Länge: 10.16Durchmesser: 1.59 TAM
This cigar will be no stranger to most of you but what a little beauty it is. This has to be the perfect first cigar for a new smoker. Only 4" long with a ring gauge of 40 it has a Colorado Claro wrapper and mine had almost no scent at all. It was quite a loose fill and felt soft and springy but it burned perfectly all the way down to the nub giving off plenty of mild creamy nutty smoke. I really didn't want to put it down. Nothing complicated, no transitions, just 45 minutes of smoking pleasure. If you haven't tried it yet, buy some.
Länge: 10.16Durchmesser: 1.51 TAM
The wrapper is a dark matte maduro and has a rich chocolate scent and the foot has a hint of pepper. The stick is well packed with a little spring. A lot of American reviews talk of a poor draw on these but I found this to be quite the opposite. The draw was spot on with just a little resistance and the burn was perfect with no correction or relights required. The cold draw tasted mildly earthy. There was no initial burst of pepper on lighting and I was soon enjoying plenty of smoke with a roasted nut flavour and a rich fruity smell. The ash held on well for such a small stick and dropped in my lap at an inch and a half. A little pepper and a spice I couldn't put my finger on made an appearance in the second third and built up in strength to the end. Previously my go to short smoke was the Quintero Purito but it has been deposed by this little beauty, and the tin is so cool once you've spent ten minutes removing the damned stickers.
Länge: 12.70Durchmesser: 1.75 TAM
Known as Jesus Fuego's 'ugly little stick', I came across this unusual cigar in a 'Le Snob Guide to Cigars' that I got for Christmas and went looking for them. The story is that master blender Jesus and his father always tested blends by picking up a whole leaf and wrapping it round the blend of the day. This results in these ugly little sticks that are hand rolled without any form of press so no two are ever alike. He had the blend for his Natural range in his pocket in two of these samplers when a friend visited and this was all he had to offer him to smoke. The friend liked it so much he suggested that it should be the next vitola for that range. Great story don't you think? They are sold in packets of five in paper packets with a pull string at the top that rips it open. The cigars are 5" long with an average ring gauge of 44 and no cap, just light the fat end and stick the thin end in your mouth. They are very firm to the squeeze and the wrapper looks like a maduro with an oily finish and no raised veins. The wrapper is from Brazil, the binder from Costa Rica and the filler from Honduras and Nicaragua. The wrapper has no discernible scent other than tobacco and the unlit draw is very light and easy. It lit very easily and produced lots of smoke. It started off with a very mild and clean tasting tobacco flavour and burned very well indeed. The ash was a very pale grey; almost white, and was holding on at the inch and a half mark when it split in half length ways so I tapped it off. After about half way it produced a little pepper that came and went and the burn slowed down as it reached the fat bit. The flavour can only be described as like toasted walnuts with just a hint of bitterness and a clean mouth feel and it lasted a good hour for me with just one relight required. This is certainly one I shall be keeping for a short smoke and will probably attract some attention due to its unconventional look when everything else on the market is so tidy and regular nowadays.
Länge: 13.97Durchmesser: 2.26 TAM
The wrapper is a classic dark maduro colour which was oily with a bit of tooth to it. The scent was pure rich chocolate and the cold draw was very light and dry with a light mocha flavour. It took two attempts to light but humidity was very high in my garage which probably contributed to the need for frequent relights. Once lit and put down it smoked like an Autumn bonfire and smelt rich and fruity. For the first time I experienced an oily feel on my lips which was very pleasant and the smoke was light, sweet and clean tasting. After 25 minutes it started to develop coffee flavours too. The ash was a very light grey and compact and it held on well. The burn started to go slightly askew after the first inch but it corrected itself with no help needed. This cigar lasted me two hours and that clean mouth feel is still with me two hours later, highly recommended.
Länge: 15.24Durchmesser: 1.98 TAM
You may recall I was less than impressed with the petit corona I had from this range but encouraged by my friend's enjoyment of the one I sent him I decided to give the toro a go as it was sitting in my humidor. One review I read said that the Indonesian wrapper is dyed but I don't know how I would tell. The dark brown wrapper is almost rustic in appearance and has the strongest smell of earth I have had from a cigar, that's why I kept it in the cellophane as I recall. This toro is 6 inches long with a ring gauge of 50 and is supposed to last 70 minutes, mine lasted an 105 minutes without a relight and would easily have lasted 2 hours if I wanted to smoke it to the nub. This was a well packed and firm cigar and cold draw was not as loose as some I've had and tasted mildly of that earth flavour I described. The binder is also Indonesian and the filler Dominican. This is not a complicated smoke, it is smooth, mild and creamy all the way to the end with a couple of peppery moments dispersed by blowing back through the cigar. As I mentioned it burned slowly and steadily with an even edge and required no relights at all. About an inch from the foot the wrapper started to lift a little but I ignored it and the burn just went straight through it with no problem. If value for money = cost + enjoyment + duration then this cigar really hits the nail for an every day smoke.
