“Smoked Up” No.9

This past week has been a crazy one for me. I have had to give up my current position at work due to company’s sales dropping. But, I was going to be put into a different area in two weeks. Within those two weeks, they changed my job position three times. They finally decided where I was going this past week. I now have a Monday through Friday job and they didn’t mess with my pay any! So I was on edge all week whether I would have a job or pay cut or not day to day. So I ended up smoking a variety of cigars through out the week. So, without further ado is my Cigar views and news.


Cigar Views


DaytonaCain Daytona No4: My favorite size in the line, hands down. Great burn, draw, flavors etc… I had bought a box of these over a year ago at a Studio Tobac event and this is one of few left. In fact, this size and the corona are pretty much the only of the Cain lines I will smoke. With maybe the exception of when I can get my hands on a Cain F Lancero. The other Cain lines seem to be all power and no flavor or foul flavor to me. There is a certain “twang” that I have come to like with Daytona line that draws me back to it time and time again. Flavor, strength in equal proportions in a size that I like.

La Aurora Preferido EquadorLa Aurora Preferidos Equador Robusto: I really like the Preferidos line from La Aurora; but mainly the Equador line to be more specific. The robusto size is a little more affordable for me than the Tubos, so I smoke mainly this vitola. There is a nice sweetened caramel flavor that I like. Along with that flavor is a nice woody flavor and a slight pepper note mixed in a well. Not a very bold smoke, but its got some medium body and a slightly stronger flavor strength to it. One of my favorite La Auroras.


SAMSUNGPerdomo Bugatti Maduro Robusto: Had a very good draw and burn. Had a dark woody flavor with a nice hint of brown sugar as well. Produced a vast amount of smoke that had a warm wood room note to it. The final portion of it had a flat chalky flavor that was actually pleasurable, yet very short lived. This cigar was a little more on the milder body than I had figured it would be. But it was a decent smoke, I’m going to try a few other sizes and wrappers with this cigar in the near future.


SAMSUNGSan Lotano Oval Natural Corona: I gave this cigar a cross V-cut across the head which has seemed to work wonders for me as far a draw and smoke volume is concerned.  It drew perfectly and had fairly full flavors of wood with a bit of a short lived peppery type of spice to it that hit me on the tip of my tongue. A hint of chocolate here and there was also a nice flavor on my palate. At the end, the smoke got more chocolately and the wood went to a muted flavor. Over all a pretty consistant smoke. Consistantly good!



Drew Estates Undercrown Gran Toro: When I go to smoke a Drew Estate, I mainly go for a My Uzi Weighs a Ton robusto. Its one of the few 60rg cigars that I actually like. But, every now and then I want something a little different and go for an Undercrown Gran Toro. If the wallet allows, I’ll grab a T52, No9 or if I’m real lucky a Dirty Rat. I have tried a few sizes of the Undercrown and the Gran Toro and Corona Viva seem to be my go-to sizes. A good, but thick draw with nice flavors of  a dark wood, some cedar here & there and some mellow sweetness as well make for a pretty good smoke.



Cigar News


Arandoza Blue Label Robusto – Review

Recluse Cigar Contest Winners Announcement

New Cigar from Iconic Leaf: Recluse Draconian – News

CAO Sponsors Kid Rock’s “Chillin’ the Most Cruise – News

“Smoked Up” No.8 – News & Views

Moya Ruiz La Jugada Prieto Belicoso – Review

Cigar Preview: CAO La Traviata Mochado via Cigar Coop

News: Ashton Announces Several Promotions via Halfwheel

Introducing the Modern Legacy – H.Upmann Legacy via CigarCoop

Viaje Friends and Family Le Joueur Ships to Retailers via Halfwheel

Breaking Down Cuban Cigar Sales via Firecured

Viaje to Ship 2013 batch of Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades via CigarCoop

Viaje Exclusivo Chiquito Confirmed for 2013 Return via Halfwheel

Cigar Preview: Viaje White Label Project (WLP) Candela 2013 via CigarCoop

CAO Brazilia Carnivale Nears Arrival at Retail via Halfwheel

Primer Mundo Cigars to Release Clase Reserva 2013 via CigarCoop

Pinar del Rio Creates Several Retailer Exclusives via Halfwheel

Lou Rodriguez Cigars to Re-blend Edicion Reserve line (Exclusive) via CigarCoop

AVO The Dominant 13th Limited Edition 2013 via Halfwheel

RoMa Craft Tobac Adding Bands to Intemperance Lines via CigarCoop

Altadis Quietly Ships H. Upmann Havoc via Halfwheel

Room 101 Announces Sizes for Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador via CigarCoop

Cigar Preview: Pedro Martin Limited Edition via CigarCoop

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