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The Liga Privada T52 Robusto

I had heard good things about the Liga Privada line from my friends at BlackOpsTobacco (find more information about these guys through their podcast, twitter or youtube channel), so I picked up a couple sticks from the good folks at pipesandcigars.com.  I bought two T9’s and two T52’s and was able to enjoy a T52 while relaxing on a mini-vacation this weekend in the Dallas area.  Here are the details on the cigar:

  • Size:  5×52 (Robusto)
  • Wrapper:  American Habano
  • Binder:  Brazillian Mata-Fina
  • Filler:  Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
  • Strength:  Medium/Full

While my son and wife napped, I slipped down to the hotel’s garden area with my T52.  Upon inspection, this cigar was a real feast for the eyes.  The dark chocolate colored wrapper was firm and tight.  I was equally impressed with the quality of the band too.  I took time to read it since I appreciate artistic cigar bands.  I used my trusty bullet cutter since I had forgotten my guillotine at home.

The loose draw was a bit of a surprise to me since the wrapper was so firm.  I could tell from the first few draws that I would need to take my time with this cigar to keep it from burning too hot.  Unfortunately, the Arlington winds were so strong that I think they played at least a small factor in an uneven burn.

From the start, the Liga Privada T52 produced a ton of smoke.  And right from the beginning, the flavors were crazy good:  coffee, caramel, spice, cocoa–all were there.  It seemed as if the flavors changed with each drag!  As far as body is concerned, the T52 started off rather mild but it definitely didn’t stay there.  The T52 built in intensity as the cigar progressed and ended with the strength of a full bodied cigar.

All in all, I would recommend you try the Liga Privada T52.  And I suggest you check out the botcast for everything tobacco related.

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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Pipe and cigar thoughts

 

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The Tabak Especial Colada Dulce

I honestly didn’t know if I was going to be able to smoke this cigar or not.  Not because it was full-bodied, but because of the weather!  It seems like this time of year we are always under some sort of warning or watch whether it be tornado or thunderstorm!  In fact, I had this cigar cut and ready to go when I realized that it was drizzling outside so I had to wait for that to pass.  But it finally did pass and I was able to sit down outside and light up.

Here are the cigar’s details:

  • Size:  Colada (4 x 38)
  • Wrapper:  Connecticut
  • Binder:  Sumatran
  • Filler:  Nicaraguan
  • Strength:  Medium

This cigar was one of five different shapes in the Dulce line.  Apparently the cigars are infused with Nicaraguan coffee before aging to make for a deliciously sweetened coffee-like cigar.  This petit corona size was just perfect for the amount of time I had.

Using my double blade guillotine, I cut the cap of this nicely constructed cigar.  It had just the right amount of give when squeezed and there were no noticeable blemishes in the wrapper.  The pre light draw was loose and I immediately tasted the sweetness from the Connecticut wrapper.

Lighting the cigar was easy and created lots of creamy, white smoke.  The sweetness that I tasted before lighting was still there with a hint of coffee and earthiness.  It kept an even burn throughout the entire cigar.  I didn’t even have to think about touching it up.  The ash holds on strong with a nice smoky, gray color for almost an inch before I had to tap it off.

This is one of the few cigars I’ve had that didn’t feature much of a taste change throughout.  It was a very sweet, coffee flavored earthy cigar from start to finish.  I can’t say that it’s my favorite cigar, but definitely not bad.  It would be the idea early morning cigar as it’s not too heavy.  Enjoy this with an espresso!

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2011 in Reviews

 

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The Hoyo de Monterrey Sabrosos

Up for review today is the Hoyo de Monterrey Sabrosos.  Here are the details for this cigar:

  • Size:  Petit Corona (5 x 40)
  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian
  • Binder:  Connecticut
  • Filler:  Dominican, Nicaraguan and Honduran
  • Strength:  Full

I was trying to remember how long ago it was that I purchased this box.  It had to have been late 2007.  So these cigars have been aging quite nicely for quite some time.  As I was digging down into the depths of my humidor last night, I came across a handful of these and remembered why I had purchased them in the first place.  The reason I purchased the box was because, at the time, I was looking for a short smoke that wouldn’t break the bank.  After perusing Famous Smoke Shop, I found you can still purchase a box of 25 for under $40.  So it remains to be a good deal, but how does it stack up as far as construction and taste are concerned?

I figured the bullet cut would just wreak havoc on the cap so I opted to use the Cuban Crafters double blade guillotine cut.  Doing so essentially removed the whole cap, but that didn’t seem to change the construction.  Speaking of construction, it was quite appealing albeit a little dry.  Lighting a petit corona is both easy and fast and this cigar was no different.  I was a little surprised as I started smoking that there was very little aftertaste since I remember this cigar to be medium-to-full in flavor.  Maybe this little gem had mellowed with age.  The burn was even and the smoke was creamy and voluminous.  The dark gray ash was very strong and hung on for close to 2 inches.

The mild first third led to a spicy but pleasant second third.  This is where the aftertaste started hanging around longer, the smoke became a little less dense and the strength of the cigar started to shine through.  There was nothing over the top as far as strength is concerned, but what was noticeably absent in the first third was definitely present in the second.

