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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 60

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 60

posted on September 17th, 2014

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 59

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 59

posted on September 10th, 2014

Sosa Classic Wavell Maduro

posted on September 9th, 2014

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Sosa Classic Wavell Maduro

The Sosa Classic has been around for quite awhile and was one time in the Top 25 Cigars of the Year from Cigar Aficionado.  I have smoked several of these over the years in the natural wrapper, but rarely, if ever, smoked their maduro version.  I’m very picky about maduro cigars as I only like a certain flavor profile.  Not many cigar shops in my area carry the Sosa line, but I was lucky enough to stop by their boutique …

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Week in Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 6

Week in Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 6

Its been excruciatingly hot this week with the temperatures in the high 90s and the heat index around 106-107, so my cigar smoking has, understandably, been reduced. Still, even with my cut back in smoking, I was able to smoke some pretty interesting cigars. Here is a good sampling of some of the cigars I was able to smoke this past week.

Jericho Hill Willy Lee

The Jericho Hill is a new line from The Crowned Heads that pays tribute …

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AJ Fernandez Pinolero Maduro Toro

AJ Fernandez released the Pinolero in 2012 as a more Cubanesque blend for their line up. In 2013, they released a maduro version with a special proprietary maduro wrapper grown in Nicaragua. The Toro retails for about $9.00 and the blend also comes in a robusto, churchill and torpedo.

The cigar had a good draw and excellent construction. The only issue was the flavor profile. For me, the cigar started out very earthy and bitter. As the cigar burned down, …

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BEN’S WEEK IN SMOKE NO. 5 – THE BAYOU EDITION

BEN’S WEEK IN SMOKE NO. 5 – THE BAYOU EDITION

Drew Estate Unicos A

This was a real treat for me.  It was my birthday earlier last week and a good friend of mine gave me this cigar to celebrate my birthday.  He won these from Drew Estate from a contest they were running at the Chattanooga Tweetup a few years ago and saved them for a special occasion.  A few years made this cigar a lot more mellow than I thought it would be.  It was a very smooth …

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Senorial Corona Gorda No. 5

Senorial Corona Gorda No. 5

Jose Blanco, formerly of La Aurora and Joya de Nicaragua, has brought out his own cigar called Senorial.  This cigar is the first from his new cigar company, Las Cumbres Tabaco, and was released in June 2014.

  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Esteli, Nicaragua
  • Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano and Dominican Corojo

This cigar was extremely well made and the draw was spot on with a smooth wrapper.  The cigar has flavors of oak, leather, allspice, black pepper and pecan.  I got coffee notes with …

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CLE Eiroa CBT Maduro Prensado

CLE Cigars is releasing a maduro version of their successful Eiroa line called the Eiroa CBT Maduro.  They are being released at the 2014 IPCPR show and feature a capa (wrapper), banda (binder) and tripa (filler) (CBT) all composed of maduro tobacco.  They haven’t let anyone in on what type of tobacco they use, just that its maduro.  The CBT Maduro line have the same vitolas as the regular Eiroa line and are made in Honduras.

The cigar burned well with …

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La Palina Goldie Laguito Especial

La Palina Goldie Laguito Especial

La Palina Goldie Laguito Especial was released earlier this year as the third vitola in the Goldie line following the No. 2 and the No. 5.  The Goldie line is a tribute to women in the cigar industry and named after Goldie Paley, Sam Paley’s wife, the founder of La Palina Cigars in 1896.  Rolled in the El Titan del Bronze by Maria Sierra, a level 9 roller who was personally trained by Eduardo Irizarri, Fidel Castro’s personal cigar …

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Punch Gusto

Punch Gusto

As you might have noticed, we have been doing several reviews lately of cigars that have been around quite awhile.  Most of these cigars are cigars we reviewed when we first started reviewing or are cigars we smoked a lot of when we first started smoking cigars.  There were two different cigar brands I used to smoke when I first started smoking cigars in the late 90s while in college.  I chose one of these for my throw back review. …

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Are Aging Cigars Worth it? 1998 Punch Churchill

Are Aging Cigars Worth it?  1998 Punch Churchill

I really don’t like posting reviews on cigars that many of you can’t get for one reason or another, but I always seem to get the question on whether aging cigars is worth or not. My answer is always the same.  It depends.  Usually cigars mellow out and get smoother as they age so if you like the way they are smoking now, then there is no reason to age them unless you want to see how they change.  Cuban …

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Ben’s Week in Smoke No. 4 – The Bayou Edition

Ben’s Week in Smoke No. 4 – The Bayou Edition

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one these so I figured this would be a great time to do one as our temps have been in the 90s locally. As the heats rises, I find myself smoking less and less full bodied cigars as the can be a bit over powering. Same goes for my beer!  This week has been an exception as we had several  great cigar release that I couldn’t wait to sample. With that, let’s take a …

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