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

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Dos Campeones Coraje Tabajador
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Savinelli USA
Size:
4 x 56
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 I enjoyed this cigar while eating chocolate ice cream. The cigar is consistent and flavorable and I would buy it.
91 excellent
Panelist #2 The samples are all consistent. I even smoked this one with a fresh Fiji apple. Nice pairing.
90 very good
Panelist #3 The flavor profile was mild and I prefer full-bodied cigars so it was a little bland for me. Still a nice smoke overall.
91 excellent

B-cuz by Graycliff Triple Robusto
Country:
Bahamas
Manufacturer:
Graycliff Cigars
Size:
6 x 54
Filler:
Nic, Hon
Binder:
Indonesia
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Needs at least one year of aging to mellow out the flavor. Not a buy for me.
88 very good
Panelist #2 It went great with a Merlot I had opened the night before. My buddies would love this one.
90 very good
Panelist #3 I would describe this as an average cigar based on the construction and the light flavor profile.
80 good

Pedro Martin Ruby Robusto
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Martin Family of Cigars
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 Overall, this is a medium- to full cigar that I would definitely seek out and recommend to a lot of people.
91 excellent
Panelist #2 Good smoke that would pair well with a nice port, especially following a long day at work or after a nice meal.
91 excellent
Panelist #3 Solid medium smoke with multiple nuances. Paired with a scotch, which tamed the pepper finish.
90 very good

Entubar CRV Corona Macho
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Berger & Argenti
Size:
4 5/8 x 48
Filler:
Nic, DR
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1 Nice size and presentation. Heat distracted from what might have been a great stick based on first impressions.
75 average
Panelist #2 Unusual looks aside, a thoroughly delightful smoke. Wish I could figure out the meaning of the design (tip).
91 excellent
Panelist #3 Top notch, head to foot. Masterful construction and complexity. Paired with Tullamore Dew on the rocks.
95 excellent

Sublimes Robusto Extra
Country:
USA
Manufacturer:
Sublimes Cigars
Size:
5 1/4 x 52
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 The aesthetics and construction would prompt you to grab it off the shelf but I don't think the flavor profile delivered.
86 very good
Panelist #2 Flavors were less intense as the cigar burned. Overall, not a bad stick, but I enjoy more lasting flavors in a cigar.
82 good
Panelist #3 Sophisticated; flavors changed constantly. Great balance and complexity kept this cigar alive. Outstanding.
92 excellent

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Vegas Robaina Clasicos
Country:
Cuba
Manufacturer:
Habanos S.A.
Size:
6 1/2 x 42
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Panelist #1 Packed with flavor and wonderful aromas to match. A slightly easier draw would have made it great.
89 very good
Panelist #2 An hour-and-a-half of smoking bliss, but save this one for the last of the day and pair with a substantial cordial.
93 excellent
Panelist #3 Highly recommended if you don't mind an occassional relight, but don't try this on any empty stomach.
90 very good

J. Grotto Silk Gran Toro
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Ocean State Cigars
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
Hon, Nic
Binder:
Honduras
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Very good, best suited with a cup of coffee in the morning to start your day. Consistent, despite the one tight draw.
90 very good
Panelist #2 If mild is your mojo then jump aboard. Good early day smoke or a treat with cappuccino or macchiato.
89 very good
Panelist #3 Even draw with well-balanced flavors. I would recommended this for someone who appreciates milder flavors.
87 very good

Swag Sobe Edition Infamous
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Habana Cuba-Oliveros Cigars
Size:
6 x 54
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1 Excellent cigar that I'll buy. Reminiscent of La Flor Dominicana's DL-700 Double Ligero or Oliva Series V Double Toro.
98 Superior
Panelist #2 Too much flavor for a morning smoke; best suited to follow a heavy meal. All the qualities of a high-end cigar here.
92 superior
Panelist #3 Not the best experience. Smoked all samples in hopes that flavor might prevail but construction got in the way.
80 excellent

AKA SOLACE Cloud Nine
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
AKA Cigars
Size:
5 1/2 x 50
Filler:
DR, Honduras
Binder:
Honduras
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Mild to medium smokers can enjoy this one anytime of day. Perfect for those who prefer a fuller smoke.
90 very good
Panelist #2 These cigars need to sit for a few months which would ease away the "green" taste.
85 good
Panelist #3 Slightly mild to medium smooth smoke...not a show-stopper for me but a good beginner's cigar.
86 very good

Liga Privada No. 9 Robusto Oscuro
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Drew Estate
Size:
5 x 54
Filler:
Brazil, Nic
Binder:
USA
Wrapper:
Mexico
Panelist #1 Samples were consistent, but harsh. This cigars starts off nice but it ends up being a bit on the strong side for me.
88 good
Panelist #2 I really enjoyed this stick; it's my favorite size and strength. Great way to finish off a fine meal...with some port, perhaps?
92 excellent
Panelist #3 Not for the feint of heart. This cigar definitely builds in flavor and I would recommend it for experienced smokers.
90 very good



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