From the M*A*S*H episode"Fade Out, Fade In:" COL. POTTER: Cigar? RADAR: Will it stunt my growth? COL. POTTER: Whattya got to loose? RADAR: Is it Habit forming? COL. POTTER: Nah, I've smoked 5 cigars a day and never got the habit! RADAR: That's good to know! (After lighting cigars, Radar makes a puzzled look) COL POTTER: Nothin' like a good cigar on a clear morning! RADAR: Or Cream of Wheat. Later, Radar was found over the hill, sick from his first cigar...

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Black Label Trading Company Deliverance Porcelain Corona Gorda February 2023 92
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (bstessl)
Thanks again to Gary for hosting this one and letting me give my opinion of it. Overall This was a pleasant experience and I feel that it was appropriately named “Porcelain” due to the fact t... Read More
Black Label Trading Company Deliverance Porcelain Corona Gorda February 2023 93
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Cfickter)
Overall the finest Connecticut shade cigar I have smoked. It's hard not to like anything blended by James Brown and coming out of Fabrica Oveja Negra. This is a must have cigar and will be somet... Read More
Black Label Trading Company Deliverance Porcelain Corona Gorda February 2023 93
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Todd (tuck0411)
An excellent Conny blend, this one, with plenty of spice and loads of flavor. It had a very interesting balance between the lighter creamy notes from the wrapper and the more full-bodied notes from th... Read More
Black Label Trading Company Deliverance Porcelain Corona Gorda February 2023 74
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Murphy223)
Thanks to both Brian and Gary for letting me review this cigar. I was excited to try this cigar but unfortunately as you can see above, I think this one was a dud. I may try another one but am not pl... Read More
Black Label Trading Company Deliverance Porcelain Corona Gorda February 2023 85
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)
Overall this was a good smoke. The flavor profile was decent and has enough going on to keep it interesting, it just wasn't quite on the mark for me. Well made and I loved the smoke production but... Read More

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Camacho Liberty 2021 September 2021 87
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Steve Ladd (Caveman Steve)
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Camacho Liberty 2021 September 2021 83
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Camacho Liberty 2021 September 2021 92
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I really enjoyed this cigar. The oak notes were perfect with the coffee and pepper, and the natural sweetness was very pleasant. My entire experience smoking this cigar was excellent, and I look forwa... Read More
Camacho Liberty 2021 September 2021 86
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (tuck0411)
Pretty nice smoke, this one, the uneven burn and needed maintenance aside. Flavor for days and if I hadn't known I'd have sworn this one had more Nicaraguan tobacco in it given the spicy profile, but ... Read More
Camacho Liberty 2021 September 2021 89
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Murphy223)
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Despot Cigars "J" Series Robusto 3.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (Today at 10:57 AM)
Humidor time: 267 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 70, foot - 69
Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, a green cloth foot band, 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 rich tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of 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 quite flavorful with plenty of spice in the mix to keep things interesting throughout. Strength was about medium. (31/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume somewhat below 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 slightly but it was still below optimal. The burn got wavy, then lopsided, through the first third and a touch-up was needed prior to the first ashing at 1 1/2" which left a cone. More lopsidedness in the burn line in the 2nd third and another touch-up was needed. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output only reaching the low side of optimal by the end of the 2nd third and staying there through the remainder. (11/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Small Batch as one of their COTM selections awhile back with the brand being a company out of Serbia. A pretty good smoke, flavor-wise, but it was too tightly packed for its own good resulting in a reduced draw and below optimal smoke output most of the way through. I'd smoke it again if only to see if a second sample might perform any better. (27/35)

