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Cigar Review | RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018. This new cigar is limited to 2,000 boxes of 10 and is a follow up to the last CRAFT release from a few years ago. It’s a 5 x 60 figurado shaped almost like a baseball bat. Each cigar retails for $15.

RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018

There are two wrappers on this cigar – an Ecuadorian Connecticut Dark Candela and a Pennsylvanian Broadleaf. Inside, the blend features an Ecuadorian Habano Ligero binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Pennsylvania.

The box these cigars come packaged in is noteworthy. It’s a solid cedar box with a cedar insert displaying an Ernest Hemmingway quote right on top of all the cigars. The lift-off lid is secured by a custom-made steel wrap of sorts that has the company logo stamped out of it. I’ve seen this steel band turned into some pretty “crafty” stuff (see what I did there?)

RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018

Pre-light, the cold draw tastes just like a chocolate bar. The foot produces a grassy aroma, while I smell chocolatey earth off the wrapper. Once lit, I get earthy grass from the closed candela foot, and it quickly transitions to black pepper. Through the nose, nutty toast and pepper make an appearance. The finish gives me grassy earth, chocolate, and vegetal leather.

After forty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up grassy earth with bombs of black pepper and leather. Through the nose, toast blends with dark cocoa and a hint of sweetness. The finish displays an explosion of black pepper alongside dark cocoa and earth. Strength and body start off very full.

RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018

An hour and twenty-five minutes in, the second third ends. I find cocoa, espresso, and earth on the draw. On the retro-hale, black pepper blows through my sinuses with some toast and grassy notes. The finish hits me with even more bombs of black pepper on top of a slightly salty char. Strength and body remain at the full mark.

RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018

The final third gets me to two hours. Spicy black pepper and earth take over the draw. Through the nose, a very potent mix of black and red pepper ignite my senses. Spicy black pepper dominates the finish with some more char and hints of leather. Strength and body finish out at the full mark.

RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018

The RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018 is an excellent cigar. It’s got a healthy amount of complexity with very rich, bold flavors. Construction is impressively perfect, and smoke output was satisfying. It’s one of the stronger cigars on the market, so if you prefer a milder smoking experience, you will not likely enjoy this. However, if you can take the heat of a bold cigar, this is an exceptional option that you’ll smoke until your fingers burn. I highly recommend this one. Buy them all up if you can find them!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias Toro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Todos Las Dias by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. It features a sun-grown, Cuban-seed Nicaraguan wrapper with filler and binder tobaccos from Nicaragua. For this review, I smoke the Toro, a 6×52 stick. It retails for $12.45. This dark beauty features a slick black and silver band and foot band resulting in a very sharp appearance.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

On the cold draw, I pick up wheat cereal notes. The wrapper produces a spicy earth aroma, while I smell something similar out of the foot. Once lit, the smoke gives me faint black pepper spice. Through the nose, charred toast takes over. The finish holds black pepper spice with coffee and cocoa.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The first third closes out at forty minutes. On the draw, cocoa and oak mix with black pepper. Through the nose, I find lots of spicy black pepper. The finish offers me light black pepper with sweet dark cocoa. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The second third gets me to one hour and fifteen minutes. Salty coffee and black pepper blend together on the draw. The retro-hale hits me with nutmeg, black pepper, and cocoa. On the finish, charred toast sits next to cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body jump to the full mark.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The final third ends at two hours. I pick up nutmeg and leather with black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, black pepper and cocoa are complimented by floral earth. The finish gives me spicy gingerbread with clove and char. Strength and body finish out at a hefty full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias is an excellent cigar. It offers deep, rich flavors with complex “dark” notes. Throughout the experience, strength and body continually build but not just for the sake of it. Mild fans might want to steer clear, but if you enjoy full-bodied goodness, this is a must try and one of the best cigars of the year. I highly recommend it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

“Meet in the Middle” Cigar Show Meets Gary Korb of CigarAdvisor.com

The “Meet in the Middle” Cigar Show is a combination of a cigar review and a cigar herf. The show is comprised of three presenters, Leander, Hyacinth and Mark. Each week they review one cigar in an episode with three fifteen minute segments.

On July 19, the show format will change to make room for Gary Korb, Executive Editor of CigarAdvisor.com. Now in his 14th year with Famous Smoke Shop, Gary, who has “Professional Cigar Smoker” printed on his business card, will be bringing the night’s featured cigar, the Inferno 3rd Degree Toro.

