Rene's Picks

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AGE:32
TASTE:Wood, Earth, Leather
HOBBIES:Guitar, Beer, Sarcasm
STRENGTH:Medium/Full
Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas 4 * 52
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It's no secret that Drew Estate is responsible for some of the most acclaimed and sought after premium cigars in the world, and the Liga Privada brand is not only one of them, but one of my personal all-time favorite smokes. And thus, I was extremely excited to light up the new Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas. This cone-shaped little stogie has a charmingly rustic look to it, and is part of the renowned Unico line of Drew Estate's catalog, which feature specially selected aged tobacco based largely on the vitola at hand. Eager to begin, I forgoed the cutter and simply twisted off the pigtail cap at the cigar head and started giddily torching the shaggy foot. Immediately, I was greeted with a noticeable yet manageable pepper blast that lasted for the first couple of puffs, that led way to a rich profile consisting of notes of dried earth, leather, molasses, and oak. The slick USA Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper has a beautiful oily sheen to it that hinted at the boldness this cigar was about to provide, and in no way was I disappointed. I would classify the Nasty Fritas as medium to full-bodied during the first two thirds, with it picking up strength closer to the finish line. Underlying pepper remained for the entire duration of the smoke, but expertly so as it never once became overwhelmingly spicy, but 'just right'. The pyramid form factor of the Nasty Fritas contributed to its nearly flawless burn line, and also allowed it to billow out smoke relentlessly (Don't have a chimney in your house? Now you do.) All in all, the Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas is a superb addition to the highly-respected Unico line from the mighty Drew Estate, and is perfect for when you want a short-ish smoke that doesn't sacrifice one single bit of flavor. Pair it with a quality single malt scotch to amplify the deliciousness even more! Cheers. Picked on 01/06/2019
Warped La Colmena Amado No. 44 51/2 * 44
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I'll admit -- I'm a sucker for cigars that look good. When a cigar has that outward appearance that lets you know it was meticulously rolled with utmost attention to detail and extra special care, it grabs my attention and I instantly want to see if the book lives up to the cover. There is something about the simple yet elegant presentation of Warped's La Colmena that made it irresistible to me, and I'm ecstatic to report that it tastes as good as it looks. Rolled exclusively by select Level 9 master rollers at Miami's famed El Titan de Bronze factory, La Colmena exudes craftsmanship found only in cigars made by the best of the best. Between the veinless silky-smooth Ecuadorian DeFlorada wrapper, the classy color scheme of the band against the hue of said wrapper, and the textbook-perfect pigtail cap, I truly almost felt bad setting it ablaze. That said, I also couldn't wait to indulge in what I was sure to be a real treat from the experts at Warped. Upon lighting the flawlessly closed foot, I was greeted with cedary notes of figs and honey, with velvety floral notes appearing as the ash made its way into the second third. By the end of the smoke, the honey notes were still present, along with a pleasant Irish cream flavor that concluded the session magnificently. All in all, the only knock I would have to say about La Colmena is that due to its thin, fragile wrapper, I needed to correct the burn line a couple of times, but that's the small price to pay for the use of such a rare and delicate leaf. Besides that, I found La Colmena to be a super solid, mild to medium-bodied delight, and I encourage anyone who appreciates what a little TLC can do to give this one a try. Picked on 09/06/2018
Warfighter Nicaragua .50 Cal Field Maduro Robusto 5 * 52
