Prepare to have some time on your hands to enjoy this La Flor Dominicana Factory Press. While a cigar of this size can often become one dimensional, this one did not. If you have the time, I would recommend giving this one a try.
The Island Lifestyle Aged Reserve Series Sun Grown Toro is a nice, flavorful cigar that allows you to just focus on those flavors. I'm very interested in trying the other lines now and would say this is one I'll gladly smoke more of and something worthwhile to check out to see if you agree.
The Aerial showed great depths of flavors starting with the familiar La Zona spice kick upfront and good identifiable flavors. A great representation of well rounded and building intensities of flavors. I say give a Connecticut Shade hater an unbanded Aerial and show him/her the bands afterwards to see their surprise.
If cigars tasted this good in the early 1900s, then sign me up. Don't let the light wrapper fool you, the Highclere Castle Toro has plenty of depth and body to enjoy on a stand alone basis and paired with a nice spirit. A luxurious look paired with a luxurious taste. I need a Rolls Royce to smoke this cigar in.
The Dapper El Borracho Natural Toro was a good introduction to the brand for me. This one has me looking forward to the other lines the company offers. Strength was a bit above medium, so most smokers should be fine with it. I could see this cigar pairing well with a peated whisky. The cigar is well worth a try to see if you find a new brand that can earn some room in your humidor.
The AVO Syncro South America Ritmo Toro started with a nice mellow wood and baking spice mix and then increased in the fullness of flavors. Other than the ratios of these flavors, there wasn't much in the way of transitions, but that's OK as the flavor was good. Construction was also very good and didn't require any attention.
This may just be the sleeper hit of the year for me. I recall the original release of the Prensado (especially the Churchill format) was a great cigar. This rendition carries forth similarities in that it is flavor driven, but the Lost Art version has deeper flavors and slightly increased strength.
While I remember enjoying the original Entubar, I don't recall the flavor profile. In the instance of the new Berger & Argenti Entubar Double Corona, the profile's first third was great, but led to a mundane average profile within the remaining two thirds. I think this cigar will do better with a thinner ring gauge and shorter length, which I will track down in the hopes of remembering the good old times.
Not entirely sure what Hit & Run means but the cigar's profile sure doesn't feel like a hit and run. Instead, it shows balance with increasing intensities in various spices and earthiness. I love cigars (like this) where I can enjoy full retrohales without scorching my nostrils.