Noobings Reviews

taythegibstaythegibs Posts: 2,025
So in talking with Matt the other day i decided to try putting up some reviews again, this first one is on a little stick called the Padron Cortico Maduro (4.5x35)

Time in humi- 3 days (was one of a few left in the box at the b&m so it isn't rott)
Price point- $3.50, can be had for less online.
Strength- Medium-Medium/full
drink- water
Construction- the foot is very hard, but the rest of the cigar is pretty soft. The cap has a knot on it where it wasn't applied evenly, but otherwise i can see no defects
Prelight- The wrapper is dark an oily looking, it is thoroughly covered in small veins, and it is a little rough looking, I cut with a double guillotine and the prelight draw tasted faintly of cedar and coco.
First puff- very woodsy with some pepper and coco, very bitter
First third- The woodsy, cedar taste starts out strong with a small hint of bitter-sweet coco, its ashing about every centimeter and a half with a decent burn.
Second third- The coco is becoming more prominent with a bit of pepper and hint of some cinnamon, almost like a spiced chocolate. The smoke still smells strongly of cedar. Im attempting to teach myself to retro-hale, its opening up a whole 'nother ballpark and the spice is popping out more. It is reminding me of a Mexican hot chocolate that a coworker brought in to work once.
Final third- the chocolate is nearly gone as is the cinnamon that i tasted a few times. it is now overly woodsy again, and the bitterness is packing a whallop. between puffs my palate tastes as if i had just eaten some bittersweet chocolate and a pickled banana pepper, an interesting combination.
Smoking time- 27 minutes
Final thoughts- This is a very bitter cigar, maybe if it had a year or two to settle down it could be great. Due to it's length im not getting much of a stink finger but the bittersweet chocolate flavor is lingering on my palate For the price it's not a bad buy, and definitely worth revisiting.

Appearance- 8/10
Burn- 7/10
Construction- 7/10
Taste- 6/10

At a final tally- 7 out of 10 noobings recommend this smoke, it is a cheap Padron, that doesn't seem to quite live up to the name. It is overly bitter but could get better with age.

Comments

  • MartelMartel Somewhere in PAPosts: 2,921 ✭✭✭
    I really like these for a quick smoke. I haven't tried a lot of other small cigars like this, but this is by far the best of the few I have tried. Especially at the price for a tin of them. Far better than something like the Papas Fritas. Oddly enough, I didn't get an unpleasant amount of bitter. But I like coffee and dark chocolate, so bitter is not bad to my tastes.
    Intelligence is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

    I like Oliva and Quesada (including Regius) a lot.  I will smoke anything, though.
  • Gray4linesGray4lines KentuckyPosts: 4,424 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I love the pardon maduros, but I've never had that size. The smallest I've had is the londres which is like a corona size 42 rg maybe.

    They are normally a little bitter (cocoa like) and a little spicy and earthy. Do you think the excess bitterness was from the super small rg?
    LLA - Lancero Lovers of America
  • taythegibstaythegibs Posts: 2,025
    I'd have to think that thae bitterness was amplified by the small rg. It was a great size, but i also had to have it burning pretty hot so that it wouldn't die out which also probably didnt help.
  • MartelMartel Somewhere in PAPosts: 2,921 ✭✭✭
    taythegibs:
    I'd have to think that thae bitterness was amplified by the small rg. It was a great size, but i also had to have it burning pretty hot so that it wouldn't die out which also probably didnt help.
    I will say it took me about three of these to balance the burn. The small rg asks for slow, but they did tend to go out if you weren't careful. I guess I've just found the right draw length and strength for these suckers. I agree, the bitterness increases if you burn to hot/fast.
    Intelligence is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

    I like Oliva and Quesada (including Regius) a lot.  I will smoke anything, though.
  • taythegibstaythegibs Posts: 2,025
    Tonight's Rrview is the Pinolero by Aj Fernandez Churchill (7.0x52)