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The Warfighter Tobacco Company is owned and operated by combat veterans who love cigars so much, they decided to make some of their own! Blended in part by active member of the U.S. Army David Blanco (Blanco Cigars) and hailing from the Plasencia factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, this halfway rustic-looking .50 Cal Field Maduro takes no prisoners. Full-bodied and rich, I was instantly greeted with heavy notes of leather, and as the minutes passed, earth and even a hint of oatmeal showed face. The burn was decent; it started off a bit iffy but then corrected itself about an inch or two in. Towards the end, notes of cedar and nuts began to appear, making for a more neutral finish than how it began. The aroma that emitted from this cigar was exceptionally noticeable and pungent; musty, but still interestingly pleasant. I can imagine some folks perhaps finding it a bit intrusive, but that's not necessarily the target audience Warfighter is aiming for. They're looking for those who like it a bit rough. Those who will spit every other minute whilst smoking. Those who will have this cigar hanging from their mouth as they clean their gun. Those who don't mind fighting for what they believe in. And especially those who can do all of the above and still crave an excellent premium cigar. Pick this one up to show some support for those who've risked their lives for their country, and if you happen to be reading this and are active military or a veteran - Thank you, and enjoy. Cheers. Picked on 01/15/2018
Camacho Triple Maduro Robusto 5 * 50
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Ah, yes. Dark as night, black as coal, the Camacho Triple Maduro is not afraid to intimidate with either its appearance or its name. This is the first cigar to utilize entirely maduro components: filler, binder, and wrapper are all prime San Andres maduro leaf, and the result is truly remarkable. The first thing I will say is, although this cigar is certainly full-bodied, it is NOT as much of a powerhouse as you may assume. There are many other cigars that I've tried, even in recent memory, that make this Camacho seem tame in a strength comparison. I feel the need to make that observation clear, as I wouldn't want anyone to think that the Triple Maduro is somehow too strong to smoke. Upon lighting, smoke billows out incessantly, and the rich flavors of leather and cocoa intertwine to create a lovely bitterness that impressively leads way into a sweeter finish as you approach the second third of the stick. Subtle notes of berry and vanilla show face, and I never once had to relight. Burn was almost perfect, barring some slight unevenness towards the end, but I almost didn't notice as I was too entertained by what is easily one of the whitest ashes I've ever seen. This cigar is a pleasure to smoke, and sadly, I feel as if it is often overlooked by many. If you are a full-bodied smoker, and haven't tried this one yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Picked on 12/07/2017
FSG by Drew Estate Robusto 5 * 54
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I am beyond excited to present to you the Florida Sun Grown (FSG) by Drew Estate! Willy Herrera collaborated with the owner of Corona Cigars to bring this Floridian tobacco onto the palates of smokers looking for something new and exciting. This is the first time in nearly 40 years that Florida tobacco is used in making a cigar, and it definitely deserves your attention; I can't rave about this cigar enough. From the first puff, you are met with a rich toastiness that leads way into some of the most delicious earthy notes I've experienced in recent memory. Notes of wood and the slightest amount of spice were present, and towards the end the cigar brought back that warm toastiness with a vengeance. The burn remained perfect throughout the entire session, and no relights were needed. Interestingly, there is no mention of Drew Estate anywhere on the band, but rest assured - the quality you've come to expect from them over the years remains in tact. Without a doubt, one of my new favorites that I gladly recommend to everyone who comes into the store. Clermont, Florida. Who'd have thought? Picked on 10/21/2017
Camacho Nicaraguan Barrel Aged Robusto 5 * 50
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Do not confuse this cigar with the already existing Camacho American Barrel-Aged blend, as this is the brand new (and in my opinion, improved), NICARAGUAN Barrel-Aged! Instead of Kentucky Bourbon barrels, this tobacco was aged 5 years in Flor de Caña rum barrels, which had previously held rum for 25 years. As a result, there is a very noticeable rum note throughout the entire stick. In true Camacho fashion, you are instantly greeted with a blast of pepper upon the very first puff, and although it does mellow out a bit after a few minutes, the spice never truly goes away completely; blending with the rum notes, this equates to a cigar with a nice, crisp, flavorful and sweet bite. The burn was nice and even throughout, and absolutely no relights were needed. Medium to full in strength, try this one if you're looking for something with both sugar AND spice ;) Picked on 09/04/2017
