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The El Original

SMOKE 2012, Issue 2: Kicking Back (cont.)

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CAO OSA SOL Lot 50
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
General Cigar Co.
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
Nic, Hon
Binder:
USA
Wrapper:
Honduras
Panelist #1 Nice looking cigar that burned well and built flavor throughout the smoke.
95 Excellent
Panelist #2 Samples consistent. Relaxing, trouble-free smoke. Mild-medium cigar. Paired well with espresso.
88 VeryGood
Panelist #3 Fired this up early; great morning cigar. Not the most flavorful stick, but a pleasant aroma. Great with cocktails.
89 Very Good

J. GROTTO SERIES SILK Churchill
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Ocean State Cigars
Size:
7 x 50
Filler:
Hon, Nic
Binder:
Indonesia
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Very enjoyable smoke. Liked complexity and balance and the sweet citrus in the profile. I would buy this cigar.
87 Very Good
Panelist #2 Absolutely loved this cigar, and would recommend it after a gourmet meal and with premium drinks. First class.
95 Excellent
Panelist #3 Very mild, little aftertaste. Once you get through the first half, the second half is a lot more enjoyable.
84 Good

CASA MIRANDA Chapter One
Country:
USA
Manufacturer:
Miami Cigar & Company
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 The cigar had a nice start but an unpleasant ending. A little time in the humidor may help the finish.
85 Good
Panelist #2 Great flavor, meduim body. Would recommend to new and experienced smokers. Will buy more. Nubbed it!
92 Excellent
Panelist #3 Rolled well, burn and draw could not have been better. Aging may help redefine this as an outstanding stick.
88 Very Good

ROMEO BY ROMEO Y JULIETA Piramides
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Altadis U.S.A.
Size:
6 1/8 x 52
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Overall, not a bad smoke. I'd try it again.
95 Excellent
Panelist #2 Flavor was the hook. Started with mild, smooth flavor, then built favorably. I enjoyed this cigar with espresso.
91 Excellent
Panelist #3 Looks like my favorite smoke in life, besides a certain No. 2 I'm not supposed to have. Couldn't help love it.
92 Excellent

GUILLERMO LEON Corona Gorda
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
La Aurora
Size:
6 x 47
Filler:
DR Nic, Peru, Brazil
Binder:
Cam., Ecu
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Tasty cigar with complexity and balance. The sweet breadiness was particularly nice. I would purchase this.
88 Very Good
Panelist #2 Flavorful cigar. Great aromas and taste, laced with tobacco and leather flavors. Intoxicating. Recommended.
94 Excellent
Panelist #3 Smoked in the morning and enjoyed. I would smoke this one again.
88 Very Good

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SENOR SOLOMON MADURO Torpedo
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Solomon Cigar Co.
Size:
6 x 54
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Brazil
Panelist #1 Very good cigar. Smooth, complex and balance. Finish that coats the palate and is enjoyable. I would purchase it.
90 Very Good
Panelist #2 Nice torpedo, mild. Loved the oily wrapper but was hoping for the initial spice flavors to stick around.
92 Excellent
Panelist #3 Got a little hot in the last quarter. I really enjoyed this and would both smoke it again and recommend it to a friend.
89 Very Good

ENTUBAR CRV Double Corona
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
Berger & Argenti
Size:
7 5/8 x 54
Filler:
Nic, DR
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1 A good cigar with nice complexity and balance. A smart flavor profile. This is a cigar that I would buy.
92 Excellent
Panelist #2 Non-traditional cigar looked interesting, but needs more work on both the blend and the quality of tobacco.
87 Very Good
Panelist #3 If someone gave it to me, I would smoke it...unless it got too hot!
85 Good

ALEC BRADLEY BLACK MARKET Churchill
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Alec Bradley Cigar Co.
Size:
7 x 50
Filler:
Hon, Panama
Binder:
Indonesia
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 An enjoyable smoke with and interesting flavor profile. Nice balance. Enjoyed the long finish.
90 Very Good
Panelist #2 A cigar to take to the golf course or to walk the dog. Not really something I would go out of my way to find again.
85 Good
Panelist #3 You could enjoy this any time of day. I would seek this cigar out and place it at the top of my rotation.
92 Excellent

CARLOS TORANO EXODUS 1959 50 YEARS Box Press
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Torano Family Cigar Co.
Size:
5 x 55
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Honduras
Wrapper:
Brazil
Panelist #1 Excellent cigar, wonderful complexity and balance. Loved the flavor profile. I would definitely buy this cigar.
92 Excellent
Panelist #2 Expertly made, intended for lovers of strong cigars. Grown men only need enlist.
88 Very Good
Panelist #3 Smoked it right down to a nub. Probably best to enjoy this after a meal- salad doesn't count. Would buy!
92 Excellent

UNDERCROWN Corona Viva
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Drew Estate
Size:
5 5/8 x 46
Filler:
Brazil, Nic
Binder:
USA
Wrapper:
Mexico
Panelist #1 Strong cigar with complexity and balance. You'll want a full meal before smoking this one. I'd buy this cigar.
93 Excellent
Panelist #2 Classy, extremely well-made. Delicate, sophisticated flavors lingered on the palate. Highly recommended.
93 Excellent
Panelist #3 A short smoke that packs a punch, this would be a good choice, right down to the end.
89 Very Good


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