Team Review

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

The Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15 had a nice start, with a good combination of flavors and smooth delivery. It took a step down in the second third as the earth joined and built up and maintained that level the rest of the way. This is a decent Honduran puro and I'd be open to coming back to it from time to time. Definitely a step up for me over the newest rendition of the blend.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

It's been a hot minute since reviewing a new Protocol. At one point (maybe two years ago) it felt like it was at times hard to get through them all. Happy to say, the new iteration of the Lawman Series is a hitter. For those that love Espinosa powerhouse spice and softness in creamy nuttiness, not only is this Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural it, but it is a lengthier version of it. I'll be back for more.

My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

Team Cigar Review: My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

The My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial was a disappointment. While the first third was good, the overall feel was that the cigar lacked depth and complexities. Being such a long smoke, it needs to do a much better job of engaging and keeping my attention. The first third was able to do that, but starting from the second third, I was smoking it just for the review and didn't find much enjoyment out of it. Definitely save your $60 bucks and look elsewhere.

Te Amo The Original San Andrés Valley Cigar Toro

Team Cigar Review: Te Amo The Original San Andrés Valley Cigar Toro

The Te Amo The Original San Andrés Valley Cigar Toro provides a respectable update to the Te Amo brand. I found the first third delivered the most interesting and engaging flavor combinations, with the second third still being pleasant but not as dynamic. The last third was too linear for my taste. While the Te Amo The Original San Andrés Valley Cigar Toro didn't do quite enough for me to want to return to it, I do think it's an improvement over the original series.

Punch Dragon Fire

Team Cigar Review: Punch Dragon Fire

The start of the Punch Dragon Fire offered up some interesting flavor combinations, but for the remainder of the review, the profile was linear and lacked the dynamic character of the first third. Overall, there wasn't much here to elevate the Punch Dragon Fire from the crowd, although it was overall a pleasant cigar to review and the price point is quite attractive.

E.P. Carrillo Encore Black

Team Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Encore Black

The E.P. Carrillo Encore Black had a nice start with a good balance of flavors, but the profile took a step down from the second third on as the earth steadily increased and the pepper fluctuated in fullness. Overall, not a cigar I'd really see myself coming back to as the profile wasn't all that intriguing.

Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

This Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial is probably the most complex and nuanced cigar I've had coming out of My Father. The ability for a large format (and a long smoking experience) to capture my attention for the bulk of the time is impressive and rarely achieved. I would of course love to smoke more of these but I won't because honestly, no cigar is worth the price tag of $60.

Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Team Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Almost good. Almost the bride. But still a bridesmaid. The core earthy profile of dirt grit and construction paper is a good baseline of a quality traditional cigar. But it needs to build off these components. The first third managed to do so by adding spice and some stone fruit, but the latter two thirds failed. At day's end, almost doesn't warrant a high likelihood of a revisit of the Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky for me.

Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto was a good cigar, and a consistent one as well. All samples produced the same smoking experience which was to my liking. It has been a while since an AGANORSA smoked at this level, and this reminded me of some early AGANORSA/Casa Fernandez releases. It's not as refined as their offerings during that golden era, but a really good blend. A really good Nicaraguan puro.

Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Capa Especial Belle Encre

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Capa Especial Belle Encre

The Ecuador Sumatra variation of the 10th Anniversary was a good choice. The profile for most of the smoking experience was an enjoyable one, giving sweet cedar, game/meatiness and plenty of roasted nut creaminess. There's also something special about a perfecto in which it's enticing to look at, especially following its burn line. More of this Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Capa Especial Belle Encre please.