My Father The Judge Toro 6 * 56
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I've been eager to smoke this one for a long, long time. After months of being asked for it by numerous customers, The Judge has finally arrived at Neptune, and I'm happy to say it lived up to the hype. If you're already a fan of My Father cigars, then you know a little bit of what to expect: a perfectly harmonious marriage of spice and cream, with a delectably sharp yet smooth aroma. Right from the start, notes of almond and pepper flooded my palate, while hints of leather and fig swirled around throughout. The solid box-pressed construction offered a strong ash and an even burn. No re-lights needed. I would classify this cigar as medium to full-bodied in strength, however, it is definitely full in flavor. Pair it with some nice scotch! Another terrific offering from My Father. BONUS: Also available in a cool 5 x 60 vitola for those who prefer fatter stogies. Picked on 07/16/2017
Romeo 505 Nicaragua Robusto 51/2 * 50
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It has been a LONG time since I've smoked a Romeo y Julieta. If you've followed my reviews, you might be able to guess why I decided to light this one up - it's Nicaraguan! My favorite country of origin for tobacco is the highlight here, being that it is the very first RyJ to utilize it to the fullest extent; it features 100% Nicaraguan tobacco AND is rolled there as well. Naturally, I knew at the very least that I would probably LIKE the cigar, but I was surprised at how much I actually did. I happen to love box-pressed cigars, so that was already a point in its favor, but once it was lit and about an inch in, I already knew it would be my next Staff Pick. There was a momentary blast of spice in the very beginning, though that subsided fairly quickly and opened up into a very rich, leathery note that never let up. Earthy notes are also detectable, and hints of cinnamon showed face as well. No relights were needed, the burn was more than fair, and the cigar just looked and felt well constructed. I encourage you to try this one, especially if RyJ had perhaps gotten a bit lackluster as it had for me in recent times. Cheers! Picked on 02/23/2017
Montecristo Artisan Series Toro 6 * 54
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I enjoy boutique brands as much as the next smoker, but I also like to indulge in the 'big' names as well, seeing as how they got to where they are for a reason! One of the world's most recognized names in cigars, Montecristo sells itself. This Artisan Series Toro is a special one, however, and in more ways than just availability; each one has had its contents hand-picked by 3 members of the Grupo de Maestros (http://www.cigarmaestro.com/the-maestros) and then finally rolled by just one specifically chosen master roller. The result is a cigar with impeccable construction, and a whole lot of TLC. Like many Montecristo's, notes of almond and leather intertwine throughout the smoke, with a consistent hint of wood in the background. The strength lies in-between medium and full, but yet is so smooth you'll be asking yourself if it's part of the White series! Seriously, lots of taste, but no harshness or overbearing power. Perfect burn, no relights needed, and a beautiful aroma. Hats off to the Maestros - they've rightfully earned their name. Picked on 01/11/2017
Cohiba Nicaragua N54 Toro 51/2 * 54
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Whenever I'm asked at the store if we carry Cohiba, 9 out of 10 times the person is referring to the Cuban variant. In fact, many people are unaware that Cohiba has Dominican and Nicaraguan offerings that easily hold their own in the cigar world. I gravitated towards the Nica blend for this review, as that is my personal country of choice for the majority of the tobacco I smoke. This cigar wields a large black and gold band, with the famous "red dot" sticking out nicely. Upon lighting, there was a short and mostly subtle pepper blast, which then led way to a leathery note that lasts throughout most of the duration. Notes of oak and even a little bit of berry appear from time to time, and always at just the right moment, keeping the cigar from becoming one-dimensional yet not overly 'busy'. Solid construction gives forth an even burn, and no relights were needed. Next time you think about the Cohiba brand, remember that they are more than just Cuban! Picked on 10/26/2016
The Griffins Nicaragua Robusto 5 * 54
