“Smoked Up” No.4

This week has really flown by me. Busy at work, with friends & family took over most of my cigar smoking time. I barely had enough time to type up my review, go through contest entries and work on “Smoked Up”. But I did get a few cigars in this past week and in my spare time gathered up some weekly news. So here are a few thoughts on a few of my cigars this past weel. After the cigar thoughts is a slew of cigar news from the week from various sites.



Cubao Robusto Extra: Good constructed toro with a great draw that produced a good bit of dense smoke. It also had a pretty good burn, but needed no touch-ups or relights. Started with a little red pepper spice and a healthy portion of oak tones. Then quickly eased off with the spice which was replace with a slight creamy/buttery note. The creaminess eased off towards the halfway point. Then, hints of coffee showed up here & there through out the cigar accompanied with some leathery flavors. Produced a nice tight ash that lasted almost 2″ without fear of a dropped ash. Overall a darn good, solid medium bodied smoke that is well worth the $4 (box price).

 Curivari Buenaventura BV560: Its just a tad bit over the biggest rg I like to smoke being a 56rg. This cigar is presented in a soft boxpress & simplistic band. There was a slight pepper undertone associated with a medium powered chalky wood note. Around halfway, i got s taste of a vanilla flavor. The draw was slightly thicker than I prefer & had an off burn that needed a few touch-ups. Over all, not a bad cigar; just not my favorite Curivari.


Lfd Oro

LFD ORO Maduro: Started and finished with a great draw & ok good burn line. But it did go out on me twice, it was due to the 95% humidity that night I think. Had dark & “meaty” flavors to it with a slight hint of a semi-salty carmel note. The salty notes eased off some and a slight bit of pepper took its place. Around halfway I got some dark wood flavors. Towards the end, the flavor strength mellowed off some & I tasted hints of chocolate from the dense smoke. I really like all LFD Maduro (Oscuro) cigars & this cigar was no different. Maybe just a little bit overpriced at $13.



Rock-A-Feller Short Pyramid: Started with a taste of black lqourice or anise. Then evened off to a smooth and mellow wood note with some balck pepper undertones. Around halfway, it got a nice hit of chocolate which I really liked. Had a great draw & burn & over all a pretty good medium smoke.


Hugo Cassar

Hugo Cassar Corona: I am always on the look for a diamond in the rough & for $2.50, I figured why not? It drew so-so, burned ok & had decent construction. Had a fairly potent straw or hay flavor with a tad bit of a spice kick at first. Gave off an odd “twang” around halfway, almost like a bitter chocolate flavor. Over all for $2.50 its a yard ‘gar and nothing more. I’ve had worse & a lot better! Diamond in the rough: hardly.


Cigar News

Crescent City Cigars & Elogio Team Up for Exclusive Cigar

Erez Premium Cigars Announces New National Sales Director

Cuenca Cigars Fith Anniversary Party

Drew Estate’s Herrera Esteli Coming To Market via Cigar Aficianado

Fuente/Newman Raise Prices via HalfWheel

E.P. Carrillo Planning Perez Carrillo Cigar via Cigar Coop

La Palina to Release New Goldie via HalfWheel

Smoke Inn 7th MicroBlend Series Release in Works via Cigar Coop

Nomad Adding Two New Vitolas to Core Line via HalfWheel

Alec Bradley Renaming Dirty Hoolagin via HalfWheel

Ashton Prices Set to Increase via HalfWheel

La Gloria Cubana Planning Serie R Black for Top Accounts via HalfWheel

Punch Rare Corojo Adds Perfecto for 2013 via HalfWheel

Benji Menedez Partagas Master Series Majestuoso to Return via HalfWheel

CAO Brazillia Expands with Carnivale via HalfWheel

Cohiba “Red Dot” Adding Gigante Vitola via HalfWheel

Liga Privada UF-13 Dark Slatted for Late March via HalfWheel


Wynwood Cigar Factory Opens Via HalfWheel

CHAtweetup2013 Initial Sponsors List via Tiki Bar Online

An Addition To The Crowned Heads Family via The Crowned Heads


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