John McTavish

Team Cigar Review: Perla del Mar Natural Perla G

Team Cigar Review: Perla del Mar Natural Perla G

The Perla del Mar Natural Perla G is a reliably good Ecuadorian Shade offering. After smoking two of these, I'm happy to say that I'd enjoy smoking these on a regular basis, especially when you factor in the price point. The flavor profile managed to balance complexity, while keeping the overall strength in the range of a typical Shade experience.

Team Cigar Review: Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto

The Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto was an overall good experience with my favorite flavor experiences occurring in the first and second thirds. Flavor experience included cocoa, cedar, baking spices, creaminess, malt sweetness, citrus, earth and citrus rind. I would smoke another Crook of the Crown Robusto if I had the opportunity.

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda

The Cubariqueño Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda serves as an excellent anchor blend to the other cigars Protocol already released. Overall, the flavors were consistently good from start to finish, with enough complexity in each third to maintain my interest. The burn struggled at times, although it never seemed to impact the flavor experience.

Team Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Craft 2020

Team Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Craft 2020

The RoMa Craft Craft 2020 was the first in the Craft series I've had the opportunity to smoke, but based on the experience it will not be the last. The flavors were complex, balanced and kept my attention constantly through the entire smoking experience. Quality releases such as these are why RoMa Craft has such a strong following.

Team Cigar Review: La Aurora TAA Exclusivo

Team Cigar Review: La Aurora TAA Exclusivo

The La Aurora TAA Exclusivo represents the type of quality that all TAA cigars should deliver. A complex assortment of flavors, with each third delivering a consistently good experience, with construction to match. I would happily smoke more of these at the earliest opportunity.

Team Cigar Review: Córdoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe FSG Toro

Team Cigar Review: Córdoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe FSG Toro

The Córdoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe FSG Toro was a consistently good experience from start to finish, illustrating some of the best aspects of Florida Sun Grown tobacco. The list of flavors included hay, cedar, baking spices, vegetal, cocoa, mustiness, sour citrus and musty cedar. I'm lookong forward to smoking more Finca Santa Fe FSGs in the near future. The draw and construction were both perfect.

Team Cigar Review: Viaje Skull and Bones The Hulk

Team Cigar Review: Viaje Skull and Bones The Hulk

The Viaje Skull and Bones The Hulk was an overall good experience, with the best portions coming in the first and second thirds. Flavors were complex and included baking spices, sweetness, graham cracker, spicy cedar, bread, coffee and tannins. The natural comparison will be The Hulk versus Bruce Banner. Between the two, I prefer The Hulk as I found the flavors to be more complex and balanced.

Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor

Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor was overall a good experience. The first and second third had a complex medley of flavors that kept me interested and engaged through the smoking experience. Draw and construction were very good. The presentation was great, and I would happily light another Unstolen Valor up the next time I have the opportunity.

Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale

Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale

The JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale has to be one of the best cigars I've smoked and reviewed during 2020. The first third is a harmonized and complex list of flavors that kept my palate highly engaged. The rest of the cigar wasn't as complex, but still good with enjoyable flavor combinations. Burn and construction were great on the cigar, no doubt elevating the smoking experience.

Team Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Maduro Robusto No. 4

Team Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Maduro Robusto No. 4

The Diamond Crown Maduro Robusto No. 4 didn't deliver an engaging or dynamic flavor profile that I would expect from a cigar with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Although the flavors were pleasant, they never combined in a way that would make this cigar stand out from other Maduros. At this price point, it might be difficult to compete with the vast amount of other Connecticut Broadleaf cigars in the market competing in this space.