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SMOKE Volume 18, Issue 1: Reaping Nature's Rewards (cont.)

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C&C CONNECTICUT Robusto
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
C&C Cigar Company
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Ecu
Panelist #1A very good smoke, never bitter. A great morning cigar to be enjoyed with a good cup of coffee. Must try.
93 excellent
Panelist #2Looks can be deceiving. This cigar looked weak so I was caught off guard by its rich, full flavor. Recommended!
91 excellent
Panelist #3A good morning cigar with decent complexity and balance. I would purchase this cigar for a morning smoke.
87 very good

TEMPIO No. 56
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
T.L. Johnson Cigars
Size:
5 1/4 x 56
Filler:
DR
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1What a way to end a long, hard day with such a pleasant surprise. Well done. I would recommend this stick.
93 excellent
Panelist #2The cigar's mineral taste faded to make for an enjoyable smoking experience. Good complexity and balance.
86 very good
Panelist #3A decent, medium-strength cigar. Tons of smoke with a decidedly dry finish.
87 very good

VILLIGER TALANGA Robusto
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Villiger North America
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Hon
Panelist #1Excellent flavors and a fabulous smoke. Need to get a few boxes for the cigar cabinet if I can find them.
93 excellent
Panelist #2I'd recommend this to a smoker who likes mild cigars but wants to try something with a little spice.
91 excellent
Panelist #3This is a very good cigar with a solid, medium-bodied profile. I would recommend this cigar.
91 excellent

ALEC BRADLEY TEMPUS Centuria
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Alec Bradley Cigar Company
Size:
7 x 49
Filler:
Hon, Nic
Binder:
Hon
Wrapper:
Hon
Panelist #1Excellent cigar delivers a great smoking experience. Complexity, balance, and a tasty flavor profile. Buy 'em!
91 excellent
Panelist #2Good flavor, finished up with rich, earthy tobacco notes. Paired with a sweet cup of coffee to start the day.
89 very good
Panelist #3I smoke a full-bodied cigar, but it's okay to find a stick that has a great balance of rich flavor and strength. Remarkable.
91 excellent

HERMITAGE Robusto
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Klin Tobacco Company
Size:
5 x 52
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Ecu
Panelist #1I love box-pressed cigars, but this one burned especially well, both even and cool. A welcome midday smoke.
92 excellent
Panelist #2Not a bad cigar, but more complex than I prefer. A good choice for those who seek a complex profile.
90 very good
Panelist #3Lots of creamy smoke and the flavor profile grew bolder with each puff. One drawback was its slightly bitter finish.
88 very good

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H. UPMANN LEGACY Toros
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Altadis U.S.A.
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
Nic, DR
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Ecu
Panelist #1An excellent and complex flavor profile. Very smooth. The lingering finish of spice and leather is just the icing!
92 excellent
Panelist #2Perfect cigar to pair with playing hooky from work. Its mellow profile offers no clue that one was even smoking a cigar.
90 very good
Panelist #3This cigar was consistent but not too complex. It was a good smoke, and one that I want in my rotation.
90 very good

PERDOMO 20TH ANNIVERSARY SUNGROWN Epicure
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Tabacalera Perdomo
Size:
6 x 56
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1A thoroughly enjoyable smoking experience. Eat first. This one also got a bit heady...make that full-bodied, maybe?
96 superior
Panelist #2Except for the construction, this was a great cigar. The strength was in the medium range, with a woody flavor.
89 very good
Panelist #3Expected a full-bodied, robust stick and got the opposite. A respectable smoke if you enjoy a good, mild stick.
90 very good

GRAYCLIFF HERITAGE ROYAL Duke
Country:
Bahamas
Manufacturer:
Graycliff Cigar Company
Size:
4 1/2 x 54
Filler:
Hon, Nic
Binder:
Ecu
Wrapper:
CR
Panelist #1Don't overwhelm this one with a heavy whisky. Stick with a lowland scotch or a blonde ale.
96 superior
Panelist #2This was a very good cigar but it could be better with less of the burning (pepper) sensation in the flavor profile.
88 very good
Panelist #3This cigar may need more time to age in order to improve its performance.
85 good

HC SERIES HABANA2 Torpedo
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Xikar, Inc.
Size:
6 x 54
Filler:
CR, Hon, Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1A fantastic cigar. From the flavor and strength to its look, this stick hit all the right marks.
100 superior
Panelist #2Consistent flavor down to the nub, no bitterness. Not your basic "yard gar." This stick was every inch a pleasure.
88 excellent
Panelist #3A good mid-afternoon smoke with just enough body and flavor to keep you interested.
96 superior

EPIC COROJO RESERVA Double Corona
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Epic Cigar Company
Size:
6 x 54
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Ecu
Panelist #1Smooth and cool down to the nub. Well-suited for a mild cigar fan. Pair with a 12-year-old single malt scotch.
94 excellent
Panelist #2This cigar was never boring and I suspect it would benefit from a little age. I would recommend this cigar.
93 excellent
Panelist #3Great cigar. I did not pair it, but a good bourbon might improve your enjoyment of this cigar.
91 excellent

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CAIN MADURO 550
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Oliva Cigar Company
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Mexico
Panelist #1All I can say about this one is, I wish there had been more samples.
95 superior
Panelist #2Looks can be deceiving! The cigar reminded me of a Padron: Not so pretty, but oh, so satisfying.
93 rating
Panelist #3A struggle to get through. Bitterness and a harsh finish were the key notes here.
79 average

PURO SABOR Toro
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Music City Marketing
Size:
6 x 50
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Ecu
Panelist #1A decent, mild cigar that has enough flavor to keep your attention. Mild fans should enjoy this one.
87 very good
Panelist #2Nothing pretentious about this one. It's just a pleasant, mild-to medium-bodied smoke.
91 excellent
Panelist #3This cigar had a great start, but it just became too hot and that affected the overall flavor.
87 very good


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