Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"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!