Blog 13: 7X70 Asylum The Ogre Grande Dual Wrapper Cigar

Hi and happy to be back with another blog. I waited to light up this behemoth of a cigar until I got the call I am no longer on furlough and back to work. I got that call Oct. 1st. So, here we are.

This is all Nicaragua but with a Habano wrapper. I didn’t think this was full flavor, even full taste. If I had to make a guess, 2 body, 2 strength, 2 flavor.

Never more than medium strength for me, but a consistent (and long) smoke. After almost 2 hours, called it a day and put it out. Easily had about another hour of smoking. So for value, it has it all day. A $9-10 dollar smoke that’s the equivalent of 2-3 cigars.

Superdan uses a 0-5 star rating: 5 stars being best of the best, 1 star worst of the worse: Construction: 2.9, Taste: 3.2 stars, Price: 4.5 stars, Overall: 3.75 stars….strength low medium, some Carmel charcoal notes, smooth smoke.

Would I smoke this again? Of course. But I better have some time to do it. 2.5-3 hours worth.

Blog 12: Jose Dominguez Maduro 7.5 X 50

So I’m not familiar with Jose Dominguez, this being the first cigar I’ve smoked from JD. The wrapper, binder, and filler are all from the Dominican Republic. Fortunately, it was a pleasant experience. Not a home run I would say, but likely a double.

On the pre-light smell, it’s minty with dark tobacco.

In the first third, strong leather and wood flavors. Some hints of cocoa, but very faint.

In the second third, the tastes die down some and maduro tobacco kind of takes over.

In the last third, pretty much straight maduro tobacco.

Some say this cigar is strong, I didn’t get that. Was medium beginning to end for me.

So, on the Superdan 1-5 scale, 1 being worst of the worst, 5 being best of the best:

Price: Can find this sizeable stick for less than $4 in a box. Terrific price point. Get alot of smoking time out of it to boot. 4.8 stars

Taste: I’m not a huge leather/wood fan, but don’t dislike it either. Cocoa notes were very nice but kind of faded out after the 1st third. Always tasted pleasant, didn’t get bitter or mineral tasting. 3.7 stars

Construction: Burn line straight, no unraveling, nice draw not tight not loose, smoke output normal. Good construction: 3.9 stars

Overall: I think this cigar is safe for nearly all smokers, medium strength, lot’s of flavors in the outset followed by an average smoke the rest of the way. I’d smoke it again and recommend it for those looking for a quality budgeted stick and a maduro cigar that won’t leave you spinning. 4.0 stars

Thanks and stay well out there. Smoke em if you got em.

Daniel aka Superdan

P.S. A congrats to Privada Cigar Club for hitting their quota number of subscribers. Very glad I was able to get in when I did. Will be always thankful to LeeMack for his recommendation to the club. I enjoy the variety, the boutique nature, and the camaraderie that PCC provides. Not to mention, awesome cigars.

Cheers

Blog 12: Jose Dominguez Maduro 7.5 X 50

So I’m not familiar with Jose Dominguez, this being the first cigar I’ve smoked from JD. The wrapper, binder, and filler are all from the Dominican Republic. Fortunately, it was a pleasant experience. Not a home run I would say, but likely a double.

On the pre-light smell, it’s minty with dark tobacco.

In the first third, strong leather and wood flavors. Some hints of cocoa, but very faint.

In the second third, the tastes die down some and maduro tobacco kind of takes over.

In the last third, pretty much straight maduro tobacco.

Some say this cigar is strong, I didn’t get that. Was medium beginning to end for me.

So, on the Superdan 1-5 scale, 1 being worst of the worst, 5 being best of the best:

Price: Can find this sizeable stick for less than $4 in a box. Terrific price point. Get alot of smoking time out of it to boot. 4.8 stars

Taste: I’m not a huge leather/wood fan, but don’t dislike it either. Cocoa notes were very nice but kind of faded out after the 1st third. Always tasted pleasant, didn’t get bitter or mineral tasting. 3.7 stars

Construction: Burn line straight, no unraveling, nice draw not tight not loose, smoke output normal. Good construction: 3.9 stars

Overall: I think this cigar is safe for nearly all smokers, medium strength, lot’s of flavors in the outset followed by an average smoke the rest of the way. I’d smoke it again and recommend it for those looking for a quality budgeted stick and a maduro cigar that won’t leave you spinning. 4.0 stars

Thanks and stay well out there. Smoke em if you got em.

