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Cigar Review | La Palina Illumination

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La Palina Illumination

On the cold draw, I pick up salty citrus notes. The wrapper produces a rich tobacco and leather aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up nutty earth and cedar. Through the nose, sweet caramel and cedar pair with toast. The finish gives me more nuttiness with a hint of leather and more toast.

After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up toast with a delicious peanut and almond mix alongside hints of citrus. Through the nose, I’m treated to salty pretzel and light floral earth. Sweet caramel and a hint of leather delight on the finish. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

La Palina Illumination

The second third ends at one hour. I find salty popcorn on the draw complemented by spicy leather and more citrus. On the retro-hale, floral earth continues to come through with some toast. The finish sees the introduction of citrus alongside additional leather and slight black pepper spice. Strength and body continue to float at the medium mark.

La Palina Illumination

The final third finishes at one hour and twenty-five minutes. On the draw, black pepper ramps up with vegetal earth and more leather. Through the nose, pretzel returns with a spicy caramel. There is no change to the finish. Strength and body make a jump to the medium-to-full mark in this final third.

La Palina Illumination

The La Palina Illumination is a wonderful smoke. Is it the Goldie? Yes and no. From my recollection, the flavor profile of the Goldie is nearly identical to the first third of the Illumination. That being said, the last two thirds are reminiscent of the Goldie, but they’ve got a lot more oomph and some bolder flavors than I remember in any Goldie. Regardless. It’s still an excellent stick with a lot of complexity and a price that doesn’t make your wallet cry. If you like the Goldie, this one is a must try. If you couldn’t afford the Goldie, well, hop on this one right quick!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Nomad C-276

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Nomad C-276 in the Robusto size. This 5×50 box-pressed cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper concealing all Nicaraguan tobaccos including two varieties of ligero. It has a plain, unappealing label, but the wrapper leaf is gorgeous and oily.

Nomad C-276

On the cold draw, I pick up some cedar and berry flavor. The wrapper produces a chocolate manure aroma, while I smell berry out of the foot. Once lit, dark chocolate and black pepper mix with dried fruit on the draw. Through the nose, I get spicy black pepper with espresso. The finish offers more chocolate and espresso alongside some earth.

The first third gets me to twenty minutes. On the draw, I pick up buttery cocoa with black pepper and spicy earth. Through the nose, creamy cedar melts with sweet toast and a slightly spicy hazelnut. Dried cherry dominates the finish with underlying espresso. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Nomad C-276

Forty minutes in, the second third comes to a close. Creamy, buttery cocoa delights on the draw complimented by a wonderful salted caramel and pretzel mix. More caramel comes through the retro-hale with hazelnut and sweet leather. On the finish, dried cherry continues to dominate on top of some nutty earth and black pepper spice. There is no change to strength or body.

Nomad C-276

The final third gets me to an hour and a half. On the draw, I get a blast of black pepper with cocoa and leathery earth. Through the nose, I pick up more caramel and hazelnut alongside a salty toast. I’m treated to more dried cherry on the finish with pretzel and meaty oak. Both strength and body jump to the full mark.

Nomad C-276

The Nomad C-276 is one of the best cigars I’ve smoked this year. It’s extremely complex with deep, bold flavors that keep you wanting more. Construction is top notch with great smoke output and a perfect burn. This is a must try cigar worthy of a box purchase. It truly blew me away, and I highly recommend it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Partagas Culebras

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the Cuban Partagas Culebras alongside my brother as a guest reviewer. This cigar is made up of three smaller cigars twisted together and packaged in a cedar coffin. It’s traditionally meant to be shared among three smokers. Each of the three cigars comes in at 5.7×39 and is comprised of all Cuban tobacco.

Partagas Culebras

Pre-light, we pick up barnyard and grass off the wrapper. Out of the foot, there is a cedar and hay aroma. The cold draw offers no flavor. Once lit, cedar and black pepper come through on the draw with some raisin. Through the nose, a sweet toast and black pepper combine. The finish displays leather and earth.

Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, we pick up a hint of leather with cedar and earth. Through the nose, spicy citrus blends with some pretzel. The finish offers black pepper alongside creamy toast and a vanilla-cinnamon mix. Strength settles in at the medium mark while body rests at medium-to-full.

Partagas Culebras

The second third finishes out at thirty-five minutes. We’re treated to vanilla and burnt caramel on the draw with some underlying cedar. On the retro-hale, we get more spicy citrus on top of raisin and a salty note. The finish offers more black pepper with smooth wheat and creamy earth. There is no change to strength or body.

The final third closes out at one hour. We get salty cedar with leather and more burnt caramel on the draw. Through the nose, Allspice compliments citrus and pastry dough. On the finish, salty pretzel comes through with black pepper and earth. Both strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

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The Partagas Culebras is a fantastic cigar. It offers great complexity with smooth, balanced smoke. Our only complaint was how fast the cigars burned. This blend would likely do well in a larger Lancero vitola. At $30 per coffin, these cigars are a steal, and we both highly recommend them.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke) & Adam

Cigar Review | Enclave by AJ Fernandez

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review a new offering from one of my favorite manufacturers. The Enclave by AJ Fernandez features an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper securing a Cameroon binder and all Nicaraguan long-fillers including some Piloto Cubano tobacco. The size of choice for this review is the Figurado – a 6.5×52 stick that looks to be expertly rolled.

Enclave by AJ Fernandez

Pre-light, the wrapper gives off a bold tobacco and barnyard aroma. There is a grassy tobacco aroma coming out of the foot. The cold draw gives me spicy leather with some earth. Once lit, I pickup a sweet leather with a hint of cocoa and some black pepper spice on the finish. There is some salty cedar through the nose, and the aroma of the smoke is fantastic.

After half an hour, I finish the first third. The draw gives me sweet cedar with a mix of red pepper and leather. Through the nose, I find more cedar with a peanut note and some wheat. The finish is long with a blast of black pepper spice alongside some toast and rich earth. There is a wonderful underlying sweetness to this cigar I attribute to the Cameroon binder. The strength of the cigar is at the medium mark, but the body is very full.

Enclave by AJ Fernandez

One hour in, the second third closes out. The draw treats me to mild coffee with a roasted corn flavor and some sweet caramel. On the retro-hale, there is a big floral note with grass and some more cedar. The finish continues to be long with some pretzel on top of more black pepper and a very nutty earth note. Strength and body are both at the full mark now.

Enclave by AJ Fernandez

The final third ends at an hour and a half. On the draw, I pick up smoky cedar with a wonderful sweet vanilla and some black pepper. Through the nose, there is a mix of leather, spicy red pepper, and more grass. The finish is fantastic and long with a very oily and floral earth alongside more pretzel flavor and a creamy oat. The body of the cigar finishes out at the full mark, but the strength settled down to a nice medium-to-full.

Enclave by AJ Fernandez

The Enclave is another AJ Fernandez masterpiece. It delivers tons of flavor and complexity at a fraction of the cost of other stick of this caliber. I can easily see this becoming a favorite of many, and it will absolutely be a contender in my top 10 of the year. At $6-7 per stick, this is a box-worthy cigar, and I highly recommend it.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)