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Toys for Tots Drive 2018
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Humidor time: OZZ said he had it in his humidor for about 10 years before trading it to me. I had it in my humidor for 30 days at 69% prior to lighting it up.
Thompson doesn't appear to make this one anymore, so it's probably pointless to review it, but if I'm smokin' it, I'm reviewin' it, so here goes...
I intended to smoke this one on the commute home from work today, but ran into problems immediately after lighting it up. Had given it the usual de-capping with the double-guillotine, toast and light with the quad-jet. Got no draw to speak of along with little to no smoke volume to speak of, along with the taste of burnt cardboard, which I will speak of. I will also speak of the very uneven burn that quickly developed. After about one inch of this cumulative nonsense, I let the stick go out. I don't expect much to improve in any of the aforementioned areas, but I will give it a reaming with OZZ's PerfecDraw and see if anything changes. Not holding my breath, but I will update this review with further (disgusted) observations in any case.
A firm cigar with a medium-brown wrapper, a couple veins & shiny with oils. PLA a hint of sour grass; PLT -earth; PLD mod. Normal light, mod draw, the burn needs work to stay on track, & leather smoke. The cap wrapper stripped off upon lighting, not a good sign. The opening flavors are leather, a bit of earth, some black pepper & an ever-so-faint citrus tinge. The physical flaws begin to worsen as the entire wrapper tries to unroll. The flavor profile doesn't do much to alleviate the burn issues, either. I will say the finish isn't too bad- gentle earth & leather, but nothing exciting. Sorry, this low-medium-body stick doesn't do it for me.
Humidor time: 3 days at 69% Was very curious to try these out given the ongoing speculation as to which exact blend they are. There are apparently no known Oliva sticks in Toro size that use the San Andres wrapper so their provenance is as of yet unknown. For a 2nd, it's a good looking stick with a dark, leathery, Maduro-shade wrapper, albeit a bit on the dry and crispy side, probably from not being kept at optimal humidification in the warehouse. A few bumps here and there from random unruly tobacco bits underneath probably contributed to the "2nd" status, but other than that this was a fine looking stick and one that no one would be afraid to light up.
Gave it the usual de-capping with the double-guillotine, then toast and light. Found an easy draw and good smoke volume, with the burn starting a bit uneven probably due to my slightly less than even torching, but it self-corrected within a half inch. The Maduro flavor was very nice in the medium-to-full range and leaning towards full. Hints of sweet chocolate and coffee were evident along with a bit of pepper on retro, but not so much that it wasn't enjoyable when exhaled slowly.
The ash was very fine and clung to the stick for a good 2 1/2" plus before I let it fall into the tray. The burn was not the most razor-sharp I've seen, but it even improved after the first ash left, which is unusual in my experience. Towards the 2nd third, the sweet chocolate went through a subtle change towards slightly more bitter dark chocolate and stayed that way for the rest of the smoke.
I stuck the nub with my corn cob skewer and smoked this one down to a half inch nub-let with no burn issues at all. It never required a touch-up and didn't try to go out on me. This was a fine smoke, and if the rest of the 15 pack are as well constructed they will no doubt improve in flavor with some rest in my cooler-dor. I'll smoke another one in a month or three and post an update, but for now this one gets an easy 4+ rating.
This cigar has very dark, somewhat rough looking wrapper with a slight oily sheen to it. The aroma from it was a strong tobacco smell.
The 1st few draws were a little harsh but it soon settled into a woodsy/earth flavor. At times I could pick up a dark coffee which stayed constant till about midways.
At about the midway point, a very rich tasting cream came into play and eventually overwhelmed the coffee. It was almost like a butter cream like you would taste in a cake but it was only slightly sweet.
The final third faded back into a dark earth flavor with small bursts of the cream every so often. At the very end I started getting a pepper on the lips and tongue.
The burn was perfect and straight the time with lots of smoke and easy draw.
