Jiunn Liu

Team Cigar Review: Illusione PCA 2020 Exclusive

Team Cigar Review: Illusione PCA 2020 Exclusive

The Illusione PCA 2020 Exclusive is the first Illusione cigar released in the last few years in which I did not enjoy. There was no balance and complexities to the cigar. Being heavily charred red pepper spice and dry cedar oriented, it's not the typical DNA of Dion's masterful blending style that I'm accustomed to. I guess you can't win them all.

Team Cigar Review: VegaFina 1998 VF 50

Team Cigar Review: VegaFina 1998 VF 50

A solid short smoke. I loved the sweet and creamy pastry-like vanilla wafers note. The backing of baking spices, cedar and minerals was just enough to tie the profile together. The VegaFina 1998 VF 50 is not a complex cigar, but one of those cigar experiences where it makes you nod your head a couple times and say, "man, that was good."

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Grand Reserve Toro

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Grand Reserve Toro

This was a good flavor profile, delivering a small set of flavors, but big flavors. The fresh seeded jalapeno and richness in sweet and creamy nuttiness was all it took. I really enjoyed that simplistic nature of the Rocky Patel Grand Reserve Toro. This, coupled by a great burning and drawing cigar, yields just a darn good cigar.

Team Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries

Team Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries

This isn't what I was expecting out of Aganorsa Corojo '99. Being heavily spice and mineral driven, I got little or no soft notes of bread, nuts and even citrus, which is what I tend to expect. The profile was leaning too much into being sharp and charred, which ultimately made the Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries an overall average experience.

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma

Definitely not my cup of tea in terms of the large ring gauge, but when it comes to overall flavor delivery, I gotta give praise to the Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma. Silky/buttery mouthfeel with flavors of sweet cream, roasted chestnuts, minerals, cedar and layered red pepper spice. Well executed until the final third in which harshness and an abundance of minerals shows. This one is worth it.

Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56

Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56

The Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56 was unfortunately a miss for me. I would go as far as to say it is my least favorite Las Calaveras. The profile suffered from lack of complexities and depth of flavors. I'll have to pass on this year and look forward to next year's release.

Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild

Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild

This was a tasty little cigar. Well balanced and full of flavors, never letting off the gas pedal from first draw to last. Minerals, baking spices, roasted chestnuts, milk creaminess and white pepper spice. Nothing to dislike about that flavor combination. I thoroughly enjoyed the JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild and it's an easy recommend.

Team Cigar Review: ted's Trump Presidential Cigar

Team Cigar Review: ted’s Trump Presidential Cigar

With such a nice luxurious package (for only $8 nonetheless), the flavor delivery doesn't match up. It's more of your traditional Connecticut shade with softer notes. The ted's Trump Presidential Cigar has a good presentation, but not something I'd come back to.

Team Cigar Review: All Saints Dedicación Berkey

Team Cigar Review: All Saints Dedicación Berkey

The All Saints Dedicación Berkey proved to be an average tasting experience for what Mexican San Andres can offer. The profile was heavily geared towards earthiness in minerals, baking spices and dry dirt. It needed more than this to make it a good cigar.

Team Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Fuck the FDA

Team Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Fuck the FDA

The Jas Sum Kral Fuck the FDA was an average tasting experience for me. The price point of this cigar is good at $10, but stacked against the plethora of Mexican San Andres available in the market, this wouldn't be my first choice.