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Hello everyone, you will now be able to find our reviews over at CigarInspector.com. It means more visibility and loads of other reviews for you to read. Here is the link to my profile on the site, where you can find links to all of my reviews.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in Cigars Rated

 

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PDR Capa Habana 5×52 Robusto

Greetings Lords and Ladies of the Leaf!

‘//otan here, thanks for being patient while I worked some things out on my end of the spectrum. I’ve got plenty of reviews stockpiled (having smoked a little during my time off), and I’m digging them out just for you! So, back to the reviews we go! 

Special thanks to Kyle who picked up my slack! Thanks buddy, hope to visit with you soon!

On with the review. The PDR Capa Habana is the second Dominican puro that has been produced by the guys at Pinar del Rio. This is a brand I’ve only recently discovered, and one that I’m not really all that shy about discussing since they offer a great product and they offer it at a reasonable price point. These might be my go to cigars this summer. Sorry Pete [Johnson], these are a little more reasonable for grilling!

Here are the specifications:

Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: Dominican Habano
Binder: Dominican Criollo ’98 and Habano seed
Filler: Dominican Corojo, Habano, and Criollo ’98
Strength: Medium
Body: Full
Flavor: Full

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Alright, so here we go. Let’s talk about my favorite part of smoking … the pre-light ritual. This Capa Habana has a medium brown wrapper with a slightly reddish tint, it had a few small veins, and a light oil gloss. The cigar features a prominent pigtail cap and a closed foot. Editorial: I’m not so sure I like the closed foot, but later on in the cigar, we’ll find out that it works ok for me. I think it’s an aesthetic thing. It has two bands, both bands are blue and silver, this is one reason that it’s called the “PDR Blue Line” or “Blue Bands”. Overall, the pre light scent was leather and barn yard. A cold draw gave the palate notes of leather and a heavy dose of tobacco-ey goodness. It was like smoking an old book. Yum!

First third. ImageThe cigar burned evenly, with thick gray/white ash that stayed put. After all there is nothing like summer smoking in a pair of khakis and getting the gray streak of death on your shorts because the stupid thing dribbled on you. There was a nice subtle spiciness that undercut the tastes of leather underneath. One thing that I really found pleasing was that the spice lingered after the leather. Almost like an after thought that Abe Flores was trying to bring forth. It was a delicious mix. Let’s chat about smoke – it was thick and lingered around. Smoking outside, and I still found myself in a cloud. That taste continued to linger, coating the tounge and becoming increasingly complex as we continued into the second third. There were hints of butterscotch, and a little hint of a spiciness that was hard to place something with some real heat to it. The cigar settled into that medium/medium heavy range that I find so satisfying, including the tobacco “buzz” that accompanied it. 

THE SECOND THIRD Image

This third slid in some more subtle spice notes, we transitioned from a bit of an all-spice to the bite of black pepper, all of this was underneath the overarching leather taste of the cigar. The smoke remained thick and creamy, and the ash was a little darker gray, indicating either the wet tobacco or my improper storage techniques. But, the cigar didn’t disappoint, and at about 8-9.00 a cigar, it was great in terms of flavor profile, and burn. I did have one touch up firing during this part of the cigar, but it was because I stopped to answer the phone, and forgot to give it a little puff. Either way, an enjoyable second third.

 

THE THIRD THIRD

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This third gave way to the butterscotch and toffee flavors, though there were hints of mineral/charcoal type flavors as well. Nothing overwhelming, or disgustingly bitter, but just enough twinge to let me know that I was smoking something that had a little body to it. Hints of cedar made their way into the cigar as the final third crept on. The smoke was cool, not burning rapidly, and I’m proud to say that I nubbed this bad boy out!

