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My Cigar Pack | July 2020 – Mild

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out my July offering from My Cigar Pack. My Cigar Pack is a monthly subscription featuring five cigars and an add on each month. Use our promo code at the bottom of this page for $10 off your first month of subscription. This month, I received the Mild profile.

My Cigar Pack Subscription

The My Cigar Pack cigars come from manufacturer curated selections and provide variety each month. Users create an online account and choose a strength profile of Mild, Medium, or Full. Included with each pack is an accessory of some sort to add value. The cost of each pack is $34.99 with free shipping.

Each monthly selection comes with color-coded label indicating the selected strength level. Included is an information card with a QR code. Once scanned, the QR code takes users to the My Cigar Pack website where each cigar selection is detailed.

The cigars are packed inside a sealed bag with a Boveda pack to assure consistent humidity levels. The add-on comes for July was a La Aurora butane lighter and a Cigar Yard sticker.

Included Cigars

  • Nestor Miranda Connecticut
  • El Artista Cimarron Connecticut Clasico
  • Cibao SE Connecticut USA
  • Caldwell Pepper Cream Soda
  • Quesada Reserva Privada Barberpole

Leftover packs can be purchased in addition via the website.

Overall

The July 2020 subscription for the Mild profile is another solid month of cigar selections. This month had the most cigars I’ve never tried which is nice to see. Variety in a monthly club provides a a lot of value, and this pack maintains bang for your buck.

You can find My Cigar Pack here. Use our discount code CUTLIGHT10 for $10 off your first pack with a subscription.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | A.C.E. Prime Luciano The Traveler

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the A.C.E. Prime Luciano The Traveler. This cigar is the crown jewel of the A.C.E. Prime (A.C.E. stands for A Cuban Experience) portfolio. It’s a nod to co-founder, Luciano Meirelles. The cigar features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper covering an Ecuadorian binder and Ecuadorian and Peruvian fillers with Pelo de Oro. It comes in at 7 x 46 and retails for $17.

A.C.E. Prime Luciano The Traveler

Pre-Light

The cold draw gives me graham cracker flavor. Pre-light, the wrapper smells of barnyard and earth, while the foot smells similar with cocoa. Once lit, the first light reveals a general toastiness. Through the nose, flavors turn to grassy toast. The finish gives me cocoa with toast and slight black pepper.

A.C.E. Prime Luciano The Traveler

First Third

Forty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up herbal cocoa with cedar. Through the nose, toast blends with a nuttiness and grassy earth. The finish hits me with hints of cocoa, floral notes, and leather. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

A.C.E. Prime Luciano The Traveler

Second Third

The second third gets me to an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw sees more cedar and light nutmeg. On the retro-hale, there is more toast with sweet and smoky nuttiness. The finish is delightful with light brown sugar, citrus, and hints of cocoa. Strength and body remain at medium-to-full.

A.C.E. Prime Luciano The Traveler

Final Third

Two hours in, the final third wisps away. I find oily leather on the draw with more cedar and added citrus. Through the nose, molasses pairs with floral notes and toast. The finish exudes spicy nutmeg with cocoa and smoky cedar. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

A.C.E. Prime Luciano The Traveler

Thoughts

The A.C.E. Prime Luciano The Traveler is a phenomenal cigar. It offers up some serious flavor with solid complexity. Everything blends together exceptionally well, and the cigar simply tastes more refined than most. Construction is top notch with a perfect burn and voluminous smoke output. Price is a little high, but the experience justifies it. I highly recommend giving this one a try.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

My Cigar Pack | June 2020 – Mild

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out my June delivery from My Cigar Pack. This monthly subscription features five cigars and an add on each month. Use our promo code at the bottom of this page for $10 off your first month of subscription. This month, I received the Mild profile.

My Cigar Pack June 2020

My Cigar Pack Subscription

The My Cigar Pack cigar selections come from manufacturer recommendations and provide variety each month. Users create an online account and choose a strength profile of Mild, Medium, or Full. Included with each pack is an accessory of some sort to add value. The cost of each pack is $34.99 with free shipping.

