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Up for review today is an Oliva Serie V Double Robusto

size: 5×54
Wrapper: Habano Sun Grown
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $6.50
Paired With: Dr. Pepper
Started off Medium & went Full Bodied

Construction & Appearance:
Beautiful, smooth, no rough spots or soft spots.

Pre-lit:
Draw is a little tougher… Not perfectly open but it’s packed really tight. Cut with scissors.
Pre-lit tastes of tobacco and earth.

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1st:
Burning flawlessly with a gray ash. Tastes of spice and hints of nuts.

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2nd:
Hasn’t yet ashed. Tastes are smooth and creamy. Spice is gone.

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Finally ashed and yet flavor stayed consistent (sometimes it changes on me after ashing).

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3rd:
Ash became a little flakey here but taste is consistent with the cream. Picking up on rich chocolate tones with hints of Mocha.

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Conclusion:
Oliva is really good at what they do and the Serie V is no exception! I’ve smoked several of these now and I highly recommend them! They are a beautiful cigar, they smoke consistently, and provide a ton of flavor! Pick one up. You won’t be disappointed!

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Posted: May 9, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is an Allure Habano Torpedo by J&D.

J&D make premium cigars! Their boutique cigars are totally handmade in small batches, with special attention to details. Each cigar goes through a labor intensive seven-part process. This extensive and demanding process makes all the difference and the premium cigars extra special. After experiencing them you will also agree that it was well worth the efforts. These fine Nicaraguan cigars are available factory direct through their web site or at select B&Ms.
http://jdcigars.com/

Size: 6×52 Torpedo
Wrapper: Equador
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $3.00 a stick

Construction & Appearance:
Beautiful. Perfectly smooth
Can hardly see any veins
Medium bodied
Perfect burn!

Pre-lit:
Perfect draw
Cut with scissors

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1st:
The cigar begins with a nice bit of spice, bits of pepper and cinnamon, and it also shows some nuts, cedar and leather as well. Throughout the whole first third the cigar smokes wonderfully, even burn line and a nice solid ash, and it produces a great amount of smoke as well.

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2nd:
The flavors of pepper, cinnamon, cedar, roasted nuts and leather are dominant, but I am also getting notes of gritty earth and some subtle sweetness as well. While the flavors are still very similar to that of the first third they are really enjoyable flavors, and right up my alley that I am digging this cigar. It it still performing wonderfully in the fact that it is showing a perfect burn line, leaving a nice solid ash, and producing a great amount of aromatic smoke as well. Cream and butter showed up right after I ashed.

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3rd:
This thing is now exploding with cream! It’s producing oils that taste great on the lips and tongue! This thing is outstanding!

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Conclusion:
This is a cigar that truly shows there are so many great cigars being made right now, that it doesn’t need to be a large brand name to be a quality cigar. There are some definite enjoyable boutique cigars on the market right now, and this cigar is definitely that. J&D has made an excellent cigar and you should give it a try!

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Posted: May 4, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is one of my good old favorites that I felt I have smoked way too many of and to be fair to them, they deserve a review… So here goes.

Size: 5.5×55 box-press vitola
Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: What’s unique about this stick is the wrapper. It’s ugly and veiny as you can tell, and yet I like it. The wrapper is neither a broadleaf or a shade-grown. It was cultivated in a small region of the Connecticut River Valley, here in the USA!
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
Price: $1.50 a stick!
Paired with a Dr. Pepper usually
Burn: all over! sometimes they are perfect, sometimes they get a little off track. But, for $1.50… it’s fine.

Construction and Appearance: I think this is a beautiful cigar. Veiny but beautiful. The wrapper is incredibly soft. There are all kinds of wrinkles, but I’m cool with it.
Also, this cigar’s band is beautiful. That being said, It’s difficult to remove. I have a hard time not tearing these things when getting them off. But, I’d rather tear the band than the wrapper any day.
Flavor:
Victor Sinclair will tell you this is a full bodied stick. I happen to feel it’s medium.

Pre-Lit:
I love the veins in this thing. Look at it… it looks like a skinny worm crawled up underneath it!
This is a beautiful cigar with cap tasting of spice and pepper. I’ve cut the caps of these with just about everything… scissors, punch, and regular cutters. They always have a perfect draw.