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OVERALL IMPRESSION

Cigar smoking is something that is so personal, and something that is so subjective. However, if you were a newbie, I would certainly recommend this cigar to you. It was balanced, with subtleties that were hard to distinguish that would excite a serious and seasoned cigar smoker, but it was also simple enough that it would make for a nice beginner cigar as well. The guys at PDR are really doing a great job at making sure their cigars taste good, and are as affordable as possible. The spiciness really hit me as something that was enjoyable, and I always like a cigar that tastes like leather and has that peppery undertone. The relighting was minimal, once or twice total, but it didn’t distract from the ambience of sitting out and smoking a good cgar. For the price, I’d recommend this one highly.

SCORECARD

PRELIGHT: 9/10

SMOKING: 9/10

OVERALL EXPERIENCE: 9/10

TOTAL: 27/30

These cigars may become my first box purchase. So, go to your local BM and get a few. They’re worth the price, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Wishing you smoke rings, and fine things,

‘//otan

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

#smokeoneonus Giveaway and Contest and mini-reviews.

Greetings Lords and Ladies of the Leaf!

It’s ‘//otan here – and I’m sorry to disappoint you, but there will be no review from me this week. Though, I did smoke several (read – about 5) cigars this week – I didn’t find anything that I wanted to review, and since it’s wintertime I didn’t want to sit out in what was supposed to be “Snowmaggedon” and the “Icepocalypse” to herf. Though, I’m thinking of investing in a fire pit so that I can bring it into the garage and herf away in front of a wood fire. I think that’d be cool. At any rate, after the mini-reviews there will be information about our first ever #smokeoneonus giveaway and contest.

Interesting plug time: Go check out Riverside Cigar Lounge and Bar located in downtown Jeffersonville, Indiana. Jeff Mouttet and his wife Sarah own what I termed “Cheers, but for adults.” It’s complete with it’s own Cliff Claven – I took my cousin-in-law (is that a good term) for his first visit, it was complete with a drinks, two cigars and some spades. I’m still working on my card playing abilities, but I’m getting better at it.

Let me tell you what I’ve been smoking the past few times that I’ve been there. These are like mini-reviews, but I figured I ought to get into the review section with a few cigar reviews rather than just the contest:

I need to plug the Viaje Cigar Company. What is Viaje you ask? Well – only the rarest of all of the boutique cigar companies. From their website: http://www.viajecigars.com “What is Viaje? I get asked this question alot. Viaje is a boutique cigar company specializing in the small batch approach to cigar making. Viaje represents the idea that quality is better than quantity. That small is better than big. That few are better than many. Why small batch? There are many reasons. Quality, consistency, and most importantly this is where I get my inspiration. If you enjoy mass produced cigars you are in the wrong place. We use tobacco sparingly to execute our vision of what a cigar should look and taste like. Viaje represents the boutique in every sense of the word. This is what I enjoy, this is what I provide, and this is my promise. Join us in the revolution against mediocrity. -Andre Farkas”

Viaje Late Harvest Robusto: Quoting Andre Farkas “What we did was take the last two primings of the leaf and put them into the filler. Added a little bit of viso, and it’s unlike any cigar I’ve ever produced. It has a buttery quality to it.” And here’s my minute review: It’s absolutely unlike anything that I’ve ever had the cigar tasted buttery and rich. It was complex and had a wonderful mouthfeel. The smoke had earthy undertones and hints of black pepper that hit on the throat. The ash was thick and dark gray. The smoke was really nice but not too thick, though it certainly did linger. According to my research Andre made 125 boxes of 35 cigars which made it’s debute at ICPR in 2011. This is one of the most limited cigar releases in the “boutique” cigar brands. The production of these cigars is located in Honduras, at the Racines Cubanas factory which is part of Casa Fernandez Cigar company. These are worth the $9.00 that I paid for them. I think this might even be my first box purchase. If I had reviewed this cigar it would have easily been a 27-28 cigar. What a smooth smoke – my first experience with Viaje and this is a brand that I will be watching for the next year just to see what comes out of their heads next.

