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Camacho Liberty 2017September, 201780
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Camacho Liberty 2017September, 201788
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Camacho Liberty 2017September, 201793
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The Liberty 2017 is a wonderful cigar! I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Smooth, yet bold, complex... Read More
Camacho Liberty 2017September, 201794
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Jason (jharrisx5)
I'll start off by saying that this is absolutely a box worthy cigar.  The flavors are deli... Read More
Camacho Liberty 2017September, 201791
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Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez ToroMarch, 201883
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Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez ToroMarch, 201888
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Thanks Kent!  Overall this is a good solid medium stick.  Great construction wit... Read More
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Dave (Deener27)
The methodology that I used to rate this cigar was fairly simple.  The cigar was at rest f... Read More
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Ramon Allones (Cuban) Bits of Havana4 Star RatingBrlesq3/21/2018 7:38 PM
This has been siting in my humidor for a decade. Took it along for the dog walk tonight.  Classic Cuban flavors and a surprising amount of smoke from such a little cigar. Medium full and lasted for 20 minutes.  I wish there were more of these!
Illusione ~ECCJ~ 20th Robusto Extra4.5 Star RatingBrlesq3/19/2018 6:14 PM
A beautiful, oily, golden wrapper. Nice triple cap.  Distinctive yet simple, elegant band. Near perfect construction all around. Smooth draw and razor sharp burn line.  Draw was a little loose, but no touch-ups required.  Complex flavors that change throughout the smoke: Cedar, cream, graham cracker, almond, maybe peanuts . . .  hay, light citrus, and faint baking spices. Medium from start to finish. Not quite the same profile as the smaller ring gauges in this line, but equally as good!
Illusione ~ECCJ~ 20th Churchill4.5 Star RatingBrlesq3/19/2018 6:07 PM
A beautiful, oily, golden wrapper. Nice triple cap.  Distinctive yet simple, elegant band. Near perfect construction all around. Smooth draw and razor sharp burn line.  No touch-ups required.  Complex flavors that change throughout the smoke: Cedar, cream, marshmallow, almond, hay, light citrus, and faint baking spices. Fools you into thinking it’s a wimp: Don’t fall for it! Definitely medium to start, and fuller as it progresses. One of the better Illusione cigars produced.  
Don Pepin Garcia (My Father Cigars) My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo (Box Pressed)4.5 Star RatingWatchmanUSA3/17/2018 8:03 PM
My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed is a very good cigar.  The cold draw provided strong notes of dark chocolate.  It was so distinctly chocolate it left no doubt.  

The first third, continued with dark chocolate notes and there was a sweetness that also came out.  As the first third continued some pleasant leathery notes were added.

These continued into the second third.  During the second third, some black pepper notes were noticed.

The final third, the pepper notes began to increase but not over powering.  The sweetness was never overpowered by the pepper notes.  

