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Room 101 Johnny Tobacconaut Review
By GC
8/14/2015 11:14:00 AM  

Room 101 Johnny Tobacconaut Review

Size Smoked: Ranflactic Figurado - (5 1/2 x 30 x 50)

Johnny Tobacconaut Review

Just released at the IPCPR 2015 show is a new brand from Room 101 and Matt Booth called the Johnny Tobacconaut. Not much is disclosed about the cigar's blend, only that it is a Nicaraguan puro. The cigar is available in three artisan figurado shapes, the Fileriod (4 1/2 x 52 x 45), Ranflactic (5 1/2 x 30 x 50) and Chingonova (8 x 60 x 44). Only 3,500 boxes of 20 cigars were made for the production. Room 101 is promising the cigars for delivery late September of 2015.

I chose to sample the Johnny Tobacconaut in it's middle sized "Ranflantic" shape, measuring (5 1/2 x 30 x 50). The wrapper is dark, oily and very attractive. Immediately upon lighting the stick, you can assume this cigars Nicaraguan heritage. A welcoming peppery spice greets you on the first couple draws. The initial body starts off at medium, and early on the flavor notes are earthy sweet and rich tobacco. As I transition through the first third a baker's semi-sweet cocoa and a background of nuttiness is at the base. Smoking this cigar with a slow and deliberate retrohale is highly recommended, as it instantly brings pronounced flavors to the forefront. The chewy thick smoke that the Tobacconaut creates also comes through the nose offering a heavy dose of spice among other earthy Nicaraguan characteristics.

Johnny Tobacconaut Review

The draw is a little on the loose side, but not so much that it bothered me, and at times the burn line wavered a bit. The Johnny Tobacconaut is a great example of a cigar that easily overshadows these small construction flaws with a totally enjoyable flavor experience. Honestly as long as the notes continue to be as expressive and complex, i could care less about a shaky burn line..

Moving into the second half, the cigar has reached medium to full in body and I'm anticipating it ending up being quite full flavored and full bodied by the time its played out. As the earthy rich flavors ramp up they are starting to marry into a smooth, complex and supremely satisfying smoke. Although strong and full bodied, it burns on without bitterness.
Overall, if you cant tell i enjoyed the Tobacconaut. and although its got some pop to it, I smoked it early in the morning paired with my coffee and had no problem.. If you aren't accustom to smoking stronger cigars I might suggest taking it slow, or smoking this Room 101 later on in the day. Very much looking forward to this cigar coming into Atlantic's warehouse so I can try the other sizes, especially the smaller Fileriod (4 1/2 x 52 x 45).

Johnny Tobacconaut Review

Stay tuned and continue to check out our IPCPR release section of our web site and our email notifications. We'll let you know as soon as Room 101 gets the Johnny Tobacconaut out to us.

Keep on smokin' ~GC


Currently rated 3 by 2 people

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My Father El Centurion H2KCT Toro - IPCPR 2015 Quick Reviews
By gc
7/30/2015 9:12:00 AM  
My Father El Centurion H2KCT Toro - IPCPR 2015 Quick Reviews

Size: Toro - 6 x 52 - Box Pressed
Wrapper: Habano 2000 Connecticut
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

El Centurion H.2K.CT by My Father Cigars

The El Centurion has always been a favorite cigar of mine throughout its many blend changes at My Father Cigars. It has always remained a solid, interesting smoke. The original was an absolute masterclass in flavor and balance; the follow up, was more strength, but still showcased some great classic peppery, earthy and sweet Pepin magic.

The latest El Centurion features a completely new wrapper tobacco, never before produced or used, a Habano 2000 grown in the Connecticut River Valley. It's binder and fillers are all Nicaraguan, and overall I would say its Medium in strength.

The H2KCT starts off as most My Father Cigars, with a nice nostril full of red and black peppery spice, but does not over power the medium bodied salty sweetness and subtle nuances. The sample I smoked was directly from the IPCPR, and suffice it to say could have probably used some time to settle and age a bit. But with that said, it still was extremely enjoyable, BALANCE is the keyword here.. The construction was some of the best I've experienced in a while. A slow, controllable burn and draw was perfect for taking my time to really taste the different flavors this cigar showcases.

