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Cigar Review | El Artista Buffalo TEN

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the El Artista Buffalo TEN. This budget focused cigar comes in a 6 x 50 box-pressed format and retails for only $4.50! It features a Mexican San Andres wrapper covering a Dominican Negrito binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Nicaragua, and the USA.

El Artista Buffalo TEN

Pre-Light

Pre-light, the cold draw gives flavors of oats and wine. The wrapper produces a leather and manure aroma while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. Once lit, I taste light hay, black pepper, and cocoa. Through the nose, there is a blend of sour earth and black pepper. The finish is full of body with cocoa and earthy leather.

El Artista Buffalo TEN

First Third

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find black pepper with bitter earth and sharp cocoa. Through the nose, burnt graham cracker mixes with black pepper. The finish offers leather and oak alongside floral notes. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

El Artista Buffalo TEN

Second Third

The second third ends around one hour and fifteen minutes. Sour earth takes over the draw with more cocoa. On the retro-hale, black pepper and spicy red pepper dance through my sinuses. The finish displays grass with light cocoa and more floral notes. There is no change to strength or body.

El Artista Buffalo TEN

Final Third

The final third wraps up around two hours. On the draw, a salty cocoa attempts to cover underlying sour earth. Through the nose, pepper dominates with some added leather notes. On the finish, I pick up more cocoa and floral notes. Strength and body finish at medium-to-full.

El Artista Buffalo TEN

Overall Thoughts

The Buffalo TEN by El Artista is an okay cigar. It didn’t blow me away, but it’s not terrible, either. This cigar displays some decent flavors with a few unpleasant notes, but for $4.50, it performs better than expected. I think with some lengthy rest in the humidor, the flavors will become more refined.

Construction of the Buffalo TEN is superior to most budget smokes and even better than a lot of higher-priced cigars. Again, for $4.50, this thing performed well. If you only smoke the cream of the crop, this probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking for a decent value cigar, it’s worth a try.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX. This cigar was made with Paul Rosenberg, president of Shady Records, to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary. It comes in one size, a 5 x 50 box-pressed Belicoso, and retails for $10.40. A Mexican San Andres wrapper adorns a Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Brazil.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

Let’s Get Started

On the cold draw, the Undercrown ShadyXX produces a raisin-dominant dried fruit flavor. The wrapper gives off a rich earthy aroma while I smell much the same out of the foot. Once lit, rich dark cocoa and black pepper appear. Through the nose, sweet cocoa is touched by a hint of black pepper. The finish exudes black pepper, leather, and earth.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

First Third

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up cocoa with black pepper and espresso. Through the nose, red pepper blends with oak. The finish gives me grassy earth and black licorice. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

Second Third

The second third ends around fifty minutes. Strong black pepper and bitter cocoa dominate the draw. On the retro-hale, sweet cocoa is tamed but present along with vanilla. There is more black licorice on the finish with leather and grassy earth. Strength and body remain consistent at medium-to-full.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

Final Third

An hour and twenty minutes in, the final third sees the end. On the draw, I get more black pepper and cocoa. Through the nose, sweet cocoa and vanilla are topped off with additional black pepper. The finish hits me with more black licorice and even bolder black pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

Overall Thoughts

The Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX is a solid cigar. It produces a lot of bold, dark flavors that work well together with a decent amount of complexity. Aside from a brief wavy burn and required touch-up in the final third, construction was on point with huge plumes of smoke.

Price is competitive with other cigars on the market, and I would say this is one of the best blends currently in the Drew Estate portfolio. These cigars are a limited production, so they’re a bit hard to come by. I recommend giving the Undercrown ShadyXX a try if you can find it!

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro Corona Gorda

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro. For this review, I smoke the Corona Gorda, a 6 x 46 box-pressed stick. It retails for $10. The blend consists of a super dark Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper and all Nicaraguan tobaccos within.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The cold draw on this cigar gives some dried fruit flavor. The rich, dark wrapper produces a potent manure aroma, while I smell a bit of the same out of the foot with dried fruit. The first light produces copious amounts of spice and body.  

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find black pepper spice with coffee and bitter cocoa. Through the nose, a spicy black pepper blends with leather. The finish gives me more bitter cocoa and leather. Strength settles in at medium, while body is extremely full.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The second third gets me to fifty-five minutes. The draw hits me with rich cocoa and dark espresso. On the retro-hale, there is a massive amount of cayenne pepper dominating my sinuses. The finish is a delightful mix of black licorice and black pepper. There is no change to strength or body.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The final third wisps away at one hour and twenty minutes. On the draw, more cocoa blends with cinnamon and coffee. Through the nose, flavors remain consistent. The finish hits me with black pepper, cedar, and leather. Strength finishes out at medium, while body ends at the ceiling.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro is an excellent cigar. It displays delicious, bold flavors without being too strong, and complexity is sufficient. Construction is perfect, and the cigar billows with smoke. It’s competitively priced and competes well with similarly priced cigars. You may not like this if you only smoke mild-bodied blends, but for everyone else I highly recommend picking up a bunch of these.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Alec Bradley Magic Toast Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Alec Bradley Magic Toast in the Robusto size. This 5 x 52 cigar retails for $8.95 and sports an extremely dark wrapper leaf from Honduras. Inside, there are both Nicaraguan and Honduran binders as well as fillers from both of those same countries.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The cold draw is snug with a mossy flavor. The wrapper produces a rich dark cocoa aroma, while I smell chocolate and strawberry out of the foot. The first light hits me with buttery cedar and black pepper. Through the nose, spice kicks up with red pepper and more cedar. The finish gives me cocoa and cinnamon.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I pick up cocoa and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, dried fruit blends with walnut and floral notes. The finish offers up some dark chocolate with raspberry and clove. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The second third brings me to one hour. I find more black pepper on the draw with the addition of vegetal earth. The retro-hale consists of buttery toast and more floral notes. The finish is delightful with sweet chocolate and marshmallow flavors reminiscent of hot cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The final third ends at one hour and thirty minutes. Black pepper and black licorice mix well on the draw. I see no change of flavors through the nose. The finish displays smoky cedar and black pepper. Nearly all elements of sweetness drop off in this final third. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The Alec Bradley Magic Toast is an excellent cigar. It offers a ton of complexity with many dark, dessert-like flavors. Construction is absolutely perfect with ash stacking like quarters. To top it off, the price is extremely competitive at just a hair under $9. This is one of the best Alec Bradley cigars to date, and I highly recommend giving it a try.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

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)