Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Early on in FQ1 of reviews, looks like I already found my bang for the buck cigar of the year with this Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe. I have fond memories of the original Chateau Real from my early days of cigar smoking. I'm happy to say this re-release did not disappoint and actually was a nice delight to smoke. Well done team DE.

Tatuaje 20th EL22

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje 20th EL22

The Tatuaje 20th EL22 is a lovely cigar that I look forward to smoking again when it is warmer. Great summer cigar. Balanced with a nice selection of flavors, but not over the top. Medium in strength and body. Not overly complex, or showing a ton of transitioning, but a nice flavor profile throughout.

Emilio Audiophile 2023 Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Emilio Audiophile 2023 Robusto

The Emilio Audiophile 2023 Robusto was pleasant through the review, with the most interesting flavor combinations for me coming in the first third. The second third didn't have enough engaging flavor components to elevate it from average to good. The price point is pretty reasonable for the market, and the profile will probably appeal to a lot of people who already gravitate towards the offerings from Oveja Negra Brands.

Foundation Metapa Claro Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Foundation Metapa Claro Robusto

The Foundation Metapa Claro Robusto is another Foundation release that's a hitter. At this point, new releases from Nick should become an auto buy. Barnyard funktastic, earthy, nutty, sweet. I'll also add, it doesn't matter where it's made. It's good, so just go buy at least a few.

Dalay Istanbul Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Dalay Istanbul Robusto

The Dalay Istanbul Robusto was an enjoyable review with the profile hanging between the light plus and medium strength spectrums for most of the experience. There's no question I enjoyed the flavor profile of the Dalay Istanbul Robusto, but the price point would likely hold me back from seeking these out.

Foundation Metapa Maduro Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Foundation Metapa Maduro Robusto

Typically, Nick does a great job of creating his own unique blends that are different than a lot of the homogenous blends out there, especially out of AJF. But this cigar isn't the case. It tastes more like a spicier, stronger version of most AJF cigars. The monotony of strength and heavy handed earthiness isn't palate enticing. As a result, the Foundation Metapa Maduro Robusto is a pass for me.

CLE PCA 2023 Exclusive 50x5

Team Cigar Review: CLE PCA 2023 Exclusive 50×5

The CLE PCA 2023 Exclusive 50x5 was an enjoyable cigar to smoke and review, and the first and second thirds were the highlight of the experience for me. I think the CLE PCA 2023 Exclusive 50x5 demonstrates the kind of good cigar that CLE can produce and I would happily smoke another one if I had the opportunity.

Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

The Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50 had some promising moments in the first third, but the remainder of the review experience was flat, with no dynamic character that made the experience stand out from the crowd for me. Crowned Heads has put out a number of cigars over the years that have really impressed me, and the La Vereda No. 50 was one I was looking forward to. The combination of flavor profile and premium price point make this an easy pass in the future for me, unfortunately.

Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Connecticut

Team Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Connecticut

Not a bad cigar, but nothing special about the blend. The Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Connecticut is well priced, but the packaging and name aren't going to help it get over the finish line and win over consumers. I think smokers will pay the extra dollars for something more mainstream. There was some transitioning throughout, but the core flavor profile was just lacking. Nice construction, but again, not enough happening.

RoMa Craft Quinquagenario

Team Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Quinquagenario

The RoMa Craft Quinquagenario does a good job of showcasing flavor profiles that you would recognize as RoMa Craft, while blending something unique and engaging that isn't currently in the portfolio. The first and second thirds were the most engaging for me, with the second third rising to the top as my overall favorite. I will happily smoke more Quinquagenarios at the earliest opportunity.