Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"CAO LX2" Robusto
This light brown cigar had a smooth, toothless wrapper with no visible veins and a slight oil sheen. The pre lit aroma consisted of dry tobacco and black pepper notes. The ash was light grey in color and the burn was flawless for the entire stick. The draw was slightly on the loose side, providing good amounts of medium bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of a dry tobacco with smooth and creamy coffee notes on the draw with a building pepper note on the finish. Reaching the second third, the body had ramped up to full and all the flavors previously mentioned ramped up as well. On the draw, a smooth and creamy coffee with tobacco notes and a big pepper blast on the finish. The final third showed another transition of the creamy coffee flavors taking on a vanilla and spice coffee blend which was very nice. The finish still consisted of pepper and newly added roasted nut notes. As for strength, I was feeling the nicotine buzz however, not much more strength then an MX2 would deliver. Try the LX2 if you can! Stay Toasting! 

"CAO LX2" Robusto

This light brown cigar had a smooth, toothless wrapper with no visible veins and a slight oil sheen. The pre lit aroma consisted of dry tobacco and black pepper notes. The ash was light grey in color and the burn was flawless for the entire stick. The draw was slightly on the loose side, providing good amounts of medium bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of a dry tobacco with smooth and creamy coffee notes on the draw with a building pepper note on the finish. Reaching the second third, the body had ramped up to full and all the flavors previously mentioned ramped up as well. On the draw, a smooth and creamy coffee with tobacco notes and a big pepper blast on the finish. The final third showed another transition of the creamy coffee flavors taking on a vanilla and spice coffee blend which was very nice. The finish still consisted of pepper and newly added roasted nut notes. As for strength, I was feeling the nicotine buzz however, not much more strength then an MX2 would deliver. Try the LX2 if you can! 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!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
"Santa Damiana Vintage Maduro" Corona
This cigar had an almost black and extremely oily wrapper with slight tooth and a couple of large veins running along the length of the cigar. The pre lit aroma consisted of chocolate and pepper notes.The draw was a little on the snug side producing airy full bodied oily smoke. The ash was a beautiful white color and the burn was razor sharp. The first third produced full bodied flavors of chocolate, pepper, earth and leather on the draw and an aged tobacco and pepper on the finish. At the half way point the the sweetness and leather died off, leaving earth and aged tobacco on the draw with the pepper taste still remaining on the finish however without the pepper heat. Approaching the last third, a strong black coffee and nutty note dominated the full draw only leaving a faint pepper note on the finish. The first half of this stick proved to be complex, however after the halfway point the cigar became a little one dimensional. If you enjoy maduro cigars with more then typical maduro flavors, give this Santa Damiana a try! As always, Stay Toasting!

"Santa Damiana Vintage Maduro" Corona

This cigar had an almost black and extremely oily wrapper with slight tooth and a couple of large veins running along the length of the cigar. The pre lit aroma consisted of chocolate and pepper notes.The draw was a little on the snug side producing airy full bodied oily smoke. The ash was a beautiful white color and the burn was razor sharp. The first third produced full bodied flavors of chocolate, pepper, earth and leather on the draw and an aged tobacco and pepper on the finish. At the half way point the the sweetness and leather died off, leaving earth and aged tobacco on the draw with the pepper taste still remaining on the finish however without the pepper heat. Approaching the last third, a strong black coffee and nutty note dominated the full draw only leaving a faint pepper note on the finish. The first half of this stick proved to be complex, however after the halfway point the cigar became a little one dimensional. If you enjoy maduro cigars with more then typical maduro flavors, give this Santa Damiana a try! As always, Stay Toasting!