Cigar Aficionado had this cigar their No. 1 in 2015 and it achieved a 97 rating.  While I liked this cigar very much I would not rate it as high as 97.  However, it is still an outstanding smoke.
Pinar del Rio 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura Toro4.5 Star Ratingtexlewee3/13/2018 12:33 AM
This dark capped Maduro has earthiness Galore right at the beginning of the smoke. It graduates to a dark espresso finish with hints of pepper through the Retrohale.  It's finish is slightly sweet accentuating the expresso hints with just a hint of raw sugar. Overall a cigar that is very worthy of the price.
Davidoff Limited Edition 2012 White Edition Robusto Gordo5 Star RatingBrlesq3/10/2018 6:48 PM
Another beautiful Davidoff specimen with a near-perfect wrapper, expertly constructed with razor-sharp burn line and perfect draw for the entire smoke. Very complex and smooth. Starts off with notes of cedar, pepper and earth. Then the pepper morphs into something more like cinnamon, with some other baking spices and some sweetness and tartness reminiscent of dried cherries. Creamy character and graham cracker builds in the background. Pepper builds up again in the second half. More cedar, some leather, muskiness, some sweet-and-saltiness, nutmeg and allspice, all while remaining smooth and creamy.   My mouth is literally watering after a few long drags. Retrohales are so enjoyable with this one. Full flavored and full body, medium full in strength (but I still got a nicotine kick).  Makes me wish that I had another one of these to smoke!
Man O' War Side Project: 52C3.5 Star RatingCfickter3/7/2018 12:09 PM
Been a while since I smoked a MOW, and not really much of a fan of chisels but enjoyed this cigar. Burn was great and well paced.  Plenty of smoke and solid ash
strong ligero, with heavy earth and wood flavors
Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez Toro4.5 Star RatingDeener273/7/2018 10:53 AM
The cigar was a really nice color that looked like a dark Colorado Claro with just a slight amount oily sheen to it.  There was only one vein along the wrapper of the cigar, but nothing too prominent that would harm the appearance of the stick.  Triple cap was tightly constructed and very even which led to a flawless cut with a guillotine, taking just the very tip of the cap, but leaving no thin edges of the cap behind that would later end up peeling off.  The cigar was very firm with the pinch test that made me suspect later draw problems, however that was at least allayed upon the cold draw which was very ample.  The cold draw was full of cedar and a bit of spice like clove and black pepper.  The foot of the cigar imparted aromas that were more intense versions of those contained in the cold draw along with something almost like citrus and candy with some raisin-like tobacco. The burn was pretty solid throughout the smoke, but did wander a bit within the 2nd 3rd of the critique but did not require any baby-sitting (thankfully, since I already to enough of that).  The ash held firm for at least an inch and a half before I would have to roll it to a nice pencil tip, which was a very easy task due to the firm nature of the ash.  The ash held like this for the duration of the experience.  The color of the ash was a nice salt and pepper color and also remained consistent throughout the smoke.  The cigar was smoked over 1 hour and 48 minutes, but required absolutely no relights or touch-up, which was really nice.  The smoke volume was nice and full, with a wonderful color and imparted the flavors and nuanced flavors perfectly. The construction was extremely consistent.  There were no discernible flaws in the construction as the wrapper with very smooth, color was super consistent, seams were well hidden and when found, were evenly spaced.  Save for a vein that ran the length of the cigar, I would have thought that this was a plastic cigar without handling it.  As stated earlier, the triple cap was perfectly layered and the end was perfectly circular.  The foot revealed very nicely and tightly packed filler that layered and rolled flawlessly.  The cut on the foot from the factory was perfect and the surrounding wrapper was completely undamaged.  One of the only flaws revealed itself upon cutting the cigar as there was a fairly prominent stem in the filler at that end. Upon lighting, there was an ample draw of smoke which left very faint flavors of baking spices and yeast, cedar, chocolate and cloves with some citrusy overtones.  The flavors were faint for at least the first half of the opening third of the cigar.  As I neared the mid-way point of the opening third, the baking spice, yeast and clove yielded to stronger flavors of chocolate and cedar, yet was very smooth on delivery.  The cigar left only a bit of burn in the throat and the retrohale was a bit peppery and slightly sweet with a bit of tangerine.  These flavors stayed very consistent to the close of the first third.  As the cigar progressed through to the 2nd third the chocolate tones waned and the cedar and pepper took over.  The cigar stayed in pepperville for the duration of the smoke.  The profile of the pepper moved from dry red pepper to fresh cracked black pepper with a hint of cream and sweetness.  The retrohale was dry with a strong pepper finish. As complex and dynamic as the 2nd third was in strength, this cigar intensified further to almost recap the most of the flavors that presented themselves in the first and second thirds.  The cigar wandered from the super pepper flavors to strong amounts of sweetness and an almost great cup of coffee-like amount of smooth finish to it.  There was an earthy finish to the this final third which was not present in the first two.  I only got a sensation of a bit of harshness at the very end which is what had the most effect on the final scoring.The methodology that I used to rate this cigar was fairly simple.  The cigar was at rest for about 3 weeks in 65-65 and then I cedar dry boxed it for 24 hours to make sure a quality burn.  I cut the cigar with a guillotine cutter, lit with a triple torch flame very gently.  Between puffs, I was able to clear the palate with the scottish ale which with it minerality, was a perfect choice. Overall, I think that this is a very good cigar that might be missing just a touch of something.  What that something is, I just can't quite put my finger on though.  The complexities and nuanced flavors really do put it into very good territory.  This is a special occasion cigar with its price-point and the flavors.  I was overall very pleased with this cigar.  The only true draw-backs for me was the stem in the end upon the cut, some wander in the burn midway through, and a bit of monotony in the transitions of flavors.  I would buy a box of these to keep around for the holidays as I feel it would pair very well with a 4th of July BBQ or an after Christmas dinner smoke.  I look forward to picking some up in the future and giving them some age to see what that does for them.
Victor Calvo Connecticut Gran Corona4.5 Star Ratingsupersammy3/6/2018 4:10 PM
Exceptional construction.  Beautiful CONNECTICUT wrapper. Light hint of Coffee with a sweet hazelnut aftertaste.  Absolutely perfect draw and sharp edge burn. Perfectly balanced light to medium cigar.  Perfect ash all the way through. I highly recommend this absolutely Great Cigar to Celebrate another Successful Day. Congratulations Victor Calvo. You've Mastered Another Great Cigar.
Oliva/ Studio Tabac Serie G Robusto4 Star Ratinglukin3/3/2018 8:38 PM
This is a decent smoke, but nothing to write home about.  It's quick, lights easily with solid construction.  Flavors are pretty decent with some leather, cocoa and earthy flavors.  Not my favorite of the Oliva blends, but seems like it would be a great morning smoke.

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