It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the A.C.E. Prime Luciano The Traveler. This cigar is the crown jewel of the A.C.E. Prime (A.C.E. stands for A Cuban Experience) portfolio. It’s a nod to co-founder, Luciano Meirelles. The cigar features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper covering an Ecuadorian binder and Ecuadorian and Peruvian fillers with Pelo de Oro. It comes in at 7 x 46 and retails for $17.
The cold draw gives me graham cracker flavor. Pre-light, the wrapper smells of barnyard and earth, while the foot smells similar with cocoa. Once lit, the first light reveals a general toastiness. Through the nose, flavors turn to grassy toast. The finish gives me cocoa with toast and slight black pepper.
Forty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up herbal cocoa with cedar. Through the nose, toast blends with a nuttiness and grassy earth. The finish hits me with hints of cocoa, floral notes, and leather. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.
The second third gets me to an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw sees more cedar and light nutmeg. On the retro-hale, there is more toast with sweet and smoky nuttiness. The finish is delightful with light brown sugar, citrus, and hints of cocoa. Strength and body remain at medium-to-full.
Two hours in, the final third wisps away. I find oily leather on the draw with more cedar and added citrus. Through the nose, molasses pairs with floral notes and toast. The finish exudes spicy nutmeg with cocoa and smoky cedar. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.
The A.C.E. Prime Luciano The Traveler is a phenomenal cigar. It offers up some serious flavor with solid complexity. Everything blends together exceptionally well, and the cigar simply tastes more refined than most. Construction is top notch with a perfect burn and voluminous smoke output. Price is a little high, but the experience justifies it. I highly recommend giving this one a try.
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I do a full review of my #1 cigar of 2019, the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552. This beefy 5 x 52 Robusto retails for $10.75 and features a Connecticut Broadleaf No. 1 Dark Corona wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
On the cold draw I taste bitter, damp fruit notes. The wrapper produces a rich musty molasses aroma while the foot smells similar. Once lit, I pick up toast and molasses. Through the nose, toast blends with sweet cinnamon and brown sugar. The finish consists of cocoa and coffee.
Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up coffee with brown sugar and smoked almond. Through the nose, I find light cinnamon and oak notes. The finish hits me with rich molasses and deeper coffee alongside light black pepper. Strength is a steady medium while body is very full.
The second third wraps up at one hour. The smoke off of this Mi Querida Triqui Traca is extremely thick and chewy. The draw continues to give me coffee with molasses and underlying tart cherry. On the retro-hale, cinnamon picks up with a delicious gingerbread note. Coffee turns to espresso on the finish with a complementing molasses and leather core. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third wisps away at one hour and forty minutes. On the draw, black pepper and molasses dominate with occasional hints of tart cherry. There is more gingerbread through the nose with hints of cherry and orange peel. Leather comes up front on the finish with smoky oak and more coffee. Strength finishes at medium while body closes out very full.
The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552 is simply a phenomenal cigar. It displays an impressive amount of complexity with flavor depth beyond most blends. Construction is spot on with a perfect draw and sharp burn. It’s certainly a finger-burner.
One of the most satisfying elements of this cigar is the density of the smoke with a rich chewiness. It’s also one of the rare cigars that provides an enormous level of flavor without being overpowering on strength. There’s a reason I named this cigar my #1 of 2019 – I can’t stop smoking these. This is one of my favorite cigars of the last decade, and you just have to try it!
This week’s offering is a cigar that was featured in my monthly Privada Cigar Club box. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present The Finest Hour Maduro from Ernesto Padilla. I like to consider myself an adventurer and hunter when it comes to cigars. Therefore, I knew Privada was the perfect fit for me. The cigars are already well aged for the most part. Also, the cigars are rare, hard to find or club exclusives that only the members can get a hold of. And, the price is RIGHT!!!
This cigar is adorned with a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Oscuro wrapper with fully aged Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers. Let’s get into it.
Pre Light Inspection
As mentioned, The Finest Hour has a deep dark brown colored wrapper with a rustic appeal to it. The seams are very noticeable and there are tiny veins all over. Funny to me, was the weirdly oblong and lumpy cap on this cigar. I’m pretty sure it probably just this stick.
On the wrapper, I got aromas of wood, soil and ink. The foot smells of powdered chocolate, roasted coffee, earth, toast and mineral. I got almost nothing on the cold draw but dry hay. The cigar is firm with a slight bounce.
First Third | Let’s Smoke
The cigar lit very easily. It started with a dry woody and minerally anchor with black pepper and a subtle raisin and ink flavor that I detected in the cold draw. As I get into it, there’s a barely sweet tobacco parallel to that pencil shaving mineral flavor that I usually can’t stand. Right now it is tolerable but, we shall see. Billowing smoke is present from both the foot and head of the cigar after each puff. Cocoa powder and roast coffee are present in the retrohale. Also, there is that slight fruity molasses in the nose.
Technically, these flavors would be a hit in any cigar. However, the not so super enjoyable pencil and dry wood flavors are running the show. The raisin, molasses, cocoa and coffee nuances are not yet at an impressive level.
Second Third | The Finest Third
“My god, the dead has arisen!” Rich meaty earth and that dried fruit have taken over and I couldn’t be happier. the molasses is also creeping around, leading me to believe that The Finest Hour translates to “Second Third” in Padillan. LOL. I’ve got a substantial but enjoyable white and red pepper zing dominating my olfactory zone. Meanwhile, there’s a very very light brown sugar on the finish but a more prominent black pepper and cinnamon lingering on the tongue after each hit. This is certainly the Finest Third!
Final Third | Sigh!
I really thought we were headed to bliss but we’ve actually reverted back to the first third. No matter how hard I try, the cigar is either burning too hot or dying out. As a result, I’m puffing excessively causing the already lack luster flavors to be accompanied by bitterness and tongue bite. I think its fair to add that this might not be an issue in another sample. That goes for any cigar when you have issues with the burn or draw. With that being said, I would certainly try this cigar again.
Well family, we know they can’t all be tear da roof off experiences when it comes to cigar smoking. The experience is always worth it though. I can guarantee to you many of my fellow Privada Cigar Club Brothers and Sisters fell in love with this cigar. That’s the beauty of diversity and cigars. And, I appreciate hearing about others experiences, good and bad.
I recommend any of you guys that share that cigar bounty hunter spirit to look into joining this monthly cigar club. Brian is very accessible and he grinds hard for the club, hunting and tracking down gems and exclusive collaborations.
I appreciate you guys stopping by and taking the time to share this experience with me. Please don’t hesitate to leave comments, thoughts and opinions. Also, feel free to share with friends, family and all of our FOTL!!
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the Southern Draw
Cedrus The Hogan. This Belicoso Fino comes in at 5 ½ x 52 and retails for
$11.99. These come packed in unique boxes of 10 with each cigar standing
upright. The cigar was made to honor Phil and Shelly Hogan, friends and early
supporters of the brand. The blend features an Indonesian Sumatra Bosuki TBN
wrapper concealing a Nicaraguan Habano binder and fillers from the Dominican
Republic and Nicaragua.
The wrapper produces a light leathery aroma, while I smell
raisin out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up wine notes. Once lit, this
stick blows tons of smoke. The draw offers cedar with sweet cocoa. Through the
nose, I find more cedar with spicy nuttiness. The finish hits me with red
pepper, cocoa, and molasses.
Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the
draw, I pick up a hint of cedar with raisin and brown sugar. Through the nose,
red pepper and cinnamon mix. The finish gives me cinnamon with roasted coffee
and light molasses. Strength settles at a medium while body is very full.
The second third finishes at forty-five minutes. The draw
offers toast with more cedar and distinct flavor of sunflower seeds. On the
retro-hale, I’m greeted with more cinnamon alongside coffee. The finish
consists of bold espresso with fading molasses notes and hints of vanilla. Both
strength and vanilla sit at medium-to-full.
One hour and fifteen minutes in, the final third wraps up.
Brown sugar returns on the draw with cinnamon and some sweet cocoa. There is no
change through the nose. I find flowery earth, citrus, and molasses on the
finish. Strength and body finish out at a solid medium-to-full.
The Southern Draw Cedrus The Hogan is a phenomenal cigar. It
hits all the right notes on flavor pulling you back in with every puff, and
there’s enough complexity to keep things interesting. Every minute of this
smoke is a treat. Construction is top notch, and smoke output is plentiful. If
you haven’t tried this cigar, you’re missing out. Watch for this to hit top 25
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Fratello Boxer. This 6.25×52 box-pressed Torpedo features a gorgeous, reddish-brown Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. Underneath is an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Peru. It appears to be expertly rolled.
The wrapper produces a bold manure aroma. Out of the foot, I smell an herbal earth and leather aroma. On the cold draw, I pick up a slight bitter earth flavor. Once lit, there is rich chocolate and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, there is more chocolate with earth and white pepper. On the finish, I find more spicy black pepper, leather, and a dark wood.
After twenty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. This third is much like the start of the cigar. On the draw, I pick up rich chocolate with a bomb of black pepper. Through the nose, I find sweet earth with white pepper. The finish offers cinnamon with charred peanut and leather. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third gets me to fifty-five minutes. I pick up more chocolate on the draw alongside a metallic grass. On the retro-hale, I’m treated with a delicious mix of salted caramel and molasses. The finish is oily with earth, more leather, and black pepper. Strength and body remain at the medium-to-full mark.
The final third closes out at one hour and fifteen minutes. Chocolate continues to dominate the draw alongside a sweet oak. Through the nose, the oak carries through but with a smoky characteristic and a compliment of more molasses. On the finish, spicy black pepper and earth blast my palate. Strength and body jump to the full mark in this final third.
The Fratello Boxer is a phenomenal cigar with flavors that keep you begging for more. It’s a complex smoke with a profile that just melts together to create a smooth and balanced experience. It’s got enough strength and body to keep things interesting, but it’s not going to knock you out, either. For my first Fratello cigar, this sure did impress me, and I can’t wait to try more. I highly recommend this cigar!
I’d like to give a big shout out and thank you to my friend, Joan, for sending this to me for review. I greatly appreciate it!
It’s Stog o’Clock! This time around, I smoke and review the Rocky Patel Prohibition in the Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro variety. This 6.5×52 Toro features a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, but there is no information that I can find on the filler and binder tobaccos. The Prohibition line was made as somewhat of a protest against potential cigar regulation by the FDA. The wrapper offers a sweet tobacco aroma, and I smell molasses out of the foot.
The pre-light draw offers mild grassy flavor. Once I light the cigar, I pick up a chocolate sweetness on the draw with some spice. There is a molasses note, and the finish is long. Smoke output is minimal. The retro-hale gives me leather and spice.
The first third lasts thirty-five minutes, and smoke output is problematic. The draw presents me with creamy wood and a pepper zing. There is a rich tobacco core with a blast of molasses through the nose. On the finish, there is more pepper with leather and brown sugar. The lack of smoke leaves something to be desired since the flavors are great, but there just isn’t enough smoke to satisfy.
I finish the second third at one hour. The burn is very poor, but smoke output has slightly increased. On the draw, I am surprised with a mix of leather and a bonfire-like smokiness. Through the nose, there is a big bomb of more leather and molasses. The finish is lasting long with slightly sweet earthy flavors and more leather. The smoke is smooth and delicious. Strength and body are at the medium mark.
The final third puts me at an hour and a half. I see smoke output increase drastically. Flavors on the draw consist of aged oak, leather, and a sweet cream. Through the nose, I stumble upon cocoa, black pepper, and molasses. The finish is another huge blast of molasses and lasts eternally. Strength and body have not changed.
Overall, I would recommend trying this stick out. It has a decent amount of complexity, and it presents some solid flavors. It is certainly a molasses bomb, and that’s a good thing. Aside from the lack of smoke in the first two thirds, it was a good cigar. Price is not too hard on the wallet, and the concept is cool. It’s definitely worth a try, but I think this stick may benefit from a long rest in the humidor as well as being stored in a lower relative humidity long term to help with the burn issues. Not too shabby, Rocky!
If you’re in the UK you may have heard of Rocky Patel Cigars. These cigars are available in the European market and you can get them from Cigar World if you happen to pass through Germany. Be sure to tell them iROBUSTO sent you.