1st:
The beginning puffs of this cigar is amazing. This cigar produces beautiful smoke. Smooth and cold.You pick up a little bit of spice at the beginning, but that quickly gives way to chocolatey flavors.

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2nd:
Here is where I think these cigars are in their prime. They have a beautiful aroma of earth, tobacco, chocolate, and a little mocha or coco flavoring.

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3rd:
This cigar doesn’t change much in flavor around here. Burn is a little off on this one here but it corrected. The consistency is there and the texture of the wrapper still makes this box press cigar fun to hold.

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Conclusion:
You simply cannot go wrong with these. If you are new to cigars and want to try and excellent stick, this is a great cheap cigar for you. If anything, keep these in your humidor for that friend who never seems to bring a cigar to your house when you’ve made plans to smoke. Jose Dominguez did a great job with this cigar. I have smoked countless of these things and I still have an entire humidor just reserved for these… specifically the box pressed. I’ve tried all sizes, and I always prefer the box pressed of these. These are my typical go to sticks when I simply don’t want to have to decide on a cigar or I’m doing work outside be it yard work,garage work, washing the car, or just looking for a reason to be out.

Long ashes!
Frankie

Posted: April 30, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is a Cuban Stock Extra Torpedo.

The Cuban Stock Extra is made from pure Dominican grown tobacco. The filler, binder and wrapper are all specially fermented in the Dominican tobacco fields for phenomenal flavor. The tobacco is aged for many years in oak wine barrels. I don’t say this very often, but this cigar might just rival any Cuban cigar out there!

Size: 6.25 x 52
Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Dominican Maduro
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Price: $6.50 Online
Paired with a Dr. Pepper
Burn: perfect throughout!

Flavor:
Construction & Appearance:
Construction was pretty veiny with a couple of the veins sticking out a bit but it didn’t bother me.

Pre-lit… Smooth perfect open draw
The cold aromas that radiated from the wrapper and the foot were a nice mix of spice and cedar with a hint of chocolate. I found the cigar to be well packed and once the torpedo head was clipped with my scissors, the cold draw was perfect containing notes of sweet cream, spice and the same hint of chocolate found in the wrapper.

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First– This stick started off with a cold draw. It was very smooth
and very smoky! It felt dark and crisp on the palate and had a very white ash.

It was here that I realized I was smoking it too hard and my tongue got pretty hot. I eased up a bit
and the cigar was fine. Here i noticed the torpedo cap was oozing juices that taste excellent… like tobacco and cream, nuts, and earth. It reminded me of a sweet bowl of tobacco in my pipe!
Excellent cigar… I was already feeling the nicotine at this point and the cigar held a perfect burn!

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2nd
Entering into the second portion, the cigar finally ashed and it picked up more sweetness in the cap of the torpedo. I noted here “My tongue is loving this!” I picked up on some mocha and chocolate here.

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Throughout this cigar there was a ton of smoke! The ash became a little flakey but that corrected.

Entering the third:
It’s here that i am reminded this thing is smooth and definitely full bodied.
It is still producing a ton of beautiful smoke. The creamy taste continues with a very satisfactory flavor sticking to the palate.

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Conclusion:
I loved this cigar! This could most definitely be an any-type-occasion cigar. And yet, this is one i would want to sit down and enjoy. It is strong but not too strong. I think it will stay at the top of my list for a while! I would strongly recommend this cigar. I simply loved this stick from beginning to end and if you don’t give one a try, you are missing out!

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Posted: April 25, 2012 in Cigar, Uncategorized
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Up for review this morning is a Sosa Family Selection Maduro.
I won this gift set on a twitter game put on by Sosa Cigars on Leap Day. They’ve been in the humidor ever since.

