March 29, 2020

Supreme Leaf by Aganorsa Leaf (5 x 52 Box Pressed)







Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)
Aganorsa Leaf describes Supreme Leaf as a Corojo ’99 dominant blend that features all Aganorsa Leaf tobacco. It will be available in one size – a 5 x 52 box-pressed Robusto. It’s described as a limited production run with the initial allocation set at 500 ten-count boxes.

The packaging features a bold color scheme meant to complement the blend’s flavor profile.

“We believe our Leaf is our strength and so we wanted the presentation clearly to reflect that confidence in the quality of our cigars,” states Terence Reilly, who serves as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in a press release. “The packaging has a bold and assertive look and feel that demands the consumer’s attention on the shelf. You don’t use colors like this unless you are confident in the product.”



Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Aganorsa (Nicaragua)
Binder: Aganorsa (Nicaragua)
Filler: Aganorsa (Nicaragua)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)


Vitolas Offered
Robusto: 5 x 52 (Box Pressed)



The band colors really catch your eye. The cigar features a closed foot. The cigar has a nice feel in the hand. Although box pressed it is not a sharp box press.





The test draw after cutting the cap was very good even with the closed foot. The initial flavors at light up were a nice citrus/cedar, brown sugar, some cinnamon, light caramel, quite a bit of dry nutmeg, and earthy black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. A nice sweet start.




About 1/2 inch in the cigar has settled down nicely. The cigar got extremely sweet and rich. The caramel notes really came out and they were rich and somewhat buttery. The other flavors of a citrus/cedar, brown sugar, cinnamon, dry nutmeg, and black coffee are still in play but they are mixing well with the rich, somewhat buttery caramel. 




At the first third (32 minutes) the cigar is going along just about the same as the 1/2 inch assessment. The flavors are still very sweet and rich. I refer to the flavor mix as a soup. All the flavors mix very well. The brown sugar is really jumping out. The black pepper may have ticked up a little. The nutmeg is a dry nutmeg and it mixes all throughout the flavors. The finish is nutmeg and brown sugar with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied but it's moving up. This is one of those cigars that's "right down my alley". I rated the first third at 96.




Moving through the second third (1 hour 5 minutes) the cigar has a near perfect burn line. There were two things that happened in the second third; some of the richness decreased and the cigar reached full bodied. The nice sweet flavors are still there just as previously described but a little of the richness was lost. The finish is unchanged. The cigar remains excellent even with the slight reduction in richness. I rated the second third at 95.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 37 minutes using the PerfecDraw tool as an aid. This cigar is too good to not get all the burn time out of it. Here in the final third some or most of the richness returned! All the original flavor notes are still there and the cigar is once again rich. The cigar is also very full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I raised the score back up to 96 for the final third. This is an excellent cigar and I hope you either have some or can find them.


Overall Score: 95.67

March 28, 2020

Diesel Delirium (6 x 52)









Video review HERE.



Diesel has rolled out “Delirium,” a limited-edition offering of the boldest Diesel blend to date. Only 5,000 boxes have been made.

Delirium follows the Diesel’s Hair of the Dog (2019) which sold out in under three weeks.

Senior Brand Manager Justin Andrews said, “Diesel Delirium is about disruption. It’s a cigar that demands the smoker’s full attention and while it follows Hair of the Dog, the two blends couldn’t be more different. Delirium’s definitely powerhouse of a smoke, but it’s not just that. It’s also about dimension and balance, and that begins and ends with the blend we developed. This is a cigar that we recommend enjoying when you have time to commit to really experiencing the full spectrum of taste it delivers.”

Blended by AJ Fernandez, handcrafted at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua and developed by Justin Andrews, Delirium is made with an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a blend of Nicaraguan ligero and Ometepe. A cigar for the initiated, Delirium is a peppery smoke that delivers an array of spices, with hints of nuts and an unexpected touch of nougat on the palate.

Diesel Delirium is available in one size Toro (6” x 52) which will sell for an SRP of $10.00 per cigar. The cigars are presented in rustic, ten-count wooden boxes with two compartments, each containing five cigars. The 5,000 cigar release will hit stores on March 2 and is expected to be an almost instant sell out.

