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Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Red Meat Lovers Meat Box Pressed (2021) January 2024 82
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (McBryde)
Overall, I liked the construction of this cigar more than I liked the flavors of this cigar. It is one that was built really REALLY well, and just had some monotone flavors in it that were OK, but wer... Read More
Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Red Meat Lovers Meat Box Pressed (2021) January 2024 89
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (bstessl)
Thanks to Chuck for including my in this months critique. Overall I enjoyed this cigar. If you're looking for an overly complex cigar, this is not for you, but if you enjoy a straight up full bo... Read More
Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Red Meat Lovers Meat Box Pressed (2021) January 2024 95
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Otis)
Overall, I totally enjoyed this cigar. From the beginning to end. Loved the full body experience that I had with this. Saka has build a name for himself putting out quality cigars. This is one I'd... Read More
Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Red Meat Lovers Meat Box Pressed (2021) January 2024 93
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (arrow34)
I'm gonna have to get a few more of these and age them for a bit. I have a feeling these are just gonna get better with time. It seemed to me that this smoked a bit young and could use more hum... Read More
Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Red Meat Lovers Meat Box Pressed (2021) January 2024 88
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Brlesq)
Overall, this was an good cigar with terrific construction and a slow, even burn. It was not very complex, but the flavor notes were enjoyable, and there was never any harshness, even after the stron... 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)
Thank you to Jon for providing the cigar for the critique and also including Act 2. Both cigars are very enjoyable and provide completely different profiles. I think the only points deducted were ... Read More
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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Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Robusto 3.5 Star Rating
By: ntanner (02/23/2024 06:11 PM)
     Good looking cigar. Dark maduro leaf for a wrapper with a toothy feel and a good box press. Solid cannon, good cap, very stout. Hard a little trouble getting my punch through it. Maybe it's a little dull but the coupon was pretty thick. When I did get it punched the draw was good.
     Nice opening with espresso, toasted sugar cane and walnut with a nice touch of spice in the retro.
     Next third has a little leather join the mix and the flavors get a bit stronger and there's a caramel character to the whole thing.
     The last third doesn't really change much aside from the sweetness fading out a little.
     Overall decent smoke. Burn was good and smoke production was decent. Would make for acceptable yard gar.
       
Privada Cigar Club Farm Rolled La Zona Nicaraguan Maduro Parejo 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/23/2024 04:15 PM)
Humidor time: 189 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 60, foot - 59
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, an oily 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 notes of black pepper, black coffee, leather, spice, and a hint of chocolate. 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 a maduro blend. Strength was about medium. (32/35)



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 1 1/2" leaving a cone. Things continued wavily but self-correcting through the remainder and down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. It was a bit of a fast-burner for its size, clocking in at barely past one hour from light to nub. (18/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as part of their monthly "Farm Rolled" pack awhile back. A really nice smoke with great, full-bodied maduro flavors and pretty good construction. No idea what it is with a band on apart from it being made at Erik Espinosa's factory, but I'd definitely smoke it again. (31/35)

Burn time: 1:02
Rating: 89
Cesar Espinal Cesar No. 3 Habano 4.5 Star Rating
By: druid (02/23/2024 10:34 AM)
A solid, oily, dark brown torpedo, one small vein   PLA touch of barn; PLT baking spice; PLD easy.  An easy toast, light & draw, an even burn, & a slightly sharp wood smoke.  Starters are leather, earth, wood, some black & red pepper & some earthy spices.  There are touches of salt, coffee & toast early on.  The 1/3 is kind of like drinking a spiced Turkish coffee.  There are hints of cocoa & baking spices at times.  The strength is upper medium.  The body starts ramping up in the 2nd 1/3 & the spice note changes from earthy to sweet & back.  The toast is strong in the final 1/3.  The finish is full of flavor & the body upper medium.  Absolutely wonderful smoke!
Privada Cigar Club Champagne by AJ Fernandez 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/22/2024 05:16 PM)
Humidor time: 188 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 69, foot - 63
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, leather, spice, and a hint of sweetness. 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 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 at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal throughout. (20/20)

Overall impression: This one came as part of Privada CC's "birthday box" awhile back and is made by AJ (and probably blended by him as well) at one of his factories. One of the better smokes I've had from AJ (or anybody) lately and the only sad part is that these appear to be sold out in the PCC online shop.  Too bad, but maybe this will come back as a regular production blend. Fingers crossed because this was a really good smoke. (33/35)

Burn time: 1:29
Rating: 94
Supreme Tobacco Bohekio Maduro Toro Gordo 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/21/2024 04:47 PM)
Humidor time: 187 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 70, foot - 66
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 rich, earthy tobacco. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper, black coffee, leather, and spice. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent through the first third after which a slightly bitter aspect came in, kind of like dark chocolate except it didn't have any chocolate to it. This stuck around through the remainder with the other flavors maintaining throughout. Pretty tasty, overall, although it missed my wheelhouse by a bit. Strength was about medium. (30/35)



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. I gave it a 2nd shallow V-cut and this helped to gradually improve smoke output which reached optimal part way through the 2nd third. The burn was a bit wavy but self-correcting in the 2nd third and things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal from the 2nd third on. (17/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their "Brian's Box" selections awhile back. Kind of an unusual stick as these are made in Haiti and have Haitian leaves making up the binder and filler inside of a very dark Dominican Habano wrapper. Don't know that I've smoked any Haitian tobacco before this one and it was tastier than I expected. Doubt if I'd buy more of these but I'd smoke it again if it were handed to me. (29/35)

