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Cigar Review | Quema Maduro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a cigar from a brand new company. Timothy Burns, an impressive one-man operation, started Quema cigars. For this review, I smoke the Maduro in the Toro size. This 6×52 cigar offers a Brazilian Maduro wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan Criollo 98 filler. It appears to be very well rolled.

Quema Maduro

Pre-light, the wrapper gives me a barnyard and cocoa aroma with the same out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up a faint sweet and salty cocoa. Once lit, cocoa with black pepper and earth come through on the draw. Through the nose, I find more cocoa and underlying cedar. The finish gives me more cocoa with leather.

After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find a delicious mix of cocoa and buttery cream. Through the nose, I pick up citrus with a nice cedar and black pepper combo. The finish gives me distinct coffee and oak. Construction is perfect with a razor sharp burn and tight ash. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Quema Maduro

The second third finishes at one hour. I find black pepper on the draw with more cocoa and earth. On the retro-hale, I pick up toast with cocoa. The finish offers a hint of raisin with more coffee. The construction on this cigar continues to impress me, and strength and body remain consistent at the medium mark.

Quema Maduro

The final third ends at one hour and forty minutes. The draw is delicious with the return of buttery cream alongside back pepper and cocoa. Through the nose, spicy almond compliments cedar. On the finish, grass and leather come in with bold espresso. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Quema Maduro

The Quema Maduro is a fantastic cigar. It has some of the best construction I’ve seen in quite some time with a perfect burn and huge ash. There is a good level of complexity with very smooth smoke and balanced flavors. This brand has a bright future ahead of it, and I look forward to future offerings. I highly recommend this one.

Thank you to Timothy Burns for sending this in for review. I truly appreciate it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | El Güegüense

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out Foundation Cigar Company’s first release, El Güegüense. For this review, I smoke the Churchill, a 7×48 cigar. This Nicaraguan puro features a Corojo 99 Jalapa wrapper, Corojo 99 Jalapa binder, and Criollo 99 and Criollo 98 Jalapa and Esteli fillers.

El Güegüense

The wrapper puts off a rich tobacco and barnyard aroma. Out of the foot, I smell fruity earth. On the cold draw, there is a slight earthy flavor. Once lit, I pick up noticeable black pepper with leather and earth. Through the nose, I pick up red pepper. The finish gives me more black pepper with coffee and cocoa.

After forty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find sweet earth with leather and coffee. Through the nose, I’m treated with honey and almond. The finish consists of leather with cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

El Güegüense

The second third finishes at one hour and thirty minutes. Coffee dominates the draw alongside nutty earth. On the retro-hale, I get more honey with sweet toast. The finish gives me more black pepper with hickory and additional coffee. Strength and body jump up slightly to the medium-to-full mark.

El Güegüense

Two hours and ten minutes in, I finish the final third. More coffee comes through on the draw with black pepper and leather. Through the nose, spicy cedar is complimented by gingerbread. On the finish, sweet molasses pairs perfectly with hazelnut and slight black pepper. Strength and body close out at the medium-to-full mark.

El Güegüense

El Güegüense is a remarkable cigar. It starts off good and becomes great by the end. The complex flavors blend well together to create a balanced and enjoyable experience. As the cigar burns down, it just gets better and better. Construction is top notch, and the smoke is smooth and voluminous. I definitely recommend trying this one out.

A special thank you goes out to Joan for sending this one to me for review. I really appreciate it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | 1502 Nicaragua

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I finally get my hands on the 1502 Nicaragua in Robusto. This 5×50 box-pressed cigar features a buttery smooth wrapper. It is a Nicaraguan puro with tobaccos from Esteli, Jalapa, Condega, and Ometepe.

1502 Nicaragua

On the cold draw, I pick up a nice fruity cedar flavor. The wrapper produces a potent fruity earth aroma, while I smell raisins and tobacco out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up creamy cedar with white pepper and coffee on the draw. Through the nose, a sweet caramel and earth blends with cedar. The finish offers buttery cream on top of black pepper and cedar.

1502 Nicaragua

After twenty minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up sweet, creamy cedar alongside hazelnut and white pepper. Through the nose, there is a delicious caramel and coffee. The finish offers fruity cedar with earthy and a salty toast. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

1502 Nicaragua

Forty-five minutes in, I finish the second third. There is more creamy cedar and white pepper on the draw with the addition of toast. The retro-hale is dominated by a wonderful flavor I would describe as sweet pastry dough. On the finish, I get white pepper with more earth and a subtle vanilla. Both strength and body continue to float around the medium mark.

