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Archive for the ‘Dominican’ Category

Quick Hitter: The Crowned Heads Headley Grange

Posted by dabyrdman33 on July 15, 2012

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Once again, I’ve managed to pull myself away from the cares of life long enough to bring you a quick first take on the new Headley Grange from Jon Huber and The Crowned Heads. Let me start by saying this is not what I would consider a full-blown review since this cigar has not officially hit the market. This size is what’s being called the “Estupendos” and it is cloaked in a silky Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The cigar originates from the Dominican Republic, but that is where story ends with what I know. Let’s get into the smoke.

Pre-light: The cigar is firmly packed and has a clean appearance with a wrapper that is smooth, silky, and free of blemishes. Overall, this is a great looking cigar. Upon removing the cap, the draw is firm but not tight and yields a flavor of tobacco with a hint of sweetness.

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1st third: After lighting the cigar, the first couple of puffs yield clouds of flavorful smoke with notes of sweet tobacco and a tinge of citrus with a peppery spice on the retrohale. The body and strength are both medium. The ash is mostly light gray and holds pretty firmly for the 3/4 of an inch. The resting smoke is delightful with a nice floral aroma. Just smelling it will make you want to keep puffing.

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2nd third: The burn line thus far has been flawless while the ash continues to hold for almost an inch at a time before falling gently in the ashtray. The citrus note begins to dissipate at this point and is replaced with a heavier note of tobacco minus the sweetness. The retrohale has also mellowed and is very smooth through the nostrils. The body is now medium to medium-full, but there’s not much of an uptick in the strength beyond medium.

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Final third: Nearing the end of the cigar, the dominant flavors are now tobacco and toast. The cigar continues to build in body and strength, but never approaches what feels like full to me. The burn has been immaculate throughout and the ash has been consistently firm.

Final thoughts: I can’t wait to get a hold of this cigar when it hits the market. I’m always curious to see how pre-release samples differ from the final product that hits the shelves. The cigar started with a flavorful bang that got my attention right away; however, after the halfway point it seemed to flatten. I can’t honestly say if it was the tobacco or just my palate adjusting to the cigar. Since I only smoked one for this first take, I’ll reserve any judgment until later. The cigar shows great complexity with the transitions between flavors throughout. I also loved the transition in body and strength as the cigar progressed. Overall, I would say this cigar is a definite buy considering I liked what I got out of the cigar and I want more of it. Expect a full blown review once I get my hands on the official release. If you’re lucky enough to get a pre-release sample, smoke it. I promise you won’t regret it. Special thanks to Jon Huber & my homie LOD for providing the sample.

Until next time,

DaByrdman33

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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 »

The Nestor Miranda Collection – Art Deco

Posted by dabyrdman33 on October 6, 2010

Well after a long hiatus, a week without cigars seems like an eternity, I’m back with another cigar review. Before I jump into the review, let me just say that coming down with a cold after drinking all night is definitely the worst way to get sick. There’s no distinguishing between the hangover-induced headache and the wrought with fever-induced headache. The worst part this time was losing my sense of taste almost completely and not knowing when it would come back or if my cigar palate would be greatly affected by it. Needless to say, the first couple of cigars that I tried to enjoy after my respite all seemed to give me a taste of roasted peanuts or peanut butter at some point during the herfing process. I decided to forgo a review last week because of the uncertainty of what a trusted cigar would taste like let alone something that may be new to me. That brings me to this week’s review.

The last Miami Cigar offering from the Nestor Miranda Collection that I reviewed was the Special Selection in the coffee break size. If you wish, you can read about it here. The Art Deco is a new creation from the mind of Nestor Miranda and Pepin Garcia. The blend consists of 60 percent Nicaraguan Corojo 99 and 40 percent Dominican San Vicente. The binder is a dual Dominican Criollo ’98/Nicaraguan Habano ’00, and the wrapper leaf is Nicaraguan Corojo ’06. Nestor Miranda is quoted in the Miami Cigar press release as saying,

“We wanted to get Pepin out of his comfort zone, which is using Nicaraguan tobacco. He accepted the challenge and came out with an amazing blend using 40% Dominican tobacco.”

The cigars for this review were samples that I received from IPCPR (thanks to Mike Huff) and Little Puff 2010. I still have yet to try an “off the shelf” stick from my local retailer. Enough chatter, here are the specs:

Vitola: Coffee Break
Size: 50 ring x 4.5 inches
Wrapper – Nicaraguan Corojo ’06
Binder – Dominican Criollo ’98/Nicaraguan Habano ’00
Filler – Nicaraguan Corojo 99/Dominican San Vicente
MSRP – $6.50 (approx.) plus applicable taxes

Pre-light – The band on this cigar is a spectacular eye catcher with its silver metallic outline and the Art Deco design (duh). The wrapper is dark brown in color with a couple of noticeable veins but nothing that I would call unsightly. The cigar is firmly packed without any noticeable soft spots. Upon clipping the cap, the draw is ample and earthy with a hint of semi-sweet tobacco.

First third – True to the pre-light, the cigar opens with a rich, earthy tobacco flavor.  The retrohale is strong and peppery to the point of stinging the nostrils. The ash is white and somewhat solid but only manages to hold for about ¾ of an inch. The burn is sharp and even. The cigar gives off an abundance of smoke with each puff while producing a fair amount of resting smoke between puffs. The body is solidly medium as the finish is fairly long, but certainly not overpowering. This is not giving me any indication that I will have any trouble tasting a second cigar following this one. The strength is not noticeable at this point, and since it is still early I’ll call it mild for now. Toward the end the first third, the peppery retrohale subsides, but the earthy tobacco note remains with just a hint of black coffee.

