February 17, 2019

Viaje Scotch Bonnet (4 7/8 x 50)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com and AtlanticCigar.com websites)
Viaje announced the fifth installment to its series of cigars with a pepper theme, the Viaje Scotch Bonnet. 

Previously reviewed Pepper Series:


A Scotch Bonnet is a variety of chili pepper that bears a resemblance to a Tam o’shanter cap worn by the British military. Shortly after announcing the Scotch Bonnet and offering it to its authorized retailers, Viaje reported they sold out of the inventory.

Details of the Scotch Bonnet blend have not been disclosed, but the cigar will keep to the 4 7/8 x 50 shape of the other Viaje “peppers”. The cigars will be packaged in 25-count boxes.

The Viaje Scotch Bonnet follows the Viaje Jalapeño, Viaje Ghost Pepper, Viaje GP 10.31, and Viaje Carolina Reaper releases. Recently Viaje announced it was retiring the Viaje Ghost Pepper.


Shape Figurado
Size 4 7/8 x 50
Strength Full
Wrapper Nicaraguan Habano
Color Colorado Maduro
Binder / Filler Nicaragua / Nicaragua
Grade Hand Rolled / Long Filler
Blender Andre Farkas
Manufacturer TABSA Factory



The cigar is the typical size and shape of the others in the Pepper Series. Here is a shot of the foot.





Even with the small opening in the foot the test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a nice citrus but it's matched by equal amounts of nutmeg, quite a bit or earthy black coffee, leather, and black pepper rated at 8 1/2 initially. 




At the first third (15 minutes) there isn't much of a citrus note any more. It's now more of a sweet cedar with some brown sugar. There are also some nice sweet cream notes. There are still plenty of leather and nutmeg notes and a nice earthy black coffee base. The pepper has toned down to around a 7 1/2. The finish is one of sweet cream and a little underlying nutmeg with decent lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. This cigar is quite different from the other cigars in the Pepper Series. For the first third I rated the cigar at 92.




At the second third (40 minutes) the cedar and brown sugar are struggling to be noticed. I am now getting some dark chocolate notes in the mix. There are still plenty of nutmeg, leather, and black coffee notes. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. The finish has a little influence of the dark chocolate along with the cream and nutmeg. The lingering black pepper seems to be up. The cigar transitioned away from the sweetness it originally had. I rated the second third at 90.




The cigar lasted 58 minutes. Some of the sweet cedar and brown sugar returned in the final third, which was nice. All the other flavors are still in play. The cigar finished at medium to full bodied. The finish is pretty much unchanged although it's a little sweeter also. I found this to be a good cigar but not overwhelming. I rated the final third at 91.



Overall Score: 91

February 16, 2019

Ramon Allones Toro by AJ Fernandez (6 x 52) [2019 review]







Video review HERE.



You are not seeing things. This is indeed another review of the Ramon Allones toro. I first reviewed this cigar July 8th, 2018 shortly after it debuted. At that time it received a nice overall rating of 92. But, something told me these may improve with some time in the humidor. In early December I purchased a box of the toros and they have improved each time I smoked one. So, I decided it was necessary to pass that information along to you and review it again. Even though this cigar was included in last year's year end scores it will also be included in this year's as it is within my self imposed limit of 2 years. (cigars that debuted this year and last year)


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann, Gispert, Hoyo de Monterrey, Punch, and Ramon Allones are all legendary Cuban brands. They are also brands being produced by AJ Fernandez‘s Tabacalera Fernandez in Estelí. While Fernandez is producing Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann, and Gispert for Tabacalera U.S.A.; and Hoyo de Monterrey and Punch for General, when it comes to Ramon Allones it is a different story. Last year came word that Ramon Allones would also be produced by Fernandez. The difference with this brand compared to the others is that sales and distribution would be handled by AJ Fernandez Cigars. In a nutshell, General Cigar had made a decision to essentially license the brand to AJ Fernandez Cigars. While Ramon Allones has a storied history in Cuba, when it comes to the U.S. market, it’s been more of a struggle. Just before the 2018 IPCPR Trade Show, the Ramon Allones by AJ Fernandez was released.

