Welcome to another installment of "My Week in Review". Going to just dive right in here this week...
Hechicera Corona Prensada - I caught Grace Sotolongo on CigarNews the other night, and I was lucky enough to find a box of her new line - Hechicera, made in conjunction with Christian Eiroa at Tabacaleras Unidas - in my mail shortly after. The branding is done by a friend of Grace's, Ninoska Perez Castellon, and is very..."artsy" - a bit unique to cigar banding, but kind of cool. Grace sent me a box of Corona Prensadas which are the perfect size for my interests. The cigar, which I only let sit a couple of days before diving into, is very mild for my tastes - a solid medium. A tinge of sweetness compliments the wood notes - a cedar-y pine almost. Very pleasurable experience for what it is, and those who like a mild cigar will likely enjoy this. Very reminiscent of some of the other cigars to come from Christian and Tabacaleras Unidas.
Raices Cubanas 1941 Robusto - Apparently there was some Facebook promotion that Alec Bradley was running to get out the word about the Raices Cubanas because I, along with 500 other people, received a sample from them last week. Not typically a huge AB fan, but curious to see how this cigar from the famous factory turns out. Burn is perfectly straight, but draw is a bit tight for my liking and it went out a couple of times requiring a relight. Flavor-wise, this is very smooth off the light with a bit of pepper and earthy notes. As I continue, the pepper gets a bit stronger, but I'm really having difficulty with keeping this thing lit. I'm enjoying this, but having some difficulty keeping it lit - a problem I often have with cigars made at Raices - and so I decide to not relight it once it goes out in the final third and I just move on. I'll preface this by saying I've often found construction issues with cigars made at Raices - not sure if its just my experience or not - but I chalk this up to me not letting it rest in my humidor properly as much as I do (if not more than) poor construction. Flavor-wise, this was pretty good, and if the strength and pepper was ramping up as I moved forward (and not just a side effect of my construction issues), I could see myself enjoying this. I plan to track down some more of these and smoke them again after some rest.
Tatuaje Monster Series Jason 2013 - Not typically a fan of such "big" cigars, but how do you not smoke this - even if it was November 1st already when I sparked it up? This thing is giant at 7.5x52 which might make it the biggest Monster ever (I'd have to verify). Immediately upon lighting this up, I know its going to be right in my wheelhouse. This thing is powerful and the free-flowing draw makes it hit even harder. I'm loving it so far. Ash doesn't seem to be holding on for much more than a half-inch at a time which is making things a bit messy on my computer keyboard - gross! As I was halfway through this cigar, someone asked if I would compare it to the Fausto. While this cigar is very strong, and you need to prepare for it accordingly (especially if you tend to smoke milder cigars), JV13 definitely has a sweetness to it that I don't think you find in the Fausto - it is much more balanced. I paid $16 and while I'm not going out of my way to buy a bunch more, I wouldn't be against having a couple in my humis, and if I could get this cigar in a smaller vitola, I think I'd jump all over them.
Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador Chingon - I continued my move to larger cigars as I pulled out something way bigger than what I typically smoke with this 8x60 figurado because I was looking for something different. The packaging on these Room 101s is always interesting - a different approach from cellophane. I found the draw to be a bit tight at first - still gave off plenty of smoke, but seemed like it was taking a bit extra effort - but as soon as I took off some extra cap, this opened up a bit more and became very easy to smoke. Construction was fantastic as the burn was even and the ash held on for about an inch and a half before finally tumbling into the ashtray. Initial draws didn't really provide much flavor for me surprisingly - very smooth but not a whole lot of action. After about an inch, I started getting some earth that lead me into the halfway point. Very enjoyable cigar, but really proved to be too much cigar for me - I had to let it die once I started entering the final third because I just couldn't smoke it any more. I've heard positive things about the smaller sizes of the Namakubi Ecuador and I'll have to track those down because I'm sure I'll enjoy them more.
Aging Room Havao Connecticut Treble - Sunday morning arrived and with a NY Giants bye-week, I had some extra time in the morning. I pulled this out of the Boutique Blends sampler box that I've had for awhile now. The Havao is one of my favorite Connecticuts even though it doesn't have that "classic" Connecticut profile. Its creamy and smooth with wood notes throughout, but it also has some pepper notes that can be strong at times - especially early. The burn and draw - and this has been in my humidor for some time - are impeccable with the burn being poker-straight and the ash holding on for inches at a time. Definitely a great way to kick off a Sunday morning and one of my preferred Connecticuts - not a wrapper I tend to gravitate towards often.
Another great week of cigars and some that I think you should go out of your way to try! Have you had any of these yet? Were your experiences similar or different? I always love to hear, so let me know. Thanks for reading! Goodbye for now!