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Team Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares Wild Hunter Maduro

Team Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares Wild Hunter Maduro

The Oscar Valladares Wild Hunter Maduro started out as an average experience in the first third that unfortunately became a subpar experience through the second and last third. The initial flavors of sweet nuttiness and cedar were overrun by toasted earth, char, bitterness, and at times, tannic cedar. Overall, a subpar experience.

Personal Cigar Review: H. Upmann 175th Anniversary

Personal Cigar Review: H. Upmann 175th Anniversary

Overall, the H. Upmann 175th Anniversary was average throughout. I was looking forward to this specially fermented wrapper, but it was run over by the typical AJ Fernandez flavor profile which was disappointing. The flavor profile and price will likely steer me away from revisiting. I'd love to see this wrapper used by another blender just to see what it could do.

Team Cigar Review: Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto

The Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto is a nice addition to the portfolio for the brand and this is a cigar I'd have no problem returning to. I'd really like to pair it with the Diplomatico rum to see how they work together, but this isn't a cigar that requires a pairing as it stands up well on its own. I just hope that the construction issues don't appear in future experiences.

Team Cigar Review: Balmoral Anejo XO Nicaragua Gran Toro

Team Cigar Review: Balmoral Anejo XO Nicaragua Gran Toro

The Balmoral Anejo XO Nicaragua Gran Toro is a complex blend that showed transitioning from start to finish and more importantly, balanced. Would highly recommend this cigar to any smoker out there. A lovely blend that can be enjoyed any time of day.

Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Connecticut Robusto

Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Connecticut Robusto

I liked the JRE Aladino Connecticut Robusto and thought it was a nice addition to the Aladino brand. I was not blown away by it, and would not say it is a Connecticut that you have to search out, but it is a solid release. With that being said, well priced and a nice smoking experience.

Team Cigar Review: 7-20-4 1874 Series Toro Especial

Team Cigar Review: 7-20-4 1874 Series Toro Especial

The 7-20-4 1874 Series Toro Especial was an enjoyable and interesting smoking experience. Flavors of nuts, cocoa, cedar and sweetness defined the profile with varying combinations through the review. Overall, I rated the cigar as good, and would light up an 1874 Series Toro Especial again if I had the opportunity.

Team Cigar Review: Jeremy Jack Blarney Stick

Team Cigar Review: Jeremy Jack Blarney Stick

Although it's fun and festive, I admit I almost never look forward to candela cigars. They are typically too vegetal and boring in flavors for me. In the case of the Jeremy Jack Blarney Stick, I'm happy to say it wasn't entirely like this. What especially kept me engaged was the sweet tip. I'm typically quick to take a big deuce on sweet tips, but it actually worked on this cigar.

Team Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock 2020

Team Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock 2020

The Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock 2020 is a fun cigar and at the same time educational. You can pick up on the three wrappers throughout the entire smoking experience. You can see their impact. I would keep this as a limited seasonal release, but I would separate the cigar from Black Market and Filthy Hooligan. It belongs in it's own category.

Personal Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Copper Corona Gorda

Personal Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Copper Corona Gorda

The Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Copper Corona Gorda started fairly average and remained that way the whole time. It's possible that the tight draw muted the flavor a bit, but what was presented were some general flavors that can be found in any number of cigars. The price point is nice for this line and would lead me to being open to trying other vitolas to see how they smoke.

Team Cigar Review: Cohiba Spectre CS19

Team Cigar Review: Cohiba Spectre CS19

Overall, the Cohiba Spectre CS19 is a good cigar. I love the dark flavor profiles that are delivered and they go well with the strength and body level. There was a nice complexity present with the cigar, depth as well, and the transitioning was solid throughout.