The Garcia's might have another winner here, those of you lucky enough to smoke the original El Centurion know how good that cigar was, and this is a return in that direction. More emphasis on flavor over body, and an enjoyable balance that will keep you coming back. Although my sample was pre-release, I can say without any hesitation that this cigar has some serious potential with a bit of aging.

El Centurion H.2K.CT by My Father Cigars

The My Father El Centurion H.2K.CT will be available in two box-pressed sizes. Keep you're eyes peeled, we will let you know as soon as we have them in stock!

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E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Reserva - Toro Review
By GC
11/20/2014 12:39:00 PM  

E.P. Carrillo New Wave Reserva Connecticut Toro (6 x 52) - Cigar Review

Background / Blend Info:

Originally revealed at the Inter-Tabac Cigar Show in Dortmund, Germany, the E.P. Carrillo New Wave Reserva is a new cigar from EPC Cigar Co. initially produced for the European market and now being distributed to the U.S. The cigar was introduced in tandem with the new E.P. Carrillo Cabinet. 

EPC Cigar Co. has released various blends with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, including limited edition cigars such as the EPC NWC Short Run 2012 and EPC Medalla D'Oro, as well as the regular production E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut. Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is noted as saying that the leaf used for the wrapper on this particular cigar is darker in color due to it being a higher priming on the plant. The binder used in the blend is a Connecticut Broadleaf and the fillers a mix of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos. 

Initial Thoughts: 

I've personally always been a huge fan of Ernesto Carrillo's blending prowess, the man truly is a top notch cigar maker. His ability to pack an enormous amount of flavor into a medium "body" cigar is an attribute not matched by many. As stated by Carrillo the wrapper on the New Wave Reserva Connecticut is very dark by Connecticut standards, if I was given this cigar blind, I would have guessed another leaf was used. The wrapper is smooth to the touch and overall the construction of the cigar is very solid. Let's fire this baby up!

First Half:

The cold draw gives some sweet tobacco and hay flavors. Toasting the foot gave off a nice aroma of roasted nuts. My initial few draws were met with a really enjoyable sweetness, very similar to the pre-light draw. I would describe the flavor as honey and nuts, some leather up front with a light creamy body so far. I tend to smoke Connecticut wrapped cigars very slow as to not get a bitter taste and to try to enjoy the nuance of a milder smoke. I'm taking the same approach with this cigar, as Carrillo's blending really needs to be paid attention to sometimes to really appreciate it. The draw is on the looser side, but not too much so, and so far the burn line has been fairly straight with some touch ups here and there.. I'm not sure if it's from the Broadleaf binder or the Nicaraguan tobacco, but there is a faint enjoyable spice creeping in that's especially noticeable when I retrohale. 



Second Half:

The ash was very solid and actually held on for at least a few inches before falling off in a solid chunk. As the cigar transitioned to the 2nd half the body started to build to more medium than mild, as well as a new woodsy flavor entering into the mix. The sweetness is still on the forefront and is playing a major role in the overall flavor. I would describe it as an earthy sweet, not an artificial sugary taste, but more like a honey or vanilla. It's very nice and contributing to a very enjoyable aroma. I would say to this point the cigar is probably a bit heavier and more aggressive than most milder Connecticut wrapped cigars, and for me that's a huge plus. I generally enjoy a fuller bodied cigar but could definitely see myself smoking this in the morning or as a first cigar of the day. For smokers who stick to Connecticut and milder cigars, this might be a great change of pace if you're looking for something with a bit more kick, but not overly strong. The cigar finished with more of the same flavors, with some gaining some intensity as well as the spice through the nose becoming more pronounced. 

Final Thoughts.. 

Overall after smoking this EPC blend, I can easily see this cigar slotting excellently into their catalog. It's a great gatekeeper between the New Wave Connecticut and the Core Line or Cardinal blends. If you're already a fan of the complex blending of Carrillo, and you're looking for something a bit more complex and fuller than the New Wave Connecticut, then the NWC Reserva is a perfect match. I found the cigar to be very enjoyable, easy going yet offers a lot by way of flavor and complexity.. I can't see any aficionado smoking this new EPC and not being entertained and satisfied. Keep your eye's peeled as we'll have the EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Reserva up on the website any day, available in 4 sizes:

Robusto: 5 x 50

Toro: 6 x 52

Supremo: 5 1/8 x 56

Immensos: 6 x 60





Enjoy!!

