The Camacho Candela delivers those candela qualities while at the same time shows some peppery and earthy qualities. It had guts, and that is what you need with a candela wrapper to make it successful.
The Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli Robusto started off with a pine note and a little metallic component but quickly moved to the core flavors that were presented for the majority of the experience. The price point is attractive, so fans of this flavor profile or of the Black Market in general will probably like this. For me, I was looking for a bit more complexity as the flavor profile was quite linear.
The Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Corona is by far my favorite format in the line. Having smoked the Flying Pig, Toro and now the Corona, the Corona packs the most amount of punch in flavor intensities. The flavor intensities are also well matched by a stronger cigar.
This Diesel Grind Robusto was an average tasting experience for me. The underlying generic dry wood and cardboard/paper note was a bit monotonous. If you are a fan of AJ's blending style, this is a no brainer to pick up, especially at such a great attractive $6 price point. As for me, I will look towards other AJ offerings.
In the Dapper La Madrina Natural Toro, the wood and musty notes were pretty consistent throughout, there just wasn't anything that gave it any pop. It is great to see another very well constructed cigar, but I'm looking for a more interesting flavor profile to keep me coming back.
The more I smoke the Case Studies, the more I believe Ventura's marketing statement of selecting good cigars from various factories. The Ventura Case Study 05 was just plain and simply a good cigar showcasing sweetness, chocolate, earth and tapered spice. I would happily smoke more of these.
The cinnamon was a nice touch in the first third but didn't last much past that. The profile was then pretty standard and then some bitterness dropped things down in the final third, likely caused by the tight draw. It had a really slow smoke time of about 3 hours and with a good price point provides some good value.
The Espinosa Reggae was very enjoyable. I wasn't sure whether the cigar flavors were going to align with the packaging concept, but I should have had more faith in Espinosa to deliver another great blend.
The Cavalier Geneve Black Series II Robusto was a pleasure to smoke. The baseline of the softly sweetened milky consistency paired with dry red pepper heat and cocoa was not only tasty but worked well in unison. Great offering from the guys at Cavalier of Geneva.
Some really nice oak and cinnamon notes through the first two thirds and then a drop in flavor in the final third as the tight draw caught up to the cigar. The Flor de D’Crossier Selection 512 Maduro Coloniales is a great new release for Santana and I'm looking forward to smoking more.