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

  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!

  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.

  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.

  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…

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…