Viaje Summerfest Churchill: Coming in at a whopping 7×50 with a round head and a brushed foot (Which by the way burns a little like you would expect a whisk broom to burn. But it’s pretty damn sweet if you ask me, and hey it’s my place so you are asking me.) Quoting Andre Farkas ““Last year the brushed foot on Summerfest was very difficult to smoke due to its length. This year the cigar has been designed to smoke. It gives you the ability to taste the filler alone before getting into the binder and wrapper. Again, unlike Holiday Blends unfinished foot representing the cold of Winter, the brush represents shedding clothing for Summer” It was a Nicaraguan99 Corojo wrapper, Nicaraguan filler and binder. What a sweet cigar! And again it was a limited release of 3,000 cigars per vitola. The beginning of the cigar tasted a little like white pepper, and had a mild hint of honey. It was light yet heady, and the great thing about it was this cigar was delicious and when the cigar hit the wrapper it translated into a heady blend that had notes of wood and more delicious spice notes. On a scale of 1-10 I give this cigar an 8.5. If I had a reviewed it, the cigar would have likely scored in the 25-28 range.

Viaje 50/50 Black No. 3: WOW! I asked Jeff to go into the Humidor and find me something that I hadn’t smoked before (Not hard considering his selection). And he returned with this firecracker. When he asked me “Is full flavored alright?” I knew that this was going to be a great smoke. Stuffed with Nicaraguan tobacco this 7×47 cigar took the better part of two and a half hours to smoke. The idea of this cigar was to take two different types of tobacco and blend them into one cigar. And it worked, but there was definitely a first half and a second half and each had it’s own distinct flavors. This puppy started with a sweet chocolate and cocoa taste with a hint of pepper on the finish. It was a great balance of bitter and sweet – one of the things I really look for in a cigar. The second half transitioned to a decidedly earthy and even more full bodied experience. EDITORIAL WARNING – DO NOT SMOKE THIS IF YOU ARE NEW TO CIGARS. This one almost knocked me flat on my rear-end.

And now, to the contest and giveaway section:

Kyle and I have been blessed that our blog has come in to its own. We’re pleased to have as many hits as we have had so we’re sponsoring a giveaway. We’re opening our humidor to you!

Here’re the rules.

1. Contest is open to legal US residents aged 21 and older.

2. You must live in the CONTINENTAL United States. (Sorry international readers – we just don’t have a way to get your sticks to you in a timely manner. Plus, shipping is really expensive).

3. No Post Office Boxes will be accepted.

 

Here’s the deal. We want comments! We’re going to run the contest from February 20th to March 20th. Your task? Pick a cigar that you really like – and suggest it to us for review. We’re going to take your cigar, write it on a slip of paper, put it in a jar and shake the jar up. We’ll be selecting a cigar to review and if that’s your cigar – you win!

What do I win?

Simple. You win a selection of five premium cigars including a Pete Johnson Ambos Mundos cigar that was our “Top Pick of 2011”. The cigars will be shipped out a week after your review is posted.

So, lords and ladies of the leaves – post away! There is no limit to the cigar that you can suggest for us to review and there is no limit to how many times you can post. Simply reply to this posting and Kyle and I will check each day to keep an accurate tally. The winner will be contacted via e-mail for an address and a name that the cigars will be sent to. They will be sent via first class mail, in an armored tupperdor.

Enjoy your week.

Live Life, Love Leaf.

‘//otan

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

PDR 1878 Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura

Greetings Lords and Ladies of the Leaf!

It’s good to be back amongst the living again. Kyle and I have been puffing away for you! The cigar for you this week is the Pinar del Rio by Abe Flores. Released in 2011 at ICPCR this cigar is stoutly all-Dominican. I purchased this particular cigar from Riverside Cigars. If you’re in Jeffersonville, Indiana, we highly recommend giving this cigar oasis a try – there are very few Patel’s to be found. And to my palate that’s a wonderful thing.

At any rate – we’re going to have a contest – more on that later – and on with the review!

