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EP Carrillo corona

Mild pleasant pre-loght draw, excellent aroma on lightwith excellent flavor on initial draw.

Light to medium bodied cigar with full flavors and ample smoke.

Excellent construction with even burn. I only had to make one minor adjustment which probably would have corrected itself. This is a fairly one dimensional cigar but the flavor is very good.

Even burn with a cone shape, the body of the cigar as the smoke progresses throughout.

A nice cool smoke that remained cool throughout.

Pepper tones developed as the cigar burned low.

For the mild-bodied, full flavored crowd this is a must smoke. 4+/5. Joe Bob says Check It Out.

Capa Flor Toro

Excellent construction, Beautiful Maduro wrapper.

Very nice flavors on draw. Flavor deepens early to a nice toasted tobacco flavor with hints of cocoa.

Plentiful sweet smoke; almost candy-like as paired with a creme soda.

The dark maduro wrapper adds volume to flavors.

Solid mottled ash with no flaking speaks to the quality of the construction of this cigar. Also the razor-straight burn with one minor correction.

Some cognac flavors emerged at about 1″ into the cigar, providing a very flavorful burn.

About half way through the cigar pepper and vanilla emerged, also adding to the enjoyment of the flavor.

The cigar developed no gumminess at the foot, but it did get a bit hot, which caused me to toss it at about an inch. Still, a very enjoyable cigar and one that I would recommend. 4/5. Joe Bob Says Check It Out,

Undercrown Papas Fritas

These little gems come in tins of four and have a pigtailed foot like their cousins the Dirty Rat. The comparison doesn’t stop there either.

Some of the darkest wrapper I have ever had the pleasure of smoking, this quickie is not for the faint of heart. In your face tobacco and pepper.

As you might have guessed I like them. 4+/5. Joe Bob says Check It Out!

Evil Genius Black Chapel

Evil Genius Black Chapel, a TPC that was a nice little surprise sent to me by the Evil Genius people as a part of the T-shirt deal I had worked out with them at the IPCPR. So far it smells nice has a nice pretty light draw and I expect good things from it.

Initial draw is quite pleasant, perhaps a little light on flavor but overall plenty of smoke what promises to be a very nice little TPC. Fairly straight burn so far; it may needing correction or two but the flavors are developing very nicely, a little bit of chocolate and lots of nice toasted tobacco. Very nice volumes of smoke for such a small cigar. A very pleasant little cigar with quite a bit of complexity that left me wanting more. 4/5 Joe Bob says Check It Out.

Diamond Crown Maximus Stanford’s 90th

Churchill size cigar, medium dark wrapper a few flaws in the wrapper, otherwise nice little grainy and kind of toothy. Cut well had some initial sourness that I have come to expect from diamond crown products, otherwise so far so well. Burning straight as a razor and the ash is just almost deathly white.

Cigar has started to burn un-even a bit towards where the rapper has flaws; I can easily correct this with my lighter. Medium flavors developing through the cigar although somewhat one-dimensional. I’m hoping to have more flavor developer as the cigar burns further.

So far I’m less than 2 inches into it and the wrapper problems are turning this into quite a mess. I’m hoping with a little surgical precision from my Dupont Extend I can correct this and turn it back into a smokable cigar, otherwise this is going to be a short experiment. A successful touchup attempt with the added benefit of bringing out some more flavors I’m now getting some wood and maybe even a little meat in the flavor of the tobacco. Very nice indeed, very good bodied cigar.

Having had some previous experience with the old standard diamond Crown must say I’m impressed with the beefier quality of the Maximus, much richer flavors what’s again very well constructed even though it had some problems that quite frankly were from storage. Overall I really like this cigar I’ll finish up my comments on it as I finish the cigar. Interesting note on the burn; all the burn along the edge of the cigar is fairly straight. The ash forms one long cone it’s holding to holding together quite well which speaks well for the internal construction of the cigar. I just haven’t seen this kind of length of come before. With about 2 1/2 inches left on the cigar smoke is beginning to get a bit hot but I am probably smoking a little faster than I should have come to the finish of the cigar. It has been very pleasant indeed, never did get overly hot and with a few touchups the burn went quite nicely overall I would give this a cigar very nice rating. 4/5, Joe Bob Says Check it out.

Perdomo Havana series

Found a really great deal on a Perdomo Havana series (as you may know Nick’s rebranding this series) and so I got one at 30% off the other day in Austin. This is a heckuva cigar, maybe a little bit bigger ring gauge and I care for, but a beautifully constructed stick burning very smoothly. I would readily recommend any of Nick’s cigars; he seems to do just a bang up job. His construction is always spot on and he really knows what he’s doing and lots and lots of flavors. If the smoke is perhaps a bit thin but the flavor of the smoke is worth it it’s just a really quality.

Overall grade 4.5/5 Joe Bob says Check It Out

Curivari White Label robusto

Near-flawless construction with a very smooth wrapper with only very small veins showing. The bunch felt pleasantly firm. There was a slight bit of tear at the cut, but nowhere near enough to cause any problems.

