Casa Torano Maduro (Quick Smoke Series)

Casa Torano Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Torano cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 4 7/8 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguam
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : ~$6.50 per single
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The Casa Torano Maduro is by far the darkest Maduro I have ever seen. This cigar has a jet black wrapper with virtually no veins and has a solid feel to it. The roll is seamless but has a sloppy double cap.

It has a nice draw with a bit of resistance. The burn is fairly even and the ash is a whitish grey color that is solid and has no flowering or flaking. The body of the cigar is medium as well as the strength of the cigar.

The Carlos Torano Casa Torano Maduro has a base flavor of wood and natural tobacco but features nice notes of roasted nuts, coffee beans, and a fruity sweetness that reminds me of maraschino cherries; you know the ones they put on your ice cream sunday, or in your Old Fashioned’s. However, as the cigar progresses, the cherry sweetness turns more to an apple flavor which is quite interesting. Overall the flavors are about medium in intensity on this cigar.

Overall I thought this was a nice cigar. It has some nice complexity to it and for $6.50 I think it’s a superb deal. This is usually not the style of cigar I smoke but I really enjoyed the Casa Torano. I am one of the Don Pepin, heavy hitting, fuller the better cigar smokers and I think that crowd may not like this cigar because it doesn’t have that pop or flare that those types of cigar typically have. However, I think if they are in the right mindset that this is going to be a delicate smoke I think they could really enjoy it.

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La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown Maduro
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$6 each
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A nice dark oily plug of a cigar. I was instantly drawn to this cigar because of the sheer amount of oil this cigar has on it and the size is quite interesting as well. The wrapper is a deep brown color with absolutely no color variation whatsoever. The cigar seems packed well and is pretty solid with a slight bounce, which is usually the norm. The roll is seamless and has an expertly applied cap. One thing I think they could have done differently is shrink the band down. The band covers damn near a third of the cigar and is a shame considering the beauty of this cigar.

The Double Ligero #452 has a nice easy draw and it produces a ton of smoke. The burn is a little wavy while the ash is nice and compact with some slight flowering. The body of this cigar is full and you can definitely feel this one in the belly, almost like you just got done eating a huge meal. The strength is full with a good nicotine kick.

The La Flor Dominicana DL 452 starts off with a deep rich earthy sweetness with some coffee and citrus flavors along with some peppery spice. In the second third the spice backs down and really gives way to the flavors from the first third. The final third is much of the same but adds a hickory flavor almost reminiscent of a nice smoky barbeque sauce. The finish of the cigar is slightly dry so make sure to have beverage handy while smoking this one.

This cigar is a winner in by book. The flavors are fantastic and they are so rich and complex. I really didn’t expect this much complexity out of a $6 cigar but this cigar definitely performs. Also the cigar is a slow burner. I was expecting to polish this baby off in less than an hour but it took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to finish this guy up which is typically how long it will take me to finish a regular robusto.

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Litto Gomez Diez Cubano (Quick Smoke Series)

Litto Gomez Diez Cubano

Origin : Dominican Republic
Litto Gomez Diez cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : ~$10 each
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This is an average looking cigar with a smooth feeling, light brown colored wrapper. There are a few moderate sized veins in the wrapper but they should not be a problem. The cigar seems packed very well with tobacco and there are no noticeable defects with the cigar.

The Litto Gomez Diez Cubano has a nice draw with some resistance that produces an average amount of smoke. The burn was even with no touch-ups needed and the ash held well but was farily flaky. The body of this cigar starts off medium to full but mellows down through the cigar and dips down to the lower end of the medium spectrum. The strength of this cigar is medium to full.

The Cubano has a nice woody core with some floral notes, black pepper and a bit of leather. Some may think this cigar is a bit dry on the palate but there is just enough sweetness on this cigar to balance things out a bit. As the cigar progresses, the pepper backs down and is thrown in the background. Other than that there are no major changes throughout the cigar.

When all is said and done I did enjoy this cigar. The flavor profile was a nice change of pace but I got a little bored with it. For a $10 cigar, I was expecting there to be a little more complexity and a little more of a roller coaster ride but there was none to be had.

Verdict: Above Average

Viaje Platino Chiva (Quick Smoke Series)

Viaje Platino Chiva

Origin : Nicaragua
Viaje cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo 99
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : ~$8 each

The Viaje Platino is a very nice looking cigar. The chocolate colored wrapper has a slight tint of red to it and has some very small veins running throughout. The seams are even and the roll looks great. The cigar sports a nice looking green, silver and white primary band and a silver cloth foot band which is a nice added touch.

The draw on this cigar was a bit snug compared to the others I smoked before this review but it gave me enough smoke to satisfy me. The burn was even for the most part and the ash, although a dark gray, was compact and had zero flowering. The body of the Viaje is medium to full while the strength is average.

The Viaje Platino starts off with some nice earthy coffee like flavors along with some red pepper spice. The flavors are very rich and pronounced and I really like that about this cigar. The flavors didn’t change much in the second third but the final third offered an even more intense flavor profile.

Overall I really enjoyed the Viaje Platino. The flavors are nice and pronounced and are definitely not shy. It is a good smoke for cigar enthusiasts who like Don Pepin / Tatuaje flavor profile with a different approach.

