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SMOKE Volume 18, Issue 2: A Snowball's Chance in... (cont.)

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EZRA ZION TANTRUM Prensado Pequeno
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Ezra Zion Cigar Company
Size:
4 2/5 x 44
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1Despite its rough look, I would definitely smoke this one again. A perfect vitola if you have limited time.
92 excellent
Panelist #2Loved this. Perfect size for sneaking out of the office for a quick break during a stressful day. A lifesaver.
87 very good
Panelist #3A wonderful cigar, with all the elements of a great stick-spice, pepper and flavor changes leading to a stout finish.
93 excellent

ALONSO MENENDEZ Robusto
Country:
Brazil
Manufacturer:
Menendez Amerino
Size:
5 1/2 x 44
Filler:
Brazil
Binder:
Brazil
Wrapper:
Brazil
Panelist #1Lacked real complexity and had few flavor highlights, despite the cigar's excellent construction.
85 good
Panelist #2Conveniently sized and perfect for smoking anywhere. Small in stature, this robusto over-delivers.
93 excellent
Panelist #3Not a celebratory cigar, but it could find a home in any humidor and rotation. A good casual smoke anytime.
88 very good

JUAN LOPEZ Seleción No. 1
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Altadis USA
Size:
5 x 54
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1I enjoyed this show-biz robusto. It left me wanting more. Good complexity and balance. Highly recommended.
95 excellent
Panelist #2Enjoyed this cigar! The samples were consistent. I would purchase more.
92 excellent
Panelist #3I don't tend to enjoy dark cigars, but I liked this very much and would purchase it. Paired nicely with wine.
94 excellent

LOS REGALOS QUETZAL Toro
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Emilio Cigars
Size:
6 x 50
Filler:
DR
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1Plenty of flavor but not overpowering. Mild smokers should not seek this out; thus leaving more for the rest of us!
87 very good
Panelist #2Excited about this from the get go. Worked into a very nice finish and I enjoyed it down to the nub.
91 excellent
Panelist #3Samples are consistent. An average cigar, good for the golf course or any other outing. A good all-purpose stick.
83 good

THE SENTINEL LITTLE HAVANA SERIES Robusto
Country:
USA
Manufacturer:
Sentinel Cigars
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1I prefer a full-bodied smoke, but with all the flavor, I really enjoyed this at the start of my day.
85 good
Panelist #2An enjoyable cigar. Smoked easy with minimal burn issues. Paired well with a spiced rum.
90 very good
Panelist #3A good cigar, but with a bitter aftertaste. I suggest pairing with something sweet...maybe a nice cognac chaser.
87 very good

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CASINO GOLD H.R.S. Joker
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Royal Gold Cigars
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Cameroon
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1I'm fond of this torpedo. It was quite smooth and made for a nice drive on a sunny afternoon.
90 very good
Panelist #2The flavor profile was enjoyable but the kudos are diminished by the construction issue described earlier.
85 very good
Panelist #3This is a good morning smoke. A tad bitter at the finish, but I would purchase them at the right price.
90 very good

CHUBBYS 3.4.5 #4
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Cuban Stock Cigar Co.
Size:
4 x 60
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Brazil
Panelist #1A big bang, like a flavor grenade for the taste buds. Highly recommended.
94 excellent
Panelist #2The samples were strong. The harshness at the end was unfortunate, but luckily the cigar took a while to smoke!
83 good
Panelist #3These are suited for experienced smokers, but even an old salt like me might find them peppery.
87 good

PROJECT 805 Toro
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Ventura Cigar Co.
Size:
6 x 50
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1This cigar belongs in the hand of someone watching a Bermudan sunset with a tall rum drink.
92 excellent
Panelist #2I'd recommend this cigar to my cigar club with a caveat: Judge by flavor, not appearance. Paired with bourbon.
91 excellent
Panelist #3I would recommend this cigar to a friend. The cigar's flavor was truly nice and had a pleasant, lasting finish.
90 very good

TOTAL FLAME FTW Robusto
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Total Flame Cigars
Size:
5 x 54
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Mexico
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1Great look, good taste, and an excellent burn. I'd buy these for sure!
93 excellent
Panelist #2I loved this stick. Any fine liquor would complement it. Recommended.
93 excellent
Panelist #3Excellent cigar with a lingering, long finish of spice and a woody earthiness. Highly recommended!
92 excellent

FLOR DE SELVA Robusto
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Maya Selva
Size:
4 3/4 x 50
Filler:
Hon
Binder:
Hon
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1I prefer strong maduros, but I enjoyed this with coffee! Good for relaxing on the beach or golf course.
91 excellent
Panelist #2Super smoke. Packs lots of flavor for a mild stick. Whisky, I think here. Crown Royal Reserve or Middleton.
90 very good
Panelist #3Good complexity, but the mineral flavor skewed the balance and the cigar burned a bit hot.
89 very good

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DUNHILL AGED RESERVA ESPECIAL 2006 Robusto Grande
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Dunhill Tobacco of London
Size:
5/1/2 x 54
Filler:
DR, Brazil
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1Too dry a finish and not strong enough for me, but it could be a good morning smoke with coffee.
90 very good
Panelist #2This was an ordinary smoke, not a real standout, but it had a good tobacco profile.
90 very good
Panelist #3The medium finish of spice and wood was nice, but still not my type of cigar. Just too sharp in the flavor profile.
90 very good

LA AURORA 107 MADURO Belicoso
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
La Aurora
Size:
6 /14 x 52
Filler:
Nic, DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1An attractive cigar to discerning smokers. Inconsistencies notwithstanding, it's a very enjoyable smoke.
91 excellent
Panelist #2Neither bad, nor a standout. Just classic creamy smoke with a good 'ol rustic flavor profile.
89 very good
Panelist #3Long finish of spice and earthiness on this fantastic cigar. Enjoyed the complexity and the flavor profile.
91 excellent


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