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Made in America

Kicking Back

The great outdoors remains the last bastion of smoking freedom-at least for the vast majority of the nation where complete insanity hasn't managed to settle in-so thank heavens for summer and the chance to kick back and unwind... wherever you may find yourself (do check carefully for banned activities before firing up).

Speaking of imagination, this latest edition of SMOKE's cigar review once again challenged our panelists to find all the right words to describe their smoking experience; it's not the easiest task, putting into words the sensations one experiences when enjoying any one of the huge variety of fine cigars out there.

SMOKE Cigar Ratings
RatingQuality
96-100Superior
91-95Excellent
86-90Very Good
80-85Good
70-79Average
60-69Fair
Under 59Poor
Among our highest rated cigars in this issue are the Romeo by Romeo y Julieta (Piramides, 93), the latest blending twist that "modernizes" a familiar tast profile for palates seeking a heartier, spicier range of flavors.

The Timeless Collection from Nat Sherman (Churchill, 92) is a rare new entry from New York City's "Tobacconist to the World" that's rolled by the Quesada family (of Fonseca cigars fame) in the Dominican Republic.

Tabacalera Perdomo's new Grand Cru (Sun Grown Grand Churchill, 93) taps the best leaves from the company's well-aged 2006 crop tobacco. Meanwhile, Undercrown by Drew Estate (Corona Viva, 92) was created by the factory's rollers after they were told to cut back on smoking Liga Privadas meant for sale; their own blend shares many of the same Liga Privada tobaccos, so it's no wonder reviewers took a liking. Happy smoking! -E.E.H.


Want more? For the full details of each review, including all the panelists views on aesthetics, construction, flavor, and more, subscribe now - or pick up a copy of SMOKE Magazine at a Tobacconist near you!

DONA FLOR Gran Coronas
Country:
Brazil
Manufacturer:
Menendez Amerino Cia Ltd.
Size:
6 x 60
Filler:
Brazil
Binder:
Brazil
Wrapper:
Brazil
Panelist #1 Good cigar, medium, complex, balanced, with nice flavor profile consistent with Connecticut-wrapped cigars.
88 Very Good
Panelist #2 Medium color, medium flavor, medium strength; average in every way. Some imperfections in the wrapper.
88 Very Good
Panelist #3 Ring size was impressive. Flavor was bland and lacked complexity. At least six more months of aging desired.
87 Very Good

AKA HYBRID DNA
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
AKA Cigars
Size:
5 1/2 x 50
Filler:
Honduras
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Honduras
Panelist #1 A tasty little spice bomb with complexity and balance. Spice was a bit overpowering, but otherwise enjoyable.
89 Very Good
Panelist #2 Good smoke. Typical of the curse of blind tastings...must wait to figure out who makes it so I can buy a box.
92 Excellent
Panelist #3 Favorable smoke, even for an experienced smoker. Would smoke again. Pairs well with a single malt whisky.
87 Very Good

SUBLIMES Grande
Country:
USA
Manufacturer:
Sublime Cigars
Size:
6 3/4 x 56
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1 A complex stick that did not disappoint. Be sure to set aside ample time to enjoy this cigar.
92 Excellent
Panelist #2 Samples consistent in flavor. The ash burn was a bit erratic. I would smoke it again with some friends after a BBQ.
93 Excellent
Panelist #3 Unusually dry cigar, even with water. Not in my wheelhouse, but some might appreciate this type of stick.
85 Good

DON CERVANTES PRESIDENTE Toro
Country:
Ecuador
Manufacturer:
Achievement Cigar Co.
Size:
6 x 50
Filler:
DR
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 A good cigar with complexity and balance. My kind of flavor profile. I would definitely buy this cigar.
90 Very Good
Panelist #2 Flavors rarely experienced in a cigar. Paired second stick with Armangnac. Recommend combining with brandy.
92 Excellent
Panelist #3 Thoroughly enjoyed this and would definitely buy them. A great cigar! Pairs well with cognac or bourbon.
92 Excellent

