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Cigar Review | La Gloria Cubana Hermoso

Today we will be smoking and reviewing the La Gloria Cubana Hermoso. Hermoso translated from Spanish means beautiful. And what a beautiful cigar she is. She is a 4.5 inches long with a 48 ring gauge and sells for about $5.

I am thankful for Famous Smoke Shop for sending over several samples of La Gloria Cubana cigars. Gloria is a good friend of mine; therefore, we going to see how she treats us today.

La Gloria Cubana Hermoso Notes

Strength: Medium
Shape: Robusto
Size: 4 1/2 x 48
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper Color: Natural
Wrapper Origin: Ecuadorian
Wrapper Leaf: Sumatra

La Gloria Cubana Hermoso
La Gloria Cubana Hermoso

The aroma off the foot is dried fruit and nothing else. After carefully cutting the tip, and doing a cold draw, the only flavor I detect is tobacco. Reminds me of what I think my grandfather would smoke if he smoked cigars. Today’s pairing is a Belgian lambic ale named Cuvee Rene. The Cuvee Rene has a pale golden color and smells like an American pilsner. The taste however is one of a fermented lemon drink with the addition of hops. Reminds me of a champagne that has started to turn to vinegar. It is an interesting flavor.

La Gloria Cubana Hermoso
La Gloria Cubana Hermoso

During the first third, I will call the La Gloria Cubana Hermoso a right down middle cigar. She is still on the mild side. The flavor which tastes like ash and tobacco is better than medium body. I start getting a mix of cinnamon and cedar which transitions to chocolate and coffee and then back to tobacco. The retrohale exudes slight black pepper. It continues to be a mild cigar with medium plus flavors.

La Gloria Cubana Hermoso:
An Interesting Cigar

This is an interesting cigar. Still mild in strength and transitioning to a musty earth and salt flavor. Its almost like with every puff you experience something different. The cigar then transitions into a toasty coffee phase with about 5 flakes of black pepper. This bad boy is complex without being overwhelming in the strength. The complexity keeps shifting. Man this is an amazingly complex cigar. I pick up salt with increasing levels of black pepper.

The Hermoso by La Gloria Cubana is a very good cigar. It is smooth, complex and very well balanced. The construction is spot on. For the $5 price point, it is definitely worth a try.

La Gloria Cubana Hermoso
La Gloria Cubana Hermoso

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Cigar Review | Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Maduro

Previously unavailable to the public, Perdomo has recently released their Factory tour blends. The Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Maduro cigars were offered to visitors that viewed their factory in Nicaragua. The Factory Tour will be available in three wrapper options, Sun Grown, Connecticut and Maduro, with four sizes in each blend: a 5 x 52 Robusto, 6 x 52 Toro, 6 1/2 x 54 Torpedo and 7 x 52 Churchill.

Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Maduro

The Sun Grown version uses all Nicaraguan tobacco featuring a wrapper from Nicaragua’s Jalapa Valley and a binder from the Condega Valley. The fillers are from Estelí Valley. The Factory Tour Maduro keeps the same blend but uses instead a maduro wrapper from Jalapa.

Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Maduro

Those who like milder cigars may want to try the Factory Tour Connecticut which uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over a Jalapa Valley binder and filler from the Estelí Valley.
The MSRP is between $6 and $7.50 per cigar

Cigar Review | Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Maduro

Upon first light, I experienced tobacco with a slight bit of charcoal. The strength is pretty mild with some peppery strength revealed on the retrohale. As the flavor unfolds, it has a little sweetness with some white pepper and is mild-medium in strength. This cigar reminds me of the dark, fruity sweetness that you get after drinking a grape soda. Throughout this smoking experience, there was an underlying sweetness that would not dissipate. This along with the medium strength makes this a very mellow and enjoyable cigar.

Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Maduro

This cigar is very well blended and is also recommended for the new cigar smoker that is looking to try the Maduro.

Rating
Price – 4/5
Flavor – 3.5/5
Complexity – 3/5
Construction – 4.5/5
Overall – 7.5/10

Cigar Review | Johnny Tobacconaut Ranflactic

Not much is known about Matt Booth’s latest cigar named Johnny Tobacconaut. What we do know is that the cigar is a Nicaraguan puro. It is available in three sizes: Fileriod (4 1/2 x 52 x 45, $12), Ranflactic (5 1/2 x 30 x 50, $13) and Chingonova (8 x 60 x 44, $14). Production is capped at 3,500 boxes of 20 cigars.

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For today’s review, I smoked the Ranflactic. Right out of the cellophane, I experience a deep sour note combined with the smell of tobacco. Upon first light, I experience a good dose of red pepper, a smooth toast, musty earth with a slight bite. The strength is pretty mild and picks up a salty quality that plays well with the pepper.

