I was impressed with the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552. Overall, an enjoyable experience with a near flawless burn and draw. I'm looking forward to lighting up another Triqui Traca at my earliest convenience.
The first third of the Plasencia Alma del Fuego Concepción really reminded me of Christmas for some reason, but after that, things became average until the final third when creamy coffee rescued the cigar from continuing to be average. I'm interested to smoke this in another vitola in hopes of seeing that first third profile last longer as I really enjoyed it. I would smoke this again and see this as a nice addition to the company portfolio.
Overall, the Lars Tetens Grass Big was quite average in regards to flavor. It would be great to give to a new smoker or someone who doesn't smoke frequently as the strength was low and the flavor profile was mellow. The burn however would frustrate anyone and unless this was a fluke, I couldn't recommend lighting this up. The price point will unfortunately keep everyone but the most curious away.
I was very pleased with the La Aurora 115th Anniversary Regular Production Robusto. It may not show a lot of transitioning between each third, but the flavor profile delivered and balance was very enjoyable. There is some depth and complexity to the cigar and the combination of cinnamon and lemon was fantastic. A solid cigar that I will enjoy in the future.
Upon initial draw of the Alec and Bradley Gatekeeper Robusto, you know what you're in for. It's a bold and hefty delivery of flavors centered around red pepper spice, meatiness, cedar and sharp minerals with a medium plus strength to match. All in all, solid sophomore release by Alec and Bradley.
The Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Second Edition Robusto has a very impressive presentation, I only wish the same care had been taken with the blend profile. Unfortunately, the flavor profile rapidly falls apart after the first third, eventually becoming harsh and unpleasant by the final third. The construction was impeccable.
It's always a pleasant surprise when you light up a cigar and immediately know you're in for something special. I thoroughly enjoyed the Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Desert Rose, and look forward to my earliest opportunity to light one up again.
Like the majority of HVC's offerings, the HVC Serie A Perlas is yet another good example of a solid cigar. The use of quality Aganorsa tobacco honestly speaks for itself. The flavors of sweet buttered bread, nuts, fresh red pepper spice, barnyard, cedar and tannins were great, especially within the first third in which the profile was direct and focused.
The ACID Plush provided its normal aromas that you would expect from an ACID, but once lit, it started out average and then the flavors presented went a bit downhill. Construction was also a disappointment and didn't help things out. This would definitely not be my first choice when looking to smoke an ACID and I couldn't really recommend giving it a try.
The Montecristo Cincuenta Toro was a really nice cigar to celebrate 50 years. I thought the flavor profile was enjoyable and I loved the transitioning that took place. It had depth as well and this is what I look for in a cigar. The only thing going against this cigar is the price, but it is a limited release and comes in an amazing humidor so that is understandable.