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CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda

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Initial Thoughts

This CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda is a very interesting cigar. It’s the third release in CAO’s Amazon series behind the Basin and the Anaconda. There is also a lot going on with the blend and the specialized tobacco used in that blend. Charlie from Halfwheel has the insider scoop around the blend, per usual and here is what he has to say about it:

“This year, General Cigar Co. announced the second and third in a trilogy of CAO Amazon releases, the Fuma Em Corda. The name translates into smoke on a rope which is also the name of the fermenting process for the arapiraca tobacco from the Brazilian state of Alagoas. It is literally twisted into large ropes of tobacco, then fermented that way as opposed to how we’re more used to hearing it done in large piles, or pilones.” (link to the post)

CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda

So I was pretty excited to give this CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda a shot. I had it sitting in my humidor for a while and kept passing it over. So I finally sat down with it and started to explore. I feel like recently CAO has released some very tasty cigars. I’m hoping this exploration into new tobaccos is prosperous for them. I love to see how companies can innovate and leverage new flavors, blends, leaf etc to help create new products for us try. This CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda is no exception and I’m hoping the cigar behind the story is just as good as it sounds. So let’s dive in and see what we find out.

This cigar is built with a Honduran Corojo wrapper, Cameroon binder (which I think is very interesting), then Brazil, Honduran, & Nicaraguan filler. It comes in two sizes the Robusto (which I’m reviewing), and a Toro.

Looks

The design and look of this CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda is actual fairly simple. No big flashy band, just a simple piece of tobacco tied in a crossing pattern around the barrel of the cigar. Very simple design, my guess is that they put all of their effort into the blending and the actual tobacco in the cigar which I am totally ok with that! Let’s go ahead and dive into the smoke because there’s not much else to say about how it looks.

CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda

Smoking

After I nipped the cap on this CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda I was able to get a fantastic cold draw through the barrel. The draft provided a great preview of the flavors to come. Throughout the entire smoke I was getting a perfect draw and tons of smoke. This cigar poured off smoke like a Liga Privada. So my entire coat had a nice hazy look to it, and I absolutely loved it. The wife didn’t appreciate it as much as I did though.

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I was actually able to hold onto a nice long ash as well. It finally toppled over right around an inch and a half. Great burn, great smoke, and a great ash. This CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda was a delightful smoking experience.

Flavor

Now, onto the flavor profile of this CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda! I’m really hoping for some interesting flavors since there are some new tobaccos in this cigar. The first thing I noticed while nosing the cigar was a the presence of sweet tobacco, followed by raisins and just a little bit of cocoa. I was on the fence on whether or not I was able to pick up a dark cherry note. I think it was there but it began to escape me a little while too.

CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda

Once I got the cigar up and running more flavors appeared. Specifically hints of licorice and black pepper. Definitely a dominant note of tobacco which is kind of strange I don’t usually pick that up. So I wonder if it was something to do with the fermentation technique that really exaggerates that flavor. It finished with a nice earthy cream note with a backing of leather.

Needless to say, there is a lot going on with this cigar. It hit a ton of different flavor notes. What I love about it though is that none of them were really overwhelming. They all played off each other very well.

Would I Buy It Again?

Absolutely. I’m a big fan of this cigar.

Is It an Every Day Smoke?

Probably not, the price point is a bit high for every day.

Would I Buy a Box?

I would, if I could find it for a deal. To me this cigar is very unique and I really enjoyed it but I’m not sure if it’s something that I go to over and over. I like the idea of picking up one or two every now and again.

Conclusion

CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda

This CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda is a great cigar. Very unique flavors across the board. I was actually blown away. I didn’t know what to expect and it over delivered on my expectations. I would highly recommend picking one up, or a whole box if you’re into that.

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Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark

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Initial Thoughts

This time of year is one of my favorite times, not only do we have the NHL & NFL going, but it’s also gearing up for the holidays. That also means that it’s prime time to start hunting for hard to find bourbons. November is when distilleries start shipping out things like Pappy Van Winkle and the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. I know what you’re thinking, what does this have to do with the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark cigar review? Well my friends, everything. I came across this cigar when I stopped in a liquor store south of Nashville. I ran into an old friend who manages the humidor in the back of the spirit store! Not only did he showcase his boxes of Opus X (next review), but he turned me on to this Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark which I had not heard about! Needless to say, I was super excited to give it a try.

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark - Barrel

As you’ve probably noticed I’m not one for reviewing a ton of cigars from the big brands, I’ve always been more of a boutique guy myself. However, it’s hard to deny that a company like Arturo Fuente who have been around 30+ years obviously make some great freaking cigars, or they wouldn’t still be around. So when I dug around and looked at their site it was great to see info on this Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark. Named in honor of the founder and patriarch of the company this cigar is honoring his 80th birthday and 30 years as a company. So it better be pretty special! So let’s jump into it and kick off the review.

Looks

First off, this is a great looking cigar. The band is a bit different from most of the Arturo Fuentes that are on the market. They went with a special black band that has gold as the secondary color and opting for the AF red as the highlighted color on the outside of the band.

This Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark has a unique shape as well. It’s a figurado, more specifically a pyramide. It’s a 5 3/4″ x 52 ring gauge. Not a ton of cigars out there that are this size and I really enjoy the size. Another feature of this cigar is the Cameroon wrapper it’s very delicate, yet has plenty of texture to it. Overall, a great looking cigar and I love the change up of the style of bands for this special release.