Länge: 11.11Durchmesser: 1.67 TAM
This is my first ever Brazilian and I was very pleasantly surprised at what a nice smoke it was. It had an attractive chocolate brown wrapper with a few raised veins. I bought a nice ashtray from Ebay last month and it came with a complimentary punch cutter so I decided to try that as well as its quite a small stick. It cut very neatly and the pre-lit draw was perfect. The wrapper had no real definable aroma to it but the draw was definitely leathery. This cigar lit very nicely and burned beautifully all the way to the end, the first ash drop was over an inch in. Looking at the tip as it burned you can see how well this has been rolled and the ash stayed firm all the way to the end. The initial lit draw was slightly peppery but it soon settled down and the overall flavour was mild and woody and that didn't change until the end when it started to get a hint of tar. The exhaled smoke had a definite fruity scent and it burned perfectly with no relighting required even when I put it down a couple of times. It never got too warm and had a very clean after taste in the mouth. This cigar is probably a bit boring for the aficionados but a great smoke for us newbies and it lasted forty minutes.
Länge: 10.16Durchmesser: 1.59 TAM
This is the second petit corona I have tried from the Flavours range and like the Moontrance this has a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers with a Colorado Maduro Cameroon wrapper. This cigar is flavoured with Baileys and white chocolate. The wrapper is quite toothy with a matte finish and smelled faintly of vanilla and chocolate. It was firmly packed with a soft foot and the size was 4" x40. Being a petit corona with quite a flat cap I kept my cut short. The cold draw was very light but had no distinctive flavours except a slight sweetness from the wrapper. Once lit it gave off plenty of smoke with a very smooth mild flavour and a roasted nut finish. The burn evened out nicely and stayed true till the end with a medium grey ash that flowered a little but nothing that affected the experience. That slightly bitter roast nut flavour appeared every now and again but mainly the flavour had hints of sweet vanilla but sadly no Baileys. There was no pepper at all from this stick and as you can see it lasted very well. Definitely preferred this to the Moontrance.
Länge: 15.88Durchmesser: 1.83 TAM
The initial flavour was mild, creamy and leathery and delicious. There was no pepper at all in this cigar and even my wife admitted to liking the flavour when she tasted it. Into the second third and hints of vanilla started to develop into the palate but not enough to dominate the flavour. The final third developed a taste of roasted nuts, pecans maybe, but I couldn't put my finger on it.
Länge: 8.89Durchmesser: 2.22 TAM
This cigar was not originally intended for sale but to give away to the first fifty people at Brick House promotional events as a 'teaser' for what they offered. At 3.5" by 56 you can be excused for thinking they were taking on the Nubs. It is all Nicaraguan and the wrapper is Nicaragua Havana Subido Shade but looks more like a slightly oily Colorado Maduro and has a malty scent. This little stick is very firmly packed with very little give in it and the foot gave off an oaty aroma, first time I've picked that up. It punched perfectly and the cold draw was very easy with a flavour that again had malty cereal notes with a hint of cocoa on the cap where I dampened it to punch. The initial flavour was very mild and it produced lots of smoke, in fact there was no pepper in this cigar at all even at the end when it started to get warm. The initial flavour can only be described as 'clean', like that feeling you get from cold water when you've cleaned your teeth and very pleasant it was too. Eventually it settled into a clean cedar taste that stayed constant till the end which for slow smoking me was an hour but was intended to be half that apparently. The burn was perfect and the ash a firm light grey that was holding well till I dropped the whole cigar in my lap whilst taking a photo! Overall this was a very nice short smoke that I won't hesitate to buy again.
