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Cigar Reviews

Alec Bradley Black Market Vandal Toro

Alec Bradley Black Market Vandal Toro 1Size: 6.2 inches x 54 ring gauge

I’ve often wondered where the names of cigars come from. I know the oldest ones have their own classic stories. Those cigars were usually named for either the owner or the factory. And I’m sure some of the newer names are strictly creations of the wonder-boys in marketing. But how about when a cigar is named? Is it before or after the cigar has been blended? 

While the Alec Bradley Black Market Vandal, introduced in 2013, sounds like it was named by an imaginative ad-man, it is indeed aptly named. The image presented by the name and labeling perfectly matches the nature of the cigar, suggesting to me that it was named after it was blended. Let me give you my review as a means of explanation.

Two-thirds of this cigar is covered by a huge yellow label that reads like a police report. Beneath that label is a smaller, more traditional label. Like it or not, this type of presentation seems to be the thing now. 

The Alec Bradley Black Market Vandal is a brawny cigar. It has an oily dark brown Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper with a shadowy black patina. The leaves are uniform, with only a few small veins. It is a handsome cigar. The binder is Sumatran. 

The original Black Market cigars list the filler as a Honduran and Panamanian blend. However, the exact mix for the line extension called Vandal isn’t published.

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ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta

ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta 1Editor’s Note: Each week, our friends at Cigar Guys Radio Show, based in Atlanta, GA, do a review called ‘The Cigar of the Week’ on their radio show, which can be heard Saturday mornings on AM1230 ESPN the Fan 2 (WFOM radio) from 9AM to 11AM. That review is printed (in its entirety) here on Cigarweekly.com, usually on the Monday following its broadcast.

The Cigar Guys Radio Show Smooth Draws Pick of the Week

THE CIGAR

This week, Alan and Gary selected the ROMEO, which is a line extension from Romeo y Julieta, produced by Altadis U.S.A.

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Review: EPC Humidor No. 1 Edicion Colorado

EPC Humidor No. 1 Edicion ColoradoErnesto's Humidor No.1 Edicion Colorado

Okay... So we continue the journey with the second of a trio of cigars offered by E.P. Carrillo. The first offering, the Connecticut, was nice. But it left me wanting a little more. Next up is the Edicion Colorado.

The nuts & bolts:
Wrapper - Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder - Nicaragua
Filler - Nicaragua
Size - 6 inches x 54 ring gauge

Giving this vitola the once over, I pass it underneath my nose and get a heavy dose of barnyard hay - a somewhat heavy, decadent scent. The wrapper has a reddish hue along with a fair amount of tooth on the surface. It has a nice firm feel to it, with no soft spots and just the right amount of give when squeezed between thumb and forefinger. I decide to use a v-cut, and slice the cap cleanly. Taking a cold draw, I get a sweetness in the draw with a hint of red pepper - very promising.

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Xen by Nish Patel

Xen by Nish Patel 1.jpgEditor’s Note: Each week, our friends at Cigar Guys Radio Show, based in Atlanta, GA, do a review called ‘The Cigar of the Week’ on their radio show, which can be heard Saturday mornings on AM1230 ESPN the Fan 2 (WFOM radio) from 9AM to 11AM. That review is printed (in its entirety) here on Cigarweekly.com, usually on the Monday following its broadcast.

The Cigar Guys Radio Show Smooth Draws Pick of the Week

THE CIGAR

This week, Alan and Gary selected the Xen by Nish Patel – a Rocky Patel Premium Cigar.

BACK STORY

It would be difficult to find a cigar smoker (whether a novice or aficionado) who has not heard of Rocky Patel. After all, Rocky Patel Premium Cigars is one of the most successful cigar companies in the world. With lines like Decade, The Signature Collection, Royale, Nimmy-D and the Edge Series, Rocky Patel offers a cigar for everyone to enjoy.

Rocky Patel charged his brother, Nish Patel, to blend a cigar – with a Connecticut wrapper – that would not be a traditional mild creamy smoke, but rather one that would have more of a medium strength and body with great flavor. During the 2011 IPCPR, the Xen was released with the slogan ‘Rethink Connecticut’. The cigar featured an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper.

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La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor 1Editor’s Note: Each week, our friends at Cigar Guys Radio Show, based in Atlanta, GA, do a review called ‘The Cigar of the Week’ on their radio show, which can be heard Saturday mornings on AM1230 ESPN the Fan 2 (WFOM radio) from 9AM to 11AM. That review is printed (in its entirety) here on Cigarweekly.com, usually on the Monday following its broadcast.

