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!
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the RoMa Craft Tobac Wunder|Lust in the 5 x 50 Robusto size. This European exclusive cigar features a dark Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper covering an Indonesian binder and undisclosed fillers. It retails for 8.75 EUR which is about $10.86 per cigar. The cigars come packed in large 40-count boxes.
On the cold draw, there is sour raisin flavor. The wrapper produces a leathery aroma, while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up light leather, cedar, and white pepper. Through the nose, I find nutty caramel. The finish gives me black and red pepper with nutty leather.
Twenty-five minutes in, the first third ends. I pick up nutty cocoa and leather with spicy cinnamon on the draw. Through the nose, I find spicy caramel alongside a mellow nuttiness. Smoky walnut and leather blend with black pepper on the finish. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.
At the hour mark, the second third comes to a close. On the draw, grassy earth comes through with leather and spicy cinnamon. The retro-hale sees no change with more spicy caramel and nuttiness. The finish is also much like the first third. Strength and body remain consistent.
The final third finishes up around an hour and a half. I get black pepper, earth, and leather on the draw. Through the nose, spicy cinnamon and red pepper blast my sinuses. Bombs of black pepper dominate the finish. Strength and body finish at medium-to-full.
The RoMa Craft Wunder|Lust is an excellent cigar. Complexity is moderate, but the flavors that come through are delicious throughout. The burn was a bit wavy, but it always corrected itself, so I can’t knock it on that. As with every RoMa Craft cigar I’ve smoked, the Wunder|Lust delivers a memorable experience that I highly recommend.
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas in the Robusto size. This 5 ½ x 50 cigar features a Mexican San Andres wrapper on top of a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and fillers from Nicaragua. It retails for $9.55. The orange bands with a little bling to them make this one sharp looking cigar.
The wrapper produces a light barnyard aroma, while I smell cocoa and oatmeal out of the foot. The cold draw offers some raisin flavor. Once lit, I pick up very light cocoa and wheat. Through the nose, there is light cinnamon with little body. The finish hits me with black pepper and leather.
After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, metallic earth and leather take the front seat. Through the nose, there is a simple earth flavor. On the finish, I pick up fruity cocoa with some black pepper. Strength and body settle in at a steady medium.
The second third gets me to one hour and ten minutes. I find a stale toast and black pepper on the draw – it doesn’t excite me. On the retro-hale, the earthy flavor now has an unpleasant sourness to it. The finish gives me bitter cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third puts me at one hour and forty minutes. The draw flavors improve with sweet earth and black pepper. Unfortunately, there is more of the same sour earth through the nose. Cocoa and black pepper dominate the finish. Strength and body finish out at a consistent medium.
The Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas simply didn’t wow me. It has a very simple flavor profile with minimal complexity and some harsh and unpleasant notes. Construction was pretty good, but overall, this cigar was a let-down. For $9.55, there are tons of other much better cigars I’d reach for first, and for that reason, I can’t recommend this one.