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Cigar Review | Padilla Finest Hour Maduro

“…Padilla told me The Finest Hour is just that. Each cigar is a celebration and for those of us who love cigars, it is in fact our finest hour when we smoke.” -Brian, Privada Cigar Club

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!!

CHEERS & SALUTE

Cigar Review | Patina Habano

Patina cigars are made at Mombacho Cigars S.A.’s Casa Favilli factory in Nicaragua. Creator and owner of the Patina brand Mo Maali, is also the National Sales Manager for the Mombacho brand. The Patina cigars are also the first time Casa Favilli used tobaccos from outside of Nicaragua.

The med plus to full Patina Habano has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian binders and fillers.

The med plus to full Patina Habano has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian binders and fillers. Also, they come packed in 16ct boxes, commemorating the number of steps on the stairway at Casa Favilli.

“When we flew down to Nicaragua to meet with the factories we had an idea of what we were looking for, but not necessarily a specific factory in mind. After we met with Mombacho, it became clear early on that ours and Mombacho’s visions and values were very similar…We wanted more than a factory that could produce us a cigar, we wanted to be a part of a family, and that sums up the relationship between Patina and Mombacho.”

This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper.

This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper. And again, I cannot find a seam here! absolutely Stunning!!!

The Aroma coming from the wrapper smells like chocolate covered socks, but socks right after you take your shoes off. To any new readers, don’t fret, these are good aromas in cigar language, LOL! The foot gives off chocolate covered nuts, wood and musky soil. The cold draw was medium firm with tones of hay, tea and wood. A far cry from the rich potent aromas on the wrapper and foot.

This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper.

First Third: How You Doin’!!!

Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m in love…I think. I’m immediately hit with a powerful yet balanced blast of spicy black pepper, sweet red pepper and woody nuttiness. I’m experiencing old leather, raisin and baking spice thru the nose on the retrohale. What an amazing start to the Patina Habano, with a perfect draw and an admirable cloud output. The smoke is not as thick as it feels but it is raging off of the foot.

Later on in the 1st third, I notice a slight metallic mineral flavor that isn’t off putting in this case because it’s balanced by the initial flavors. Also, there is a refreshing cream flavor floating around on the palate as well as the retrohale. I couldn’t have scripted a better introduction to a cigar.

I'm immediately hit with a powerful yet balanced blast of spicy black pepper, sweet red pepper and woody nuttiness. I'm experiencing old leather, raisin and baking spice thru the nose on the retrohale. What an amazing start to the Patina Habano,

Second Third: Habano Love

Just as I thought the spice factor had warn out it’s welcome, it came charging back at my palate and nostrils in the form of a black and white pepper grenade. A creamy cedar is leading the flavor parade at this point and the woody finish lingers on my tongue quite a bit. At the half way point, I start getting blessed with a hint of a dark cherry licorice like sweetness and some subtle warm baked bread nuances. I guess it’s also fair to say that the strength has reached full because I’m getting a head buzz!

A creamy cedar is leading the flavor parade at this point and the woody finish lingers on my tongue quite a bit. At the half way point, I start getting blessed with a hint of a dark cherry licorice like sweetness and some subtle warm baked bread nuances.

Final Third: Best Blind Date Ever.

Cedar, leather and cream are the contributing factors opening up the Patina Habano finale. Also, the flavor of white pepper is noticeable but not the spiciness of it. we’re at a smooth level of bonding at this point. However, I am still getting satisfying blasts of dried fruit and citrus in the nose. Before I reached nub territory, I clipped the head again to open the cigar back up a bit. I guess drooling over your cigar from sheer bliss will inevitably cause a little tar build up, LOL! This alleviated any bitterness from ruining our night together. I Put the cigar down in the ash tray for the final time with semi sweet creamy cedar coating my palate.

Cedar, leather and cream are the contributing factors opening up the Patina Habano finale. Also, the flavor of white pepper is noticeable but not the spiciness of it.

I can’t help but to reiterate how beautfully made this cigar is. It’s quite possible that I stared at it for at least 20min, admiring it’s craftsmanship. After thinking, I realize that Casa Favilli only puts out works of art, considering the Mombacho line. I’m on the verge of diving into both brands as I’ve sampled 1 from each, including this one. But, I can honestly say that I am looking forward to the experience!

