Oasis

I am a Baltimore City Native with a Love and Passion for smoking cigars . I am also intrigued by the History, Lifestyle and Culture associated with cigar smoking. I have worked as a retail tobacconist for 2yrs. and I've been smoking cigars since 2013 but not seriously or correctly for that matter until 2015 after being schooled by a good BOTL of mine. I still consider myself a student to the game even though I teach people about cigars regularly and for some time even, professionally. With that being said, I do not consider myself a know it all nor do I call myself an Aficionado (besides an occasional Instagram hashtag, LOL). I'm just a guy who loves everything about cigars and sometimes, I have an opinion. I'm here to be a part of something special, to learn, to possibly teach and to share some memorable experiences with you all. Cheers and Salute!!!

Cigar Review | Protocol Nightstick


” We wanted to follow up the extraordinarily successful Protocol K9 with something special for the Cigar Dojo community! We wanted the Dojo Nation to have a very memorable cigar experience, so we blended this beauty especially with them in mind! I hope you guys enjoy the Night Stick as much as we do; We actually love it and am sad that it will not be a regular-production cigar. I made myself a few extra because I know they are going to sell out fast!

– Juan Cancel, co-owner of Cubariqueno Cigar Co
A  med dark brown wrapper with a slight sheen on this  6 1/2 x 54 Toro Gordo. A show band with a hand seemingly waiving a nightstick towards you.

Cigar Dojo enthusiasts and stick connoisseurs alike swarmed and claimed all 500 Limited Edition bundles of 10 from Famous Smoke Shop. Both online and at an in -store release party.

Priced at $89.99 per 10ct bundle, the Protocol Nightstcick is comprised of an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper. The 6 1/2 x 54 Toro Gordo boasts both binder and fillers fron Nicaragua, including fillers from Condega and Jalapa. The Nightstick was manufactured at the La Zona factory in Nicaragua.


The Pre-Light

On Point is exactly how this cigar hits the eye. It is very inviting and makes you want to smoke it immediately. My patience was certainly tested early on, as I really wanted to see what the hype was all about. I tend to let any newer cigar rest awhile before lighting up as a rule. But, I had also heard from a few folks that the cigar needed a little time. Needless to say, I also had a few people rave about it. The quintessential yet cliche, “One person’s trash” ideal was ultra present in this case. The good part of course, is that I get to find out for my damn self!

Packed well and firm with a slight spring to it, this officer’s club is triple capped with tiny veinage along the wrapper. Is veinage an actual word? If not, you gon learn today! on the wrapper I’m getting an almost sour musk and faint leather. the foot is blessing me with chocolate, a raisin or fig like nuance and cardboard. Honestly, the cold draw is lack luster and not providing any real previews to the ProDojo Show. A generic baccy and that same cardboard from the aroma test are all that I can detect.

Packed well and firm with a slight spring to it, this officer's club is triple capped with tiny veinage along the wrapper.

First Third | Walking The Beat

Initial puffs from the Protocol NightStick were earthy and mineral driven with a hint of bitter cocoa. Already, I’m getting the impression that this cigar is carrying youth but has potential if the contents are allowed time to blend and marry. However, we are only a few puffs in so before I jump on the bandwagon, let’s see what comes.

It started slow but midway thru the first third, the spice picked up bringing the flavor along with it. There was a nice combination of caramel and raisin, parallel to a generic leather (pleather). The potent spice was a cinnamon and black pepper tandem coated with a touch of brown sugar.

This 6 1/2 x 54 Toro Gordo , boasting it's original band with a hand holding a nightstick is burning seamlessly for the first few puffs.

“Damn, Damn, Damn!” My 5 to 7 minute flavor explosion was short lived by burn and draw issues. The cigar kept dying on me and the burn/mascara line suffered right along with it. As I sit and pray for a revival, the room is filling with aromas of charred oak and leather.