History:
Don Juan Sosa was a small tobacco grower in the fertile Taguasco region of Cuba at the turn of the century. By the 1920’s, his farm had become one of the largest tobacco-producing haciendas on the island. Over the next 30 years, Don Juan’s son Arturo and grandson Juan manufactured cigars for sale in Cuba and abroad, but due to political turmoil, the family was forced to leave the island in 1962. Juan Sosa spent the next several years searching for soils as rich as those in his native Cuba. He found them in the Santiago region of the Dominican Republic where the family re-established their factory along with operations in Miami. The story of the Sosa family continues, with his wife Nelda and three sons who continue the legacy of quality, hand made cigars made in the Cuban tradition.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: (NA)
Filler: (NA)

Construction and Appearance:
This is a beautiful cigar with two bands… the bands are very close together with the word “Maduro” being it’s own band. The cigar was perfect in texture and construction, not too soft or too hard with any bad spots. It was a reddish dark cigar.
Price: $5.50
Size: 5×50 Robusto
Medium bodied

Flavor:
Pre-lit, this thing had a perfect draw. I used my punch to puncture the cap on this cigar.

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1st portion:
This cigar started peppery. It had a perfect burn! It had some spice, dark chocolate, and it was cool on the palate.
It had hints at the beginning of wood and earth, too.

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2nd portion:
The middle of the cigar approached, and the spice had diminished but could still be detected, with smoky oak and slight earth showing up wonderfully. The dark chocolate from before had morphed into a dark rich cocoa and coffee. This thing wasn’t too bold, and surprisingly, my wife even enjoyed the aroma from this cigar. She sat out back with me while I smoked the rest of this one.

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3rd portion:
With a little bit of pepper spice returning in the last 1/3rd, that sweet chocolate taste was also still there and stayed up until the end. This cigar never got too hot to smoke, and I enjoyed it all the way to the nub.

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Conclusion:
The Sosa Family Select Maduro is a delightful cigar that isn’t too strong, and isn’t too weak. It’s truly a stick for all occasions. It’s even one your wife might sit outside with you while you smoke.
I highly recommend this cigar, and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Posted: April 25, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is a Perdomo Habano Toro Maduro

Wrapper: Triple-fermented Maduro from Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
FIller: Nicaragua

Construction and Appearance:
Beautiful texture, gorgeous band with the Maduro band on the foot
A couple of solid veins on the side but very smooth
No soft or hard spots
Time in Humidor: 2 weeks
Paired with a Dr Pepper
Price: $5.00 each
Size: Toro 5.5×54
Medium-Full Bodied

Flavor:
Pre-lit

This cigar smells good all over.
I cut the cap with my scissors, and had a perfect easy draw immediately without needing any corrections.

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1st: Great draw! I picked up within just a few puffs, hints of pepper and spice. It began with a very robust yet cold taste.

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2nd: All I can say here is that this thing is smooth. I picked up on creamy tastes with notes of butter, tobacco, and still cool smoke on the palate. It also had a hint of coco and a fruity sweetness.

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3rd: Through the third, the cream and butter continued. This cigar has a beautiful aroma that I loved simply to sit and smell while I was smoking. I found that I loved smoking it as much as I enjoyed smelling the smoke it was producing.

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Conclusion:
This is an excellent cigar! I just put this thing down and all I can say is, “Wow.” I highly recommend this Perdomo, and for the price, you can’t go wrong! If you haven’t tried one, give it a shot. I doubt you will disagree!

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Posted: April 23, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is the Cuban Stock Royal Selection Box Pressed Toro #3

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Many thanks to Cuban Stock Cigars for providing this sample for review! They are an excellent cigar, and have easily become one of my faves!

The Cuban Stock Royal Selection is a master blend of the best Dominican grown tobacco aged in a wine barrel for 6 years, with a dark Ecuador wrapper which is shiny and silky. This cigar is full of rich coffee and nut flavors, and is medium to full bodied and super smooth. After all, they treat the tobacco for years, and the results are an absolutely royal class cigar.

