Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"La Tribu, The Mystery Cigar" Robusto (5.5x50)
This naked cigar featured a light brown wrapper with a couple medium sized veins and no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and peppery notes. The ash was dark grey in color and featured a razor sharp burn. The draw was perfect, producing good amounts of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of creamy coffee and wood notes on the draw with creamy smooth tobacco and very faint earth and leather flavors on the finish. Nearing the second third, the draw flavors consisted of a tea-like note mixing with cream and sweet tobacco notes. The finish provided flavors of sweet bread and wood notes with a hint of pepper. The over all construction was wonderful! The ash held on until the halfway point. Reaching the half way point, the draw flavors had a major transition. The draw consisted of coffee and almond notes with hints of faint vanilla and dry tobacco. The finish consisted of nutty flavors with hints of cream and coffee with slight pepper notes. The final third remained unchanged only adding a slight caramel sweetness to the draw. This cigar would be a great candidate for mowing the lawn or sitting around the poker table. If you ever get the chance, give it a try! Stay Toasting!

"La Tribu, The Mystery Cigar" Robusto (5.5x50)

This naked cigar featured a light brown wrapper with a couple medium sized veins and no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and peppery notes. The ash was dark grey in color and featured a razor sharp burn. The draw was perfect, producing good amounts of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of creamy coffee and wood notes on the draw with creamy smooth tobacco and very faint earth and leather flavors on the finish. Nearing the second third, the draw flavors consisted of a tea-like note mixing with cream and sweet tobacco notes. The finish provided flavors of sweet bread and wood notes with a hint of pepper. The over all construction was wonderful! The ash held on until the halfway point. Reaching the half way point, the draw flavors had a major transition. The draw consisted of coffee and almond notes with hints of faint vanilla and dry tobacco. The finish consisted of nutty flavors with hints of cream and coffee with slight pepper notes. The final third remained unchanged only adding a slight caramel sweetness to the draw. This cigar would be a great candidate for mowing the lawn or sitting around the poker table. If you ever get the chance, give it a try! Stay Toasting!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
"Bona Vita Natural" Robusto (5x50) CC Rating: 88
This robusto had a milk chocolate colored wrapper with no tooth and extremely small veins. From the start the construction really impressed me. The pre lit aroma consisted of a faint peppery tobacco. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was razor sharp. The draw was tight but produced tons of mild to medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of slightly sweet bread and wood notes on the draw with the wood notes continuing into the finish. I quickly came to realize that this cigar would make a wonderful morning or breakfast stick. Approaching the second third, the sweetness had died down. Leaving me with a very faint sweet bread and tobacco note on the draw and finishing with a ceamy tea and wood note. At the half way point, the draw consisted of a creamy and milky coffee and wood flavor on the draw, with notes of leather and wood on the finish.  I couldn’t get over the overall performance and flavors this cigar was giving off! The final third didnt have many further transitions. The draw provided flavors of a slightly sweet creamy coffee and bread flavor. With creamy smooth tobacco and faint peppery wood notes on the finish. In my opinion, this cigar would match up against cigars with the same flavor profile, costing three or four times as much. If you ever have a chance to smoke this cigar, do so right away! If you enjoy Connecticut sticks or mild sticks in general, this would be a great candidate as an everyday smoke! Try one for yourself and Stay Toasting!

"Bona Vita Natural" Robusto (5x50) CC Rating: 88

This robusto had a milk chocolate colored wrapper with no tooth and extremely small veins. From the start the construction really impressed me. The pre lit aroma consisted of a faint peppery tobacco. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was razor sharp. The draw was tight but produced tons of mild to medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of slightly sweet bread and wood notes on the draw with the wood notes continuing into the finish. I quickly came to realize that this cigar would make a wonderful morning or breakfast stick. Approaching the second third, the sweetness had died down. Leaving me with a very faint sweet bread and tobacco note on the draw and finishing with a ceamy tea and wood note. At the half way point, the draw consisted of a creamy and milky coffee and wood flavor on the draw, with notes of leather and wood on the finish.  I couldn’t get over the overall performance and flavors this cigar was giving off! The final third didnt have many further transitions. The draw provided flavors of a slightly sweet creamy coffee and bread flavor. With creamy smooth tobacco and faint peppery wood notes on the finish. In my opinion, this cigar would match up against cigars with the same flavor profile, costing three or four times as much. If you ever have a chance to smoke this cigar, do so right away! If you enjoy Connecticut sticks or mild sticks in general, this would be a great candidate as an everyday smoke! Try one for yourself and Stay Toasting!

