured a closed foot. The pre lit aroma consisted of a peppery tobacco with faint mint notes. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was slightly wobbly, only needing one touch up during the first third. I believe this was due to the closed foot because i never experienced any other burn issues for the remainder of the cigar. The draw was a little on the loose side, producing tons of thick and oily full bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of deep leather and pepper on the draw with a black coffee note accompanied by the spicy pepper on the finish. The flavor profile was very bold and powerful. Nearing the second third, the draw consisted of flavors of a creamy and slighty sweet coffee note mixing with  the leather notes. The finish continued with the same black coffee and pepper notes but the pepper lost most of its initial intensity. At the half way point, the creamy coffee notes really took over the draw flavors. A new cocoa flavor was present at the end of the draw and carried into the finish with the roasted coffee and pepper notes. No further transistions were present in the final third. All the flavors just came together beautifully due to its creamy and powerful blend. I have yet to experience a Pinar Del Rio to match the Liga Especial’s power, body and full flavors! A welcome change! Stay Toasting!

"Pinar Del Rio, Liga Especial Reserva Superior" Robusto (5x52)

This nearly black cigar had an extremely oily wrapper featuring small veins and faint tooth and also featured a closed foot. The pre lit aroma consisted of a peppery tobacco with faint mint notes. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was slightly wobbly, only needing one touch up during the first third. I believe this was due to the closed foot because i never experienced any other burn issues for the remainder of the cigar. The draw was a little on the loose side, producing tons of thick and oily full bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of deep leather and pepper on the draw with a black coffee note accompanied by the spicy pepper on the finish. The flavor profile was very bold and powerful. Nearing the second third, the draw consisted of flavors of a creamy and slighty sweet coffee note mixing with  the leather notes. The finish continued with the same black coffee and pepper notes but the pepper lost most of its initial intensity. At the half way point, the creamy coffee notes really took over the draw flavors. A new cocoa flavor was present at the end of the draw and carried into the finish with the roasted coffee and pepper notes. No further transistions were present in the final third. All the flavors just came together beautifully due to its creamy and powerful blend. I have yet to experience a Pinar Del Rio to match the Liga Especial’s power, body and full flavors! A welcome change! Stay Toasting!

"Ashton Aged Maduro #60" (7.5x52) CC Rating:91
This dark brown cigar had several large sized veins with scattered tooth along the length of the smooth and oily wrapper. The pre lit aroma consisted of a sweet musty tobacco and faint raisin notes. The ash was a beautiful white color and the burn was razor sharp for the entire stick. The draw was a little on the snug side, producing good amounts of rich and creamy medium bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of leather and earth on the draw with dry chocolate and coffee notes on the finish. The smooth flavor profile of this cigar was shining through due to its wonderful blend. Reaching the second third, the draw flavors consisted of a sweet and creamy coffee note with hints of caramel. The smooth and creamy flavors really blew me away when smoking this cigar. The finish consisted of leather and dark coffee notes with very faint pepper flavors. Nearing the second third i was picking up on flavors of sweet milk chocolate and creamy coffee on the draw with the same dark coffee notes and very faint pepper flavor on the finish. One thing which really impressed me was the burn time of this cigar. Finishing just under two hours without any moments of bad flavors or construction. If you enjoy Maduro sticks, give the Ashton Aged Maduro line a try! Stay Toasting!

"Ashton Aged Maduro #60" (7.5x52) CC Rating:91

This dark brown cigar had several large sized veins with scattered tooth along the length of the smooth and oily wrapper. The pre lit aroma consisted of a sweet musty tobacco and faint raisin notes. The ash was a beautiful white color and the burn was razor sharp for the entire stick. The draw was a little on the snug side, producing good amounts of rich and creamy medium bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of leather and earth on the draw with dry chocolate and coffee notes on the finish. The smooth flavor profile of this cigar was shining through due to its wonderful blend. Reaching the second third, the draw flavors consisted of a sweet and creamy coffee note with hints of caramel. The smooth and creamy flavors really blew me away when smoking this cigar. The finish consisted of leather and dark coffee notes with very faint pepper flavors. Nearing the second third i was picking up on flavors of sweet milk chocolate and creamy coffee on the draw with the same dark coffee notes and very faint pepper flavor on the finish. One thing which really impressed me was the burn time of this cigar. Finishing just under two hours without any moments of bad flavors or construction. If you enjoy Maduro sticks, give the Ashton Aged Maduro line a try! Stay Toasting!

