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Cigar Rating Reviewer Date
Blackbird Cigar Co. Rook Robusto4 Star Ratingtuck04115/23/2022 11:35 AM
Humidor time: 616 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 66
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of coffee, wood, spice, and a hint of something sweet. The spice in the nose mostly faded after a few puffs with the other flavors remaining consistent until the last third when I started getting a hint of mint. Very flavorful, overall, and similar to the Finch I reviewed yesterday, possibly due to the fact they both have a Sumatra wrapper. Strength was medium at best. (23/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. The burn continued a bit wavy in the 2nd third, then got lopsided and needed a touch-up towards the end of the third. And more of the same in the last third with another touch-up needed before reaching the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (19/25)

Overall impression: Imperfect construction with this one which required a bit of maintenance along the way, but it didn't detract too much from overall enjoyment given the nice flavors and good draw and smoke output all the way through. I'd definitely smoke it again and so far I'm pretty happy with this sampler I'm working through.  Three more to go and the rest are on the fuller-bodied end, so it may be the best is yet to come... (27/35)

Burn time: 1:26
Rating: 81
Dapper Desvalido Toro4 Star Ratingtuck04115/22/2022 4:07 PM
Humidor time: 615 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 63, foot - 62
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was moderately open. (13/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of leather, spice, and a hint of black pepper. The spice in the nose mostly faded after a few puffs with the other flavors remaining consistent until the 2nd third when I got a brief hint of chocolate, which shortly faded away again. Pretty tasty for a fuller type of profile although I wish the chocolate in the 2nd third had hung around longer. Strength was about medium. (22/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume on the low side of optimal, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a nice cone. I gave it a double shallow V-cut post-ashing and this helped with smoke output improving to near optimal. The burn continued wavily but self-correcting through the 2nd third until it stopped self-correcting and got lopsided near the end of the 2nd third and needed a touch-up. Things then continued uneventfully down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained near optimal from the 2nd third on. (19/25)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada Cigar Club as one of their monthly selections some time back. First stick I've had from this brand and it was a pretty nice smoke. Slightly imperfect construction what with the slightly less than optimal smoke output and the one touch-up, but those issues didn't detract too much from overall enjoyment. I'll be interested in checking out the brand further. (26/35)

Burn time: 1:44
Rating: 80
Blackbird Cigar Co. Finch Robusto4.5 Star Ratingtuck04115/22/2022 10:59 AM
Humidor time: 615 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 60
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with one small soft spot at the head... Gave it a double shallow V-cut which caused the wrapper to split at the head. PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of sweetened coffee and spice. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors remaining mostly consistent throughout apart from the spice on the palate fading a bit in the 2nd half. Very flavorful, overall, and about the tastiest coffee note I've gotten from any stick in some time. Strength was about medium. (23/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling past 1" leaving a small cone. Things continued more or less uneventfully with just a bit of self-correcting waviness in the burn line down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (24/25)

Overall impression: A very nice morning smoke, this one, with great flavors and near-impeccable construction. The 2nd stick in this Blackbird sampler and I'm looking forward to the rest of them. (32/25)

Burn time: 1:27
Rating: 91
Magno Cigar Inception Series Maduro Grand Robusto4 Star Ratingdruid5/22/2022 9:50 AM
Solid, smooth, medium brown wrap, no veins & good oils.  PLA a hint of fruit; PLT wood & damp earth; PLD moderate.  A typical toast & light, a moderate draw, an even burn, & an earthy smoke.  Starters are earth, wood notes & some black pepper in the nose.  The woods come forward & identify as oak in the 1st 1/3 & there is a slightly tangy herbal note that appears.  The pepper in the retro amps up a bit.  Past the 1/2 the woods diversify & a cherry wood flavor comes out strongly.  Not a lot of transitions; the flavor strength is medium+.  The finish is earth, oak & cherry woods & that tangy herbal note.  The body is near full.  A good smoke.  (91)  [FYI: I got this cigar from a Canadian friend & the band in the posted pick is the generic one that the government has ordered to be placed on all cigars up there.]
JR Cigars Edicion Limitada Alt Cohiba Behike Laguito No. 64 Star Ratingtuck04115/21/2022 6:53 PM
Humidor time: 614 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: Head - 67, foot - 60
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was moderately tight. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of charred wood, leather, spice, and hints of black pepper and something sweet. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors staying consistent until the 2nd third when the sweet hint ramped to a note of dark chocolate. Things were then consistent down to the nub. Very flavorful, overall, with just enough spice balanced with the sweet aspect along with the smokey charred wood note to keep things very interesting for the duration. Strength was medium at best. (23/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume on the low side of optimal, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving a nice cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke volume reaching optimal by the end of the 2nd third. (23/25)

Overall impression: For a cheapo bundle stick, this was a pretty nice smoke.  According to JR's page for this stick, these are supposed to be an approximation of the Cohiba Behike blend, which I've not tried, so can't say if they came close to it or not. In any case, it was a very tasty smoke with nice construction to boot, so I'd gladly smoke it again.  Easily worth the $18.50 for a pack of five that JR is asking for them.  I'm guessing you'd probably pay double that for just a single of the real thing... (31/35)

