Archive for July, 2008

Drew Estates Chateau Real Gran Templar

July 26, 2008

Drew Estates Chateau Real Gran Tamplar
6 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut Shade
Binder: Mexico
Filler: Nicaragua / Dominican Republic
Date: 07.23.08
Smoke Time: 65 min.

Prelight:
A very smooth light caramel colored wrapper.  There were no major veins, and a couple of small cracks near the head.  One was about 1/16” long  and was about 3/4” from the head.  The second crack seemed to have a tiny flap that had folded back, and was glued back down.  The cigar was firmly packed with no soft spots, and it was springy to the touch.  Prelight aroma had hay and floral notes with a slight sweetness.  Prelight taste was hay and black tea.  The cap seemed a bit hastily applied, and the fill was a touch loose at the head.

1/3:
The cigar started off with very mild flavors of toast and a slight grassiness.  There was also an overall creaminess that was nice.  Though mild, there was the slightest hint of black pepper spiciness just barely at the back of my palate.  Though barely noticeable at all, it gave a nice balance to the creaminess.

2/3:
The pleasant mild flavors continued.  The subtle black pepper at the start was replaced by wet cedar flavors, which went well with the other flavors from the first third.  The grassiness became drier and more hay-like.

3/3:
A very slight intensification of the flavors from the second third occurred.  The cigar moved from the mild to the mild-medium range.


Overall:
A vey pleasant mild cigar with a good array of flavors.  The creaminess had a nice evolution of complimentary flavors (spice, cedar, grass, and hay) that kept the cigar interesting.  This cigar was proof that not all mild cigars have to be flavorless and boring.  Worth a try if you are in the mood for something mild.

San Cristobal Guajiro

July 26, 2008

San Cristobal Guajiro
6-5/8 x 46
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Date: 07.21.08
Smoke Time: 89 min.

 

Prelight:
This cigar sported an absolutely beautiful chocolate-brown wrapper with a slight oily glisten.  The wrapper was flawless without major veins or blemishes.  It had a nicely applied pigtail cap, and there were no soft or hard spots.  Prelight aroma was cocoa and earthiness.  Prelight flavors were dominated by bitter chocolate with hints of cinnamon and grass.

1/3:
The cigar started immediately with a perfect draw with great smoke volume.  The flavors began as a pleasant spiciness over an earthy background.  The spiciness was not biting, but rather a subtle sensation that kind of rolled into my palate with a slow fullness.  The ash was solid and white.

2/3:
The spicy earthiness continued to develop, and there was a slight toffee-like sweetness.  The spiciness continued to be smooth, and a mild nic kick started.

3/3:
The spicy flavors have moved a little more to the forefront, and had a slight bite at my tongue and at the front of my mouth.  There were also some notes of hay in the background that developed through the last third.  The nic kick continued but did not get noticeably stronger.

Overall:
This cigar provided me with a good overall smoking experience.  The construction was spot on, and there was a pleasant evolution of complex flavors to keep me interested.  From the early notes of bitter chocolate to the earthiness and spiciness, this cigar did not disappoint.

I’m back!

July 20, 2008

So as you can see, I’m back…

In order to keep things a little more focused, I am going to concentrate on reviews and any important cigar news I come across.   Posting Cigars of the Day was getting too time consuming – plus I am in grad school and have lots of other things going on right now.

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Thanks!

berris
“MaytagMan”

Arganese CL3 Robusto

July 20, 2008

Arganese CL3 Robusto
5 x 50
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Date: 07.20.08
Smoke Time: incomplete

Prelight:
The wrapper is a nice deep-brown color with some darker mottling.  There is a visible oily sheen.  There is one significant vein from the head to about 1/3 towards the foot.  The construction is solid and even, with a couple of small bumps near the top of the band.  I won’t make any negative comments about the band on this one as it is a temporary band only.  I have seen the production bands, and they are much nicer.  Prelight aroma had a spicy overtone with subtle scents of dried cherries and hay.  Prelight taste had a soil-like earthiness and dried fruit.  There was a slight tingle on my lips and tongue already.

1/3:
It started off right away with spicy flavors at the forefront.  The interesting thing is that it was all at the front of my mouth and not anywhere deeper on my palate.  The draw was a little bit tight, but not enough to be distracting.  The ash was solid and medium gray in color.  My sample definitely needs some more age…  there was an amonia undertone to the flavor that was distracting.

2/3:
Raw strength dominates the cigar with spicy flavors that were powerful and a bit on-dimensional.  The amonia flavors were not subsiding –  they started to coem to the forefront to the point that they were objectionable.  I had to pitch the cigar at about the halfway point.

3/3:
n/a

Overall:
From my brief intro, this seems like it was all “in your face” power with no real backing flavors or complexity.  This is a pre-release version, so I wonder if regular production versions will be aged further and have a more refined profile?

Kinky Friedman “The Governeor”

July 18, 2008

Kinky Friedman “The Governor”
5-3/4 x 60
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua
Date: 07.12.08
Smoke Time: 80 minutes

Prelight:
The cigar has a nice and smooth deep-brown wrapper with no major veins or defects at all.  The cigar was springy to the touch, with no bumps or soft spots.  The prelight aroma consisted of spice, a touch of must, and toasted hay.  The prelight taste had interesting oak elements along with wet leather and a slight spiciness.

1/3:
The cigar started off immediately with a nice thick volume of smoke.  There was a pleasant spiciness mixed with a deep earthiness and cedar flavors.  There was a slight runner of about ½ inch that I had to correct as the first third progressed.

2/3:
The spiciness continued and intensified with hay flavors adding mixing with the cedar and earthiness of the first third.. The balance here is great.

3/3:
The flavors continued to develop and evolve together.  They mixed and mellowed a little bit, which made for a nice complexity.  There was also a spicy tingle that started on my lips and on the tip of my tongue.

Overall:
Let me start off by admitting that I am not a fan of ridiculously large ring gauge cigars in general.  The good news is this is probably the best 60ish ring gauge cigar that I have had.  The blend was great, and kept my interest with spiciness and a good evolution of flavors as the cigar progressed.  Of the three Kinky Friedman cigars I have tried, my order of preference is The Willie, The Texas Jewboy, and The Governor.  I am looking forward to trying the Kinkycristo and the Utopian in the future as well.  Kinky did a good job with these!

Bottom line… did I like it?