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Cigar Rating Reviewer Date
Perla del Mar Perla G Maduro3.5 Star RatingHolySmokes11/24/2020 8:12 AM
Cigar rested 73 days at 70% RH. I smoked outside with 75% humid air.

Prelight: Wrapper very dark and rich. Had a slight sheen and dust as if plume was beginning to develop. Wrapper semi-sweet and a bit toothy. Great overall construction. I used a straight cut which produced a moderately open draw.

Postlight: Light took a tad longer but once lit burning well. Not huge smoke production to start. Burn begins to get a bit wavy. Performed a slight touch up to get everything on track all is good. Starting mild in flavor and medium strength. Retrohale slight pepper but smooth. First ash at 1”. Nice salt and pepper color. Mainly earthy notes towards end of 1/3. I think the cigar is a bit plugged as I am getting some soft spots and some noticeably tighter affecting the draw.  

Semi sweet smoke into 2/3. Having to give cigar some long puffs to get good smoke and wrapper burn, gave a touch up. Another 1” ash.  

3/3: cigar really opens up with ample smoke and flavors more robust. Medium body and flavor. Earth becomes more toast with a little sweetness. Ash is getting a bit flaky at this point. Stopped at around 1:45 min when a little bitterness crept in, about 1.5” of the cigar remained.
Villazon Natural Robusto4.5 Star Ratingdruid11/23/2020 7:08 PM
Fairly firm core, dark brown wrap, a couple veins & quite oily.  PLA sour rye; PLT very earthy; PLD easy.  Normal toast & light, even burn, easy draw, & creamy leather smoke.  Leather, cream, a hint of wood, a pinch of pepper & an undefined sweetness in the tail-off begin this smoke.  Shortly some mild cocoa notes drift in, building through the 2nd 1/3. Mild earth notes join &, with the leather cream, some cedar, still a bit of pepper & the now very noticeable cocoa, make for a very nice, moderately long finish,  The body stays in the mild to low medium range, never more than that.  A tasty cigar that even a beginner would enjoy & should be tried at this price point.  (93)
Oliva/ Studio Tabac Protege Robusto4 Star Ratingtuck041111/22/2020 8:31 PM
Humidor time: 419 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 65, foot - 52
Appearance and construction: A few veins and bumps and a couple of small indentations, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was open. (11/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium profile with a spicy retro and notes of wood and spice. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors remaining consistent throughout. Quite flavorful and pleasant and about what I was expecting given that this is almost certainly a 2nd of the Serie O blend. Strength was about medium. (22/25)



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 a small cone. The burn continued slightly wavy but self-correcting through the 2nd third and things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were optimal throughout. (23/25)

Overall impression: Looks like Oliva has found another way to get rid of their 2nds as these are advertised at CI as being rolled by newly trained rollers and not considered good enough to be sold with a band on them.  Appearance-wise, I'd have to agree this one looked like a 2nd, but it smoked more or less like a champ.  Definitely an economical way to stock up on the O blend if that one's your thing.  It's not one of my top favorites, but I like it well enough to smoke more of these on the commute... (30/35)

Burn time: 1:26
Rating: 86
Pinar del Rio Small Batch Reserve Maduro Petit Robusto4 Star Ratingtuck041111/22/2020 4:40 PM
Humidor time: 430 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: Head - 62, foot - 55
Appearance and construction: A couple prominent veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with smooth notes of black pepper, black coffee, and a hint of leather. Started getting a bit of spice on retro in the 2nd third.  Not too bad, pretty flavorful, overall, but not completely in my wheelhouse. Strength was medium at best. (22/25)



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 just past 1" leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were optimal throughout with the stick giving off a steady plume between puffs similar to some Drew Estate sticks I've had. (24/25)

Overall impression: Pretty nice little short smoke, this one, and it lasted longer than I expected for a 3 1/2" stick. Flavors were good, construction was great, so nothing here to dislike and I'd smoke it again.  (31/35)

Burn time: 0:49
Rating: 89
Gurkha/ K. Hansotia & Co. Titan4 Star Ratingtuck041111/22/2020 12:34 PM
Humidor time: 421 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 59
Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of leather, wood, and hints of black pepper, coffee, and something sweet. The spice in the nose faded a bit but returned intermittently as the smoke progressed. The black pepper also ramped up and down along the way with the other flavors remaining more or less consistent throughout. Pretty tasty although not quite as interesting as it sounds as the flavors, with the exception of the black pepper, all seemed a bit muted and indistinct as compared to the same flavors I've encountered in other blends. Strength was medium at best. (20/25)



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. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were optimal throughout. (24/25)

Overall impression: Not a bad smoke at all and the lack of any maintenance needed was highly unusual for a Gurkha, at least in my experience.  Not sure I've had one before now that didn't need at least one touch-up... Flavors were merely OK and nothing to write home about but pleasant enough to smoke this one again. (29/35)

Burn time: 1:24
Rating: 85
Carolina Blue Cigars Habano Gran Robusto4 Star RatingHolySmokes11/21/2020 10:02 PM
I had this cigar rested for 36 days at 70% RH

Prelight: the cigar was somewhat spongy and not overpacked. Wrapper split at the head after cutting. This affected just the last 1.5” of the cigar. The wrapper was shiny with no prominent aromas, barely semi-sweet if anything.

