Blind Cigar Review - Pay it Forward #2!

Eqwhipped

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Blind review #1

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93 degrees outside with a nice breeze, drinking ice water. Sitting in the backyard wondering how tall I'm going to let that grass grow.


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Shape is perhaps a petit robusto, 4.75” just shy of a 50 ring gauge maybe 48.
Cigar is milk chocolate brown with minimum veins. Firm feel and with a triple cap good construction.

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Pre-light
Good barnyard smell, that rich fermented tobacco aroma.

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There is a little pucker on the head and I decide to go with a straight cut instead of a punch not wanting to damage the cap *cuts cigar* whew! It was just on the top cap clean cut!

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Un-fired draw not getting a lot, maybe brown sugar, mild earthy tones?

Draw is pretty tight, had 3 days in the dry box at 62 percent, may not have been enough.

Fired up! First few puffs are great, hay, toast white pepper but not strong. The draw is getting tighter as the cigar warms up and I decide to give it a gentle poke with my tool (is this cigar docking?). That works perfectly and the draw is just under firm.

First third is delicious, floral predominantly, some baking spices and a bit of clove…. Very mild retro hale is smooth, creamy and floral.

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I am trying to dissect this floral aroma/taste more almost hops like. Slightly bitter like black coffee. The end of the first third the cigar starts to build into a solid medium strength.

Oh yah! This is getting even better, more spice and the first real hint of pepper in the retrohale. The wind picks up out of nowhere and showers me in ashes…. Meh just rub them in.

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I am trying not to smoke fast and let this stick rest in between puffs a bit. BUT I resist, I hear Jon calling me from the void, remember your training!

A big puff through the nose makes me sneeze lol. The cigars profile through the second third keeps building to medium, starting to feel that nic hit in the back of the throat some. But the profile is getting much sweeter such as vanilla ice cream and cinnamon to my taste buds. Throughout this smoke there have been other subtle tasting notes like dried fruit that I was not able to put my finger on it.

Wife and kids are home, but she tells me it is too hot to be outside. Good, I can finish this in peace.

WARNING: Introspection moment. I realize that I don't really take the time to sit and enjoy cigars as nearly often as I should. Sure I smoke a lot of cigars but it would seem I rarely take the time to truly enjoy them. I suppose I get caught up in the “what's the next great cigar craze” and forget why I do this. Lazy afternoons coaxing little nuances of flavor from these hand crafted gems. OK, moment over.

Time for a cut and purge.
The construction is really spot on, after this last cut a little farther into the head you can really see the nice bunching.
Final third is showing more intensity, having the sweetness take a back seat to more robust flavors.

Brief intermission, I run inside real quick and my youngest has his butt over the AC vent saying "that feels good"… Guess it is getting hot out hahaha!

Now well into the final third, it's a challenge to draw slowly and not overheat the tobacco. Getting a mild nic buzz and still admiring the strength of this little cigar. Still getting just enough pepper to remind me not to take a full hit retro, but the complexity is nice. Now getting an earthy strong dark roast coffee more than the vanilla.

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There is a slight lopsided burn, but waiting to see if it fixes itself. Then the unthinkable happens. It goes out, I cannot coax it back to life, so I gently heat the end with a single torch and take a puff. EUREKA! Back in business.

Every puff is pure luxury, Pepper is now the foremost, hints of baking spices mingle a bit as well.

View attachment 56877

If you actually read this whole thing, first I thank you, then I apologize. I wanted to capture the whole experience and this written diarrhea was the result. To summarize, the construction, size, and draw were a indicator this may be cuban. Then the tasting notes and strength confirmed (in my head) that thought.

I really have no idea what this was but I'm going to take a stab at it.

Partagas series D #5 ????

Drumroll please…..

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OMG, I am embarrassed. Just remember kids 90 percent is perception, now too delete this whole review and rewrite it hahahaha!
I did this wrong... Should have been posted in a different thread. Should I delete this and repost it?
 

H. Vachon

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Blind review #1

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93 degrees outside with a nice breeze, drinking ice water. Sitting in the backyard wondering how tall I'm going to let that grass grow.


View attachment 56867


Shape is perhaps a petit robusto, 4.75” just shy of a 50 ring gauge maybe 48.
Cigar is milk chocolate brown with minimum veins. Firm feel and with a triple cap good construction.