~GC


Currently rated 4.1 by 13 people

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Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos Review
By GC
7/29/2014 5:05:00 PM  

Cigar Review:

The Nat Sherman Epoca is Available Now - Click Here to Purchase

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfecto (5 3/4 x 52)

Nat Sherman has resurrected one of their oldest brands, actually the first they offered on the premium market, called the Epoca, to commemorate their long standing history in the cigar industry. The Epoca uses the same packaging artwork from the original release, which was a "clear" Havana, meaning it contained Cuban tobacco, but was sold in the States prior to the embargo. Released at IPCPR 2014, the Nat Sherman Epoca was produced by the Quesada's in the Dominican Republic. It uses a golden brown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos

Appearance:

The Nat Sherman Epoca, especially the Perfecto has a very retro look to it. The packaging is an absolute throwback and does what the brand sets out to do, harken back to the clear Havana pre-embargo blend that it was. A super smooth, golden brown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper shines in the light, seamlessly encasing the cigar. Overall a very appealing looking cigar.

Burn / Draw / Construction:

The burn and draw on the Nat Sherman Epoca was nothing short of perfection. Once again, the cigar mimics a Cuban with a white, flakey ash, but unlike the forbidden fruit, this cigars burn line was like a laser. The draw had just the right amount of resistance, offering the ability to "sip" or pull big plumes of smoke. The construction was good also, firm but not too much so.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos

Flavor:

Pre-light draw consists of an sweet tobacco and hay like flavor. The Epoca starts off fairly mild and creamy with a light, nutty sweetness and an enjoyable aroma that's similar to some Cuban cigars. Also similar to some Havana's is the medium body, yet medium to full amount of flavor that the cigar exudes. As the Epoca burns past the halfway point, the sweet creaminess remains in the forefront with a nice amount of spice through the nose with a retrohale. The final third approached a hair over medium in body and introduced some nice cocoa flavor, along with more natural nutty and leather notes. The aroma continues to be fantastic, it smells of vanilla and some coconut. A very smooth and enjoyable mix of flavors. Definitely complex enough to keep you guessing, but completely enjoyable and approachable to someone who isn't super experienced.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos


Overall Thoughts:

I thought the Nat Sherman Epoca was a fantastic cigar. If the companies aim was to manufacture a cigar with retro styling and milder "Cubanesque" flavor and body then they nailed it. I'm very interested to try some of the other sizes, particularly the smaller ring gauges, which may produce a little more strength. The Quesada's have been blending excellent medium body cigars for many years and recently with brands like the Espana and the Jalapa, they've shown they can create a milder cigar that's packed with nuance and interesting flavor. I usually reach for a milder cigar early on in the day, this Epoca would be a perfect cigar to enjoy with coffee in the morning. For fans of Nat Sherman cigars, or the Quesada Family's blending, this cigar is a must try. Also if you're looking for a mild to medium cigar with true characteristics of a Cuban, add this one to your short list.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos

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Keep your eye's peeled, we will be releasing many other new releases from the 2014 IPCPR for the next month or so, hopefully weekly. Subscribe to our emails here if you don't already and also check back to this blog for more news and reviews.

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This Just In - New Cigar's Online and In Stock!
By GC
7/26/2013 4:12:00 PM  
THIS JUST IN! NEW CIGARS ONLINE AND IN-STOCK NOW!

Keep checking back for updates and reviews on all the
new releases that are coming in from IPCPR 2013!
HERRERA ESTELI BY WILLY HERRERA
The wait is over! This phenomenal cigar from Willy Herrera and Drew Estate is finally here and in stock!!

