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CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro January 2023 90
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Brlesq)
This cigar was enjoyable. It was well-constructed, had a perfect draw, and just enough complexity in flavor to keep it interesting, while the notes that were present are all quite nice. I think that... Read More
CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro January 2023 90
CG Rating

Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (junglepete)
This was a pretty good cigar. It's been a while since I have had something from CAO and I was interested in trying this blend. Thanks goes out to Chuck for sponsoring this critique. The flavor pro... Read More
CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro January 2023 93
CG Rating

Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (McBryde)
I liked the cigar. It hit my palate quite nicely, and I am not usually a huge fan of most CAO stuff. It seemed like a young cigar, and I think it would be a great candidate cigar for some aging. I loo... Read More
CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro January 2023 96
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Kent (05Venturer)
Big thanks to Chuck for sponsoring and letting me review this fantastic cigar. It was a great Christmas Eve morning smoke. As noted previously I have smoked several of these previously and find that ... Read More
CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro January 2023 89
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (ninfiction)
I'd like to thank Chuck for providing the cigar for this review. I found the cigar very enjoyable; the profile was right up my ally. Just a bit of a one trick pony in my opinion. I might have t... 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)
All in all, this was real pleasure to smoke. The performance of the cigar itself overcame the lack of complexity in flavor by a goodly margin. I'm anxious to try another one after dinner to see how ... Read More
Camacho Liberty 2021 September 2021 83
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Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Nick (nkowal)
The Camacho Liberty 2021 was a bit of a disappointment given the high bar I have for the Liberty series. But that might also just be about resetting expectations about what the Liberties are going for... Read More
Camacho Liberty 2021 September 2021 92
CG Rating

Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (nirab)
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
CG Rating

Written by Cigar Geeks Member: (Murphy223)
Thanks to Kevin (wescat) and Bruce for allowing me to participate. This one was fun. Overall, I enjoyed this cigar from start to finish. I'm glad I picked up a few because it is one I'd smoke again. ... Read More

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CLE Plus 2013 Toro 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (01/27/2023 03:36 PM)
Humidor time: 284 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 52
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, spice, and hints of citrus and butter. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent through the first half or so after which the butter hint faded and the citrus ramped to a full note where it stayed through the remainder with the wood and spice maintaining throughout. Very tasty, overall, and pretty much right in my wheelhouse for this type of spicy, 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 cone. Things were then very 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 and was the 2nd vitola I've had from this blend, the robusto being the first. My review of that one shows it was a very similar experience to this one, both with flavors and construction. These are just a really good smoke all the way around and I'd easily smoke it again and may have to get more. (33/35)

Burn time: 1:23
Rating: 94
Privada Cigar Club Farm Rolled Mexican Robusto by Rojas 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (01/26/2023 03:48 PM)
Humidor time: 283 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 61
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, an oily sheen, a closed foot, a light box-press, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a single shallow V-cut 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, charred wood, leather, spice, and a hint of creamy, buttery chocolate. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent through the first two thirds after which the profile intensified with a hint of mint coming in during the last third. Very flavorful, overall, and pretty close to my wheelhouse for a fuller blend. 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 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: And Rojas goes four for four with this farm-rolled pack. Yet another great smoke from this brand with all boxes emphatically checked.  This was a very similar smoke to the toro of apparently the same blend that I had a couple of days ago. I got some leather in this one that I didn't report in that one, and the minty hint in the last third, but otherwise it was a very similar profile.  In any case, both were very tasty and I'd probably buy more of them if I knew what they were with bands on them.  Great smokes.  (33/35)