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CAO MX2 Box-Press (Quick Smoke Series)


Origin : Honduras
CAO CigarsFormat : Toro
Size : 5.5 x 55
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan, Honduran, Dominican, Peruvian
Binder : Brazilian
Price : ~$7 each
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The CAO MX2 Box Press sports a dark brown wrapper with a contemporary looking black and silver band along with a secondary band stating “Box-Press,” just in case you couldn’t feel or see the sharp box press on this cigar. There are some pretty big veins on this cigar which pop out from the rest of the wrapper. The wrapper also has a wrinkled look in some areas especially near the head of the cigar.

The cigar has a nice medium draw that produces thick billowing clouds of smoke. The burn line is slightly uneven and is rather thick and somewhat bubbly. The ash is a medium gray color and has just a bit of flowering, but held on quite well. The body is medium to full and the strength is average.

The CAO MX2 Box Press offers a light earthy core with heavy notes of chocolate and espresso. There is some slight pepper to this cigar but is balanced pretty nicely with the rest of the cigar. The flavors don’t change much throughout the cigar but overall very good flavors.

I’ve smoked plenty of the regular MX2’s and have not been overly impressed. This cigar however, is a winner. I’m not sure if it’s the blend with some different tobacco in it, or if it is the box press that gives it a different flavor profile, but the flavors are much more rich and pronounced.

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San Cristobal Clasico (Quick Smoke Series)

San Cristobal Clasico

Origin : NicaraguaSan Cristobal Supremo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $7-8 each
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The San Cristobal is blended by the illustrious Don Pepin Garcia and is rolled in his factory in Estelí’ Nicaragua for Ashton Cigars. This was Pepin’s first cigar with the Levin’s (owners of Ashton) and was debuted at the RTDA (now known as IPCPR) back in 2007.

The first thing you notice about the San Cristobal is the gorgeous band that this cigar sports. A very intricate band with a lot of color and a lot of gold accents, this cigar band is one of the best in the business in my opinion. The wrapper on the cigar is darker brown in color and has minimal veins. The roll is good and sports a Cuban style triple cap; a very nice looking cigar.

The San Cristobal has a nice free draw that produces a ton of smoke. The burn is quite uneven and required some touch up’s but nothing out of the ordinary. The ash is a medium gray color and has minimal flowering that does flake off in some areas.

Right off the bat you can tell this is a Pepin cigar. The San Cristobal starts off with some red pepper spice which mellows down after the first inch. After the initial blast the cigar settles into a nice combination of sweet cedar, coffee, and roasted almonds. Overall the cigar is nicely balanced and though the flavors do not change much between thirds, they have nice complexity on the palate. The body is medium to full as is the strength of the cigar.

I’ve smoked through quite a few of these San Cristobal’s and this cigar never disappoints. The flavor of the cigar is great and it balanced nicely. The only gripe I have is that for the price it could offer some a little more complexity between the thirds of the cigar, however this had never stopped me from picking up more of these cigars.

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Punch Signature Robusto

Punch Signature Robusto

Origin : HondurasPunch
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadoran Corojo
Binder : Connecticut Habano
Filler : Dominican & Nicaraguan
Price : ~$7 each
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Today we're publishing you a review by Joshua, who just joined the team - he brought a special grading system with him, check out his author page for more details!

The Punch Signature is a four-cigar collection, handcrafted in Honduras. It includes these frontmarks: Robusto (5” x 54, SRP per cigar is $6.79); Gigante (6” x 60, SRP per cigar is $7.39); Rothschild (4.5” x 50, SRP per cigar is $5.39) and Torpedo (5.75” x 52, SRP per cigar is $6.99).

To create Punch Signature, Master Blender Agustin Garcia and his team kept true to the original Punch blend by using tobaccos from the same countries of origin. Agustin Garcia said, “Punch Signature is inspired by Punch original blend. Think of it as a brother who has a lot of fire in him, but also respects tradition and the family name.”

Development of the Punch Signature blend began in 2012. Agustin and his team found a small batch of Ecuadoran tobacco they wanted to use, but had to ensure that they would have enough to make Punch Signature a full-time addition to Punch. They worked with a grower to cultivate a special Ecuadoran Corojo wrapper exclusively for this cigar. The wrapper is related to the original Cuban Corojo seed. The tobacco was aged, sorted and prepared for launch three years later.

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La Aurora Corojo Belicoso (Quick Smoke Series)

La Aurora Corojo Belicoso

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Aurora Cigars
Format : Belicoso
Size : 6 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Dominican Corojo
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Price : ~$7 each
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The La Aurora Corojo has a light brown colored wrapper with a reddish tint to it. The cigar is a tad lumpy feeling but the overall construction seems good with its even seam lines and a neat torpedo head.

The La Aurora Corojo Belicoso draws like a dream proving tons of thick smoke. The burn is pretty even for the most part and the ash is fairly solid and compact.

The La Aurora Corojo starts with some spice upfront that quickly mellows down to show notes of light wood, creamy vanilla, and a raisin-like sweetness. As the second third approaches some cinnamon comes into play and I can’t help thinking of Sara Lee Raisin Cinnamon bread. As the second third fades into the final third, the spice picks back up but remains balanced with the rest of the cigar. The body of the La Aurora Corojo is mild to medium. Strength is average.

The La Aurora Corojo is a damn good cigar and in my mind and could be compared to a Cuban cigar. The cigar is very clean and crisp on the palate like a good Cuban and has the flavor profile of a Cuban cigar I have smoked, but I can’t put my finger on the name of it. The La Aurora Corojo is balanced perfectly and has a good amount of complexity for the money. If you enjoy a cigar in the medium category, go getcha some!

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