Blind Cigar Review Thread #2

Discussion in 'Cigar Reviews' started by denverdog, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. golfgar

    golfgar Bueller.... Bueller...... Anyone....... Anyone?

    Mar 15, 2004
    St. Louis
    Thanks for the review! Well Done. Glad you enjoyed the stick.
    mjolnir01 and MNBrian like this.
  2. Scap

    Scap Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2012
    Great review, @MNBrian
    It's almost 60* warmer down here, keep that cold stuff up your way!
    MNBrian likes this.
  3. vortex

    vortex "A billion Eddie Barzoons jogging into the future

    May 5, 2006
    Newark, DE
    Ah, I can't wait to smoke cigars in subfreezing temps! :) Maybe Friday.

    Great review of a great cigar. I wonder the approximate age?
    MNBrian likes this.
  4. Corneighdo

    Corneighdo Corneighdo

    Nov 17, 2016
    San Francisco
    What an interesting cigar Brian sent me to blind taste.

    A very dark maduro wrapper, far from smooth. It is not entirely even in it's color, with some gradients of a dark espresso bean, and lighter shades along the veins which are present throughout. It’s about 6inches long, about a 48-50 RG.

    Initially, the smell is very familiar. Aroma intensity is about a 6/10. On the cold draw, you get some dried fruit and that typical Cuban profile. First inclination are that this wrapper reminds me of some older EL CCs, and the smell would also suggest some age. However, when standing the stick up on it's foot, it barely stands up straight.

    FullSizeRender 63.jpg

    Pairing: Dry Hopped Tin City Cider.

    Straight cut and away we go. The first 1-2 inches of this cigar taste like smoke. And cigar. Nothing more, nothing less. I realize I'm pretty anxious from watching my Seahawks on MNF, and I am smoking too fast. I slow it down and relax. Still, the flavor intensity is not matching the notes I expected from the initial aromatics I was getting. It is easy smoking, well constructed, and smooth in intensity. Pretty light bodied.

    About half way through, flavor starts to pickup. I'm getting some spice, like ginger, some malty notes, and a bit of shortbread cookie. The smoke is thick and drawing well. Still light bodied, but very enjoyable.

    The final inches of this cigar, the flavor really fell apart, which I was surprised by. Typically you get a build up of flavor that compounds. Not in this case. Overall, I enjoyed the cigar, but was left wanting more from the flavor profile. If I had to guess on this cigar, I would say it was an aged Nicaraguan with Habano seed. Maybe aged a bit too long, a bit past it’s prime.

    Drumroll please…

    AF GR Maduro. Hey, not totally far off! lol
    Can't wait to do this again one day!
    CMontoya79 likes this.
  5. MNBrian

    MNBrian Well-Known Member

    Jun 16, 2015
    Bloomington, MN

    I really wanted you to try that AF because it's one of the few non-cc's that I still have in my rotation and I tend to really enjoy them (even when I get side-eye from fellow cigar enthusiasts for it). That one was a good five or so years old, but mileage may vary on it. Normally they finish stronger. I fear I somehow managed to pull you a dud from my box! :) I'm glad you got a chance to give it a shot! :)
  6. Corneighdo

    Corneighdo Corneighdo

    Nov 17, 2016
    San Francisco
    5 years, nice! Definitely smelled that way, but smoke was lacking.
    Always enjoy smoking a blind stick from a BOTL!
    MNBrian likes this.
  7. Napa_Smokes

    Napa_Smokes Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2008
    Woodland, CA.
    Very good looking cigar. Nice medium brown wrapper. From the looks of it about 5 inches by 48. Intense earthy, sweet smell coming of the cigar. Pretty sure I know exactly what this cigar is before even smoking it and I’ve been telling Bri since it came in the mail. Enjoying it outside while my daughter plays and has a mug of hot cocoa.


    First third: Nice amount of smoke, very smooth. Nutty and sweet with a nice subtle earthy/woodsy component to it. Definitely tasting the Cuban tobacco but question if that’s in my head cause I think I know what the cigar is or if it’s really there.

    Madelyn has ditched her cocoa and is now terrorizing the dog.


    Second Third: Flavors still saying the same but adding a bit of spice to the mix. I’m alsmot certain it’s the cigar I’m thinking of as I just smoked one a couple days ago and this is reminding me of the exact same experience.


    Final Third: The smoke is becoming richer. More spice and wood. A little bitterness, like that from cocoa powder. Sweetness has become much more subtle. Nice complex smoke. Very aromatic and dense.

    I’m going to have to go with my gut and guess that Ian is messing with me and sent me a cigar from a box we split a while ago. It has all the charastics of that cigar and the size is spot on. I have to go with it being a SLE JUN 16 VR Famosos

    And the Reveal....


    So yeah, I was right. It probably helped that I had just smoked one of these a couple days ago that George Scott had gifted to me. I was pretty sure it was this cigar and Ian was messing with me by sending it, but thought I could be putting to much thought into it as well.

    Overall I’m glad I tried it blind and truly enjoyed it. I will definitely be getting another box of them one of these days as they are a very delicious cigar.

    Thanks Ian for sending it!
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2017
    vortex, jbfurdog, CMontoya79 and 3 others like this.
  8. Corneighdo

    Corneighdo Corneighdo

    Nov 17, 2016
    San Francisco
    Haha, I was gonna question if you couldn't guess this one - a complete lob. :p

    I sent it because we split this box, but from what I could tell, you sold off your half (not knowing you had more), so I wanted to see if you regretted selling them, but sounds like you kept your fair share as well. ;)
    vortex, CMontoya79 and jbfurdog like this.
  9. vortex

    vortex "A billion Eddie Barzoons jogging into the future

    May 5, 2006
    Newark, DE
    Very funny. :p
  10. Pugman1943

    Pugman1943 Well-Known Member

    Get out two drams, pull up a chair and be under whelmed. Today was my day to try the PIF from the land of grapes and honey, none other than Josh ( aka Napa Smokes ).