Daniel aka Superdan

P.S. A congrats to Privada Cigar Club for hitting their quota number of subscribers. Very glad I was able to get in when I did. Will be always thankful to LeeMack for his recommendation to the club. I enjoy the variety, the boutique nature, and the camaraderie that PCC provides. Not to mention, awesome cigars.

Cheers

 

Blog 11: Davidoff/Zino BACK2BACK 6X60

Not to be confused with the latest PCC package. It’s not the 7X52 torpedo, it’s a different cigar in the portfolio: the  sizeable 6X60-Nicaraguan. Connecticut shade wrapper with Nicaraguan binders and fillers.

At first glance I thought this cigar resorted to “gimmicky” tricks to make up for a mediocre cigar… like the visually stunning foot wrapper. However, this cigar lives up the hype! Smooth smoke with creamy smooth finish. With hints of coffee and spices (right up Superdan’s alley), I was in my happy place smoking this cigar. Saving up to buy a box as I write this review.

Medium to medium plus on the strength, I think it’s safe to nearly all cigar smokers. And, it’s around $8 dollars. Beats a lot of cigars that are double the price all day long, in my opinion.

So….on the Superdan 1-5 star scale…1 being worst of the worst, 5 being best of the best…

Construction: 4.2 Easy draw (due to expansive ring gauge more than likely), good burn line, no unraveling, very nice construction

Taste: 4.6 Oh yes, taste so good you’ll almost think it’s an infused cigar…but it’s all natural. Great for us coffee and spice junkies!

Price: 4.6 $8 dollars? Yah, I know… price is dependent. But I looked up a few online shops and they offer this delicious stick at $8. It’s a bargain…should be $12 plus.

Overall: 4.6 Out of all the cigars so far I have blogged on spirited smoke, this one makes it to the top thus far. Beating out another eye opener, the AJ Fernandez New World Maduro Robusto Box Press.

So…don’t take my word for it, try it yourself. The UR NY or Mike Baca and Fernando Romero are on to something. After smoking this one, I hope more graffiti artists join the cigar world. Nice job guys!

 

 

Blog 10: Montenegro Red Label Corona Aged 4.5 years

A thank you to the Privada Cigar Club for providing said cigar.

We all have different tastes and preferences. There will be cigars that we love and may become our “go to” cigar. Others are a one and done and never again.
For the Montenegro Red Label Corona, I’d try it again, but did not have a great experience. Unspecified Nicaraguan tabacco and ‘organic’, I found the taste charcoal smoke with occasional notes of liquorice and cinnamon. The liquorice and cinnamon tastes were rare enough to not make up for that smoke. No pepper notes to speak of. Low medium body and strength, neither went up.
Saying the draw is firm is a nice way of saying, it was tough… like sucking a golf ball thru a hose, and touched up the burn line a few times.
However, it was one cigar. I would try this again to see if this was just an anomaly.
I never thought it was terrible or un-smokeable…just very underwhelming.
On the 5 star Superdan scale, 5 being best of the best, 1 being worst of the worst…

I give it a 3.5 on construction: Draw was tough, burn line uneven

A 3 on taste: some notes of liquorice and cinnamon, no enough, mostly charcoal smoke

A 3.2 on price ($10 price) or  (2.8 for $20 price) giving it an all around score of 3.1.
Thanks for reading this, long live PCC and spirited smoke. Smoke em if you got em,
Cheers,
Daniel aka Superdan

Blog 9: AJ Fernandez New World Maduro Robusto Box Press

So….I Decided to square up and get a box pressed cigar (ha ha). Boy am I glad I did. Apologies for the time between Blog 8 and Blong 9…all I can say is, you know how it goes…. you say I’ll get to it I’ll get to it, a day turns into a week turns in to a month, yadda yadda.

At any rate, this cigar was chosen as cigar of the year by Cigar Journal in 2013. And it lives up to the hype. This one has Nicaraguan long fillers from Ometepe, Condega, and Esteli, bound it with leaves from Jalapa, and topped it off with a Nicaraguan wrapper. And a box press so it doesn’t roll off the table lol

I found the beginning third to be a good spice tickle to the nose,  the overused black pepper description, but almost like it was dipped in subtle candy. Hints of cinnamon and cocoa. Manure smell  and rich tobacco taste on the cold draw and added to the first third. Just a lot going on which I like.

The second third the spice died down, practically disappeared and was left with just a solid consistent smooth smoke. I was expecting the strength the rev up, but it never did. It actually rived down for me to a solid medium from a beginning of medium plus.

The last third I took a big retro hale and once again those cinnamon and cocoa flavors really stood out for me.

It was smoking all the way thru, smoke output terrific, never went out, never had to touch it up, burn line good, just wow.