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark - Barrel

Function

I tend to cut all figurado / torpedo cigars the same way. I use my Xikar Xi cutter and make a slanted or angle cut. I feel that it provides better air flow down the barrel and helps present more flavors. Once I made the angle cut on this Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark I could taste some great flavors and I knew I was in for a good smoke. The draw was fairly wide open which is nice it allows a lot of smoke to down through the barrel. So enough jibber jabber let’s light this thing up and get the flavors out of it!

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark - Foot

Flavor

Right out of the gate I pick up a nice cedar sweetness on the cold draw. That is followed up by a some notes of sweet tobacco and slight hints of leather. Once the flame hits the tobacco I’m met with a good jolt of sweetness. The most notable flavor that I’m picking up is cedar it’s a nice compliment to the hint of spice on the retrohale. There are notes of leather throughout the entire smoke that give the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark a nice bit of balance between the sweet and the spice throughout. This cigar is fairly complex yet subtle in flavors which I believe is very difficult to achieve. Too often cigars can be in your face with the flavor profile, but I actually prefer the subtle complex flavors and this cigar has that in spades.

Overall this cigar built to medium-full in terms of strength. Never really grew above that which I’m totally ok with. I have a feeling the Opus X which is up next will be packed full of strength and put a hurting on me if I’m not careful.

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark - Ash

Would I Buy It Again?

Absolutely, I would highly recommend a box of these if you can find them.

Is It an Every Day Smoke?

Not at the price tag, but I sure wish I could smoke this every day, I’m sure Don Carlos did.

Would I Buy a Box?

If the price is right, I would. Not sure that I can pull the trigger on a $300 box though. It takes a lot for me to shell out $300. This cigar definitely warrants the price, I’m just super cheap 🙂

Conclusion

Seriously, I can’t praise this cigar enough. So much flavor, perfect draw and just an incredible joy to smoke. If I still rated cigars I would easily give this a 10/10. I think it’s that good. If you can track one down, go find it right now.

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Camacho Diploma

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Preliminary Ideas

I’ve had this Camacho Diploma in my humidor for fairly some time. In reality I’ve had it in there so lengthy apparently Camacho discontinued it… Sounds about proper now, by the point I lastly get round to smoking it all of the details about it appears to have vanished from interwebs.

Apparently this cigar had been round for awhile and developed fairly the next. Just like it’s brother the Camacho Corojo which additionally obtained an enormous face carry from the model’s advertising division. Supposedly this cigar got here out on the 2014 commerce present, which sounds about proper. I feel I’ve had it sitting in my humidor for nicely over 2 years.  None the much less, some shops on-line nonetheless carry it and are promoting packing containers at deep reductions. So if the evaluate appears to align together with your taste palate then I might advocate going to attempt to discover a few low cost packing containers to have available.

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Seems

Just like all the opposite Camacho cigars which have had a face raise the Camacho Diploma is now daring and shiny with it’s packaging as properly. The Diploma was upgraded to a bigger than life band that’s purple, silver, and black. General the cigar seems nice. Lovely darkish chocolate Habana 200o wrapper. Only a few veins seem on the wrapper and it’s pretty clean and velvety to the contact. I must say that the makeover of the design was fairly drastic however it seems to be nice now. Undoubtedly an eye fixed grabber on the shelf of any humidor.

Smoking

The smoking expertise by means of all the cigar was implausible. The draw was good and clean and by no means hit any resistance. It was straightforward to take a seat again and chill out with this Camacho Diploma and luxuriate in a pleasant spring night right here in Nashville. I used to be by no means capable of get a terrific image of the ash although. It all the time appeared to fall off once I positioned it for an image. Oh properly, aside from that it was a really nice smoke!

Camacho Diploma - Foot

Taste

Now right here is the thrilling stuff! On the pre mild I used to be capable of decide up a superb dose of mocha, like a chocolate donut. Some skinny hints of earth and occasional.

As soon as the cigar received going I picked up a strong dose of black pepper and a pleasant strong punch of tobacco as properly. General the flavors have been very balanced and moved in and across the widespread notes of pepper, earth and mocha. A few of my favourite mixtures truthfully. I really like having that little bit of candy mocha battling the spice from the pepper. Makes for an thrilling few hours!

Camacho Diploma - 1st Third

Would I Purchase It Once more?

Nicely probably, however seeing as how they’re discontinued that’s going to be robust!

Is It an Each Day Smoke?

Not for me, it’s just a little bit an excessive amount of of a full physique cigar for me.

Would I Purchase a Field?

Probably, Cigars Worldwide has bins of 10 proper now for 50% off which is a superb deal.

Conclusion

Camacho Diploma - Final Third

General this Camacho Diploma is a very strong cigar. I had an excellent smoking expertise and I might like to attempt one other one. I feel it’s a strong or because the model says ‘Daring’ cigar. It gives some good complexities between the mocha, earth and occasional notes that dance round. So should you see some round your native store you must decide up a pair. Or for those who’re in search of some nice offers take a look at the web retailer and get some deeply discounted inventory!

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Mi Querida by Dunbarton Tobacco & Belief

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Preliminary Ideas

Nicely when you have adopted me for a when you know I’m an enormous fan of a number of the previous work of Steve Saka. So once I was capable of monitor down a few of his newest line the Mi Querida I’ve to say that I used to be very excited! After smoking his Sobremesa it was clear he hasn’t misplaced his contact for mixing nice cigars.

