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Cigar Review | Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro Corona Gorda

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro. For this review, I smoke the Corona Gorda, a 6 x 46 box-pressed stick. It retails for $10. The blend consists of a super dark Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper and all Nicaraguan tobaccos within.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The cold draw on this cigar gives some dried fruit flavor. The rich, dark wrapper produces a potent manure aroma, while I smell a bit of the same out of the foot with dried fruit. The first light produces copious amounts of spice and body.  

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find black pepper spice with coffee and bitter cocoa. Through the nose, a spicy black pepper blends with leather. The finish gives me more bitter cocoa and leather. Strength settles in at medium, while body is extremely full.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The second third gets me to fifty-five minutes. The draw hits me with rich cocoa and dark espresso. On the retro-hale, there is a massive amount of cayenne pepper dominating my sinuses. The finish is a delightful mix of black licorice and black pepper. There is no change to strength or body.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The final third wisps away at one hour and twenty minutes. On the draw, more cocoa blends with cinnamon and coffee. Through the nose, flavors remain consistent. The finish hits me with black pepper, cedar, and leather. Strength finishes out at medium, while body ends at the ceiling.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro is an excellent cigar. It displays delicious, bold flavors without being too strong, and complexity is sufficient. Construction is perfect, and the cigar billows with smoke. It’s competitively priced and competes well with similarly priced cigars. You may not like this if you only smoke mild-bodied blends, but for everyone else I highly recommend picking up a bunch of these.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Foundation The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 Toro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out Foundation Cigar Company’s newest offering. The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 is a follow up to the original Tabernacle release. For this review, I smoke the Toro. This 6 x 52 parejo retails for $11.50. It features a Connecticut Havana Seed CT #142 wrapper concealing a Mexican San Andres binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras.

It should be noted this stick is one of the most perfectly rolled cigars I’ve seen in quite a long time. The silky smooth wrapper produces chocolate and leather while I smell rich tobacco. The cold draw gives me a hint of raisin flavor.

Once lit, there’s an oily earth which I can best describe as olive oil mixed with dirt. Through the nose, I find sweet cocoa and marshmallow. The finish hits me with leather and subtle black pepper.

Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, cocoa blends with black pepper and leather. Through the nose, there is an exceptionally delicious combo of sweet cocoa and marshmallow almost like a hot chocolate. The finish offers black pepper and leather alongside earth. Both strength and body settle in at medium.

One hour passes, and I see the second third wisp away. There’s more cocoa and black pepper on the tongue with the addition of graham cracker. The retro-hale continues to delight with a transition to more of a Snicker’s bar flavor with nougat, cocoa, and nuttiness. The finish gives me a blend of spicy black pepper, cedar, and black licorice. Strength and body both bump up slightly to medium-to-full.

One hour and forty-five minutes in, the final third finishes. I pick up some cocoa, espresso, and leather on the draw. Through the nose, there is another transition with flavors of cocoa, black pepper, and cinnamon. The finish ramps up with bold black pepper, black licorice, and orange peel. This third brought strength and body to a hefty full.

The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 by Foundation Cigar Co. is one of the best cigars I’ve smoked in a long time. It’s a phenomenal blend that astonishes the palate with a great deal of complexity and dessert-like flavors. Construction is absolutely perfect, and smoke pours off this gem. It’s a must try and multiple-box worthy cigar I highly recommend.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Is any cigar truly worth $100? It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unicorn. This is the big one! It’s a cigar that carries a hefty $100 MSRP and comes in only one size – a 6 ¼ x 60 double perfecto.

