Cigar Reviews

Team Cigar Review: Epic Ten

Team Cigar Review: Epic Ten

The Epic Ten was a pleasant, slightly above average, albeit underwhelming review experience considering the anniversary nature of the cigar. The Epic Ten did deliver some good flavors through the first third. I had high hopes for the cigar, given the Cameroon wrapper, and my enjoyment of other past Epic releases.

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

Typically, based on smoking experience, when I see another non-Cuban Montecristo, I assume an average experience. My assumption basically made an ass out of myself. The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 was far from average, being quite complex with sweet Hawaiian bread, barnyard, herbal tea and baking spices for most of the smoking time (last third lost steam). I'll happily smoke more of these.

Personal Cigar Review: Particulares Deliciosos

Personal Cigar Review: Particulares Deliciosos

The Particulares Deliciosos overall was fairly average. In the first third, once, the black pepper joined, it seemed a bit too aggressive compared to the rest of the profile. As the cigar progressed and the pepper faded away, it was fairly linear as it was slightly charred oak and mustiness. I don't really see myself coming back to this one and will revisit the No. 1 vitola instead.

Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Year of the Ox

Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Year of the Ox

If the Davidoff Year of the Ox smoked like it did in the first third throughout, it would have been amazing. One of the better zodiac releases in recent years, but still does not compare to some of the early smokes.

Team Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Project 40 Maduro 5.50

Team Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Project 40 Maduro 5.50

The Alec Bradley Project 40 Maduro 5.50 is a solid offering and more memorable to me than the original Project 40. It is a nice and enjoyable blend that is affordable and approachable as well. It is not overly complex, but it delivers a decent profile from start to finish.

Personal Cigar Review: Protocol Confidential Informant

Personal Cigar Review: Protocol Confidential Informant

The Protocol Confidential Informant started with a nice profile, but by the second third, things dropped down to average and maintained that level the rest of the way. This seemed to be pretty typical of the brands limited exclusives as they don't match up to how good the core line offerings are.

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone Un Presidente

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone Un Presidente

The Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone Un Presidente is one of the better large format cigars that I've ever reviewed. Even though large format cigars aren't usually my preferred format, the flavors here are interesting enough to keep me engaged for the first two thirds, but not so intense that my palate was burned out from the intensity.

Team Cigar Review: Warzone Short Churchill

Team Cigar Review: Warzone Short Churchill

I like the Warzone Short Churchill. I thought it was a fantastic size, it's the same size as the Caixa, and it provides a different flavor profile in my opinion from the original Warzone. I see the offering as being a little bit darker in terms of the earth and spice flavors, and the strength and body are up as well when compared to the original Warzone.

Personal Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Maduro Corona

Personal Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Maduro Corona

The JRE Aladino Maduro Corona started with an average profile and remained that way until the final third when the heavy char knocked things down some. If you're a fan of charred wood and heavy black pepper, you'll find something you like here. I just felt it was too much and didn't provide an enjoyable version of those components.

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

Overall, the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020 is a good cigar. It is a nice Oliva and a solid Mexican San Andres offering. I don't think I would go crazy over the release, and I know Oliva has released better annual offerings, but a good cigar. Nice balance and flavors throughout.