The Providencia Hostage delivered a bold and at times, medium plus flavor experience that I found enjoyable. With notes of cedar, baking spices, leather, chocolate, earth, minerality and sweetness, there is a lot going on.
The Alec Bradley Magic Toast Robusto brings the spiciness of the Black Market with nuances and flavor complexity that last all the way to the nub. Once the initial spice intensity fades, the cigar establishes a sweet and chocolate profile.
This is no doubt quality Honduran Corojo. I enjoyed the slick and oiliness of the profile a lot with the minerals, baking spices, non-sweetened cream and nuts. I would smoke the JRE Aladino Corojo Reserva Robusto again without a doubt.
The profile on the Blind Faith by Alec & Bradley Robusto is more nuanced and subtle than many other offerings from their portfolio. The blend seems focused on sweetness, chocolate and cedar, leaving the spices and pepper to serve as accent notes. The strength was largely medium throughout with the flavors approaching medium-full at times.
I will say the Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Corojo Robusto is a good cigar and a solid release from Rocky Patel. It wasn't overly complex, but it had some depth to it and some transitioning throughout which were positive attributes.
For those that like bigger ring gauges, the Camacho Ecuador BXP Gordo might be a good cigar to go to especially if it keeps their attention. If you have a significant amount of time to sit down with this, you'll probably enjoy your time with it.
It'll be a disservice to not retrohale the Plasencia Cosecha 146 La Vega as it's the best part of it, giving full notes of dried nuts and black pepper. The strength build up helped the cigar to not be mundane rather attention grabbing. All in all, I would smoke one again but not in a rush to reach for more.
I was not impressed with the Camacho Liberty 2005 Throwback. It lacked a flavor profile that showed balance and diversity. While there was some transitioning from when the ring gauge increased and decreased, it did not deliver a complex flavor profile that could have flourished with the changes of the ring gauge from start to finish.
In remembering how the original Coyolar smoked, I would say this cigar is not as strong as that but it has more flavors than the original. Of all the Camacho offerings that have been re-released/modified since Davidoff took over, this is the closest to what the old Camacho Coyolar smoked like. A solid cigar that will do well with the old Camacho fans that loved the strong Honduran smokes.
In the case of the 2012 by Oscar Barber Pole, it tastes a lot more Mexican San Andres than Candela. Flavors of caramel, drying wood, leather, minerals and nuts were the main components of this cigar. I overall enjoyed the cigar's journey of sweetness to earthiness and would happily smoke this again.