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Cigar Rating Reviewer Date
Perdomo Habano Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maduro Epicure4 Star Ratingtuck04118/25/2019 3:10 PM
Humidor time: 219 days
Appearance and construction: This one had a few minor veins and bumps, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots.  Gave it a wide-ring punch which resulted in the cap trying to unravel, but I rescued it with liberal application of saliva... PLD was moderately tight. (11/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of coffee. The light gave a full-bodied profile with notes of coffee and cocoa and a hint of wood.  Pretty tasty and similar to other Perdomo blends I've tried... Strength was medium at best as the nic. hit was not strong. (22/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, not quite optimal smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash reluctantly dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone.  I knocked the 2nd ash off about an inch later, which I think was too soon as it left more of a crater than a cone and took most of the ember with it.  Following this, the stick was tunneling and trying to go out so I gave it a touch-up.  Things were then more or less uneventful to the nub, although it did get a bit lopsided in the last third after I stuck it with my corn skewer, but no points deducted for post-skewering events... I am deducting points for the going-out part after the 2nd ashing... (18/25)

Overall impression: Pretty nice smoke, burn mis-haps aside.  While the flavor profile, which was typically Perdomo-esque, is not entirely in my wheelhouse, it was quite pleasant and one I'd smoke again.  (28/35)

Burn time: 1:49
Rating: 79
Saint Luis Rey Reserva Especial Toro2 Star Ratingtuck04118/25/2019 10:35 AM
Humidor time: 219 days
Appearance and construction: This one had several prominent veins, a few bumps, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately tight. (11/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of tobacco.  The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of coffee and wood and a hint of citrusy tang right at the start, but this disappeared in the first third. Not really all that amazing or even pleasant, but it was adequate for an early morning puff session. Strength was medium/full as I felt a bit of a nic. hit towards the end. (16/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first inch or so, then started tunneling with the burn line not advancing. I knocked the ash off just past 1", which left a crater, after which the stick went out on me.  Re-lit it, after which the burn got lopsided, which got it the first touch-up. The remainder of the smoke was the same - further lopsidedness and a couple more touch-ups down to the nub. (10/25)

Overall impression:  Pretty lousy smoke what with the mediocre flavors and poor construction.  Not interested in giving this one a 2nd chance and fortunately I don't have anymore of these.  Good riddance.... (10/35)

Burn time: 1:23
Rating: 47
Saint Luis Rey Serie G No. 6 Maduro3.5 Star Ratingtuck04118/24/2019 11:31 PM
Humidor time: 218 days
Appearance and construction: This one had a couple long veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a strong whiff of chocolate. The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of sweet cocoa and a hint of salt.  Not all that amazing, but pleasant enough for backyard, post-BBQ puffing. Strength was medium at best as the nic. hit was not strong. (18/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, so-so smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The burn evened out in the first inch or so and stayed that way with the ash dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone.  The stick went out on me half way through while I was away for a few minutes changing the CD in the HiFi.  Re-lit and things were then uneventful down to the nub apart from smoke volume never quite reaching optimal. (19/25)

Overall impression:  This one was a very similar smoke to the Fallen Angel stick I smoked just before.  Nice even burn but less than optimal smoke volume combined with only so-so flavors were the story with both of them.  Would I smoke it again?  Probably, but only if handed to me. (20/35)

Burn time: 2:14
Rating: 69
Fallen Angel Double Toro3.5 Star Ratingtuck04118/24/2019 11:12 PM
Humidor time: 212 days
Appearance and construction: This one had a couple minor veins in the otherwise smooth box-pressed wrapper, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was open. (13/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco... The light gave a medium/full profile with smooth notes of leather and coffee.  Not very exciting, but pleasant enough for a backyard puff session.  Strength wsa medium or less as the nic. hit was minor. (18/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, so-so smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The ash dropped at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone.  The burn remained even and things were uneventful to the nub apart from the smoke volume never quite reaching optimal. (19/25)

Overall impression: Pretty decent smoke but not one I'll probably buy more of.  Flavors were just OK and lack of smoke production never helps, of course.  I have a few more of these, though, and will revisit this review should they do any better.  (20/35)

