“Smoked Up” No.44

2013 is flying past me at brisk pace. I usually start my holiday planning after the county fair and Halloween is over. Well, the fair ended last week and so was Halloween, so I am making lists of presents for the ladies in the house & other family. I am also starting looking at my Christmas light display I put up every year. Last year I had a few thousand lights up in the yard. This year will be a little different, I will have more…. WAY MORE! I got an electrician lined up to add a few circuits and outlets outside for the added light count. As much as it would boost my ego tripping a breaker, I don’t really want to this year with the amount I am planning on. My daughter loves the lights and it warms my heart to see the smile on her face when they kick on every night.

I have gotten in a handful of cigars in to review for the next coming weeks. I hope to try to get as many in as I can before the holiday rush hits me. I have at least a month and a half of reviews lined up, so I will be cutting it close this year.

I only had two entries in last week’s “Smoked Up” contest. I will be sending both people an email for their addresses to send the cigars their way.

Cigar Views

Ventura Psyko Seven RobustoVentura Cigar Co. Psyko Seven Robusto: This is an other interesting cigar from Ventura Cigars. I reviewed their 805R a bit ago and was a pretty good smoke and this new blend from them is no different. The first inch or so was so complex, I couldn’t get a grasp on the flavors. When it did settle down, I got a healthy dose of black pepper, some wood and cream.  Around the midway point, the sharpness of the black pepper eased off a bit. The easing off black pepper let a nice leathery flavor enter into the mix of flavors. Had a nice, but slightly thicker draw, great construction and long tight ashes. Look for a full review of this cigar later on in the month.


Reinado HabinitoReinado Habanito: I have found a local shop who is now carrying Reinado cigars and I couldn’t be more happier. I have only had a few Reinado cigars, but everyone of them was a great smoke. From the core line to the Grand Empire Reserve, they all fit my taste likings. The Habanito is a corona size and one of my favorite sizes. The smoke was rich and full with nice amounts of pepper, some leather and a quick sweetness on the back end of the smoke. Around halfway, I got some great coffee tones as the pepper eased off a bit. I absolutely love this cigar/blend. The only draw back I have of the cigar is the length; I wanted more after I was done. I really would like to see this in a lancero size. This will be a great short-smoke for the colder months coming up.


Bonita Smoke Shop 18thBonita Smoke Shop 18th Anniversary: A few months ago I got to try Bonita’s 18th and Time Warp “House Blend” cigars. I reviewed the Time Warp and found it to be a very pleasurable smoke. I liked the 18th then, but the Time Warp a bit more. I let the other 18ths I had rest for a few months. Letting it do this, allowed the smoke to be a little better to me. It had nice woody note with hints of a light white pepper. I think I will do a full review of this cigar around the holidays as it turned out better than I had thought it wold. The construction was nice with a good burn and draw.


Heisenberg CornetaQuesada Heisenberg Corneta: I have had the Heisenberg blend in the Corona blend and really liked it. It is one of my top 5 Quesada cigars I’ve had. I grabbed this size a few weeks ago and was dying to try it. The Corneta is a soft pressed pyramid, that shape alone is unique; you don’t see them much and is eye catching. The decent burn produced firm tight ashes that surprised me seeing the box press shape.  This was a semi-dark and rich smoke. Had great cocoa and a light pepper flavor at the start. A bit into it, I got some floral notes that was followed by a few hints of a caramel flavor. Around half way, I got a citrus zest note that I really enjoyed in the mix. At the end, it got a healthy dose of caramel and pepper as well as a blob of tar on the head. I had to cut it back some more to alleviate that. Other than that, it was a nice complex smoke. I really liked how it progressed as the ring gauge got smaller.


SAMSUNGE.P. Carrillo E-Stunner Siboney: A brand new blend from E.PC. that is fairly moderately priced. I got this for $7.18 and is a great value in my mind. Had a great draw, burn and overall construction. Superb medium wood and caramel flavors that I really enjoyed. Also had a slight underlying black pepper that was a nice “kick” to the blend. S0metime into the smoke I got a few hints of a floral note that I enjoyed as well. For $7.00, this was a fairly complex smoke, but not overly complex. At the end, I got some nice coffee notes that really sealed the deal with me liking the smoke. I would definitely recommend this cigar; I would call it box worthy as well.


Rocky Patel Edge HabanoRocky Patel The Edge Habano: I really liked the first release of the Edge Sumatra and newer re-released Sumatra a decent bit as well. The “original” Edge, I was not too thrilled about, but wasn’t a bad smoke. The Edge Habano had a good bit of talk when it came out and I have smoked a few handfuls of them with much love for them. For $6.99, its hard to find a decent toro sized cigar. The smoke was full of leathery, peppery notes that mingled pretty well. Along with a slight herbal type of spice as well. It gave off a good amount of smoke, for a nice amount of time. The draw was a little thicker than I usually like, the burn was nice. I enjoyed this cigar and for $7 its another great smoke to keep a few around in the humidor.


Tres Renas Torpedo 2012Tres Reynas Torpedo (2012 release): I had found a few 3 Reynas while on vacation this summer at Buckhead Cigar Lounge, and kicked myself in the rear for not buying more. Luckily, I found quite a few of them tucked away at a local shop on clearance! The new banded 3 Reynas were in the shop and the owner told me “The white (2012) banded ones weren’t selling. The new banded ones were!” There was no blend change, just a band change in 2013, so that statement confused me. So, buying a great cigar with some age on it on sale is a win-win for me! I really enjoy this smoke for less than $8, its a great smoke! Had great oaky, spicy and coffee flavors. The later part of the cigar had some sweet dark chocolate notes that added t the complexity of the smoke. Had a nice draw, even burn and flaky ashes.


Cigar News

“Smoked Up” No.43 – NTA News and Views


La Flor Dominicana Edicion Exclusiva Coming to Mickey Blake’s in December – Cigar Coop

Kuuts, LLC Developing Miró Maduro for IPCPR 2014 – halfwheel

Davidoff of Geneva Madison Avenue 25th Anniversary Cigar Arrives at Retailers – Cigar Coop

601 La Bomba Bunker Buster Heads to Smoke Inn Next Year – halfwheel

Davidoff 2014 Year of the Horse Nears Shipment (Cigar Preview) – Cigar Coop

Sentinel Cigars Adds New Vitola to Little Havana Series – Ryan Job Line – halfwheel

La Flor Dominicana TP Triple Threat – Tobacco Plaza Exclusive – Cigar Coop

La Jugada Nunchuck Coming in 2014 – halfwheel

The Judge by J. Fuego to be Retail Exclusive to Famous Smoke Shop – Cigar Coop

Ortega The Fox Set for 2014 – halfwheel

Samuel Adams Utopias Cigar by Ted’s Cigars (Cigar Preview) – Cigar Coop

Davidoff Announces Opening of Cigar Lounge in San Antonio, Texas – halfwheel

Davidoff Announces Opening of Cigar Lounge in Chattanooga, Tennessee – halfwheel

Quesada to Release Event Only Cigar for Big Smoke (Cigar Preview) – Cigar Coop

Press Release: Casa Fernandez Adds JFR Junior – halfwheel

Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Illustre (Cigar Preview) – Cigar Coop

San Lotano Oval Pigskin Super Smoke Heads to Northeast – halfwheel

José Seijas Launches Matilde Cigars (Cigar Preview) – Cigar Coop

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