Sunday, August 26, 2012
"Rocky Patel Nording" Robusto (5.5x52)
This reddish hued brown cigar had a slight oil sheen, featuring small veins with no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of a strong barnyard and tobacco smell. The ash was light grey in color with specs of white. The burn was razor sharp for the entire cigar with no problems with the construction at all. The draw was perfect, producing good amounts of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first third consisted of a creamy wood and slightly sweet coffee note on the draw. The finish provided flavors of pepper and the same wood notes which was resent on the draw. The smoke itself was very smooth and creamy. Nearing the second third, the pepper was really ramping up and lasting until the next draw. The second third consisted of creamy coffee on the draw with that pepper blast on the finish and continuing to last until the next draw. I wasn’t picking up on any sweet notes except for the occasional draw with flavors of slightly sweet coffee. Reaching the final third, the flavor profile pretty much remained the same. I was picking up on flavors of a dark roasted coffee with faint cream notes on the draw and the finish consisted of a wood and a nutty flavor accompanied by a pepper note that would linger on the palate. I was expecting more from this cigar as far as the blend goes. The construction had no issues at all and the burn time was very good. I only wished that the flavor profile was a little complex. Give it a try if you like the sound of the flavors described! Stay Toasting people!

"Rocky Patel Nording" Robusto (5.5x52)

This reddish hued brown cigar had a slight oil sheen, featuring small veins with no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of a strong barnyard and tobacco smell. The ash was light grey in color with specs of white. The burn was razor sharp for the entire cigar with no problems with the construction at all. The draw was perfect, producing good amounts of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first third consisted of a creamy wood and slightly sweet coffee note on the draw. The finish provided flavors of pepper and the same wood notes which was resent on the draw. The smoke itself was very smooth and creamy. Nearing the second third, the pepper was really ramping up and lasting until the next draw. The second third consisted of creamy coffee on the draw with that pepper blast on the finish and continuing to last until the next draw. I wasn’t picking up on any sweet notes except for the occasional draw with flavors of slightly sweet coffee. Reaching the final third, the flavor profile pretty much remained the same. I was picking up on flavors of a dark roasted coffee with faint cream notes on the draw and the finish consisted of a wood and a nutty flavor accompanied by a pepper note that would linger on the palate. I was expecting more from this cigar as far as the blend goes. The construction had no issues at all and the burn time was very good. I only wished that the flavor profile was a little complex. Give it a try if you like the sound of the flavors described! Stay Toasting people!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
"Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro" Robusto(5x54)
This nearly black cigar had a beautiful box press with no tooth, small veins and featured a very oily wrapper. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet musty aged tobacco with faint vanilla notes. The ash was a bright white color and the burn was very even for the entire stick. The draw was perfect being slightly on the loose side, providing tons of rich and oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third produced flavors of leather and earth with faint vanilla and raisin notes on the draw with a coffee and pepper note on the finish. Approaching the second third, the only transition I took note of was the coffee and pepper notes on the finish had began to really ramp up and last until the next draw. At the half way point, the draw was showing flavors of cream and sweet coffee with faint leather notes. The finish was consisting of the previously mentioned strong black coffee and pepper notes. The smoke itself was very smooth. The final third consisted of the same flavors that were present through out the stick. Only adding a new roasted nut flavor on the draw and a semi sweet cocoa note on the finish. I’ve had a dozen or so Olde World Reserves in maduro and one great thing i can say about them is the fact that they are very consistent from one stick to the next. Give this maduro cigar a try if you haven’t already and experience some great maduro flavors. Stay Toasting!

"Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro" Robusto(5x54)

This nearly black cigar had a beautiful box press with no tooth, small veins and featured a very oily wrapper. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet musty aged tobacco with faint vanilla notes. The ash was a bright white color and the burn was very even for the entire stick. The draw was perfect being slightly on the loose side, providing tons of rich and oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third produced flavors of leather and earth with faint vanilla and raisin notes on the draw with a coffee and pepper note on the finish. Approaching the second third, the only transition I took note of was the coffee and pepper notes on the finish had began to really ramp up and last until the next draw. At the half way point, the draw was showing flavors of cream and sweet coffee with faint leather notes. The finish was consisting of the previously mentioned strong black coffee and pepper notes. The smoke itself was very smooth. The final third consisted of the same flavors that were present through out the stick. Only adding a new roasted nut flavor on the draw and a semi sweet cocoa note on the finish. I’ve had a dozen or so Olde World Reserves in maduro and one great thing i can say about them is the fact that they are very consistent from one stick to the next. Give this maduro cigar a try if you haven’t already and experience some great maduro flavors. Stay Toasting!

"Alec Bradley JAM" Page (5x52)
This cigar was dark brown in color and had an oily sheen with small veins and no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and faint pepper notes. The ash was a bright white color with specs of black giving the ash a salt and pepper look to it. The burn was razor sharp for the entire stick. The draw was perfect, providing good amounts of medium bodied, rich and creamy smooth smoke. The first third produced flavors of creamy sweet tobacco with caramel notes on the draw with a very faint pepper flavor mixing with coffee notes on the finish. The smoke itself had a smooth aged quality, but without the musty aged flavor. The second third continued with the same flavors which were previously mentioned. The blend was becoming richer and smoother as i continued to smoke. Reaching the halfway point, I wasn’t able to notice any other transitions except for a new leather note which was now present on the draw. Besides that, just the same great rich and creamy smooth flavors! The final third consister of some new flavors. The draw was producing notes of a sweet coffee and leather with caramel. The finish was nutty with faint cocoa notes and had a pepper and leather flavor carry over from the draw. I’m going to get a box or two of these ASAP! Great cigars with great construction….equals a cigar you have to try! Stay Toasting!

"Alec Bradley JAM" Page (5x52)

This cigar was dark brown in color and had an oily sheen with small veins and no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and faint pepper notes. The ash was a bright white color with specs of black giving the ash a salt and pepper look to it. The burn was razor sharp for the entire stick. The draw was perfect, providing good amounts of medium bodied, rich and creamy smooth smoke. The first third produced flavors of creamy sweet tobacco with caramel notes on the draw with a very faint pepper flavor mixing with coffee notes on the finish. The smoke itself had a smooth aged quality, but without the musty aged flavor. The second third continued with the same flavors which were previously mentioned. The blend was becoming richer and smoother as i continued to smoke. Reaching the halfway point, I wasn’t able to notice any other transitions except for a new leather note which was now present on the draw. Besides that, just the same great rich and creamy smooth flavors! The final third consister of some new flavors. The draw was producing notes of a sweet coffee and leather with caramel. The finish was nutty with faint cocoa notes and had a pepper and leather flavor carry over from the draw. I’m going to get a box or two of these ASAP! Great cigars with great construction….equals a cigar you have to try! Stay Toasting!

Friday, August 10, 2012
"Antonius" Robusto (5x50)
This caramel colored cigar had a firm pack with no tooth and medium sized veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and pepper notes. The ash was a dark grey color and the burn was razor sharp for the entire stick. The draw was very nice, providing the perfect amount of resistance and producing average amounts of medium bodied smoke. The first third produced flavors of wood and sweet tobacco notes on the draw with a faint leather and pepper finish. The smoke itself was very smooth and creamy, having no harshness at all. Nearing the second third, the wood notes on the draw were becoming the dominant flavor, having the sweet tobacco flavor quickly fade. The leather on the finish had also died down leaving a creamy peppery coffee note which would linger until the next draw. The foot smoke aroma had a woody character to it. Reaching the half way point, the wood flavor was still present on the draw as well as a new slightly sweet coffee note which would quickly fade leaving wood and pepper notes on the finish. The final third continued with the same draw flavors, only adding a new caramel note to the draw and a roasted nut flavor to the previously mentioned finish. I would not hesistate to smoke the Antonius again and again! Stay Toasting!

