“Smoked Up” No.96

I love living in the south, but sometimes it can be a real pain. The last few weeks have been either cold or rainy. But, the last few weekends have been outstanding so I can’t complain too much. Last week, it rained everyday and today is the first it hasn’t so I am out enjoying it and cleaning up the swamp, I mean yard some.

Nothing too spectacular going on for me in cigars. I did make it over to New Orleans recently and grabbed a few new cigars. Other than a few press releases, not much as been going on. I do have a few reviews I have lined up to go out in the near future. I was having to wait for the weather (humidity) to act right before I reviewed them. I do most of the reviews outside, so the weather has not been my friend in that area.

 

Quesada Keg

Quesada Keg: The Keg is limited edition cigar from the Placensia factory thats made in time for the St. Patrick’s Day time frame. Blended to be paired with an Irish Stout, this cigar sounds like it is right up my alley. At first, I didn’t care too much for the blend until I popped the cap off a Guinness and the beer opened up the chocolate and coffee flavors in the cigar a good bit. The draw was a tad thick, but other than that, no construction issues. Over all, a good smoke for someone who drinks Guinness.   

Alec Bradley Coyol Petite Lancero

Alec Bradley Coyol Petite Lancero: I had been eyeing this cigar for a few months at my favorite package store (Cottage Hill Spirits) that happens to have one of the best selection of beer and cigars in my area. I finally grabbed one to see how it is and paired it with a Terrapin “Rye” American Pale Ale beer. The cigar was a bit lighter in flavor strength than I had figured it would be, but the body was a bit stronger than I thought it would be. Had notes of black pepper, some light wood and straw notes with hints of roasted nuts. Overall not a bad smoke, but I don’t think the beer did the smoke much good. Next time I will grab a larger ring gauge Coyol and see how it goes by itself.

Tabak Especial Dulce Corona

Tabak Especial Dulce Corona: This is one of two or three infused cigars I will smoke. I like coffee, so this cigar goes pretty well with my tastes. I mainly smoke the corona in the natural as the maduro and larger sizes are just too much infusion for me. At first the cigar starts a bit rough while smoking through the shaggy foot, but when the wrapper gets going it is better. Rich sweet flavors of coffee, some espresso and chocolate throughout this cigar in a light medium body. A unique twist to the smoke at halfway, a light black pepper note appears and helps lessen the sweetness and adds some complexity to the smoke. Paired well with a cup of Sumatra coffee on a beautiful Sunday morning.

 

Punch Champion

Punch Champion: I like a basic Punch cigar, whether the natural or maduro. I don’t run across the Champions very often, but when I do, I grab one or two. The flavor is like all the Punch vitolas wrapped up into one. Not an award winning cigar, but a good solid smoke that never lets me down. It paired so-so with some Ramos Pinto Port.

 

Jericho Hill Shot

The Crowned Heads Jericho Hill Shot: If you like the Jericho Hill and haven’t tried the Shot yet, I don’t understand as to why not. I have had three of them over the last two weeks and really enjoy the blend in this size. Great smoke, love the size for those cooler (or soon to be hot) days or when making the road trip to my local shop.

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