Admittedly from his web site he states: “Earthy and dense with an extended teasing, barely soiled end”. For some cause that could be very engaging description for the flavour of a cigar. Now if it was describing one thing else it in all probability wouldn’t be as engaging, am I proper?

One other factor that I really like about this cigar is the story behind the identify. I’m all the time fascinated by how manufacturers provide you with the names of their merchandise, and in case you get an opportunity go learn Saka’s reasoning behind his identify of Mi Querida or ‘My Dearest’. You’ll be able to take a look at the story right here: http://www.dunbartoncigars.com/marcas. So let’s hop into the evaluation and get right down to the thrilling stuff!

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Appears

I’ll be trustworthy, the Mi Querida is just not a flashy wanting cigar. The packaging could be very easy, a darkish navy blue band with a gold piping round it. I really like the simplicity of the look. The field is equally easy. To me that tells me that each one the main target is placed on the within of the cigar. Extra give attention to the mix and the ultimate output than the packaging.

The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is luscious and darkish with an amazing texture to it. A number of veins are all through however the rugged texture will get me excited. There aren’t very many broadleaf wrapped cigars that I’ve smoked and never loved!

Mi Querida - Foot

Perform

After I nip the cap with my Xikar Xi, I gave the cigar a pleasant dry draw check to get a preamble to what I’d anticipate all through the smoke. It has a pleasant open draw that provides me some good earthy flavors and pepper coming by means of up entrance. The wrapper gives a pleasant quantity of give and bounce again once I squeeze it between my fingers. All and all it passes the primary check!

Smoking

Now it’s time to mild this one up and see the place it stands. All all through the cigar this Mi Querida smoked completely. I by no means had a problem with the draw and the burn line was almost flawless. As soon as in the course of the course of smoking this one, I purged the cigar like I do with all of my smokes to eliminate any constructed up tar within the barrel. I in all probability might have gone your complete approach with out purging, nevertheless it actually permits the clear flavors to return via once more and I really like doing that about half approach by means of. Simply my very own private smoking choice.

Mi Querida - 1st Third

Taste

Now, to the thrilling half, the flavors! On the nostril you undoubtedly get a heavy dose of that earthiness that Saka describes on his website. Secondly, I decide up a pleasant aroma of mocha which I all the time love. In the course of the smoke I’m capable of finding that “soiled” earthiness that he describes in addition to the mocha / cocoa that got here by way of in pre mild inspection. As with most Nicaraguan cigars I’m choosing up a pleasant tender pepper observe on the retro that gives an incredible praise to the sweetness all through. General, I actually loved the flavour profile from this Mi Querida!

Mi Querida - 2nd Third

Would I Purchase It Once more?

Surely.

Is It an Each Day Smoke?

I can solely hope!

Would I Purchase a Field?

Definitely, if I had room in my humidor I might like to stash a field in there!

Conclusion

I’m an enormous fan of maduro cigars and this Mi Querida is now in that prime listing of favorites. I really like the complexity to the mix and the way nicely balanced it’s. I really feel like this cigar would stand as much as most of my favourite bourbons and supply them an unimaginable praise of flavors all through. In the event you haven’t had an opportunity to attempt the Mi Querida then I extremely advocate you go and monitor some down.Mi Querida - Final Third

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5 Vegas Gold Torpedo

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Initial Thoughts

Well this is the first post in a long, long time. So it could be a little rough, but I’ll try to do my best here. I was gifted about five of these 5 Vegas Gold Torpedoes. They have been sitting in my humidor for probably over a year and I figured it was time to smoke them. I couldn’t find much information on them. I consistently see them showing up on Cigars International, so I’m assuming they are a private label for CI? After looking at a couple of sources that appears to be the truth.

5 Vegas Gold Torpedo - Head

After that initial research I went to the source to find out information about this 5 Vegas Gold Torpedo. According to CI’s website this cigar has an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and the filler leaf is aged 5 years and made in Honduras. Not much information on the filler leaf of the makeup of the profile. I’m not surprised at that though, a lot of brands are holding their blends closer to the chest now a days. That’s about all the info that I have on the background of the cigar, so let’s dive right in and see light this thing up.

Looks

This 5 Vegas Gold Torpedo is a great looking cigar, it’s 6″ x 54. So it’s a rather large cigar which is always fun and time consuming to smoke. The band on this guy is pretty large and it’s obviously gold in case you haven’t noticed by now. It’s hard to make out what all is on the band. I can see a few notations, but make them out with my impeccable lighting set up in my garage. I know you’re probably thinking, why don’t you just take the band inside and see what it says. B/c honestly, that would be way too easy. So you’ll just have to stay in suspense for right now.

5 Vegas Gold Torpedo - Foot

The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper looks great, I can’t notice any seams on the wrapper from the foot to the head. I do notice a few small imperfections towards the head of the cigar. Nothing that I’m super worried about right now. It looks great, now it’s time to snip the cap and take it for a test drive.

Function

Most of you know by now that when I come across a torpedo shaped cigar like this 5 Vegas Gold that I cut the head at an angle. I believe that it helps increase the draw from the barrel. This cigar is no different. The draw is light and airy on this one. Those small imperfections towards the head of the cigar allow a bit of air to escape the wrapper before I cut it, but not affecting it too much.

