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SMOKE 2011, Issue 4: Keep on Smoking (cont.)

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ESTILO CUBANO Toraso
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Ventura Cigar Company
Size:
5 3/4 x 54
Filler:
Hon, Nic
Binder:
Honduras
Wrapper:
Honduras
Panelist #1 This was a great cigar! I smoked it at the end of a very long and annoying day and was just what the doctor ordered!
95 excellent
Panelist #2 I paired one sample with a Guinness and one with a Cognac and they all played together nicely. Would recommend!
92 excellent
Panelist #3 This was a big, bold cigar that might not fare well with the newbies, but seasoned smokers will love it!
94 excellent

BUENA VISTA Prominentes
Country:
Mexico
Manufacturer:
Buena Vista Cigar Company
Size:
7 x 49
Filler:
Ecuador
Binder:
Ecuador
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Have this cigar after dinner with a good Scotch and the combination of the spice in the cigar and the Scotch is excellent.
92 excellent
Panelist #2 Great cigar-very smooth, consistent. It will complement a nice Scotch whisky. I would smoke again regardless of cost.
94 excellent
Panelist #3 The one word that comes to mind is "awesome."
97 superior

SUBLIMES Magnum
Country:
USA
Manufacturer:
Superior Cigars USA
Size:
6 1/4 x 58
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 All of the samples smoked great, even my wife enjoyed the smell of it. This would be a welcomed addition to my humidor.
93 excellent
Panelist #2 A very intimidating cigar and I enjoyed every bit of it. I would smoke it again anytime. Would pair well with a Cognac.
94 excellent
Panelist #3 This was a great end-of-the-day cigar. I would definitely add this into my rotation. A good mix of flavor and construction.
95 excellent

E.P. CARRILLO MADURO Club 52
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
EPC Cigar Co.
Size:
5 7/8 x 52
Filler:
DR, Nic
Binder:
Ecuador
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1 What started out as a very nice cigar with spice turned out to be a little disappointing due to the bitterness.
89 very good
Panelist #2 An excellent cigar to enjoy. I would smoke it again. Very satisfying. I would recommend it to any connoisseur.
93 excellent
Panelist #3 To put it simply: not my cup of tea.
85 very good

DON DIEGO FUERTE BY OMAR ORTIZ Churchill
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Altadis U.S.A., Inc.
Size:
7 x 54
Filler:
Nic, DR
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 You would want to smoke this one again. Magnifico, mucho cigar. I'd smoke it again and again.
93 excellent
Panelist #2 A definite treat for a real smoker. The well-balanced cigar calls for a strong single malt to accompany the occasion.
92 excellent
Panelist #3 Smoke this when you have time to enjoy it. Had one sample with a vodka tonic and the two played together nicely.
91 excellent

The El Original

WE THE PEOPLE Belicoso
Country:
USA
Manufacturer:
Bidwell Cigar Co.
Size:
6 1/2 x 54
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Ecuador
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 A consistent cigar based on the samples I tried. I wouldn't buy a box, but would definitely buy a few singles.
90 very good
Panelist #2 A very good Connecticut wrapped cigar with very good complexity and balance. Best enjoyed early mid-day.
89 very good
Panelist #3 A very consistent cigar. Tons of gray smoke. Fantastic. A definite cigar to save for the most special of occasions.
97 superior

ZINO PLATINUM Z-CLASS SERIES 643C Corona
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Davidoff of Geneva
Size:
5 5/8 x 43
Filler:
Nic, Hon, DR
Binder:
Peru
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1 This cigar would draw my eye in the store. This cigar took a while to smoke, probably due to the good construction.
92 excellent
Panelist #2 A fantastic cigar with an excellent balance and complexity. I love this flavor profile. I would definitely buy this cigar.
91 excellent
Panelist #3 Decent, but not an earth shaker. From the look of the cigar, you get what you see: a decent smoke to fill out the humidor.
87 very good

DI FAZIO PICOSO Torpedo
Country:
Honduras
Manufacturer:
Di Fazio Cigars
Size:
5 x 52
Filler:
Hon, Nic
Binder:
Indonesia
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Panelist #1 Aside from some annoying and persistent construction issues, I really liked the flavor profile of this cigar. Would recommend.
88 very good
Panelist #2 A very enjoyable cigar with good complexity and balance. A flavor profile that I like. I would definitely buy this.
89 very good
Panelist #3 Throw a medium-bodied Scotch at this tank to draw out a nice nutty flavor. A tad bitter at the end. An enjoyable smoke.
89 very good

REINADO Veinte Habanito
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Reinado Cigars
Size:
4 x 30
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Panelist #1 This was a good medium-bodied cigar with a very nice consistent flavor with some spiciness to it. Would recommend.
90 very good
Panelist #2 This is best enjoyed over a good cup of coffee. This was a good cigar after lunch. I would smoke it again.
91 excellent
Panelist #3 This cigar paired well with a good cup of coffee. I would buy this for myself if the price was approachable.
85 very good

BLUE MOUNTAIN CONNECTICUT Shorty
Country:
Nicaragua
Manufacturer:
Blue Mountain Cigars
Size:
4 1/2 x 50
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
"Connerico/Oscuro"
Panelist #1 Despite that burned fairly evenly and gave off a reasonable amount of smoke, it lacked complexity.
85 very good
Panelist #2 Overall this was a good quick smoke that I would keep in my humidor. Assuming the price was right.
91 excellent
Panelist #3 I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar. I would keep this in my humidor as a go to stick, and definitely recommend it.
93 excellent


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