John McTavish

Team Cigar Review: My Father La Promesa Toro

Team Cigar Review: My Father La Promesa Toro

The My Father La Promesa Toro has some interesting complexity in the first third of cream, baking spices, cocoa, cedar and the trademark My Father pepper. That complexity fades moving into the second third and the experience is fairly average for the remainder of the cigar.

Team Cigar Review: CAO Flathead V19 Camshaft

Team Cigar Review: CAO Flathead V19 Camshaft

The CAO Flathead V19 Camshaft is a solid additional to the lineup. With interesting flavors of cedar, baking spices, sweetness, bread, molasses, earth and cinnamon combine to satisfy the palate. I found the first and second thirds to be the most satisfying with the last third to be fairly average.

Pour ‘n Tell: Episode 13

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.

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Second Edition Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Second Edition Robusto

The Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Second Edition Robusto has a very impressive presentation, I only wish the same care had been taken with the blend profile. Unfortunately, the flavor profile rapidly falls apart after the first third, eventually becoming harsh and unpleasant by the final third. The construction was impeccable.

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Desert Rose

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Desert Rose

It's always a pleasant surprise when you light up a cigar and immediately know you're in for something special. I thoroughly enjoyed the Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Desert Rose, and look forward to my earliest opportunity to light one up again.

Personal Beer Review: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Personal Beer Review: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Some have called this the quintessential Oktober Fest Märzen style beer release. I definitely enjoyed it, and there's no question that the flavor profile solidly ticks traditional Festival beer styling. I think the Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen is very nuanced and is best served warmer.

Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Toro

Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Toro

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Toro has fantastic burn and construction, but overall, I found the flavor profile to be average. Unfortunately, this particular space is pretty well established and I didn't find that the Brûlée did enough to make it stand out from the crowd.

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Añtano CT Toro

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Añtano CT Toro

I was impressed with the Joya de Nicaragua Añtano CT Toro for the entire smoking experience. The blend managed to stay in the confines of a traditional Connecticut profile, while bringing some barbecue and bready notes which are components you wouldn't typically expect. Balanced from start to finish, I think Joya de Nicaragua is going to have a solid performance with this release.

Team Cigar Review: Trinidad Espiritu Series No. 1 Toro

Team Cigar Review: Trinidad Espiritu Series No. 1 Toro

The Trinidad Espiritu Series No. 1 Toro started out quite promising in the first third. Unfortunately, the second and last thirds lacked the same flavor complexity, resulting in an overall average experience.