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Up for review today is a Victor Sinclair Vintage Select.

Size:Huge 6×70
Wrapper: Brazil
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano
Price: $2.00 Cigarbid gift from a friend
Paired with: cup of Starbucks House Blend

It should be noted the cigar comes in four other different sizes:
Churchill 7 X 50
Robusto 5.5 x 50
Toro 6 X 50
Torpedo 6.5 X 54

Construction & Appearance:
From the looks of this cigar, when it arrived in the mail, I naturally assumed there was no way I would ever smoke it. But, with three months in the humidor, I decided it was worth a shot, and it was taking up some good space. It looked excellent upon removing the cellophane. Once I did, I liked it all the more. Beautiful, dark wrapper! Slightly rigid, rough skin texture beautiful dark oily cigar with no soft or hard spots.

Pre-lit:
After cutting the cap with my scissors, which took a bit longer than normal, I got a dry draw of nuts and hints of chocolate.

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1st: Great draw for such a huge cigar! I picked up within just a few puffs, tons of chocolate, nuts, coffee, and cream.

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2nd: Absolutely shocked at how smooth and pleasant this cigar is with the same flavors and aromas coming from this cigar of chocolate and coffee.

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3rd: Picked up even more here with flavors and tastes of mocha, cream, and the continuing chocolate and coffee. This is truly a chocolate bar! It ashed seconds after this pic was taken. I was very surprised at the consistency and the ash! Excellent cigar.

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Conclusion: This thing is huge! It was one of those cigars that was given to me as a funny thought, and yet, with some boldness at being willing to try it, I was very pleasantly surprised. I am glad they have other sizes, and yet at the same time, I’m excited that I have a few more of these in the humidor. This thing’s a beast. And yet, it’s super mild. You don’t have to eat a steak or two before smoking this one. Pick one up, I dare ya!

Long ashes,
Frankie

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Drew Estate Flying Ferel Pig

Posted: May 24, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is the Drew Estate Flying Ferel Pig.
This review was submitted by Logan Lawler.

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Nicaraguan

Brief History: I have smoked the Liga Privida #9 but have had the hardest time getting my hands on this cigar. It is super popular and most places if they are even able to obtain any, sell out quickly. I was able to cigar weasel this on in a trade with another BOTL.

Construction and Appearance: 10

The wrapper on the cigar is beautiful. I love the pig tail cap and normally I don’t like perfecto cigars because the foot can be difficult to light without scorching the wrapper. I thought it was a nice to have a bigger foot to light.

Size: 5.375 x 60

Paired with what drink: Mountain Dew

Price: Around $15 if you can find it

Body of Cigar: First half of the cigar was medium and it become fuller bodied as the smoke progressed.

Flavor: 7

Burn: 9

Pre-Lite: Cut the cigar with my Xikar scissors and lit it with my butane lighter.

1st: Notes of earth and chocolate and some leather. Tons of smoke but the burn was a bit wavy.
2nd: The middle was a lot like the beginning and didn’t show any complexity.
3rd: The finish was long and added some sweetness to end the smoke. Also, the pepper notes really kicked up at the end which went well with the sweetness.

Conclusion: I would say it was good, but not as mind blowing as everything seems to think it is. The chocolate and earth flavors are delicious but the overall cigar wasn’t as complex as I expected. I would have a hard time buying another one at full price. I think everyone should try this cigar, but most likely you will try it just once.

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Casa Magna Colorado Robusto

Posted: May 21, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is the Casa Magna Colorado Robusto.
This review was sent in by Jeff Berhnard

Wrapper: Colorado Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Brief History: This “original” Casa Magna offers a full-bodied blend, introduced in 2008. Created by Manolo Quesada and Nestor Plasencia. It was cigar of the year in Cigar Aficionado roughly 3 years ago.

Construction: 9
Appearance: 9
This cigar is almost perfect with a solid construction, wrapper with no blemishes or irregularity and it is consistent for the entire box.
Size: 5.5 x 52
Paired with: Bourbon, to compliment the full bodies flavor
Price: 9 – very affordable
Body of Cigar: Full, all the way

Flavor: 9
Burn: 8

Pre-Lit:
I used a bullet cutter here to allow for a consistent draw of this full bodied smoke. Also, there is little-to-no chance of destroying the wrapper, if you are a hack like me.

Conclusion:

Overall Experience: 9

The Casa Magna is a cigar that clearly shows why it was cigar of the year in CA a few years ago. There are so many new cigars that hit the market each year, but Casa Magna is the one cigar that I go back to every time for the same, great consistent experience. It has rich, full taste with hints of cedar and cocoa, and stays this way through almost the entire smoke. For this Casa Magna cigar and all my cigars, I always allow them to age for at least a year before smoking, so they mellow out nicely. At only $6.00 per stick, this is the best smoke for the value, in my opinion, if you like full bodied cigars.

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Ave Maria Crusader

Posted: May 18, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is an Ave Maria Crusader.

Size: 5×52
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua
Price: $4.00
Paired With:
Body: Medium to Full

Construction & Appearance:
The cigar is rolled almost flawlessly. There are minimal veins present and it is tight and compact all the way down. The wrapper shows next to no oil on it. I can’t say it enough, the sight of this cigar is truly impressive. It has one of the best looking bands out there. It’s also a huge band. When you remove this band, you still have a ton of cigar to smoke!

Pre-lit:
Smooth draw
This beauty of a cigar was a treat even just to look at. The cigar is rolled nice and tight with thick tobacco, which is easily noticeable when looking at this stick. There were no soft spots and the pre-light draw gave off a hint of leathery tobacco. I used my scissors on the Crusader, and the cap opened up easily with no loose tobacco flaking out the end.