Herrera Esteli cigars first came to market back in 2011 when Willy Herrera left El Titan de Bronze Cigar factory in Miami to join forces with Jonathan Drew of Drew Estate to expand their non-infused product line. A good fit for Drew Estate as Willy brings his skillful Cuban blending style and his ability to create rich smooth tasting cigars. Herrera Esteli is a limited production cigar that delivers a medium bodied strength with full flavor. The cigar delivers notes of wood, nuts and a slight peppery spice, followed by a natural sweet finish. The cigars are very well made and make a great addition to the Drew Estate premium lineup.
LA AURORA 107 MADURO - NEW AND IN STOCK!

The La Aurora 107 Maduro is new for 2013! In 2010 La Aurora released the 107’s in an Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper, the second release for 2013 is the La Aurora 107 Maduro’s. These cigars are the same great blend as the original 107’s but now in a rich dark Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. This facade change delivers a heaver smoke with more body and strength with maduro flavor notes of chocolate, leather, spice and a hint of natural sweetness. The core of the cigar remains the same with aged fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic which are held together by a rich corojo binder from the Dominican Republic. The La Aurora 107 Maduro cigars are sure to deliver rich smooth flavors making maduro fans very satisfied. Each size comes packaged in boxes of 21 cigars.

Check out our Review of the La Aurora 107 Maduro Below:

OLIVA SERIE V MELANIO MADURO TORPEDO
LIMITED EDITION FOR 2013!

It’s that time of year again, the folks at Oliva put out their much anticipated limited edition release. The 2013 limited release is the Oliva Series V Melanio Maduro a 6 ½ x 52 box pressed Torpedo. The cigar is blended like the standard V Melanio but wrapped in a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper showcasing the earthiness of this tobacco type. Not as full bodied as we expected but delivers a medium body smoke with a lot of focus on the maduro wrapper for the flavor notes minus the sweetness associated with maduro cigars. Expect flavors of earth, leather and pepper in this box-pressed beauty. A good cigar that we feel with time will marry and balance it wrapper with its core. The Oliva V Melanio Maduro is a limited production cigar that comes packaged in 10 count boxes. Bottom line these will go fast, so don’t wait to get yours, once they’re gone it will be for good


Currently rated 4.5 by 2 people

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Torano Vault D-042 Robusto (5 x 52) - Review
By GC
7/23/2013 2:45:00 PM  

Torano Vault D-042 Robusto Review (Pre-Release IPCPR Sample)
Size: 5 x 52


Background:

For the 2013 IPCPR the Torano’s have once again dipped into the blending vault. This year, the “D-042 Blend” joins the already released A-008 Vault. According to Charlie Torano the latest blend features a “rare” Pennsylvania leaf that was acquired back in 1998. This leaf became a significant feature of the filler makeup and the overall blend of the new Vault cigar. The other filler tobaccos are unknown, but are said to be from Nicaragua. The D-042 features an adjustment to the blend in the “vault book”, instead of the called for Ecuadorian Sumatra tobacco, the Torano’s decided to add an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. All the press releases mark the cigar at a medium - full strength level. When the Vault D-042 is available it will be released in three sizes, a Robusto (5” x 52), Toro (6” x 50) and Torpedo (6 ?” x 52).


Torano Vault D-042 Robusto Review


Construction / Pre-light:

The sample of the Blend D-042 Vault I received is an extremely well packed and constructed, with a cocoa brown, toothy Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The cigar is very attractive, barely noticeable seams on the wrapper and a red and gold band that compliments the rich color of the cigar. There is a distinct earthy, sweet tobacco smell from the foot, and taking a deep sniff loads up my nose with some peppery spice. The pre-light draw is consistent with the foot notes, hay and sweet earth with a small amount of grittiness present.


Torano Vault D-042 Robusto Review

1st Third:

After firing up the D-042, *the name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue), I’m met with an immediate peppery blast, a la Pepin, but it calms quickly and the earthy sweetness takes center stage. The sweet spice is complemented by an enjoyable nuttiness in the background and on the finish. As the cigar progresses, the burn and draw are excellent, with a solid bright white ash forming and breaking off at one inch plus intervals. The first third draws to a close and the flavors begin to transform into an atypical flavor profile for a cigar with Nicaraguan filler tobacco. Possibly because of the Pennsylvania tobacco intermixed, instead of mostly richness and sweet spice, there is more nut flavors and woodsiness.


