John McTavish

Team Cigar Review: Warped Maestro Del Tiempo 6102R 2020

Team Cigar Review: Warped Maestro Del Tiempo 6102R 2020

The Warped Maestro Del Tiempo 6102R 2020 had an enjoyable and engaging flavor composition through the first and second thirds. While the last third wasn't as complex, it was still quite pleasant. For me, I felt the original 2016 release had more complexity through the first and second thirds, and the final third was also one step better.

Team Cigar Review: Caldwell Eastern Standard Sungrown Magic

Team Cigar Review: Caldwell Eastern Standard Sungrown Magic

The Caldwell Eastern Standard Sungrown Magic is another consistent and enjoyable cigar. Although there weren't significant flavor changes through each third, the flavors that were presented were balanced and engaging to the palate. I would smoke these again, as this is another Caldwell release that gets moved into my smoking rotation.

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Manzanita Toro

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Manzanita Toro

The Southern Draw Manzanita Toro started out promising in the first third with a dessert like flavor experience. The profile changed significantly moving into the second and last thirds, losing my attention through the review. I find almost everything from Southern Draw to be enjoyable for my palate, so I think I will return to the Manzanita in a few months to see if it evolves over time.

Team Cigar Review: Epic Ten

Team Cigar Review: Epic Ten

The Epic Ten was a pleasant, slightly above average, albeit underwhelming review experience considering the anniversary nature of the cigar. The Epic Ten did deliver some good flavors through the first third. I had high hopes for the cigar, given the Cameroon wrapper, and my enjoyment of other past Epic releases.

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone Un Presidente

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone Un Presidente

The Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone Un Presidente is one of the better large format cigars that I've ever reviewed. Even though large format cigars aren't usually my preferred format, the flavors here are interesting enough to keep me engaged for the first two thirds, but not so intense that my palate was burned out from the intensity.

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn Augusta

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn Augusta

The Southern Draw Firethorn Augusta was overall an enjoyable cigar, with the tannins in the last third serving as a distraction from an otherwise balanced profile. Construction was good, with one re-light required during the review, and a perfect draw. Like almost everything from Southern Draw, I would smoke another Firethorn Augusta if I saw it on the shelf.

Team Cigar Review: Pichardo Reserva Familiar San Andrés

Team Cigar Review: Pichardo Reserva Familiar San Andrés

The Pichardo Reserva Familiar San Andrés provided a fairly consistent San Andres experience for most of the cigar review. A balanced medley of flavors that included cedar, baking spices, chocolate, cream, citrus and earth. I look forward to reviewing more cigars from Pichardo in the future.

Team Cigar Review: Foundation Charter Oak Habano Torpedo

Team Cigar Review: Foundation Charter Oak Habano Torpedo

The Foundation Charter Oak Habano Torpedo is a great example of a cigar that punches above its price point and delivers flavor complexity that is still restrained enough for the light bodied cigar smoker. I will happily return to the Charter Oak Habano.

Team Cigar Review: Foundation El Güegüense 5 Year Aniversario

Team Cigar Review: Foundation El Güegüense 5 Year Aniversario

The Foundation El Güegüense 5 Year Aniversario overall was a good experience, but I still find myself a bit disappointed. When you consider some of the high performing past Foundation releases, the fact that this is an anniversary cigar, and the price point, I feel that the cigar under performed.

Team Cigar Review: AVO Regional North Edition

Team Cigar Review: AVO Regional North Edition

The AVO Regional North Edition provides a nuanced, balanced and engaging cigar experience for at least two thirds, and a pleasant smoking experience for the last. The natural comparison here is going to be to the South Edition, and I gravitate towards the North Edition. One could say it's just a bit more refined.