Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Review - Padrón 1964 Diplomatico Natural - 96/100


In 1994, Padrón launched an anniversary series to celebrate the 30 years of existence of Padrón Cigars.

In 2014, I am reviewing the Padrón 1964 Diplomatico (natural) from this series to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

The celebration starts with somewhat mixed emotions - The cigar has a beautiful matte wrapper and a very beautiful double band (the other has the serial number of the cigar below the actual band). Then there is the cap. Why is there such an ugly cap on this beautiful cigar? And why have they box pressed it? There is something about box pressed cigars that does not appeal to me.

I am not, however, going to judge the book by its covers. And if you share my opinions about the cap or the box pressing, Please, do not miss the opportunity to try the Diplomatico. You will not be disappointed.

The unlit aroma of the cigar gives away a blend of wood and a mixed spice, leading down the stairs to an old bakery. Lighting the cigar, the old oak walls and furniture of the bakery combine with cinnamon, cardamom and ginger creating an intoxicating flavor profile.

When enjoying the cigar a bit further, down to the mid way point, the flavor profile keeps developing quite nicely. The cigar gets more earthy and comes up with some hints of pepper, especially on the exhale. The flavors power up without turning this medium bodied cigar too strong or harsh, continuing to be a smooth experience of true craftsmanship.

The development of the flavor continues to the last draw, bringing forward also some floral notes to accompany the earthiness, spice and mild pepper on top of the tuned down wood. All the way through, the finish is quite short and dry.

To summarize, the Padrón 1964 Diplomatico is an amazing cigar which earns its place among my all time favorites. Who cares about the ugly cap or the box pressing when you get to experience something like the cigar has to offer!

Origin : Nicaragua

Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua

Points: 96/100

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Review - Casa Magna Oscuro Toro - 90/100


Casa Magna Oscuro Toro is one of those cigars, which are great, but do not offer anything to exceed expectations. This is, however, depending on your personal expectations. Mine were relatively high, as the Colorado Gran Toro earned 89 points earlier here and the Colorado Robusto has been ranked high on CA in the past.

The unlit Oscuro Toro promises to deliver at least cocoa and coffee with some hints of wood or grass. When lit, the performance of the cigar was flawless all the way through, as expected from a quality cigar.

What about the flavor then?

From the start, it becomes obvious, that this cigar is based on the core of cocoa and coffee, accompanied with sweet plum and spice. Further down, the cocoa and spice come forward with greater intensity, followed by some woody notes.

Closing in on the band, the cocoa and sweet plum step aside and wood, pepper and spice conquer the palate, holding their banner high for the rest of the cigar. Here is where the cigar can also become bitter, if smoked with haste and not in a cautious manner. The finish is long and pleasantly creamy with some pepper.

Overall, this medium bodied cigar is excellent value for your money. It is an easygoing cigar with good balance and honest approach. Not pretending to be something it is not, but standing true to its character.

Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Honduras/Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Points: 90/100

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Upcoming reviews 2014

Hello all,

I thought i'd list some of the upcoming reviews for 2014. These are in a random order, but if you want to influence what to see next, please use the contact form on my site to send suggestions!

  • Cain 654T
  • Padilla Double Toro
  • FdlA Toro
  • Ashton VSG Wizard
  • Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 with Sumatra Wrapper
  • Cohiba Piramides Extra
  • Partagas E2
  • Alec Bradley Black Market Gordo
  • Alec Bradley Family Blend Torpedo
  • CAO La Traviata Amatista from the Jar
  • My Father Le Bijou Gran Robusto
  • Padron 1964 Diplomatico
  • EP Carillo Inch
  • Flor de Oliva Robusto
  • Don Pepin JJ Salomones
  • H. Upmann Half Corona
  • Casa Magna Oscuro Toro
cheers!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Review - Cohiba Behike BHK 56 - 99/100


Cohiba Behike 56 -  What is the hype?

First of all, the 56 has been rolled immaculately. Just the right firmness, just the right draw, just right. Wrapper with a silky hue combined with a lovely pigtail at the end of the triple cap make the cigar look irresistible. Only thing i do not consider perfect in the looks is the band. I personally like more traditional and less flashy bands. But hey, that's just me.

Lighting up the cigar gives a prologue to what the next moments of your life are going to be: creamy and smooth with some delicate whispers of spice. But the prologue is always there just to lure you in...

In the first act, right up to half way of the cigar, the flavors intensify and build up a powerful core of profound characteristics of tobacco surrounded with cream and spice. Past the half way, first hints of the second act appear.

In the second act, right down to the last third of the cigar, the plot thickens. Cream and spice give way (not leaving the stage) to a more earthy character with some secondary roles played by coffee and chocolate, building anticipation of the finale.

And what a Grande Finale that is! All flavors mixed and balanced with strength, creating a perfect last third of this full bodied cigar. When the lights go out and the curtain falls, people stand in ovation and the actors give humble bows one after another, lingering on the stage for a long time.

Epilogue: Not full 100 points. Why? Well, to be honest, i could have rated this with a perfect 100 points score, but I decided not to. The cigar itself is worth it, but two things took away one point - I do not like the flashy band (for some weird reason) and the price for this cigar... well, there is a price you have to pay for perfection. Just wish it was a bit lower.

