Hector Alfonso

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: Warzone Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Warzone Robusto

The Warzone Robusto is a very good cigar and a great release for Espinosa and General Cigar. I think it shows the talent in the blending for Espinosa and what they could do with more tobacco in their hands. I have always said that I would love to see the company release something very different, and this is it. For General, this is one of the best cigars they have been involved in for some time.

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro Toro

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro Toro

The Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro Toro was a medium-full, at times full bodied, cigar with dark and toasted flavors that were complex without being overwhelming on the palate. I found the Laranja Reserva Escuro to be quite enjoyable and will appeal to cigar smokers who like their flavors on the darker side.

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Sir Robert Peel Maduro

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Sir Robert Peel Maduro

I think the company has released a balanced and nuanced Limited Edition with the Cubariqueño Protocol Sir Robert Peel Maduro. The packaging is fitting of a limited release, and while the flavor profile is more reduced in intensity from their regular production cigars, I feel like it's the type of blend you want to showcase in this way.

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural

Another good regular production release in the Cubariqueño Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural, but not to the level of sophistication as expected. The flavors are no doubt bolder than prior releases but it doesn't have that X factor that is in level with the regal style of the packaging. I look forward to the maduro version to gauge the better of the releases.

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Las 6 Provincias MTZ

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Las 6 Provincias MTZ

The Espinosa Las 6 Provincias MTZ was a good smoking experience with a wide range of flavors from pepper, sweet hay, graham cracker, powdered cocoa, citrus, earth, toasted barbecue, malty sweetness, baking spices, cedar and honey sweetness. The profile is well balanced at medium strength throughout.

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Jane Doe

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Jane Doe

The Cubariqueño Protocol Jane Doe is medium strength with enjoyable complexity through the first and second thirds. The cigar has a range of flavors from cedar, leather, cocoa, bread, pepper, baking spices and earth. Overall, I enjoyed the Protocol Jane Doe and would happily smoke it again.

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona

A rare and might I say "unicorn" of a cigar personally made for the Cubariqueño guys has a lot of clout. After smoking the Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona, the expectations didn't quite match up, but what I can definitively say is, it is a good cigar. The only thing that it falls short on is not having that complexity build up and transitions I was seeking.

Team Cigar Review: MoyaRuiz Hand Gripper

Team Cigar Review: MoyaRuiz Hand Gripper

I've heard the MoyaRuiz Hand Gripper referred to as being 'gimmicky'. When it comes to MoyaRuiz, the packaging and style is completely in keeping with the unconventional style they've had for many years. Although I rated the cigar as average overall, the flavors were still enjoyable and the medium-full intensity was in my wheelhouse.

Team Cigar Review: Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto

I almost feel like the Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto is a combination of Pier 28's Habano line and Maduro line. All in all, if you are a fan of especially the Maduro line, this should be right up your alley.