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Nica Libre 25th Anniversary Silver Cigar Review

Sep 3rd, 2017 | By
Nica Libre 25th Anniversary Silver Cigar Review

Rating:  – 72 (score sheet) Brand: – Nica Libre Origin: – Nicaragua Price: – Around $5.00 (Torpedo) Pepper may have not been the only flavor note but it was such a dominant taste that trying to identify anything else reminded me a little too much of the “Where’s Waldo” phenomenon from years back. I do like a peppery […]



Ramon Bueso Genesis The Project Robust Cigar Review

Aug 27th, 2017 | By
Ramon Bueso Genesis The Project Robust Cigar Review

From the first glance this cigar looks like it’s all business. What comes across as a business letterhead band along with an elegantly dressed wrapper screams that this is nothing but a professional stick. However, what’s hidden under that elegant professional monkey suit is nothing less than a party for your palate.



Oliva V Melanio Figurado Cigar Review

Aug 20th, 2017 | By
Oliva V Melanio Figurado Cigar Review

Across the cigar’s band the proudly touted ‘Oliva Serie V’ logo instantly captured my attention. I could stop the intro here, after all, what else needs to be said? Those that are passionate about the ‘Serie V’, such as yours truly, are not going to even entertain the idea of passing on this stick. Regardless of how proud the sticker price may seem; this cigar is still a ‘V’! The real question, however, is does the Melanio live up to the ‘V’ name?



Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra Cigar Review

Aug 13th, 2017 | By
Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra Cigar Review

There’s a level of smoothness found in the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 that exceeds any other cigar I’ve crossed paths with. I’m talking about a Luther Vandross kind of smoothness here. The kind of smoothness you feel resonate in your soul. The kind that makes all other cigars envious of this stick. However, don’t be fooled thinking this cigar is a one trick pony…it tastes pretty damn good too!



Macanudo Hyde Park Cafe Review

Jul 30th, 2017 | By
Macanudo Hyde Park Cafe Review

Those in search of a bitter aftertaste intertwined with the occasional zest of dishwasher soap need to look no further. I have found your cigar! The Macanudo Hyde Park Cafe is a good looking mild body stick that is unfortunately more of the Jekyll than the Hyde. I may be in the minority here but this cigar introduced entirely new level of “yuck” that I’ll do my best to never revisit again.



CAO Brazilia Review

Jul 23rd, 2017 | By
CAO Brazilia Review

For someone that enjoys the artsy fartsy stuff I must say that I have a special love for pencils. The way a pencil feels in the hand, the smell of the lead and even the way the tip scratches against the paper as I begin to draw. Pencils truly are wonderful creature. Yet, there is this one thing that I do not love about pencils. Oddly, I just don’t care for the taste of them. Especially when that flavor comes from a cigar.



Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 Twentieth Anniversary Cigar Review

Jul 16th, 2017 | By
Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 Twentieth Anniversary Cigar Review

The Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 Twentieth Anniversary cigar in some aspects resembles a beautiful woman who’s fully cognizant of her looks. No matter how poorly she may behave you just refuse let her go. The gorgeous appeal of the wrapper, the elegant bands and even the exquisite golden sleeve were what initially drew me in. However, it was the flavors that ended up casting a spell on me. With multiple burn issues and a tight draw this little lady behaved oh so badly. Yet, even though I had every right to… I just couldn’t let her go.



Rocky Patel Decade Torpedo Review

Jul 9th, 2017 | By
Rocky Patel Decade Torpedo Review

The Rocky Patel Decade’s greatest weakness is that it’s half as good as the Twentieth Anniversary stick. A wonderful smoke that overshadowed this cigar. However, its greatest strength is that I’m now curious to see how it compares to 15th Anniversary stick. After all, I’ve never had an average cigar make me so interested in trying other cigars from the same brand.



Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary Cigar Review

Jul 2nd, 2017 | By
Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary Cigar Review

Depending on the adventures one’s life has given, a surprise can be either a good or bad thing. Some of us openly welcome any new surprise that is thrown our way. Others take a cautionary approach instead. When it comes to cigars I would say that I’m always eager to try something new. One of my favorite surprises that is offered by the world of cigars is discovering a rare diamond among an unfamiliar stick. The Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary is my most recent rare diamond discovery.



Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 Cigar Review

Jun 25th, 2017 | By
Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 Cigar Review

Rating:  – 90 (score sheet) Brand: – Padron Origin: – Nicaragua Price: – Around $19.75 (Tubo(Robusto)) I wouldn’t be so bold to label this cigar as a Ferrari, it’s much more in line with the C7 Corvette. Still a very sleek and elegant machine that doesn’t come with such an extravagant price tag. I have no […]



Ashton ESG 22-YR Salute Review

Jun 18th, 2017 | By
Ashton ESG 22-YR Salute Review

Attention to detail is important when it comes to cigars. After all, it’s that attention that can tip the scales between a great or poor smoking experience. The Ashton brand of cigars obviously understands this as even the band wrapped around the ESG’s neck is nothing less than a work of art. The cigar’s smooth draw, bellowing smoke output and most importantly great flavors are additional examples that no shortcuts were taken producing this stick. The only question left is whether or not all that attention to detail still justifies the proud price tag for these smokes?



Room 101 Big Payback Chavala Review

Jun 11th, 2017 | By
Room 101 Big Payback Chavala Review

The Big Payback’s greatest sin was that it was born under the Room 101 brand. On it’s own its a good cigar but still a mere mortal amid its immortal siblings. Yet, the Big Payback is a diamond among the rough for a cigar that falls under the budget umbrella.



Ramon Bueso Olancho Vintage Robusto Review

Jun 4th, 2017 | By
Ramon Bueso Olancho Vintage Robusto Review

On the looks alone this little lady is a perfect 10 out of 10. An elegant wrapper wrapped by an even more elegant band. However, skepticism runs thick through these veins and I can’t help but wonder where the imperfection hides in a perfect looking stick. After all, the Ramon Bueso Olancho Vintage may look like a million dollar lady but the reality is that she’s still a budget stick. Yet, the looks didn’t lie. The Ramon Bueso Olancho isn’t perfect but she is pretty damn close.



Room 101 Namakubi Sucio Review

May 28th, 2017 | By
Room 101 Namakubi Sucio Review

Sometimes when being reacquainted with a long lost friend you find the relationship is nothing like it used to be. Either you’ve changed, they’ve changed or the relationship was never as strong as you remember it. Yet, there are those times, those special occasions, when time doesn’t seem to skip a beat after the reunion. You pick up right where you left off enjoying each other’s company just as you did back in the day. Years had passed since the Namakubi and I had last visited each other. Yet, this was one of those times, one of those special occasions, where I instantly remembered why I loved this stick.



Cohiba Nicaragua N4x45 Review

May 21st, 2017 | By
Cohiba Nicaragua N4x45 Review

I opened the mystical passageway into my humidor greeted by a soft voice that sung out to me. Like a Siren serenading a sailor I was lured in by the beautiful melody. Everything about this cigar demanded my full attention. Her dark oily body was dressed in an eye catching gold and black band. I was hypnotized and like that sailor quickly fell under her spell. Yet, a whispering question still echoed throughout my head. Was I playing victim to a cruel trick or was this actually the beginning of a beautiful relationship?



Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador Filero Review

May 14th, 2017 | By
Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador Filero Review

Every discipline has its legends, those whose names you will remember until the grave. Whether it be a Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Steve Jobs or even Henry Ford, for good or not, you can’t deny the impact their lives have made. With cigars the same rules apply. There are a handful of smokes I’ll never forget. Most of those coming from the early years when I first picked up a cigar. The cigars that made me want to explore more of what their little world, discipline, had to offer. This is one of those sticks.



Drew Estate Kentucky Fired Cured Just a Friend Review

May 7th, 2017 | By
Drew Estate Kentucky Fired Cured Just a Friend Review

The smell of the wrapper alone would have even the strictest of vegetarians craving a BBQ chop beef sandwich with a large side order of ribs. The creamy smokey taste will leave my fellow carnivores enthusiastically wondering how on Earth Drew Estate created the tremendous array of flavors in this stick.



5 Vegas Cask Strength Cigar Review

Apr 23rd, 2017 | By
5 Vegas Cask Strength Cigar Review

There’s no denying this is a beautiful creature. Her dark brown oily body accented by an exquisite headdress demands your full attention. However, my daddy always told me beauty was skin deep. I never really wanted to believe him although I should have listened. No matter how beautiful the 5 Vegas Cask Strength is on the outside, where it counts this is one ugly stick.



Obsidian White Noise Belicoso Review

Apr 16th, 2017 | By
Obsidian White Noise Belicoso Review

By definition white noise is a steady uniform sound that is used to eliminate harsh and unwanted sounds. For the majority of the stick the name makes perfect sense. There was an occasional WTF here and there but overall this was one hell of a cigar.



Oliva Connecticut Reserve Review

Apr 9th, 2017 | By
Oliva Connecticut Reserve Review

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, taste like a duck, plays Duck Duck Goose like a duck, watches Duck Dynasty like a duck….. it should be a duck. So why in the hell is this cigar not a duck?



