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

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ORTSAC Robusto
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
The Cigar Agency
Size:
5 x 52
Filler:
Hon, DR
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 Needs a few months to mature before I would smoke it again. Would pair best with a sweet cordial.
85 Good
Panelist #2 Enjoyable, tasty cigar. Spice and sweet cream made for a nice smoke. Complex, balanced. I'd buy this cigar.
87 Very Good
Panelist #3 Somewhat harsh cigar and a little rough to smoke. Might have enjoyed it more in the winter months.
85 Good

NUB 460 Connecticut
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Oliva Cigar Co.
Size:
4 x 60
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Had no idea what to expect with this size, but was a very easy, cool, and long smoke. Tasty but not exciting.
89 Very Good
Panelist #2 Never-ending cigar just kept on going. Burned great, ashed well, not complicated. No touchups needed.
91 Excellent
Panelist #3 Milder than my typical choice, but was perfectly enjoyable for its style. Very good for the less adventuresome.
88 Very Good

MUWAT Bait Fish
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Drew Estate
Size:
4 x 44
Filler:
Brazil, Nic
Binder:
USA
Wrapper:
Mexico
Panelist #1 Fantastic little smoke. Excellent balance and complexity. Packed with bold flavor. I would purchase this cigar.
92 Excellent
Panelist #2 Delicious. Magnifique! Intriguing and complex petite corona. Buy a box for coffee breaks and port sessions.
94 Excellent
Panelist #3 Complexity in flavors and balance in the draw make this memorable. Nice even burn. Need some in the humidor.
91 Excellent

CASA TORANO NATURAL Robusto
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Torano Family Cigar Co.
Size:
4 2/4 x 52
Filler:
Hon, Nic
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 I am no Connecticut wrapper fan, but this cigar was pretty enjoyable as an early-in-the-day smoke.
88 Very Good
Panelist #2 Mild and pleasant beginning but the construction issue got in the way of the tobaccos in this cigar.
83 Good
Panelist #3 With the nice mild flavor and aftertaste, I did enjoy the cigar although construction issues were distracting.
85 Good

PERDOMO GRAND CRU 2006 SUN GROWN Grand Churchill
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Tabacalera Perdomo
Size:
7 x 60
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1 Mouth-watering treat. Samples consistent. Great for casting for large mouth bass in a quiet cove.
92 Excellent
Panelist #2 Samples consistent. Good cigar, interesting character with those autumnal flavors. For those seeking full flavor.
90 Very Good
Panelist #3 Just what I needed at the end of a long, hard day at work. You'll want a few for the humidor. Bravo!
96 Superior

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URBANO CONNECTICUT robusto
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Urbano Cigars
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Despite visible construction issues, an easy, quick burner. No touch-up needed. Simple, lunch break smoke.
85 Good
Panelist #2 Best cigar yet in this round. Enjoyable experience. I would easily recommend this cigar and buy a box today.
96 Superior
Panelist #3 I like full bodied cigars but this opened my eyes and palate. Makes a wonderful after breakfast smoke.
96 Superior

BLANCO LIGA EXCLUSIVO DE FAMILIA Maduro
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Blanco Cigar Company
Size:
7 x 54
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1 Paired one with water and another with a Speyside. Excellent cigar for a morning on the golf course. A winner.
93 Excellent
Panelist #2 Samples were consistent. It is not my favorite cigar. I found a strong bitter aftertaste when I finished it.
90 Very Good
Panelist #3 This stick had a few things going for it but in the end it just did not deliver.
85 Good

TORTUGA 215 EDICION LIMITADA 2011 Torpedo
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Legacy Brands Cigar Co.
Size:
6 x 54
Filler:
Hon, DR
Binder:
Honduras
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 Definitely would recommend to others. While it looked like a strong cigar, it was actually a very pleasant mild cigar.
92 excellent
Panelist #2 This cigar was among the very best I have ever smoked. Medium to full of body, with a long, creamy finish.
96 superior
Panelist #3 A well-made cigar that has a good deal of flavor. No complaints; but it just seemed like it had more potential.
89 Good

H. UPMANN Coronas Major
Country:
Cuba
Manufacturer:
Habanos S.A.
Size:
5 1/8 x 42
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Panelist #1 Draws beautifully, copious amounts of smoke. Flavor profile never wavered. I want more of these.
96 Superior
Panelist #2 I found this cigar empty. Not much value to me in what I personally want in a cigar.
70 Average
Panelist #3 Could have been a good cigar. Draw was too tight. Grew hotter at end. Should taste more wrapper in Corona.
79 Average

OLD POWDER KEG Howitzer
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Battleground Cigars
Size:
6 1/2 x 56
Filler:
Nic, Hon, Peru
Binder:
USA
Wrapper:
Honduras
Panelist #1 Woodsy flavor in first half, but this led to a slight acidic taste in the second half.
88 Very Good
Panelist #2 This cigar had everything going for it but may need additional aging in order to bring out potential in aroma, flavor.
79 Average
Panelist #3 Aging would help this stick. Not the most flavorful smoke, but pleasant. Slow draw; a great golf cigar.
90 Very Good



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