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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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E.P. Carrillo Pledge Prequel 4 Star Rating
By: druid (Today at 09:04 AM)
Firm, very flatly BPd, near black wrapper, no veins & pressed oils.  PLA earth & barn; PLT sweet tobacco; PLD airy.  A snap to toast & light, an airy draw, an even burn, & an earth & wood smoke.  Leather & a touch of black pepper in mouth & nose lead off.  There's a spicy wood note that joins right away.  The strength is upper medium.  The 1/3 heralds some baking & cooking spices & the pepper eases a bit.  The wood turns cherry in the 2nd 1/3.  The final 1/3 has the spices going more earthy like cumin.  The finish is cherry wood, a touch of leather & pepper, & the spices.  The body is near full.  Very tasty.  [CA gave this a 98; it's good but IMO not THAT good].
Asylum Nyctophilia 50x5 3.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (04/11/2024 01:39 PM)
Humidimeter reading: Head - 61, foot - 59
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 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 coffee, dark wood, 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 reasonably flavorful but missed my wheelhouse by a fair 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 was slightly wavy but self-correcting through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. Things continued a bit wavily but self-correcting through the remainder and down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (18/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their "Brian's Box" selections awhile back and was advertised by them as being the TAA 2015 version, but it didn't have the foot-band indicating that status, so I'm assuming it's probably just a regular-production stick. Just an average smoke, in any case, with the flavors being merely OK and nothing special or unusual. I'd probably smoke it again but only if it were handed to me and there was nothing better to smoke...
(28/35)

Burn time: 1:09
Rating: 80
Aladino (Julio R. Eiroa) Vintage Selection Elegante 4 Star Rating
By: druid (04/11/2024 11:04 AM)
Fairly firm core, light brown wrapper, no veins & light oils.  PLA hint of barn; PLT earth & coffee bean; PLD moderate.  A quick toast & light, a moderate draw, an even burn needing no work, & a leather & wood smoke.  Wood, leather & a touch of black pepper start; the retro is a bit more potent.  There is a bit of earthy spice, especially on the finish.  The initial coffee morphs into a dark tea note.  The strength is medium.  By the 2nd 1/3 the wood is out front some, the tea is darker & the earthy spice is more noticeable.  In the final 1/3 the wood sweetens a bit making for a nice ending & finish.  The body is medium plus.  Very good smoke.
Don Lugo (Thompson) Churchill 2.5 Star Rating
By: ElCid1986 (04/11/2024 09:41 AM)
Thompson brand churchill with light flavor profile. Good construction for a bargain cigar. Good draw and only requirement one burn line adjustment. Overall good for yard work or on golf course.
El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Michelangelo 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (04/10/2024 02:15 PM)
Humidor time: 145 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 62, foot - 62
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave this little perfecto a single clip with the guillotine and PLD was moderately open. (9/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium+ profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of rich wood, spice, and a hints of butter and mint. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors mellowing just a bit through the first third and the body receding towards medium. This slightly mellower profile then stayed consistent through the remainder. Very tasty, overall, and my description of the flavors doesn't do this stick justice as it seemed very complex with flavors my limited palate was unable to pick out and describe adequately. Suffice to say, this was a stick full of high-quality tobacco. 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 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 one of their "Brian's Box" selections awhile back. A very fine smoke it was with both flavors and construction knocking it out of the park.  Would definitely smoke this one again. (33/35)

Burn time: 1:04
Rating: 95
Micallef Herencia Maduro Londres 4.5 Star Rating
By: druid (04/10/2024 09:44 AM)
Solid, near black cigar, no veins & good oils.  PLA spicy hay & grass; PLT wood, earth & coffee ban; PLD moderate.  An easy toast & light, a moderate draw, an even burn, & a wood & mulch smoke.  Starters are earth, leather, coffee bean & black pepper in mouth & nose.  Strength is medium plus.  The coffee & leather take the lead early on.  The pepper tones down a bit on the palate.  Coming to the 1/2 pleasant wood notes come on.  The flavors are very tasty but fairly heavy for a little stick.  The cigar ends well, the finish is enjoyable & the body is upper medium.  An excellent little smoke.
CAO Flathead Steel Horse Bullneck 6.5x52 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (04/09/2024 04:51 PM)
Humidor time: 144 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 66
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, an oily sheen, a flat head, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was moderately open. (9/10)

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, charred wood, 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 bare hint of sweet citrus came in and stuck around for the duration with the other flavors maintaining throughout. 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 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 "Brian's Box" selections awhile back. I've had a few CAOs in the past, and maybe even one from this blend (don't remember and too lazy to go look...), but this has to be one of the better ones from my smoking experience. Flavor for days and excellent construction so nothing at all here to complain about. Definitely need to get more of these. (33/35)

Burn time: 1:22
Rating: 95
Don Pepin Garcia (My Father Cigars) My Father Le Bijou 1922 100 Años LE Corona Extra 5 Star Rating
By: druid (04/09/2024 09:12 AM)
Solid core, roundly BPd, very dark, oily wrapper, pig-tailed cap, no veins or mars.  PLA meaty earth; PLT sweet wheat & wood; PLD moderately easy.  A typical toast & light, a moderately easy draw, an even burn needing no work, & a sweet wood smoke.  Openers are sweet wood & wheat, touches of leather & earth & a fair bit of black & red pepper on palate & in retro.  Strength is near full.  Between the 1st & 2nd 1/3 traces of coffee & dark chocolate set in.  A little further in there's raisin.  The pepper fades a bit in the mouth on the back side as the wood & coffee lead.  The finish is nice & the body is near full.  A slightly toned-down version of the Corona Especial but still excellent.
Warped Upper Realm 3.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (04/08/2024 02:03 PM)
Humidor time: 141 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 58
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 spicy retro and notes of dark wood, coffee, spice, and a hint of citrus. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors quickly mellowing through the first half inch and the body receding towards medium. The dark wood became much lighter and the coffee note faded to a mere hint with the spice also receding.  This much mellower profile then stayed consistent through the remainder. Reasonably tasty, overall, but the first half inch was the most interesting with the rest of it being merely average.  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. Smoke output gradually improved through the first third and reached optimal by the beginning of the 2nd third. The burn was a bit wavy but self-correcting 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 from the 2nd third on. (17/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Small Batch as one of their COTM selections awhile back. Decent enough smoke but nothing unusual, flavor-wise, and not quite what you'd expect coming from a boutique brand like Warped.  Oh well, next... (28/35)

Burn time: 1:06
Rating: 80
Graycliff G2 (Nicaragua) PGXL 4.5 Star Rating
By: ElCid1986 (04/08/2024 12:54 PM)
Gordo with Connecticut shade wrapper over DR and Nicaraguan binder and filler. Notes of baked bread and cream. Mild flavor profile with superb draw and burn.

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