Beauty Is In The Eye Of The …

Several months ago I invited a friend to the Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge to have an afternoon Sunday smoke and as always there were other cigar friends at the lounge.

As the smoking session moved on, a fellow member of the Lone Wolf joined us and he brought out a very unusual looking cigar. I could not figure out what the cigar was about as it had a unique look to it.  At first its appearance  gave me the impression the cigar was truly beat up and somehow got mangled. Our friend noticed we were very curious what he was smoking and offered us one of our own to smoke.

As we discovered the cigar in question was covered by a tobacco leaf and when he removed it, there it was, a true looking cigar. As we spoke it was explained that the tobacco leaf was a way to protect the real cigar offering the same protection as a metal tube or cellophane . I wondered if this was a gimmick or had real value.

Brand/Name of Cigar: Leaf by Oscar/Connecticut

Country of Origin: Honduras

Size: 6 x 60

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade

Binder: Honduran



Shape: Toro

Where and When Smoked:

Los Angeles, CA. 8/6/17


Not your average looking cigar at the  first appearance as the stick is “protected” by a rustic looking leaf. The real goods are displayed when you unwrap the smoke.  It is light brown in appearance, with several prominent veins in view. The cigar band is very cool looking, almost becoming part of the smoke itself.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma:

The initial impression was of mild pepper, wood, cedar and orange peel. I had an image of being in a forest hanging out in a lawn chair in a very rustic setting. The first third was generally mild but with a complexity that was unexpected. It tasted very good.

Smoking Characteristics:

It burned very cool with a light grey ash, stayed lit throughout the smoke and the ash was a vision of beauty. It was pretty impressive.

It mostly burned very evenly and the second third was a bit different as some spice kicked in, mostly a stronger version of the pepper theme.

As the smoke entered the third phase, the flavor remained constant and the mix of pepper, orange peel and wood . It never gave any hint of being bitter or harsh.

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

The product was a high quality, well crafted cigar with no weak points. When you take away the unusual presentation it would still be a cigar of note.

Final Thoughts and the Numbers:

I am not sure if the protective tobacco leaf added any value to the smoke, but it was certainly a conversation starter. I would reccommend this cigar to anyone who appreciates a well designed cigar with no harsh edges and very flavorful.

Appearance/ Construction; 4 out 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4 out 5

Smoking Characteristics: 4 out of 5

Conclusion/Overall Impression: 4 out of 5

*Credit: Frank Gerechter, The Urban Fishing Pole Cigars

Roll Out The Barrel

Camacho cigars have evolved in their market and  made changes in marketing, blends and tastes. The old-time Camacho was a strong stick while well made, had limited appeal. The cigar in question today  is a somewhat new take and has been out for about 2 years. I reviewed this blend  last year but since I have had this smoke in my humidor for a spell, it’s fair to give it another shot.

Brand/ Name of Cigar: Camacho/ American Barrel Aged Master Built Series

Country of Origin: United States

Size: 6 x 50

Wrapper: American Broadleaf

Binder: American Broadleaf

Filler: American Broadleaf, Pennsylvania Broadleaf, Barrel Aged Corojo

Shape: Toro

Where and When Smoked: 7/31/17, Los Angeles

Appearance/ Construction:

This cigar looks so good, it is almost too pretty to smoke. The solid looking brown wrapper is set off by dual bands that make the wrapper look even better. Tiny veins barely visible.  Texture is smooth, oily and very studly looking.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma:

The first third was dominated by a combo of bourbon, nuts, chocolate and a slight taste of honey. Medium profile with no harshness, but not very complex either. I thought I would get some spice but it did not happen in the first third.

Smoking Characteristics:

Very even burn, light grey ash , a cool smoking cigar with no relight. Steady with a nice flow to the smoke. Took about an hour to finish.

The second third and the finish were almost identical with the tail end finally bringing in  some spice/pepper. Overall the cigar was a good choice for a Sunday afternoon but not as complex as I thought it would be.

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

No powerhouse but not a lightweight either. It was a consistent pleasure vehicle but I wanted some engine rev.

Final Thoughts and the numbers:

Maybe I was thinking about the old line Camacho when I smoked this one. Not fair perhaps but wanted some edge and did not get it. Needed more octane for the ride. You can buy this for a good smoke but don’t get too excited because it won’t happen.