Second Third | Ping Pong Smoke

Starting off with the coining of a new phrase: “Ping Pong Smoke”, the flavors of the Nightstick are going back and forth. Although this isn’t a new occurrence, this is the first time I named it. LOL! Basically, on one puff, I want to throw the cigar across the room into a wall. On other puffs, I want to rub the cigar against my chest and talk dirty to it. Actual flavors are consistent with the 1st third when they are on the good side of the ping pong table. At this point, it’s less of me talking dirty to it and more of the cigar just doing me dirty.

Ther burnline and flavors took a major hit as the cigar progressed. The ash was flaky from constant re-lighting.

I’m reassured of my original assessment and in agreement with a few of my fellow smokers that this collab definitely needs a moment to get right. It might even be really good by my next birthday. Ughh! It went out completely by the half way point after fighting with it and numerous re-lights.

Final Third | Go With Your Gut

Ther burnline and flavors took a major hit as the cigar progressed. The ash was flaky from constant re-lighting.

Lesson of the day is to trust your instincts. It got you this far in life. I literally re-lit this Nightstick at least 8 times. In any other case I would have tossed this cigar along time ago, but for the sake of this review, I kept fighting. Of course, the constant relighting, puffing and correcting destroyed any chance of getting back to the tasteful yet brief moment in the first third. And although the cigar isn’t getting ample time to heat up it is a complete sponge at this point. So soft to be exact that my fingers are imprinted in the cigar itself.

 Although the cigar isn't getting ample time to heat up it is a complete sponge at this point.  So soft to be exact that my fingers are imprinted in the cigar itself.

The closing flavors are wood and pepper balanced out by sheer frustration and disappointment. For the record this was my first experience with protocol and I have 2 more of these for later review, which I’m hoping and assuming will be better experiences. I try not to judge cigars on the first attempt but I also like to share my initial experiences with the Family.

Since my bout with the ProDojo collab, I was blessed with a regular production Protocol and I was very impressed and satisfied. This negative experience will not tarnish the image of either company in my eyes. Hell, I’m not even mad at the cigar because I will certainly be smoking it again once I feel it has had a decent amount of time in the humidor. I’m no expert or Cervantes, but my thought is that this NOT a blend issue but a time thing.

Thank you again for taking the time and sharing this experience with me. As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback. Stay smoking and keep trying new things. Don’t be afraid to wander outside of your usual lane and be willing to give cigars that didn’t move you a second chance. There are many variables at play when it comes to what you can and cannot taste. On that note, I say Cheers and Salute to my Family of the Leaf!

Cigar Review | Aireyys “African Roots”

The words luxury, class, dapper and sophistication are a few that come to mind when talking about Mike Edwards and the Aireyys brand. The terms strong, determined, driven, hustle and Champion have been added to my description of what I see in this Brother today.

Some of us know Mike as the man behind the first Black owned cigar company in the UK. Many of us know him as the triumphant athlete posing with his cigar after being selected to rep Nigeria in the commonwealth games in Australia. Personally, I have a more simple memory of Mike. As a member of a huge Bearded Brotherhood and community (BeardedVillains), I remember getting messages from his company regarding beard oils and grooming products.

Fast forward to now and this Brother strikes me as more of a Global Ambassador. He is a fine example of how Beardos and Black Men are changing perceptions in different arenas.

A milk chocolate colored cigar with the Aireyys horseshoe logo on the light metallic copper colored band. Paired with some bourbon and chocolate pomegranates.

Today’s arena involves cigars and the craze of the “Monthly Subscrption Box.” Mike has partnered up with Brian from Privada Cigar Club to bring his exclusive UK stogies to the special members of this club. Let’s get into this experience I had with the “African Roots”. This is one of three cigars being offered from Aireyys.

A milk chocolate colored cigar with the Aireyys horseshoe logo on the light metallic copper colored band. Paired with some bourbon and chocolate pomegranates.

