Wow, no posts since June and down on the second page. I need to get it together.In my defense, I did post three reviews in the mystery stick game.Still, I wanted to do some quick hitters.First, DPG Blue. I've smoked these before to mixed results. But I sat on these. And sat. And sat. Then one night at Rick's. Wait, just got transported to Casablanca for a second. At Eric's back porch, I lit one with a year. Everyone told me these were even better with age. Since I didn't like one or two notes at all without age, I was skeptical. I shouldn't have been. Those notes were gone or mellowed completely. Now I know I should listen to you guys. Might just need to keep these on hand.Room 101 Big Payback was not my introduction to this brand, but it's the first that's been really budget friendly. I'd smoke the Daruma all day, especially the Lancero. This one isn't quite as good as that, but it might be the best cigar under $5 (single price) I've smoked in a long time. Construction was a bit off and draw was loose so it had a tendency to burn hot. It was a tad stronger than I typically like, but I could still see myself ordering these, too.
Nub Double MaduroEarthy, sweet and yummy. The one I smoked was a little fresh, still, so I plan on letting the others rest. Burn was fantastic and ash was strong. I even did a nubstand. I'll revisit this one later and in more detail.Kristoff MaduroThis cigar was fantastic. Not as pretty as the Nub Dub, even though I really like the tight pigtail cap. It gave off all kinds of aroma. I think my cooler is going to be missing the rich smells this was putting off. Earth, chocolate, decay. The shaggy foot lit well.Yum, yum, yum. Burn was never sharp, but it never caused worry, either. Draw was just right pre-light and throughout. Flavors were of chocolate and earth with pepper when it heated up at the end. I was just trying to enjoy while I smoked this so I didn't take notes, but I did enjoy. There was a slight sweetness to the cigar and even a hint of salty at times, without either of these feeling like a distinctive flavor other than the base tastes. Really interesting, complex, but fairly consistent from start to finish. The may be the best maduro I've smoked. It was fantastic.
Thank you Martel for the words of wisdom. I never judge a cigar by its price, rather by its burn and flavor... that's my story and I'm sticking to it.I as a cigar lover who has not sampled many... appreciate your reviews of the not so frequently smoked cigars
I have really enjoyed reading through these. I'm glad you started titling these, as some of the earlier ones read as very mouthwatering, but I couldn't figure out what the stick actually was.
Welcome back Martel, good to see you again and your reviews.