John McTavish

Rojas 10th Anniversary

Team Cigar Review: Rojas 10th Anniversary

The Rojas 10th Anniversary delivered some engaging flavors in the first third and was pleasant for the remainder of the review with the standout flavor component being a tea note that was present through most of the review. I found the overall review experience to be pleasant, but for me, I don't think the cigar did enough to make me want to seek it out again.

Davidoff Maduro Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Maduro Robusto

The Davidoff Maduro Robusto had an enjoyable flavor profile for the first and second thirds, with the profile evolving into heavy earth through the last third which was out of sorts from the rest of the flavor profile. The draw was slightly into the resistant spectrum, while the burn performance was the lowest score possible with seven re-lights required through the review experience. With all of that said, the overall flavor delivery was good, with the cigar certainly in the over medium strength for a Davidoff.

Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

Team Cigar Review: Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

The Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition had a promising first third with some dynamic and interesting flavor combinations. The remainder of the cigar was pleasant but I didn't find anything about the delivery that made it stand above the crowd. I didn't find the 20th Anniversary release something I'd revisit, especially when you factor in the price point.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro started out strong in the first third with dynamic flavor combinations. By the second third, the profile remained consistent and was pleasant for the remainder of the review experience. The Maduro is pleasant and a good value at its price point, so I would likely smoke it again.

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023 delivered medium-full flavor intensity through most of the review experience, with interesting and engaging flavor combinations. Both the burn and the draw were perfect through the review. Given the exclusive nature of the cigar, the price point is quite reasonable and this is something I would happily return to in the future.

El Rey del Mundo Shade Grown Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: El Rey del Mundo Shade Grown Robusto

I found the El Rey del Mundo Shade Grown Robusto to be pleasant, but largely linear for the review, except for a few minutes during the start of the first third. By the last third, the profile was largely wood driven which did not engage my interest. Overall, this isn't likely something I'd return to, but the price point is very affordable in the current market and I could see it appealing to budget smokers or smokers looking for a light bodied daily cigar.

Te Amo The Original San Andrés Valley Cigar Toro

Team Cigar Review: Te Amo The Original San Andrés Valley Cigar Toro

The Te Amo The Original San Andrés Valley Cigar Toro provides a respectable update to the Te Amo brand. I found the first third delivered the most interesting and engaging flavor combinations, with the second third still being pleasant but not as dynamic. The last third was too linear for my taste. While the Te Amo The Original San Andrés Valley Cigar Toro didn't do quite enough for me to want to return to it, I do think it's an improvement over the original series.

Punch Dragon Fire

Team Cigar Review: Punch Dragon Fire

The start of the Punch Dragon Fire offered up some interesting flavor combinations, but for the remainder of the review, the profile was linear and lacked the dynamic character of the first third. Overall, there wasn't much here to elevate the Punch Dragon Fire from the crowd, although it was overall a pleasant cigar to review and the price point is quite attractive.

Bolivar Gran Republica Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: Bolivar Gran Republica Robusto

The Bolivar Gran Republica Robusto was a pleasant cigar to review, with some complex combinations of flavors through the first third. The remainder of the cigar was still pleasant but a little simple overall in the flavor presentation. I don't think there was enough flavor delivery here to make me seek this out again, however the price point is very attractive so I could see recommending this to cigar smokers in the below medium strength category.

Macanudo Inspirado Jamao Toro

Personal Cigar Review: Macanudo Inspirado Jamao Toro

The Macanudo Inspirado Jamao Toro was an overall pleasant flavor delivery which will likely satisfy many light to medium cigar smokers. I found the best combination of flavors to be through the second third with the first and last thirds being pleasant but not as dynamic.