Archive for June 7th, 2007

Padilla Miami Hybrid torpedo

June 7, 2007

(Originally reviewed and published January 2006)

Cigar:  Padilla Miami Hybrid Torpedo
Size: 6-1/8 x 52
Wrapper:  Ecuador
Binder:  Domican Republic
Filler:  Dominican Republic, Peru, Nicaragua
Source/Price: LBSS, $5.40
Date: 01-24-06
Smoke Time: 67 minutes
Beverage:  Rogue Mocha Porter

Pre-light:
  A very nice looking dark-caramel wrapper.  There were a couple of very small bumps, no other defects.  There was a slight barnyard aroma with a little floral and hay undertone.  Prelight flavor was bittersweet chocolate, raisins, and leather.   Wow, I hope this cigar smokes as well as the pre-light indicates!

1/3:
  A little spiciness on the tongue with a strong cedary flavor.  There was evidence of a slight “sour” note, but it was not overpowering.  The spiciness continued on my tongue and lips through the 1st third and a slight grassy flavor emerged.

2/3:
  The spicy bit went to the back of my palate and the grassiness turned into a wet vegetal flavor.  There was a slight leatheriness, but certainly
not enough to conteract the vegetal dominance.  At this point I was not super excited with the cigar.  Mild nic kick started.

3/3:
  The wet vegetal flavor developed into… well…. more of the wet vegetal flavor…   The spiciness returned to the tip of my tongue with a vengance.  I was hoping that it was going to get better, but things were not promising.

Pitched it at 1-1/2″…   things were just not going anywhere.  I wish to hell this cigar smoked like the prelight smelled and tasted – what a let down!!!  I have a few of the robustos and am looking forward to trying them to see how they compare…
 

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Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Prince

June 7, 2007

 (Originally reviewed and published June 2006) 

Cigar:  Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Prince
Size:  5-1/8 x 40
Country:  Cuba
Age:  1999
Source:  Mickey, ASC
Smoke time:  48 min.
Date:  06/12/06

Pre-Light:  A very nice dark wrapper with a couple of small veins.  Nice and springy to the touch.  A pleasant woody aroma with a little floral note.  After cutting with my Xikar, the prelight draw is perfect with just the right amount of resistance.  Pre-light flavor was woody/earthy with a touch of mint.

1/3:  Starts right off with a wonderful volume of thick smoke.  The flavors were woody with a deep earthiness.  This with the slight spiciness on the tongue is a great start!

2/3:  The second third really shined for me as the woody and earth flavors really intensified – the flavor was wonderful at this point.  The slight spiciness is still there at the tip of my tongue.

3/3:  With the flavors of the second third continuing, the spiciness intensified and caused a tingle on my lips and tongue.  Reluctantly let it go at 1/2 inch…

Overall a wonderful cigar with a great flavor profile.  Many thanks to Mickey for the opportunity to try it!!!   Definitely a box consideration
pending another from the series that I have to try…