When Ramon Allones was a part of Foundry, it was more of a value-priced cigar. At the same time, there was some controversy about the move toward a more contemporary packaging of the brand. These two things would change with the AJ Fernandez version. The AJ Fernandez version would return to a more classic packaging. Over the past four years, AJ Fernandez had definitely made an impact in the value-priced market. At the time of the release of the Ramon Allones by AJ Fernandez, it would become the most premium offering in the AJ Fernandez portfolio to date – priced between $12.00 to $15.00.


The blend for the Ramon Alllones by AJ Fernandez is a Nicaraguan puro. The cigar is highlighted by a dark high priming hybrid-seed wrapper that is referred to as a Habano Oscuro Medio Tiempo grown on Fernandez’s farm.


Blend
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro Medio Tiempo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaragua
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez


Vitolas Offered
The Ramon Allones by AJ Fernandez is available in four sizes. Each is presented in 20-count boxes.

Robusto: 5 1/2 x 50
Torpedo: 5 1/2 x 54
Toro: 6 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY
Churchill: 7 x 50



The cigar is very dark and well made. The band is ornate and regal looking. The cigar has a nice dense feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a nice, sweet, tangy orange citrus, brown sugar, leather, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black coffee. There was a tremendous amount of black pepper initially which I rated at 8 1/2. In a nutshell these flavors are just about everything I want in a cigar. 




At the first third (28 minutes) the cigar is burning evenly. The flavors at this point are just like I described initially. The citrus, nutmeg, and leather form almost a liquid and it flows across the palate making a sweet, thick flavor. The flavors are even in intensity. The black coffee holds a nice base but it's not very noticeable. The brown sugar adds sweetness and the cinnamon adds a nice tingle. The cigar has a darkness to it but the extreme sweetness from the citrus and brown sugar even it out nicely. The finish has the slightest amount of citrus but a large amount of nutmeg and dashes of leather with some modest lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied at this point. For me, the cigar is just about perfect at this point. I decided to be conservative with my first third rating and score the cigar at a 96.




At the second third (1 hour 4 minutes) the cigar is still burning evenly. The cigar is now full bodied. The citrus is now more of a sweet cedar and it's getting some added sweetness from some caramel. The brown sugar is now more fluid; more of a caramel flavor. There is still plenty of nutmeg and leather. The coffee has risen to even out all the flavors. The cigar is very much in balance. The finish is pretty much unchanged in flavors but there is a little more lingering black pepper. On the front end the black pepper has toned down to a 7 1/2. The cigar remains very tasty. The second third score is also a 96.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 27 minutes. It continued to burn evenly. Not much changed in the final third. The same flavors continued. The cigar is very full bodied. Everything mixes so well in this cigar. It is powerful and flavorful. A little time in the humidor really helps this cigar. It was good when I initially reviewed it and it is better today. I maintained the score of 96 for the final third. These are great cigars that should be on every one's radar. Definitely box worthy. You can purchase this fine cigar HERE.
 

Overall Score: 96

February 14, 2019

Jessi Flores to Leave Drew Estate to Pursue New Business Ventures


Thursday, February 14, 2019 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate, a global manufacturer and distributor of premium cigars announced today that Jessi Flores, Director of Subculture Studios, is leaving the company to pursue new business ventures.

Jessi is a twenty-year veteran, having joined Drew Estate in 1999 after founder Jonathan Drew discovered his unique style of street art on the walls of Estelí, Nicaragua.  During his tenure, Mr. Flores has been a driving force behind the growth of Subculture Studios, the well-recognized and often-awarded art studio of Drew Estate.

