This is what Broadleaf over Nicaraguan tobacco is all about. The HVC First Selection Broadleaf Toro is complex while showing transitioning and smoking at a medium-full level. You can't ask for more out of a Broadleaf release.
The RoMa Craft Neanderthal LH is a fantastic size and takes the line to a higher level. Even if you have been a fan of the Neanderthal line, you need to understand that this vitola is an improvement. It lets you get that great filler blend with the larger ring gauge and the pressing really helps the wrapper and the smoking experience.
The Zino Platinum Exclusive Series Washington D.C. was a great cigar and all the Zino Platinum Exclusive Series smokes have been. It is complex and balanced throughout and it has a nice body and strength level with the flavors. The cherry and oak qualities were lovely, and the pairing between those and the musty wood were quite enjoyable.
Overall, the Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection Maduro Robusto is a great cigar and an exciting release for the company. The cigar is rich and complex while showing balance and some transitioning throughout. The draw was perfect for the type of cigar that it is and the construction was spot on as well.
The Herrera Estelí Miami Robusto Grande is an awesome cigar and it has a good amount of positive traits. The blend is complex, lots of depth from start to finish and there is transitioning present as well. I think this is one of the best blends Willy has done with Drew Estate, it is the best Herrera Estelí offering in my opinion, and I love that it is made in Miami.
If you have been a fan of the Cojonu release, you are going to love the Tatuaje Cojonú 2003 Series L and it is definitely a cigar you can smoke now and age. I know I am going to put a handful of these in my humidor to smoke when I want something pronounced and flavorful.
Agnostic of price, the Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece is a tasty sherry finished bourbon. The deep sherry notes with good rye spices, tea, oak, etc is complex and well executed. But I can't get behind a $199 MSRP (I bought it for $180) bottle when I know there are other finished bourbons out there that cost less and taste just as good or if not better.
The ACID Plush provided its normal aromas that you would expect from an ACID, but once lit, it started out average and then the flavors presented went a bit downhill. Construction was also a disappointment and didn't help things out. This would definitely not be my first choice when looking to smoke an ACID and I couldn't really recommend giving it a try.
The Orphan Barrel Barterhouse is not the best and certainly not the worst of bourbons on the market. What is most intriguing is the uniqueness of having a 20 year aged bourbon at a fair price of $75. So high praise for the rarer opportunity, but right dab in the middle in terms of the overall flavor profile.
While the Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Connecticut Generosos had a good start, it became fairly average by the middle of the second third. I'd be interested in trying this again in hopes of a better draw to see if that improved things. If you're a Connecticut fan, give this a shot, just know that there may be some elevated strength.