I’d like to give a special S/O to my Brothers Shad Bates from Janus Tobak and Mike aka @EmojiStogies for providing all the Patina and Mombacho cigars in my humidor. I would also like to Thank you guys for taking the time to share another cigar adventure with me.

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CHEERS & SALUTE

Cigar Review | Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Is any cigar truly worth $100? It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unicorn. This is the big one! It’s a cigar that carries a hefty $100 MSRP and comes in only one size – a 6 ¼ x 60 double perfecto.

The blend features an absolutely gorgeous Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper concealing what we believe to be all Nicaraguan tobaccos inside. The blend details within are not confirmed at this time. I will say, this is the smoothest, oiliest Broadleaf I’ve ever seen. It’s almost a shame to light it on fire.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Steve Saka, the owner of DT&T, originally teased this cigar on Facebook as a project set out to create a cigar with absolutely no expense spared. He hand-sorted 6,000 pounds of the best Broadleaf to select only the top 1% to be used for the wrappers on this blend. He also bought a lathe and created the mold for the cigar himself.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Each cigar was made by a pair of rollers in the Joya de Nicaragua factory, and only 1,000 cigars were made. After everything, Steve set an MSRP of $100 on this stick, a number he, himself, said was unreasonable for any cigar. The cigars were then given to the company’s Select Purveyors as a thank you to do with as they pleased.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Luckily, I was able to obtain two of these cigars prior to release through a Children’s Hospital charity in the Hoochly Cigar Shack Facebook group. I paid far more than the $100 retail price per cigar, but it was my good deed for the year, and I’m happy to know it went to kids in need. I then let the cigars sit for about three to four weeks before review – a very necessary step to truly give a cigar a fair shake in a review.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Upon the pre-light inspection, the cold draw gives me raisin flavor. The wrapper produces a barnyard aroma. Once lit, I pick up refined cocoa flavor with black pepper spice. Through the nose, cocoa carries through with more black pepper and coffee. The finish gives me red pepper, earth, and cocoa.

After thirty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up cocoa with dried cranberry and coffee notes. Through the nose, I find creamy coffee alongside red pepper. The finish hits me with additional cocoa on top of raisin and hints of black licorice. The strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

One hour and fifteen minutes pass, and the second third turns to ash. There are huge bombs of cocoa on the draw blended with espresso and a nice buttery sweetness. On the retro-hale, I pick up black pepper with cocoa and some leather. The finish sees black licorice up front with even more cocoa and some char notes. Strength and body remain at a steady medium-to-full.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

The final third burns all the way to two hours and ten minutes. I almost cry as this high-dollar beauty wisps away. On the draw, cocoa mixes with raisin and tons of spicy black pepper. There are no changes to the flavors through the nose. Buttery cocoa treats me on the finish alongside more raisin and black licorice with a hint of toast. Strength and body both jump to a hefty full.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unicorn is a phenomenal cigar. It lived up to the high expectations I had for it, but one must take price into account. There are two ways to look at this cigar. On one side – price aside – you have one of the best Broadleaf blends ever created that will blow your mind with excellent flavor and construction. After all, a cigar is truly about the experience you get from it, and in many cases, I can personally forget about the money (low or high) depending on the experience. On the other side, the cigar does cost $100, so it may be unrealistic for many people to purchase.

If $100 will break your bank, or you are just more of a budget conscious cigar smoker, I would not advise buying this as you will likely be disappointed. If you have money to spare and go into this experience with the understanding that this cigar was intentionally created as more of an art project to create the best cigar possible with no regard whatsoever on price, I’d highly recommend trying to find at least one of these to smoke.

The Unicorn would make for a fantastic celebration cigar. It’s an experience many cigar smokers would appreciate but also an experience many will never get or care to pay for. If you can get your hands on this and don’t care about burning a Benjamin in two hours, by all means, step up to bat – you’ll quickly hit your home run. At any rate, this cigar will knock your socks off with flavor, and it’s an experience I truly cherished. This is a “sample of Saka” I’ll never forget!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | E.P. Carrillo Maduro No. 4

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the E.P. Carrillo Maduro in the No. 4 size. This 5.1×42 Corona features a blotchy Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper that looks as if it could be dyed. This wrapper leaf is aged three years prior to rolling. Within is an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

EP Carrillo Maduro

The wrapper puts off a minimal manure aroma. Out of the foot, there is a raisin aroma. The cold draw is snug with chocolate and raisin flavor. Once lit, I pick up dark chocolate, mild raisin, and earth on the tongue. Through the nose, I find smooth leather with cedar and chocolate. The finish is short with black pepper spice and more chocolate.