The filler is firm with a bit of bounce back to it. The airflow is great, so I’m ready to light this thing up and see what sort of flavors it provides to me.

Smoking

This 5 Vegas Gold Torpedo instantly takes to the flame providing a nice bellow of smoke after the first few puffs. I always worry if cigars that have been sitting in my humidor for over a year will burn correctly I’m wondering if they get too wet or not, but this one lets me know that my humidor is doing just fine.

5 Vegas Gold Torpedo - 1st Third

Lots of smoke rolls off this stick. The total smoking time was around 2 hours. I was slow smoking it thought while reading. Your mileage may vary. I never had an issue with this cigar burning incorrectly, it was a nice straight burn the entire time. I never got the ash over an inch and a half though. Of course I dropped the biggest ash on my shirt and consequently onto the floor. So it’s good to know that I haven’t lost my touch there.

There were a few times that I had to purge this cigar and burn out some of that tar build up. Then it was burning clean once again. That was the only issue I had the entire time while smoking this guy.

Flavor

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this 5 Vegas Gold Torpedo with regards to flavor. I knew it had a light wrapper and once I started cold-drawing on it I wasn’t picking up much in terms of intensity. The story didn’t change much once I got it lit. This cigar stayed a consistent light body throughout the entire 2 hours. It reminded me a bit of the Macanudo Cafe Crystal.

5 Vegas Gold Torpedo - Second Third

I honestly smoked this thing for two hours and couldn’t pick up much difference from the 1st third to the final third. It started light with some subtle leather and woody notes. Once it got lit there hints of cereal and toast throughout. Then finally just some very small hints of spice. Nothing overpowering, just very consistent and light flavors. Which can be great depending on your palate. I go back and forth between intensities of flavors and I was hoping for a bit more in terms of flavor and intensity, but this was a pleasant surprise.

Would I Buy It Again?

Possibly, I wasn’t blown away, but I also think that I was expecting something different.

Is It an Every Day Smoke?

It could be, probably not for me because I typically have a bourbon in my hand when I smoke and this 5 Vegas Gold Torpedo would not stand up against a bourbon.

Would I Buy a Box?

Probably not unless I smoke a few more and some more complex flavors pop out at me.

Conclusion

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I don’t think this 5 Vegas Gold Torpedo is going to become a regular staple in my humidor any time soon. It’s just not quite up my alley in terms of flavor profiles. However, it was a very pleasant cigar to smoke and I enjoyed it. So I encourage anyone who prefers a lighter flavor profile to try this. They are incredibly affordable on CI’s website. So pick up a 5 pack for $20 and you may have found your new budget cigar!

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Illusione Fume D’ Amour Viejos

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Info:

I’ll be the first to admit that I do not smoke Illusione cigars on a regular basis. There are definitely a few that I have really enjoyed, like the MJ12 Maduro and Rothschild, but overall, I have not been that impressed with the others I’ve smoked. Luckily, it takes a lot for me to completely write a brand off.

According to the Internets, the Fume D’Amour (French for Smoke of Love) is the first addition to Illusione’s core line in three years. Seeing how it received the #3 award for cigar of the year from Cigar Aficionado, I’d say it was worth the wait. Of course, the vitola that won was the Clementes (toro), not the Viejos (robusto).

Illusione Fume D' Amour Viejos - Barrel

Another interesting thing about this cigar is that it contains no ligero. I find this even more unusual due to it being a Nicaraguan puro. The theme these days seems to be ligero, ligero and more ligero. Not with this guy! The filler is just seco and viso.

There are four vitolas in the Fume D’Amour line: Capistrano (toro gordo), Clementes (toro-#3 in CA), Viejos (robusto) and Laguna (petite corona).

This cigar is one I purchased from a local shop.

Looks:

For a “smoke of love”, the Illusione Fume D’Amour is not very attractive. I guess it just proves that “love is blind”. It has a natural, light brown wrapper that is veiny and lumpy-looking. The seams are visible but not really raised. It has an overall soft appearance, like I could squeeze it. I’ll be careful doing that though!

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The band is rather simple, but has a nice classic look to it. It is mostly brick red and gold with white ovals. The print is red a gold. The rustic, classic look is perfect and helps offset the ruggedness of the actual cigar.

Function:

As suspected, the Illusion Fume D’Amour is very soft and squeezable. There are several soft spots and lumps. It is also a bit bumpy. While this is not always a problem for the burn and draw, I know that it can be. I’ll just have to hope for the best.

Illusione Fume D' Amour Viejos - Foot

I am interested to see what kind of aromas I get off of this stick. The foot has a grassy molasses aroma to it. The barrel is a rosy chocolate, which is pretty unique for me. After I clip the cap, I check the draw. It is a bit open and airy, but not too bad. Again, I get the molasses and grass that I smelled on the foot.

Smoking:

With the foot being a bit loose, I expect the light to be quick and easy. This holds true, and it lights evenly too. It doesn’t take long for the burn line to get a tad wavy but never becomes a problem like I thought it might.

The ash holds on better than I thought it would as well. It is mostly white and gray and rather solid, only flaky in spots. It reaches the 1”mark pretty solidly. Near the end, I did get a little too lax with it and had one fall in my lap.

Flavor:

Seeing as how this cigar (well the toro) received the number 3 rating from CA, it better taste like a river of milk and honey (or coffee and cocoa, or whatever you love), right? Well, I won’t place my expectations that high, but am looking forward to seeing how this Illusione Fume D’Amour Viejos performs.

