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SMOKE 2012, Issue 4: The Great Outdoors Beckons (cont.)

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TABACALERA GRAN RESERVE ROBUSTO
Country:
Philippines
Manufacturer:
Tabacalera Incorporada
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
Philippines, Brazil, DR
Binder:
Brazil
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1 Would share with my friends, especially for a midday smoke. Pairs with tawny port or an Old Fashioned.
95 superior
Panelist #2 Not a bad cigar - just not my type of flavor profile. Good complexity and balance. Try any time of the day.
88 rating
Panelist #3 A good, well-constructed cigar outside of the wavy burn, but the aesthetics and harsh notes were a bit distracting.
80 good

AGING ROOM HAVAO CONNECTICUT BRIO
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Boutique Blends
Size:
5 1/4 x 42
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 A sure bet. I would definitely try this middle-of-the-road smoke again at the right price.
86 very good
Panelist #2 Flavorful for a small vitola. I prefer larger ring sizes and rarely buy narrow cigars, except occasional lanceros.
86 very good
Panelist #3 This was a real treat. A great stogie to mull over while sharing war stories.
93 excellent

LA CAPITIANA GIGANTE NO. 4
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Villiger North America
Size:
6 x 50
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 Though far too strong for me, I'm betting it would be perfect for those who happen to enjoy such a strong cigar.
92 excellent
Panelist #2 Good choice for a long smoke break, meaning most of the afternoon. Leave time to enjoy this strong stick.
90 very good
Panelist #3 Reminds me of a leather chair in an old study, with a warm glass of brandy.
84 good

JOYA DE NICARAGUA CABINETTA NO. 7
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Joya de Nicaragua
Size:
6 x 50
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 Complemented a glass of scotch and a good all around smoke that is not overbearing.
93 excellent
Panelist #2 Great, strong smoke. Highly recommend for relaxation with low-key music and a good bourbon.
91 excellent
Panelist #3 Appearance and construction were nice. It pulled easy and burned evenly. But the aftertaste defined the flavor.
86 very good

PEDRO MARTIN FIERA SUPER TORO
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Martin Family Cigar Company
Size:
6 x 54
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 I would definitely recommend this cigar to anyone who enjoys a mild cigar. Perfect for any time of the day.
87 very good
Panelist #2 All the samples were consistent. I was eating some freshly made sushi and this cigar was a perfect companion.
91 excellent
Panelist #3 Good taste with complexity and balance. I enjoyed the oaky pepper taste coupled with earthiness.
89 very good

The El Original

PARTAGAS SERIE C EDICION LIMITADA NO. 3
Country:
Cuba
Manufacturer:
Habanos S.A.
Size:
5 1/2 x 48
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Panelist #1 Sit back and smoke this exceptional smoke at a leisurely pace. Relights were minimal and worth the trouble.
91 excellent
Panelist #2 This fooled me; a lot more strength than the wrapper suggests. Delicious. Next time, best after a full dinner.
94 excellent
Panelist #3 Relights were a distraction from an otherwise enjoyable smoke. Might benefit from more time in the humidor.
90 very good

TORTUGA LIMITED EDITION 648
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Legacy Brands Cigar Company
Size:
6 x 48
Filler:
Nic, DR
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 I'd recommend this cigar to my cigar club. Pairs well with a tawny port; but it would be good any time of the day.
94 excellent
Panelist #2 All the samples are consistent. I even enjoyed it with a Macintosh apple.
93 excellent
Panelist #3 A good cigar with very decent complexity and balance. The flavor profile was straightforward but good.
92 excellent

ASYLUM 13 - 6 x 60
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Asylum Cigar Company
Size:
6 x 60
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 An average cigar. I smoked it with a pale ale and this brought out some of the earthy flavors in the stick.
87 very good
Panelist #2 Pleasant aroma but it had a bit of a bitter finish which I didn't care for. I was expecting a lighter smoke.
87 very good
Panelist #3 Terrific cigar. Looks and tastes great, and it burns wonderfully. Can't wait to find out what it is.
95 excellent

JAMES NORMAN ROTHCHILD
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
James Norman Ltd.
Size:
5 1/4 x 52
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 Ignore the bumps, this is a superbly pleasant cigar. Smoothness is decadent and the flavor profile is beautiful.
91 excellent
Panelist #2 Nice daytime smoke. Nice end to a long day's drive. Would definitely go to it in the future.
89 very good
Panelist #3 Bitterness from start to finish. Overall dull and uneventful. Would not smoke this cigar again.
87 very good

LA CONFIANZA FAT TORO
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
La Tradicion Cubana
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1 Samples were all consistent in construction and flavor. I would recommend it to my cigar club. Delicious.
95 excellent
Panelist #2 The complexity and balance were late in coming; but the profile improved with an even blend of pleasant flavors.
92 excellent
Panelist #3 This cigar has a strong profile, but it was consistent and not overbearing. Paired with a tawny port-relaxing
92 excellent



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