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Team Cigar Review: La Galera 85th Anniversary Jose Manuel Blanco

Team Cigar Review: La Galera 85th Anniversary Jose Manuel Blanco

The La Galera 85th Anniversary Jose Manuel Blanco had a nice start, but dropped to average as the creaminess departed and the profile became a bit dry. It maintained the average profile the rest of the way. I probably wouldn't see myself returning to this cigar, but between the two in the line, this is the one I'd come back to first.

Team Cigar Review: Sindicato Artista Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Sindicato Artista Robusto

For the Sindicato Artista Robusto, it almost reaches "good" levels. The leather harsh tannins improve as the cigar burns through the second third and onwards, so with that said, it's almost a good cigar. And with the attractive $8 price point, it's that much more appealing. Try a couple.

Team Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Munchies Rocky Road

Team Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Munchies Rocky Road

If you are looking to smoke a cigar that tastes like rocky road ice cream, then this Jas Sum Kral Munchies Rocky Road delivers that. It is stronger in flavor in the beginning, mellowing out in the end, but always delivering that rocky road flavor profile. Medium in strength and body throughout, you can really smoke this cigar in the morning or evening.

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich Maduro Corona Gorda R

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich Maduro Corona Gorda R

The Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich Maduro Corona Gorda R offers up some fairly full strength flavors, surprisingly more intense than the Habano, which I was not expecting. I enjoyed the first and second thirds but given the intensity of the flavors, this cigar might be a bit too much for a lot of smokers. I would definitely smoke the Knuckle Sandwich Maduro again.

Personal Cigar Review: CAO Zocalo Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: CAO Zocalo Robusto

Quite a linear profile of musty cedar and dry earth with the profile becoming quite dry by the midpoint. No complexities or transitions to really speak of. The snug draw was a bit of a downer, but didn't have any ill effects on the performance. The price point is quite attractive, but there's nothing here that would make me want to come back to the CAO Zocalo Robusto.

Personal Cigar Review: Protocol Sir Robert Peel Maduro Corona Gorda

Personal Cigar Review: Protocol Sir Robert Peel Maduro Corona Gorda

Overall, the Protocol Sir Robert Peel Maduro Corona Gorda was fairly average as the damp, musty wood wasn't my favorite and it was the dominant component of the profile. All in all, the cigar keeps up with the original release in the line, but still isn't something I'd see myself coming back to all that frequently.

Team Cigar Review: Black Works Studio Intergalactic Corona Larga

Team Cigar Review: Black Works Studio Intergalactic Corona Larga

This is Black Works Studio to the T. Bold flavors and strength to match. But what it (thankfully) isn't is harsh and rustic. The profile has plenty of rustic notes, but also does a great job of delivering enough softer tones to make it a well blended ass kicker. Not many profiles in the industry are like this so this Black Works Studio Intergalactic Corona Larga is a winner in my book.

Team Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Short Run Retro 2022 Maduro Short Play

Team Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Short Run Retro 2022 Maduro Short Play

The E.P. Carrillo Short Run Retro 2022 Maduro Short Play started out with medium-full flavor combinations of creamy tobacco, spices, pepper, earth and leather. The second third settled into a pleasant but less complex combination of flavors as much of the spice fell away. The last third was mostly wood driven. All in all, it was an enjoyable cigar to smoke, but the second and last thirds didn't have enough complexity to elevate the overall flavor experience to much more than just above average.

Team Cigar Review: La Galera 85th Anniversary Jose “Jochy” Blanco

Team Cigar Review: La Galera 85th Anniversary Jose “Jochy” Blanco

This La Galera 85th Anniversary Jose “Jochy” Blanco was a well blended cigar showing quite possibly the best balanced profile so far this year. A great array of soft/white notes centered around nuts, toast, sweet pastry creaminess, with nuanced cedar and red/black pepper spice. Not crazy about the price point, but it is what it is. I'll for sure put these through my rotation.

Team Cigar Review: La Aurora Especiales Corona Gorda

Team Cigar Review: La Aurora Especiales Corona Gorda

I felt this was a more modern Cameroon release from La Aurora and the Dominican Republic. Yes, it is using an Ecuadorian Cameroon wrapper and not an authentic African Cameroon, but the cigar has more strength, body and darker flavors than a lot of past Cameroon releases from the company. The almond, cream, currant and Chinese spice notes were great together.