Another week is past us in 2013 and another issue of “Smoked Up” is here. Nothing too much to report in my neck of the woods. Finished up a 4day @ 12hours/day work week which left me whooped. I didn’t enjoy too many cigars last week due to the long hours of work. When I got home, I showered, ate dinner, spent time with my daughter and went to sleep. All to do it over again the next day. I am so glad that is over this week.
The cigar news has slowed down to a mere snail’s pace. Like I had mentioned last week, I figured it would do so with the ending of the IPCPR show. Most companies are shipping out product, relaxing, etc…
JM’s Dominican Corojo Torpedo*: Had a great draw & pretty good burn. A milder smoke than I usually go for. A decent flavored smoke that had light pepper & butter. A woody note peeked in & out periodically that blended nicely. Over all a decent entry level corojo cigar. This would make a great “knock around” cigar. Nothing too fancy or too pricey; they range about $2.75/ea. Or they would make a great entry level cigar for someone who wants to start enjoying cigars. Its no-where near as strong as some Corojo cigars are.
Viaje Exclusivo Robusto: Another hard to find Viaje (imagine that) thats been sitting a while. I was gifted this by a good buddy, Mike P. This Viaje had a slightly thick draw & an off burn. These are good when they were fresh & aged. Unlike most Viaje LEs, which need a good bit of age to peek. This one had great full flavors of an oaky wood flavor with hints of a white pepper. The burn go so far off, I had to touch-up and relight the cigar a few times. The humidity was off the charts that night, so I am sure that was a major reason as to why.
La Aurora 107 Maduro Corona: Started pretty spicy that was borderline too much for me. But soon settled down enough to throw a chocolate note in the smoke. The draw was a bit thicker than I’d like. At the band pull-off, the spicy pepper eased off a good bit & the chocolate migrated towards more of a dark cocoa note. The burn was decent seeing I was dealing with 90%+ humidity outside. Check out the La Aurora 107 Maduro Robusto review I did a few weeks ago for a full look at this blend in a different size.
Gurkha Empire II: Nice, but thick draw with a so-so burn. Had decent flavors of bread, some light carmel & a subtle black pepper spice. About half way, the bread note eased off & the pepper & slight caramel took over, but never got too overpowering. Around the band pull, the bread note was a thing of the past and almost nonexistent. Not my favorite Gurkha by far, nor my favorite from the Empire line. I am still partial to the Empire IV. It wasn’t bad, but just wasn’t my cup of tea I was looking for at that particular time.
Los Blanco Maduro Toro: Continuing with my trip through the now “Blanco” line of cigars comes the Maduro line. I had a good bit of high hoped for this cigar. Yet, they where crushed like no other. The flavors were “ok” at best. The main issue was a severe plug in the cigar that really limited the draw. A few relights, continuous touch-ups and a headache from trying to get some smoke led me to lay this cigar to rest a little bit after a quarter of the way into it. I really hated to do it, but I had to. I will definitely get another one of these to try, and next time give the cigar a better “once over” and make sure there are no major hard spots (like the one this one had).
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