Pre-Light

The Roots has a rustic appeal visually. It is adorned with a light milk chocolate colored African Cameroon wrapper. There is a slight sheen and there are visible veins and seams. I cannot find the seam(s) in the rugged crown at the head of this cigar. There is a small crater in the foot with some leaf stem protruding, creating a sharp prickly texture.

I’m getting light tobacco and a good dose of a sweet musky aroma on the wrapper and foot. Also, on the foot, there is some wood, chocolate and a cross between bran muffin and bran cereal. Sorta like raisin bran without the raisins.

On the cold draw i got dry woodiness, oat cereal, hay and a very very light roast coffee.

First Third | Bran Muffins are Healthy?

A milk chocolate colored cigar with the Aireyys horseshoe logo on the light metallic copper colored band. Paired with some bourbon and chocolate pomegranates.

The initial puffs are very smooth and nutty with little blasts of that pencil shaving mineral character that plays with my nerves in many cigars. There is a trait in this cigar that has extended from the cold draw and I’m happy about it. Bran Muffin! My mind is like, “Yeah, it’s a muffin…but it’s a nutritionally packed muffin!” The smoke is smooth and thick with a heavy richness to it, even though this is mild experience so far. Also, the not so noticeable spice is like a secret stowaway on this ride. Through the nose, I can literally taste dirt and that is NOT an unwelcome earthiness.

The flavors are significantly muted towards the middle of the first third. Nothing is really standing out, which is a bummer considering how we started. I have been having some issues with the burn line and the rate of combustion. Nutty mineral is all that’s going on at this point.

Second Third | Searching for my Roots

A milk chocolate colored cigar with the Aireyys horseshoe logo on the light metallic copper colored band. Paired with some bourbon and chocolate pomegranates.

Although my ash was a bit flaky, it held on until right before the end of the first third. Unfortunately, I’m still not getting any real flavor transitions. The cigar is still very minerally and almost metallic at this point. I’m not getting the nuttiness anymore and I almost feel like my little battle with the pufferation rate could be a factor. The only other nuance fighting to be relevant is that bran muffin that i was starting to savor. But, it is being trumped by soil and metal. Ugh!!!

Alas, a little further into the third I was greeted by some citrus and toasted bread. However, its no match for the flavors that have been running the show. We still have thick clouds and a minimal amount of spice in the background. The ash and burn line haven’t been perfect but they require no corrective action. I have been looking for some sweetness to balance out the earthy mineral dominance but its only in the retro and at a peek-a-boo pace.

Final Third | Victory Lap or Nah?

A milk chocolate colored cigar with the Aireyys horseshoe logo on the light metallic copper colored band. Paired with some bourbon and chocolate pomegranates.

OK honestly, I almost didn’t make it to the final lap with the African Roots. The dancing around of citrus and the introduction of some light cream and burnt caramel kept me optimistic. Even with the consistently pleasant aroma, the toasty bread really needed an assist to coincide with with the sharp metallic earthy notes that have been dominating.

I can almost promise that this cigar will be a hit with some smokers in my circle but I can say respectfully, it wasn’t my jam. Especially at around $15 a stick. With the struggles to get the flavors I thought would move me, I will say this cigar ended on a higher note than predicted. Closing notes include warm toasty bread, white pepper, overpowering metallic mineral, a slight cream and some nuttiness. These are all obviously flavors that can work if balanced properly. With that being said, I have another that I’ll try a little later on. It’ll be paired properly with a good coffee on the redo.

Thanks again guys for taking the time to share my experience with the Aireyys “African Roots”. Although this wasn’t my favorite cigar, it’s one that I am proud of on many levels. Cheers to Brian “Privada” and Mike Edwards for bringing this level of dopeness to smokers worldwide!!!

