Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"Montecristo" No.5 (4x40) (Cuban)
 This small cuban cigar had a slightly oily, golden brown wrapper with virtually no tooth or veins present. The pre lit aroma consisted of cedar with peppery tobacco notes. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was fantastic for the entire stick. The draw was perfect, producing tons of creamy smooth, full bodied smoke. The smoke coming off the foot of this cigar had a very nice floraly aroma. The first third provided flavors of leather and earth notes on the draw with a faintly sweet creamy coffee note on the finish. Reaching the second third, the coffee which was previously on the finish was now present on the draw. The earth faded away, however the leather was still a major flavor in the cigars profile. The flavors really came together to create a great blend consisting of faintly sweet coffee with leather and faint wood notes on the draw with the leather and peppery wood continuing into the finish. No more major transitions were present for the final third. The only noticable change was the creamy and smooth character which continued to get even more smooth and creamy as i was reaching the nub. A pepper note was ramping up on the finish, however it was balanced out by the full bodied flavors. I would not hesitate to buy a box or two of the Monte No.5’s. If you ever get a chance to try a cuban cigar, you cant go wrong with a Montecristo! Stay Toasting!

"Montecristo" No.5 (4x40) (Cuban)

 This small cuban cigar had a slightly oily, golden brown wrapper with virtually no tooth or veins present. The pre lit aroma consisted of cedar with peppery tobacco notes. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was fantastic for the entire stick. The draw was perfect, producing tons of creamy smooth, full bodied smoke. The smoke coming off the foot of this cigar had a very nice floraly aroma. The first third provided flavors of leather and earth notes on the draw with a faintly sweet creamy coffee note on the finish. Reaching the second third, the coffee which was previously on the finish was now present on the draw. The earth faded away, however the leather was still a major flavor in the cigars profile. The flavors really came together to create a great blend consisting of faintly sweet coffee with leather and faint wood notes on the draw with the leather and peppery wood continuing into the finish. No more major transitions were present for the final third. The only noticable change was the creamy and smooth character which continued to get even more smooth and creamy as i was reaching the nub. A pepper note was ramping up on the finish, however it was balanced out by the full bodied flavors. I would not hesitate to buy a box or two of the Monte No.5’s. If you ever get a chance to try a cuban cigar, you cant go wrong with a Montecristo! 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!

Friday, April 6, 2012
"Fonseca Delicias" (cuban)
This $7.00 cigar had a pre lit aroma of peppery tobacco and wood. Featuring an oily reddish brown habano wrapper with no tooth and large veins. This stick had an extremely tight pack with a draw to match. The smoke output was pretty disappointing due to its tight construction. Very mild bodied with notes of heavy wood and a very slight sweetness. The burn was wobbly and the ash was a dark grey color. I thought that maybe this cigar was plugged but after massaging it I couldn’t feel any knots. I would like to chalk this cigar up to bad construction but on previous memories of trying this stick I have never been impressed. Of course this is only my opinion but I can give you a long list of cuban cigars in the same price range which would blow this stick out of the competition. As always, Stay toasting!

"Fonseca Delicias" (cuban)

This $7.00 cigar had a pre lit aroma of peppery tobacco and wood. Featuring an oily reddish brown habano wrapper with no tooth and large veins. This stick had an extremely tight pack with a draw to match. The smoke output was pretty disappointing due to its tight construction. Very mild bodied with notes of heavy wood and a very slight sweetness. The burn was wobbly and the ash was a dark grey color. I thought that maybe this cigar was plugged but after massaging it I couldn’t feel any knots. I would like to chalk this cigar up to bad construction but on previous memories of trying this stick I have never been impressed. Of course this is only my opinion but I can give you a long list of cuban cigars in the same price range which would blow this stick out of the competition. As always, Stay toasting!