The blend features an absolutely gorgeous Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper concealing what we believe to be all Nicaraguan tobaccos inside. The blend details within are not confirmed at this time. I will say, this is the smoothest, oiliest Broadleaf I’ve ever seen. It’s almost a shame to light it on fire.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Steve Saka, the owner of DT&T, originally teased this cigar on Facebook as a project set out to create a cigar with absolutely no expense spared. He hand-sorted 6,000 pounds of the best Broadleaf to select only the top 1% to be used for the wrappers on this blend. He also bought a lathe and created the mold for the cigar himself.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Each cigar was made by a pair of rollers in the Joya de Nicaragua factory, and only 1,000 cigars were made. After everything, Steve set an MSRP of $100 on this stick, a number he, himself, said was unreasonable for any cigar. The cigars were then given to the company’s Select Purveyors as a thank you to do with as they pleased.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Luckily, I was able to obtain two of these cigars prior to release through a Children’s Hospital charity in the Hoochly Cigar Shack Facebook group. I paid far more than the $100 retail price per cigar, but it was my good deed for the year, and I’m happy to know it went to kids in need. I then let the cigars sit for about three to four weeks before review – a very necessary step to truly give a cigar a fair shake in a review.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Upon the pre-light inspection, the cold draw gives me raisin flavor. The wrapper produces a barnyard aroma. Once lit, I pick up refined cocoa flavor with black pepper spice. Through the nose, cocoa carries through with more black pepper and coffee. The finish gives me red pepper, earth, and cocoa.

After thirty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up cocoa with dried cranberry and coffee notes. Through the nose, I find creamy coffee alongside red pepper. The finish hits me with additional cocoa on top of raisin and hints of black licorice. The strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

One hour and fifteen minutes pass, and the second third turns to ash. There are huge bombs of cocoa on the draw blended with espresso and a nice buttery sweetness. On the retro-hale, I pick up black pepper with cocoa and some leather. The finish sees black licorice up front with even more cocoa and some char notes. Strength and body remain at a steady medium-to-full.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

The final third burns all the way to two hours and ten minutes. I almost cry as this high-dollar beauty wisps away. On the draw, cocoa mixes with raisin and tons of spicy black pepper. There are no changes to the flavors through the nose. Buttery cocoa treats me on the finish alongside more raisin and black licorice with a hint of toast. Strength and body both jump to a hefty full.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unicorn is a phenomenal cigar. It lived up to the high expectations I had for it, but one must take price into account. There are two ways to look at this cigar. On one side – price aside – you have one of the best Broadleaf blends ever created that will blow your mind with excellent flavor and construction. After all, a cigar is truly about the experience you get from it, and in many cases, I can personally forget about the money (low or high) depending on the experience. On the other side, the cigar does cost $100, so it may be unrealistic for many people to purchase.

If $100 will break your bank, or you are just more of a budget conscious cigar smoker, I would not advise buying this as you will likely be disappointed. If you have money to spare and go into this experience with the understanding that this cigar was intentionally created as more of an art project to create the best cigar possible with no regard whatsoever on price, I’d highly recommend trying to find at least one of these to smoke.

The Unicorn would make for a fantastic celebration cigar. It’s an experience many cigar smokers would appreciate but also an experience many will never get or care to pay for. If you can get your hands on this and don’t care about burning a Benjamin in two hours, by all means, step up to bat – you’ll quickly hit your home run. At any rate, this cigar will knock your socks off with flavor, and it’s an experience I truly cherished. This is a “sample of Saka” I’ll never forget!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Foundation The Wise Man Maduro Corona Gorda

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out The Wise Man Maduro by Foundation Cigar Co. This is a new cigar for 2017 and a follow-up to the company’s original release, El Gueguense. For this review, I smoke the Corona Gorda, a 5 5/8 x 46 slightly box-pressed cigar. It features a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper concealing Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. MSRP comes in at $9.90.

The Wise Man Maduro

On the cold draw, there is a distinct chocolate and raisin flavor. The wrapper offers a nutty leather aroma, while I smell fruity leather out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up nutty chocolate. Through the nose, the chocolate flavor becomes darker with creamy coffee. On the finish, black pepper and cocoa take the lead with underlying leather.

The Wise Man Maduro

The first third closes out at twenty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up creamy cocoa with black pepper. Through the nose, nutty earth blends with light black licorice. The finish offers me cocoa alongside a dark coffee and more black pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

The Wise Man Maduro

Fifty-five minutes in, the second third wraps up. The cocoa on the draw has lost its creaminess, and I pick up more black pepper. On the retro-hale, dried fruit peeks through with additional black licorice. The finish gives me more cocoa and coffee with notes of charred cedar. There is no change to strength or body.