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, there is dark chocolate alongside black bean and oak. Through the nose, I find a delicious blend of dark earth, vanilla, and heavy cream. The finish is long with espresso, black pepper, and black licorice. Both the strength and body settle in at the full mark.

EP Carrillo Maduro

The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. The draw offers a chocolate-covered raisin note on top of more oak. On the retro-hale, there is more tasty vanilla complimented by leather. The black pepper is toned down on the finish and mixes with espresso and butterscotch. There is no change to strength or body.

EP Carrillo Maduro

One hour and fifteen minutes in, the final third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up toast with a bold, bitter espresso and some char. Through the nose, cocoa and leather dominate as vanilla falls off. The finish continues to be long with fruity earth, black pepper, and the return of black licorice. Strength and body drop down slightly in the final third to the medium-to-full mark.

EP Carrillo Maduro

The E.P. Carrillo Maduro is a delicious cigar for an exceptional price. It retails for around $5 and can be had for even cheaper if you know where to look. The flavors I found in the cigar are reminiscent of the Drew Estate Papas Fritas mixed with the Cohiba Secretos. Not often do you find a stick in this price range that offers so much complexity and depth. The burn and construction is spot-on aside from a slightly snug draw. This is the kind of cigar that would be perfect as a “daily driver,” and I highly recommend it.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | FullNine La Muñequita

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a brand new cigar from a brand new company. The FullNine La Muñequita in the Corona size is a 5.5×46 cigar coming out of the Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic and is the first cigar made by FullNine Cigars. It features a gorgeous Cubra wrapper from Brazil on top of an H-192 Dominican-Habano hybrid binder and fillers from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Peru. It looks to be expertly rolled.

FullNine La Muñequita

The wrapper gives off a slight barnyard and sweet tobacco aroma, while there is raisin and earth coming out of the foot. The cold draw produces a bomb of dry raisin flavor. Once lit, I find black pepper and cinnamon on the draw alongside some leather. Through the nose, there is smooth earth with more leather. The finish gives me sweet coffee and black pepper spice.

After thirty minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I find a lot of toast with some sweet earth and cinnamon. Through the nose, there are a variety of floral notes with hay and black pepper spice. The finish gives me a nice mix of plum and raisin flavor complimented by leather and coffee. Strength and body both settle at the medium mark.

FullNine La Muñequita

The second third gets me to one hour. There is more toast and sweet earth on the draw with the addition of some creamy wheat flavor. On the retro-hale, I pick up more floral notes mixed with grassy leather and almond. The finish is long with black licorice paired with more plum and raisin as well as a very perfume-like floral note. The strength and body jump up slightly to the medium-to-full mark.

FullNine La Muñequita

An hour and a half in, the final third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up spicy cedar with the return of cinnamon from the first third and a leather note. Through the nose, I find very nutty wood alongside black pepper spice and a very distinct flavor of Corn Flakes. The finish is delightful with a combination of toast, vanilla, and hints of dried fruit. Strength and body do not change, finishing at a steady medium-to-full.

FullNine La Muñequita

La Muñequita is hands down one of the best cigars I’ve smoked this year. It’s refreshing to see a new company enter the market so boldly with such a fine product. This stick has a ton of complexity, and the flavors just work. The best way I can describe this cigar is being a clash between the traditional flavors of Cuban and Dominican tobacco. At $9 a pop, the price isn’t too shabby, either, especially considering how long this thing burns for its size. This is definitely a box-worthy blend, and I highly recommend it. Look for this one to be competing for my top ten list of the year.

I would like to give a big thank you to Bill Daly, owner of FullNine Cigars, for submitting this for review. I greatly appreciate it! Be sure to follow iROBUSTO for my future review of the FullNine La Muñequita in the Toro size. It features a different binder than the Corona size, and I can’t wait to try it out and see how it compares.

