Gabriel's Picks

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Villiger Cuellar Connecticut Kreme Torpedo 61/4 * 52
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For my review this week, I selected the Villiger Cuellar Connecticut Kreme Torpedo. Appearance wise, this cigar is gorgeous. The elegant white band draped over the silky smooth Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper make for a very inviting presentation. Upon lighting you're greeted with a wave of nutty, creamy aromas. The torpedo has an excellent draw and prduces lots of smoke. Tasting notes of cashews and hay envelope the pallet in the first third. I detected a subtle aroma of spicy cedar in the retro-hale, which I thought complemented the cigar quite well. Moving on to the second third, the spice is fades while that nutty sweetness lingers. At this point in my session the burn needed correcting a few times. No drastic corrections were required however, owing to its good construction. Warm flavors of baked bread and honey are present, and its spice still tickles the nose. The Kreme started strong and ended strong with the same sweet and nutty flavors. A smooth finish of café con leche lingers on the pallet after finishing. This light, creamy Dominican selectionn makes for a great morning cigar to pair with a coffee and a crossword puzzle to start your day right. Picked on 02/18/2024
Excalibur 1066 Maduro Dark Knight I 53/4 * 54 
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This full-bodied toro from Hoyo de Monterrey drew me in as soon as I saw it on the shelf. A dark, oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper contrasted by a gold label, the Dark Knight I is a cigar that looks as good as it tastes. The dry draw gives sweet notes of chocolate that serve as a delicious precursor for whats to come. Upon lighting you're greeted y=by that familiar chocolate taste complimented by a fragrant spice from the Broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers. Draw is a little open for my liking, but this stick produces plenty of smoke. Smoking through to the second third, the spice gives way to an earthy funkiness thats classic in Honduran tobacco. Faint notes of spice linger on in the form of black pepper that tickle the sinuses on the retrohale. By the final third that sweet earth taste takes over. The black pepper provides some nice complexity without overpowering the sweet maduro taste. The Dark Knight I provides smooth maduro complexity and stiff strength levels for a toro. A good draw and a burn that only needed to be corrected a few times are signs of good construction. I'd recommend you eat a nice meal before smoking this potent stick and pair with an aged rum to cut through that mineral taste. Picked on 01/16/2024
LAtelier Surrogates Big Ten Robusto 51/4 * 52
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Nothing makes you want to try a cigar like a big red exclamation point on the box? The L'Atelier Surrogates Big Ten is a solid medium bodied and flavorful Habano seed offering from Tatuaje. The first third brings a potent amount of spice, as expected from the brand, accompanied by a faint nutty sweetness. Smoking into the subsequent third, the spice subsides, making way for those nice Habano notes of toasted nuts and cream. Further down the stick, I got some pleasant sweetness and a subtle return of that initial spice. The final third is full of notes of coffee spice that leave a nice finish on the pallet. As a pairing, I'd recommend something sweet like a bourbon or rum to cut through some of that spice. Picked on 11/08/2023
Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Concerto 7 * 50
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Another amazing cigar from Rafael Nodal, this time with the help of AJ Fernández and his Nicaraguan factory. The Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua is an extremely well renowned blend, taking cigar of the year in 2019 with its torpedo size, and this beautiful box-pressed Churchill simply gave me more to enjoy. This Nicaraguan puro starts off strong with some heavy chocolate and espresso notes from the first third, balanced out by a pleasant spice in the retrohale. The maduro sweetness is soon complemented by faint leather and earth notes in the second third. The final third brought the smoke to a close with a rich sweetness, which leaves a nice mild finish on the palette. Construction wise the cigar was near perfect, wrapper leaf in beautiful condition with clear rolling seams and the burn line only needed to be corrected a few times. I’d pair this cigar with a nice cognac to complement the mellow sweetness in the final third. Picked on 09/14/2023
EP Carrillo Dusk Robusto 5 * 50
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I’m a fan of Broadleaf & EP Carrillo Cigars, so for me the Dusk was a no-brainer. The homegrown Connecticut broadleaf wrapper drapes an Ecuadorian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The dry draw gives a little bit of chocolatey sweetness but you’re greeted with much more complexity after its lit- including sweet notes of coffee, earth, and a little bit of pepper to balance the cigar. Construction wise the cigar looks fantastic and there’s a nice open draw but the burn leaves a bit to be desired. The second third rounds out the dull earthiness with notes of cedar and leather making for a very well rounded smoke. Between the compact size and robust flavor this is the perfect smoke for a late night wind-down. I recommend pairing it with a nice bourbon to cut through that earthiness. Another tremendous cigar from EP Carrillo at a very reasonable price. Picked on 08/15/2023
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