Origin: Cuba

Wrapper: Cuba
Binder: Cuba
Filler: Cuba

Points: 99/100

Monday, 10 March 2014

TIME TO WRESTLE THE BEAR!


March 9th, 2014 (Jupiter, FL)

Warped Cigars, LLC is pleased to announce the release of EL OSO “The Bear”: Blended and rolled in Little Havana, Miami. EL OSO will be produced at the esteemed El Titan de Bronze factory in the heart of Little Havana, under the watchful eyes of Sandy Cobas, the factory’s owner.

Rolled by level 9 Cuban rollers at El Titan de Bronze utilizing traditional Cuban rolling techniques, such as Entubado style, where each leaf is individually rolled and then bunched, and of course the signature Cuban triple cap. Sizes available will be a 48 x 6 belicoso in 10ct boxes and a 44 x 4 in 20ct boxes.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Binder: Ecuadorian
Body: Medium

“EL OSO’s profile is something I wanted to be different, I spent months developing and refining the blend until it was exactly what I wanted. Dark fruit, sweet spice, cream, and all in a true medium body.” Said Kyle Gellis.

Release has been set for May 2014.

For more information, please visit http://www.warpedpuro.com/





Thursday, 27 February 2014

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar


Have a nice rest of the week!

SAM LECCIA READY TO PUT CIGAR INDUSTRY IN A HEADLOCK



(Miami, FL) February 26, 2014

Sam Leccia, President of Leccia Tobacco, is looking to put the cigar industry in a  headlock with the announcement of his latest blend, “Luchador”. Following up on the success of his much anticipated comeback with the highly acclaimed Leccia Black and White cigar blends, Leccia is looking to add a little spice and flair with his latest release.

Luchador, which translates to “wrestler” in Spanish, is an exotic five-country cigar blend hand crafted in Nicaragua, consisting of some unique tobaccos.A Mexican San Andreas Wrapper leaf surrounds a habano binder leaf grown in Ecuador. The filler consists of viso from Esteli, Nicaragua with ligero from Pennsylvania, USA and Jamastran, Honduras.   Centering the blend is a distinctive tobacco from Ometepe, Nicaragua.

Ometepe is an island formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua in the Republic of Nicaragua. It is the largest volcanic island inside a fresh water lake in the world. The Luchador blend uses three tobaccos grown in volcanic soil:  the Ometepe, Habano and San Andreas. The soil in these regions is so rich that little to no fertilization is necessary.

Sam Leccia said: “I wanted to create something fun, yet different and exciting. With Luchador being a combination of exotic blends and flavors with a Mexican wrapper, I thought it was time to tap into my childhood fascination of Mexican pro wrestling. Fun branding aside, the Luchador is a seriously unique blend that goes from sweet to spicy in 0 to 60.”

The Luchador brand will appropriately and officially launch on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th, 2014) with multiple cigar events being held throughout the U.S. Luchador will come in four sizes: El Hombre 5x54, El Guapo 6x50, El Castigo 6x60, and the Loco Perfecto 6x58. They will come in boxes of 21 cigars each donning the iconic luchador mask.

Sam Leccia, the rebel child of the cigar industry and President of newly formed Leccia Tobacco Company, released the highly rated Black and White cigar lines. Leccia Tobacco is distributed by Torano Family Cigar Company. For more information please visit www.Lecciatobacco.com








Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Review - Adorini Prato Deluxe cabinet humidor

I got myself a new cabinet humidor as a part of my "organize my cigars" effort. I am trying to simplify and downsize my stash in order to give more room to other furniture and interior design. Now i got my Cuban cigars in a brand new Adorini Prato cabinet humidor from Humidor Discount. Here are my experiences with the humidor...

Picture from humidordiscount.com

I set up the humidor with proper preparations and as the humidity had leveled at solid 70% i stacked all my Cubans in. I used 2 out of 3 shelves and all 3 trays for singles for my collection, leaving one spare shelf if i ever needed one. The internal dimensions of L: 39cm, W: 36,1cm and H:68,1cm were just enough to fit all my Cubans - Perfect!

The cabinet came with two acryl polymer based humidifiers, which are barely sufficient to keep up the humidity level at a steady 70%. This might be due to the somewhat loose seals on the door (probably because some wood distortion). So, at this time, i have extra acryl polymer humidifiers which keep the humidity at a desired range. Later, i plan to tweak the door or the seals myself.

Fixing the gaps in the door seals is really my own desire for perfection, rather than really a real flaw of the humidor - with proper humidifiers (i.e. electronic humidifier which is recommended by HD) there is no issue. I might even pop some led lighting in there for a unique touch.

What i really like about the Prato, on top of the simple and stylish design, are the trays for the singles. The full cedar trays have been designed to enable free air circulation and can be divided with the cedar dividers which came with the humidor. Also in the package there were some tags on which you can write information about the cigars in order to keep track on age and such.

Now all i really have to do is to admire my new cabinet for my Cuban cigars (and occasionally refill the humidifiers). And of course come up with a solution to store my non-cubans, which still remain in my monster of a cabinet.

The bottom line is, that the Adorini Prato cabinet humidor is a stylish and sensible way to store your boxes and singles up to 800-1200 cigars depending on their size. The cabinet comes with a price tag of 749 EUR VAT and shipping included which i think is reasonable for a decent cabinet humidor of good quality.

More pics to follow...

Cheers!