“My years at Drew Estate have been incredible, and I am so proud to have played a role with our employees, our customers and our loyal fans to make Drew Estate the best company in the cigar business,” said Flores.  “The most special part of the experience has been working with the many artists of Subculture Studios, and seeing them grow as artists, as people, and as friends.  I know that I leave Subculture in great hands, and that it will continue to create innovative and beautiful art for Drew Estate.  I want to thank everyone at Drew Estate and all fans of Subculture Studios for an unbelievable twenty-year ride together.  I especially want to thank Jonathan Drew for taking a chance on a young street artist.  Now is the right time for me to pursue new opportunities.”

“Beyond building Subculture Studios into a game changing artistic workshop, Jessi’s creative spirit and extraordinary artistic talent have been a centerpiece in the culture of Drew Estate itself,” said Jonathan Drew, Founder and President of Drew Estate.  “After so many years of singular focus, we understand Jessi’s need to expand his scope of creativity and explore new ventures.”

Drew Estate CEO Glenn C. Wolfson added, “It is a testament to Jessi’s many years of focus and hard work that he is able to move forward at this time in his career knowing that his legacy at Subculture Studios will be well protected by the marvelous cadre of artists that he personally recruited and trained over the years.  We are pleased to announce that Richard “Dog” Diaz, will be taking over responsibility for the creative design work of Subculture, and Marvin Montoya, will be taking over responsibility for artwork production and logistics.  Both Dog and Marvin have been key artists and leaders at Subculture for many years, and we have total confidence that their experience and skill sets will keep Subculture producing show stopping art for years to come.”

“The entire team at Drew Estate is thankful for Jessi’s valuable contributions to the growth of the company since its early years,” said Wolfson.  “He will always be a part of the fabric of Drew Estate, and we wish him the very best as he embarks upon his journey into new business ventures.”

February 12, 2019

OLD video reviews!

When I first started doing video reviews I had another channel called ticotych. Yeah, I know, weird name, but here is a link to all those videos.

Now, these are my first videos and I hope I've made some improvements since then but I thought you might like to see the "missing video reviews."

I welcome your comments but please try to be kind! :D

Man, these are OLD!!!!

February 10, 2019

Deliverance Nocturne Perfecto by Black Label Trading Company (5 x 56)







Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Deliverance Nocturne has been a staple of the Deliverance line since 2015. In addition to a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper, the blend features a Nicaraguan Habano binder and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania tobaccos in the filler. Nocturne is being released in two sizes for 2018 – Perfecto (5 x 56) and the Short Salomon “Snub Nose” (4 3/4 x 40 x 56). The Perfectos are presented in 20-count boxes while the Short Salomon Snub Nose” is presented in 18-count boxes. Both vitolas are priced at $10.50 per cigar.

The Deliverance Nocturne is produced at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua.

“This is the 4th release of Deliverance Nocturne. The Nocturne highlights everything I love about PA Broadleaf, the rich, complex and bold earthiness of the wrapper highlights the unique blend of this cigar," commented James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra in a press release.


Blend info:
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra

Vitolas available:
Perfecto: 5 x 56 REVIEWED TODAY
Short Salomon Snub Nose: 4 3/4 x 40 x 56



The cigar is well made and a pleasure to see. It has an average feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the minimum from the very pointed cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, quite a bit of nutmeg, light chocolate, earthy black coffee, worn leather, some brown sugar, and black pepper which I rated at 7 1/2. The leather and nutmeg combine to create a sour flavor. 




At the first third (21 minutes) the flavor notes are just like they were previously with one exception. I am starting to get some of that baby aspirin orange citrus combining with the cedar. It's around 60% cedar to 40% citrus. But, those sweeter flavors are pushed aside by the leather and black coffee. The chocolate notes are subtle and seem to act as a bridge along with the nutmeg. The finish is chocolate and nutmeg with a minor amount of lingering black pepper. There are more nutmeg notes than chocolate. The cigar is on the fence for me at this point. I could go either way depending on how the cigar transitions. For the first third I rated the cigar at 90.




