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Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo February 2024 66
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Adwinistrator)
I can see this being a great addition to the Stolen Throne profile, something smooth and sweet, with a medium profile and little spice. I think the open draw on my example held back this profile from... Read More
Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo February 2024 97
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Kent (05Venturer)
First off, a big thank you to Kerry for sponsoring with this fine selection. I thoroughly enjoyed it as I have with all Stolen Thrones I have smoked. I am definitely gonna search out a few of these fo... Read More
Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo February 2024 92
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: cfickter (Cfickter)
While not an overly complex cigar the mini swings in notes were smooth and in smaller enjoyable stages. Found myself perhaps hotboxing this cigar I enjoyed it so much. This is a cigar you enjoy so m... Read More
Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo February 2024 91
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (arrow34)
Stolen throne makes great sticks and this is no exception. I liked this stick and would add it as an occasional smoke in my rotation. I like some of their other sticks a bit more though, like the Cr... Read More
Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo February 2024 90
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Gary (headfirst) (headfirst)
This is a velvety smooth smoke that builds in strength and flavor as it progresses, featuring a palate core of leather, grains, and some sweetness with a sweet/syrupy retrohale that is balanced by som... Read More

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NobleCigars Act 1 July 2023 95
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (bstessl)
Thanks to Noblecigars for sponsoring this and giving us a shot at it. Overall I enjoyed the cigar. The construction was about as perfect as you can get with a clean smooth draw and seamless wrapper/... Read More
NobleCigars Act 1 July 2023 84
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (05Venturer)
Overall a decent cigar other than a couple construction issues that I assume happened in shipping or handling. Thanks for allowing me to try out this new brand and blend. Looking forward to trying ou... Read More
NobleCigars Act 1 July 2023 92
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (ninfiction)
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NobleCigars Act 1 July 2023 83
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Cfickter)
I personally like a cigar that starts strong. While the cigar didn't show a lot of complexity the overall experience moving thru the flavors that did show was enjoyable. Hard to be highly critic... Read More
NobleCigars Act 1 July 2023 86
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (The Burn Ward)
Smoked down to the nub. I found the smoke to be closer to the mild side in strength and lighter flavor notes. Final smoking time was 70 minutes. If you're going to have one size, the toro is a gre... Read More

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Graycliff Artisan Triple-Wrapper Gordo 3.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (Today at 05:53 PM)
Humidor time: 194 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 63
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, three wrapper shades from maduro at the foot, habano in the middle, Connecticut at the head, 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/full profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of dark wood, leather, coffee, and a hint of spice. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors staying consistent through the maduro wrapper section at the foot. Once into the habano section in the 2nd third, the flavors transitioned to a typical light woody flavor with a hint of spice. The transition to the last third and the Connecticut wrapper revealed no change in the previous habano flavors and was pretty much the same as the 2nd third. Overall, it was a very similar experience to the triple-wrapper salomon I had the other day - pleasant enough throughout but ultimately uninspiring and not all that interesting for any of the three wrapper types. Strength was about medium. (24/35)



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 1/2" leaving a cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal throughout. (20/20)

Overall impression: This was a slightly better smoke than the saloman from the other day but is again brought down by the lackluster flavors.  But then, what should I expect for a little more than 2 bucks per stick..?  Not much more than this, I guess.  (28/35)

