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Cigar Review | Foundation The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 Toro

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 Honduras.

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.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art Robusto

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.

Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art

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.

Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art

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.

Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art

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.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018

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.

RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018

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?)

RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018

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.

RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018

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.

RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018

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.

RoMa Craft Tobac CRAFT 2018

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!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | RoMa Craft Tobac Wunder|Lust Robusto

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.

RoMa Craft Tobac WunderLust Robusto

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.

RoMa Craft Wunder|Lust

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.

RoMa Craft Wunder|Lust

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.

RoMa Craft Wunder|Lust

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.

RoMa Craft Wunder|Lust

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.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas Robusto

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.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

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.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

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.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

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.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

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.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

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.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | FQ Phenom No. 3 Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the FQ (Fernandez Quiroga) Phenom No. 3 in the Robusto size. This 5×50 cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper on top of a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. It holds a modest retail price of $7.

FQ Phenom No. 3

On the cold draw, I pick up damp earth. The wrapper produces a spicy chocolate aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. Once lit, there is some saltiness with black pepper, leather, and cocoa. Through the nose, I get full-bodied chocolate and black pepper. The finish gives me more black pepper with leather.

FQ Phenom No. 3

Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find black pepper with spicy floral notes. Through the nose, red pepper blends with leather. The finish offers me a delicious, sweet plum alongside some spicy cocoa. Strength and body settle in at a hefty full with a lot of pepper in the throat.

FQ Phenom No. 3

The second third ends around fifty minutes. The smoke exudes salty oak and more floral notes on the draw. On the retro-hale, there is a delicious blend of toast, cinnamon, and leather. The finish sees the same plum and cocoa notes. Strength and body drop down to medium-to-full.

FQ Phenom No. 3

The final third closes out at one hour and fifteen minutes. The same flavors come through on the draw with the addition of some cocoa. Through the nose, there are cinnamon and floral notes. On the finish, black pepper and leather compliment fruity cocoa. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

FQ Phenom No. 3

The FQ Phenom No. 3 is a delightful cigar. The flavors it offers work perfectly together to deliver a refined and complex experience. Construction is great, and I simply couldn’t get enough. My only complaint is that it didn’t last longer! For $7, this cigar is an unbeatable deal – a must try that I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias Toro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Todos Las Dias by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. It features a sun-grown, Cuban-seed Nicaraguan wrapper with filler and binder tobaccos from Nicaragua. For this review, I smoke the Toro, a 6×52 stick. It retails for $12.45. This dark beauty features a slick black and silver band and foot band resulting in a very sharp appearance.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

On the cold draw, I pick up wheat cereal notes. The wrapper produces a spicy earth aroma, while I smell something similar out of the foot. Once lit, the smoke gives me faint black pepper spice. Through the nose, charred toast takes over. The finish holds black pepper spice with coffee and cocoa.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The first third closes out at forty minutes. On the draw, cocoa and oak mix with black pepper. Through the nose, I find lots of spicy black pepper. The finish offers me light black pepper with sweet dark cocoa. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The second third gets me to one hour and fifteen minutes. Salty coffee and black pepper blend together on the draw. The retro-hale hits me with nutmeg, black pepper, and cocoa. On the finish, charred toast sits next to cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body jump to the full mark.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The final third ends at two hours. I pick up nutmeg and leather with black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, black pepper and cocoa are complimented by floral earth. The finish gives me spicy gingerbread with clove and char. Strength and body finish out at a hefty full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias is an excellent cigar. It offers deep, rich flavors with complex “dark” notes. Throughout the experience, strength and body continually build but not just for the sake of it. Mild fans might want to steer clear, but if you enjoy full-bodied goodness, this is a must try and one of the best cigars of the year. I highly recommend it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)