“Smoked Up” No.72

I know one thing, it is getting hot in south Mississippi! I can see my cigar choosings getting smaller in size and my pool time getting longer. The nights are in the low to mid 80s, no breeze and high humidity. So, every occasion I get to smoke indoors I am! One occasion this week was at El Puro Perfecto’s humidor expansion party. They have been open a little over a year now and little over doubled the size of their humidor and selection recently. They threw a nice party with free local craft beer from Crooked Letter, smoked sausage, boudin, hanburgers etc… Puro Vida was there showcasing the locally owned company that I and a few others help blend. There was also a good amount of give-aways of cigars & swag.


Speaking of Puro Vida, the owner has a few test blends of a puro line that we will be taste testing and giving our thoughts on this Sunday. From the sounds of the blend, it will be quite and interesting one that I hope takes off as you don’t see too many of this type of blend on the market these days. If all goes to plan and the cigars get finalized, I will report back on exactly what they are.


Cigar Views


 Davidoff Year of the Snake

Davidoff Year of the Snake: My Sunday Davidoff this week was while I had a rack of baby back ribs on the smoker. The smoke time of the cigar kept me occupied while the ribs did their thing. I don’t smoke too many limited edition Davidoffs, mainly due to their $20+ price tag. This was a gift from the owner of The Cigar Shop in Biloxi, MS and was a very nice gift at that. This smoke was a bit more in strength than the usual Davidoffs and had some nice flavors as well. Notes of a slight peppery spice, charred wood and some creamy semi-sweet herbal notes danced around my palate. Overall a pretty good smoke and one of my top Davidoffs; just still can’t get past the price tag.


5Vegas Miami Toro Gordo

5 Vegas Miami Toro Gordo: I was somewhat excited to see the 5Vegas Miami line come back onto the market. After some research, I found out its a different blend and manufacturer which was a slight buzz-kill. I used to smoke a lot of the Petite Corona sized Miami and wish I would have stocked up when they were discontinued. The new blend is as full or fuller in strength, but in my eyes not as good. Mind you this was a 6×60 and a huge increase in size over the older PC size. Full flavors of earth, some nuttiness with a faint sweetness on the end of the draw. The last half of the cigar got pretty boring to me, it seemed like it lost all of its fizzle. I will try this cigar in a smaller size, the 6×60 wasn’t all that I had expected it to be. Hoping a smaller corona or corona gorda size will be made soon via the GAR factory in Miami.


CAO Extreme Toro

CAO Extreme Toro: A new line from CAO that I came across recently and figured why not see how “extreme” it is. CAO is hit or miss with me and this one actually landed in the middle. It was a pretty good smoke with a vast amount of flavor and strength that changed periodically throughout the smoke. The middle portion is where the cigar shined at for me as the first was ok, and the last was lacking in my eyes. It reminded me of a more complex, bolder La Traviata; but I know they are very different. I will definitely try one again at a better time when I am able to pick apart the flavors as it wasn’t a bad smoke.


 Camacho Ecuador Belicoso

Camacho Ecuador Figurado: I was excited to see the Ecuador line come out from Camacho. I am a huge fan of Ecuadorian Sumatra wrappers with the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper close behind. This was a great smoke and one of Camacho’s nicest cigars in their new “Bold is Back” portfolio. For less than $8, this cigar is a steal as it was very flavorful and had a nice med-full body to it. I didn’t dissect the flavors, but I can tell you this is a smoke to go out and try as it was pretty tasty.


Nat Sherman Metropolitan

Nat Sherman Metropolitan “Metropolitan” Maduro: I have only had one other Nat Sherman cigar and that was the Timeless. It was a so-so cigar in my book, but a classic style smoke that many would like. The Metropolitan was of the same classic flavor style cigar. It was a no frills type of cigar, but the smoke was medium bodied and the same flavor strength. A good representation of a entry level to novice maduro cigar should be. I enjoyed the cigar a good bit as for about $6.50, it gave me plenty of solid flavors for a good amount of time. Definitely a cigar to keep a few around in your humidor.


Cigar News

“Smoked Up” No.71

Joya de Nicaragua Changes Red “CAÑONAZO” to “Cardinal”

Asylum Accessories – A Cigar Smoker

L’Atelier Imports Extension de la Racine ER14 (Cigar Preview) – Cigar-Coop

Event-Only Illusione ~e~ Debuts – halfwheel

News: Aging Room Bin No. 1 – A Cigar Smoker

Project 7 by Noel Rojas Kicks Off Cigar Federation Factory Direct Boutique Series – Cigar-Coop

Tortuga 215 Coyote Negro Gets IPCPR 2014 Launch – halfwheel

Asylum Teams Up With New Holland Brewery – A Cigar Smoker

Alec Bradley Premium Plus Sampler Ships to Retailers – Cigar-Coop

Eiroa CBT Maduro Slated for July – halfwheel

Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale Seasoned Cigar by Ted’s Cigars – Cigar-Coop

New Vegueros Nears Release – halfwheel

Warped Cigars La Colmena to Launch at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show – Cigar-Coop

Davidoff Nicaragua Getting Two New Vitolas – halfwheel

Epicurean Carnavale Coming in June, Santeria Mojo and Southern Railroad in
the Works
 – Cigar-Coop

Coffee-Inspired NUb Café Coming to IPCPR 2014 – halfwheel

A.J. Fernandez New World Coming Soon – Cigar-Coop

Matilde Teases Renacer Lancero – halfwheel

Davidoff of Geneva 6th Avenue to Become New Flagship Store – Cigar-Coop

Perdomo Expands 20th Anniversary Line with Pyramid Vitola – halfwheel

E.P. Carrillo INCH C-99 Announced – Cigar-Coop

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