"Antonius" Robusto (5x50)

This caramel colored cigar had a firm pack with no tooth and medium sized veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and pepper notes. The ash was a dark grey color and the burn was razor sharp for the entire stick. The draw was very nice, providing the perfect amount of resistance and producing average amounts of medium bodied smoke. The first third produced flavors of wood and sweet tobacco notes on the draw with a faint leather and pepper finish. The smoke itself was very smooth and creamy, having no harshness at all. Nearing the second third, the wood notes on the draw were becoming the dominant flavor, having the sweet tobacco flavor quickly fade. The leather on the finish had also died down leaving a creamy peppery coffee note which would linger until the next draw. The foot smoke aroma had a woody character to it. Reaching the half way point, the wood flavor was still present on the draw as well as a new slightly sweet coffee note which would quickly fade leaving wood and pepper notes on the finish. The final third continued with the same draw flavors, only adding a new caramel note to the draw and a roasted nut flavor to the previously mentioned finish. I would not hesistate to smoke the Antonius again and again! Stay Toasting!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
"Alec Bradley SCR" Robusto
This reddish brown cigar had a slightly oily wrapper with no tooth and very few visible veins. The construction was very nice. The pre lit aroma consisted of pepper and sweet tobacco notes. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was pretty even throughout the cigar but was a little wobbly at times. The draw was perfect, producing a good amount of rich medium bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of leather and wood on the draw with a sweet peppery tobacco and creamy coffee note on the finish. The second third produced flavors of a smooth leather and a black coffee note on the draw with a pepper and wood finish. The blend from this cigar was very creamy and smooth, I wasnt picking up any harshness at all. The final third continued with the same great flavors, however now adding an almost roasted note to all the previous flavors. I haven’t had an Alec Bradley as of yet, which I didn’t like. Keep doing what your doing Mr.Rubin! Stay Toasting!

"Alec Bradley SCR" Robusto

This reddish brown cigar had a slightly oily wrapper with no tooth and very few visible veins. The construction was very nice. The pre lit aroma consisted of pepper and sweet tobacco notes. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was pretty even throughout the cigar but was a little wobbly at times. The draw was perfect, producing a good amount of rich medium bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of leather and wood on the draw with a sweet peppery tobacco and creamy coffee note on the finish. The second third produced flavors of a smooth leather and a black coffee note on the draw with a pepper and wood finish. The blend from this cigar was very creamy and smooth, I wasnt picking up any harshness at all. The final third continued with the same great flavors, however now adding an almost roasted note to all the previous flavors. I haven’t had an Alec Bradley as of yet, which I didn’t like. Keep doing what your doing Mr.Rubin! Stay Toasting!

Saturday, August 4, 2012
"HC Series Habano2" Robusto (5x50)  CC Rating:94
This beautiful box pressed cigar had a smooth dark chocolate wrapper with no tooth and nearly invisible veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of musty sweet tobacco with chocolate and faint pepper notes. The ash was a very nice white color and stacked wonderfully. The burn was razor sharp for the entire stick, never needing a second thought. The draw had just the right amount of resistance, providing tons of thick and rich medium-full bodied smoke.The first third was providing flavors of sweet tobacco and faint chocolate and pepper notes on the draw with a woody character mixing with caramel on the finish. The smoke from this stick was very creamy and smooth. A very well blended cigar. The second third consisted of sweet caramel and tobacco notes with faint wood, pepper and nutty notes on the draw, with the finish consisting of that great smooth and creamy pepper and wood flavor. This cigar has a wonderful aged flavor to its profile. The aroma coming off of the foot had a slightly floral and chocolate aroma which was very pleasant. The box press that Xikar decided to go with was a very nice shape and felt very nice in the mouth. The final third continued with amazing smoothness in its flavor profile. The draw consisted of creamy caramel and chocolate notes and the finish was showing flavors of creamy coffee and nutty notes. The Habano2 is a cigar that I would recommend for anyone!  Great flavors and construction equals a great cigar! Stay Toasting!

