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Cigar Review | Curivari Ciclope 554

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Curivari Ciclope in the 554 size. This new stick from Curivari comes in at a stout 5 x 54 with a slight box press to it. The wrapper is a gorgeous, dark Mexican San Andres leaf covering binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. The price is very affordable at $7.50 per stick.

Curivari Ciclope

On the cold draw, there is raisin and dry red wine notes. The wrapper puts off a barnyard aroma, while I smell chocolate out of the foot. Once lit, I get tons of smoke with black pepper and dark chocolate. Through the nose, spicy red pepper dominates. The finish hits me with spicy cedar and earth.

Curivari Ciclope

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I pick up sweet cocoa on the draw with earth and black pepper. Through the nose, red pepper takes over with more cocoa. The finish blasts me with tons of dark cocoa flavor. Strength and body settle in at a steady medium-to-full.

Curivari Ciclope

Fifty minutes go by, and the second third wisps away. There is more cocoa on the draw with a lot of nuttiness and black pepper. On the retro-hale, I pick up more red pepper and cocoa. The finish has even more cocoa with strong espresso notes and a nice buttery element. Strength and body both remain at medium-to-full.

Curivari Ciclope

The final third ends right around one hour and fifteen minutes. On the draw, dark cocoa blends with espresso and cinnamon. I find no change to the flavors on the retro-hale – welcome consistency throughout the entire smoke. Spicy black pepper takes over the finish with underlying notes of cocoa. Strength and body both jump up to the full mark in this third.

Curivari Ciclope

The Curivari Ciclope is a phenomenal cigar. Complexity comes in moderation, but this cigar has such good flavor throughout, it doesn’t need to be more complex. I feel like I almost took Curivari to the cleaners price-wise as it offers a better experience than many sticks two or three times the price. I absolutely love everything it has to offer. Each puff is like a little dessert. I highly recommend trying this one out. It’s a box-worthy smoke!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez Toro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez. This cigar was released at the 2017 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. It is one of the newest Altadis USA cigars blended by AJ Fernandez. For this review, I check out the Toro, a 6 x 55 box-pressed stick. It retails for $11. I’ve enjoyed most anything AJ Fernandez has blended, so let’s see what we get!

Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

On the cold draw, I get light bourbon flavor, specifically, the spicy, oaky notes in Maker’s 46. The wrapper produces a grassy earth aroma, while I smell damp woods out of the foot. Once lit, I’m greeted with cinnamon, black pepper, and leathery earth. Through the nose, there is a nice sweetness with cedar and bread notes. The finish offers hefty body with black pepper, toast, and molasses.

Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up grassy earth with some black pepper. Through the nose, salty leather blends with a burnt caramel. The finish hits me with leather and more black pepper. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

The second third finishes after one hour. There is a rich tobacco core on the draw complimented by black pepper and sweet earthy flavors. Red pepper and leather blow through my sinuses on the retro-hale. The finish offers me black pepper spice and earth. Strength and body both remain at a steady medium-to-full.

Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

The final third wisps away at an hour and a half. On the draw, I find leather and black pepper. Through the nose, cinnamon makes an appearance with additional leather. There is no change to the finish. Strength and body close out at medium-to-full.

Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

The Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez is a pretty good smoke. It offers a moderate amount of complexity with some enjoyable flavors. If you’ve had other AJ Fernandez blends, this will be a familiar experience with its own uniqueness. Construction is perfect with giant chunks of ash stacking like quarters. I feel this should be a few dollars cheaper, but I would guess the Montecristo name drives the price. At any rate, it’s definitely worth trying, but I wouldn’t rush out to grab a box.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new La Flor Dominicana La Volcada. It comes in one size, a 7×48 stick with a pigtail cap. The cigar features a Mexican San Andres wrapper over an Ecuadorian Corojo binder and Dominican fillers. It retails for $12.

La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

On the cold draw, I pick up faint cocoa flavor. The wrapper produces a leather aroma, while I smell light raisin out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up black pepper with dark cocoa. Through the nose, spicy red pepper and wood make an appearance. The finish offers leather and black pepper.

La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

Forty minutes in, the first third closes out. I pick up cocoa with black pepper and cedar on the draw. Through the nose, red pepper blends with a nice nuttiness. On the finish, sweet dried cherry comes through with leather and earth. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

The second third gets me to one hour and fifteen minutes. Cocoa is now gone on the draw, while leather and black pepper dominate. There is no change to the retro-hale. On the finish, I get cinnamon with more leather and earth. Strength and body remain at medium-to-full.

La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

The final third ends at one hour and fifty minutes. Rich earth and leather coat my tongue on the draw with black pepper spice. Cocoa comes through the nose with spicy red pepper. The finish explodes with a leather bomb and black pepper spice. Strength and body finish out at the full mark.

The La Flor Dominicana La Volcada is an excellent cigar with bold complexity. Flavors are enjoyable on this smoke, and they all work well together. The construction is top-notch with a perfect draw and stacking ash. I highly recommend this cigar.

