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E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2023 Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2023 Robusto

The E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2023 Robusto had an average flavor profile throughout, focused around toasted oak, earth and black pepper. There were some slight transitions, but nothing that ever made the profile exciting. Interesting to smoke an EPC made by Oscar Valladares, but it's not a cigar I'd come back to.

Cigar News: BLEND Dominicano La Familia 2023 Edition Announced

BLEND Bar with Davidoff Cigars (“BLEND”) is thrilled to announce the launch of its exclusive new BLEND Dominicano La Familia 2023 Edition cigar line (“BLEND Dominicano”). The official launch of the new, proprietary cigar line will be held on August 2024 at all locations.

ADVentura The Royal Return The Chancellor Toro

Team Cigar Review: ADVentura The Royal Return The Chancellor Toro

The ADVentura The Royal Return The Chancellor Toro delivered pleasant flavor combinations for most of the review, however I did not find the profile to be overly engaging or interesting. The last third was defined by dry and tannic wood which was a very linear experience. For me, the The Royal Return The Chancellor Toro didn't leave me with a standout impression and didn't stand out from their offerings.

Cigar News: PCA Hires New Director of Trade Show & Events

The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) has announced the hiring of Shannon Marie as its new Director of Trade Show and Events. Shannon's first day with the PCA was July 15, 2024. With over a decade of experience in the events industry, she has spent her professional career helping trade associations grow their event offerings.

RoMa Craft CroMagnon PA Anthropology

Team Cigar Review: RoMa Craft CroMagnon PA Anthropology

Yes, I prefer the CroMagnon PA to the original CroMagnon. You shouldn’t be surprised. I believe the blend to be more balanced and refined. The RoMa Craft CroMagnon PA Anthropology is balanced and smokes consistently from beginning to end. Yes, it is full, but it is blended well so you are picking up flavors. For those PA Broadleaf fans, this is a must.

G.A.R. American Standard Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: G.A.R. American Standard Robusto

The G.A.R. American Standard Robusto had an average flavor profile throughout, just focused around musty, toasted cedar, earth and black pepper. Not a cigar I'd really see myself coming back to, but for a cigar at this price point, well worth those that prefer lower priced cigars to check out. I've had equal experiences with cigars priced three times or more than this.

Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

Team Cigar Review: Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

The Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda represents yet another consistent, engaging and tasty cigar release from Black Works Studio. Each third delivered flavor combinations at varying levels of intensity that kept my attention and has me wanting to seek out more. With the Paper Crane sporting an Ecuadorian Connecticut, it reinforces that James Brown at Black Works Studio can deliver cigar blends across the entire strength spectrum.

Gellis Marevas

Team Cigar Review: Gellis Marevas

The Gellis Marevas is a departure from where the Warped brand of cigars was being manufactured and also the flavor profile that it typically delivered. I did find the first third brought some interesting and engaging components, but by the second third there was a dominant earth note that was driving the profile and the cigar didn't seem to recover from it. I didn't find the profile of the Gellis Marevas particularly engaging or standout that I'd want to return to it, however I am interested in reviewing future Gellis offerings to see how the brand evolves.

E.P. Carrillo Pledge Firecracker

Personal Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Pledge Firecracker

The E.P. Carrillo Pledge Firecracker had an average flavor profile throughout, just focused around the toasted cedar, earth and baking spice/black pepper. I find this format polarizing, as some blends are a quick flavor bomb and others are just linear mediocrity. This blend falls into the latter category and I wouldn't see myself coming back to it.

Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

The Somm BDX Blanc Robusto had a nice start with a fair bit of transitions from components joining the profile. It took a step down in the second third as the earth evened up with the cedar and some wood bitterness joined in. I'm always interested in low strength offerings that attempt to deliver a flavor focused profile. This was able to accomplish that through the first third, but couldn't maintain a good balance after that. Not really a cigar I'd see myself coming back to.

Cigar News: Cigar Release List – June 2024

Monthly, we will put together a list of all of the cigars that were released, or announced to be released, in the previous month. This should give you an easy way to stay in tune with new releases.

Blackbird Superb Toro

Team Cigar Review: Blackbird Superb Toro

The Blackbird Superb Toro started out with a promising first third that delivered some dynamic and engaging flavor combinations. The second third was much lighter and lacked the same level of engagement for me. The last third was pleasant but not able to live up to the first third. I found the Blackbird Superb Toro enjoyable to smoke and the price point is very reasonable considering the average pricing of the market. With that said, I'm not sure the cigar did enough for me to want to seek it out again.

CAO Flathead Resonator

Team Cigar Review: CAO Flathead Resonator

After smoking the CAO Flathead Resonator, I have to say this was one of the more enjoyable large ring gauge offerings I've reviewed. The profile is certainly not going to break the bank in terms of flavor combinations, nor is it much of a stand out in terms of complexity or nuance. But it does provide a pleasant cigar for the entirety of the smoking experience.

Aaron LoomisHome