David's Picks

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TASTE:Anything and everything, I’ll try anything once.
HOBBIES:Collecting coins, basketball cards, cigars, cigar swag and playing video games
STRENGTH:Mild in the mornings and medium to full in the afternoons and nights, depending on my meals.
La Palina Black Label Robusto 5 * 50
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Today I decided I wanted to introduce a new dark Maduro into my rotation. I think the La Palina Black Label Robusto was a perfect pick. Once removed from its clear sleeping bag, it had noticeable farm and barn like aromas. Needless to say, I was excited to get it lit. I used my red Lotus triple torch and its convenient built-in V-cutter to get things moving and it did the job perfectly. Once toasted and evenly lit, it immediately spills plenty of smoke off the foot. On the first puff I was greeted with a full black coffee flavor and dark chocolate notes. Along with the dark notes, I also detected a chewy nougat flavor. By now, the flavors dance around from a macadamia nut then to black coffee and then to a milky way chocolate bar. Granted, I might have had a few Halloween snacks in between puffs (don't judge me), but this was a great cigar and I would highly recommend it for everyone to try. Now go make yourself a nice cup of coffee to pair with it, and enjoy a smooth trip through the galaxy. Picked on 11/06/2021
RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII Goodness 5 * 56
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Recently we received a good selection of new cigars, but one in particular had stood out to me. Not just because it was a Roma Craft with the word GOODNESS on the box, but because it was a box pressed Connecticut. Being a sucker for box pressed cigars, I jumped at the chance to try it. As I giddily removed the cigar from the cellophane, I was greeted with a sweet hay and brown rice aroma. After applying a straight cut, I started to toast the exposed foot. Upon first puff, I tasted smooth cream and dry bread toast notes. Taking sips of my big cup of coffee, the natural creaminess of the cigar nicely enhanced the creamer I always add to my coffee. Half way in and enjoying the generous smoke output, the cigar changed to a heavy cedar taste with a light pepperiness to the finish and retro-hale. Chugging coffee and puffing my way past the band, I was hit with a strong blast of animal cracker notes. At the end with about a half inch left, I can happily say this is a great cigar for the mornings. The burn gets a little sideways at times, but I never had a real issue and it always corrected itself. I highly recommend any type of coffee, a single malt scotch or a light whiskey to pair with this cigar. Now go out and get some before we smoke them all! (ooga ooga) Picked on 10/12/2021
Henry Clay Maduro Breva Fina 61/2 * 48
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Lately I’ve felt a little rustic and brave. The Henry Clay Breva was picked, cut, and lit after a short walk through the isles. Sporting a beautiful, toothy Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, I got the usual barn yard aroma and tastes on the first few puffs. The first inch and a half gives you a great blast of chewy thick smoke and a very earth-dominate flavor. Loving the way this is going, I happily kept puffing and half way in I started experiencing a complexity and a familiar switch. I picked up funnel cake sweetness and flavors for only a few puffs. It then changed to a robust coffee with a slight cream touch on the retro hale. Getting to the end (as the strength picks up a little bit to match the body), it changed back to how it started. A lot of earth, hay and barn like aroma with a little nuttiness mixed in. As I put the nub down I must say this is a spectacular budget friendly smoke for anyone. I will note, I had only water to drink with this review. Adding a whiskey or bourbon to this cigar would only enhance the flavors. Cheers and enjoy! Picked on 09/21/2021
Emperors Cut Natural Pleasure Grand Robusto 51/2 * 56
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When smoking something new to me, I like to do as little research as possible. When I discovered the Emperor’s Cut Natural Pleasure, I embraced it as a challenge since I knew very little about the brand and had never had one before. So let’s get this thing started! Cutting the cap and giving it a dry test puff gave me some fruit and raw honey notes. At first light it has a robust coffee-like hint with a little bit of nutmeg. That flavor seemed to have lasted the entire first half of the cigar with subtle blasts of a cream-like sweetness. Retro haling is very peppery but does allow you to notice the aged tobacco notes. Noticing that this a straight shooter for consistency, I paired it with a coffee and they go together excellently. When approaching the band, the strength does pick up, while the flavors remain mostly consistent. At about just 2 inches left I called it quits. All in all, the Emperor’s Cut Natural Pleasure had a great burn, decent flavors throughout and will combo good with any drink. Enjoy! Picked on 08/09/2021
Flor de Selva Maduro Robusto 43/4 * 50
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This month I wanted to explore a different country. Honduras has been becoming very popular lately and one of the top companies that has been known for the this regions quality is Flor De Selva. It is known to a lot of people, mostly because of the owner Maya Selva’s dedication to making great cigars. At first look this aged maduro wrapper of this cigar makes it look like a chocolate bar. (Don’t worry, I didn’t eat it.) It has a very earthy cold draw which is pleasant for chewers. At toasting and first puff, the earth and spice is very dominant. It has a great draw and produces a nice foot smoke aroma. Getting into the 2nd inch, I taste bits of dry coco and robust coffee notes. This made it much easier to smoke since I was drinking coffee with this review and made this a very enjoyable experience. Passing the half way point the taste of aged tobacco over takes my taste buds. It had a little bit of a running burn which corrected it self. Flavors and draw has not changed but, the smoke seems to have got a lot smoother in the retro hale. Reaching to the finale inch and a half, it did produce a small bit of sweet fig like notes but was still dominant of aged tobacco. My overall experience was good, it had little complexity but was very consistent and required no relighting. Best paired with coffee or a chocolate wine. Picked on 07/04/2021
