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Had it not been that I put this particular cigar in a light hibernation ( release date 2018 ) it was given to me to try through a good friend of mine since he knew that I was a fan of CH and Mr. Huber. No distinguishing cigar band ..just a cloth band on the foot that is Red so since he only sent one I just threw it in the humidor and forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago and thought....hmmmmm..wth is this as I forgot it was a CH so as is my habit at night to go out and smoke on the patio and watch Amazon Prime Movies.
Took this thing and put it under my nose and was pleasantly surprised by the aroma...nice and dark and oily....smells like cow$hit....all good signs as it has a Cuban Aroma to it but I know it's not a CC but I'm a bit intrigued cuz I can't place this cigar in my CRS memory and it hits me....wtf if this cigar is really good....how am I gonna know what it is and there's no way to find out? Screw it....I'm gonna treat this like I do most cigars and take my time lighting it with a soft flame...bout 3 minutes in it has a nice orange fireball at the end and I'm getting a nice dense cloud of voluminous smoke with a really good aroma to it. Trying not to get too excited but now I'm an inch into it and it's complex with flavors I've really yet to experience in other cigars. Don't get me wrong as I have smoked a ton of complex cigars in 50 years but this one comes at me with .....deli meat.....really...deli meat like a mix of salami and sopressata or capicola ( gabbagool ).....this is like a damn cigar made from a fresh meat deli tray and cured with some side hints of pepper..dark and light and then a cleansing taste of medium espresso but that doesn't last long. This cigar is complex and meaty....yes...meaty and I don't know how else to describe it except take a RP Edge Maduro and kick it in the a$$ and you have a similar taste profile. Getting past the first 1/3 the taste is just getting better and complex and the dense smoke I just keep in my mouth for an extra 5 seconds to get as much of it that I can and then I'll take a small swig of Drambuie to hold the finish and then slowly blow out that ton of smoke as it swirls around my head. OMG this cigar is good and now I'm deep into the 2nd third and I take a nice retro to see what my olfactories are telling me.....oh wow...this is rich, complex and I put my movie on pause to now get a real deep sense of this thing and I'm loving this but getting worried.....WTF is this cigar and who made it and how much hoping that I maybe struck gold and it's around $7.....( yeah right....I don't get that lucky often ) so I press on and it is coming down to the hour and a 1/2 mark and I don't have much longer on this so I slow down the pace even more and get out my nubber....I'm smoking this down to the ground.
Ironically I'm at the 1 inch mark and I'm sad.....it's almost over and I am no closer to the info as to the name or anything else as to where I'm going to find another one. I spent the next day looking at every Brand I could think of...researched and Googled the fk out of info that contained cloth footband cigars....empty....I'm frustrated now and it's a matter of finding what this is. Serendipity strikes me like a wayward bolt of cigar lightening as I turned and saw my Hat Collection....a CH hat that is one of my favorites to wear and thennnnnn........could it be? nahhhhh.....but what if....are the Cigar Gods smiling at me.....I Google CH cigars and like the trumpets blowing ceremoniously in my twisted consciousness.....THERE IT IS! Red cloth foot band.....and the name of it.....and there's more....Yellow Rose with a ....yes...yellow cloth band and another one with a Yellow Band...Tennessee Waltz....and one named the Paniolo....these are different cloth bands on the foot and while I have smoked every cigar from CH where have these basturds been hiding? I'm like a kid at Christmas now....I have to try these other ones but first I have to purchase the Red cloth one and I see that they are around $10 a stick.....ok...a bit pricey but worth it. I scroll down to buy a box......damnnnn........out of stock. I go to the next Vendor and ....it might as well have told me to f off.....OUT OF STOCK...next Vendor and as I am reading an article it's telling me it's HTF anywhere as one might get lucky since it's an OHIO cigar exclusive so 2 hours later I find 3 sources for the Red Cloth....$170 for a box of 20.....I'm buying it and along with the Red I buy the Waltz and Yellow Rose.
This has been an experience as I don't usually chase cigars.....but the Red Cloth must have crack in them.....the Waltz is good and the Tennessee as well and there are 2 other color cloth ones that escape me but I'm buying them, too. When one adds the La Imperiosa to the stable and all the other cigars from CH's....I'm good with buying anymore cigars for quite a while. Drew Estate and John Huber along with Willie Herrera are Cigar Mad Scientists as far as I'm concerned....I'm sold on them and hope you enjoy my review and the info here.
It’s a solid 4 stars here (4.25) Smooth, creamy, but still with some strength. Great burn, no relights or touch-ups required. Solid construction. Better than most La Auroras. I’ve been smoking a bunch of preferido Maduros that are just too tightly rolled and this stick is better in both construction and taste.
