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Cigar Review | Patina Habano Bronze

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Patina Habano in the Bronze size. This 6 x 52 Toro features a blotchy Ecuadorian Habano wrapper covering a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Pennsylvania. It retails for $11.95.

Patina Habano Bronze

The cold draw is snug with wheat flavor coming through. The wrapper puts out a sweet leather aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. The first light hits me with sour earth alongside cinnamon. Through the nose, there is more cinnamon and some cedar. The finish gives me spicy red pepper, cinnamon, and leather.

Patina Habano Bronze

The first third closes out at thirty minutes. On the draw, I pick up cedar with sweet citrus and leather. Through the nose, I find notes of mild black pepper and toast. The finish offers me a sweet nuttiness with caramel and white pepper. Strength settles in at a medium while body is full.

Patina Habano Bronze

The second third wraps up right around one hour. The draw gives me spicy black pepper and caramel. On the retro-hale, I pick up cedar alongside musty, damp earth. There is no change to the finish with more nutty caramel and white pepper. Both strength and body balance out to medium-to-full.

Patina Habano Bronze

The final third ends at an hour and a half. Citrus returns to the draw with more black pepper and cedar notes. Through the nose, toast and cedar dominate. There is a leather bomb on the finish with slight caramel and more white pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Patina Habano Bronze

The Patina Habano is an excellent cigar. It offers a good amount of complexity with a balance of spicy and sweet fleeting in and out of the smoke. The cigar I smoked for this review was a bit snug on the draw, but I’ve smoked a number of these with no issues. The ash on every Patina cigar I’ve had always held some seriously impressive length, and this cigar was no exception. It’s a great blend I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

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 | MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I try out the MBombay Corojo Oscuro in the Robusto size. This 4.5×50 cigar features an Ecuadorian wrapper on top of an Ecuadorian binder and fillers from Ecuador, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. As with most MBombay cigars, it displays a giant ornate band. It retails for around $7.

MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto

The wrapper produces a damp leather aroma while I smell rich dried cherries out of the foot. On the cold draw, I find light cherry flavor. Once lit, cedar comes through with cinnamon and grassy hay. Through the nose, I get more cinnamon and graham cracker. The finish hits me with even more cinnamon and rich earth.

MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto

Fifteen minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up toast with cinnamon and citrus. Through the nose, buttery toast blends with cedar. The finish offers cashew with gingerbread and coffee. Both strength and body settle in at a steady medium.

MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto

The second third gets me to thirty-five minutes. There is no change to the draw, and I have no problem with that. On the retro-hale, black pepper replaces toast to pair with cedar. The finish sees more black pepper with charred cashew and coffee. Strength and body jump slightly to medium-to-full.

MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto

Fifty-five minutes in, the final third comes to an end. More cinnamon hits my tongue on the draw with coffee and earth. The flavors through the nose remain the same. I find more black pepper on the finish alongside smoky earth and leather. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

The MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto packs quite a lot of flavor into such a small cigar. It has a great amount of complexity with very enjoyable flavors that work well together. Construction is perfect. I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend it.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | A.J. Fernandez Bellas Artes

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new A.J. Fernandez Bellas Artes in the Toro size. This box-pressed 6×54 cigar features a hybrid wrapped dubbed “Rojita” that consists of 50% US Shade Grown Connecticut, 25% Corojo 99, and 25% Havana 2000. Inside is a Quilali binder and fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras, and Brazil.

A.J. Fernandez Bellas Artes

The cold draw is very loose with a light molasses flavor. The wrapper produces a nutty cedar aroma while the foot gives off a nutty, fruity smell. Once lit, I pick up black pepper, cedar, and earth on the draw. Through the nose, I find more black pepper with sweet toast. The finish gives me additional toast with a hint of vegetal leather and even more black pepper.

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up nutty earth with white pepper and citrus. Through the nose, sweet pastry notes contrast with black pepper spice. The finish offers vegetal earth with black pepper and leather. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

A.J. Fernandez Bellas Artes

The second third ends at one hour and ten minutes. There is no change to the flavors on the draw. On the retro-hale, I continue to get pastry and black pepper notes with the addition of caramel – a delicious combo. Citrus comes through on the finish with more black pepper and leather. Strength and body remain the same.

A.J. Fernandez Bellas Artes

The final third sees its last puffs at one hour and forty-five minutes. On the draw, there is more nutty earth and citrus with a char element. Through the nose, I still get pastry and black pepper notes. The finish gives me more black pepper and leather with a creamy cedar. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

A.J. Fernandez Bellas Artes

The Bellas Artes is another delicious cigar from A.J. Fernandez. It offers a good amount of complexity, although there are not many transitions. That being said, the flavor profile is tasty enough that the lack of change is not a bad thing. Construction is spot on as well – something that tends to be a given with A.J. Fernandez cigars. I highly recommend this one.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Warped Corto X50

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Warped Corto X50. This 4.5×50 box-pressed cigar is a Nicaraguan puro with a beautiful, oily wrapper and an elegant label. As expected from Warped, it’s another classy-looking cigar.

