The Encounter: I’ve been searching the country for this target since it appeared on our Most Wanted List. An informant on vacation in Florida tipped me off to its whereabouts. A plane ride later, I had sequestered the target for interrogation.
Thanks to Prometheus Cigars for providing this sample for review!
The Sencillo line of cigars are Honduran puros produced by Christian Eiroa of Camacho and commissioned by Keith Park of Prometheus. Prometheus is the same company that sells the God of Fire line of cigars, one of which I previously reviewed here. Sencillo cigars come in 4 sizes: Robusto, Double Robusto, Short Churchill, and Pirámide.
The Punch Uppercut line is the latest release from the General Cigar Company. This cigar features an Ecuadorian grown Sumatra wrapper and filler tobacco from Nicaragua. The binder is grown on the island of Ometepe which is located off the coast of Nicaragua. The volcanic soil of the island produces very rich tobacco. The Uppercut comes in three vitolas; today’s featured cigar is the Grand Corona (6.0 in. X 45 ring gauge).
This little stick was sent to me by Walt White from the Stogie Review as part of a prize for a contest I won over there. After taking the target out of the cellophane, I noticed a light barnyard-like smell, with a sweet sugar like aroma at the foot. She was packed evenly from cap to foot, slightly springy to the touch. After cutting I found the draw to be slightly looser than I liked, but not annoying in the slightest. After evenly toasting and lighting her up, I tasted some slight spice, and a little bit of a nutty flavor. Approaching halfway, the cigar remained in the mild body range, and had one of the creamiest smoke’s I’ve ever tasted; she continued on like this until I was forced to put her out. Overall, I enjoyed this smoke very much.
Recommendation: If you enjoy milder smokes with a little spice and creaminess, definitely give this one a try.
Brickhouse cigars were released at the 2009 IPCPR show in New Orleans. This line of cigar was originally introduced by the J.C. Newman Company in 1937. It has recently received a rating of 91 by Cigar Aficionado. It is a Nicaraguan puro featuring a Havana Subido wrapper grown in Esteli. It comes in four vitolas, with the Churchill being featured today.
Below is the sixth and last dual review in our series of 6.
Stephen: I was down in New York City this past week and brought this good looking corona with me for one of my smokes during the trip. I enjoyed it sitting on a bench near Battery Park while looking at the Statue of Liberty on a beautiful sunny morning.
The Select Cabinet Reserve has the same fillers and binders from Honduras and Nicaragua as the Tempus. The difference here is the Honduran wrapper which comes from Trojes farm. The SCR cigars are also made in the same factory, Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.I. in Honduras as the Tempus.
Ed: The Alec Bradley SCR line of cigars (Select Cabinet Reserve) was released in 2009. The cigar has some interesting features to it; first, the wrapper hails from the Trojes region in Honduras which will give the cigar a naturally sweet taste in the smoke. The second feature is a double binder from Honduras and Indonesia. This double binder should give the cigar added firmness and stability.
Up for review this time is the much acclaimed Camacho Triple Maduro. In typical American style if something is good, more of it must be better. So this cigar became the first to sport all Honduran Maduro tobacco. I smoked the 11/18 which tapers at the head and foot of the cigar.
Ed: Excalibur 1066 is a product from Hoyo de Monterrey (General Cigar). The cigar is named for the year of the Norman Conquest of England. Although William the Conqueror led the Normans to victory, several of the vitolas are named after King Arthur and several of the members of the court (Galahad and Lancelot). Today’s dual review feature is named after the Merlin - Arthur’s wizard, prophet, and adviser. In the Excalibur 1066 line, Merlin is the name given to the robusto.
Stephen: According to the Cigar World website, this line is no longer called the Excalibur 1066, it's now the Excalibur Cameroon. However, they don't say that any change was made to the blend. These cigars are available in 4 sizes and are made at the Honduras American Tabaco factory in Cofradia, Honduras.