Posts

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