The Wise Man Maduro

The final third ends at one hour and fifteen minutes. Cocoa dominates the draw with underlying black pepper. There is nutty cedar and black licorice through the nose. On the finish, cocoa takes over muting out any other flavors – but that’s not a bad thing. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

The Wise Man Maduro

The Wise Man Maduro is a phenomenal cigar. It offers a good deal of complexity with very enjoyable, bold flavors. Construction is spot-on with huge clouds of smoke and a razor-sharp burn. This is a must-try cigar that I highly recommend. I’ll call it now – this thing will be on many top 25 lists for 2017.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Davidoff Yamasá

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Davidoff Yamasá. For this review, I smoke the 5×50 Robusto. This stick features wrapper and binder leaves from the Yamasá region of the Dominican Republic. It is said this region is very marshy making tobacco growth difficult. Inside the cigar are long fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The Yamasá comes with a hefty MSRP of $19.70.

Davidoff Yamasa

The wrapper produces a woody aroma, while I smell a sweeter wood out of the foot. On the cold draw, I don’t pick up any noticeable flavor. Once lit, smoke output is low giving me leather and earth. Through the nose, I pick up light cedar and white pepper. The finish consists of black pepper spice, cocoa, and leather.

Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up oily leather with some grass and black pepper. Through the nose, there is a subtle asparagus note with black pepper. The finish gives me rich cocoa and black licorice. Strength settles in at the medium mark, while body is at medium-to-full.

Davidoff Yamasa

The second third gets me to forty minutes. There is more leather on the draw with a lot of Dominican twang. On the retro-hale, I get a grass and black pepper mix. The finish offers up more black licorice with some black pepper. Strength and body are now both at the medium-to-full mark.

Davidoff Yamasa

One hour and ten minutes in, the final third wisps away. On the draw, there is more Dominican twang with rich tobacco notes. Through the nose, I pick up sweet toast and black pepper. The finish explodes with black pepper, overwhelming any other flavors. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

Davidoff Yamasa

The Davidoff Yamasá is a good cigar. It has a few good flavors, and construction is solid. However, I expected more from this cigar and was disappointed by the lack of complexity and depth. Carrying a nearly $20 price tag, it should offer much more. If I’m going to spend that much money on a cigar, you can bet I’m reaching for a different stick. This doesn’t mean it’s a bad smoke. I just think it’s over-priced. Give it a try if you’re okay with coughing up the coin, but don’t expect it to blow your mind.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I try out the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial in the Petit Corona size. This 4.5×46 box-pressed stick features a gorgeous chocolate-brown Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper securing a Dominican binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The filler tobacco features 5-year old ligero aged in oak barrels.

Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial

Once lit, I pick up a bomb of black pepper and cocoa on the draw paired with cinnamon and dark earth. Through the nose, the smoke continues to be very bold with rich cocoa, spicy black pepper, and cedar. The finish offers even more black pepper alongside leather.

After twenty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up black pepper with spicy leather and some oily black licorice. Through the nose, there is a delicious mix of creamy cedar and sweet crème brûlée. The finish features dark earth on top of spicy cocoa and a rust note. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial

The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. More black licorice comes through alongside dark cocoa. On the retro-hale, black pepper mixes with a hint of sweet caramel. More rust appears on the finish combined with leather and oak. Strength and body continue to be at the medium-to-full mark.

Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial

The final third finishes at one hour and five minutes. On the draw, there is a bomb of more dark cocoa on the draw combined with cedar and smoky earth. There is no change to the retro-hale as I pick up more black pepper and subtle caramel. On the finish, charred oak melts with leather and spicy black pepper. Strength finishes out at the medium-to-full mark while body jumps to a robust full.

Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial

The Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial is a tasty smoke. It offers good depth with a lot of bold flavor. The blend has memorable character, and the Petit Corona size is just right for this cigar. It retails for $8, so price isn’t too shabby, although a little high for such a small smoke. I definitely recommend trying this one out.

I’d like to extend a big thank you to Drew Estate for sending this one in for review. I really appreciate it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)