Following in line with Fratello's style, the Fratello Navetta Discovery is another good example of a medium strength formula with full flavors. An easy recommend if you are a fan of Fratello's style or one to enjoy medium strength, full flavors.
I classify the Epic Smoking Shields as no frills, no thrills, just a good cigar. If you're looking for a cigar that will give you great creaminess, sweetness, earth and tamed spice, this is exactly it.
In the case of the 2012 by Oscar Barber Pole, it tastes a lot more Mexican San Andres than Candela. Flavors of caramel, drying wood, leather, minerals and nuts were the main components of this cigar. I overall enjoyed the cigar's journey of sweetness to earthiness and would happily smoke this again.
The Villiger La Vencedora Toro showed a good melding of flavors focused on chocolate, espresso, bread and minerals. Being a longer smoke, the cigar did not lose my interest, doing a good job of building on it's core flavors. This is well worth putting on your new cigars to buy list.
Flavorwise, it was dominantly earth and leather with a great caramel sweetness within the first two thirds, but unfortunately tapering off within the last third. This new blend is definitely worth a try but nothing to go deep on.
La Aurora continues to impress me with their Cameroon wrapper offerings. The La Aurora 1903 Edition Cameroon Corona isn't overly complex but the flavors are direct and full. This type of experience is well worth the $8 MSRP charged.
The VegaFina Robusto Extra PigTail Añejado 7 Años was a surprising pleasure to smoke. The cigar touched on all major factors of a good cigar: spice, sweetness, creaminess and earthiness, all wrapped up in a flawless burn and draw. Don't sleep on this one.
The Montecristo Epic Craft Cured Toro was full of flavors that are straight to the point and focused. I typically am not all that excited to smoke a non-Cuban Montecristo (don't judge by the brand I know) but this one completely changed my perspective. Time to track down more of these.
The Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Belicoso Fino is our second vitola reviewed within this line. Looking back at the Toro format, the tasting notes of this Belicoso Fino seemed like I was smoking two different cigars. The Toro was generic in flavors whereas the Belicoso Fino was distinct and fuller in flavors. This format is no doubt the clear winner of the two.
Classic Camacho Honduran Corojo goodness that takes me back to the early days of Camacho. Sometimes I smoke a cigar and I am reminded of the "good old days of smoking cigars." The Camacho Diploma Special Edition is just that. The creaminess and nuttiness paired by just the right amount of spice and earth (especially in the first third) was a pleasure and one that I will smoke again and again.