Torano Vault D-042 Robusto Review

2nd Third:

The cigar is somewhere north of medium in body at this point, and is a bit sneaky about showing its strength. The balance of flavor is very smooth and the lack of harshness could be mistaken for a lack of nicotine. For a brief moment I got a really nice honey flavor, which could be the combination of the sweetness and nut flavors working together. The finish is very creamy and rich. This blend from Torano is very enjoyable, easy going and a really nice mesh of flavor. Because I’m reviewing the cigar, I’m paying more attention to the complexity which is as nuanced as you'd like a cigar to be. I’ll probably revisit this one soon and smoke it paying less attention to detail, and really sit back and enjoy the blend.


Torano Vault D-042 Robusto Review

Final Third:

The last third has the body ramped up to medium - full, still performing excellently in the draw and burn area. You can tell by the pictures, it seems like the longer I smoked the cigar, the stronger the ash developed and the straighter the burn line. All the different flavor notes mentioned remain present in the final third and are not clouded by harshness. New flavor notes continue to appear, with a bit of leather becoming present along with the cigar’s rich tobacco flavor. Hopefully the Torano family divulges the makeup of Blend D-042, I’d love to hear a bit more about the PA leaf that went into the composition. The cigar finishes strong, I probably could and would have nubbed it, but by now the nicotine has gone to my head, like I said its a sneaky sucker..


Overall, the new entry from Torano is a solid smoke. An incredible amount of complexity with a very smooth, balanced character. As far as the Vault goes, we’d be happy if the Torano family keeps digging into the archives and creating great sticks like this, and you should too. The cigar will be released soon, keep a close eye on Atlantic, we’ll keep you posted.


Currently rated 3.7 by 3 people

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Curivari Buenaventura BV 500 Quickie Review
By GC
11/6/2012 12:45:00 PM  
Curivari Buenaventura BV 500 (5 1/4 x 50) - Quickie Review

The latest release from ultra-boutique Nicaraguan cigar company Curivari, the Buenaventura, has come in and man do they look good! So good in fact I decided to go ahead and try out the BV 500, which is the smallest of the three sizes in the line. This Nicaraguan puro stays close to the Curivari style of looking extremely Cuban packaging wise, with an excellent throw back band with a little bit of an updated twist. What really pulled me in was the oily, uniform chocolate colored wrapper. The cigar is just slightly box pressed. The Buenaventura took to flame like a champ and provided a near perfect draw. The cigar is well packed yet ample plumes of smokes come from every draw. The initial flavors are very grounded with earthy, cocoa notes, very balanced to start and a solid medium body in the strength department. About halfway through a baked bread flavor combined with some unidentified sweetness is very prominent. One thing that consistently blows me away about Curivari is the company's ability to create such complex Nicaraguan cigars, with unique and interesting flavors, at absolutely great prices. The BV 500 goes for approximately $5 bucks, a killer deal when taking the great construction and flavor of this cigar into account.. As the cigar moved on all the aforementioned flavors melded together into a extremely smooth, enjoyable medium body Nicaraguan cigar. I've had maduro cigars that were less sweet, rich and chocolatey… Overall great smoke, great price.. Comes highly recommended! We also carry two other sizes, the Buenaventura BV 560, which is 5 1/2 x 56, also the BV 600 which is a 6 x 60 Gordo. Thanks for reading!

Curivarri Buenaventura BV 500 Robusto 

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Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Epicure Review
By GC
8/27/2012 4:17:00 PM  
*Sorry for the hiatus in reviews last week, there was a bug going around the office… Our palate's are back up and running, look out for more IPCPR Release Reviews this week:

Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Review

Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Epicure (6 x 56)

The Perdomo 20th Anniversary cigars are rolled exclusively with tobaccos grown on Perdomo's numerous farms in Esteli, Condega, and Jalapa Valley, Nicaragua. The 20th uses the highest primings to deliver a rich, complex flavor profile, and is available in both Maduro and Sun Grown wrappers. The wrappers are hand selected, aged for a minimum of 6 years, and then fermented for an additional 14 months in Bourbon barrels. This an extremely special Nicaraguan Puro from the Perdomo family, a representation of all of their farms coming together to create a wonderfully balanced premium cigar.