Cigar Review | Padilla Finest Hour Maduro

“…Padilla told me The Finest Hour is just that. Each cigar is a celebration and for those of us who love cigars, it is in fact our finest hour when we smoke.” -Brian, Privada Cigar Club

This week’s offering is a cigar that was featured in my monthly Privada Cigar Club box. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present The Finest Hour Maduro from Ernesto Padilla. I like to consider myself an adventurer and hunter when it comes to cigars. Therefore, I knew Privada was the perfect fit for me. The cigars are already well aged for the most part. Also, the cigars are rare, hard to find or club exclusives that only the members can get a hold of. And, the price is RIGHT!!!

This cigar is adorned with a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Oscuro wrapper with fully aged Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers. Let’s get into it.

Pre Light Inspection

As mentioned, The Finest Hour has a deep dark brown colored wrapper with a rustic appeal to it. The seams are very noticeable and there are tiny veins all over. Funny to me, was the weirdly oblong and lumpy cap on this cigar. I’m pretty sure it probably just this stick.

On the wrapper, I got aromas of wood, soil and ink. The foot smells of powdered chocolate, roasted coffee, earth, toast and mineral. I got almost nothing on the cold draw but dry hay. The cigar is firm with a slight bounce.

First Third | Let’s Smoke

The cigar lit very easily. It started with a dry woody and minerally anchor with black pepper and a subtle raisin and ink flavor that I detected in the cold draw. As I get into it, there’s a barely sweet tobacco parallel to that pencil shaving mineral flavor that I usually can’t stand. Right now it is tolerable but, we shall see. Billowing smoke is present from both the foot and head of the cigar after each puff. Cocoa powder and roast coffee are present in the retrohale. Also, there is that slight fruity molasses in the nose.

Technically, these flavors would be a hit in any cigar. However, the not so super enjoyable pencil and dry wood flavors are running the show. The raisin, molasses, cocoa and coffee nuances are not yet at an impressive level.

Second Third | The Finest Third

“My god, the dead has arisen!” Rich meaty earth and that dried fruit have taken over and I couldn’t be happier. the molasses is also creeping around, leading me to believe that The Finest Hour translates to “Second Third” in Padillan. LOL. I’ve got a substantial but enjoyable white and red pepper zing dominating my olfactory zone. Meanwhile, there’s a very very light brown sugar on the finish but a more prominent black pepper and cinnamon lingering on the tongue after each hit. This is certainly the Finest Third!

Final Third | Sigh!

I really thought we were headed to bliss but we’ve actually reverted back to the first third. No matter how hard I try, the cigar is either burning too hot or dying out. As a result, I’m puffing excessively causing the already lack luster flavors to be accompanied by bitterness and tongue bite. I think its fair to add that this might not be an issue in another sample. That goes for any cigar when you have issues with the burn or draw. With that being said, I would certainly try this cigar again.

Well family, we know they can’t all be tear da roof off experiences when it comes to cigar smoking. The experience is always worth it though. I can guarantee to you many of my fellow Privada Cigar Club Brothers and Sisters fell in love with this cigar. That’s the beauty of diversity and cigars. And, I appreciate hearing about others experiences, good and bad.

I recommend any of you guys that share that cigar bounty hunter spirit to look into joining this monthly cigar club. Brian is very accessible and he grinds hard for the club, hunting and tracking down gems and exclusive collaborations.

I appreciate you guys stopping by and taking the time to share this experience with me. Please don’t hesitate to leave comments, thoughts and opinions. Also, feel free to share with friends, family and all of our FOTL!!

CHEERS & SALUTE

Cigar Review | Viva La Vida Robusto

As you guys may have already figured by now, I like to do reviews on cigars that could be considered “Under the radar”, or “Quiet riots.” As a result, you may be privy to read about something you may have not otherwise been exposed to. But in this case, if you haven’t seen or heard of this cigar in your chat groups, trips to the local lounge or on numerous IG stories, then you’re probably living La Vida Hermit! LOL

This cigar is a collaboration from Artesano Del Tobacco and AJ Fernandez, who I have to say is one of my favorite Master craftsman across the board. The guy is sheer genius and he doesn’t break our pockets trying to experience his masterpieces. With a 25yr history in the tobacco game, Artesano Del Tobacco is a small boutique company out of new York City. Formerly known as New York Cigar Inn, housing the only Cigar Aficionado lounge in the world, they changed their name before reaching out to AJ to create the “Live The Life” cigar.

