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Team Cigar Review: Cuba Aliados by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Cuba Aliados by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Robusto

The Cuba Aliados by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Robusto started out promising in the first third with a good combination of flavors that were engaging. By the second third, the profile was linear, and by the last third, almost entirely wood forward. There wasn't much here that would entice me to return to this cigar again, especially when you factor in the price point.

Team Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey The Illusione of Excalibur No. 1

Team Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey The Illusione of Excalibur No. 1

Going into the review of the Hoyo de Monterrey The Illusione of Excalibur No. 1 was a bit intimidating given it's large size and ring gauge. Fortunately, the flavor balance found the right point between engaging flavors without being palate fatiguing, which is challenging on a larger cigar. The first third and the second thirds were the most engaging, with the last third being pleasant, but not quite as complex as the rest of the cigar.

Team Cigar Review: West Tampa White Toro

Team Cigar Review: West Tampa White Toro

The West Tampa White Toro began with an average level of enjoyment with a fairly simple flavor profile. The enjoyment level remained at average throughout. The burn issues were a bit of a detriment to the cigar, but didn't cause any real negative effects to the flavor profile. Not a great showing for my first try of this new brand, but we'll see how the Black version fares in a future review.

Team Cigar Review: HVC Black Friday 2021

Team Cigar Review: HVC Black Friday 2021

The HVC Black Friday 2021 started well, with a nice combination of flavors, but the second third dropped down as some components left the profile and maintained this level the rest of the way. I really liked how the cigar started, but it just couldn't maintain the mix of flavors. The cigar also finished out with a bit of a strength punch. The price point is attractive, but it just isn't a cigar that I'd see myself coming back to that often.

Team Cigar Review: Villiger Miami 2022 Laguito No. 1

Team Cigar Review: Villiger Miami 2022 Laguito No. 1

The Villiger Miami 2022 Laguito No. 1 is a strong addition to the Villiger lineup with balanced and restrained flavors through the first and second thirds. The last third was still pleasant but didn't harmonize as well as the rest of the cigar. With a just over light-plus strength flavor delivery, this was an enjoyable cigar that breaks up a market full of medium or stronger cigars, and I would happily seek it out to smoke again.

Personal Cigar Review: Protocol Paddy Wagon

Personal Cigar Review: Protocol Paddy Wagon

Overall, I felt like the Protocol Paddy Wagon performed similarly to the other store exclusives from the brand. Just a basic flavor profile that wasn't all that interesting and doesn't match the level of most of the core lines. Not something I see myself returning to.

Team Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli Miami Smoke Inn 25th Anniversary The Raji

Team Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli Miami Smoke Inn 25th Anniversary The Raji

The Herrera Esteli Miami Smoke Inn 25th Anniversary The Raji was a bit of a rare miss for me. The first third was a fairly intense spicy and earth combination that I found worked. As the cigar progressed, the earth components took over and it became more earth forward which took away from the complexity and other flavors.

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered Raumzeit Robusto

Team Cigar Review: German Engineered Raumzeit Robusto

The German Engineered Raumzeit Robusto had a nice start with the combination of flavors presented. This is an interesting blend, and while it couldn't maintain the enjoyment level of the first half, I'd be interested in trying some other vitolas to see how they fare. This is a good step up for the brand and I look forward to future offerings.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Avion Tuxtla

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Avion Tuxtla

I found the Tatuaje Avion Tuxtla to be the most enjoyable of the Tuxtla offerings. With that, a really good Mexican offering overall. Brought me back to all the past Avions I have smoked, which was enjoyable as well. A good experience. Balanced cigar with great construction and draw. Enjoyable flavor profile. Nice notes of cocoa, espresso, earth and leather.

Team Cigar Review: Villiger TAA 2022

Team Cigar Review: Villiger TAA 2022

More of these TAA releases please. "These" in the sense of a good blended cigar using good tobacco. Not in the sense of collaborating with other brands per se. This Villiger TAA 2022 is all about the expected goodness of a Hector Alfonso blended cigar. Punchy, yet flavorful and balanced. Well done.