Reviews

Team Cigar Review: Villiger La Vencedora Churchill

Team Cigar Review: Villiger La Vencedora Churchill

The knock on longer cigars like this Villiger La Vencedora Churchill is maintaining enjoyment from the flavor profile as long as possible and this one did pretty well. This vitola is a good offering in the line, and while it wouldn't be my first choice in vitola to pick up, I'd have no problem smoking it again.

Personal Spirit Review: Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Cask Cask Strength Single Barrel

Personal Spirit Review: Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Cask Cask Strength Single Barrel

I purchased this bottle at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in April of 2015. Fast forward to now, I'm glad to see the distillery has gained much respect and accolades. In terms of the Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Cask Cask Strength Single Barrel, this was a warm and inviting, not overly powerful whisky showing good complexities.

Team Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Cromagnon EMH Don Bosco

Team Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Cromagnon EMH Don Bosco

Overall, I mainly enjoyed the first third of the RoMa Craft Cromagnon EMH Don Bosco. With a flavor profile centered around coffee beans, hay, toast and baking spices, there was nothing to dislike. But past that point, the flavors fell flat, providing mainly cedar and light baking spices. A decent offering, but not a top notch offering.

Team Cigar Review: Crux Epicure Short Salomone

Team Cigar Review: Crux Epicure Short Salomone

The interplay of red pepper spice, nuts, buttered toast and baking spices at various parts of the cigar was enjoyed quite a bit. However, the dryness that took over within the final third was the only miss. Even saying this, I prefer the Crux Epicure Short Salomone over the Robusto because the build ups and transitions are worth it over the dryness.

Kentucky Fried Chicken Cheetos Sandwich

Kentucky Fried Chicken Cheetos Sandwich

Overall, the Kentucky Fried Chicken Cheetos Sandwich is solid but it could definitely be taken to a higher level with some modifications. They dropped the ball and were too afraid to truly commit to making a sandwich of the Gods and instead settled for Middle America.

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona

A rare and might I say "unicorn" of a cigar personally made for the Cubariqueño guys has a lot of clout. After smoking the Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona, the expectations didn't quite match up, but what I can definitively say is, it is a good cigar. The only thing that it falls short on is not having that complexity build up and transitions I was seeking.

Personal Beer Review: Caravel Hazy Horizon

Personal Beer Review: Caravel Hazy Horizon

The Caravel Hazy Horizon is a satisfying Hefeweizen that stands out in a number of categories. I wouldn't hesitate to order this again, and I'm going to seek this out on tap at a local beer pub in Calgary.

Team Cigar Review: AVO Improvisation LE19

Team Cigar Review: AVO Improvisation LE19

The AVO Improvisation LE19 starts out complex and interesting in the first third, but declines in balance and intensity as the cigar progresses. I get the impression this cigar might balance out the middle and last third given some time to rest.

Personal Beer Review: Twa Dogs Parting Kiss

Personal Beer Review: Twa Dogs Parting Kiss

The Twa Dogs Parting Kiss shows you can make a beer with bourbon barrel character that isn't defined by that barrel aging. I found the flavors to be pleasant, balanced and enjoyable throughout. I'd pick up another one of these without hesitation.