Archive for January, 2012
Blind Review #2
CIGAR #2: Very dark, rough wrapper – maybe Brazilian Mata Fina – 6 inches x 7/8 inches diameter – very oily – decent construction – 1 large vein – absolutely a maduro – very leathery smell – firmly packed – foot has leather & dark cherry smell – 1 inch in the burn is pretty crooked – dirty grey ash w/ brown tint – dark cherry & chocolate flavours – has a Liga Privada essence to it – burn starting to correct itself – ash pretty flaky – lots of smoke – good draw – smoke has a leather & woodsy aroma – burn still goes wonky & then self corrects – flavours are chocolate and light toasted notes
- had to touch up crooked burn – last third has black coffee flavours – leather is back at the end.
Appearance and construction: Beautiful dark, oily wrapper, without measuring I’d guess a 56/58ish RG. The cigar burned fairly evenly, but I’ve had to do multiple relights so far (not sure why, my RH isn’t too high in my humidor).
Size: 5 x 42 ( Petit Corona )
Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Habano Sun grown)
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: High Medium to Low Full
Behind The Stick:
Alright – so this is a cigar that literally was sent to me out of the blue that I didn’t even know existed. I got a pair of them from a buddy on one of the cigar forums, and then @youngbuck sent me one along with a few other smokes! Since I had a few of these around, I decided to light one up and have it as my commute cigar back home from work. When I got home, I mentioned the odd size ( spoiler, I like this size ) on twitter and heard a lot of good things said about them and thus lead to some research. The Oliva V has always been a ‘go to staple’ of mine – when I don’t know what to have, I can always fall back on the V and be happy. Lets see if this little brother of the line lives up to the name!
Well, the story of the No 4 is that Oliva released these to a small number of European shops, and an even smaller number to American shops – but only if there were in attendance of the TAA trade show in Cabo, Mexico. This makes for a great ‘must have’ series, simply dude to the limited availability of them! From what I have been able to find, the blend is essentially the same, nothing ‘major’ has been changed but rather minimizing the size down to a nice corona feel and making something that fits that daily commute, for me, just about perfect.
Whata You Smokin?
Alright – into week two of the What am I smoking segment. I have heard a couple people say they like it while a few others could live with or without it so please let me know if you all want me to continue posting my weekly wrap up of smokes. This past week I was out of town for business so I only had 3 ‘after work’ smokes so I was going to combine the two weeks into one but I figured, what the hell better 3 than zero.
January 9th, 2012
– It was Monday and I was not really sure what I was in the mood for so tried to bring a decent variety of smoke with me to work.
I’m sure you all have been trying to figure out what cigar the three of us had in the first blind review at The Cigar Nut. I can see by the comments that almost everyone was right on target! A couple of you started making me nervous, I think we might have to step up the mystery behind the next couple blind reviews! But – the important part first –
The first blind review cigar for The Cigar Nut is the . . .
Blind Review – #1
Here it is – the first ever Blind Review for The Cigar Nut. All of these cigars started in my posession – my wife picked them out, removed the labels and then I numbered and shipped them to Brian and Eric, so I do have a little bit of an advantage knowing what was in my humidor at the beginning. Please let us know if you like the Blind Reviews ( I know I had fun participating ) and we will be sure to have a few more ready to go soon!
Appearance and construction: Beautifully dark stick, appears to be a lancero, pig-tailed cap. Once lit the ash is a very stark white and holds nicely to about an inch. Draw was perfect.
Flavors: Pre-draw brings very light hints of sweet tobacco and cocoa. After light first few draws bring more sweetness, almost chocolate notes. Very smooth smoke, hints of almonds and cedar accompany the sweetness. About halfway through the flavors are still very consistent, however the sweetness has died down a little bit and the stick is growing in strength. Still like smoking a delicious chocolate bar however! The final third is getting a little bitter. A purge gets rid of some of that, but with all the original wonderful flavors there is an underlying harshness probably attributed to just the nicotine buildup.
Overall: The name of this stick is consistency. From start to finish I was getting the same great sweet, chocolate, and almond notes. Only towards the end was there a little bitterness. I would absolutely buy more of these sticks and smoke them.