michael's Picks

michael
MICHAEL
TASTE:ALL
HOBBIES:Motocross, fishing , cooking, smoking a good cigar
STRENGTH:Mild to Full
La Galera Habano El Lector Toro 6 * 54
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The Galera Habano El Lector is a great cigar made by Jochy Blanco a 4th generation cigar maker. This Cigar has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and has a Corojo binder and Dominican Filler. This cigar has a beautiful golden wrapper with minimal veins. This is a great medium body cigar that is packed with so much flavor. Once I lit the cigar I got notes of wood with some sweetness in the back ground with a mild hint of cinnamon. The second third was very creamy with some sweetness and spice towards the end. The final third of this cigar gave me hints of wood and chocolate notes with a hint of black pepper. This is a great cigar to enjoy that is made by a cigar maker who has a passion for growing tobacco. I strongly recommend this cigar. Enjoy and keep smoking Picked on 04/11/2019
Gurkha Heritage Rosado TAA Toro 6 * 52
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Ghurka has finally produced a cigar just for the TAA retailer’s. The Ghurka Heritage Rosado originates from Nicaragua. The heritage has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and binder. The filler combines two different combinations, one being from Nicaragua and the other from Peru. My first impression of this beautiful cigar is the rich dark reddish brown leaf. The pre light aromas that I get are sweet earth and leather, with hints of nutmeg and raisins. Starting with the first third I noticed hints of black pepper and coffee. This cigar has a nice sharp razor burn as I approached the second third, with chocolate and spice and hints of coffee. As I approach the final third I enjoyed hints of creamy oak and honey with hints of nutmeg. This is a well rounded cigar with great flavors and aromas. It was really hard for me to put this cigar down. I enjoyed it very much. Since this is a limited release I suggest you come by and pick one up before they are all gone. Picked on 03/04/2019
Padron 1926 Serie No. 6 Natural 43/4 * 50
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The Padron 1926 #6 natural is a great cigar for your every day smoke. The pre light gave me notes of roasted coffee and toffee aromas. This cigar has a chocolate color to it with tight and visible seams. Once lit in the first third I experienced earthy and chocolate flavors with a razor sharp burn to it. As I started to get in to the second third I started to get notes of pepper and spice to it while the earthy notes were still present towards the finish. This is a truly complex cigar and it is well constructed as you would expect from the Padron. The 1926 line was made to honor the Great Jose Padron’s birth year, a praise worthy cigar that lives up to the founders expectation. I would recommend this cigar to anyone who wants to try something new. Picked on 01/27/2019
La Palina Number 1 Toro 61/2 * 52
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The review that I am doing today is on the Palina # 1 which is a great cigar. It has a four country blend which includes an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Costa Rican binder and Nicaraguan and Honduran filler tobacco. Upon lighting the cigar I get notes of leather and sweetness upon retro hale. La Palina # 1 has a nice milk chocolate look to it with tight and visible seams to it with minimal veins. This combination of tobacco has notes of leather and hay with a peppery finish towards the end of it. This stick has a good razor burn with a long ash to it. This is a great stick for the price. It is packed with so much flavor to it. Overall this is a stick that I would recommend for your everyday smoke. You can’t go wrong with this stick, especially from a popular brand like the Palina. So pass by and pick up you’re stick today, I promise that you will enjoy it. Picked on 09/23/2018
Rocky Patel Fifty Toro  61/2 * 52
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Rocky Patel showed us again why he is one of the best cigar makers of his time. In 2011 Rocky Patel released an ultra premium cigar that was meant to commemorate his 50th birthday. This rerelease was only made in a box pressed toro size. The Rocky Patel fifty has a great cocoa and earth aroma and its well packed with a tight and visible seam to it. This cigar has a great draw with a nice and even burnt it. During the first third I noticed notes of dark cherries and earth with a faint hint of cedar to it. I also noticed this cigar started out as a medium body strengthening to a full body while it's flavors intensify. Overall this is great cigar, so all you Rocky Patel fans come out and get one before they are all gone. Enjoy and Happy smoking my friends. Picked on 08/07/2018
Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Belicoso Fino 5 * 50
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The Pappy Van Winkle Belicoso by Drew estate. The pappy consists of an Ecuadorian Oscuro wrapper with an Indonesian Binder. The filler consists of a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican filler. This cigar has a nice soft dark chocolate brown wrapper with minimal veins and a good draw to it. My pre draw aroma consist of a sweet earth and leather notes. This cigar is a medium to full body with full complex flavors to it. During the first third I get aromas of a fruity sweet and a creamy leathery start to it. During the second third the sweetness is still there, but with a hint of spice to it. Once I get to the final third I start getting hints of a Barnyard and nutty and leather flavors to it. Overall this is a great cigar with tons of flavors to it. Drew estate did it again with master blender Willy Herrera blending this great cigar. So come on by and pick one up and enjoy this great cigar. Enjoy and happy smokin’’ Mike P. Picked on 04/22/2018
CAO Amazon Anaconda 6 * 52
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The CAO Amazon Anaconda made by General cigars is a full body cigar which delivers a ton of flavors. This cigar consists of a Brazilian Bahiano Habano Ligero wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder. The CAO Amazon series uses a unique blend of rare tobaccos in it’s filler known as Braganca which is a rare tobacco grown in a remote area of the Amazon Rain Forrest. I found the appearance to be a deep and dark Colorado red wrapper with a light coating of oil to it. It also has a slight bumpy with a rugged look to it with some visible veins. Prior to to lighting up I had notes of cedar, dusty earth and some spice that I got from it. Upon lightening up the Anaconda has a dusty earth with cedar and natural tobacco notes to it . It also had an interesting sweetness that was reminiscent of brown sugar. I found that towards the end notes of cedar and pepper were more dominant. This cigar has a relatively straight burn path from start to finish, resulting in a light gray long ash. Overall a great cigar for the price with tons of flavors. I highly recommend this cigar. Due to it’s limited supply come by and pick one up before they are all gone. Enjoy and happy smokin Michael Picked on 04/18/2018
CAO Flathead V554 Camshaft 51/2 * 54
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For all you car fanatics out there this cigar is for you. This cigar's name was inspired by the Flathead engines that are commonly found in older model type hot rods. This cigar has a dark black chocolate oily, box pressed Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with an Ecuadorian Connecticut binder and a Nicaraguan filler. It has a nice dark chocolate aroma with hints of sweet chocolate in the background and it is constructed very well with a nice oily dark wrapper with minimal veins. I found this cigar to have a good even burn with a good draw to it. Once I got into the first part of the cigar I start getting hints of chocolate with a slight hint of leather to it. I enjoyed the sweet notes of caramel with a bit of pepper in the background. Overall this is a great smoke to enjoy especially on race day. So all you race fans, start your engines and come on over to your nearest Neptune cigars superstore and pick one up while the race season is still on. Enjoy and happy smokin'! Picked on 03/27/2018