Johnny Tobacconaut Cigar Review

The strength quickly ramps up to the medium plus – full range and takes the smoker for a ride. This reflects the Room 101 marketing material which states that the Johnny Tobacconaut will help you escape the day-to-day in search of intergalactic adventure. The strength of the pepper continues to build as the earthy core and sweet tea flavors remain in the core of this cigar. For the amount of pepper that fills my mouth when smoking this cigar, the retrohale is surprisingly tame.

Johnny Tobacconaut Cigar Review

This cigar tastes as if it has been served a little before its time. I am thinking that some additional resting time will help the flavors meld together like a perfectly cooked stew. The cigar feels unbalanced to me. There was a preponderance of spice that was not balanced with an equal amount of sweet, salt or earthy core. I also feel that the price of the cigar is expensive for what you get.

Johnny Tobacconaut Cigar Review

LeeMack912 Rating

Price – 2.5/5
Flavor – 2.5/5
Complexity – 3/5
Construction – 5/5
Total – 6.5/10

Johnny Tobacconaut Cigar Review

Cigar Review | Ted’s Farris Cigar Toro

The Ted’s Farris Toro is part of the Ted’s Select Collection and comes in 6 x 50, 5 x 50 and 5.5 x 56 all box-pressed. The Ted’s Farris Cigar was released in 2014 and created to match the attributes of his grandmother… “strong but likeable”.

One of her favorite sayings was, “Don’t Borrow Trouble”.

The cigar reviewed here is a Dominican cigar and is the 6″ x 50 Toro which came in a glass tube (Box-pressed). Generally, they are available on the website in boxes of 20.

Ted's Farris

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo
Binder: Dominican Olor
Filler: Nicaraguan Viso, Dominican Cuban Seed Ligero & Seco
Price: $8.75

The cigar has a medium firm roll and has a single cap. The aroma is of glue, must and earth along with sweet tobacco. The draw is medium to firm.

Before lighting, the cold draw has tingly pepper on the lips and tobacco flavor.

Ted's Farris

Flavors

There are three flavors present in this cigar: tobacco, pepper and the infamous LeeMack912, “Domincan Twang”. Overall the flavors are medium body and the finish is short/medium.

LeeMack912 Rating

Price- (2-3)/10
Flavor- 3/10
Complexity- 3/10
Construction- 5/10
Total – 6.7/10

Ted's Farris

Final Thoughts

I liked the glass tube presentation. This is a decent cigar though I feel it is a bit overpriced. Flavor and strength were likeable just not a set of flavors that I enjoy very much.

Cigar Review | Amos Triple Wrap by Puros de Santiago

The Amos Triple Wrap by Puros de Santiago is a Dominican Puro that sells for $7.00 in the Toro size.

Medium firm roll with slight give at the foot. The craftsmanship is better than average with the barber pole striping of the three wrappers. Some cigar makers will wrap a single leaf over the existing wrapper to create the barber pole effect. These three wrappers were rolled together which gives the cigar a unique look. The aroma had a green sweet quality which reminds one of dried leaves. This is probably due to the presence of the candela wrapper.

Wrappers: Connecticut, Candela, Corojo
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican

Amos Triple Wrap

The cold draw ha a tobacco with slight chili pepper taste. The cap has an added treat of a peppery flavor that I cannot quite identify.

First puffs – chili/black pepper, spicy retrohale. medium body with a short finish

Amos Triple Wrap

Coffee, chocolate & muted tingly pepper at this moment the wrapper is a little Connecticut & candela with the majority corojo.

As the ratio of each wrapper continues to change as the cigar progress, it develops and ever-changing complexity. The pepper fleets in and out and changes in strength.

Amos Triple Wrap

The burn line is continually un-even. This definitely has to do with the different burning characteristics of three wrapper tobaccos. I had to do a few touch ups but that did not take away from the smoking experience.

The strength of the cigar does a slight continual increase in strength as it progresses. By the time I go to the end I would say that it was full strength.

The spice on the retrohale smooths out as the as I move into the 2nd inch.

This cigar is aged well and rolled with a complex set of flavors and a decent amount of strength. An excellent value that should at least be tried by all experienced cigar smokers.

Price: 4/10
Flavor: 3/10
Complexity: 4/10
Construction: 5/10
Total: 8/10

Amos Triple Wrap

Cigar Review | Entrada Toro

The Entrada Toro is a blend of Nicaraguan criollo, viso, and corojo with a San Andreas wrapper.

Entrada Toro Cigars

Price Paid: $9.30

Paired with Starbucks Caramel Frappucino

Manufactured by Casa Fernandez a vertical integration company in Nicaragua that handles all aspects of the production from seed to final product for Casa de Entrada.

All of the following sizes are boxed pressed

  • Toro – 6 x54
  • Robusto – 5 x 52
  • Gordo – 6 x 60
  • Corona – 5.5 x 44

Wrapper: San Andres Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo, Viso & Corojo
Weather: Rainy, 80 degrees

Entrada Cigars

The cigar has a satin finish, slightly wrinkled, well packed firm roll and features a footband with the name Cigarcia. The main band is a marriage between a stamp and a traditional cigar band.