First, the stats:

Cigar: PDR 1878 Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura

Size: 5 x 52 Robusto

Wrapper: Dominican Republic Habano Oscuro

Binder: Dominican Republic Habano

Filler: Dominican Republic (Corojo, Habano, Criollo 98)

Strength: Medium

Price: Around 9.00

PRELIGHT

Wrapper/Appearance 1/2: The cigar was heavy for it’s size, and well constructed. The cigar was off balance and definitely had more weight towards the cap, but there were no soft spots. However, one caveat that I found is that the end of the cigar was rather ugly. It was a closed foot – however, and while not my preference it was poorly constructed, with a bunch of the closed foot missing.

Cap: 2/2 pts: The cap was really well constructed – there was a pronounced pig-tail on top, curling twice.
Band: 2/2 pts: As you can see from the pictures the band is an intense double red band with a silver block letter font. It’s really quite pretty – sexy almost.
Smell: 2/2 pts: Rich and earthy – the smell drew hints of tobacco and musty leather.
Pre-light draw/lighting: 2/2 pts: The pre-light draw was clean and clear and hinted towards earthiness and a muddiness that while not unpleasant was unexpected.

TOTAL: 9/10.

FIRST THIRD

The promise of leather did not hold true in this cigar. Instead, it was rather metallic in the first third. Though it could have been the inferior lighter that I was using. Otherwise the smoke was pleasant and thick – creamy with a desirable mouthfeel. After a few minutes the cigar turned much nicer and turned more earthy with subtle undertones of nuttiness and baked bread. The metallic taste pervaded once again, and the cigar seemed to burn hot despite my best efforts to make it burn slowly, including smoking less and making sure that I didn’t have to continue to relight. It was windy today so that might have contributed to the fact that the cigar decided to go all wonky on me and continued to burn out. Finally, I got ticked off enough to just snip the end off and relight to start the smoke again. There were several relights during the first third, but I wont completely discount this cigar simply because of my poor equipment and the weather conditions.

SECOND THIRD

This was much better! The metallic taste vanished. It gave way to a cigar that was rich in cinnamon, all-spice, and nutmeg (which, by the way is very poisonous when taken intravenously…I’m not advocating doing that … but it seems to be a dangerous way to use a delicious spice.). The smoke continued to be creamy and rich, and was delicious. The oscura was complex and the taste of bread greeted the smoker as the cigar mellowed out. The cigar was a biter originally and she turned rich and delicious after a brief experience with the dark side. The ash was light gray and very dense. The smoke continued to have a creamy mouthfeel and was totally worth nursing it through the bitter parts.

FINAL THIRD

After sacrificing a lamb to the wind (not really, it just happened that I huddled down underneath the deck … I was like Frodo Baggins in my hobbit hole) it finally calmed down. And the overall experience the final third as completely worth it. The cigar remained savory and had an undercurrent of nuttiness. The oscura rounded itself out remaining delicious and complex. The cigar was a bit dry, I highly recommend having something to drink with you (I was drinking water … but Beer or Wine would work well too.) The leatheriness worked itself back in towards the end, and I nubbed this cigar out. Nice work, Abe!

OVERALL EXPERIENCE: 

The overall experience was marred by the wind and the shoddy equipment that I was using. One of the things that I liked about this cigar was the flavor profile. The beginning was metallic and disgusting, but the sheer force of will caused me to keep through it and I’m glad that I did. The initial bitterness wore off to a smooth and savory tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and baked bread and then finished off with the hints of leather that the foot and the prelight draw promised. A decent smoke after all.

THE RECAP

Prelight: 9/10

Smoking: 7/10 – Quantification: The initial bitterness was so unpleasant that I found myself wanting to stop smoking. But I forced myself to overcome my aversion!

Overall Experience: 7/10 – Qualification: The fact that I had to relight the thing five times and clip the end once, made it rather unenjoyable to smoke. But the taste was really quite good.

TOTAL: 23/30. Truly a good quality smoke – but it could use some work. It was enjoyable, and I’ll be glad to enjoy another one. At the price it may or may not be worth it – check back to see another review of one, I hope to grab another one soon.

Thanks for reading! Another couple weeks and we’ll be ready to post our “CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS” for a chance for you to win cigars and a special prize.

‘//otan

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Cigars Rated

 

Classic Cigars Top Ten of 2011 … part Deux!

Greetings and Salutations Lords and Ladies of the Leaf!

Sorry that this is so late! We’re working hard to get caught up, thankfully here where I am, it’s been a balmy sixty-degrees or so. What does that mean for Classic Cigar? Well, quite simply friends – we’re outside … “smoking for you”! That being said, one of the things that I really enjoy is getting a chance to compare notes with Kyle and figuring out what the heck I’m doing in regards to smoking.

2011 saw a lot of firsts for me – first thing was my wife decided that my hobby was alright to continue! So we reconditioned my old humidor, and started smoking. And Kyle invited me to come and blog about my thoughts –  someone else valued my cigar smoking opinion! And – I found small batch “boutique” cigars, no longer did I smoke the mass-produced “big name” brands but I danced into the likes of Dion Giolito and the wham-bam thank you ma’am of Pete Johnson!

Kyle and I really enjoyed the makings of Pete Johnson, you’ll find that several of his cigars mark my top ten – what can I say? When you make a good product, you make a good product. No, as stated before, Kyle and I are not Pete Johnson men – we just smoke them. And like Kyle, four of my top ten are from him, several are Dion Giolito’s and the rest? Well … you’ll just have to wait and read them.

‘//otan’s top 10 of 2011 …. drum roll please!

10. Vegas de Santiago Torpedo “Cafe con Leche” (Costa Rica)

9. Illusione 4/2g “Church” (Honduras)

8. Montecriso Media Noche No.2 (Dominican Republic)

7. Illusione Holy Lance Candela “Lancero” (Honduras)

6. Illusione Holy Lance Candela (Honduras)

5. Tatuaje Havana IV “Nobles” (Dominican Republic)

4. Cohiba Maduro V “Secretos” (Cuba)

3. Cabaiguan Guapo 46 (Nicaragua)

2. Tatuaje Black Petite Lancero (Nicaragua)

… and my number 1 cigar for 2011 is …..

1. Ambos Mundos No. 1 Habana (Nicaragua)

Kyle and I found these to be our go to cigar of 2011 – spicy, leathery (like your favorite old book), and rich creamy smoke they were the perfect cigar to compliment a beer, a glass of red wine, and they held up nice to a whole summers worth of grilling and hanging out. Being a cigar reviewing “novice” this smoke truly won over my palate and made me excited for what Pete Johnson would bring in the new year.

I wish you long ashes this year, and stay tuned for our first ever “From our humidor to yours” give-away.

Thanks so much for reading!

‘//otan

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Classic Cigar’s Top 10 of 2011

Top 10 of 2011

With 2011 coming to a close and 2012 opening a new chapter in life I am torn between many thoughts for the New Year.  The picture above, John Cassel’s Mixed Signals; October 1931, probably speaks lots of truths to many of us.  Sometimes we get so caught up in what to do next or plan, plan, plan, for the future that we forget to STOP, and enjoy some of the finer parts of life. i.e.) family, friends, health.  For me one of my favorite ways to reflect upon life’s gifts is with a cigar.  And just as we have for the past 3 years here at Classic Cigar, we will continue to provide our thoughts and reviews of cigars, both new and old, that the industry has to offer in 2012.

We were also blessed this year at Classic Cigar, to bring on a new reviewer to the team.  Let me take this opportunity to thank `//otan (Mark) for all the hard work and time he puts into giving his thoughts and opinions…cheers and long ashes to you in the new year buddy!

Just as in the past, the cigars on the list may not have been reviewed on the website but were smoked, numerous times, throughout the year.  You also need to know that this is my Top 10 list not my partners however, having smoked and discussed many of these cigars together I think he will tend to agree with most of my choices.

For me personally one cigar maker really hit a “Grand slam” this year with quality, production, and innovation.  That person would be Mr. Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars.  Out of my 2011 Top 10, four cigars are part of his portfolio.  No, I am certainly not bias or one dimensional in anyway but those of you that know me, do understand that I call it how it is.  Without a doubt Mr. Pete Johnson is creating some amazing things in the cigar world and deserves that praise and recognition.

So without further ado, here are the Classic Cigar Top 10 cigars of 2011:

 

10. Oliva Connecticut Reserve Toro (Nicaragua)

9. Davidoff Puro D’Oro Deliciosos  (Dominican Republic)

8. Cohiba Siglo II  (Cuba)

7. Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No.2  (Dominican Republic)

6. Tatuaje Havana VI Victorias  (Nicaragua)

5. Cabaiguan Guapo 46  (Nicaragua)

4. Rafael Gonzalez Corona Extra  (Cuba)

3. Por Larranaga Petite Corona  (Cuba)

2. Tatuaje Black Petite Lancero  (Nicaragua)

 

and the #1 cigar of 2011 is…

 

1. Ambos Mundos Short No. 1 Habano  (Nicaragua)

Again and again, all year long this cigar offered me a great smoking experience.  Without a doubt, I burned through an entire box of these this year and not once was I disappointed or let down.  In fact, the cigar tended to continually grow on me.  By offering notes of smooth leather, peppery spice, rustic antique aromas, and a creamy smoke texture the Ambos Mundos Short No.1 Habano won my heart and palate for 2011.  Not to mention that these sticks are priced under $5.00 a piece, so you definitely can’t beat that.

Well, that does it for 2011 here at Classic Cigar.  We hope you have a very blessed and Happy New Year, as we bring in 2012 with a bang.  From our family to yours;

God Bless and Cheers!

~kaleehb

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Illusione Holy Lance – Candela Wrapper

Greetings and Salutations Lords and Ladies of the Leaf!

It’s been far too long since I’ve had a good smoke. And it’s been even longer since I have written for this blog – big thanks to Kyle for squirreling away his resources to make sure that I get to post when I can – and I’ve missed you all!

Well, let me tell you about this cigar I found at Riverside Cigar Lounge and Shop, located in Historic Jeffersonville Indiana. Jeff was really great, the cigar lounge looks totally cool with large comfortable leather chairs, lots of ashtrays, high-definition plasma screen tvs and it adjacent to the Brickhouse Bourbon Bar. Which it seemed was closed last night when I went in. Visit them at riversidecigars.com. I’ll be visiting them for sure over this Christmas break to sit and smoke a spell. Best part about the whole thing? It doesn’t really reek of cigars, which was a plus for my wife and her sister. How did I find this place? My wife found it, as we were ice-skating in the parking lot across the street. And as a reward for my patience and ice skating prowess, I managed to get some cigars out of the deal – go me. I walked out with two Pete Johnsons – A limited Edition “Wolfman” and a Cabaiguan guapo, and the Illusione “Holy Lance” in a Candela wrapper.

At any rate, I’ll get on with the review. Did you know that Dion Giolito (you’ll recognize him as one of my favorite cigar manufacturers) decided to make the Holy Lance in the standard colorado wrapper, the maduro wrapper, and the candela wrapper? I certainly didn’t and finding all three made this choice rather difficult. What is a candela wrapper you ask? It’s bright green –  and according to some places it’s a dead wrapper. Candela wrappers have been very rare over the past 9-10 years. Sometimes referred to as AMS, or “American Market Selection,” cigars due to their tremendous popularity in the United States from the late 1800s through the mid 20th century, Candela is basically a bright green wrapper color achieved by a process which traps the chlorophyll content of the leaf prior to fermentation. This wrapper is sort of sour tasting and because of it’s acquired taste it seemes to have lost touch with aficionados of today.