Appearance/Construction: 4.2 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 3.5 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out of 5

Conclusion/Overall Impression: 3.8 out 5

*Credit: Frank Gerechter, The Urban Fishing Pole Cigars

Cigar Of The Gods

This morning I started to watch the documentary about the Grateful Dead. It’s a 3 plus hours epic about my favorite rock band. The film comes in several parts so I only viewed the first 50 minutes of so. I wanted to sit through the whole film but decided to take it in doses and needed to write this review.  Might also review the film but let’s get the dope on the cigar leaf.

Brand/Name of Cigar: La Palina/ Bronze

Country of Origin: Honduras

Size: 6.5 x 52

Wrapper: Honduras

Binder: Honduras

Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua

Shape: Toro

Where and when smoked: Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge, Los Angeles, 7/15/17


A handsome chocolate wrapper with a striking combo band. Nice soft feel and oily. Solid construction with no obvious issues or faults. Small veins are visible.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma:

Strong start with intense spice popping, flavor of heavy pepper. A nutty undertone of hazelnut and burnt orange. Pretty interesting to the palate.

Smoking Characteristics:

Smooth cool burn with a dark ash. The strong flavor of pepper is still the majority taste. Slight uneven burn at the 1/2 way point. Sometimes I wonder if burn issues are overrated. If you enjoy the smoke, should you be concerned about this?

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

This is a strong smoke with a heavy dose of spice. Its power is evident throughout. Take your time smoking this cigar with easy puffs. I could imagine getting a head rush if you power through the cigar.

Final Thoughts and the numbers:

A very good choice for most smokers who desire a full-bodied cigar. La Palina has produced a nice addition to its lineup. Make it a part of your humidor but it’s a “bad boy.”

Appearance/ Construction: 3.8 out 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 3.8 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out of 5

Conclusion: 3.8 out of 5

*Credit: Frank Gerechter, The Urban Fishing Pole Cigars

La Aurora 107: A powerful Cigar

Sitting at The Lone Wolf Lounge about to review the La Aurora 107 Toro, I got engaged in a conversation about cigar reviews. The question arose by a fellow cigar member who is a  relative newcomer to the world of cigars. He claimed that most of the reviews he has read have been “bullshit.” His point is all the descriptions of the smokes he has partaken in are not very accurate.
Language such as pepper, oak, blackberry really do tell an accurate story of what the cigar is really like. The descriptors are so vague they are not doing justice to the cigar experience. What is the difference between white pepper and black pepper?
The owner of the lounge was also involved in this discussion and commented that reviews should take into account how the cigar is indulged. Is it in a quiet lounge or with a group of friends? Is the cigar smoked with a beverage , and how the cigar was stored?
My answer was the descriptors are subjective but it gives you a base to judge it on. As for all other factors there are valid and perhaps the review should mention the surroundings of the experience.

Brand/Name of Cigar: Aurora 107 
Cigar shape: Toro
Length and Gauge: 5.5 x 5.4
Strength: Medium- full
Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Filler: Dominican
Binder: Dominican
Price: $ 7.13 a cigar , box of 21, $139. 87
Where and when smoked: Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge, Los Angeles, 3/13/17


Appearance / Construction:

Dark chocolate brown wrapper with an oily feel, Had a very clean look with no obvious faults or imperfections. The band was also pleasing to the eye with a strong presentation.

Flavor/ Taste and Aroma:

Initial blast of strong pepper. Looking for other flavors such as chocolate or nuts but if they were there, the pepper was the predominant taste. It was a powerful start, gave the cigar a strong identity. Smooth though out so the taste while strong was not overpowering or unpleasant. Very rich blend.

Smoking Characteristics:

Uneven burn. Not a game changer because of this but hopefully won’t impact the enjoyment of the smoke. Burned steady and slow, with a grey ash.

As the cigar smoked down, the ash evened itself out a bit. Stayed full bodied, smooth to the palate with good, peppery flavor. If you like a strong smoke, you will like this blend. There are no subtle notes of other flavors. You are smoking a no nonsense cigar. The draw did correct itself a bit with one relight. I believe the uneven burn was a minor blip and not a real factor in the cigar.

Conclusion/Overall impression:

The Aurora 107 Toro made a statement for a rich, smooth full bodied blend. The audience for this type of cigar is a seasoned smoker who likes to sit down for an hour or so, and be challenged in a positive way.


Here are the numbers: 
Appearance/ Construction; 3.5 out of 5
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma; 4 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 4 out 5
Conclusion/ Overall Impression: 3.8 out of 5

Final thoughts:

Fell slightly flat for a smoke which is a must have for your humidor. Might be part of my cigar mix every so often. Good price point so it that is a big factor in your cigar mind, you would consider this. Worth trying and of course make your own judgement.

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