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Rating the Spring Field (cont.)

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CASINO GOLD Lonsdale
Country:
Hon
Manufacturer:
Swisher International
Size:
6 x 44
Filler:
Nic/Hon
Binder:
Hon
Wrapper:
Hon
Panelist #1 Heavy, yet smooth and aromatic, it's a nice surprise in a small package. A midday smoke for all tastes.
9.0 VERY GOOD
Panelist #2 I would find this well-balanced cigar very enjoyable on a quiet patio with a glass of port. Truly relaxing.
8.7 VERY GOOD
Panelist #3 A lot of flavors here, and decent construction. With a very favorable price, it might make my short list.
7.6 ABOVE AVERAGE
Panelist #4 I don't usually reach for a cigar in this shape, but this one has made me think twice. A quality smoke.
8.9 VERY GOOD

RAMON ALLONES Specially Selected
Country:
Cuba
Manufacturer:
Habanos S.A.
Size:
4 7/8 x 50
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Panelist #1 This little cigar more than holds its own with the big boys on the flavor scale. It deserves major accolades.
9.5 EXCELLENT
Panelist #2 The only problem I could see with buying a box of these is that 25 cigars wouldn't last me too long!
8.8 VERY GOOD
Panelist #3 I nearly burned my lips smoking this bad boy down to the nub. 45 minutes of pure smoking pleasure.
9.3 EXCELLENT
Panelist #4 If this one's got the right price tag, I'd call it a "must-buy." It followed up a heavy lunch quite nicely.
9.2 EXCELLENT

OLIVEROS GRAN RESERVA Torpedo
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
Habana Cuba Cigar Co.
Size:
6 1/4 x 54
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Cam
Panelist #1 I've never liked torpedos, but this one just changed my mind. A complex blend, great after a late dinner.
9.1 EXCELLENT
Panelist #2 This baby is just plain enjoyable any time of day, an uncomplicated smoke you can always reach for.
8.0 GOOD
Panelist #3 One of my favorites in the testing. I recommend it to all seasoned smokers, especially after an evening meal.
8.8 VERY GOOD
Panelist #4 Only Nick Perdomo's factory makes 'em like this. Give me this cigar with a Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.
10 SUPERIOR

J.L. SALAZAR Y HERMANOS Toro
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
Cuban Crafters
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Ecu
Panelist #1 I found this one to be an excellent cigar, especially paired up with an early evening coffee. High marks.
9.4 EXCELLENT
Panelist #2 It starts better than it finishes, but is an enjoyable smoke after breakfast or lunch. Add it to the inventory.
8.5 GOOD
Panelist #3 I'm not ashamed to say that I smoked this one to the nub. A great indulgence after a steak dinner.
9.2 EXCELLENT
Panelist #4 Just a darn good cigar. It may even make the regular rotation, provided it's offered at a reasonable price.
9.0 VERY GOOD

CAMACHO COYOLAR PURO Super Toro
Country:
Hon
Manufacturer:
Camacho Cigars
Size:
6 1/2 x 52
Filler:
Hon
Binder:
Hon
Wrapper:
Hon
Panelist #1 For the second sample, I had the pleasure of smoking this on the front porch with a glass of good rum.
9.2 EXCELLENT
Panelist #2 This one packed a punch that seemed to parallel its unglamorous appearance. Not for lightweights.
8.2 GOOD
Panelist #3 Not just strength, but strength with character. This one needs a stiff glass of booze to match up to it.
8.8 VERY GOOD
Panelist #4 Whoever developed this black beauty hit a home run! I can't wait to get my eager hands on a full box.
9.4 EXCELLENT

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LOS BLANCOS PREMIERE SELECTION Sumatra Torpedo
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
Los Blancos Cigar Co.
Size:
6 1/2 x 52
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Hon
Wrapper:
Indo
Panelist #1 A great follow-up to a hearty lunch. If the price is right, I would snap up some of these for my humidor.
9.2 EXCELLENT
Panelist #2 A good everyday smoke, not too challenging or too bland. It's a great match with a glass of anejo rum.
8.7 VERY GOOD
Panelist #3 This torpedo kept me interested for a good hour. I'd buy some and lay 'em down to smooth out the finish.
8.6 VERY GOOD
Panelist #4 A well-blended stick with great balanced flavors. No complaints about the construction. She's a winner!
9.4 EXCELLENT

MATASA 30th ANNIVERSARY BY FONSECA Toro Aniversario
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
SAG/Matasa
Size:
6 1/2 x 52
Filler:
DR/Nic
Binder:
Hon
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1 A good cigar that only gets better as you smoke it. Enjoy it after a steak dinner with a glass of Zinfandel.
8.9 VERY GOOD
Panelist #2 A solid, quality smoke with a pleasantly robust flavor. It would appeal to anyone who knows a good cigar.
8.6 VERY GOOD
Panelist #3 Put aside some time to enjoy this quality smoke that's easy on the palate, and hopefully on the wallet.
8.0 GOOD
Panelist #4 Despite my initial problems with this one, I ended up enjoying it fully, paired up with an Australian port.
9.5 EXCELLENT

CUMBRES DE PURISCAL Silver Toro
Country:
CR
Manufacturer:
Tabacos de Cordillera
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
CR
Binder:
CR
Wrapper:
CR
Panelist #1 A cigar that's ideally suited to accompany an early-evening bottle of wine. I'd recommend it to friends.
8.6 VERY GOOD
Panelist #2 This cigar in one hand, and a hearty Ferreira tawny port in the other was all I needed at the end of a day.
8.3 GOOD
Panelist #3 I would retool this blend with a fuller-flavored leaf to enhance the complexity. It needs an identity.
7.9 ABOVE AVERAGE
Panelist #4 A nice, meaty smoke to save for a cool evening with friends. Try it with a pint of Bareknuckle Stout.
9.5 EXCELLENT

VICTOR SINCLAIR LEGACY Toro
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Victor Sinclair Cigar Co.
Size:
5 1/2 x 50
Filler:
DR/Braz/Nic
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Braz
Panelist #1 One of my favorite samples. I can't wait to find out what it is; everyone around me wanted to try one!
9.5 EXCELLENT
Panelist #2 I expected to like this style of cigar a bit more than this, but I might give it another try after some aging.
7.6 ABOVE AVERAGE
Panelist #3 I enjoyed the flavors a great deal; more reliable construction would have made it a winner all around.
8.5 GOOD
Panelist #4 If the price is right, I would buy these. there are good flavors lurking in that thick, tight tobacco roll.
8.7 VERY GOOD

BUCANERO Canon Cubano Maduro
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
Bucanero Cigars
Size:
5 1/2 x 60
Filler:
Nic/Hon/CR/Italy
Binder:
C.R.
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1 Patience is a virtue and patience will be rewarded with this stick. Despite a rough exterior, it really delivers.
9.0 VERY GOOD
Panelist #2 Some age would make this one a truly great smoke. Try it with a coffee or a light-bodied single malt.
8.6 VERY GOOD
Panelist #3 Not for the faint of heart. This one's massive girth would scare off most newbies. An absolute man's smoke.
9.5 EXCELLENT
Panelist #4 Though I prefer my cigars slimmer, this one would become a staple in my humidor. It has great depth.
9.1 EXCELLENT



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