1502 Nicaragua

The final third ends at one hour and fifteen minutes. On the draw, I find a slight vegetal earthy on top of spicy cedar and hazelnut. Through the nose, caramel and coffee make a welcome comeback. The finish sees the return of salty toast and more white pepper. Strength and body both jump up slightly to the medium-to-full mark.

The 1502 Nicaragua is a phenomenal cigar. It offers a great deal of complexity with wonderful flavors. The smoke is smooth and creamy, and the construction is spot on. I would consider this a delightful desert cigar that’s definitely worthy of a box purchase. Enrique Sanchez continues to impress me with his great smokes, and I highly recommend this one!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | José Orlando Padrón 90th Birthday Cigar

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I try out a special Padrón cigar. The José Orlando Padrón 90th Birthday Cigar was made to celebrate the 90th birthday of this beloved family’s patriarch. Only 200 boxes of 10 have been released and were offered exclusively at a Smoke Inn event celebrating the milestone. From what I’ve found online, this is a Nicarguan puro. The cigar I smoke for this review features a gorgeous Maduro wrapper. It comes in one size, a 6×46 round stick – not the box-pressed format seen with most Padróns.

Jose O Padron 90th Birthday Cigar

On the cold draw, there is a light raisin flavor. The wrapper produces a damp earth aroma, while the foot puts off a raisin smell. Once lit, there is cocoa on the draw with black pepper and coffee. The finish offers spicier black pepper and cinnamon. Through the nose, black pepper dominates alongside coffee.

After twenty-five minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up cocoa with salty earth. Through the nose, there is cedar alongside spicy black pepper. The finish offers a potent red pepper on top of espresso and leather. Strength settles in at the medium-to-full mark, while body is very full.

Jose O Padron 90th Birthday Cigar

Fifty-five minutes in, I finish the second third. More cocoa comes through on the draw combined with peanut and prune notes. On the retro-hale, I’m greeted with light black pepper and additional cocoa. The finish is bold with charred cedar, more espresso, and leather. Both strength and body are at the medium-to-full mark now.

Jose O Padron 90th Birthday Cigar

The final third comes to a close at one hour and twenty-five minutes. Cocoa continues to be a dominant flavor on the draw with black pepper and cedar. There is no change to the retro-hale in this third. On the finish, I get a delightful mix of creamy coffee, black pepper, and earth. Strength and body finish out at the full mark.

Jose O Padron 90th Birthday Cigar

This 90th Birthday Cigar fits the bill for such a celebration. It brings classic Padrón flavors to the table that blend well together. Construction is top notch, and the size is one of my favorites. At $16.50, it’s not a cheap cigar, but it’s worth the experience it offers. There are still some other Padrón cigars that I enjoy more, but this is still a great smoke. I definitely recommend this one if you can find it.

I’d like to extend a special thank you to Frank for sending this one to me for review. I truly appreciate it, my friend!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | TACASA

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a brand that was entirely foreign to me until a few weeks ago. The TACASA in Toro is a 6×50 cigar made by Carlos Sanchez. It features a slightly oil Ecuadorian Habano wrapper concealing a San Andres binder and fillers from three different growing regions in Nicaragua.

TACASA

The wrapper produces an aroma of coffee and earth. Out of the foot, I smell more coffee and rich tobacco. On the cold draw, I pick up a slight salty, fruity flavor. Once lit, I pick up a buttery cream on the draw with cedar and cinnamon. The smoke is very smooth. More cinnamon comes through on the short finish alongside nutmeg and grass. The retro-hale gives me creamy cedar and coffee.

After forty minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up a delicious coffee flavor mixed with buttery cedar. Through the nose, sweet almond notes compliment a tobacco core. The finish is simple with nutmeg and a faint earth. Strength and body settle in at the mild-to-medium mark.

TACASA

One hour and fifteen minutes in, I burn through the second third. I find more coffee on the draw with the addition of grass and leather. There is no change to the retro-hale in this third. On the finish, I pick up more nutmeg alongside graphite and mushroom – something I’ve never picked up in a cigar before. Strength and body stay consistent at the mild-to-medium mark.

