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PERDOMO PATRIARCH CORONA EXTRA

Posted by PDB_BANDB on July 13, 2012

What’s up  B & B faithful? 
 
Back for the 3rd week in a row. I puttin out hits like a factory.
 
Thanks for stopping by to check out my latest review of the Perdomo Patriarch Corona Extra.
The Patriarch has a great story behind the production of this cigar. visit http://perdomocigars.com/brands_patriarch.html for more on the history of this cigar.
 
 
This was a cigar that I received from Cigar Rights of America for signing up for a new membership.
For everyone that is reading this post and you are not a member of CRA, may I suggest that you become a member TODAY!! Please visit their website www.cigarrights.org to sign up or renew your membership. That’s my PSA for the month. Back to the topic at hand.
 
Critical’s,
 
Manugacturer-Perdomo Cigars
Wrapper-Nicaraguan Maduro
Binder-Nicaraguan
Filler-Nicaraguan
Size- 5/58 x 46
Price Point Around $6 a Cigar
Smoke time – 60 to 75 minutes
 
I will be having this cigar with a little French Vanilla Coffee and Water.
 
 
Pre light/construction- The construction is good. No noticeable flaws or defects. The cigar is firm to the touch with a few soft spots. Getting a little of a mint smell from the wrapper and hints of cocoa on the pre light dry hale. Of course I will be using my Xikar cutter to cut the cap and my C I Lotus to toast the foot.
 
 
First Third-This Patriarch is starting out on a good note. Still getting a cocoa/coffee flavor with some spice on the end. The ash is holding strong with a beautiful gray color. The draw on this cigar is great and giving off plenty of smoke on the retro hale as well as a good amount of resting smoke with a good even burn.
 
 
Next 3rd-The burn on this Perdomo is still good, Steady and even thus far. The flavor has changed to an earthy profile with a bit more spice. This is a flavor profile that I would usually not get into because it would be to harsh for me. With me looking to enhance my palate and broaden my flavor profile of cigars, I’m sticking with it. The ash seems to hold for about an inch or so then it falls off.
 
 
 
Final 3rd- Flavor is holding steady with the earthy leather notes with the spice on the back of the palate. Nor the cocoa or coffee notes ever came back. On the strength side I would put this at a medium to full-bodied profile. I did have to relight at the start of this section but that’s because I was on the phone with moms not because of the cigar.
 
Final Thoughts-This turned out to be a very good cigar. It was very consistent with the flavor profile and the burn. The ash would fall almost like clock work. There were no issues with this cigar.
Using www.yourcigarratings.com for the rating, and it comes in at an 89.
This does not mean it was a bad cigar. I am just getting use to the flavor profile of a cigar like this.
 
 
Thank you for taking the time to read my opinion of the Perdomo Patriarch and as always, we welcome your comments.
 
 
Until next time,
 
 
Happy Smokin.
 
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Posted in Cigars, Corona, Full, Medium, Nicaraguan, Patriarch, Perdomo | Tagged: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

A Nicaraguan Beauty

Posted by PDB_BANDB on July 6, 2012

What’s up B & B faithful,
 
I’m back for the second week in a row with another cigar review
 
Today I am smoking the Tarazona 305 Torpedo
 
Statistics,
 
Wrapper- Costa Rican
Filler- Nicaraguan
Binder- Nicaraguan 
Size- Toro Torpedo 6.5 x 52
 
This cigar was given to me by Eddie Tarazona himself @TarazonaCigars at a recent Event in Maryland. 
The construction on this 305 is good. It’s firm to the touch with a great aroma to it & no defects in the roll. 
 
This Costa Rican Maduro is considered to be a full-bodied cigar. 
I will be using my trusty Xikar cutter to snip the top of this torpedo and my C I Lotus torch to toast the foot. 
Drink of choice will be Heineken and water for this review. 
 
On the dry hale I’m getting creamy notes with a little sweetness from the wrapper. 
 
