Reviewer

Personal Cigar Review: CAO Flathead V21 Carb

Personal Cigar Review: CAO Flathead V21 Carb

The CAO Flathead V21 Carb was pretty monotonous and started with a typical General Cigar profile. It built in strength as it went along, but at no time did I find the profile interesting or all that enjoyable. Definitely not a cigar I see myself returning to.

Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Limited Edition 2022 Gran Toro

Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Limited Edition 2022 Gran Toro

While the Davidoff Limited Edition 2022 Gran Toro performed well and I thought solid flavors were delivered, I don’t think the blend did a great job of capturing the three “Black Label” brands. With that, there was nothing wowing to this cigar that justified the limited title and high price. Balanced cigar with a nice increase in strength and body. Very well constructed. Came off as a less Brazilian Davidoff Escurio.

Team Cigar Review: Warped Companion de Warped

Team Cigar Review: Warped Companion de Warped

I really enjoyed the Warped Companion de Warped. The profile grabbed my attention throughout, and I liked how it went back and forth between sweet and spicy. The sweet fruit bread, coffee and cocoa qualities were great. It had a nice strength and body level as well. Burn was not as good as I would have liked, but overall, not a major issue. A nice blend that caught me by surprise.

Personal Cigar Review: Protocol The Law

Personal Cigar Review: Protocol The Law

The Protocol The Law was pretty on par with the brands single store releases as it shows a nice profile to begin and then falls back to average. I might revisit this to see if a better constructed version has a better showing, but it's not high on my list to do so.

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

This ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4 was a deep flavored cigar. Lots of richness in all flavors presented. This may sound weird, but at times, when a cigar is this deep and rich in flavors, when one of the flavors overtakes another, it can then turn the tables of the profile quite swiftly (in this case the leather tannins). But all in all, very enjoyable and will smoke again.

Team Cigar Review: Luxury Cigar Club Choshi

Team Cigar Review: Luxury Cigar Club Choshi

This Luxury Cigar Club Choshi was a pretty spot on AJ blend with a plethora of earthiness in dry dirt, leather tannins and minerals. By no means ever a bad blend, but one that is all too familiar and in some ways, monotonous. If you like AJ, this is a blind buy for you. If you don't, move along.

Personal Cigar Review: El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Da Vinci

Personal Cigar Review: El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Da Vinci

The El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Da Vinci was enjoyable for the first inch and a half or so, and then after that, it became a bit monotonous. It was very toasted cedar and dry earth focused with none of the other components really adding anything to elevate it. All of the cigars in the series are quite pricey, so I wouldn't see myself coming back to this one, but would be up for trying some of the the offerings.

Team Cigar Review: Matilde Limited Exposure No. 2

Team Cigar Review: Matilde Limited Exposure No. 2

The Matilde I know makes some of the best fullest flavor and balanced cigars that I've had. So when a new release comes out, I hope they don't deviate from what they do best. In the case of the Matilde Limited Exposure No. 2, they did it again. The flavors of sweet bread, followed by cedar, accented cardboard and wood tannins were tuned just right. Well done.

Team Cigar Review: El Artista Big Papi Firecracker

Team Cigar Review: El Artista Big Papi Firecracker

The El Artista Big Papi Firecracker had an average and very linear flavor profile throughout, which could be expected with its short length. To me, this size doesn't present the best of what the line can offer and I'd prefer one of the regular production vitolas when it comes to this line. Fun to smoke it in this size, but I don't see myself returning.

Personal Cigar Review: Oliva Connecticut Reserve Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: Oliva Connecticut Reserve Robusto

The Oliva Connecticut Reserve Robusto started well, with a nice combination of flavors, but fell off a bit in the second third as the dry earth joined in and the creaminess departed. It maintained the average profile the rest of the way. This is a nice, milder offering from Oliva. The price point is attractive and is something a wide range of smokers could enjoy.