“The Meet in the Middle Cigar Show sounded like it would be fun to do. I checked-out their website, and the show is well constructed with a bit of spice, kind of like a cigar. I had an opportunity to meet the iROBUSTO Team at Cigarnival last month, and I’m looking forward to joining them on the broadcast,” said Gary.

As a special celebration of this episode entitled, “Meet in the Middle Meets Gary Korb” there will be several cigar giveaways for viewers who have subscribed to the newsletter. Viewers are encouraged to get the cigars and smoke them during the episode.

“We like when the audience tries them at the same time we do, and there will be plenty of treats going out on this one. We do three giveaways per episode, but with Gary coming in, we want to step it up and do more,” said show presenter, Leander McClain, who announces the giveaways for newsletter subscribers.

Inferno 3rd Degree cigars are exclusive to Famous Smoke Shop; released within the last two months, it is a collaborate effort between Oliva Cigars and the online cigar retailer. The premise of the show is, the presenters start reviewing the cigar twenty minutes before the show is recorded and make tasting notes. Each opinion is kept secret from the other presenters until the mic goes live. The show is unscripted and unrehearsed so anything can and will happen.

Gary Korb who has been a marketer with Famous Smoke Shop since 2001, began writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com when it debuted in 2008. As an avid cigar enthusiast, Gary has posted a massive amount of content on social media and the Cigar Advisor site. Korb is an avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 14 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer, and later as the publicist for a talented young guitarist named Joe Bonamassa.

“Gary is all over the place, I’ve been following him since CA started. I was browsing YouTube when we started the show and found a video where Gary did a singing cigar review and I thought, we have to get this guy on the show.” said Mark Swanson, one of iROBUSTO site ambassadors.

iROBUSTO is home to one of the most active online cigar communities and offers free prizes and giveaways to the viewers in each episode.

This special episode will air on the iROBUSTO YouTube Channel July 19, 2015 at 7pm Eastern.

The schedule for the show can be found on the iROBUSTO site so viewers will be able to source the cigars from Famous Smoke Shop and “meet in the middle” alongside the hosts.


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Cigar Review | Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I smoke and review the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo in the El Martillo size. This 5.5×54 stick has a Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro wrapper and both binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. Out of the foot, there is a faint fruit aroma with sweet tobacco, and the wrapper gives off a leathery barnyard smell.

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo

The cold draw gives me a light raisin with some leather. After I light this one up, there is a blast of spice with thick, oily leather flavor on my tongue. The smoke output is minimal, but the flavor is powerful.

Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo

The first third lasts thirty minutes. On the draw, there is a big tree bark flavor with a spicy leather and crispy toast. The retro-hale gives me strong floral notes with a bomb of black pepper. There is spicy coffee with cedar and rich earth on the finish. The body of the smoke is very full with strength settling at the medium-to-full mark.

After one hour and ten minutes, I finish the second third. The draw gives me vegetal earth with more spicy leather and a dark chocolate. Through the nose, I pick up a green wood with more black pepper spice. There is a hint of char with spicy coffee and a sweet caramel on the finish. Body and strength have both evened out to a medium-to-full.

Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo

The final third gets me to an hour and a half. I pick up hay with spicy earth and smooth cedar on the draw. Through the nose, I get a balanced wood and wheat mix with more black pepper. The long finish leaves me with strong leather, raisin, and char. Strength and body have not changed finishing at the medium-to-full mark.

Overall, this stick was worthwhile. It’s got a unique flavor profile with some kick to it. I can’t say it’s box-worthy in my opinion, but it’s certainly worth picking up a few singles every now and then. The price isn’t bad, either, so I would recommend trying it out.

Happy smoking!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)


You can get these cigars at Famous Smoke here: Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo and for our friends across the pond: Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo.

Cigar Review | 1502 Black Gold

It’s Stog o’Clock, and I try out another 1502 cigar. This time around, I have the 1502 Black Gold up for review. This 6×50 box-pressed Toro features a very dark Sungrown Maduro wrapper with double Nicaraguan binders and filler tobaccos. Off the wrapper, I pick up a barnyard and oat aroma with much of the same out of the foot with some mustiness.

1502 Black Gold

Pre-light, the draw is slightly snug with a musty tobacco taste. I light this dark beauty up, and my tongue is greeted with a nostalgic Maduro tobacco flavor with hints of coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, and some spice. Through the nose, there is more coffee with some wood.

1502 Black Gold

The first third puts me at thirty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up a flavor reminiscent of hot chocolate powder mix with espresso and dark tobacco. Through the nose, I find mahogany with leather and dark cocoa. A sweet cardboard flavor is left on the finish with tobacco and rich earth. Strength and body are steady at the medium-to-full mark.