Burn time: 1:25
Rating: 70
Relic (by AJ Fernandez) Robusto3 Star Ratingtuck04118/24/2019 2:03 PM
Humidor time: 218 days
Appearance and construction: This one had a few minor veins and bumps, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots.  Gave it V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of not much at all, maybe some faint earth, but my sniffer is weak, so... The light gave a medium/full profile with smooth notes of leather and earth, but they were muted and mellow.  Pretty flavorful, actually, and there was more going on than I could pick out... Strength was medium at best as the nic. hit was not strong.  (20/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a so-so draw with smoke volume on the thin side but the burn was even to start.  I quickly gave the stick a 2nd V-cut and this seemed to open the draw up a bit more resulting in smoke volume reaching optimal in the first half inch.  The burn got wavy, then lopsided in the first third.  I knocked the ash off at about 1 1/2" on the low side leaving no noticeable cone.  The burn was weakly trying to self-correct but was not succeeding, so I gave it a touch-up shortly after the first ashing.  And then a 2nd touch-up before reaching the nub.  One side of the wrapper just didn't want to burn as fast as the other side.  (15/25)

Overall impression:  Pretty nice smoke, flavor-wise, but construction was lacking with this one.  I'd like to try this one again to see if this one was a fluke, but this was my only one and they appear to only be available via various AJ Fernandez samplers on CI and C-bid.  Possibly a discontinued stick... (25/35)

Burn time: 1:06
Rating: 72
Cigars International CI Legends Series Don Pepin Garcia - Yellow4 Star Ratingtuck04118/24/2019 8:42 AM
Humidor time: 226 days
Appearance and construction: This one had a few minor veins and bumps, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots.  Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of coffee.  The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of black pepper and earth with the occasional hint of.... cardboard.  Not my favorite sort of profile but it started growing on me towards the end.  Strength was about medium at best as the nic. hit was not strong. (18/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed mostly even with self-correction occurring whenever a bit of waviness appeared.  Ash dropped at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone.  Things were then uneventful down to the nub. (23/25)

Overall impression:  Pretty nice early morning smoke.  As mentioned, the flavors weren't optimal, at least to my palate, but were acceptable, and the construction was fine, so I'd have no problem smoking this one again. (28/35)

Burn time: 1:25
Rating: 81
Ramon Allones (Cuban) Edicion Limitada 2011 Allones Extra5 Star RatingBrlesq8/23/2019 2:57 PM
Allones Extra was a standard production cigar that was discontinued in the 1970s. For this Edicion Limitado (and a couple of special releases regionals) they brought back the old white and forest green band. Nice medium-dark wrapper, excellent construction. A nice tug to the draw. Ash was is blackish gray and the cigar burned perfectly. Medium body and strength, rich and flavorful with a typical Cuban profile plus additional notes of cocoa and coffee. After 8 years, these have really become spectacular.
Rocky Patel Wall Street Toro4 Star RatingMurphy2238/21/2019 9:37 AM
A Very well constructed cigar.  It was solid and heavily packed.
A Really nice cocoa brown wrapper.
PLD didn't offer much in terms of flavor.

More Mild than medium. Nothing complex about this cigar.  Just a nice long enjoyable smoke.

Drew Estate MUWAT Bait Fish4 Star RatingMurphy2238/19/2019 11:24 AM
A really good cigar in a little package.  Perfect for a 30-40 minute smoke.
Nice dark brown wrapper with solid construction.  
PLD was spicy leather.
Upon lighting, the spice hits you right out of the gate but tapers off.   Remains spicy but not overpowering.   Excellent burn and draw.  Fairly stronger than most but definitely enjoyable
La Gran Llave Connecticut Churchill4.5 Star Ratingtuck04118/18/2019 7:21 PM
Humidor time: 171 days
Appearance and construction: This one had a couple minor veins, a light sheen, and a soft pack at the foot but firming up towards the head with no soft spots.  Gave it a punch and PLD was open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a strong whiff of sweet coffee.  Unusual because I typically don't get much from sniffing the foot pre-light, but this one had a strong aroma. The light gave a mild/medium profile with notes of butter, nuts, cream, and spice. Quite tasty and very close to the Oliva Connecticut Reserve blend, with maybe just a tad bit more spice, although it could have been my imagination. Strength was about medium as I felt the nic. towards the 2nd half. (24/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start.  The burn stayed even with the first ash dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. (24/25)

Overall impression:  Excellent smoke and one that, if I had been smoking it blind, I would have thought it was Oliva's Connecticut Reserve as the flavor profile is nearly the same.  One wonders if AJ Fernandez has been buying his tobacco from Oliva given that they both operate out of the same town...  At any rate, this was a fine smoke and one that I'll look forward to smoking again.  (33/35)

Burn time: 1:31
Rating: 93

And look, I even got AJ's autograph on the back of the band!

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