August 10, 2009

Weekend review; August 8th, 2009

Thursday, August 6th was my birthday. I turned 51! Wow, that sounds old! Funny thing is I don't feel like "that number". That's probably the most important thing.
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Connie and I stopped by the Tobacco Merchant on Friday night. We were heading to the Wild Hare to meet the usual's but had to pick up some of the cigars Connie likes first. While there I decided to look for a cigar to review. I came across one that I have not had yet; the Rocky Patel Summer Collection toro. I decided it was time to give it a try. My review is coming up but first I'd like to thank Mr. Bob and Jim and Ginger for a nice birthday surprise at the Wild Hare. They had presents for me when I arrived. Jim and Ginger gave me a 2009 Camacho Liberty and a gift card to the Tobacco Merchant. Mr. Bob gave me a palm-themed vacation button-up shirt. Very nice gifts from nice people; thanks! They even had a cheese cake with candles on it!
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OK, on to the review...
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Rocky Patel Summer Collection toro (6x52)
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The cigar started out with cinnamon overtones and plenty of spice and pepper. Very dense feeling cigar. Has a nice feel in the hand. At the mid-point the cigar stayed consistent. Normally that might be a good thing but I hoped this cigar would trasform somewhat to something more powerful. This cigar seems to be a good, basic cinnamon toned cigar with decent spice and pepper but not a GREAT one. The finish is average with cinnamon notes (duh!) It is a medium bodied cigar that begins the move toward full bodied. This cigar costs around $8.75. I do not feel it is worth that price and I doubt I'll be buying more. I expected more from this cigar.
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Score: 88
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Re-visit: Arganese CL3 robusto (5x50)
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I first reviewed this cigar back on May 16th, 2009.
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At that time I rated the cigar a 90. I'll tell you one thing, this cigar either improved or I just needed something with more pop after having the Rocky Patel Summer Collection toro! The cigar was excellent! Cinnamon spice with citrus tones and lots of pepper. Full bodied. The finish had vanilla and leather. Very good cigar. I highly suggest you try this cigar. This is a great addition to the Arganese family of cigars.
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Score: 93

2 comments:

St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

The CL3 is a great cigar, and is only bested by its darker sibling, the ML3. Even then, the difference is slight coca/earth notes.

Devin Wood said...

It sounds like you regret the smoke. And for the price you paid I can understand why you say it wasn't worth it. One of my favorites is a monty cristo Tubos. I have smoked them for years. I should send you one to review. They are a bit expensive though, 17 bucks a stick here but well worth the smoke. lasts almost 2 hours which is long for a tubos.