Friday, May 25, 2012
"The Naked Nicaraguan" in Robusto (featured at Victory Cigars)
This tanned Nicaraguan Puro had slight tooth and small veins with beautiful construction. The burn was razor sharp and the draw was perfect, producing tons of rich flavorful medium bodied smoke. The Ash was bright white in color and held on wonderfully. The pre lit aroma consisted of peppery tobacco. The first third produced flavors of a spicy peppery wood and a raisin like sweetness on the draw, with the wood continuing into the finish accompanied by leather notes. At the half way point, I had noticed the sweetness and big pepper zing fading away to a leathery wood on the draw, with earth and wood notes on the finish. There were no further major transitions, however for the price of these cigars you will be very happy with the complexity they have! Be sure to check out the promotion that Victory Cigars has on there website for these sticks. You can check it out at victorycigars.ca! As always, Stay Toasting!

"The Naked Nicaraguan" in Robusto (featured at Victory Cigars)

This tanned Nicaraguan Puro had slight tooth and small veins with beautiful construction. The burn was razor sharp and the draw was perfect, producing tons of rich flavorful medium bodied smoke. The Ash was bright white in color and held on wonderfully. The pre lit aroma consisted of peppery tobacco. The first third produced flavors of a spicy peppery wood and a raisin like sweetness on the draw, with the wood continuing into the finish accompanied by leather notes. At the half way point, I had noticed the sweetness and big pepper zing fading away to a leathery wood on the draw, with earth and wood notes on the finish. There were no further major transitions, however for the price of these cigars you will be very happy with the complexity they have! Be sure to check out the promotion that Victory Cigars has on there website for these sticks. You can check it out at victorycigars.ca! As always, Stay Toasting!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Rain rain go away….

Hello people, Daniel here. My cold has finally released my taste buds and I have a pile of cigar reviews to make up for. Unfortunately the weather once again does not want me to smoke my cigars. Thunderstorms in the forecast all day, but tomorrow I will review a cigar no matter what the weather throws at me. Stay Toasting!

Saturday, March 24, 2012
"Alec Bradley Black Market"
This robusto priced at $9.00 had a dark chocolate wrapper. Medium sized veins with no tooth at all and a rich oily sheen. The cigar had a pre lit smell of tobacco, wood and a sweetness similar to raisins. Upon lighting it, the cigar had a medium body at the most. Coming with flavors of earthy sweetness and a slight cinnamon taste. I found this cigar was a extremely slow burning stick. The ash was dark Grey and the burn was close to razor sharp but had its moments of being uneven. The more I smoked, the more I found the earthy sweetness was being replaced by nutty notes. Finishing at the hour and a half mark, this cigar ended like it began with very few flavor changes. Try one for yourself if you enjoy the more consistent straight forward flavor profiles. Stay toasting!

"Alec Bradley Black Market"

This robusto priced at $9.00 had a dark chocolate wrapper. Medium sized veins with no tooth at all and a rich oily sheen. The cigar had a pre lit smell of tobacco, wood and a sweetness similar to raisins. Upon lighting it, the cigar had a medium body at the most. Coming with flavors of earthy sweetness and a slight cinnamon taste. I found this cigar was a extremely slow burning stick. The ash was dark Grey and the burn was close to razor sharp but had its moments of being uneven. The more I smoked, the more I found the earthy sweetness was being replaced by nutty notes. Finishing at the hour and a half mark, this cigar ended like it began with very few flavor changes. Try one for yourself if you enjoy the more consistent straight forward flavor profiles. Stay toasting!

