Monthly Archives: November 2012

Alec Bradley Connecticut Robusto Review

Black Friday is well known for shopping till you drop, I personally don’t take part. This past black Friday though, my local B&M, Old Havana Cigar Co. decided to have an Alec Bradley event and who could turn that down. I already had a box of Tempus Maduro on hold for me, but I was excited at the prospect of finally trying the new Connecticut. In attendance was also Jon Lipson, A.K.A The Player, his Road Warrior name. Jon is a cool guy to meet and knows his smokes. He highly recommended the Connecticut, which I understand he has to sell, but he also exuded confidence in his brand which appeals to anyone I think.Now to the cigar.

The cigar’s construction was excellent, few if any veins, packed well from foot to nub, and no soft spots. Pre-light sniff offered up some wood notes and spice. The foot gave much of the same. Straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave woods, spice, and a slight sweet note.

The first third introduced itself with a generous amount of pepper, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount which after a few puffs in to the first third evened itself out. The wood notes were also at a good level throughout the first third balancing in well with the pepper. A little into the first third and the smoke became creamy and smooth. The burn was a tribute to the construction being almost perfect resulting in a salt and pepper ash that held firm, yet also was the tiniest bit flaky. The draw was nothing short  of fantastic, offering a billowing amount of creamy smoke. Excellent experience thus far, and medium in strength.

The second third and final third were a pretty good comparison to the first in that the wood and pepper notes were the main players in the profile. The creamy part of the cigar also stayed in play, keeping it beautifully smooth and flavorful. Somewhere into the final third a slight sweet note was introduced, slight but welcomed. Through the second and final third  the cigar took on a more medium to full body level.  The burn, ash, and draw stayed exceptional throughout the smoke. Not a problem taking this beauty down to the nub, as it stayed cool to the touch and flavorful to the end.

At the end of the day I was very happy to have finally tried this cigar. It will make for a great morning or early afternoon smoke. I ended up grabbing a box of the Nano’s which I’ll also post a review for. With this and a few other Connecticuts I’ve had this year, I’ve pretty much solidified choices for some splendid morning smokes and have been more than happy doing so. Give them a try I don’t think you’ll regret it! As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan


Oliva Serie V Melanio Robusto Review

I have had the pleasure of smoking some great cigars by Oliva, thus anticipation to smoke the Melanio was justified. The amount of talk through friends also attributed to suspense in getting a hold of one, so I did, and yes it lives up to the hype.

Inspection of the cigar reveals a box pressed robusto with almost no veins, a wrapper seam hear and there but it is a gorgeous looking smoke, with no soft spots. A sniff gives a nice peppery sense to the cigar along with a hint of coffee. The foot offers more pepper than anything. A straight cut to the cap and I get coffee, pepper, and leather.

The first third began with a generous pepper blast. A subtle amount of coffee seemed to be fighting it’s way through, but the pepper was the main player. A few puffs in and the pepper subsided a bit and the coffee made it’s appearance in the profile adding a delicious note. A faint amount of cedar began to make a play here and there as well. The burn was nothing short of perfect, resulting in a salt and pepper type ash that was as strong as can be. The draw was equally excellent, providing a splendid amount of smoke.

The second third began to yield more of the coffee notes. The pepper was still in play but reserved for the back of the profile leaving a tingle on the palate. Cedar also had more emphasis in the second third pairing well with the coffee and pepper. The strength level had quickly approached a fuller profile, definitely an evening smoke. The burn as superb as before, as was the ash. The draw was perfect throughout the cigar.

The final third phased out the coffee and cedar leaving the pepper as the dominant note, but also adding a touch of leather to the profile, making things even out a little. The cigar stayed cool all the way to the sad end. I felt a little bad poking a toothpick into the end of this beauty, but I couldn’t resist, I had to smoke it completely, yes it was that great of a cigar.

I’d have to say that in my humble opinion, this is my favorite cigar by Oliva to date. It was an absolutely splendid smoke that I know I will enjoy again and again for as long as they last. A definite box purchase. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

E.P. Carrillo Cardinal 52 Natural Cigar Review

It usually takes me a few days between smoking and reviewing, I broke that chain today. It’s no secret that E.P. Carrillo is a company that knows how to make an excellent smoke. The New Wave Connecticut was a subject of review for me a little while back, link here. It was one of few Connecticuts that changed my view of Connecitcuts. Needless to say I knew roughly what to expect with this cigar, yet it proved I knew nothing.

The construction of this cigar is nothing short of spectacular, very minimal veins noticeable, and not a vision of wrapper seams. The cigar is packed beautifully with no soft spots. The pre-light sniff left me with senses of grass, spice, and cedar. The foot expelled spice, cedar, and grass. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw adds leather to the family of flavors along with grass, and a hint of cedar.

The first third of this cigar was an absolute dream. The first few puffs gave a little more spice than I am used to with a Carrillo but faded just as fast. While the pepper faded the flavors of grass, and cedar came front and center. The grass was more of the sweet side and the cedar was just enough. The flavors all together were gorgeous and creamy on the palate.  The burn was fantastic ending in a light colored ash that was firm and held on for a great while. The draw was perfect producing an abundant amount of savory smoke. The beginning had me intrigued, and it only got better…

The second third was an evolution of decadence. The grass seemed to be a bit more on the dominant side, and the cedar still the perfect amount. Introduced now to the profile were nut flavors. The profile now was more unbelievable that the first third. The burn and ash were as perfect as before and the draw stayed exceptional.

The final third kept true to the grass and nutty flavors. the cedar faded a good bit and gave way to the leather I sensed in the dry draw. The cigar, at this point, was full strength, nothing that made me flinch, but full bodied and delicious. For most of the cigar the medium to full strength was the focus but now it had changed. Burning my lips and finger tips was my pleasure and seemed it would’ve been an insult not too.

I only bought a five pack of these, I should’ve bought a box. I can’t stress enough how excellent of a smoke this was. If you haven’t I’d highly suggest getting your hands on some soon. I’m also excited to try the Maduro Cardinal, and I know it will be another review already. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan


Review Nestor Miranda Special Selection Danno 2012

Since smoking the Danno 2010, I was undoubtedly excited to get my hands on the 2012, so when my good friend Tim Kime of Old Havana Cigar Co. sent me a text alerting me to their arrival, I wasted no time.  Aside from this cigar being a delicious blend, it carries a story behind it, being Nestor Miranda’s tribute to his late son. I’ve said in previous posts that details such as these add some allure knowing that the cigar itself has meaning to someone, resulting in maybe some extra special attention. Miami Cigar Company once again nails it with this smoke.

The cigar is a beautifully constructed smoke with a little tooth to it. There were a few small veins throughout, and a very slight oil to the wrapper. The Pre-light sniff was pleasing, giving off some nutty notes, accompanied by some natural tobacco, and slight spice. The foot offered some more tobacco, nuts, and slight spice. A straight cut to the cap and the draw sampled with tobacco and coffee, and spice.

The first third began with some good natural tobacco notes, some coffee, and very slight spice more evident in the retrohale. The nut flavors seemed to be somewhere in there but not a key player yet. The strength seemed to be a little more than the 2010, this I believe being the introduction of ligero in this blend. The burn was just about perfect, producing a light gray ash which held firm. The draw was pretty good, I had to give a double puff hear and there, but nothing troubling, and given the size of the ciagr I wasn’t surprised.

The second third saw the nutty flavors kick into play. The cigar now had all flavors in a wonderfully delicious mix. The strength thus far had proven to be medium- medium full. The coffee notes became a little more subtle somewhere into the second third, but still quite evident. The flavors all playing together were ending in a particularly tasteful creamy finish. The burn stayed as good as before, maybe even a little straighter. The ash held firm again after my first tap into the ashtray. The draw also seemed to open a bit more providing even more beautiful rich smoke.

The final third evolved into more emphasis on the tobacco and nutty flavors. The cigar still provided a creamy decadent finish, and at this point I was glad I picked up more than one. The nub stayed cool and tasty to the last puff.

The Danno 2012 was as much a success, in my humble opinion, as the 2010. This year seemed to add a little more strength to the profile which I personally welcomed. Miami Cigar Company have proven time and time again that their blends are nothing short of splendid, the Danno line is a good testament to the fact. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

Review Espinosa Habano Robusto

Recently on Twitter, I’d seen a lot of friends talking about this company. I hadn’t tried one yet and looked forward to changing that. Off to Total Tobacco Newtown Square and picked a couple up along with some more beauties you’ll read about soon enough.