TACASA

The final third comes to a close at one hour and forty-five minutes. Coffee continues to come through on the draw with additional grass and some smoky cedar. Through the nose, I find more almond with a sweet toast note. On the finish, I see more nutmeg with bitterness to it as well as some leather. Strength and body finish out at the mild-to-medium mark.

TACASA

The TACASA was a pleasant surprise for me. It’s not super complex, but it does have a tasty flavor profile that I thoroughly enjoyed. There aren’t a whole lot of transitions in this smoke, but sometimes, that fits the bill. It’s certainly a consistent cigar, and for a retail price of $6, it’s one hell of a deal. I definitely recommend it.

I’d like to extend my appreciation to Rick for sending this one in. Thanks a bunch, brother!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Gurkha Ninja

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Gurkha Ninja in the Knife size. This 5×55 Robusto features a very oily Brazilian Maduro wrapper. Inside is a Dominican binder securing Nicaraguan long fillers. It appears to have been expertly rolled.

Gurkha Ninja

The wrapper gives off a rich coffee and leather aroma while I smell damp moss out of the foot. On the cold draw, I simply taste damp moss. Once lit, I find black pepper spice on the draw with coffee and a nutty flavor. The black pepper spice kicks up on the finish with leather. Through the nose, I get cedar with leather and black pepper spice.

After thirty minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I find some buttery cedar with black pepper and grass. Through the nose, I pick up a nice cocoa and bold earth. The finish is tasty with coffee, oatmeal, and more black pepper spice. The strength and body settles in at the medium-to-full mark.

Gurkha Ninja

The second third gets me to one hour. The draw offers more grass with a dark cocoa. On the retro-hale, I pick up sweet earth on top of moss and cedar. The finish is simple with salty leather and black pepper. The strength and body both drop down to the medium mark in this third.

Gurkha Ninja

The final third comes to a close at one hour and thirty minutes. The draw sees the return of buttery cedar and black pepper with more grass. Through the nose, I pick up almond alongside a cinnamon graham cracker. The finish offers more salty leather with metallic earth and toast. Strength finishes at the medium mark, while body jumps back up to medium-to-full.

Gurkha Ninja

The Gurkha Ninja is a very satisfying cigar. It retails for only $5.55, but it offers a good array of delightful flavors. It’s not super complex, but the depth it does offer makes this stick a great deal. I definitely recommend it.

I’d like to give a special thanks to the Cigar Chairman for sending this to me for review. Thank you, brother!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Quesada Tributo Alvarito

The Quesada Tributo Alvarito is a small densely packed cigar with complicated “non-mainstream” flavors. The head of the cigar is very flat and easy to cut. Part of the Tributo line besides the Alvarito are the Alvaro a 6” x 52 Belicoso, the Manolin a fat 6.5” x 60 Gordo and the Julio 5” x 50 standard sized Robusto.

Reviewed: Quesada Tributo Alvarito

Length and Ring: 4.5 x 40
Vitola: Petit Corona
Wrapper: Hybrid Ecuador HCHS (Habano 2000, Corojo, Habano Vuelta Arriba & Sumatra)
Binder: Honduran Ligero
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan Ligeros
Price: $5.00

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Dimension, Zest & Flavors

The prelight smell revealed some earth and sweetness. Coffee, Espresso, Coffee Bean, Earth and Sweet Cedar Leather

Transition Alert

Toward the band it picked up more cedar and sweetness. The cigar started dry and woody and built up coffee to coffee bean

Draw, Smoke Output & finish

There is a tight draw with minimal smoke output. The finish is medium to long and builds as the cigar gets passed the halfway pioint.

Time of Smoke & Value

For a small $5 cigar with interesting, unusual (in a good way) flavors and a 50 minute experience the cigar has a satisfying feel. You can’t help but think it was money well spent.

Final Thoughts

The cigar makes a nice presentation with its yellow and brown cigar band. The ash was a champion holding on for 1.5” without the need to baby the cigar. The cigar construction was densely packed and sported a dark natural wrapper with some veins. Overall it was absolutely flawless. The “coffee bean or fresh coffee can” flavor was welcoming and none like I have had in cigars in a while. The cigar showcases ligero tobacco very well by ferociously giving it strength. The draw was tight and could be too tight for some. There were no burn issues and it smoked for longer than expected.