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A while back, I smoked and reviewed the Griffin's Connecticut Robusto from the DR, and after enjoying that cigar I was certainly looking forward to trying out the stronger Nicaraguan version. I personally found the strength to be medium-bodied, and not quite as potent as I expected from the Habano wrapper. Nevertheless, the flavor is exquisite, with a small hint of spice upon lighting which quickly leads way into a creamy almond finish that lasts the entire way through. The burn was perfect, and needed absolutely no relights. Overall a super solid choice for someone looking for a reliable, tasty and smooth robusto. Picked on 08/27/2016
Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary TAA Robusto Grande 51/2 * 54
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Being one of the select few merchants who are allowed to carry TAA cigars, I naturally found myself circling around all the different options at my disposal. This Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary TAA stood out. It lies somewhere directly between medium and full body, yet retains a full flavor profile containing rich notes of cocoa and leather, with just a touch of spice towards the start. The box-pressed construction gives it a smooth, sophisticated look and feel, and the silver RP band will be a familiar one to most smokers out there. Burn was even, and not once did I need to re-light. All in all a very consistent, satisfying smoke for under 10 dollars. Check it out! Picked on 08/09/2016
Kristoff GC Signature Series Robusto 51/2 * 54
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It's time to shed some much needed light on one of my favorite brands that unfortunately gets overlooked often: Kristoff. While I do my best to get them into as many hands (mouths?) as possible, it's not common to hear a stranger say they're avid Kristoff smokers, while many more still have never even tried ANY before. This confuses me, because I happen to think everything the brand makes is beyond solid, particularly the Kristoff GC. I gladly include this cigar in my top 5 favorite stogies of all-time. Due to its blend, this stick is quite the mutt: Brazilian maduro wrapper. Honduran binder. Dominican, Honduran, AND Nicaraguan tobacco. And finally, this concoction is rolled in the DR. Because of all this, the cigar provides one complex experience. Notes of cocoa, espresso, and molasses swirl around as you smoke, and the draw has always proved superb. Be aware, it is definitely a full-bodied stick, so maybe save it for after a nice meal, paired with some scotch of choice. Enjoy. Bonus: the cap is rolled into a pigtail, so no cutter required! (Simply twist off) Picked on 07/06/2016
Padron 1964 Anniversary TAA Toro Maduro 5 * 56
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If you've ever spoken to me personally about cigars, there is a very high chance you already know that the Padron Anniversary series (in maduro, of course) is my all-time favorite cigar. And it is for that very reason that I am here today to giddily talk about the latest Padron to hit our shelves, the TAA Toro. At first glance, it looks like any other 1964 Padron, however, this TAA edition is an exclusive size available only to merchants who are members of the Tobacconists' Association of America. (For more info on the TAA, please visit thetaa.org) Coming in at a stout 5x54, this is the perfect size for someone who likes a shorter cigar, but still likes a decent amount of tobacco. Upon lighting, I noticed that there is a noticeable pepper blast that isn't nearly as prominent in the standard Padron 64s I always smoke. Along with that, I definitely detected a fuller-body experience start to finish. I would place the strength more in tune with the 1926 line. Whether this is attributed to the size of this stick, or perhaps maybe a modified blend, I'm not sure, but what I do know is that it is absolutely delicious. As per usual, you can expect rich, bold, maduro flavor, with hints of leather and nutmeg. Easy draw, perfect appearance, and consistency. Love it. If by chance you have not tried a 1964 Padron, you are seriously missing out. Do yourself a favor and pick one up, and hey, why not make it this special edition? Enjoy! Picked on 05/04/2016
La Aurora Preferidos Cameroon Platinum Tubes 5 * 54
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Every once in a while I like to smoke a cigar a bit lighter than my usual medium-full variety, and I typically like to splurge when I do. Today I walked by this attractive tube staring at me from its home on the shelf, and knew it was the one. Being a fan of perfecto shaped vitolas, I couldn't help but smile as I removed the stogie from its tube. Boasting a silky smooth wrapper, perfect figurado construction, and a classy band featuring the legendary lion the Aurora brand is known for, this is quite the looker. This is the Cameroon option, which allows for a medium bodied finish with delicious notes of sweet oak and cream. The draw was very reasonable, and the burn time on this somewhat small cigar is still an impressive 40-45 minutes. All in all, one of the best Cameroon wrapped cigars on the market, if you ask me. Enjoy with coffee! Picked on 03/23/2016
