John McTavish

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Eliot Ness Maduro

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Eliot Ness Maduro

The Protocol Eliot Ness Maduro was consistently good through both cigars reviewed. The profile was more spice driven in the first third, dessert-like in the second third and chocolate and cream in the last third. After reviewing both the Natural and Maduro, I would say that I found the Maduro to be more consistently engaging through the entire smoking experience.

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered NN01

The German Engineered NN01 was a curious dichotomy as it seemed to deliver on good flavors in the first and second third, although sitting back down to write the review I couldn't tell you what stood out for me for the profile or overall impression. I would smoke one of these again. The price should make these quite approachable for most smokers.

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Cyber Crimes Unit

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Cyber Crimes Unit

The Protocol Cyber Crimes Unit performed fairly well, with aggressive white pepper in the first third, and a more nuanced chocolate forward flavor in the second third. I wasn't quite sure what to make of the profile, and in the end it seemed as if there was a teleport chamber, and the Protocol Red and Blue stepped in at the same time and came out the other side as a chimera.

Cigar Editorial: Alberta, Canada Blinks on Cigar Lounges

On June 23rd, during the last legislative reading of the 2020 Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Amendment Act, an exemption was quietly added to allow for cigar and vape lounges in Alberta, Canada. This update was largely focused around bringing the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act, last updated in 2018, to include language around vaping and associated restrictions.

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Eliot Ness Natural

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Eliot Ness Natural

The Protocol Eliot Ness Natural was overall a good cigar, with intense baking spices at times accented with cocoa and citrus components. I would smoke this cigar again, although I am very interested to see how the Maduro release stacks up against the Natural.

Team Cigar Review: CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro

Team Cigar Review: CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro

The CAO Arcana Mortal Coil Toro was a mostly wood forward cigar that tried at times to evolve beyond that base flavor note, but ultimately couldn't succeed. There is nothing wrong with the cigar, it just doesn't offer a profile that engaged my interest or attention other than a short period in the first third.

Team Cigar Review: Viaje Circa ’45 Reserva Edición Limitada

Team Cigar Review: Viaje Circa ’45 Reserva Edición Limitada

The Viaje Circa ’45 Reserva Edición Limitada was a pretty average flavor experience, and when you factor in the price tag, I'd say a disappointing delivery for a Limitada release. I would not smoke this cigar again, there are numerous other Viaje offerings that are more affordable and provide a significantly better flavor experience.

Team Cigar Review: A.C.E. Prime M.X.S. Signature Adrián González El Titán

Team Cigar Review: A.C.E. Prime M.X.S. Signature Adrián González El Titán

Despite an extremely resistant draw, the A.C.E. Prime M.X.S. Signature Adrián González El Titán delivered a balanced, engaging and overall enjoyable flavor profile through the first and second thirds. Overall strength hovered at medium levels throughout, with none of the flavors too intense on the palate.

Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Cameroon Elegante

Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Cameroon Elegante

The JRE Aladino Cameroon Elegante was a good cigar throughout, with perfect burn and construction. The natural comparison will be with the Lonsdale release last year, and while the Elegante was enjoyable, it did lack the layers of complexity that the Lonsdale release delivered.

Team Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Tarred & Feathered

Team Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Tarred & Feathered

The RoMa Craft Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Tarred & Feathered was a good cigar experience, with the first and second thirds providing the best flavor experiences for me. It was interesting to taste the filler and binder first, and then get a big flavor injection of chocolate and musty wood once the wrapper added its influence.