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Cigar Rating Reviewer Date
A.J. Fernandez New World Cameroon Toro4 Star RatingMurphy2238/5/2020 2:22 PM
This is one of my favorite "Go To" sticks.  Affordable and always consistent.

Construction is great.  PLD hints of spice and cocoa.

Burn and draw were razor sharp.  Lots of grey smoke and a fantastic aroma.

Flavorwise - I got leather and a peppery spice throughout

quick review but it's not overly complex. Just a good solid stick
Asylum Schizo 70x7 (Seventy)3 Star Ratingdruid8/4/2020 6:08 PM
A monster of varying firmness, a light brown wrap, no veins & a light oil sheen.  PLA mildly tangy grass; PLT oddly scorched earth; PLD airy.  A pretty normal light for the size, an uneven burn, an airy draw, & a faintly sour leather smoke.  Slightly sour citrus, earth, & a touch of pepper make the debut.  Right off the bat this stick developed a seriously uneven burn requiring several corrections.  About 1/3 in there's peanuts, some light leather, & tea.  After the 1/2 wood notes begin to drown out some of the flavors & rule the finish along with earth & leather.  The body starts mild & stays medium.  An OK smoke.  (87)
5 Vegas Classic Churchill4.5 Star Ratingtuck04118/2/2020 9:09 PM
Humidor time: 367 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 67, foot - 55
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of wood and spice and a hint of butter. The spice in the nose backed off quickly with the other flavors remaining consistent for the duration. Pretty much in my wheelhouse for a medium stick and about what I remembered from smoking a couple of other vitolas from this blend. Strength was medium at best. (24/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, decent smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. Apart from a small bit of self-correcting waviness in the burn line, things were uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output reached optimal in the first third after I pulled a small stem out of the head. (23/25)

Overall impression: This is one of my favorite blends in the medium range and while I've had better sticks since first trying this one, it remains a go-to smoke around these parts.  And I was happy to find that the construction of this vitola also met expectations, so the rest of this five pack should make excellent commute smokes... (32/35)

Burn time: 1:57
Rating: 91
Diesel Sideshow Two Headed Nightengale4.5 Star Ratingdruid8/2/2020 6:30 PM
Sideshow #3:  a rustic looking, near-black & brown barber pole, very firm, double-ended torpedo,  one vein & fair oils.  PLA sweet & savory baked goods; PLT meat & bread; PLD tight.  An strange light (had to clip it a couple times to get a good draw), an even burn, an easy draw, & a tangy, sl citrus smoke.  Sweet earth & leather, some citrus notes & a hint of light & sweet coffee to start.  This is a tasty stick; over its course there're herbals, mild woods, grilling charcoal, honey, vanilla, and more, all making for a delightful flavor & finish.  Through it all the body remains in the medium range.  This is a terrific cigar & a shame it's not a regular.  (94)
Gurkha/ K. Hansotia & Co. Seduction Robusto4 Star Ratingtuck04118/2/2020 4:11 PM
Humidor time: 367 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 65, foot - 60
Appearance and construction: A couple minor veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper, coffee, and leather, and a hint of chocolate. The spice in the nose backed off quickly with the other flavors mellowing somewhat but remaining consistent throughout with the body receding to medium/full by the 2nd third. Quite tasty, overall. Strength was medium at best. (22/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The waviness proceeded to lopsided in the first inch or so and got a touch-up prior to the first ashing at 1 1/4" which left a nice cone. More lopsidedness in the 2nd third, but it self-corrected this time and things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were mostly optimal throughout. (20/25)

Overall impression: I'd have bet the dark oily wrapper on this one was a broadleaf of some sort, but no, it's Ecuador Habano according to CI's page for this blend. Pretty tasty either way. Construction wasn't perfect and kind of typical of Gurkhas, in my experience, but it was adequate to get the job done and I'd smoke it again and will as I have a few more. (27/35)

