Thursday, April 28, 2011

Partagas Serie D No.4

Incredible pre-light smell. Attractive medium brown wrapper with some veins.  Slightly uneven cap.  The clip caused some unraveling at the shoulder.

After toasting the foot and lighting up, initial tastes were of mild pepper.  Paired this smoke with Jack Daniels on the rocks.  As things progressed, I picked up some garlic notes (unusual, I know, but pleasant).  The first third proved to be relatively mild, with thick clouds of smoke.  After 20 minutes or so, the predominant flavor was that of woodiness, which led to a sort of walnut taste.  Mild retrohale at this point.  

Into the 2nd third, started to pick up a stronger nicotine buzz.  Took a deeper retrohale which was more harsh than in the 1st third.  Flavors shift to an earthiness/barnyard, but not in a bad way, and then to more notes of cedar.  I'm noticing at this point that my mouth and throat are getting quite dry even with the beverage.  At this point, the burn line has been good, with just a few minor snags.  No need for a touch-up yet.  The ash is a light gray with some black specs.
Going into the final third, I could tell that the cigar was close to going out.  Rather than wait for it, I torched it.  It didn't take long for the thick, cloudy smoke to return.  Not long after, the wrapper split, and I noticed some harshness on the throat and tongue. The nicotine packed a bit of a punch at this point.
Good smoke, however some aging would do these sticks more justice in my opinion.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tabacos Baez Serie H

Tonight, I am smoking one out of the Don Pepin line-up.  Got this one in a trade.  1st third is nice.  Good flavor with some minor pepper.  V cut for the torpedo.

The Serie H was a consistent cigar end to end. Definitely enjoyed it. I didn't see it in June's CA, but I would expect a CA rating in the neighborhood of 88/89. I'd smoke one again.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Why do my posts vary in content and structure?

I believe there are two ways to enjoy a cigar:

1) Focus on the cigar experience, and take note of every twist and turn, every flavor that develops, etc.

2) Use the cigar to supplement another enjoyable activity, ie. reading a book, hanging out with friends, etc.

Sometimes I will go into depth in my blog entries, sometimes I will not. I may show a repeat cigar from time to time, but typically I try to show stuff that's not been on the blog already.

This started out as a way to keep track of various cigars I've tried, and to keep some sort of written record about the experience.

Should a reader have any comments, suggestions, or requests, please feel free to share.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Macanudo Cru Royale (lonsdale)

Occasionally, I'll smoke a lonsdale.  This one here was a B&M freebie.  I'm definitely digging it so far.

Decent smoke. Unfortunately, it went out a few times after the 1st third. Medium-bodied.

Oliva Serie O Maduro (robusto)

The "O" series are good everyday sticks.  I usually smoke the naturals, but this maduro is enjoyable too.Good way to enjoy the first "outside" smoke of the season sans warm jacket.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Graycliff Platinum Edicion Limitada

Quite good.  Wavy burn line, but well constructed.  Some veins were present.  Flavors varied somewhat throughout, but floated between two or three main notes: barnyard, dirt, earth.  This stick was on the lighter side of full-bodied. 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Padron 5000 (toro)

Off to a delicious start.  Nice pre-light smell.  Good burn line.  Thick, buttery smoke.  The 1st inch is mild-medium bodied, yet flavorful.

This cigar was quite enjoyable. Approaching the final third, I got a little bitterness as the cigar threatened to go out on me. After a torch, it picked up just fine. Definitely a smoke I'll be trying again.
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