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Cigar Review | Espinosa Reggae Dread

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Espinosa Reggae Dread. This stout cigar comes in at a hefty 6 x 56 and displays little stringy “dreads” out of the cap. It is an extension to the regular Reggae line and features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper on top of a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. The cigar retails for $12.

Espinosa Reggae Dread

The wrapper produces an earthy barnyard aroma, while I smell cedar out of the foot. The cold draw offers me cedar as well. Once lit, I get some cinnamon with light cedar and earth. Through the nose, I find sweet cocoa. The finish gives me light white pepper and cinnamon.

Espinosa Reggae Dread

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up cinnamon, toast, and black pepper. Through the nose, a nuttiness blends with floral notes. The finish hits me with sweet caramel on top of white pepper and citrus. Strength and body settle in at a steady medium.

Espinosa Reggae Dread

The second third gets me to one hour. More black pepper and cinnamon take over the draw. On the retro-hale, I get a blend of toast and almond. The final third offers up notes of gingerbread alongside white pepper. There is no change to strength or body.

Espinosa Reggae Dread

The final third finishes at one hour and thirty minutes. I find citrus on the draw with meaty earth and some black pepper. Through the nose, a sweet nuttiness takes over with notes of wheat. The finish is dominated by white pepper alongside undertones of floral notes and toast. Strength and body finish out at a medium plus.

Espinosa Reggae Dread

The Espinosa Reggae Dread is a wonderful cigar with lots of great flavors. There is a solid amount of complexity with smooth smoke. Construction was pretty good on the sample I reviewed, though I did have a bit of a wrapper explosion towards the end of the cigar. That wasn’t a big issue, and I’ve not had issues with any others I’ve smoked. I highly recommend giving this one a go. It’s a unique treat!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez Toro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez. This cigar was released at the 2017 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. It is one of the newest Altadis USA cigars blended by AJ Fernandez. For this review, I check out the Toro, a 6 x 55 box-pressed stick. It retails for $11. I’ve enjoyed most anything AJ Fernandez has blended, so let’s see what we get!

Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

On the cold draw, I get light bourbon flavor, specifically, the spicy, oaky notes in Maker’s 46. The wrapper produces a grassy earth aroma, while I smell damp woods out of the foot. Once lit, I’m greeted with cinnamon, black pepper, and leathery earth. Through the nose, there is a nice sweetness with cedar and bread notes. The finish offers hefty body with black pepper, toast, and molasses.

Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up grassy earth with some black pepper. Through the nose, salty leather blends with a burnt caramel. The finish hits me with leather and more black pepper. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

The second third finishes after one hour. There is a rich tobacco core on the draw complimented by black pepper and sweet earthy flavors. Red pepper and leather blow through my sinuses on the retro-hale. The finish offers me black pepper spice and earth. Strength and body both remain at a steady medium-to-full.

Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

The final third wisps away at an hour and a half. On the draw, I find leather and black pepper. Through the nose, cinnamon makes an appearance with additional leather. There is no change to the finish. Strength and body close out at medium-to-full.

Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

The Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez is a pretty good smoke. It offers a moderate amount of complexity with some enjoyable flavors. If you’ve had other AJ Fernandez blends, this will be a familiar experience with its own uniqueness. Construction is perfect with giant chunks of ash stacking like quarters. I feel this should be a few dollars cheaper, but I would guess the Montecristo name drives the price. At any rate, it’s definitely worth trying, but I wouldn’t rush out to grab a box.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Paul Garmirian 25th Anniversary

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the most recent creation from P.G. Cigars. The Paul Garmirian 25th Anniversary features an Oscuro Maduro wrapper with a Dominican barrel-aged binder. No other information is available on the blend. For this review, I smoke the Connoisseur size, a 6×52 Toro. It retails for $19.95.

Paul Garmirian 25th Anniversary

The wrapper produces an earthy barnyard aroma while I smell potent raisin out of the foot. The cold draw gives me raisin flavor. Once lit, I pick up black pepper with roasted coffee and cedar. Through the nose, it gives me more cedar with saltiness. The finish treats me to more coffee and black pepper with light leather.

Forty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up roasted coffee with light citrus and black pepper. Through the nose, nutty earth blends with sweet caramel and toast. The finish offers more coffee with nutmeg and hints of leather. Strength settles in at the medium mark while body is at medium-to-full.

Paul Garmirian 25th Anniversary

The second third finishes after an hour and twenty minutes. There is no significant change to the flavors on the draw. On the retro-hale, there is a delicious combo of sweet cocoa and caramel. More coffee comes through on the finish with oily earth and salty leather. Both strength and body sit at the medium-to-full mark.

Paul Garmirian 25th Anniversary

The final third slips away around two hours. I find more coffee on the draw with spicy black pepper and nutmeg. Through the nose, cedar and light cocoa are joined by toast. The finish gives me black pepper and vanilla with smoky almond. Strength and body close out at medium-to-full.

Paul Garmirian 25th Anniversary

The Paul Garmirian 25th Anniversary is the best P.G. cigar I’ve had yet. It offers great complexity with a rich blend of flavors. Construction is great, and smoke is plentiful. Even with the hefty price tag, this cigar has the potential to make my top 25 list for 2017. I highly recommend trying it out.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Warped Maestro del Tiempo

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Warped Maestro del Tiempo in the 6102R size. This 5.25×48 stick features a Nicaraguan Corojo 99 wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan Corojo 99 and Criollo 98 fillers. All tobaccos in this cigar are from the famed Aganorsa farm.