Brief History:
Cuban Stock Cigar ‘s factory is located in Santiago, Dominican Republic and has been established since 1995. Some of you may know them under their original name Crown David Cigars. Since their product recognition was so strong with their consumers, it seemed like a natural transition to change the company’s name to reflect their flagship cigar, Cuban Stock. They are now Crown David, Inc, DBA Cuban Stock Cigar Co. Their first cigar was the “Cuban Stock” cigar. The name Cuban Stock name seemed such a natural choice since they were using many authentic Cuban cigar making traditions. They used tobacco grown from Cuban seeds, fermented their cigars using old Cuban techniques, capped the cigars Cuban style, and used traditional style packaging. As they grew, they added very unique cigars to their line. The original Cuban Stock became known as the Cuban Stock Classic. The next in creation was the Cuban Stock Royal Selection followed by the Cuban Stock Reserve. They continued with the Chubbys line, one of the first 60 ring gauge cigars to emerge in 1999. Then Exquisito Double Capa followed. It showcased a most unique cigar with two contrasting wrappers and came in unique shapes. In 2000, they started to make the most delicious flavored cigars, the Delicioso. In 2004, they came out with the Joya de Havana, using 100% Honduran tobacco. It became an immediate hit, bold and tasty. In the 2009 New Orleans trade show, they were proud to launch two extremely great cigars; they introduced the Cuban Stock Extra and the Chubbys Ultimate. It took 6 years to get to the final product, starting by choosing the location to grow the tobacco, continued by perfecting the unique agricultural environment in which the tobacco grew. They spent 6 months perfecting their final tobacco blend for a superior smoking experience. Both the Cuban Stock Extra and the Chubby Ultimate are aged in wine barrels. Their labels were the final step in showcasing these amazing tasting and looking cigars, and the rustic boxes made them just perfect.

Cigar: Cuban Stock Royal Selection
Size: 6 x 50 (Toro) #3
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Strength: Medium/Full

Appearance and Construction: The wrapper of this stick reminds me of the color of a coffee bean. The wrapper has some significant medium sized veins and it is very oily. The cigar itself is box pressed and there is a fair amount of of tooth especially on the sides. The Cuban Stock Royal Selection has a dual band system. The one near the cap is eye catching and has colors of cream, red, black and gold. The band at the foot is a nice touch and I personally feel all non cellophane cigars should have one to prevent damage in storage.
I didn’t have any spots that were too hard or too soft.
I paired this cigar with a good ole Dr. Pepper.

Flavor

Pre-lit:
It had the smell of chocolate just in holding it up to the nose. To start off, this cigar had a perfect draw prior to being lit. I used my new Xikar scissors to snip the cap, and the pre-lit draw taste was earthy and very pleasant. It reminded me of Green tea, with an earthy taste.

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First:
The first third of the cigar offers some wonderful coffee notes that are easily identifiable. It had a pleasant aroma and a taste of peppers and spice right off the bat. It also had a very bright red burn at the beginning.

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The Royal Selection was very peppery and earthy during the 1st inch, but then this toro smoothed out with the pepper dissipating, leaving an earthy smoke that had hints of leather and a slight spice flavor.

Second:
As we enter the second third of the cigar, the aging process is noticeable as the cigar begins to offer notes of black cherry. At this point in the smoke, I was reminded of why I love cigars. There’s nothing more relaxing. My thoughts here were simply “This is a fine cigar!” At this point the taste of pepper was completely gone, and what remained was a very smooth earthy tobacco taste with a touch of cinnamon and some cedar tones.

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Third:
The final third of the cigar there are notes of cherry, oak and some nuts on the finish that made this a nice cigar with a decent complexity. It stayed consitent past the midpoint, then developed some dried fruit flavors creeping in during the last 1/3.
The burn of the cigar is extremely even and it produces a nice amount of smoke. I loved it!

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The draw and burn were perfect throughout. This stick smoked slowly and evenly, and stayed lit very well. I smoked this for an hour and a half! To be honest, i expected this cigar to be excellent, and was not disappointed. The aging in wine barrels gave this cigar a nice sweetness, but note this is not a flavored or infused cigar. The notes are no different then others normally found in a cigar. I was so impressed with this cigar that I can’t wait to get my hands on more of them. A pleasant surprise and a very good smoke!

Conclusion:
This is an excellent cigar! It’s one of my new favorites! It smells wonderful. It looks beautiful. It’s a pleasure to hold and to smoke. It was well made and the tobacco is of very high quality. I loved its complexity and smoothness. I would strongly recommend picking up one of these sticks if not a few at your local tobacconist. If they don’t carry them, encourage them to start!

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Posted: April 18, 2012 in Cigar
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