Cigar Reviews

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Pool Party Year 2

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Pool Party Year 2

Back to the good stuff. The Protocol Pool Party Year 2 is the wheelhouse of La Zona that I really enjoy, giving richness in spice and added sweetness. I don't recall a new release that fit this mold in quite some time. Just make sure you eat some food or have some soda nearby, because this is a bit of a ringer.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Lancero

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Lancero

The Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Lancero is a solid lancero and my experience when I was done was that this was not as strong as the original Fausto, but more complex overall as a blend. The flavors were superior. There was balance and substance with this cigar. Really well made cigar.

Team Cigar Review: Padrón 1926 Serie Natural No. 2

Personal Cigar Review: Padrón 1926 Serie Natural No. 2

I know a lot of smokers clamor over this line, but to me, after I get through the initial flavor and complexity of the first third, the profile falls off a bit and becomes mundane and heavy. With the high price point and the lack of ongoing interest it provides, I don't see myself coming back to the Padrón 1926 Serie Natural No. 2 on a regular basis.

Team Cigar Review: Diesel Crucible

Team Cigar Review: Diesel Crucible

The Diesel Crucible is a solid cigar and a strong one at that. It is not my cup of tea, due to the strength, but it is right in line with the Diesel brand and a cigar I could enjoy from time to time. This is an evening cigar for me.

Team Cigar Review: Zino Nicaragua Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Zino Nicaragua Robusto

After smoking the Zino Nicaragua Robusto, I was let down. The flavors by themselves were easy going and honestly quite enjoyable. But the major factor of how dry my palate felt was the stand-alone disappointment for me. I'd pass on this one and focus on the sea of other great ones out there.

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate BOTL Brown Label 2020 Lancero

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate BOTL Brown Label 2020 Lancero

The Drew Estate BOTL Brown Label 2020 Lancero delivered some consistently good flavors through the first and second third, missing out only slightly in the last third with some imbalance. I smoked two for review, and I would happily return to another, as I think Drew Estate has done well with the BOTL series over the years.

Team Cigar Review: Kristoff 685 Woodlawn Box Pressed Toro TAA 2021

Team Cigar Review: Kristoff 685 Woodlawn Box Pressed Toro TAA 2021

The Kristoff 685 Woodlawn Box Pressed Toro TAA 2021 certainly brings its A game for presentation and a fairly good flavor profile through the first two thirds. I would happily smoke another Kristoff 685 Woodlawn Box Pressed Toro TAA 2021, and if you enjoyed the flavor notes, I'd recommend seeking them out.

Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Mil Días Escogidos Edición Limitada 2021

Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Mil Días Escogidos Edición Limitada 2021

The Crowned Heads Mil Días Escogidos Edición Limitada 2021 tasted almost like a great finesse style of cigar. Based on the first third, it felt like a cigar made with attention to details in nuance and complexities. But for most of the smoking experience, the harsh bite in metallic notes basically killed it. I am curious to revisit this cigar in a few months to see if the harshness subsides, in which if it does, it'll be a hell of a cigar.

Personal Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Hemingway Between the Lines

Personal Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Hemingway Between the Lines

While I would probably lean towards the non-barber poles in the Hemingway line, the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Between the Lines is a nice variation. The price point is fairly high for the short smoking time, but I could see coming back to this on occasion.

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Eliot Ness Maduro

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Eliot Ness Maduro

The Protocol Eliot Ness Maduro was consistently good through both cigars reviewed. The profile was more spice driven in the first third, dessert-like in the second third and chocolate and cream in the last third. After reviewing both the Natural and Maduro, I would say that I found the Maduro to be more consistently engaging through the entire smoking experience.