“Smoked Up” No.69

Up until today, the weather has been great. The birds are singing, bees are buzzing flowers are blooming and I am smoking cigars! Today, has been pretty dreary with rain in the morning and 90+% humidity the rest of the day. It did put a hindering on my cigar plans as I was going to write up a review, but with the high humidity, I only did a taste test of another new cigar for later review. The review I had planned will most likely be out on Friday afternoon. Last week, I got out a review of the Ezra Zion Tantrum. Its not a new cigar, but a mighty fine one that I thought I’d give my thoughts on.

In other news:

Via Cigar Craig: “…Cigar Rights of America has published a response to the FDA’s deeming document with excellent recommendations on how to respond, and we MUST respond in numbers, or life will change negatively for many thousands of people. Glynn Loope, the director of the CRA made a comment that no cigar related anything should be published without including a link to http://cigarrights.org/fda-response.php. ”



Cigar Views

JDN Rosalones Machito

Joya de Nicaragua Rosalones Machito: I had seen  few people on social media enjoying these a good bit and I figured i’d try it out myself. For $5.50, its  pretty good smoke! I figured it to be a fuller smoke, but it was more of a solid medium bodied smoke. Very flavorful with notes of spice, chocolate, nuts and cedar. Great draw and burn with no construction issues. I would consider this a box worthy cigar or at least split with a friend.  


AJ Fernandez Spectre Robusto

AJ Fernandez Spectre Robusto: Another new cigar to have some fire cured tobacco in it. This cigar smelled like a dirty gym sock! It had a very pungent room note to it, so be warned if smoking it around non-smokers. Very full bodied with notes of peppered charred meat with some other musty notes I couldn’t put my finger on any one particular flavor. The finish was long and kind of wet & creamy. It wasn’t the best $8 I have ever spent, nor the worst. This cigar was like the ex-girlfriend that you work with. At first its odd and uncomfortable, but eventually you get used to it.


La Unica #300 Maduro

LA Unica #300 Maduro: Made by Arturo Fuente, this cigar is a Dominican puro which usually means a more mild to medium bodied cigar. The La Unica was a high mild at best. Not strong at all, with a bit lesser flavor than I had figured it would have. This was my first ever La Unica and it wasn’t a bad smoke, but I tend to like a more fuller smoke. There was lite chocolate, cocoa and a slight nuttiness to it. For the $7 I paid for it, it was a bit disappointing. This is a cigar I would catch online as the prices are over half off for what I paid for it.


GAR American Puro CG

George Rico Miami American Puro Corona Gordo: I can’t recall many, if any, American Puro cigars. This is George Rico’s first American Puro cigar that’s made in his Miami factory. A blend of tobacco from Connecticut, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, this cigar was an interesting blend. Had a bit of a creaminess to it with hints of black pepper and a bit of a mustiness that more than likely comes from the Kentucky (fire cured maybe) tobacco. A decent medium smoke that had a thicker draw. I think the thicker draw held back some of the potential in this cigar. Would like to try in a larger ring gauge to give the blend a better evaluation.


Cigar News

Ezra Zion Tantrum – NTA Review

“Smoked Up” No.68 – NTA Views & News

Refinishing a Stinky Cigar Ashtray – Stogie Review

News: Senorial Cigars – A Cigar Smoker

Altadis USA to Host Cigar Lecture & Tasting in Miami – Toasted Foot

Screwpop Plans Two New Cutters – halfwheel

CAO Natural Disasters (Cigar Preview) – Cigar-Coop

CAO’s Son of Uncle Sam Now Sinister Sam – halfwheel

Crowned Heads Headley Grange Laguito No. 6 (Cigar Preview) – Cigar-Coop

CAO’s Area 9 Event Packs Dig Into the Vaults – halfwheel

Camacho Ecuador (Cigar Preview) – Cigar-Coop

Nicholas Melillo Leaves Drew Estate – halfwheel

Warped Cigars To Ship El Oso – Cigar-Coop

Aging Room Bin No. 1 Scheduled for IPCPR Release – halfwheel

Sindicato Maduro Blend Targeted For Launch Later This Year – Cigar-Coop

Villiger Adding Sizes to Cabareté and Trill Lines – halfwheel

El Cedro Toro In the Works – Cigar-Coop

The New Garo Cigars – halfwheel

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