Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"Farmers Select Nicaraguan Cigars" Torpedo (6 1/8x52)
"La Tribu, The Mystery Cigar" Robusto (5.5x50)
This naked cigar featured a light brown wrapper with a couple medium sized veins and no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and peppery notes. The ash was dark grey in color and featured a razor sharp burn. The draw was perfect, producing good amounts of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of creamy coffee and wood notes on the draw with creamy smooth tobacco and very faint earth and leather flavors on the finish. Nearing the second third, the draw flavors consisted of a tea-like note mixing with cream and sweet tobacco notes. The finish provided flavors of sweet bread and wood notes with a hint of pepper. The over all construction was wonderful! The ash held on until the halfway point. Reaching the half way point, the draw flavors had a major transition. The draw consisted of coffee and almond notes with hints of faint vanilla and dry tobacco. The finish consisted of nutty flavors with hints of cream and coffee with slight pepper notes. The final third remained unchanged only adding a slight caramel sweetness to the draw. This cigar would be a great candidate for mowing the lawn or sitting around the poker table. If you ever get the chance, give it a try! Stay Toasting!
Friday, September 14, 2012
“Xikar Round Digital Hyrgometer”
A digital hygrometer is one product which you should definitely own if your thinking about storing cigars. This hygrometer features a calibration button so you can re-calibrate the hygrometer with a salt test. I performed the salt test and came to the conclusion that this product was perfectly calibrated right out of the box. Its always a good idea to do the salt test just in case. Beside the “Calibrate” button, there is a “C/F” button, which is used to change the temperature reading from Celsius to Fahrenheit or viceversa. Another great feature of this product is the fact that it has a refresh rate of 10 seconds. This feature will keep the users mind at ease knowing that the exact humidity and temperature reading will always be recent and precise. As a matter of fact, the time it took me to move my humidor to a proper area for picture’s, the temperature was 74 degrees Fahrenheit in the area where I was shooting. I always keep my cigars at a minimum 65 degrees or maximum 70 degrees. The back of the hygrometer has a magnet for easy placement in your humidor. For the past two months, i’ve been using this hygrometer with my crystal 50 humidifier for the past two months and i couldn’t be happier. If my statements don’t convince you, keep in mind this hyrgometer has a lifetime warranty! Stay Toasting!
"Xikar Crystal 50 Humidifier" & "Xikar Round Digital Hyrgometer"
I will be doing a double accessory review today due to the fact that these products go hand in hand. I’ll start with the Xikar Crystal 50 Humidifier. The design of this humidifier is very sleek and well thought out. The Crystal 50 is the shape of a hockey puck and features a magnet on the back for easy placement anywhere in your humidor. On the front of the humidifier, you will notice holes in the plastic to release the humidity. Just under the plastic front, you will also notice a metal mesh to keep the crystals from falling from the humidifier. The Crystals themselves are made up of a special polymer gel which allows the crystals to hold up to 450 times their weight in PG soloution. You simply lay the humidifier on a flat surface and pour Xikar PG solution through the holes on top and stop when your level with the metal mesh. Wait thirty minutes and you will notice that the crystals absorbed all the fluid and your ready to place it in your humidor! Once the crystals shrink to half the size, you just add more PG solution! It’s that Simple! I’ve been using this product for a solid two months in one of my 50 count humidors which I use for my private stash and I would not have it any other way! When used with the Xikar PG solution, this humidifier will maintain a perfect 70% humidity. Not only will it give off humidity, but it will also absorb it if needed. If you are the kind of person who would like to have the peace of mind knowing that your cigars are kept in the best state possible, then you need to try this product! I’ve used all kinds of humidifiers and PG solutions but none are on the same level as Xikar! Stay Toasting!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
"CAO La Traviata Maduro" Favorito (5.5x52) CC Rating: 90
This dark brown cigar had a very oily wrapper with small veins and no tooth present. The prelit aroma consisted of a creamy milk chocolate. The ash was a beautiful salt and pepper color and the burn was dead even for the entire stick. The draw was perfect, producing tons of rich medium to full bodied smoke. The first third consisted of dry tobacco and creamy coffee notes on the draw with hints of a peppery semi sweet chocolate finish. The over all smoothness was really incredible! I’ve had previously reviewed the La Traviata Divino Maduro and this cigar proved to me how much flavor change there can be from vitola to vitola of the same brand and blend. Nearing the second third, the draw flavors consisted of the same creamy coffee and tobacco notes but now only smoother. The finish also changed slightly having the chocolate notes fading slightly and the pepper ramping up. A great combo! The ash started to become very flakey upon reaching the second third but I had no burn issues at all. The halfway point proved to show more transitions. The draw consisted of almond and coffee notes with a blast of pepper now on the finish. The sweetness which was present before had vanished but was very nice for the fact that ir really rounded the blend. Reaching the final third, a sweetness returned in the form of a sweet caramel note and creamy coffee which dominated the draw profile with a faded pepper on the finish. Overall, this was a very impressice stick in my opinion. I would not hesitate to try this vitola again and again! As always, Stay Toasting!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
