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Cigar Review | CAO Session Garage

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the CAO Session Garage. This cigar retails for $8.59. It features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with a Dominican Vega Especial binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The Session line is a nod to Rick Rodriguez’ “Sessions” with friends smoking in his garage. It’s touted as something any smoker can enjoy.

CAO Session Garage

Pre-Light

Pre-light, the wrapper produces a rich barnyard and fruit aroma, while I smell the same out of the foot. Once lit, there is black pepper and saltiness on the tongue. Through the nose, I pick up subtle cedar and cocoa notes. The finish is bitter with a lead and graphite note.

CAO Session Garage

First Third

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find black pepper with damp wood. Smoke is thick and oily. Through the nose, I pick up prune and black pepper notes. The finish offers leather with clove and ginger. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

CAO Session Garage

Second Third

The second third gets me to fifty-five minutes. The draw consists of black pepper and char. On the retro-hale, black pepper and toast dominate with subtle raspberry. The finish hits me with more leather and clove with an oiliness coating my tongue. There is no change to strength or body.

CAO Session Garage

Final Third

The final third ends at one hour and twenty-five minutes. On the draw, there is more black pepper with leather. Through the nose, I pick up sweet toast and black pepper. On the finish, more leather and clove blend together, but the last 10 to 15 minutes present an unpleasant and bitter graphite flavor. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

CAO Session Garage

Overall Thoughts

CAO Session is an okay cigar. It displayed excellent smoke output and construction, but it was generally underwhelming. For the most part, flavors are enjoyable enough, but the profile is somewhat simple.

The big downside for me is the bitter graphite flavor the cigar finished with in every sample I smoked. It doesn’t present itself until the very end, but it’s what sticks in my mind most. As with any cigar, I always recommend trying it for your own evaluation, but the price doesn’t justify the CAO Session for me.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Alec Bradley Magic Toast Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Alec Bradley Magic Toast in the Robusto size. This 5 x 52 cigar retails for $8.95 and sports an extremely dark wrapper leaf from Honduras. Inside, there are both Nicaraguan and Honduran binders as well as fillers from both of those same countries.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The cold draw is snug with a mossy flavor. The wrapper produces a rich dark cocoa aroma, while I smell chocolate and strawberry out of the foot. The first light hits me with buttery cedar and black pepper. Through the nose, spice kicks up with red pepper and more cedar. The finish gives me cocoa and cinnamon.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I pick up cocoa and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, dried fruit blends with walnut and floral notes. The finish offers up some dark chocolate with raspberry and clove. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The second third brings me to one hour. I find more black pepper on the draw with the addition of vegetal earth. The retro-hale consists of buttery toast and more floral notes. The finish is delightful with sweet chocolate and marshmallow flavors reminiscent of hot cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The final third ends at one hour and thirty minutes. Black pepper and black licorice mix well on the draw. I see no change of flavors through the nose. The finish displays smoky cedar and black pepper. Nearly all elements of sweetness drop off in this final third. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The Alec Bradley Magic Toast is an excellent cigar. It offers a ton of complexity with many dark, dessert-like flavors. Construction is absolutely perfect with ash stacking like quarters. To top it off, the price is extremely competitive at just a hair under $9. This is one of the best Alec Bradley cigars to date, and I highly recommend giving it a try.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Herrera Esteli Norteño Edicion Limitada

It’s Stog o’Clock, and today, I check out a new extension to a beloved Drew Estate line. The Herrera Esteli Norteño Edicion Limitada is a limited 2015 release tweaked slightly from the original Herrera Esteli Norteño blend. It comes in only one size, a 7×48 pressed “Parejo Prensado” Churchill. The gorgeous, chocolate Mexican San Andres wrapper snugly secures a Honduran binder and fillers from Nicaragua. The press on the cigar makes it very slim, but it feels good in the hand, and the dual labels on this cigar are gorgeous and classy.

Herrera Esteli Norteno Edicion Limitada

The wrapper gives off a rich chocolate and coffee aroma, while I find fruity raisin and raspberry coming out of the foot. The cold draw offers up a salty raspberry flavor. Once lit, my tongue is blasted with rich chocolate and an antique wood note on top of black pepper spice. Through the nose, a delicious coffee makes an appearance alongside more black pepper spice and hazelnut. The finish gives me cedar with cinnamon and a metallic earth.

Thirty minutes in, I finish the first third. On the draw, I pick up raspberry alongside some coffee and black pepper. Through the nose, there is a phenomenal mix of toast, sweet caramel, and earth. The retro-hale is amazing at this point. On the finish, there is spicy espresso mixed in with musty oak and a very dark cocoa. Strength is a steady medium, while the body of the smoke is very full.

Herrera Esteli Norteno Edicion Limitada

The second third closes out at one hour. The draw offers me cocoa with leather and spicy coffee. On the retro-hale, there is more toast and caramel with the addition of buttery floral notes. The finish gives me black pepper spice alongside more musty oak and some earth. Both strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Herrera Esteli Norteno Edicion Limitada

The final third finishes at one hour and forty minutes. Raspberry returns to the draw with some buttery cocoa and smooth black pepper. Through the nose, I find creamy cedar with more of that delicious toast and caramel. The finish gives me smoky peanut with espresso and grassy leather. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

Herrera Esteli Norteno Edicion Limitada

The Herrera Esteli Norteño was a great cigar, but this Edicion Limitada takes it one step further and provides a near-unbeatable smoking experience. The amount of complexity this thing produces is through the roof, and I savored every last puff. The retro-hale on this stick is unforgettable! Willy Herrera truly knows how to blend a great cigar, and this is no exception. I highly recommend this and will be considering it a contender for my top ten list this year.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Hiram & Solomon Master Mason

It’s Stog o’Clock, and I’ve got the third stick from Hiram & Solomon Cigars up to bat. The Master Mason is a 6×56 Gran Toro with a Dominican Maduro wrapper concealing Dominican filler and binder tobaccos. This is advertised as the company’s full strength offering. It appears to be rolled well, and the wrapper is very toothy.

Hiram & Solomon Master Mason

Pre-light, the wrapper and foot both give off a very bold fruity aroma with a hint of leather. The cold draw simply gives me a light, fruity taste. Once I get it burning, there is black pepper spice with slight leather and some cocoa.

The first third lasts half an hour. The complexity is through the roof. Raspberry and chocolate mix well on the draw, and there are notes of black pepper and bold coffee. On the retro-hale, there is a sweet earth with strong espresso and black licorice. The finish is long, and I pick up black cherry, flavor reminiscent of fresh-cut grass, and some molasses. Body and strength are firmly at the medium-to-full mark.

Hiram & Solomon Master Mason

The second third puts me at one hour. The draw gives me a chocolate pretzel flavor with coffee and black pepper. Through the nose, I pick up some hazelnut, rich soil, and a berry mix. Espresso is dominant on the long finish with some black cherry and dark wood notes. The strength remains the same.

The final third ends just under an hour and a half. On the draw, my tongue is treated to dark cocoa with a delicious creamy char and a note of graham cracker. Black pepper spice plows through my nose with a dark earth and blackberry. The finish offers a chocolaty cedar, bitter espresso, and black cherry. Strength and body are still medium-to-full.

Hiram & Solomon Master Mason

Overall, this cigar was great. The complexity was high with a very balanced flavor profile. Performance was solid, and I really enjoyed this smoke. Of the three Hiram & Solomon blends on the market, this is my favorite by far. The price is a bit steep at $15 a pop, but I do recommend trying this one out. There is a reason this is called the Master Mason!

Always smoking,

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)


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