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Cigar Review | Sawtelle Inkwell

It’s Stog o’Clock once more, and this time, I check out the Sawtelle Inkwell. This 6.5×52 Torpedo features a very sharp box press and a simple, classy label with a hand-written cursive “S” on it. The blend is top secret, but I’ve been able to find out that it has a Maduro wrapper and tobaccos ranging from the Dominican Republic to Nicaragua.

Sawtelle Inkwell

On the cold draw, I pick up a light sawdust flavor. The wrapper gives off an antique wood and manure aroma. The foot produces a similar smell with a fruity element. Once lit, I find toast and black pepper spice on the draw. The retro-hale offers cedar, nutmeg and earth. On the finish, there is more cedar with black pepper and cinnamon.

Twenty-five minutes in, I finish the first third. On the draw, I pick up roasted almond paired with vanilla and toast. Through the nose, there is distinct gingerbread and molasses flavor. The finish offers charred cedar with black pepper and leather. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Sawtelle Inkwell

The second third closes out at forty-five minutes. The almond flavor on the draw now comes in with a spicy note on top of nutmeg and oak. On the retro-hale, I find a simple combo of leather and citrus. The finish is dominated with nutty earthy and smoky leather. Strength and body jump up slightly to the medium-to-full mark.

Sawtelle Inkwell

The final third ends at one hour and fifteen minutes. On the draw, I find more oak on top of leather with the return of vanilla. Through the nose, there is black pepper spice and more citrus complimented by grass. The finish transforms to a wonderful blend of smoky coffee, cocoa, and vegetal hay. Strength and body close out at the medium-to-full mark.

Sawtelle Inkwell

The Sawtelle Inkwell is a delicious cigar. It has a lot going on in the flavor department, and the blend just works. Construction is good, and the only complaint I had was a little tar buildup on the head. The kicker with this smoke is its price point. The Inkwell can be had for $5-7 depending on the quantity purchased. That seals the deal and makes this cigar a true winner in my book. I highly recommend it!

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 | Edgar Hoill OSOK Desmadroso

The Edgar Hoill OSOK Desmadroso is an excellent cigar. The binder, wrapper and filler are all Nicaraguan. The packaging is an awesome piece of dark artwork that is definitely a keeper. This really was the thing that caught my eye and allowed me to get over the price being slightly on the high side.

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Almost double the price of Leander’s OSOK Everyday Hustle on the Cigar of the Year, the Desmadroso has unique profile considering its dark and deadly look. “…completely the opposite of what I expected…” explained Mark “…from the head to the foot, impressive Salomon shape and dark wrapper, I thought strong and cocoa, but the surprise was cream and vanilla…” The cigar smokes long and light to medium in strength with full-bodied sweetness of tobacco and hazelnut.

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The Edgar Hoill OSOK Desmadroso goes well and beyond what I expected. The cigar smoked for almost three hours. You might find this a little difficult to do, but I’m a very slow puffer! The Edgar Hoill OSOK Desmadroso is a cigar I would definitely get again even though the price is about $12. It has a very cool look to it, lots of flavor and a cool gangsta look and appeal with a profile that is mellow but complex.

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Cigar Review | AVO Syncro Nicaragua

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the brand new AVO Syncro Nicaragua in the Toro size. This 6×54 stick features a sharp box-press, a first in the AVO profile, and a gorgeous appearance. The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Dominican binder, and Nicaraguan, Dominican and Peruvian fillers. This is the first AVO cigar to feature Nicaraguan leaves as well.

AVO Syncro Nicaragua

The wrapper produces a faint wood and leather aroma, while the foot exudes a toasty graham cracker alongside caramel. On the cold draw, I find some musty grass flavor. Once lit, there is a very salty wood on the draw. The retro-hale blasts my nose with spicy red pepper and coffee. The finish gives me cinnamon and caramel.

After thirty minutes, I finish the first third. The draw gives me bold clove with cinnamon and earthy oak. Through the nose, I find vanilla with spicy red pepper and toast. The finish offers a sweet, smoky note on top of cedar and leather. Strength and body both settle down at the medium mark.

AVO Syncro Nicaragua

One hour and ten minutes in, the second third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up buttery leather with a black pepper and grass mix. The retro-hale is smooth with more vanilla alongside spicy toast and almond. The finish is long with a combo of black pepper and smoky caramel. There is no change to strength or body.

AVO Syncro Nicaragua

The final third burns very slow, ending at the two-hour mark. The draw offers me musty wood with some black pepper and leather. Through the nose, I am blasted with salty cedar and spicy cayenne pepper. The finish is bold with smoky leather rivaled by spicy earth and black pepper. Both the strength and body make a jump to the full mark in this final third.

AVO Syncro Nicaragua

The Syncro Nicaragua is a fresh addition to the AVO family of cigars. It brings new flavor to their profile with a very welcome box-press. The complexity on this stick is solid with a bold increase in strength as you smoke. At just under $10 per stick, it’s not a bad price, either. I certainly recommend trying it out.

Keep on smokin’!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I take a look at a special P.G. cigar. The Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary features a Colorado Nicaraguan wrapper with aged Dominican filler and binder tobaccos. This cigar was rolled in 2006, giving it some impressive age. For this review, I smoke the Connoisseur size – a 6×52 Toro.

Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary

The wrapper gives off a distinct antique wood aroma, and the smell of fruity earth and raisin can be found out of the foot. The cold draw gives me flavors of musty leather with some moss. Once lit, I find old wood on my tongue alongside some caramel. Through the nose, I pick up a creamy earth and mild white pepper. The finish consists of black pepper with some leather and coffee.

After thirty minutes, the first third finishes out. On the draw, I find old wood with mild leather and musty grass. Through the nose, there is a light white pepper note with some fruity toast. The finish melts together with subtle caramel, creamy almond, and some vanilla. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary

One hour in, I finish the second third. The draw gives me more old wood and leather alongside some black pepper and vanilla. The retro-hale offers some mild red pepper with creamy earth. The finish is a mix of cinnamon, toast, and leather. Both the strength and body slightly bump up to a high medium.

Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary

The final third burns extremely slow and finishes at two hours. On the draw, there is sweet almond with leathery toast and spicy black pepper. Through the nose, I find some hay with a faint mint note and some citrus flavor. The finish is long with smoky caramel on top of earth and graham cracker. Strength and body finish at the medium-to-full mark.

Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary

The Paul Garmirian 15th Anniversary is a wonderfully complex cigar that increases with strength as it’s smoked. The flavor profile melts together perfectly with subtle nuances of elegance. As with all P.G. cigars I’ve smoked, the 15th Anniversary is one of the smoothest smokes out there. With a hefty $15 retail price, this isn’t an everyday stick, but it makes for a nice special occasion cigar that I highly recommend.

Thanks again to Paul Garmirian Cigars for submitting this cigar for review. It is very appreciated!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | La Gloria Cubana Medaille d’Or No 4

It’s Stog o’Clock, and today, I have a slim Cuban cigar to smoke and review. La Gloria Cubana Medaille d’Or No. 4 is a skinny 6×32 Panatela. The cigar I smoke in this review is from a box produced in March of 2013. The cigar is comprised of all Cuban tobacco and looks to be rolled well.

La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 4

The perfect cold draw gives me salty wood. The wrapper produces a potent barnyard and leather aroma, while I smell cedar and tobacco out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up salty cedar and black pepper spice alongside some toast and grass on the draw. Through the nose, there is a light graham cracker flavor. The finish is primarily black pepper spice.

After fifteen minutes, the first third closes out. The draw gives me wheat and grass with mild leather. Through the nose, I find toasty graham cracker with a delicious cinnamon and vanilla mix. On the finish, I pick up black pepper with spicy earth and a distinct flavor of Ritz crackers. Strength and body both fall in the medium-to-full mark.

La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 4

The second third ends at half an hour. On the draw, I get some toast with a little cedar and leather flavor. The retro-hale gives me more vanilla alongside some black pepper and walnut. The finish is long with a salted caramel note on top of cinnamon and floral earth. Body and strength do not change.

La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 4

The final third gets me to fifty minutes. The draw is superb with flavors of creamy wood and fresh-baked bread on top of salty grass. Through the nose, I find more vanilla with the return of a cinnamon note and earth. The finish gives me a mix of black pepper and very butter leather. Strength and body drop down to the medium mark in this last third.

La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 4

The Medaille d’Or No. 4 is a phenomenal cigar. It’s got a delicious mix of complex, refined flavor, and it performs flawlessly. Even with only a couple years of age, this cigar seems to be in its prime. Smoking time is shorter than many cigars, but it’s a delectable short treat. Even price is pretty reasonable for a Cuban. I highly recommend this one!

Keep on smokin’!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series II Robusto II

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a vintage cigar. The Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series II was rolled in 1999 and has been aging ever since. For this review, I smoke the Robusto II size which is a 5×50 stick. The company’s website lists this stick as having a Connecticut shade wrapper with Dominican binder and filler tobaccos.

Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series II Robusto II

The wrapper gives off a slight nutty earth aroma, while the foot produces a fruity toast smell with an oily characteristic. On the cold draw, I find faint raisin and tobacco flavors. Once lit, there is a salty peanut with some toast on the draw. Through the nose, I get very smooth nuttiness and cream. The finish has a light buttery cream flavor to it.

After twenty minutes, the first third closes out. The draw gives me creamy vanilla matched up with some subtle caramel flavor and a note of sweet cedar. Through the nose, I pick up a mix of salty peanut and mild coffee. On the finish, there is a faint black pepper spice with some buttery toast and smooth almond. Strength and body are both at the mild mark.

Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series II Robusto II

Forty-five minutes in, the second third ends. On the draw, there is a moist wood with more vanilla and a sweet, creamy earth. The retro-hale offers salty cedar with hay and grass. The finish gives me a slightly spicy toast note with more almond and a mild clove flavor. The body is up to the medium mark, while the strength is a steady mild.

Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series II Robusto II

One hour and five minutes gets me to the end of the final third. The draw is delicious with creamy cedar alongside some black pepper and roasted almond. Through the nose, I find more salty cedar with the introduction of some cinnamon and toast. The finish is a real treat with sweet caramel on top of smoky grass and very creamy coffee. There is no change to the strength or body.

Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series II Robusto II

The Gourmet Series II is a superb cigar aged to perfection. If you are a fan of powerhouse smokes, steer clear of this one, but if you can appreciate a smooth, mellow cigar with subtle nuances of elegant flavor, this is one you certainly don’t want to miss. Make no mistake, this is a very mild, medium-bodied stick, but it has tons of balanced flavor, and it’s one of the smoothest cigars I’ve ever lit up. I recommend smoking it in the morning before eating anything so you get the most out of this wonderful cigar.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)