Nat Sherman Epoca 2019 Limited Edition

Nat Sherman Epoca 2019 Limited Edition

posted on October 8th, 2019

Ben’s Week In Smoke – No. 19

Ben’s Week In Smoke – No. 19

posted on September 26th, 2019

Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

posted on September 11th, 2019

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Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro

The Wednesday review for this week brings us back to a cigar we first reviewed back in October with the Dale and Bob (or is it Bob and Dale?) from Dogwatch Social Club. Back in October, the Lot 23 had only been out a short time and was only available with an Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut shade wrapper. The maduro-wrapped version was recently released and I managed to acquire a few of the belicosos (5.75×54) and couldn’t wait any longer to …


Indian Tabac Super Fuerte maduro

This week’s Wednesday review is of the Indian Tabac Super Fuerte mini belicoso (5.5×52) with a maduro wrapper. Walt reviewed it last year and I’m taking my shot at it now. It had an attractive appearance with a dark and silky wrapper and a nice semi box-press. There was little give when squeezed, while still not being hard, with no soft spots to speak of and a very easy pre-light draw. This cigar was received in a sampler and had …


Old Henry

This week’s Wednesday review is of the Don Pepin blend produced for Holt’s, known as Old Henry, in the robusto vitola (5×50). I bought a small humidor from them a little over a month ago while they were having issues with their web site and included this as a freebie because of the inconvenience.…


How to build a Fridgador

I mentioned during Episode 6 – Your Questions, My Answers that I had a beetle infestation last summer and had since set up a wine cooler as a Fridgador. I received a couple of questions about how I had chosen the model I did and what I had done to set it up. So this week I’ll go a little more in-depth about my Fridgador setup.

Here in East Texas we run the air conditioner roughly eight months a year …


Dona Flor

Up for review this week we have a Brazilian puro, the Dona Flor, in a robusto size (5×52). The Dona Flor is offered in mata fina and Connecticut shade, this example was the mata fina. I received this cigar at the same time as the Alonso Menendez reviewed back in November, so it’s been in the humidor around five months. It came as a gift from Paul Arneson, who it appears is no longer blogging since the last review was …


Oliva Serie O

This weeks Wednesday review is of the Oliva Serie O Perfecto (5×55). According to the Oliva web page the Serie O is a Nicaraguan puro made in the Cuban style of growing the same seed in different regions. The sun-grown Habano wrapper was very silky with only a few small veins.

The pre-light draw was easy for a perfecto, which I find often start tight, and the pointed head makes clipping a no-brainer. The small foot lit quickly and the …


La Gloria Cubana Serie R

This week we have the La Gloria Cubana Serie R #4 (4-7/8 x 52) with a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper. I was gifted this cigar back around Christmas so, while I have no idea how long it sat in the B&M, it had been in my humidor for almost 3 months. This was one dark, oily, toothy wrapper and really had my mouth watering pre-light. There wasn’t much aroma pre-light, just a nice tobacco flavor.…


La Aurora Maduro

This week we have the La Aurora Maduro robusto at 5×50. The La Aurora Maduro is advertised as a more refined, medium to full-bodied smoke than the Cameroon-wrapped La Aurora comprised of Dominican long filler and a Brazilian-grown broadleaf maduro wrapper. I’m not generally a big Cameroon fan so I’ve never tried it and can’t compare to the La Aurora Maduro. However, big fans of the LAM might want to stop reading now as I wasn’t terribly impressed by this …


Carlos Torano – Reserva Selecta

Here we have the Reserva Selecta Robusto (5×50) by Carlos Torano with a Connecticut Shade natural wrapper. After consuming mass quantities of whisky and full-bodied cigars, and managing to pick up quite the sunburn at a weekend-long bachelor party, I was in the mood for a milder cigar. I’ve had this one resting in the humidor in its tubo for a few months and decided it was time.

I started off moistening the cap to help with the cut and …


Oliva Serie G

This little perfecto is the Oliva Serie G Special G maduro, sized at 3.75×48 and available with an African Cameroon or maduro wrapper. According to Oliva Cigars the binder and filler are Cuban-seed, Nicaraguan Habano…whatever that means. The wrapper was vein-free and dark, but somewhat devoid of that oily sheen. I just love the look of a well-done perfecto, yes my wife says they look a bit like Mr. Hankey, I just have to admire the craftsmanship behind such a …