Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"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!

"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!

Thursday, August 2, 2012
"Don Kiki Green Label" Corona
This light brown cigar had a slightly toothy wrapper with medium sized veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of tobacco and grassy hay notes. The ash was white in color and the burn was slightly wobbly, never needing a touch up. The draw was very tight, producing a small volume of airy mild bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of sweet grassy tobacco notes on the draw with a creamy sweet grassy coffee on the finish. As I reached the end of the first third, the draw had not loosened up, creating a bad smoking experience. The Cherry was burning very hot. I wasnt really getting any flavor or major smoke production. The cigar finally went out at the halfway point. It wasnt a tunneling issue, it was possibly plugged or just some freak thing. I know I was not over heating the stick, so I hope that this was just a dud cigar. Im going to pick up another two of these sticks to give this cigar a fair chance! Stay Toasting people!

"Don Kiki Green Label" Corona

This light brown cigar had a slightly toothy wrapper with medium sized veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of tobacco and grassy hay notes. The ash was white in color and the burn was slightly wobbly, never needing a touch up. The draw was very tight, producing a small volume of airy mild bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of sweet grassy tobacco notes on the draw with a creamy sweet grassy coffee on the finish. As I reached the end of the first third, the draw had not loosened up, creating a bad smoking experience. The Cherry was burning very hot. I wasnt really getting any flavor or major smoke production. The cigar finally went out at the halfway point. It wasnt a tunneling issue, it was possibly plugged or just some freak thing. I know I was not over heating the stick, so I hope that this was just a dud cigar. Im going to pick up another two of these sticks to give this cigar a fair chance! Stay Toasting people!

Friday, July 27, 2012
"Don Tomas Maduro" Robusto
This nearly black cigar had an extremely oily wrapper with slight tooth and small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and raisin notes. The ash was bright white in color and stacked like a roll of quarters. The burn was very even, never needing a touch up for the entire cigar. The draw was a little on the tight side, however it was producing good amounts of oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third produced flavors of sweet tobacco and leather notes on the draw with a sweet creamy coffee finish. Nearing the second third on the draw, I was still picking up on leather notes but now a sweet black coffee flavor was dominating with the leather lasting into the finish accompanied by a slight pepper zing. One thing that is very nice about this cigar is its undeniable smoothness. The final third showed the same great flavors of a roasted leather note on the draw with increasing pepper on the finish. If I had to pick a daily maduro stick based on quality, taste and price, the Don Tomas Maduro may just be the winner! If you enjoy maduros, give this stick a try! Stay Toasting!
 

"Don Tomas Maduro" Robusto

This nearly black cigar had an extremely oily wrapper with slight tooth and small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and raisin notes. The ash was bright white in color and stacked like a roll of quarters. The burn was very even, never needing a touch up for the entire cigar. The draw was a little on the tight side, however it was producing good amounts of oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third produced flavors of sweet tobacco and leather notes on the draw with a sweet creamy coffee finish. Nearing the second third on the draw, I was still picking up on leather notes but now a sweet black coffee flavor was dominating with the leather lasting into the finish accompanied by a slight pepper zing. One thing that is very nice about this cigar is its undeniable smoothness. The final third showed the same great flavors of a roasted leather note on the draw with increasing pepper on the finish. If I had to pick a daily maduro stick based on quality, taste and price, the Don Tomas Maduro may just be the winner! If you enjoy maduros, give this stick a try! Stay Toasting!


 

Saturday, April 14, 2012
"Tabacos Baez Serie S F" by Don Pepin
This $10.00 cigar had a tanned brown wrapper with no tooth and virtually no veins also having a slight oil sheen. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet aged tobacco. After lighting this stick I noticed a mild to medium body with a razor sharp burn and beautiful white ash. The first third of this stick had a nice sweetness that slowly developed into almost a tea like flavor with cream and sugar. At the half way point a slight pepper was noticeable on the finish. Into the last third, the cigar lost its sweetness and took on a dominant leather flavor with cream. A very smooth smoke with flawless construction that I won’t hesitate to purchase again because of its wonderful blend and construction. As always, Stay toasting!

"Tabacos Baez Serie S F" by Don Pepin

This $10.00 cigar had a tanned brown wrapper with no tooth and virtually no veins also having a slight oil sheen. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet aged tobacco. After lighting this stick I noticed a mild to medium body with a razor sharp burn and beautiful white ash. The first third of this stick had a nice sweetness that slowly developed into almost a tea like flavor with cream and sugar. At the half way point a slight pepper was noticeable on the finish. Into the last third, the cigar lost its sweetness and took on a dominant leather flavor with cream. A very smooth smoke with flawless construction that I won’t hesitate to purchase again because of its wonderful blend and construction. As always, Stay toasting!

Sunday, April 1, 2012
"Don Tomas Clasico"
This $7.00 cigar had a satiny light brown wrapper. No tooth present with medium sized veins. The pre lit smell consisted of dry tobacco and pepper. The draw was wonderful producing a ton of smoke. The burn was razor sharp with a beautiful light gray ash. Upon lighting it, I was tasting heavy earthy sweetness and leather with notes of wood and pepper but with out the pepper burn. This cigar in my opinion was a mild to medium body cigar, leaning more towards medium. The only significant flavor change was at the midway point where the earthy sweetness transitioned into a grassy sweetness. Not bitter but you could definitely taste the the new flavor notes. The leather and pepper taste dominated this cigars flavor profile. The cigar was tasting quite bitter when I was approaching the nub. All in all, a pretty one dimensional cigar but a great cigar for the low price. Stay toasting!

"Don Tomas Clasico"

This $7.00 cigar had a satiny light brown wrapper. No tooth present with medium sized veins. The pre lit smell consisted of dry tobacco and pepper. The draw was wonderful producing a ton of smoke. The burn was razor sharp with a beautiful light gray ash. Upon lighting it, I was tasting heavy earthy sweetness and leather with notes of wood and pepper but with out the pepper burn. This cigar in my opinion was a mild to medium body cigar, leaning more towards medium. The only significant flavor change was at the midway point where the earthy sweetness transitioned into a grassy sweetness. Not bitter but you could definitely taste the the new flavor notes. The leather and pepper taste dominated this cigars flavor profile. The cigar was tasting quite bitter when I was approaching the nub. All in all, a pretty one dimensional cigar but a great cigar for the low price. Stay toasting!