The Riverside Lounge House is a little place you’ll find in Louisville, Kentucky. If you enjoy a relaxing environment with low ambient lighting and a strain of jazz playing in the backdrop, you would probably feel right at home there. At the Riverside Lounge House, you can enjoy a local craft beer, good company and conversation, and your favorite stogie. Riverside also makes their own cigars, and they were kind enough to send me a sampler of their house blend.
The Por Larranaga Petit Corona is a hand-rolled Cuban cigar and this particular vitola is one of three readily available in the UK.
Cigars are frequently referred to as "sticks" and in the case of this one, that is quite apt. The construction is rustic, to say the least, giving the Larranaga a very gnarly appearance. However, the construction is also excellent, with no hint of the wrapper coming loose at any stage. The cap is a particularly solid construct, visibly consisting of several layers which hold out well following a hole being punched.
The visible, surface unevenness is mirrored during the burn, resulting in a crooked yet robust ash stack. There is unevenness internally also, with a couple of firm areas - plugs - which need firm but careful pressure, all round, to loosen the draw.
Launched for the 2005 IPCPR, Gurkha’s Ancient Warrior is still one of their most popular cigars on the market. This medium strength stick is cloaked in a super dark, oily Brazilian wrapper. The wrapper leaf is flecked with numerous raised veins and a bit of tooth. The length of the six-inch stick is plump and nicely rolled with no soft spots. The tapered cap cuts cleanly with my Colibri Slice cutter, leaving behind no shards of filler tobacco.
Continuing with a newcomer's perspective on cigars, I have selected the Trinidad Coloniales for this review because it's a mid-range Cuban, quite affordable and, at 45-60 minutes, easily digestible for the inexperienced palate.
Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Robusto Size : 4 3/4 x 52 Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut Filler : Dominican Republic Binder : Dominican Republic Hand-Made Price : £6.50 each
Today we've got a guest cigar review from our reader Seedeater56, enjoy!
I regularly contribute my own views (as something of a newbie to this pleasure) and I find it interesting how these converge/diverge with those of other readers/contributors. I have contributed to the Montecristo (Open Master, Open Regata and No. 5) and El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme reviews predominantly, but also others.
I would like to share my views on other brands which I sample, mainly drawn from my favourite stockist, Fox's of St James', London. As a newbie, I think I can add something to the experience of other beginners, as reviews can, with time, become quite in-depth (rightly so) but would benefit from sharing a newcomer's take as well.
I am particularly interested in being able to draw out cigars which may suit the palate of the beginner which will include bigger names with less demanding flavours and, crucially, other non-Cuban cigars which, on account of perhaps more modest pricing, may be more attainable on a regular basis.
To this end, I'd like to start with the Fox's new, in-house brand, the Carlos Torano Dominico Robusto 1.
Cu-bao – the Taino word meaning “where fertile land is abundant” or “a great place”, made its debut in 2008. It was created by Eddie Ortega and Erik Espinosa when they were partners in EO Brands. In 2013 Eddie Ortega reintroduced the brand. Cubao cigars are manufactured in Esteli Nicaragua at the My Father factory.
Origin : Nicaragua Format : El Brujito (toro) Size : 6 x 52 Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Filler : Nicaraguan Longfillers Grown in Esteli & Jalapa Binder : Mexican San Andres Negro Strength : Medium to Full Hand-Made Price : $6.95 each More info about purchasing Nica Rustica...
Drew Estate’s Nica Rustica is said to be blended “for hard core tobacco lovers.” The self proclaimed “rustic, un-refined” stick is draped in a rugged-looking Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper leaf. The dark chocolate-brown colored wrapper is flecked with some small, puckered veins and is left long to cover the foot. The simple, mustard colored band is in line with the un-refined vibe of the cigar. Beneath the Connecticut Broadleaf is a Mexican San Andres Negro binder snuggly wrapped around long fillers grown in Esteli and Jalapa. The cap is thin but nicely mounted and pulled into a taught pigtail. It cuts cleanly using the punch cutter on my Colibri Evoke Lighter.
Released back in 2010 by General Cigar, the La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Tabaqueros line utilizes two wrapper leaves on one cigar. However, this is not the only thing that makes this cigar unique, as the tobaccos chosen for the wrapper(s) have not been used by the La Gloria Cubana brand. In an interview with Cigar Aficionado, Michael Giannini, marketing director for General Cigar, stated, “We thought about this like we were at a restaurant eating food. The Connecticut Shade (at the foot of the cigar) is the appetizer, and this is the big entrée (pointing to the Ecuador Sumatra wrapper).” The design is intended for the smoker to experience two separate distinct flavors as the cigar is smoked.