Humidor time: 227 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few veins, one loose seam, a light sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots. And a set of beautiful double bands... Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately tight. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of mild tobacco. The light gave a typically mild conny-wrappered profile with a note of cream and a bit of spice on retro. Quite nice, although not quite as good as a few other mild sticks I've tried... The flavors kind of faded in the last third as the stick got hot leaving not much of anything other than a hot smoke taste. Strength was about medium as I got more of a nic. hit from this one than is typical of other mild sticks I've had. (18/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed very even with the ash dropping at 2" leaving a nice cone. The last third saw the draw constricting a bit and I pulled out a stem that was protruding from the head, which brought a good amount of leaf with it, and this resulted in the draw becoming quite hot, so the nub got dumped earlier than it might have. As previously mentioned, the flavors were gone by this point, so there was no reason to keep it going. (18/25)
Overall impression: The first two thirds of this stick was quite enjoyable. Most even burn I've seen from a stick in some time combined with the nice, mild flavor made it a good smoke, but the last third was less than stellar. I have another one of these and will update this review should it fare any better. (25/35)
Humidor time: 253 days Appearance and construction: This one had a couple of minor veins and bumps, an oily wrapper, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots. Clipped off the pig-tail head, then gave it a single V-cut and PLD was open. (13/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of chocolate. The light gave a medium/full profile with smooth notes of leather and coffee, and hints of black pepper and chocolate. The 2nd half added a touch more spice than in the first half. Very tasty. Strength was a bit past medium as the nic. hit was noticed but wasn't overly strong. (22/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The ash dropped at about 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. Following this, the burn occasionally got a bit wavy but was self-correcting down to the nub. (21/25)
Overall impression: This was a really nice smoke. Great flavor, decent construction, not much here to dislike and I'll probably be picking up more of these. (30/35)
Humidor time: 261 days Appearance and construction: This one had a couple of prominent veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots. Gave the triple cap a double V-cut and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave me nothing much other than a faint whiff of tobacco... The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a note of wood. Pretty nondescript at the start, but later on a hint of spice and a bit of sweetness appeared in the 2nd half. Pleasant enough for puffing, but not much going on with this one. Strength was medium/full as I noticed the nic. towards the end. (16/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, decent smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The ash was on the flaky side and dropped at about 1 1/2" leaving a cone. The burn occasionally got a bit wavy but self-corrected each time and things were uneventful down to the nub. (21/25)
Overall impression: Pretty decent smoke for a PDR stick and better than I expected based on previous experience with various other shoddily made PDRs. Flavor was a bit on the boring side, but picked up in the 2nd half making this one a decently enjoyable smoke to accompany my early Sunday morning Netflix session. Yeah, I'd smoke it again, but probably won't as this was my only one and I don't see that it's currently available anywhere. Not sure if this one is somehow related to the rest of the "Icon" series that have popped up recently, Macanudo, Punch, Hoyo, and Partagas being other examples. I'm guessing not as the bands on those brands all look similar to each other and different from this one. (26/35)
probably one of the worst infused cigars I have ever had, even for a budget stick it was bad, the construction seemed fine, but ash wouldn't hold on past maybe 1/4" and the flavor and aroma was stale once lit. Overall, just lack luster. I did not even finish this stick.
Humidor time: 239 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few minor veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it three clips with the guillotine and PLD was moderately tight. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco... The light gave a medium/full profile with smooth notes of wood and coffee. Not that amazing, at least to my palate, but pleasant enough for the puffing... Strength was medium at best as not much of a nic. hit was noticed. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a tight draw, thin smoke volume, and an even burn to start. Gave it a 4th clip immediately after lighting to try and improve the draw, which helped only slightly. The burn remained even with the ash reluctantly dropping at about 2" leaving a cone. Following the first ashing, I gave it a 5th clip, but to no avail. Draw and smoke volume never reached optimal down to the nub. Apart from that, the burn was uneventful. (18/25)
Overall impression: Not a bad smoke, but I'd have enjoyed it more if the draw had been better. Flavorful enough, although nothing really to write home about. I'd smoke another, though, and will as I have a few more. (25/35)
Humidor time: 233 days Appearance and construction: This one had a couple of minor veins in the otherwise smooth, lightly box-pressed wrapper, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was moderately open. I probably should have gone with a punch as the double V-cut resulted in cap damage and the wrapper came loose requiring a saliva application to keep it in check. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of coffee. The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. This smoothed out a bit in the 2nd third with the dark chocolate mellowing to more of a smooth cocoa. Quite nice, but there was no spice to speak of and it could have done with some... Strength was medium or less as not much of a nic. hit was noticed. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, thin smoke volume, and an even burn to start. Smoke volume improved to near-optimal in the first half inch. The slightly crumbly ash fell at about 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. I set it down about half way through to take a nap, then relit upon awakening from my slumber. The re-light wasn't done as evenly as it might have been and things got a bit lop-sided in the last third and needed a touch-up. Following this, the wrapper finally unfurled completely, but it was still puffable with just the binder, so kept at it down to the nub. (20/25)
Overall impression: Not a bad smoke at all and the issues it had were at least partly my fault, so not deducting too many points. Reasonably nice flavors and decent construction adds up to a stick I'd smoke again. (25/35)
Humidor time: 233 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few veins and bumps, an oily sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of chocolate. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a note of wood, a hint of sweetness, and a hint of spice on retro. Not a complex blend, but quite pleasant. Strength was medium or less as the nic. hit was not strong. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, thin smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The burn evened out in the first half inch with the smoke volume gradually reaching optimal in the first third. The fine grey ash clung tightly and finally dropped just past 2" leaving a small cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub. (23/25)
Overall impression: This was a fine, slow-burning Saturday morning smoke and very maintenance-free. Flavors weren't amazing, but made for a very pleasant puff session while catching up with some Netflix. I think it's only the 2nd LGC blend I've tried, but safe to say I'll be investigating this brand further. (30/35)
This cigar is a beauty. It has a smooth medium-brown wrapper with a pigtail at the cap, and the wrapper folds around the foot. Pre-light aroma was great as well, with rich tobacco spice scents. But after lighting it was just average. It burned fine but flavor was monotonous and had some hot spots. How much pre-embargo tobacco is in these? Who knows, but I'd wager it isn't much, maybe just a sliver. Kind of gimmicky. Cool idea that could have been better executed.