When I started to get interested in the online cigar communities I had no idea about the level of camaraderie BOTLs can show. A while back my mate Jerry (Jdawg from the UK Cigar forums) came up with an idea challenge: he’d send me an unbanded cigar of his choice to try and write about on the blog together with a small sealed envelope containing the original band. I know the guys over at Dogwatch Cigar Radio do this on their show, so while this is maybe not 100% original, it is something I just couldn’t resist. For the first time I’ll be posting (almost) live while I smoke, updating this post every 20 minutes or so. Here we go!
23:15 Time to start, a bit later than expected after late dinner and a Skype session with my brother, but ready to go. The cigar is approximately toro sized, with a marked box pressed shape. It has a dark, almost maduro, reddish wrapper, slightly oily, with almost no veins and a decent double cap. At first look it reminds me of a RP Decade, but comparing them side by side this is a lot more reddish and not as dark. Once cut the draw is slightly tight and the aroma is cocoa, almost like in a maduro, but with marked cloves notes. From the shape cap and pre-draw I am pretty sure this isn’t a Cuban. Continue reading
This is the first installment of a new column I am introducing to the blog, called quick puffs. These are essentially first impressions of cigars I smoke without going into the details of full fledged reviews.
Today’s quick puffs smoke is the Camacho Corojo Monarca, not only an Honduran Puro, but a Honduran Corojo Puro, and considering Camacho’s reputation you can expect a powerful stick
Camacho Corojo Monarca
Price: around 6$ in the US and 5-5.50€ in mainland Europe. Not sold directly in the UK.
Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
Binder: Honduran Corojo
Filler: Honduran Corojo
Smoking Time: 90′
Cigars smoked: one
Notes: Very nice looking stick with an almost vein free wrapper – it has one small patch on the wrapper hidden below the band, but nothing major. Feels nice and packed although the foot is a bit soft. The start has a huge blast of pepper that covers any other flavours for the first 10-15 minutes. After that the spice is still strong decreases to a not-overpowering level and earthy notes of Honduran tobacco plus the typical Corojo sweetness come up. Certainly a very well constructed smoke. The draw is great and the amount of very smooth smoke produced is impressive… seriously! Slowly the taste becomes more woody and less peppery, but there isn’t a lot of changes after that. The burn is good and slow throughout, though if left for a little tends to tunnel a bit especially towards the end. For my taste this is a nice cigar if a bit too peppery, and although the flavor is clean and intense it is also quite simple and a bit monotonous especially considering how long the cigar lasts. Score: 86 Continue reading
I was going through my Connecticut shade sticks looking for something to follow-up my first chapter of the “Connecticut Files” and I stumbled upon a stick I had completely forgotten about, the Espinosa y Ortega (EyO) No.21 Robusto, a cheap-ish bundle cigar made by the same guys who make the 601 black label I reviewed previously.
I received this as a free “hitch-hiker” with a 601 sampler I traded with a US BOTL (Mike, my man!). How would the lesser sibling fare against the more acclaimed cigar? Also I was curious to see if the Panamanian tobacco would bring some interesting notes to the mix.
This will be a short review, so no wasting time people, let’s rock! Continue reading
Alan Rubin has been producing cigars since the late ’90s through his company Alec Bradley (the first names of his two sons), but until 2008 none of his cigars had been commercialized explicitly under the brand name. Things changed dramatically when in early 2008 Rubin launched the Alec Bradley Tempus, carrying the brand name on the cigar band for the first time and pushing the already well-established company in the cigar makers elite.
Launched in 6 formats, plus the limited signed production Magistri (a figurado – only 1000 boxes where made of this in 2008) the Tempus range quickly gained recognition, with Cigar Aficionado giving impressive scores between 88 and 94 to the whole range and recognizing the Tempus Centuria as one of its 2008 top 25 cigars (albeit at place 25). Continue reading