If you've read any of my previous "reviews", notably the MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Fat Molly from a few weeks back, you'll know I'm not a reviewer. However, like any cigar smoker, I have opinions and I don't mind sharing them so I figured I'd attempt to start a semi-regular post detailing what I've smoked over the past weeks and what my thoughts were on the cigar(s). We'll see how it goes!
- Cult Classic Robusto - The crew over at Cult Cigars has really taken to social media to get the word out about their cigars. They have a promotion where you can receive 2 free samples just for telling your local B&M about them. I received the Cult Classic from the company back on February 1st, and after a short rest, I finally tried it out. Great construction and draw! I really like a cigar that delivers copious amounts of smoke and the Classic hit the spot. I had to relight once, but that was more of a situation where I got distracted and left the cigar unattended for too long. Flavors were not too strong - a solid medium and perfect for a cool summer day!
- Sosa Underground Connecticut Delphic - My good friends Arby and Celina and I recently made a little wager on the Floyd Mayweather/Robert Guerrero fight. By luck, I had Floyd pulling off the UD and Arby and Celina sent me a box of the soon-to-be-released Sosa Underground Connecticut Delphics as my winnings! Finally got the chance to try these out and really enjoyed it. First, the size on these is absolutely ideal for me - 5.5x41, I believe - with a perfecto shape. As above, I absolutely love billowing smoke from my cigars, and, again, this cigar delivered with impeccable construction. I smoked this with some coffee early in the morning as I expected it to be a bit more mellow since it was a Conny, but I found it to be a bit stronger than I expected. With an official release date of IPCPR 2013, I'll be curious if these mellow out a bit with time. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience this smoke gave me.
- Willy Herrera Project "M" - One of the cigars everyone at NJ Cigar Fest received was the WH Project "M". I don't know anything about this cigar other than the fact that I believe it has a Maduro wrapper. I've asked around to find out if this is the Herrera Esteli blend with a maduro wrapper or if this is a one-off production or something we'll actually see, but no one has been able to give me answers. The popular opinion in my local B&M, Barrister Cigars, is that this cigar is fantastic, but the consumers worry that we won't see this as a regular release any time soon. I found it to be similar to the Herrera Esteli, but a bit more powerful - perhaps a solid medium-full - and a bit chocolatey. Of all the cigars listed in this week's review, this was by far my favorite.
- Illusione *R* Rothchildes - My apologies for not including a picture with this profile. I have one, but it is honestly so horrible that you're better off just doing a Google Image Search if you don't know what these look like! ;) I've heard such amazing things about this cigar - from the construction, to the flavor, to the price point - with some even referring to this as the best cigar Illusione has ever released. For me, it feel incredibly short, but, having only smoked 1 thus-far, I will be revisiting before making a final decision on this cigar. I don't know if it was my frame of mind the day I smoked it, or just a bad stick, or if I let the hype overwhelm me, but there was nothing memorable for me about this experience. Of course, there wasn't anything bad I can say about it - it was just kind of there. I'll track down another sample soon and revisit this, though.
- Hammer & Sickle La Habana Tradicion Serie Robusto - Finally, on Sunday, I enjoyed a H&S Robusto while watching some great soccer - first USA v GER and then ENG v BRA. I always try to pick up new cigars when I stop in one of my local shops, and back in December, I went into Smoker's Delight and picked up one of these. I finally got to smoke it on Sunday. Interesting smoking experience as it probably gave me the most "grassiness" I've ever received from a non-candela. Not sure how I feel about it as it doesn't seem like a flavor I enjoy much, but I kept smoking so it couldn't have been that bad! ;) Probably not a cigar I'm going to go back to, but if you're a fan of mild cigars with a slight medium kick, its probably worth a try.
That's all for this week! See you next week! And don't forget to enter this week's contest - INCEPTION!