I was a little nervous that I would be rained out–or rained in, as it were–due to the heavy clouds, but they stayed away just long enough for me to start picking up on some dark coffee flavors as I reached the point when the cigar started getting too hot for my likes.  All in all, I really enjoyed this cigar.  It’s a perfect cigar for the mid-day smoker that doesn’t have an hour and a half to devote to a cigar.  I’m so glad I found them in my humidor and I suggest you pick up a box too.  For the price, they’re hard to beat!

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Reviews

 

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The Onyx Reserve Robusto (Square Pressed) Maduro

I never would have thought that I would have been able to enjoy a cigar outside today because of the rain and thunderstorms we experienced this morning on the commute to work.  But around 10am, the clouds moved out and the sun began drying us out.  As the old saying goes “if you don’t like the weather, just wait ten minutes.”

  • Size:  Robusto (5 x 50)
  • Wrapper:  Blackened Connecticut Maduro
  • Binder:  Nicaraguan
  • Filler:  Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian
  • Strength:  Medium

 

So it is with great delight that I am able to bring to you a review of The Onyx Reserve Robusto (Square Pressed) Maduro.  At first look, this cigar is a real eye catcher.  It features a dark brown/black maduro wrapper and the elegant black, white and gold Onyx band.  Upon closer inspection there were a few flaws in the outer wrapper, but nothing that gave me much cause for concern.  After punch-cutting the cap, I took a draw which was met with quite a bit of resistance  The draw problems continued as I lit the cigar.  I was really having to work to get any smoke at all!  The flavors were dark cocoa and black coffee with a very short aftertaste.  Usually I’ll sip water as I smoke a cigar, but there was no need to with this guy!  The taste were there, they just weren’t very strong and didn’t stick around.

A breakthrough came in the second third of the cigar as it opened up and produced some thicker smoke, but it was still a bit of a struggle.  I still enjoyed the dark, espresso tastes into the second third.  The burn was very even throughout, but again, it was a hot smoke.  Towards the end of the second third is when I had to set this cigar down.  I started getting an almost metallic, bitter taste.  You’ve heard of grandpa soaking his cigars in cognac, right?  It was like this cigar was soaked in jet fuel.  The closing tastes coupled with the super tight draw are enough to keep me from ever purchasing this cigar again.  But that’s the great thing about this hobby, isn’t it?  You never know if you’ll like it until you try it!

 

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Reviews

 

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The Drew Estates Natural Root Maduro

The other day Cigar Monster ran a medium-bodied five pack sampler deal that was irresistible.  The sample pack included a Cohiba, Onyx, Graycliff, Camacho and Drew Estates Natural Root all for $17.98 including shipping!  (If you have the iPhone and haven’t downloaded the FREE Cigar Monster app, you’re missing out on tons of savings).

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My package arrived today just moments before my lunch hour.  Perfect timing!  I scarfed down my lunch so that I could get on to more important things.  I checked out each cigar and decided that I would try the Drew Estates Natural Root Maduro.  Now, quite frankly, I haven’t tried many cigars from Drew Estates.  The ones I have tried were not that memorable.  I think my main hang up with them is actually quite small:  it’s those ugly Acid bands.  You would think that for all the effort they put into different tastes, styles, etc. they’d do something to spice up those bands.  Anyways, it’s their company.  I digress.

Here are the details for the Drew Estates Natural Root Maduro:

  • Size:  Robusto (5 x 50)
  • Wrapper:  Maduro, country unknown
  • Binder:  Syria, Turkey, Haiti, Dominican Republic, St. James Parish
  • Filler:  Nicaragua
  • Strength:  Medium

As I looked at the cigar through the cellophane wrapper, I first noticed the two bands:  one at the head and one at the foot of the cigar.  After removing the cellophane and foot band, I actually thought this cigar had gotten smashed in shipping.  In reality, what I was seeing was the Root’s uniquely put together foot.  It almost appeared as if the roller had forgotten to cut off the end of the scrap tobacco.  The wrapper was dark brown and the cigar “gave” a little more than most cigars when squeezed ever so slightly.  The Root smelled sweet and almost sugary.  I used a cheap double-blade guillotine cut on the cap which seemed to work fine.  The pre-light draw almost seemed too loose.

Lighting the rough foot was easier than I thought, but the ash was brittle.  As I started to get into the first third all I could taste was chocolate.  I’m not much for retrohaling, but I do it at least a couple of times during each cigar to make sure I’m getting all the flavors.  Usually I just end up hurting my sinuses, but that wasn’t the case with the Root.  It was smooth and didn’t annoy my sinuses one bit.  I tapped the first bit of ash off around the 1 inch mark because it was windy outside and, as I mentioned before, the ash was already falling apart.

The second third of the cigar was pretty much the same as the first third with chocolate being the predominant taste–kind of sweet and sugary.  The smoke was thick, rich and creamy.  I really thought that the tastes were going to be consistent throughout, but when I got to the final third things started changing.

Instead of a sweet taste, I started getting a black coffee taste that combined with the chocolate to make for a real interesting smoke.  As the cigar started to get hot, I was tasting a little bitterness.  It wasn’t a bad bitterness, it was more of the bitterness you’d expect from an espresso or French Press Coffee.

All in all this wasn’t a bad cigar, but it wasn’t one of my favorites.  This is the dessert wine of cigars.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Reviews

 

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