Saturday, August 18, 2012

Mini-review-Joya de Nicaragua-Antano Dark Corojo

Brand-Joya de Nicaragua
Blend-Antano Dark Corojo
Vitola-Niveladora (6x52 box press)
Paired with-Coke

I received this cigar in a bomb from a fellow Redditor. It has an oily dark wrapper, and it is firm to the touch.   I cut this cigar with my V-cutter, and was not met with any immediate tastes upon a prelight draw. Upon lighting, the stick doesn't put off too much smoke, and the draw is fairly tight. Hints of earth mingle with the spicy pepper flavours at the very start. The burn is a bit off kilter at the beginning, but I let it be, and sure enough, it evened out.

About an inch or so in, cedar overtones kicked into gear. The burn is still fairly consistent, and the smoke output has increased slightly. Throughout the next third of this cigar, the flavours did not change at all, which was a major disappointment, as I had heard some good things about it. Around 2.5 inches left of the cigar, the burn went way off on me. After I fixed the burn, the flavours took a turn for the better, as sweet cocoa notes popped up. I had been on the verge of tossing it, but I kept it for a while longer. Soon after, however, the burn started to go awry as well as the smoke began to get bitter, so I put it out.

No picture with this one because my camera decided to be derp.

Final verdict: earthy, spicy, and sweet cocoa at the end. Quite a few burn issues, tight draw, and a bitter end. Overall, not worth the money one might pay for this stick. 65/100

Friday, August 17, 2012

Liga Privada-Undercrown (Stream of Consciousness Review)

For this review (which I will be doing a normal one later on), I'll be doing more of a stream of consciousness/poetic review rather than a true structure.

The night is cooler than normal for August. I sit out on my front porch writing this as I cut my Liga Privada Undercrown (Toro) with my Craftman's Bench V-cutter. Heh, Craftman's Bench. Reminds me of the crafting  bench in Minecraft. I pick up my box of matches that has a swordfish on the side, and proceed to toast the foot. Even before lighting, this thing is starting to smoke a bit. God, I already know I'm going to end up with a smoke bomb, and the first draw on this sucker confirms it. Smoke to the left of me, smoke to the right of me, smoke in front of me, wavered and wafted. See what I did there?

The strength seems to be hovering at medium right now for me. I'll see what it does-OH GOD eye seeking smoke. Pleasant woody flavours are intertwining with slightly spicy nuances. Y'know, for being a so-called "scrap cigar", these things are actually quite good. A bit overpriced, yes. The night is beautiful, and I'm glad I can enjoy it with a cigar like this. Crickets chirping, the occasional cicada, and that stupid neighbor kid driving up and down the street in his new car. All quips aside, the Undercrown is progressing just like I thought it would: getting stronger and spicier. I retrohale, smoke billowing out my nostrils, and I'm instantly hit with dark chocolate notes. Never had that in a Crown before.

Wind is picking up just a touch. All my smoke is going to my right now. The burn is also going a little catawampus on me. Heh. I like that word. It's so Southern, y'know? You don't really hear it anywhere else. Time to break out the matches again, methinks. There we go, and ahh damn, the ash is all over the keyboard. That's a downer. Speaking of which, I really need to get my hands on some Glenlivet 18. Time to put on some tunes for this smoke. Definitely feeling some Linkin Park. One note about the band: it's pretty. No, it's not an Opus X band, but for being so simplistic, it's quite neat, with the gold and blue Liga Privada emblem and the backwards and forwards Undercrown.

About a third of the way through at this point; I am a very slow smoker. The smoke bomb effect is still there, and I'm lovin' it, ba-da-ba-ba-ba. The burn is even at this point, and the flavours are fairly constant. Doing some business while smoking; killing 2 birds with one stone. Except the cigar isn't exactly a stone to kill. Anywho, let's check the nicotine levels on this sucker. After standing up and being a little lightheaded, this is still a medium strength cigar. Getting down to the last third of this stogie, and I have to say I enjoyed it. Let's see what it does with the last 2 inches. Gradually getting stronger, and spicier as well. Think it's time to get rid of this one.

*le toss*

Thursday, August 16, 2012

La Flor Dominicana-Airbender

Brand: La Flor Dominicana
Blend: Airbender
Vitola: Valiente (6.25x60)
Paired with: IBC Root Beer
TV/Movie/Other: Reddit and Mythbusters

I bought this cigar at my local B&M, City Cigar Co. The first thing to note is that this cigar has some heft to it. It was a 60 ring gauge, and the medium tan wrapper had a couple smaller veins, but was fairly smooth overall. I cut it with my V-cutter, and then took a prelight draw. This cigar started off in a way no other cigar I've smoked has: with cocoa notes. That was an immediate boost for this smoke. After lighting, very woody tones met my palate. The burn was fairly even, and there was a good deal of smoke.

About an inch or so in, the cocoa made a slight comeback. The burn was still fairly even. The ash was a medium gray colour and a little bit flaky. A sweetness creeped into the smoke, and it was difficult to place exactly what it was. The ash on this cigar was amazing, lasting on the cigar for well over an inch and a half. The woodiness remained, and while there was not too much complexity in the smoke, it was smooth enough to let me enjoy it.

The last third of the cigar followed in the path of the first third. Cocoa note hidden amongst woody overtones; however, the burn on the last third was quite weird. It did not canoe on me, but it was very wiggly. With about an inch and a half remaining, the smoke began to get hot, and I put it out at that point.

Final verdict: medium/medium full bodied smoke, cocoa notes hidden under pronounced woody notes with a slight sweetness. Not very complex, but a nice smoke all in all. 83/100

Friday, August 10, 2012

Rocky Patel-15th Anniversary

Brand-Rocky Patel
Blend-15th Anniversary
Vitola-Robusto Box Press (5x50)
Paired with-water
TV/Movie/other-an awesome thunderstorm

I received this cigar with my new humidor. The previous owner, a Redditor like myself, had had the stick sitting in his humidor for quite a while. I left it in my humidor for about 2 weeks before I smoked it. It had a dark brown wrapper with only one vein that I could see. I lit this cigar with stick matches after cutting it with my V-cutter, and was immediately greeted by a spiciness that was not unlike Rocky Patel's low end stick, The Edge. The burn was nice and straight, which was pleasing, considering the last few cigars I've smoked have had burn issues. About half an inch in, woody overtones (oak perhaps) kicked my palate in the face, so to speak, as they were quite prominent.

After about an inch, however, the burn began to go wiggly on me. I let it alone, and it evened out. I had been sitting since light up, and when I stood up, I realized the strength of this cigar, or rather the nicotine content. It made me a little bit lightheaded. The cigar had not evolved very much since first light, which was disappointing. The wood flavours began to creep up on the spiciness, and that in and of itself had become a peppery spice, something that I do not like. The burn began to grow more and more jagged, and eventually it canoed on me. I had to fix that with a match or two. However, by this point I had about 2 inches left on the cigar, and the spiciness had returned in full force, getting stronger and stronger by the puff. I had to put it out because of this.

Final verdict-medium body cigar with lots of nicotine. Buzz factor: 6. Woody, spicy, peppery. Not much evolution throughout the cigar. Quite a few burn issues. 72/100