Jiunn Liu

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel White Label Toro

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel White Label Toro

This is the ideal Connecticut shade flavor profile I look for. Soft notes galore, with sweetness and creaminess upfront, and accented wood and spice notes. But I have a major gripe about this Rocky Patel White Label Toro. The price tag of $20 for a Connecticut shade is a bit ridiculous. But I'll push that aside and will weigh more on the actual (more important) flavor experience.

Team Cigar Review: La Palina 125 Años

Team Cigar Review: La Palina 125 Años

I haven't liked a La Palina release this much in quite some time. This La Palina 125 Años almost seemed like a return to what I loved about the glory days of the brand; well balanced, super flavorful and good construction. The only issue is, it held up the goodness for half the cigar. It is at least a step in the right direction.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cohete

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cohete

The manner in which the Tatuaje Cohete currently tastes has all the key components to what should be a good cigar, given some more aging. The profile's rawness in good flavors as well as the oily nature of the cigar typically will mean a more balanced and cohesive flavor profile. I typically don't purchase many cigars these days, but I did buy a box of these. So in that sense, I am equating my words to my wallet.

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Bass Reeves Natural

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Bass Reeves Natural

Overall, I found the profile of the Protocol Bass Reeves Natural to be too mineral forward, suppressing the other good flavors of roasted nuts, white pepper and cedar. Because the mineral notes were too dominant, it tipped off the balance of the flavor profile. This ultimately gave the vibe of an average tasting cigar.

Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sin Compromiso Selección Paladin de Saka

Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sin Compromiso Selección Paladin de Saka

Having smoked (I think) three iterations of Sin Compromiso, one main theme is clearly evident. The mouthfeel of tannins is superb. The flavors are overall on point too, providing a finer earthiness of cocoa, cedar, minerals and dry red pepper spice. The price point of the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sin Compromiso Selección Paladin de Saka is tough to swallow though.

Team Cigar Review: A.C.E. Prime The Sergeant

Team Cigar Review: A.C.E. Prime The Sergeant

To my surprise, the A.C.E. Prime The Sergeant was a pretty well balanced cigar. After reading that it's corojo, I expected more spice, but perhaps it got blended out from the large 58 ring gauge. Sweetness and creaminess off toasted mixed nuts, wood earthiness off cedar, and soft bread. This is the type of profile that I can sit back and smoke multiples of in a day. Happy to smoke more.

Team Cigar Review: Plasencia Cosecha 149 La Vega

Team Cigar Review: Plasencia Cosecha 149 La Vega

I equate the experience with the Plasencia Cosecha 149 La Vega to drinking a nice high rye bourbon, focusing on a nuanced blend of spices, but also having enough softer flavors of roasted nuts. The spice delivery was unique and not your traditional spices, centered around baking spices, white pepper spice and a hint of Chinese five spice. Well done and will be back for more.

Team Cigar Review: Matilde Limited Exposure No. 1

Team Cigar Review: Matilde Limited Exposure No. 1

I overall enjoyed this Matilde Limited Exposure No. 1. It follows the same vein of what Matilde executes so well on, being flavor centric, while not including needless strength. Many times, I find Mexican San Andres to be too earthy. Once in a while (such as this time), I find the earthiness to be well complimented by other notes (such as chocolate, fruit tones).

Team Cigar Review: Ferio Tego Elegancia

Team Cigar Review: Ferio Tego Elegancia

Elegancia is a fitting name to this cigar. Plenty of soft notes that allows for full retrohales without any backlash, and mild strength. The only negatives to the Ferio Tego Elegancia are the wood bitterness that seeped into the profile a bit too much within the final third as well as a demanding $21 price tag. Nice entry for Herklots.

Team Cigar Review: Casa Cuevas Patrimonio Toro

Team Cigar Review: Casa Cuevas Patrimonio Toro

Overall, delicious. I liked how the cigar touched the major areas to be qualified as a good cigar (sweet, spice, earth). This is really no different than all the Casa Cuevas offerings I've had, ie balanced and focused on flavors instead of strength. If you're a fan of other offerings from the brand, this will no doubt please you too.