Romeo y Julieta Romeo Review

Apr 2nd, 2017 | By
Romeo y Julieta Romeo Review

There’s no elegance with the band that wraps around Romeo’s neck. Romeo also isn’t quite big enough to fill bigger brother, the 1875’s, shoes. Yet, he doesn’t care. After all, once you set all that nonsense aside you still end up with a really good stick.



Romeo y Julieta 1875 CI Knock-Offs Review

Mar 26th, 2017 | By
Romeo y Julieta 1875 CI Knock-Offs Review

When it comes to knock-off cigars there’s a single resonating question that echoes throughout the caverns in my head. Is the knock-off really that good at playing the imitation game? I mean is it Benedict Cumberbatch good?



Padilla Fumas Habano Torpedo Review

Mar 19th, 2017 | By
Padilla Fumas Habano Torpedo Review

I’ve never dragged my tongue across the bottom of a dirty ashtray, however, I now have a vague inclination on what it must taste like. A sobering experience that wasn’t even the worst part of this stick.



Oliva Saison Robusto Review

Mar 12th, 2017 | By
Oliva Saison Robusto Review

This was a really good cigar. Not the kind of good where you grab the jeep, dart off to the woods, strip buck naked and start howling at the moon but it was pretty damn close.



Padilla Cazadores Robusto Review

Mar 5th, 2017 | By
Padilla Cazadores Robusto Review

An empty look floated across my face as the discarded cigar glared back from the ashtray. I know it could see my disappointment, after all how could I disguise it? It’s not my fault. You see, I seem to have had run of bad luck with very dry tasting cigars lately and the streak didn’t stop with this stick.



Latitude Zero Tortas Toro Review

Feb 26th, 2017 | By
Latitude Zero Tortas Toro Review

Those longing for a dry bitter punch need to look no further, I found your cigar. For the rest of us mere mortals, the perpetual onslaught of one harsh aftertaste after another is just too much for one to handle.



Arturo Fuente Rosado Gran Reserva Robusto Review

Jan 22nd, 2017 | By
Arturo Fuente Rosado Gran Reserva Robusto Review

There were stages during the journey that wowed me while a few minor ones left me scratching my head. A concoction of flavors that at times changed from one personality to another. Most of the personalities were welcomed while a few were a little too abrasive for my taste.



5 Vegas Classic Torpedo Review

Jan 19th, 2017 | By
5 Vegas Classic Torpedo Review

Sometimes you have to take a chance rolling the dice to see if Lady Luck is sticking by your side. More times than not she seems to avoid me. I rolled the dice many years ago on the 5 Vegas brand. A risk that welcomed me to a variety of great tasting sticks with the 5 Vegas Classic being at the top of that list.



Room 101 Serie HN 305 Review

Jan 15th, 2017 | By
Room 101 Serie HN 305 Review

Expectations are tricky beast that can play havoc on our opinions. More times than not the imposed expectations are never met. More times than not something that may have actually been good loses favor for not fully living up to its promises. Yet, there are those moments when expectations are met. There are even those rare moments when they are exceeded. This is one of those moments. The Room 101 Serie HN 305 after all is a rare gem.



100 Point Cigar Rating System

Jan 13th, 2017 | By

The more reviews that fall under my belt the more inadequate the five-star rating system begins to feel.  The problem with the legacy rating system is that it’s just not granular enough.  For example, I may have two cigars that both received a four-star review. However, even though both cigars deserved the four-star score, I […]



Oliva Connecticut Reserve Scoresheet

Jan 13th, 2017 | By

Oliva Connecticut Reserve Score Sheet



5 Vegas Cask Strength Scoresheet

Jan 13th, 2017 | By

5 Vegas Cask Strength Score Sheet



Oliva Serie O Robusto Review

Jan 1st, 2017 | By
Oliva Serie O Robusto Review

I really wanted the “O” in Oliva O to stand for “Outstanding” and a few years back I was convinced is stood for just “OK” at best. However, one’s palate can change over time and this cigar for me has turned into a very favorable stick.



Nub Habano Review

Jun 5th, 2010 | By
Nub Habano Review

If you are not a lover of cliche’s, a hater of the buzzwords or a proponent of nuances then I openly invite you to start rolling your eyes. After all, either my originality eludes me or I just cannot help but to describe the Nub Habano as “dynamite in a small package”. Make no bones about it; this cigar packs a hell of a punch that will undoubtedly completely satisfy the palate in addition to having it beg for more.

As of date I’ve only had the pleasure of smoking a handful of the Nub cigars however this is a calamity I plan to rectify in the near future.