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Upman Mag 46 (Habano) LPA Jun 08 (7.5 years of age)

Smooth wrapper with two veins, wrapper aroma is almost food-like, foot aroma is lighter with a small amount of ligero present. Somewhat resistant clip (used a Palio). The clip left a loose spot at the top of the cigar, but did not cause any problems. Fairly firm draw with light flavors present. Bunch was a bit firm, but not hard.

Aroma while lighting was very promising. First few puffs were pure tobacco enjoyment with a nice fruity/tannin flavor on the lips. Some light pepper tones in the nose.

Medium body smoke (and plenty of it) with lots of flavor. Predominant flavor was toasted tobacco with some leather tones.

Burn was not perfect, but only required one touch-up at about half way. Firm mottled ash that did not drop off unless the cigar was tapped.

About half way some nutmeg flavors emerged, adding to the enjoyment of the flavor.

Cigar began to heat up in last third, but smoked down to one inch. Clean finish with a nice afterflavor in the mouth. “Finger aroma” confirmed a very nice smoke.

The Mag 46 can be a hit-or-miss cigar in my opinion. I have had them where I would have called it one of the best cigars I have ever smoked. Some just left me wondering what all the fuss was about. This cigar fell firmly in the upper half of that spectrum and was an excellent choice for a warm afternoon smoke with a cup of very good Honduran coffee.

Overall this was a very good smoke. 4/5. Joe Bob says Check it Out.

Camacho Barrel Aged robusto

Another 2015 ICPCR release that I had to chase down.

Very smooth, lightly aromatic wrapper. Good aromas off of the foot. Perfect clip and perfect cold draw.

Mild to medium strength at light with plentiful smoke volume. Strength kicked in to full body after a couple of draws. Initial notes of leather and spices with a solid rich tobacco foundation. Medium spices in the nose.

The cigar seemed hot at first; slowed down and it cooled off.

Like the old Eiroa Camachos, this is a full bodied cigar with spices and meaty flavors. A very satisfying strong cigar to smoke in the evening. 4.5/5, Joe Bob says check it out.

Gurkha Wicked Indie Toro

It’s not often that I smoke a cigar that deserves a right panning, but I had one today. And it was disappointing since this cigar came recommended as a good, low to medium price point stick.

Wrapper was pretty veiny, bunch was mushy (it also didn’t clip well) and the pre-light draw was loose. Aromas from the wrapper and the foot were fairly fragrant so I lit it anyway.

In a word, yuck. Bitter, sour and very little flavor beyond that. It also ran badly and resisted my attempts to correct the burn.

At about 1/2 I decided to give the cigar a strong purge. Afterwards the flavors settled a bit and I was able to pick up some ginger, wood and leather tones, but it was still burning very hot and running at a 45 degree angle.

Maybe I got a bad one, but I doubt I’ll give this one another chance. 1.5/5. Joe Bob says skip this one.

Perdomo Habano Sun-Grown Churchill

I don’t always smoke Churchills, but when I do they are always cigars I can trust to burn and taste as good as this one.

Dark tan, if a bit veiny, the wrapper and the foot smell of pure smoking enjoyment. A nice firm bunch, and a perfect clip add to the anticipation.

Initial inch yielded plenty of smoke and classic sun-grown flavors; well-toasted tobacco, wood and leather notes with a subtle spiciness. Medium gray ash was firm, and there was a nice even burn. I could have pegged this one of Nick Perdomo’s cigars without the band.

Savoring every puff of this cigar and am being rewarded with nice cool smoke. I hope to shake Nick Perdomo’s hand in July at the Vegas IPCPR and thank him for all of the fantastic smokes he produces.

Approaching the end of the first third and the spiciness is picking up, much to my delight. I for one truly love a full-bodied spicy cigar and this one is no exception. And the ash is still holding firm, further testament to the high quality construction. As I just typed that the ash (at about 1″) fell, revealing a slight cone burn.

As I finished my Lobo Midnight Porter, I broke into my Stone Delicious IPA. The cigar changed profile a bit, all to the better. I strongly recommend a good IPA with a sun-grown cigar.

The peppery spiciness mellowed during the second third to more cinnamon and ginger notes, two of my favorite cigar flavor notes.

Nearing the last third of the cigar, the burn is razor-straight with an almost flat burn. Slight hints of cocoa appear to supplement the already outstanding flavors. And the cigar is still smoking cool and smooth, gaining extra points with me.

Considering I smoked one of Hamlet’s outstanding cigars last night, this Perdomo is more than holding its own for flavor and sheer enjoyment.

The last third has developed a light sweetness, continuing to add to my enjoyment. Still copious amounts of smoke that provide sheer enjoyment. Very nice notes of fine prime steak on my lips are going to provide a bit of disappointment when I have to put it down.

A very slight burning on the roof of my mouth is taking none of the pure enjoyment I am experiencing. The smoke remains cool and is in no way getting too hot to hold.

Cigars like this are one of the reasons I have trouble smoking my pipe, which I tend to smoke too fast resulting in the pipe bowl becoming too hot to hold.

I realize I am repeating myself, but the amount of smoke this cigar is producing is sheer joy to a seasoned smoker like me. And the IPA is indeed a perfect match, much like with the Perdomo Craft Series Sun-grown.

Well into the last quarter, the cigar heats up a bit (as do all cigars as they reach the end), but the flavors are enough to offset the growing heat.

I have smoked many Perdomo cigars in the past, and this one ranks very high in my experience. The quality of this cigar rivals most cigars I have ever had the pleasure to smoke.

Smoking the cigar to the one-inch point gave me want I can only describe as pure enjoyment.

I give very few 5/5 ratings to cigars; this is definitely one of them. Joe Bob says check it out, and if you don’t you are depriving yourself.

Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan

Looks like a gimmick, but I decided to give one a try, you know, for St. Paddy’s.

Very smooth maduro/candela barber pole wrapper, good bunch, clean clip, perfect draw. Excellent construction with subtle aromas and flavors.

Easy light, immediate green flavors from the candela leaf in the wrapper. Otherwise mostly mild with some sweetness accompanying the vegetal flavor.

Mottled but firm ash and mostly even burn.

Flavors remain vegetal by 1/3 with some bitterness emerging. Hard purge got rid of most of the bitterness and some deeper tobacco flavors emerged, but overall taste remained very vegetal.

Bitterness returns and continues to build and the cigar is now canoeing badly. Very one-dimensional, fairly unpleasant overall and didn’t make it to half before putting it down. Only recommended to fans of candela wrappers.

PDR 1878 SG robusto

Perfect wrapper, good bunch and heavenly fragrances from the wrapper and the foot with a generous draw.

Smoked with a Freetail Pinata Protest red wit brewed with ancho chilis, a perfect match for a sungrown wrapper.

This cigar could be a meal. Initial flavors are peppery toasted tobacco with hints of Milanesa. Razor straight burn and no excessive heat. Lots of smoke to complete the experience.

Firm grey ash held past 1″, I almost always knock the ash off at that point to check the burn, which showed slight coning but perfectly even.

Purged at 2/3 point to mute the heat that had built up, cigar cooled back down nicely. This will be a nubber.

The beer/cigar combination was perfect. 5/5. Joe Bob says check it out!

CULT Blood Moon Rising perfecto

All Esteli Nicaraguan tobacco in a compact perfecto.

Very attractive dark wrapper. Very tight pre-light draw (perhaps should have cut it higher on the end).

A very tight draw that opened up past the foot taper. Good medium to full flavors. The burn became uneven after the foot opened up, but was fixable with minor corrections with the lighter.

Medium grey but very solid ash as the cigar burned, and the burned opened up nicely after the foot burn passed.

Paired well with a Porter.

Pleasant flavor if a bit one dimensional, and got hot rather quickly.

Draw tightened up again as the cigar began to taper towards the head, and the smoke began to heat up as the draw tightened.

At about 1/4 the smoke and the cigar got a bit too hot to handle so I had to put it down.

Still, an overall pleasant, if short, cigar that I would give a solid 3/5 on the CW scale. Expect more and better from Crux in the future.

Sobremesa Corona Grande

Sobremesa Corona Grande

From: Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust (Steve Saka)
Vitola: 5.25 x 44 Parejo
Capa: La Meca Ecuador Habano #1 Rosado
Capote: Matacapan Negro de Temporal
Tripa: Nicaraguan Gk Condega C-SG Seco
Nicaraguan Pueblo Nuevo Criollo Viso
Nicaraguan La Joya Esteli C-98 Viso
Nicaraguan ASP Esteli Hybrid Ligero
USA Lancaster County Broadleaf LigeroWrapper looked a bit “rustic,” but smelled wonderful and the cigar had a nice firm bunch. (By rustic, I mean it was not perfectly flat and smooth, which does not bother me.) Clipped easily and had a perfect draw.

First puff revealed a complexity that was more than I expected, and knowing how exacting Mr. Saka is with his cigars, my expectations were pretty high. A huge mouthful of toasted tobacco and leather with a light spiciness.

The burn was razor-straight and the ash was light grey and firm.

Medium to full bodied cigar, plenty of smoke.

Pepper notes kicked in after the first third of the cigar, smoother leather tones and steady strong tobacco flavors.

A light sweetness developed on the lips, and the cigar did not heat up.

At the 2/3 mark, some cinnamon notes developed to mix with the other flavors, which continued to deepen until I was forced to put the cigar down with less than 1″ left.

Smoked this at the beginning of a 3 cigar evening, and was going to give it 4.5/5, but on reflection I am upping the ante and going all-in with a 5/5. Joe Bob says check it out!