The construction of this cigar was good, with no soft spots to speak of and packed well. Minimal veins were apparent yet one prominent wrapper seam was noticeable. No bother on to the sniff which revealed some cocoa, spice, and wood. The foot gave a good amount of pepper and cocoa. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave more coca, spice, and wood.

The first third introduced itself with a generous blast of pepper spice. Intertwined with this was the coca, leaving the wood in the back of things and only a slight sense of it. Through the first third things evened out and more attention was focused on the coca and wood with the pepper coating the palate in the end.  The burn was pretty good, slight at times, ending in a beautifully light colored ash that held very strong. The draw was perfect, expelling a good amount of smoke.

The second third added more presence of wood, which seemed more cedar-like. The cocoa was ever present and the spice reduced its kick and became a bit more mild. The burn and ash stayed steady, and the draw as good as before.

The final third was more pf a pepper blast than I’m used to. Most of the flavors had seemed to fade out yielding a very strong finish that commanded a drink in my hand. I have another resting so I’ll be interested to see how time plays it’s role with this smoke.

I enjoyed this cigar, and at the price point it’s a sure seller. The finish was a little stronger than I expected, but this may have been due to me not letting it rest. I’ll update when I smoke the next one. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan


Review Emilio Draig K Robusto

When a company makes a good product, it of course is very easy to be eager to try everything they have. When a company also incorporates a relationship with their followers, it becomes something more. My personal business is run this way, and it is, by some, an old standard, I don’t agree, it’s something that should never fade away. When a relationship is built work no longer is work. Going in everyday becomes less of a chore, you look forward to it. This sentiment is captivated by Emilio Cigars and all involved with them. Mr. Gary Griffith’s recent appointment of Mr. Nate McIntyre was something that was shared with everyone, not just within the company. Nate’s response and love of the business was also addressed in a blog post that was a great testament to the person he is.  Here’s the link, . I have also had the pleasure of meeting Gary and Alan Price. Gary has also given me many words of encouragement in the past few months since I began this site, whether reviewing his products or not. This cigar also has a touching story behind it, one I think all should read.

The cigar’s construction was great. A few small veins but nothing that hindered the cigar. The wrapper was for all intense and purposes black, Colombian Cubanito Maduro to be exact. The pre-light sniff offered up some dark chocolate and spices. The foot gave more spice, a little wood, and dark chocolate. A straight cut to the cap and again the dark chocolate and spices are the dominant sensations.

The first third was great introduction to the core flavors of dark chocolate and spices, both playing dominant roles in the profile. At times I also noted the sense of a wood note trying to play in but was very reserved. The burn was a bit wavy but nothing that required correcting at this point. The ash was a dark one in color, a little flaky, but none the less held on strong. The draw was effortless providing a good amount of smoke. The exceptional thing about this cigar was the flavor, tons of it that made it a powerhouse of delicious smoke.

The second third kept the notes of dark chocolate and spices. The spices seemed to move to the back of things. In addition I began to notice some coffee playing into the profile. At some point in the second third I did give a little shot with my lighter to keep things straight, and with that the cigar kept smoking well. Through the second third and final third the flavors stayed oretty much the same. It nubbed beautifully cool and tasteful. Glad I have more. One more point, I’ve heard the Coronas are the best vitola, I’ll have to get them and try them out.

This cigar was another success by Emilio Cigars, and with more lines on the way I look forward to smoking every one of them that I can. In my humble opinion this company is definitely one to keep any eye on because, to date, they have solidified a unique niche in this business with promise of more great things to come. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan


These cigars are hard to find. My friends at Buttheads Tobacco in Danbury CT have them in stock and will ship!!! Email


Review Nat Sherman Timeless Hermoso

Another first for me. I’ve heard some good buzz as of late surrounding these cigars. Needless to say when a cigar has a good amount of buzz around it, I choose to pay attention. Add to this that I had to wait for a bit for one of my local places to get it in, my curiosity was peaked.

The construction of this cigar was pretty good. it was a bit toothy with a few prominent veins, but nothing that really took away from it. The cigar was packed well from foot to nub giving me no soft spots. The pre-light sniff offered up some leather, spice and some wood notes. The foot gave some more spice, and wood. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave a dominant sense of leather and wood.

The first third greeted me with hints of all flavors. It seemed that everything was present, yet muted. The leather was there along with the wood notes that took on a more oak flavor. The spice also present, taking on a cinnamon taste. The burn was just about straight, a tad wavy at times, ending in a beautifully strong salt and pepper ash. The draw was perfect producing a great amount of flavorful smoke that I actually received a few compliments on.

