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

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CHUBBYS MADURO Chubby's Long
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Cuban Stock Cigar Co.
Size:
7 x 60
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Brazil
Panelist #1A little much for my taste; but, if you are into blue cheese and peaty scotch, this one will be right up your alley.
90 very good
Panelist #2A good smoke overall, though the ring gauge was quite large. I enjoyed this cigar with a single malt scotch.
89 very good
Panelist #3I liked everything about this cigar. But I was left hoping that the flavors would reveal even more. Yummy.
89 very good

SAINT LUIS REY GEN2 SLR Robusto
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Altadis U.S.A.
Size:
4 1/2 x54
Filler:
Hon, Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Ecu
Panelist #1Consistent and enjoyable. Set aside time to enjoy this. Paired with my favorite single barrel bourbon. Liked it!
92 excellent
Panelist #2As a fan of short robustos, this was a labor of love, and I loved every minute!
90 very good
Panelist #3All this one needs is a quiet hour and an easy chair.
95 excellent

CREMO CAPA CALIENTE 6 x 52
Country:
USA
Manufacturer:
Crèmo Cigars
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1Like a politician: starts mild and sweet, then does a dramatic, 180-degree turnaround. I loved it.
91 superior
Panelist #2I was very excited to smoke this cigar, but it surprised me. I guess you can't pick a cigar by its wrapper.
88 very good
Panelist #3This was a very good cigar and I would recommend it to a friend.
89 very good

HOYO DE MONTERREY EDICION LIMITADA 2011
Country:
Cuba
Manufacturer:
Habanos S.A.
Size:
4 1/4 x 46
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Panelist #1Lots of chewy flavors, like dried fruit, wood, and an awesome slightly sweet, slightly sour edge. Loved it.
94 excellent
Panelist #2Maybe some time to even out the flavors and humidity would tip this into a "great cigar." I'd certainly try!
89 very good
Panelist #3A fine, fragrant cigar that didn't overwhelm in power but had lots of flavor from start to finish. I'd seek these out.
91 excellent

AGING ROOM QUATTRO SMALL BATCH F55 Stretto Extra Corona
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Boutique Blends Cigars
Size:
4 1/2 x 46
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1Excellent small cigar with a full flavor profile. Buy a few boxes; smoke one box now and let the others age!
91 excellent
Panelist #2Cigar did not stay lit, causing some bitterness from relighting. All other aspects of this cigar were very good.
86 very good
Panelist #3I like a full smoke but that first light was a bolt! Past that it mellowed to become perfect for a lunch break.
87 very good

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PAUL STULAC SCREAMING RED SUN Robusto
Country:
Miami
Manufacturer:
Paul Stulac Cigars
Size:
5 x 54
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Indon
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1A solid burn, despite first impressions. Great complexity. All flavors were balanced well. Great everyday cigar.
89 very good
Panelist #2Would have been a great cigar except for a fading flavor profile in the last third. Just needed more of the same.
90 very good
Panelist #3This would be a good "ambassador stick" for dark cigars. A mild, crisp smoke with a great balance of flavors.
90 very good

CUSANO 18 COROJO DOMINICANO Robusto
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Davidoff of Geneva
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1Samples were consistently well-made. Would definitely share with friends while relaxing on the back porch.
92 excellent
Panelist #2Outstanding medium-bodied cigar. Enjoyed with Zaya 12-year-old rum, which is a favorable pairing.
89 very good
Panelist #3I enjoyed this smoke and would rate this cigar very good, especially at the right price.
88 very good

SIGNATURE SERIES MADURO Robusto
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
T.L. Johnson Cigars
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
DR, USA, Nic
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1With aging, this cigar could deliver an even better tobacco taste. Pairs well with a glass of ale.
89 very good
Panelist #2An excellent cigar with great complexity and balance. A favorite flavor profile with a wonderfully long, lingering finish.
94 excellent
Panelist #3Subtle winner. Compelling flavors distinguished themselves between draw, nose, and finish. Great balance.
93 excellent

JOYA DE NICARAGUA ANTANO DARK COROJO El Martillo
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Joya de Nicaragua
Size:
5 1/2 x 54
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1Pair with a Speyside. Reminds me of flying fighter jets at 500 ft. through the Southern Appalachians. Just great!
94 excellent
Panelist #2I enjoyed this cigar. It was not bold, but it was pleasant with a mellow finish. I would recommend it.
90 very good
Panelist #3At the upper end of mild and the lower end of medium-bodied. Just the right amount of spice and a woodsy aroma.
92 excellent

ANORANZAS Toro
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Miami Cigar & Co.
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1Consistent samples. Smoked the first one at 10 AM, which was too early! Best enjoyed after lunch or dinner.
90 very good
Panelist #2Solid, well-made cigar. Excellent choice to smoke on the beach and to enjoy for the moment.
87 very good
Panelist #3A good cigar that complemented my bourbon. Satisfactory flavor profile but had to relight due to the oily wrapper!
92 excellent

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EL DIARIO Kill Bill 2
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
La Palina Cigars
Size:
5 x 40
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Hon
Wrapper:
Hon
Panelist #1I am not a fan of thin cigars, but I was impressed with both the flavor and the draw of this panatela.
90 very good
Panelist #2This cigar had character. There is a cedar finish, but no harsh attitude. A real rewarding smoke for a small stick.
92 excellent
Panelist #3A unique and interesting flavor profile with complexity and balance. Smoke after a meal or anytime after lunch.
88 very good

ALEC BRADLEY NEW YORK EMPIRE STATE EDITION Declaration
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Alec Bradley Cigar Company
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
Hon, Nic
Binder:
Hon
Wrapper:
Hon
Panelist #1Save for the golf course. Flavor and mechanics were fine, but I would not break this out for a special evening.
87 very good
Panelist #2This is a great example of a large-ring gauge. Perfect if you want a large cigar without lots of power.
89 very good
Panelist #3Great cigar. Had one on the golf course and smoked it during the last 15 holes. Good pairing! Recommended.
90 very good



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