Jiunn Liu

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019

Overall, I liked the flavor profile (sans the last third) of the Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019. There were more softer and smoother notes to the cigar (creamy bread, cherry soft candy with trailing baking spices). That, coupled with perfection in burn and draw performance, creates an experience worth visiting.

Team Cigar Review: Mombacho Cosecha 2014

Team Cigar Review: Mombacho Cosecha 2014

For this year's Mombacho Cosecha 2014, it was a good showing, albeit not fantastic. The main issue I have with this year's release is the underlying wood bitterness constantly lingering on my palate. Without that, the other flavors are great (rich nuttiness, cedar, baking spices, red pepper spice, minerals).

Team Cigar Review: Quesada 1974 Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Quesada 1974 Robusto

The Quesada 1974 Robusto was an overall average tasting cigar with very good construction. The first third's slick and oily delivery of baking spices, minerals and bread was a good starting point. However, as the cigar continued, it mainly became the same spice and earth character without the bread to break up the monotony. Purchase a couple to try, but probably no more than that.

Team Cigar Review: Punch Egg Roll

Team Cigar Review: Punch Egg Roll

I'm a bit taken back by how much I enjoyed the Punch Egg Roll. This was a well executed short robusto and just the right size to have all the notes pull through nicely. I hope General Cigar makes more renditions of this in the future. Maybe Spring Roll for next years release?

Personal Spirit Review: Foursquare Rum Distillery Port Cask Finish

Personal Spirit Review: Foursquare Rum Distillery Port Cask Finish

The Foursquare Rum Distillery Port Cask Finish is a prime (yet rare) example of having a stellar nose, but a tasting experience that failed to deliver. I expected the tasting to match the wonderful nosing of the port and bourbon finishings, while still preserving the integrity of the rum. Instead, what I received was thin flavors and overall lack in depth and body.

Team Cigar Review: Crux Limitada Redline Toro

Team Cigar Review: Crux Limitada Redline Toro

Whenever I read Crux using their signature Nicaraguan Engañoso wrapper leaf, I know I'm in for a treat based off how much I enjoyed the original PB5 and IPCPR Limitadas. For the Redline version, I felt as if the cigar was more spice forward (red pepper spice and cedar) and didn't have as well melded of a formula as the OG PB5 and IPCPR Limitadas. But overall, it is still a good cigar and worth checking out.

Personal Spirit Review: El Dorado 21 Year

Personal Spirit Review: El Dorado 21 Year

Drinking the El Dorado 21 Year throughout the last 6 years or so has given me a sense of knowing I'm in for a special treat. Every time I pour myself a glass, I'm surprised by how amazingly complex and nuanced the rum is.

Team Cigar Review: Artesano Del Tobacco Viva La Vida Toro

Team Cigar Review: Artesano Del Tobacco Viva La Vida Toro

The Artesano Del Tobacco Viva La Vida Toro had an overall decent showing. I enjoyed the first third the most as there was a great balance of sweetness, earth and spice. Past that point, the profile was more earth derived. Special shout out to the amazing perfection in burn and draw performance.

Pour ‘n Tell: Episode 8

Each week we'll sit down and talk about our recent beer and spirits reviews, what we're drinking, as well as news topics we think are interesting. From time to time we'll have special guests on the show which will no doubt have us running over our standard 30 minute show time.