Posts Tagged ‘Fine Cigar’
Saturday, July 20th, 2013
Since 2012, RoMa Craft cigars has been producing premium blends that have attracted excellent reviews from many publications. The groundwork for the company, though, was cemented years before Skip Martin and Michael Rosales formalized their business agreement. Martin and Rosales combined their companies, Galveston Bay Tobacco and Costa Rican Imports, after collaborating on several projects, including the construction of a manufacturing facility in Nicaragua.
In 2010, Martin and Rosales met tobacco virtuoso Nica Sueño in Esteli, Nicaragua. Together, the three worked out of Sueño’s garage to blend and practice rolling excellent stogies. In 2011, Sueño’s wife insisted they take the tobacco operations elsewhere, and the three built their factory in response. In 2013, RoMa Craft cigars added 2,500 square feet to their thriving factory.
The company manages several brands, but its three blends, the CroMagnon, the Aquitaine and the Intemperance are the best known among aficionados. The CroMagnon is the brand’s initial release and earned a spot on several industry top cigar lists. It is full bodied and comes with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a Cameroon binder and Nicaraguan fillers. It produces complex savory, sweet, spicy and smoky flavors.
The Aquitaine is a spinoff of the CroMagnon and uses the same fillers and binders in the blend. It comes with an Ecuadorian Habno Ligero wrapper that adds spice to the smoke’s profile. It is available in the same vitolas as the CroMagnon.
The Intemperance is a rustic, minimalist stick that is available in two wrapper styles. The Intemperance EC comes with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper while the Intemperance BA comes with a Brazilian Arapiraca. Both are loaded with sweet, nutty and toasty flavors that don’t overwhelm.
Saturday, July 20th, 2013
The Reyes family is known for producing blends that conjure cedar and woody flavors, and the Cuba Aliados Miami Edition cigar continues the trend. Compared to other figures in the industry, the Reyes family is rather private. As a result, this blend has only received a little bit of attention. However, its strong construction and well balanced blend has garnered approval among aficionados. In 2012, Ronaldo Reyes Sr., the founder of the company, passed away, but this blend is a reminder of his expertise in the industry.
The wrapper is a Habano and the binder is a Sumatra from Ecuador. The fillers are a wonderful blend of Dominican Republic and Nicaragua tobaccos. The Cuba Aliados Miami edition cigar comes in three formats, including Robusto (5 x 50), Toro Viejo (6 x 53) and Valentino (7 x 49). The wrapper is medium brown and has some veining, though it is free of any hard or soft spots to speak of.
The flavors in this stick are said to be fairly uniform throughout. The first third introduces strong notes of cedar and wood, with black pepper in the background. Reviewers stated that the cedar and wood flavors were uniquely refined, giving them extra boldness. In the second third, the black pepper fades out and is replaced by leather flavors that slowly ramp up. The cedar and wood are still the dominant tastes. In the final third of the stogie, the leather increases in intensity even more, to the point that it is the primary flavor right before the finish.
This stick is medium to full bodied and medium to full in strength. Reviewers scored it very high in terms of burn and draw. While the flavors don’t change much throughout the smoke, they are perfectly presented, making for an interesting experience.
Thursday, July 18th, 2013
The one thing that stands out about Nording 50th Anniversary cigars is the amazing way they blend a variety of flavors together without diminishing the distinctiveness of any one taste. This seems to be the general consensus of all aficionados who have reviewed these medium strength cigars.
The first, second, and final thirds of the smoke blend together a delightful variety of notable tastes. There is a sharp, but not overpowering mineral taste overlaid by a blend of coffee, earthiness, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and red pepper. Wood notes are present throughout as well, with some reviewers noticing floral notes in the second third of the cigar. Aficionados complimented the smooth creaminess that appeared in the second third to accomplish this unique blending of variety and smoothness that remained consistent all the way to the nub.
Reviewers immediately noted an aroma of hay, cocoa, and spices, mixed with just a hint of cedar, as soon as they lighted the foot. This aroma then translates to flavors that mingle and dance on the palate throughout the final third. The burn has been described as being razor sharp, with the fine gray ash holding tight down to the nub.
Nording 50th Anniversary cigars feature a highly attractive, double banded Toro Grande construction. The slightly oily wrapper reveals a nice dark, reddish color with moderate veins that show throughout its surface. Slightly heavy in the hand, it is described as being both tight and comfortable. The wrapper is Ecuadorian, while the binder and filler are aged Nicaraguan tobaccos.
Nording 50th Anniversary cigars are rolled at the Tavicusa factory, located in Esteli, Nicaragua, by expert teams. Recommended for both novices and experienced smokers alike, this anniversary release is already in consistent production and is expected to be around for a long time to come.
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
Glen Case named Kristoff Kristania cigars after his son Kristopher and daughter Brittany. Founded in 2004, Case’s boutique cigars have taken off and become one of the most recognizable brands among the smaller blenders. Their products have earned them significant acclaim, and this stick is no different. It is one of the few cigars that manage to offer something to novices and experienced smokers alike.
