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Rocky Mt. Cigar Fest.

Gather Ye Friends, Spirits, Smokes

There are lots of standouts in this latest installment of Smoke's blind cigar review. Some of our panelists' highest-rated cigars in this issue included both familiar faces and new entries to the market.

Nicaraguan-made Ezra Zion Inception's box-press Exquisito earned an impressive 92 in this new super premiun boutique company's debut appearance in Smoke. Based in Alvord, Texas, the company was started by three friends - Kyle Hoover, Chris Kelly, and Alan "the Don" dé Fonseca and launched its first cigars just last summer. The idea, they say, was to make cigars that "you and your buddies would make if you made a cigar." Smoking is a celebration and an experience, they say, not just a hobby.

The Nicaraguan-made Lightweight Division Maduro is the first of several planned blends that has been released in Knockout Tobacconists TOC Only cigar series from California's JMG International, Inc. Reviewers put the Round 2 Torpedo through its paces. Don't let the blend's name decieve you: this is a rich, earthy maduro that earned a 93.

SMOKE Cigar Ratings
RatingQuality
96-100Superior
91-95Excellent
86-90Very Good
80-85Good
70-79Average
60-69Fair
Under 59Poor
The legacy of CAO cigars, which were first released in 1995 in Nashville by the Ozgener family and are now part of the General Cigar Company portfolio, is in safe hands thanks to the talents and dedication of master blender Rick Rodriguez and senior brand manager Ed McKenna, as evidenced by reviewer's collective 93 rating of the Honduran-made CAO MX2 Belicoso. This six-nation double maduro blend continues to delight with a luxurious range of flavors.

The Dominican-made La Mezcla Cubana Robusto from The Cigar Agency racked up its own 93 rating at a price that can't be beat. The name translates as "the Cuban mix," an appropriate inspiration for these tasty Nicaraguan puros.

With a total of 32 premium cigars reviewed in this issue, we trust there will be something here for each and every one of you. Perhaps you may find the perfect cigar to pair with your choice of Whyte and Mackay's Dalmore Scotch whisky, followed by a bit of fine chocolate and some great coffee, as recommended by our cover personality, the Dalmore's Master Blender Richard Paterson.

So, gather ye friends, spirits, and smokes; light the fires and enjoy!
-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!

La Mezcla Cubana Robusto
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
The Cigar Agency
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 A bit of black magic. Wonderfully complex, robust smoke. Quite relaxing. Definitely a cigar I'd purchase.
93 excellent
Panelist #2 Dynamite smoke. Stayed cool. Lots of effortless delicious smoke. Paired with Belgian ale, this cigar works for me.
91 very good
Panelist #3 Phenomenal, strong and full-flavored cigar. Smoked all samples to the nub. Could add this to my rotation.
94 excellent

Senior Solomon Natural Torpedo
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Solomon Cigar Co.
Size:
6 x 54
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Marvelous torpedo. Expertly crafted with superior tobaccos. Harmonious, complex smoke. A winner.
92 excellent
Panelist #2 Long on looks and construction but disappointing as far as flavor. Can be enjoyed early in the day.
92 excellent
Panelist #3 Could have used more strength, flavor or complexity to hold my attention. Good cigar for doing yard work.
92 excellent

Mutineer Cigars Salomones
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Father and Son Cigar
Size:
7 1/8 x 58
Filler:
DR, Nicaragua
Binder:
Indonesia
Wrapper:
Brazil
Panelist #1 Terrific cigar. I enjoyed it very much with an espresso and I would gladly do it all over again. Well done.
95 superior
Panelist #2 More intense flavor than I like, but still nice. The cigar's flavor built consistently from the first to second half.
88 Very Good
Panelist #3 I would recommend this stick to anyone who likes a strong cigar. Nice balance of aroma, appearance and flavor.
89 very good

La Palina Goldie Laguito No. 2
Country:
USA
Manufacturer:
La Palina Cigar Co.
Size:
6 x 38
Filler:
DR, Nicaragua
Binder:
Ecuador
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Fabulous. Excellent. I would buy two boxes immediately; one to smoke now and another to age.
93 excellent
Panelist #2 I love the look and feel of lanceros. This is for the end of the day with a cognac or a single malt.
95 excellent
Panelist #3 Overall performance might be better if it were a larger gauge. The flavor was there, but the draw was inconsistent.
87 very good

