Archive for July, 2007

ROCKY PATEL EDGE COROJO TORPEDO

I smoked this nice sized cigar (52×6) while sitting on the patio of my hotel over looking the Gulf of Mexico in Panama City Beach, while sipping perhpas the best glass of Pinot Noir by Red Bicyclette I’ve ever had. Ah, the Good Life. What a great cigar. Plenty of flavor. Plenty of spice. Great draw, great burn.

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PRIVATE STOCK ROBUSTO

The Private Stock cigar is made in the Dominican Davidoff factory, and is a very affordable very good little cigar. It has Dominican filler and a Connecticut wrapper. I smoked one the other day at a get together at a cigar shop I frequent and I honestly did not want to put it down. I smoked it down literally all the way. And to top it all off, it was only about $3! I saw one at a different cigar shop again today, and had to pick one up to add to my humidor.

CARLOS TORANO CASA TORANO ROBUSTO

I bought this cigar several weeks ago and had planned on letting it sit for at least a few months before smoking it, but last night I was just in the mood for a real light wrapper, and this was the lightest in my box. The cigar was quite smooth with a perfect draw and a pretty even burn. It had a leathery, nutty, and even at times spicy flavor. The only complaint I had was that the smoke seemed to get a little hotter than usual towards the end. Overall, nice smoke. This is the first Torano I’ve had and plan to try most of the others in thier line with eager expectation.

CAO CX2 ROBUSTO

So this is my new favorite cigar. I had heard great things about this one, and had been wanting to try it for a while, so I bought one a couple weeks ago and it’s been sitting in my humidor waiting for the right time to give it a go. I finally smoked it the other night and I was so impressed with the cigar that I may have teared up a bit when it was done. My wife even took a couple puffs on it and she was actually impressed. The cigar had a wonderful flavor with hints of coffee and nut, a draw that got better as the cigar progressed and a decently even burn. I will be buying a box of the CX2 in the near future so I can enjoy one anytime the mood arises.

CANIMAO JIBARO

This is an interesting and frustrating little cigar. It looks like it’s going to be a blast to smoke, but honestly turns out to be a bit laborious. The cigar is Figurado shaped, and has a natural wrapper. The first one I smoked, I kind of messed up – or should I say my cutter did. It didn’t cut well and to make a long story short, the draw was extremely thick. I thought this may have been due to the bad cut and some of the tobacco being pulled. So. Round two. I still found this cigar to have a thick draw – not as thick as the first one, but still much more so than my preference. Plus, at the beginning, I had a hard time keeping it lit. But, after smoking the cigar down about 2/3 of the way, it became quite enjoyable (which, honestly, added a bit to the frustration). Once it got good, it was great. If only the whole cigar could have smoked the way the last third did. I still have one more of these suckers in my humidor, but will likely not buy or smoke any of this variety after that. I also have a normal Robusto of the Canimao line, which I’m hoping will be as good as the Jibaro should have been.

JOYA DE NICARAGUA ANTANO 1970 MACHITO

I have to say that this cigar was just okay. It had decent flavor, and an okay draw, maybe a little on the tight side, had a good even burn but was unimpressed mainly becuase it went out on me twice. This happens to me very seldomly because when I smoke a cigar, I smoke it, it doesn’t get much time to sit. So for a cigar to go out on me is rare, and makes you wonder about the roll quality. This is a smaller cigar (4 3/4 x 42) which is mainly why I bought it because sometimes I just want a small, quick smoke. I most likely wont buy any more of this Joya variety, I still have one more in my humidor, but will certainly try more of their stuff.

CAO BRAZILIA GOL!

This is a short (5) and fat (56) wonderful cigar. It’s full-bodied with lots of flavor, great aroma and filled with the greatness of Nicaraguan tobacco and Brazilian wrapper. I was a little sad when it was finished. The only criticism I have of this cigar was that the draw was a little looser than I would like. But, I’d rather have one a bit loose than a bit tight. Such a great cigar I had to go out and buy another one the next day to have in my humidor. Kinda makes me want to go watch some soccer…ehem, or Futbol. GOL!

PADRON 1964 ANNIVERSARY SERIES PRINCIPE NATURAL

I’ve been wanting to try the 1964 Anniversary Series for a while now, and today I finally did. This was a great smoke. There’s really no other way to say it. Elegance in a small package. This cigar is sized small (46×4.5) but the flavor, aroma, smoothness and quality were huge. If you’re wanting an extra edge in quality and willing to spend a bit more, you have to have a cigar from Padron’s 1964 Anniversary Series.

OLIVA SERIE G SPECIAL G

Interesting little smoke. This cigar is the exact size and shape of the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story, but at a cost of about half the price at $2.60. At first it was a little too spicy, almost dirty tasting. But I pushed through that and the cigar actually turned out to be a nice mild smoke. It had a moderatley even burn, and a decent draw, leaning towards hard. The cigar had decent flavor and inticed the taste buds from time to time. It was a good smoke for the money, especially if you’re looking for a quick smoke.

CAO GOLD LABEL

Two words. Pretty nice. I wouldn’t say it’s the best I’ve had in it’s class, but it is definitly right up there. At first, it seemed a bit harsh for a natural colored wrapper, but half way through or so it really mellowed out and became quite an enjoyable smoke. It had a perfectly even burn and the draw was desirable. I will be getting a few more of these. I recently saw a pretty decent deal on a box and after smoking one I must admit that the box purchase is quite tempting. But I will hold off for now.

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