Aroma: Tobacco
Cold Draw: Well aged tobacco, hints of sweetness with a touch of spice on the tongue
First Light: Huge plumes of smoke, mouthful of flavor, smooth wonderful smelling smoke in the air
Tastes: Well-aged maduro, tobacco, sweetness, dried fruit and spice on the back of mouth

This is a very complex medium-bodied cigar. This cigar picks up a nice mix of salt and pepper that combines with the sweet chocolate, dried fruit that I find common in maduro tobacco. The flavors fleet in and out offering several very interesting flavor combinations as follows:

  • Hot chocolate
  • Pepper cream
  • Salt & pepper
  • Dried fruit & pepper
  • Floral & pepper

The Entrada Toro is a very smooth and well-balanced cigar with no unwanted ammonia or bitterness.

LeeMack912 Rating

Price – 4/5
Flavor – 4/5
Complexity – 4/5
Construction – 4/5

Total – 8.5/10

Entrada Cigars

Cigar Review | Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo El Martillo (Toro)

First Impressions of This Tank-Like Cigar

Straight into the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo El Martillo (Toro) I notice dark chocolate as probably the most distinguished chocolate I have ever tasted in a cold draw. Holding the cigar in my hand is like holding a warm hockey puck, with almost a tacky sticky soft plastic feel. Not suggesting it tastes like a puck, but using it as a distinction.

Part of the fun of reviewing cigars is the creative writing process and having some fun with flavour profiles.

Medium to Tight Resistance on the Draw

Taste so strong I literally began to chew, and the wrapper kept well, it’s thick and sturdy, well constructed. Upon lighting it up, the smoke swirled in the air making an “s-shape” for Superman or for strong, I don’t know? I’ll tell you by the end of the cigar.

This cigar has a mouth watering salt, with thick spicy rooftop spice. Its savory profile is that of “red hot, peppery, cumin seasoned thick stew” that is heavy on the nose with lots of tingle. It’s hard not to want to bite into the cigar as it feels like it’s solid and squishy in a rather delightful way. I find myself gnawing on the head of the cigar. Gladly, it’s holding up to my assault.

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On a side note, England’s prices on cigars are some of the highest in Europe and I’m looking at the New York Mets schedule and wonder how I can get some baseball on TV in England without paying dearly for it (like buying cigars)? Let me get back to the cigar, I get some overall hints of some left-fielder leather, not a starter’s glove, but a back up player’s mitt or kind of fresh like a new glove.

The cigar is burning decently, with a proper cherry, however it has a crown like burn, not a smooth coastline. The cigar is flaking a bit with a powdery sponge-like ash. I noticed once the ash dropped off with a little help, the burn has corrected itself. I figured tapping off the ash would assist stopping it from flaking. Oddly, once doing that the leather subsided slightly making way to a cedary long finish.

Smooth Serious Strength

The letter “S” has been a bit of a theme here, with the overall smoothness of the cigar increasing. The cigar seems to be burning slowly,even though I kept stoking it too often. I’m letting it cool off to make sure that it doesn’t overheat, even though I salivate as I think of the next puff. Despite my continued pulls off this cigar, I believe it would be hard to overheat this cigar, because of the resistance. Even then I’m not going to try.

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo El Martillo Round 2

The strength of the cigar is medium to full and has similar tastes that were discussed in the first portion of the cigar. They have blended well and intensified leaving a longer finish.

By the way, I decided to download the games off the internet, I’ll have to pay for it, but at least the games aren’t blocked in the United Kingdom, I guess there aren’t many baseball fans here in England.

Again back to the cigar, it’s a dream-like experience, very pleasurable and a construction to admire. Its fat juicy appearance is backed up by thick and juicy smoke and a long finish.

At The Band of The Cigar

I’m near the band and the spice is building and I’m noticing tastes of earth on the retrohale, as it tastes and smells muddy like morning dew.

I had some trouble with the band, couldn’t find the seam, was panicking that it couldn’t be taken off , it had no seam? I slid it off rather than peeled it. Made me a bit worried about damaging the cigar. Then later, curious, I looked at the band and found the seam, go figure.

Final Thoughts on This Cigar

It’s enjoyable on the strong side cigar with a deep rich taste. There was no sweetness at all. It is probably one of the most prominent leather tasting cigars I have ever had. Make sure you’re ready to take a ride on the strong side, it’s a ninety-plus minute smoke.

I hope you enjoyed the cigar review, I had sports on my mind when I wrote this as it was the the first game of the season.

– Mark


While taking a trip to Germany, I picked up this cigar from CigarWorld.de You can’t find good prices on cigars in England (full stop). Flights are cheap enough that even then you still come out getting great cigars for low prices. – Mark