At the second third (41 minutes) the cigar is burning very evenly. Here where the cigar is the largest ring the sweet notes are no where to be found. The cedar and baby aspirin citrus are undetectable. Obviously the large amount of filler in this area have washed away some flavors. The flavors of nutmeg, leather, and black coffee have taken over. Even the chocolate notes have disappeared. The pepper is still good. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is leather and nutmeg, which is not a very tasty combination. The lingering black pepper has improved. I rated the second third at 85.




The Nocturne Perfecto lasted 1 hour 2 minutes. In the final third some of the cedar and orange citrus came back. Not to the point they were in the first third but it vastly improved over the midpoint. There is still plenty of nutmeg, leather, and earthy black coffee. No chocolate notes returned. The cigar improved somewhat. The cigar is a low grade full bodied. The finish now has a small amount of citrus making it one of leather, nutmeg, and light citrus with good lingering black pepper. I have no doubt that fans of these cigars will like. In fact, it reminds me very much of the Nocturne Perfecto that I reviewed last year. For the final third, with the resurgence of the sweeter flavors (somewhat) I raised the score to 88. (Last year's cigar received an overall score of 88.) You can purchase these cigars HERE.


Overall Score: 87.67

February 09, 2019

Deliverance Porcelain by Black Label Trading Company (5 1/2 x 48)







Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Deliverance Porcelain is a cigar that was first showcased at the 2018 IPCPR Trade Show. In addition to the Connecticut Shade wrapper, it features a Nicaraguan Habano binder and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania tobaccos in the filler. Porcelain is available in one size – a 5 1/2 x 48 Corona Gorda. It is packaged in 16-count boxes and priced at $10.00 per cigar.

The Deliverance Porcelain are produced at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua.

"The Porcelain has a different profile from what you might expect. This is a Connecticut that is geared towards our consumers,” commented James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra in a press release.


Wrapper: Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra

Corona Gorda: 5 1/2 x 48



The cigar looks every bit the part of a Connecticut shade cigar. The white band with silver lettering is a bit hard to read but it seems to fit a cigar called porcelain. It has an average feel in the hand and is finished in a tight pigtail cap.




The foot displays some dark tobacco.





The test draw after cutting the cap was firm but workable. The initial flavors at light up were a subtle tangerine citrus with brown sugar. The reason it was subtle is due to the massive amount of white chocolate. It is the dominant flavor with the citrus and brown sugar playing second fiddle. The white chocolate is very sweet. There is a light black coffee base but you will probably not notice it due to the extreme sweetness of the white chocolate, citrus, and brown sugar. There was a nice white pepper on the front end rated at a 7 and a black pepper on the finish. This is a very sweet cigar.




At the first third (31 minutes) there are now tangy citrus/cedar notes and they have increased. Along with it the brown sugar has also increased. The white chocolate is still there but it no longer is the lead flavor. Instead all the flavors are in about the same amount and work well together. There are also some light cinnamon notes. There is still a light black coffee base. The pepper still seems to be white on the front end and black on the finish. The finish is one of white chocolate and cream with nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. This is a very different cigar from your typical Black Label Trading Company cigar. But, in a good way. I rated the first third at 93.




At the second third (1 hour 3 minutes) the white chocolate notes decreased and in their place, or going along with them were sweet chocolate notes. Also, some nutmeg has entered the picture. In this case the nutmeg slight took away some of the overall appeal of the cigar. Not much, but some. The cigar is full bodied now. The front end is more of a cedar with brown sugar now. It's gone away from the citrus. The finish now has a touch of the chocolate to go along with the cream and white chocolate. With the slight loss of overall appeal due to the nutmeg I lowered the second third score to 92.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 32 minutes. That's a fantastic burn time for a 5 1/2" corona gorda! The regular sweet chocolate notes really came out in the final third. The white chocolate pretty much went away. You're left with cedar, brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate, and black coffee. The black coffee also went up in the final third. The nutmeg still floated in the mix. The cigar is full bodied but it's a low grade full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This cigar really went through some changes. It's a good cigar but I really liked it the way it was in the first third. I rated the final third at 91.



