Rob1110:Two new ones:
La Flor Dominica Mysterio Perfecto - This stick had a nice, heavy feel, wonderfully constructed with a pre-light draw of clean tobacco and tea. The light gave spice and wood notes that opened up to more tobacco and tea with the spice fading a bit. It turned out to be a very strong cigar with a nice buzz factor. Not recommended to a newcomer or on an empty stomach. The burn was mostly straight with only a few touch ups and the ash held nicely for a perfecto.
Carinos Toro - Heavy and solid in hand, this cigar was nicely constructed with no prominent veins. There wasn't much to the pre-light draw. Maybe some tobacco. Lit with a burst of spice and cedar. The draw was a bit on the tight side with a punch but there was still plenty of smoke to be had. Not a bad cigar for the price but it had some burn issues. I'm sure after some rest in the humi, this will be a nice smoke for a lazy afternoon.
Rob1110:Picked up a 10 pack of the Padilla 68 Oscuro Salomons. I really like the salomon shape and tend to absolutely LOVE oscuro wrappers. Everyone's got their thing. Pre-light, this cigar smelled of barnyard and tobacco. A light sheen covered the dark, almost black wrapper and the triple band (standard Padilla 68 double-layered band and a secondary Limited Edition 09 band) made this cigar absolutely beautiful to look at. After lighting, I didn't get as much spice, pepper or umph as I had expected. It was actually a very mellow, toasty barnyard/tobacco taste. I can't put my finger on all the notes I found in this cigar, just that I really loved it. Draw, burn and taste were all excellent. Kinda wish I picked up more...
Rob1110:It's been way too long since I've posted a review. I've had a couple decent cigars in the past few months, but today the weather was actually nice enough when I got home from work to sit outside with a stick. I reached for the Diesel sent to me by Squirrel (thanks, bro) that I've been dying to try. I've heard a lot about these cigars and all of it seems to be good, but I tried not to let that get my expectations up too much.
Pre-light, the cigar didn't really bring much. I got some tobacco and an earthy scent, but not much more. It clipped and toasted perfectly and opened up with beautiful notes of wood, spice and tobacco. Some cocoa notes were in there as well and after about an inch, I started getting this sweet taste (more of an overall sweetness on the tongue with no discernable flavor) that balanced out the cigar nicely. Toward the last inch or so, I started getting some harsh/bitter notes, so I ended up putting it out there. Overall, it was a great cigar - medium in body (I had it on an empty stomach and didn't feel anything - and I haven't been smoking much lately).
Rob1110:Had a few cigars recently, but only one that I don't see reviews for too often so I figured I'd put one up. A friend of mine went to Vegas a few months ago and brought me back a Casa Fuente house cigar (Torpedo/Belicoso). I let this one rest for a while in the humi but didn't want to give it too long. I know he's going back in June and offered to pick up more, so I figured I should try it. Glad I did without having him buy me more.This cigar was very nicely constructed with a beautiful ornate band (what else would you expect from the Fuentes for a limited edition cigar) aside from a small piece of wrapper missing under the ribbon on the foot of the cigar. The unlit smell was sweet tobacco and slight baking spice. After clipping the head, the pre-light draw gave off a wonderful taste, distinctly of pumpkin oatmeal cookies. Something I'd never tasted before in an unlit cigar, I was excited to get this going. Big mistake. Once I lit this cigar, all I got was......paper? Absolutely no taste whatsoever. I was patient and waited until about the half way point before I finally gave up, tossed it and poured myself a glass of wine.
phobicsquirrel:Interesting, I usually enjoy TL from gurkha. I've never had the SE though.. never heard of it.
Rob1110:Picked up two of the GOF DC 06 with the lighters on here fairly recently and have been staring at them ever since. Finally lit one up yesterday and was completely disappointed with this stick. Maybe I got a bad one in the bunch, but The wrapper was cracked in a few spots before lighting and cracked and split even further while I was smoking it. Not what I would expect from a Fuente super premium.
On top of bad performance, the flavors just weren't there. It started off ok with some wood and slight sweet notes. Surprisingly, no spice in there at all. About an inch in...bitter. This continued until I finally just put it out and tossed it in total disgust and disappointment about half-way through.This puts me at 0-3 with Fuente super premiums latley (Casa Fuente was completly flavorless and the Lost City just lost my attention and failed to wow). Not looking good. I've also noticed the latest opuses that I've had just weren't nearly as good as the older ones I have stashed away. What the hell are those guys doing? Have they given up on quality now that they have the undivided attention (not to mention, wallets) of more than half of the cigar world?