  • APPEARANCE – The cigar is dark brown with a reddish hue to it. There isn’t a seam in sight and there are tiny vascular vein patterns with one or two slightly more visible veins. The rugged single cap is the only non perfect component of this cigars build and I like it.
  • AROMAS – The wrapper smells like puppy fur, wood and Autumn leaves. No BS, Autumn leaves!!! From the foot I’m getting wood, chocolate and chalk. Oddly, the aroma coming from the cap is a more intense smell of musky earth

First Third | Fiesta Caliente

I was power blasted up front with a combination of red and black pepper. There was a caramel like sweetness that came in behind it , cleaning up the mayhem. I love when spice is done correctly. I don’t mind having my mustache singed as long as the flavor is “Vida”. In the retro, I’m getting a spicy cinnamon citrus kind of flavor and that’s totally enjoyable. I can’t put my finger on the specific type, but there’s a nutty component at play in the nasal nuances. The finishing touch at the end is a rather pleasant toasty oak. I’m completely satisfied and impressed with the first third experience.

Second Third | The Hype is Justified

The toasted/charred oak is ramping up but it’s borrowing an element of sweetness from elsewhere. It’s probably clinging to the now baking spices that started as a cinnamon spice in the first third. The citrus vibe that I was experiencing is now a more darker fruity element. My nose is still tingling from the pepper spice. However, my head isn’t buzzing and the strength is not overpowering. Along with the pepper spice on the retro, I’m getting a nice rich leather attached to hints of molasses. Rounding things out at the finish and in between puffs, there is a solid aged dry tobacco. This is one of those flavors that move the spirit of any so called cigar connoisseur.

Final Third | La Vida Loca

Wow. I told myself several times that I would not use Ricky Martin song references for this cigar. However, I digress because this thing is crazy! This cigar is jumping to and fro and moving around in the most insanely flavorful way. Notes from the first third are returning and nuances from the second are morphing in and out. So basically, you could light this cigar from the front, back or middle and it would still be a hell of a party. And let’s not forget, this is only the Robusto.

In brief synopsis, this cigar finished beautifully. Still spicy yet sweet, with a woody rich tobacco core. The fruity-dark berry nuances are still dancing around my olfactory warehouse via retrohales. I pretty much smoked this Robusto down to my fingernails. Roach clip worthy for sure. LOL!

In a nutshell, all i can say is that this cigar is a must try. The hype is there, but it lives up to it in every sense. As I said earlier, I’ve only smoked the Robusto vitola. But you can be sure I will be trying all of the sizes.

I’d like to to thank you all again for taking the time to share this cigar smoking experience with me. As always, I look forward to the feedback and conversation about these experiences whether it’s in opposition or agreement. I’d also like to send a special Salute to my Barrel Burner Sisters & Brothers of the Leaf. I know you guys are HERFing heavy with the Vida this weekend.

CHEERS & SALUTE

Cigar Review | Patina Habano

Patina cigars are made at Mombacho Cigars S.A.’s Casa Favilli factory in Nicaragua. Creator and owner of the Patina brand Mo Maali, is also the National Sales Manager for the Mombacho brand. The Patina cigars are also the first time Casa Favilli used tobaccos from outside of Nicaragua.

The med plus to full Patina Habano has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian binders and fillers.

The med plus to full Patina Habano has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian binders and fillers. Also, they come packed in 16ct boxes, commemorating the number of steps on the stairway at Casa Favilli.