    It began at 0745 hours with in the thrilling temperature of 26° along with a cup of Jerry’s Peaberry. Oh, I was all covered up like Nanouk so it wasn’t that bad.

    I tried to we’ll document the event in the photos, so peek at your leasure. The foot had a bit of missing, but so what. The cap was really quite well done and nicely placed. Vein wise, of course they were present but flattened and none outstanding. Overall a dandy looking smoke.

    Put the quad flame to it, got a nice even burn going and for me, was hit with a blast of orange zest, POW! I enjoyed that I went back for another shot, but alas poor Rupert, it was but once and not to be repeated.

    You can see the burn was not tight in the ash, but spot on for the overall stick and the smoke was more than ample. I tasted waves of complexity but could not find one that stood out and hit me. This was just going to go down as a fine smoke.

    All this time and I’m beginning to feel like I’m starting to slip away. As the end drew near I resorted to a ice pick so as to do justice to this smoke.

    Yes, I got hit with a nicotine buildup, kind of cool cause it don’t happen often. And NO, I don’t know what it is other than not an ISO. There was just too much body here to think otherwise ( I hope ).

    In the end I have to thank Josh for the opportunity, you, my CP brothers and sisters for your patience and for my guard dog for keeping me company.

    After cracking the Seal of Josh, it was a Tat that rattled my cage. Well done Josh.

    Attached Files:

    mjolnir01, vortex and Corneighdo like this.
  11. Succubus

    Succubus Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2015
    Nice review, Ed! And where did you put that cigar?? It was in perfect shape when it left home lol
    vortex likes this.
  12. Pugman1943

    Pugman1943 Well-Known Member

    A wise man never tells.
    Succubus and vortex like this.
  13. vortex

    vortex "A billion Eddie Barzoons jogging into the future

    May 5, 2006
    Newark, DE
    Great review. I could relate to the initial blast of flavor right after lighting but then poof, it's gone.
    I love the "Seal of Josh". :)
  14. vortex

    vortex "A billion Eddie Barzoons jogging into the future

    May 5, 2006
    Newark, DE
    Well, better late than never. :p

    Pug sent me this honker. At 6x60, it is a biggun. The wrapper smells spicy and the cold draw is pure barnyard. The wrapper is dark and oily with a couple prominent veins.
    After firing, I'm tasting malt and spice which is one of my fav combos. The draw is a bit stiff but acceptable. Nice flavors and plenty of smoke despite the draw.

    At around one third, I have been enjoying this cigar. I remember when this size first started to grow in popularity. Now it's hard to find a blend without this vitola included. If the filler and binder are good it works. If not, not so much. This one works. The filler is spicy and the wrapper adds just the right sweetness.
    Of course, there are about 200 possible choices for this now common size so there's that. :(

    Nice white ash that holds together well and decent burn but the draw is tighter now. A little harshness is building but not too bad. Steady flavor profile but getting stronger as I smoke it on down. Full bodied and then some.

    As I start the last third I am getting less smoke and more harshness. Flavor still going strong but I am not. :)

    I did enjoy it for the first half but it got the best of me in the second. I don't believe I have smoked the cigar but I probably have had a smaller vitola of the same blend. It is much like some AJ cigars. That would be my general sort of guess.


    Whoops, wrong again. I love the V Double Robusto but this was the largest V I've smoked. Different from the smaller ones in flavor but still tasty. Too big for me but after a very big meal I might last longer. :p

    Thanks, Pug, you mysterioso bastardo, you!

    Edit for grammar and to remove sensitive classified material.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2018
    CigSid, mjolnir01 and CMontoya79 like this.
  15. CMontoya79

    CMontoya79 Newb Le professional!

    Dec 8, 2008
    Blind review:

    Thanks to Vortex for the challenge.

    Size is a corona gorda/canonazo/robusto extra.

    Aroma at cold: Honey, hay, well aged tobacco.

    Light brown, golden wrapper, nice triple cap.

    Cold draw:
    Hay, peanuts.

    Mild spice,tobacco, slight cream.
    Not much change, pretty consistent creaminess, smooth. End of 1st third some cedar and honey like sweetness peek in.


    2nd third:
    Mild smoke. Smooth as unsalted butter.
    Aroma of hay and honey. Smoke output is light. Finish is of hay and aged tobacco. Midway thorough second third a slight floral/grassiness show up for a brief moment in between the consistent and dominant cream. Slight floral continues with grassiness and cream.

    I can’t tell if this is something I’ve had before. I also can’t discern if it’s Dominican, Nicaraguan or Cuban.

    I’m leaning toward a Tat, Warped, or Fuente. Maybe a Johnny O EL.

    Ash is solid.


    Final third:
    Cream, nut, hay and floral continue to blend nicely with each other. Smooth. Floral and cream dominate the final third. Slight spice has remained throughout the smoke.


    Whatever this is. I like it.

    Ends creamy, floral and smooth.

    I’m guessing it’s a Tatuaje or Warped.



    My Father Connecticut Corona Gorda!

    Well, I had the country nailed, not the manufacturer.

    Delicious smoke.

    Thanks for the challenge!

    Last edited: Mar 11, 2018
  16. vortex

    vortex "A billion Eddie Barzoons jogging into the future

    May 5, 2006
    Newark, DE
    I'm glad you enjoyed it, Ceasar. I got that box in 2015.
    CMontoya79 likes this.

Share This Page