Rocky Patel Quarter Century Robusto 51/2 * 50
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I was excited to give this cigar a review due to the lengthy aging process it has gone through. Also, I’m a sucker for Mexican San Andres wrappers! I happily toasted the cigar and got a blast of dark pepper and deep fig flavors. Puffing down an inch, I hit a smooth leather and fresh cut cedar on the retro hale. Cruising into the half way point I caught a few notes of cinnamon that complimented the sweet cedar tastes. Entering the last quarter the smoke slightly intensified and gave more of a caramel and creaminess that made my mouth salivate. At this point, I had to put the cigar down so I don’t burn my fingers and lips (again). The lingering aftertaste was of dark robust coffee. This is a spectacularly crafted aged cigar. Pairing this with a spiced rum or Jack and Coke would make this an even more awesome experience. Enjoy! Picked on 06/06/2021
Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Toro 6 * 50
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Diesel whiskey row sherry cast toro Day in and day out, we work around cigars. We get questions all of the time about cigars we have never had. So I thought I’d go for something different. The Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Toro fit that void. Removing it from the cellophane, it had a slight sweet oak smell as well as on the cold draw. After toasting and first puff, I picked up some fig or raisin type tastes. Smooth smoke output and did not need my attention to stay lit. Around a quarter of the way in, the sweetness toned down and a oaky taste became dominant with some dry nuttiness. About half way in I was wishing I had some type of liquor to go with the strong wood oak taste. As I inch down it started to get a little bit of a smooth peppery taste and slight spice to the lips. I had to call it quits with a half inch left as the smoke got too hot. This cigar had a great draw and would compliment any drink especially a spiced rum or brandy. Picked on 05/01/2021
Casa Cuevas Habano Toro 6 * 50
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The Casa Cuevas company has been on my radar for some time, now I figured I’d give it a go. The red and gold band along with the aged habano wrapper is a flawless classic. Pulling the cello off, the cigar had a nice mild smell and after cutting the cap the cold draw had a nice earthy taste. After the toast and first puff I had a super thick smoke that left a nice cedar flavor on my pallet. I was enjoying the flavor but I noticed a slight change on the finish, which now turned into a sweetness that was hard to figure out at first. After about 20 minutes in, the sweet taste has been amping up and throwing me off (in a good way). The smoke is so smooth I can retrohale a complete puff. Then it hit me, it was like my grandmas homemade cherry pie! You can almost even taste the toasted crust and cherry filling. As I approached the last third or 45 minutes in, the flavors are still dominant and I’m loving every puff of this cigar. Now at 55 minutes in, I literally could not smoke anymore or I would have blistered my lips being that I only had less than half of a inch left. Never had I felt a strength kick and I only had to touch up the burn a couple of times due to it burning uneven. This cigar left me highly impressed and I am now adding it to my weekly rotation. Go pick up a couple and try it for yourself! Picked on 03/25/2021
AVO Classic Robusto 5 * 50
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When given this opportunity of doing a cigar review I wanted to start with something new to me. I had 5 to choose from and the AVO Classic Robusto jumped at me. Due to the lightly tanned aged Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and elegant light colored band, I felt compelled and excited to give it a try. Once removed from the cellophane, the aroma from the cigar had a great smooth aged tobacco smell. I used my trusted Colibri V-cut and the draw was perfect with little resistance. After toasting the foot and taking the first puff, the cigar had a very smooth and smoke that tasted a lot like graham crackers. These flavors continued for about a inch and then changed to freshly toasted bread and lasted for the first half of the cigar. After passing the half way point, there was another change in taste. Now it has switched to freshly brewed coffee and some hints of caramel on the finish which lasted long in between puffs, sometimes longer than 5 minutes. Having really been enjoying this blend so far, the flavors changed yet again (which at this point, I’m thinking I need to buy a box of these ASAP). This time it went back to the nuttiness but had a slight maple flavor that lasted til my fingers started to burn with the tiny nub I had left. I must say, I was very shocked with this cigar by how smooth the flavors transitioned from one to another. I never had any issues with burn nor draw and the retro-hale was smooth with a slight pepper until the end. I highly recommend this complex mild - medium cigar to be paired with a morning coffee, whiskey or scotch. Picked on 03/06/2021
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