Länge: 11.43Durchmesser: 1.98 TAM
Another first today, my first torpedo. I've taken to punching my cigars recently but snipped this one. That's when it occurred to me what with a torpedo its virtually the same thing. This fat little boy from Honduras comes in at 4.5" long with a ring size of 50. The wrapper is Honduras San Augustin, the binder Connecticut Broadleaf and the filler a mix of Honduran and Nicaraguan leafs. Handmade of course this is a box pressed little beauty with an oily rich brown wrapper that has a definite hint of mocha though the cold draw is earthy more than anything else. The fill felt good and springy though there was a little tightness where the neck starts to slim down, more on that later. If you like mild then this is for you. At first lighting there was no pepper at all, just lots of very mild creamy smooth smoke with an aromatic spicy aroma. This is a nice cigar to be around for sure. It burnt well and evenly with a light grey ash that didn't drop until it reached an inch. The overall taste was tannic and woody and although there was a slight hint of pepper at the half way mark it soon disappeared. It left me wondering if I'd imagined it. She needed a relight at the 2/3 mark which kept her alight until the neck started to slim down and then she went out decisively. Never mind, I had 75 minutes of pleasure and got a slight nicotine buzz. Would I buy another? Its already in my shopping basket.
Länge: 11.43Durchmesser: 1.47 TAM
I was sent these in error instead of the Maduro version but decided to smoke them anyway. The construction is excellent, the outer is slightly veined but the cigar is very well packed with a slight bounce when squeezed. It burns very well with a compact light grey ash that didn't drop till it was half way through. It has a definite peppery taste that increases as it burns. If you take it all the way to the end it will last about 45 minutes and at 1.5 euros each these are great for an everyday smoke. I still prefer the sweetness of the maduro wrapper though.
Länge: 13.80Durchmesser: 1.51 TAM
As the name suggests its a maduro through and through (although a light version) and it looks gorgeous. It measures 13.8cm in length with a diameter of 1.51. After my last two disappointing smokes I was hoping for something good and I wasn't disappointed. The wrapper is smooth and dark with no trace of the oiliness I have read about from maduro wrappers. The label is very attractive indicating that it is hand made and it has an extra sleeve to indicate that it is the 2011 limited edition. The wrapper has a very slight scent of chocolate to it but the cold draw is slightly earthy. It lit very easily from the first match and the early indication were wood and spice and leather with the exhaled smoke having a definite fruity edge to it. It burned nicely with an even edge that never needed correcting and a very light ash, the first time I put it down it dropped its ash with a centimetre on it. It needed two relights, one at half way and then again at two thirds through but relit easily. A slight peppery taste began to develop around halfway and that got stronger towards the end but overall it was a good ninety minute smoke. The ash got denser in the final third and didn't drop so easily.
Länge: 12.07Durchmesser: 1.98 TAF
I've seen these mentioned before so nothing new here for the old hands but definitely a recommendation for the rest of us newbies. Hand rolled as you would expect and beautifully constructed it comes in at 12cm long with a ring size of 51. The wrapper is cocoa coloured, smooth and matte and has a rich scent of chocolate, where is that coming from? It is not a flavoured cigar after all. Cuts nicely and the pre-lit taste is definitely leathery and has a dryness to it. That lasts for the whole cigar; its not dry in that it has dried, out rather it has a tannic dryness to it like a cup of tea. The flavour remains leathery and woody all the way to the end. This is a very easy cigar to smoke, it burns evenly and needed no relighting despite being put down several times, it never got hot and the smoke remained mild and smooth all the way to the end. I smoked mine for fifty five minutes but it would go over an hour if you're going down to the nub. I could feel the nicotine effect just starting to rise so erred on the side of safety. This is definitely going to be a repeat purchase.
Länge: 11.43Durchmesser: 1.47 TAM
The first two of these I smoked had a distinctly sweet wrapper that made them very attractive to a newbie like me but this one was completely different. It was very nicely wrapped with no imperfections but it seemed firmer packed than usual with very little bounce when squeezed. Pre-lit it drew air freely with a hint of earth in the taste. I spoiled myself and lit it with a cigar match and it lit up very easily and started to burn very evenly, the exhaled smoke had that hint of sweetness I remembered but the overall taste of the cigar was woody but mild. This was the first time I have actually tasted a woody cigar. The little buggar started to burn unevenly at about the half way mark and went out. When I relit it, it continued to burn unevenly and after the next ash drop I noticed a hollow through the centre. It started to get warm for the last third and the taste changed to peppery so I bailed out at about the twenty minute mark. I've got another two of these as well as a corona and a toro so it will be interesting to see how they turn out.