December 04, 2007

Weekend review; December 1st and 2nd, 2007

Welcome to December! Christmas is just around the corner!!!

This weekend I reviewed several cigars; here's the list:
  • Alec Bradley Medallist maduro torpedo

  • 5 Vegas Cask Strength toro

  • Ramone Allones Gigante

  • CAO MX2 Belicoso

  • 5 Vegas Miami churchill

  • Camacho Corojo Robusto

  • Sol Cubano Sumatra Churchill

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Alec Bradley Medallist maduro torpedo (approx. 5.5" x 50)

This cigar has a nice maduro flavor; quite full bodied. It has very little pepper initially. The cigar burned fairly evenly. I had heard that these may burn very uneven but I didn't find that to be the case with this one. The cigar has a rough construction; not the prettiest one I've seen. The cigar developed slightly more pepper at the midpoint. This is a nice cigar for maduro lovers.

Score: 8.5

5 Vegas Cask Strength (6x54)

Rough looking wrapper on this cigar. Shortly after initial light-up, I determined the cigar seems to be overhumidified. There are crackes in wrapper and it's swelling! Not good! However, the taste of the cigar is great! It has a peppery, full bodied flavor. Reminds me of a Cameroon wrapper taste. There are hints of sweetness to this cigar, too. The wrapper wound up cracking terribly, but a little homemade cigar mender (fruit pectin) fixed the problem! It burned and held together nicely after that.

Score: 8.5*

* if wrapper does not crack this cigar gets a 9.0 rating!

Ramone Allones Gigante '04 (7.5x49)

This is an absolutely beautiful cigar! The picture does not do it justice! After a beautiful initial cut, the cigar lit and drew perfectly! The burn was perfect the whole cigar...and that's 3 hours worth of cigar smoking, too!!!! It has a nice, medium bodied flavor. The spice hit at the 1/3 point. Not overpowering, just good! Very good cigar!

Score: 9.5

CAO MX2 Belicoso (7x54)

This is one of the darkest cigars you'll ever see! It's almost jet black! It has a double maduro wrapper. The cigar is full bodied; one of the fullest bodied maduro's I've had. The flavor is typical maduro; some pepper but not too much, some sweetness, and has a burn that is a little uneven. I have bought a couple boxes of these and enjoy them alot.

Score: 8.5

5 Vegas Miami Churchill (7x50)

Very nice looking cigar. Construction appears to be very good. It feels very good in your hand; substantial. Very dense feeling cigar, yet the draw was great! The initial light-up had full of pepper and spice, yet smooth. Very full bodied cigar with a powerhouse of flavors. Although they are not the same cigar, this Pepin creation is very reminiscent of the San Cristobal. This is a very good cigar and I'm glad I bought a box of them!

Score: 9.0

Camacho Corojo Robusto (5x50)

First off, all Camacho cigars are good. I enjoy them all. But the corojo holds a special place in my heart. I love corojo cigars and Camacho uses only authentic corojo wrappers! The cigar is well made. Nice looking cigar. This is a full bodied corojo cigar. Lots of pepper and spice, but not as powerful as it's cousin; the Camacho Coyolar (Black). It's actually very smooth and comes just shy of overpowering. The cigar drew perfectly and had a dark gray ash.

Score: 9.0

Sol Cubano Sumatra Churchill (7x50)

This cigar is made by Oliva; enough said. Oliva makes some of the world's greatest cigars and this cigar is a nice addition to their list. I believe they make this cigar for Cigars International exclusively, but I may be wrong. It has a great Sumatra flavor with lots of caramel flavor. This is a great cigar and VERY affordable. You can get them for $3 each (or less) on all the time. I'd say this cigar is medium bodied and works it's way toward full bodied. Very flavorful. Nice.

Score: 9.0

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