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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out one of the
newest JSK cigars. The Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano is one of the first
CBD-infused cigars on the market. It comes in one size – 4 ½ x 48 – and retails
for $12. Each cigar is infused with 20 mg of hemp-derived CBD. The blend
consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with an Indonesian binder and Nicaraguan
Pre-light, the wrapper gives off dried fruit flavor. The
wrapper produces a potent damp hay aroma, while I smell the same out of the
foot. Once lit, I taste slight vanilla and white pepper. Through the nose,
there is a hint of sweet cocoa and vanilla. There is a mild white pepper on the
Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the
draw, I pick up citrus with cedar. Through the nose, vanilla blends with white
pepper. The finish offers plum and brown sugar alongside a hint of leather. Strength
and body settle in at medium.
The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. I find oak,
grassy earth, and white pepper on the draw. On the retro-hale, I see no
significant changes. More plum comes through on the finish with added leather.
Strength and body remain at medium.
The final third ends around one hour and five minutes. On
the draw, the flavors remain the same. Through the nose, white pepper takes
over with extra spice. There is further white pepper on the finish with leather
and cedar. Strength and body finish out at a consistent medium.
The Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano is a solid smoke. The effects
of the CBD will be hard to determine without continuous use for at least a few
weeks, but the cigar in its own right stands tall. The flavors are on point
working together and keeping it interesting. Construction is top-notch. Price
is a little high, but real CBD products do have added expense. Overall, the JSK
Nuggs is another highly recommended hit from this rapidly-growing boutique
brand. And no, it doesn’t taste like weed.
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
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.
Patina cigars are made at Mombacho Cigars S.A.’s Casa Favilli factory in Nicaragua. Creator and owner of the Patina brand Mo Maali, is also the National Sales Manager for the Mombacho brand. The Patina cigars are also the first time Casa Favilli used tobaccos from outside of Nicaragua.
The med plus to full Patina Habano has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian binders and fillers. Also, they come packed in 16ct boxes, commemorating the number of steps on the stairway at Casa Favilli.
“When we flew down to Nicaragua to meet with the factories we had an idea of what we were looking for, but not necessarily a specific factory in mind. After we met with Mombacho, it became clear early on that ours and Mombacho’s visions and values were very similar…We wanted more than a factory that could produce us a cigar, we wanted to be a part of a family, and that sums up the relationship between Patina and Mombacho.”
This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper. And again, I cannot find a seam here! absolutely Stunning!!!
The Aroma coming from the wrapper smells like chocolate covered socks, but socks right after you take your shoes off. To any new readers, don’t fret, these are good aromas in cigar language, LOL! The foot gives off chocolate covered nuts, wood and musky soil. The cold draw was medium firm with tones of hay, tea and wood. A far cry from the rich potent aromas on the wrapper and foot.
First Third: How You Doin’!!!
Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m in love…I think. I’m immediately hit with a powerful yet balanced blast of spicy black pepper, sweet red pepper and woody nuttiness. I’m experiencing old leather, raisin and baking spice thru the nose on the retrohale. What an amazing start to the Patina Habano, with a perfect draw and an admirable cloud output. The smoke is not as thick as it feels but it is raging off of the foot.
Later on in the 1st third, I notice a slight metallic mineral flavor that isn’t off putting in this case because it’s balanced by the initial flavors. Also, there is a refreshing cream flavor floating around on the palate as well as the retrohale. I couldn’t have scripted a better introduction to a cigar.
Second Third: Habano Love
Just as I thought the spice factor had warn out it’s welcome, it came charging back at my palate and nostrils in the form of a black and white pepper grenade. A creamy cedar is leading the flavor parade at this point and the woody finish lingers on my tongue quite a bit. At the half way point, I start getting blessed with a hint of a dark cherry licorice like sweetness and some subtle warm baked bread nuances. I guess it’s also fair to say that the strength has reached full because I’m getting a head buzz!
Final Third: Best Blind Date Ever.
Cedar, leather and cream are the contributing factors opening up the Patina Habano finale. Also, the flavor of white pepper is noticeable but not the spiciness of it. we’re at a smooth level of bonding at this point. However, I am still getting satisfying blasts of dried fruit and citrus in the nose. Before I reached nub territory, I clipped the head again to open the cigar back up a bit. I guess drooling over your cigar from sheer bliss will inevitably cause a little tar build up, LOL! This alleviated any bitterness from ruining our night together. I Put the cigar down in the ash tray for the final time with semi sweet creamy cedar coating my palate.
I can’t help but to reiterate how beautfully made this cigar is. It’s quite possible that I stared at it for at least 20min, admiring it’s craftsmanship. After thinking, I realize that Casa Favilli only puts out works of art, considering the Mombacho line. I’m on the verge of diving into both brands as I’ve sampled 1 from each, including this one. But, I can honestly say that I am looking forward to the experience!
I’d like to give a special S/O to my Brothers Shad Bates from Janus Tobak and Mike aka @EmojiStogies for providing all the Patina and Mombacho cigars in my humidor. I would also like to Thank you guys for taking the time to share another cigar adventure with me.
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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
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.
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art. For this review, I smoke the Robusto size, a 5 x 52 box-pressed cigar. It retails for $9.90. This cigar is a follow up to the original Alec Bradley Prensado which earned #1 cigar of the year from Cigar Aficionado. The blend consists of a Honduran wrapper with a Honduran and Nicaraguan double binder as well as Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers.
The cold draw offers me an oaky wine flavor. The wrapper puts off a muted earth aroma, and I smell toast out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up creaminess with black pepper. Through the nose, toast and black pepper find my sinuses. The finish hits me with bitter black pepper.
Thirty minutes in, the first third produces earth, leather, and buttery cream on the draw. Through the nose, a sweet toast takes over. Black pepper and almond are dominant on the finish. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.
The second third gets me to one hour. On the draw, black pepper blends with leather. The retro-hale offers up a pleasant cinnamon and toast combo. A lingering finish of black pepper and char complements black licorice. Strength and body remain the same.
An hour and a half in, the cigar winds down to an end. The draw offers no changes on this third, while I taste floral earth with a spicy cinnamon on the retro. Coming through on the finish is black pepper with earth and the return of almond. It closes out at medium-to-full to both strength and body.
The Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art is a good cigar. I’ll leave it at the word good. It’s got some nice flavors and moderate complexity. Burn and smoke output is spot on. It just doesn’t blow me away. It’s not bad, but it’s not mind-blowing, either. It’s worth a try, but I personally prefer the original Prensado at least when it smokes well – I’ve had a few of those that just weren’t the same level of quality as most. Give this Lost Art a try before you commit to a box.
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.
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?)
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.
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.
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.
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!