“Smoked Up” No.32

This past week has been pretty laid back and well awaited. Work has settled back to a normal pace and so has the home life. No big news here, except if you count dropping $575 on two tires for my truck, That surely put a dent on my cigar, rum & bourbon spending. Either way, I needed them, the old ones were getting pretty worn down and not real safe to be driving on.


Had a few new cigars this week during a trip out of the heat to a local B&M. I tried out the EPC Cardinal Maduro 52, Davidoff Royal Robusto & Crowned Heads JD Howard Reserve. All were nice smokes and worth trying. The Davidoff was a gift from Paul B. from The Cigar Shop in Biloxi, MS. He picked some up while he and Ben Lee were at a Davidoff event they were invited to last month. That cigar was the most expensive cigar I have ever smoked at about $31. It was definitely a treat and I am very thankful for Paul for giving me it.


Cigar Views


262 Lancero

262 Paridigm Lancero: Had a slightly thick draw, which is infamous for many lanceros. But had an even burn & tight ashes. Notes of an easy black pepper with hints of salted caramel. The back half of smoke I got a flavor similar to peanut butter (yeh, I know peanut butter!) At half way, the pepper started creeping up in strength, but never got overbearing; still flavorful. Over all a pretty good smoke, but still prefer the Box Press Toro that seems to be more fuller & darker flavor wise.


Miami Cigar Anoranzas: This was one of the cigars I grabbed on vacation due to I can’t get locally. I am once again kicking myself in the pants for not grabbing more! This collaboration with Miami Cigar and Eddie Ortega is one of Miami Cigar’s finest smokes I have had. Not the best, but top five for sure! I smoked it to past the nub and used my Cigar Clip to finish it off! I didn’t jot down any flavors I tasted, but I can tell you this, it is a must try if you like Miami Cigars or Ortega Cigars. I would say box worthy or at least split one with a friend.



Davidoff RR

Davidoff Royal Robusto: This is one of the cream of the crops when it comes to Davidoff. It is only available at their Madison Ave store in NY, NY. At $31, it is the most expensive cigar I have ever smoked. If you like the Davidoff core line, you must get your hands on these! Very, Very, Very smooth cigar. Had great flavors that I wished I had jotted down, but I really was enjoying the cigar and got caught up in the moment. A mild to medium bodied smoke, with a light medium flavor strength. Worth $31???…… Possibly so!



The Crowned Heads JD Howard Reserve: This cigar has been on my radar ever since I heard Wes Thorton of Crowned Heads talking about it when he made a stop at The Cigar Shop a few months ago. Now, I am a pretty big fan of The Crowned Head cigars and this one didn’t let me down. Next to the Mule Kick, this is the best showing from Jon Huber and Mike Condor. EPC did an excellent job rolling this cigar, which showed in the great construction. My hat’s off to Mike and Jon for another great smoke to add to The Crowned Heads line up!


EPC Cardinal 52 Maduro: I like pretty much everything EPC has ever created. I don’t think I have had a bad EPC. I really like the maduro cigars they put out, but the natural lines are no slouches either! This being my first of the Cardinal line, I went with the maduro. Its not as dark of a maduro as I figured it would be. None the less, it was a pretty good smoke! Not a good as The Dark Ritual, but no where near the bottom of the list from EPC. Next time, I am going to try out the natural and see which one I like more. You never know, I may like a natural EPC over a maduro for once.



El Artista Exactus Habano Robusto: This was my weekly in depth review cigar. Costing only about $4, it was a decent smoke for the money. Not too bold, not too light. Had decent flavors, few were good, some did take away from the flavor profile. But for a smoke to start your day or hand off to cigar newbies, this would be a cigar for those occasions. Read the full review here.


Cigar News

Tabacalera Artista Exactus Habano Robusto – NTA Review

“Smoked Up” No.31 – NTA News & Views

CLE Plus 11/18 exclusivel​y available at Butthead’s Tobacco Emporium

Cigar Dojo Teams Up to Offer Tornado Relief – Cigar Dojo

Vector Releases Three New Lighters – halfwheel

Elogio Adds Robusto Especial Vitola to Serie LSV and Serie Habano Lines – CigarCoop

The Guillermo León by La Aurora Lancero is getting released – halfwheel

Epicurean To Release Limited Edition Gonzo Santeria – CigarCoop

Ortega Cigars Announces Foxtoberfest Event Cigar – halfwheel

CroMagnon collections – halfwheel

Toppers getting back into the handmade game – Cigar Aficionado

Nica Sue̱o Prepares Releases for Blue Havana Cigars Рhalfwheel

News of Avo Uvezian From CigarCoop:

“Avo Uvezian, the man behind Avo Cigars was involved in a serious automobile accident.  While it appears Avo will be fine, it also appears he will have a long recovery.  Jeff Borysiewicz, President of Corona Cigar Company and someone who is close with Avo posted the following message on his Facebook account:
Our dear friend Avo got in a pretty bad car accident last night. With the grace of God, it looks like he will be OK. However, Avo’s recovery could take some time. I know it would mean a lot to him if we surprised him with a huge delivery of “Get well soon” cards and cheer him on his way to back to health. Please pass this info on and mail cards to Avo Uvezian, 7792 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, Fl 32819. We will hand deliver them to him every day until he makes a full recovery. Thank you everyone for help.
In addition email messages to Avo can be sent to getwellavo@yahoo.com ”


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Shawn, always a great job, and thank you for your support!

When they came out, I preferred the Cardinal Maduro over the Natural, but both were great. However that Natural is really getting some nice age on it and its closing the gap to the Maduro. Curious to see your thoughts.

And thanks for the repost on Avo.

I plan on getting a natural and maduro of the Cardinal of the same size and seeing the differences. Then I’ll choose a favorite. As well as getting a few to sit on for a few to see what some time does to them as well.

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