So…..Superdan uses a 0-5 star rating: 5 stars being best of the best, 1 star worst of the worse: Construction: 4.9 stars. Amazing construction with this cigar. Never touched it up, never went out, smoke output true all the way thru, no unraveling, got a good 75 minutes out of a robusto to boot…. draw excellent (as I find most box presses).

Taste: 4.3 stars. Great flavor transitions. You will detect a lot of stuff going on with this cigar. I suggest pairing it up with a brandy or cognac. It does leave a bit of a covering in the mouth that one would do well to cleanse once in a while when smoking.

Price: 4.6 stars. Found $7.40 in general for this stick. Of course, prices will vary. But an excellent price imo for this one. It will beat up on some $15-$20 cigars all day long.

Overall: 4.5 stars. Excellent. This could be my cigar of the year and the year is just starting. Good stuff.

Anyway, thanks for reading if you read this far already. I plan to do at least 12 cigar reviews for this year minimum, which is once a month. Thanks and light ‘er up!

~Superdan

Toscano Antico Cigar Review

Ever bite into a fresh peppercorn?

Yeah, it’s like that, but good. It took me a second to get over the initial rush of flavor, but it settled down after a few puffs. As I progressed, my taste buds couldn’t help but tug at my mind’s memories of BBQs and fireplaces.

This is such an interesting cigar and has quickly become one of my go to favorites. Everything about this stick challenges much of what I know of cigars (to be transparent, I’m fairly new to the cigar scene) – the size, the look, the texture and the fact you can cut this bad-boy in half and smoke whatever length you want.

This fact alone sold me on the Toscano. I’m a restless smoker. I have a hard time relaxing and sitting for longer than 30 minutes. So having the option of cutting a cigar to the length that matches my time is a HUGE draw.

If you’ve ever wanted to give a Toscano a go I highly recommend it!

San Cristobal Revelation Cigar Review

San Cristobal Revelation:

RIGHT off the bat, nice, mild flavors on the cold draw. Hints of *nut*, a little *cream*, a a tad of like a *vanilla bean* flavor.

Lit up and smoking: First third – Very solid burn and Ash so far. Great construction. Same nutty flavors from the pre-light. Very mild starting out. Not many flavor transitions, mostly nut and cream (minds out of gutter men.. ?). There’s a hint of something else a tad bit sweet I can’t put my finger on. TONS of smoke output, too. Smoke is on the thinner side, but that’s ok. Very, very good start.

Second third: I removed the first band. Smoke output still wonderful. I put it down in the ashtray a few times on a few occasions, and picked it back up five minutes later, still burned like a champ. Subtle mild, sweetish flavors on the draw with a long finish of that nice *vanilla bean* taste, and almost something like an *oatmeal* flavor coming in. Burn still excellent, but Ash getting a little wavy. Ash fell off on its own about two inches in. Ok, it’s getting a little interesting. There’s now like a hard *cherry licorice* flavor coming in on the finish. I now also taste a strong *oak* flavor left on my palate after every draw. Finishing up this half, burn is still great, and has needed no attention, smoke output still A-1.

Final third: *Oak, nut and cherry* are the most dominant flavors. There’s a dry flavor on the finish now that I have yet to determine. Long finish of nice *cream* left on the palate. Strength has transitioned into a *medium*. Another solid three inches of Ash fell off at the beginning of this half. *Oak* has gotten stronger, and you can now taste it on the draw, instead of just finish. The *dark cherry* is still kicking in on finish as well.

Towards the end of the last third, there seems to be a *hint of caramel* coming in. It’s not a regular, sweet caramel, it’s more like a *roasted caramel*. This flavor is bleeding into the finish.

Wrap-up: Flavors are oak, dark cherry, nut, cream, and a tad bit of caramel. Transitions were pretty good flavor-wise. Complexity was good. Burn was excellent, no touch ups or relights needed. Ash was solid, it fell when it was ready on all three halves. Strength of cigar ended up being medium bodied in the end.. The wrapper was flawless, minimal veins, with a beautiful band. (SC has always done a good job with marketing.)

*I give this one an overall score of 92.*

Excellent smoke. Definitely worth the time.

My Monthly Cigars Box #5 – October 2019

The calendar has flipped to October and its the “scariest” month of the year.  But have no fear as the October Box from My Monthly Cigars will surely help you to remain calm and feel safe.

Oh…and you’ll have some kick ass cigars to smoke!

Since the extra in our Robusto and El Presidente Boxes in September were so nice, we decided to do it twice.  Once again we’ve partnered up with Twin Engine Coffee to bring you more of their amazing Nicaraguan coffee!

