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My Cigar Pack | August 2020 – Medium

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out my August 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 Medium profile.

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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.

Starting in September, pack options will be reduced to Mild-to-Medium and Medium-to-Full to simplify selections.

My Cigar Pack August 2020

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. Beginning in September, information cards will include a list of the cigars.

The cigars are packed inside a sealed bag with a Boveda pack to assure consistent humidity levels. The add-on for August was a sticker from The Lounge Experience.

My Cigar Pack August 2020

Included Cigars

  • Nub Habano
  • Maya Selva Flor de Selva
  • Espinosa Laranja Reserva
  • AGANORSA Leaf JFR Lunatic Torch
  • AGANORSA Leaf Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch
  • Crowned Heads La Coalición

Leftover packs can be purchased in addition via the website.

Overall

The August 2020 subscription for the medium profile is the best selection of cigars I’ve received yet. I’ve smoked every cigar included, and they’re all great. They even threw in a sixth cigar this month!

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 | El Artista Buffalo TEN

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the El Artista Buffalo TEN. This budget focused cigar comes in a 6 x 50 box-pressed format and retails for only $4.50! It features a Mexican San Andres wrapper covering a Dominican Negrito binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Nicaragua, and the USA.

El Artista Buffalo TEN

Pre-Light

Pre-light, the cold draw gives flavors of oats and wine. The wrapper produces a leather and manure aroma while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. Once lit, I taste light hay, black pepper, and cocoa. Through the nose, there is a blend of sour earth and black pepper. The finish is full of body with cocoa and earthy leather.

El Artista Buffalo TEN

First Third

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find black pepper with bitter earth and sharp cocoa. Through the nose, burnt graham cracker mixes with black pepper. The finish offers leather and oak alongside floral notes. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

El Artista Buffalo TEN

Second Third

The second third ends around one hour and fifteen minutes. Sour earth takes over the draw with more cocoa. On the retro-hale, black pepper and spicy red pepper dance through my sinuses. The finish displays grass with light cocoa and more floral notes. There is no change to strength or body.

El Artista Buffalo TEN

Final Third

The final third wraps up around two hours. On the draw, a salty cocoa attempts to cover underlying sour earth. Through the nose, pepper dominates with some added leather notes. On the finish, I pick up more cocoa and floral notes. Strength and body finish at medium-to-full.

El Artista Buffalo TEN

Overall Thoughts

The Buffalo TEN by El Artista is an okay cigar. It didn’t blow me away, but it’s not terrible, either. This cigar displays some decent flavors with a few unpleasant notes, but for $4.50, it performs better than expected. I think with some lengthy rest in the humidor, the flavors will become more refined.

Construction of the Buffalo TEN is superior to most budget smokes and even better than a lot of higher-priced cigars. Again, for $4.50, this thing performed well. If you only smoke the cream of the crop, this probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking for a decent value cigar, it’s worth a try.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

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)