“When we flew down to Nicaragua to meet with the factories we had an idea of what we were looking for, but not necessarily a specific factory in mind. After we met with Mombacho, it became clear early on that ours and Mombacho’s visions and values were very similar…We wanted more than a factory that could produce us a cigar, we wanted to be a part of a family, and that sums up the relationship between Patina and Mombacho.”

This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper.

This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper. And again, I cannot find a seam here! absolutely Stunning!!!

The Aroma coming from the wrapper smells like chocolate covered socks, but socks right after you take your shoes off. To any new readers, don’t fret, these are good aromas in cigar language, LOL! The foot gives off chocolate covered nuts, wood and musky soil. The cold draw was medium firm with tones of hay, tea and wood. A far cry from the rich potent aromas on the wrapper and foot.

This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper.

First Third: How You Doin’!!!

Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m in love…I think. I’m immediately hit with a powerful yet balanced blast of spicy black pepper, sweet red pepper and woody nuttiness. I’m experiencing old leather, raisin and baking spice thru the nose on the retrohale. What an amazing start to the Patina Habano, with a perfect draw and an admirable cloud output. The smoke is not as thick as it feels but it is raging off of the foot.

Later on in the 1st third, I notice a slight metallic mineral flavor that isn’t off putting in this case because it’s balanced by the initial flavors. Also, there is a refreshing cream flavor floating around on the palate as well as the retrohale. I couldn’t have scripted a better introduction to a cigar.

I'm immediately hit with a powerful yet balanced blast of spicy black pepper, sweet red pepper and woody nuttiness. I'm experiencing old leather, raisin and baking spice thru the nose on the retrohale. What an amazing start to the Patina Habano,

Second Third: Habano Love

Just as I thought the spice factor had warn out it’s welcome, it came charging back at my palate and nostrils in the form of a black and white pepper grenade. A creamy cedar is leading the flavor parade at this point and the woody finish lingers on my tongue quite a bit. At the half way point, I start getting blessed with a hint of a dark cherry licorice like sweetness and some subtle warm baked bread nuances. I guess it’s also fair to say that the strength has reached full because I’m getting a head buzz!

A creamy cedar is leading the flavor parade at this point and the woody finish lingers on my tongue quite a bit. At the half way point, I start getting blessed with a hint of a dark cherry licorice like sweetness and some subtle warm baked bread nuances.

Final Third: Best Blind Date Ever.

Cedar, leather and cream are the contributing factors opening up the Patina Habano finale. Also, the flavor of white pepper is noticeable but not the spiciness of it. we’re at a smooth level of bonding at this point. However, I am still getting satisfying blasts of dried fruit and citrus in the nose. Before I reached nub territory, I clipped the head again to open the cigar back up a bit. I guess drooling over your cigar from sheer bliss will inevitably cause a little tar build up, LOL! This alleviated any bitterness from ruining our night together. I Put the cigar down in the ash tray for the final time with semi sweet creamy cedar coating my palate.

Cedar, leather and cream are the contributing factors opening up the Patina Habano finale. Also, the flavor of white pepper is noticeable but not the spiciness of it.

I can’t help but to reiterate how beautfully made this cigar is. It’s quite possible that I stared at it for at least 20min, admiring it’s craftsmanship. After thinking, I realize that Casa Favilli only puts out works of art, considering the Mombacho line. I’m on the verge of diving into both brands as I’ve sampled 1 from each, including this one. But, I can honestly say that I am looking forward to the experience!

I’d like to give a special S/O to my Brothers Shad Bates from Janus Tobak and Mike aka @EmojiStogies for providing all the Patina and Mombacho cigars in my humidor. I would also like to Thank you guys for taking the time to share another cigar adventure with me.

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CHEERS & SALUTE

Cigar Review | Bespoke Club Mareva: Grand Mareva

The Grand Mareva was launched by Bespoke cigars at the opening of the International Private Member cigar club in Split, Croatia. Club Mareva adopted this cigar as its “House Cigar” and the emblem on the band is the club’s logo.

