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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 | Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988. This cigar was made as a nod to the birth year of Kyle Gellis, founder of Warped Cigars. It comes in one size, a 5 ¼ x 50 Robusto, and it retails for $9. The blend consists of all Nicaraguan tobaccos with a Corojo 99 wrapper.

Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

Pre-Light & First Light

The cold draw is loose with cedar and fruity notes. The wrapper gives off a nutty leather aroma, while the foot smells similar with a fruity note. Once lit, I pick up oak with cashew. Through the nose, there is deep toast and white pepper. The finish gives me nutty cedar and brown sugar.

Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

First Third

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up nutty caramel with sweet cream and toast. Through the nose, I find more toast with cinnamon spice. The finish is delightful with toasted marshmallow, brown sugar, and leather. Strength and body settle in at medium.

Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

Second Third

The second third gets me to fifty-five minutes. The draw consists of black pepper and floral notes alongside citrus. On the retro-hale, spice settles down and turns into a sweeter cinnamon on top of cookie dough notes. There is more leather on the finish with a sourdough toast and hints of marshmallow. Both strength and body remain at medium.

Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

Final Third

The final third wisps away around an hour and a half. On the draw, I pick up more black pepper and citrus on top of leather. Through the nose, cookie dough persists with hints of marshmallow. The finish displays dried fruit and leather with the return of brown sugar. Strength and body finish out at medium.

Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

Overall

The Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988 is a phenomenal cigar. Flavors are mouth-watering, and complexity is solid. Burn and construction are perfect, and the cigar gives off huge plumes of smoke. I have no complaints about this cigar whatsoever.

This is one of those cigars you wish lasted longer every time you smoke it. The price is extremely competitive and makes this treat an exceptional value. It’s a box-worthy blend, and I highly recommend it.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Black Star Line Cigar El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown. This cigar retails for $15.99 and comes in a 6 x 54 Toro. The name of the company represents an African-American owned business founded by a firefighter with El Milagro bands nodding to first responders.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown

Pre-Light

El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown features a Nicaraguan Sun Grown wrapper with an Ecuadorian binder covering Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The cold draw reveals a flavor of damp earth. Off the wrapper, I pick up a manure and leather aroma, while I smell fruity leather out of the foot.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown

First Light

The first light gives me buttery toast and nutmeg on the draw. The retro-hale offers me cedar and toast. On the finish, white pepper mixes with cedar and caramel toast. Smoke output is voluminous with an easy draw.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown

First Third

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I find salty cedar with nutmeg and buttery toast. Through the nose, there is light leather pairing with spicy toast. The finish gives me more buttery toast on top of cedar. Strength and body finish out at medium.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown

Second Third

One hour in, the second third burns down. There is a delicious combo of cedar and leather with melting buttery toast on the draw. On the retro-hale, I get more spicy toast alongside leather. The finish hits me with notes of white pepper and more cedar paired with more buttery toast that occasionally turns to a buttery dill weed. There is no change to strength or body.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown

Final Third

The final third wisps away at an hour and a half. On the draw, I pick up more salty cedar on top of floral notes and leather. Through the nose, cinnamon comes into play pairing nicely with toast. The finish is delightful with rich flavors of leather, buttery toast, and floral notes. Strength and body finish out at medium.

Thoughts

The Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown is an excellent cigar. It delivers big on flavor with a most notable buttery toast element that pairs perfectly with everything else. Construction is top notch – no surprise coming from El Titan de Bronze – and smoke output is plentiful.

The only downside of this cigar is the high price tag. However, I’m inclined to say it feels worth it to me, and the cigar is neutral enough in terms of strength and body to please just about any kind of cigar smoker. I highly recommend it if you can swallow the price.  

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres. This cigar comes in a single size – a 6 x 54 Toro – and retails for $15.99. It features a Mexican San Andres wrapper covering a double Ecuadorian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. El Milagro San Andres is rolled at El Titan de Bronze in Miami, Florida.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres

Pre-Light

The cold draw offers black licorice and plum flavor. The wrapper produces an earthly chocolate aroma, while I smell more of a chocolate out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up black pepper spice with leather. My nose finds toast and black pepper. There is spicier black pepper on the finish with very light cocoa.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres

First Third

Thirty five minutes into smoking, El Milagro San Andres mellows past the first third. The draw offers me very light flavors of black pepper and grassy earth. Through the nose, I pick up hints of burnt marshmallow with smoky almond. The finish consists of black pepper and an unpleasant, sour earth. Strength and body settle in at medium.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres

Second Third

The second third disappears after an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is a blend of earth and cedar with black pepper. On the retro-hale, things change with light floral notes and earth. The finish gives me more black pepper and earth. Thankfully, the sour element has vanished. Strength and body remain unchanged.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres

Last Third

An hour and fifty minutes in, this slow-burner sees its final puffs. Light black pepper blends with cedar and underlying citrus on the draw. Through the nose, more floral notes appear with toast. The finish offers grassy earth with citrus carrying through and a distinct fresh green pepper flavor. Strength and body finish out at a steady medium.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres

Final Thoughts

The Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres is a decent cigar. It starts out with some unpleasant sourness, but flavors improve as it’s smoked. I was hoping for a little more depth and body in this blend. It didn’t blow me away, but it was pleasant enough. I believe this blend would benefit from six months to a year of rest in the humidor.

