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: 10.16Durchmesser: 1.59 TAM
If there was ever such a thing as a breakfast cigar then this little beauty fits the bill perfectly. I don't know why CAO feel they need to dress it up in a cedar wrap and a ribbon as well as a band as once stripped off this is a good looking little cigar. It measures 4" x40 and the wrapper is a toothy Colorado Maduro that smells of vanilla and chocolate. It was quite firm with just a little spring and a touch of looseness at the foot and when cut the draw was quite tight. A gentle massage loosened it up nicely like it does for the ladies and the cold draw had a faint vanilla taste. The wrapper also has a slight sweetness to it but nowhere like an Acid. Once lit it launched straight in with a big burst of roasted nuts that settled down to a smoother milder version of the same taste with just a hint of vanilla from the wrapper that lasted all the way through. The burn was perfect and the ash dropped every inch and no relights were required. It was stored at 70%. There was no pepper at all in this cigar and I smoked it as far as I could before it got too warm, about half an hour. This petit corona is very much a proper little cigar and not a gimmick and I will definitely be buying more
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: 11.11Durchmesser: 1.59 TAM
I'm starting to develop a taste for maduros so I decided to see what the Cubans have to offer. At just under 4.4" with a ring gauge of 40 this is the smallest Maduro 5 and like any other Cohiba the construction is perfect. The wrapper is quite toothy and had a rich malty scent, the stick was very firmly packed, it was almost solid. Once cut the cold draw had a little resistance and an earthy taste. Once lit the initial taste was quite peppery but it soon settled down to almost tannic dry woody taste with none of the sweetness I have come to expect from a maduro. The burn was dead straight but it did require two relights, the ash dropped at about an inch which for me came at 20 minutes in. Around the 15 minute mark I had a little hint of liquorice which popped in and out occasionally and the pepper levels rose and fell as well but overall the flavour stayed the same. This cigar lasted me an hour and it left a lovely clean taste in my mouth but it didn't excite me. Sorry guys but when it comes to maduros the NCs have this one beat.
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: 10.16Durchmesser: 1.67 TAM
This petit corona from the Honduras is definitely marketed for the American market but who can resist a cigar called a 'punk'? I couldn't and I was definitely not disappointed. If you like something mild and smooth then this is an hour of pleasure for you, I smoked it further than any other stick and only stopped because the smoke got in my eyes because it was so close. This hand made cigar comes in at 4" with a ring gauge of 42. It has a large label covering most of the cigar with a regular label underneath. The wrapper is dark brown and the cigar is firmly packed. The wrapper has a rich tobacco scent and the cold draw is earthy. It took two matches to get it started evenly but once going it burned very evenly and the first ash drop was about half way through. Even then I feel it would have kept going but I was indoors and getting dirty looks. The exhaled smoke is mild and spicy with a hint of smoke and the inhaled taste is definitely mild and leathery. There was no trace of pepper at all and it remained smooth and cool to the very end. When I tapped it off at half way it needed relighting once but it wasn't a problem.
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: 11.11Durchmesser: 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: 8.89Durchmesser: 1.51 TAM
For such a long name one would expect a lot more than 3.5" x38 and added to that this cigar was the fastest burner I have ever smoked. I was actually watching the burn line move towards me. It was stored at 65% for those who like to know. This Davidoff is all Dominican with a Connecticut Shade wrapper that has a slight sweetness to it's scent. The cigar was quite springy and once cut had an easy draw that was dry and slightly earthy. The burn was dead straight and no relights were required in its 25 minutes of life. Flavour remained unchanged and was a slightly bitter roast walnut taste with a bit of a cigarette aftertaste. The smoke felt very dry and tannic and the last inch was too warm to smoke comfortably. Not one I could recommend or will buy again.
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: 15.24Durchmesser: 2.06 TAM
'Between 1958 and the early 1970s so many candela cigars were sold in the United States that the style became known as American Market Selection. During the 1970s, candelas fell out of favour and were largely replaced by cream-coloured cigars with Connecticut-shade style wrappers. They were largely absent from the so-called cigar renaissance of the 1990s. Candela cigars are known for having green instead of brown wrappers. While the colour may be mistaken for a young tobacco leaf, it is actually a product of the process used to cure the leaf that preserves the chlorophyll.' So there you go, how many of you thought they were dyed green. Rocky Patel's candela wrapper is made from leaf that is matured for five years and this cigar only comes in a toro measuring 6" with a ring gauge of 52 and is made from all Honduran tobaccos. The wrapper is more like a faded khaki than a green and has a nice sheen to it. The veins are clearly visible but not at all raised so the cigar has a nice smooth feel. When squeezed I could feel it was packed with a slight spring to it. The wrapper has a mild tobacco scent but nothing else was discernible. I punched this one and the draw was very free with dry taste like hay. It lit easily and the initial flavour was light and leathery. After 10 minutes it was almost like not smoking, it was so light and tasted of nothing much at all. As it went on the flavour developed into a blend of wood and leather that left my mouth dry and I found myself having a sip of drink after every draw. The burn was perfect and it produced plenty of smoke with the ash dropping at about an inch. After half an hour it began to get peppery and that came through on and off at regular intervals. This cigar would probably stretch to two hours easily but after an hour and a half I just got bored with it. Disappointing really because I liked The Lite and the Maduro.