Second third – Nearing the halfway point, I’m still getting the rich, earthy tobacco note. The body is still medium, and I think at this point I can call the strength medium as well. I am noticing some of the sweetness from the pre-light draw beginning to creep in on the finish. The smoke is rich yet it has a smooth, creamy texture. Given the earthy flavor, I am expecting this cigar to weigh heavier on my palate and become more of a full-bodied cigar, but surprisingly it is not. The ash is holding a little longer during this segment. The burn remains razor sharp with no needs for touch-ups.

Final third – Nearing the end, the Art Deco is still holding on to the earthy tobacco note with some sweet floral notes. At the band, the peppery spice has returned on the retrohale. The burn on this stick is impeccable. The body is solid medium as well as the strength. This cigar does not appear to produce a nicotine buzz or a “gut punch” so I would call it safe for those that enjoy mild to medium cigars. The coffee note from earlier is richer and fuller as I approach the nub.

Overall – This cigar definitely lives up to its description in the press release. It is every bit of rich, earthy tobacco flavor and while it has some strength it’s not overpowering. The construction and burn are flawless with no issues from start to finish. My only issue is that I am not a fan of really, really earthy cigars and this is it. You will notice from my previous reviews, that I tend to gravitate toward cigars that produce more woodsy flavors. The flavor in this cigar was good but it leaves me wanting more and feeling like something was missing. I would love to try a different size to see if maybe I can be swayed. The simple fact that the cigar is what Miami Cigar says it is makes it hard for me to downgrade it, and I would certainly recommend it to those that like earthy cigars. Given my tastes (that’s exactly what this review is, MY TASTES) I cannot say that it is “box-worthy” for me. On my unofficial “official” scale I give it 4.2 out of 5.0. I am calling this one a “hung jury” until I can smoke the Robusto Grande and Gran Toro sizes. Expect to see me revisit this cigar at a later date. I am interested to hear your thoughts. Please leave me a comment with your experience if you’ve tried this cigar. If I’ve missed the boat on this one, don’t hesitate to tell me because I recognize that all of our palates are different and sometimes I can still overlook the obvious.

Until next time, keep burning the best of the best. If you can’t smoke more, smoke better.

-DaByrdman-

Posted in Corojo, Criollo, Dominican, Earthy, Habano, Medium-bodied, Miami Cigar, Nestor Miranda, Nicaraguan, Pepin Garcia | 2 Comments »

The People’s Review: La Aurora 107

Posted by thepeoplechamp82 on August 3, 2010

Back again with another review for all my peoples!  This week its the La Aurora 107.  I had the opportunity to try the robusto size after winning a contest so I wanted to try another size to see if it will be better so lets give it a go shall we?!  Here are the specs:

Vitola: Belicoso 6 1/4 x 52
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Binder: Dominican
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Strength: medium/full


Construction & Pre-light

Inspecting the cigar I find a couple prominent veins on the wrapper but they shouldnt pose any burn issues.  There are no soft spots and the tobacco is evenly packed so there should be no tunneling issues.  There’s a nice cedar and sweet aroma and the cold draw produces a sweet flavor with some bite so lets light it up!!

First third

This cigar starts off with a nice mixture of sweetness with cedar and pepper.  Theres a nice tingle on the retrohale and on the lips.  Very bold and full flavors going on right now.  Also, the finish is nice and creamy like a chocolate milkshake…extremely enjoyable!  The burn is razor sharp and even with a solid greyish ash.  The strength is definitely medium-to-full more on the full side.  Its pairing well with this Antica Napa Valley 06 Cab that im drinking.  Starting to get a nice hint of walnuts mixed in.  BTW I’m sitting here listening to The Bachelorette with a cat staring at me (no I’m not at home just so you know!)  So far, this is a very tasty cigar!  Guillermo Leon has so far made a gem so lets continue on!!

Halfway Point

Moving on to the halfway point and the spice has faded away giving way to the sweetness and walnuts with a cedar finish.  Still working with a solid ash, a great burn and a great color on the ash.  Definitely a full-bodied cigar as im getting a nice nic buzz!  The flavors continue to be simple, bold & enjoyable.  The wine is gellin together with the cigar…are you gellin?!  Great draw producing a lot of smoke.  Really getting a nice creamy flavor mixed in with the finish being a mix of walnuts and cedar.  I am really digging this cigar so lets see how it finishes!!

Finish Line

Basically the finish kinda mirrors the beginning: nice cedar, creamy, nutty flavors with a nice clean and smooth finish.  A touch of spice creeps in on the retrohale; nice sweetness continuing as well.  Construction is very consistent and solid…never had a bad burn or flaky ash.  Good buzz yet the strength does not overpower you.  Overall a very good cigar!!!

VERDICT: EPIC WIN!!! The robusto was good and this size is even better!  I personally cant wait for the corona size to hit the market!!

Thats all for this review…stay tuned for the next review and remember to keep smoking good cigars and let the smoke take you away!!

-DC’s People’s Champ

Posted in Cigars, Dominican, Full, Medium, Nicaraguan | Tagged: , , | 8 Comments »