 Overall Score: 92

February 07, 2019

Cohiba Connecticut debuts from General Cigar



The artisans of Cohiba are proud to unveil COHIBA CONNECTICUT, a super-premium release that marks an important milestone for the brand, as this is the first Cohiba to be wrapped in Connecticut Shade.

Cohiba Brand Ambassador Sean Williams said, “Our agronomists partnered with an independent grower in Ecuador’s Los Rios province to produce a silky and lustrous Ecuadoran Connecticut Shade wrapper. Unlike cloth-covered fields that shield the tobacco from the blistering sun in Connecticut, this special wrapper is grown beside Ecuador’s Vinces River and beneath the thick, natural cloud cover that blankets the region. The volcanic soil yielded a wrapper that was intentionally developed for its aesthetic qualities, with veins that are barely perceptible. Looks aside, the wrapper is ideal for blending, as it maximizes the filler and binder leaves.”

Brazilian Mata Fina and Dominican Piloto Cubano lend complexity to the blend, and Nicaraguan Jalapa enhances the strength of the cigar, while Dominican Olor adds depth to the smoke. A Mexican San Andrean binder complements the filler leaves and delivers optimal combustibility. This is a mild-to-medium-bodied smoke with a rich aroma and compelling notes of sweetness and spice.

Cohiba Connecticut is handcrafted by artisans at General Cigar Dominicana and is a full-time addition to the Cohiba portfolio. It will ship to retailers in early March and will be available in these four sizes:

Robusto (5.5” x 50); SRP per cigar $19.99; each box contains 20 cigars

Crystal Robusto (5” x 50); SRP per cigar $20.99; each box contains 10 cigars

Toro (6.25” x 52); SRP per cigar $21.99; each box contains 20 cigars

Gigante (6” x 60); SRP per cigar $22.99; each box contains 20 cigars

In support of Cohiba Connecticut, Sean Williams will visit fine cigar shops nationwide to share the blend with discerning cigar smokers. For more information about Cohiba, please visit www.cohiba.com.


February 06, 2019

Casa de Montecristo Opens New Luxury Cigar Store and Lounge in Washington, D.C.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Casa de Montecristo is bringing back luxury and style to at least one of the proverbial “smoke-filled rooms” found in our nation’s capital.

The purveyor of many of the finest cigar stores and smoke lounges in America is moving its Washington, D.C. lounge in a new location with amenities worthy of today’s discerning premium cigar smokers.

The new Casa de Montecristo-Washington cigar lounge opens February 12 on 19th Street N.W., between L and M Streets, just two blocks away from its current location. But in a major departure with Washington tradition and stereotypes around politics and cigar lounges – the rooms won’t be filled with smoke due to city restrictions; a well-appointed patio area will be available for cigar smoking as part of the new 4,000 square-foot facility.



“What adult cigar smokers will find at our new store,” says Luis Miguel Torres, CEO & Head of Casa de Montecristo, “is a great selection of the finest cigars available in the United States, and great accommodations for adult cigar lovers to relax and enjoy premium hand-made cigars with friends and like-minded adult consumers.”

The entire two-story building is occupied by Casa de Montecristo and features two bars serving beer on tap, wine, spirits and eight HD-TVs on both levels. The ground floor bar has bar-height level pub tables and chairs to supplement seating at the bar; meanwhile the second floor lounge sports custom made leather lounge chairs and sofas, and other furniture from such notable suppliers as Restoration Hardware and Palecek Furniture.

Sixteen custom-made humidified wall units on the ground floor are made from Spanish cedar and display some 320 linear feet of premium cigars. On the second floor are 60 similarly made private humidor lockers for customers to store their own premium cigar collections.

“Building this new premium cigar facility has been a great experience for us,” Torres says. “We look forward to bringing the cigar-life experience to new heights in Washington.”

Casa de Montecristo-Washington is one of 28 premium cigar stores and lounges the company owns or licenses in major markets around the country. At a Casa de Montecristo lounge, adult premium cigar smokers can enjoy a wide selection of some of the highest quality cigars in the world. It is a “feel-at-home place” to gather with friends and fellow cigar enthusiasts, with an educated staff that aid the experience, Torres says.

