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Archive for the ‘Medium’ Category


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 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 to sign up or renew your membership. That’s my PSA for the month. Back to the topic at hand.
Manugacturer-Perdomo Cigars
Wrapper-Nicaraguan Maduro
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 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.

Posted in Cigars, Corona, Full, Medium, Nicaraguan, Patriarch, Perdomo | Tagged: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Drew Estate Undercrown Robusto

Posted by dabyrdman33 on April 12, 2012


Since the Byrdcave is under construction today and I have an hour or two to spare, I figured I’d post a brief write-up on the Drew Estate Undercrown. Given my affinity for the Liga Privada and Serie Unico lines, this should fit in nicely. Here’s the skinny on the Undercrown:

Vitola: Robusto
Size: 54 x 5″
Price: $8 approx.
Packaging: 25-count boxes

Pre-light: The wrapper is dark & richly colored, toothy, with a few veins. The aroma is strong cedar from head to foot. The draw is open and ample with hints of cedar and coffee. The cigar is firmly packed with no noticeable soft spots.


First third: Exactly what I expected from this cigar, incredibly smooth yet full of flavor. Notes of dark roast coffee and a hint of cedar are predominant. The burn is extremely even and efficient as this cigar like its cousin, the Liga Privada, puts off a great amount of resting smoke. The ash is mostly white with some flecks of grey sprinkled throughout. The strength is medium while the body is more along the line of medium-full.


Second third: Just about at the halfway point and this cigar is still delivering stellar performance. The ash managed to hold on for almost half the cigar before a stiff breeze caught it and deposited it on my shirt. The strength is still what I consider medium which is deceiving considering how smooth the cigar smokes. The body is right on the cusp of being full, more for the depth of flavor than heaviness on the palate. The smoke is copious and thick coming in white clouds with a pillowy mouthfeel. The dominant flavor is still that dark coffee component but the cedary wood has now crept into the mix. The burn is incredible in that you can step away from the cigar and when you return it still smokes like it was just lit.


At the band: The burn has gotten a little wavy, thanks to the wind, but there’s no need for touch ups. Still a ton of pillowy white smoke with each puff. From experience, if you smoke this in the car, roll the windows down and open the moonroof or prepare to get smoked out. The flavor profile has continued to be dark roast coffee throughout with the cedar peeking in for brief appearances. The body is now more into the full range while the strength is still very much medium. I’m starting to notice a slight peppery tinge on my tongue but I actually find it to be inviting at this point. This cigar will probably lose its ash one more time before I put it down which is incredible to me. I do find myself ashing this cigar more when I’m in the car just to ensure that I don’t end up wearing it.


Final thoughts: The Drew Estate Undercrown is a wonderful cigar that provides a great experience for those that find the Liga Privada line to be hard to acquire. The price point is excellent for what this cigar delivers in a little over an hour of smoking time. If you’re looking for rich, consistent flavors and a quality cigar experience, then this cigar is for you. My rating according to is 96 out of 100.

Thanks again to all eight of you for making this venture worthwhile. Until next time, may all your cigars and fine spirits find their way to my cabinets.


Posted in Cigars, Medium, Nicaraguan | Tagged: , , , | 3 Comments »

The Signature: Guillermo Leon Signature Line

Posted by dabyrdman33 on November 17, 2010






When I heard from my buddy Huff (@CigarConnection) that he had the Guillermo Leon Signature Line in the shop, I had to check it out. There has been quite the buzz about this latest creation from La Aurora & Miami Cigar Company since this year’s IPCPR.  Having snagged a show sample, I definitely wanted to get a production release to see if my palate was deceiving me. Let’s just say, I was not disappointed. Read on…

Vitola: Gran Corona
Size: 47 x 6
Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Havana
Binder: Corojo & Cameroon
Filler: Dominican Republic, Peru, Nicaragua, & Brazil

Pre-light:  The construction is fairly sturdy with a nice feel when pinched slightly.  No noticeable soft spots were present and the cigar feels good in my hand.  The wrapper has a nice chocolate hue with only a few veins and is slightly oily.  The aroma is rich earthy tobacco with just a touch of barnyard hay.  Upon clipping the head with my Xikar MTX, the draw is open and ample producing a pre-light flavor of tobacco and barnyard hay.

First third:  The cigar starts off with the slight edge of peppery spice followed by a rich tobacco note and a slight sweetness on the finish reminiscent of licorice.  The strength is medium range as well as the body.  The ash is solid and grey in color holding for about an inch before falling into the bowl.  The burn is even so far.

