Personal Review

Personal Cigar Review: J.C. Newman Yagua 2021

Personal Cigar Review: J.C. Newman Yagua 2021

Overall, the J.C. Newman Yagua 2021 was pretty on par in regards to the enjoyment level as the original release, The flavor profile was a bit different, lacking the sweetness of the original, but still an enjoyable one. The price point is very attractive and I'd be up for coming back to this from time to time.

Personal Cigar Review: Protocol Paddy Wagon

Personal Cigar Review: Protocol Paddy Wagon

Overall, I felt like the Protocol Paddy Wagon performed similarly to the other store exclusives from the brand. Just a basic flavor profile that wasn't all that interesting and doesn't match the level of most of the core lines. Not something I see myself returning to.

Personal Cigar Review: Don Diego Special Edition Pirámide Extra

Personal Cigar Review: Don Diego Special Edition Pirámide Extra

The Don Diego Special Edition Pirámide Extra had an average flavor profile throughout. The burning paper note is something that can easily torpedo a flavor profile, but this profile did a good job of not letting it get out of hand. The price point is fair for the experience, but there are plenty of other Connecticut shade cigars I'd reach for before coming back to this one.

PieCaken Bakeshop PieCaken

PieCaken Bakeshop PieCaken

All of the individual components of the PieCaken Bakeshop PieCaken, except for one, were fantastic. The problem is, the component that wasn't great is the one that holds the entire dessert together. The cinnamon frosting that covers the entire outside and spaces out the internal components I just did not find appealing and I'm a cinnamon fanatic.

Personal Cigar Review: Oliva Serie O Natural Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: Oliva Serie O Natural Robusto

The Oliva Serie O Natural Robusto had a nice start with a nice combination of flavors and transitions. The second third dropped down a level as the baking spice departed and the final third dropped another level as the bitterness joined in. With the low price point, this is an easy try, but it wouldn't be my first choice to revisit in the Oliva portfolio and I wouldn't see myself coming back to this particular line all that often.

Personal Cigar Review: Illusione hl Candela

Personal Cigar Review: Illusione hl Candela

The Illusione hl Candela started well, with a nice combination of flavors. The second third dropped a level as the flavor profile wasn't as dynamic as it was in the first third and maintained that level the rest of the way. This is probably one of the best candela offerings on the market, but with that said, it isn't a cigar I would come back to all that frequently.

Personal Cigar Review: Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder The Ascension

Personal Cigar Review: Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder The Ascension

The Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder The Ascension started well in the first third with rich and detailed flavors. This fell off in the second third as the flavors weren't as dynamic and maintained this level the rest of the way. The cigar just lost steam as it went along, which was a bummer as the profile from the first third had a nice, full body. I don't see this rendition as a step up and would likely go back to the original vitolas in the line before I came back to this one.

Personal Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon Toro

Personal Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon Toro

Overall, the AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon Toro was pretty linear in it's flavor profile until some transitions in the final third. Having reviewed the cigar in the Double Robusto previously, this vitola provided a very similar, average experience. The price point is attractive, so it's an easy try if the blend intrigues you.

Personal Cigar Review: Protocol The Law

Personal Cigar Review: Protocol The Law

The Protocol The Law was pretty on par with the brands single store releases as it shows a nice profile to begin and then falls back to average. I might revisit this to see if a better constructed version has a better showing, but it's not high on my list to do so.

Personal Cigar Review: El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Da Vinci

Personal Cigar Review: El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Da Vinci

The El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Da Vinci was enjoyable for the first inch and a half or so, and then after that, it became a bit monotonous. It was very toasted cedar and dry earth focused with none of the other components really adding anything to elevate it. All of the cigars in the series are quite pricey, so I wouldn't see myself coming back to this one, but would be up for trying some of the the offerings.