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Cigar Review | Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art. For this review, I smoke the Robusto size, a 5 x 52 box-pressed cigar. It retails for $9.90. This cigar is a follow up to the original Alec Bradley Prensado which earned #1 cigar of the year from Cigar Aficionado. The blend consists of a Honduran wrapper with a Honduran and Nicaraguan double binder as well as Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers.

Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art

The cold draw offers me an oaky wine flavor. The wrapper puts off a muted earth aroma, and I smell toast out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up creaminess with black pepper. Through the nose, toast and black pepper find my sinuses. The finish hits me with bitter black pepper.

Thirty minutes in, the first third produces earth, leather, and buttery cream on the draw. Through the nose, a sweet toast takes over. Black pepper and almond are dominant on the finish. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art

The second third gets me to one hour. On the draw, black pepper blends with leather. The retro-hale offers up a pleasant cinnamon and toast combo. A lingering finish of black pepper and char complements black licorice. Strength and body remain the same.

An hour and a half in, the cigar winds down to an end. The draw offers no changes on this third, while I taste floral earth with a spicy cinnamon on the retro. Coming through on the finish is black pepper with earth and the return of almond. It closes out at medium-to-full to both strength and body.

Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art

The Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art is a good cigar. I’ll leave it at the word good. It’s got some nice flavors and moderate complexity. Burn and smoke output is spot on. It just doesn’t blow me away. It’s not bad, but it’s not mind-blowing, either. It’s worth a try, but I personally prefer the original Prensado at least when it smokes well – I’ve had a few of those that just weren’t the same level of quality as most. Give this Lost Art a try before you commit to a box.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | MBombay Gaaja

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new MBombay Gaaja. This 6×54 box-pressed stick features a very smooth Ecuadorian Hybrid wrapper on top of an Ecuadorian binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, and Paraguay. It retails for $15.50.

MBombay Gaaja

The cold draw gives me dried cherry flavor. The wrapper produces a rich leather and chocolate aroma with the same out of the foot. Once lit, I find sweet cedar, white pepper, and vanilla on the draw. Through the nose, I pick up more vanilla and white pepper. The finish gives me cinnamon, additional vanilla, cedar, and toast.

The first third wraps up at thirty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up cedar with sweet almond and white pepper. Spicy gingerbread comes through the retro-hale. The finish gives me black pepper with vanilla and leather. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

MBombay Gaaja

One hour and ten minutes in, the second third wraps up. I pick up the same flavors on the draw with an added saltiness. Through the nose, there’s black pepper and cedar. The finish offers more black pepper with nutty earth. Strength and body remain the same at a steady medium.

MBombay Gaaja

The final third closes out at one hour and forty-five minutes. On the draw, I find spicy white pepper and cedar. Through the nose, I continue to get black pepper with the addition of toast. There is no change to the retro-hale. Both strength and body finish out at the medium mark.

MBombay Gaaja

The Mbombay Gaaja is a pretty good smoke. It’s expensive, but it’s got a nice amount of complexity with enjoyable flavors. Strength and body remain in the center of the road throughout making for a very approachable cigar. It’s another MBombay I recommend trying out.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Drew Estate Herrera Estelí Miami

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Drew Estate Herrera Estelí Miami. It’s a 5.75×49 stick that retails for $13. An Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua are wrapped with an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper.

Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Miami

On the cold draw, I pick up a fruity cedar. The wrapper produces a strong cologne and leather aroma, while I smell fruity leather out of the foot. Once lit, I find leather with a fruity note and sweet cedar. Through the nose, there is a hint of cinnamon with more cedar and leather. On the finish, black pepper comes through with even more leather and spicy cedar.

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. Leather and nutmeg dominate the draw. On the retro-hale, I pick up a nice sweet graham cracker. The finish gives me light red pepper blended with almond. Strength and body both settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Miami

After one hour, I see the end of the second third. On the draw, there is toast with more nutmeg. Through the nose, cinnamon makes an appearance complimented by more graham cracker. I’m treated to a hint of vanilla on the finish with additional almond that is now spicy. Strength and body both drop slightly to the medium mark.

Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Miami

The final third wisps away after an hour and a half. I find more toast on the draw with sweet earth and nutmeg. The retro-hale has no change whatsoever, but that’s not a bad thing. On the finish, I pick up black pepper and leather. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

The Drew Estate Herrera Estelí Miami is a darn good smoke. It’s a bit steep on price, but it offers some good complexity and depth with enjoyable flavors that blend well together. Construction is spot on, and I have no real complaints. It’s another win from Willy Herrera worth trying out.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I try out my first Cornelius & Anthony cigar – the Daddy Mac. It is the second cigar released by this company and a tribute to the owner’s father. It comes in with a Brazilian wrapper concealing an Ecuadorian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. For this review, I smoke the Robusto, a 5×52 stick that retails for $9.

Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac

On the cold draw, I only pick up an airy tobacco. The wrapper gives off a potent tobacco aroma with leather. Out of the foot, I smell leather and black pepper. Once lit, I pick up creamy cedar with a hint of cinnamon sweetness. Through the nose, there is a very sweet caramel and vanilla mix. On the finish, there is black pepper with creamy cedar and graham cracker.

The first third gets me to twenty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up almond with sweet toast and grassy earth. Through the nose, I find a delicious mix of spicy caramel, vanilla, and cedar. The finish is spectacular offering up white pepper on top of a “coffee with hazelnut creamer” flavor. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac

One hour in, the second third comes to a close. More almond comes through on the draw with creamy cedar. The retro-hale is delightful with more spicy caramel and a toasty earth. The finish is now very vegetal with oak and white pepper notes. Strength and body jumps slightly to the medium-to-full mark.

Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac

The final third finishes at an hour and a half. On the draw, I pick up spicy black pepper and grassy earth. The grassy earth carries through the nose alongside leather. The finish is stellar with salty pretzel on top of rich tobacco and more white pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac

The Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac is one of the best cigars I’ve smoked this year. It’s extremely complex and so delicious, you just can’t put it down. The flavors are out of this world, and construction is absolutely perfect. It’s a box-worthy cigar that I’ll smoke time and time again. Don’t miss this one!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Quema Maduro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a cigar from a brand new company. Timothy Burns, an impressive one-man operation, started Quema cigars. For this review, I smoke the Maduro in the Toro size. This 6×52 cigar offers a Brazilian Maduro wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan Criollo 98 filler. It appears to be very well rolled.

Quema Maduro

Pre-light, the wrapper gives me a barnyard and cocoa aroma with the same out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up a faint sweet and salty cocoa. Once lit, cocoa with black pepper and earth come through on the draw. Through the nose, I find more cocoa and underlying cedar. The finish gives me more cocoa with leather.

After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find a delicious mix of cocoa and buttery cream. Through the nose, I pick up citrus with a nice cedar and black pepper combo. The finish gives me distinct coffee and oak. Construction is perfect with a razor sharp burn and tight ash. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Quema Maduro

The second third finishes at one hour. I find black pepper on the draw with more cocoa and earth. On the retro-hale, I pick up toast with cocoa. The finish offers a hint of raisin with more coffee. The construction on this cigar continues to impress me, and strength and body remain consistent at the medium mark.

Quema Maduro

The final third ends at one hour and forty minutes. The draw is delicious with the return of buttery cream alongside back pepper and cocoa. Through the nose, spicy almond compliments cedar. On the finish, grass and leather come in with bold espresso. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Quema Maduro

The Quema Maduro is a fantastic cigar. It has some of the best construction I’ve seen in quite some time with a perfect burn and huge ash. There is a good level of complexity with very smooth smoke and balanced flavors. This brand has a bright future ahead of it, and I look forward to future offerings. I highly recommend this one.

Thank you to Timothy Burns for sending this in for review. I truly appreciate it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Quintero Favoritos

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a short filler Cuban cigar. The Quintano Favoritos is a 4.5×50 Robusto that’s still hand rolled but stuffed with short filler tobacco inside. It has a relatively smooth appearance and a simple label.

Quintero Favoritos

The wrapper produces a faint smoky cedar while the foot gives off the smell of damp grass and black pepper. The cold draw is snug with no flavor. Once lit, I pick up slight leather with red pepper and earth. Through the nose, there is hardly any flavor with only a little cedar. Red pepper carries over on the finish with creamy almond.

After twenty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up faint vanilla alongside red pepper and oak. Through the nose, I find slightly sweet and creamy cedar. The finish consists of cinnamon and leather. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Quintero Favoritos

The second third gets me to thirty-five minutes. The draw offers smoky almond with oak and damp earth. On the retro-hale, I find more cedar with the addition of some caramel. The finish gives me more cinnamon with the introduction of toast. Strength and body continue to sit at the medium mark.

Quintero Favoritos

The final third closes out at fifty-five minutes. On the draw, there is smoky earth with more almond and black pepper. Through the nose, I find more caramel with some toast. The finish sees the return of leather on top of black pepper. Strength and body finish out at the high end of medium.

Quintero Favoritos

The Quintero is a solid blend considering it’s made of short filler. Surprisingly, it offers a moderate amount of complexity and is overall an enjoyable stick. Being a short filler blend, you can end up with some shrapnel in your mouth. These short smokes can typically be had for $3 to $5, but in some high tax locations, I’ve seen them for as high as $16. If you get them for cheap, they’re definitely worth keeping a handful in the humidor.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | TACASA

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a brand that was entirely foreign to me until a few weeks ago. The TACASA in Toro is a 6×50 cigar made by Carlos Sanchez. It features a slightly oil Ecuadorian Habano wrapper concealing a San Andres binder and fillers from three different growing regions in Nicaragua.

TACASA

The wrapper produces an aroma of coffee and earth. Out of the foot, I smell more coffee and rich tobacco. On the cold draw, I pick up a slight salty, fruity flavor. Once lit, I pick up a buttery cream on the draw with cedar and cinnamon. The smoke is very smooth. More cinnamon comes through on the short finish alongside nutmeg and grass. The retro-hale gives me creamy cedar and coffee.

After forty minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up a delicious coffee flavor mixed with buttery cedar. Through the nose, sweet almond notes compliment a tobacco core. The finish is simple with nutmeg and a faint earth. Strength and body settle in at the mild-to-medium mark.

TACASA

One hour and fifteen minutes in, I burn through the second third. I find more coffee on the draw with the addition of grass and leather. There is no change to the retro-hale in this third. On the finish, I pick up more nutmeg alongside graphite and mushroom – something I’ve never picked up in a cigar before. Strength and body stay consistent at the mild-to-medium mark.

TACASA

The final third comes to a close at one hour and forty-five minutes. Coffee continues to come through on the draw with additional grass and some smoky cedar. Through the nose, I find more almond with a sweet toast note. On the finish, I see more nutmeg with bitterness to it as well as some leather. Strength and body finish out at the mild-to-medium mark.

TACASA

The TACASA was a pleasant surprise for me. It’s not super complex, but it does have a tasty flavor profile that I thoroughly enjoyed. There aren’t a whole lot of transitions in this smoke, but sometimes, that fits the bill. It’s certainly a consistent cigar, and for a retail price of $6, it’s one hell of a deal. I definitely recommend it.

I’d like to extend my appreciation to Rick for sending this one in. Thanks a bunch, brother!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)