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Cigar Review | 1502 Blue Sapphire

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new 1502 Blue Sapphire. This 6×52 Toro Gordo is a Nicaraguan puro meaning the wrapper, binder, and fillers are all Nicaraguan tobaccos. It retails for $13 and is surprisingly not box-pressed.

1502 Blue Sapphire

On the cold draw, I pick up fruity raisin. The wrapper produces a rich, woody chocolate aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. Once lit, I find leather and dark cocoa on the draw. Through the nose, the leather carries through with some cedar. On the finish, there is black pepper, cocoa, and a hint of molasses.

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up light cocoa and buttery coffee. Through the nose, there is a pleasant mix of nougat and grass. The finish gives me smoky cedar with hay and light black pepper. Strength and body come in at the medium mark.

1502 Blue Sapphire

The second third gets me to one hour. There is more cocoa on the draw with smoky earth. On the retro-hale, sweet cinnamon compliments leather. The finish introduces me to black licorice with oily leather and black pepper. Strength and body remain consistent at the medium mark.

1502 Blue Sapphire

One hour and forty minutes, the final third dissipates. On the draw, there is rich earth and cocoa with a nice sweet toast. Through the nose, nutty earth blends with black pepper. The finish gives me more black pepper with buttery cocoa. Strength and body jump slightly to the medium-to-full mark.

1502 Blue Sapphire

The 1502 Blue Sapphire is another win for 1502. It offers a nice array of flavors with moderate depth. Construction is perfect, and the smoke is very smooth. It’s not my favorite 1502 blend, but it’s a good smoke with an enjoyable flavor profile many people would enjoy. I definitely recommend giving it a try.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Cubariqueño Protocol Lancero

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Cubariqueño Protocol Lancero. This 7.5×38 stick features an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper with all Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves. The Lancero is a new limited size for this blend which may increase in production depending on demand. It retails for $10.99 and comes in boxes of ten.

Cubariqueno Protocol Lancero

On the cold draw, I pick up damp cedar. The wrapper produces an earthy barnyard aroma, and I smell fruity earth out of the foot. Once lit, I get earthy white pepper alongside nutty coffee on the draw. Through the nose, there is a caramel-like earth flavor. The finish also sees earth with toast and sweet leather.

The first third comes to a close at thirty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up toast with coffee and earth. Through the nose, black pepper blends with coffee. The finish offers sweet leather with additional coffee. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Cubariqueno Protocol Lancero

One hour in, the second third closes out. I continue to pick up coffee on the draw with a delicious sweet toast. On the retro-hale, I’m treated to a distinct walnut and cinnamon combo. The finish gives me smoky cedar with black licorice and bitter cocoa. Strength and body stay the same.

Cubariqueno Protocol Lancero

The final third ends at an hour and a half. Burnt coffee and black pepper melt with rich earth on the draw. There is more walnut through the nose with the return of coffee. The finish gives me more smoky cedar with black pepper and lemon zest. Strength and body jump slightly to the medium-to-full mark.

Cubariqueno Protocol Lancero

The Cubariqueño Protocol Lancero is an excellent cigar. It offers a deep level of complexity with flavors that keep you puffing away. Construction is perfect, and it’s simply an enjoyable smoke. This is a cigar I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Eiroa the First 20 Years

Twenty years ago, Christian Eiroa began a career in the tobacco industry. His family purchased the Camacho brand in 1995. Christian formed the CLE Cigar Company in 2012. To celebrate his 20 year anniversary, he created a new regular production cigar called EIROA, The First 20 Years. What makes this cigar special is the blend created by his father Julio. The cigar is a Honduran puro with all tobacco grown in the Jamastran Valley. The binder is reported to be an heirloom crop of tobacco that hasn’t been used in over 50 years. The cigar is offered in four sizes.

Sizes 5 x 50 – $11.60
6 x 46 – $11.60
6 x 54 – $12.60
Toro 6 x 60 – $13.60

The bottom of the cigar is wrapped in decorative tissue paper. I like this presentation because the tissue protects the wrapper and allows it to breath at the same time. The tissue paper easily slides off when you are ready to smoke it. Once unwrapped the smoker is presented with a boxed pressed cigar, minimal veins and a natural dark tobacco color. The tobacco visible through the foot is also very dark and rich in appearance. The aroma is a sour smell reminiscent of certain Cuban cigars. The cold draw reminds of damp books in a basement.

Upon first light I blow out a big thick cloud of smoke which immediately fills the air and refuses to dissipate. The flavor is rich with a complex set of flavors including buttered toast, a slight bite, a slight amount of black pepper, coffee, peanut, chocolate and cocoa. There is minimal pepper spice and no real sweetness. This is a well constructed cigar which burned flawlessly. The strength is medium-ful strength and medium-full body. From beginning to end this cigar does not disappoint. If you are looking for a good cigar that is a little bit more expensive than your every day smokes, but still don’t want to break the bank…Try the EIROA, The First 20 Years.