First 3rd- Getting a smooth creamy like flavor with a little spice on the back of the palette and the sweetness on the lips from the wrapper. Burn is going good with a gray/black ash. 
 
Second 3rd- A few changes on the flavor profile. The spice has dissipated and cocoa has been introduced. That was a nice change-up. The ash didn’t hold very well, it ended up falling in my lap. Not nice. Also experiencing a little uneven burn at this point. I would consider the strength of the cigar at this point to be a medium bodied smoke. 
 
Finale 3rd-The issue with the burn has fixed itself but the ash has fallen again, this time it hit the floor. Since I’m having problems with the ash I’m guessing this cigar is a little on the dry side. The spice on the back of the palette has come back and the cocoa has rescinded a little but still noticeable. Had another uneven burn issue but it quickly fixed itself. 
 
Final Thoughts- I would have to say this was a great cigar. I only had a couple of minor burn issues that with a few more puffs of the cigar fixed themselves. Never had to do any re-lighting even after having it rest for about 6-8 minutes. Not a lot of resting smoke and the flavors of the cigar were good. 
 
This is one I will definitely look to stock in the humidor and recommend you give the Tarazona 305 a try. www.TarazonaCigar.com
 
With a price point of just over $8 a cigar, I think it is worth it. 
 
Using www.YourCigarRatings.com it comes in at a WHOPPING 99. 
 
Smoke time approximately 1 hr 15 min. 
 
Thanks for taking the time to read my opinion of this cigar. 
 
Happy Smokin, 

Posted in Full, Nicaraguan | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

JULIUS CAESER

Posted by PDB_BANDB on June 29, 2012

Hello to the B & B faithful,
 
Thank you for stopping in to check out the latest cigar review.
Today I am smoking  the Julius Caeser by Diamond Crown.
I received this cigar from a recent Diamond Crown event at the Tinder Box Cigar and Tobacco store (www.tinderboxwaldorf.com)  in Waldorf Md.
 
Critical’s,
Manufacturer- Diamond Crown Cigars 
Wrapper- Ecuador, Havana-seed
Binder- Dominican Republic
Filler- Carribbean Basin, Central America. Aged for 5 years. 
Size- 6.0 x 52
 Construction is good. No major issues. It does have a minor split at the foot of the cigar but this shouldn’t cause any problems.
 
I Cut the tip with my Xikar Room101 cutter, which gives a clean-cut. 
On the dry pull I’m getting a little sweet notes from the wrapper and a little hints of oat. 
Before I proceed to light the Julius Caeser with my Lotus Torch Lighter I take a sip of my drink of choice for this cigar, Ron Zacapa Xo Gran Reserva Especial. 
 
First third- not getting much of any flavor just a little hint of oat. The burn is very good with plenty of smoke on the retro hale. The ash is gray with no flaking and holding strong. I hope it starts to give me more flavor as I continue to smoke.
 
Second Third- Into the second third of this cigar and I notice a little fraying in the wrapper. Don’t think it will effect the smoke, but we’ll see. The flavor has changed to just tobacco and nothing else. The burn is still going strong and the ash is holding on very good. But I am really looking for something to happen with the flavor profile.
 
Final Third- As this JC is coming to a close nothing has changed. Still no other flavor than tobacco. The ash is still strong and still giving off plenty of smoke. 
 
Final Thoughts-This JC didn’t give much to admire on the flavor profile or the strength side. The construction was the best part of this cigar. The ash did hold strong and give off plenty of smoke and the burn was even all the way through. The strength and the flavor for the Julius Caeser is very mild. Sorry to say, but I didn’t get any of those bold, rich distinctive flavors that the web site (WWW.DIAMONDCROWN.COM) says you should get. 
Using WWW.YOURCIGARRATINGS.COM to rate the Julius Caeser and it comes back with a rating of 54.
 
Smoke time- 45-60 min. 
 
Thanks for taking the time for reading my opinion of this cigar. 
 
Happy Smokin. 

Posted in Cigars, Dominican, Events, J.C. Newman, Mild | 4 Comments »