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Xiphos NR Maduro RobustoDecember, 201691
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I was surprised by this cigar.  The unusual hardness of the sample that I smoked gave me r... Read More
Xiphos NR Maduro RobustoDecember, 201686
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Black Works Studio Green Hornet RobustoJune, 201789
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Black Works Studio Green Hornet RobustoJune, 201789
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Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente King B4.5 Star RatingOlddog6/23/2017 7:35 PM
Picked a few of these up today and fired one up after dinner.  
Well wrapped with a hardly visible seam and a few veins.  A beautiful aroma to it as well  A full body smoke with a fairly easy draw. Slow burn as it took over an hour to finish.  Flavors were a little peppery and a taste of cedar at the start and then mostly cedar as it burned down.  Believe that is from the cedar wrapper that it comes wrapped in. Overall a great smoke and one I hope I can keep finding.
Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Robusto3.5 Star RatingTrblmkr6/23/2017 3:27 PM
I bought this as I was trying all of the 2016 CA reviewed cigars. This wasn't bad at all, and I might just add this to my rotation. Very peppery and full bodied.
Trinidad Reserve (Habana Reserve) Robusto3.5 Star RatingStogieDad6/23/2017 2:47 PM
Since you can find these at a pretty fair price, this makes for a nice knock around smoke in my book.  Perfect for a pretty tasty cigar that you won't be devastated if you don't find every note.

I have smoked 10-12 of these over the past few years and had one while grilling the other night.  They always burn well, have a stout, firm ash, and produce a good amount of smoke.  Never had a draw problem either.

Pretty standard flavor profile, a good bit of woodiness, some coffee, leather, and spice.  Probably a bit else going on if you really sit back and analyze, but for me, these are for hanging out and just enjoying a simple cigar with a beer to relax.  For that, these are a good little option.
Percy Ray (McIntyre Cubanacan) Percy Ray Limited Edition4 Star RatingStogieDad6/23/2017 2:42 PM
A very good looking stick, well made, sporting a slight sheen to the wrapper and very light veining.  The bands are kind of a cool, retro feel.  Performance wise this cigar was pretty darn good.  Just a couple light touch-ups, good smoke production, and a firm ash.  The draw was perfect, and the burn rate was nice and slow.

In the first inch of this smoke, I was floored.  We all talk about Cubanesque, and this stick truly reminded me of a classic Cuban.  Slightly sweet, with lots of cedar and that distinct twang.  The retrohale was beautiful.  About halfway I was still digging the flavor profile, but there was not change, still the same going on, albeit tasty.

The final third was becoming a bit monotonous.  While the flavor was there and good, there was a slight lack of complexity to put this one over the top for me.  I really wish this had come in a corona gorda or robusto as well to see if that would have helped with that.

But still, a very good smoke that did give a different flavor profile than a lot of today's smoke.  I would certainly reach for one again and recommend.
Illusione Haut 104 Star RatingStogieDad6/23/2017 2:35 PM
Another very enjoyable Illusione cigar.  Personally, I lean towards the Singulare and ECCJ 20th as a tad better, but that is more of a credit to those than a detriment to these.

Great construction as expected.  Burned straight as an arrow and just poured smoke.  The ash was firm and the draw just right, just a little bit of resistance.  The wrapper was beautiful, easy to see why this was a $16 cigar.

The flavor profile was did hit the medium/full range and almost snuck up on me.  Started around medium, nice and smooth, but once the black pepper and spice started ramping up, this was a gut bomb.  There was a nice creaminess through most of the cigar, and the pepper and spice were intermingled with some cedar, lighter roast coffee, a tad of leather, and even a little sugary, almost burnt sugar note.

A great stick I will certainly reach to again, and almost on par with some of the best Illusiones I have had.  But just a tick shy.  Still an awesome smoke though.
Saint Luis Rey (Cuban) Regios5 Star RatingMacMac6/22/2017 7:16 PM
The Saint Luis Rey (Cuban) Regios is a nice smoke. The wrapper was golden brown and the cigar was firm and lightly oily. The cigar lit easily and burned evenly. The ash was sturdy with a grey and white color. One relight was required. The smoke was abundant and creamy. The flavors were initially of tobacco. Then flavors of leather and earth were apparent and there was a hint of pepper.
Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Toro Especial5 Star Ratinglemmy5556/22/2017 5:07 PM
One of my favorite smokes, and arguably my favorite Drew Estate offering of all time. Excellent construction, beautiful firm pack, and full of flavorful nuts, cream, leather and pepper. Yummy!
Joya de Nicaragua Joya Black Robusto4 Star Ratingninfiction6/20/2017 10:02 PM
This really is as close to black a wrapper as you can probably get. The cigar is firm and well constructed. The burn, draw, and smoke output were close to perfect only requiring one minor touch up in the last third.

The flavors are pretty one dimensional, kind of a fruity, cocoa, nut mix with some spice mixed in. Got a little boring in the last third but the flavor overall is pretty good.

No idea the price on these but would be very good if they can be had on the cheap.

Total smoke time was 1:45
Camacho Criollo Robusto3 Star RatingCap10_Morgan6/19/2017 10:27 PM
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Bobalu Yellow Label (Connecticut Shade) Robusto3.5 Star RatingMacMac6/19/2017 9:01 PM
Nice basic smoke. Nice light brown color with a simple yellow and red band. The cigar lit easily producing a good volume of smooth smoke. The ash was sturdy and grey in color. The burn was even and the burn rate was nice and slow. The cigar had a smoky wood flavor with earth and musk tones. There was a hint of char.

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