Burn time: 1:28
Rating: 81
Rocky Patel Puro Cubano by Hamlet Toro4 Star Ratingtuck04118/2/2020 11:57 AM
Humidor time: 367 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 62
Appearance and construction: A couple of minor veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with notes of wood, spice, and tangy citrus. The citrus disappeared in the 2nd third and was replaced with a note of coffee and a hint of chocolate.  Quite tasty and there was sufficient spice present all the way through to keep things interesting. Strength was medium at best. (23/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, OK smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub apart from draw and smoke output remaining merely adequate throughout. (22/25)

Overall impression: Pretty nice smoke even if smoke output wasn't as good as it might have been.  Very flavorful and nice construction, burn-wise, so I'll be looking forward to smoking up the rest of this five pack on the commute. (30/35)

Burn time: 1:31
Rating: 87
Alec Bradley Black Market Vandal Toro4.5 Star Ratingtuck04118/1/2020 8:33 PM
Humidor time: 366 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 67, foot - 60
Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, a moderately firm pack with no soft spots, and a very large foot band... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was moderately open. (13/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper and black coffee and a hint of bitter dark chocolate. The spice in the nose backed off quickly with the other flavors remaining consistent for the duration. Quite tasty and very similar to the 5 Vegas "A" blend with perhaps just a bit more pepper and spice. Strength was about medium. (23/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The burn evened out through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were optimal throughout. (24/25)

Overall impression: A very nice, flavorful, full-bodied smoke, this one. Not much at all here to complain about with the construction being quite good for an AB stick as I've had very mixed results, burn-wise, from this brand. The rest of this five pack will make excellent commute smokes if they smoke as nicely as this one did. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:42
Rating: 92
Hoyo de Monterrey (Cuban) Petit Robusto4.5 Star Ratingljlemer8/1/2020 8:16 PM
Flavors include wood, ceder and white pepper. Powerful impression. Construction, draw and burn are perfect. Retrohaling reveals a pretty good, but not great degree of complexity. Although the size is only 4 inches long, the cigar takes its time and lasts longer than expected. The flavor never changes, it's a very good one. Fairly strong nicotine hit over time. Lots of smoke. Other reviews refer to the presence or absence of a twang. I just detect a bit of one. Cuban Cohibas are my only experience with a pronounced twang. The taste actually improves near the end. Now I can taste a twang. This is the best part. To me, this is medium-to-full, not medium.
Xikar HC Series White Shade Grown Robusto4 Star Ratingtuck04118/1/2020 2:40 PM
Humidor time: 366 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 69, foot - 61
Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was open. (12/15)

Flavor: Got nothing from PLA. The light gave a mild/medium profile with mild notes of wood and spice. This stayed consistent for the duration and was just spicy enough to keep things interesting. Strength was medium at best. (22/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. The burn got lopsided in the last third and needed a touch-up but it was after I'd stuck it with my corn skewer, so probably to be expected. Draw and smoke output were optimal throughout. (23/25)

Overall impression: Pretty decent little Saturday morning smoke, this one. Nice mild flavor profile to start the day with a cup of Joe and the construction was completely adequate to get the job done. I'd smoke it again and will as I have a few more. (30/35)

Burn time: 1:18
Rating: 87
Espinosa Alpha Dawg Robusto3.5 Star Ratingtuck04118/1/2020 12:08 PM
Humidor time: 366 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 65, foot - 58
Appearance and construction: A couple minor veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of wood and spice and a hint of coffee. The spice in the nose backed off quickly with the other flavors remaining consistent until the last third where they mostly dissipated. But the first two thirds were very nice and pretty close to my wheelhouse for a medium stick. Strength was medium or a bit better. (22/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, decent smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. Apart from a bit of tunneling and trying to go out, things were mostly uneventful down to the nub with the burn line remaining very even throughout. Draw and smoke output were on the low side of optimal for the duration. (17/25)

Overall impression: Kind of an odd stick in terms of the burn as it seemed to tunnel in the 2nd half with the head getting very hot even though the burn line remained active.  Don't think I've seen a stick do that before.  Burn issues aside, the flavors were very nice and made it worth smoking again.  I have a few more and will update this review as needed. (24/35)

Burn time: 1:04
Rating: 75

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