Postlight. Burn starts a bit uneven. Noticed a few burn holes coming out of wrapper. Not a bad taste to start. Good amount of smoke. Starts off Medium Flavor. Mild to medium body. First ash at 3/4 inch. Smooth smoke so far. Light toast into end of 1/3. Not too much happening in flavors. Slight citrus acidic taste on lips.

2/3: Burning well with lots of smoke. Still mild to medium body and flavors are consistent. Draw is still nice and open. Thick smoke. Flavors beginning to become more detectable midway. Ashed at about an inch. This ashing left behind a small pyramid. Smoking great with very good burn line. End of 2/3 keeps similar Medium flavor profile but steps up to Medium strength. Slight nutty/earthiness and end of 2/3. Bands come off easily.

3/3: Ashed going into 3/3 about an inch. Still burning great. The citrus/floral dominates at this point. No touch-ups throughout smoke. More earthly in last third. Smoke staying cool with tons of volume. Last ash .75 inch. Ended full body and medium-full flavors. Great smoke overall. 1:31 min
Cohiba Puro Dominicana Toro2.5 Star Ratingtuck041111/21/2020 6:51 PM
Humidor time: 429 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: Head - 70, foot - 70
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 tight. (11/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium profile with a note of wood and hints of spice and coffee. The latter gradually ramped up a bit as the smoke progressed, but this was about the only change through the course of the smoke.  Pretty boring and almost bland.  Strength was about medium.  (14/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a tight draw, thin smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The burn evened out quickly and stayed that way through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output gradually improved a bit as the smoke progressed, but neither ever approached optimal. (14/25)

Overall impression: This one was lacking in both flavor and the fact it was over-packed leading to the reduced draw and smoke output.  I've yet to have my doors blown off by this brand and this one, sadly, did not change that.  Not a stick I'd be interested in smoking again.  (17/35)

Burn time: 1:46
Rating: 56
Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez Toro4 Star Ratingtuck041111/21/2020 11:28 AM
Humidor time: 413 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 62
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of coffee, leather, wood, spice, and a hint of salt. The spice in the nose faded somewhat through the first third with the salt also receding. The other flavors stayed mostly consistent for the duration with a hint of tangy citrus appearing in the last third. Quite tasty, overall, with the spice level keeping things very interesting and flavorful throughout. Strength was well past medium and into medium/full territory by the end. (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. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were close to optimal throughout. (23/25)

Overall impression: Really nice smoke, this one, if a bit strong for my first smoke of the day.  Flavors were very nice and construction was more than adequate to get the job done.  I'd smoke it again. (31/35)

Burn time: 1:51
Rating: 89
Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Gran Toro4 Star Ratingdruid11/20/2020 7:07 PM
Fairly firm core, smooth but slightly rustic looking, near black wrap, no veins & lots of oils.  PLA slight sour grasses (faint coffee at the foot); PLT deep forest woods & pepper on the lips; PLD mod easy.  A fairly long toast & light, a mod easy draw, an even burn, & a creamy smoke,  The pepper is up front along with notes of earth & very faint cocoa.  The chocolate increases over time, showing both sweet & bitter notes.  The pepper, oddly, waxes & wanes a bit over the length of the smoke, eventually staying ever-present in the finish, which features the chocolates & earths.  The body runs to the full.  A very good smoke!  (91)
Sinistro Cigars Mr. Red Scala LE4 Star Ratingdruid11/19/2020 3:52 PM
A rustic looking perfecto with a solid body, oily, slightly reddish wrapper, shaggy foot, vine-wrapped & no veins.  PLA earth & baking ingredients; PLT molasses brown bread & pepper; PLD moderately easy   Shaggy foot makes for a bit of a long toast & light, even burn, moderate draw, earthy smoke.  Starting off there's salt, nuts (OK- salted nuts), a good bit of black & red pepper & earth.   Within the 1st 1/3 there are some bitter coffee notes & the pepper abates a bit.  There seems to be nothing sweet about this stick until late in last 1/3 when the nuttiness tries to inject a little levity on the earthy finish   The body is high in full.  A no-nonsense, potent smoke.  (91)

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