Origin : Honduras
Wrapper : Viso Habano grown in the Jalapa Valley, Nicaragua
Filler : Columbia, Viso Jalapa Nicaragua, Ligero Esteli Nicaragua, Ligero Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Price : $7-9
Doc James Cigars & Golf
We have received the honor of writing the first review of a brand new cigar from one of the most respected cigar store/lounges in Westchester County, NY. Doc James Cigars. With 2 locations in the county, their flagship in Shrub Oak and another in Mamaroneck, they are easy to get to and carry an incredibly wide line of sticks. There are even a few rare gems in their vintage humidor that you will have a hard time finding anywhere else, if you are able to at all.
Both locations have fantastic lounges that were designed to be both luxurious and fun. They are very inviting and provide exceptionally well for the hundreds of members who enjoy all sorts of recreational activities there including darts, cards, watching sporting events and the many conversations centering on their love of cigars. A feeling of camaraderie that we cigar smokers enjoy so much is always felt there, and Adam DeSiena, owner of the establishment is always there to enhance the experience in any way that he can. Go visit them at Doc James Cigars & Golf, 952 East Main Street, Shrub Oak NY 10588.
Now, on to the review…
The DeSiena 312 Backstory
For 20 years Adam DeSiena has been the owner and operator of Doc James Cigars in Westchester, NY, but along with this lucrative business venture he always wanted to delve into the manufacturing side of the cigar industry. 2011 got that ball rolling with a trip to Danli Honduras. While touring the factories of the region, a stop at the Tobacos de Oriente cigar factory with the Alec Bradley Cigar Company proved to be a very interesting stop to say the least!
Adam stumbled upon a batch of cigars labeled 312 that were being aged. They were a work in progress, but Adam decided to sample the stick. Something about the number 312 struck him, and with a few puffs and a little reflecting he realized the importance of the number. 3 for March (the third month in the year) and 12 for December (the twelfth month of the year) were the months his two children were born in. Perhaps a sign from the cigar gods, and Adam knew that this was eventually going to be his new DeSiena blend. With a little help from the cigar masters at Alec Bradley, and after several modifications, the new DeSiena 312 emerged ready for us to review…
The DeSiena 312 Review
The timing for this review is perfect being that we, The Tollaficionados not only can give you our opinions of the DeSiena 312, but also let you know that we are not alone in how we feel about the cigar. A special event for the unveiling of this cigar took place on April 23rd at The Chophouse Grille in Mahopac, NY. Over 70 cigar enthusiasts attended and the response was phenomenal. Guests were given a steak dinner, all of the beer and/or wine that they could drink and two complimentary DeSiena 312’s to puff on. 30 additional boxes were brought to the dinner and they all sold immediately. Yes, the cigar is that good!
This time around we have two reviewers. Nick, Sr. taking the Robusto, and myself, Nick, Jr. handling the Toro. Our fellow member of the Tollaficionado team, Neal phoned in his opinion of the Double Corona and I think it safe to say that the feeling and experiences that you read here from us two Nicks are echoed in Neal’s experience.
Robusto, 4.5 x 52, $7.15, Reviewed by Nick, Sr.
“My evaluation of DeSiena 4.5 inch Robusto…
My first impression was delight at the crispness of the packaging. I recall thinking that this 4.5 inch Robusto had a clean and slightly oily wrapper. I really was looking forward to my first draw so I torched this beauty and, to no surprise, it did not disappoint! Without any effort , it was lit and I was embarking on the first draw.
There was absolutely no bite in the first and subsequent draws! I love it when that happens! Nothing bums me out worse than a stick that bites every single time!! Through 25% of this gem, I experienced a smooth draw and an ever so slight Peppery taste.
As a matter of fact, the Peppery taste lasted through almost the entire stick. I was totally enamored by the smooth and easy draw for the better part of this experience. The flavors kept on rolling well past the 75% "marker" … first Pepper, then a flavorful Oak taste, followed immediately by the usual great taste which a quality smoke imparts! As you can well imagine, after that symphony of flavors… I will be "coming back for more".
Doc James helped develop a great private label. Thanks for the memories!!!”
Toro, 6. x 54, $8.70, Reviewed by Nick, Jr.
Aesthetically speaking, this review is starting out with flying colors! And speaking of flying colors, the family crest on the band superimposed over the landscape of Siena, Italy made for a very impressive presentation. It stands out beautifully against the dark and oily Nicaraguan Habano wrapper.
Upon lighting this beauty, its aroma had immediate notes of espresso complimented by the flavors of light pepper and spice. A subtle sweetness lingered on the lips and palette after each puff as well. From here the flavor profile was a smooth and steady build.
By the halfway point all was going particularly well with this cigar. Perfect draw, no cracking and a complex medium/bold profile. A stronger pepper presence was making itself known, and worked hand in hand with a touch of mocha and woody notes to give a fantastic taste sensation on the sides of the tongue. The salt & pepper ash held firm as the cigar amped up on it way to its very long finish.
In the home stretch I experienced something that I hadn’t in a while. Now don’t get me wrong, I always want to make the most of the cigar smoking experience, savoring the moments and wanting them to go on and on. The inevitable end of the smoke is always a satisfying yet sad experience when a really good cigar has been enjoyed. Then there are times like these when you keep willingly burning your fingertips because you refuse to let the cigar end. I kid you not, I enjoyed this cigar that much.
An excellent cigar! Do yourself a favor and pick some of these up. You won’t regret it! Either stop by one of Doc James two locations (952 East Main Street, Shrub Oak NY 10588 or 133 E Prospect Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543), give them a call at 914-962-9388 or visit their website or Facebook page.
Thank you for reading our most recent review, and here’s wishing you a long ash!