EO 601 Black Label (Ecuador) Toro

EO 601 Black Label (Ecuador) Toro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 152 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Ecuador Connecticut
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$7 each
More info about purchasing EO 601 Black Label cigars...

In the coming days, we will publish reviews of 3 EO 601 cigars - Black Label, Green Label and Red Label. In my opinion, all three are decent sticks, but if I were to choose, I'd go with the Black Label Ecuador Connecticut. It has a perfect strength balance and is packed with rich consistent (although far from complex) flavors of pepper and wood. The cigar was created by Don Pepin Garcia and is manufactured in Nicaragua.

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #35 (Sep 16 2008)

A few warnings from fellow bloggers:

Oliveros XL for Men

Reviewed by Barry at  A Cigar Smokers Journal

Avoid this cigar at any cost.
Read the full review here...

Nicarao by Rocky Patel

Reviewed by MonkeyDan at  Cigar Monkey

Poor construction and poor flavor.
Read the full review here...

Cusano Cuvee Grande (Quick Smoke Series)

Cusano Cuvee Grande

Photo credit: Tiki Bar Online

Cusano cigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 7.5 x 40
Wrapper : Ecuadorian
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Mexico
Price : ~$7-8 each
More info about purchasing Cusano cigars...

I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, but I feel OK smoking it as Empire Cigars just received a couple of boxes!

This is one heck of a hard cigar to come by. It was made under a collaboration of Henke Kelner of Davidoff and Mike Chuisano of Cusano fame. They are hand-numbered and released only once a year.

This cigar has a silky texture, more silky than I have ever felt a leaf of tobacco! It is firm to the touch but draws like a dream.

The first few I tried were very dark, almost Maduro, but this one, I can only assume a new batch, is much lighter.

This cigar tastes like a Kelner blended cigar except it is very strong. This cigar is not spicy like a Camacho or LFD Ligero, it has an underlying strength you only pick up when you blow it out through your nose or try to stand up quickly.

The flavors are very rich, ripe with coffee, toast and wood. This is also a nicely complex cigar. The flavors listed above give way to anise and white chocolate. There is just a touch of cream on the finish.

The burn is dead even and I didn’t need to touch it up.

I enjoyed this thoroughly from beginning to end!

Cigar Tips: Purging a cigar

We gathered some precious cigar tips during our last contest - therefore, we decided to publish the best ones in separate posts. Enjoy.

Ever have a cigar develop a bitter taste towards the end but you just didn’t want to put it down yet?

The bitter tastes that develops can be somewhat alleviated by purging your cigar as you smoke it. When you smoke your cigar most of the essential oils that provide so much of the flavor will burn up while a small amount builds up in the filler leaf creating bitter flavors.

To purge your cigar start by knocking off any ash, put the cigar in your mouth like you are going to puff and instead blow gently back through the cigar. If your cigar is still lit, continue to blow gently through the cigar, rotating it slowly, until you can see a bright orange ring of fire around the base of the entire coal on the cigar.

Next time try purging your cigar so you can enjoy it to the nub!


Bravo Colombian Gold Torpedo

Bravo Colombian Gold Torpedo

Origin : ColombiaBravo Cigars
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.5″ x 52
Wrapper : Colombian
Filler : Colombian
Binder : Colombian
Price : N/A

The new Bravo Cigar Company has just recently introduced the first Colombian Puro. That’s right, a cigar made with 100% Colombian tobacco, filler, binder and wrapper. The cigar is blended by Antonio de Jesus in Columbia. I was intrigued when I heard about this cigar. Colombia is of course well known for coffee but doesn’t have the tobacco heritage of places like Nicaragua and Honduras or the DR. That is probably why Bravo Cigars relies heavily on expertise from the Dominican Republic to make these cigars, employing many skilled workers from the DR. These workers bring expertise in farming, curing, and rolling to ensure a quality, well made product. The Colombian Gold Series is billed as “mild to medium bodied and boasts tender tobacco notes of earth, cedar and cocoa bean.” It comes in boxes of 24 and is available in five sizes. A Perfecto, Robusto, Toro, Torpedo and a Churchill.

Read the full review of Bravo Colombian Gold Torpedo...

Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale

Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 165 x 17 mm
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder : Secret (Nicaragua?)
Filler : Secret (Nicaragua?)
Price : ~$8 each
More info about purchasing Rocky Patel Decade...

Among the cigars that I ordered from the USA, this Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale does really stand out. As the name suggests, it was created to celebrate 10 years of the Rocky Patel blend. Unlike the Vintage 1990, I totally enjoyed the smoke and can highly recommend it to amateurs of powerful, flavorful and smooth cigars.

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5% discount at CigarSwag.com

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“Build your sampler!” – September Contest

It's September and it's time for another contest. Once again, it is generously sponsored by Duque Cigars. Thomas Hunter himself e-mailed us with the contest idea, how cool is that?

As usual, the contest is very easy to enter and it's quite creative. All you have to do is browse the selection offered at the Duque Cigars website and build your own sampler (you can select from both from singles and boxes) of your favorite cigars. Post your sampler in the comments area below. The number of cigars in the sampler is up to you. On the 1st of October, we will randomly choose a sampler and its author will get the sampler absolutely free! It's as easy as it can get. Head over to DuqueCigars.com and build your sampler! And, of course, subscribe to the RSS to be up to date.

Note: you must be over 18 years old to enter the contest.

PS You can use the code 'CigarInspector' to get a 5% discount on all orders at Duque Cigars.

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