Appearance / Pre-light:

The cigar is a beauty. The sun grown wrapper is almost completely veinless and ultra smooth to the touch. The leaf color, especially for sun grown tobacco, is especially light with no blotchiness, consistent in color all the way through. It is extremely well rolled with near unidentifiable seams and an absolutely perfect cap. The cigar has a "slight" press, making it into more of a rounded-rectangle shape than a square. The band kind of reminds me of an Opus X for some reason, possibly the shape and detail put into the design. I clip the cap off easily, the pre-light draw is excellent, the open draw reveals some salty spice mixed with a cocoa sweet tobacco flavor.

Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Review

First Third:

As I touch flame to cigar the first few puffs are accented with a spicy blast of flavor. The smoke output is excellent and the draw is open but not too much. After a few minutes and a few more puffs, I realize very quickly this is a complex cigar. There is a wonderful creamy sweetness on the finish intermixed with some floral flavors to go along with an earthy tobacco flavor, which seems to be increasing in depth. Although 56 is about as large as a ring as I like to smoke, the "slight" press of the Perdomo 20th gives it an easy going mouthfeel that does not get uncomfortable. So far the best way to describe this cigar would be to call it very classy. It's extremely well made with wonderful burn and draw properties. While the flavor profile is very complex and multidimensional, you don't have to be an aficionado to pick out the flavors. The cigar is very balanced and well blended, and the finish is superb. So far a phenomenal Anniversary cigar for Perdomo. As the first third comes to an end, the spice is ramped up a notch, and the cigar hits solid medium body territory.

Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Review

Second Third:

The 20th Anniversary Epicure continues its smooth delivery of a variety of flavors, with more rich, leathery earthiness upfront, and while the sweetness is there it's taken a back seat. One thing that is mostly agreed upon regarding Perdomo, especially among regular smokers, is that next to Padron, they create one of the most consistent Nicaraguan cigars on the market. I would bet that once I'm done with this cigar, if I sat down and smoked another, the experience would be nearly the same. As someone who smokes a lot of cigars, consistency is something I absolutely cherish in the cigar world. It takes skill and a certain amount of determination by a company to create cigars that offer up the same qualities time over time. I just wanted to commend Perdomo for that, the brand sometimes flies under the radar so to speak. If you haven't I'd give Perdomo cigars a try, and this is a great place to start. The 20th Anniversary is a shining example of their ability to take tobacco from all of their many fields and create a solid, flavorful stick for a great price. At this point I had to remove the band because it was fairly wide. The second third continues on with an excellent combination of all the flavors I've previously mentioned in an expertly blended balance. The rich, creamy smoke has such an enjoyable sweetness to it, and the retrohale just the right amount of spice. I'm getting a very savory, salty taste in my mouth as the the smoke settles, causing my mouth to water a bit, and naturally cleanse my palate.

Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Review

Final Third:

I've had to touch up the cigar a few times, but that's what a lighters for, and this Perdomo seems to be all about flavor, which is far more important then a perfect burn. Like I mentioned before, this cigar will easily satisfy a casual smoker or beginner. For someone with an advanced palate, if paying attention you will be able to hit most areas of the flavor wheel, from spice to salty to sweet, leather and earth, vegetal and floral. The depth here is striking and entirely enjoyable. The cigar is still burning smooth, and despite coming to the end is still burning cool. The final third is showing some sweetness once again in the foreground that mixes well with the salty finish. Hopefully the Maduro wrapped version of this blend shows the same complexity of character, I don't see why it wouldn't being that the wrappers were both treated to the same aging and fermentation process. After smoking this guy, the Maduro is definitely on my list of cigars to smoke. We've maintained a medium body throughout the cigar here, edging up right against the fullest side of medium, bordering on medium - full. The Perdomo 20th Anniversary Epicure, which is 6 x 54, was a very slow burning smoke, clocking in over 2hrs.





Overall, as you can tell by the review, I very much enjoyed this cigar. This is exactly what a celebratory Anniversary cigar should be. The construction was spot on, the burn and draw properties were great, and the flavors were rich and complex. The Perdomo 20th Anniversary will be available in 5 sizes, and will be in stock soon. Check back for stock availability, if you do not get our emails, make sure to sign-up below to be notified when new product comes in!

