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HVC Hot Cake Laguio #4 Maduro

Nice looking short robusto with a smooth wrapper. Cocoa notes are detected in the foot. The cold draw is perfect. This morning’s beverage is a French press of Twin Engine Cigar Blend Coffee.

The cigar is initially strong and spicy with medium to heavy black pepper in the retohale. There is some cocoa lurking under the full bodied tobacco notes. The burn is even and the ash looks fairly solid.

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Montecristo by AJ Fernandez Corona

This is a very nice looking box pressed cigar with a smooth dark wrapper. Aromas of cocoa are in the foot. The cold draw is perfect. Today’s beverage is a glass of 19 Crimes Cali Red.

The initial draws are full bodied, like many dark cigars from Nicaragua. The retohale is very smooth with just a touch of black pepper. The ash is mottled grey and looks less than solid. The burn is a bit off, but I used my AB tabletop, so I think it will even out.

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San Lotano Dominicano Robusto by AJ Fernandez and Jochy Blanco

This cigar has a medium dark toothy wrapper with some veins. The aroma from the foot suggests cocoa. The cold draw is perfect. Today’s beverage is a Tupps Brewing Full Grown Man-Child.

The initial flavors are lightly bitter with just a hint of cocoa in the background. The retohale is smooth and medium. The ash looks solid and the burn is even.

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Dominican Big League Maduro Extra Viejo Double Prensado Robusto

This cigar has a dark, slightly oily wrapper. The foot has distinct aromas, including toasty tobacco and pepper notes. The cold draw is a little loose. Today’s beverage is a Thrill Nations Brewing Munich Style Dunkel.

The initial flavor profile is very rich aged tobacco with black pepper in the retohale. The ash is mottled grey and looks less than solid while the burn is even.

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Foundation Cigars Menelik Robusto

This cigar has a rustic dark wrapper with a light sweetness in the aromas from the foot. It is firmly box pressed. The cold draw is perfect. Tonight’s beverage is a 903 Brewers White Chocolate Mocha Stout.

The initial flavors are medium bodied and there is a solid black pepper note in the retohale. The ash is mottled grey and the burn is going uneven.

In the first third the ash begins to split, resulting in an uneven burn which follows the split. Tapping the split ash and turning the cigar 90 degrees seems to have stopped the split and the burn is correcting. The flavor profile has developed a bit of spice while the pepper has almost left the retohale. The burn is again uneven.

During the second third some small splits have appeared in the wrapper. The spices are concentrating mostly on the tip of the tongue. The flavors otherwise are smooth and medium bodied. Another split is beginning in the ash.

My previous experience with the Foundation brand makes me think that this may just be an unfortunate incident of getting a dud of what would otherwise be a very good cigar.

Approaching the final inch the flavor profile remains smooth, medium bodied and pleasantly complex. A bit of the pepper has returned in the retohale. The body of the cigar is excellent and the only problems I experienced were construction related.

This particular cigar can only rate 8.2/10. Joe Bob says check it out and I hope you have one with better construction. I will probably revisit this cigar and hopefully get a better result.

La Coalicion by Crowned Heads and Drew Estate

This toro size cigar has a slightly rustic dark brown wrapper. Aromas from the foot include toasty tobacco and leather. The cold draw is perfect. Today’s beverage is a cold Topo Chico.

The initial flavors are tobacco and leather. The smoke has a smooth medium body. The retohale is light with leather notes. The ash is light grey and the burn is even.

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La Mission L’Atelier Robustu by Tatuaje

This is a very smooth dark wrapped cigar with a light bov press, medium tobacco aromas from the foot and a perfect cold draw. Today’s beverage is a Dragon’s Milk Reserve with vanilla and chai spices.

It’s breezy today so I will have to watch the burn and the ash. The initial flavors are light sweetness with a bit of tartness, but not a citrus effect. The retohale is very smooth.

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