This stick features Dominican fillers and binders wrapped in a Nicaraguan Criollo Habano leaf. The paper is milk chocolate brown, has some veining and is rather dry to the touch. Kristoff Kristania cigars are available in three sizes, including Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 52) and the third vitola which remains unnamed (5 1/2 x 60).
During the first third most reviewers tasted wood and black pepper first. Neither is harsh or intense, and they are quickly joined by a sweet cedar spice that becomes the dominant flavor. In the second third, a delightful vanilla cream emerges and is a primary note along with the sweet cedar. The pepper and wood are both still present, but the wood fades as the smoke transitions into the final third. During the last couple inches, the black pepper spikes in intensity and becomes the boldest note. The sweet cedar fades out and the vanilla cream remains strong with the pepper until the end.
These cigars are medium strength, yet full bodied. Novices will find them easier to handle than most full-bodied smokes and aficionados will still be able to appreciate the deep flavors present. The burn and draw perform admirably, with neither hindering the experience. They can be purchased at a value price, which makes them a smart choice for someone looking to fill some humidor space.
Monday, June 10th, 2013
Michael Giordano’s company is known for its nontraditional approach to the industry, and none of his products embody this as well as the Cult Blood Red Moon cigars. These petite sticks pack a ton of flavor into a small profile, and reviewers were impressed with how they matured in a humidor. Although they are considered medium in strength, they stretch the definition with some bold and complex notes. They are available in packages of five or bricks of 50.
These stogies are available in two vitolas, including Mini Corona (4 3/4 x 42) and Mini Perfecto (4 3/4 x 44). The Cult Blood Red Moon cigars feature an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and binders, and fillers from Nicaragua. The wrapper is medium brown and has a rustic look to it with some veining. There is no band, but a well-done cap ties everything together.
Strong flavors are produced as soon as the stick is lit, and it doesn’t stop until the nub is put out. After a punch of red pepper, reviewers detected bold cocoa and cream notes in the first inch, cemented together with a delicate sweet taste. More notes emerge in the middle portion of the stogie, including cedar, nuts and coffee. The red pepper is a primary flavor, along with the cream and cedar. In the final portion of the stogie, the flavors all grow in complexity and begin to meld together. The red pepper grows in intensity, pushing the strength close to full. It ends with strong notes of the pepper, cream and cocoa. The finish is not harsh or bitter in the least.
Reviewers were impressed with the complexity and depth of the notes, though they were also happy with the burn and draw. Although each stogie only lasts for about 30 minutes, the Cult Blood Red Moon cigars is said to be an intense ride.
Monday, June 10th, 2013
The Avo 787 cigars are premium sticks that blender Hendrik Kelner and owner Avo Uvezian created for smokers who appreciate a richer flavor profile. Uvezian entered the tobacco industry late in his life, moving to Puerto Rico only after a legendary career as a traveling musician. In Puerto Rico, he met Kelner and immediately formed a bond with the talented stogie producer. Most of Uvezian’s products are on the milder side, but this one is a solid medium that packs sweet flavors in an attractive package.
These sticks come in four sizes, including Robusto (5 1/4 x 50), Perfecto (5 7/8 x 50), Piramides (6 1/2 x 54) and Churchill (6 3/4 x 48). The wrapper is from Ecuador and is a Connecticut sun grown leaf. The binder and filler are both from the Dominican Republic.
The first third of the Avo 787 cigars feature coffee, nuts and earth in the flavor profile. While the coffee is the strongest of the three, they are well balanced. While transitioning into the second third, the reviewers noted the coffee notes disappearing, with sweet leather joining the earth and nuts. The earth is the dominant taste, but gives way to the leather by the end of the second third. During the last couple inches the nutty flavor is said to disappear completely. The earth and leather both take turns as the stronger taste, and are mixed with a burst of black pepper that lasts to the nub.
Reviewers appreciate the strong construction in these sticks. The wrapper is completely free of any veining or seams and the band is a classy brown, white and gold. The burn and draw are both solid and don’t get in the way. Some reviewers found that the Avo 787 cigars really had a chance to shine once they are given a chance to age in a humidor.
Friday, May 31st, 2013
Pedro Martin Fiera cigars embody the complexity and perfection that its namesake has brought to the industry for 70 years. Setting foot in the family tobacco fields at the age of 7 and beginning factory labor in Cuba at 15, Martin later went on to the bigger opportunities. Due to Castro’s takeover of the family business, he left Cuba for the United States in 1961. He started Tropical Tobacco in 1978. While business started out slow, 1996 brought about increased demand and recognition within the industry. Popularity caused production needs to rise, and consequently led to the opening of the Martin Family of Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic.
This line is only one of the many successes company has added to the market. Pedro Martin Fiera cigars are created entirely of Nicaraguan leaves and rolled in four gauges including the Goliath 660, Pequeno, Super Toro, and Torpedo. Right out of the box this stogie is said to be attractive with its medium brown wrapper showing minimal veins and oil to the finish. A black, red, and silver band encircles it and no soft spots are noticed. Reviewers said the pre-lit stick smells of a barn and chocolate espresso, while the cold draw tastes of wood and sugar.
