BEN’S WEEK IN SMOKE – NO. 20

I’ve been slacking quite a bit with posting these Week in Smoke.  It’s been a busy time as I’ve somehow become my son’s soccer coach so my cigar time has been shortened quite a bit. I have managed to get a few cigars in here and there so let’s take a look at what I’ve managed to get in during the week.

Punch Diablo Champion

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The Punch Diablo is a new line extension that is a collaboration with AJ Fernandez and was introduced last year at IPCPR.  They added the Champion size to the line this year which was a welcome addition because it’s been a popular size for quite some time in the Punch lineup.  The Punch Diable Champion has notes of pepper, oak, leather, black pepper with a hint of sweetness.  It’s definitely the most stout in the Punch line.

Alec Bradley Blind Faith Toro

The Blind Faith was a cigar released at IPCPR 2017 by the sons of Alec Bradley president, Alan Rubin, Alec and Bradley Rubin.  They developed this line all on their own and they did a pretty good job on their first cigar.  It’s is a medium-mild cigar with notes of caramel, leather, cedar with a hint of baking spices.  It was flat after about the first third so the end was a little boring.

Herrera Esteli Norteno Toro

These have always been really good.  I found a box of these I bought a while ago that was in the back of my humidor and decided to crack it open.  These are full bodied with notes of cocoa, oak, black pepper, coffee beans, and roasted nuts.  I love these and they are a good contrast to my beloved Herrera Esteli Habano.

Quesada Espana Robusto

When these first came out, they were very hard to find as they were an exclusive for the European market.  Luckily, a few shops in the US got them and I was able to get my hands a few.  I love this line, especially in the robusto and corona size.  I get notes of coffee, cocoa, baking spices, cedar, rich earth with a hint of raisins and a slight pepperiness.  These are such an underrated cigar that I wish got more love.

RoMa Craft Intemperance BA XXI Envy

Named after the Intemperance movement during the 1920s, the cigar comes in two different wrappers:  Brazilian Arapiraca and Ecuadorian Connecticut.  This one uses the Arapiraca wrapper with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, oak, and pepper.  A full bodied, savory cigar with a hint of sweetness that doesn’t break the bank.  It’s another great cigar from RoMa Craft.

 

Well, that is some of the cigars I’ve smoked last week.  Have you had any of these?  What are your thoughts?  What did you smoke last week?