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Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

It's been a hot minute since reviewing a new Protocol. At one point (maybe two years ago) it felt like it was at times hard to get through them all. Happy to say, the new iteration of the Lawman Series is a hitter. For those that love Espinosa powerhouse spice and softness in creamy nuttiness, not only is this Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural it, but it is a lengthier version of it. I'll be back for more.

My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

Team Cigar Review: My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

The My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial was a disappointment. While the first third was good, the overall feel was that the cigar lacked depth and complexities. Being such a long smoke, it needs to do a much better job of engaging and keeping my attention. The first third was able to do that, but starting from the second third, I was smoking it just for the review and didn't find much enjoyment out of it. Definitely save your $60 bucks and look elsewhere.

Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

This Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial is probably the most complex and nuanced cigar I've had coming out of My Father. The ability for a large format (and a long smoking experience) to capture my attention for the bulk of the time is impressive and rarely achieved. I would of course love to smoke more of these but I won't because honestly, no cigar is worth the price tag of $60.

Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Team Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Almost good. Almost the bride. But still a bridesmaid. The core earthy profile of dirt grit and construction paper is a good baseline of a quality traditional cigar. But it needs to build off these components. The first third managed to do so by adding spice and some stone fruit, but the latter two thirds failed. At day's end, almost doesn't warrant a high likelihood of a revisit of the Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky for me.

Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Capa Especial Belle Encre

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Capa Especial Belle Encre

The Ecuador Sumatra variation of the 10th Anniversary was a good choice. The profile for most of the smoking experience was an enjoyable one, giving sweet cedar, game/meatiness and plenty of roasted nut creaminess. There's also something special about a perfecto in which it's enticing to look at, especially following its burn line. More of this Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Capa Especial Belle Encre please.

Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

Team Cigar Review: Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

This Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro is one of those cigars that could have been more. The flavors were overall generic, but if they were fuller, it could have easily been a good cigar. With that said, it's something I would not be interested in returning to.

Somm Rioja Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Somm Rioja Robusto

The first third had a good showing of fuller flavors in pepper, hay, cream, nuts and construction paper. However, as the second progressed, staleness overtook the profile and the flavors became less distinct. With all that said, this Somm Rioja Robusto is a pass for me.

Espinosa Sumatra Toro

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Sumatra Toro

The flavor profile of the Espinosa Sumatra Toro was overall an enjoyable one. Tons of creaminess in cedar, stone fruit and coffee. But the creaminess didn't overwhelm as it did a good job of interplaying against the aforementioned notes. Slight tick down for the construction of burn and draw (but not a material one). With all that said, I'd be happy to smoke more of these.

Rocky Patel Dark Star Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Dark Star Robusto

Hey, this Honduran Corojo is purdy good. It has that nice pepper spice through the nostrils, but the accompanying depth of stone fruit and mixed nuts wraps it up very well. I wasn't a big fan of the stale cedar in general, but for the majority of the cigar it was tampered quite well. No doubt will be happy to smoke this Rocky Patel Dark Star Robusto again.

Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Early on in FQ1 of reviews, looks like I already found my bang for the buck cigar of the year with this Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe. I have fond memories of the original Chateau Real from my early days of cigar smoking. I'm happy to say this re-release did not disappoint and actually was a nice delight to smoke. Well done team DE.