Cigar Review: Who Are You ?

Every cigar has its advocate or distractor. Cuban cigar fanciers often can see nothing wrong with any cigar from the Isle. Others are more inclined to have an open mind on cigars from all areas. I like Cuban cigars and generally find them a great smoke and highly recommend them. Still , not every cigar is a total winner. Here are my thoughts on this particular cigar, read my review and then make your own judgment. How and where I receive the cigar does not influence my way of thinking.

Brand/Name of Cigar: Romeo Y Julietta Short Churchill

Country of Origin: Cuba

Size: 55 x 51

Shape: Short Churchill

Where and When smoked: Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge, 7/8/17 Los Angeles , Ca.

Appearance/Construction:

An attractive combo of a light brown wrapper, slightly tight to the touch with a gentle oily feel. No obvious issues with veins or other defects. It’s a very clean-looking smoke with a striking cigar band.

Flavor/ Taste and Aroma:

The first third came across of a combination of bitter chocolate, coffee, earthy infusion of grass. Spice was present was not of any consequence. Medium to full, fairly smooth and consistent.

Smoking Characteristics:

There was an uneven burn during the second third and a re light. Was surprised at this as the construction looked very solid. The flavor also grew more spicy with a black pepper dominance. I started to feel the effects of the spice hit and got somewhat overwhelmed. The chocolate was still around. I should have eaten a meal before smoking this cigar.

This smoke became a juggernaut of strength and dominance as I smoked. A word to the wise: Eat something solid before you take on this blend. Prepare for a full onslaught of power. The cigar was not to blame for this. It was my lack of good judgment.  The uneven burn was an issue but not overwhelming to the cigar.

Final thoughts and the numbers:

This was a cigar of full strength and I was not thinking correctly on my prep. Keep this in mind as I would recommend this short Churchill to a hearty smoker but not to a novice. The potential to getting your ass kicked from smoking is a real possibility. Buy a couple for your humidor but eat before you undertake this blend.

Appearance/Construction:  3.8 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 3.8 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out of 5

Conclusion/Overall Impression: 3.6 out of 5

*Credit: Frank Gerechter, The Urban Fishing Pole Cigars

Cigar Review, Cigar Talk, La Palina Lancero

Time for the review. As always how and where I purchased the cigar does not influence my thoughts on the product. If this review gives you curiosity about the smoke , please try the cigar yourself.

Brand/Name of Cigar:

La Palina/Classic Lancero

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

Size: 7 x 38

Wrapper: Brazilian

Binder: Ecuadorian

Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan

Shape: Lancero

Where and when smoked: 6/4/17, Los Angeles, Ca.

Appearance/Construction: 

The lean profile of this smoke gives it a striking appearance.  Well constructed wrapper, slight oil to the touch. Small seams are visible but no defects noted.  It looks could kill this cigar might be a lethal weapon.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma:

The first third is dominated by a fruity merging of citrus, and tangerine which was very smooth and pleasant. As you puff a bit, there is also a presence of a mild pepper influence but would not call this a spicy combo. It is an interesting mix to me with enough of a complexity to keep the smoke very enjoyable.

Smoking characteristics: 

A quality burn with no discernible issues, remained cool , stayed lit and quite even. Around the 2/3’s mark the cigar had more a spice kick but that just enhanced the overall pleasure  of the experience.

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

With my new-found interest in lancero cigars, I am discovering products that probably would have been ignored. I like what La Palina is doing with their product line with a retooling of the brand, offering a lower price point and opening up the market to more consumers. Let’s see how the quality will turn out through the next several years. Can they be consistent in their product line?

Final Thoughts:  

This is a winner of a cigar and has all the aspects of a quality product. I have a sampler of La Palina cigars to taste and review and am looking forward to giving them a try.

The numbers:

Appearance/Construction: 4 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 4 out 5

Conclusion/ Overall impression:  4 out 5.

This is a very good smoke and needs to be in your humidor.

*Credit: Frank Gerechter, The Urban Fishing Pole Cigars

Cigar review: Don Jorge Cigars

Brand/Name of Cigar; Don Jorge/ Habano Barberpole

Country of Origin: Combined Domican Republic and Nicaragua

Wrapper: Maduro/Habano combined

Filler: Nicaragua

Shape: Toro

Where and when smoked: Los Angeles , Ca. 6/18/17

Appearance/Construction:

Contrasting barber pole wrapper with a dry feel, no oil present.  Earthy looking which indicates to me a limited production run. It does not give the appearance of being cranked out by the thousands each day. Carefully constructed with an eye to a solid smoke.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma:

A smooth and nutty blend with a hint of caramel that sweetens the cigar. It is smooth, no bitter taste or harshness. Creamy, very flavor oriented with a subtle taste of fruit too.

Smoking characteristics:

There is a slight unraveling of the cigar during the second third but not a big deal. It stays lit throughout the entire length with a light grey ash flowing very nicely. Burned evenly for the most part and lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is a cigar not to be rushed.

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

A dynamo of a cigar  which spotlights the unique skills of Jorge Nicholls. At the unheard of being a reasonable priced cigar, my thought is to buy hundreds of these.

Final Thoughts and the numbers:

Appearance/Construction: 3.5 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out of 5

Conclusion/Overall Impression: 4 out 5.

It is very hard to believe there are cigars of this quality at the unheard prices . This cigar is of top-tier quality.  I gave some of my cigar buddies the different blends to try for themselves and report back to me. Give them a try and enjoy.

*Credit: Frank Gerechter, The Urban Fishing Pole Cigars.

It’s A Good Day To Smoke In Los Angeles

A great way to spend my Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. The weather was in the 70’s , listening to the Red Sox on the radio and reviewing the latest blend from Avo cigars. This is what Southern California is about.

Brand/Name of Cigar: Avo/ South America Ritmo

Country of Origin: A five country blend

Wrapper: Ecuador

Binder: Mexico

Filler: Nicaragua/Peru/Brazil/Honduras/Dominican Republic

Shape: Robusto, Box Pressed

Appearance/Construction:

The box pressed cigar has an impressive profile with a semi oily feel and almost flawless construction. There were no obvious defects in the body of the cigar, slight veins showing. The 2 bands with the color scheme makes this look very chic. It all looks great.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma:

The initial flavor came across of a mix of almonds, orange peel and a mild chocolate taste. Medium body, very smooth, with no hits of spice or pepper. It was a good way to start and was looking forward to the rest of the cigar.

Smoking Characteristics:

This was all smooth from start to finish but did have a minor flaw with the burn line. Not a big issue however as it stayed lit.  The smoke was so nutty throughout I thought I was downing a jar of almonds. The grey ash was holding it’s own and I was truly enjoy this.

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

The Ritmo has entered the top ten smokes of 2017.  Medium in nature with a flavor heavily of nuts and almonds. The mild taste of orange and chocolate was a complement to the overall blend. The off the mark burn could have been from just about anything.

Final Thoughts and numbers:

Appearance/Construction: 4 out 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4.3 out of 5

Smoking Charactertistics: 3.8 out of 5

Overall : 4.2 out of 5

This release has put Avo in my humidor on a regular basis. The direction of the cigar line has been positive as they are making great  changes in the lineup of products.

*Credit: Frank Gerechter, The Urban Fishing Pole Cigars