Jiunn Liu

Team Cigar Review: Blackbird Macaw

Team Cigar Review: Blackbird Macaw

Judging by the cover of the book, I thought a developing brand plus a high $16 price tag gave me a bit of an eye roll. But when I lit up the Blackbird Macaw and got through the first third, I was happy to be wrong. Beautifully spicy and sweet with a deep, long finish. Regrettably, the next two thirds didn't taste very good as there was too much harshness seeping through. Nice start, but it didn't finish strong.

Team Cigar Review: El Artista Buffalo Ten Connecticut

Team Cigar Review: El Artista Buffalo Ten Connecticut

$5 for an overall flavor profile that is good. This equates to buy, buy, buy. If you like all the great softer flavor notes in a good Connecticut shade with a bit more spice, the El Artista Buffalo Ten Connecticut is no doubt for you. Even if you don't, I think you should buy a fiver for only $25 to try it. Big flavors, small hit to the wallet. You really can't beat that.

Team Cigar Review: All Saints St. Francis Toro

Team Cigar Review: All Saints St. Francis Toro

Full flavored and deceptively strong. I don't mind the full strength when the flavors are so abundant. An equal balance of sweet, nutty and spice. The only let down is the annoying burn. But luckily, it didn't affect the flavors. But for the flavors, I'd gladly smoke the All Saints St. Francis Toro again and again.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje T110 Reserva Broadleaf

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje T110 Reserva Broadleaf

The Tatuaje T110 Reserva Broadleaf essentially tells me what I already know about Tatuaje. That is, Pete continues to do a fine job of using Connecticut broadleaf, highlighting nice chocolate tones and not making it overwhelmingly earthy. Not his best Connecticut broadleaf by any means, but this is a buy without hesitation.

Team Cigar Review: CLE Signature THT-EKE 03/17 TAA 11/18

Team Cigar Review: CLE Signature THT-EKE 03/17 TAA 11/18

I typically wouldn't say this about a cigar I felt was overall average tasting, but I actually do want to smoke this CLE Signature THT-EKE 03/17 TAA 11/18 again in a few months. The oddities of flavors both intrigues me and annoys me, because I rarely taste a cigar that's this much of an odd ball that I cannot definitively identify the flavors. But then again, do I want to do this for $18? That's a tough one.

Team Cigar Review: Camacho Liberty 2021

Team Cigar Review: Camacho Liberty 2021

Granted, I haven't consistently kept up with the Camacho Liberty Series (especially the newer releases), I never had this type of lackluster experience. And being completely honest, this Camacho Liberty 2021 borderlines being average and subpar. The mixture of flavors were odd and unbalanced being oddly bitter and leathery dry vegetation driven with minerals and cedar.

Team Cigar Review: J.C. Newman The American President

Team Cigar Review: J.C. Newman The American President

A baller look and an overall tasty profile. I'm typically not all that excited for such a long smoking experience, as it tends to be monotonous. But, the J.C. Newman The American President showed composure throughout the vast majority of the smoking experience. Bold statement, but I think this may be worth the $20.

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Pool Party Year 2

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Pool Party Year 2

Back to the good stuff. The Protocol Pool Party Year 2 is the wheelhouse of La Zona that I really enjoy, giving richness in spice and added sweetness. I don't recall a new release that fit this mold in quite some time. Just make sure you eat some food or have some soda nearby, because this is a bit of a ringer.

Team Cigar Review: Zino Nicaragua Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Zino Nicaragua Robusto

After smoking the Zino Nicaragua Robusto, I was let down. The flavors by themselves were easy going and honestly quite enjoyable. But the major factor of how dry my palate felt was the stand-alone disappointment for me. I'd pass on this one and focus on the sea of other great ones out there.