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Cigar Reviews

Toraño Dominican Selection Gordo

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Size: 6 inches x 60 ring gauge

The Toraño Family Cigars factory may be better known for the cigars it makes for other labels than for its own lines. CAO, Dunhill, Gurkha and many more have had their cigars produced in the Toraño factories in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Only in the last decade has the Toraño name itself become well known.

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Diesel Unlimited D.5

Diesel Unlimited D.5

Size: 5.5 inches x 54 ring gauge

In 1975, the legendary rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd released their third album, called Nuthin' Fancy. It was (and remains) an appropriate title. When compared to the band's other releases, this album was, frankly, not outstanding. The record contained eight cuts, of which only one, Saturday Night Special, remains memorable. However, for diehard fans of southern rock and boogie, it was still pretty special. I write all of this to help me characterize the Diesel Unlimited D.5. It is a good cigar (I am not overly criticizing it), but will certainly not make anyone's Top Ten list. In short, it is nuthin' fancy.

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Gurkha Havana Legend Torpedo

Gurkha Havana Legend Torpedo

Size: 6½ inches x 53 ring gauge (Torpedo)

Many of us are familiar with the Gurkha line of cigars. Depending of which one of the thousand or so varieties we are speaking of, the cigar in question could either be ‘eh’ or ‘holy smokes’! It might be a $2 bargain bundle special or one of their 95+ rated, excellent, high-end offerings. In fact, there are so many Gurkhas (and associated lines) that one practically needs a program just to keep track of all of them.

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Punch Sucker Punch King Hit

Punch Sucker Punch King Hit

Size: 6 inches x 54 ring gauge

I've often been asked, "Why are your reviews so short?" The answer is simple. Any idea should be expressed plainly, and in as few words as possible. This isn't Penthouse Forum, and I don't see any reason for over analyzed purple prose. I'm not being paid by the word. Actually, I'm not paid at all. So I'll leave those wordy critiques for the true masters, and take care of the short, quick reviews. Today, I'm reviewing one of the cigars from Punch's new Sucker Punch line, the King Hit.

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Alec Bradley Tempus Magistri

Alec Bradley Tempus Magistri

Size: 6.5 inches x 53 ring gauge (Figurado)

When you're walking the dog or doing yard work, you smoke cheap cigars – the bargain bundle kind – and swig a cold beer. 

But when you want to unwind after a grueling week of work or celebrate a special occasion, you treat yourself to something better. That is, you choose a really special cigar, and pair it with your very favorite adult beverage. The Tempus Magistri is clearly one of the cigars you might choose.

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Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Epicure Champagne

Perdomo 10th

I've been smoking cigars for quite some time. That said, I have not smoked a ton of Perdomos. From my limited experience with the Lot 23s, I'm aware the brand is known for great construction and consistency. Therefore, I'm quite excited by the opportunity to review the Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Epicure Champagne.

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Aging Room Small Batch M356 Mezzo

Aging Room M356 Mezzo

Size: 6 inches x 54 ring gauge (Toro)

I don’t live on the leading edge of cigar culture. Oftentimes, the latest and hottest cigars don't make it to my area for a long, long time, if at all. Some of you likely have the same problem. You hear all the hype about a new release, but can't get your hands on it. Such was the case for me with this offering. 

The Small Batch M356 was the darling of the year-end ratings back in 2012, but it took me well into 2014 to find any. And Aging Room has had two more successful product launches since then – the Quattro F55 and the Haveo.

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Kings Cigars King of Kings Habano

King of Kings 1Size Reviewed: 6 inches x 64 ring gauge (soft box pressed)

When I hear the name King of Kings, I think of the obvious biblical reference as well as the sonnet Ozymandias about the great Pharaoh Ramesses (or Ramses) II, penned by the early 19th-century English romantic poet, Shelley. "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings; Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" In my view, any cigar with that name has quite a reputation to live up to.

Until fairly recently, I did not know much about Kings Cigars. However, some careful research on the Internet (along with speaking to a cigar aficionado friend) helped to enlighten me about the company. Kings Cigars is a relatively new company, which started up in 2010. It offers a line of royal-themed, handmade cigars from Esteli, Nicaragua and Santiago in the Dominican Republic. This firm seems to have quite an interesting variety of cigar lines to meet a broad spectrum of tastes.

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CAO Amazon Basin

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Size reviewed: Toro – 6" x 52 ring gauge

Some years ago, I read a book entitled The River of Doubt, by Candice Millard (2006). Millard described Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit going on a dangerous yet adventure-filled expedition to the Amazon River in 1913-14. In doing so, Theodore and Kermit survived terrible extremes and discovered a new river, which to this day is named for the famous former U.S. President.

My experience with the CAO Brazilia line has also, at times, been 'dangerous' – but always an adventure. This particular cigar (the Amazon Basin Toro) is no exception, and it reminds me of that line because of the Brazilian tobacco used.

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Hex Robusto

Hex Robusto

Size: 5 inches x 52 ring gauge (Robusto)

Most of the time, I initially learn of a new cigar online, in the journals or in the catalogs – well ahead of actually finding it at my local tobacconist. This was not the case with the Hex line of cigars. I actually found them in my local liquor store humidor not long after I had first heard of them. I was surprised to say the least. How did something like this new Hex wind up next to the Punch and Partagas? As it turns out, the makers of Hex are a group of veteran industry folk and retail insiders with chops. Distribution is not a problem for them. Neither, apparently, is their ability to make a good cigar.

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Review: The Angel's Anvil (2014) by Crowned Heads

If there is one thing my friends know about me, it's this: I have an affinity for Crowned Heads cigars.
 
AngelsAnvil-stock-picFrom the first time I smoked the Headley Grange, I was hooked. I couldn't get my hands on their smokes fast enough.
 
Crowned Heads has everything I look for in a stogie - construction and complexity as well as consistency. It's safe to say they have delivered on all three fronts - whether we're referring to the Headley Grange with its unique notes of graham-cracker, or the meatier 'Las Calaveras' that has an excellent balance of cocoa and pepper. 
 
The following review will be for one of their newer releases, the Angel's Anvil. Today is the second time I have visited this particular smoke. I think it's vital to smoke at least two of any cigar before reviewing. This is to ensure you're able to fully appreciate the flavors and nuances you may have missed the first time around. So, here we go...
 

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