Monthly Archives: February 2013

La Flor Dominicana Oro Tubo Maduro 6 Cigar Review

La Flor Dominicana Oro Tubo Maduro 6

Having smoked the Natural blend in this line, I had high expectations of this cigar. If you’ve smoked it, you already know where this post is heading, if not, and you’ve been considering it, go ahead enjoy it! In truth it exceeded my expectations. Read on…

Construction & Pre-Light;

The Maduro is a beautiful cigar to look at. There was one vein I noticed and a good amount of oil on the wrapper. The wrapper seams were undetectable. The cigar was packed extremely well yielding no soft spots. A pre-light sniff yielded some coffee, cocoa, and spice. The foot offered coffee, spice, and tobacco. A straight cut to the cap gave me coffee, tobacco and spice.

Flavor;

The cigar opened up with a nice mix of coffee, pepper, and some tobacco notes. A little into the first third and the pepper gets a little milder and more focus is on the coffee and tobacco. The cigar also began to gain strength further in.

The second third saw the coffee subside a tad and now chocolate notes became a prominent player in the profile. The pepper stayed mild but still noticeable. A good ways into the second third and the cigar had gained a good amount of strength. The flavors all played into a creamy feel that offered a nice maduro sweetness to make the strength just right.

The final third saw the pepper amp up a bit and the chocolate stayed in the main focus as well. The coffee and tobacco notes were pretty much gone. I had no problem taking this gorgeous cigar down to the nub and enjoyed every second of it.

Draw, Burn, Ash;

The draw was absolutely spectacular from beginning to end, no complaints here at all.

The burn was as good as they come, especially pleasing with a cigar of this size. It was splendidly straight from foot to nub. Maybe two lighter hits in total.

The ash was strong and held extremely well.

Conclusion;

Having smoked the Natural and Maduro of the Oro line I’d be hard-pressed to tell you which I enjoyed more. They were both dynamite offerings from La Flor Dominicana. I still have the Chisel resting in one of my humis and am unsurprisingly looking forward to enjoying it as well. As the Maduro goes, it was a nice journey of complexity ranging from coffee, pepper, chocolate, and tobacco flavors. Its strength was also a noticeable factor. The Maduro, as the Natural, is a box purchase without blinking. I’d love to see what age does to these beauties. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

Thurman Thomas Maduro Cigar Review

ThurmanThomas Maduro

Sheryl from Stogie Boys had sent me a few of these cigars a bit back. After a bit of a hiatus I’ve been trying to catch up on my reviews, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner I know that some husbands may want to give their wives a nice budget stick idea which can be enjoyed both for price and flavor. Being the line from a Hall Of Famer such as Thurman Thomas, one would hope the stick is worthy of his name, I’d say yes.

Construction and Pre-Light;

The Thurman Thomas Maduro was a surprising stick in many ways. The construction, being a “budget cigar” was very good. A few slight veins passed through and minimal wrapper seams. The cigar gave a cocoa aroma and slight earth. The foot offered a hint of spice and more cocoa. A straight cut to the cap and you guessed it, cocoa and a tad of spice.

Flavor;

The Thurman Thomas opened up a little light for me, this had me a little troubled. I’m glad though that I continued on. Later into the first third notes of cocoa and earth began to surface offering a better beginning to the cigar. The first third stayed pretty evenly balanced between these two flavors.

The second third brought more emphasis to the cocoa flavor. The earthy notes were also present, although the focus was the cocoa. Along with the other flavors, there entered a slight note of spice, peppery, but nothing hard-hitting, rather enough to add to the profile. I was surprised at this point by the noticeable changes in the cigar, especially it being a budget smoke.

The final third kept emphasis on the cocoa, now becoming a more dark chocolate note. The pepper was still there, and the earth had faded by now. Cool to the nub and the surprising cigar was no more…

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

Never a big problem with draw on this cigar, may have been a little loose here and there but never stayed that way for too long.

The burn was another surprising factor, almost a perfect burn line for most of the cigar. In the final of the second third I gave it a quick shot with my lighter to keep things even, but nothing troubling at all.

The ash was a salt and pepper gray, and held on for at least an inch before falling into my ashtray. Great tightness throughout the cigar.

Conclusion;

A good amount of budget friendly sticks exist in this broad market. The Thurman Thomas Maduro is most likely one of the most flavorful in that category, in my humble opinion. The first third, as stated, starts a little light but don’t let it sway you, flavors pop a bit into this cigar. Along with this cigar being extremely affordable, there are a few specials available with it on Stogie Boys. Whether you want to give your wife an affordable gift idea or just grab a few sticks that won’t hit your pocket too hard and offer some good flavor, I think this is the ticket. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

Ezra Zion Cigars Announces Honor Series MLK On Cigar Chat

Ezra-Zion                    RobbyRasReviews

 

Many of us have enjoyed the offering of Ezra Zion Cigars of the Honor Series Reagan, honoring President Ronald Reagan, and the Inception. Tonight on #CigarChat, Ezra Zion announced three upcoming blends for 2013 including the Honor Series MLK. Get all the info from Robby Ras Reviews. If you’ve enjoyed their other blends, then I’m sure you’re as excited as I am for the bright future and tasty blends this company will offer. As always thanks for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

 

La Flor Dominicana Oro Tubo Natural 6 Cigar Review

LFD Oro Tubo Natural 6

Recently a purchase from CigarHustler.com landed me this beauty along with the Chisel and Maduro. Needless to say La Flor Dominicana has a reputation of great cigars and I’ve enjoyed my share. This however is my first review of an LFD on my site, not sure why, and I’m happy to write it.

Construction & Pre-Light;

The Oro Natural is a good size stick, measuring in at 6×54, It comes in a golden tube lined with a cedar strip. I personally have a lot of respect for this type of attention to a cigar, protecting it from any damage that could be sustained by the tube. The cigar had a nice look to it, very minimal veins and undetectable wrapper seams. A sniff offered some natural tobacco notes and a hint of wood. The foot gave tobacco and pepper. Straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave tobacco, pepper, and a slight sweet note.

Flavor;

The Oro started off with emphasis on what I’ll call its core notes of natural tobacco and slight pepper, the pepper being  bit stronger on the retrohale rather than the palate. The first third kept up with the core flavors and also, a bit into it, the sweetness emerged. The sweet note was slight, but enough to add to the allure of this cigar. The sweetness reminded me of a caramel or toffee flavor.

The second third stayed with the tobacco and pepper. The sweetness was more here and there. Throughout this length of the Oro I also picked up some wood notes, a nice little addition.

The final third came back to its origins of tobacco and pepper. The wood and sweetness were gone. Taking the cigar to the nub was a pleasure, and a little more amped up in strength. Took it to the nub and enjoyed it all the way.

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

The draw was fantastic from foot to nub, no complaints here.

The burn through the first third and most of the second was great, not perfect but didn’t need any attention. In the end of the second third and through the final I did give a few touch ups. They were never needed because of any drastic burn issues, more here and there to keep  things even.

The ash was a lighter salt and pepper color. It held strong through each tap, no flaking.

Conclusion;

The Oro Natural 6 was for me a great stick. Granted it wasn’t one of extreme evolution but rather a great focus on the core flavors in the blend.  I thoroughly enjoyed smoking this cigar and look forward to keeping some in my humidor. I also have on hand the Chisel and Maduro, and after the Natural I’m looking forward to see what’s in store! As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan