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Cigar Review | Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM Belicoso Fino

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM in the Belicoso Fino size. This 5 ½ x 52 box-pressed cigar was created to celebrate Southern Draw’s fifth anniversary. This initial run is limited to 2,500 bundles of 10.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

Kudzu LUSTRUM features a Nicaraguan Medio Tiempo Habano wrapper covering a Nicaraguan Ometepe binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Retail price is set at $11.89, and the cigars are packed in camouflage paper bundles.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

Pre-Light

The wrapper produces a rich leather aroma, while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. The cold draw gives me flavors similar to the pre-light aroma. Once lit, there is rich leather and earth with saltiness on the draw. Leather and cocoa come through the nose. Heavy smoke output and a perfect draw are notable. The finish brings saltiness through with coffee and earth.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

First Third

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, oak and leather coat my palate. Through the nose, I pick up nutty toast with black pepper. The finish offers up rich cocoa and coffee. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

Second Third

The second third gets me to one hour. Salty earth and citrus complements continued oak. On the retro-hale, I taste what I can only describe as a delicious spicy sourdough loaf. There is more cocoa on the finish with dried cherry and leather. Strength and body remain medium-to-full.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

Third…Third

An hour and a half into this gem, my final puffs wisp away. On the draw, there is buttery toast with black pepper and more citrus. Through the nose, more spicy sourdough notes pair well with dark coffee. I find no distinguishable changes to the finish, and strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Final Thoughts

The Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM Belicoso Fino is a phenomenal cigar. The depth of flavors on this cigar are where it really shines. It’s not the most complex smoke, but the notes coming through are rich and full. It begs to keep being smoked, and it’s one of those cigars you simply itch to have again. I’m inclined to say this is now the crown jewel of the Southern Draw portfolio, and I highly recommend you get a bundle or two before they disappear.

The Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM was my #4 cigar of 2019. Check out my entire top 25 list of the best cigars of the year here.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary. This cigar was made to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary in business. It features an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper atop all Dominican tobaccos. The cigar retails for $18 and comes in one size – a 7 x 52 Churchill.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

Pre-Light

The wrapper produces a rich perfume and grass aroma while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. On the cold draw, the draw is snug with dried fruit flavor. Once lit, the draw gives me distinct leather and salt notes. Through the nose, I pick up cedar. The finish is spicier with black pepper and leather.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

First Third

The first third comes to a close at forty minutes. On the draw, I pick up toast with molasses. Through the nose, black pepper blends with a saltiness. The finish offers rich dried fruit notes alongside leather. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

Second Third

One hours and fifteen minutes in, the second third wraps up. My tongue find a lot of oak with black pepper and more molasses. On the retro-hale, black pepper now mixes with cinnamon. More leather and dried fruit continue to take over the finish. There is no change to strength or body.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

Final Third

The final third ends at two hours. Molasses lightens up with rich coffee and oak coming up front. Through the nose, a smooth, sweet bread and light caramel delight my sinuses. On the finish, I pick up black pepper, leather, and mossy earth. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

Conclusion

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary is an excellent cigar. It has a solid amount of complexity, and the flavors worked exceptionally well together. There were subtle notes of the “Dominican twang” I typically dislike, but they played nice, and the experience was wonderful. Draw was a bit snug here and there, but construction was solid overall causing no problems. This is one of the best Dominican cigars I’ve had in a long time, and I highly recommend it.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado Torpedo Grande

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado Torpedo Grande. This cigar comes in at 6 1/2 x 52 with a sharp tapered torpedo head. It retails for $21. The Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper is silky smooth. It conceals all Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. It’s a really sharp-looking cigar.

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up sweet bread – somewhat like Hawaiian bread – and white pepper. Through the nose, there is more sweet bread with some honey. The finish blends oak and sweet leather. Both strength and body settle in at medium.

The second third gets me to an hour and fifteen minutes. Buttery toast and mild black pepper hit me on the draw. On the retro-hale, I see no changes, The finish consists of light baking spice alongside more oak and sweet leather. Strength and body remain consistently medium.

The final third wisps away at two hours. I find strong white pepper and leather on the draw. Through the nose, baking spice melts with caramel. The finish offers me some oak with mossy oak and black pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium.

The Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado is an fine cigar. It’s not explosive on complexity, but the flavors it dishes out are a mellow blend of pleasantries. Construction was good, and it was an enjoyable smoke.

Unfortunately, the price of this cigar is very steep, so that may put many people off. You can certainly get a comparable experience from many cigars at half the price, and I can’t justify a box purchase solely for that reason. However, it’s a solid smoke, and I highly recommend this one if the cost doesn’t bother you.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

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 fillers.

Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

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 finish.

Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

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.

Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

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.

Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

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.

Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

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.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Cuban Crown Private Reserve Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Cuban Crown Private Reserve in the Robusto size. This 5×50 box-pressed cigar is made by Master Blends Cigar Co. and features a Mexican San Andres wrapper concealing undisclosed fillers. It retails for eight dollars and some change.

Cuban Crown Private Reserve

The wrapper puts off a leathery oak aroma while I smell earth out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up no flavor. Once lit, there is light cocoa powder. Through the nose, more cocoa powder comes through with some toast and graham cracker. The finish gives me black pepper spice and earth.

Cuban Crown Private Reserve

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up cocoa powder with leather. Through the nose, red pepper mixes with cedar. The finish offers me dried cherry, more cocoa, and some earth. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Cuban Crown Private Reserve

The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. I find oaky bourbon-like flavors on the draw with more leather. On the retro-hale, the red pepper gets spicier with the addition of toast. Metallic earth comes through the finish on top of nutty cocoa. There is no change to strength and body.

Cuban Crown Private Reserve

The final third clocks out at an hour and fifteen minutes. I pick up the same flavors on the draw with a salty note. Through the nose, cinnamon and toast blend well together. Cherry returns to the finish with earth and light coffee notes. Both strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

The Cuban Crown Private Reserve is an excellent cigar. It offers a great amount of complexity with flavors that blend well together. Construction is perfect, smoke output is phenomenal, and the price is just right. I highly recommend this cigar and look forward to smoking more.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Cornelius & Anthony Meridian Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Cornelius & Anthony Meridian. For this review, I smoke the Robusto, a 5×52 stick with a very oily Ecuadorian wrapper. Inside is a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It retails for $8.75.

Cornelius & Anthony Meridian

The wrapper produces a leathery manure aroma while I smell raisin out of the foot. The cold draw gives me damp earth flavor. Once lit, I find salty leather with cinnamon. Through the nose, rich leather mixes with sweet dough. The finish offers saltiness with black pepper and cinnamon.

Twenty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up vegetal earth with leather and black pepper. Through the nose, I find sweet bread dough alongside cinnamon and what I would describe as potpourri. The finish offers cinnamon with leather and earth. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full

Cornelius & Anthony Meridian

The second third ends after fifty minutes. More vegetal earth hits me on the draw with graham cracker and black pepper. There is no change to the retro-hale. On the finish, I get more cinnamon with damp oak and leather. Strength and body remain at medium-to-full.

Cornelius & Anthony Meridian

One hour and fifteen minutes in, the final third wraps up. I pick up more vegetal earth on the draw with leather and a distinct saltiness. Through the nose, nutty toast blends with black pepper. I find floral coffee notes on the finish mixed with smoky oak. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Cornelius & Anthony Meridian

The Cornelius & Anthony Meridian is an excellent cigar with great flavors. It’s a complex blend with a lot of depth. Construction is good even though I did have some hiccups with the burn in the second third. The price is reasonable, and it’s an overall enjoyable smoke that I highly recommend!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Battleground Darby

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the newest offering from Battleground Cigars. The Darby is a naturally infused cigar comprised of a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, Honduran Criollo binder, and Honduran Corojo fillers. It is aged in Leadslingers Whiskey barrels for 60 days causing an infusion of whiskey flavor and aroma. It appears to be a standard 6×50 Toro, but I could not find confirmation of this.

Battleground Darby

There is no flavor on the cold draw. The wrapper produces a whiskey aroma, and I smell the same out of the foot. Once lit, I get light leather on the draw with a slight cocoa. Through the nose, cinnamon and toast mix. The finish gives me more leather, black pepper, and earth.

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up light cocoa with a hint of whiskey flavor. Through the nose, I get a bit more whiskey flavor and spicy toast. The finish offers leather on top of graham cracker and black pepper. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Battleground Darby

After fifty minutes, I finish the first third. I pick up sweet cocoa on the draw with almond and a hint of caramel. On the retro-hale, there is light whiskey with earth. The finish gives me oak alongside cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body remain the same at the medium mark.

Battleground Darby

One hour and twenty minutes in, the final third closes out. On the draw, I pick up black pepper and light cocoa. Through the nose, oak and toast blend with black licorice. Black pepper absolutely dominates the finish. Strength and body finish out consistently at the medium mark.

Battleground Darby

The Battleground Darby is the first infused cigar I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. It offers hints of whiskey flavor here and there, but there is enough true “cigar” flavor to balance things out. It has a good amount of complexity, and construction is great. Price is my only knock on this stick as it’s very pricey at $19.95. If you can pony up the coin, I recommend trying it out.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)