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Guest Review: Padilla Achilles Salomon LE 2006

Padilla Achilles LE 2006

Origin : USA
Format : Salomon
Size : 7 x 58
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo / Criollo
Binder : Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic
Filler : Nicaragua
Strength : Medium
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
More info about purchasing Padilla Achilles cigars...

This review comes courtesy of Tobacmon and earns him 5 entries in our current contest.

Pre-Smoke

Scent of Wrapper : Grassy.
Scent at Foot : Cedar.
Appearance : A few veins with a slight oily sheen
Wrapper : Very nice Corojo wrapper with an oily look and small veins throughout cigar.
Feel : Firm / Tight.
Tongue : Leathery.
Flavor on Draw : Earthy with hints of cedar.

Smoke

Taste : Slight pepper, smooth vanilla.
Flavor Changes : The flavor was constant throughout the entire cigar except near the nub I picked up a little more vanilla.
Strength : I would say a Medium smoke.
Feeling : For the price of this line you can't go wrong. Depending on the size they run from as low as $2.45 box of 20 = $50.00 or the Salamon size I did the review on are 10 for $55.00. I was a little apprehensive when thinking of trying it but will not hesitate to recommend someone to try.
Scent of Smoke : I really could not notice anything.
Heat on Fingers and in Mouth : None
Draw : Starting out with this shape I thought it would be just fine and it was a great draw.
Finish : This smoke picked up slightly and started tasting more wood, nuts and earth. The leather was starting to fade.
Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience : The burn, draw, construction and taste of this smoke were all very good.
Make any notes beyond what you noted already : The only down point of the cigar is that there were only a few thousand made and when they run out they will be gone. This is my understanding. What a shame. I may have to get a box and let them rest.

I would rate this cigar as a "Very Good Cigar." 8/10

Cigar Reviews of the Week #67 (Aug 8 2009)

Here is this week's selection of great cigar reviews from the blogosphere:

Litto Gomez Small Batch No. 2

Reviewed by Brooks at  The Smoking Stogie

This limited edition from Litto Gomez earns a nice 90 but could have used some more spice.
Read the full review here...

Nub Maduro 464T

Reviewed by Agent 8 at  The Cigar Spy

This cigar is recommended to all maduro fans out there.
Read the full review here....

Torpedo Bomber Sampler at Tinderbox.com

This torpedo sampler contains 20 cigars such as Graycliff 1666, Padilla Obsidian and Rocky Patel Sungrown. Tinderbox is selling it with a 68% discount and free shipping.

Cognac from the U.S.S.R. – Ararat, Armenia

Armenian brandy, cognac from Armenia

All my family and friends know that I enjoy rare and exotic alcoholic drinks. The direct consequence of this is that I often receive some bottles from different countries as they remember about me when they travel and bring me the drinks as a gift. Whereas some of the beverages do not deserve a blog post (I still can't finish a bottle of rakia that was given to me a couple of years ago), sometimes the stuff is simply amazing.

This little series of 2 blog posts will concern brandy (locally called cognac although cognac, as its name suggests, can only be produced in the Cognac area in France) produced in the ex-U.S.S.R. regions, such as Armenia (now a separate country) and Dagestan (a republic of the Russian Federation).

According to a biblical legend, Noah's Ark moored to the Ararat mountain (now located in Turkey). When the water rushed back, he walked down and started growing grapes (besides other things). He would be the first person to have tasted wine...

Armenia has been known as a grape-growing country for over 3500 years. Production of brandy started in 1887, using recipes and technology similar to the French ones (the French began distilling cognac in the 17th century). The volumes grew and more and more factories were opened. After the revolution, the industry was nationalized and was named "Ararat wine and cognac trust". At that time, the Armenian cognac was already very popular and in high demand both in the USSR and abroad. It is known, for example, that Winston Churchill was fond of this drink (everytime I write an article about alcohol, his name comes up) and Stalin was personally supervising the shipments to the Prime Minister.

In 1998, the Yerevan cognac plant (the biggest and by far the most famous one) was bought by Pernod Ricard (second largest world alcohol distributor, group behind Chival Regal, Mumm, Malibu...) for $30 million. One year later, a chart was put in place strictly regulating the production.

The bottle that I received was a ApApAт (ararat) 5 stars (which means that this is a 5 years old brandy). It was a simple, very pleasant drink that, as other cognacs, is a good fit for a full-bodied cigar. It is definitely on par with a good French VSOP. I recommend you to try it out, especially considering the fact that the price is not very high. A bottle will cost you $20-$35 depending on the store. You can compare prices by clicking here.

Enjoy and let me know what you think! If you have already tried Armenian brandy, feel free to share your experience.

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La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial #1

La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial #1

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5.625 x 46
Wrapper : Ecuador Sun Grown
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$155 for a box of 25
More info about purchasing La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial...

This line of cigars is produced by Don Pepin Garcia for Ashton. Apparently all of the tobacco used in this cigar is produced form 1st generation Cuban seeds. I have smoked a handful of cigars from this line, but this is my 1st formal review of one. So here it goes...

Read the full review of La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial #1...

Saint Luis Rey Serie A

Saint Luis Rey Serie A

Origin : Cuba
Saint Luis ReyFormat : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18.20 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 10.86 g
Box code : LPA OCT 08
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
More info about purchasing Saint Luis Rey cigars...

I did a "vintage review" of the Saint Luis Rey Serie A back in November 2008 and promised to get some newer sticks for a proper review. Here we go with a box labeled LPA OCT 08. I will start by telling you that these definitely smoke better.

Read the full review of Saint Luis Rey Serie A...

Cheap Smoke: Tabacos Baez Monarcas

Tabacos Baez Monarcas

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Price : ~$3.50
More info about purchasing Tabacos Baez cigars...

The Tabacos Baez is from the busiest man in the world, Don Pepin Garcia. Named such as this is where DPG began rolling cigars when he was in Cuba.

First off, the band looks like it was designed by a 6th grader.

The cigar however, has a beautiful reddish brown luster; it’s very oily and not nearly as veiny as other Pepin cigars.

I punched the cigar and it draws perfectly. It starts out real smooth, tons of smoke, mild wood and hazelnuts with very little that tells you this is a Pepin smoke. Personally this is a good thing, because it recently seems that all of his cigars taste the same.

An inch down, the cigar really picks up steam, gone is the mildness, as you get punched with a hefty amount of peppery spice. Coffee shows up on the palate as well as a little bit of cocoa.

Wow! This cigar just gets better and better! A couple more inches down this hefty cigar I am greeted by waves of espresso and mocha. Let me reiterate, this is NOT your typical DPG cigar.

My one complaint was that this cigar did not burn very evenly. But it did not go out or require any touch ups.

What really impresses me most about this cigar is that it is ready to be smoked. So many new cigars are so fresh (read ammonia) that you can’t really enjoy them as intended for months. Mr. Garcia treated this cigar right. Bravo!

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