Burn time: 1:56
Rating: 89
Blackbird Cigar Co. Jackdaw Robusto4 Star Ratingtuck04115/21/2022 10:59 AM
Humidor time: 614 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 60
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double shallow V-cut, which caused the wrapper to split at the head but I kept it in check with a saliva application. PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and heavy notes of charred wood, citrus, and spice. The spice in the nose gradually faded after a few puffs with the other flavors remaining consistent throughout. Very flavorful and about the most body I've gotten from a conny blend. Two types of corojo leaf in the filler, U.S. and Dominican, and I'm thinking that must account for the very strong flavors in this one. Strength was about medium. (23/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn was a bit wavy but self-correcting through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. The burn continued wavy in the 2nd third and then gradually got lopsided, which got it a touch-up at the beginning of the last third. Things then continued wavily but self-correcting down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were near optimal throughout. (20/25)

Overall impression: Only the 2nd blend I've had from this brand and a fine smoke it was. Flavor for days and it's too bad the construction wasn't a bit better or this one would have scored higher. This was the first of six sticks from this Blackbird sampler I'm now smoking through and I'm looking forward to the rest with anticipation... (28/35)

Burn time: 1:17
Rating: 83
CAO Gold Nasty Nutcracker4 Star Ratingtuck04115/20/2022 2:28 PM
Humidor time: 613 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: Head - 73, foot - 70
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of light wood, spice, and a hint of butter. The spice in the nose gradually faded after a few puffs with the other flavors remaining consistent throughout. No complexity to speak of and this wasn't that much different than what I remember from smoking the regular Gold blend, maybe a bit more spice, but it was very pleasant and enjoyable throughout. Strength was about medium. (22/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. The burn continued a bit wavy but self-correcting in the 2nd third and things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (24/25)

Overall impression: This was a seasonal, limited release back in 2014, and I don't know if they've ever released it again since, so this one was very aged and it's hard to say if the flavors I got from it were anything like what it was when fresh, and as mentioned, I didn't detect a lot of difference between this and the regular Gold blend, but in any event it was very enjoyable and I'd easily smoke it again.  Good, slow-burning, morning smoke, this one. (31/35)

Burn time: 2:07
Rating: 89
Crowned Heads Headley Grange Hermoso No. 44 Star Ratingtuck04115/20/2022 9:51 AM
Humidor time: 613 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 60
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, a light sheen, a light box-press, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... It also had a bit of mold growing on the foot, so I gave it a single clip there with the guillotine. Gave it a punch and PLD was open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of light wood and spice. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors remaining consistent throughout apart from the body increasing slightly to medium-plus by the 2nd third and a hint of coffee appearing at about the same point. Pretty nice, overall, although not what I'd call amazing, but with just enough spice in the mix to keep things interesting for the duration. Strength was about medium. (22/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, smoke volume on the low side of optimal, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling reluctantly at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. The burn got pretty lopsided in the 2nd third but somehow manage to self-correct itself and things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained on the low side of optimal throughout. (20/25)

Overall impression: 2nd vitola I've had from this blend, the first being the Estupendos, and my review of that one says I was getting a bit more flavor to include leather and black pepper, but this sample was much more aged having come from a fellow Geek, so that might account for the difference. At any rate, this was a very nice, enjoyable smoke, the slightly less than perfect construction aside, and I'd gladly smoke it again. (27/35)

Burn time: 1:05
Rating: 81
Southern Draw Cigars Cedrus Robusto4.5 Star Ratingntanner5/19/2022 7:29 PM
     Nice looking stick, dark wrapper with a oily sheen, solid box press.  Even the green and gold color combo on the band is good and adds to the appearance.  If it smokes as good as it looks this should be enjoyable.
    Gives me a little trouble getting the plug out after a punch cut but it has a good draw once I get beyond that.  Takes to the fire well enough and has a nice peppery start but it soon becomes earthy with some creaminess and citrus hints. Towards the end of the first third I start to get a sweetness on the finish. Smoke production is very good and so is the balance so far.
     The second third is marked by a wood flavor and a toasted malt taking the lead and a earthy flavor working in the background. The spice has stepped up some in the retro where I am also getting a almond note also. Still very smooth even though I think it's probably a full strength cigar at this point. The ash is a very light grey and solid when I knocked it.  Burn has been good never needing any attention and smoke production is phenomenal producing gobs with each puff but burning slow and cool.  So far I am loving this one.
     The last third starts with the smoke taking on a almost chalky texture but there is still the sweet notes and the earthiness is more forward and still some wood working its way into the profile.  Still very smooth and balanced.
     Definitely one worth looking for in my opinion.  Well balanced,  smooth and the profile is right in my sweet spot.
Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Double Chateau Fuente Maduro3.5 Star Ratingtuck04115/19/2022 4:01 PM
Humidor time: 612 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: Head - 71, foot - 63
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of wood, leather, and a hint of sweet cocoa. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors remaining consistent throughout. Pretty similar to what I remember from smoking this blend in other vitolas and, while not bad, it missed my wheelhouse by a bit, probably due to the lack of spice. Strength was about medium. (19/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, thin smoke volume, and an even burn to start. I quickly gave it a single shallow V-cut on top of the previous punch and smoke output improved slightly. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving a cone. I gave it another single shallow V-cut post-ashing and smoke output improved a bit more, now reaching near optimal. Things then continued uneventfully down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained at the low side of optimal from the 2nd V-cut on. (22/25)

Overall impression: Fuente is not one of my favorite brands and seems to epitomize that typical DR flavor profile with its muted, unexciting character.  This stick was a good example. Reasonably good smoke, but it didn't come close to blowing my doors off.  Yet another brand that seems to be way over-hyped, but then I've not yet tried an Opus X, so maybe the best is yet to come.  One can hope... (26/35)

Burn time: 1:58
Rating: 79

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