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Tatuaje Monster Series The Face Redux July 2024 93
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Byron (Beegerply)
Overall this cigar was enjoyable, except for the end when it got soft and mushy. I would like to note that I smoked a second cigar at my lounge and it was pretty much same. Do to it's size I would... Read More
Tatuaje Monster Series The Face Redux July 2024 86
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (nirab)
Overall, I enjoyed this cigar. It was far from complex for me, but it was very enjoyable. I was surprised by the light side of the body, as I expected it to be more full. Floating in the pool while sm... Read More
Tatuaje Monster Series The Face Redux July 2024 91
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)
First off, a big thanks to Adam for sponsoring this one. This was a good, solid, no frills smoke with a nice earthy tobacco profile and a good balance. Not complex but a nice earthy profile from start... Read More
Tatuaje Monster Series The Face Redux July 2024 90
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Cfickter)
The Tatuaje Monster series is legendary for a very diverse portfolio of blends and vitolas. This cigar really fits in that mold. For me it is everything I would want in a cigar with a San Andres wrap... 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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Foundation Cigar Co. El Gueguense The Wise Man Corona Gorda Maduro 4.5 Star Rating
By: druid (07/14/2024 06:51 PM)
A semi-firm, sharply Bpd, dark brown cigar, no veins & pressed oils.  PLA sweet wheat; PLT faintly minted wheat; PLD moderate.  An easy toast & light, a moderate draw, a dead even burn needing no work, & a rich tobacco smoke.  Openers are rich leather & wood with only a touch of spice in mouth & nose.  Flavor strength is medium.  Pleasant, almost sweet, grasses enter in the 1st 1/3.  The profile smooth & easy on the mouth.  The flavors get richer in the 2nd 1/3 & hints of black coffee & chocolate enter late.  No other changes through the ending & the medium length finish is smooth & gentle.  The body is medium.  A wonderful cigar to smoke.
Raymond Pages Penn Standard Gold Standard 660 3.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (07/14/2024 05:25 PM)
Humidor time: 129 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 68, foot - 66
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 tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with a slightly spicy retro, a note of light wood, and hints of spice, butter, and citrus. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors staying consistent through the first third after which the butter and citrus hints gradually faded until they were mostly gone by the last third. Decently tasty, overall, but it all missed my wheelhouse by a bit due to the relative lack of spice in the mix, especially after the first third. Strength was about medium. (27/35)



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 2nd shallow V-cut on top of the initial cut but this had no immediate effect on smoke output. The burn stayed even through the first third with the tight ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving a cone. Smoke output was starting to improve by this point and reached optimal part way through the 2nd third. The burn got wavy, then lopsided going into the last third and needed a touch-up before reaching the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal from the 2nd third on. (15/20)

Overall impression: This was the last vitola from this blend sampler that came from Cigar Page awhile back. Not the most impressive of the batch but an OK smoke. The corona comes out on top in the flavor department so that's what I'd reach for in the event I buy any more of these. (26/35)

Burn time: 1:22
Rating: 76
Privada Cigar Club Antonio by AJ Fernandez 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (07/13/2024 02:39 PM)
Humidor time: 119 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 69, foot - 58
Appearance and construction: A few minor 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 tobacco. The light gave a medium+ profile with a spicy retro and notes of light wood, spice, and citrus. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent throughout. No transitions to note but this was very flavorful with plenty of spice and citrus in the mix to keep things interesting throughout. Strength was about medium or a bit better. (32/35)



