Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"Pinar Del Rio, Clasico Exclusivo" Corona (5x44)
The slim cigar had a light brown wrapper with no tooth and nearly invisible veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of peppery tobacco notes. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was razor sharp for the enitre stick. The draw had a perfect amount of resistance and was producing good amounts of creamy mild to medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of a creamy wood and slightly sweet tobacco notes on the draw with a faint pepper and coffee finish. As I reached the halfway point, the creamy wood note really took over the draw flavors. The finish still providing flavors of the pepper and black coffee notes. For the price of this cigar, the blend was very nicely executed. The final third went unchanged, only becoming smoother and creamier. The draw flavors were still creamy wood notes and the finish showing black coffee and faint pepper and a wonderful creamy smoothness. Give this Pinar Del Rio a try people! Stay Toasting!

"Pinar Del Rio, Clasico Exclusivo" Corona (5x44)

The slim cigar had a light brown wrapper with no tooth and nearly invisible veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of peppery tobacco notes. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was razor sharp for the enitre stick. The draw had a perfect amount of resistance and was producing good amounts of creamy mild to medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of a creamy wood and slightly sweet tobacco notes on the draw with a faint pepper and coffee finish. As I reached the halfway point, the creamy wood note really took over the draw flavors. The finish still providing flavors of the pepper and black coffee notes. For the price of this cigar, the blend was very nicely executed. The final third went unchanged, only becoming smoother and creamier. The draw flavors were still creamy wood notes and the finish showing black coffee and faint pepper and a wonderful creamy smoothness. Give this Pinar Del Rio a try people! Stay Toasting!

Thursday, August 2, 2012
"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!

Thursday, June 14, 2012
"Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary" Corona Gorda
This box pressed cigar had a dark brown oily wrapper with small veins and a velvety soft, seamless looking construction. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and barnyard notes. The burn was perfect as well as the draw which produced good amounts of oily, medium bodied smoke. The ash stacked very well and was a beautiful salt and pepper color. The first third of the cigar was producing flavors of a sweet tobacco and pepper on the draw with leather and pepper notes continuing on the finish. At the half way point, the sweet tobacco morphed into a faint tobacco with a sweet fresh bread like flavor with a leathery and peppery heat on the finish. The last third showed yet another transition. The draw flavors consisted of a faintly sweet tobacco and coffee note with the previously mentioned leathery and peppery finish. I have to say that I really enjoyed the complexity this cigar had. As always, Stay Toasting!

"Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary" Corona Gorda

This box pressed cigar had a dark brown oily wrapper with small veins and a velvety soft, seamless looking construction. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and barnyard notes. The burn was perfect as well as the draw which produced good amounts of oily, medium bodied smoke. The ash stacked very well and was a beautiful salt and pepper color. The first third of the cigar was producing flavors of a sweet tobacco and pepper on the draw with leather and pepper notes continuing on the finish. At the half way point, the sweet tobacco morphed into a faint tobacco with a sweet fresh bread like flavor with a leathery and peppery heat on the finish. The last third showed yet another transition. The draw flavors consisted of a faintly sweet tobacco and coffee note with the previously mentioned leathery and peppery finish. I have to say that I really enjoyed the complexity this cigar had. As always, 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!

Monday, May 21, 2012
"Romeo Y Julieta, Coronita En Cedro" (Cuban) in Corona
This $12.00 cigar had a rough dark tan wrapper with no tooth or veins present. The seams looked as if they had been stitched, but none the less, a great looking stick. The pre lit aroma consisted of a strong cinnamon like spice accompanied with a strong and very pleasant Spanish cedar aroma. The draw on this cigar had a bit of resistance however it was producing a good amount of thick, mild to medium bodied smoke. The ash was light grey in color and was flowering quite a bit producing some flaking. The burn was wobbly at times only needing one touch up at the halfway point but I would guess it was due to the windy outdoor conditions. The first third was showing flavors of a strong wood and an almost fruity like sweetness on the draw with a short peppery finish. By the end of the first third, the previously mentioned flavors transitioned into a very faint bread like sweetness and wood flavor on the draw, with the peppery wood continuing into the finish. The second third continued along the same flavor profile showing no changes. The last transition i took note of was when I reached the last third and the previous flavors mentioned transitioned into a creamy coffee on the draw with the same peppery wood on the finish. This cigar was a little one dimensional, however sometimes I want a smoke I can sit down with and simply relax, and this cigar would be the perfect choice. Stay Toasting! 

