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Cigar Rating Reviewer Date
Gurkha/ K. Hansotia & Co. Chairman's Select Grand Robusto Perfecto3.5 Star Ratingninfiction7/21/2018 10:05 PM
Preface this by saying that I do enjoy the Cellar Reserve, This cigar resembles the Cellar Reserve.

Paired with Monkey Humper

The cold draw concerned me. First it was super tight, due to the perfecto foot but also the head was pretty tight. Loosened it up with a corn cob holder, good to go.

Second, the cold draw was that taste/sensation of cedar shavings you put in a hamster cage...not ideal...whatever, light it up.

Once you get past the perfecto foot, the burn is spot on. The flavors are pretty one dimensional but there's a nice sweetness and a touch of wood. It doesn't really change throughout the cigar.

I wouldn't be opposed to smoking this again. Slightly better than yard gar, just not a lot of depth. it performed like a champ and wasn't offensive like many other Gurkha's I've tried in the past.
AVO Improvisation Series 2015 Classic Covers4 Star Ratingjunglepete7/21/2018 10:31 AM
Nice medium plus bodied cigar. Good burn, draw, and taste. Got this one in a mixed sampler from Nirab (Brian). Well rolled. Would smoke again for sure but was a LE series and seem to be scarce these days. Smooth to the nub and never harsh. 4 stars plus a bit.
Sacra Folium Radix3 Star RatingSilverstix7/20/2018 3:20 PM
Rested 4 months at 65%

Appearance: 13/15 - nice looking cigar with a unique band, white and turquoise. A dark brown Colorado Maduro wrapper with a triple cap, this Robusto is presented nicely. A bit of sheen, no tooth, very smooth to the touch.

Construction: 21/25 - draw is a touch tighter than I prefer and smoke production is a little on the light side. Not un-smokeable by any means. The burn line isn’t great though, shortly after lighting up there is a run that needs fixing. Another touch up after the first ash fell off at the beginning of 2/3. Burn got funky again at start of 3/3 and needed another touch up.

Taste: 20/25 - was not a fan of this flavor profile. A harsh wood dominates things with sort of a menthol finish to it. I kept waiting for it to back off and settle down but it never did. It tasted like a really young cigar to me, I kept it at 65% for 4 months so that should’ve been enough to settle it down. Maybe this is the profile they were going for?

Overall: 28/35 - nice appearance with a triple cap and unique band. This cigar line, Sacra Folium, is the brainchild of the owners of a local B&M here with 3 locations on Long Island. This was my first Sacra Folium, I received it in the Small Batch cigar of the month club, so I was interested to try it. But I struggled to smoke to the band, it was just not for me. I’m not sure if this is representative of the brand or just this line or neither, but I’m in no rush to go out and buy any of their other offerings.

Total: 82 Points
Davidoff Gran Cru No. 44.5 Star RatingSilverstix7/20/2018 3:19 PM
Rested for 2 months @ 65%

Appearance: 14/15 - a small petit corona with a light brown Colorado wrapper and a triple cap. Classic Davidoff white band. Not much sheen or oils but a beautifully smooth wrapper without any veins.

Construction: 25/25 - draw is perfect, burn line is perfect. They should hang a picture of this cigar in every factory because this is how a cigar should perform.

Taste: 22/25 - ok so Davidoff is not a super complex cigar that brings the kitchen sink, we know that. But the Grand Cru and their other “white label” lines are an excellent example of what a top notch cigar maker and cigar blender can do with excellent tobacco - creamy, nutty, and clean. Got some mustiness about halfway through which was nice. Absolutely delicious smoke and it was even better with the coffee I drank with it.

Overall: 33/35 - full disclosure here....I love most things Davidoff with the exception being a couple of their new lines. But their white label lines are truly appreciated and enjoyed by me. Top notch quality and a very flavorful smoke that is easy on the palate. Every time I smoke one, I really considering buying any more $5 cigars and just investing my money in something that I really enjoy. This was a 45 minute smoke, I like to smoke the smaller cigars really slowly so they don’t get too hot.