The first few puffs greet me with a light white pepper spice. This quickly becomes a floral spice that includes a hint of jasmine. To make it even better, a sweet graham cracker note develops as well. The retrohale is nice and spicy in a fragrant way, which is something I really enjoy.

Illusione Fume D' Amour Viejos - 1st Third

The next third continues with the fragrant floral spice. The graham is still there and is melding with a creamy butter note. Throughout this third, the sweetness and butter increase, helping to smooth out the spice.

The final third begins with a sweet buttery note combined with the fragrant spice. This section sees some noticeable wood, nut and salt notes appear. There is a slightly bitter note that lasts a few puffs near the end, but it goes away quickly. The cigar finishes with mostly wood and nuts.

Illusione Fume D' Amour Viejos - Final Third

The Illusione Fume D’Amour Viejos is medium-full in both strength and flavor. Though it is spicy, it is never overpowering. The sweet and buttery notes really help smooth it out. It did smoke a tad fast, coming in around 1 hour.

Would I Buy It Again?

Absolutely

Is It An Everyday Smoke?

I could see that

Would I Buy a Box?

Very possible

Conclusion

 

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I have to say, I am not mad at CA for putting this one high on the list. The Illusione Fume D’Amour is certainly a top-notch cigar that I think will appeal to wide variety of palates. The flavor and strength are perfect and the price is quite affordable. My only complaint is that it is a little loose and burns a tad fast. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar and think you will too.

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Partagas Serie P No 2 Torpedo

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Initial Thoughts

I’ve been going back and forth between Cubans and non-Cubans for awhile now. I’m decided that I really enjoy both, a lot! The only thing that I don’t like about Cubans is the fact that it’s hard to find great information about each particular blend. I’ve checked out the Habanos SA official site and didn’t lead to much information either. I know Partagas is a company with rich history and culture throughout Havana. I was very excited to smoke this Partagas Serie P No 2 Torpedo / Piramide. I’ve seen it depicted as either one so we’re going to go with both!

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I received this particular cigar in a sampler pack from our sponsor Cigar Terminal. They have been great to work with, so if you’re looking to acquire some Cubans online, make sure to check them out. (Although it’s still technically illegal to buy Cubans online, so use your best judgement here.) Let’s get into the cigar and get away from all the legalese.

Looks

When I initially set my eyes on this Partagas Serie P No 2 Torpedo I wasn’t blown away. It looks like you’re typical cigar. A nice torpedo shaped head. Gorgeous Colorado brownish red wrapper. Very few veins running through the wrapper, it’s silky smooth and has just a bit of an oily sheen to it as well.

Partagas Serie P No 2 Torpedo - Foot

The band on this cigar is rather unimpressive. It’s just a simple red band with a double gold pin stripe on the top and bottom. In the middle it says ‘Serie P No 2’ Partagas – Habana. It really gets right to the point and there’s no need for flash with this cigar. I truly believe the brand let’s the tobacco do the talking. They don’t need to make the cigar flashy to stand out on cigar store shelves. They know word will get around it will move these cigars. In fact this cigar was in the top 10 from CA in 2009. It was the Tubo version, but I’m fairly certain it’s still the same blend.

Function

I tested out Jeremy’s method of cutting this torpedo. He likes to cut the tip at an angle. He believes it helps open up the barrel more since it’s a tapered head. He couldn’t have been more right. Just when you think a guy doesn’t know anything about cigars, he goes and drops this knowledge on ya. I guess he’s good for something…

Partagas Serie P No 2 Torpedo - 1st Third

I tested out this Partagas Serie P No 2 Torpedo on the cold draw and it was superb. A great dose of air came rolling through the barrel and instantly I was beginning to pick up some delicious flavors.

I gave it a quick roll between my fingers and I couldn’t detect any soft spots in the barrel. There wasn’t a ton of bounce back either just a good solid cigar ready to be burned down.

Smoking

I’ve been using a new lighter since my Xikar Stratosphere kicked the bucket. For some reason the release valve stopped holding pressure and was releasing all the butane… Oh well, it was time for a new one anyway.

This Partagas Serie P No 2 Torpedo smoked like an absolute champ. It was pouring out a nice clean white smoke. Just an absolute abundance of smoke came out. I was actually quite surprised. Cutting it at an angle led to that great air flow that I mentioned above and it made it incredibly easy to draw throughout the length of the smoke.

Partagas Serie P No 2 Torpedo - 2nd Third

From the first third to final puff I never had an issue with it. It had a nice solid ash that held just over an inch. It’s been a while since I’ve had a cigar that smoked this well. I was pleasantly surprised. I know very little about this cigar and didn’t have high expectations, but thus far it has really delivered in terms of quality.

Flavor

Finally, the flavor! This Partagas Serie P No 2 Torpedo was a huge question mark to me before I lit it up. I had not seen a ton of press on it, or really read anything about it. I jumped in and started reading some reviews after my initial smoke to get a better understanding of what this cigar was. I found out it comes from the Vuelta Abajo region in Cuba and it’s one of Partagas’ stronger blends. I can definitely see that after smoking it.

Throughout the smoke I could feel the cigar building in terms of body. By the time I got to the end it was definitely medium-full bodied smoke. It was fairly complex in terms of flavor, yet it stayed balanced the whole time. What more could you want in a cigar really?

