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SMOKE 2012, Issue 3: Gather Ye Friends, Spirits, Smokes (cont.)

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Villiger Talanga Toro
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Villiger North America
Size:
6 x 50
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Honduras
Panelist #1 Not a lot of complexity going on with this cigar but at the right price, I would definitely recommend it.
87 very good
Panelist #2 This medium-bodied stick has real potential if the draw issues can be successfully addressed.
88 very good
Panelist #3 Great from the start, burned perfectly. Near-white ash had to be knocked off. Paired with coffee. Buy 'em!
92 excellent

Romeo y Julieta Coronas
Country:
Cuba
Manufacturer:
Habanos S.A.
Size:
5 5/8 x 42
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Panelist #1 Enjoyable overall, even if flavors seemed a little young. Great construction, but inconsistencies in flavors.
88 very good
Panelist #2 Great morning cigar or anytime you're in the mood for a refined smoke and don't want to get knocked over.
94 excellent
Panelist #3 Despite the lighter body, a fair amount of flavor. Not very complex, lacked drama, but a good cigar overall.
90 very good

Cult Classic Torpedo
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Quality Importers
Size:
6 1/4 x 52
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Indonesia
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Very good smoke. Would recommend this one to friends who like a medium-full smoke for sure.
86 very good
Panelist #2 Fairly decent smoke that would go well with cider.
85 very good
Panelist #3 This cigar looked tasty but fell short. Lacked depth and a sour finish didn't help. Aging may improve this stick.
85 very good

Carlos Torano Master Habano Maduro Robusto
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Toraņo Family Cigar Co.
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
Nic, DR
Binder:
Ecuador
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 Mild smokers should wait until after lunch, but medium, full-bodied fans can enjoy this cigar any time of the day.
90 very good
Panelist #2 There's but one thing to do: Write this experience off to a bit of bad luck.
84 good
Panelist #3 Flavor profile is not for the meek or an empty stomach. So smokey, the wife had me put the window fan on.
89 very good

Montecristo Epic Churchill
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Altadis U.S.A.
Size:
7 x 56
Filler:
Nicaragua, DR
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Samples were consistent. A good after-dinner smoke, perfect for a late evening or any other occasion.
92 excellent
Panelist #2 Very good cigar with great complexity and balance. Enjoyed the bold flavors after a substantial meal. I'd buy it.
87 very good
Panelist #3 Would recommend with a full bodied scotch or bourbon. A night smoke, not for the newbie. Wow!
89 very good

The El Original

Gurkha Cellar Reserve Batch #8 Koi Perfecto #2
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Gurkha Cigars
Size:
4 x 58
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1 A good overall cigar with no surprises. I would buy this cigar on occasion.
89 very good
Panelist #2 Fantastic tasting cigar! Complexity was very good, as was balance. Nutty flavor was especially good. I'd buy it.
87 very good
Panelist #3 Overall. this is not a bad smoke but it's also not inspiring. May pair well with a Bud Lite.
88 very good

Asylum Torpedo
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Asylum Cigar Company
Size:
5 x 54
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 This cigar needs at least six more months of aging. After that, I would buy it and pair it with a rye highball.
92 excellent
Panelist #2 Nice cigar. Well-balanced and well-made. I think this is a good cigar for those who really like a strong smoke.
90 very good
Panelist #3 Overall, this was a nice, strong cigar with balance and complexity. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
87 very good

CAO MX2 Belicoso
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
General Cigar Co.
Size:
7 x 56
Filler:
Nic, Hon, DR, Peru
Binder:
Brazil
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1 I would definitely consider adding this cigar to my rotation. Very good for a late evening delight.
97 superior
Panelist #2 The draw was a disappointment. The cigar had good complexity and balance but the draw affected the smoke.
86 very good
Panelist #3 With a little patience, I really enjoyed this cigar. Pair with a lighter whisky or cognac and some bitter chocolate.
96 superior

Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 Toro
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Toraņo Family Cigar Co.
Size:
6 x 50
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Honduras
Wrapper:
Brazil
Panelist #1 An enjoyable smoke that is safe to pass along to other cigar smokers. A good alternate in the normal rotation.
89 very good
Panelist #2 Cherry and earth notes graced the flavor profile and added to a wonderfully long finish. Yes, I would buy this cigar.
90 very good
Panelist #3 Aside from the construction, this stick lacked distinctive character. There was a straw-like flavor but little more.
84 good

Dos Campeones Sixto Trabajador
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Savinelli USA
Size:
4 x 56
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 A first rate cigar that is perfectly aged. Pairs well with an old fashioned. I'd recommend this cigar to friends.
89 very good
Panelist #2 All three samples were consistent. I'd definitely buy this cigar on a regular basis. I love the feel and taste of it.
90 very good
Panelist #3 A good cigar with balanced flavors. It seemed to me that it started a little bitter, but it had a long smooth finish.
86 very good


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