"HC Series Habano2" Robusto (5x50)  CC Rating:94

This beautiful box pressed cigar had a smooth dark chocolate wrapper with no tooth and nearly invisible veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of musty sweet tobacco with chocolate and faint pepper notes. The ash was a very nice white color and stacked wonderfully. The burn was razor sharp for the entire stick, never needing a second thought. The draw had just the right amount of resistance, providing tons of thick and rich medium-full bodied smoke.The first third was providing flavors of sweet tobacco and faint chocolate and pepper notes on the draw with a woody character mixing with caramel on the finish. The smoke from this stick was very creamy and smooth. A very well blended cigar. The second third consisted of sweet caramel and tobacco notes with faint wood, pepper and nutty notes on the draw, with the finish consisting of that great smooth and creamy pepper and wood flavor. This cigar has a wonderful aged flavor to its profile. The aroma coming off of the foot had a slightly floral and chocolate aroma which was very pleasant. The box press that Xikar decided to go with was a very nice shape and felt very nice in the mouth. The final third continued with amazing smoothness in its flavor profile. The draw consisted of creamy caramel and chocolate notes and the finish was showing flavors of creamy coffee and nutty notes. The Habano2 is a cigar that I would recommend for anyone!  Great flavors and construction equals a great cigar! Stay Toasting!

Thursday, July 26, 2012
"Camacho Corojo Monarca" Robusto
This dark colored cigar had a slightly oily wrapper with no tooth and small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of dry fruit and faint pepper notes. The ash was dark grey in color and was a little flakey at times. The burn was slightly wobbly and only needed one touch up during the first third. The draw was perfect, giving of tons of rich and oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of fruity citrus notes mixing with leather on the draw. The finish had a blast of pepper and heat lasting nearly until the next draw. Despite the bold pepper zing on the finish, this cigar was proving to be really smooth and creamy. The second third continued with the same citrus like flavors on the draw. A new coffee note is mixing with the pepper on the finish which really blended well with the heat. Reaching the half way point, I came to realize that I should have eaten a big meal before smoking this stick. I would not recomend this cigar as a morning stick! More of a “poker night” or ”night on the town” kind of stick. As I reached the final third, the citrus notes really died down and was replaced by a sweet coffee on the draw with a warm and nutty finish. This Camacho was a power house and carried with it a flavorful blend. I can’t wait to review some more cigars from Camacho line! Stay Toasting!  

"Camacho Corojo Monarca" Robusto

This dark colored cigar had a slightly oily wrapper with no tooth and small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of dry fruit and faint pepper notes. The ash was dark grey in color and was a little flakey at times. The burn was slightly wobbly and only needed one touch up during the first third. The draw was perfect, giving of tons of rich and oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of fruity citrus notes mixing with leather on the draw. The finish had a blast of pepper and heat lasting nearly until the next draw. Despite the bold pepper zing on the finish, this cigar was proving to be really smooth and creamy. The second third continued with the same citrus like flavors on the draw. A new coffee note is mixing with the pepper on the finish which really blended well with the heat. Reaching the half way point, I came to realize that I should have eaten a big meal before smoking this stick. I would not recomend this cigar as a morning stick! More of a “poker night” or ”night on the town” kind of stick. As I reached the final third, the citrus notes really died down and was replaced by a sweet coffee on the draw with a warm and nutty finish. This Camacho was a power house and carried with it a flavorful blend. I can’t wait to review some more cigars from Camacho line! Stay Toasting!  