Partagas Serie P No 2 Torpedo - Head

On the initial pre light I got a good dose of just sweet natural tobacco. Followed up with some earthy notes and an overall sweetness. Once I got the cigar lit all sorts of flavors started to appear. I was hit with a nice thick leather note that was very pleasant. Behind that I got this big dose of coffee and some pops of spice throughout. Overall the most consistent note was a bready / toasted nut note that really made the cigar unique to me. I would find other flavors throughout, pops of chocolate and a bit of cream, but that consistent toasted note was the backbone for sure.

Overall, I was really blown away by this cigar. As I’m getting older in my smoking career I’m finding that I like finding the nuances in the palate of a cigar. This Partagas Serie P No 2 Torpedo certainly delivers that.

Would I Buy It Again?

Without a doubt. This might be my go to Cuban from now on.

Is It an Every Day Smoke?

Probably not, but I wish it could be!

Would I Buy a Box?

Absolutely.

Conclusion

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I’m not gonna lie, this is my favorite Cuban to date. There’s something about it that really draws me in. Maybe it’s the simplicity and coming in with zero expectations. I just sat back and relaxed and really enjoyed thisPartagas Serie P No 2 Torpedo. If  you ever get the chance to pick up a box or even a few of these then I doubt that you’ll be disappointed. In fact, if you’re interested, reach out to Cigar Terminal and get a box. I think you’ll be blown away!

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Ezra Zion Tantrum PA Edicion Limitada

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Info:

Ezra Zion is one of the recent boutique brands that I consistently hear or read good things about. Though I have wanted to try some, I hesitated due to lack of availability in local shops and the often-high price tag (usually $10+). Let’s face it; I am a bit of a tight wad!

Ezra Zion Tantrum PA Edicion Limitada - Barrel

The Tantrum PA (which stands for Passive Aggressive) is a limited edition cigar. It follows the release of the Tantrum, which was a smaller vitola, a Prensado Pequeño 4×44. I saw differing information on the number of boxes produced, but it looks like they released 700 boxes of 28. It is only offered in one vitola, a 6.5×44 box-pressed lonsdale. Retail price is $9.95, but I did find them online for $7.95 on at least one site.

Looks:

The Ezra Zion Tantrum PA is not a menacing cigar at all. It sports a milk chocolate shade wrapper with no or completely pressed veins and smooth seams. The box press has slightly rounded edges. The foot appears to be a bit loosely packed, but the rest of the barrel looks firm.

Ezra Zion Tantrum PA Edicion Limitada - 1st Third

There are two bands, at the shoulder and foot. The top band is mostly silver and light gray with charcoal and black background. The foot band has the same color scheme and has Tantrum EL on it. Both combine for a shiny, classy look.

Function:

The Ezra Zion Tantrum PA felt pretty firm through the barrel except for around the foot, where it has more give. The wrapper feels very smooth. No bumps of soft spots, other than the foot area.

Ezra Zion Tantrum PA Edicion Limitada - 2nd Third

The foot has aromas of grass, earth, cocoa and molasses. The barrel is cocoa, earth and pepper. I clip the cap and check the draw. It is wonderful! I pick up the grass, earth and molasses I smelled on the foot.

Smoking:

The Ezra Zion Tantrum PA has a slightly loose foot and nice airflow, so lighting it should be easy. I am able to light it up quickly and evenly. The draw is on the verge of being a bit too open, but settles down to perfect a little ways in. Likewise, the burn starts out fast, but it also slows down, coinciding with the tightening of the draw.

Ezra Zion Tantrum PA Edicion Limitada - Final Third

The ash is quite loose on this stick. It is mostly dark gray and flaky. I tap it off around the ¾” mark because I am certain it is going to fall on me otherwise. It taps off with no effort. For the rest of the smoke, I am mindful to tap it every ½” or so to avoid disaster.

Flavor:

After reading about the original Tantrum, I am excited to try the Tantrum PA. Considering it is also a Lonsdale-ish vitola (my usual favorite), I expect it to be an enjoyable experience. Let’s see if it measures up.

The Tantrum PA starts out with a blast of black pepper, earth and wood. Soon after, I pick up some caramel, nuts and a slight clove flavor. It creates a nice mix of earth and fragrant flavors. As I near the next third, the fragrant spices increase along with the earth notes.

The next third continues with the same mix of flavors. The caramel never gets beyond a faint undertone, but does help balance the spice out some. The clove note I got in the beginning has now become more akin to nutmeg, which I do prefer.

The final third sticks with the spicy, woody and earthy theme. Now some of the sweetness starts to shine alongside some salt that has developed. The baking spices are dying down as the wood and earth lead me to the finish line.

The Ezra Zion Tantrum PA was medium-full in both flavor and strength. It had a nice mix of earthy and baking spices that kept it interesting. Once the burn slowed down and the draw tightened a hair, it was a very enjoyable smoke. Smoke time was around 1 hour 15 minutes.

Would I Buy It Again?

Yes!

Is It An Everyday Smoke?

I would say so.

Would I Buy a Box?

Maybe, but definitely a 5 or 10 pack

Conclusion

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I now see why people speak fondly of Ezra Zion cigars. If the other lines are anything like the Tantrum PA, then I will make more of an effort to pick some up this year. Honestly, the only things that have kept me from doing so have been availability and price. I do believe this one is worth the price, especially if you can get it at around $8.