Launched in 2014, the original Diesel Delirium was introduced by Cigars International and was only available for a short time. The updated blend reflects the popularity of cigars that are both full-bodied and complex.



The cigar is very well made. The wrapper is flawless and very oily dark brown.  The cigar has a nice feel in the hand for a toro.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a tangy cedar with some citrus influence, quickly followed by a massive amount of black pepper and black coffee with underlying nutmeg and leather. The black pepper initially is rated at 8 1/2. The cigar tastes like it will be very powerful. 




At the first third (44 minutes), and yes, that is the correct first third time. The reason; you must go slow because this cigar is very, very full bodied. Shortly after the initial assessment the tangy cedar and brown sugar came out much more and the black pepper and black coffee decreased making the cigar much more enjoyable. The leather and nutmeg notes rose. So, now you have all the flavors in play. The black pepper is still good but it has decreased to around 7 1/2. The finish is cedar and nutmeg with below average lingering black pepper. It's quite minimal, in fact. The cigar is dark and powerful with below average sweetness. For the first third I rated the cigar at 91. 




Slowly moving through the second third (1 hour 21 minutes) the cigar has improved. By going this slowly the cedar and brown sugar came out much more and they are very much combined with the nutmeg. The nutmeg is sharp, almost metallic in texture. The leather and black coffee are very manageable. The black pepper is still good. The cigar is still very full bodied. The finish is a leathery nutmeg with below average lingering black pepper. I enjoyed the cigar a little more in the second third so I raised the score to 92.




This 6 x 52 toro lasted 2 hours! That might be a record. I went glacially slow in order to (1) get the best flavors and (2) manage the massive amount of ligero in this cigar. At this point I'd say the cigar is pretty much like it was in the first third with the same basic flavors. The cigar is, of course, still very full bodied but by going this slowly I did not feel the "hit" of the ligero. I also had a nice meal before having the cigar. This has been a good cigar but for me it's too full bodied to be in the regular rotation unless it's the only cigar I'm having that day. I rated the final third 91.


Overall Score: 91.33

March 27, 2020

Premium Cigar Company Donates $50,000 to Broward County Virus Relief Fund


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  – Tabacalera USA and its business units Altadis U.S.A., JR Cigar and Casa de Montecristo are donating $50,000 to support those impacted by the Coronavirus in Broward County. 

The contribution comes in response to the United Way of Broward County’s request for members of the community to assist its humanitarian efforts in the face of this unprecedented crisis affecting the entire community.

“We share United Way of Broward County’s concerns – and, indeed, a concern shared around the world – regarding COVID-19,” said Javier Estades, CEO of Fort Lauderdale-based Tabacalera USA. “Our contribution to the United Way of Broward County’s virus relief fund is one small way we can help our community as we focus on the safety of our employees, customers and the broader community. 

“We urge everyone who can to join in this effort,” he said. “We also remind our fellow citizens to follow the guidance of local, state and federal officials concerning best practices to prevent the spread of this virus.  

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors here in our own community and everywhere around the world who have been impacted by this pandemic,” Estades said. 

March 25, 2020

Drew Estate Announces Freestyle Live Virtual Herf March 31st



Wednesday, March 25, 2020 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces today it will be hosting “FREESTYLE LIVE”, a virtual herf, through Facebook Live and Instagram Live on March 31st from 7pm-9pm EST featuring Jonathan Drew, Willy Herrera, Pedro Gomez and Juan Martinez from Joya de Nicaragua.

Drew Estate Freestyle Live is a unique social media event that gives cigar smokers everywhere a chance to interact with the Drew Estate Ambassador Crew and have a chance to score some unique unreleased swag - not yet available to any consumers.  We felt that in a time of social distancing, it is important to unite together over our love of the leaf, light up a favorite Drew Estate cigar and enjoy each other’s company.

