The Trinidad Espiritu Series No. 1 Toro started out quite promising in the first third. Unfortunately, the second and last thirds lacked the same flavor complexity, resulting in an overall average experience.
Another good regular production release in the Cubariqueño Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural, but not to the level of sophistication as expected. The flavors are no doubt bolder than prior releases but it doesn't have that X factor that is in level with the regal style of the packaging. I look forward to the maduro version to gauge the better of the releases.
Lagavulin The Distillers Edition is a smoky, spicy, sweet flavor combination that has a satisfying oily mouthfeel anchoring everything together. The question here is whether you would pick a Lagavulin 16 over The Distillers Edition. I would personally go for the Lagavulin 16 first, but I didn't hesitate to add this bottle to my collection.
The Espinosa Las 6 Provincias MTZ was a good smoking experience with a wide range of flavors from pepper, sweet hay, graham cracker, powdered cocoa, citrus, earth, toasted barbecue, malty sweetness, baking spices, cedar and honey sweetness. The profile is well balanced at medium strength throughout.
The ACID Kuba Arte is a solid offering and a nicely infused cigar from ACID. It is probably my favorite offering ever from ACID, and it is a blend that is good, but taken to a higher level with the infusion. The infusion is not over the top, but shows some natural qualities in the smoking experience.
Parallel 49/Last Best It Came From the Mash Tun! was the last beer I poured in the assorted pack. I enjoyed this particular release, it struck a nice balance between being a saison and adding other interesting aspects of citrus and sweetness outside of the style.
The J.C. Newman The American No. 2 is a pretty anticipated cigar and I felt it gave a good showing. Burn issues aside, I enjoyed it and would definitely smoke it again. The price point is fairly high, but can be expected with an all U.S.A. build. The smoking time was quite lengthy, so it does provide some value there.
This is a perfect cigar for those that like this flavor and strength profile that are short on time. The price point is on the higher end for the size and smoking time, but for what it does produce I feel it's acceptable. I would have no problem recommending this to others.
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.