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Cigar Review | Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas. This little cigar is a 4 x 52 short pyramid featuring a Connecticut Broadleaf Oscuro wrapper and Brazilian Mata Fina binder. The fillers consist of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos originating from the trimmings of the Liga Privada No. 9 and T52. The cigar retails for $6.25 and comes packed in boxes of 50 for $325.

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up a mix of cocoa and leather. Through the nose, I find some mild cedar flavor. The finish offers lingering black pepper spice with a hint of cocoa. Strength and body settle in at medium.

The second third ends at fifty minutes. The draw displays the same flavors with some added pep. On the retro-hale, there is more cedar with the addition of black pepper. The finish is delicious with a hearty blend of bold cocoa, black pepper, and espresso. Strength and body jump slightly to medium-to-full.

The final third wisps away around one hour and fifteen minutes. I see no change to the flavors on the draw. Through the nose, black pepper and cinnamon spice up my sinuses. The finish gives me bombs of black pepper and dark cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.

The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas – what a mouthful – is a solid small cigar. Complexity is on the low end, but the flavors I picked up on this cigar were excellent. Construction is spot on, and it even burns slower than expected. If you enjoy any of the Liga Privada line of cigars, you will enjoy this. It won’t blow your mind, but it’s certainly a tasty little smoke with a good price point. I highly recommend trying it out.

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 | 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 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 | Curivari Ciclope 554

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Curivari Ciclope in the 554 size. This new stick from Curivari comes in at a stout 5 x 54 with a slight box press to it. The wrapper is a gorgeous, dark Mexican San Andres leaf covering binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. The price is very affordable at $7.50 per stick.

Curivari Ciclope

On the cold draw, there is raisin and dry red wine notes. The wrapper puts off a barnyard aroma, while I smell chocolate out of the foot. Once lit, I get tons of smoke with black pepper and dark chocolate. Through the nose, spicy red pepper dominates. The finish hits me with spicy cedar and earth.

Curivari Ciclope

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I pick up sweet cocoa on the draw with earth and black pepper. Through the nose, red pepper takes over with more cocoa. The finish blasts me with tons of dark cocoa flavor. Strength and body settle in at a steady medium-to-full.

Curivari Ciclope

Fifty minutes go by, and the second third wisps away. There is more cocoa on the draw with a lot of nuttiness and black pepper. On the retro-hale, I pick up more red pepper and cocoa. The finish has even more cocoa with strong espresso notes and a nice buttery element. Strength and body both remain at medium-to-full.

Curivari Ciclope

The final third ends right around one hour and fifteen minutes. On the draw, dark cocoa blends with espresso and cinnamon. I find no change to the flavors on the retro-hale – welcome consistency throughout the entire smoke. Spicy black pepper takes over the finish with underlying notes of cocoa. Strength and body both jump up to the full mark in this third.

Curivari Ciclope

The Curivari Ciclope is a phenomenal cigar. Complexity comes in moderation, but this cigar has such good flavor throughout, it doesn’t need to be more complex. I feel like I almost took Curivari to the cleaners price-wise as it offers a better experience than many sticks two or three times the price. I absolutely love everything it has to offer. Each puff is like a little dessert. I highly recommend trying this one out. It’s a box-worthy smoke!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas in the Robusto size. This 5 ½ x 50 cigar features a Mexican San Andres wrapper on top of a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and fillers from Nicaragua. It retails for $9.55. The orange bands with a little bling to them make this one sharp looking cigar.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

The wrapper produces a light barnyard aroma, while I smell cocoa and oatmeal out of the foot. The cold draw offers some raisin flavor. Once lit, I pick up very light cocoa and wheat. Through the nose, there is light cinnamon with little body. The finish hits me with black pepper and leather.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, metallic earth and leather take the front seat. Through the nose, there is a simple earth flavor. On the finish, I pick up fruity cocoa with some black pepper. Strength and body settle in at a steady medium.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

The second third gets me to one hour and ten minutes. I find a stale toast and black pepper on the draw – it doesn’t excite me. On the retro-hale, the earthy flavor now has an unpleasant sourness to it. The finish gives me bitter cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

The final third puts me at one hour and forty minutes. The draw flavors improve with sweet earth and black pepper. Unfortunately, there is more of the same sour earth through the nose. Cocoa and black pepper dominate the finish. Strength and body finish out at a consistent medium.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

The Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas simply didn’t wow me. It has a very simple flavor profile with minimal complexity and some harsh and unpleasant notes. Construction was pretty good, but overall, this cigar was a let-down. For $9.55, there are tons of other much better cigars I’d reach for first, and for that reason, I can’t recommend this one.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | FQ Phenom No. 3 Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the FQ (Fernandez Quiroga) Phenom No. 3 in the Robusto size. This 5×50 cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper on top of a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. It holds a modest retail price of $7.

FQ Phenom No. 3

On the cold draw, I pick up damp earth. The wrapper produces a spicy chocolate aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. Once lit, there is some saltiness with black pepper, leather, and cocoa. Through the nose, I get full-bodied chocolate and black pepper. The finish gives me more black pepper with leather.

FQ Phenom No. 3

Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find black pepper with spicy floral notes. Through the nose, red pepper blends with leather. The finish offers me a delicious, sweet plum alongside some spicy cocoa. Strength and body settle in at a hefty full with a lot of pepper in the throat.

FQ Phenom No. 3

The second third ends around fifty minutes. The smoke exudes salty oak and more floral notes on the draw. On the retro-hale, there is a delicious blend of toast, cinnamon, and leather. The finish sees the same plum and cocoa notes. Strength and body drop down to medium-to-full.

FQ Phenom No. 3

The final third closes out at one hour and fifteen minutes. The same flavors come through on the draw with the addition of some cocoa. Through the nose, there are cinnamon and floral notes. On the finish, black pepper and leather compliment fruity cocoa. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

FQ Phenom No. 3

The FQ Phenom No. 3 is a delightful cigar. The flavors it offers work perfectly together to deliver a refined and complex experience. Construction is great, and I simply couldn’t get enough. My only complaint is that it didn’t last longer! For $7, this cigar is an unbeatable deal – a must try that I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)