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Toys for Tots Drive 2018
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The wrapper is unusually bitter. That affects the taste of every puff. The draw is too tight. The burn is uneven. Those are the impressions of the first minute or two, so it's a bad start. The flavor is mediocre at best. Retrohale is bitter and two dimensional. Worst Carrillo I've ever smoked, and I've had a variety of them. Too unpleasant to continue after the first 5 minutes.
Humidor time: 178 days Appearance and construction: This one had lots of minor veins and one discoloration adorning the light, conny wrapper, and a moderately firm pack with a couple of soft spots. Gave it a single clip with the guillotine and PLD was open. (10/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of mild, sweet tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with notes of butter and cream, just like I remembered from smoking this blend in a couple of other vitolas. Strength was mild as there was very little noticeable nic. hit. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start, probably mostly because I suck at lighting sticks outside, which is where I smoked this one. I can't see the flame in the sunlight and misjudge where I'm applying it to the foot and I typically have to relight it once or twice to get the entire foot lit. That happened with this one and the burn started off slanted as a result, but it mostly self-corrected prior to the first ashing at 1 1/2" in, which left a nice cone. From there, there was still occasional waviness in the burn line down to the nub, but it always self-corrected without the need for touch-ups. (22/25)
Overall impression: A nice mellow smoke for a Sunday afternoon in the backyard... This mild profile is not really in my wheelhouse, but it's tasty enough for the puffing and allows me to smoke without ingesting a lot of nicotine before bedtime, which comes early around here on a Sunday. And this one behaved much better than the Toro Gordo vitola from this blend that I smoked recently, so it gets points for that. (28/35)
Humidor time: 185 days Appearance and construction: This one had a couple of large veins, and a moderately firm pack with a couple of soft spots. Gave it a V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (11/15)
Flavor: Got nothing from PLA. The light gave a medium/full profile with subtle notes of leather and black pepper, which stayed consistent throughout the smoke. Pretty tasty and enjoyable. Strength was medium at best as the nic. hit was not strong. (21/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The burn self-corrected in the 1st third with the ash dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. From there, things were uneventful down to the nub. (22/25)
Overall impression: Nice little short smoke. I think this is only the 2nd Partagas blend I've tried, but it was good enough to make it worth trying more. (30/35)
Humidor time: 185 days Appearance and construction: This one was on the veiny and bumpy side, had a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it a punch and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of coffee. The light gave a full-bodied profile with notes of leather, coffee, and black pepper. Quite tasty. Some cocoa appeared in the 2nd half. Strength was leaning towards full as I felt the nic. hit towards the end. (23/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start, but the latter rapidly got wavy in the first 1/2", then proceeded to lopsided as the first third progressed. And it started tunneling as the burn line was not advancing, even on the low side, and the stick was quite hot well below it. I gave it the first touch-up at this point, which did not help, so I knocked the first ash off, then gave it a second touch-up. And that was the story of this stick down to the nub - repeated lopsidedness followed by more touch-ups. The wrapper seemed pretty thick and oily and quite resistant to burning. (10/25)
Overall impression: Too bad about the burn issues as this stick put out lots of tasty smoke and was fairly enjoyable in spite of the problems. I've got several more of these and will update this review should those perform any better. (25/35)
Burn time: 1:09 Rating: 70
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Smooth taste and well constructed cigar, not too spicy until the last quarter with an even burn. I have nothing else that I want to say about this cigar, this is just so it will let me save the !@#%$ing review
Humidor time: 190 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few minor veins, a few bumps, an oily sheen, and a soft-feeling pack in between the pigtail head and semi-closed foot. Clipped off the pigtail with the guillotine and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a nice whiff of chocolate. The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of black pepper, coffee, and dark chocolate with some spice appearing on the tongue in the last third. Very tasty smoke. Strength was medium at best as not much of a nic. hit was noticed. (23/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. Knocked the first of the crumbly, grey ash off just past 1" leaving a very small cone. The burn got a bit wavy following the ash leaving, but self-corrected and things were then uneventful down to the nub. (22/25)
Overall impression: Pretty enjoyable smoke, this one. Nice flavors and very adequate construction adds up to a stick I hope to smoke more of. (30/35)
Humidor time: 184 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few bumps, very few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with a couple of soft spots. Punched it and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: This one reminded me of previous "core line" AM sticks I've had, but I didn't get the flavors I reported from those sticks. Just a note of wood, a bit of spice, and some subtle sweetness, but it was tasty enough all the same. Strength was medium at best as the nic. hit was not strong. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn remained even with the ash dropping at about 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. From there, things were uneventful down to the nub. (24/25)
Overall impression: Great smoke, this one. While the flavors were nondescript, at least to my undeveloped palate, they were tasty enough and combined with the near-perfect construction and burn, this was a very enjoyable smoke after the less than optimal Oliva Serie O Maduro I had earlier. Look forward to smoking more of these. (33/35)
Humidor time: 100 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few minor veins in the dark, mottled wrapper and a soft-feeling pack with no soft spots. Punched it and PLD was moderately tight. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of coffee. The light revealed a medium/full profile with subtle notes of coffee and leather. Pretty nice, but it'd have been better if smoke production had been adequate... Strength was about medium at best as the nic. hit was not strong. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a so-so draw, smoke volume on the thin side, and a wavy burn to start. The burn self-corrected in the first third to nearly even with the ash dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. I kept hoping the draw and smoke volume would improve, but they never did down to the nub, thus this one loses a few points. (15/25)
Overall impression: A rare disappointing Oliva smoke, sadly, what with the less than optimal draw and smoke volume, and it caused me to dump this one with 1 1/2" left. I suspect I'd have enjoyed the flavors a lot more if more smoke were being produced, but it wasn't to be. Hopefully, the other four in my stash will perform better and I'll update this review if they do. (20/35)
A Nice looking torpedo that I was looking forward to trying. Construction was solid, nice oily wrapper with minimal veins.
PLD was spicy with a little taste of cocoa. Once lit, the spicy cocoa remained but quickly mellowed. The flavor was more of a sweet hay with occasional cocoa and spice It didn’t change much throughout but that in no ways was a negative. In fact it made it enjoyable because it was super consistent. Nice burn and ash. Smoke time well over an hour
This one started out a 4.5 with the best maduro flavor I've tasted in a long time, but it didn't last past the first third. What I liked was the no licorice and lack of bitterness. The head was firm and dry until I sucked on it. Sometimes that's a big mistake. That invited in the "tea" which carried the stronger, more typical maduro features that I don't like as much. So it was all downhill from there, but it's never a bad cigar. The retrohale throughout is hard to describe but unusual and interesting. The construction is attractive. The draw deteriorates over time.