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Room 101 10th Anniversary Toro 6 * 50
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As I sit here and write my final review of this year, I am very excited to share with you this special 10th Anniversary Room 101 cigar by Matt Booth! Not much information is disclosed about the tobaccos used in this special edition, but the wrapper is a Nicaraguan Rosado. Made in one size only -- 6x52 -- this cigar was made in Nicaragua at the factory of A.J. Fernandez. Only 500 boxes of 20 were released. This special 10th anniversary cigar marked Matt Booth's 10 years in the industry! Upon first light, some notes of spice and pepper are upfront, slowly accompanied by a little sweetness. Nice combo to start with. Into the second third, cocoa notes along with earthiness are spot on, with spice and pepper still lingering. Construction is perfect at this point-- the draw was a bit tight at the beginning, but has opened up nicely. Into the final third, spice is still around, along with cocoa and nutiness. The cigar overall had nice complexity-- a solid medium plus in strength. It really was a pleasure to smoke this Room 101 10th anniversary, as I have always been a huge fan of Matt Booth!! Enjoy and Happy New Year. Picked on 12/26/2019
AVO Regional East Edition Perfecto 6 * 53
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The Avo East is a beautiful long perfecto vitola which catches immediate attention. The cigar has an Ecuadorian wrapper with both Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. Upon first light, you are hit with cedar notes followed by some vanilla creaminess and also some spicy notes. The spicy notes tend to take over by the end of the first third. Into the second third, the strength is a medium body smoke. The flavors are mostly the same-- lacking in complexity but still very enjoyable. Construction is perfect at this point and problem free. Into the final third, the notes stay predominantly the same--spicy, cedar, and leather. This cigar ended up to be medium to full in strength. It gives off a very good amount of smoke, so over the course of this perfecto it made for a very relaxing smoke!! You will experience it all -- sweetness, spiciness, creaminess, coffee, caramel and cedar. Enjoy! Picked on 12/02/2019
Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM Medio Tiempo Belicoso Fino 51/2 * 52
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I chose this Kudzu Lustrum to review as I was a huge fan of the original Kudzu. This cigar is a box pressed Belicoso fino with a gorgeous oily habano wrapper. This Nicaraguan puro is a limited production. It is made using the highest priming leaves on the plant-- uses vintage tobacco which has been aged five years, thus celebrating Southern Draw's 5 year anniversary. Only 2500 bundles of 10 cigars have been produced. Upon first light, black pepper jumps into action along with earthiness. Into the second third, the pepper and earthiness are still around along with a delicious sweetness which makes a perfect combo. Construction thus far is spot on -- great draw and burn. A medium plus in strength at this point. Into the final third, pepper calms down a bit and woody notes are upfront. There is a nice complexity of chocolate, cocoa, woody, creaminess and pepper throughout. You will definitely feel the nicotine strength in this cigar! This has been a very decadent, rich smoking experience -- a must try! Picked on 11/08/2019
Oscar Valladares Super Fly Super Toro 6 * 54
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I fell in love with the Super Fly by Oscar. Upon first glance, you will see a very dark, gorgeous Mexican San Andres wrapper contrasted by the very artsy, groovy colors and lettering on the band!! This is the first Oscar cigar made with Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers-- has a Honduran binder. This combo makes for an outstanding cigar. This was supposed to be their strongest cigar yet, but I feel it was a medium bodied cigar with full flavor--extremely smooth. Upon first light, really nice sweetness greets you along with a slight amount of pepper. Into the second third, dark chocolate, espresso and still a nice sweetness are hanging out. It is still very smooth and the construction has been spot on! Into the final third, the pepper has subsided--no bite at all-- just sweetness and some floral undertones. It is still staying at a medium bodied cigar which means many different levels of smokers can enjoy this! I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar from start to finish as I know you will agree! Enjoy. Picked on 09/20/2019