February 02, 2019

Aladino Corojo Reserva (5 x 50)









Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)
This was William Cooper's, also know as Cigar Coop, number one cigar for 2018. That got me interested since I was unfamiliar with the cigar. I did not read his review of the cigar but since he picked it number one I wanted to try it. As you know, Coop is generous enough to allow me to use his descriptions of most of the cigars I review and for that I am very grateful.


At the 2018 IPCPR Trade Show, JRE Tobacco Company launched a limited release known as the Aladino Corojo Reserva. Like the original Aladino Corojo blend, the Aladino Corojo Reserva was a 100% authentic corojo offering – utilizing tobaccos grown by the Eiroa Tobacco farm. The Corojo Reserva was designed to be a bolder offering under the Aladino brand. 

JRE Tobacco Company is owned and operated by the father and son team of Julio R. Eiroa and Justo M. Eiroa. The Aladino name can be traced back to the 1970s. There was a historic movie theater in Danlí, Honduras known as El Cine Aladino. This theater was operated by Christian and Justo Eiroa’s grandfather. Today, Christian owns the Aladino factory, which is in the theater’s former location. Aladino is also the name that Julio Eiroa chose to name one of his brands. When Aladino was released, this was a brand positioned as delivering a classic, “old-fashioned” cigar experience reminiscent of those during the “golden age” between 1947 and 1961.

The Aladino Corojo Reserva consists of 100% Authentic Corojo grown on the Eiroa Tobacco farm. The blend incorporates high priming corona into the blend.


Wrapper: Authentic Corojo
Binder: Authentic Corojo
Filler: Authentic Corojo
Country of Origin: Honduras
Factory: Las Lomas


Vitolas Offered
The Aladino Corojo Reserva is available in one size – a 5 x 50 Robusto. Each is presented in 20-count boxes.




The cigar is a chocolate brown. For a robusto it has an average feel in the hand.






The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The cold draw had notes of sweet hay. The initial flavors at light up were very powerful. Not in strength but the black pepper immediately gets your attention. I rated the pepper at the outset at 8 1/2. Retrohaling will bring out a massive amount. There was a nice cedar, a lot of cinnamon, and sweet caramel. There is so much black pepper the sweetness is a little hidden at the outset. There is a nice black coffee base and bridging the sweeter flavors and the black coffee is unsalted almond butter. Nice, unusual start.




At the first third (18 minutes) I noted dry cocoa notes in the mix of the front end and also on the finish. The original flavor notes are still in play including the rarely found almond butter. The cedar, cinnamon, and caramel give the cigar the sweetness it's going to have. It has plenty of sweetness but it's not crazy sweet. The pepper is still very good on both ends. The finish is dry cocoa and caramel with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. This is a very good and slightly unusual cigar. I rated the first third at 94.




At the second third (43 minutes) the sweetness is up. The caramel notes are very sweet and along with the tingly cinnamon and tasty cedar the cigar is nice and sweet. The black pepper has slightly decreased. I'd put it at 7 1/2 at this point. Still very good but definitely lower than the outset. I still had the dry cocoa mixed in or along with the almond butter. The black coffee continued to hold the base. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. The cigar continues to be very good and quite unique. The added sweetness moved me to raise the second third score to 95.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 10 minutes. In the final third I lost some of the nice sweetness that I had in the second third. The cigar seemed to revert back to the flavors of the first third. The dry cocoa notes elevated along with the black coffee. The cigar turned a little dark. I also noticed a decrease in the caramel notes. The cedar and cinnamon remained about the same as before. The black pepper was still pretty good at around a 7 1/2. The finish has change a little. It had more of the dry cocoa and less sweetness of caramel but the lingering black pepper was still good. The cigar remained medium to full bodied. I rated the final third at 94 with the decrease of sweetness. This is a very good cigar well worth trying.
 

Overall Score: 94.33

January 27, 2019

2018 Lirio Rojo by Warped Cigars (5 1/4 x 44)



Video review HERE.


