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Drew Estate Blackened M81 Corona May 2024 92
CG Rating

Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (arrow34)
I would say that I would smoke this again and might try a larger size. Even though, i really liked this size and the flavor profile, I would appreciate a longer smoke time, with a slightly extended ... Read More
Drew Estate Blackened M81 Corona May 2024 80
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (McBryde)
Overall this was a well built little cigar, that I had high hopes for. I could find no fault with the cigar on construction and the look and feel of the cigar. It was flawless there. The place where I... Read More
Drew Estate Blackened M81 Corona May 2024 94
CG Rating

Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)
I really enjoyed smoking this one. A real straight forward set of flavors and definitely a tribute to the maduro leaf. All the flavor you expect from a maduro wrapper amped up about 10 times. A big t... Read More
Drew Estate Blackened M81 Corona May 2024 90
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (nirab)
I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar! I don't smoke a lot of strong cigars, but when I do, I want something like this. It was a pleasant cigar to smoke outside, with a tasty beverage and some super nic... Read More
Drew Estate Blackened M81 Corona May 2024 89
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (ninfiction)
Thank you Kent for including me in the review. The cigar was very enjoyable and is the perfect size for a "quick" smoke. Quick for me anyway coming in at about an hour. I really like 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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Blackbird Cigar Co. El Caballo 500 Lonsdale (Privada CC exclusive) 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (Today at 05:30 PM)
Humidor time: 131 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 70, 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 rich tobacco. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of dark wood, coffee, leather, spice, and a hint of chocolate. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors mellowing a bit and the body receding towards medium/full through the first third. This slightly mellower profile then stayed consistent through the remainder. Very tasty, overall, and pretty close to my wheelhouse for this type of rich habano 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 past 1" leaving no cone behind. The burn was a bit wavy but self-correcting through the 2nd third and things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. Apart from a brief drop in smoke output during the 2nd third when the burn was a bit wavy, draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (19/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their monthly selections awhile back. One of the better Blackbirds I've had with great flavors and pretty good construction and I'd definitely smoke it again. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:39
Rating: 92
Viaje Skull And Bones Tsar Bomba Grey LE 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (05/25/2024 05:03 PM)
Humidor time: 130 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 67, foot - 57
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, a closed foot, 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 tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper, leather, coffee, spice, and a hint of chocolate. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent throughout apart from a brief hint of citrus that appeared, then vanished, in the last third. Very tasty, overall, and pretty close to my wheelhouse for this type of rich Habano (I'm assuming) blend. 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 2nd shallow V-cut but this had no immediate effect on smoke output but it gradually improved and reached optimal about 1" in. 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 from the first third on. (19/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Small Batch as one of their COTM selections awhile back. The origin and blend are undisclosed but if I had to guess I'd say it's probably got Nicaraguan filler and a Habano wrapper of some sort with maybe a San Andres binder to account for the chocolate hints I was getting.  Dunno for sure, but it was a fine smoke and one I'd easily smoke again. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:33
Rating: 91
Tabacalera Duarte Colada Duarte (Privada Cigar Club exclusive) 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (05/24/2024 04:44 PM)
Humidor time: 129 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 72, foot - 70
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+ profile with a spicy retro and notes of rich wood, spice, citrus, and a hint of coffee. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors mellowing just a bit through the first third but otherwise staying consistent throughout. No transitions to note but this was very rich and flavorful with just enough spice and citrus in the mix to keep things interesting throughout. 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. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving no cone behind. Smoke volume had been gradually improving through the first third and reached optimal immediately following the ashing. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal from the 2nd third on. (19/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their monthly selections awhile back. A fine smoke it was with both flavors and construction checking all the right boxes and I'd definitely smoke it again. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:41
Rating: 91
Sagrado Carismatico Maduro Toro 2.5 Star Rating
By: druid (05/24/2024 10:11 AM)
Fairly firm core, dark brown wrapper, one small vein, good oils.  PLA perfume-y florals; PLT more perfume; PLD moderately easy.  An easy toast & light, a moderately easy draw, an even burn, & a balsa wood smoke.  Opening notes are leather, light wood, a bit of florals & very little spice.  Flavor strength is medium.  The florals are sweet, perfume-y & cloying at times.  The florals back down in the 2nd 1/3 to be replaced by the wood, sometimes w/char.    Past the 1/2  it's a back & forth between the florals & the wood.  The profile is alternately sweet, perfume-y & just woody,  The finish is mostly wood.  The body is medium.  Nothing special for the price.
Room 101 Farce Esteli 660 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (05/23/2024 04:44 PM)
Humidor time: 128 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 70, foot - 60
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 open. (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, 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 tasty 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 cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal throughout. (20/20)

