Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"Perdomo 10th Anniversary Connecticut Ltd. Reserve" Robusto
This slightly oily cigar had a light tan color and no visible tooth with nearly invisible veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and sweet tobacco notes. The ash was dark Grey and the burn was slightly wobbly at times, but never needed any attention. The draw was on the loose side and provided good amounts of oily mild smoke. The first third produced flavors of sweet tobacco and faint vanilla notes on the draw with wood and pepper spice on the finish. The second third continued with tobacco on the draw however the sweetness was vanishing. The pepper really dominated the finish until reaching the halfway point. At the half way point, a new creamy and slightly sweet coffee was now present on the draw. The pepper spice dramatically lessened and was now only noticeable when mixing with wood notes on the finish. I did not notice any further transitions but I have to say that this cigar really impressed me! It had flawless construction with great flavors! I will be keeping an eye out for a few boxes to pick up! As always, Stay Toasting!

"Perdomo 10th Anniversary Connecticut Ltd. Reserve" Robusto

This slightly oily cigar had a light tan color and no visible tooth with nearly invisible veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and sweet tobacco notes. The ash was dark Grey and the burn was slightly wobbly at times, but never needed any attention. The draw was on the loose side and provided good amounts of oily mild smoke. The first third produced flavors of sweet tobacco and faint vanilla notes on the draw with wood and pepper spice on the finish. The second third continued with tobacco on the draw however the sweetness was vanishing. The pepper really dominated the finish until reaching the halfway point. At the half way point, a new creamy and slightly sweet coffee was now present on the draw. The pepper spice dramatically lessened and was now only noticeable when mixing with wood notes on the finish. I did not notice any further transitions but I have to say that this cigar really impressed me! It had flawless construction with great flavors! I will be keeping an eye out for a few boxes to pick up! As always, Stay Toasting!

Friday, May 25, 2012
"Gran Habano Connecticut #1" in Robusto
This $9.00 cigar had a light tan wrapper with no tooth and small to medium sized veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of a faint wood and strong hay smell. The draw on this cigar was near perfect and produced a good amount of medium bodied smoke. The burn was razor sharp and the ash was a beautiful white color which stacked nicely. The first third of this cigar was producing flavors of a nutty sweetness on the draw and a grassy finish. The second third is where a peppery note was introduced which became prominent through out the rest of the cigar. The remainder of the cigar didn’t show any other flavor transitions. There was only a faint sweet grass and pepper zing on the draw with a bitter grassy and peppery finish. A very one dimensional cigar in my opinion however if you like the sweet grass and pepper flavors, definitely pick up a couple sticks and give them a try! Stay Toasting!

"Gran Habano Connecticut #1" in Robusto

This $9.00 cigar had a light tan wrapper with no tooth and small to medium sized veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of a faint wood and strong hay smell. The draw on this cigar was near perfect and produced a good amount of medium bodied smoke. The burn was razor sharp and the ash was a beautiful white color which stacked nicely. The first third of this cigar was producing flavors of a nutty sweetness on the draw and a grassy finish. The second third is where a peppery note was introduced which became prominent through out the rest of the cigar. The remainder of the cigar didn’t show any other flavor transitions. There was only a faint sweet grass and pepper zing on the draw with a bitter grassy and peppery finish. A very one dimensional cigar in my opinion however if you like the sweet grass and pepper flavors, definitely pick up a couple sticks and give them a try! Stay Toasting!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
"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!

Thursday, April 26, 2012
"Punch" Café Royale
The bargain stick coming in at $4.00 has a satiny smooth light tan wrapper with no tooth and almost no visible veins. This cigar had a prelit aroma of pepper and an almost cinnamon scent. After cutting this cigar, I noticed a very tight pack with a slightly snug draw. The first third of this cigar had flavor notes of wood and leather with a pepper and almost cinnamon like flavor on the finish. At the beginning of the second third the leather and pepper ramped up with the wood flavor also still there. The last third showed no new flavor notes, just the previously noted flavors blending and becoming smoother. The cigar had a great smoke output with an even burn and a beautiful white colored ash. Definitely give this stick a try if you like a bold flavored cigar. Stay Toasting!

"Punch" Café Royale

The bargain stick coming in at $4.00 has a satiny smooth light tan wrapper with no tooth and almost no visible veins. This cigar had a prelit aroma of pepper and an almost cinnamon scent. After cutting this cigar, I noticed a very tight pack with a slightly snug draw. The first third of this cigar had flavor notes of wood and leather with a pepper and almost cinnamon like flavor on the finish. At the beginning of the second third the leather and pepper ramped up with the wood flavor also still there. The last third showed no new flavor notes, just the previously noted flavors blending and becoming smoother. The cigar had a great smoke output with an even burn and a beautiful white colored ash. Definitely give this stick a try if you like a bold flavored cigar. Stay Toasting!