Cigar Review | Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown

The Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown cigar reviewed by LeeMack912

It has been a long time since long filler tobacco was being grown in Florida; 1977 to be exact. Jeff Borysiewicz owner of the Orlando-area Corona Cigar stores began growing tobacco on land he purchased outside of Orlando. Some say to avoid paying residential taxes on the land, other s say he just loved tobacco. He eventually partnered up with Drew Estates and released a new blend titled Florida Sun Grown (FSG). The cigar was blended by Willy Herrera and it took him 2 years to complete the project.

Wrapper: Brazilian
Binder: Habano Seed Honduran
Filler: Nicaragua & FSG
The new Florida Sun Grown cigar line will feature four new sizes, listed below:
Robusto (5 x 54), MSRP $230/20ct box
Toro (6 x 52), MSRP $260/20ct box
Belicoso (6 ½ x 54), MSRP $280/20ct box
Sixty (6 x 60), MSRP $300/20ct box
Limited Edition Trunk-Pressed Toro (6 x 54)

Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown

Today’s pairing is from Coney Island Brewing Freaktoberfest Big Ol Pumpkin Ale – brewed with pumpkin, spices and espresso beans
My first impression of this tobacco is that it smells kinda like old batteries and tobacco. It is rolled impeccably. I would expect nothing less from Drew Estates. The cold draw reminds me of dried fruit and damp musty books in the basement. Upon first light I made a terrible face because it had a strong mineral earth and alkaline flavor.

The flavor was also very drying with increasing pepper. To see the full detail, watch the review.

Price – 3/5
Construction – 5/5
Flavor – 3/5
Overall – 3/5
Total – 3.4/5

Cigar Review | Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess

The Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Collector’s Edition were introduced at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show. The cigars are an installment of its Skull and Bones series. The name “Ten Ton Tess” is the 13th release of Skull and Bones.

Size: 6” X 54
Vitola: Toro
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: U.S., Brazil, and the Dominican Republic
Price: Approximately $16.00

Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Collector’s Edition

Ten Ton Tess is the nickname for an Earthquake / Seismic bomb used by Britain’s Royal Air Force during World War II. This cigar is the third installment of the Viaje Collector’s Edition.

Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Collector’s Edition

Rolled at Abe Flores’ PDR Cigars factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. The Viaje Skull and Bones series is packaged in 1 of 3 different jars. There are a black jar and a white jar with a silver Skull and Bones logo. This is a limited edition that will be only 500 of each color jar with each containing 19 cigars. Then even more limited is the undisclosed blend. This is distinguished by having gold Skull and Bones’ logos on a black jar with only 100 jars of 19 cigars are to be produced of this blend.

Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Collector’s Edition

Construction & Notes

Rustic wrapper.
Satin sheen, toothy, thick wrapper.
Very firmly rolled
Cold draw – very firm draw, dried fruit (date, raisin, sweetness)

1st – starts out with a complex mix of flavors, apricot, graham cracker, chocolate, raisin)

Medium body, light-medium flavor, short finish

The cigar does not progress very well. It is a smooth smoke, but the flavor is very light. I wonder how this cigar would smoke in a couple of years as strength tends lessen in strength as the tobacco ages.

Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Collector’s Edition

Cigar Review | RoMa Craft Tobac Neanderthal SGP

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the shop-exclusive RoMa Craft Tobac Neanderthal SGP. This 4.25×52 stick is exclusive to Serious Cigars in Houston, Texas, and Riverside Cigars in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The cigar features a flat head and a very complex blend of tobaccos. The Mexican San Andreas Maduro wrapper covers a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro binder, and the fillers include Pennsylvania Double Ligero as well as plenty Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco.

RoMa Craft Tobac Neanderthal SGP

Pre-light, the wrapper and foot give off a potent fruity raisin aroma. The cold draw yields an earthy grass. Once lit, a strong spice hits my tongue. The retro-hale is bold with leather and rich earth. The finish is short with mild leather.

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I get a blast of black pepper spice with some leather and roasted walnut. Through the nose, there is more spicy black pepper with bold earth. The finish is long with a fruity oak alongside some spicy coffee and gingerbread. Body and strength are both in the medium-to-full range.

RoMa Craft Tobac Neanderthal SGP

Forty-five minutes in, I finish the second third. The floral and vanilla aroma coming off of this cigar is fantastic. On the draw, I pick up a prune and leather mix with a slight char and some salty wheat. Through the nose, I find mossy wood with a hint of cocoa and a lot of oatmeal. The finish continues to be long with spicy yet salty caramel, black pepper, and toast. The body and strength are both up to the full mark.

RoMa Craft Tobac Neanderthal SGP

The final third ends at one hour and ten minutes. I’m now experiencing the biggest cigar buzz I can recall ever having. The draw gives me spicy leather with a bomb of black pepper and an interesting burnt popcorn kernel note. On the retro-hale, there is more delicious oatmeal with floral earth and some salty toast. The finish stays long with woody coffee alongside a dried fruit medley and some clove. Strength and body are both as full as can be.

