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Stolen Throne Argos Toro April 2024 85
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (bstessl)
Thanks to Nirab for setting this up and letting me participate! This was a really good looking cigar that burned well for the most part, but it did have one re-light. The construction was pretty sol... Read More
Stolen Throne Argos Toro April 2024 72
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Deener27)
A big thank you to Brian (Nirab) for selecting me for this review and the folks over at Stolen Throne for providing the cigars. Not one to pull punches, this one just was a miss for me. I do have a ... Read More
Stolen Throne Argos Toro April 2024 82
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Brlesq)
I am a fan of Stolen Thrones cigars, and always keep a couple of different bundles of the brand in my humidor. I was excited to try this rarer blend, and was digging it until the last third. The const... Read More
Stolen Throne Argos Toro April 2024 88
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Murphy223)
I was super excited to try this cigar because I'm a big fan of Stolen Throne cigars. When I read that a portion of the proceeds go to Animal Rescue organizations I was so hoping that it would be ... Read More
Stolen Throne Argos Toro April 2024 88
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Jared (The Burn Ward)
Thanks to Nirab for providing this enjoyable cigar. I look forward to trying the other one and seeing how consistent these are. I would definitely pick one up in a shop if you find them but I hear the... Read More

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Casdagli Cigars Cypher 3311 Line "Enigma" April 2024 73
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Gary (headfirst)
Thank you to Michael and Casdagli for sponsoring this review. The few Casdagli cigars I’ve tried I’ve really enjoyed. Unfortunately this particular stick suffered from a tight draw and a stubbor... Read More
Casdagli Cigars Cypher 3311 Line "Enigma" April 2024 94
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Adam (BewareDaPenguin)
Thanks again to Casdagli Cigars & Cigar Geeks for the opportunity to smoke this cigar, it really was a treat. It has opened my eyes to more of the Casdagli lines as I’ve only previously smoked t... Read More
Casdagli Cigars Cypher 3311 Line "Enigma" April 2024 88
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Cfickter)
While not overly complex there are some great flavor notes and the transitions between those are smooth, three are some surprising pop ins. This cigar has probably the best back story I have run a... Read More
Casdagli Cigars Cypher 3311 Line "Enigma" April 2024 93
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)
Thanks to Casdagli cigars for sponsoring this critique and for giving me the opportunity to try this cigar. This is a large cigar, almost intimidating when you hold it in your hand but after you get b... Read More
Casdagli Cigars Cypher 3311 Line "Enigma" April 2024 83
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Jared (The Burn Ward)
A big thank you to Casdagli and Michael for hosting this GC. The presentation was phenomenal. The taste profile for me needs a good scotch pairing that really sets it over the top. I'd be interest... Read More

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Privada Cigar Club Work-N-Class Connecticut Robusto 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (04/21/2024 11:45 AM)
Humidor time: 138 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 62, foot - 57
Appearance and construction: A couple minor veins, no sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately tight. (8/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of mild tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of light wood and spice. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent throughout. No transitions to note and this was decently tasty with enough spice in the mix to keep things mostly interesting but nothing unusual or amazing for a conny blend. Strength was about medium. (28/35)



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 uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal throughout. (20/20)

Overall impression: This one came from the Privada CC shop when they were having a sale awhile back. Pretty nice morning smoke although, as mentioned, it didn't quite blow my socks off as the flavors were kind of typical and average for a conny blend. Good enough to smoke again, though. (30/35)

Burn time: 1:13
Rating: 86
A.J. Fernandez New World (Nicaraguan wrapper) Gobernador 4.5 Star Rating
By: ElCid1986 (04/20/2024 06:56 PM)
Nicaraguan puro boxed press beauty. Excellent construction and draw. Typical AJ product with spice forward profile and earth tones. Copious smoke and long finish.
Lost & Found (formerly B/C/S, Impromptu) Paradise Lost Toro 6x54 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (04/20/2024 05:17 PM)
Humidor time: 153 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 69, foot - 66
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 tight. (8/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of rich dark wood, coffee, and spice. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors staying consistent throughout. No transitions to note but this was very flavorful with a very rich aspect and just enough spice in the mix to keep things interesting throughout. Strength was about medium. (33/35)



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. The burn continued a bit wavily but self-correcting through the 2nd third and things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. It was a slow-burning stick for its size, clocking in at just shy of two hours from light to nub.(19/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Small Batch as one of their COTM selections awhile back. No info about where this one was made but my guess would be somewhere in the Dominican given the flavor profile. A very tasty stick indeed with near perfect construction and I'd definitely smoke it again. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:58
Rating: 92
Drew Estate Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive 3.5 Star Rating
By: druid (04/20/2024 08:03 AM)
2020 TAA Release:  Firm, dark brown wrapper, no veins & a good oil sheen.  PLA a bit of graham; PLT grass & graham; PLD easy.  An easy toast, light & draw, an even burn & a wood & leather smoke.  Leather, oak, a bit of earth & a touch of spice start off.  Strength is upper medium.  The oak has the lead in the beginning w/the other notes falling back.  What spice there is backs down early.  A bit of black coffee tinged with bitter chocolate appears around the 1/2.  The coffee picks up a bit on the back side but the wood continues to lead & is a bit bitter at times.   The finish is mostly wood & coffee with hints of toast.  The body is upper medium.  Okay but not overly impressive.
Powstanie Wojtek 2023 3.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (04/19/2024 12:09 PM)
Humidor time: 152 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 59
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, box-pressed, pin-striping with a stripe of darker wrapper around mostly lighter-shade wrapper, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a single shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (8/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of wood and coffee, and a hint of spice. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors staying consistent throughout. No transitions to note and this was decently tasty but it missed my wheelhouse by a bit due to the relative lack of spice in the mix. Strength was about medium. (26/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn got wavy through the first third but managed to self-correct itself prior to the first ashing at 1" which left no cone behind. The burn continued wavily into the 2nd third, then got lopsided and a touch-up was needed. Things then continued more or less uneventfully through the remainder and down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (17/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Small Batch as one of their COTM selections awhile back. Decent enough smoke but the flavors were a bit lacking and construction was a bit iffy in the first half or so.  Good enough to smoke again but I wouldn't buy more of these. No idea what "Wojtek" means or refers to and too lazy to research it but hopefully it's more interesting than the cigar was... (27/35)