Total: 94 Points
Montecristo Monte Toro1 Star Ratingjunglepete7/20/2018 9:53 AM
So that's the end of a ten pack I picked up at cigarpage.com. 10 of the 10 were too tightly rolled and all 10 needed numerous, numerous, numerous relights. 5 were so tight they were unsmokeable. 1 was so tight, but had a hollow center, so lots of air, but no smoke. Of the couple that I could get some taste from when it was actually burning properly, the taste had potential.
Black Works Studio Killer Bee4.5 Star RatingKyle Stogez7/18/2018 10:13 PM
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Appearance - 10/10
Draw - 10/10
Burn/Construction - 10/10
Flavor Profile - 8.5/10
Complexity - 8/10
Transitions - 8.5/10
Smoke Output - 10/10
Overall Experience - 10/10
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First Light
Perfect draw (open)
Body - Medium
Plumes of smoke (oily)
Draw - Black pepper, cedar
Retrohale - Black pepper
Finish - Medium

First Third
Body - Medium
Plumes of thick smoke (chewy & oily)
Burn - Flawless (razor sharp)
Draw - Creamy cedar, cocoa, espresso
Retrohale - Creamy cedar, black pepper
Finish - Medium-Long

Second Third
Body - Medium-Full
Plumes of thick smoke (chewy & oily)
Burn - Flawless (razor sharp)
Draw - Dark Chocolate, espresso, creamy cedar
Retrohale - Dark Chocolate, creamy cedar
Finish - Long

Final Third
Body - Medium-Full
Plumes of thick smoke (chewy & oily)
Burn - Flawless (razor sharp)
Draw - Cedar, espresso, cocoa
Retrohale - Espresso, creamy cedar, black pepper
Finish - Long

Strength - Medium-Full

Smoke Time - 1 Hour 5 Minutes
Gurkha/ K. Hansotia & Co. East India Red Witch Robusto3 Star Ratingntanner7/16/2018 9:50 PM
     Decent looking wrapper,a few vein lines,no real sheen but the wrapper doesn't look dry either,good box press. Takes a cut well and the draw is good. There is a soft spot in the cannon under the band but let's see what happens.
     Nice spice in the retro,mocha and cream hints and a sweet finish with a strong tobacco core. Smoke production is good and so far this cigar is hitting all the right notes.
     Getting some leather and a chared note that is actually pretty good. The burn has been a little wonky and the ash all though holding to past a inch has a lot of dark grey in it and a lot of loose flecks.
     Getting some nut and coffee going into the last third and a touch of sweetness with some caramel hints. Burn has been erratic at best. Flavors were not bad but construction was pretty poor.
Drew Estate ACID Remi (blue) Kuba Kuba (Sumatra)5 Star Ratingkurtb7187/16/2018 5:46 PM
The cigar is very soft, and loosely wrapped. There were no signs of defects. The Kuba Kuba had slight small veins. My one complaint is that the wrapper seems a bit thin. Floral scents, mixed with spices, coffee, and tobacco are strong through the cellophane. The tastes are that of floral arrangements mixed with soft spice, clove, cinnamon, and even a mist of mocha. I would steer clear of these if you don’t enjoy smoking aromatics, but if you are looking to start, or already enjoy them the ACID Kuba Kuba would sit well with you.
Gispert Intenso Toro3.5 Star Ratingdruid7/16/2018 3:52 PM
A firm, box-pressed stick with a near-black wrapper & some slight mottling, flattened veins & deepset oils.  PLA light leather & old barn; PLT leathery cocoa; PLD moderately easy.  Toasts, lights & draws easily, the burn is fairly even, & the smoke is a bit chalky.  Faint cocoa with some leather & wood notes lead off.  The woods intensify through the half & rule the finish.  The cocoa remains in the background & tempers the flavor & finish of this high-medium-to-low-full smoke.  Not bad but not very exciting.
RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon Anthropology4.5 Star RatingKyle Stogez7/16/2018 1:50 PM
90
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Appearance - 10/10
Draw - 9/10
Burn/Construction - 10/10
Flavor Profile - 8/10
Complexity - 9/10
Transitions - 7/10
Smoke Output - 9/10
Overall Experience - 10/10
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First Light
Snug draw (had to use draw tool)
Body - Medium-Full
Average smoke output (oily)
Draw - Black pepper, sweet earth
Retrohale - Black pepper, oak
Finish - Long

First Third
Body - Medium-Full
Excellent smoke output (oily)
Burn - Good (1 touch up)
Draw - Deep earth, cedar, cocoa
Retrohale - Cedar, oak, cocoa
Finish - Long

Second Third
Body - Medium-Full
Excellent smoke output (oily)
Burn - Flawless (razor sharp)
Draw - Same flavors and a slight cinnamon
Retrohale - Sweet tobacco, white pepper, cinnamon
Finish - Long

Final Third
Body - Medium-Full
Plumes of smoke (oily)
Burn - Flawless (razor sharp)
Draw - Same flavors
Retrohale - Same flavors
Finish - Long

Strength - Medium-Full

Smoke Time - 1 Hour

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