WICKED INDIE Toro
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
East India Trading Company
Size:
6 x 54
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 Wanted to enjoy this cigar but the tarry taste took away from the other flavors in this complex and balanced cigar.
82 Good
Panelist #2 This cigar started strong, then became progressively more mellow and picked up fruity notes. Most interesting cigar.
87 Very Good
Panelist #3 Overall enjoyable smoking experience and would recommend this cigar. Pairs well with a ruby port.
87 Very Good

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LA PALINA EL DIARIO Kill Bill
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
La Palina Cigar Company
Size:
4 1/4 x 40
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Honduras
Wrapper:
Honduras
Panelist #1 Not a cigar for me. The flavor profile was off, balance was off, and the finish had a lingering mineral taste.
86 Very Good
Panelist #2 Not a stick to be taken lightly. If you like a strong, spicy, bitter smoke, this is definitely a stick for you.
90 Very Good
Panelist #3 An enjoyable cigar with good balance and complexity. I would smoke it again. Pairs well with cappuccino.
93 Excellent

BIDWELL BLEND CAFE COROJO Torpedo
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Bidwell Cigar Co.
Size:
6 1/4 x 54
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 Excellent tasting cigar, great complexity and balance. Recommended after a substantial meal. I would buy this.
87 Very Good
Panelist #2 Good cigar to smoke in a park on a warm summer evening. Not overly complex, but it didn't need to be.
89 Very Good
Panelist #3 Wow! Smoking cigars 50 years and this is in the Top 5. Would recommend to all. Ready to buy a box now.
94 Excellent

HAMMER + SICKLE BERLIN WALL Churchill
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Klin Tobacco Co.
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
Hon, DR, Nic
Binder:
Honduras
Wrapper:
Honduras
Panelist #1 Terrific little cigar with abundant, complex flavors and great balance. Very flavorful. Best enjoyed after a meal.
90 Very Good
Panelist #2 Enjoyable cigar, but not dynamic. A good smoke for sitting outside in summer with a beer.
87 Very Good
Panelist #3 Enjoyable cigar that pairs well with a whisky highball. I would recommend the cigar and definitely smoke again.
91 Excellent

OLIVEROS SUN GROWN RESERVE Majico No. 2
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Habana Cuba-Oliveros Cigars
Size:
6 x 50
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 Loved this stick, finest I've reviewed in some time. Pair with a dry Hanger One or Bombay Sapphire martini.
95 Excellent
Panelist #2 Samples consistent. Slightly milder than my everyday smoke. Would like to keep some in the humidor.
88 Very Good
Panelist #3 The packaging of this cigar had me hopeful, but from the first light to the final draw, it was disappointing.
80 Good

MUTINEER CIGARS Corona Gorda Box Press
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Father & Son Cigars
Size:
6 1/2 x 54
Filler:
DR, Nic
Binder:
Indonesia
Wrapper:
Brazil
Panelist #1 I enjoyed this cigar with a cup of coffee and the pairing was excellent.
90 Excellent
Panelist #2 Solid 91 rating. Samples were consistent. No touch-ups or relights. I would keep this cigar in my rotation.
91 Excellent
Panelist #3 Terrific cigar. Satisfying, delicious. Would pair with Irish whiskey or a single malt.
90 Very Good

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NAT SHERMAN TIMELESS COLLECTION Churchill
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Nat Sherman
Size:
7 x 48
Filler:
DR, Nicaragua
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Honduras
Panelist #1 This would be a decent cigar to work around the house with; nothing fancy but a decent smoke.
90 Very Good
Panelist #2 Paired well with bourbon. Great overall aroma. Would keep it in my rotation. Should get even better with age.
91 Excellent
Panelist #3 Enjoyable after a fine dinner, but would suit any time of day. Paired well with 15-year-old Dalwhinnie.
94 Excellent

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA HABANA Mercaderes
Country:
Cuba
Manufacturer:
Habanos S.A.
Size:
6 5/8 x 48
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Panelist #1 Very relaxing cigar that offers an interesting progression of tastes throughout the smoke.
91 Excellent
Panelist #2 Very aromatic, amazing cigar. If it weren't for the draw issue, it would be everything a good cigar should be!
90 Very Good
Panelist #3 Mild- to medium bodied; a bit mild for my taste but so creamy and tasty that I found myself loving it regardless.
95 Excellent


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