Cigar Reviews

Team Cigar Review: Cuban Cigar Factory Manolo Quesada Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Cuban Cigar Factory Manolo Quesada Robusto

For the Cuban Cigar Factory Manolo Quesada Robusto, the cardboard started subdued but kept building to the point where it sort of ruined the other flavors. That really is too bad because there are some great flavors to the cigar. I'll put this on the back burner to revisit down the road.

Team Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Selección No. 1

Team Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Selección No. 1

I really enjoyed the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Selección No. 1 and my score reflects that. I really got behind the flavor profile and it did more than keep my interest from beginning to end. On top of that, there was a great body and strength level with the cigar. The construction was on point and the wrapper and presentation were great.

Team Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto

The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto had a really good first third, a good second third and a fairly average last third. Flavors included baking spices, bread, red pepper flake, sweetness, cedar, creaminess and earth. I'll be smoking additional Supreme Leaf cigars because the overall experience was good and the first third was rich and complex.

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate BOTL Corona Gorda

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate BOTL Corona Gorda

With the Drew Estate BOTL Corona Gorda, the first third is the high water mark for flavor, and unfortunately the middle and last thirds provide a fairly linear and average flavor profile. There isn't anything here that grabbed my attention and I would gravitate towards a previous BOTL release.

Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary

Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary

Buttery, oily, rich with roasted nuts, bread, subtle confectioners sugar and creamed coffee wrapped up in medium strength and body. This is what is required to be an excellent long smoking experience. This type of experience almost makes me believe a cigar is worth nearly $40. I enjoyed every bit of the Davidoff Ginza 10th Anniversary and I hope to experience it again someday.

Team Cigar Review: Black Label Trading Co. Bishops Blend 5 Year Anniversary Corona Gorda

Team Cigar Review: Black Label Trading Co. Bishops Blend 5 Year Anniversary Corona Gorda

The Black Label Trading Co. Bishops Blend 5 Year Anniversary Corona Gorda has a consistently good flavor profile from start to finish. The 5 Year Anniversary release seemed to be a bit of a departure from previous annual releases. This cigar will appeal to BLTC fans and the reduced strength and body should bring in a wider audience of cigar smokers.

Team Cigar Review: Micallef Connecticut Toro

Team Cigar Review: Micallef Connecticut Toro

The Micallef Connecticut Toro had a nice start, with a good combination of flavors. This is definitely a punchier and fuller strength Connecticut shade. It also provides none of the traditional components of hay or bitterness. I'd be up for this cigar from time to time when I'm looking for a fuller bodied and strength Connecticut.

Team Cigar Review: Dondurma

Team Cigar Review: Dondurma

Overall, the Dondurma had a smooth delivery of flavors that are a bit of a deviation from the typical heavier and more rustic Saka blends. I would definitely smoke this again, but the near $16 price point is a bit steep. But nonetheless, a good cigar.

Team Cigar Review: AVO Improvisation LE 2020

Team Cigar Review: AVO Improvisation LE 2020

The AVO Improvisation LE 2020 has a really nice start, delivering some lovely cream, earth, coffee and raisin notes, but the changes that take place in the second and final thirds really take away from the beginning. Not a bad release, but far from the best AVO and not limited edition quality in my opinion.

Team Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4

Team Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4

The Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4 has a very elegant and silky smoking experience that was enjoyable. This is a long standing blend that has stood the test of time. While the price is a bit high, it's a good experience that I would recommend in the evening after a nice meal. Definitely a cigar to look forward to and one that delivers consistently.