Warped Corto

On the cold draw, I pick up spicy raisin. The wrapper produces a coffee and vanilla aroma while I smell cedar out of the foot. Once lit, I get creamy cedar, hazelnut, and black pepper spice. Through the nose, sweet toast and cinnamon mix with graham cracker. On the finish, black and red pepper blend with leather and a hint of molasses.

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up buttery toast with cedar and black pepper. Through the nose, floral earth melts with sweet cocoa. The finish gives me cinnamon and leather alongside orange zest. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Warped Corto

The second third gets me to fifty minutes. I find more buttery toast on the draw complimented by fruity earth and cedar. Floral notes dominate the retro-hale. On the finish, molasses makes an appearance with salty leather and black pepper. There is no change to strength or body.

Warped Corto

An hour and twenty minutes in, the final third dwindles away. On the draw, meaty earth blends with more cedar and black pepper. Floral notes continue to dominate the retro-hale with a noticeable citrus undertone. The finish bombs me with black pepper on top of leather and dark cocoa. Strength and body finish out at the full mark.

Warped Corto

The Warped Corto is a delicious cigar that I could smoke any day of the week. It offers a great deal of complexity with flavors that pop. Construction is absolutely perfect, and the size of the X50 just works. This is a box worthy cigar that I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | 1502 XO

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the 1502 XO in the Toro size. This 6×50 box pressed cigar is comprised of undisclosed tobaccos. We have been told the binder and filler are aged 18 years, though. It looks to be expertly rolled. Only 1502 boxes of 10 have been made, and each cigar is serial numbered on the band.

1502 XO

The wrapper produces a potent barnyard aroma, while I smell raisin and more barnyard out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up some raisin flavor. Once lit, I get creamy leather, cocoa, and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, cedar and oak make an appearance. The finish gives me spicy leather and cocoa alongside cinnamon.

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up buttery cocoa with salty leather and black pepper. Through the nose, cocoa and caramel mix with orange peel. The finish gives me coffee on top of more cocoa and citrus. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

1502 XO

The second third gets me to one hour. I pick up more cocoa and leather on the draw with the addition of bold earth notes. On the retro-hale, more caramel comes through alongside sweet hay. The finish treats me to salty yet sweet citrus on top of vegetal coffee. Strength and body do not change.

1502 XO

One hour and forty minutes in, the final third comes to an end. On the draw, I get creamy almond with more cocoa and some caramel. The retro-hale changes to a graham cracker and leather combo. I find more vegetal coffee on the finish with sweet cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body jump to the full mark in this final third.

1502 XO

The 1502 XO is a phenomenal cigar with a stellar flavor profile. It offers a ton of depth and complexity, and construction is top notch. It’s a wonderful addition to the1502 profile that I highly recommend, and it’s just one more reason to “Relax & Enjoy.” Be sure to stock up on these before they’re all gone!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Partagas Culebras

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the Cuban Partagas Culebras alongside my brother as a guest reviewer. This cigar is made up of three smaller cigars twisted together and packaged in a cedar coffin. It’s traditionally meant to be shared among three smokers. Each of the three cigars comes in at 5.7×39 and is comprised of all Cuban tobacco.

Partagas Culebras

Pre-light, we pick up barnyard and grass off the wrapper. Out of the foot, there is a cedar and hay aroma. The cold draw offers no flavor. Once lit, cedar and black pepper come through on the draw with some raisin. Through the nose, a sweet toast and black pepper combine. The finish displays leather and earth.

Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, we pick up a hint of leather with cedar and earth. Through the nose, spicy citrus blends with some pretzel. The finish offers black pepper alongside creamy toast and a vanilla-cinnamon mix. Strength settles in at the medium mark while body rests at medium-to-full.

Partagas Culebras

The second third finishes out at thirty-five minutes. We’re treated to vanilla and burnt caramel on the draw with some underlying cedar. On the retro-hale, we get more spicy citrus on top of raisin and a salty note. The finish offers more black pepper with smooth wheat and creamy earth. There is no change to strength or body.

The final third closes out at one hour. We get salty cedar with leather and more burnt caramel on the draw. Through the nose, Allspice compliments citrus and pastry dough. On the finish, salty pretzel comes through with black pepper and earth. Both strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

partagas-culebras-nub

The Partagas Culebras is a fantastic cigar. It offers great complexity with smooth, balanced smoke. Our only complaint was how fast the cigars burned. This blend would likely do well in a larger Lancero vitola. At $30 per coffin, these cigars are a steal, and we both highly recommend them.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke) & Adam