I have been really diving into the Bespoke line in recent weeks and I’m quite impressed by some of their blends. Anytime the name Kelner is involved with a cigar, you have to at least be curious. With that being said, I was enthusiastic and ready to begin this journey thru the Bespoke halls of tobacco!

This particular cigar was blended by Hendrik Kelner Jr. of the world renown Kelner family of Master blenders at the KBF factory in the Dominican Republic.

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap.
  • Wrapper – Brazillian
  • Binder – Dominican
  • Filler – Aged Nicaraguan, Dominican & USA
  • Size – 5,6″ x 42

Pre Light

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

The Gran Mareva has the color of a damp wet paper bag and a curled pigtail cap. It is rustic looking with a slight sheen, some pronounced veins and a closed foot. There are aromas of soil, nuts and a mild Dominican funk coming off the wrapper. I twisted off the curly pigtail, leaving a tiny raw opening. However, the draw was wide open, even with the closed foot still intact. On that note, the cold draw gave me hay, musk and a mild sage. Also, I had that crystal crunch in my mouth that you get from certain cigars. Almost as if there were sugar crystals up in the club. LOL!

First Third|Up In The Club

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

Once I convince myself that this isn’t a Drake OVO cigar, I spark this little bad boy up. Initial flavors are toasty and dark as the closed foot burns away. It’s almost a charred thing going on. Soon after, it opens up and blossoms into floral cuts with a thumping bass consisting of some powerful cinnamon, cardamom and cracked peppercorn. The club is lit! The retro tastes like cream and rose petals sandwiched between 2 honey teddy graham crackers. There’s also a brief cameo appearance of a metallic nuttiness on the track. I think this song is called, “Wow Complex!”

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

Second Third|Up In Here, Up In Here!!!

The savory flavors of Sage, Cardamom, salted Nuts and a floral backdrop are dominating the sweet tones. However, the DJ is slowly mixing in a raisin melody, making an even more complex mix. All this partying is stirring up room notes of sweet, creamy baking spice. Who brought monkey bread up in the club!? Towards the end of this track the raisin beat started morphing into a black cherry with cedar moving to the forefront.

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

Final Third|Slow it Down

As the mood in the spot dies down and the music slows up a bit, the flavors are straight forward and to the point. There’s Honey, Charred Cedar and Dried Fruit bringing the party to a close. While the Slow Jams are playing, the texture of the smoke is smooth and you can still get subtle hints of that baking spice thru the nose. The charred wood is actually tolerable as far as taste but it leaves a bitter finish on the tongue. As a result, the lights came on and the bouncers yelled, “It’s time to go!!!”

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

All I can say at this point is that if you have not experienced any of Bespoke’s Cigars, do yourself a favor and check them out. The only gripe I have with Bespoke is that the price point on a lot of their sticks is out of my usual range. At the same time, I’m a hypocrite! Because as a cigar adventurer, if I feel the urge to try something, Im going for it regardless of price. The problem arises when I actually like the cigar. I can’t be paying that price too often Family! LOL. Again, I thank you guys for taking the time to experience this ride with me.

CHEERS & SALUTE. Until next time. – Oasis

Cigar Review | Flor y Nata Flower of Courage

I came across the Flower of Courage from the Flor y Nata brand by chance. My man Gabe from Cigar Pointe cigar shop in Texas threw these in a sampler for me. He put together one Hell of a package with some heavy hitters, and they were all sticks that I hadn’t tried yet. As a matter of fact, this was intentional because I like trying new things when it comes to smoking cigars. I knew what the majority of them were gonna be, but this Dominican Puro corona was a bonus.