Aging Room Havao Connecticut Treble
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Boutique Blends
Size:
6 x 50
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Excellent mild cigar with superb construction. A perfect mild cigar for a nice afternoon.
90 very good
Panelist #2 Medium. Spice packs a wallop. Not for novices. Complex and powerful. Pair with espresso, sambucco or grappa.
93 excellent
Panelist #3 A great stick. If it were stronger it would have scored higher. Exceptional flavor kept my attention.
91 excellent

Puro Express

Knockout Tobacconists Only TOC Maduro Round 2
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
JMG International, Inc.
Size:
6 1/2 x 52
Filler:
Hon, Nic, DR
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1 Well crafted, complex full-bodied large torpedo. Perfect after heavy meal of roast duck and Pomerol Bordeaux.
92 excellent
Panelist #2 This stick is as strong as it looks. Ideal for the end of the evening, perhaps with an XO or Patron.
93 excellent
Panelist #3 Outstanding blend and smoke. Reminds me of a Toraño Exodus 50 Years. Would recommend this to all.
94 excellent

Fernando Leon Corona
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
La Aurora
Size:
5 1/2 x 42
Filler:
Peru, Brazil, DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1 Good construction throughout. Simple smoke, very light. Perfect choice for the first-time cigar smoker.
86 very good
Panelist #2 Tasty cigar, packed with flavor. Complexity and balance were good. Interesting profile and a cigar I'd buy.
91 excellent
Panelist #3 Not a bad cigar. More of a morning selection with coffee and a crossword puzzle.
88 very good

Gurkha Seduction Gran Robusto
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Gurkha Cigars
Size:
5 x 55
Filler:
Colombia
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Though not consistent in the smoking, it was close. I would buy this cigar for the right price.
90 very good
Panelist #2 Not a favorite flavor profile but a decent smoke. Good complexity and balance despite wrapper issues.
86 very good
Panelist #3 Wonderful smoke, great for those cool evenings when you're on the patio with a drink and a few friends.
91 excellent

Urbano Corojo Torpedo
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Urbano Cigars
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1 Not recommended for an inexperienced smoker, and too bland for a smoker of 50 years.
86 very good
Panelist #2 All the samples were consistent. Paired with freshly made lemonade. For me, it is a nice summer or fall cigar.
89 very good
Panelist #3 Liked the cigar even though it began a little dry and harsh...in the end it was a very nice smoke.
84 good

CLE 2012 Cuarenta
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
CLE Cigar Company
Size:
5 3/4 x 46
Filler:
Honduras
Binder:
Honduras
Wrapper:
Honduras
Panelist #1 Delightful, well-balanced cigar. Would both recommend it and have it in my humidor. Pairs well with Tom Collins.
91 excellent
Panelist #2 It reminds me of the cigars I smoked in the Caribbean years ago. This is a gentle cigar.
88 very good
Panelist #3 I like stronger cigars and this was a very good stick.
88 very good

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Partagas 1845 Robusto
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
General Cigar Co.
Size:
5 1/2 x 49
Filler:
DR, Nicaragua
Binder:
USA
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 A good day-to-day cigar Very consistent and welcome in any cigar smoker's rotation.
88 very good
Panelist #2 An excellent tasting cigar with plenty of complexity and balance. The black cherry flavor was particularly nice.
88 very good
Panelist #3 One word: Outstanding. Highly recommend with any full-bodied scotch, Irish, bourbon whiskey.
93 excellent

Ezra Zion Inception Exquisito
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Ezra Zion Cigar Co.
Size:
5 1/4 x 50
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 I would recommend this cigar to the members of my cigar club to smoke any time of the day. Pairs well with XO.
91 excellent
Panelist #2 The best cigar in the bunch. Samples were consistent. I will definitely add it as a regular to my personal stock.
92 excellent
Panelist #3 This was a very enjoyable cigar and I would recommend it to my friends.
92 excellent


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