Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"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!