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Flavor:
1st:
This has a very smooth and easy draw. It produced beautiful white smoke. I couldn’t find a single complaint about the burn of this cigar either. Spice and pepper were present but backed off quick.

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2nd:
The second third of this cigar is where the Crusader really finds its stride. Smooth leather, roasted wood, and a real noticeable sweetness on the finish. The spice is only lightly present by this point, and more dominant is cream! Great stuff!

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3rd:
This portion is very consistent with the second. Smooth and rich with cream.

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Conclusion:
I was very excited to try this cigar, and had been since I first heard about them. The Ave Maria lived up to all my expectations and I was very happy with its end result. This is a cigar that everyone should try at least once. I will be buying more of these, there is no doubt.

Long ashes,
Frankie

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Padron 2000 Natural Robusto

Posted: May 17, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is a Padron 2000 Natural Robusto

size: 5×50
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $3.50-5.00
Paired With: Starbucks Three Region blend coffee
Medium Bodied
In Humidor for 2 years

Construction & Appearance:
Beautiful, Smooth, no real rough spots
Veins but aren’t noticeable. Great plumage

Pre-lit:
I really enjoyed just having this cigar in my mouth this morning. Its a perfect little cigar to have while making coffee, and that’s just what I did. When it came time to sit down and cut it, it had a perfect cut with my scissors which gave a perfect draw prior to being lit.

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1st:
Burn is perfect… very little spice. Tastes of sweetness. I was picking up on a coffee, late flavor. Beautiful aromas and very white ash. Later in the first, the flavors went to a cream that actually remind me of cream soda.

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2nd:
Ashed midway through this section. I felt like this was the sweet spot, literally, of this cigar. It was oozing of flavors of cream and hints of chocolate.

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3rd:
This was and continued to be a cool smoke. Beautiful, white colored ash. Very tasty with chocolate sticking around.

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Conclusion:
I had never tried one of these smaller Padrons. I typically prefer larger cigars, however, if ever you don’t have time for a larger cigar, this one is perfect. I think the fact that mine had aged for two years helped the spice wear off better. But, I loved it. I’m gonna get some more of these and at this price you can’t go wrong!

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Up for review today is the La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor

Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper
: Mexican Cuban Seed Maduro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler
: Nicaragua
Smoking Time: 1 1/2 hours
Paired with: Starbucks Pikes Blend Coffee
Price
: MSRP $6.75
Strength: Medium to Full Bodied

Construction and Appearance:
This thing looks really good. The dark Maduro Mexican wrapper smells wonderful, and the texture is practically flawless. There were no soft spots or hard spots on this cigar. There were also no heavy veins. The appearance was very oily and box pressed, with a great feel to the cigar. The 2 bands on this cigar make it stand out all the more. They are absolutely beautiful.

Pre-Cut:
This thing had a perfect draw immediately with the the use of my scissors.

Flavor:

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1st Portion:
Within the first few puffs, I picked up on spice with some sweet. It was hard to place the sweet at first, but I feel fine in saying it’s a delicious cream and caramel.

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2nd Portion:
A little before the second third began, caramel exploded, and for a while it was caramel, cocoa, light cedar and a lingering spice. Leather notes appeared in this third, and eventually, the profile gave way to a woody milk chocolate. You can see in a couple of these that the burn got off a bit… but, just as I had hoped, it corrected itself.

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Final 3rd:
A wood and pepper combination picked up in here and into the final third with some light creamy chocolate in the back ground. As the last parts of the cigar turned into ash, I was aware of just how good of a cigar I had. This thing is fantastic! I’ll be getting more of these. In fact, I’ve already been shopping just while writing this review!

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This thing was so relaxing, I enjoyed reading the sports section and catching up on baseball while enjoying it.

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Conclusion:
This cigar is practically a tobacco candy bar! It’s amazing. I loved it, and I’m so thankful I have three more just sitting in the humidor waiting to be burned. I loved the flavors as well as the quality of the cigar, the texture, the feel in the hand, and slightly box pressed body. You need to try this thing if you haven’t already… you won’t be disappointed.

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La Gloria Cubana Serie N

Posted: May 11, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is the La Gloria Cubana Serie N.

Size: JSB 5.5×54
Wrapper: Capa Oscura
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $6.50
Paired with: Dr. Pepper
Full bodied

Construction & Appearance:
It looked excellent upon removing the cellophane. Once I did, I liked it all the more.
Beautiful, dark wrapper! Very rigid, rough skin texture beautiful dark oily some very rough spots and yet some very smooth spots .. I would say there’s even dents in this cigar!

Pre-lit:
Looked amazing… But when i went to use the scissors the cap fell off completely!
I tried to repair it and it seems to work. I had issues throughout the smoke and yet I managed.

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First… With the cap back on tastes of cedar spice pepper
I was afraid the burn was going to even be off but it seems to have corrected

Right off the bat… Very very smoky cigar.

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Loving the smoke finishing up the first third… Deep woodsy smell note spice on the palate but spice in the aroma. Burn is just about flawless now.

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2nd ashed going into the 2nd

Here’s a video clip of this… youtube.com/watch?v=nybsaS2sAg0

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Cap is still on and hanging solid.
Getting a lot of sweets from the cap… Very pleasant to the tongue.
Very smokey… Flavor has maintained with a little bit of cream & dark fruity sweetness picking up here.

3rd
Becoming fuller in body yet still smooth. Still burning flawlessly.

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Conclusion:
I smoked this thing down to the nub, and enjoyed every bit of it. I assume I just had a cigar that had a bad cap. That kind of thing happens. So I look past it. A great cigar. Pick one up. You will enjoy it.

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