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Cigar Review | Sawtelle Inkwell

It’s Stog o’Clock once more, and this time, I check out the Sawtelle Inkwell. This 6.5×52 Torpedo features a very sharp box press and a simple, classy label with a hand-written cursive “S” on it. The blend is top secret, but I’ve been able to find out that it has a Maduro wrapper and tobaccos ranging from the Dominican Republic to Nicaragua.

Sawtelle Inkwell

On the cold draw, I pick up a light sawdust flavor. The wrapper gives off an antique wood and manure aroma. The foot produces a similar smell with a fruity element. Once lit, I find toast and black pepper spice on the draw. The retro-hale offers cedar, nutmeg and earth. On the finish, there is more cedar with black pepper and cinnamon.

Twenty-five minutes in, I finish the first third. On the draw, I pick up roasted almond paired with vanilla and toast. Through the nose, there is distinct gingerbread and molasses flavor. The finish offers charred cedar with black pepper and leather. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Sawtelle Inkwell

The second third closes out at forty-five minutes. The almond flavor on the draw now comes in with a spicy note on top of nutmeg and oak. On the retro-hale, I find a simple combo of leather and citrus. The finish is dominated with nutty earthy and smoky leather. Strength and body jump up slightly to the medium-to-full mark.

Sawtelle Inkwell

The final third ends at one hour and fifteen minutes. On the draw, I find more oak on top of leather with the return of vanilla. Through the nose, there is black pepper spice and more citrus complimented by grass. The finish transforms to a wonderful blend of smoky coffee, cocoa, and vegetal hay. Strength and body close out at the medium-to-full mark.

Sawtelle Inkwell

The Sawtelle Inkwell is a delicious cigar. It has a lot going on in the flavor department, and the blend just works. Construction is good, and the only complaint I had was a little tar buildup on the head. The kicker with this smoke is its price point. The Inkwell can be had for $5-7 depending on the quantity purchased. That seals the deal and makes this cigar a true winner in my book. I highly recommend it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I take a look at a special P.G. cigar. The Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary features a Colorado Nicaraguan wrapper with aged Dominican filler and binder tobaccos. This cigar was rolled in 2006, giving it some impressive age. For this review, I smoke the Connoisseur size – a 6×52 Toro.

Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary

The wrapper gives off a distinct antique wood aroma, and the smell of fruity earth and raisin can be found out of the foot. The cold draw gives me flavors of musty leather with some moss. Once lit, I find old wood on my tongue alongside some caramel. Through the nose, I pick up a creamy earth and mild white pepper. The finish consists of black pepper with some leather and coffee.

After thirty minutes, the first third finishes out. On the draw, I find old wood with mild leather and musty grass. Through the nose, there is a light white pepper note with some fruity toast. The finish melts together with subtle caramel, creamy almond, and some vanilla. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary

One hour in, I finish the second third. The draw gives me more old wood and leather alongside some black pepper and vanilla. The retro-hale offers some mild red pepper with creamy earth. The finish is a mix of cinnamon, toast, and leather. Both the strength and body slightly bump up to a high medium.

Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary

The final third burns extremely slow and finishes at two hours. On the draw, there is sweet almond with leathery toast and spicy black pepper. Through the nose, I find some hay with a faint mint note and some citrus flavor. The finish is long with smoky caramel on top of earth and graham cracker. Strength and body finish at the medium-to-full mark.

Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary

The Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary is a wonderfully complex cigar that increases with strength as it’s smoked. The flavor profile melts together perfectly with subtle nuances of elegance. As with all P.G. cigars I’ve smoked, the 15th Anniversary is one of the smoothest smokes out there. With a hefty $15 retail price, this isn’t an everyday stick, but it makes for a nice special occasion cigar that I highly recommend.

Thanks again to Paul Garmirian Cigars for submitting this cigar for review. It is very appreciated!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series II Robusto II

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a vintage cigar. The Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series II was rolled in 1999 and has been aging ever since. For this review, I smoke the Robusto II size which is a 5×50 stick. The company’s website lists this stick as having a Connecticut shade wrapper with Dominican binder and filler tobaccos.

Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series II Robusto II

The wrapper gives off a slight nutty earth aroma, while the foot produces a fruity toast smell with an oily characteristic. On the cold draw, I find faint raisin and tobacco flavors. Once lit, there is a salty peanut with some toast on the draw. Through the nose, I get very smooth nuttiness and cream. The finish has a light buttery cream flavor to it.

After twenty minutes, the first third closes out. The draw gives me creamy vanilla matched up with some subtle caramel flavor and a note of sweet cedar. Through the nose, I pick up a mix of salty peanut and mild coffee. On the finish, there is a faint black pepper spice with some buttery toast and smooth almond. Strength and body are both at the mild mark.

Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series II Robusto II

Forty-five minutes in, the second third ends. On the draw, there is a moist wood with more vanilla and a sweet, creamy earth. The retro-hale offers salty cedar with hay and grass. The finish gives me a slightly spicy toast note with more almond and a mild clove flavor. The body is up to the medium mark, while the strength is a steady mild.

Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series II Robusto II

One hour and five minutes gets me to the end of the final third. The draw is delicious with creamy cedar alongside some black pepper and roasted almond. Through the nose, I find more salty cedar with the introduction of some cinnamon and toast. The finish is a real treat with sweet caramel on top of smoky grass and very creamy coffee. There is no change to the strength or body.

Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series II Robusto II

The Gourmet Series II is a superb cigar aged to perfection. If you are a fan of powerhouse smokes, steer clear of this one, but if you can appreciate a smooth, mellow cigar with subtle nuances of elegant flavor, this is one you certainly don’t want to miss. Make no mistake, this is a very mild, medium-bodied stick, but it has tons of balanced flavor, and it’s one of the smoothest cigars I’ve ever lit up. I recommend smoking it in the morning before eating anything so you get the most out of this wonderful cigar.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Flor de las Antillas by My Father Cigar Review

Weekly Cigar Reviews

Flor de las Antillas cigars are made by Don Pepin Garcia My Father Cigars. This cigar review is for the Robusto size 5 Inches x 50 Ring Gauge that comes from a line of nine cigars ranging in sizes from a sleek Lancero 7 ½ Inches x 38 Ring Gauge to a fat Toro Grande at 6 Inches x 60 Ring Gauge. As with all of my upcoming cigar reviews, I will be reviewing the cigar with an open mind and a lot of experience. These reviews will be my opinion and even though I have been enjoying cigars for over 20 years, I still have a lot of cigars that I have not tried so this will be part of many weekly objective reviews to come.

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You may never hear the word “squircle” well, I didn’t make it up, it’s a mathematical term for a truncated circle which I think fits perfectly for this box-pressed style. The cigar has rounded edges and seems somewhat square unlike the more flatter box-pressings I have seen.

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The Review of the Flor de las Antillas by My Father Cigar.

The cigar has a satin/felt foot band which is easily removed. Upon smelling the cigar it doesn’t reveal much except a bit of tobacco and some cedary sweetness. The pre-light draw has a similar profile with some hints of spice and informs us that the draw will be fairly medium.

Getting Into The Cigar

A little bit of spice, mineral (slightly salty), earth and some sweetness and paltry hints of must on the retrohale, it has an undoubted robustness to it. The cigar starts really fast and is a bit concerning at first. Once I saw that, I realized I should slow down a bit as if the cigar warned us to take it easy for the upcoming strength.

Taking your time at the beginning allowed for mineral, woody notes with peppery hints on each pull.

Performance and Transition

The cigar performed very well; creating a tight ash that when it tapped itself off in the ashtray it left a bit on the end of the cigar to protect the cherry. This was welcomed by the cigar remaining in its flavour profile with a snappy burst of smoky wood and earthy tastes that lingered on the palate for a medium amount of time. The draw kept at a medium feel and the cigar started to burn much slower; thus allowing for it to remain cool.

I reckon that if you stoked this cigar too often, you’d end up with a very spicy and possibly bitter experience so be mindful of the first impression of the cigar as when it gets down closer to the band you’ll feel some concrete strength coming on and some charred bread-like taste amongst the other flavours described.

Final Reflection

This is a well constructed quality cigar. The Flor de las Antillas (oh how much I like saying that, as you can see in the video review) is somewhere between medium to strong and for more experienced cigar fans. It was less spicy than I expected and delivered a pleasant experience.


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