Middle third:  The cigar is incredibly smooth at this point producing an almost creamy textured smoke that has flavors of slightly earthy yet rich tobacco, coffee, and a sweetness that meshes nicely with a faint caramel note on the finish.  The burn continues to be extremely steady and even.  The ash continues to fall about every inch or so.  The strength is still medium.  The body is medium-full as the texture of the smoke gently coats the palate.

Final third:  I am really enjoying the choreographed dance of flavors as each note has taken a turn at the forefront during the course of the cigar.  The final third has a nice toasted wood note with some spice on the retrohale and the sweet licorice bite on the end.  The burn has been stellar throughout with no touch ups or extra attention required.  The body has touched the medium-full range yet managed to remain smooth and clean on my palate.  The strength is medium and might be noticeable to a novice smoker but basically it blends right in with the experience.

Final thoughts:  Having enjoyed both the show sample and a stick right off the store shelf, both experiences had subtle differences but were equally enjoyable.  This is definitely a box-worthy cigar even at the $9 price point.  It is well worth the money!  The final burn time was 1 hour 25 minutes.  On my unofficial “official” rating scale I give it 4.8 out of 5.0.  As always I’m curious to hear your thoughts.  Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this cigar.

Until next time, happy smoking and enjoy the experience.


Posted in Cigars, Medium | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Quick Intros: “La Palina Family Series: The Alison”

Posted by dabyrdman33 on November 3, 2010







Let me say welcome back to my loyal readers and a hearty hello to my newcomers.  This week’s review is not a typical review but more of an introductory review on a cigar.  While my typical review consists of smoking between 3 to 5 cigars before passing judgement, this review is based upon a single cigar that I received at W. Curtis Draper’s Little Puff 2010.  This week’s cigar review is The Alison from the Family Series by La Palina. 

Just a quick note, this review is being performed on location at Cigar Connection in Arlington, VA. 
The La Palina brand and its history are quite a story which you can read here.  In the meantime, here’s a look at the technical specs on The Alison:

Wrapper: Ecuador/Costa Rica
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua
Size: 6 x 52
MSRP: $18-23??

From the La Palina website…”The “Alison” is dedicated to Bill’s  wife, Alison Van Metre Paley, whose support and encouragement have made  La Palina’s revival possible.”

Construction: The caramel colored wrapper has a noticeable vein or two.  The cigar is firmly packed but has some slight wrapper damage at the foot.

Pre-light draw: Upon clipping the head on this torpedo, I’m getting some sweet tobacco and a slight citrus undertone.

1st third: Upon lighting and settling in with a few puffs the noticeable flavor is slightly earthy and somewhat dry on the palate. The burn is a little off due to the wrapper crack but not grossly off. The ash is dark grey & fairly solid. Strength is mild while the body is medium. The cigar is producing a decent amount of smoke with each puff.

2nd third: The burn has evened out with no ill effects from the wrapper crack. The body and strength are now both in the medium range. The dominant flavors are dry tobacco with some earth and leather. The cigar does produce loads of smoke but so far it still hasn’t done much to resonate with my palate.  The ash managed to hold for about a half inch and now I’m merely ashing it to keep my clothes & the shop counter clean.

At the band/Final third: While the band states “Ligero”, I’m not getting much ligero flavor or strength. The strength and body are both in the medium range; however, something just seems to be missing. There’s a slight hint of pepper toward the end, but nothing really stands out.  Just as I write this, I am beginning to get a slight uptick in strength and beginning to taste the ligero. While this cigar is redeeming itself in the final two inches, my disappointment lies in the fact that “the sleeping giant” didn’t awaken until now.

Final thoughts:  If you like a cigar that builds to a crescendo, this may be your cup of tea. For me, if a cigar contains ligero, I want to know it from the beginning. Not much complexity exists in this cigar as it remained pretty consistent throughout with the emphasis being on the earth and leather. Given that this is based upon one stick, I am certainly open to giving this cigar or another La Palina vitola a shot.For the price point, I am hard pressed to give it a 5-pack recommendation, but I would give it a 4.0 out of 5.0 on my unofficial “official” scale just because of how it responded at the end.  The $18-23 price range is the real impetus behind my hesitation to try these again. I’ll leave it up to you, the readers. Leave me a comment on your La Palina experience or whether or not you think I should give it another shot.

I’m all ears…

Until next time, happy smoking,


Posted in Cigars, Medium, New Releases | Tagged: , , , | 3 Comments »