Warped Maestro del Tiempo

The wrapper produces a light leather and barnyard aroma, while I smell fruity cedar out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up sweet cedar with toast, hay, and a hint of caramel. On the retro-hale, I get more caramel with nuttiness. The finish gives me light black pepper spice with caramel and toast.

Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I find salty cedar with caramel. The caramel carries through the nose with some toast and hazelnut. The finish offers a vegetal coffee with black pepper spice. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Warped Maestro del Tiempo

The second third gets me to an hour and fifteen minutes. Hazelnut dominates the draw with an underlying hint of cedar. On the retro-hale, I continue to get caramel with the introduction of vegetal earth. The finish hits me with a grassy black pepper and toast. Strength and body continue to remain at the medium mark.

Warped Maestro del Tiempo

After an hour and forty-five minutes, the final third comes to a close. The flavors on the draw are consistent with more hazelnut and cedar. Through the nose, there is sweet toast and black pepper. The finish also gives me black pepper with an array of floral notes. Strength and body jump slightly to the medium-to-full mark.

Warped Maestro del Tiempo

The Warped Maestro del Tiempo is easily one of the best cigars of 2016. It brings some classic Warped flavor with a lot of depth and complexity. Construction is perfect, and you just can’t get enough of it. This is a box-worthy cigar that I highly recommend. You can’t miss this one!

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 | La Palina Illumination

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new La Palina Illumination in the Robusto size. This 5×52 stick is touted as “a Goldie for half the price.” I don’t know the exact blend yet, but Bill Paley of La Palina has stated it is the same blend with Ligero replacing the expensive Medio Tiempo leaf. If this is the case, it would be made with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

La Palina Illumination

On the cold draw, I pick up salty citrus notes. The wrapper produces a rich tobacco and leather aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up nutty earth and cedar. Through the nose, sweet caramel and cedar pair with toast. The finish gives me more nuttiness with a hint of leather and more toast.

After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up toast with a delicious peanut and almond mix alongside hints of citrus. Through the nose, I’m treated to salty pretzel and light floral earth. Sweet caramel and a hint of leather delight on the finish. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

La Palina Illumination

The second third ends at one hour. I find salty popcorn on the draw complemented by spicy leather and more citrus. On the retro-hale, floral earth continues to come through with some toast. The finish sees the introduction of citrus alongside additional leather and slight black pepper spice. Strength and body continue to float at the medium mark.

La Palina Illumination

The final third finishes at one hour and twenty-five minutes. On the draw, black pepper ramps up with vegetal earth and more leather. Through the nose, pretzel returns with a spicy caramel. There is no change to the finish. Strength and body make a jump to the medium-to-full mark in this final third.

La Palina Illumination

The La Palina Illumination is a wonderful smoke. Is it the Goldie? Yes and no. From my recollection, the flavor profile of the Goldie is nearly identical to the first third of the Illumination. That being said, the last two thirds are reminiscent of the Goldie, but they’ve got a lot more oomph and some bolder flavors than I remember in any Goldie. Regardless. It’s still an excellent stick with a lot of complexity and a price that doesn’t make your wallet cry. If you like the Goldie, this one is a must try. If you couldn’t afford the Goldie, well, hop on this one right quick!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Nomad C-276

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Nomad C-276 in the Robusto size. This 5×50 box-pressed cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper concealing all Nicaraguan tobaccos including two varieties of ligero. It has a plain, unappealing label, but the wrapper leaf is gorgeous and oily.

Nomad C-276

On the cold draw, I pick up some cedar and berry flavor. The wrapper produces a chocolate manure aroma, while I smell berry out of the foot. Once lit, dark chocolate and black pepper mix with dried fruit on the draw. Through the nose, I get spicy black pepper with espresso. The finish offers more chocolate and espresso alongside some earth.

The first third gets me to twenty minutes. On the draw, I pick up buttery cocoa with black pepper and spicy earth. Through the nose, creamy cedar melts with sweet toast and a slightly spicy hazelnut. Dried cherry dominates the finish with underlying espresso. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Nomad C-276

Forty minutes in, the second third comes to a close. Creamy, buttery cocoa delights on the draw complimented by a wonderful salted caramel and pretzel mix. More caramel comes through the retro-hale with hazelnut and sweet leather. On the finish, dried cherry continues to dominate on top of some nutty earth and black pepper spice. There is no change to strength or body.

Nomad C-276

The final third gets me to an hour and a half. On the draw, I get a blast of black pepper with cocoa and leathery earth. Through the nose, I pick up more caramel and hazelnut alongside a salty toast. I’m treated to more dried cherry on the finish with pretzel and meaty oak. Both strength and body jump to the full mark.

Nomad C-276

The Nomad C-276 is one of the best cigars I’ve smoked this year. It’s extremely complex with deep, bold flavors that keep you wanting more. Construction is top notch with great smoke output and a perfect burn. This is a must try cigar worthy of a box purchase. It truly blew me away, and I highly recommend it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)