Rating:
Price – 4/5
Construction – 5/5
Flavor – 5/5
Overall Experience – 5/5
Total – 4.6/5

Cigars for this review were purchased by iROBUSTO

Cigar Review | Fable Fourth Prime

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a relatively new cigar that carried a lot of hype at the 2016 IPCPR trade show. The Fable Fourth Prime is a cigar made in the RoMa Craft factory. For this review, I picked the Mi size, a 5.75×46 Gran Corona. This blend features a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper, Ecuadoran Habano Ligero binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Fable Fourth Prime

On the cold draw, I pick up a distinct creamy cocoa flavor. The wrapper produces a barnyard and cocoa aroma, while I smell more cocoa out of the foot. Once lit, I’m hit with cocoa and black pepper spice alongside a dark leather. Through the nose, salty cocoa pairs with black pepper. The finish offers dried fruit, more leather, and earth.

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I get a delicious mix of cocoa, strong coffee, and leather. Through the nose, black pepper blends with sweet earth. The finish is out of this world with very buttery cocoa and creamy vanilla – the cigar equivalent of a twist ice cream cone. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Fable Fourth Prime

The second third gets me to one hour. The flavor profile takes a twist. I get more cocoa on the draw with a very spicy black pepper. On the retro-hale, gingerbread and earth complement each other. The finish loses the ice cream mojo and explodes with black pepper and burnt coffee – a surprisingly good combo. Strength and body jump to the full mark.

Fable Fourth Prime

The final third wisps away at an hour and a half. Cocoa and black pepper continue to hit me on the draw alongside raisin. Through the nose, leather and black pepper dance. The finish is a super spicy bombardment of black pepper and deep espresso. Strength and body finish out at the full mark.

Fable Fourth Prime

The Fourth Prime is one of the best cigars I’ve had all year. It starts out as an absolute dessert stick and then turns into a bold force of power. It won’t necessarily knock you out, but it does have some kick behind it in the last two thirds. The complexity and depth of this smoke is rare these days, so this is a very welcome addition to the industry. Construction is absolutely perfect. This is a box-worthy cigar that I highly recommend. What are you waiting for? Go find one!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Robusto. This 5×50 cigar appears to be rolled perfectly with a pigtail cap and closed foot. It features an Ecuadorian Habano Light Clario wrapper with Mexican San Andres and Jalapa Seco binders securing top-secret fillers. It’s a classy looking cigar to say the least.

Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Robusto

The cold draw offers a light damp tobacco flavor. The wrapper produces a potent barnyard and leather aroma. Once lit, I’m hit with black pepper spice, cocoa, and leather. Through the nose, I pick up sweet toast on top of nutty earth. The finish gives me a blast of red pepper and leather alongside coffee.

After thirty minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up salty leather with black pepper and coffee. Through the nose, a creamy Nutella-esque flavor comes through on top of cinnamon. The finish gives me sweet coffee with toast and spicy cedar. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Robusto

The second third gets me to fifty-five minutes. Black pepper explodes on the draw in addition to more salty leather. The retro-hale consists of vegetal earth and sweet vanilla. On the finish, a tobacco core blends with more coffee and a damp cedar. There is no change to strength or body.

The final third comes to a close at one hour and twenty-five minutes. I pick up more black pepper and leather on the draw complimented by cinnamon. Through the nose, I’m hit with spicy earth and toast. The finish offers more coffee with leather and spicy red pepper. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Robusto

The Jas Sum Kral Red Knight is a wonderful smoke, and the Robusto is a great vessel for this blend. It offers a great deal of complexity with delicious flavors that keep you coming back for more. Construction is absolutely perfect. I highly recommend this cigar and can’t wait to try future offerings from this company.

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 | Drew Estate Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive from Drew Estate. This 6×52 Toro features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with a Brazilian Mata Fina binder and Nicaraguan fillers. It was made as an exclusive release for Tobacconists Association of America retailers.

Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive

The wrapper puts off a fruity earth aroma, while I smell distinct raisin out of the foot. The raisin also comes through on the cold draw. Once lit, I pick up buttery earth with toast and leather on the tongue. Through the nose, sweet caramel and toast pair with cedar. The finish gives me red pepper on top of leather and clove.

Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive

Forty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up leather with some coffee and cocoa. Through the nose, cedar mixes with black pepper and a wonderful molasses and caramel combo. The finish offers red pepper and smoky earth. Both strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive

The second third gets me to one hour and thirty minutes. More coffee and leather come through on the draw alongside sweet vanilla. The retro-hale gives me spicy caramel with toast. On the finish, I get burnt almond on top of black pepper and butter. There is no change to strength or body.

Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive

The final third finishes at two hours and fifteen minutes. I continue to get coffee and leather on the draw with the addition of char. Through the nose, red pepper returns and dominates with subtle dried fruit. On the finish, I get more black pepper with leather and hay. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

The Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive is a delicious extension to an already phenomenal line. It offers tons of complexity with delectable, thick smoke. Construction is absolutely perfect. This is a must try for any cigar lover especially Drew Estate fans. It’s a box-worthy stick that I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)