Monthly Archives: April 2013

Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador Filero Cigar Review

Namakubi Ecuador

I should begin by telling you that if you’ve considered trying this cigar and still are not convinced, stop reading this review and go grab some now, come back to the review later. They are limited, and from what I’ve been told, flying off the shelves, and rightfully so. Matt Booth has another gem of a cigar with this offering.

Background;

The Namakubi Ecuador sports the Habano wrapper also used in the OSOK, and the same for the binder, the authentic corojo. The filler is a mix of Honduran and Dominican.

Construction & Pre-light;

The Filero is a neatly shaped figuroa with a nice fuse, if you will, at the end.  The cigar gives off some coffee, leather, and spice. A straight cut to the cap yields coffee, wood, leather, and spice.

Flavor;

The Ecuador begins with a significant amount of wood and coffee accompanied by pepper. Right from the start I sensed that this cigar would be full in flavor and strength. The wood and pepper took the primary roles until a good bit into the first third. At that point the coffee offered a nice note adding to the wonderful flavors already experienced.

The second third saw the pepper diminish slightly. Added to the profile were notes of cocoa that never overpowered, yet added a nice sweetness to this powerful blend. Midway into the second third is when I began to pick up leather notes, of which became more prominent. The pepper had been leaving its mark on my palate from the start. Great smoke thus far.

The final third saw an increase in the leather presence along with the pepper. All other notes seemed to take the back burner, yielding to the leather and pepper. An absolutely dynamite finish to a wonderful smoke. Cool to the nub and delicious as well.

Conclusion;

The Namakubi is a box worthy smoke for me. Having smoked two of the Filero’s I grabbed a box of the Chingon vitola as it was the only one available at my B&M. The Filero is supposed to be coming back in as well, and I’ll have no problem opting for a box of them as well. The flavors of wood, coffee, leather, cocoa, and pepper are wonderfully presented in this cigar from start to finish. I see many more of these in my future. Yet I feel that if you are a more mild smoker you should be warned from now that this cigar packs a punch, and a very enjoyable one IMO. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

La Jugada Prieto Robusto Cigar Review

La Jugada Prieto

A recent gift from Brad over a Cigar Stix gave me the chance to try this cigar along with a few others. Gifts for me aren’t  always something that are easy to review, being that I may not like the cigar and would rather not offend. Not the case here. Delicious little stick in which I have no problem reviewing.

Background;

The La Juagada Prieto La Zona is an offering by Moya Ruiz cigars, manufactured by Erik Espinosa, of Espinosa Cigars, in his La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Jugada sports a gorgeous Mexican San Andres Wrapper, with the binder and fillers both Nicaraguan.

Construction & Pre-Light;

The cigar felt nicely packed with no soft spots. There were a few visible veins and wrapper seams and a bit of tooth to it. It gave of scents of dark chocolate and some leather notes. The foot offered more dark chocolate and also some spice. Straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave me dark chocolate, spice, leather and a hint of coffee.

Flavor;

The Jugada started off with a nice blast of dark chocolate and pepper, creating a thick smoke that coated my mouth and palate. Through a good part of the first third the flavors stayed as such. Somewhere close to the beginning of the second third gave a noticeable addition of coffee notes.

The second third saw the dark chocolate diminish slightly, and yielded to some coffee notes and pepper, the pepper now a touch milder. The flavor evolution thus far was very pleasing. Good amount of chewy smoke, and a nice zing left on the palate. Nearing the end of the second third, I began to sense some leather joining the profile.

The final third saw the coffee and chocolate fade almost totally and the cigar now offering more leather and pepper. No trouble nubbing it out as I enjoyed this cigar from start to finish.

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

Flawless draw from foot to nub, no complaints from me.

The burn was the only trouble I had, at times getting a little wavy. A couple of hits with my lighter and these small problems were corrected. Really wasn’t too much of a bother, but you know me, I don’t like leaving anything out.

The ash was nice and strong, yet at times looked a bit flaky. It did hold on for at the least a little more than an inch to inch and a half.

Conclusion;

My first run with Moya Ruiz cigars can be categorized as a successful one. The flavor, draw, and presentation of the cigar were all very much quality, and from what I’ve seen on Cigar Stix the price point is right on as well. Get a few for your humi and I’m sure you’ll be happy with them. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

 

L’Atelier Imports LAT 46 Selection Speciale Cigar Review

LAT 46

Following a hard day’s work I look forward to going home, spending time with my family, and later spending time with my favorite cigars. There is nothing more relaxing. A recent gift from my friend Tim Kime, gave me the opportunity to try out the new offering from L’Atelier Imports, the LAT 46 Selection Speciale. Here are my thoughts…

Background;

The LAT 46 is similar in many respects to the original LAT release, although this time, using a higher primed Ecuadorian Sancti Spiritus wrapper presenting it darker in color, and also changing the flavor profile a bit. The binder and filler are both Nicaraguan. The cigar is manufactured at the My Fathers Cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Construction and Pre-Light;

The LAT 46 offers a beautiful looking oily dark wrapper, with small veins and some noticeable wrapper seams. The cigar is packed well with no soft spots detectable. Pre-light sniff offers wood notes, natural tobacco, and spice. The foot offers much of the same. Straight cut to the cap and the dry draw offers wood, spice, coffee, and leather.

Flavor;

From a flavor standpoint the LAT 46 really shines with the addition of the higher primed wrapper.  The first third begins with some wood notes, and spice. Later into the first third I noticed the tea flavors familiar to me from the original release, and the tobacco notes have taken on a more sweet profile. Great beginning.

The second third kept more with the wood and spice and also some coffee notes present.  The sweet tobacco has also remained and at times seems to lean towards hints of chocolate. The tea notes seemed a little more subtle. Unique as the original thus far with more to offer.

The final third brought the leather front and center. The wood stayed in the profile, although all else had faded. The finish was absolutely smooth and one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy.

Conclusion;

This cigar is one for the books IMO. I wasted no time and ordered a box from Smoke Inn.  I was so into the LAT 46 that I almost, unknowingly, started burning into the first band. I became completely immersed in the flavors offered in this unique and tasty cigar. I have to check and see how limited a release it is because I’d love to have some to enjoy and some to age. Age I can only imagine will bring this cigar to another level, other than the one it already is on. Bravo to Pete and KC Johnson, and all involved in this cigar. It’s a sure winner, at least for the Greek. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan