Monday, May 27, 2024

Lampert Cigars Family Reserve 2023 in Review

BRAND: Lampert
BLEND: Family Reserve 2023

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: Toro (652)
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic (KBF)
INTENSITY: Mild-medium
SPICE: 0.5/5

NOTES:
Floral | Fruity | Suede

Tastes-some like an Arnold Palmer (drink). Also, a sweet-fruitiness, crisply. Honeydew, pears. Light suede, chicken coop. Smokes-some like an elegant bit of arm candy. Magnolia.

TASTE: A-
DRAW: A-
BURN: A
BUILD: A-

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

::: very ::: 

Friday, May 24, 2024

Kaplowitz Media. Cigars of the Month for May 2024

Cigars of the Month
for May 2024


(listed in alphabetical order)
(names are links to full reviews)

Casa Cuevas La Mandarria Oscuro
Cohiba Riviera Lancero
Macanudo Emissary Espana

::: very ::: 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Cohiba Cigars Riviera Collection Lancero in Review

BRAND:
Cohiba
BLEND:
Riviera

WRAPPER:
San Andres
BINDER:
Honduran
Connecticut
FILLER:
Honduran,
Nicaraguan

FORMAT:
Lancero
7
x
38
Box-press
ORIGIN:
Nicaragua
INTENSITY:
Medium-full
/Full
SPICE:
3/5

NOTES:
Red spices |
Espresso |
Prunes


Anise steers
cumin and
smoked paprika
front.

Lazer not
linear focus.
Deep nuances
underneath.

Compost,
barnyard.
Excellent draw,
construction, and
combustion.

Delivered
like a fighter
who cut weight,
to rehydrate
on fight
night.

Slicing.
Bombastic.
Skilled.

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

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

:::
very
:::

Further
Reading:
(link)
Cohiba
Cigars
Riviera
in Review
(Robusto) 

Monday, May 20, 2024

Sancho Panza Cigars Extra Chido in Review

BRAND: Sancho Panza
BLEND: Extra Chido

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Sumatra
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan, Dominican

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic
INTENSITY: Medium
SPICE: 1.5/5

NOTES:
Caramello | Clay | Allspice (dusty)

A very Booth blend (of which I'm a fan). This time with a brightly and somewhat out-of-stride (Ministry of Silly Walks) addition of dried papaya-apricot.

Draws a tick-tightly, a time or few hesitantly. Densely, evenly rolled. Slow burn, quickly-correcting slight-wobble. Moderate smoke output yields (trail mix aroma. Tiny yellow flowers.*)

(*smell-tastes.)

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

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

::: very :::