"Bona Vita Natural" Robusto (5x50) CC Rating: 88
This robusto had a milk chocolate colored wrapper with no tooth and extremely small veins. From the start the construction really impressed me. The pre lit aroma consisted of a faint peppery tobacco. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was razor sharp. The draw was tight but produced tons of mild to medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of slightly sweet bread and wood notes on the draw with the wood notes continuing into the finish. I quickly came to realize that this cigar would make a wonderful morning or breakfast stick. Approaching the second third, the sweetness had died down. Leaving me with a very faint sweet bread and tobacco note on the draw and finishing with a ceamy tea and wood note. At the half way point, the draw consisted of a creamy and milky coffee and wood flavor on the draw, with notes of leather and wood on the finish. I couldn’t get over the overall performance and flavors this cigar was giving off! The final third didnt have many further transitions. The draw provided flavors of a slightly sweet creamy coffee and bread flavor. With creamy smooth tobacco and faint peppery wood notes on the finish. In my opinion, this cigar would match up against cigars with the same flavor profile, costing three or four times as much. If you ever have a chance to smoke this cigar, do so right away! If you enjoy Connecticut sticks or mild sticks in general, this would be a great candidate as an everyday smoke! Try one for yourself and Stay Toasting!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
"Gurkha Elite, Maduro Ltd." Toro (6x52) CC Rating: 90
This nearly black maduro stick had an extremely oily wrapper with no tooth and very small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of chocolate with cinnamon and faint tobacco notes on the foot. The ash was a beautiful white color and the burn was slightly wobbly at times, but i never needed to give it a touch up. The draw had a perfect amount of resistance and was producing very good amounts of rich and flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of a sweet tea and toasty flavor profile with hints of chocolate and tobacco on the draw with a leather and nut-like finish. Quickly after the first third, another transition was taking over the flavor profile. The draw consisted of mainly chocolate with toast and dry tobacco notes. The finish consisted of leather mixing with a new faint pepper flavor. The cigar was burning a little fast during the first third. The burn eventually did slow down nearing the halfway point which really enhanced the flavors in my opinion. Reaching the halfway point, the draw produced flavor of leather and earth with a creamy note mixing with everything on the finish. A slight sweetness was also present throughout the draw and finish. The final third continued with the same great flavor profile, but now every draw seemed to have something slightly different. Flavors which would be present on one draw and vanish on the next. The main flavor profile consisted of a creamy caramel and leathery coffee on the draw with pepper and leather with hints of nutty notes on the finish. The burn issues during the first third of this cigar were not that bothersome. The complexity that this cigar brought to the table, was a very welcome change. If you can find Elites at a good price, you should try them ASAP! As always people, Stay Toasting!
Monday, September 10, 2012
"Commonwealth Cedar Spills"
When lighting my cigar, I consider it to be a ritual-like process. Using my cigar cutter too ever so gently remove the cap. Putting the cigar to my lips and tasting the cold draw, giving me hints of what flavors are to come. Then I slowly toast the foot, bringing the cigar to life! One’s smoking experience can really depend on how you light your cigar. Some people use torches to light a cigar as quickly as possible, causing the tobacco to become flavorless and bitter. Don’t get me wrong, I love my torch on a windy day and when used properly, a torch is a great tool. However, there is something about bringing your cigar slowly to life and taking your time with the process. Commonwealth Cedar Spills has resurrected a method of lighting your cigars which had been used for years, and now that tradition has been brought back to life! Commonwealth Cedar Spills use only the highest grade spanish cedar available. The design of the spill itself is wonderful! Once ignited, the spill tapers up in size creating a growing flame to toast your cigar evenly and properly. The heat generated from the soft flame is nowhere near as hot as a torch. As a result, you will not burn or scortch the tobacco creating unwanted flavors. The packaging is equally as impressive as the Spills themselves. The box which contains the cedar spills look as if it was made by artists. Commonwealth Cedar Spills took the next step and made the products they offer completely custimizable. You can place logo’s or quotes to adorn the spills or the packaging. Everything is up to you! This is not something you would obviously use outside in windy conditions, but more of a man cave or lounge accessory. There is a classy “feel” which comes with the use of these Spills. Take the extra time and toast your cigar properly! I doubt you will regret it! Check out the website at www.cedarspills.com ! Stay Toasting…