RoMa Craft Tobac Neanderthal SGP

The Neanderthal SGP is a powerhouse to say the least. Sometimes, this can be a bad thing in a cigar, but with this stick, it’s wonderful. The complexity of flavors in this blend is outstanding, and everything balances together perfectly. I absolutely loved this cigar and highly recommend it. Just make sure to smoke this bad boy with some food in your belly!

Keep on puffin’!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Davidoff Nicaragua Toro

Welcome back for Stog o’Clock with CutLightSmoke! This time, I smoke and review the Davidoff Nicaragua. I chose the Toro size, which boasts five and a half inches of a 54-ring gauge. Beneath the 10-year aged Habano-seed Nicaraguan Rosado wrapper is a Jalapa binder and filler tobacco from various regions in Nicaragua that are known for great tobacco. This is Davidoff’s first Nicaraguan puro. The wrapper has a gorgeous orange tinge to it and smells of an earthy barnyard. The foot of the cigar has the same aroma with a dried fruit element.

The pre-light draw is effortless and leaves me with a faint dried fruit taste. I put fire to the foot, and the first light reveals a big tobacco core. The aroma the smoke produces is much the same. There is a small amount of spice through the nose, and the finish gives me a sweet cedar flavor with a slight nuttiness.

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The first third burns quickly and ends at the twenty-minute mark. There is a light sweet wood flavor on the draw with a hint earthiness. The finish is long and offers me sweet leather with a wonderful toast flavor. Through the nose, dried fruit is the main contender with ample sweetness and a grassy note. The construction quality shines through with perfect performance. Body and strength are at the medium to full mark.

The second third puts me at the forty-five-minute mark. The cigar is still burning quickly, but the flavor is spot-on. I am bombed with massive amounts of wood and earth on the draw, and the finish produces a delectable, creamy leather flavor with a zest of orange peel. There is an occasional dried fruit flavor that makes itself known every few puffs. Through the nose, a weak coffee pokes through with a pinch of spice and sweetness. The body and strength remain unchanged.

As I finish out the cigar, I clock the experience at one hour and ten minutes. The strength leaps to the full mark in the last third. The draw produces rich floral and leathery notes alongside a slight earthiness. The everlasting finish gives me a fantastic aged tobacco taste complimented by a flavor reminiscent of Fruity Pebbles. The retro-hale gives me spice, wood, and leather.

Overall, this cigar is a fantastic smoke. It’s extremely complex and enjoyable. The flavors blend well together, and the smoke is smooth. Performance is flawless. This will definitely be a contender in my 2015 top cigars of the year list. The price is a little high at the $16.50 mark, but if you can get a deal on one or are willing to front the coin, it’s definitely worth it. I highly recommend you check it out.

Until next time, happy smoking!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

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Cigar Review | Aging Room F55 Quattro Concerto

It’s Stog o’Clock again with CutLightSmoke! This go around, I smoke a cigar that’s never seen a place in my humidor. The Aging Room F55 Quattro in the Concerto size is a Churchill that is 7 inches long with a 50 ring gauge. It has a tight box press which slightly reduces the ring gauge. This cigar won the number two spot on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 list in 2013. It was the highest ranked non-Cuban cigar of that year. The smooth Sumatra wrapper cloaks a Dominican binder filled with Dominican Cuban-seed tobaccos.

There is a bold berry aroma coming out of the foot pre-light. The wrapper gives off a slight chocolate smell. The first light melts in my mouth with sweet cocoa and a spicy wood element on the lasting finish. Through the nose, the spice and wood notes are even more prevalent.

Aging Room F55 Quattro Concerto

Over the course of 30 minutes, the first third dazzles me with a delicious berry note that reminds me of a mix of raspberries and blackberries. There is a constant wood flavor on the draw as well. Through the nose, spice and coffee are the main performers. The finish has a mild spice and a smooth earthiness that stays a while. The burn and draw are great, and smoke output is plentiful. The body and strength are a firm medium.

The second third blows my mind. The cigar has developed into a very complex blend of strong roasted coffee with a huge toast note setting in alongside a slight spice. I pick up on some pleasant chocolate flavors, and the berry mix from the first third calms down on the draw but blasts through the nose. The finish presents a very smooth, everlasting cedar flavor. The combination of all of these flavors excites my palate and makes me beg for more. This cigar has performed flawlessly for 50 minutes. Body and strength stay the same.

Aging Room F55 Quattro Concerto

After close to an hour and a half, the F55 Quattro has made its way onto my favorites list. The last third treats me to a nice pretzel wheat flavor, almost like that of a pretzel wheat beer. The smoke is buttery smooth. Through the nose, a leather makes an appearance with some spice. The finish leaves me with spice and transitions into the pretzel wheat flavor that remains very unique and enjoyable. The body and strength end at the medium mark as I reluctantly finish this memorable smoke.

I didn’t want this cigar to end. It was debatably the best cigar I’ve had so far in 2015. I don’t always agree with rankings on yearly lists from cigar publications, but this one really nailed the mark. It is very deserving of the highest accolades. I cannot believe it took me so long to finally try this thing, and I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed. It has earned a regular stay in my humidor, that’s for sure!

Happy smoking!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

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