This rested @ 65% for 122 days. A very nice looking stick. The wrapper was slightly oily with just a bit of tooth. The construction was solid though I did think the draw was somewhat tight both pre and post light. The foot took flame well and the burn line was very even. The pre-light aroma was hay with a slight must and the flavor was leathery with just a bit of spice. Though it’s specs list it as full strength I thought it to be more between a medium and full. I received a 5’er of these as a prize and am looking forward to smoking it again to see if the draw is better on the other ones next time using a cutter rather than a punch as I did with this one.
Humidor time: 96 days at 69% Picked this one as my post-lunch, pre-dinner smoke while watching Netflix this afternoon/evening. It was yet another good looking Maduro-shaded stick and quite a hefty little beast with the 56 ring gauge.
Gave it the usual de-capping with the double-guillotine, toasted and lit. Got the expected easy draw and good smoke volume and the burn started pretty even. Taste was well into medium-to-full range and quite pleasant with lots of earthiness and not much spice, which made for a smooth retro. Very enjoyable.
Knocked the first ash off at about 2" to avoid it falling on my shirt and the carpet as happened last night, but it could have gone a bit longer. Following this, the burn got a bit ragged but self-corrected within an inch or so. I did need to give it a touch-up, though, after sticking it with my corn cob skewer with about 2" left. It still wanted to burn lop-sidedly, so with about 1" left on one side and 1 1/2" on the other, I let it go out as I'd had enough nicotine. Overall, this was a pretty good, enjoyable smoke and I may get more if the price is right.
Well constructed cigar with a beautiful dark wrapper, the paper bands feel cheap. Hefty and firm but pliable feeling cigar, zero sponginess or unevenness. Ideal pre-light draw. Not many notes to comment on pre-light flavors. Initial puff was bland, then a blast of pepper on the tongue and lips after the cherry is fully developed. Plenty of punch (lol) on the retrohale, bold and full flavors. In the first inch, its a very flavorful cigar but not a lot of complexity. Increased complexity with notes of dark chocolate or unsweetened cocoa in the middle. Last third the profile started to get a little sharp so a purge improved the flavors some. I didn't nub it due to the sharpness at the end, but fans of affordable full-flavored cigars should give it a look.
Could not keep this little thing lit for the life of me. This is my first taste of the Maduro version of this blend. I quite like the non-maduro version and by the end of this cigar I will stick to the non-maduro version. This stick is dirty tasting and harsh at times. All heavy earth notes. Not my cup of tea at all. Very poor burn and a flaky loose ash to boot. Next!...p.s. this cigar has almost a year age on it.
Been a while since anyone revisited this smoke: A very dark, rough-looking-but-smooth-skinned, hard body cigar showing one vein & a decent amount of oils. PLA a bit of baking spice & molasses; PLT baked bread & a hint of molasses; PLD moderate. A very easy light, a moderately easy draw, a spicy leather smoke, & an even burn with no work. Immediate wood notes, black pepper & earth, all nearly covering a cinnamon hint, pour from this stick. The draw lightens right away & the body shoots high up into the medium zone. The flavors & finish mellow over the smoke into baking brown bread tinged with spices, earth, coffee & toasted nuts. Another (as almost always) delightful Oliva!
Received this one in the recent bomb from Appollo and picked it as my after-dinner smoke last evening while watching Netflix. Had not tried anything from this brand before, but it appeared to be a quality stick with a very dark and leathery look and feel to it.
Capped it with my double-guillotine, toasted the foot and lit it up. Got a nice, easy draw, good smoke volume, and even burn to start, but the icing on the cake was the very pleasant medium-to-full taste profile. I was getting subtle hints of sweet chocolate and coffee and little to no spice, which made it very nice and smooth on retro.
The ash was fine and went to 1 1/2" before falling off and I wasn't ready for it so it went on the floor but held together in one chunk making the cleanup easy. The burn got a bit uneven after this, but self-corrected. In fact the stick burned all the way to a half-inch nub without needing a touch-up over the course of nearly an hour and a half. What a great, slow-burning smoke this one was and I definitely will be getting more of these.