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Cigar Rating Reviewer Date
Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Petite Belicoso4 Star Ratingtuck041110/1/2022 9:04 PM
Humidor time: 467 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: Head - 68, foot - 61
Appearance and construction: A couple minor veins, a light sheen, box-pressed, and a soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it two clips with the guillotine and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of black coffee, leather, and spice. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the leather ramping starting with the 2nd third and becoming predominant by the third with the coffee hanging around in the background through the remainder. Not bad, but this missed my wheelhouse by a bit, although it did have enough spice present throughout to keep things mostly interesting.  Strength was about medium or a bit better. (21/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately 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. Things were then uneventful down to the nub apart from the burn getting a bit wavy but self-correcting in the last third. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (23/25)

Overall impression: This was the 2nd vitola I've had from this blend and my review of the first (robusto) being almost four years ago, I had no memory of what to expect. My review of the robusto shows a similar experience, flavor-wise, except I was getting a bit of chocolate in that one instead of the leather in this one. And apparently this was a CA top-25 blend a few years back and, while I wouldn't rate it as high as they did, it was a pretty good smoke and I'd smoke it again. (29/35)

Burn time: 1:09
Rating: 85
Privada Cigar Club Summer Smoke 2021 by Espinosa Maduro Churchill4.5 Star Ratingtuck041110/1/2022 4:05 PM
Humidor time: 442 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 67, foot - 65
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a single shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of charred wood, leather, spice, and a hint of chocolate. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent through the first third after which a note of black pepper came in and became predominant through the remainder with the other flavors maintaining in the background. Very tasty, overall, and pretty close to my wheelhouse with plenty of spice in the mix to keep things interesting throughout. Strength was about medium or a bit better. (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 no cone to speak of. Apart from a small bit of self-correcting waviness in the burn line things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (24/25)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC last year as part of a "Summer Smoke" pack that contained several other similarly branded sticks all made by Espinosa. If this one is anything to go by, they'll all be enjoyable bangers. Great flavors, nice construction, and nothing here to dislike at all. Great smoke! (32/35)

Burn time: 1:14
Rating: 91
Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo (Doble Fuerte) Peligroso4.5 Star Ratingtuck04119/30/2022 9:13 PM
Humidor time: 483 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 67, foot - 58
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper, charred wood, citrus, and spice. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors mellowing slightly through the first third but otherwise staying consistent throughout. Very tasty, overall, with plenty of spice and a nice citrus note to keep things interesting throughout. 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 was a bit wavy but self-correcting through the first third with the ash falling at 1" leaving a small cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (24/25)

Overall impression: This was the last of this blend sampler I've been smoking through and I obviously saved the best one for last.  This one was like night and day compared to the other four vitolas, none of which came close to this one in terms of flavor. I had a feeling this might be the case given the smaller ring gauge in comparison to the others, and yep, this one was a great smoke and I'd easily smoke it again. (32/35)

Burn time: 0:55
Rating: 91
Man O' War (Original blend) Toro4.5 Star Ratingtuck04119/30/2022 4:04 PM
Humidor time: 469 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 63
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 full-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper, charred wood, leather, spice, and a hint of chocolate. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors mellowing a bit through the first third and the body receding towards medium/full. The leather note ramped a bit through the first third and became predominant by the last third with the other flavors still hanging around in the background. Very tasty, overall, with plenty of spice in the mix to keep things interesting throughout. Strength was in the medium/full range by the last third as the nicotine effect on my head was noticeable. (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 on my shirt just past 1" leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub apart from the occasional bit of self-correcting waviness in the burn line. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (24/25)

Overall impression: This was the fourth vitola I've had from this blend and my reviews of the others show a very similar experience, flavor-wise. It's a peppery, leathery, spicy flavor-bomb, which is about what you'd expect from an AJ blend. Great smoke, in any case, and one I always enjoy. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:51
Rating: 91
Mr. Robot Cigars Mr. Robot Fumador Robusto (Privada CC Exclusive)4.5 Star Ratingtuck04119/30/2022 9:38 AM
Humidimeter reading: Head - 71, foot - 64
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 tight so gave it a single deep V-cut and PLD was still moderately tight. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of medium wood, spice, and a hint of peanut butter. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors gradually mellowing through the first third along with the peanut butter hint fading quickly and the body receding towards medium.  This somewhat mellower profile then stayed mostly consistent through the remainder, although I did get an additional bare hint of citrus along the way. Quite tasty, overall, and I don't think I've ever gotten peanut butter from a stick before, but it was very flavorful and enjoyable. 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 stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal throughout. (25/25)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their monthly selections last year and the story is this was blended by a big-name blender at a big-name factory, both of which wanted to remain anonymous. Something about the blender wanting to see if he could make a stick that people liked without his name attached to it. I'd say he succeeded, at least in my case, as this was pretty close to my wheelhouse for a medium blend. Excellent construction, too, so it's a winner in my book. (33/35)

