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.

Illusione 88 Robusto

First and foremost, this is a beautiful cigar. Dion Giolotto knows how to produce a cigar that says, “love me.”

Excellent flavors on the initial draw, very floral with hints if nutmeg and cinnamon, typical of Dion’s cigars. Pairs very well with a Honduran coffee.

Toasted tobacco with very pleasant flavors.

This is a very pleasant cool smoke. The excellent construction pairs with a very solid mottled ash.

An undercurrent of vanilla goes well with the peppery notes that develop.

A bit of warmth develops as this cigar is much too good to smoke slowly.

The quality of construction is evident as the ash holds on well past the half way point.

I smoked more than one cigar tonight; this was far and away the best of the bunch. 5/5. Joe Bob Says Check it out.

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!

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