007MI6's Blog – August 2015 Archive (8)

Pre-Release Group Review: Crux Guild

The Crux Guild's wrapper is a dark, oily brown, with some good sized veins and you can see rolling lumps from the tobacco underneath. As though it was produced using a soft press, but the construction seems great. The aroma is a leather and spicy earth/tobacco mix. Quite fragrant and very pleasing. The cold draw is quite spicy and it really hits me in the back of the throat. Also, it was extremely hot outside so I smoked at my B&M and my pictures just didn't come out.

The Crux…


Added by 007MI6 on August 28, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Review: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Dark Bird's Eye

A straight Virginia blend, Gawith, Hogarth & Co. Dark Bird's Eye, is full strength blend. Consisting of whole leafs, instead of strips, the stem is said to give it a 'birds-eye' effect when cut. Apparently a favorite of sailors, because it burn and stores easily. Let's see how it fares for me.

Dark Bird's Eye

Company: Gawith, Hogarth & Co.

How Packaged: Bulk…


Added by 007MI6 on August 26, 2015 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Review: Cabal Linda

Chris Arolfo of Cabal Cigars has released a Limited Production cigar named after his late mother, Linda. She passed in 2013 after losing the battle with a rare brain disorder known as frontotemporal dementia, or FTD. This cigar commemorates her memory and will be a yearly release. It's also really neat that the name on the band is Linda Arolfo's actual signature. Only 500 boxes of 14 cigars will be…


Added by 007MI6 on August 21, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Review: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Coniston Cut Plug

Consisting of 75% dark fired leaf and then equal parts of Burley and Virginia, Coniston Cut Plug should be a strong tobacco. It definitely smells  very strong and is extremely smokey. So, I'l light it up and see how it goes.

Coniston Cut Plug

Company: Gawith, Hogarth & Co.

How Packaged: Bulk

Style: Virgina/Burley

Tobacco Used: Virginia &…


Added by 007MI6 on August 19, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Group Review: Crowned Heads La Imperiosa

The newest release from Crowned Heads at IPCPR 2015 was La Imperiosa, which is actually the same blend as the Las Calaveras '14. Some of the big differences between the two is that La Imperiosa is a regular production cigar, where the LC'14 was a limited edition, and La Imperiosa is being offered in all new sizes. Because LC'14 sold out so fast, most people didn't even get a chance to try one, Crowned Heads decided to remedy that by releasing the cigar again. Check…


Added by 007MI6 on August 14, 2015 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Review: McClelland No. 2015 Virginia Perique Flake

McClelland's No. 2015 Virginia Perique Flake is a blend of rich orange and red Virginians with a dose of St. James Perique, to keep it interesting.

No. 2015 Virginia Perique Flake

Company: McClelland

How Packaged: Bulk

Style: Virgina/Perique

Tobacco Used: Perique & Virginia

Casing/Topping: None…


Added by 007MI6 on August 12, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Review: Black Label Trading Co. Deliverance Nocturne Salomon "Snub Nose"

Black Label Trading Co. has become a big name in the cigar industry since their entrance in 2013; and for me their special releases have been their apex's. In the fall of 2014 the company released Deliverance, a two vitola limited edition series, and it was a release that received positive feedback and high ratings. In July of this year the company announced that they would be expanding the series, and besides adding two new vitolas, the company was…


Added by 007MI6 on August 7, 2015 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Review: Mac Baren HH Acadian Perique

Mac Baren's HH series of tobacco seems to have quite a few variations. And it appears that the Acadian Perique tends to win as the most widely enjoyed.  I can tell you right now that the jar note is exceptionally good and I want to see how this perique plays out.

HH Acadian Perique

Company: Mac Baren

How Packaged: 1.75oz tin



Added by 007MI6 on August 6, 2015 at 8:14am — No Comments


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