Burn time: 1:51
Rating: 80
All Saints Cigars St. Francis Mitre 2.5 Star Rating
By: druid (Today at 09:27 AM)
This solid cigar with the cardinal's hat cap sports a dark brown wrapper, no veins & a good oil sheen.  PLA spiced cake & earth; PLT same as PLA; PLD moderate.  A fairly easy toast & light, a moderate draw, an even burn, & an earth & baking smoke.  Leather, black coffee & a touch of black pepper start things.  Later in the 1st 1/3 bitter chocolate joins the coffee making a nice mix.  Nearing the 1/2  a sharply tangy grassy-wood note enters. The coffee & chocolate mix & the leather try to offset but it is persistent & the final 1/3 is a flavor battle.  It all spills over into the long finish.  The body is medium.  A little too discordant for my taste.
Graycliff Artisan Barber Pole Salomon 2.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (03/03/2024 05:52 PM)
Humidor time: 193 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 63, foot - 57
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a single clip with the guillotine and PLD was open. (8/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium+ profile with muted notes of dark wood and coffee. No spice to speak of, either on retro or on the palate, and it all stayed pretty much the same from start to finish. Pleasant enough for what it was, but what it was was not very engaging or interesting especially given the lack of any spice in the mix. Strength was medium at best. (19/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, thin smoke volume, and an even burn to start. I waited until the burn line was past the nipple and down into the main body but smoke volume remained thin so I gave it a 2nd clip off the head and then a third and a fourth, but smoke output remained the same - thin. The burn stayed even through the first third with the flaky ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. Smoke output was still low so I gave it a fifth clip at this point and this helped to slightly improve smoke output which then continued to improve and finally reached optimal in the latter part of the 2nd third. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with smoke output remaining optimal from the 2nd third on. (12/20)

Overall impression: Probably the least impressive stick from this Graycliff saloman sampler and I think this was the last one. I was surprised how poorly this one drew given the pack was relatively soft, unlike most of the earlier ones that were pretty much rock-hard. I'm guessing the guy who rolls the barber poles is a different guy than whoever rolls the others, but they seem to have an equal level of (in)competence when it comes to making sticks that draw well.  Oh well, I guess I can't complain too much given the price point I got these at.  Anyway, on-wards... (21/35)

Burn time: 1:36
Rating: 60
Casdagli Cigars Villa Casdagli Corona Gorda 3 Star Rating
By: Cfickter (03/03/2024 10:44 AM)
This was a tale of two experiences. Opening showed a bitterness and strong black pepper spice which didn't pair well. Burn was wobbly. Once past half way the cigar settled down to a much more agreeable smoke. Earthy and a much more subdued spice. Became very enjoyable. I think we all experience these dramatic swings from time to time and sometimes it can ruin a cigar for us. I just think I had either an off cigar or my initial palate was set right. Will certainly give it another try
La Galera Imperial Jade Toro 3.5 Star Rating
By: druid (03/03/2024 10:13 AM)
Rock solid, medium Brown wrapper, no veins & a nice oil sheen,  PLA cheesy yet cinnamon-y earth; PLT faint baked bread; PLD easy.  An easy toast, light & draw, an even burn, & a faintly earthy/mulchy smoke.  Starters are earth, a touch of acidic grass & some herbal spice in mouth & retro.  There is also some leather notes & bitter coffee.  As the 1st 1/3 transitions into the 2nd the woods- cedar & others- come forefront.  The strength is medium.  The herbal spice recedes a bit & the wood picks up some tartness by the 1/2.  The rest of the cigar is the same & the finish is slightly tangy.  The body is medium.  A decent smoke.
Graycliff Emerald (2023 re-blend) PGXL Gordo 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (03/02/2024 05:41 PM)
Humidor time: 192 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 71, foot - 65
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, a light sheen, box-pressed, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a single shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (9/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium+ profile with a spicy retro and notes of dark wood, spice, and a hint of coffee. 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 and pretty close to my wheelhouse for this type of rich Nicaraguan habano blend. Strength was about medium. (32/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn was slightly wavy but self-correcting through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. The burn continued wavily but mostly self-correcting through the 2nd third, then got lopsided going into the last third and a touch-up was needed. Things then continued uneventfully down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining mostly optimal throughout. (16/20)

Overall impression: Another sampler stick from Cigar Page and this was the 2nd vitola I've had from this blend, the 7" x 52 Presidente being the first. This one was nearly identical, flavor-wise, to that one but didn't burn quite as evenly so loses a few points. Other than that, it was a fine smoke! (30/35)