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew Founder and President of Drew Estate exclaims “I vividly remember September 11, 2001 as well as the weeks following.  I had returned to New York City for an important meeting and simply couldn’t get back to the factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.  I remember the daily calls to our Drew Estate factory way before it was actually titled La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, when we were just a little fabricita in the valley.  These calls were deeply important because they connected us in brotherhood during the darkest of times.  Today, we face a new challenge that has isolated each of us in various ways, many from family and best of friends, as well as from our BOTL and SOTL face to face communities.  On Tuesday, 3/31 at 7pm be prepared to grab your favorite cigar and booze varietal and tune in.  Let’s chat, politic, ditto …"

The Drew Estate Freestyle Live will kick off on Tuesday 3/31 at 7pm on facebook.com/drewestatecigar and Instagram.com/drewestatecigar.

March 24, 2020

Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequena (4 x 44)









Video review HERE.


Drew Estate announces the national launch of the Undercrown Corona Pequena in both Maduro and Shade wrappers. Today we look at the maduro version.

The Undercrown Corona Pequena is a 4” x 44 petite corona, perfect to light up on the go or on those frigid winter days.

The Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequena features a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, Connecticut Stalk Cut and Sun cured Habano binder, and Brazilian and Nicaraguan filler leaves.

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew Founder and President of Drew Estate adds, “Corona Pequena’s are short, squat, flavor bombs that sit between the tin size and the robusto size in the Undercrown brand family.  We could go on and on about the “functionality” of this short smoke during winter months - but there is something absolutely beautiful about the Corona Pequena that is more meaningful than just utilitarianism. This cigar is a stunner in both taste and trade dress. The whole DE team is really proud of this little gem.  Wurd to Westchester.”

The Undercrown Corona Pequena is packaged in 32 count boxes with an MSRP of $176.00/box.



The cigar is very small. It looks like a fat fire cracker.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a tangy cedar, brown sugar, caramel, quite a bit of nutmeg, chocolate, and a large black coffee base. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. This is a very dark noted cigar and the caramel notes really help with equalizing the flavors with sweetness. 




At the first third (24 minutes) I had the same flavor notes but they are now rich. You also still have the nice dark notes of chocolate and black coffee. The black pepper is very good. You have tangy cedar, brown sugar, caramel, nutmeg (which has settled down a bit), chocolate, and black coffee. The finish is chocolate and nutmeg with a very nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. Lovers of the original Undercrown should also like this cigar. I rated the first third 94.




At the second third (41 minutes) the nutmeg came back to it's original amount and the cigar reached full bodied. The other flavor notes are unchanged. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is very short. It doesn't have time to do a lot of changing. It's designed to be a quicker, shorter version of the original Undercrown. I continue to enjoy this cigar. I rated the second third at 94.




The cigar lasted 54 minutes. Just a small change in the final third. The nutmeg continued to elevate and it took just a bit from the sweet flavors. The cigar is still very good just not quite as sweet as the first two thirds. The finish is unchanged and the cigar is still full bodied. This is a great, quick cigar for times when you don't have a lot of time. I rated the final third at 93. You can purchase these cigars HERE.




Overall Score: 93.67

March 23, 2020

Drew Estate Unveils Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive for 2020



Wednesday, March 18, 2020 — Drew Estate unveils today the 2020 Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive release.

The Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive is a 6 x 52 toro featuring a rich Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, bold Brazilian Mata Fina binder, and lush Nicaraguan fillers. Blended by Drew Estate Master Blender Willy Herrera exclusively for the TAA, this cigar is a testament to the complexity and quality behind the Herrera Esteli line. For 2020, the boxes have been re-designed to complement the other Herrera Esteli lines and also feature the bold red banding that signifies Willy Herrera’s exclusive projects.

From La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Esteli, Nicaragua, Drew Estate Master Blender Willy Herrera notes, “My goal with this blend was to take the lush Connecticut Broadleaf capa tobacco and apply my Miami style to the blend. This cigar shines right from the cold draw and gets better with every puff. I’m thrilled that now the boxes match the rest of the Herrera lineup, they will pop on the shelves.”

The Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive is packaged in 12 count boxes with an MSRP of $147.17/box and will be shipping immediately. A total of 800 boxes have been produced for this year.  

March 22, 2020

HVC 500th Anniversary (Tesoros: 5 7/8 X 52)







Video review HERE.