View attachment 56869

Pre-light
Good barnyard smell, that rich fermented tobacco aroma.

View attachment 56870

There is a little pucker on the head and I decide to go with a straight cut instead of a punch not wanting to damage the cap *cuts cigar* whew! It was just on the top cap clean cut!

View attachment 56871
Un-fired draw not getting a lot, maybe brown sugar, mild earthy tones?

Draw is pretty tight, had 3 days in the dry box at 62 percent, may not have been enough.

Fired up! First few puffs are great, hay, toast white pepper but not strong. The draw is getting tighter as the cigar warms up and I decide to give it a gentle poke with my tool (is this cigar docking?). That works perfectly and the draw is just under firm.

First third is delicious, floral predominantly, some baking spices and a bit of clove…. Very mild retro hale is smooth, creamy and floral.

View attachment 56873

I am trying to dissect this floral aroma/taste more almost hops like. Slightly bitter like black coffee. The end of the first third the cigar starts to build into a solid medium strength.

Oh yah! This is getting even better, more spice and the first real hint of pepper in the retrohale. The wind picks up out of nowhere and showers me in ashes…. Meh just rub them in.

View attachment 56874

I am trying not to smoke fast and let this stick rest in between puffs a bit. BUT I resist, I hear Jon calling me from the void, remember your training!

A big puff through the nose makes me sneeze lol. The cigars profile through the second third keeps building to medium, starting to feel that nic hit in the back of the throat some. But the profile is getting much sweeter such as vanilla ice cream and cinnamon to my taste buds. Throughout this smoke there have been other subtle tasting notes like dried fruit that I was not able to put my finger on it.

Wife and kids are home, but she tells me it is too hot to be outside. Good, I can finish this in peace.

WARNING: Introspection moment. I realize that I don't really take the time to sit and enjoy cigars as nearly often as I should. Sure I smoke a lot of cigars but it would seem I rarely take the time to truly enjoy them. I suppose I get caught up in the “what's the next great cigar craze” and forget why I do this. Lazy afternoons coaxing little nuances of flavor from these hand crafted gems. OK, moment over.

Time for a cut and purge.
The construction is really spot on, after this last cut a little farther into the head you can really see the nice bunching.
Final third is showing more intensity, having the sweetness take a back seat to more robust flavors.

Brief intermission, I run inside real quick and my youngest has his butt over the AC vent saying "that feels good"… Guess it is getting hot out hahaha!

Now well into the final third, it's a challenge to draw slowly and not overheat the tobacco. Getting a mild nic buzz and still admiring the strength of this little cigar. Still getting just enough pepper to remind me not to take a full hit retro, but the complexity is nice. Now getting an earthy strong dark roast coffee more than the vanilla.

View attachment 56876

There is a slight lopsided burn, but waiting to see if it fixes itself. Then the unthinkable happens. It goes out, I cannot coax it back to life, so I gently heat the end with a single torch and take a puff. EUREKA! Back in business.

Every puff is pure luxury, Pepper is now the foremost, hints of baking spices mingle a bit as well.

View attachment 56877

If you actually read this whole thing, first I thank you, then I apologize. I wanted to capture the whole experience and this written diarrhea was the result. To summarize, the construction, size, and draw were a indicator this may be cuban. Then the tasting notes and strength confirmed (in my head) that thought.

I really have no idea what this was but I'm going to take a stab at it.

Partagas series D #5 ????

Drumroll please…..

View attachment 56878

OMG, I am embarrassed. Just remember kids 90 percent is perception, now too delete this whole review and rewrite it hahahaha!
Fantastic review Steve. Very enjoyable to read. Your introspective moment was spot on. I find myself doing the same thing!
 

kann

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Blind review #1

View attachment 56866

93 degrees outside with a nice breeze, drinking ice water. Sitting in the backyard wondering how tall I'm going to let that grass grow.


View attachment 56867


Shape is perhaps a petit robusto, 4.75” just shy of a 50 ring gauge maybe 48.
Cigar is milk chocolate brown with minimum veins. Firm feel and with a triple cap good construction.

View attachment 56869

Pre-light
Good barnyard smell, that rich fermented tobacco aroma.

View attachment 56870

There is a little pucker on the head and I decide to go with a straight cut instead of a punch not wanting to damage the cap *cuts cigar* whew! It was just on the top cap clean cut!