Burn time: 1:38
Rating: 87
Bongani Robusto 4 Star Rating
By: druid (03/02/2024 11:16 AM)
Semi firm faintly BPd core, oily, mahogany brown wrapper, no veins.  PLA grass & barn; PLT deep grassy earth; PLD moderately easy.  An easy toast, light & draw, an even burn, & an earth & grass smoke.  First notes are leather, some earth & some herbal spice in mouth & retro.  There is a bit of a clove-y bite early on.  Flavor strength is medium.  1st 1/3 brings a mellowing & smoothing of the flavors along w/a nutty note.  By the 2nd 1/3 the nut is walnut, a little tangy & some coffee notes join.  The last 1/3 is nicely earthy/coffee/tangy.  The finish is a smooth scaling of earth to nuts & the body is medium.  Very enjoyable.
Macanudo Inspirado Orange Robusto 3.5 Star Rating
By: ntanner (03/01/2024 10:36 PM)
     Wrapper looks dry with a couple of larger vein lines, is natural in color and has a slightly toothy feel. The cap looks well done and takes a punch well revealing a open draw. Cannon is solid and feels well packed. Takes the flame well
     Initial flavors are toasted malt and espresso with a nice spicy kick in the retro. There is a hint of cream and a slight tangy note I can't really compare to anything. It mellows a little about a half inch in as a wood flavor comes in.
     This profile remains pretty consistent till the end. The burn is good start to finish,ash is light grey and solid and smoke production is pretty good. Not a life changing smoke but a decent enough one. Good smoke for mowing the lawn.
Graycliff Artisan Triple-Wrapper Salomon 3.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (03/01/2024 05:00 PM)
Humidor time: 191 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 67, foot - 62
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, three wrapper shades from maduro at the foot, habano in the middle, Connecticut at the head, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a single clip with the guillotine and PLD was moderately open. (8/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of leather, coffee, and spice. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent through the maduro wrapper at the foot. After it transitioned to the middle third and the habano wrapper the profile changed to a typical wood/spice combo. The last third was the Connecticut-shade and this was a typical light wood with a hint of butter conny profile. All three were pretty basic and run-of-the-mill for their respective wrapper types. All were pleasant enough but nothing to write home about. Strength was medium at best. (24/35)



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 small cone. Smoke output was not yet fully optimal at this point so I gave it a 2nd clip off the head and this helped smoke output reach optimal shortly into the 2nd third. The burn was a bit wavy but self-correcting through the 2nd third and things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal from the 2nd third on. (18/20)

Overall impression: Still working through this Graycliff salomon sampler that came from Cigar Page awhile back and this was one of the least impressive sticks from it so far. None of the three wrapper types were up to much, flavor-wise. Might just be me but if a company is going to go to the trouble to construct a stick like this, you'd think they'd at least use quality ingredients.  Otherwise, why bother as it all amounts to little more than a gimmick.  On the bright side, this was the first stick from this sampler that wasn't packed so tight that it prevented a decent draw and adequate smoke output.  So, there's that, FWIW.  (27/35)

Burn time: 1:35
Rating: 77
Graycliff Nicaragua Habano (Maroon Label) Gordo 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/29/2024 11:43 AM)
Humidor time: 190 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 61, foot - 55
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+ profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of wood, spice, and a hint of citrus. It was hard to get a good sense of the flavors at this point as smoke volume was so thin. As smoke improved through the first third, that's what I was getting, though. Overall, it was pretty tasty if a bit typical of habano blends in general. Strength was about medium. (30/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a tight draw, thin smoke volume, and an even burn to start. I quickly gave it a double deep V-cut on top of the initial cuts but this had no immediate effect on smoke output, however, it gradually improved through the first third and finally reached optimal going into the 2nd third. The burn stayed even through the first third with the tight ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving a nice cone. Things then continued uneventfully through the remainder and down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal from the end of the first third on. (17/20)

Overall impression: Yet another stick from this Graycliff sampler I got from Cigar Page awhile back. A pretty nice smoke, at least after the draw opened up at the end of the first third and I started getting a decent amount of smoke. Flavors were a bit typical, as mentioned, but it was all very pleasant and enjoyable and I'd easily smoke it again. (29/35)

Burn time: 1:36
Rating: 84

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