Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"Cusano LXI SunGrown" Robusto
This light milk chocolate colored cigar had a rough looking wrapper with slight tooth and a couple of medium sized veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet peppery tobacco with a slight citrus note. The draw was very loose producing small amounts of airy, medium bodied smoke. The ash was a salt and pepper color and the burn was a little wobbly. The first third was producing flavors of a woody sweet tobacco on the draw which would quickly transition into a citrus like pepper note on the finish. When I reached the second third, the draw was proving to be a problem. It was as if I was sucking through an open straw and in this case, the result was extremely poor smoke production. The cherry was burning very hot and the cigar seemed as if it did not want to be smoked. I had two of these cigars to review however, the first was plugged and now this new problem. I believe this is not a reflection of Cusano because I have had many great Cusano cigars. I will be picking up more of these cigars to smoke and also too update my review. This is just another reminder that no cigar company is perfect. Stay Toasting!

"Cusano LXI SunGrown" Robusto

This light milk chocolate colored cigar had a rough looking wrapper with slight tooth and a couple of medium sized veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet peppery tobacco with a slight citrus note. The draw was very loose producing small amounts of airy, medium bodied smoke. The ash was a salt and pepper color and the burn was a little wobbly. The first third was producing flavors of a woody sweet tobacco on the draw which would quickly transition into a citrus like pepper note on the finish. When I reached the second third, the draw was proving to be a problem. It was as if I was sucking through an open straw and in this case, the result was extremely poor smoke production. The cherry was burning very hot and the cigar seemed as if it did not want to be smoked. I had two of these cigars to review however, the first was plugged and now this new problem. I believe this is not a reflection of Cusano because I have had many great Cusano cigars. I will be picking up more of these cigars to smoke and also too update my review. This is just another reminder that no cigar company is perfect. Stay Toasting!

Saturday, June 16, 2012
"Blue Mountain Cigars El Threesome" 6x60
This large cigar had a very oily appearance with medium sized veins and no tooth present. The “El Threesome” gets its name from the three wrappers which makes up this cigar divided in thirds. The three wrapper types are connecticut,habano and maduro. The pre lit aroma consisted of barnyard notes and a sweetness I associate with most maduro cigars. The draw was perfect and produced good amounts of medium bodied smoke. The ash was salt and pepper in color and the burn was almost razor sharp. The first third provided flavors of sweet tobacco on the draw with notes of leather and earth on the finish. At the halfway point I had noticed a raisin like sweetness mixing with the sweet tobacco. The leather and earth remained on the finish. The last third simply morphed into a mellow combination of sweet tobacco and bread notes on the draw, with a very nice flavor of perfectly blended leather and earth. I’m not usually a big fan of dual wrappers or in this case a cigar with three types of wrappers. But I have to say the filler and binder tobaccos really blended well together making a nice combination. Stay Toasting! 

"Blue Mountain Cigars El Threesome" 6x60

This large cigar had a very oily appearance with medium sized veins and no tooth present. The “El Threesome” gets its name from the three wrappers which makes up this cigar divided in thirds. The three wrapper types are connecticut,habano and maduro. The pre lit aroma consisted of barnyard notes and a sweetness I associate with most maduro cigars. The draw was perfect and produced good amounts of medium bodied smoke. The ash was salt and pepper in color and the burn was almost razor sharp. The first third provided flavors of sweet tobacco on the draw with notes of leather and earth on the finish. At the halfway point I had noticed a raisin like sweetness mixing with the sweet tobacco. The leather and earth remained on the finish. The last third simply morphed into a mellow combination of sweet tobacco and bread notes on the draw, with a very nice flavor of perfectly blended leather and earth. I’m not usually a big fan of dual wrappers or in this case a cigar with three types of wrappers. But I have to say the filler and binder tobaccos really blended well together making a nice combination. Stay Toasting! 

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!

Friday, May 18, 2012
"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!

Friday, May 11, 2012
"Boveda Humidipak"
This great product is the world’s first 2 way humidity control system. The Humidipak will give off or take in humidity when needed. Simply remove the Boveda pack from the outer plastic wrap and throw it in your desktop humidor and thats all. You don’t have to measure distilled water or 50/50 solution or worry about mold, mildew or other bacterial growth. The packs come in different RH levels so you can choose which one best suits your needs. You will know when to replace these packs as the gel inside starts to harden. In my opinion this is an easy and safe alternative to those who always worry about having the right humidity in ones humidor. Boveda also have Humidipaks which will season your humidor and they also carry calibration kits for hygrometers if you are not comfortable using the salt method. Be sure to check these out sometime! As always, Stay Toasting!

"Boveda Humidipak"

This great product is the world’s first 2 way humidity control system. The Humidipak will give off or take in humidity when needed. Simply remove the Boveda pack from the outer plastic wrap and throw it in your desktop humidor and thats all. You don’t have to measure distilled water or 50/50 solution or worry about mold, mildew or other bacterial growth. The packs come in different RH levels so you can choose which one best suits your needs. You will know when to replace these packs as the gel inside starts to harden. In my opinion this is an easy and safe alternative to those who always worry about having the right humidity in ones humidor. Boveda also have Humidipaks which will season your humidor and they also carry calibration kits for hygrometers if you are not comfortable using the salt method. Be sure to check these out sometime! As always, Stay Toasting!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
"Partagas Coronas Junior" (Cuban)
This $9.00 cuban cigar had a reddish brown habano wrapper with no tooth a medium sized veins. The construction looked a little rough feeling slightly lumpy and the wrapper itself had a paper bag like feel. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and faint tobacco. The first few draws had a slight resistance but loosened up as the cigar burned and the draw was producing alot of airy mild to medium bodied smoke. The burn it self was a little wobbly and the ash had a salt and pepper look too it with slight flowering. The first third of the cigar were producing flavors of wood and a sweet tea taste. Very pleasant. at the half way point the tea like flavor transitioned into an almost sweet bread flavor however the woody notes remained throughout the cigar. The final third and only transition worth mentioning was the previously noted bread flavor changed into a nut like flavor. This stick would be a great cigar that a beginner or seasoned smoker would enjoy if they like the flavors mentioned above. A great cigar in my books for the price. As always, Stay Toasting!

"Partagas Coronas Junior" (Cuban)

This $9.00 cuban cigar had a reddish brown habano wrapper with no tooth a medium sized veins. The construction looked a little rough feeling slightly lumpy and the wrapper itself had a paper bag like feel. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and faint tobacco. The first few draws had a slight resistance but loosened up as the cigar burned and the draw was producing alot of airy mild to medium bodied smoke. The burn it self was a little wobbly and the ash had a salt and pepper look too it with slight flowering. The first third of the cigar were producing flavors of wood and a sweet tea taste. Very pleasant. at the half way point the tea like flavor transitioned into an almost sweet bread flavor however the woody notes remained throughout the cigar. The final third and only transition worth mentioning was the previously noted bread flavor changed into a nut like flavor. This stick would be a great cigar that a beginner or seasoned smoker would enjoy if they like the flavors mentioned above. A great cigar in my books for the price. As always, Stay Toasting!