Each monthly pack comes in a nice box with a color-coded label indicating the selected strength level. Inside is an information card with a QR code. Once scanned, the QR code takes users to the My Cigar Pack website where each cigar selection is detaied.

The cigars themselves are packed inside a sealed bag with a Boveda pack to assure consistent humidity levels. The add-on comes loose, and my June subscription included a sticker and matches.

My Cigar Pack June 2020

Included Cigars

  • HVC San Isidro
  • Caminos TMM
  • Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut
  • Aganorsa Leaf Maduro
  • Casdagli Cabinet Selection

Leftover packs can be purchased in addition via the website.

Overall

I would say the My Cigar Pack June subscription for the Mild profile is another winner. Every single month I’ve received this subscription, there have been both cigars I’ve tried and enjoyed as well as new cigars I’ve never smoked and some I’ve never even heard of. This makes for a very satisfying variety. June was another month well worth the price tag.

You can find My Cigar Pack here. Use our discount code CUTLIGHT10 for $10 off your first pack with a subscription.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

My Cigar Pack | May 2020 – Full

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out my May delivery from My Cigar Pack. This monthly subscription features five cigars and an add on each month. Use our promo code at the bottom of this page for $10 off your first month of subscription.

My Cigar Pack May 2020

My Cigar Pack Subscription

The My Cigar Pack cigar selections come from manufacturer recommendations and provide variety each month. Users create an online account and choose a strength profile of Mild, Medium, or Full. Included with each pack is an accessory of some sort to add value. The cost of each pack is $34.99 with free shipping.

Each monthly pack comes in a nice box with a color-coded label indicating the selected strength level. Inside is an information card with a QR code. Once scanned, the QR code takes users to the My Cigar Pack website where each cigar selection is detaied.

The cigars themselves are packed inside a sealed bag with a Boveda pack to assure consistent humidity levels. The add-on – an Adventura branded double flame butane lighter this time – comes loose in the box, and my May subscription also included a Crux Cigars sticker.

My Cigar Pack May 2020

Included Cigars

  • Adventura Navigator
  • La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Crystal Tubo
  • Dapper La Madrina
  • Caldwell No Free Lunch
  • La Flor Dominicana 1994

Leftover packs can be purchased in addition via the website.

Overall

I would say the My Cigar Pack May subscription for the Full profile is my favorite month yet. These cigars are a killer lineup with some familiar favorites and new gems to try. Each pick is unique and thoughtful – my favorite part of this subscription.

You can find My Cigar Pack here. Use our discount code CUTLIGHT10 for $10 off your first pack with a subscription.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX. This cigar was made with Paul Rosenberg, president of Shady Records, to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary. It comes in one size, a 5 x 50 box-pressed Belicoso, and retails for $10.40. A Mexican San Andres wrapper adorns a Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Brazil.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

Let’s Get Started

On the cold draw, the Undercrown ShadyXX produces a raisin-dominant dried fruit flavor. The wrapper gives off a rich earthy aroma while I smell much the same out of the foot. Once lit, rich dark cocoa and black pepper appear. Through the nose, sweet cocoa is touched by a hint of black pepper. The finish exudes black pepper, leather, and earth.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

First Third

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up cocoa with black pepper and espresso. Through the nose, red pepper blends with oak. The finish gives me grassy earth and black licorice. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

Second Third

The second third ends around fifty minutes. Strong black pepper and bitter cocoa dominate the draw. On the retro-hale, sweet cocoa is tamed but present along with vanilla. There is more black licorice on the finish with leather and grassy earth. Strength and body remain consistent at medium-to-full.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

Final Third

An hour and twenty minutes in, the final third sees the end. On the draw, I get more black pepper and cocoa. Through the nose, sweet cocoa and vanilla are topped off with additional black pepper. The finish hits me with more black licorice and even bolder black pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

Overall Thoughts

The Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX is a solid cigar. It produces a lot of bold, dark flavors that work well together with a decent amount of complexity. Aside from a brief wavy burn and required touch-up in the final third, construction was on point with huge plumes of smoke.