View attachment 56871
Un-fired draw not getting a lot, maybe brown sugar, mild earthy tones?

Draw is pretty tight, had 3 days in the dry box at 62 percent, may not have been enough.

Fired up! First few puffs are great, hay, toast white pepper but not strong. The draw is getting tighter as the cigar warms up and I decide to give it a gentle poke with my tool (is this cigar docking?). That works perfectly and the draw is just under firm.

First third is delicious, floral predominantly, some baking spices and a bit of clove…. Very mild retro hale is smooth, creamy and floral.

View attachment 56873

I am trying to dissect this floral aroma/taste more almost hops like. Slightly bitter like black coffee. The end of the first third the cigar starts to build into a solid medium strength.

Oh yah! This is getting even better, more spice and the first real hint of pepper in the retrohale. The wind picks up out of nowhere and showers me in ashes…. Meh just rub them in.

View attachment 56874

I am trying not to smoke fast and let this stick rest in between puffs a bit. BUT I resist, I hear Jon calling me from the void, remember your training!

A big puff through the nose makes me sneeze lol. The cigars profile through the second third keeps building to medium, starting to feel that nic hit in the back of the throat some. But the profile is getting much sweeter such as vanilla ice cream and cinnamon to my taste buds. Throughout this smoke there have been other subtle tasting notes like dried fruit that I was not able to put my finger on it.

Wife and kids are home, but she tells me it is too hot to be outside. Good, I can finish this in peace.

WARNING: Introspection moment. I realize that I don't really take the time to sit and enjoy cigars as nearly often as I should. Sure I smoke a lot of cigars but it would seem I rarely take the time to truly enjoy them. I suppose I get caught up in the “what's the next great cigar craze” and forget why I do this. Lazy afternoons coaxing little nuances of flavor from these hand crafted gems. OK, moment over.

Time for a cut and purge.
The construction is really spot on, after this last cut a little farther into the head you can really see the nice bunching.
Final third is showing more intensity, having the sweetness take a back seat to more robust flavors.

Brief intermission, I run inside real quick and my youngest has his butt over the AC vent saying "that feels good"… Guess it is getting hot out hahaha!

Now well into the final third, it's a challenge to draw slowly and not overheat the tobacco. Getting a mild nic buzz and still admiring the strength of this little cigar. Still getting just enough pepper to remind me not to take a full hit retro, but the complexity is nice. Now getting an earthy strong dark roast coffee more than the vanilla.

View attachment 56876

There is a slight lopsided burn, but waiting to see if it fixes itself. Then the unthinkable happens. It goes out, I cannot coax it back to life, so I gently heat the end with a single torch and take a puff. EUREKA! Back in business.

Every puff is pure luxury, Pepper is now the foremost, hints of baking spices mingle a bit as well.

View attachment 56877

If you actually read this whole thing, first I thank you, then I apologize. I wanted to capture the whole experience and this written diarrhea was the result. To summarize, the construction, size, and draw were a indicator this may be cuban. Then the tasting notes and strength confirmed (in my head) that thought.

I really have no idea what this was but I'm going to take a stab at it.

Partagas series D #5 ????

Drumroll please…..

View attachment 56878

OMG, I am embarrassed. Just remember kids 90 percent is perception, now too delete this whole review and rewrite it hahahaha!
Great shot, Steve. I really enjoy reading these blind reviews, even when the guess is way off. The attention you have to give to the cigar really is really humbling -- you discover how little you really understand about the hobby/lifestyle, and how much more there (always) is to learn. You had some pointed observations to inform your final guess, and you are spot on with your introspection.
 

xyz123

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He nailed him with Cargo.. don't know when I've seen one of those last! Great job Steve! And yes, I read it all and am impressed by your written diarrhea.. I suffer from the same. Good news is that it sounds like you had some nice change ups and not just a 1 or 2 trick pony.

Had you had one of those before?
 

Eqwhipped

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He nailed him with Cargo.. don't know when I've seen one of those last! Great job Steve! And yes, I read it all and am impressed by your written diarrhea.. I suffer from the same. Good news is that it sounds like you had some nice change ups and not just a 1 or 2 trick pony.

Had you had one of those before?
I have.... Years ago in a toro size. It wasn't bad at all. I actually started looking for them and found some I may order just for fun.
 

