Belicoso

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2023 No. 15

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2023 No. 15

Maya Selva once again delivers an enjoyable cigar experience with the Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2023 No. 15. The first and second thirds were the most engaging for me, with the last third taking on some hay and wood components that distracted from the other flavors. I would enjoy smoking another Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2023 No. 15, and it will be interesting to contrast this experience against the 2012 offering.

Hooten Young Operation Gothic Serpent 30th Anniversary

Team Cigar Review: Hooten Young Operation Gothic Serpent 30th Anniversary

The Hooten Young Operation Gothic Serpent 30th Anniversary had some interesting herbal tobacco combinations in the first third that kept me engaged. The second third was still pleasant, but wasn't as dynamic and that continued through the last third. This is my first experience with Hooten Young, and while it was pleasant enough, it didn't do quite enough for me to want to return to this release.

El Baton Belicoso

Team Cigar Review: El Baton Belicoso

The El Baton Belicoso started out with engaging flavor combinations in the first third. By the second third, it became wood forward, and while pleasant, I didn't find it dynamic enough to stand out. The last third started out with interesting flavor combinations but settled into wood and baking spices. While the price point on the El Baton Belicoso is attractive, I'm not sure the flavor profile was engaging enough for me to return to.

Personal Cigar Review: Viaje Birthday Blend Gold 2022

Personal Cigar Review: Viaje Birthday Blend Gold 2022

The Viaje Birthday Blend Gold 2022 started well and I was enjoying the punchiness of the spice. In the second third, when the spice mellowed and the earth gained a bigger role, the profile dropped a level and maintained that the rest of the way. This cigar is a step up from some of the more recent Viaje's I've smoked, but still not a level of something I'd come back to all that often.

Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Le Carême Belicosos Finos 2022 LE

Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Le Carême Belicosos Finos 2022 LE

This Crowned Heads Le Carême Belicosos Finos 2022 LE was a fantastic belicoso. Great flavors of rich earth, strong spices, sweetness, mocha and espresso. Great evening cigar. Would highly recommend, smoke again and would love to age. Fantastic Connecticut Broadleaf.

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.

Team Cigar Review: Warped Nicotina

Team Cigar Review: Warped Nicotina

Smoking through the initial first third, I had a smile on my face. It tasted like the good old days of TABSA's Corojo. But unfortunately, the majority of the Warped Nicotina did not hold, being overall too mineral and cedar driven. At least this cigar was far better than Kyle's other recent releases. It's a big step in the right direction. But it needs to take another big step.

Team Cigar Review: Crux Limitada The Show 2020

Personal Cigar Review: Crux Limitada The Show 2020

While this Crux Limitada The Show 2020 doesn't live up to the 2016 release, it's still a serviceable cigar. I'm not sure I'd come back to this one all that often, but might on occasion. I look forward to future iterations of this blend.

Team Cigar Review: Dapper La Madrina Shade Belicoso

Team Cigar Review: Dapper La Madrina Shade Belicoso

From the second I lit up this Dapper La Madrina Shade Belicoso, I knew it was going to do extremely well. This is my cup of tea. It was balanced from start to finish with great flavors. This is a blend that speaks to smokers like myself. Pricing is fantastic, and so is packaging. I would buy these to smoke and age, and I would recommend them to anyone.

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Edicion Americana TAA Exclusive

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Edicion Americana TAA Exclusive

Overall, the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Edicion Americana TAA Exclusive was pretty good. It had a nice balance of flavor and strength. This is what I would expect from a TAA release, especially with it coming from an established line, carrying a unique vitola. The price point works for the experience and I'd have no problem coming back to this cigar.