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La Aurora ADN Dominicano Robusto3.5 Star RatingStogieDad12/12/2019 12:39 PM
This was a pretty good smoke.  Nice looking, fairly ornate band wrapped around a veiny, slightly matte Cameroon wrapper.  The cap is noticeably sloppy but the cut goes fine.  The draw starts perfect, producing a good amount of smoke.  The burn starts out kind of rough, for the first inch and a half it is a constant battle to get it to line up straight.  But once past that mark, it burned razor sharp for the remainder of the smoke.  Firm salt and pepper ash.

Nothing remarkable on the flavor front, but a solid profile.  Starts with a little spice, cedar, and a familiar mustiness I usually get from Cameroon wrappers.  Soon a little sweetness and some slight toastiness.  The spice remains but adds some backing spice as well.  I found the strength about medium the whole way through.  I found myself waiting the whole time for it to take the next step and the flavors develop and start to pop, but it never took the leap.  Admittedly, this came from a fiver that only had a couple weeks rest, so I will let the others marinate for a couple months and see if there is any change.

Overall, a good smoke, but needs more pop.  A little flat, but has some potential.  Definitely not writing this one off.
A. Flores (by Pinar del Rio) El Trovador Maduro Robusto3.5 Star Ratingjunglepete12/10/2019 1:21 PM
This is a decent budget smoke ($2.50-$3.00 on sale). It's well rolled, has a good burn and draw, and produces some nice smoke output. Medium in range for the body. Tasted some mild earth notes, a touch of sweetness, and a little nutty/oily at times. The maduro version of this cigar was not in our database, until now. CP has them on sale from time to time either in a bundle or box and the other companies that sell them cannot touch their price.
RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance EC XVIII The Virtue2.5 Star Ratingjunglepete12/10/2019 12:49 PM
Although the body seems to be of medium strength, the flavor profile is fuller. Unfortunately not the flavors I like: some bitterness, quite earthy, and a sharp tang to it. The burn was a little fast and the draw was adequate. The ash was a little flaky. It was a loosely rolled too and smoked fast. Plenty of smoke to chew on here. Just not my cuppa I suppose.
Indian Motorcycle Ultra Premium Cigars Toro Maduro4 Star RatingStogieDad12/9/2019 12:22 PM
I really enjoyed the Maduro version of this smoke.  Rustic looking stick, with a thick, toothy, almost chewy wrapper if that makes sense.  The band is weathered as well lending to the look.  Kind of bumpy, but the fill is fine and the draw perfect.  The burn was razor sharp throughout despite a windy afternoon, producing a firm white ash.  Smoke production was more than sufficient.

For me, this was what you think of when you think Connecticut Broadleaf cigar.  The flavor profile reminded me of some of the Liga Privada No. 9 blend actually, with the sweetness, tang, and earthiness all balancing each other, this one maybe just lacking some of the strength and complexity.  Other notes of coffee, dark chocolate, oak and dried fruit are present in and out.

This is a good stick.  I would welcome another and would keep them in the humidor, even though I am not a motorcycle guy, haha.  4 stars for nice flavor and excellent construction, exceeded expectation.
Partagas (Cuban) Serie D No. 44 Star Ratingtuck041112/8/2019 6:12 PM
Humidor time: 286 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of coffee. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with notes of cocoa and spice and a hint of wood. This stayed consistent through the course of the smoke and was quite tasty.  Strength was medium at best. (23/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The burn mostly self-corrected through the first third with the ash dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. The burn continued wavy, then proceeded to lopsided in the 2nd third, which got it a touch-up, after which things were uneventful down to the nub. (21/25)

Overall impression:  Pretty nice smoke, the one touch-up aside.  Nice flavors, mostly adequate construction adds up to a stick I'd buy again if they were available... (29/35)

