Another week and several more cigars smoked! This week actually was my birthday week, and while the weather and a busy schedule kept me from really going crazy, I did pull out a few special sticks to enjoy. Here is a quick take on each - let me know your thoughts:
- Kuuts Placeres Reserva Estrellas - About two months ago, give or take, I started seeing Kuuts, LLC begin making waves in social media promoting their three lines: Miro, Placeres Reserva and Tabacalera Zapata. I knew nothing about the company, but began inquiring and received a sampler of their offerings in late April. About a week ago, I was contacted by a representative from the company asking my thoughts and I figured it was about time to sit down and see what the cigars had to offer. Wednesday was a gorgeous day in NJ, and I picked the Placeres Reserva since I had coincidentally seen one in the humidors given to all attendees of NJ Cigar Fest and figured it had to be pretty good. I found the Estrellas to be surprisingly flavorful with a nice pepper kick on the backend and I really liked the size (5x50). I also found myself enjoying the complexity of this cigar as I didn't find myself becoming bored at all and kept finding nuances of the smoke that drew my attention back to it. I've heard that the Placeres Reserva is the jewel of Kuuts' offerings, but I found it enjoyable and look forward to trying the Miro and Tabacalera Zapata.
- G.A.R. by George Rico Robusto - Back in November or December, I won a sampler of offerings from George Rico on CigarChat with Robby Ras & Logan and this G.A.R. has been sitting in my humidor ever since. In the past, I've had varying degrees of interest in George's offerings - certain cigars I've loved such as the Gran Habano Corojo #5 and the Black Label Lancero (which I wish George would bring back and I continue to ask him about), but others I've disliked greatly such as the Zulu Zulu Connecticut Lancero. Had a chance to catch CigarChat this past week with MoyaRuiz Cigars and since I didn't have a MoyaRuiz to smoke, I pulled the G.A.R. out of the humidor. I'm very middle-of-the-road on this cigar. It wasn't bad by any means - outside of the need to relight several times which is probably just as much on me as the cigar - but it didn't blow me away either. I find it to be a solid medium cigar with some floral flavors dominating for me. As someone who tends not to gravitate towards floral notes, this is one I'll probably stay away from in the future.
- Oliva Serie V Lancero - As I stated above, my birthday was Saturday so I eagerly wrapped up a week of work on Friday and immediately went to pull something nice from the humidor. With the baby and work kicking my butt lately, I haven't had the chance to sit back and truly enjoy a Lancero in a while and, being that I absolutely love Lanceros, I was itching to select one. While I considered a Cain F, Tatuaje Black, and even a L40, I ended up selecting an Oliva Serie V Lancero given to me by Gilberto Oliva when I was in Esteli last May! The Oliva Serie V is a great cigar. While the Lancero is not the best version of the Serie V, IMO, I love Lanceros. When you add in the fact that this was given to me by Gilberto, it becomes that much better and a great way to kick off a celebration. The Habano SunGrown wrapper gives off fantastic spice that just dominates this smoke, but I love it. The fact that you can get these for $5-6/piece is just unreal and makes them a mainstay in any humidor.
- Partagas Serie E No. 2 - Saturday was my birthday and it was absolutely pouring in NJ. Original plans were to head to the beach early in the morning to spend the day sunnin' & smokin', but it just didn't play out that way. Luckily, my lovely wife gave me a great gift - a Saturday Birthday Cigar Shop Getaway (a rarity with the baby in the house now). So, without a second thought, I headed over to my local B&M - Barrister Cigars in Union, NJ - and brought the Serie E that I've had sitting in the humidor for awhile with me. I've never had the Serie E No.2 before, but I've had it in my humidor for quite some time and since I absolutely LOVE the Partagas Serie D No.4, I figured I'd give this a try for my birthday smoke as I believe the E2 is just a longer, fatter D4. I ended up being sorely disappointed. While the blend translated well, the burn was absolutely horrid. I encountered everything from canoeing to runners to what may have even been a blistering wrapper (I keep my Cubans at 65% humidity and I slowed down smoking when I noticed this to no avail). While the vitola (5.5x54) doesn't lend itself to my ideal preferences, I think the combination of a poor burn and it not being the perfect birthday cigar on my birthday just ruined this one for me.
- Oliva Serie V Melanio Petit Corona - Between recovering from a bit of a hangover and continuing birthday celebrations (Belmar Seafood Festival is amazing year after year), I didn't get to smoke on Sunday. Monday, amidst horrible rainstorms, I was focused on wrapping up the birthday celebration and I pulled out the Melanio Petit Corona - my favorite size of the Melanio line. I've heard many people that aren't a fan of the Melanios, but I love them - especially the PC. It is a little firecracker of spice and the perfect size! Definitely a box-worthy smoke, IMO, and was a great wrap to the week.
That's all for this week! I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of these cigars if you've had them. See you next week! And don't forget to enter this week's contest - SPREAD THE WORD!