Burn time: 1:24
Rating: 95
Illusione Original Documents ~HL~ (Holy Lance) 3.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (01/25/2023 05:01 PM)
Humidor time: 282 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 65, foot - 63
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately tight so gave it single shallow V-cut on top of the punch and PLD was moderately open. (7/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper, leather, wood, and spice. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent through the first third after which I started getting a hint of chocolate which hung around through the remainder with the other flavors maintaining throughout. Very tasty, overall, and pretty close to my wheelhouse especially after the chocolate hint showed up to balance the spice. Strength was about medium or a bit better. (32/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately tight draw, thin smoke volume, and an even burn to start. I quickly gave it a 2nd shallow V-cut on top of the previous cuts and this helped to improved smoke output but only slightly. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling past 1" leaving a small cone. Smoke output was continuing to improve by this point and reached the low side of optimal shortly into the 2nd third. Things were then uneventful down to the nub apart from the burn getting a bit lopsided in the last third right before the nub. Draw and smoke output remained at the low side of optimal from the 2nd third on. (13/20)

Overall impression: This one was a bit tightly packed for its own good resulting in reduced draw and smoke output most of the way through, but it was still a pretty good smoke with great leathery, spicy flavors that always hit my palate just right. It's hard to tell if the "Original Documents" sticks are all the same blend or not from the information available at the brand's website, but assuming they are this is the third vitola I've had from this blend and my reviews of the first two show a similar experience with the construction, but I did enjoy the flavors in this one quite a bit more than the first two. Maybe at some point I'll get one that's perfectly constructed and I'll be able to give it a proper assessment. (27/35)

Burn time: 1:14
Rating: 79
Privada Cigar Club Farm Rolled Sumatra Corona by Rojas 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (01/25/2023 11:15 AM)
Humidor time: 281 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 70, foot - 64
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, a light sheen, a closed foot, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately tight. (8/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of coffee, 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 there was more going on here than I can describe, but this was very flavorful and enjoyable all the way through with the sense I sometimes get that quality tobacco was used in the 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. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling past 1" leaving a small 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. (19/20)

Overall impression: Another very nice smoke from this Rojas farm-rolled pack. Flavors, check, construction, check, with nothing much to dislike here at all. One more stick to go from this pack and we shall see if Rojas can go four for four... (32/35)

Burn time: 1:03
Rating: 91
Smoker Friendly Blue Label Honduran Double Corona 3 Star Rating
By: druid (01/24/2023 09:33 AM)
Firm with a hint of float, medium brown wrapper, a couple veins & a nice oil sheen.  PLA faint leather & cinnamon; PLT ghostly earth; PLD easy.  An easy toast & light for the size, an easy draw, an even burn, & an earth smoke.  The first notes are charred wood, a touch of leather & a faint bit of herbal spice.  The char cuts down considerably in the 1st 1/2 but the woods remain out front & a bit tangy.  There is an ashy-earth presence lurking in the profile.  The flavor strength is medium.  This is a fairly one-dimensional smoke & remains the same to the end & the finish. The body is just above medium.  An OK cigar.  (87)
Montenegro President Series Cordial (Privada Cigar Club Exc.) 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (01/23/2023 04:05 PM)
Humidor time: 280 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 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 slightly spicy retro and notes of light wood and hints of butter, spice, and citrus. The spice in the nose faded quickly and then ramped back up again about a half inch in. And then it was just as quickly gone again. The other flavors stayed consistent throughout the smoke with no transitions to note but this was quite flavorful if not quite within my wheelhouse and that was mostly due to the relative lack of spice in the mix apart from the brief nasal blast I got shortly into the first third. If that had stuck around, this would rate a bit higher. But it was pretty tasty, overall. 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. I quickly gave it a second shallow V-cut and this helped to bring smoke output to optimal. The burn stayed mostly even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. The burn continued a bit wavily but self-correcting through the last two thirds but things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal from the first third on. (19/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their monthly selections awhile back and was a pretty good smoke, overall, with nice flavors and good construction. This is a very small brand out of Esteli that is hard to find outside of Privada CC as they only sell their sticks elsewhere in certain shops in the Middle East and a few casinos in Vegas, apparently. This is the 4th blend from them I've reviewed so far, with two of them not being up to much with this one and another one being pretty good to great. In any event, I'd smoke this one again although I probably won't buy anymore.  (31/35)