Flower of Courage

Modern Tobacconist Art, the Dominican based company that created this cigar, entered the US market in 2015 after initially launching in the D.R. in 2013. After revamping the image of the brand, Joan Manuel Rodriguez gave the collection a name, comprised of two lines. The “In the Garden of Good and Evil” Collection includes a maduro line (Temptation) and a natural line (Loyalty). Each vitola has it’s own name as well. Today we’ll be talking about the corona aka The Flower of Courage from the “Loyalty” line.

The Flor y Nata "Flower of Courage" is a Dominican Puro with a Natural wrapper. It's a corona at 5.5 x 46"with a  buttery brown leather complexion.
Dominican HVA wrapper – Dominican Negrito binder – Dominican Corojo, HVA & Habano 2020 fillers

The Pre-Light

  • The color is medium brown with a buttery leather texture and sheen. There are some tiny veins and some prominent veins around the cigar. There appears to be a triple or possibly quadruple cap, depending on the angle.
  • On the wrapper I’m getting peanut butter, slight manure laced soil, oats, hay and fermented baccy
  • The cold draw is very musty and woody. That fermented baccy is showing itself here as well.
The Flor y Nata "Flower of Courage" is a Dominican Puro with a Natural wrapper. It's a corona at 5.5 x 46"with a  buttery brown leather complexion.

First Third|Let’s Get Nutty!!!

The pre-light aromas of this cigar almost guarantee that there are some intense flavors hiding inside. I take that first puff and my intuition was right on! I’m bombarded with a very rich combination. It’s sweet, spicy, nutty and peppery with a chalky nuance of cedar, if that makes any sense. Bare with me now, I am just thee Oasis and I’m giving you exactly what i am getting. For example, there is a dominating presence of flavor in the retrohale that I just can’t decipher but I’ll try anyway. It’s like a floral bouquet of roasted mixed nuts sprinkled with red and white pepper. Seriously!!! I’m honestly digging this cigar right now. I’ts a smoke for the adventurer for sure.

The Flor y Nata "Flower of Courage" is a Dominican Puro with a Natural wrapper. It's a corona at 5.5 x 46"with a  buttery brown leather complexion.

Second Third|What is this Nuance?

Getting into the 2nd third, the spice has toned down and the woodsy components are in the foreground. I failed to mention earlier that the the cigar has a medium light draw and is burning perfectly. It’s practically a dime stack minus a flake or two. Besides that, I was picking up peanut butter in the pre-light and mixed nuts in the first third. But now, I’m getting an almond and cashew combination. The smoke itself has a dry powdery texture with an almost perfumey essence, but not in a bad way. I’m sure I’ll learn what this nuance on my palate is later on in my cigar adventures, but for right now, I’m really feeling this Flor Y Nata blend!

Final Third|The Flavor Shift

As I approach the end of the “Flower”, I can say the strength has been a light medium to medium throughout. However, the flavors have shifted a bit, which adds to the complexity of this great corona. Flavors of yeast, burnt caramel and leather have joined the cedar. The remaining hints of white pepper are united with leather, clove and a mildly sweet warm bread through the nose.

The Flor y Nata "Flower of Courage" is a Dominican Puro with a Natural wrapper. It's a corona at 5.5 x 46"with a  buttery brown leather complexion.

I’m telling you guys, I used to cringe at the things reviewers would come up with to describe the flavors in cigars. As a result, I almost cheated myself from taking the time to really appreciate and capture the essence of what I was smoking. But now, especially after delving into the realms of boutique brands created by master magicians, I totally get it! Now, I’m the crazy one.

But you can’t let anyone tell you what you are experiencing in ANY capacity. Whether it be cigar tasting, some type of emotional involvement or how you view life in general. And that’s certainly not why I write these reviews. I’m simply having a conversation with my Brothers & Sisters Of The Leaf about my personal experience with a specific stogie. And hey, if you decide to try something based on my thoughts and fall in love with it, that’s just the beauty of being a part of this dope cigar community!!!

Cheers and Salute

-Oasis