Cigar Review | Quesada Tributo Alvarito

The Quesada Tributo Alvarito is a small densely packed cigar with complicated “non-mainstream” flavors. The head of the cigar is very flat and easy to cut. Part of the Tributo line besides the Alvarito are the Alvaro a 6” x 52 Belicoso, the Manolin a fat 6.5” x 60 Gordo and the Julio 5” x 50 standard sized Robusto.

Reviewed: Quesada Tributo Alvarito

Length and Ring: 4.5 x 40
Vitola: Petit Corona
Wrapper: Hybrid Ecuador HCHS (Habano 2000, Corojo, Habano Vuelta Arriba & Sumatra)
Binder: Honduran Ligero
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan Ligeros
Price: $5.00

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Dimension, Zest & Flavors

The prelight smell revealed some earth and sweetness. Coffee, Espresso, Coffee Bean, Earth and Sweet Cedar Leather

Transition Alert

Toward the band it picked up more cedar and sweetness. The cigar started dry and woody and built up coffee to coffee bean

Draw, Smoke Output & finish

There is a tight draw with minimal smoke output. The finish is medium to long and builds as the cigar gets passed the halfway pioint.

Time of Smoke & Value

For a small $5 cigar with interesting, unusual (in a good way) flavors and a 50 minute experience the cigar has a satisfying feel. You can’t help but think it was money well spent.

Final Thoughts

The cigar makes a nice presentation with its yellow and brown cigar band. The ash was a champion holding on for 1.5” without the need to baby the cigar. The cigar construction was densely packed and sported a dark natural wrapper with some veins. Overall it was absolutely flawless. The “coffee bean or fresh coffee can” flavor was welcoming and none like I have had in cigars in a while. The cigar showcases ligero tobacco very well by ferociously giving it strength. The draw was tight and could be too tight for some. There were no burn issues and it smoked for longer than expected.

Cigar Review | Asylum Cigars Insidious

Family today is another beautiful day in my neighborhood. Today it’s 60 degrees and raining. We will be smoking and reviewing the Insidious by Asylum. It is Asylum’s first Connect wrapped cigar. It features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, the binder and filler are from Honduras. The size we are smoking is a 5 x 50 Robusto which is available for the amazing price of $4.00

The cigar has a very smooth tawny beige wrapper. There are minimal veins on the wrapper with invisible veins. It appears to be very well rolled and a smell of the foot offers aromas of sweet tobacco. I tasted the tip before cutting it and it almost tasted as if it was sweetened. The draw is nice and medium where I like it.

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This cigar is billed as a mild cigar which is the reason many have passed this one by (myself included). Upon first light, I think that I have picked up the wrong cigar. It immediately went to my head, my mouth is experiencing a mix of white, black and red peppers. This cigar is sitting squarely in the medium body and flavor lane and the pepper makes it feel like it is a little stronger. It has a slight bit of complexity as the sweet tobacco core, tea and a mix of pepper.

The flavors ease off slightly but the strength remains as I continue to smoke through the first third. This cigar reminds me of another cigar that I smoked and reviewed. More about that one in a minute. As I continue to smoke this one and the strength continues to heat up my head, I notice a strip of dark tobacco that runs down the center. Is that ligero?

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As I enter the final third, the pepper and sweet tobacco is joined by rich coffee. The finish is dry, short and crisp. The burn is razor sharp, the draw is perfect and she burns slowly.

I end up smoking this one down to the nub. Oh yeah, that other cigar that this reminds me of…..the CLE Connecticut. This is another Connecticut wrapped cigar that is worth a try. The common denominator, Christian Luis Eiroa. Both cigars are full flavor medium strength cigars. Winners in my book.

Price: 4/5
Flavor: 3.5/5
Construction: 5/5
Total: 7.8/10

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Cigar Review | Duran Cigars Neya F8 Ligero Typhoon

Neya F8 Ligero Typhoon Created by Roberto P. Duran of Duran Cigars

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Vitola: 6 x 56
Price: $6
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder & Filler: Nicaraguan

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Todays weather is a balmy 78 degrees. It’s supposed to be fall, but this weather is beautiful. So I decided to have a cigar in Ye Ole Man Cave. So I pulled out the Neya F8 Ligero Typhoon. The Neya F8 series is blended with more ligero than the standard Neya blend. The idea was to give the cigar some additional strength without overwhelming the smoker with pepper or cinnamon spice. The F8 was paired with Couch Surfer Oatmeal Stout by Otter Creek Brewing Co. of Middlebury, VT.

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Upon inspection the cigar showed a few raised veins with invisible seams, It was firmly packed and felt solid and heavy in the hand. There was minimal aroma off the wrapper. After I cut the tip, I was met with a medium draw and flavors of sweet baking spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice). The F8 Typhoon starts off with wood, charcoal and a slight bit of black pepper. It is medium plus in strength and continues to build slowly without being obnoxious. There are flavors of sweet tobacco, salt, pepper. There is not much complexity with this cigar, however, it is quite enjoyable. There is a thick chewy smoke which makes you feel as if you are smoking a substantial cigar. The burn line is straight. The one word to describe this cigar is consistent and good (ok that was two words). This is a good cigar that is definitely worth a try.

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LeeMack912 Rating

Price 4/5
Flavor 3.5/5
Complexity 3/5
Construction 5/5
Total 7.8/10

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