Eqwhipped

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Great shot, Steve. I really enjoy reading these blind reviews, even when the guess is way off. The attention you have to give to the cigar really is really humbling -- you discover how little you really understand about the hobby/lifestyle, and how much more there (always) is to learn. You had some pointed observations to inform your final guess, and you are spot on with your introspection.
I agree, this was fun and showed me it's not always packaging that makes the cigar. Took me down a peg or two for sure.
 

JoeMO

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Blind review #1

View attachment 56866

93 degrees outside with a nice breeze, drinking ice water. Sitting in the backyard wondering how tall I'm going to let that grass grow.


View attachment 56867


Shape is perhaps a petit robusto, 4.75” just shy of a 50 ring gauge maybe 48.
Cigar is milk chocolate brown with minimum veins. Firm feel and with a triple cap good construction.

View attachment 56869

Pre-light
Good barnyard smell, that rich fermented tobacco aroma.

View attachment 56870

There is a little pucker on the head and I decide to go with a straight cut instead of a punch not wanting to damage the cap *cuts cigar* whew! It was just on the top cap clean cut!

View attachment 56871
Un-fired draw not getting a lot, maybe brown sugar, mild earthy tones?

Draw is pretty tight, had 3 days in the dry box at 62 percent, may not have been enough.

Fired up! First few puffs are great, hay, toast white pepper but not strong. The draw is getting tighter as the cigar warms up and I decide to give it a gentle poke with my tool (is this cigar docking?). That works perfectly and the draw is just under firm.

First third is delicious, floral predominantly, some baking spices and a bit of clove…. Very mild retro hale is smooth, creamy and floral.

View attachment 56873

I am trying to dissect this floral aroma/taste more almost hops like. Slightly bitter like black coffee. The end of the first third the cigar starts to build into a solid medium strength.

Oh yah! This is getting even better, more spice and the first real hint of pepper in the retrohale. The wind picks up out of nowhere and showers me in ashes…. Meh just rub them in.

View attachment 56874

I am trying not to smoke fast and let this stick rest in between puffs a bit. BUT I resist, I hear Jon calling me from the void, remember your training!

A big puff through the nose makes me sneeze lol. The cigars profile through the second third keeps building to medium, starting to feel that nic hit in the back of the throat some. But the profile is getting much sweeter such as vanilla ice cream and cinnamon to my taste buds. Throughout this smoke there have been other subtle tasting notes like dried fruit that I was not able to put my finger on it.

Wife and kids are home, but she tells me it is too hot to be outside. Good, I can finish this in peace.

WARNING: Introspection moment. I realize that I don't really take the time to sit and enjoy cigars as nearly often as I should. Sure I smoke a lot of cigars but it would seem I rarely take the time to truly enjoy them. I suppose I get caught up in the “what's the next great cigar craze” and forget why I do this. Lazy afternoons coaxing little nuances of flavor from these hand crafted gems. OK, moment over.

Time for a cut and purge.
The construction is really spot on, after this last cut a little farther into the head you can really see the nice bunching.
Final third is showing more intensity, having the sweetness take a back seat to more robust flavors.

Brief intermission, I run inside real quick and my youngest has his butt over the AC vent saying "that feels good"… Guess it is getting hot out hahaha!

Now well into the final third, it's a challenge to draw slowly and not overheat the tobacco. Getting a mild nic buzz and still admiring the strength of this little cigar. Still getting just enough pepper to remind me not to take a full hit retro, but the complexity is nice. Now getting an earthy strong dark roast coffee more than the vanilla.

View attachment 56876

There is a slight lopsided burn, but waiting to see if it fixes itself. Then the unthinkable happens. It goes out, I cannot coax it back to life, so I gently heat the end with a single torch and take a puff. EUREKA! Back in business.

Every puff is pure luxury, Pepper is now the foremost, hints of baking spices mingle a bit as well.

View attachment 56877

If you actually read this whole thing, first I thank you, then I apologize. I wanted to capture the whole experience and this written diarrhea was the result. To summarize, the construction, size, and draw were a indicator this may be cuban. Then the tasting notes and strength confirmed (in my head) that thought.

I really have no idea what this was but I'm going to take a stab at it.

Partagas series D #5 ????

Drumroll please…..

View attachment 56878

OMG, I am embarrassed. Just remember kids 90 percent is perception, now too delete this whole review and rewrite it hahahaha!
Great read
 

cabaiguan juan

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Blind review #1

View attachment 56866

93 degrees outside with a nice breeze, drinking ice water. Sitting in the backyard wondering how tall I'm going to let that grass grow.