Burn time: 1:00
Rating: 77
Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich Habano Robusto-J 3.5 Star Rating
By: druid (Today at 09:58 AM)
Solid core, a bit of float, a dark brown wrap, no veins & a good oil sheen.  PLA lightly roasted coffee bean & barn; PLT wine grapes; PLD easy.  An easy toast, light & draw, a dead even burn, & a pungent earth & leather smoke.  Earth, leather & a good blast of red/black pepper hit first.  As the spice salvo eases a bit slightly tangy wood notes come on.  By the end of the 1/3 the spice nearly fades in the mouth & the woods become more oaky & less tart.  The strength is medium.  At the 1/2 there is coffee bean which intensifies into the final 1/3.  The finish is earth, a bit of leather, wood, coffee & almost no spice.  The body is medium.  A steady smoke.  (89)
Gilligan Golf Churchill Original 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/04/2023 09:50 AM)
Humidor time: 265 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 59
Appearance and construction: A few prominent veins, a light sheen, 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+ profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of wood, spice, and a hint of butter. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors staying consistent through the first third after which I started getting a hint of coffee which stuck around through the remainder with the butter hint receding and the wood/spice combo maintaining throughout. Very tasty, overall, and pretty close to my wheelhouse for this type of 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 stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a nice cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with the burn staying near razor-sharp throughout. Draw and smoke output were both optimal throughout. (20/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their monthly selections awhile back. This one is not exclusive to Privada and the story is that this golf club/company is also into cigars and decided to center their business around this particular stick, which seems a bit unusual given their main focus seeming to be on golf and golfing products.  But cigars apparently go well with golf, so I suppose it makes sense on that level. At any rate, they approached PCC with this stick and PCC loved it, so here it is.  Great smoke, in any event, although the profile is not really anything I haven't gotten from other similar blends, but it's clearly a stick that's made with quality tobacco and rolled by people who know what they're doing (Tabacalera Guardabarranco out of Esteli), so it's a big winner in my book.  Great smoke. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:19
Rating: 92
EIROA Cigars (Salud, Amor y Pesetas) Classic Robusto 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/03/2023 10:45 AM)
Humidor time: 264 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 59
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, a light sheen, a paper wrap around the lower 2/3rds of the stick, and a moderately 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 tobacco. The light gave a medium+ profile with a spicy retro and notes of wood, spice, and creamy hints of butter and citrus. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent through the first half after which the citrus hint gradually ramped to a full note through the remainder. Very tasty, overall, and pretty much right in my wheelhouse for a medium 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 small cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal throughout. It was a bit of a fast-burner for its size, clocking in at just past an hour from light to nub. (19/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their "Brian's Box" selections awhile back and it was an excellent smoke with the only drawback being that it was over too soon. Just really nice flavors with the sense I sometimes get that high-quality tobacco was being used here.  It's a Honduran Corojo puro no doubt comprised of that famous Eiroa corojo tobacco that seems to be the best such stuff available just about anywhere. Would definitely smoke this one again in any vitola I can get my grubby, tobacco-stained hands on. (33/35)

Burn time: 1:02
Rating: 94
Black Label Trading Company Deliverance Porcelain Corona Gorda 4.5 Star Rating
By: ntanner (02/02/2023 07:21 PM)
     So this one has been resting for a few years now and the wrapper is a few shades darker than it was when it was placed in my humidor and it has a nice sheen. The foot has a earthy tobacco smell prelight. And the well applied cap takes a cut without issue revealing a slightly firm draw.
     She takes to the flame easily and initial impressions are creamy sweet toasted malt with a nice earthy finish and a dusting of spice in the retro. Great smoke production as well. Very enjoyable start.
     Getting a wood flavor joining the mix to start the second third and the malt has morphed into a less sweet tobacco and the finish is still earthy and the spice gives it a nice balance. Ash is light grey, solid and held well past an inch and a half.
     The end of this cigar is really smooth and well balanced with walnut, sweet toasted malt and wood hints and just the right amount of spice.
     This is a really enjoyable medium strength cigar with a set of flavors I really enjoyed. Burn was good and smoke production was high. Not much to fault with this one.
D'Crossier Flor de Crossier Selection No. 512 Hermosos No. 2 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/02/2023 12:14 PM)
Humidor time: 264 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 65, foot - 59
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 tobacco. The light gave a medium+ profile with a spicy retro and notes of 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 with plenty of spice in the mix and with a strong sense of quality tobacco being used here. Pretty much right in my wheelhouse for a medium blend. Strength was about medium. (33/35)



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 bring smoke output to optimal shortly thereafter. The burn was slightly wavy but self-correcting through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. Removing the band caused a large patch of wrapper to come with it but this had no adverse effects on smokeability. The burn was a bit wavy but self-correcting in the last two thirds but things were otherwise uneventful down to 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 "Brian's Box" selections awhile back and was a fine smoke with great medium flavors and perfectly adequate construction. Would definitely smoke this one again along with whatever else I can find from this brand. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:26
Rating: 91
Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown (FSG) 20 Acre Farm Robusto 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/01/2023 10:40 AM)
Humidor time: 263 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 63
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, a light sheen, a cedar wrap around the lower 2/3rds of the stick, and a firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (9/10)

