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Cigar Review | Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I do a full review of my #1 cigar of 2019, the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552. This beefy 5 x 52 Robusto retails for $10.75 and features a Connecticut Broadleaf No. 1 Dark Corona wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Pre-Light

On the cold draw I taste bitter, damp fruit notes. The wrapper produces a rich musty molasses aroma while the foot smells similar. Once lit, I pick up toast and molasses. Through the nose, toast blends with sweet cinnamon and brown sugar. The finish consists of cocoa and coffee.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

First Third

Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up coffee with brown sugar and smoked almond. Through the nose, I find light cinnamon and oak notes. The finish hits me with rich molasses and deeper coffee alongside light black pepper. Strength is a steady medium while body is very full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Second Third

The second third wraps up at one hour. The smoke off of this Mi Querida Triqui Traca is extremely thick and chewy. The draw continues to give me coffee with molasses and underlying tart cherry. On the retro-hale, cinnamon picks up with a delicious gingerbread note. Coffee turns to espresso on the finish with a complementing molasses and leather core. There is no change to strength or body.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Final Third

The final third wisps away at one hour and forty minutes. On the draw, black pepper and molasses dominate with occasional hints of tart cherry. There is more gingerbread through the nose with hints of cherry and orange peel. Leather comes up front on the finish with smoky oak and more coffee. Strength finishes at medium while body closes out very full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Overall Thoughts

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552 is simply a phenomenal cigar. It displays an impressive amount of complexity with flavor depth beyond most blends. Construction is spot on with a perfect draw and sharp burn. It’s certainly a finger-burner.

One of the most satisfying elements of this cigar is the density of the smoke with a rich chewiness. It’s also one of the rare cigars that provides an enormous level of flavor without being overpowering on strength. There’s a reason I named this cigar my #1 of 2019 – I can’t stop smoking these. This is one of my favorite cigars of the last decade, and you just have to try it!

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Cuban Crown Private Reserve Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Cuban Crown Private Reserve in the Robusto size. This 5×50 box-pressed cigar is made by Master Blends Cigar Co. and features a Mexican San Andres wrapper concealing undisclosed fillers. It retails for eight dollars and some change.

Cuban Crown Private Reserve

The wrapper puts off a leathery oak aroma while I smell earth out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up no flavor. Once lit, there is light cocoa powder. Through the nose, more cocoa powder comes through with some toast and graham cracker. The finish gives me black pepper spice and earth.

Cuban Crown Private Reserve

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up cocoa powder with leather. Through the nose, red pepper mixes with cedar. The finish offers me dried cherry, more cocoa, and some earth. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Cuban Crown Private Reserve

The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. I find oaky bourbon-like flavors on the draw with more leather. On the retro-hale, the red pepper gets spicier with the addition of toast. Metallic earth comes through the finish on top of nutty cocoa. There is no change to strength and body.

Cuban Crown Private Reserve

The final third clocks out at an hour and fifteen minutes. I pick up the same flavors on the draw with a salty note. Through the nose, cinnamon and toast blend well together. Cherry returns to the finish with earth and light coffee notes. Both strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

The Cuban Crown Private Reserve is an excellent cigar. It offers a great amount of complexity with flavors that blend well together. Construction is perfect, smoke output is phenomenal, and the price is just right. I highly recommend this cigar and look forward to smoking more.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962 No. 2

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962 in the No. 2 size. This 5.25×54 Belicoso features an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper with a Dominican binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. This is an exceptionally beautiful, classy-looking cigar. It retails for $11.50.

La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962

The wrapper produces a salty leather aroma while I smell fruity cedar out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up vegetal earth. Once lit, the cigar gives me bold black pepper, spicy leather, and a rich earth and coffee combo. Through the nose, I find creamy coffee and spice. The finish offers more black pepper with spicy cinnamon and bold earth.

After half an hour, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up salty leather with black pepper. The retro-hale gives me coffee with graham cracker and spicy cinnamon. I find a tasty, tart cherry on the finish alongside earth and leather. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962

One hour in, the second third wisps away. I pick up toast on the draw with more black pepper and the introduction of char. Floral earth and coffee come through the nose. On the finish, I find more tart cherry alongside meaty oak and wheat. Strength and body remain at a steady medium-to-full.

La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962

The final third gets me to one hour and thirty minutes. I’m given more toast and black pepper on the draw with some salty espresso. The retro-hale offers more coffee with black pepper and citrus. Spicy cinnamon dominates the finish with underlying wheat and tart cherry. Both strength and body jump to a hefty full.

La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962

The La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962 No. 2 is a fantastic cigar. It offers a great deal of complexity with enjoyable flavors that work very well together. I would even go as far as saying this is one of the best Dominican-made cigars I’ve ever smoked. I highly recommend trying this one out.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

The Cigar Cherry – What Is It?

What is a Cigar Cherry and How Does It Help You Enjoy a Cigar?

The shape of the Cherry should be slightly rounded to ensure optimal enjoyment of a cigar.

Some cigars are more forgiving and allow for more room for error, where other ones are more temperamental and require the cigar smoker to monitor their draws more carefully. Cigars are designed with a balance of filler, wrapper and binder that has been carefully thought out, not just for flavour. It is by design that a well constructed cigar has a good cherry and it is up to the cigar smoker to recognize the burn in order to use the cigar like a tool for an optimal pleasurable experience.

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The Cigar Cherry Infographic ThumbnailA pointed Cherry means we’re drawing on the cigar too often. A triangular Cherry means the wrapper and binder are burning faster than the filler. This means that we’re smoking too fast!

A concave jagged Cherry means we’re drawing too slowly. A concave jagged Cherry means the filler has burned quicker than the wrapper and binder; thus evidence that we’re drawing too slowly.

An umbrella-like Cherry means we are drawing at the proper rate. The Cherry should have the shape of an umbrella. The reason being that the binder and wrapper are thinner than the filler and they will burn slightly quicker on each puff.

There are some factors that can make the Cherry inconsistent from cigar to cigar even in the same line or brand. These factors are mostly related to humidification. If the outside of the cigar is more moist than the center it will burn slower than it should and the center filler will burn quicker and vice versa. Storing and aging a cigar properly will make the experience of having a good Cherry more consistent. The Cherry isn’t just something that looks pretty, although it’s a wonderful looking sight when it’s perfect, it’s evidence that the cigar was designed and stored well. In some cases, the person puffing the cigar can take some credit too as they have managed to control the cigar and help it burn the way it was meant to.

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