Wednesday, June 12, 2024

ROOM101 Cigars Hit & Run Redux in Redux Review

BRAND: ROOM101
BLEND: Hit & Run Redux

WRAPPER: Mexican San Andres
BINDER: Ecuadorian Sumatra
FILLER: Nicaraguan, Pennsylvanian

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic
INTENSITY: Medium-full
SPICE: 3/5 (3.5/5)

NOTES:
Below I will include, verbatim, what I wrote about this blend when I first wrote about this blend a couple of months ago. Now, I am again writing about this blend using another identical offering of this blend.

Here, let's explore this current offering. To do-so, let's explode the first write-up. It's pretty simple. Outside of the parenthetical is the original review. Parenthetically, is my now response to that.

Walnut mocha torte | Paprika | Pumpernickel
(Yup.)

Depth. (Still deep waters, but less still perhaps. A bit more surface ripples.) Complex layers. (Perhaps more-so now.) Dense and weighty. (Yes, and to the same measurements but more vibrancy.) Plush. (Lesser, with dare I say something approaching occasional edginess.)

Well-balanced. (Then, think of a juggler; think of a juggler juggling three bowling pins. Now, think of a juggler juggling three bowling pins, a butcher knife, and a stuffed teddy bear. Good show. More demanding of a performance and a more edge-of-the-seat audience.)

A dark unfurling of motion and stillness. (A tick brighter now via new components. The motion is as the motion was, the stillness is now that of the animated series Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.) Dappled sunlight exhibits traces of mulling spice, cola, black dahlia. (Yup.)

TASTE: A- (A-)
DRAW: B+ (B)
BURN: A- (A-)
BUILD: A- (A-)

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79

::: very ::: 

Monday, June 10, 2024

Villiger Cigars 1888 Churchill in Review

BRAND: Villiger
BLEND: 1888

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Sumatra
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan, PA Broadleaf

FORMAT: Churchill (747)
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Medium
SPICE: 2.5/5

NOTES:
Citrus | White & pink peppercorn | Egg cream

Beachy. All sandy and sunny and salty. That brightness is in part a somewhat medicinal clinging citrus. Peachy, too. Suede, thinly, and chicken coop distantly. Slight oatiness. Traces of Cayenne. Spicy but sweetly and not aggressively. Did I say medicinal clinging citrus? Seems I did. Egg cream.

Draws well and smooth. Fairly lush and quite plush mouth-feel for being so high and bright. Ash grows well and long. Stack a' dimes. Burn-line isn't dead-even but is a far cry from needing help. Smoke out-put is moderate, culminating in a sweet though somewhat sharp room-note. Golden hay.

Build well and true (to classic Churchill dimensions). Seams ain't invisible but they are tight, and cap takes its licks, ticks. Kicks. A calmly classic smoke, with that twice aforementioned citrusy and at times unwelcome kick. Pinewood. Stays classy as San Diego, mostly told. Avoid reto-hales and enjoy.

TASTE: B
DRAW: B+
BURN: B+
BUILD: B+

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79

::: very ::: 

Friday, June 7, 2024

CAO Cigars FASA Noche in Review

BRAND: CAO
BLEND: FASA Noche

WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf
BINDER: Cameroon
FILLER: Dominican, Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Medium-Med.-full
SPICE: 2.5/5

NOTES:
Worcestershire sauce | Cayenne pepper | Molasses

The Fingerpoke of Doom (FPOD). NWO Hulk Hogan. Remember, The FASA Sol is Hulkamania Hogan. FPOD, long story short, Hollywood (NWO) Hogan pokes* then Champ Kevin Nash. Nash takes a bump and the pin. Hogan wins the belt. What a swerve. The NWO is together again under one banner, BROTHER. What does this have to do with the cigar at hand? Very little; but history is neat.

Finger poke. This is not the powerhouse smoke I expected but it isn't watered-down, necessarily. It's a technician, not a brawler. Lots of Worcestershire sauce and cayenne, but in a somewhat muted manner. Cut by a thin molasses note. Black walnut skins. Pink (Himalayan salt) and Black (Pepper) Bret Hart** runs to the ring. A sleek laminated floor, not earthen. The Excellence of Execution? That's apt here. Oily.

Grows a dense white sheath of ash on a cool and slow, even burn. Moderate or lesser than smoke out-put yields scant savory aromas. Pulls on a smooth draw. Seams do loosen a half-bit. Cap is awkwardly affixed. Veiny. All told, a nice cigar that seems a tick hesitant in approaching the palate. Could use more depth and greater oomph but never does err wildly. Just performs mildly.

*Hogan should have hit a leg drop after this, that too seems apt here.

**The FPOD incident did not involve Bret Hart.

Please note that this whole HH thing is my own headcanon. I'm sure no one at CAO had this in mind. They are no doubt too evolved to sink to my level; no offense to professional wrestling fans.

TASTE: B+
DRAW: A
BURN: A-
BUILD: B

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79

::: very ::: 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

CAO Cigars FASA Sol in Review

BRAND: CAO
BLEND: FASA Sol

WRAPPER: Honduran Olancha San Agustin
BINDER: Cameroon
FILLER: Dominican, Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro
ORIGIN: Honduras
INTENSITY: Medium
SPICE: 2/5

NOTES:
Cinnamon | Citrus | Almond extract

I get it. This one (in my mind) is Hulkamania Hulk Hogan. The Noche is NWO Hulk Hogan. Well, you know something, Mean Gene... cinnamon powder. A little push of candied citrus under that. Moving parallel to thems is an almond extract, leather. Common 'nuff notes presented uncommonly clearly. Sunny apricot. White pepper.

Hogan chose yellow gear because it visually popped so well. This blend pops. Clear delineations. Orchestrated foci. A well-called match. Smokes like chain wrestling looks. Hogan had under-rated ring skills. Peep his work in Japan. Well-structured, a honey malt slithering around oak framework (the cigar).

Excellent draw. Both HH and this Sol. Burns a tick-quick, then also peters--but on a thin, even line. Ash flakes, holds. Moderate smoke out-put yields a sweet citrusy aroma with some vegetal savoriness. Seams loosen a hair-bit by the burn but hold. Cap loosens a tick-bit. "Whatcha gonna do when the Hulkster runs wild on you?"

"Smoke 'em if ya got 'em, BROTHER."

TASTE: A-
DRAW: B+
BURN: B
BUILD: B+

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79

::: very :::