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 a hint of creamy butter. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent throughout. No transitions to note but this was quite flavorful with just enough spice in the mix to keep things interesting throughout. Strength was about medium. (31/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume somewhat below optimal, and a wavy burn to start. The burn gradually evened out through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a very pronounced cone. Smoke output was improving by this point and reached 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: Pretty nice slow-burning, creamy morning smoke, this one, with more or less typical conny flavors and very good construction apart from the somewhat tight pack and reduced smoke output in the first third. This bore no resemblance to the regular FSG blend with this one being much lighter and mellower so if you're expecting anything like that one, prepare to be disappointed. It's a pretty good conny blend, though, although not the best such example I've ever had.  I'd smoke it again, although I doubt I'd buy more given the other better blends available. (31/35)

Burn time: 1:29
Rating: 89
Illusione 888 (Necessary and Sufficient) Candela 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (01/31/2023 01:08 PM)
Humidor time: 262 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: Head: 65, foot - 61
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 medium-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of wood, citrus, spice, and a hint of butter. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent through the first third after which the citrus started to fade a bit with the butter hint gradually ramping to a full note by the end of the 2nd third where it stayed through the remainder with the wood/spice combo maintaining throughout. Pretty tasty, overall, if not quite completely in my wheelhouse for this type of blend. Strength was about medium. (31/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume a bit below optimal, and a wavy burn to start. I quickly gave it a second shallow V-cut and this helped to improve smoke output slightly but it was still only near the low side of optimal. The burn evened out through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving no cone behind. Post-ashing, smoke output continued to slowly improve and finally reached optimal about the half way point. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal from the mid-point on. (16/20)

Overall impression: A pretty decent candela, this one, with sufficiently nice flavors for this type of blend but it was drug down just a bit by the slightly tight draw and reduced smoke output in the first half.  Good enough to smoke again, though. (29/35)

Burn time: 1:28
Rating: 84
Lost & Found (formerly B/C/S, Impromptu) 15 Minutes of Fame LE Lancero 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (01/30/2023 12:32 PM)
Humidor time: 261 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 69, foot - 62
Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch 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, coffee, and spice. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors mellowing just slightly but otherwise staying consistent through the first half after which the flavors ramped back up and became a bit more intense through the remainder.  No transitions to note apart from the changing intensity, but this was quite flavorful if just a bit heavy on the wood. 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. I quickly gave it a single shallow V-cut on top of the initial punch and this helped to improve smoke output slightly. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1" leaving a small cone. Smoke output was continuing to improve and reached optimal shortly after the first ashing. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal from the first third on. (19/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Small Batch as one of their COTM selections awhile back and was a pretty nice smoke, if not quite within my wheelhouse, flavor-wise.  As a side-note, this stick is the reason Robert Caldwell and Privada CC are no longer doing business together.  This cigar was a re-creation of a stick Caldwell provided to Privada known as "The Cookie", which I reviewed some time ago. Apparently, Privada had an agreement with Caldwell that The Cookie would be an exclusive, which apparently was an agreement that Caldwell understood differently, hence this cigar. Since this one's release, there's been bad blood between the two camps with Brian Desind, owner of Privada, calling Caldwell a liar in one of his videos, and Caldwell making snide remarks about a "certain cigar club" in at least one of his videos. The name of this stick even seems to be a dig at Privada, but who knows.  At any rate, re-reading my review of The Cookie, there are some similarities in the profile, mainly that I reported a strong coffee note in that one, but I also reported black pepper and didn't mention the strong wood note I got in this one, so I don't know how well Caldwell actually succeeded in recreating The Cookie. In any event, this was a pretty nice smoke and I'd smoke it again although it's not one I'd buy more of given its not-quite-my-thing profile. (30/35)

Burn time: 1:23
Rating: 86
Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro Toro 3.5 Star Rating
By: druid (01/30/2023 10:48 AM)
Solid, BPd, dark leather wrap, no veins & good oils.  PLA spicy leather; PLT dry earth; PLD moderate.  A quick light, a moderate draw, a great burn, & a faintly fruity leather smoke.  Earth, leather & a fair bit of black pepper to begin.  A tinge of mintiness appears in the retro & black coffee & minerals in the palate.  Well into the 1st 1/3 cocoa notes appear mitigating the minerals somewhat.  The flavor strength is medium plus.  Past the 1/2 the coffee is more potent & the pepper is mostly in the retro.  In the final 1/3 the earth, coffee & minerals rule as the other notes fade; the finish follows this format.  The body is near full.  Good but the Azulejo is way better.  (89)

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