The second third is where this cigar really began to shine. The leather became the dominant flavor amping up greatly. The oak was right behind it, adding itself to this delicious profile. The cinnamon stayed in the back end of things, but was such a beautiful compliment to the rest of the smoke. The burn stayed as before, no touch ups required, and the ash held strong. The draw, as perfect as it was, kept effortless, continued with the flavorful smoke.

The final third didn’t see too much change in the flavor department, all flavors stayed in play and made this cigar nub without a problem.

All in all I’m glad I finally got a chance to smoke this cigar. It is an absolutely excellent offering by Nat Sherman International. If you haven’t already, grab a couple and give them a smoke. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

Review L’Atelier LAT 54

It’s no secret that Pete Johnson is a blender that knows his stuff. It is also no secret that the Garcia family knows how to construct a great cigar, add to that mix a wrapper developed by the Oliva family and you’re pretty much guaranteed a home run. It absolutely was. The vitolas and style of the cigar are a tribute to the Cohiba Behike, which for me, adds more allure to it.

The construction of this beauty is gorgeous, a caramel brown wrapper, minimal veins, no soft spots and packed well. The pre-light sniff offered up some barnyard aromas, nuts, and some tea. The foot intensified the barnyard smell along with a hint of spice, and tea. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave creaminess, nuts, and hay.

The first third greeted me with a blast of flavors. The nuts, tea, and cream made up an absolutely delicious flavor profile. There was a slight spice to it that was generally reserved for the palate. I expected the traditional Pepin pepper blast, but was pleased by the more medium bodied profile. The burn line was just about perfect, producing a light gray ash that was a little flaky, yet held on very strong for over an inch. The smoke bellowed from each puff as the draw was excellent.

The second third added a slight wood note, maybe cedar. I’ll have to smoke another and see if my senses were correct, which I’ll have no problem doing. The tea became more of a player in the second third, taking on a more dominant presence in the profile. The nuts and creaminess stayed in play with great balance. The burn stayed beautifully straight, the ash strong, and the draw perfect.

The final third didn’t see too much of a change in flavor. The only two problems I had now were, one, coping with the fact that I’d be burning my fingers and lips, and two, I have to say goodbye for now.

What a splendid cigar! I’m glad I opted for a 5 pack as my first purchase. A box is an easy decision, as this cigar is delicious, and the price point is excellent. Try it friends, you’ll love it! As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

Review Tres Reynas Robusto

Collaborations between two great cigar companies can only mean one thing, a great cigar. Quesada and My Father Cigars are pretty much usual suspects in my humi, so in hearing about a joint project, I was more than eager to see what would be the result.

The construction of the Tres Reynas looked exceptional. A nice oil to it, and extremely thin veins that were hard to see with the dark chocolate looking wrapper. It felt packed well, with no identifiable soft spots. A sniff of this beauty gave me chocolate, coffee, and a barnyard sense. The foot offered some spice along with chocolate, and some slight wood notes. Straight cut to the cap and the dry draw released more chocolate, coffee, and woods.

The first third began with a nice blast of pepper for me, though it only stayed strong through the first few puffs. After the initial pepper introduced was the chocolate, which took on a more dark chocolate flavor, a touch of coffee, and a small hint of wood. The cigar burned beautifully revealing a dark gray ash that held extremely firm. The draw was perfect producing a good amount of smoke. So far so good…

The second third really made this cigar for me. All of the flavors were present but seemed to be more prevalent than before. The dark chocolate was pleasantly sweet. The coffee added a sort of bitter taste that “evened” out the sweetness. The wood kicked in at the perfect time enhancing the flavor profile. The pepper was pretty much gone.  The burn, ash, and draw all stayed exquisite. I did end up a little thirsty at this point, as the smoke had taken on a more dry feel. The cigar temp stayed perfect throughout.

The final third kept true to the flavors, not too much of a change in the profile.  The pepper was all but an afterthought now. No problem taking this baby all the way to some burnt finger tips and lips.

In my humble opinion, this cigar was an absolutely amazing smoke. It is, without a doubt, box worthy. If you haven’t, I highly suggest you give it a smoke, you will not be sorry. I also think I remember reading that it will be limited, so waste no time, I know I’ll be getting more! As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan