I went into the Freyja 12 Brísingamen thinking that the cigar was going to be a slightly stronger Freyja and really smoke like a big/full offering out of Tabacalera Palma. That was not the case at all. This cigar was elegant, not that Palma releases aren't, but much more elegant than I was expecting. These smoke good now and will age even better.
I was a fan of the La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Natural, but I tend to be a fan when LFD makes a Dominican blend finished with a Nicaraguan wrapper. I think the blend is balanced and it has an old school flavor profile that shows the quality of Dominican tobacco with a high quality Nicaraguan wrapper.
The Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino Sungrown No. 60 had a nice start with some complexity and then the second third saw a bit of a drop as some flavors left the profile. This was my first time smoking anything from this line and it was a nice experience. Not something I'll go to frequently, but when the opportunity arises, I wouldn't shy away from smoking it again.
The La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Robusto started out interesting with flavors of cedar, pepper, spices, leather, chocolate, citrus and earth. Unfortunately, between the burn issues and the average performance through the middle and last thirds, the overall experience ended up as quite forgettable.
This being the second cigar I reviewed blended by Indiana Ortez, I'm starting to really appreciate her blending style as it is focused on flavor without unnecessary strength. The Ventura Psyko Seven Nicaragua Robusto was smooth with vanilla extract like sweetness, cream, nuts, cedar and a little bit more spice kick than most Connecticut Shade wrapped cigars in the market.
I enjoyed the smoking experience of the Eiroa Jamastran Robusto. It had a wide variety of flavors, ranging from cinnamon, to coffee, spices, cedar, citrus and cocoa. While the profile at times reached medium strength, the flavors exhibited a wide range of intensity from subtle to medium.
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.
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.
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.