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Team Cigar Review: Crux Epicure Maduro Toro

Team Cigar Review: Crux Epicure Maduro Toro

The cigar falls into the same one liner summary that I've used for most of the new cigars coming out of Tabacalera AJ Fernandez lately; great construction but the flavors are fairly average. I think the Crux Epicure Maduro Toro would appeal to cigar smokers who typically reach for the more mass market style of Maduro cigars.

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019

Overall, I liked the flavor profile (sans the last third) of the Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019. There were more softer and smoother notes to the cigar (creamy bread, cherry soft candy with trailing baking spices). That, coupled with perfection in burn and draw performance, creates an experience worth visiting.

Team Cigar Review: Mombacho Cosecha 2014

Team Cigar Review: Mombacho Cosecha 2014

For this year's Mombacho Cosecha 2014, it was a good showing, albeit not fantastic. The main issue I have with this year's release is the underlying wood bitterness constantly lingering on my palate. Without that, the other flavors are great (rich nuttiness, cedar, baking spices, red pepper spice, minerals).

Team Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Robusto No. 4

Team Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Robusto No. 4

For the fans of traditional Connecticut shade cigars, they'll find something they are familiar with and can enjoy in the Diamond Crown Robusto No. 4. The price point is a bit high for the offering and many cigars that smoke similar to this can be found for less. I'd have no problem smoking this again, but based on price, it wouldn't be my first choice for this style of cigar.

Personal Spirit Review: Aberlour 15 Year Old Hand Filled Bourbon Cask

Personal Spirit Review: Aberlour 15 Year Old Hand Filled Bourbon Cask

The Aberlour 15 Year Old Hand Filled Bourbon Cask was an enjoyable experience, and quite approachable. For a 15 year old whisky I do expect more depth of flavors. The saltiness on the finish starts out as a great accent to the other flavors, but becomes more pronounced over time.

Team Cigar Review: Quesada 1974 Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Quesada 1974 Robusto

The Quesada 1974 Robusto was an overall average tasting cigar with very good construction. The first third's slick and oily delivery of baking spices, minerals and bread was a good starting point. However, as the cigar continued, it mainly became the same spice and earth character without the bread to break up the monotony. Purchase a couple to try, but probably no more than that.

Team Cigar Review: San Pedro de Macorís Sun Grown Robusto

Team Cigar Review: San Pedro de Macorís Sun Grown Robusto

The San Pedro de Macorís Sun Grown Robusto is an enjoyable offering and a solid blend. I like how the wrapper works on the cigar and the flavors delivered throughout are enjoyable. With the price tag of this cigar and all of the San Pedro offerings, these are box purchase smokes.

Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival 2019 Recap

Jiunn, John and Aaron just got back from the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival and it was the first time for each. We discuss the event structure and our thoughts on the experience.

Team Cigar Review: San Pedro de Macorís Nicaragua Robusto

Team Cigar Review: San Pedro de Macorís Nicaragua Robusto

The San Pedro de Macorís Nicaragua Robusto had a rich and nuanced first and second third with balanced and enjoyable flavors. The last third lost most of the cigars complexity and was almost entirely driven by cedar flavors. This is another solid performer in the San Pedro line and I think Royal Agio is poised to clean up on the value category this year.

Team Cigar Review: La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto

Team Cigar Review: La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto

The La Aurora 1985 Maduro Robusto was a great cigar that delivered on so many levels. There is a lot to be impressed with in this cigar, and another great quality is how well it shows that La Aurora knows how to work with so many different types of tobacco in so many blends.