Litto Gomez Small Batch No. 6 63/4 * 52
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Let's get this immediately out of the way: This cigar looks absolutely exquisite. Seriously, I didn't know whether to light it or bite into it. After admiring the oily, dark chocolate wrapper for entirely way too long, I finally began smoking, and after the first puff I knew that this cigar would not let me down. I expected a very full-bodied experience, and it delivered 100%. Once my tongue got used to the pepper blitz that came with the first few puffs, I quickly noticed that this is one POWERFUL stick. Trust me when I say, smoke slowly, and on a full stomach. Notes of cocoa dominate the palate, while pepper remains constant throughout. Aroma is rich and pleasing. Overall, this is a wonderfully constructed, unbelievably gorgeous, delicious tasting premium cigar, best saved for when you want something that, in my humble opinion, tips the scale on the strength spectrum. Enjoy! Picked on 01/27/2016
Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Belle Encre 53/8 * 48
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The Tatuaje brand has yet to disappoint me, and the Belle Encre continues that track record. As a matter of fact, this may very well be my favorite overall stick by the company. Upon lighting, you know what you're in for: a medium to full strength profile, with a nice underlying note of cocoa lasting from the first puff to the last. After a few minutes, some notes of leather introduce themselves and compliment the chocolaty finish nicely. The perfecto shape adds a nice touch, and as a cool bonus, the cigar is rolled in Miami! Definitely one to keep in the humidor at all times. Picked on 12/21/2015
Kristoff 685 Woodlawn Perfecto 61/2 * 60
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The Woodlawn from Kristoff is a beautiful, elegant stick meant to be smoked while being shown off. Its Perfecto vitola matched with its large dual bands lend to its classy appearance. Once lit, the cigar lives up to its name: notes of cedar and earth flood the palette and stay there - not too much complexity found here. That said, if you're looking for a consistent, woody full-bodied smoke with a little bit of pizzazz, look no further. The aroma it emits is also very pleasant. Highly recommended. Picked on 11/14/2015
La Flor Dominicana TCFKA “M” Oscuro 7 * 54
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From a superficial standpoint, it doesn't get much more impressive than this baby. Tapered off on both ends with a Connecticut wrapper, the bulk of this cigar is sporting one of the oiliest maduro wrappers I've ever laid eyes on. After the very first puff, I instantly noticed a pronounced chocolaty note, paired nicely with the signature spice LFD has become famous for. The draw left much to be desired at first, but after about an inch or two it opened up and I had no further complaints after that. The taste remained largely consistent throughout, and that is certainly not a bad thing. If I had to rate the strength on a scale of 1-10, I'd give it a 7 for the first third, and up it to an 8 for the remainder. All in all, a high quality, premium cigar worthy of showing off. Picked on 10/23/2015
Nat Sherman Timeless Supreme 652T Torpedo 6 * 52
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New York's Nat Sherman is a brand that is new to Neptune Cigars, and due to the numerous amount of times we were asked for it prior to its arrival, I was very much looking forward to finally trying one. This is a beautiful box-pressed torpedo with a simple yet attractive cream colored band and a smooth, dark wrapper. Notes of wood and subtle pepper were apparent immediately after lighting, and remained fairly consistent throughout the duration. The draw was perfect, and I never found myself needing to relight. Overall, a very solid smoke for when you want quality Nicaraguan tobacco at a generous price. Picked on 10/03/2015
Laranja Reserva Special Edition CAIXA 61/2 * 48