Burn time: 1:04
Rating: 85
Hoyo de Monterrey (Cuban) LCDH Exclusivo 2012 Epicure de Luxe4.5 Star Ratingtuck041112/8/2019 2:15 PM
Humidor time: 286 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, a moderately firm pack with no soft spots, and a nice presentation with the double bands... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was open. (13/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of coffee. The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of chocolate and coffee, which stayed consistent throughout the smoke.  Quite tasty and the most flavorful Cuban I've had yet. Strength was medium at best. (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 close to 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. (23/25)

Overall impression: Very nice, tasty smoke, this one, and it was a relief to finally get a Cuban that didn't need any maintenance.  I'm probably keeping them too wet at even 65%... Needless to say, I'd smoke this one again.  (31/35)

Burn time: 1:06
Rating: 90
Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art Gran Toro4 Star Ratingmarest6212/8/2019 1:56 PM
Well built, even smoke, chocolaty flavour. Very good, similar to the Churchill of the same brand. I don't need to tell any thing more… I think 150 character minimum is a long text.

Por Larranaga (Cuban) Montecarlos (Handmade)3.5 Star Ratingtuck041112/8/2019 10:47 AM
Humidor time: 286 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Appearance and construction: A couple of minor veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with a couple of soft spots below the band... Clipped it with the guillotine and PLD was moderately tight. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a note of wood and a hint of coffee.  This stayed consistent throughout the smoke and, while not entirely in my wheelhouse, was reasonably tasty.  Strength was medium at best. (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 third with the ash falling at just past an inch leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. (23/25)

Overall impression: Pretty decent short smoke for a quick puff session while continuing with the adventures of Black Lightning on Netflix.  Good construction and flavors were OK, so I'd smoke this one again, but only if it were handed to me as there are plenty of better sticks out there for the nearly $7 I paid for this one. (26/35)

Burn time: 0:52
Rating: 77
Montecristo (Cuban) No. 23 Star Ratingtuck041112/8/2019 7:41 AM
Humidor time: 286 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Appearance and construction: A few veins and bumps, a couple of long "ribs" running nearly the full length of the stick, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it two clips with the guillotine and PLD was moderately tight. (11/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with notes of wood and spice and some sort of sour citrus taste, kind of like lemons or limes.  This stayed consistent throughout the smoke and was not really what I'd call pleasant.  Strength was medium or less. (14/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a so-so draw, less than optimal smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. I gave it a third clip with the guillotine and draw and smoke output improved a bit but never quite reached optimal. The burn was wavy but self-correcting through the first third with the ash reluctantly falling at close to two inches leaving a crater.  The burn continued wavy but self-correcting until the last third where it got hung up on one of the aforementioned "ribs" and finally needed a touch-up before reaching the nub. (18/25)

Overall impression:  This was a bit of a disappointing smoke as I was expecting more out of this iconic Cuban brand.  Flavors, meh, construction, meh, not much here to like, sadly, and it's not one I'll be looking to smoke again. (17/35)

Burn time: 1:04
Rating: 60
Vegas Robaina Unicos4 Star Ratingtuck041112/7/2019 6:16 PM
Humidor time: 285 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Appearance and construction: A few veins and bumps, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with several soft spots above and below the band... Gave it two clips with the guillotine and PLD was open. (11/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of chocolate.  Or maybe it was my imagination as no chocolate appeared in the flavor profile after the light... The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a note of wood and a hint of salt and this stayed consistent throughout the smoke. Not bad and reasonably tasty but not all that interesting. Strength was about medium. (20/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start, although the latter was probably my fault for being over-aggressive with the lighter. The burn evened out in the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving a cone. Things were more or less uneventful through the 2nd third but the burn got hung up on a vein in the last third and got wavy, then lopsided, and a touch-up was needed prior to reaching the nub. (22/25)

Overall impression: Pretty nice smoke overall.  Flavors weren't exactly amazing, but very pleasant, and construction was adequate, the one touch-up aside.  I'd smoke it again.  (27/35)

Burn time: 1:08
Rating: 80

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