Week in Review (Volume 3, Issue 10)
What an awesome week of smoking great cigars, and reviewing some terrific ones as well. Enough of the introductions, let’s get to it!
Cigars Reviewed This Week:
March 16th, 2015: La Colmena Amado No. 36 by Warped Cigars March 17th, 2015: Partagás Selección Privada Edición Limitada (2014) March 18th, 2015: 1502 Nicaragua Robusto March 20th, 2015: AVO Heritage Robusto March 21st, 2015: Montecristo Churchills Añejados
Cigars Smoked This Week:
I began last week by smoking a two year of Tatuaje Regios Reserva. The cigar has been aging quite well, and the construction is out of this world. You really got some great aged flavors with the cigar, and it was a classic example of Pete’s excellent work with Connecticut Broadleaf. I would not say I hate the wrapper, but it is definitely a wrapper that a lot of manufacturers and brand owners struggle in using correctly. In fact, I am not a fan of the Broadleaf releases coming out of the same factory with the Garcia name, and I think that is because they try and do much with the wrapper. Overall, it is showing some nice oak, cocoa, coffee, and leather notes, and it has a nice soft earthiness which I can get behind.
I came back to La Barba Purple Toro this past week, and that is simply a solid release. It really shows the skills of the Ventura Factory, and some wonderful qualities of Dominican tobacco also. I think there is a rebirth of the Dominican Republic going on right now, and I think a part of that excitement stems from Caldwell, Bellatto, and the Ventura Factory. La Barba Purple has a nice balance of leather, wood, caramel, and spices, and it is a blend that I find is perfect for the Spring and Summer, and it is an afternoon blend with that. I have only hear positive things about this blend, and there is a reason for that. It is truly balanced, and appealing to all levels of smokers.
Moving along, I smoked the Davidoff Maduro T this week, and all I can is wow! This is simply a fantastic maduro, and probably one of the best on the market. It manages to keep a low profile, don’t ask me how, and it is one of my favorite Davidoff smokes. It is easily the best Nicaraguan Maduro on the market, and it is quite hysterical to me that a Nicaraguan company has yet to release a Nicaraguan maduro like this with tobacco from their own country. The cigar has a great richness to it, but there is a spiciness as well, and it has a nice bit of balance with additional flavors. Simply an amazing cigar, I don’t even know why I have not reviewed it yet. Review Coming Soon. I smoked the new vitola in the Flor del Valle line by Warped Cigars, Las Brumas, and it is a great Rothschild. Las Brumas can be translated as The Mist, and the cigar comes in cabinet style boxes as opposed to the dress boxes of other releases in the line. Measures 4.5″ with a 48 ring gauge, the cigar comes off as being sweet overall when compared with the robusto extra offering, but it is a great example of a Nicaraguan puro and AGANORSA tobacco. The cigar has excellent construction, and it shows some nice earthy, sweet spice, and coffee flavors on top of that. Overall, I love the size and look forward to smoking more. Review Coming Soon. Toasty, cream, soft spices, and more; those are just some of the flavors that the Buena Ventura BV 500 delivers. A hidden gem, this is a line that really received attention after Cigar Aficionado reviewed it and rated it in the Top 25 in 2013. Curivari is a company that I really respect, and they are a company that is based in Nicaragua, uses only Nicaraguan tobacco, keeps price in consideration with every release, and does not focus on the actual presentation overall but the cigar itself. In some ways this hurts the company, but once you smoke the cigars you will be thoroughly impressed with what is offered. I really dig the blend and stay in tuned as the review will be hitting this week.
Review Coming Soon.