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At first glance, one can tell that this is going to be an exquisite cigar. With bright orange banding, including a cloth footer, this stogie isn't afraid to make a statement prior to even being lit! Fortunately, the smoking experience does not disappoint; the smoker is greeted with an ever-so-slight burst of pepper immediately after lighting, followed by a nice blend of almond and wood notes that last virtually for the entire remainder. What makes this box-pressed beauty special, however, is the constant citrus undertone detectable throughout. It is never intrusive, but excellently balanced and present just enough to let this cigar live up to its namesake. Highly recommended. Picked on 09/22/2015
Padron Damaso No. 8 51/2 * 46
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Being a huge Padron fan, I was very excited to try out their newest offering, the Damaso Connecticut. Normally I lean towards stronger cigars, but there was no way I was going to pass up the latest from my favorite brand. I am glad to say that although it is mild-medium in strength, it has a ton of flavor for a Connecticut leaf, and still retains that signature Padron texture. Strong notes of cedar took over immediately after lighting, and as the cigar progressed, I could sense leather and nutmeg seep in. All in all, the Padron Damaso has easily made its way to the top of my list for when I'm looking for something on the lighter side. Enjoy with coffee. Picked on 08/22/2015
Oliva Serie V Melanio Robusto 5 * 52
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This, of course, is the recently popular Oliva V Melanio blend, whose Figurado size won the top spot in Cigar Aficionado's esteemed Top 25 list for 2014. I've had the pleasure of smoking this cigar a couple of times in the past, and decided to refresh my memory with this robusto. Within seconds of lighting, I was instantly reminded of what I was in for: a strong, but not TOO strong, spicy, but not TOO spicy, overall fantastic smoke. Notes of wood and pepper flood the senses right away, with notes of nutmeg seeping in throughout. The ash was solid and strong, without falling until forced to. Draw was beyond superb. I'm glad the Melanio was given the honor of #1 cigar of the year, as it is a blend very well deserving of recognition. Enjoy with either a coffee or a nice scotch. Picked on 07/21/2015
Illusione R Rothschilde 41/2 * 50
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I was very surprised when I saw the price tag on this stick, as normally the boutique brand Illusione comes standard with boutique pricing... alas, this was not the case whatsoever. I couldn't resist giving it a smoke, and ended up enjoying a very smooth, perfectly balanced cigar. Notes of wood and leather floated around from start to finish, but never completely overtook the experience. There is some definite spice as well, but again, nothing too intense. Its small size lends itself to being a recurring choice for me when I'm looking for a tasty, quick smoke. You MUST try this Illusione - I feel like they will likely raise the MSRP upon realizing the quality of it! Picked on 05/11/2015
The Griffins Robusto Tubo 5 * 50
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It's no secret that I usually enjoy smoking dark, full-bodied cigars. Thus, I figured it's time to switch things up a bit and aim for the opposite end of the spectrum. Having been a little while since I've smoked a really good Connecticut, I lit up a Griffin's Tubo Robusto, hoping for a high quality experience. I'm proud to say that it delivered in spades. Featuring a smooth, buttery wrapper, the initial light was rich in almond notes which ended up lasting throughout the entire session. Subtle notes of wood also appeared after about a quarter of the way in. Another thing worth praising is the construction of this cigar - it's pretty perfect. Nice, even burn from start to finish, no relights necessary, and a strong ash anyone would be proud of. Overall, this departure from my norm was extremely satisfying, and I can confidently recommend this stick to anyone looking for a mild smoke that doesn't skimp on taste. Picked on 04/25/2015
La Antiguedad Robusto 51/4 * 52
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After a lot of anticipation (and industry hype), I finally had the chance to sample the brand new successor to the beloved Flor De Las Antillas, My Father's La Antiguedad. As I have already begun to describe to my customers, this cigar is, essentially, the maduro version of 2012's Cigar of the Year. If you were a fan of the original Flor De Las Antillas, La Antiguedad provides a lot of similar characteristics, with some added spice and body. The first half of the cigar features plenty of wooden notes mixed with an almost berry-like flavor lurking underneath, while the second half cools down and becomes nutty and slightly leathery. No matter what section of the cigar I was on, the taste was rich and delicious. No burn issues, no draw issues. At a very friendly price-point, I can assertively say that this stick is a home run in all aspects, and comes highly, highly recommended. Enjoy. Picked on 03/03/2015