(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The City of Havana Cuba is celebrating its 500th anniversary. Now HVC Cigars, a brand that pays homage to the city, is honoring that milestone with its HVC 500th Anniversary release.

The cigar itself features Aganorsa farm tobaccos from Nicaragua including a Corojo ’99 wrapper, binder from Jalapa and a mix of Criollo ’98 and Corojo ’99 grown in Jalapa and Estelí. The cigar comes in one size – a 5 7/8 x 52 Tesoros.

The official day Havana was founded is November 16th, 1519. The cigars are expected to be available later this year.



Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 and Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 (Jalapa and Estelí)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa (TABSA)


Vitolas Offered



The cigar is well made and features a triple cap.




The cigar is quite dense feeling. It has a nice feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was just a bit firm but workable. The initial flavors at light up were a tangy cedar, nice brown sugar and cinnamon, cream, dry nutmeg, and black coffee. There was a nice amount of black pepper rated at an 8. A very nice sweet start. 




At the first third (38 minutes) the flavor notes are about the same as the initial assessment but now there are also leather notes. The cedar notes are still somewhat tangy but they are now a dry cedar. I still had nice brown sugar and cinnamon. The cream notes seem to have diminished. The leather notes seem to combine with the dry nutmeg. The black pepper is still good but not quite as intense as it started. The finish is nutmeg, brown sugar, light leather, and cedar with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The flavors are very nice at this point. I rated the first third at 95.




As I moved through the second third (1 hour 11 minutes) the leathery nutmeg made a huge move upward leaving the sweeter notes of cedar (no more tangy notes), brown sugar, and cinnamon decreased. The black coffee is about the same amount. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The cigar is still good but with the elevated leathery nutmeg I lowered the second third score to 92.




The cigar lasted an impressive 1 hour 39 minutes. In the final third the sweeter notes made a very slight increase. The leather nutmeg remained high and I even got some dry oak notes. The cigar reached a low grade full bodied. Even with the slight increase in the sweeter notes I did not change the score; final third score is 92. This is a good cigar overall but you will notice an increase in the leather nutmeg in the second third and all the way to the end. You can purchase these cigars HERE.


Overall Score: 93

March 21, 2020

Highclere Castle (original) Toro (6 x 52)







Video review HERE.



(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)
On the eve of the 2017 IPCPR Trade Show, Nicholas Melillo and Foundation Cigar Company announced a project it was doing with a new cigar company called Highclere Cigar Company. For this project, Melillo developed a blend that would be distributed by his Foundation Cigar Company. Highclere Cigar Company was founded by George Herbert, who is the 8th Earl of Canavaran and the owner of the famed Highclere Castle Estate located in Hampshire, England. The first release of this collaboration was the self-titled Highclere Castle cigar, a Connecticut Shade offering.

There are ties to the Highclere Castle Estate and cigars. it was in 1862 when cigars were first introduced to England and records at the estate show cigar purchases going back to the early 1900s. There is a tradition at Highclere Castle to enjoy a cigar and whiskey after dinner in the library. The goal of the Highclere Castle cigar was to produce a blend reminiscent to those enjoyed at Highclere Castle at the turn of the 20th century. Melillo took into account the profile of these early cigars and crafted a blend getting as close to possible as those cigars enjoyed during the early days. Throughout the process, Herbert played an active role in the project.



Blend and Origin
Melillo opted to produce Highclere Castle at AJ Fernandez’s Tabacalera Fernandez. This is the factory that handles production for his Tabernacle and Charter Oak brands. While the Highclere Castle cigar was one designed to be reminiscent of a cigar from the turn of the 20th century, the blend components are quite contemporary. In addition to the Connecticut Shade cigar, Highclere Castle features a Brazilian Mata Fina binder and fillers from Nicaragua. Of note, there is a proprietary tobacco grown from a hybrid seed known as Nicadán.


Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo from Jalapa and Ometepe, Nicadán
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez


Vitolas Offered
Highclere Castle is available in five sizes. Each is presented in 20-count boxes.

