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SMOKE 2011, Issue 3: Firing Up Flavor (cont.)

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PARTAGAS Gigante
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
General Cigar Company
Size:
6 x 60
Filler:
DR, Mex
Binder:
Mex
Wrapper:
Cameroon
Panelist #1 I just didn't like the way this cigar tasted and burned-too hot and too dry. Still, I might buy them, if the price was right.
85 good
Panelist #2 Construction issues with one dimensional taste made a poor cigar. Pass it on to your occasional "social smoker" friend.
84 good
Panelist #3 This wasn't my favorite cigar. It had some slight construction issues, but the flavor profile wasn't enough to win me back.
88 very good

J. GROTTO RESERVE SERIES Gran Corona
Country:
Hon
Manufacturer:
Ocean State Cigars
Size:
5 5/8 x 46
Filler:
Hon, Nic
Binder:
Hon
Wrapper:
Hon
Panelist #1 This cigar did something few cigars do. It made me want to smoke another one right away. This is one fantastic cigar.
96 superior
Panelist #2 Overall this cigar was a decent smoke. It was not my favorite as far as flavor goes, but by far not the worst.
93 excellent
Panelist #3 This would probably be a good smoke after a big Thanksgiving meal. Not overly aggressive, might pair well with desert.
92 excellent

PURA SANGRE Torpedo
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
Ventura Cigar Company
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1 An excellent cigar that would go well after dinner with a good rum. I would definitely add these into my smoking rotation.
95 excellent
Panelist #2 I would definitely add this cigar to my rotation and would not be ashamed to share with a friend. I'd recommend it!
92 excellent
Panelist #3 Good cigar, but not a great cigar. If a bundle/budget cigar, I would recommend it for those looking for such a deal.
88 very good

BLUE MOUNTAIN CIGARS ANNIVERSARY Robusto
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
Blue Mountain Cigars
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1 A very consistent smoke. I enjoyed the play between the two different wrappers. Pairs well with a porter or stout.
95 excellent
Panelist #2 A little lighter than I normally smoke but a good way to start off the day or for my mild smoking buddies.
88 very good
Panelist #3 This was a very good cigar that I would recommend to friends. Thank you sir, may I please have another?
91 excellent

ARSEN CONNOISSEUR SELECTION 2010 Gorditos
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Arsen Cigars
Size:
4 x 58
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1 This was definitely a cigar I would recommend. With the richness of the cigar, this would be a good lunch-time cigar.
92 excellent
Panelist #2 For a short medium body smoke, this one would fit the bill but I do think there are a lot better choices out there.
79 average
Panelist #3 I would not recommend this cigar. Each sample required several touch-ups, despite the short stature of the stick.
86 very good



HOYO DE MONTERREY Epicure No. 1
Country:
Cuba
Manufacturer:
Habanos S.A.
Size:
5 5/8 x 46
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Panelist #1 This was a cigar that I would most certainly smoke again. It was a great construction with enjoyable flavors.
93 excellent
Panelist #2 I would add these into my rotation if the price was right. This is one of those cigars that veterans and newbs can enjoy.
94 excellent
Panelist #3 This is a good after-dinner cigar, not too strong, but enough of a punch to balance out a good full meal.
91 excellent

BUENA VISTA EDICION LIMITADA Short Churchill
Country:
Mex
Manufacturer:
Buena Vista Cigar Co.
Size:
4 3/8 x 54
Filler:
Ecuador
Binder:
Ecuador
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 The cigar certainly looked nice. But I wasn't a huge fan of the construction, mainly due to the hot burn and flavor.
88 very good
Panelist #2 If you are a first time smoker, this one is for you. Seasoned smokers will probably want something more meaty.
89 very good
Panelist #3 I liked this cigar and would buy them if the price point was reasonable. It was a nice walk around the block cigar.
92 excellent

ROCK-A-FELLER Robusto Habano
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
International Tobacco Partners
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
DR, Nic
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 I would buy this cigar if the price was right. This would be a great first cigar in the morning with a cup of coffee.
95 excellent
Panelist #2 This cigar was not bad, but it did not "wow" me either. At the right price (low) I would smoke this one again.
92 excellent
Panelist #3 Would have rated higher, but because the one sample that puckered my face was so unpleasant, the overall score dropped.
88 very good

WE THE PEOPLE Belicoso
Country:
USA
Manufacturer:
Bidwell Cigar Co.
Size:
6 1/2 x 54
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Ecuador
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 This had a slightly above average construction and a way above average taste! I would recommend these!
94 excellent
Panelist #2 I like cigars that are fuller all the way through, but even though this starts out somewhat lighter, I enjoyed it.
93 excellent
Panelist #3 Forget the wrapper problems, this is a great cigar. Paired well with a rum and Coke while I was on a beach vacation.
91 excellent

SUBLIMES Grande
Country:
USA
Manufacturer:
Superior Cigars USA
Size:
6 34 x 56
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 This was an excellent cigar that would be perfect for after dinner or late evening. I would buy these again.
96 superior
Panelist #2 This is definitely for the experienced smoker. If you prefer a milder smoke, you might want to wait until after lunch.
89 very good
Panelist #3 Pleasingly assertive taste that gave a firm handshake to start, then sat down and behaved gentlemanly thereafter.
90 very good






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