Epic Maduro Reserva Robusto 51/2 * 52
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The Epic Maduro robusto has a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco, and combined with the Brazilian wrapper it provides a rich, bold taste that will satisfy even the most particular of maduro smokers. The draw was immaculate, the burn was even throughout, and the amount of smoke was relentless. Highly recommended. Picked on 02/05/2015
Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Robusto 43/4 * 52
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Judging a book by its cover, I had high expectations for this cigar. It comes packaged in an elegant, luxurious leather box lined with purple felt, and boasts the famous Roman general on the band. I'm happy to say that it met and exceeded my expectations! Right from the start, I was overwhelmed with nice notes of wood and a mellow spice. Towards the beginning it burned a bit unevenly, but it quickly corrected itself and then remained consistent throughout. As I got to the midway point, the flavors introduced upon lighting suddenly became super rich and I detected a subtle taste of leather creep its way in as well. I have to say that I was very impressed with everything about this cigar, and can see why it's a bit on the pricier side: much like its box, it is PREMIUM in every sense of the word. Picked on 01/08/2015
Gurkha Grand Reserve Churchill 71/2 * 52
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This one was interesting. Due to its blend and presentation, I had been curious about trying this cigar for quite some time, and finally had the opportunity to do so. Admittedly, it was not exactly what I had expected. Although the cigar is infused with cognac, it is very subtle, and quite frankly you smell it more than you taste it. This may or may not be a good thing depending on who you are, but I personally would have preferred a more prominent flavor considering that is this sticks main selling point. Upon lighting, the distinct aroma definitely filled the air, but, to my dismay, the draw on mine left much to be desired. I found the cigar to be between mild and medium bodied, with a slightly sweet tinge to it. Overall, I would recommend this cigar to someone looking for a long lasting, soft smoke with a pleasant aroma and equally pleasant texture. Also makes a great gift due to its beautiful presentation inside a glass tube topped with wax. Picked on 12/29/2014
Kristoff Maduro Robusto 51/2 * 54
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Kristoff has always impressed me with their cigar blends, and this Maduro is no exception. The cap twists into a small pigtail, and the foot is left uncut, so the cigar isn't trying to look clean at all, yet it delivers some of the smoothest flavors of any maduro cigar I've had under 10 dollars. Hints of molasses, chocolate, and almond smother the tongue, and while it has plenty of flavor, it doesn't overpower in the strength department. If you're looking for a rich, meaty smoke, look no further than this stick. Picked on 12/13/2014
La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco 5 * 57
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Anyone would be enticed by this beautiful cigar simply from its appearance, sporting a unique pyramid-cone shape with a black band on the foot. Upon lighting, I was greeted immediately with notes of oak and leather, and the draw on mine was superb. The ash left a little to be desired, as it began to flake and crumble only about an inch in. Nevertheless, the cigar never went out on me once, and it retained delicious wooden notes throughout the entire duration. I was very impressed overall, and recommend this cigar to anyone looking for a short, high-quality smoke. 8.5/10 Picked on 11/20/2014
Padron 1964 Anniversary Principe Maduro 41/2 * 46
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As far as appearances go, the Padron Anniversary line has always been easy on the eyes with a dark, toothy wrapper and box pressed construction. It is a medium-bodied smoke with notes of leather and roasted nut, and provides just enough spice without being considered 'spicy'. Extremely well-balanced, this is one of my absolute favorites, and would gladly smoke one at any opportunity. Picked on 11/11/2014
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