The big gripe I have with El Milagro San Andres is the price. My reviews are focused mainly on flavors and performance, but price does play a part for most cigar smokers. It’s not the most expensive cigar around, but $15.99 is a lot to pay for what I call an average cigar. If the price doesn’t bother you, or you just want to support a small, lesser-known cigar brand, give it a try.

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 | Cornelius & Anthony The Gent Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Cornelius & Anthony The Gent in the Robusto size. This box-pressed 5 x 52 cigar retails for $8.50. It features an Ecuadorian Rosado wrapper with a binder from the United States and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The cold draw produces a slight oak flavor. The wrapper gives off a chocolatey leather aroma, while I smell dried fruit. Once lit, I pick up white pepper and cedar on the draw. Vanilla and cinnamon come through on the retro-hale. The finish hits me with light black pepper and some coffee.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

Thirty minutes in, the first third finishes. On the draw, I pick up some white pepper with brown sugar and coffee. Through the nose, mint blends with cinnamon and vanilla. The finish lingers with spicy nutmeg, toast, and prune. Strength and body settles in at a stout medium-to-full.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The second third gets me to one hour. I find more white pepper on the draw with leather and floral notes. The retro-hale consists of cinnamon and toast. On the finish, there is more spicy nutmeg with black pepper and ginger. I see no change to strength and body.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The final third closes out at an hour and a half. On the draw, white pepper gives depth to citrus and more floral notes. Through the nose, my sinuses are blasted with bombs of black pepper and cinnamon. The finish offers black pepper with char and earth. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The Cornelius & Anthony The Gent Robusto is an excellent cigar blend that offers great complexity and flavor. Construction is top-notch with a smooth draw and plentiful smoke. The flavors on this thing really work well together, and I enjoyed every last puff. Cornelius & Anthony continues to put out quality cigars. This cigar ranked as my #13 cigar of 2018, and I highly recommend trying it.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Bespoke Club Mareva: Grand Mareva

The Grand Mareva was launched by Bespoke cigars at the opening of the International Private Member cigar club in Split, Croatia. Club Mareva adopted this cigar as its “House Cigar” and the emblem on the band is the club’s logo.

I have been really diving into the Bespoke line in recent weeks and I’m quite impressed by some of their blends. Anytime the name Kelner is involved with a cigar, you have to at least be curious. With that being said, I was enthusiastic and ready to begin this journey thru the Bespoke halls of tobacco!

This particular cigar was blended by Hendrik Kelner Jr. of the world renown Kelner family of Master blenders at the KBF factory in the Dominican Republic.

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap.
  • Wrapper – Brazillian
  • Binder – Dominican
  • Filler – Aged Nicaraguan, Dominican & USA
  • Size – 5,6″ x 42

Pre Light

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

The Gran Mareva has the color of a damp wet paper bag and a curled pigtail cap. It is rustic looking with a slight sheen, some pronounced veins and a closed foot. There are aromas of soil, nuts and a mild Dominican funk coming off the wrapper. I twisted off the curly pigtail, leaving a tiny raw opening. However, the draw was wide open, even with the closed foot still intact. On that note, the cold draw gave me hay, musk and a mild sage. Also, I had that crystal crunch in my mouth that you get from certain cigars. Almost as if there were sugar crystals up in the club. LOL!

First Third|Up In The Club

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

Once I convince myself that this isn’t a Drake OVO cigar, I spark this little bad boy up. Initial flavors are toasty and dark as the closed foot burns away. It’s almost a charred thing going on. Soon after, it opens up and blossoms into floral cuts with a thumping bass consisting of some powerful cinnamon, cardamom and cracked peppercorn. The club is lit! The retro tastes like cream and rose petals sandwiched between 2 honey teddy graham crackers. There’s also a brief cameo appearance of a metallic nuttiness on the track. I think this song is called, “Wow Complex!”

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

Second Third|Up In Here, Up In Here!!!

The savory flavors of Sage, Cardamom, salted Nuts and a floral backdrop are dominating the sweet tones. However, the DJ is slowly mixing in a raisin melody, making an even more complex mix. All this partying is stirring up room notes of sweet, creamy baking spice. Who brought monkey bread up in the club!? Towards the end of this track the raisin beat started morphing into a black cherry with cedar moving to the forefront.

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

Final Third|Slow it Down

As the mood in the spot dies down and the music slows up a bit, the flavors are straight forward and to the point. There’s Honey, Charred Cedar and Dried Fruit bringing the party to a close. While the Slow Jams are playing, the texture of the smoke is smooth and you can still get subtle hints of that baking spice thru the nose. The charred wood is actually tolerable as far as taste but it leaves a bitter finish on the tongue. As a result, the lights came on and the bouncers yelled, “It’s time to go!!!”

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

All I can say at this point is that if you have not experienced any of Bespoke’s Cigars, do yourself a favor and check them out. The only gripe I have with Bespoke is that the price point on a lot of their sticks is out of my usual range. At the same time, I’m a hypocrite! Because as a cigar adventurer, if I feel the urge to try something, Im going for it regardless of price. The problem arises when I actually like the cigar. I can’t be paying that price too often Family! LOL. Again, I thank you guys for taking the time to experience this ride with me.

CHEERS & SALUTE. Until next time. – Oasis