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Las Calaveras 2015

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Preliminary Ideas

It’s time for the subsequent restricted version from the fellas over at Topped Heads. This time it’s the Las Calaveras 2015 version! After the big success from final yr’s launch everybody knew that the 2015 launch was going to be flying off of the cabinets. Positive sufficient as quickly as they introduced they have been taking orders they have been bought out to retailers in lower than a day. It truly was in all probability hours, however I couldn’t discover the precise tweet that Mr. Huber despatched out.

Las Calaveras 2015 - Band

In case you missed it final yr, the Las Calaveras is a tribute to anybody that you simply’ve misplaced within the final yr. It’s a pleasant memorial smoke to have in place and sit again and take into consideration misplaced family members. The thrilling factor about this cigar is that it’s utterly totally different from final yr in response to Huber. This yr’s wrapper is a Ecuador Habano Rosado with each Nicaraguan filler & binder. The shapes are LC46 (one I’m reviewing), LC50 (additionally smoked) and the LC52. Let’s dive proper in and see what’s happening with this Las Calaveras 2015!

Seems to be

For this evaluation I smoked each the LC46 & the LC50. They each look nice, all the footage are of the LC46 although. The packaging is strictly the identical. The band has stayed pretty in keeping with the 2014 launch. The primary distinction is the background shade. For this 2015 it has a cream coloured background which I actually like.

Las Calaveras 2015 - Barrel

To me one of many coolest elements of the band are the initials included within the medallions. Every set of initials I assume is for somebody misplaced within the final yr that was near the crew at Topped Heads. This info hasn’t been launched (that I do know of), and I doubt it ever shall be.

The Ecuador Habano Rosado wrapper appears implausible on this cigar. Good and darkish brown no seams that I can discover. Simply silky and clean and able to burn!

Perform

I used my trusty Xikar Xi cutter for the LC 46 and my Xikar Punch for the LC50. Each cigars had unbelievable attracts they burned flawlessly all through. I used to be simply holding an inch and half ash the whole time. I all the time knocked it unfastened earlier than it had an opportunity to fall on me although. The burn was extremely even. I personally thought that the LC50 was the higher smoking model of the cigar. It burned slightly cooler and was general extra pleasurable.

Las Calaveras 2015 - Foot

I’m often a Corona Gorda fan, however this Robusto actually hit the appropriate spot for me. So I used to be glad to see each sizes obtainable. I’m not often a fan of toros, so I stayed away from that measurement. I’ve little question that measurement would smoke properly although. Plainly the whole lot popping out of the My Father factories is smoking properly nowadays.

Smoking

As I eluded to above, nicely outright stated. Each the LC50 & LC46 smoked effortlessly. The draw was implausible and the smoke poured proper out. They made for an gratifying smoke. Personally, I loved the LC50 only a bit extra. I ought to in all probability take into consideration solely smoking Robustos any further, I assume? That doesn’t make a number of sense, however perhaps then once more it does. Let’s get onto an important a part of this assessment, the flavors!

Las Calaveras 2015 - 1st Third

Taste

Nicely if there’s one factor that this Las Calaveras 2015 has, it’s spice! Proper out of the gate I picked up an excellent dose of spice. To me it was very peppery, extra akin to purple pepper and spice as an alternative of black pepper which I’ve observed in loads of My Father cigars. The subsequent notice I received was predominantly earthy and occasional notes. Some massive espresso notes in truth. I observed that once I let the retrohale slowly roll out of my nasal cavities it jogged my memory of a pleasant cup of my morning crack. There was additionally a delicate chocolate undertone that I picked up within the LC50 that I didn’t discover within the LC46. It was a pleasant palate softener. That clean chocolate notice gave a pleasant stability to the spice. Additionally, for those who search deep sufficient I picked up a strong char and oaky observe in there. Once I paired the 2nd LC46 with bourbon that oaky word was much more obvious. At this level I feel we’ve hit almost each taste on the wheel!

 

Par for the course once more for the blokes from Nashville. An ideal balanced cigar that’s distinctive to every part else of their portfolio.

Las Calaveras 2015 - 2nd Third

Would I Purchase It Once more?

I might undoubtedly purchase the LC50 once more, it was my favourite over the LC46.

Is It an Each Day Smoke?

It will probably’t actually be an each day smoke because it’s a Restricted Version. But when it was common manufacturing I nonetheless don’t assume I might smoke it on a regular basis, however undoubtedly as soon as every week!

Would I Purchase a Field?

Definitely!

Conclusion

Las Calaveras 2015 - Nub

The very first thing everybody goes to ask is how does it examine to the 2014. You need to keep in mind that this cigar is totally totally different, it’s the identical ‘model’, nevertheless it’s a special cigar and subsequently you need to decide it on it’s personal benefit. I undoubtedly loved this cigar and I might return to the LC50 time and again. So, should you like spice and a few good wealthy earthy espresso notes then by all means tee this one up and smoke it! However should you actually liked the 2014 version don’t come into smoking this cigar considering it’s going to be the identical. Decide it for it’s personal after which see what you assume! As a result of, I feel it’s a unbelievable cigar!

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Camacho American Barrel Aged Cigar

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Preliminary Ideas

It’s that point of yr, all of the cigar manufacturers are beginning to launch their 2015 releases proper earlier than the IPCPR present. This Camacho American Barrel Aged Cigar is among the first ones available on the market this yr and it’s making an enormous splash. It appears to be the cigar each one is speaking about proper now. It’s even spurred some fascinating conversations / editorials which are difficult the business to not be ‘copycats’.