Burn time: 1:19
Rating: 89
Oliva/ Studio Tabac Nub 460 "Dub" Double Maduro (round) 3.5 Star Rating
By: ntanner (01/22/2023 06:06 PM)
     This is a well aged cigar with at least a couple years of rest judging by the nice amber color of the cello. Wrapper is nice and dark, couple vein lines and really solid cannon. After a punch the draw is wide open.
     Took a little effort to get an even toast but that I attribute to the surface area I am trying to ignite. Nice maduro sweetness with some nuttiness and a decent hit of spice in the retro. A little farther into the cigar I pick up some chocolate and coffee. There's a tanginess that I can't place a flavor to that takes away from the profile some towards the end of the cigar.
     Burn was good and smoke production was high and my initial impression was good with a nice maduro profile but the tangy note sort of put me off as the smoke progressed. Just not my bundle of leaves.
Privada Cigar Club Farm Rolled Mexican Toro by Rojas 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (01/22/2023 04:44 PM)
Humidor time: 279 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 62
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots. It also had a damaged foot with bulging that had caused a rather large wrapper split exposing the binder on one side. Gave it a single shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (7/10)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper, charred wood, 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 hint of chocolate crept in and gradually ramped into the last third. Very tasty, overall, with the charred wood note giving a nice variation on the usual maduro sort of profile. Strength was about medium. (31/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume on the low side of optimal, and a wavy burn to start. The burn evened out as the damaged foot was burned through and stayed that way through the first third with the ash falling on my shirt past 1" leaving a cone. Smoke output had been improving through the first third 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. (19/20)

Overall impression: Another good farm-rolled smoke from Rojas if not quite as nice as the Connecticut I had the other day.  Flavors and construction both checked the right boxes, though, and I'd definitely smoke this one again. (31/35)

Burn time: 1:11
Rating: 88
La Domita (by Edgar Sued) Toro (Privada Cigar Club Exclusive) 3.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (01/21/2023 11:37 AM)
Humidor time: 278 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 62, foot - 60
Appearance and construction: A couple prominent 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 cocoa. The light gave a medium+ profile with a slightly spicy retro, a note of wood and hints of spice, butter, and chalk. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors staying mostly consistent through the first half or so after which the chalk hint was replaced with something darker and a bit more intense that I couldn't put my finger on. Reasonably tasty, overall, although it could have used more spice in the mix. Strength was about medium. (28/35)



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 effect on smoke output. The burn was a bit wavy in the first third and proceeded to lopsided which got it a touch-up prior to the first ashing at 1 1/2" on the low side of the burn line. Post-ashing, I gave it a single deep V-cut on top of the previous cuts and this helped to improve smoke output, which shortly reached optimal. The burn gradually evened out in the 2nd third and things were then mostly uneventful down to the nub apart from a bit of continued self-correcting waviness in the burn line. Draw and smoke output remained optimal from the 2nd third on. (14/20)

Overall impression: This one came from Privada CC as one of their monthly selections awhile back and was a collaboration between two blenders out of the DR, Claudio Sgroi and Edgar Sued. It's a somewhat unusual blend in that it uses Haitian tobacco in the filler.  Can't say it was all that impressive, at least to my palate, nor was the construction anything to write home about.  Oh well, next... (27/35)

Burn time: 1:15
Rating: 77
Partagas (Cuban) Mille Fleurs 3.5 Star Rating
By: Bob Cordell (01/20/2023 12:13 PM)
I was surprised at little this cigar weighs, its almost weightless. It wasnt loosely rolled or spongy though.

I got some leathery floral notes when I first lit this cigar, very pleasant. When I smoked it down a bit, I got some coffee and mild coco notes. The burn was really good and it produced a good volume of creamy smoke. I'm not really all that fond of box pressed cigars but the ring size was smaller so it was working for me. Towards the last half of the smoke some coffee chocolate notes crept in. For the money, this isnt a bad cigar to try. I think some aging would help these cigars, I'll keep the rest of the box in a humi for a while. 

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