Corona: 5 x 42
Robusto: 5 x 50
Petit Corona: 5 1/2 x 46
Toro: 6 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY
Churchill: 7 x 48



The cigar is a golden brown and looks the part of a Connecticut shade cigar. It has a very nice feel in the hand.






The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were cream with light white chocolate, cedar with a slight amount of tangy notes, brown sugar, cinnamon, quite a bit of nutmeg, and a nice black coffee base. Initially there was a nice white pepper rated at 7. 




At the first third (30 minutes) the cigar is going along very closely as the initial description. The pepper has changed over to a black pepper and appears to be more intense. The white chocolate is still very nice. The cream notes are no longer there. The notes are now cedar, white chocolate, brown sugar, sprinklings of cinnamon, quite a bit of nutmeg, and black coffee. The nutmeg is very smooth. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is cream and nutmeg with nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is good and very much a Connecticut type. I rated the first third at 93.




Moving through the second third (1 hour 14 minutes) the intensity of the sweeter flavors decreased. The black coffee and nutmeg rose. There were the same flavors across the board but the intensity of them changed. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I have a rule of smoking Connecticut cigars very slowly in order to get the best flavors and keep the cigar from tasting harsh. I'm satisfied I am doing that. I rated the second third score at 91.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 35 minutes. In the final third the white chocolate notes decreased but the cedar and brown sugar notes increased. The finish had a toasted cream with nutmeg and nice lingering black pepper. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied. This is a nice Connecticut. But I prefer the Victorian more. I held the previous rating of 91 for the final third.


Overall Score: 91.67

March 20, 2020

Viaje Skull & Bones Mephisto (6 1/2 x 56)







Video review HERE.



(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
For the better part of a decade, the Viaje Skull & Bones series for the most part have been named for after destructive bombs. This month the Skull & Bones series takes a different twist as three new releases hit the shelves – all three inspired by the Ghost Rider Marvel Comic Book characters.

Details of the blends have not been disclosed, but this cigar is assumed to have a San Andres maduro wrapper. The cigar is made in the Aganorsa Leaf factory in Esteli so I am also assuming the binder and filler are Nicaraguan. All three blends are a 56 ring gauge but this cigar is 6 1/2 inches long and the Johnny Blaze and Ghost Rider are 6".


The cigar has a very dense feel in the hand. The foot is closed.





The test draw after cutting the cap was very good, even with the closed foot. The initial flavors at light up were dry cedar, brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon, quite a bit of chocolate fudge, quite a bit of black coffee and quite a bit of nutmeg. The nutmeg has a pasty feel. There was black pepper which I rated at 7 to 7 1/2. A dark start with some sweetness.




At the first third (36 minutes) the nutmeg has a very pronounced vegetable texture and flavor. There is a slight tangy flavor in the cedar. The brown sugar is a little subdued. The chocolate fudge combines with the vegetable type nutmeg to make an intriguing flavor. There is also a lot of a full bodied dark roasted black coffee. I don't have the light cinnamon notes anymore. The cigar is quite interesting from a maduro standpoint. The finish is chocolate, nutmeg, and a nice amount of lingering black pepper. At this point the cigar is just above medium bodied. I rated the first third at 94.




At the second third (1 hour 24 minutes) the cigar is very much a maduro cigar. I had a lot of the chocolate/chocolate fudge, black coffee, and the vegetable type nutmeg. But I had very little cedar or brown sugar. The cigar is now full bodied. It made quite a jump. The finish is unchanged. It's a very full bodied dark noted cigar with very little sweetness. But, in this case I find the cigar intriguing and interesting. Probably due to the vegetable nutmeg combining with the chocolate fudge. I lowered the second third score to 92.




The cigar lasted an amazing 1 hour 58 minutes. In the final third I lost most of the vegetable nutmeg and all the cedar and brown sugar leaving just the (now) dark chocolate and black coffee. The black pepper remained very good on both ends. The finish is by and large unchanged. The cigar is also very full bodied. The intrigue in the cigar is gone. It's just a dark noted cigar with no sweetness. I lowered the final third score to 88.