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This cigar nevertheless is one thing that out the surface actually appears to attraction to my vices. It makes use of a singular mix of tobaccos, certainly one of which is aged in Kentucky whiskey barrels. How might you not get enthusiastic about that? Going again to Camacho’s roots, they’ve included using an unique Corojo leaf within the filler. That Corojo leaf is from Honduras whereas the remainder of the make-up of the cigar is all grown proper right here within the good ole US of A!

This Camacho American Barrel Aged Cigar is the primary launch from Camacho’s ‘Grasp Constructed’ collection. So I’m positive they’ve much more up their sleeves with some thrilling new blends popping out very quickly. The method of getting older this tobacco sounds extremely tedious. Apparently, they rotate the leaf by hand each few weeks for five months. With round 2,000 lbs growing older at anybody time, you’ll be able to think about the quantity of guide labor that might ensue. Figuring out, all that I’m prepared to take a seat again chill out and lightweight up this Camacho American Barrel Aged Cigar!

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Seems to be

After Camacho took on a re-brand round 2 years in the past they’ve been ‘daring’ to say the least with all of their new packaging. This Camacho American Barrel Aged Cigar is not any totally different. The packaging is metallic black tons of orange. To me, this might be Harley Davidson’s signature cigar. It’s virtually the very same colour palette. It seems to be nice and actually catches your eye on the shelf on the cigar retailer.

The cigar has two bands, a foot band and the outsized band positioned within the regular spot up by the top of the cigar. The foot band is restricted in telling you that it’s the American Barrel Aged cigar whereas the traditional band totes extra of the Grasp Constructed Collection lingo. What I really like is the distinctive print on the bottom of the band that claims issues like ‘5 Months’ in several opacities of metallic black. You need to catch it in simply the suitable mild to see it clearly. General, nice packaging as normal from Camacho.

Perform

I’m excited to get this cigar reduce and pouring some by way of the barrel. I pulled out the trusty Xi cutter and nipped the cap to check the dry draw. Good and open, and I used to be capable of actually get some good air movement coming down via the barrel. Once I was rolling the cigar between my fingers I couldn’t detect any smooth spots and actually it was close to good. Just a bit little bit of bounce again and provides to it.

Camacho American Barrel Aged - Head

The wrapper leaf seemed nice, no seams from what I might inform and it has a pleasant little bit of texture. That American Broadleaf all the time has a pleasant texture to it. It has additionally that lovely deep chocolate brown shade to it that makes me need to bounce proper in and smoke it.

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Smoking

This Camacho American Barrel Aged Cigar took proper to the flame with out hesitation. It’s prefer it had some whiskey fueling the burn and lit proper up. With the good draw this somewhat giant cigar solely took about an hour to smoke. I plowed proper by way of it. I didn’t have a cigar situation. I assumed I must relight it after serving to the spouse unload the groceries, however once I got here again out it was nonetheless burning completely and after a few puffs I used to be absolutely charged once more. What extra are you able to say, that’s a terrific burn profile!

Camacho American Barrel Aged - First Third

Taste

Right here’s what everyone seems to be eager to know. What does the barrel growing older do to the flavour of the cigar? With all of the American tobacco and the whiskey aged Corojo it ought to create a slightly distinctive expertise. That’s precisely what it did. Once I took this Camacho American Barrel Aged Cigar out of the cellophane I used to be hit with an on the spot rush of aromas. A candy tobacco word and good mixes of earth alongside the best way too.

The primary puff of the cigar brings out a pleasant mixture of char, spice and sweetness. Within the retrohale I get extra of the spice and a few earthy notes as nicely. That char appears to be the spine of the flavour profile all through. Sometimes I’ll decide up on extra sweetness coming by way of and a few hints of that wealthy earth observe as nicely. The char and spice work rather well collectively and I can definitely take into consideration simply sitting again right here and having fun with this cigar with an enormous glass of whiskey. I might in all probability go for one thing a bit sweeter than standard although to counteract a few of this spice within the cigar. The flavors are definitely daring and really tasty.

Camacho American Barrel Aged - Final Third

To me, the cigar wasn’t overly complicated, it was properly balanced. I’m not fairly positive what I anticipated when it comes to taste. I by no means actually picked up on a whiskey taste although. I’ve learn others that say it was fairly obvious, however I by no means actually got here throughout it. General an excellent cigar, and a singular cigar that undoubtedly has some endurance. That’s in fact assuming they will sustain with the demand of barrel ageing all of the leaf. Solely time will inform about that.

Would I Purchase It Once more?

Sure, I loved it, simply want that the worth would come down a bit.

Is It an Each Day Smoke?

In all probability not for me, however I might see it as soon as every week.

Would I Purchase a Field?

Probably, I might like to see how they age.

Conclusion

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General this Camacho American Barrel Aged Cigar is a superb launch for 2015. It’s going again to Camacho’s roots through the use of the Corojo leaf and it’s creating one thing that we haven’t seen within the cigar business shortly. Bringing again using barrel aged tobacco. I in fact love the combination of tobacco and whiskey so I’m by no means going to show that down. The distinctive taste profile on this cigar ought to hold individuals coming again for extra and I might undoubtedly advocate going out and choosing up a few sticks and matching it together with your favourite whiskey.