Archive for August, 2007


Today I tried the brand new Ashton-made San Cristobal.  This is Ashton’s all Nicaraguan cigar that was just released this month.  The Fabuloso is a torpedo sized at 6.125×52.  The presentation on this cigar is very nice with a dark oily Nicaraguan wrapper.  The flavors exhibit earthy, spicy tones but seemed to be a bit one dimensional.  The draw was nice and the burn was even.  Overall I rate the San Cristobal at a B-.



Wow.  This little Figurado had lots of complex flavor and aroma.  Nicely sized for a quick smoke at 4.65×49, you’ll wish it lasted longer.  I smoked this one down to the nub and was sad to put it down.  At the beginning, the cigar gave a distinctive orange peel flavor mixed with very smooth spice and nut.  As the cigar progressed, the flavor became leathery and cedary.  There was also a wonderful leather aroma noted.  The draw was great, not too tight as many Figurado’s are for me, and the burn was pretty even.  The cigar never warmed up, which was a surprise based on how fast I sucked it down!  Overall, I’ll rate this one at an even A.


This was a nice sized Robusto at 54×5 that had an attractive wrapper.  The draw was perfect and the burn was mostly even.  Made in Honduras with Honduran wrapper and binder and Nicaraguan and Honduran filler, this cigar had lots a nice flavors of earth and cedar and had a decent amount of spice, though not too spicy at all.  Very smooth cigar.  This is the cheapest Ashton-made cigar I’ve seen and well worth the $4.55 I paid for it.  I will look to stock my box with this one.  Overall I’ll give it an A-.


Last night I tried the Gurkha G3 Toro.  Honestly, I was really wanting to try the Grand Age, but the only one the shop had in that variety was really big and I didn’t feel like taking the time to smoke it.  It was already late.  The G3 has a very dark Nicaraguan wrapper, a camaroon binder and Nicaraguan filler.  The cigar was quite smooth, had a bit of a tight draw that didn’t produce enough smoke and had a perfectly even burn.  Honestly, I expected this super dark wrapper to give out a bit more flavor.  It wasn’t flavorless, but it didn’t have enough flavor to make it very distinctive at all.  It was a fairly large cigar (6×50) that seemed to smoke a little fast, but did stay very cool the entire way through.  All in all, it was a very well made cigar, that didn’t impress me with it’s flavors or body.  In consideration of my rating coming primarily from preference and the expectation of a dark wrapper to give more of a medium to full bodied smoke, I’ll rate the G3 at an even C and say it wasn’t worth the $9 price tag.


This small sized Robusto (4.5×50) is wrapped in a Honduran leaf, binded with a Connecticut broadleaf and filled with tobaccos from Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Honduras. Lots of influences make this cigar an interesting, flavorful medium bodied cigar. The cigar had a great draw and a pretty even burn and had toasty and creamy flavors along with pepper and cedar. At times it seemed a bit tinny, but it ended up balancing nicely. I really enjoyed this cigar and will be eager to pick up one again. Overall, I rate it at a nice B+.


This was a pretty small cigar (4.5×52) but had lots of flavor. The beginning of the cigar had a woody, lemony flavor and as the cigar progressed it turned rather peppery and earthy. The draw was nice and the burn just a tad uneven. Honestly, this was not my preference in a cigar, but I can see how someone would enjoy it. However, just like the last Joya de Nicaragua I smoked the cigar went out on me twice. I really couldn’t believe it. As a result, I’ll give this one a deserving C- and officially give up on Joya de Nicaragua.


The Lot 23 is made from tobacco grown and aged in Nicaragua with an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper. I smoked the Robusto which measured in at a typical 5×50. The draw was nice and the burn even. The wrapper was very nice looking aside from a vein or two, but overall it looked quite inticing. The cigar did not dissapoint. Cedary, creamy flavors along with a hint of nut and perhaps coffee mixed with a nice earthy twist, made a very enjoyable and pretty smooth medium-bodied cigar. I really enjoyed this cigar and will definetly be looking to pick up a few more very soon. Overall, I give it an A-.


Wow. My top 5 has changed after smoking this smooth, full-bodied wonderful cigar. The 5×50 Robusto is made with a Habano Sun Grown wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Jalapa Valley Ligero filler. It was a full bodied cigar with hints of cedar, coffee, chocolate, and maybe even a touch of nut. The cigar was so complex I analyzed it the entire time I smoked it and was left only wishing it had been a churchhill so I had more time to enjoy and analyze. The burn was a bit uneven, but I started out smoking it at the beach on a really windy evening, so I will assume this was the main culprit. The draw was perfect and it left me wishing I had another one just like it in my box (though I do have the enourmouse Special V Figurado 6×60 in my box that I’m saving for poker night on my birthday). Overall, I rate the cigar at an impressive A+.


Honestly, I’m not sure which wrapper this one was, but I THINK it was a camaroon. Overall, the cigar was one of the smoothest I’ve ever smoked. Talk about smooth. Not a harsh note in it at all. Honestly, the flavor was not my cup of tea, but I suppose this is a thing of preference. For the price ($8.60), I’d rather smoke a Cohiba, but I was pleased to smoke the one I had. Made of Dominican tobacco, this Robusto was sized at around 5×50, and had, at times, a sweet taste in the finish. Overall, I’ll give it an even A.


The 1992 was a beautiful looking, nice sized cigar (5.5×50). Made from a 10 year old Ecuadorian Sumatra sungrown wrapper and 7 year old Honduran filler, this cigar was earthy, peppery and full-bodied. This one had lots of flavor, a great draw and a pretty decent burn. Nice, smooth cigar that I really enjoyed and I look forward to picking more of these up soon. I rate it at an A-.

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