One hour in, I finish the second third. I experience a jump in strength and body all the way up to the full mark. The draw gives me an elegant bitter dark chocolate with black licorice and char. On the retro-hale, there is grassy wood, espresso, and a blackberry note. A blast of black pepper comes through on the long finish with sweet cocoa and a hint of smokiness.

1502 Black Gold

The final third puts me at an hour and a half. On the draw, I’m treated to a fruity dark chocolate note alongside damp wood and black pepper spice. Earthy toast and mild coffee are found on the retro-hale with the addition of a floral note. The finish is still long with a very strong, bold tobacco core accompanied by espresso and creamy char. There is no change to body and strength as they finish at the full mark.

Overall, this cigar surpassed my expectations and performed great. The flavors were rich and bold with a lot of complexity and manageable strength. It’s the kind of stick you smoke alongside a strong espresso or after a big steak dinner. Not only is this a wonderful cigar, it’s also easy on the wallet in the $7 to $8 range. The Black Gold is another big win for 1502.

Loving the leaf,

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Casa Magna Colorado Gran Toro

The Casa Magna Colorado Gran Toro has an amazing orange tint to it and a huge ring gauge of 56 and a standard toro length of 6 inches. The wrapper harnesses tightly packed tobacco. The Casa Magna Colorado makes a real appearance in the humidor with its colour and mass. It has that bold “Colorado” wrapper and an attractive golden cigar band.

The Cigar Details:

Wrapper: Ligero Colorado
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Ring Gauge: 56
Length: 6 inches
Color: Orangy Brown (I had to add this)

Casa Magna

The draw starts off as a tight draw and right away you can taste the ligero tobacco, there is a lot of flavour with peppery notes at the back of the throat. The cigar is a full bodied mammoth. Sporting a tight draw and low smoke output. This titan of a cigar burned well, and perhaps the tight draw was intentional as the strength of the cigar is very high right from jump.

The flavours I detected were a musty, tea, almond taste and a sticky nutty feel that coated my mouth. The finish is very short and then it subsides and then the finish comes back with a musty, tea, almond burst of flavour. This lead to a head rush, so be careful and pull accordingly.

At about ¾ of an inch in the ash dropped off, revealing a flowery foot, hiding the cherry. The spiciness almost disappears, making way for prominent tea and nut tastes. The experience smoothed out and perhaps that was because I was getting used the cigar.

As you can see in the cigar review video, Ligero tobacco plays a big role in this cigar. It’s not that cherry red hot taste that one gets from double ligero cigars, it jumps up over a very strong tea flavour and musty barnyard aromas and flavours. As I continued to get through the cigar, carefully, I might add because of the strength, I found the sweetness like sugar in tea. A quite welcomed flavour indeed.

Half Way

Can someone say, “toast” no, not cheers, toast as in charred bread, as in toast that one might have with tea. The flavours just run rampant on the palate as the finish is eternal from one puff to another. The cigar has toast and tea like bread and a smell of what it’s like being next to a bread factory. This is a must retrohale, to get these flavours..

Added Notes:

I had to double puff this cigar to the cigar to continually be stoked. I think I do that out of habit, not sure it was necessary.

This cigar burned oddly at times, but due to what I felt was a good constructed cigar, I left it alone and it always corrected itself; there was no need to touch this cigar up.

Near the Band

At about 60 to 70 minutes, earthy tones have picked up and the tea, almond and spice are all present. With all this flavour, it was very smooth. Much like the band and how easy it was to be removed. Very easy, but intricate in look and feel. After the band the Casa Magna Colorado held its own, it started to loosen up and the flavours intensified as you would expect as a cigar comes to a crescendo.

Final Thoughts and Challenge

Experienced cigar smokers only, this is not for rookies. The cigar is full bodied and full of flavour. I think a lot of critics held it to a high standard because it won cigar of the year 4 to 5 years ago. So their perception of expectation was way too high, if they can take themselves off their pedestal, try it again, I dare you.

Having said that, this is a very good cigar that needs to be enjoyed more than once before making any assumption. If you’ve had it and didn’t get the same flavours I did. I’d love to know, leave me a comment below in the comment box and let’s share our enthusiasm for cigars.


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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.

Learn Something New Each Day

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.

Flor de Las Antillas by My Father Cigar Reviews Image of Ash

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.


Watch this Cigar Review on YouTube.