Friday, July 20, 2012
"Cubana Limitada Black Label" Robusto
This dark brown robusto had a very oily wrapper with no visible tooth or veins. The construction of this stick really blew me away. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet musty tobacco with faint barnyard notes. The ash was a beautiful white and black color with a very nice burn. The draw was slightly on the snug side however, it was producing good amounts of smooth and creamy medium to full bodied smoke. The first thing i noticed about this cigaw was its amazingly smooth body with tons of flavor. The first third was producing flavors of sweet creamy tobacco notes with hints of caramel on the draw and creamy smooth tobacco and faint pepper notes on the finish. The smoke coming off the foot was pleasant as well, smelling very floral. The second third lost some of the cigars initial sweetness but flavors of creamy coffee and caramel with nutty notes were present on the draw. The pepper on the finish had also ramped down slightly with new earthy and leather notes now on the finish. The Cuban seed Honduran wrapper looks simply amazing! Packed with oils and shades of dark brown and reddish hues. This cigar was also proving to be a slow burning sitck which was very nice considering the flavors i was enjoying. With some age, these sticks would taste even better in my opinion. The final third continued with the same  wonderful flavor notes, coming and going with no further transitions. I have to say it again, this is a GREAT cigar! If you enjoy rich and full flavored smokes like the Casa Magna Colorado Line, Try these ASAP! As always, Stay Toasting!

"Cubana Limitada Black Label" Robusto

This dark brown robusto had a very oily wrapper with no visible tooth or veins. The construction of this stick really blew me away. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet musty tobacco with faint barnyard notes. The ash was a beautiful white and black color with a very nice burn. The draw was slightly on the snug side however, it was producing good amounts of smooth and creamy medium to full bodied smoke. The first thing i noticed about this cigaw was its amazingly smooth body with tons of flavor. The first third was producing flavors of sweet creamy tobacco notes with hints of caramel on the draw and creamy smooth tobacco and faint pepper notes on the finish. The smoke coming off the foot was pleasant as well, smelling very floral. The second third lost some of the cigars initial sweetness but flavors of creamy coffee and caramel with nutty notes were present on the draw. The pepper on the finish had also ramped down slightly with new earthy and leather notes now on the finish. The Cuban seed Honduran wrapper looks simply amazing! Packed with oils and shades of dark brown and reddish hues. This cigar was also proving to be a slow burning sitck which was very nice considering the flavors i was enjoying. With some age, these sticks would taste even better in my opinion. The final third continued with the same  wonderful flavor notes, coming and going with no further transitions. I have to say it again, this is a GREAT cigar! If you enjoy rich and full flavored smokes like the Casa Magna Colorado Line, Try these ASAP! As always, Stay Toasting!

Monday, June 25, 2012
"La Aurora 107" Robusto
This milk chocolate colored robusto had no tooth with very small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of peppery wood and faint tobacco. The draw was perfect producing mild to medium bodied smoke with light grey ash. The burn was wobbly however it would always self correct itself. The first third showed flavors of wood and faint pepper with sweet tobacco notes on the draw with a very clean and short peppery finish. The half way point showed more transitions. The draw produced flavors of perfectly blended wood and pepper, finishing with wood and nutty notes. There were no further transitions. The 107 proved to be well blended and perfectly executed with its flawless construction. A very non offensive cigar that almost anyone could enjoy! Stay Toasting!

"La Aurora 107" Robusto

This milk chocolate colored robusto had no tooth with very small veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of peppery wood and faint tobacco. The draw was perfect producing mild to medium bodied smoke with light grey ash. The burn was wobbly however it would always self correct itself. The first third showed flavors of wood and faint pepper with sweet tobacco notes on the draw with a very clean and short peppery finish. The half way point showed more transitions. The draw produced flavors of perfectly blended wood and pepper, finishing with wood and nutty notes. There were no further transitions. The 107 proved to be well blended and perfectly executed with its flawless construction. A very non offensive cigar that almost anyone could enjoy! Stay Toasting!

 
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