Cigar Reviews

Foundation Metapa Maduro Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Foundation Metapa Maduro Robusto

Typically, Nick does a great job of creating his own unique blends that are different than a lot of the homogenous blends out there, especially out of AJF. But this cigar isn't the case. It tastes more like a spicier, stronger version of most AJF cigars. The monotony of strength and heavy handed earthiness isn't palate enticing. As a result, the Foundation Metapa Maduro Robusto is a pass for me.

CLE PCA 2023 Exclusive 50x5

Team Cigar Review: CLE PCA 2023 Exclusive 50×5

The CLE PCA 2023 Exclusive 50x5 was an enjoyable cigar to smoke and review, and the first and second thirds were the highlight of the experience for me. I think the CLE PCA 2023 Exclusive 50x5 demonstrates the kind of good cigar that CLE can produce and I would happily smoke another one if I had the opportunity.

Saga Solaz Corona

Personal Cigar Review: Saga Solaz Corona

The Saga Solaz Corona started well, with a nice combination of flavors, but as the black pepper gained a tinny note in the second third, the flavor profile dropped down a level and maintained that the rest of the way. I wouldn't see myself coming back to this all that often, but it's a pretty effortless smoke with a serviceable flavor profile and I could see people gravitating towards it.

Tatuaje 20th Anniversary Grande Merveille

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje 20th Anniversary Grande Merveille

The Tatuaje 20th Anniversary Grande Merveille is a fantastic release and one of the best Nicaraguan releases from Tatuaje in some time. Maybe even My Father as well. The blend was complex and grabbed my attention throughout. It was balanced while still delivering a nice strength and body level.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa is a fantastic release and I love the depth, complexity and transitioning throughout. The flavors really play off one another and it has a nice strength and body level. The coffee, spices and dark chocolate were fantastic, and the draw and burn made for an easy smoking experience. Would love to smoke this all fall and winter.

Patoro Terre Blanche Gordo

Team Cigar Review: Patoro Terre Blanche Gordo

The Patoro Terre Blanche Gordo was enjoyable to review, with balanced flavor combinations despite an intense pepper initially in the first third. The flavor profile was still pleasant in the last third, but not quite up to the same level as delivered from the previous two thirds. I'd be interested in smoking this cigar again as well as reviewing other Patoro offerings.

Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

Team Cigar Review: Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

The first third in itself was so fun and unique to smoke. The intricacies of the flavors were downright awesome. Unfortunately, the latter two thirds became not as good and narrowed down the scope of the flavors. I would like to give this Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo another shot though, in the hopes of experiencing that first third goodness.

Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

Team Cigar Review: Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

Most cigars reviewed have a nice first third and tapers off the final two thirds. This Fratello The Lunar Cameroon in many ways is just that. However, I especially wish it was not so because of the enjoyment level of the first third. The first third's flavor profile danced around the milder but flavorful side of Cameroon. It's rarely tasted but it was pure deliciousness. But overall a lackluster two thirds created an average smoking experience.

Cuesta-Rey Centenario Natural No. 60

Personal Cigar Review: Cuesta-Rey Centenario Natural No. 60

The Cuesta-Rey Centenario Natural No. 60 had a nice start, with a good combination of flavors and a smooth delivery. Things took a step down in the second third as the black pepper departed and maintained that level the rest of the way. The price point is attractive, so I could see coming back from time to time, but it's not a cigar where I'd sit down to focus on flavors, but more of something I'd smoke as part of a pairing or while doing other activities.

Hooten Young Operation Gothic Serpent 30th Anniversary

Team Cigar Review: Hooten Young Operation Gothic Serpent 30th Anniversary

The Hooten Young Operation Gothic Serpent 30th Anniversary had some interesting herbal tobacco combinations in the first third that kept me engaged. The second third was still pleasant, but wasn't as dynamic and that continued through the last third. This is my first experience with Hooten Young, and while it was pleasant enough, it didn't do quite enough for me to want to return to this release.