View attachment 56867


Shape is perhaps a petit robusto, 4.75” just shy of a 50 ring gauge maybe 48.
Cigar is milk chocolate brown with minimum veins. Firm feel and with a triple cap good construction.

View attachment 56869

Pre-light
Good barnyard smell, that rich fermented tobacco aroma.

View attachment 56870

There is a little pucker on the head and I decide to go with a straight cut instead of a punch not wanting to damage the cap *cuts cigar* whew! It was just on the top cap clean cut!

View attachment 56871
Un-fired draw not getting a lot, maybe brown sugar, mild earthy tones?

Draw is pretty tight, had 3 days in the dry box at 62 percent, may not have been enough.

Fired up! First few puffs are great, hay, toast white pepper but not strong. The draw is getting tighter as the cigar warms up and I decide to give it a gentle poke with my tool (is this cigar docking?). That works perfectly and the draw is just under firm.

First third is delicious, floral predominantly, some baking spices and a bit of clove…. Very mild retro hale is smooth, creamy and floral.

View attachment 56873

I am trying to dissect this floral aroma/taste more almost hops like. Slightly bitter like black coffee. The end of the first third the cigar starts to build into a solid medium strength.

Oh yah! This is getting even better, more spice and the first real hint of pepper in the retrohale. The wind picks up out of nowhere and showers me in ashes…. Meh just rub them in.

View attachment 56874

I am trying not to smoke fast and let this stick rest in between puffs a bit. BUT I resist, I hear Jon calling me from the void, remember your training!

A big puff through the nose makes me sneeze lol. The cigars profile through the second third keeps building to medium, starting to feel that nic hit in the back of the throat some. But the profile is getting much sweeter such as vanilla ice cream and cinnamon to my taste buds. Throughout this smoke there have been other subtle tasting notes like dried fruit that I was not able to put my finger on it.

Wife and kids are home, but she tells me it is too hot to be outside. Good, I can finish this in peace.

WARNING: Introspection moment. I realize that I don't really take the time to sit and enjoy cigars as nearly often as I should. Sure I smoke a lot of cigars but it would seem I rarely take the time to truly enjoy them. I suppose I get caught up in the “what's the next great cigar craze” and forget why I do this. Lazy afternoons coaxing little nuances of flavor from these hand crafted gems. OK, moment over.

Time for a cut and purge.
The construction is really spot on, after this last cut a little farther into the head you can really see the nice bunching.
Final third is showing more intensity, having the sweetness take a back seat to more robust flavors.

Brief intermission, I run inside real quick and my youngest has his butt over the AC vent saying "that feels good"… Guess it is getting hot out hahaha!

Now well into the final third, it's a challenge to draw slowly and not overheat the tobacco. Getting a mild nic buzz and still admiring the strength of this little cigar. Still getting just enough pepper to remind me not to take a full hit retro, but the complexity is nice. Now getting an earthy strong dark roast coffee more than the vanilla.

View attachment 56876

There is a slight lopsided burn, but waiting to see if it fixes itself. Then the unthinkable happens. It goes out, I cannot coax it back to life, so I gently heat the end with a single torch and take a puff. EUREKA! Back in business.

Every puff is pure luxury, Pepper is now the foremost, hints of baking spices mingle a bit as well.

View attachment 56877

If you actually read this whole thing, first I thank you, then I apologize. I wanted to capture the whole experience and this written diarrhea was the result. To summarize, the construction, size, and draw were a indicator this may be cuban. Then the tasting notes and strength confirmed (in my head) that thought.

I really have no idea what this was but I'm going to take a stab at it.

Partagas series D #5 ????

Drumroll please…..

View attachment 56878

OMG, I am embarrassed. Just remember kids 90 percent is perception, now too delete this whole review and rewrite it hahahaha!
Rocky Patel should hire you for their reviews. That’s better then anything I’ve read on CI or JR.
 

Eqwhipped

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Thanks for the high praise gentleman, I meant every word.

Now, who's willing to try next?
 

Eqwhipped

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Rocky Patel should hire you for their reviews. That’s better then anything I’ve read on CI or JR.
This comment here "Every puff is pure luxury" had me rolling after I opened the envelope and seen the budget cigar band staring at me.
 
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