"Don Pepin Garcia, Series JJ Maduro" Belicoso (5.3/4x52) CC Rating:92
This cigar had a dark chocolate colored oily wrapper with no tooth and very small veins. The construction overall was very impressive. The pre lit aroma consisted of tobacco and faint barnyard and chocolate notes. The ash was a dark grey color and the burn showed no issues for the entire stick. The draw was on the loose side and provided tons of rich and oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of cocoa notes and a big pepper blast on the draw which would continue with the same flavors into the finish. The smoke was very creamy and filled with flavor. Nearing the second third, the pepper blast faded down to a nice pepper kick on the draw. The other draw flavors consisted of the pepper mentioned accompanied by a nice semi sweet coffee and chocolate flavor. The finish consisted of creamy leather and coffee. The blend of this cigar really blew me away! The second third produced flavors of creamy chocolate and leather notes on the draw with caramel and faint pepper and leather on the finish. Reaching the halfway point, I had to tap the ash due to the fact that it was flowering and becoming a little flakey. Up until that point the ash was holding on beautifully! Just past the halfway point, the draw flavors consisted of creamy coffee and big cocoa notes. The finish consisted of creamy black coffee and faint pepper and leather notes. The final third continued to show the same amazing blend flavors! The draw consisted of black coffee and cocoa notes with the finish consisting of coffee and creamy cocoa with faint pepper and leather notes. This cigar really impressed me considering the price you can purchase them for at various locations. The flavors were amazing and the overall construction and experience was great! Try the Series JJ Maduro!
"Large Mouth Bass Cigar Cutter" by "Cigar Cutters By Jim"
Have you ever wanted a cigar cutter which showed people you have other passions besides cigars? I believe Cigar Cutters By Jim has answered those requests. I had the pleasure of reviewing a cigar cutter recently, which impressed me from the time I opened the packaging. The packaging itself was very nice. The cigar cutter was incased in a hard and durable plastic box with a hinged lid. The cigar cutter itself was secured in a high quality foam cut out. After taking the cutter out of the box, the first thing i noticed was the great weight this cigar cutter had. It felt very good in the hand and it also felt very durable. This may be due to the fact that the cutter is constructed from High Quality Stainless Steel. The Steel itself had a brushed finish, making this cutter easy to clean and very scratch resistant. I have big hands and this cigar cutter featured large finger holes, so finding a cigar cutter that has finger pulls which are large enough for my fingers is a very nice feature. This cigar cutter will cut up to a 60 ring guage cigar. Featuring a backplate, the cutter will also give you that “perfect cut” on all your favorite parejo’s. Jim offers a wide range of partially 3D graphics on his cutters. The cutter which I had the pleasure of reviewing featured a Large Mouth Bass. Anyone who knows me, knows I love fishing! The cutters graphics offered by Jim come in a wide variety from Armed Forces, various professions, hunting and fishing, Golf and More! These cutters would make great gifts or just pick one up for yourself! Either way, be sure to check out www.cigarcuttersbyjim.com and tell Jim the CigarCrook sent you! Stay Toasting and check out these cutters!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
"Spanish Galleon Corojo" Torpedo (6.5x52) CC Rating:?
This light brown cigar featured a slightly oily wrapper with no tooth and minimal veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of a faint pepper and tobacco smell. The ash was dirty white in color and the burn was razor sharp. The draw was extremely tight and provided poor amounts of medium to full bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of pepper and faintly sweet wood notes on the draw with hints of leather on the finish. Nearing the second third, I quickly came to realize that this cigar felt like it had a knot in the bunch. I decided to stop the review due to the fact that this was the second of two of these which I had for review. Both had the same issue. I have also decided to pick up one more of these incase in the off chance that I had a random back to back dud experience. I will update this review ASAP! Stay Toasting People!
"Punch Elites, Natural" (5x44) CC Rating:89
This Light brown cigar had a slightly oily wrapper with a few medium sized veins and no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of a faint pepper and floraly tobacco. The ash was a light grey color and the burn was razor sharp for the entire stick. The draw was on the snug side but was providing tons of medium bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of a spicey tobacco with faint sweet notes. The smoke itself was a little harsh on the back of the throat. I think with some age this cigar could improve quite a bit! The second third continued the same as the first, with a simple spicy tobacco flavor on the draw with hints of wood and pepper on the finish. The sweetness died down from the first third. The final third continued with the same basic flavor profile. The draw consisted of a main note of spicey tobacco with new hints of caramel and faint coffee. The finish showed flavors of wood and pepper with a new creamy note which mixed very nicely with the flavor of coffee from the draw. I want to pick up a few more of the Punch Elites and have them age for six months or so. I want to see if these sticks will balance out into a nice mellow and flavorful stick. Stay Toasting people!