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Personal Cigar Review: El Septimo Gilgamesh Collection Sable Shamash

Personal Cigar Review: El Septimo Gilgamesh Collection Sable Shamash

The El Septimo Gilgamesh Collection Sable Shamash had an average flavor profile throughout. I'm sure bringing out the lighter a few times didn't help. Always interesting trying a new brand, but at the high price point, it's not something I'd return to. I do look forward to trying some of their other offerings though.

Personal Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Criollo de Oro Toro

Personal Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Criollo de Oro Toro

Overall, the flavor profile of the La Gloria Cubana Criollo de Oro Toro was pretty boring. A typical profile from the brand that didn't bring anything unique with the hybrid wrapper. The price point isn't anything crazy, but not something that I think brings value. Not a cigar I'd see myself coming back to.

Team Cigar Review: Asylum Arkham 52x6

Personal Cigar Review: Asylum Arkham 52×6

The Asylum Arkham 52x6 started well, but fell off as the chalkiness joined and the toast level increased. The final third dropped off as the char and bitterness joined. Overall, I don't see this as a cigar I'd return to as the final third took away from the positives of the first third. The price point is attractive, so it's an easy try to see what you think.

Team Cigar Review: VegaFina Vindobona Exclusivo Austria

Team Cigar Review: VegaFina Vindobona Exclusivo Austria

Overall, the VegaFina Vindobona Exclusivo Austria had an average flavor profile that was fairly boring. No real transitions until the final third and provided nothing to maintain my attention. This is about in line with the recent non-U.S. releases from the brand and is a bit of a bummer for an exclusive cigar. Not something I'd track down to smoke more of.

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate 20 Acre Farm Toro

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate 20 Acre Farm Toro

Elegant and at the same time punchy. The Drew Estate 20 Acre Farm Toro has all the traditional (good) sides of Connecticut Shade as you would want (bread, hay, cedar). But unlike most, this one has a nice consistent dry red pepper spice backing that interplays quite well with the softer notes. I'd call this a winner.

Team Cigar Review: 601 La Bomba The Wick Maduro

Team Cigar Review: 601 La Bomba The Wick Maduro

Strength was definitely a focus on this cigar and for those that like fuller strength with some darker flavors, this 601 La Bomba The Wick Maduro delivers it. The burn issues that plagued the cigar is really what I'll remember, but in regards to the flavor profile, it just didn't bring enough to keep my interest.

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Bass Reeves Maduro

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Bass Reeves Maduro

The Protocol Bass Reeves Maduro delivered a palate intense experience in the first third that fortunately softened in the second third while still maintaining complexity and my engagement. The last third was fairly linear with a mostly wood forward profile, but overall this was a good cigar that I would happily smoke again. Having reviewed the Natural and the Maduro, I gravitate towards the Maduro and it isn't even a contest.

Team Cigar Review: La Palina 125 Años

Team Cigar Review: La Palina 125 Años

I haven't liked a La Palina release this much in quite some time. This La Palina 125 Años almost seemed like a return to what I loved about the glory days of the brand; well balanced, super flavorful and good construction. The only issue is, it held up the goodness for half the cigar. It is at least a step in the right direction.

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Bass Reeves Natural

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Bass Reeves Natural

Overall, I found the profile of the Protocol Bass Reeves Natural to be too mineral forward, suppressing the other good flavors of roasted nuts, white pepper and cedar. Because the mineral notes were too dominant, it tipped off the balance of the flavor profile. This ultimately gave the vibe of an average tasting cigar.

Personal Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Black Toro

Personal Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Black Toro

The Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Black Toro performed like a number of cigars that I've smoked from General where the flavor profile seems a bit stale and the tobacco seems dull. Smoking a cigar with a Broadleaf wrapper, I would expect a bit more potency to the flavors and it just wasn't there. Definitely not something I see myself returning to.