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Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Red Meat Lovers 2020

Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Red Meat Lovers 2020

I was pleased with this Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Red Meat Lovers 2020 and thought it showed depth and transitioning. This was a complex blend that showcased and benefitted from the tobaccos being used, wrapper to filler. This might be one my favorite Saka blends to come out of NACSA.

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Manzanita Toro

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Manzanita Toro

The Southern Draw Manzanita Toro started out promising in the first third with a dessert like flavor experience. The profile changed significantly moving into the second and last thirds, losing my attention through the review. I find almost everything from Southern Draw to be enjoyable for my palate, so I think I will return to the Manzanita in a few months to see if it evolves over time.

Personal Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Stateline

Personal Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Stateline

The Jas Sum Kral Stateline had a nice combination of flavors through the first two thirds and then dropped to average in the final third when char joined in. To me, most store exclusives tend to be a bit of a letdown, but in this instance, I felt the cigar was a nice surprise. There was a nice balance between flavor and strength which is always appreciated. I'd recommend people seek this out and give it a try.

Personal Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo La Historia Doña Elena

Personal Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo La Historia Doña Elena

The E.P. Carrillo La Historia Doña Elena started nicely with a good combination of flavors and transitioned nicely going into the second third. The enjoyment level dropped a bit in the final third as some char joined in. This is a cigar I would easily come back to and is a bright spot in the brands portfolio. I also think the price point fits the enjoyment level nicely.

Team Cigar Review: Pichardo Reserva Familiar San Andrés

Team Cigar Review: Pichardo Reserva Familiar San Andrés

The Pichardo Reserva Familiar San Andrés provided a fairly consistent San Andres experience for most of the cigar review. A balanced medley of flavors that included cedar, baking spices, chocolate, cream, citrus and earth. I look forward to reviewing more cigars from Pichardo in the future.

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Crema de Laranja

Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Crema de Laranja

When you talk about barber pole cigars, my instinct is to react with cynicism as a result of experiencing so many barber poles that were entirely gimmick releases. The Espinosa Crema de Laranja is one of those cigars that defies that experience with a balanced and satisfying flavor combination that is far more subdued than a lot of cigars coming out of Espinosa.

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Grand Reserve Toro

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Grand Reserve Toro

This was a good flavor profile, delivering a small set of flavors, but big flavors. The fresh seeded jalapeno and richness in sweet and creamy nuttiness was all it took. I really enjoyed that simplistic nature of the Rocky Patel Grand Reserve Toro. This, coupled by a great burning and drawing cigar, yields just a darn good cigar.

Team Cigar Review: The Cigar Culture Culture Blend No. 3

Team Cigar Review: The Cigar Culture Culture Blend No. 3

The Cigar Culture Culture Blend No. 3 is a fun cigar and has an enjoyable flavor profile. While I found it cool that they disclosed the tobacco in the blend, and the crop vintage, I felt they tried to do too much. The flavor profile touches on a lot of areas, but it never establishes roots.

Team Cigar Review: Fonseca by My Father Cedros

Team Cigar Review: Fonseca by My Father Cedros

I really enjoyed the Fonseca by My Father Cedros and I think it is the best release to come out of the factory in a long time. The flavor profile was complex and I thought the finish was brilliant. There is transitioning and depth, and at no point did the strength and body take over from the flavors. Really a lovely blend and an important Nicaraguan puro for the company.

Team Cigar Review: AVO Classic Maduro No. 2

Team Cigar Review: AVO Classic Maduro No. 2

The AVO Classic Maduro No. 2, while not new, is a great re-release for 2020. The blend is balanced and approachable. Any cigar smoker would enjoy it, it just depends on the time of day. This is a morning and evening maduro in my opinion and a great Connecticut Broadleaf offering from AVO. I loved the cocoa, coffee, cream and cereal notes.