Price is competitive with other cigars on the market, and I would say this is one of the best blends currently in the Drew Estate portfolio. These cigars are a limited production, so they’re a bit hard to come by. I recommend giving the Undercrown ShadyXX a try if you can find it!

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I do a full review of my #1 cigar of 2019, the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552. This beefy 5 x 52 Robusto retails for $10.75 and features a Connecticut Broadleaf No. 1 Dark Corona wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Pre-Light

On the cold draw I taste bitter, damp fruit notes. The wrapper produces a rich musty molasses aroma while the foot smells similar. Once lit, I pick up toast and molasses. Through the nose, toast blends with sweet cinnamon and brown sugar. The finish consists of cocoa and coffee.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

First Third

Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up coffee with brown sugar and smoked almond. Through the nose, I find light cinnamon and oak notes. The finish hits me with rich molasses and deeper coffee alongside light black pepper. Strength is a steady medium while body is very full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Second Third

The second third wraps up at one hour. The smoke off of this Mi Querida Triqui Traca is extremely thick and chewy. The draw continues to give me coffee with molasses and underlying tart cherry. On the retro-hale, cinnamon picks up with a delicious gingerbread note. Coffee turns to espresso on the finish with a complementing molasses and leather core. There is no change to strength or body.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Final Third

The final third wisps away at one hour and forty minutes. On the draw, black pepper and molasses dominate with occasional hints of tart cherry. There is more gingerbread through the nose with hints of cherry and orange peel. Leather comes up front on the finish with smoky oak and more coffee. Strength finishes at medium while body closes out very full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Overall Thoughts

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552 is simply a phenomenal cigar. It displays an impressive amount of complexity with flavor depth beyond most blends. Construction is spot on with a perfect draw and sharp burn. It’s certainly a finger-burner.

One of the most satisfying elements of this cigar is the density of the smoke with a rich chewiness. It’s also one of the rare cigars that provides an enormous level of flavor without being overpowering on strength. There’s a reason I named this cigar my #1 of 2019 – I can’t stop smoking these. This is one of my favorite cigars of the last decade, and you just have to try it!

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

My Cigar Pack | April 2020

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out my second delivery from My Cigar Pack. This monthly subscription features five cigars with an add on each month. Use our promo code at the bottom of this page for $10 off your first month of subscription.

Subscription Details

The My Cigar Pack cigar selections come from manufacturer recommendations each month. Users create an online account and choose a strength profile of mild-to-medium, medium, or medium-to-full. Included with each pack is an accessory or add-on of some sort to increase value. The cost of each pack is $34.99 with free shipping.

My Cigar Pack April 2020

Each monthly pack comes in a nice box with a color-coded label indicating the selected strength level. Inside is an information card with a QR code. Once scanned, the QR code takes users to the My Cigar Pack website where each cigar selection can be viewed in detail.

My Cigar Pack April 2020

The cigars themselves are packed inside a sealed bag with a Boveda pack to assure consistent humidity levels. The add-on comes loose in the box – this time, it is a sample of Kimera Koffee which I’m especially excited to try.

The Cigars

Included in my April pack were the following cigars:

My Cigar Pack April 2020
  • Crowned Heads Four Kicks Maduro
  • AJ Fernandez New World Puro Especial
  • Fratello Oro
  • Maya Selva Cumpay
  • Villiger San’Doro Claro

Leftover packs can be purchased in addition via the website.

Overall

The My Cigar Pack April subscription for the mild-to-medium profile is another winner. Two of the cigars I’ve smoked and enjoyed previously while three were new to me. I appreciate these packs don’t simply send run-of-the-mill cigars. The value of the pack again exceeds the subscription cost, and this month once more has my recommendation.

You can find My Cigar Pack here. Use our discount code CUTLIGHT10 for $10 off your first pack with a subscription.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)