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Brick House Maduro

October 1st, 2013 / 4 Comments » / by Tom

I used to smoke the Brick House years ago. It is a cheap, consistent, reliable smoke. I moved on, and they fell off of my radar. Recently, I ran into the Maduro version, and had to try it. Keeping with tradition, the price was reasonable too.

 

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 6.25 x 60

Price: Around $7.00

 

Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had an odor of hay and poop. The cigar was evenly packed, and bounced back when squeezed. The draw leaned on the tight side, but fell within my tolerances. The pre-light draw had an earthy, bitter, leathery taste.

The ash held for just about two inches, and the burn required a couple small corrections.

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Drew Estate Liga Privada UF-13 Dark

September 25th, 2013 / 3 Comments » / by Tom

Thanks to Steve for sending me a few cigars to try. I am a big fan of the Liga Privada lines. The T52 and No. 9 are on my list of favorites. These cigars are limited, with quite a bit of fanfare. You can read more about that on the Drew Estate website. Steve contacted me, and simply wanted my opinion. I looked forward to the opportunity, so here we go!

 

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina

Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan

Size: 5.5 x 52

Price: Around $14.00

 

Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper was flawless. It even glistened when I held it to light. It had odors of cedar, earth, and barnyard. The cigar was evenly packed, and bounced back when squeezed. The draw had some resistance, but fell within my tolerances. The pre-light draw had flavors of leather, dark chocolate, and cedar.

The ash held for an inch, and the burn required a few corrections.

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Perdomo Champagne Sun Grown

September 20th, 2013 / 5 Comments » / by Tom

The Perdomo Champagne is a staple breakfast or lunch smoke for me. I reach for a Champagne Noir for a reasonably priced, fuller bodied cigar. When I found out that this cigar was available in a sun grown wrapper, I had to try it. Off to the shop I went, and here are my thoughts.

Side note… I often use a punch for larger ring gauge cigars like this. It tends to cause just enough restriction in the draw, which helps keep the smoke volume up.

 

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown

Binder & Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Super Toro 6 x 60

Price: Around $7.00

 

Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The reddish brown wrapper had a nice, oily sheen. The smell reminded me of hay, and rich soil. Overall, the cigar was evenly packed, with a slight give when squeezed. The draw had slight resistance, with a flavor of earth and cedar.

The burn required a few minor corrections, and the ash held for just over an inch.

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CAO Flathead

September 16th, 2013 / 6 Comments » / by Tom

Thanks to Victoria, of General Cigar Company, for sending me samples of the CAO Flathead. The namesake is a tribute to old school, hotrod motors. You know about flathead motors. The valves sit beside the cylinder, right under the combustion chamber. Much less efficient than current overhead valve motors. My introduction to these old motors were with old Harley’s from the 1930’s. Obviously I would be drawn to this gimmick, so on to the review.

 

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: V554 Camshaft 5.5 x 54

Price: Around $7.00

 

Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The dark wrapper looked really good, and had a mild, earthy, hay aroma. True to it’s name, the head was flat, real flat. The cigar was solidly and evenly packed. The draw had slight resistance, with a woody, earthy pre-light flavor.

The ash held for about an inch. The burn required one major correction in the first third, but things calmed down after that. Basically it acted like a typical box pressed cigar.

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Camacho Mike Ditka Throwback Edition

September 11th, 2013 / 7 Comments » / by Tom

Da Bears. I saw this cigar on shelves a couple months ago, but resisted purchasing one. Eventually, curiosity got the best of me. I only bought one, and this review is based on that alone. I’m not big on filler material, so here we go.

 

Wrapper: Honduras

Binder: Brazil

Filler: Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan

Size: 6 x 50

Price: About $10.00

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Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper looked nice, and had an earthy, woody odor. There were quite a few squishy spots on the cigar, but it wasn’t drastic. The draw had some resistance, but fell within my tolerances. The pre-light flavor was a very unique citrus.

The ash held for over an inch, and the burn required a few small corrections.

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