Hector Alfonso

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro started out strong in the first third with dynamic flavor combinations. By the second third, the profile remained consistent and was pleasant for the remainder of the review experience. The Maduro is pleasant and a good value at its price point, so I would likely smoke it again.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

It's been a hot minute since reviewing a new Protocol. At one point (maybe two years ago) it felt like it was at times hard to get through them all. Happy to say, the new iteration of the Lawman Series is a hitter. For those that love Espinosa powerhouse spice and softness in creamy nuttiness, not only is this Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural it, but it is a lengthier version of it. I'll be back for more.

Espinosa Sumatra Toro

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Sumatra Toro

The flavor profile of the Espinosa Sumatra Toro was overall an enjoyable one. Tons of creaminess in cedar, stone fruit and coffee. But the creaminess didn't overwhelm as it did a good job of interplaying against the aforementioned notes. Slight tick down for the construction of burn and draw (but not a material one). With all that said, I'd be happy to smoke more of these.

Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT

This Espinosa Las 6 Provincias ZDT might be the most finessed Espinosa cigar that I've ever had. From first draw, there was an immediate sense of balance and cohesiveness. The flavors of creamed coffee, anise and toasted nuts complimented each other well. Will be happy to smoke more of these.

Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich 55

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich 55

The Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich 55 is unquestionably a more full bodied Espinosa cigar, but it still manages to deliver flavor nuances and some subtlety at times. The last third started out well, but became earth forward as it progressed. Despite being a larger format cigar, I thought it delivered well on flavors and the price point is in line with the current cigar market. I'd happily smoke another one of these again.

Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

The 601 Orange Toro had a nice start with a good combination of flavors. From the second third on, the profile dropped a level as some components had departed and the earth gained a bigger role. This was a fairly average smoking experience after the first third and not a cigar I'd see myself coming back to with any regularity.

Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

There's a good array of flavors to be enjoyed within the first third, but as the cigar progressed, the momentum was lost and the flavor package fell apart. Nothing displeasing about the flavors in themselves. It's just that there wasn't enough ingredients to make the 601 Yellow Toro a banger.

Team Cigar Review: Warzone Rabito

Team Cigar Review: Warzone Rabito

The Warzone Rabito was a nice addition to the Warzone offerings. The cigar was spicier and fuller in body and strength than past releases, but it still offered those complex and enjoyable flavor qualities. Much more concentrated in this smaller offering. I do think the cigar, like all Warzones will age well, and if you wanted a little more strength and body with Warzone, this cigar captures those qualities.

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut Short Churchill G

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut Short Churchill G

This Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut Short Churchill G is new(er) age Connecticut shade done right. That is, a baseline profile that is full of soft flavors touching on sweetness, creaminess and nuttiness. The newer age side of it being a bit more spice than your traditional old school Connecticut shade. Pleasure to smoke and will be back for more.

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Las 6 Provincias CMW

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Las 6 Provincias CMW

The Espinosa Las 6 Provincias CMW had cemented itself as my favorite Las 6 Provincias release by the end of the first third. Rich, complex and intense, the cigar is full bodied and full strength through the majority of the review, stepping down to medium at a few points in the second third to allow my palate to recover. I'll be seeking out a box of the Espinosa Las 6 Provincias CMW, so it's reasonable to say I'll be looking forward to smoking this again.