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SMOKE Volume 18, Issue 3: Picking that Perfect Smoke (cont.)

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La Palina Classic Lancero
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
La Palina
Size:
7 x 38
Filler:
DR, Nic
Binder:
Ecu
Wrapper:
Brazil
Panelist #1Mild smokers might avoid this one and fuller smokers probably won't start their day with it. But I'd seek this out.
90 very good
Panelist #2Perfect when doing chores or working. No harsh aftertaste. Yes, I would buy these cigars.
91 excellent
Panelist #3A complex cigar with wonderful balance. The long finish was special. I would absolutely purchase this cigar.
93 excellent

Room 101 Master Collection One Mutante
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Davidoff of Geneva
Size:
7 x 38
Filler:
Hon, Nic, Mex
Binder:
Hon
Wrapper:
Mex
Panelist #1Not just strong, but flavorful. Looking forward to recommending this to my full-bodied, cigar-smoking friends.
89 very good
Panelist #2A delightful cigar and a definite buy. I would prefer a larger ring size but, hey, this is a good overall cigar.
92 excellent
Panelist #3An enjoyable cigar with complexity, balance, and a long finish. Good construction. I would purchase this.
89 very good

Inch Maduro No. 62
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
E.P. Carrillo
Size:
5 x 62
Filler:
Nic, DR
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
USA
Panelist #1Excellent. Plenty of complexity to keep you coming back. I don't go for a large ring gauge, but I couldn't put it down.
91 excellent
Panelist #2The cigar has a nice earthy scent. The flavor is full-bodied, but not overpowering. Hints of sharp spice on the finish.
92 excellent
Panelist #3An excellent tasting cigar with a great complexity and balance. I liked the flavor profile. Best enjoyed after a meal.
91 excellent

Saint Luis Rey Gen2 Toro
Country:
Hond
Manufacturer:
Altadis U.S.A.
Size:
6 x 54
Filler:
Hon, Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Ecu
Panelist #1Loved everything going on with this smoke. Definitely recommend it and will add it to my rotation.
91 excellent
Panelist #2A good smoke with balanced flavor and no bad aftertaste. Yes, I would recommend this cigar.
90 very good
Panelist #3Fantastic complexity and balance in the flavor profile. Medium-full bodied for a later-in-the-day smoke. Buy 'em!
90 very good

Kenbano Gran Toro
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Black Patch Cigar Co.
Size:
6 x 54
Filler:
USA, DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1The spice and good draw kept me interested. I would definitely smoke this one again. Enjoy this after a meal.
91 excellent
Panelist #2The samples were consistent. A nice cigar to have after dinner or with a glass of wine.
93 excellent
Panelist #3Decent-tasting cigar, with good complexity and balance. An enjoyable flavor profile. A good midday smoke.
90 very good



San Lotano Habano Robusto
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
A.J. Fernandez
Size:
5 x 54
Filler:
Nic, Hon
Binder:
Hon
Wrapper:
Brazil
Panelist #1I said, "Wow!" more than a few times while smoking this one. An excellent smoke to recommend to my buddies.
91 excellent
Panelist #2Quite good. The samples were consistent. Great smoke when relaxing with a drink. Not as strong as it looks.
90 very good
Panelist #3A well-made, handsome cigar with excellent complexity and balance. A good flavor profile. I'd purchase this.
90 very good

Nirvana Robusto
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
Royal Gold Cigars
Size:
5 x 52
Filler:
Nic, Hon
Binder:
Mex
Wrapper:
Cam
Panelist #1I usually prefer more complexity but I enjoyed the flavor and the generous smoke enough to smoke it again.
90 very good
Panelist #2Nice smoke for a maduro, and I would recommend it to anyone.
90 very good
Panelist #3A tasty, medium-bodied cigar with good complexity and balance. I enjoyed the flavor profile. I'd definitely purchase it.
91 excellent

Aging Room Quattro Small Batch F5 Espresssivo
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Boutique Blends
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Sumatra
Panelist #1Very strong on the palate. Pairs well with a sweet cocktail. Reminiscent of my parents' homeland's clay soil.
93 excellent
Panelist #2When you don't want to see the stick burn down to the end, it's a good sign. Recommended. Wholeheartedly.
93 excellent
Panelist #3Fans of full-flavored sticks will like this classy, box-pressed corona. Paired well with Johnny Walker Black. Tasty.
92 excellent

American Legion Toro
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
Blanco Cigars
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
Nic, Hon, Peru
Binder:
Hon
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1This stick has so much going for it. With more aging it will be an all-around winner.
90 very good
Panelist #2This cigar has character and stands up to lesser sticks. I'd include it as part of my rotation.
90 very good
Panelist #3An easy-going, "Front 9" morning smoke that paired well with Yuengling.
89 very good

Debonaire Sagita Petite
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Debonaire Cigars
Size:
5 1/2 x 38
Filler:
DR, Nic
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1Might be that it needs more aging, which would improve the first third, but it was a solid, good cigar after that.
90 very good
Panelist #2A bit mild for me, but a go-to breakfast smoke. Looks good, and would be an excellent choice for someone.
90 very good
Panelist #3A nice-looking, sophisticated cigar that could be excellent with more flavor of front. For now, a very good choice.
90 very good





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