This is the 2018 version of the Lirio Rojo by Warped Cigars. These come out in December of each year. I have reviewed this cigar the past two years. Last year's version dropped considerably over the 2016 version. I am hopeful this year's version will be better.

Wrapper: AGANORSA
Binder: AGANORSA
Filler: AGANORSA

Vitola: Corona (5 ½ x 44)

Factory: TABSA (Aganorsa Leaf, formerly Casa Fernandez)



Lirio Rojo comes in one size, 5 1/2 x 44. It is a medium brown in color with a standard feel in the hand for a cigar of this size.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were pretty typical of Aganorsa tobacco; orange citrus, brown sugar, cinnamon, quite a bit of nutmeg, and an earthy black coffee. There was nice black pepper which I rated at 7 1/2. There seem to be caramel notes in the mix but I want to see if they fully develop. The nutmeg is pretty standard and in an ample amount. But, at this point the sweeter notes are holding their own.




At the first third (20 minutes) there are definitely caramel notes in the mix and they add nice sweetness to the cigar. At this point I can already tell this cigar is much better than last year's version. There are still  nice citrus notes, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a tingly black pepper mixed into the sweet flavors. The nutmeg, at this point, seems to have come down to a very manageable amount. The earthy black coffee base remains. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is one of caramel and light nutmeg notes with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. At this point the cigar is very much to my liking. I rated the first third at 93.




At the second third (49 minutes) the nutmeg notes have greatly increased. With them there has been a reduction in sweetness. The caramel and brown sugar are trying to hold the sweetness and they are but to a lesser degree. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. Typically Aganorsa tobacco is high in nutmeg notes so it's not a big surprise that this cigar had an increase. With the lowering of sweetness I lowered the second third score to a 91.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 7 minutes, which is about average for this size cigar. The good news is nothing changed in the final third. The nutmeg notes remained at their previous level and the brown sugar/caramel sweetness managed to hold on to some sweetness. The cigar reached full bodied. The finish did not change. This cigar should be better with a little more time in the humidor. But, it's better than last year's version. I rated the final third at 91. You can purchase these cigars HERE.

Overall Score: 91.67

January 26, 2019

Roma Craft CroMagnon Atlatl Lancero (7 x 38)






Video review HERE.



The CroMagnon Atlatl lancero features a beautiful US Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, a unique Cameroon binder and filler from three Nicaraguan growing regions.

The filler leaf for this blend comes from the growing regions in Esteli, Condega and a small farm north of Esteli on the Honduran border. 


RoMa Craft CroMagnon LE Atlatl Lancero (7×38)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Nicaragua


I purchased this cigar locally. It is very dark and has a nice weight in the hand for a lancero.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors were very dark noted. They included dark roasted black coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar with something on the par of a dark molasses. Even with the brown sugar and molasses the cigar is not that sweet. Perhaps it's because it also has a moderate amount of nutmeg. There is a coarse black pepper which I rated at an 8. 




At the first third (20 minutes) the flavors have developed a little more. Now you have some caramel notes, which are probably coming from the Cameroon tobacco. The cigar is still very dark. You still have the coffee, chocolate, and molasses which keep the cigar quite dark. There is still ample nutmeg which keeps the sweetness down. The finish is one of caramel and nutmeg with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. I rated the first third at 90.




At the second third (43 minutes) I got light, clean leather notes. They seem to be adjacent to the nutmeg notes. The sweetness, while somewhat limited to begin with, has gone down. The same flavor notes are still there but the sweetness has decreased. The finish has more nutmeg than caramel at this point. The pepper remains very good. This cigar is very dark noted but it lacks significant sweetness. I rated the second third at 88.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 2 minutes. In the final third the chocolate notes came out more but they did not bring sweetness with them. The leather and nutmeg actually decreased but the sweetness went down somewhat also. The cigar is a low grade full bodied. The finish was unchanged. The cigar started out decent and went down hill in each following third. I rated the final third at 87.


Overall Score: 88.33