Once lit, the initial draw is said to provide the same lumber flavor with hints of leather, cocoa, and spices through the first third of the smoke. Less spiciness is detected in the second third, and the taste of rawhide and timber remain. Additional notes of sweet cherry are identified. The strength of the stogie peaks in the final third with a continuation of woodsy, leather, spice, and warm mocha flavors. Reviewers agreed the burn and draw were nice, and ample smoke is produced. The pale white and grey ash is said to hold strong to the end.
Monday, May 13th, 2013
The Pedro Martin Corojo cigar was unveiled as part of the Gold series at the 2011 ICPCR tradeshow. The Gold series was released under Maria Martin after her father’s death. Each line of the series was created using a vaulted blend passed down through each Martin family generation. Perhaps even more unique than the use of a secret family recipe, each line’s binder and filler tobaccos are Nicaraguan corojo leaf.
The Pedro Martin Corojo cigar also uses the same Nicaraguan leaf for the wrapper, making it a Nicaraguan Puro. Due to strong similarities between the wrapper, binder and filler, many times these cigars end up unimpressive and bland. This was avoided with the Corojo line through expert use of the same tobacco grown in drastically different regions and times in Nicaragua.
The professional quality of this product is clear through the lack of any visible veins and seams. It delivers a flawless structure ending with a fine double cap. A mottled light brown wrapper gives this cigar an abstract finish. The tightness of the roll allowed for an easy draw that delivered a very slow-to-go even burn line, and firm white to grey ash.
Fresh cedar and earthy cacao fill the room once the box has been opened. The pre-light draw reveals a deep cedar and sweeter spice. The first third is marked by a strong cassia spice cooled by a milky woodsy profile. These notes are underscored by a soft leathery sweetness. The second third saw this sweet leather transform into a pleasantly powerful citrus zest paired with a peppery cassia taste. Both profiles were gently complimented by a background oaky creaminess. Each flavor gained strength and body to the final third and nub.
The Pedro Martin Corojo cigar serves as a model of excellence for all Nicaraguan puros and delivers a taste suited for any experienced enthusiast ready for near-perfection with a nice kick.
Monday, May 13th, 2013
La Palina El Diario Cigars were created with the intent of being an everyday smoke, which is evidenced in the positive reviews and the name “El Diario.” This stick has filler made of two tobaccos, a Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo that are from 1999 and 1998 crops, respectively. It features a double binder of Honduran Criollo which was grown during 1998. It has a handsome reddish wrapper made of a Honduran Corojo Rosado from 1999. The age of the tobaccos used in these fine cigars is what give it its smooth smoking experience and appealing scent.
There are 7 vitolas, each with its own flavor experience due to the differences in the ratio of filler to wrapper found in each size. There are traditional sizes like the Torpedo (6.125 inches x 52 ring gauge), and the Churchill (7 inches x 50 ring gauge). There are also sizes that are unique to the brand, like the 4.25 inch by 40 gauge KB and its relative the 6 inch x 40 KB II. Other vitolas include the Robusto (5 inches x 52), the Toro (6 inches x 50), and the Gordo (6 inches x 58).
Classified as medium body, this is a smoke that has full flavor, with hints of cocoa that are offset by pepper, cedar and citrus. Coffee, nuts and leather begin to mingle with the already established flavors later in the stick and result in a well balanced complexity that is pleasing to the palate. La Palina El Diario Cigars are some of the least expensive high quality offerings from the brand, and were met with approval from reviewers.
Cigar Aficionado Magazine awarded this line 93 out of 100 points based on its appearance, overall impression, construction, flavor and smoking characteristics making them a preferred premium smokes with an affordable price point.
Friday, March 15th, 2013
The Carlos Torano Single Region cigar is a great stogie that comes with a cheap price tag. There are dual bands wrapped around the Nicaraguan wrapper, but they are simple and do not take away from the appearance. The stick is a natural brown in color, and it has a nice, rich oily sheen. Many smokers enjoy this fine stogie with a refreshing glass of water after a favorite dessert.
The construction is simple and amazing. The stick is firm and heavy, and there are only a few thick veins. The pre-light aroma is superb with smells of cedar and barnyard. Reviewers noticed no visible flaws, and stated that the stogie remains strong from start to finish.
The first third is a pleasant blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos harvested from Jalapa Valley. They are aged and rolled by professionals, and the first third is evident of the exceptional qualities of these cigars. Reviewers mentioned slight sweetness akin to raisins in the beginning that quickly faded and was replaced by a nice peppery spice.
Reviewers found no remaining sweetness in the smooth transition to the second third. Instead, the strength of the cedar picks up. The flavors are not overwhelming, and they blend nicely together without any one flavor prevailing. The strength of the tobacco is on the high end of medium, with a bitter mocha appearing towards the transition to the final third.
Aficionados described the final third as pleasant, with a nice mocha flavor that entered the blend as the ash remained strong. The exceptional experience the Carlos Torano Single Region cigar offers reveals why it is so highly favored and rated. The razor sharp burn is a pleasant surprise, and the aromatic smoke left reviewers wanting more of these sticks for their humidor.