Thanks for reading..
Keep on smokin~

~G


Currently rated 3.1 by 7 people

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Padilla Invictus Robusto 5 x 54 Review
By GC
8/15/2012 4:11:00 PM  
Review Padilla Invictus Robusto (5 x 54)

Padilla Invictus Robusto Review

Background:
The Invictus is a new brand by Padilla Cigars for 2012. Ernesto is restructuring his entire product lines from the ground up, to focus on creating smaller batches of high quality cigars. Created in extremely small numbers, with only 300 boxes of 10, the Invictus is an ultra premium smoke created and rolled in Miami by the El Titan de Bronze factory. The cigar features a super smooth, attractive Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a proprietary blend of Nicaraguan and other tobaccos making up the filler and binder. Ernesto explains the idea behind production is to create the cigar in extremely small batches, with a few months in between, by a group of top master rollers. Padilla is starting out with three sizes, Robusto (5 x 54), Toro (6 x 54), and Torpedo (6.5 x 54) and will consider other vitolas as the next production cycle begins. These cigars are also rolled in the Cuban "Entubado" method instead of standard bunching, to create a more efficient draw.

Appearance / Prelight:
The cigar itself is very good looking, the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper gives off a slight sheen, and as always is decorated with Padilla's trademark Lion, very nice artwork on the band. The Invictus feels good in the hand, it has nice weight and feels well packed. The pre-light draw has a nice sweet tobacco taste, also an light vegetal earthiness is present.



First Third:

After clipping the carefully placed cap, I light up the Padilla. As I'm toasting the foot a wonderful aroma of toasted nuts fills the air. The initial flavor is a rich caramel sweetness, with a lighter more tart element of sweet through the nose. Medium body to start, with a light spice and so far a great mix of positive balanced flavors. The burn line wavers a bit, but for me the slight resistance in the draw is spot on. The smoke is heavy and chewy. While there is a slight earthiness present, the feature flavor is by far the caramel, candy sweetness. It's not tart or sour, its really enjoyable, and I'm not sure I've smoked a cigar that featured such a dominant caramel note. Its almost reminding me of a Snickers bar..



Second Third:
The cigar continues on in similar fashion as it moves into the second third, with the peppery spice becoming more pronounced. It works well with the blend and keeps my interest. This is my first cigar of the day, and I'm enjoying it immensely. It's an effortless smoke, that while not super complex, has a combination of great medium body flavors that blend well together and honestly taste really great. As a daily smoke, the price is prohibitive with the MSRP at $12.50 a stick but to treat yourself or to try out a good example of small batch quality, this is a great choice.



Final Third:
As the Padilla Invictus moves into it's final third, the multi-dimensional sweetness has taken a back seat to some more earthy wood flavors. The peppery spice also continues to build. Although there are only a few main flavor components here, the fact that they move forward and back independently of each other, keeping your interest is a testament to the excellent blending. I also tasted what seemed to be some mintiness, only for a very short time in the final third. One thing about the Invictus that I did not like is that the outer ash tends to fall of short of one inch increments, which may be attributed to the entubar rolling method. Either way I did end up with a couple of ash bombs on my desk as I smoked. As far as problems go, in the grand scheme this is really no big deal, and the flavors and draw of the smoke far out weight issues with ash. As if on cue the caramel sweetness came back to say so long right at the end of the smoke.



Overall:
If this is going to be the standard for the quality of the "new" Padilla cigar lines, then I'm all for it. Many manufacturers use "Small Batch" as a marketing term more than anything. With only 300 boxes produced, this is officially a very small batch, especially for the Padilla company, who in the past has put up big production numbers. I appreciate the throwback to quality over quantity and I think customers will too. And although pricey, this was an outstanding cigar. Very enjoyable experience, from start to finish, flavor and construction. I usually steer away from ring gauges larger than 52,  but I enjoyed the heft of the 54 ring smoke. The ring gauge suits the blend very well. I have to say El Titan de Bronze did a phenomenal job with the production quality here, hopefully we see more from them in the future. Atlantic cigar will be carrying the Invictus and La Terraza as well as the new Padilla Miami Maduro, also made in ETB factory.

