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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
CG Rating

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)
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
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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
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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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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)
Patina Connecticut Rustic 4 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (01/29/2023 11:21 AM)
Humidor time: 260 days in mine, unknown in someone else's...
Humidimeter reading: Head - 67, foot - 62
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, a light sheen, an uneven wrapper shade, 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 mild tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of light wood, spice, and citrus. 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 to keep things interesting while not being anything amazing or unique for a conny blend. Strength was about medium. (31/35)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume slightly below 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 nice cone. Smoke output was slowly improving by this point and reached the low side optimal shortly into the 2nd third. Things were then uneventful down to the nub apart from a bit of self-correcting waviness in the burn line in the last third. Draw and smoke output remained at the low side of optimal from the 2nd third on. (18/20)

Overall impression: This one came from our first pass last year and was a pretty good slow-burning morning smoke with reasonably nice medium flavors and decent construction although it was a bit tightly packed and suffered a bit with slightly reduced smoke output. Good enough to smoke again, though. (30/35)

Burn time: 1:19
Rating: 87
Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro Robusto Extra 4.5 Star Rating
By: tuck0411 (01/28/2023 03:24 PM)
Humidor time: 285 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 60
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, a light sheen, box-pressed, a silver cloth foot-band, 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 charred wood, leather, spice, and hints of black pepper and something sweet. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors mellowing just a bit through the first third and the body receding towards medium/full. The charred wood also faded into the 2nd third with the leather ramping and the sweet hint manifesting as a hint of chocolate which stuck around through the remainder. Very tasty, overall, and real close to my wheelhouse for a fuller smoke. Strength was about medium or a bit better. (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. (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 toro being the first. My review of that one shows a very similar experience both with flavors and construction and I rated it similarly. Just a really good smoke all-around for anyone who likes a stronger profile. (33/35)

Burn time: 1:23
Rating: 95
Espinosa Especial No.5 4.5 Star Rating
By: druid (01/28/2023 10:32 AM)
A fairly firm, chocolate brown stick, no veins & a low oil sheen.  PLA rich, slightly barn-y earth; PLT rich wine-y earth; PLD moderate.  A fairly easy light, an even burn, a moderately tight draw, & an earth & leather smoke.  Leads are earth, a bit of leather & a very mild bit of pepper.  Nuts-almost a toasted peanut- come on immediately.  The earth deepens at the onset of 2nd 1/3, a chocolate-like flavor joins & the pepper, while still a hint in the mouth, powers up a bit in the retro.  At the 1/2 the chocolate turns to caramel & builds, mixing nicely with the earth.  A faint wood note joins near the end, coloring the earth, caramel & nut finish.  The body is medium plus.  A wonderful, chewy smoke.  (94)
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

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