Rain:Nice review.You did make me think. I'd rather have a decent cigar that I know what I'm getting then a "good" cigar turn out bad!Thanks for giving me a meditation moment
Bigshizza:I thought you'd look different..... More like my build but 8 feet tall.. Hmmmm guess you never know, you are a handsome devil. Nice to see you last night!
90+ Irishman:I'm sorry it didn't treat you too well Martel, but I loved the read all the same, keep me coming and thanks for sharing!
Martel: 90+ Irishman:I'm sorry it didn't treat you too well Martel, but I loved the read all the same, keep me coming and thanks for sharing!It was good in the first and final thirds. The burn problems were minor, but large enough to note. Since so many variables can cause burn problems, I won't hold it against the stick unless I run into it again. I would definitely smoke this; overall it was enjoyable. In fact, if not for the underwhelming/disappointing/different-from-the-rest middle third, this might make it fairly high in my overall rankings of cigars. It was bigger than most smokes of mine, and was a great way to celebrate a good afternoon when I got to call 10 students to tell them they passed their GED test. I didn't put in the review that this took close to 2 hours to smoke.
ddubridge:Great review. I love reading them and am glad to see you back at it.
Martel: ddubridge:Great review. I love reading them and am glad to see you back at it.What the heck happened to Verlander? And what the heck is that new picture a picture of, exactly?
Martel:I've seen the talk and know people love these things for the most part, so I was glad to receive one to try...and now I may just be watching the sprint sale 'cause I know these pop up. Or I might just get a box.
This little corona sized beauty in the habano wrapper with a twisted cap was soft to squeeze. I center my punch on the nub and have a good sized hole to draw from, but it is still a little tight. The wrapper has one large noticeable vein, but is otherwise good looking and oily brown with a hint of red clay to the color.
There is some pepper that creeps up on you while smoking this cigar, which I notice more on an exhale-here it is really strong. There is tons of smoke and the draw becomes perfect once you get past the shaggy cap. The smoke even feels oily in your mouth. It's tangy with some earth in it, now. The ash is great and holds on until I'm about halfway done. The burn is razor straight.
After a bit, the punch did tar up, and I had to fiddle with it to get it to open up again. I did have to touch up the burn at this point, but I blame myself for not noticing the tar build-up earlier. The cigar mellows some near the end, but the only noticeable flavor that ran throughout the whole thing was black pepper. It was predominant at all times, even though there were some other flavors that came and went.Definitely worth having around, if not my favorite smoke, would be a good weekly kind of smoke. I wouldn't save them for a special occasion and wouldn't want one daily, but I did like it.
allsmokedup:20-30 min! The Puro Authenticos take an hour for me since they have such an oily wrapper. I've always used a guillotine on them and never had any tar buildup.
catfishbluezz:Martel that is the corona, 5X42. The robusto is 4 7/8X50. If you need help finding more, let me know. The corona is a tad stronger then the other vitolas. This is my favorite new brand. They are distributed by SAG, which is MATASA's US hub, so you can find them anywhere that uses SAG to get smokes, but they are only in store.
Martel: catfishbluezz:Martel that is the corona, 5X42. The robusto is 4 7/8X50. If you need help finding more, let me know. The corona is a tad stronger then the other vitolas. This is my favorite new brand. They are distributed by SAG, which is MATASA's US hub, so you can find them anywhere that uses SAG to get smokes, but they are only in store.Yeah, I wondered after I did the review if it was the corona. Too late to actually measure it, though. It seemed smaller than most robusto's but enough bigger than the two corona's I smoked the day before that I just assumed. Sort smoke for a robusto, but about perfect for a largeish corona. I really liked it. Like I said, not the most jaw dropping smoke at any single point, but it was dayum good from start to finish and incredibly smooth.
Bigshizza:I really like this and the T.L. Johnson Tempio for that citrus twang, very refreshing!