Curivari makes excellent cigars and this is no exception. Complexity from the beginning, with an agreeable mix of bitterness and sweetness. Almost white ash holding solid with no flaking.

Flavor-wise, this smokes very much like the Buenaventura line, which is probably my favorite Curivari right now.

Solid flavorful cigar. 4/5. Joe Bob says Check it Out.

Sam Leccia Luchador Robusto

Nice construction with a pigtail cap, smooth maduro wrapper and rich pre-light aromas. Pre-light draw was perhaps a bit loose, but not airy.

Lit easily and immediately produced strong toasted tobacco flavors with dark chocolate and pepper notes. Lots of smoke too.

Unfortunately, it tasted so good at first that I got in a hurry and it got a little harsh. Slowing down easily solved this issue.

About half-way through the cigar my headphones crapped out on me, and by the time I found another functioning pair, the cigar had gone out. This actually turned out to be a positive thing because it allowed the cigar to cool down from my over-enthusiastic double-clutches early on.

Solid ash, clean burn, complex flavors; safe to say this was a nubber. 4+/5. Joe Bob says Check it Out.

Bobalu Double Maduro Robusto

Not even sure how long I’ve had this in the humi (probably bought it in Austin last time I was on 6th, which has been several years). Anyway, rustic-looking but heavenly smelling stick that went perfectly with a nice cup of Honduran coffee. Nice clean pre-light draw with cocoa hints.

Initial draw yields ample smoke with a classic maduro profile. Some pepper in the back of the nose adds to the enjoyment.

Strong flavors that you would expect from a double maduro if a bit one dimensional in the first inch or so.

Had to make some burn adjustment and a tear developed in the wrapper. Wrapper problems I will take responsibility for as I don’t always take “pristine” care of some of my one-offs.

Sweetness developing, and the ash is holding rock-solid, so quality bunching/construction. More pepper picks up as the cigar continues.

Wrapper issues aside (like I said, probably my fault), this was a very enjoyable smoke. I give it a solid 4/5. Joe Bob says Check it Out.

Edgar Hoill EH Pasion

Not, as I first thought, one of the newer OSOK OG Honduran cigars, this is in fact one of the original Nicaraguan EH line that preceded the OSOK range. This 6 1/2″x52 Perfecto is a beauty. Smooth dark wrapper with minor veining and a pronounced box press. 1/4″ clipped at ~30° angle with no problems. Wrapper and foot gave off very rich tobacco and leather aromas. Pre-light draw was even and smooth with hints of bittersweet leather.

This is a full body, full flavor smoke. It is also quite strong. First flavor that jumps out is a bitterness that settles into a good deep leather. The ash is not flaky at all, but not firm enough to resist a gentle tap after about an inch.

The bitterness settles down soon enough into a smooth, leathery tobacco flavor with some undertones that I am not completely familiar with, a slightly odd sweetness that stays mostly in the cheeks.

The burn was perfect except for one very slight canoe that fixed itself rather quickly.

Surprisingly, the overall intensity of the cigar lessend some toward the midway point, although some spiciness developed, especially on the lips and in the nose. It had a somewhat sour, though not unpleasant finish. And it left me a bit “wobbly,” so lots of nicotine in the leaves.

This cigar is good to very good, but honestly it does not bear comparison to the Nicaraguan OSOK line. 3.5/5. Joe Bob says check it out.

El Rey del Mundo Panetelas Largas 1985

Probably my last one of these from the box I got years ago. Yes, forbidden fruit, and well worth the wait. And I must just interject here that the Davidoff “rule of 20” is complete horse dookey.

Cut and lit cleaner than chef’s apron at the start of the shift. Smooth, perfect draw and burn the whole way down without any heat issues.

Mild to medium, but a cacaphony of flavors from first draw to putting it down because I was about to burn my fingers. Leathery, smooth tobacco flavors with vanilla undertones that was one of the things I have missed since the last time I burned one of these.

I am very sorry that it was my last one. I am also very sorry that (to my knowledge) they are all gone from almost any vendor you can dredge up.

Yes, it does not suck to be me, except that I do not have another box of these to savor.

5/5. Joe Bob says check it out if you can find it.

Bobalu Rosado Limitado

Ran across this one in my box while I was looking for something to smoke today. The thing that caught my attention is that it had been clipped at some point. No idea why or when I would have clipped a cigar without smoking it, but there it was.

Also no idea exactly how old this cigar is. There were signs of mishandling at some point because there were cracks in the wrapper.

The cigar smelled very good and had an almost perfect draw.

Smooth flavors and plentiful smoke were the first things I noticed. There were some bittersweet undertones, but mainly a medium bodied flavor of toasted tobacco. It burned somewhat unevenly, but nothing major and self corrected by the time I finished.

The mottled ash was not flaky, but not extremely firm, also not a problem as it did not drop on me while I was smoking.

This was overall a very nice cigar with solid tobacco flavors and that “little something” that you get from a rosado wrapper.

3.5/5, Joe Bob says check it out (if by some chance you can find one)

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.