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Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

#701 Post by Aaron Shearin » May 31st, 2020, 10:27 pm

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Partagas Serie D No. 4

Gift from a long time customer. Hay on the foot and cold draw. Started out real peppery. The pepper faded to the finish, revealing sweet cedar, roasted nuts and kitchen spices. The draw was a little tight at first. At mid cigar there is a smooth creamy core with caramel highlights and spice accents. Subtle changes add complexity and bring you back to chase the flavors from hay to coffee to nutmeg. This is a WOW cigar.
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Randy,
The lounge looks like Napa Cigar and Wine. My wife and I herf there whenever we are in town. The PSD4 is her favorite. I'm more partial to the SdC No.1, although discontinued. Do you herf there often?
The wife and I own Napa Valley Wine and Cigar. I herf there every day. Identify yourself the next time you come by. At my age, I'm lucky I remember my name. [cheers.gif]
I was unaware that you were the owner. You have a very nice shop. We prefer it over Napa Cigar. I'm sure we have spoken before if only briefly. I will make sure my wife brings some additional PSD4s.

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#702 Post by Randy Bowman » June 1st, 2020, 2:25 pm

Diesel Unlimited d.5 Natural Robusto

Two hours in the humidor at 77% humidity since it took five days to get here. Barnyard on the foot and rich tobacco on the cold draw. The first half inch was rough but as soon as I ashed it settled down. Lots of wood with leather, natural tobacco, kitchen spice, hints of cocoa, some light sweetness and black pepper on the finish. Medium to medium plus, solid ash, even burn and lots of dense smoke. The spices increase approaching the nub for an added dimension.
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#703 Post by Jason Hagen » June 1st, 2020, 6:23 pm

I prefer the maduro by a good margin.

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#704 Post by Jason Hagen » June 1st, 2020, 6:25 pm

Marrero Fuerte Lancero
This is a fantastic cigar. No notes but I loved it. = A+

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#705 Post by Randy Bowman » June 1st, 2020, 7:21 pm

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I prefer the maduro by a good margin.

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I'm sure I would too but Natural was the only thing the distributor had in stock.
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#706 Post by Randy Bowman » June 2nd, 2020, 2:49 pm

Esteban Carreras 187 Toro Maduro

Two years in the humidor. Starts out with coffee, hay and light salt. Dark chocolate and kitchen spice join in along with some caramel like sweetness. The spices start build at the start of the final third, as does some white pepper. Medium strength and body with a very good flavor profile.
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#707 Post by Jud Reis » June 2nd, 2020, 4:32 pm

No formal notes, but a lovely My Father Flor de Las Antillas Toro Box Press on the golf course today. Really beautiful cigar.

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#708 Post by Randy Bowman » June 3rd, 2020, 2:22 pm

Cohiba Siglo IV

Fifteen plus years in the humidor. Kitchen spice on the foot. Draw is firm. Surprisingly mild and somewhat salty. Hints of coffee, cocoa and baking spices. Light pepper on the finish. Consistent end to end with an occasional citrus note and a touch of sweetness on the nub.
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#709 Post by Randy Bowman » June 5th, 2020, 4:12 pm

Indian Motorcycle Toro Maduro

Dropped off yesterday by a rep. Barnyard on the foot and leather on the cold draw. Smooth and mild, almost medium with rich flavors of leather, tobacco and dark chocolate on a background of earth. Occasional black pepper notes countered by some sweetness. Put this one on your to do list.
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#710 Post by Phil Smith » June 6th, 2020, 2:11 pm

Gift from a buddy. This has a number of years on it but I’m not quite sure how many. In a really good spot, lighter to medium bodied, cedar, lots of nuance.
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#711 Post by Randy Bowman » June 6th, 2020, 3:07 pm

Plasencia Alma Fuerte Robusto

Arrived two days ago. Lots of wood, kitchen spice, earth and a little white pepper to start. Dark chocolate slowly builds as does some sweetness, moving to the forefront through most of the second third. Cinnamon starts to build and moves to the forefront starting the final third. Medium to medium plus and very smooth. Excellent cigar
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#712 Post by Jason Hagen » June 6th, 2020, 10:22 pm

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Plasencia Alma Fuerte Robusto

Arrived two days ago. Lots of wood, kitchen spice, earth and a little white pepper to start. Dark chocolate slowly builds as does some sweetness, moving to the forefront through most of the second third. Cinnamon starts to build and moves to the forefront starting the final third. Medium to medium plus and very smooth. Excellent cigar
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I look forward to trying something from Plasencia AF. Thanks for the note.

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#713 Post by Phil Smith » June 7th, 2020, 1:09 pm

Fuente Don Carlos, personal reserve, last year‘s release. Used to love this cigar, but this one was a little lacking in flavor.
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#714 Post by Randy Bowman » June 7th, 2020, 2:06 pm

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Fuente Don Carlos, personal reserve, last year‘s release. Used to love this cigar, but this one was a little lacking in flavor.
Phil, I had one not too long ago and it started off lacking flavor until I ashed it. I ashed it every half to three quarter inch and got more flavor each time. I found it improved most of the cigars I've been smoking to review here. I know it goes against the grain but the first ashing gets rid of the overheated burn flavors from lighting the cigar. Give it a try and let me know the results. Then I'll know if it works or that my palate is shot. [cheers.gif]
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#715 Post by Randy Bowman » June 7th, 2020, 2:24 pm

Plasencia Alma Del Campo Toro Gordo

Three days in the humidor. Rich tobacco on the foot. Leather, earth and walnut with black pepper on the finish. I'm choosing walnut for the nutty flavor because there is a tannin like bite on the back of the tongue and throat like I sometimes get eating walnuts. The cigar gets creamy half way with some coffee notes, very light sweetness and a hint of black fruit. The black pepper softens leaving a spice like finish. Very good cigar about medium in body and strength.
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#716 Post by Aaron Shearin » June 7th, 2020, 3:38 pm

Monte 4 with a Stella

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#717 Post by Jason Hagen » June 7th, 2020, 5:08 pm

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Fuente Don Carlos, personal reserve, last year‘s release. Used to love this cigar, but this one was a little lacking in flavor.
Phil, I had one not too long ago and it started off lacking flavor until I ashed it. I ashed it every half to three quarter inch and got more flavor each time. I found it improved most of the cigars I've been smoking to review here. I know it goes against the grain but the first ashing gets rid of the overheated burn flavors from lighting the cigar. Give it a try and let me know the results. Then I'll know if it works or that my palate is shot. [cheers.gif]
I'm an asher. But I generally smoke pretty slow as well.

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#718 Post by Jason Hagen » June 7th, 2020, 5:10 pm

Two maduros - Last Call % Four Kicks. No comparison. The Four Kicks is far superior. I'll be offloading my Last Calls.
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#719 Post by Randy Bowman » June 8th, 2020, 2:19 pm

Wow. I'll have to find some four kicks if they are that good. I go through three boxes a week selling individual sticks plus a box purchase every two weeks.
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#720 Post by Randy Bowman » June 8th, 2020, 2:45 pm

Plasencia Alma Del Fuego Robusto

Four days in humi. Hay on the foot and cinnamon on the cold draw. Tunneled. Cut past it and relit, so my notes may be off. Loads of earth, chili pepper and slight citrus. The chili pepper softens exposing kitchen spices and a hint of coffee. Nearing the nub, some sweetness appears and complements roasted nuts and cinnamon. Medium to full body.
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#721 Post by Jason Hagen » June 9th, 2020, 12:48 am

TATUAJE NUEVITAS JIBARO NO. 2 Purchased May 2020

A very nice and balanced cigar. Peppery and woodsy. A fairly easy smoke although the last third started to become a bit harsh but I really enjoyed this but it could probably use some more time in the humidor = B+

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#722 Post by Jason Hagen » June 9th, 2020, 12:55 am

Tatuaje Tattoo Bonito

Killer from the word GO! So nice. I needed this today. = A-

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#723 Post by Randy Bowman » June 9th, 2020, 2:58 pm

Plasencia Cosecha 146 Toro

Last of the Plasencia samples my rep dropped off last week. Rich tobacco on the foot and dark berries on the cold draw. A ton of pepper after lighting the cigar. It quickly fades as leather, hay and coffee notes take over. There is a very light sweetness and occasional notes of dark berries. The sweetness builds along with notes of cedar, almonds and cinnamon. The water I'm drinking to cleanse my palate leaves a cinnamon toast aftertaste. A little pepper returns on the finish at the nub. Impeccable.
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#724 Post by Randy Bowman » June 10th, 2020, 2:11 pm

Brick House Double Connecticut Toro

Two months in the humidor. Hay, barnyard on the foot and some fruitiness on the cold draw. Creamy leather, cedar and hay with a light white pepper finish for first third. Notes of toast, coffee, roasted nuts and mild citrus compliment the profile in the second third and on to the nub. Mild to almost medium with a sharp edged burn, firm ash and lots of dense smoke.
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#725 Post by Jason Hagen » June 11th, 2020, 1:36 am

Marrero Tico Pigtail Robusto
Rarely talked about but another terrific medium cigar from Marrero. Natural flavors. Tobacco, leather, earth. = B+

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#726 Post by Randy Bowman » June 13th, 2020, 3:18 pm

I was going to have an Alec Bradley Tempus Toro Natural but a bad burn cut it short.
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Went with a sure thing, Aging Room Quattro Maestro
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#727 Post by Randy Bowman » June 14th, 2020, 1:55 pm

Cohiba Black Supremo

One year in the humidor. Rich tobacco and some barnyard on the foot, dark chocolate on the cold draw. Begins with leather, cedar, kitchen spice and coffee. By the end of the first third, some sweetness appears and the coffee is now mocha. By mid cigar, there is a little more sweetness and the mocha is now chocolate. A touch of pepper appears on the finish near the end of the second third and the profile remains to the end of the cigar. Medium strength, a little self correcting uneven burn, solid ash and dense smoke. Very good cigar but pricey.
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#728 Post by Jason Hagen » June 15th, 2020, 9:39 am

Thanks for the note. I have 4 in the humi but have yet to smoke one.

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#729 Post by Jason Hagen » June 15th, 2020, 1:52 pm

Crowned Heads Buckeye Land

Cold draw tastes like melons. The cigar smells awesome. The first draw is a little harsh. Flavors are great rich and creamy but the heat continues throughout. Maybe my palate is a little tweaked but I still very much enjoyed this. And it is a beautiful looking cigar. = A

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#730 Post by Randy Bowman » June 15th, 2020, 2:45 pm

Oliva Serie O Double Toro Maduro

Six months in the humidor. Black tea on the foot and earth on the cold draw. Leather, cedar and earth dominate the initial third with espresso and kitchen spice notes. A little black pepper on the finish half way through the cigar along with occasional sweetness. Cinnamon notes appear at the end of the second third and on to the end leaving an after taste of a red hot candy without the heat. Very smooth for a full bodied cigar. Easy draw with lots of dense smoke.
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#731 Post by Jason Hagen » June 15th, 2020, 5:43 pm

El Gueguense Corona Gorda

A terrific smoke. Leather and vegetal sweetness. Construction and appearance are awesome. = A

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#732 Post by Randy Bowman » June 15th, 2020, 6:21 pm

Saga Solaz Robusto

This didn't work well. Eyes burning. [snort.gif]
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#733 Post by Jason Hagen » June 15th, 2020, 6:29 pm

that is some serious hot boxing.

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#734 Post by Randy Bowman » June 16th, 2020, 3:23 pm

Fuente Fuente Opus X Forbidden 2015 Toro

In the humidor for over a year. One of four sticks that come in a travel humidor with leather cover. A little hay on the foot and cold draw. Starts out creamy with leather, cedar and mild spices. Easy draw, even burn and firm ash. There is some nuttiness building in the second third and hazelnut is the best descriptor I have. Notes of caramel join in mid cigar and the spice component is now cinnamon. The caramel builds enhancing the flavors of the profile to the end. Never got hot, just kept getting better. Medium in strength and big on flavor.
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#735 Post by Randy Bowman » June 17th, 2020, 2:24 pm

Esteban Carreras Covenant Maduro Toro

One year in the humidor. Barnyard on the foot. The first half inch was chili pepper. Settled in with earth leather and coffee notes with white pepper on the finish. Cedar and some kitchen spice at the middle of the stick and coffee fades to a tea like flavor. The burn is much better than the last one I had and profile quite different and better. The pepper disappears in the final third. Medium strength and body.
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#736 Post by Randy Bowman » June 18th, 2020, 3:01 pm

Padron 1926 No. 9 Maduro

With the Covid shortage of cigars, we couldn't find any 9 Maduros. One supplier found old four pack, cello'd cigars and they arrived today. The cello is nearly opaque brown. Very light chocolate on the foot and leather on the cold draw. Chili pepper start that settles in to creamy leather, coffee and mild kitchen spice. Some mild sweetness and cocoa join in after the first third and the coffee becomes mocha. By the end of the second third, the sweetness is gone and coffee returns along with roasted nuts and cedar and the profile remains to the nub. Medium in strength and very tasty.
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#737 Post by Jason Hagen » June 18th, 2020, 3:03 pm

Yummy.

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#738 Post by Jason Hagen » June 18th, 2020, 3:06 pm

Las Calaveras Edicion Limitada 2019 LC50 : by Crowned Heads

Very nice but a bit one dimensional. = B+

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#739 Post by Jason Hagen » June 18th, 2020, 3:09 pm

Warped La Colmena

Tough to beat. Great balance and sets itself apart with texture and flavors. = A+
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#740 Post by Randy Bowman » June 19th, 2020, 2:31 pm

Davidoff Millenium Blend Toro

In the humidor ten or more years. The band is cream colored instead of white. Bread aroma on the foot, leather on the cold draw. Very light with some hay, leather and natural tobacco notes. Half way in the cigar builds strength and body, adding dark roast coffee, some woodiness and a lingering after taste of kitchen spice. Winding down, there's a little white pepper and cocoa added to the profile. Solid construction, razor sharp burn, firm ash and plenty of dense smoke. Great cigar.
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#741 Post by Jud Reis » June 19th, 2020, 3:18 pm

I don’t remember which of you recommended the Ashton VSG, but a great recommendation. Full bodied, spicy, beautifully constructed - excellent cigar.

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#742 Post by Randy Bowman » June 21st, 2020, 2:55 pm

A. Fuente Cuban Corona Maduro

Four months in the humidor. Cocoa on the foot, coffee on the cold draw. Starts out smooth and creamy with leather, earth and notes of coffee. Some caramel sweetness quickly joins in and the coffee becomes mocha and then dark chocolate. Kitchen spice appears in the second third and some light white pepper approaching the nub. Medium strength and body with a firm draw.
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#743 Post by Randy Bowman » June 22nd, 2020, 3:22 pm

Alec Bradley Post Embargo Toro

One year plus in the humidor. Earth and hay with wood for the first third. Some sweetness knocks down the heavy wood flavor to a sweet cedar and moves to the forefront along with leather. Coffee notes build with some acidity and/or salt on the finish at mid cigar. Near the nub, vanilla joins the profile and is noticeable in the room note. Medium to full body.
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Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

#744 Post by kyleg » June 23rd, 2020, 8:24 am

Jason Hagen wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Warped La Colmena

Tough to beat. Great balance and sets itself apart with texture and flavors. = A+
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Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

#745 Post by Randy Bowman » June 23rd, 2020, 3:08 pm

Partagas Benji Master Series Special 2012 Release Toro

Almost 8 years in the distributors warehouse, arrived today. Starts out smooth and light. Earth, natural tobacco and coffee with cream. The flavors build through the first third and some sweetness develops along with some cedar. Mid cigar, the coffee is now mocha and there are kitchen spices building with light white pepper on the finish. Approaching the nub, the kitchen spice is cinnamon to round out the profile which is creamy and packed with flavor. The cigar finished medium strength and body.
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Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

#746 Post by Randy Bowman » June 24th, 2020, 3:20 pm

A. J. Fernandez Mayimbe 2013 Edition Toro

Almost 7 years in a warehouse. Barnyard on the foot, natural tobacco on the cold draw. Starts out smooth and light with mild earth, tobacco and black pepper. Mild cedar and cocoa notes appear at the start of the second third. The flavors and strength start to build at mid cigar. The final third reaches medium strength with earth, mocha, cedar and pumpkin spice. A little pepper creeps back in near the nub. Perfect burn and draw.
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Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

#747 Post by kyleg » June 24th, 2020, 4:11 pm

Robaina Farm Roll today at lunch...quite nice as it is around 4 years old since visited the farm in Cuba.
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Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

#748 Post by Jason Hagen » June 24th, 2020, 10:14 pm

Crowned Heads Luminosa Robusto About 4 months in the humidor.

Good stuff. mild/medium. Subtle sweet flavor of wood and toast. The cigar's final quarter was just okay so I let it go out. = B

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Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

#749 Post by Jason Hagen » June 24th, 2020, 10:17 pm

Rocky Patel LB1 7 months in the humidor.

Milk chocolate. Very well made. pleasant not but not intriguing. Creamy and rich. I don’t buy or own any Rocky Patel’s but this one was bought for me. A nice cigar, just not up my alley. = C+

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#750 Post by Randy Bowman » June 25th, 2020, 4:32 pm

Bold by Nish Patel Robusto

A friend gave me a bag with eight sticks, saying they were too strong for him. The first one wouldn't draw even after using a spike. Grabbed another one. Dark chocolate on the foot easy draw of natural tobacco on the cold draw. A flash of pepper to start. As it fades, dark chocolate emerges with some dusty earth. The burn is uneven and a split in the wrapper appears about mid cigar. Some black cherry notes and kitchen spice are added by the end of the first third. Mid cigar, espresso replaces the dark chocolate. By the start of the final third, the burn has self corrected, dark chocolate has returned with some white pepper on the finish. The flavors are complex and plentiful. Since both cigars have the same provenance I would say the construction is an issue. Medium in strength and full bodied.
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