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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

Super Bowl or Super Cigar?

Heading to the Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge shortly to see the Pats hopefully win. Still not decided what cigars to bring to the event. However, here is a smoke that for many has Super Bowl winner all over it.

Brand/ Name of Cigar:

Monticristo/ #4
Country of Origin: Cuba
Size: 5.1 x 42
Wrapper: Cuban
Binder: Cuban
Filler: Cuban
Shape: Petit Corona

Where and when smoked: Long Wolf Cigar Lounge, 1/17

Appearance/ Construction:

Solid feel without any plugs, striking chocolate brown wrapper and depending on the light it has different hues. Small veins are noticeable but not really a fault.  The cigar band is simple and very classic looking.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma:

The first initial third was a smooth medium experience with a mix of pepper and earthy overtones. The description was similar to other Cuban cigars I have tasted. Experienced cigar smokers enjoy this, novices might not. Aroma is so subjective I rarely blog on this aspect but in this case, the aroma was very farm like.

Smoking Characteristics:

The burn was slow, methodical without any hot spots or large problems. However, I did notice an uneven burn in the second third of the smoke. It managed to self correct so overall, it did not cause much impact in the overall enjoyment of the cigar.

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

The Monti #4 is reputed to be the best selling Cuban cigar in it’s inventory. It has been a staple for many years and this is very understandable. For cigar smokers,  this is what is thought of when you think of Cuban cigars.  It never fails to bring satisfaction, but as a representative of a truly outstanding cigar it is not quite there. This is a lack of overall complexity which I think is the result of it’s small size, not of  any deficient quality. Otherwise this is a top line smoke.

Final Thoughts:

If this is available in your cigar world, always have them in your staple. Of course availability may hinder this but as Cuban cigars are somewhat more available, I think you can score them.

The numbers:

Appearance/ Construction: 4 out of 5
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma: 4. 2 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics : 3.5 out of 5
Conclusion/ Overall Impression: 4 out 5

*Credit: Frank “Bo” Gerechter, The Urban Fishing Pole.

Fidel Castro Dead At 90

Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary who would rule the island for nearly five decades, has died at 90.

Born in 1926 to Spanish immigrants to Cuba, Castro would become politically active as a laws student at the University of Havana in the mid-1940s and quickly became a critic of then-president Ramón Grau. In 1950, Castro co-founded a law practice for the far that ultimately provoked unsuccessful. He then planned to run for congress in the 1952 elections, but Fulgencio Batista took control of the country in a military coup and cancelled the elections.

Castro began a variety of attempts to remove Batista from power starting with lawsuits that proved fruitless before ultimately turning to the idea of overthrowing the government.

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In 1959, after nearly a decade of fighting, Castro and his MR-26-7 movement (26th of July Movement) succeeding in overthrowing the army of Batista.

Castro then started a government of his own and transitioned Cuba to a communist country. This included the seizing and nationalized of private owned businesses including all of Cuba’s tobacco industry.

In 1962, days before the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. extended its embargo to include almost all Cuban goods, cutting off Cuba’s cigars and other products from the world’s largest market.

Castro himself was a cigar smoker. The modern Cohiba brand was started in the mid-1960s as a private label for Castro himself. In 1968, Cubatabaco launched the brand to be used as diplomatic gifts and in 1982 Cohiba would be offered for sale.

In 2006, an ailing Castro relinquished powers to his brother Raúl.

Over the last decade, Raúl and President Obama have made significant strides towards dismantling many of the restrictions created by the embargo. American consumers are now able to bring back Cuban cigars they purchased abroad, commercial flights to Cuba resumed earlier this year and many of the economic restrictions on the island regarding private businesses and foreign investments have been moderately relaxed.

*Credit: Halfwheel