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    Time in humi- about 2.5 months
    Price point- $3, i got a killer deal on it, normaly retails around $8
    Strength- Medium
    drink- water
    Construction-I can see no defects in the cigar, it is a light brown sungrown wrapper with only one or two decently sized veins. The churchill is a bigger violta then i usually grab but i got a killer deal on this stick.
    Prelight- The cutter of choice tonight is a punch, the prelight draw was a little tight and tasted a little woodsy with a hint of syrup
    First puff- woodsy, with a little nuttiness
    First third- The the woodsy taste evolved into a sweet nuttiness with a little black pepper. The ash is pretty flaky, its threatening to let go quite quickly.
    Second third- The cigar kept a decent burn, i had to touch it up once but the ash held a lot better than in the first third. Taste-wise, the nuttiness still is prominent, and the slight syrupy sweetness that i tasted in the prelight is coming into play.
    Final third- The ash is holding on tight with the flavor developing a slight buttery, creaminess that staid till I put it out. At the very end it became a little harsh but nothing too overpowering.
    Smoking time- 2 hours
    Final thoughts- This is a good, solid cigar. The nuttiness that developed throughout the stick was very appealing and consistent, albeit a bit one dimensional, but good nonetheless.

    Appearance- 9/10
    Burn- 8/10
    Construction- 9/10
    Taste- 8/10

    At a final tally- 8 out of 10 noobings recommend this smoke. It was a GREAT smoke for the price and i will jump on another 5ver if i can get it that cheap again.
  • Gray4linesGray4lines KentuckyPosts: 4,424 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sounds good! I like woody flavors in a cigar, so I am excited to try this one. I have one waiting (thanks drew)! Thanks for the quick write up!
    LLA - Lancero Lovers of America
  • taythegibstaythegibs Posts: 2,025
    The other night i got to revisit my favorite Man O' War, the Special Edition Figurado! (7.1x58) I had a very crappy day, got hurt at work, and i needed a solid smoke so I pulled out this beauty and it did not disappoint. Im a big fan of the MOW Ruination and this cigar is basically the standard MOW with the wrapper off of the Ruination!

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    Time in humi- Just over one year
    Price point- i got it in a trade, but have paid $10 for one
    Strength- Full bodied
    drink- Yellow Powerade!
    Construction-I could find no defects in the cigar, it is a deep oily brown in color andit was a little overly dense at the cap and the foot but from what ive seen that is somewhat common in a figurado shaped cigar.
    Prelight- The cutter of choice tonight is a double guillotine, the prelight draw was a very tight and was a little woodsy.
    First puff- very woody with a light sweetness
    First third- The MoW kept its woodsy taste that, imo, was very familiar to chewing on a sassafrass twig, with a underlying spiciness and a tad bit of chocolate. The burn was very straight with a decently solid ash, i ashed it about 1 1/2 inches in. The draw started off very tight but as the cigar widened out to the 50+ rg it opened up beautifully.
    Second third- The cigar kept a great burn, the ash did not want to let go, but since i was reading I ashed it a second time when it was at about 2 inches in length. A Creamy Nuttiness developed in this third that helped the underlying chocolate flavor evolve.
    Final third- The ash held on like CRAZY! I only ashed the cigar twice, a record for myself and this ash held on till it was nearly 3 inches! It held on till i laid the Cigar down in the dirt. This third was a mashup of nutty chocolate, a little wood and an aftertaste of a sweet coffee. A winning combination in my book!

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    Smoking time- 130min
    Final thoughts- This is a very good, very solid cigar. The price has gotten a bit inflated here of late but this is definitely a favorite of mine, let it rest for a year or more for a Great stick! This is my idea of what a great cigar should be like, there was almost no harshness at all, very buttery and creamy flavors and some very nice billowing smoke!

    Appearance- 9/10
    Burn- 10/10
    Construction- 9/10 i almost gave this a 10/10 just because of how well the ash held but the tight draw in the first third threw me off.
    Taste- 10/10

    At a final tally- 9 out of 10 noobings recommend this smoke. It was a GREAT smoke for the price and i will jump on another if i can.
  • bbass2bbass2 Posts: 1,064 ✭✭
    Sounds tasty, I love the Ruination.
  • taythegibstaythegibs Posts: 2,025
    Bumping this up for myself. I want to get my palate rack up to where it was and restart the noobings.
  • catfishbluezzcatfishbluezz Posts: 7,001
    Send addy
  • Dark_RoastDark_Roast St. John IndianaPosts: 972 ✭✭✭
    catfishbluezz:
    Send addy
    Yea, I think you should just give it up in PM. It's your time. And just think of the vast variety your pallet will experience visa vie Mr. Catfish.
  • taythegibstaythegibs Posts: 2,025
    There at too many more deserving folks on this forum than I of Mister Fish's generosity. And I'm playing my cards close to my chest this time around.
  • catfishbluezzcatfishbluezz Posts: 7,001
    Wrong answer
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