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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)
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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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
601 Serie Blue BP Maduro Lancero 4.5 Star Rating
By: druid (02/29/2024 09:08 AM)
A solid, square BP, a very dark wrapper, no veins & pressed oils.  PLA earth & barnwood; PLT earth; PLD moderate.  A snap to toast & light, a moderate draw, a totally even burn, & an earth & coffee smoke.  Earth, coffee & a touch of pepper spice start.  The flavor strength is upper medium.  The flavors actually tame down in the 1st 1/3 with the onset of a dark, un-sweet chocolate & some wood,  The spice also fades.  The profile remains at a more medium strength until past the 1/2 when the woods & earth intensify.  The maduro sweetness of the tobacco mollifies this in the finale leaving a tangy & sweet finish,  The body is upper medium.  A pure joy puro.
Graycliff Emerald (2023 re-blend) Presidente 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/28/2024 05:05 PM)
Humidor time: 189 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 71, foot - 66
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, box-pressed, and a soft 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 slightly spicy retro and notes of dark wood, spice, and a hint of coffee. 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 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: This came in a blend sampler from Cigar Page awhile back along with several other vitolas. This one checked all the right boxes for both flavor and construction so looking forward to the other vitolas as well. Great smoke! (32/35)

Burn time: 1:36
Rating: 91
Graycliff Artisan Habano Salomon 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/27/2024 07:03 PM)
Humidor time: 188 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 66
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it four clips with the guillotine and PLD was moderately tight. (8/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium+ profile with a spicy retro and notes of dark wood, spice, and a hint of something a bit tangy. 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 just enough spice and that tangy hint to keep things interesting throughout. Strength was about medium. (32/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately tight draw, thin smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The draw gradually opened up as the burn line progressed from the nipple into the body of the stick and smoke output reached optimal about a half inch in to 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 remainder with draw and smoke output remaining optimal from the first third on. (20/20)

Overall impression: I wasn't expecting a whole lot after my experiences with the first two sticks from this saloman sampler but I guess the third time's a charm as this one checked all the right boxes for both flavor and construction. Definitely will smoke this one again and will probably have to get some more given the very low price point these can be had for at Cigar Page. Very nice smoke! (32/35)

Burn time: 1:45
Rating: 92
Serino Elenor Rose Revolver Habano 4.5 Star Rating
By: druid (02/27/2024 09:34 AM)
Semi firm core, chocolate brown, oil-sheened wrapper, no veins, pig-tailed cap.  PLA sweet florals; PLT sweet earthy florals; PLD moderately firm.  A standard toast & light, a moderate draw, an even burn needing almost no work, & a slightly sour earth smoke.  First tastes are earth, a bit of leather, some florals & a bit of black pepper, more in the nose than mouth.  Wood notes & a hint of toasted nuts join soon.  The pepper fades over the 1st 1/3 to near non-existence leaving  an almost sweet earth, leather, wood & nut profile.  By the 1/2 the cigar is a pleasing mix of tangy, savory, slightly sweet notes & remains so to the end.  The finish is smooth & the strength & body medium.  A really good smoke.  
Graycliff Rose Gold PGXL Gordo 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (02/26/2024 11:35 AM)
Humidor time: 186 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 66
Appearance and construction: A few veins, no 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 mild tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with a spicy retro and notes of light wood and spice. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent throughout. No transitions to note and this was decently tasty but pretty typical for a conny blend and nothing I hadn't gotten before from other similar blends. Strength was about medium or a bit better. (28/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn started out a bit lopsided but the one side that wasn't burning initially eventually caught up and the burn line was even by the time of the first ashing at 1 1/4" which left no cone behind. Things then continued mostly uneventfully through the remainder and down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were mostly optimal throughout. (18/20)

Overall impression: Another stick from a Graycliff sampler I got from Cigar Page awhile back. Pretty good morning smoke although it had a bit more strength to it than what I normally expect from a conny stick and the flavors were merely so-so and nothing that blew my socks off. Good enough to smoke again, though. (29/35)

Burn time: 1:59
Rating: 83
Warped Nicotina Belicoso BP 4.5 Star Rating
By: druid (02/26/2024 10:17 AM)
(Also called the Nicotina Box-Pressed 109).  Fairly firm BP, medium brown wrapper, no veins & a fine oil sheen.  PLA spiced leather; PLT sweet orange earth; PLD moderate.  A normal toast & light, a very even burn, a moderate draw, & a sweet citrus smoke.  Starters are leather, orange citrus & some black & red pepper on the lips, tongue & retro.  The flavor strength is full.  !st 1/3 additions are woods, coffee hints & toast.  Coming up on the 1/2 the toast & earth intensify nearly covering some incoming nuttiness.  The body has been building throughout this cigar as the flavors strengthen until, by the finale, it is a full-bodied mouthful of flavor.  The finish is earthy, toasty & spicy.  Terrific!
Micallef Reata Londres 4 Star Rating
By: druid (02/25/2024 10:26 AM)
A fairly firm body, a medium brown wrapper, no veins & good oils.  PLA fresh cut hay; PLT faint earth; PLD easy.  An easy toast & light, a mod draw, an even burn, & an earth & grass smoke.  Oily earth, tangy wood & a bit of black pepper in mouth & nose lead.  The flavor strength is medium plus.  Hay notes come forward in the 1st 1/3 & keep the tangy note pleasant in the profile.  The pepper fades a fair amount in the 2nd 1/3 & some nuttiness appears after the 1/2.  The remainder of the cigar is constant in flavor.  The finish is piquant on the tongue & the body is medium.  An intriguing smoke.  

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