This is my first candela wrapper, and it was purchased solely on Jeff’s recommendation, and the fact that the standard colorado Holy Lance was so damned good. Here’s what Giolito has to say on his website: “ Lancero , the lance. Get it? Constantine was the first Christian Emperor to lead Rome. It was fabled that he had possession of the very spear that punctured the side of Jesus while on the cross. He was said to carry this relic into battle and, it was said that it helped him win many battles. It is an artisan blend and, the mildest of all my cigars.”

On with the review! It should be noted: to my understanding, they are not a limited-run but will be produced so long as the candela wrapper is available.

THE SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 7.5

Ring: 40

Style: Lancero

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: American Market Standard – Candela Wrapper

Filler: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Price: Expect to pay about $10.00 – $12.00 per smoke.

THE PRE-LIGHT RITUAL

Many of you will remember that I’m all about the experience – and as such this remains my favorite part of the entire smoking experience. Truly a boutique cigar the band was simple, white band with gold lettering. Again, since I believe we smoke (and eat) first with our eyes, this band was truly sexy and got me excited about smoking this cigar. The bright green wrapper was nice- just right it had sandy undertones underneath . It had no huge veins, and only one small tear, I think though that this is because it was transported home in the pocket of my leather coat.. Like all lanceros, they were light, but this one had only one soft spot. The cap was even, a nice triple seam with a deft pigtail on the top. The band was true to the Illusione type, and it was simple, classic, and even sexy. The smell was almost light fresh cut hay, grassy and light. It was a welcome breath of fresh air in the freezing night. A light floral scent accompanied the stick too. The pre-light was open and even, and tasted of wheat, and a small hint of leather.

FIRST THIRD:

The first third began grassy, and had hints of roasted wheat. This cigar had a pleasant almost leathery aftertaste. One of the best things about the cigar was that with a green wrapper, one would expect that it would be a “lighter” smoke, as Candela’s often are (at least to me), but this one is heady and enjoyable. Having enjoyed the standard Holy Lance, this one is totally in the same league as it’s brown cousin. Thick plumes of smoke coated the palate, but the ash was disappointing. It was loose, and dark gray – indicative that perhaps the cigar was rolled too wet. Towards the middle of the second third, there was an interesting addition to the flavors – it started to move from grassiness to the sweetness of caramel or even a toffee – a very pleasing flavor!

SECOND THIRD

The second third started with notes of toasted bread with the undertone of toffee and transitioned into a savory spiciness that I found really rather satisfying. I’m a fan of cigars that are spicy, and heady. And this one was well on its way to delivering a powerful punch! The smoke moved into a cinnamon and pepper with the barest floral hints of anise and all-spice. The smoke was still very pronounced, and thick. It was delicious – keeping the palate coated in the savory spiciness that reared it’s head in this third.

FINAL THIRD

The spiciness of the second third yielded in the final third to a flavor that was predominantly woody, and nutty. It was almost as if we returned to the beginning of the cigar because leathery undertones made their way back into the mix. The smoke remained thick and abundant, though I did have to relight a few times in this third, and had to even out the burn. Other than that the smoke was perfect. One thing that Giolito is famous for is the blending of tobaccos to create flavor profiles that linger on the palate.

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

With a total smoke time of one and a half hours, I found each minute to be an enjoyable one. The first notes were very grassy and summery which lead me to thinking I would be smoking a garden. But the whole smoke had such a complexity and subtle nuances that I can only compare to purchasing perfume for a significant other. It smells one way on the little plastic card, but on your loved one it’s completely different. This is the first cigar in a long time that I nubbed out.

RECAP

Prelight: 9/10 –

Smoking: 8/10 

Overall Experience: 9/10 

Total Composite Score: 27/30 

I totally want some more of these to fill this:

What a great Christmas present – my wife totally rocks! Speaking of Christmas – I hope that you and your loved ones have a great Holiday.

God Bless,

‘//otan

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Cigars Rated