Saturday, January 22, 2011

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Toro

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Toro

Size: 6" x 50 Toro with a
Connecticut Shade (Ecuador) and Nicaraguan Criollo Maduro at the head wrapper. 

Taste: Creamy, Cocoa smoke. I really enjoy this cigar every time I smoke one. This tasty blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos may over take the  Cabaiguan RX as my favorite 1st cigar of the day.

Conclusion: A smooth flavorful smoking experience all the way through.

Publishers notes: Thanks to Nolan for the quick review on this great cigar.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Jaime Garcia Petit Robusto

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Petit Robusto

Size: Short Robusto 4.5 x 50

Prelight: With an almost perfect broadleaf wrapper, the Jaime Petit has a semi-sweet tobacco flavor on the cold draw. From the foot comes a pleasant barnyard aroma.

First 1/3: Lots of smoke right off the bat, a lot of sweetness in the 1st 1/2". Typical of Connecticut Broadleaf, with a nice tight gray ash that shows off the toothiness. Medium bodied at the start with a bit of a tingle through the nose. A bit of pepper coming in as we get to the 1/3rd mark, with a very distinct cocoa taste on the back of the tounge.

Second 1/3: Very earthy and rich sweetness still dominating. Getting espresso flavor coating the tounge mixing with sweet earthiness.

Final 1/3rd: The complexion is increasingly bold, with clean flavors on the palette this cigar is practically smoking it self. Very complex when exhaling through the nose and mouth.

Finish: Amazing smoke, stayed cool through out with an impeccable burn.

Overall: One of the best 40 minute smokes ever.

Publishers note: Big thanks to Nolan for the review (and a couple of the photos), and Lucien for the camera donation to the blog! Thanks guys. -owen


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Illusione Holy Lance

Illusione Holy Lance
Size: Lancero 7.5 x 40

Construction: Good construction with only one soft spot. Small veins with good color, and a light oily sheen.
Prelight: Sweet tobacco taste on the cold draw, very little aroma.

First 1/3rd: Great draw right from the start. Already some semi-sweet chocolate. Great clouds of creamy smoke. Slight tingle through the nose. After an inch, getting clean white pepper taste on the palette.

Second 1/3rd: Sweet Tobacco and coffee notes as the first third finishes off. Bold flavors round off the second third.

Last 1/3rd: Excellent burn throughout. Hints of vanilla and Carmel.

Finish: Still rich with tobacco taste with just a kick of nicotine at the finish.


Overall: The complexity of this cigar is amazing. The burn and consistency is an eye opening comparison to some of the Lanceros I've smoked. It smoked cool with no hot spots. Medium Body but Full Flavored.

Special Thanks to Nolan Perry for the great review of the Holy Lance by Illusione!


Friday, May 28, 2010

Surprise Guest Review! David Ferreira On The Padron Executive

At the beach, or more then a mile in the sky,
a Padron Executive purchased from 
70/70 Cigars in Westport MA 
is a great choice. 
The bold earthy tones are really 
highlighted when enjoyed outdoors. 
The smooth smoke starts and finishes 
with great flavor, and was enjoyed 
right down to the end. 
Only put it out because 
I was burning my fingers.  
When looking for a smoke to take 
to the great outdoors, head to 70/70. 
Can't go wrong.
Thanks Dave for the great post!- the 70/70 Team.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Nub Maduro 460 Review

Nub Madruo 460

Size: 'Nub' 4 x 60
Construction:  Dark brown, oily, Brazilian Maduro wrapper, with a Nicaraguan filler and binder. Medium veins accompany the small to medium tooth giving it a slightly rougher touch that it looks. The Nub has a construction style all their own. Besides an unusual Vitola the Nub's all have a very hard feel. After smoking one I have come to the conclusion that they are packed  full of as much tobacco as they could fit in.
Prelight: Earth tones, such as hay, grass, leather accompany the warm cedar.

First 1/3rd: The First whack of flavor in this one is quite a nice surprise. Expecting strait earthy flavors the Nub Maduro starts out with a rich black pepper through the nose, and maintains a nice earthy background. The first third finishes rather quickly but is a very smooth creamy taste. 

Second 1/3rd: After the creamy finish of the first third your left with a sharp bittersweet chocolate.

Last 1/3rd: The last third begins with a toasty dry chocolate introduction. Darker earth notes including, leather and cedar, with still a slight black pepper background. 

Finish: The strength of the black pepper returns for one last blast, giving way to a lengthy leathery finish. 

Overall: A wonderful jam packed Maduro smoke with a couple of hints of cream and a general bittersweet chocolate taste. A couple of carefully placed wallops of black pepper, and the leathery finish help round out the Nub Maduro as an interesting smoke. All in all I'd say its about as much fun a cigar can have in 4 inches.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Nosotros Robusto Review

Illusione Nosotros Robusto

Size: Robusto 5 x 50
Construction: Silky brown Nicaraguan Corojo 99 wrapper with Nicaraguan filler and a Habano seed Connecticut binder. Fine or no tooth, smooth to the touch with a nice spicy prelight scent.

First 1/3rd: Tons of spice to start off, it definitely tingles the nasal passages. The cigar turns to a more subtle black pepper on the tongue. Mid to full body spice has subsided completely to pepper and toasty flavors, with rich coffee notes.

Second 1/3rd: Getting into the body it releases some sweet earth flavors and continues with a nice balance of pepper and dark coffee.

Last 1/3rd: Still very smooth on the palate with a hint of sweetness and a touch of creaminess.

Finish: Strength returns with a bit of a nicotine kick. Burnt sugar and molasses towards the end.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Padron 2000 Maduro Review

Padron 2000 Maduro

Size: Robusto 5 x 50
Construction: Very bold looking Nicaraguan Puro; with a small/medium rough tooth. 
Burn: The Padron 2000 Maduro burned at a nice even circular pattern, with a rough white ash. A testiment to Padron's reputation for quality control.

 First 1/3rd
Rich tobacco spice and leather come through, with an effortless draw and volumes of smoke.

 Second 1/3rd
Less spice and a deeper sweet earthiness comes through on the 2nd 1/3rd.

Final 1/3rd 
Consistent sweet earthiness and leather with a continuation of the rich spice to create a classic Padron flavor profile.

Finish: Finishes dry with diminishing earthiness and an ever present spice.

Overall: For a Robusto that will have a consistent construction, as well as consistent flavor all throughout the stick, the Padron 2000 Maduro is a nice way to get there. This is a regular smoke for me while driving, or walking the dog. Although the changes in flavor are more subtle than other Nicaraguan Puros the Padron carries you through thick and thin with rich taste for short money.