Monday, May 28, 2012
"Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story" Natural
This beautiful Cameroon wrapped cigar had medium sized veins with slight tooth and a honey brown color. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet chocolate and peppery tobacco notes. The burn was perfect, as well as the draw which produced tons of thick and rich medium to full bodied smoke. The ash was a beautiful white color and held on for the entire stick. The first third produced flavors of aged tobacco with leather and deep earthy notes. Shortly after the first inch or so, I was picking up flavors of caramel and chocolate along with vanilla notes. At this same point, a wonderful pepper spice was complimenting the sweetness throughout the draw and finish. The final third continued with sweet notes and pepper however a nutty note was becoming prominent as I was reaching the nub. The cigar only lasted a good 20 minutes before I was burning my fingers and becoming very upset because I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and was wanting more!. The flavors were blended wonderfully and I must say that this is what I am looking for in a cigar when it comes to flavors. The perfect quick smoke in my opinion. Stay Toasting!

"Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story" Natural

This beautiful Cameroon wrapped cigar had medium sized veins with slight tooth and a honey brown color. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet chocolate and peppery tobacco notes. The burn was perfect, as well as the draw which produced tons of thick and rich medium to full bodied smoke. The ash was a beautiful white color and held on for the entire stick. The first third produced flavors of aged tobacco with leather and deep earthy notes. Shortly after the first inch or so, I was picking up flavors of caramel and chocolate along with vanilla notes. At this same point, a wonderful pepper spice was complimenting the sweetness throughout the draw and finish. The final third continued with sweet notes and pepper however a nutty note was becoming prominent as I was reaching the nub. The cigar only lasted a good 20 minutes before I was burning my fingers and becoming very upset because I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and was wanting more!. The flavors were blended wonderfully and I must say that this is what I am looking for in a cigar when it comes to flavors. The perfect quick smoke in my opinion. Stay Toasting!

Monday, May 21, 2012
"Romeo Y Julieta, Coronita En Cedro" (Cuban) in Corona
This $12.00 cigar had a rough dark tan wrapper with no tooth or veins present. The seams looked as if they had been stitched, but none the less, a great looking stick. The pre lit aroma consisted of a strong cinnamon like spice accompanied with a strong and very pleasant Spanish cedar aroma. The draw on this cigar had a bit of resistance however it was producing a good amount of thick, mild to medium bodied smoke. The ash was light grey in color and was flowering quite a bit producing some flaking. The burn was wobbly at times only needing one touch up at the halfway point but I would guess it was due to the windy outdoor conditions. The first third was showing flavors of a strong wood and an almost fruity like sweetness on the draw with a short peppery finish. By the end of the first third, the previously mentioned flavors transitioned into a very faint bread like sweetness and wood flavor on the draw, with the peppery wood continuing into the finish. The second third continued along the same flavor profile showing no changes. The last transition i took note of was when I reached the last third and the previous flavors mentioned transitioned into a creamy coffee on the draw with the same peppery wood on the finish. This cigar was a little one dimensional, however sometimes I want a smoke I can sit down with and simply relax, and this cigar would be the perfect choice. Stay Toasting! 

"Romeo Y Julieta, Coronita En Cedro" (Cuban) in Corona

This $12.00 cigar had a rough dark tan wrapper with no tooth or veins present. The seams looked as if they had been stitched, but none the less, a great looking stick. The pre lit aroma consisted of a strong cinnamon like spice accompanied with a strong and very pleasant Spanish cedar aroma. The draw on this cigar had a bit of resistance however it was producing a good amount of thick, mild to medium bodied smoke. The ash was light grey in color and was flowering quite a bit producing some flaking. The burn was wobbly at times only needing one touch up at the halfway point but I would guess it was due to the windy outdoor conditions. The first third was showing flavors of a strong wood and an almost fruity like sweetness on the draw with a short peppery finish. By the end of the first third, the previously mentioned flavors transitioned into a very faint bread like sweetness and wood flavor on the draw, with the peppery wood continuing into the finish. The second third continued along the same flavor profile showing no changes. The last transition i took note of was when I reached the last third and the previous flavors mentioned transitioned into a creamy coffee on the draw with the same peppery wood on the finish. This cigar was a little one dimensional, however sometimes I want a smoke I can sit down with and simply relax, and this cigar would be the perfect choice. Stay Toasting! 

