My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 3/19/14

A slow couple of weeks in terms of smoking, but some solid cigars.  Really waiting for the weather to warm up here to take advantage of some good cigar smoking, but looks like we have a few more weeks for that.  For now, with Cigar March Madness in full swing, let's get to the good stuff.

Tatuaje NHC Seleccion Limitada Capa Especial - A couple of weeks ago, I gave a buddy from my local shop a sampler of AKA cigars because I thought they'd fall in his wheelhouse and I knew he couldn't get them.  In exchange, he's floated me a few cigars over the past couple of weeks, and today's smoke is the latest.  Part of the original release, I was psyched to score one of these as I know, with only 70 boxes of 20 released, these are extremely hard to come by.  The size is also to my preference.  When I cut off the cap, I get some chocolate and earth flavors off the pre-light draw.  Upon lighting up, I immediately get some pepper, but it quickly subsides and I'm left with bitter coffee and chocolate along with some woodsiness with some pepper in the background. As I head into the middle, I get a noticeable leather flavor while the pepper remains in the back of my throat subtly. Burn on this was a bit lopsided, but never caused touch-ups.  I called that note leather above, but now I'm wondering if its more of a floral flavor as it continues into the end.  This is really an enjoyable smoke with a flavor profile a bit different than I was expecting.  How do I find more?

Dominican Big Leaguer Maduro Big PaPi - Walked into my local shop recently, and was handed some samples of a brand called Dominican Big Leaguer.  Honestly, I immediately dismissed it - the brand name just seems so..."generic".  When I tried to track down some information, all I could find was information about David Ortiz - seriously!  With some further research, I found out that this is a newer brand owned by Francisco Almonte - a former master blender for Arturo Fuente and Litto Gomez!  The cigar is a bit larger than my typical preference, but looks very nice - an oily sheen glistens the chocolate brown wrapper.  Pre-light draw was full of cedar.  Upon the light, I'm hit with a lot of spice that dissipates pretty quickly, but lingers throughout the smoke.  I get wood and earth with a distinct citrus flavor that comes and goes.  Construction seems perfect as the ash held on for about 2" at a time - pretty significant.  Draw held a bit of resistance, and would probably fit where most would call it "perfect".

El Primer Mundo La Hermandad Caballito - If you've read any of my reviews, you know that as soon as something new ends up in my shop's humidor, I pick it up and post it here.  After a relatively slow few months for new releases in the shop, I walked in today to find the La Hermandad Caballito waiting for me.  I've heard a lot about the offerings from El Primer Mundo, but have never had the opportunity to enjoy it until today.  The cigar has a long black sheath/band that covers a good 3/4 of the cigar with only a near black tip of the cigar visible.  Pre-light draw gives me a sweet cedar flavor - really a cedar accentuated with floral flavors.  Early flavors are cedar, earth with an underlying sweetness and a floral-y red pepper on the backend.  Consutrction on this is amazing - burn is poker-straight, its holding its ash at about an inch a clip, and the amount of smoke this is giving off at rest rivals the Undercrown for the most I've ever seen.  In the middle, I feel like the spice toned down a bit and the the other flavors became more pronounced with the floral flavor really shining.  I expected this cigar to be on the fuller side, but, while I'd say its full-flavored, its in the medium strength arena.  In the end, I find the spice returns and rounds out what I really think is a very enjoyable smoke.  Definitely need to get some of these in my humi.

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!

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