Burn time: 1:11
Rating: 78
Perdomo 30th Anniversary Box-Pressed Connecticut Gordo 4.5 Star Rating
By: druid (04/19/2024 10:59 AM)
Fairly firm, slightly BPd, a bit of float, tan wrapper, loose spot on cap, no veins & decent oils.  PLA faint grass & hay; PLT faint grass & hay; PLD airy.  A pretty easy toast & light, an airy draw, an even burn, & an earth & hay smoke.  Openers are earth, hay, a bit of pepper & some earthier spices.  The flavor strength is medium.  The 1st 1/3 brings some sweet wood.  The pepper is a mix of black & white.  Coffee bean appears in the 2nd 1/3 & though the palate is quite earthy, the finish is very creamy.  The last 1/3 is a good combo of flavors with that smooth & creamy finish,  The body is medium or so.  An excellent Connecticut.
La Gloria Cubana Society Cigar 4 Star Rating
By: ElCid1986 (04/19/2024 10:11 AM)
Limited release for 2023. Overall appearance is good with main and foot bands. Cold draw was tight. Combustion was good and draw continued semi, but this autocorrected after several puffs. Medium to medium plus profile with notes of espresso and chocolate. Long finish with solid ash and pleasant aroma. The initial draw issue was only blemish on this superb cigar.
Privada Cigar Club Farm Rolled Jeronimo Honduran BP Maduro Robusto 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (04/18/2024 05:25 PM)
Humidor time: 153 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 71, foot - 66
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, a light box-press, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately tight. (8/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of coffee, leather, dark wood, and a hint of spice. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors staying consistent throughout. Pretty flavorful, overall, although it missed my wheelhouse by a bit due to the relative lack of spice in the mix. Strength was about medium. (29/35)



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. Smoke output was improving by this point and reached fully optimal shortly into the 2nd third. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal from the 2nd third on. (18/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as part of their monthly "Farm Rolled" pack awhile back. Pretty decent smoke even if the flavors weren't completely my thing and I'd smoke it again. (29/35)

Burn time: 1:33
Rating: 84
Privada Cigar Club Popeye's Reign 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (04/17/2024 05:10 PM)
Humidor time: 152 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 60, foot - 47
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a single shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (8/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a spicy retro and rich notes of charred wood, coffee, spice, and something a bit sweet that I couldn't put my finger (or palate) on. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors mellowing a bit through the first third and the body gradually receding towards medium/full where it stayed through the remainder. The 2nd third saw the sweetness noticed at the beginning manifest as a hint of citrus which then stuck around through the remainder. Very tasty, overall, and pretty close to my wheelhouse for a fuller blend. Strength was about medium. (33/35)



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 past 1" leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful through the remainder with draw and smoke output remaining optimal throughout. (20/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their monthly selections awhile back and is yet another Macy's Parade balloon-themed stick, this one memorializing an incident in 1957 where a Popeye balloon spilled a bunch of rain-water on the crowd below. Dunno how that warrants a cigar, but whatever, when the cigar is as good as this one was, I'm all in. An absolute banger of a smoke, at least according to my palate, and I'd definitely smoke it again. Side-note - this has Brazilian leaf in the filler (along with Nicaraguan) and it definitely had that sort of sweet, rich, slightly tangy flavor that I typically get from a Brazilian stick.  (33/35)

Burn time: 1:18
Rating: 94
Tabacalera Caballeros Connecticut Bull 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (04/16/2024 11:35 AM)
Humidor time: 151 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 62, foot - 57
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a single shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (8/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of mild tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with a spicy retro and notes of light wood, spice, and hints of butter and citrus. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors maintaining through the first two thirds with the citrus hint ramping just a bit in the last third and the other flavors maintaining throughout. Pretty tasty, overall, although also pretty typical and average for a conny blend. Strength was about medium. (29/35)



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 uneventful through the 2nd third after which a wrapper split developed in the last third but this didn't impact smokeability to any significant degree and things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained mostly optimal throughout. (19/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their "Brian's Box" selections awhile back. Pretty nice morning smoke, although as noted, it wasn't anything unusual or amazing, flavor-wise. Definitely good enough to smoke again, though. (30/35)

Burn time: 1:48
Rating: 86

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