Ben’s Week in Smoke – No. 18

It’s been a busy week getting ready for the holidays, but at least I was able to get in several cigars during this time.  I tried to smoke some new stuff or stuff that I haven’t had in quite awhile.  I was lucky that none of the cigars I smoked were duds and even some really good.  Without further ado, here is my weekly list.

Nestor Miranda Special Selection Lancero

This was an old throwback for me.  I smoked a lot of these when they were first released around 2010.  Luckily, I was gifted one by a friend who is also a customer at my local shop, The Cigar Shop in Biloxi, MS, who purchased a box that they found in their top stock.  Needless to say, it was well aged.  The cigar still had great flavor, but it was more smooth and mellower than when it was first released.

Crowned Heads Headley Grange Black Lab

This cigar is another win for Crowned Heads.  It’s the same Headley Grange blend, but with an maduro wrapper.  It gave the cigar a nice cocoa and sweetness that was a present in the original Headley Grange.  These are limited and available in 10 count boxes.  Look for a full review soon.

Crux Guild

I haven’t had many Crux cigars as a lot of the shops I visit hasn’t carried their line.  They are small and maintain a high level of quality and consistency in their cigars which means they don’t have a large production like some other companies.  While visiting my shop, The Cigar Shop in Biloxi, MS, Jeff Haugen from Crux Cigars visited the shop and gifted me a few of his line to try.  The Guild is a bold cigar with a smooth, spicy profile that I think a lot of cigars smokers would enjoy.  I don’t care for spicier cigars, but this one was quite good and very smooth.

Alec and Bradley Blind Faith Robusto

This is a new cigar that was released this year at IPCPR by the son’s of Alec Bradley president, Alan Rubin. This cigar was fully developed by Alec and Bradley on their own without their father’s help and I have to say, they did a very good job.  It was a tasty medium bodied cigar with nice nutty, coffee with a little bit of spice and sweetness.  This is another cigar that I will be reviewing soon in the toro format.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

The picture didn’t turn out well, but the cigar did.  The new New World Cameroon was more to my liking than the original blend.  I’m a big fan of Cameroon wrapper so I was excited to see these come to the market.  It’s more medium bodied that the New World with a slightly sweeter profile from the Cameroon.  The best part is that it will only retail for $6.00.

Rocky Patel Special Edition

I haven’t been the biggest fan of Rocky Patel cigars lately.  Nothing they have released in the past several years has really been that good to me.  This one changed that.  I really like this cigar.  I won’t go much into it, as, again, I’m planning on a full review, but the flavor was great and it smoked very well.