Read more about Twin Engine and their story HERE.

And now…the main event!

First cigar this month is the Nica Libre 25th Anniversary Silver.  This box pressed beauty is jam packed with flavor and strength as it boasts a full body.  The 25th Anniversary was created in celebration of Nicaragua’s 25 years of Independence and this cigars is well worthy of celebration.  MSRP on this cigar is $9.00

The second cigar we’ll dive into is the Sobremesa by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust.  This is the brainchild of Steve Saka who was formerly the President and CEO of Drew Estate.  Steve didn’t miss a beat when venturing out on his own with this cigar.  A Medium-Full cigar that will surely brighten up your day and make you want more from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust.  MSRP on the Sobremesa is $13.00

Our third and fourth cigar this month are the shortest cigars we’ve had to date as The Caldwell Young Savages and the La Aurora Embassador 10 Year Maduro round out an amazing month of October.

The Caldwell Young Savages is the “little brother” so to speak of the Caldwell Savages.  At 4 x 60 you can see why.  But its just as polished as the big brother and brings plenty of flavor and just the right amount of strength in this small packaging.  Grab it.  Light it up.  Smoke it.  Then grab another.  The MSRP on this cigar is $12.50

Last is the La Aurora Embassador 10 Year Maduro.  What’s the saying?  Good things come in small packages?  Or something like that.  Anyway, this cigar fits just that.  First glance at this cigar and you think “whoa, that’s going to be a punch in the face.”  Well you couldn’t be more wrong!  With a Brazilian maduro wrapper around Brazilian, Dominican, and Peruvian fillers, this cigar will bring you a nice smooth enjoyable smoke.  And this is a deal with an MSRP of only $6.70

As we do every month, we add up the MSRP to ensure that our Robusto and El Presidente members get that MSRP Guarantee and this month is of course no different.  Total MSRP on the October 2019 Box is $41.20

So if you’re ready to join the club so you can get some amazing cigars at an amazing value, be sure to check out our Subscriptions Page.

And as always, you can buy more of these cigars (and others) HERE.

My Monthly Cigars Box #5 – October 2019

The calendar has flipped to October and its the “scariest” month of the year.  But have no fear as the October Box from My Monthly Cigars will surely help you to remain calm and feel safe.

Oh…and you’ll have some kick ass cigars to smoke!

Since the extra in our Robusto and El Presidente Boxes in September were so nice, we decided to do it twice.  Once again we’ve partnered up with Twin Engine Coffee to bring you more of their amazing Nicaraguan coffee!

Read more about Twin Engine and their story HERE.

And now…the main event!

First cigar this month is the Nica Libre 25th Anniversary Silver.  This box pressed beauty is jam packed with flavor and strength as it boasts a full body.  The 25th Anniversary was created in celebration of Nicaragua’s 25 years of Independence and this cigars is well worthy of celebration.  MSRP on this cigar is $9.00

The second cigar we’ll dive into is the Sobremesa by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust.  This is the brainchild of Steve Saka who was formerly the President and CEO of Drew Estate.  Steve didn’t miss a beat when venturing out on his own with this cigar.  A Medium-Full cigar that will surely brighten up your day and make you want more from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust.  MSRP on the Sobremesa is $13.00

Our third and fourth cigar this month are the shortest cigars we’ve had to date as The Caldwell Young Savages and the La Aurora Embassador 10 Year Maduro round out an amazing month of October.

The Caldwell Young Savages is the “little brother” so to speak of the Caldwell Savages.  At 4 x 60 you can see why.  But its just as polished as the big brother and brings plenty of flavor and just the right amount of strength in this small packaging.  Grab it.  Light it up.  Smoke it.  Then grab another.  The MSRP on this cigar is $12.50

Last is the La Aurora Embassador 10 Year Maduro.  What’s the saying?  Good things come in small packages?  Or something like that.  Anyway, this cigar fits just that.  First glance at this cigar and you think “whoa, that’s going to be a punch in the face.”  Well you couldn’t be more wrong!  With a Brazilian maduro wrapper around Brazilian, Dominican, and Peruvian fillers, this cigar will bring you a nice smooth enjoyable smoke.  And this is a deal with an MSRP of only $6.70

As we do every month, we add up the MSRP to ensure that our Robusto and El Presidente members get that MSRP Guarantee and this month is of course no different.  Total MSRP on the October 2019 Box is $41.20

So if you’re ready to join the club so you can get some amazing cigars at an amazing value, be sure to check out our Subscriptions Page.

And as always, you can buy more of these cigars (and others) HERE.