I should probably get around to changing the name of this blog - it seems that since winter started, I haven't been keeping to this Weekly thing very well. Hopefully, with Spring less than 30 days away, I'll soon get back to my warm weather smoking routine and this blog will make more sense. In the interim, as we have one of the worst winters in the NY area in memory, this will just be an occasional "short review" blog. It is what it is... Let's get to the good stuff.
El Cedro - Big shoutout to explosive_donut for sending me this. I've been dying to try this cigar since IPCPR when I heard so much about it - especially after it was #8 on the Cigar Federation Top Cigars of 2013 list. The wrapper is a light brown with one visible seam running almost the length of it. Pre-light draw is a lot of cedar. As I light, I get some creamy sweetness with a bit more spice on the retrohale than I expected. The cedar flavors from the pre-light draw are still prevalent. As we move to the end of the first half, I'm enjoying this cigar and I think it is hitting its stride. Not quite as sweet or creamy as initial draws(though they are still there), but the cedar and spice are still there along with some leathery-ness. Overall, I think the flavor remains pretty consistent all the way through. As I get to the nub (yes, I smoked this to the nub - I liked it that much), it got very bitter and I had to put it out, but a very enjoyable smoke. I'm not sure this works for me quite as well as it worked for the other guys, but its definitely an enjoyable cigar and one I'll be smoking again.
Casa Magna Domus Magnus II Limitada - Sitting in the shop and Terence Reilly from Quesada Imports stopped in and handed me one of these cigars. The cigar, which is box-pressed, has a rustic looking Colorado wrapper and a small pigtail on top. I get leather and spice off the pre-light draw. Cedar is prevalent off my initial draw, but I'm starting to wonder if that is my go-to word for that type of flavor because it seems like every cigar has it. The burn is a bit wonky off the start, but it gets better as I continue. After the first half-inch or inch, I'm not getting any cedar any more, but the leather is still there with some citrus-y spice. This is definitely in the medium range for me. Flavor profile seems to be holding pretty constant as I go, but the is an enjoyable cigar. Its different, but in a good way. I've never been a huge fan of the Casa Magna line, but this is easily my favorite of the bunch and I find that citrus-y spice to be a really intriguing flavor.
RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance BA XXI Envy - Received a box of RoMa Craft Intemperance from WhizzyOne a few weeks back, and decided to rip it open and sample today. I've had limited exposure to RoMa Craft offerings with mixed results - some I didn't care for, but I thought the CroMagnon Atlatl was very enjoyable. Without paying much attention, I pulled two cigars out of the box - one for me, and one for a friend - and headed to the shop. When I arrived, I looked at the cigars and saw what appeared to be two different wrappers. I assume Whizzy sent me a sampler box, but I can't find it online. When I finally returned home and looked at the box, I realized that it was an 8-count sampler with a BA and EC Intemperance and two other cigars. Nonetheless, I pulled the darker of the two - what I assume to be the BA XXI Envy (named for the Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper) - and sparked it up. The wrapper is a pretty dark brown - I was guessing Oscuro before I did some research on the RoMa Craft site - with the slightest shag on the foot where the binder and filler protrudes past the wrapper. Prelight flavors of leather with an intriguing sweetness hit me. On the light, the leather and sweetness I got are the dominant flavors, but almost immediately - likely once I hit the wrapper - I also get some tremendous spice. I can immediately tell I'm going to like this cigar. I'm trying to figure out what the sweetness is, but I can't pinpoint it. Its almost like I'm drinking a Coke - that same kind of flavor maybe. As I enter the middle, the spice takes a bit of a backseat outside of the finish and the sweetness really shines, and I really enjoy it. The burn and draw on this are perfect thus far. And, just as I type that and move to the end, the burn starts to get a bit wonky. The spice has really ramped up again - almost to a bitter level - while the sweetness is toned down. As I near the end, with the burn going off and the bitterness picking up a bit, I decide to put it out. I enjoyed it much more than I expected and will have to give the next try a bit more time.
Leaf & Bean by Oscar Connecticut - I received this in a bomb a few weeks ago, and I was really intrigued by the cigar and have been waiting to smoke it. The wrapper looked like a leaf that came straight from the field - it was the most rustic, delicate wrapper I had ever seen on a cigar. It was only after I tried to do a little research (which I'm glad I did) that I realized the wrapper I saw was just protection. As opposed to cellophane, these cigars utilize a leaf to protect the wrapper. Its very odd, but incredibly unique and intriguing. After I removed the extra leaf, I'm left with the cigar pictured above. Pre-light draw gives hints of cedar with a bit of spice on the tongue. The cigar smokes similarly all the way through - cedar being dominant with bits of spice and nut. The smoke is creamy and the burn is fantastic. This cigar doesn't really fall in my wheelhouse, but its a quality smoke that I could see myself enjoying on a warm morning with some coffee. The presentation, though, as I explained above is the real winner here as its very unique and something I think is really cool and memorable. If you like Connecticuts, I suggest tracking some down, but if you don't, Cigar Coop tells me the Maduro is very enjoyable and I'd suggest tracking some down just to see/enjoy the presentation.
Another great list 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!