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 Privada CC as one of their monthly selections awhile back. Another fine smoke from AJ with both flavors and construction checking all the right boxes. This one is a tribute to Cuban cigars and specifically to Ramon Allones' brother, who helped found that company. At any rate, would definitely smoke this one again. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:09
Rating: 92
La Aurora Connecticut 1987 Toro 3.5 Star Rating
By: druid (07/13/2024 09:43 AM)
Solid body, deep tan wrapper, some shallow tooth, no veins & light oils.  PLA sweet barn wood & hay; PLT faintly barn-y earth; PLD moderate.  A pretty easy toast & light, a moderately easy draw, an even burn, & an herb & grass smoke.  Starter notes are wine cask wood & an herbal spice in mouth & nose.  Strength is medium.  A sharp note, almost acidic, sets in early & even the addition of a nice oat/grain mix doesn't completely cover it.  There aren't any real changes in the 2nd 1/3.  The sharpness eases somewhat in the final 1/3 as some earth mitigates.  The finish is earthy & a bit toasty.  The body is medium.  I liked the robusto better.
Lost & Found (formerly B/C/S, Impromptu) One Night Stand Robusto 5x50 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (07/12/2024 02:10 PM)
Humidor time: 118 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 71, foot - 68
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 medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of dark wood, coffee, and spice. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent throughout. No transitions to note but this was very flavorful with plenty of spice in the mix to keep things interesting throughout. Strength was about medium or a bit better. (32/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, good smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The foot didn't want to light evenly so a touch-up was immediately applied to help it along. The burn then evened out through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful through the remainder with draw and smoke output remaining optimal throughout. It was a slow-burning smoke for its size, clocking in at better than an hour and a half from light to nub. (19/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC awhile back and was a fine smoke with both flavors and construction checking all the right boxes. One of the better L&F sticks I've had and I'd definitely smoke it again. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:33
Rating: 91
Class 34 Fugazi - Compare to Macanudo Robusto 3.5 Star Rating
By: druid (07/12/2024 09:40 AM)
Semi-firm, light brown wrapper, no veins & a fine oil sheen.  PLA typical CT grass (sweet at foot); PLT earth & hay; PLD moderately easy.  An easy toast & light, a moderately easy draw, an even burn, & an earthy smoke.  Openers are lightly toasted grasses, earth & a touch of herbal spice in mouth & nose.  Strength is medium.  There is a faint hint of nuttiness to the profile.  Deeper into the 1/3 there is a touch of acidic wood.  No real changes in the 2nd 1/3 & the cigar tastes pretty much like a typical Connecticut.  The ending is the same with a fairly gentle finish.  The body is medium.  I've had worse real Macanudos.
Privada Cigar Club Farm Rolled Tabacalera Sued Claro Dominican Toro 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (07/11/2024 05:15 PM)
Humidor time: 117 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 72, foot - 71
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. (8/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of rich wood, coffee, citrus, and spice. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent through the first third after which the citrus note gradually faded to a mere hint through the remainder. Very tasty, overall, with plenty of spice and citrus to keep things interesting throughout. Strength was about medium or a bit better. (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. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal throughout. (20/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as part of their monthly "Farm Rolled" pack awhile back. A very flavorful smoke it was and excellent construction, too, and I'd definitely smoke it again. (33/35)

Burn time: 1:36
Rating: 94
Raymond Pages Penn Standard Gold Standard Robusto 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (07/10/2024 02:09 PM)
Humidor time: 125 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 71, foot - 67
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 open. (8/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of wood, coffee, 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 quite flavorful with just enough spice in the mix along with that buttery hint to keep things interesting throughout. Strength was about medium. (31/35)



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: Yet another vitola that came in this blend sampler from Cigar Page awhile back. Probably my 2nd favorite out of the bunch after the corona. Very nice flavors along with excellent construction makes it a winner. One more vitola to go... (31/35)

Burn time: 1:08
Rating: 90
Perdomo 30th Anniversary Sun Grown Box Pressed Churchill 4 Star Rating
By: druid (07/10/2024 09:41 AM)
Slightly soft, well BPd, medium brown wrapper, no veins & a light oil sheen.  PLA light wood & grains; PLT soft earth & sweet wood; PLD easy.  An easy toast, light & draw, a mostly even burn, & an edgy wood smoke.  Starters are dry wood, some earth & some black pepper in mouth & retro.  Flavor strength is medium plus,  The starters rule the 1/3 along with some grains.  There is a faintly sweet note that turns to chocolate tinged with coffee in the 2nd 1/3. The pepper & the flavor strength ease a bit after the 1/2.  The final 1/3 is a nice mix of wood, coffee/chocolate, earth & grains lightly spiced.  The body is medium plus.  Another good Perdomo.
Privada Cigar Club Farm Rolled La Zona Habano BP Nicaraguan Toro 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (07/09/2024 03:48 PM)
Humidor time: 115 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 70, foot - 62
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, a light sheen, box-pressed, and a soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a single shallow V-cut and PLD was open. (9/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a medium+ profile with a spicy retro and notes of wood, coffee, spice, and a hint of citrus. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent through the first third after which the coffee note gradually ramped with the body increasing to medium/full through the remainder and the other flavors maintaining throughout. Very tasty, overall, and pretty close to my wheelhouse for this type of rich Nicaraguan habano profile. Strength was in the medium/full range by the end as the nic. effects on my head were noticeable. (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 at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. The burn got wavy through the 2nd third, then lopsided going into the last third and a touch-up was needed before reaching the nub. Draw and smoke output intermittently dropped below optimal during the last two thirds while the burn was misbehaving. (16/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as part of their monthly "Farm Rolled" pack awhile back. A really nice smoke, at least flavor-wise, and it's too bad the construction was only so-so leading to the struggle factor being elevated a bit. No idea what this one is with a band on but I'd easily smoke it again as it was a very tasty smoke. (31/35)

Burn time: 1:07
Rating: 89

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