“Smoked Up” No.3

This is the third installment of the “Smoked Up” series and its been a decent week in my week in cigars. There has been a handful of cigar news and I got a few new cigars in the humidor to review for you. So keep your eyes out for them in the up coming weeks. I still got my Cigar of the year 5pk contest going on through this Friday the 25th. Check it out and enter the easy contest.

 

Perdomo Gran Cru Habano Epicure: I was gifted this 6×60 cigar and although I am no fan of the 60rg size, I was appreciative of it and thought I’d give it a try. The draw was a tad on the thick side & burned “ok” with a few waves. At first there were nice flavors of a semi-sweet note of a dried fruit. Accompanied by some notes of chocolate with a slight short lived pepper undertone. Once into it more, there was more peppery wood flavors with chocolate being an undertone that bounced across my palate. The retrohale revealed a somewhat spicy & woody flavor. With about 2″ left, the wrapper split and flavor got flat, so thats where I ended it. I liked this cigar, but not too sure if I will go for another one in this size. I think I will stick with the toro size.

 

Moya Ruiz La Jugada Prieto: A thick packed cigar that gave a slightly stiff draw, but excellent burn. Had very nice flavors of a creamy pepper with a short lived spice & a dark roasted coffee finish. Working into it, I got some nice smooth woody flavors & produced a peppery room note. After halfway, I got a very odd dried pineapple taste on the tip of my tongue that intrigued me. Towards the end, I got a flavor that reminded me of a chalky coco powder (similar to Nestle Quik). Over all, a medium to full bodied complex smoke. I’ll do a further in depth review of this cigar in a few weeks and give it a slight rest in the humidor.

 

Louis Martinez Silver Selection Robusto: This cigar has three years age on it and has smoothed off nicely. Light woody notes with a miniscule amount of black pepper, but was stronger on the retrohale. I “paired” is with a Monster Java Kona Blend that brought out the creaminess of the notes. It drew just a slight bit thicker than perfect and had a great burn. For about $35/box, they are a decent yard ‘gar fresh, but mellow to a pretty good mild-medium cigar with some age. Over all, not a very complex cigar by any means, but a decent aged smoke for the cost.

 

Tatuaje Wolfman: When I first got them a year plus ago, I didn’t care too much for the Wolfman. But after a year and some rest, they are a little more pleasurable to me. The draw was great that produced a lot of smoke and burned well. Notes of black pepper & a slightly smooth creamy (almost buttery) note to it. About half way the pepper and other flavors went a little bland and flat, but offered a muted caramel undertone. The last part introduced a slight dried apple flavor, but still didn’t wow me. A one inch ash dropped on me three times, which was a pain & made me think of short filler… For $16, I was expecting a good bit more from this cigar.

 

Quesada Oktoberfest Barvarian: I believe this cigar is from 2011, so its got about a year rest on it. This cigar had a great draw and burn which produced a peppery room note. Started off with a dark wood or charred meat flavor to it. There was a slight “twang” tasted on the tip of my tongue that was odd. For a Dominican cigar, this cigar has some great flavor and body to it. A little ways in, I paired it with a Sam Adams Octoberfest, I mean, why not? The beer really let out a great chocolate note with a slight wood flavor from the cigar & really amplified up the great flavor. Towards the end, the flavors went somewhat vegetal with the chocolate still present. Overall a great Dominican puro!

 

Cigar News:
Room 101 & Smoke Inn Make a Bastard Child

Earth Super Natural by Cojimar via Cigar Coop

L’Atelier Announces Animal Cracker via Cigar Coop

H Upmann Legacy Preview via Cigar Coop

Tarazona Announces Cabanacan Habano via Cigar Coop

Alec Bradley Announces “Dirty Hooligan” via HalfWheel

Viva Republica “Guerrilla Warfare release set for April via HalfWheel

Viaje Announces 2013 Super Shot via HalfWheel

El Primer Mundo Announces “Costa Fuerte” via Stogie Review

Altadia USA Price Increase GoesInto Effect via HalfWheel




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