FullNine La Muñequita

As this is a brand new company, these cigars are currently only available at the following retailers as of October 31, 2015. The blend comes in Corona, Toro, Short Robusto, and Double Corona in boxes of twenty.
-Smokey Joes Cigar Lounge (Fife, WA)
-Stogies Cigar Lounge (Fife, WA)
-Union Cigar Society (Seattle, WA)
-Rain City Cigars (Seattle, WA)
-Westland Distillery (Seattle, WA)
-The Lit Lounge (Snoqualmie, WA)
-Everett Cigar & Tobacco (Everett, WA)
-Tinder Box (Tacoma, WA)

As always, smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess

The Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Collector’s Edition were introduced at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show. The cigars are an installment of its Skull and Bones series. The name “Ten Ton Tess” is the 13th release of Skull and Bones.

Size: 6” X 54
Vitola: Toro
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: U.S., Brazil, and the Dominican Republic
Price: Approximately $16.00

Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Collector’s Edition

Ten Ton Tess is the nickname for an Earthquake / Seismic bomb used by Britain’s Royal Air Force during World War II. This cigar is the third installment of the Viaje Collector’s Edition.

Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Collector’s Edition

Rolled at Abe Flores’ PDR Cigars factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. The Viaje Skull and Bones series is packaged in 1 of 3 different jars. There are a black jar and a white jar with a silver Skull and Bones logo. This is a limited edition that will be only 500 of each color jar with each containing 19 cigars. Then even more limited is the undisclosed blend. This is distinguished by having gold Skull and Bones’ logos on a black jar with only 100 jars of 19 cigars are to be produced of this blend.

Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Collector’s Edition

Construction & Notes

Rustic wrapper.
Satin sheen, toothy, thick wrapper.
Very firmly rolled
Cold draw – very firm draw, dried fruit (date, raisin, sweetness)

1st – starts out with a complex mix of flavors, apricot, graham cracker, chocolate, raisin)

Medium body, light-medium flavor, short finish

The cigar does not progress very well. It is a smooth smoke, but the flavor is very light. I wonder how this cigar would smoke in a couple of years as strength tends lessen in strength as the tobacco ages.

Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Collector’s Edition

Cigar Review | Arturo Fuente Añejo

It’s Stog o’Clock! This go-around, I smoke an old classic. The Arturo Fuente Añejo No. 46 is a 5.6×46 Corona with Dominican fillers and binder cloaked in a very dark Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The wrapper gives off a faint sweetness, and there is a chocolate and tobacco aroma.

Arturo Fuente Añejo

The pre-light draw is snug with flavors of musty chocolate. Once torched up, the Añejo gives me very smooth smoke. There is a dark chocolate with sweet cocoa on the draw. The retro-hale is silky smooth, and the finish gives me a note of espresso.

After just about forty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up a smooth dark chocolate with a bold espresso and some fruity tobacco. The retro-hale produces notes of black licorice, cocoa, and leather. On the finish, I get a tasty espresso with mild spice and a very sweet raisin flavor. The body and strength are steady at the medium mark.

Arturo Fuente Añejo

One hour and fifteen minutes in, I finish the second third. Bitter espresso hits my palate on the draw alongside a sweet leather and more fruity tobacco. Through the nose, cedar makes an appearance with a creamy toast and some cocoa. The finish is long with a raisin and berry mix paired up with dark chocolate and some char. Strength and body have jumped up slightly to the high end of the medium mark.

The final third finishes at one hour and forty-five minutes. The draw gives me a very grassy cocoa with a bold espresso and some earthy leather. On the retro-hale, there is more cedar, but the toast is now very earthy alongside some smokiness. The finish continues to be long and introduces me to a dark berry note with a blast of black pepper spice and some sweet coffee. Strength and body have now jumped up to the medium-to-full mark.

Arturo Fuente Añejo

Overall, this cigar was phenomenal. The construction was top notch, and this thing burned very slow and cool. All of the flavors blended together perfectly creating a balanced complexity worthy of the high price tag. I highly recommend this cigar and have nothing bad to say about it. The Fuente family knows how to make a great cigar, and this is a testament to their blending skills.

Smoke, and smoke some more.

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)


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