May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend review

May 23rd - 25th, 2009

Nice, long weekend! I salute all who currently serve and those who have previously served in our Armed Forces. I especially salute those who gave their lives for the freedom of this great country.

I hope everyone had some great cigars over the weekend. I had quite a few but today I am reviewing these:
  • Onyx Churchill
  • J.R. Cuban Alternative to Bolivar Corona Gigante
  • Camacho Triple Maduro robusto
  • Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion no. 3 (Mar. '07)

Quite a varied selection this weekend, wouldn't you say?

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Onyx Churchill (7x50)

Almost a jet black cigar. Is it dyed or naturally that way? I don't know. It is obviously a maduro, however. There was an average amount of spice with some pepper notes. The draw was VERY tight. I tried sticking a toothpick in the cigar to open it up but that did not help much. The plug was too far down. Oh well, I managed. There was some maduro sweetness. The cigar actually got better after the halfway point. This is a "beginner type maduro" as it will not overwealm anyone. It's a decent cigar but lacks enough pop for me.

Score: 85

J.R. Cuban Alternative to the Bolivar Corona Gigante (7.25x54)

First of all, this is far from an authentic Cuban cigar. In fact, the BCG's are one of my favorites. The thing this cigar has that is "sorta" like a Cuban is the spice from the Nicaraguan tobacco it contains. This cigar was quote spicy with nice pepper notes initially. There were some citrus notes. Vanilla notes were also noticed on the finish, which was fairly long. The cigar did not change much from start to finish. It is a decent cigar but could use more of the key points like pepper and spice.

Score: 86

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Camacho Triple Maduro Robusto (4.5x50)

I was fortunate enough to try the pre-production run of these cigars but this is my first one of the regular production! This cigar is made with all maduro tobacco. The filler, binder, and wrapper are all maduro!

Right from the beginning this is an intense cigar. Quite powerful. Lots of spice and strong black coffee are the primary tastes initially. There are citrus tones noted after 1/2 inch. The finish is long with peppery sweetness and dark chocolate. Smoke this one slowly or run the risk of passing out! It's strong! Probably too powerful to be an everyday cigar but it's a very nice occasional cigar.

Score: 91

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2009

Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion No. 3 (Cuban)
[Box code March, 2007] (5.6x46)

Nice, reddish color to this cigar. Leathery spice with pepper notes initially. Finish is rather long. There were almond notes. At the midpoint the flavor is more of an almond/spice nature. There is black pepper on the spice. Quite a spicy cigar. Nice aroma to this cigar also. Could be a bit more balanced.

Score: 89

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