Burn time: 1:10
Rating: 93
Ramon Bueso Genesis Oscuro Toro3 Star Ratingtuck04119/29/2022 10:00 PM
Humidor time: 468 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 68, foot - 65
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a 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 earthy tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of black pepper, charred wood, leather, and a hint of spice. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors staying consistent through the first third after which the pepper started to gradually ramp until it was predominant by the last third with the other flavors fading almost completely. Pretty tasty for the first third, but it became increasingly less so as the black pepper took over and pushed the wood and leather to the background. Strength was about medium. (15/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume somewhat below optimal, and an even burn to start. I quickly gave it a single deep V-cut on top of the initial cuts but this had no immediate effect on smoke output. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. Smoke output was starting to improve by this point and reached the low side of optimal shortly into the 2nd third. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained at the low side of optimal from the 2nd third on. (19/25)

Overall impression: I'd previously had this blend in the robusto not too long ago and my review of that one shows I enjoyed it quite a bit more than this one and gave it a 23/25 for flavor.  Dunno for sure, but this one did not hit me right at all. Just too much black pepper in the mix and that's saying a lot as black pepper is usually a flavor I like, but this one just didn't have much else to balance it, at least for the last two thirds. I have a few more of these, though, so will have to revisit this stick at some point and hopefully update this review in a more positive light. (19/35)

Burn time: 1:35
Rating: 65
Bolivar Cofradia No. 654 (Fuerte)4.5 Star Ratingtuck04119/29/2022 2:37 PM
Humidor time: 468 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 70, foot - 64
Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily 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 tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of dark wood, spice, and hints of coffee and citrus. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent through the first third after which the citrus hint faded away leaving the other flavors to mellow a bit, but otherwise maintain through the remainder. Very tasty, overall, with plenty of spice in the mix to keep things interesting throughout. Strength was about medium. (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. I quickly gave it a double shallow V-cut and then a single deep V-cut and this helped with smoke output which soon reached optimal shortly into the first third. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal from the first third on. (24/25)

Overall impression: First smoke I've had from this brand and a fine one it was. Great medium+ flavors and excellent construction so now I need to investigate what else the brand has to offer. There is a Lost & Found version of this stick, of which I have one resting in the humi, but it appears to be a slightly different blend, so we'll see how that one does in due course. At any rate, I'm glad I have a few more of this one to enjoy in the meantime. Great smoke! (32/35)

Burn time: 1:26
Rating: 92
Southern Draw Cigars Jacob's Ladder Robusto4 Star Ratingdruid9/29/2022 10:43 AM
A solid, black stick with a closed foot, no veins & good oils.  PLA ripe barn; PLT rich, moist earth; PLD moderately firm.  An easy toast & light, an even burn, a moderate draw, & an earth & wood smoke.  Oak (& maybe hickory) & white pepper start; the retro is very sharp.  A while into the 1st 1/3 the spice tones down a bit & black coffee with a cocoa edge appears.  Near the 1/2 the spice picks up again but the other flavors remain.  At the end the coffee & pepper are in the lead with the wood following.  The finish is more of the same.  Both the flavor strength & body are full.  This is a potent stick.  (91)
Lucas Oliver Cigar Company Arista Picadura Connecticut Robusto4.5 Star Ratingtuck04119/29/2022 6:36 AM
Humidor time: 464 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: 65, foot - 64
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, no band, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double shallow V-cut and PLD was open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with a spicy retro and notes of light wood, spice, and a hint of butter. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors staying consistent throughout. No transitions to note but this was very flavorful and pretty close to my wheelhouse for a conny blend. Strength was medium at best. (23/25)

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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. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub with the burn staying near razor-sharp throughout. Draw and smoke output were optimal throughout. (25/25)

Overall impression: This is a mixed-filler, bundle stick made by AJ Fernandez for the Canadian market and came as a gift from a Canadian friend (thanks, Carlos!). And a very nice smoke it was with impeccable construction and the usual nice conny-blend flavors that always tickle my taste-buds. Definitely would smoke this one again. (33/35)

Burn time: 1:00
Rating: 93
J. Fuego Edicion de Familia Toro3.5 Star Ratingntanner9/28/2022 8:26 PM
     Well this is more cigar than I generally prefer, but just because she's a little thick doesn't mean she won't be fun. So the cannon feels solid, wrapper has a slight sheen and is about the same color as a tootsie roll. The cap is a bit off center but it takes a punch cut well and the draw has a slight resistance and a mild tobacco flavor prelight. Takes a little work to get an even toast but my persistence pays off and she burns.
     Getting toasted malt, a hint of walnut and the faintest floral essence. With the retro I pick up wood and a slight spice but it's mild. Burn is slow and cool but smoke production is less than I would expect from a cigar this size.
     The sweet from the toasted malt fades back some and a espresso joins the walnut. Still getting wood in the retro and a little bit of spice. Ash is still holding and I'm almost to the halfway point. It's light grey with some darker flecks throughout and seems solid.
     The sweet toasted malt is back up front with espresso still making a strong showing and the walnut is still hanging in there. The spice has finally hit medium in strength as has the cigar.
     Nothing to wow a person but a decent overall smoke.  This would be a good cigar for time in the shop or out mowing. Smokes well but the flavor profile is good but nothing to keep your attention.

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