Burn time: 1:50
Rating: 84
E.P. Carrillo La Historia E-III 4.5 Star Rating
By: druid (02/21/2024 10:51 AM)
Very firm, flatly BPd, dark brown wrapper, no veins & lots of oils.  PLA  aged cheese; PLT faint cocoa-y earth; PLD airy.  A normal toast & light, an easy draw, a dead even burn, & a gentle spiced-wood smoke.  Openers are earth, coffee, some wood & an almost sweet spice.  There is a tangy-briny note that pervades this stick; not at all unpleasant.  The strength is upper medium.  Leather appears early in the 2nd 1/3 & bitter cocoa or chocolate later.  Toast that began earlier is evident in the final 1/3 as the chocolate & the brine begin to fade a bit, leaving a terrific earth, coffee, wood & leather finish.  The body is near full.  A fantastic chewy cigar!  
Casdagli Cigars D’Boiss DB52 4 Star Rating
By: ntanner (02/20/2024 07:21 PM)
     This cigar was given to me by MichaelCampbellCasdagli as an escort for the April Critique and this will be my first time smoking a Casdagli cigar so I am looking forward to it.
     Good looking stick with a natural color to the wrapper which has a minor sheen to it and is a good looking leaf with only some minor vein lines. The cap is well done and takes a punch well revealing a good draw with a nice tobacco flavor pre light. The cannon is very solid and the cigars overall appearance is top notch.
     She takes to the flame well enough and the initial flavors a sweet almond with a hint of vanilla and a wood note on the finish. There is a hint of spice in the retro and a toasted malt that is really enjoyable.
     Going into the second third there is a distinct change in the profile as it loses the sweet note and the wood flavors come to the front along with espresso. The spice has picked up in the retro and the finish has a salty hint. Smoke production is good as is the burn so far. The ash is solid and a medium gray with darker flecks and held to the halfway point.
     The last third opens with a nice leather joining the wood up front. Some of the sweet malt has returned but not as strong as before. This third is a very earthy set of flavors.
     Very good smoke. It starts smooth and sweet and very mild and works it's way into a earthy solid medium strength. Plenty of complexity and good construction made this a nice introduction to Casdagli cigars. Looking forward to trying the other couple I have.
Blackbird Cigar Co. El Caballo 500 Toro (Privada CC exclusive) 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/20/2024 04:44 PM)
Humidor time: 186 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 70, foot - 70
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 slightly spicy retro and notes of dark wood, creamy coffee, spice, and a hint of chocolate. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors mellowing a bit through the first third but and the chocolate hint fading by the 2nd third but otherwise staying consistent through the remainder. Very tasty, overall, with a sense of high-quality tobacco being present and pretty close to my wheelhouse. Strength was about medium or a bit better. (32/35)



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 was slightly wavy but self-correcting through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. The burn continued wavily but self-correcting through the 2nd third, then got lopsided going into the last third and a touch-up was needed. Things were more or less uneventful through the remainder and down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained on the low side of optimal throughout. (16/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their "Brian's Box" selections awhile back. A pretty nice smoke, at least flavor-wise, but construction was a bit off what with the somewhat misbehaving burn line most of the way through. Very nice flavors, though, and I'd definitely smoke it again. (30/35)

Burn time: 1:34
Rating: 86
Privada Cigar Club Caviar by Tabaco de Explendido 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/19/2024 12:44 PM)
Humidor time: 185 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 65, foot - 64
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, a pig-tail cap, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a single 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 spicy retro and notes of wood, spice, and a hint of citrus. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors mellowing just a bit through the first third with the body receding towards medium by the 2nd third where it stayed through the remainder. Very tasty, overall, and pretty close to my wheelhouse for this type of blend with just enough spice in the mix along with that citrus hint to keep things interesting throughout. 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 stayed even through the first third with the ash falling past 1" 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 "birthday" box awhile back. I hadn't heard of the factory that makes these before but they obviously know what they're doing, construction-wise, and the flavors were really nice, too, so it gets a big thumbs up and I'd definitely smoke it again. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:32
Rating: 92
Privada Cigar Club Birthday Cake by Tabacos de Costa Rica 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/18/2024 03:47 PM)
Humidor time: 184 days
Humdimeter reading: Head - 62, foot - 62
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-bodied profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of creamy wood, spice, and a hint of citrus. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors staying consistent throughout. No transitions to note but this was very tasty with just enough spice in the profile to keep things interesting along with an overall sense of high-quality tobacco being present. Strength was about medium. (32/35)



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 single deep V-cut on top of the initial cuts and this helped to improve smoke output which reached optimal part way through the first third. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. Things were then uneventful through the 2nd third until a wrapper split developed at the head and gradually crept up the stick to the burn line during the last third. This did not affect smokeabilty to any great extent other than the burn line getting a bit wavy in the last third before reaching the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal from the first third on. (18/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their monthly selections last year and was part of a birthday-themed box that I seem to recall was intended to celebrate the owner of the club's birthday month.  All of that sort of silliness aside, it was a very fine and tasty smoke and one I'd easily smoke again. (31/35)

Burn time: 1:34
Rating: 89



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