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 | Hoyo La Amistad

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a new collaboration between Hoyo de Monterrey and A.J. Fernandez. The Hoyo La Amistad features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. For this review, I smoke the Robusto, a 5×54 stick. It retails for $7.59.

Hoyo La Amistad

On the cold draw, I find a slight fruitiness. The wrapper produces a barnyard aroma, while I smell cherry out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up nuttiness with black pepper spice. Through the nose, there is more black pepper with a sweetness to the smoke. The finish gives me black and red pepper with spicy leather.

Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up black pepper with toast and coffee. Through the nose, red pepper dominates. The finish offers dried cherry notes on top of black pepper and leather. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Hoyo La Amistad

The second third gets me to forty minutes. There is no change on the draw. Through the nose, I find more red pepper with the addition of earth. The finish hits me with spicy cinnamon on top of cedar and more dried cherry. Strength and body remain at medium-to-full.

Hoyo La Amistad

The final third closes out at an even hour. The draw melts with cedar, caramel, and coffee. On the retro-hale, I find sweet toast with red pepper. Cinnamon and cedar come through on the finish. Strength and body finish out at consistently at the medium-to-full mark.

Hoyo La Amistad

The Hoyo La Amistad is an enjoyable smoke. It offers good flavors with a moderate amount of complexity. It won’t blow your mind, but for under $8, it’s a good cigar that you don’t have to put a lot of thought into. I recommend giving this one a try.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Rocky Patel Fifty Five

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Rocky Patel Fifty Five in the Corona size. This 4×55 stick features a Nicaraguan wrapper, Costa Rican binder, and Nicaraguan fillers. It’s a non-traditional “Corona” with tapers on both ends and quite the fat stance. This cigar was made to celebrate Rocky Patel’s fifty-fifth birthday and retails for $9.25.

Rocky Patel Fifty Five

On the cold draw, I find cocoa and cedar. The wrapper produces a light cedar aroma, while I smell All Spice out of the foot. Once lit, the draw is snug with cocoa, black pepper, and cedar. Through the nose, I get a hint of red pepper. The finish sees more red pepper and spicy cedar.

Twenty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up creamy cocoa with cinnamon. Through the nose, red pepper blends with oak. Spicy black pepper hits me on the finish with some bitter leather. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Rocky Patel Fifty Five

The second third gets me to forty minutes. I’m given more cocoa and cinnamon on the draw with the introduction of a char note. The retro-hale is about the same with an added sweetness. There is no change to the finish. Strength and body also remain consistent.

Rocky Patel Fifty Five

Oddly enough, at fifty-five minutes, the final third wisps away. Cocoa stays put on the draw with added black pepper. Through the nose, there is a dominant spicy red pepper. The finish offers leather and smoky cedar. Strength and body close out at the medium-to-full mark.

Rocky Patel Fifty Five

The Rocky Patel Fifty Five is a nice cigar. It offers a moderate amount of complexity with few transitions. The flavors that come through are pretty tasty, though. It didn’t blow my socks off, but it was an enjoyable enough smoke. Construction was very good as well. Price is a bit steep for the experience, but it’s worth trying out a single or a fiver.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Nomad Martial Law

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Nomad Martial Law. This new creation from Fred Rewey is the first Nomad stick to have a suggested retail price of over $10 (sitting at $12, actually.) It features a Habano wrapper, Jalapa binder, and Nicaraguan fillers. I cannot find confirmation online, but I do believe it is a Nicaraguan puro. Maybe, I should have asked Fred at IPCPR! Anyways, it comes in one size – a 6×50 Toro.

Nomad Martial Law

On the cold draw, I pick up a sour cocoa flavor. The wrapper produces a faint toast aroma, while I smell graham cracker out of the foot. Once lit, I get oily leather with hay, earth, and black pepper. Through the nose, I find sweet toast and cinnamon. On the finish, black pepper increases alongside red pepper and toast.

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up oily earth alongside leather and oak. Through the nose, spicy red pepper fights against sweet graham cracker. The finish gives me prune with a smoky ginger and more oak. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Nomad Martial Law

The second third gets me to one hour and ten minutes. Toast and more oak come through on the draw with some black pepper. There is no change to the retro-hale. The finish hits me with spicy wheat and more black pepper. Strength and body are consistent at medium-to-full.

Nomad Martial Law

The final third ends at an hour and forty-five minutes. Dominating black pepper explodes on the draw with the return of leather. On the retro-hale, I continue to get spicy red pepper and sweet graham cracker. The finish hits me with smoky oak, black pepper, and a hint of floral citrus. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

Nomad Martial Law

The Nomad Martial Law is a fine cigar. It has great construction and some nice flavors. Complexity is decent, and it is a thoroughly enjoyable smoke. I must say, I still find the C-276 to be my favorite Nomad stick. It’s just an amazing blend, but that cigar offers an entirely different flavor profile. I definitely recommend checking this out. If you like anything else Fred makes, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)