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The Camacho Connecticut Monarca

You can’t judge a book by its cover.  This is a life lesson that has less to do with libraries than it has to do with life in general.  Little did I know that it applies to the world of cigars too.  Such is the case with the Camacho Connecticut Monarca.

I walked into the humidor at my local tobacco shop looking for something different.  It was extremely hot outside, so I wanted to try something mild and mellow.  So when I saw the Camacho Connecticut series, I knew I had to give it a shot.  Automatically, when I saw “Connecticut” I thought “Connecticut.  Mild.  Win!”  Well, you can’t judge a book by its cover, but here are the “book’s” details:

  • Size:  5×50 Monarca
  • Wrapper:  Connecticut shade
  • Binder:  Honduran
  • Filler:  Dominican and Honduran
  • Strength:  Medium

This cigar was very enjoyable, but not for the reasons I had originally thought.  Instead of it being a mild, smooth smoke it was a spicy, creamy smoke.  I absolutely loved the thick, white smoke this cigar created.  When I first lit up, the spices were pretty strong but they were tempered by the creaminess that developed through the middle part of the cigar.

I had no construction issues at all, the bullet cut was perfect and the burn was even throughout.  All in all, this was a nice smoke.  It just wasn’t what I expected.  I paid around $6.00 for this cigar and would definitely smoke it again for certain occasions.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Reviews

 

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The Gurkha Symphony Robusto #4

Last week I received an e-mail informing me of a special that an online tobacco retailer was running.  It was a cigar caddy, butane lighter and double guillotine cutter with two cigars:  A CAO Gold Churchill and a Gurkha Symphony Robusto #4.  I decided to spring for it since I was in need of both a butane lighter and a cigar caddy.  My shipment arrived today and I decided to try out the Gurkha Symphony at lunch.

Here are the details of the Symphony:

  • Size:  Robusto (6 x 50)
  • Wrapper:  Connecticut Shade
  • Binder:  Dominican Republic
  • Filler:  Nicaragua
  • Strength:  Medium

When I first took the cigar out of the cellophane wrapper, I noticed how dry the cigar was.  Maybe it was the fact that it had been out of a humidor for a few days, but it seemed a tad dry and I didn’t notice any oil on the wrapper.  I cut the cigar with the double guillotine cutter that was included in with the shipment and I thought it cut the cap well.  It’s the kind of cutter that has a “back” to it which keeps you from taking off more of the cap than you want.  The punch cut is my preferred cut, but I always like having other options laying around.

The pre-light draw was open and airy–very little resistance and I detected a woodsy/nutty taste.  The first thing I noticed after lighting it was that there was very little smoke output.  And again, the draw was very loose.  The woodsy taste lingered in the mouth, but it wasn’t overbearing by any means.  Just a nice, woodsy taste with a little bit of spice.

As I got into the second third, the burn was even, the ash was holding strong after 1.5″ and it was starting to really produce some nice smoke.  The flavors become more pronounced, but still nothing too overpowering.  There seemed to be more spice and even some dark chocolate notes.  The cigar took on the infamous “cone” shape once I tapped off the ash from the second third and the burn was amazing.  Despite its somewhat open draw, the cigar remained fairly cool until I had to extinguish it before i was too far into the final third (due to time constraints).

Overall, I really enjoyed this cigar.  It had just enough flavor to keep me interested, but not too much flavor to get me sick!  No lightheadedness at all–just a great tasting medium bodied cigar.  It was a perfect lunch smoke although I wish I would have had another fifteen to twenty minutes to enjoy it!

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Reviews

 

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The 262 Paradigm Robusto

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to have won some free cigars from 262 Cigars.  And as eager as I was to smoke these bad boys right up, I just couldn’t seem to find the time to do so.  But this past Sunday afternoon was perfect.  The weather was perfect, my son was napping, my wife was channel surfing and getting ever closer to the Lifetime Channel (cringe!) so I decided to try out the 262 Paradigm Robusto.  So here are the deets:

  • Size:  Robusto (4×52)
  • Wrapper:  Brazillian
  • Binder:  Honduran
  • Filler:  Seco, Ligero Nicaragua
  • Strength:  Medium to Full Body

The cigar was very well constructed.  It was mailed to me, so I thought that it might sustain some damage before it got to me, but it was just beautiful.  The cellophane wrapper probably protected it throughout the shipping process.  As I removed it from the cellophane, I knew I was in for a treat.  The smell and look of this cigar was an absolute delight.  I used a bullet punch which seemed to keep the majority of the cap in tact.  The pre-light draw was just perfect:  not too tight, not too loose.  I lit the cigar with a torch lighter and enjoyed it with water.

The first few draws tasted very spicy to me.  Not overly spicy, but spicy enough.  The light was perfect in that it didn’t “burn” the cigar, but it wasn’t an even light.  It did, however, even up before I got through the first third of the cigar.  As I approached the second third, the cigar became less spicy and more creamy but there was still a lot of flavor going on.  I tend to not enjoy cigars after I’ve started the final third.  Usually the heat from the cigar just distorts the flavors too much for me and it becomes unenjoyable.  Such was the case with this 262 Paradigm Robusto.  Very soon after I tapped off the ash and started with the final third, the cigar got very hot so I put it down.  Many people still enjoy cigars at that point, but I’m not one of them.  But I won’t fault the cigar maker for my own subjectivity.

One thing I really enjoyed about the 262 Paradigm Robusto was when I was finished, I didn’t have a nicotine hangover.  I knew I had just enjoyed a cigar, but I didn’t have the feeling that comes from Peterson’s Irish Flake pipe tobacco or other nicotine-heavy smokes.  This was the perfect smoke on the deck!

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2011 in Reviews

 

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