Overall impression: Got a 10-pack of these awhile back from Cigar Page when they were on sale. I'd previously tried a couple of Farce blends (not Esteli) and those were both pretty good so I figured this probably would be as well.  And it was, with both flavors and construction getting the job done. Will definitely enjoy smoking up the rest of this batch and will likely pick this up in other vitolas as I see them on sale.  (31/35)

Burn time: 1:49
Rating: 90
Genuine Counterfeit Pre-Embargo 1958 C.C. Sun Grown Belicoso 4.5 Star Rating
By: Hordo (05/23/2024 04:41 PM)
Wonderful Cigar.
Draw 5 of 5 rating
Flavor 5 of 5 rating
Construction 5 of 5 rating
Consistency 5 of 5 rating
I Am Stunned
Review by Richard on 19 May 2024
I have never smoked an ersatz Cuban before, however, as I am down to my last two Montecristo No.1s Habanos in my humidor, I figured I'd give it a try. This one was highly recommended and I like the Belicoso shape, and it was wonderfully affordable. So, I bought a 5-Pack and I am very glad I did. This cigar is made perfectly. The feel, the draw, the color, the aroma both before lit and the smoke, and the blend was perfect. I could easily substitute this for several proper Cubanos and not lose a thing in the transition. I think I've found another permanent resident of my humidor.
Crux Epicure Habano Robusto 4 Star Rating
By: druid (05/23/2024 10:49 AM)
Solid, oily, dark brown, almost reddish, wrapper, no veins   PLA hint of barn; PLT wine barrel; PLD moderate.  A pretty quick toast & light, an even burn, a moderate draw, & faintly barn-y wood.  Aged wine barrel wood, a bit of leather & some white pepper in mouth & nose are the leads.  Strength is upper medium.  The wood, a mixture of oak, hickory & charcoal, intensifies in the 1st 1/3.  Later coffee bean adds its note.  By the 1/2 the wood & coffee rule, & the pepper has faded & turned black on the retro.  The strength is full now.  The finale profile & finish are wood & coffee with touches of earth & leather.  Potent flavors but the body is only medium.  
Red Anchor Captain 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (05/22/2024 01:23 PM)
Humidor time: 127 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 60, foot - 51
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 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 quite flavorful with just enough spice in the mix and an overall sense of quality tobacco being present. 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 past 1" leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal throughout. (19/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their "Brian's Box" selections awhile back. First smoke I've had from this brand which appears to be a United Cigars sub-brand. Very enjoyable it was with both flavors and construction getting the job done and I'd easily smoke it again. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:22
Rating: 91
Lost & Found (formerly B/C/S, Impromptu) Spam Artist Toro 3.5 Star Rating
By: druid (05/22/2024 09:30 AM)
A firm stick, some mottling of the medium brown wrapper, one vein & good oils.  PLA green wood & earth; PLT corky plywood; PLD moderate.  An easy toast & light, a moderate draw, an even burn, & a dry wood smoke.  Starters are wood, mustiness & a bit of herbal spice in mouth & nose.  Flavor strength is medium.  The wood rules the 1/3, the already-spare spice fades & some dirty earth & a touch of coffee bean join.  The wood gets ashy in the 2nd 1/3.  Past the 1/2 the wood ash backs down, the coffee is more defined & the profile smooths out some.  The finish is coffee, earth & wood.  The body is medium.  Mostly smokeable.
HVC Black Friday 2023 Petit Gordo 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (05/21/2024 06:43 PM)
Humidor time: 155 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 59, foot - 50
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 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, and spice. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors mellowing just a bit through the first third but otherwise staying consistent throughout. Very tasty, overall, 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 on the low side of optimal, and an even burn to start. Smoke output gradually improved through the first third and reached optimal about 1" in. The burn was slightly wavy but self-correcting 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 mostly 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.  Pretty enjoyable full-bodied smoke with nice flavors and decent construction. It wasn't quite as good as 2022's version but better than the three previous years (according to my reviews of those sticks). Definitely good enough to smoke again. (30/35)

Burn time: 1:05
Rating: 87

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