Friday, May 11, 2012
"VegaFina" in Connecticut
This $8.00 natural shade Connecticut robusto had a satiny smooth delicate wrapper with no tooth and only one noticeable vein. The pre lit aroma consisted of a faint wood as well as a grassy hay note. The ash was a light grey almost white color and the burn was a little wobbly at times but was always correcting itself. The draw on this cigar had the perfect amount of resistance and was producing a good amount of mild bodied airy smoke. The flavors I noticed during the first third were woody notes on the draw and a grassy sweetness on the finish. The grassy finish was actually very pleasant, not bitter at all. As I reached the end of the first third I noticed the grassy finish was accompanied with a spice which was very welcome considering this wasn’t a very complex cigar. By the second third the grass and hay notes were replaced with a coffee and cream flavor and the previously mentioned spice had vanished which i came to miss later on. The coffee and cream flavors remained throughout the rest of the cigar only to have the wood flavors ramp up towards the nub. This would be a great cigar to have in the morning when walking your dog or having a coffee however, this would not be something I would want after a big meal where it doesn’t have enough body to satisfy ones palette. Stay Toasting!

"VegaFina" in Connecticut

This $8.00 natural shade Connecticut robusto had a satiny smooth delicate wrapper with no tooth and only one noticeable vein. The pre lit aroma consisted of a faint wood as well as a grassy hay note. The ash was a light grey almost white color and the burn was a little wobbly at times but was always correcting itself. The draw on this cigar had the perfect amount of resistance and was producing a good amount of mild bodied airy smoke. The flavors I noticed during the first third were woody notes on the draw and a grassy sweetness on the finish. The grassy finish was actually very pleasant, not bitter at all. As I reached the end of the first third I noticed the grassy finish was accompanied with a spice which was very welcome considering this wasn’t a very complex cigar. By the second third the grass and hay notes were replaced with a coffee and cream flavor and the previously mentioned spice had vanished which i came to miss later on. The coffee and cream flavors remained throughout the rest of the cigar only to have the wood flavors ramp up towards the nub. This would be a great cigar to have in the morning when walking your dog or having a coffee however, this would not be something I would want after a big meal where it doesn’t have enough body to satisfy ones palette. Stay Toasting!

Monday, April 9, 2012
"Imperiales by Leon Jimenes" Maduro
This $9.00 Maduro stick had large veins with an oily wrapper featuring a pre lit aroma of sweet tobacco. The burn on this cigar was wobbly and the dark grey ash was flowering quite a bit. The smoke output was very nice but the smoke was extremely airy, having a medium body and a medium finish. Giving me flavors of slight sweetness from the tobacco as well as spice, leather and heavy earth. The draw on the cigar was very loose. I prefer loose draws but this reminded me of sucking air through a straw. By the half way point the sweetness which was there in the first half died down, being replaced with a prominent flavor of leather, making this cigar a leather bomb. Being fairly one dimensional, this cigar didn’t knock my socks off but I wanna keep a few in my humidor and try them a year from now. Stay toasting people!

"Imperiales by Leon Jimenes" Maduro

This $9.00 Maduro stick had large veins with an oily wrapper featuring a pre lit aroma of sweet tobacco. The burn on this cigar was wobbly and the dark grey ash was flowering quite a bit. The smoke output was very nice but the smoke was extremely airy, having a medium body and a medium finish. Giving me flavors of slight sweetness from the tobacco as well as spice, leather and heavy earth. The draw on the cigar was very loose. I prefer loose draws but this reminded me of sucking air through a straw. By the half way point the sweetness which was there in the first half died down, being replaced with a prominent flavor of leather, making this cigar a leather bomb. Being fairly one dimensional, this cigar didn’t knock my socks off but I wanna keep a few in my humidor and try them a year from now. Stay toasting people!