Overall Score: 91.33

March 18, 2020

Drew Estate Postpones Florida Barn Smoker From May 16th to November 14th



Wednesday, March 18, 2020 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces today it is postponing the Florida Barn Smoker until November 13th-14th, 2020 out of an abundance of caution due to ongoing health concerns surrounding COVID-19.

On March 15th, the CDC issued the following statement, “CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”

Drew Estate made this decision solely as an extreme precaution to ensure the safety of our staff, the staff of the Florida Sun Grown farm and most importantly the 700 Barn Smoker attendees who travel across the country for this extraordinary American Tobacco Experience. The new dates for the 2020 Florida Barn Smoker are November 13th-14th, with the VIP Dinner Experience on November 13th and the Barn Smoker event on November 14th.

All 2020 Florida Barn Smoker tickets will be honored for the new dates. If for any reason, a Florida Barn Smoker attendee cannot attend or otherwise wishes to receive a ticket refund, all refund requests for the Florida Barn Smoker will be granted. Ticket refunds can be requested through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/florida-barn-smoker-by-drew-estate-tickets-82139364049 or by emailing marketingevents@drewestate.com.

In regards to the other Barn Smoker events in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Kentucky and Louisiana, Drew Estate is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will provide updated information at a later date, well in advance of each event.

We thank you for your support and always #De4L!

March 17, 2020

Punch Chop Suey (7 x 37 Panatela)






 


Video review HERE.



(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
General Cigar has released Punch Chop Suey, a 7 x 37 panatela packaged in a Chinese food takeout-style box containing a bundle of 25 cigars. 



Each cigar will have a 1″ shaggy foot.  The blend features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. Production comes out of Santiago in the Dominican Republic at the General Cigar Dominicana factory.

“We had a lot of fun with Punch Egg Roll last year so we decided to come out with a similar release for 2020. With its panatela size, this cigar delivers a great smoking experience in a format that really lets the tobaccos shine through. And with an SRP of less than $6 per cigar, Chop Suey hits that post-holiday sweet spot for cigar lovers,” commented Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager of Punch in a press release.

The inside of the cigar bands will provide one of five “fortunes” courtesy of brand mascot Mr. Punch. “The fortunes are coming from Mr. Punch, so expect a couple of friendly jabs and ‘inspirations’ from the snarky Punch mascot,” added Lahmann.

The total production of Punch Chop Suey is 3,650 bundles. Pricing is set at $5.49 per cigar.



Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: General Cigar Dominicana


Vitolas Offered
Panatela: 7 x 37




The cigar is basically a fat pencil. It has an average 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 a tangy citrus/cedar, a lot of brown sugar and cinnamon, and average or below of black coffee. A nice sweet start.




At the first third (24 minutes) the flavors have changed a little. As soon as the burn got to the wrapper the flavors started changing. There is now a worn leather flavor added to the mix. Once it appeared the citrus went away. You still have the cedar, elevated cinnamon, brown sugar, leather, and elevated black coffee. There was nice black pepper rated at 7 1/2. The lingering black pepper is very good and it's a coarse black pepper. The finish is a light leather and brown sugar with the very nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied but it will probably move up. The cigar is very tasty. I rated the first third at 94.




At the second third (55 minutes) the black pepper seems to have increased. The cigar is very close to full bodied. There is now a smoothness in the cigar from a somewhat buttery caramel. The black coffee is still elevated and noticeable. There is still a lot of cedar, cinnamon, leather, brown sugar, caramel, and black coffee. The finish is unchanged and there is still a lot of lingering black pepper. One downside of the cigar is it has gotten very soft and spongy. The other samples I had did the same thing. It's very soft. Based on flavors I would maintain the score of 94 but I deducted 1 point for the softness giving a second third score of 93.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 14 minutes. In the final third the cedar notes greatly decreased. There is still brown sugar, cinnamon, somewhat buttery caramel, light leather, and black coffee. The black pepper is very good on the front end. It went from 7 1/2 to over 8 during the course of the burn time. The finish is brown sugar and light leather and a lot of lingering black pepper. The cigar is very full bodied. The soft spongy feel is still there and I think it's gotten softer. In the final third the "pop" of the flavors decreased. I rated the final third at 92. Overall a very good cigar but a little soft.




Overall Score: 93