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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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Cigar Review | Alec Bradley Black Market Toro

Alec Bradley Black Market Toro

I’ve been holding off on smoking the Alec Bradley Toro in my humidor for quite some time now even though I’ve been really keen to order one and try it. I’ve heard great things about this cigar from a Twitter friend and read the rave reviews on cigar forums. However, none of this compelled me to to try it more than its appearance.

The Alec Bradley Black Market Toro has a showstopper look and feel to it. Straight away any cigar enthusiast will notice the unique footer band that stretches from the foot to a little passed the halfway point. It’s a nicely textured band that surrounds an even more beautiful cigar underneath.

So let’s get to the review…

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The First Third Thoughts

The first few puffs made me think that this cigar was going to be a fast burner, even though it had a snug draw, it was trailing down quick.

Oh how wrong I was, you’ll see what I mean.

My first thought, was “wow, you can taste the quality…” A nice creamy, long finish with hints of cocoa and cherry wood lingered on my palate long after a light blue soft smoke disappeared into the air from the foot of the cigar. The air became filled with a pleasant aroma and within 20 seconds virtually no smoke came from the cigar whatsoever.

This is a good sign of a perfectly stored, well-rolled and finely crafted cigar.

At first, looking at this cigar with its massive band, sleek logo and now smooth brown wrapper with little veins made me think, “we eat with our eyes and perhaps we enjoy cigars with our eyes too…”

Whether illusion or reality, I don’t care, I want to be a believer and Alec Bradley cigars are not magicians, this is the work of masters.

Not The Second Third

The duration of the enjoyment of this cigar lasted way longer than I could imagine. A this point, I’m sort of into the second part of the cigar but I imagine it’s going to be just as long to get through to the last part. So let’s just say, “Where at the quarter point.”

So far the flavour has not changed much and that’s a good thing. I have noticed it is starting to burn slightly faster and it has a beautiful smooth coastline ash developing even though it has a flaky flowery ash at the end. Each puff grabs more of a cherry wood sweetness that has picked up as the draw loosened a little. A pleasant long finish remains and my palette is filled with everlasting flavour.

The Last of the Alec Bradley Black Market Toro

The cigar continues to perform well with almost a perfect black and grey ash. The finish remains deep and long with heaps of flavour. I’ve noticed the finish and the aroma has become somewhat dry where as before it was tacky. I’m not saying dry in a bad way, just a note of a difference. As we go to the end of he cigar it has remained cool, however the smoke output is down to a minimum and tinges of vanilla and tea have become present. This is a welcomed and unexpected transition, where normally at this point, most cigars pick up peppery notes and spice.

I just checked the clock, we’re at 120 minutes!

I highly recommend this cigar, it’s interesting, complex and affordable. Be careful to set aside a lot of time and enjoy this cigar by taking a puff or two every three minutes.

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