You tell me…

Hello world, Daniel here. I have been wanting to get my followers and fellow cigar smokers more involved with my blog. One way I thought I could achieve this is if you the readers tell me what you would like me to review. I want to know what your favorite sticks are and what products you love. I’d be more then happy to review them for you and give you my thoughts. As always people….stay toasting!

"Xikar Xi1 Cigar Cutter" 
This Xikar cigar cutter is simply amazing. You can purchase one of these cutters for yourself, or take my word for it. You won’t be disappointed. These cutters come in a range of models, the Xi1,Xi2 and the Xi3. The model I decided to purchase was the Xi1, made out of aluminum. The Xi2 is made out of a fiberglass composite material, and the Xi3 are the models with the specialty materials. You are even able to purchase a cutter featuring mammoth ivory to adorn the handles. Having self sharpening blades made from a hard razor sharp steel. All Xikar products come with a life time warranty. Just go on there website and register what you have purchased such as a lighter or cutter and you are set to go. Also, you will receive a free leather sheath for the cutter or lighter just for registering. A great product or gift that will last a lifetime. Stay toasting.

"Xikar Xi1 Cigar Cutter" 

This Xikar cigar cutter is simply amazing. You can purchase one of these cutters for yourself, or take my word for it. You won’t be disappointed. These cutters come in a range of models, the Xi1,Xi2 and the Xi3. The model I decided to purchase was the Xi1, made out of aluminum. The Xi2 is made out of a fiberglass composite material, and the Xi3 are the models with the specialty materials. You are even able to purchase a cutter featuring mammoth ivory to adorn the handles. Having self sharpening blades made from a hard razor sharp steel. All Xikar products come with a life time warranty. Just go on there website and register what you have purchased such as a lighter or cutter and you are set to go. Also, you will receive a free leather sheath for the cutter or lighter just for registering. A great product or gift that will last a lifetime. Stay toasting.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thank you…

I just wanted to quickly say thank you to all my followers. Every follower I receive, I find myself wanting to improve my blog for everyone of you. I hope I am able to bring information to you all which is useful and interesting. As always people, stay toasting! =)

"Gran Habano Corojo#5"
This cigar costing $8.00, had a satiny reddish brown wrapper. Hardly no veins and virtually no tooth. The cap featured a sloppy pig tail. Coming out of my humidor, the scent of pepper and dry tobacco emanated from this stick. Upon lighting it, the cigar was producing a ton of smoke which was very nice. Medium bodied flavours with sweet hay and dry tobacco with slight pepper notes on the tongue. The construction was very nice and the burn was razor sharp. I finished this robusto in about 40 minutes making this a fast burner in my opinion. A great feature I found with this cigar, was that the smoke coming off the foot smelled wonderful. this would be a great cigar to smoke at a party without people running from the foots fumes lol. All and all, a straight forward stick that I would try again. Stay toasting.

"Gran Habano Corojo#5"

This cigar costing $8.00, had a satiny reddish brown wrapper. Hardly no veins and virtually no tooth. The cap featured a sloppy pig tail. Coming out of my humidor, the scent of pepper and dry tobacco emanated from this stick. Upon lighting it, the cigar was producing a ton of smoke which was very nice. Medium bodied flavours with sweet hay and dry tobacco with slight pepper notes on the tongue. The construction was very nice and the burn was razor sharp. I finished this robusto in about 40 minutes making this a fast burner in my opinion. A great feature I found with this cigar, was that the smoke coming off the foot smelled wonderful. this would be a great cigar to smoke at a party without people running from the foots fumes lol. All and all, a straight forward stick that I would try again. Stay toasting.

Rolando Reyes Sr.
1924-2012
Your Vision and legacy will live forever…

Rolando Reyes Sr.

1924-2012

Your Vision and legacy will live forever…

 
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