"Romeo Y Julieta, Coronita En Cedro" (Cuban) in Corona

This $12.00 cigar had a rough dark tan wrapper with no tooth or veins present. The seams looked as if they had been stitched, but none the less, a great looking stick. The pre lit aroma consisted of a strong cinnamon like spice accompanied with a strong and very pleasant Spanish cedar aroma. The draw on this cigar had a bit of resistance however it was producing a good amount of thick, mild to medium bodied smoke. The ash was light grey in color and was flowering quite a bit producing some flaking. The burn was wobbly at times only needing one touch up at the halfway point but I would guess it was due to the windy outdoor conditions. The first third was showing flavors of a strong wood and an almost fruity like sweetness on the draw with a short peppery finish. By the end of the first third, the previously mentioned flavors transitioned into a very faint bread like sweetness and wood flavor on the draw, with the peppery wood continuing into the finish. The second third continued along the same flavor profile showing no changes. The last transition i took note of was when I reached the last third and the previous flavors mentioned transitioned into a creamy coffee on the draw with the same peppery wood on the finish. This cigar was a little one dimensional, however sometimes I want a smoke I can sit down with and simply relax, and this cigar would be the perfect choice. Stay Toasting! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
"Telescoping Cigar Tube"
This cigar tube costing me $3.99 and coming in a wide variety of colors, is a very simple and easy way to travel with your favorite cigar. Also, you won’t have to worry about damaging your cigar or loosing the cigar tube itself due to its amazing price. The inside of the upper tube has notches so you can adjust the lid to accommodate different sized cigars, from Corona’s to Lancero’s. I wouldn’t suggest this tube for housing your favorite cigar for a long period of time but if you love golfing or fishing or just a night on the town, definitely check around for these tubes! Stay Toasting!

"Telescoping Cigar Tube"

This cigar tube costing me $3.99 and coming in a wide variety of colors, is a very simple and easy way to travel with your favorite cigar. Also, you won’t have to worry about damaging your cigar or loosing the cigar tube itself due to its amazing price. The inside of the upper tube has notches so you can adjust the lid to accommodate different sized cigars, from Corona’s to Lancero’s. I wouldn’t suggest this tube for housing your favorite cigar for a long period of time but if you love golfing or fishing or just a night on the town, definitely check around for these tubes! Stay Toasting!

"H.Upmann" in corona (Cuban)
This $10.00 cigar had a dark tan wrapper with a visible oil sheen to it, showing medium sized veins with no tooth and a slight box press. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and pepper notes. The ash was a dark grey color which stacked wonderfully holding on an inch to an inch and a half at a time. The burn however was slightly wobbly. Upon lighting this cigar, I noticed flavors of wood and a milk coffee  sweetness on the draw with an earthy and peppery finish. The draw itself was on the firm side however it was providing a ton of rich medium bodied smoke. This cigar was very consistent, never changing its flavor profile until the last third where a nutty flavor note was starting to dominate the flavor profile. To me this cigar is the “typical” everyday cuban cigar with great cuban flavors as well as smoothness that can definitely be associated with a number of great brands from Cuba. A wonderful cuban cigar at a fair price! Stay Toasting!

"H.Upmann" in corona (Cuban)

This $10.00 cigar had a dark tan wrapper with a visible oil sheen to it, showing medium sized veins with no tooth and a slight box press. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and pepper notes. The ash was a dark grey color which stacked wonderfully holding on an inch to an inch and a half at a time. The burn however was slightly wobbly. Upon lighting this cigar, I noticed flavors of wood and a milk coffee  sweetness on the draw with an earthy and peppery finish. The draw itself was on the firm side however it was providing a ton of rich medium bodied smoke. This cigar was very consistent, never changing its flavor profile until the last third where a nutty flavor note was starting to dominate the flavor profile. To me this cigar is the “typical” everyday cuban cigar with great cuban flavors as well as smoothness that can definitely be associated with a number of great brands from Cuba. A wonderful cuban cigar at a fair price! Stay Toasting!