John McTavish

Team Cigar Review: Bolivar Cofradia Lost & Found EMS Toro

Team Cigar Review: Bolivar Cofradia Lost & Found EMS Toro

The Bolivar Cofradia Lost & Found EMS Toro delivered layered, subtle and nuanced flavors through the first two thirds which kept me engaged and satisfied. The last third wasn't quite up to the same levels, but still pleasant. Once you factor in the price point on these, this would be an absolute no brainer cigar to be smoking on a regular basis.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cohete Capa Especial

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cohete Capa Especial

Sometimes you don't need to write three paragraphs of flavor descriptions, and such is the case with the Tatuaje Cohete Capa Especial. Delivering interesting and engaging flavors through the first and second thirds, it was pleasant through the last third but without the same level of flavor balance. I'll happily pick more of these up.

Team Cigar Review: Villiger La Libertad Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Villiger La Libertad Robusto

The Villiger La Libertad Robusto was pleasant and dessert like through the first third. It became a darker, earth forward profile in the second third, eventually losing the balance that was delivered in the first third. The last third was more similar to the second third, as earth was the primary flavor element.

Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2022

Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2022

The Davidoff Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2022 delivered a lot of notes in the first third that would engage enthusiasts and die hard Davidoff fans, but the remainder of the cigar is not quite up to the same task for flavor complexity. No doubt that fans of the brand will find enough there to please them, for the rest of us, it isn't quite enough to warrant "Limited Edition" pricing.

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Bass Reeves Maduro

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Bass Reeves Maduro

The Protocol Bass Reeves Maduro delivered a palate intense experience in the first third that fortunately softened in the second third while still maintaining complexity and my engagement. The last third was fairly linear with a mostly wood forward profile, but overall this was a good cigar that I would happily smoke again. Having reviewed the Natural and the Maduro, I gravitate towards the Maduro and it isn't even a contest.

Team Cigar Review: All Saints Solamente

Team Cigar Review: All Saints Solamente

The All Saints Solamente was a pleasant review experience, with the largest range of flavors delivering in the first third. The second and last third were largely defined by a wood profile. The draw and burn were flawless. Overall, this is something I could see myself returning to, as the cigar was fairly medium-minus in terms of strength, but I'd like to see more flavor delivery in at least the second third.

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Las 6 Provincias LV

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Las 6 Provincias LV

The Espinosa Las 6 Provincias LV delivered consistently balanced flavors through the first and second thirds, with the last third still being pleasant but for me lacking the same complexity level to engage my interest. I think the latest iteration of the Las 6 Provincias series might be the best or second best of the series so far, and I look forward to seeing how 2023 stacks up.

Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Le Pâtissier

Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Le Pâtissier

The Crowned Heads Le Pâtissier delivered some interesting flavor combinations in the first third, leaning towards the espresso and earth spectrum. The second and last thirds were still pleasant but lacked the dynamic nature of the first third. Most of the time Crowned Heads is a hit for me, so I feel like I'd revisit the Le Pâtissier again in the future to see if some age helped that second third harmonize better.

Team Cigar Review: 601 La Bomba The Wick Habano

Team Cigar Review: 601 La Bomba The Wick Habano

The 601 La Bomba The Wick Habano was an enjoyable, full strength and full bodied experience. The intense pepper and spice was balanced with chocolate and sweetness, along with earth accents. I really enjoyed the 601 La Bomba The Wick Habano despite the distractions of re-lighting. I wonder how well it would have performed if that wouldn't have been necessary, but I would happily smoke it again.

Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Stillwell Star Aromatic No. 1

Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Stillwell Star Aromatic No. 1

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Stillwell Star Aromatic No. 1 provided an interesting bridge between cigar and pipe tobacco in the first third that I was hoping would continue. The second and last thirds didn't seem to find the same balance for me and instead provided a pleasant flavor that wasn't as complex. I don't know whether a smaller ring gauge or larger ring gauge is the answer, but I'd be interested in trying a new size that could deliver more of that first third.