THE CIGAR GUYS RADIO SHOW ‘SMOOTH DRAWS PICK OF THE WEEK’

As they’ve done each week, Alan and Gary stopped in at the Cigar Merchant of Roswell to meet with owner Scott Baily, as well as select and smoke the ‘Smooth Draws Cigar of the Week Selection’. This past week, Scott chose the La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor by Ashton Distributors, Inc.

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Plasencia Reserva Organica

Plasencia Reserva Organica 1Editor’s Note: Each week, our friends at Cigar Guys Radio Show, based in Atlanta, GA, do a review called ‘The Cigar of the Week’ on their radio show, which can be heard Saturday mornings on AM1230 ESPN the Fan 2 (WFOM radio) from 9AM to 11AM. That review is printed (in its entirety) here on Cigarweekly.com, usually on the Monday following its broadcast.

The Cigar Guys Radio Show Smooth Draws Pick of the Week

THE CIGAR

This week, Alan and Gary selected the Plasencia Reserva Organica for reviewing.

BACK STORY

The Plasencia family has been growing tobacco, and producing cigars, for five generations. The family’s roots go back to Cuba.

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A Cigar’s Tale Review IV

A Cigars Tale Review IV 1Cigar name: Percy Ray
Cigar brand: Percy Ray Cigars
Wrapper: Dark Cameroon
Binder: Jalapa, Nicaragua
Filler: Jalapa and Esteli, Nicaragua
Vitola reviewed: Toro (6 inches x 50 ring gauge)
Strength: Medium-full

Price: About $9.00

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Montecristo White Series Vintage Connecticut

Montecristo White Series Vintage Connecticut 1Editor’s Note: Each week, our friends at Cigar Guys Radio Show, based in Atlanta, GA, do a review called ‘The Cigar of the Week’ on their radio show, which can be heard Saturday mornings on AM1230 ESPN the Fan 2 (WFOM radio) from 9AM to 11AM. That review is printed (in its entirety) here on Cigarweekly.com, usually on the Monday following its broadcast.

The Cigar Guys Radio Show Smooth Draws Pick of the Week

THE CIGAR

This week, Alan  and Gary selected the Montecristo White Series Vintage Connecticut (by Altadis U.S.A.) for review.
 

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Review: E. Perez-Carrillo Limitada 2015

E.P. Carillo Limitada 2015E.P. Carrillo releases their yearly Limitada series, this of course being the 2015 edition. These are always released in one size vitola only, with this year's selection being a 6 x 54 Toro.

Fast Facts:
Wrapper - Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder - Nicaraguan
Filler - Nicaraguan
Country of Origin - Dominican Republic (Tabacalera La Alianza)

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Review: E.P. Carrillo Cabinet

Review E.P. Carrillo Cabinet 1Wrapper - Ecuadorian Corojo
Binder - Dominican
Filler - Nicaraguan
Size - 6 inches by 52 ring gauge (Toro)

This cigar is visually pleasant, sporting a medium chocolate brown wrapper and a very smooth surface with just the slightest hint of tooth. I'm catching a hint of leather at the foot as I inspect the cigar and check for any soft spots - none found. There is a nice heft and feel here. The cap clips cleanly as I apply a straight guillotine cut. Taking a cold draw, I detect a little pepper and a touch of sweetness. The draw is nice and easy with a proper amount of resistance.

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Blind Review 2016-01

Blind Review 2016 01Blind Review: MBombay Habano Churchill!

This is my first time compiling one of our blind reviews, so I hope I do OK, and that all of you can follow along.

Cigar Weekly has a tradition of doing blind reviews of new and/or boutique cigars whenever the maker asks.

Cigar Weekly's blind reviews are scored by a panel, and averaged using 7 criteria within a 50 point scale.

Criteria Max Score
Appearance /Construction 5
Burn 5
Draw 5
Aroma 5
Flavor 10
Taste/Aftertaste 10
Overall quality 10
Grand Total 50

We do not require that the maker be an advertiser, nor do we charge a fee for these reviews.

We do ask the maker to send the cigars to a central location, and provide $35 to reimburse some of the shipping charges. All cigars are de-banded and shipped to the volunteer reviewers by priority mail.

How it works: Cigar Weekly members volunteer for the task, and are asked to complete the review by smoking both samples within a two to three week window. They are requested to take copious notes, and then to enter their data into an online form. It's the 21st century, right? We used to use paper…

The results are compiled, scores tabulated, and then the article is written up for publication.

Interested in participating? Well, you need to be a member of the forums! You can register – it’s always free – at http://j.mp/cw-reg

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