They are available here:

Padilla Invictus
Padilla Miami Maduro
Padilla La Terraza Habano
Padilla La Terraza Maduro


Thanks for reading..
Keep on smokin~

~G



Currently rated 3.4 by 9 people

Tags: PADILLA CIGARS, INVICTUS, ERNESTO PADILLA, EL TITAN DE BRONZE, MIAMI, NICARAGUA, CIGAR REVIEW, IPCPR 2012
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Aging Room Small Batch F55 Quattro Maestro
By GC
8/9/2012 10:52:00 AM  
IPCPR Review - Aging Room Small Batch F55 Quattro Maestro (Torpedo) - (6 x 52)

Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Maestro


Appearance / Pre-light:
Just released at the 2012 IPCPR, the new Aging Room Small Batch Quattro is a pressed (square, but almost rounded at the corners) cigar featuring a 9 year old Indonesian Sumatra wrapper. This Sumatra tobacco was said by Rafael Nodal, owner of Aging Room Cigars, to be found in Europe at a now defunct machine made cigar factory. The fillers and binders are a Dominican-grown, Habano-seed tobacco. The original Aging Room M356 was a fantastic cigar, scoring well with critics and also with our customers, so I was eager to try this new blend. The Quattro is well constructed, packed with tobacco and encased in a chocolate brown smooth yet toothy wrapper. Although well filled, just a minor snip of the tip of the pyramid shaped head opened up what seems to be a nice airway. The pre-light draw gives off a hint of sweet tobacco flavor with a bit of salty, sweet leather. Let's get on with it shall we?

Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Maestro

First Third:
Right off the bat, the cigar draws ample smoke that fills my mouth with leathery, nutty smoke with some nice spice on the retrohale. The Aging Room SB Quattro starts off with a very interesting profile of flavor, mostly earthy meaty flavors, leather, cedar and the like with a dry finish on the palate. The cigar produces a ton of smoke with an effortless draw, but does not smoke or burn hot. Possibly a positive effect of the box press? The F55 is a medium in body with an aroma that matches the flavor notes of cigar, woodsy smokey flavors.

Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Maestro

Second Third:
As the cigar moves into the second third, most of the aforementioned flavors continue with an enjoyable creaminess starting to build, more pronounced spice, and a very, very mild hint of sweetness. I would say one of the biggest differences from the original Aging Room blend is the lack of the sweeter element. Although different, I don't think it's bad per say, because sweetness can have such a strong effect on the pallet, it sometimes overpowers subtle earthier and more savory flavors. As the cigar continues to progress, it seems to hit a stride, with all the flavors melding into an enjoyable, balanced experience. The burn and draw are spot on, almost perfect, I think I may have touched it up twice total. This would be by far the most enjoyable part of the cigar, the blend is working very well here.

Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Maestro

Final Third:
The Quattro has reached it's medium - full body strength potential in it's final third, with little further variation as far as flavor. The cigar has shown failry complex depth so far with a variety of flavors throughout. There's no mistaking the aged Sumatra wrapper plays a major role in the flavor of this cigar. Without the age, the Quattro blend may not have pulled together all these flavors into an enjoyable balance. Luckily it's had nine years to ripen up and become a headliner. Toward the end of the smoke, peppery spice was ramped up a bit. Smoked like a champ down to the nub, a truly enjoyable experience.

Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Maestro

Overall:
Aging Room has once again created an extremely unique blend, marrying a well aged, earthy Sumatran wrapper with some flavorful Havana seed Dominican tobacco. The construction and burn performance was excellent, and the blending and balance was absolutely superb. These should be arriving in our stores and online very soon. I would definitely recommend the cigar for anyone who enjoys the unique flavor of Sumatra wrappers, or is looking for an interesting change of pace.







Currently rated 3.5 by 12 people

Tags: AGING ROOM, SMALL BATCH F55, QUATTRO, IPCPR 2012, SUMATRA, HABANO SEED, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, HAVANO SEED, RAFAEL NODAL, OLIVEROS
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