Friday, December 30, 2011

Liga Privada No. 9 by Drew Estate

While this isn't my first No. 9, I believe this is the first one I've jotted some notes down for.  It's no secret that one of my favorite cigars is the LP T52.  While that cigar is stalk-cut, the No. 9 is not.  It is, however also very rich and meaty.  When I can't get my hands on the 52's, I certainly don't mind smoking the 9's.  If both the 52's and the 9's are unavailable, the Undercrowns are another nice option by Liga Privada (Drew Estate).  While Drew Estate is most well-known for its flavor-infused lines, the Liga Privada line (traditional cigar blends) are truly outstanding.

The wrapper on the No. 9 is beautifully dark and oily.

1/3: One inch in, and the burn line is perfect.  That familiar rich and hearty flavor is ever-present.  There's really no spice or pepper.  This stick is more earthy in flavor.  Notes of unsweetened cocoa.  The No. 9 produces thick clouds of smoke, and even at rest, lots of smoke is pouring out of it.  The ash is mostly white.

2/3: Consistent and smooth.

3/3: More of the above...again, quite consistent.

These cigars look great, are well made, and taste exquisite.  I recommend any of the Liga Privada lines, however beware: a developed palette may be required to truly enjoy what this stick has to offer.  

Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Ligero Oscuro
Binder: Brazil
Filler: Honduran/Dominican

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fuente Opus X Forbidden Heart of the Bull 1957 (100th Anniversary Blend)

What luck?!  I walked into my favorite local B&M, and found that a shipment of Opus X Forbidden had just arrived in a few sizes (limit 1 per customer, of course).  I haven't really done any homework on this one, so I'll just share what I know (or believe to be true). 

First off, the cigar is a nice brown shade.  The double band is pretty cool, with the clock tower face showing XIII.  I could be mistaken, but it appears to have a quadruple cap.  This stick smells leathery, and with a cold draw I get lots of black pepper.  After clipping, there was a 1/4" stem sticking out - no issues though after pulling it out. 

1/3: Heavy pepper up front.  Did I say heavy pepper?  An inch in after lighting, and the pepper has toned itself down a tad, however the cigar is definitely full-strength.  It is slightly harsh on the roof of my mouth, but tolerable with my bottle of water.

2/3: Still strong and crisp.  I'm surprised by the consistency.  Picking up some spice and raisins at the midway point.  The HotB (Heart of the Bull) has thusfar required several touch-ups to correct the burn line, and at around the middle, required a partial re-light to keep it going. 

3/3: This cigar is great for cigar enthusiasts who enjoy pure strength.  For me, not so much.  There's slight sweetness in the final third, and the nicotine is more noticeable now. 

Glad I got a chance to smoke one, but I doubt I'll be joining the masses in stockpiling these, although admittedly, they'll probably do better after some time in storage. 

Total burn time, ~1 hour, 20 minutes.

Size: 5-1/4 x 50
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic

(*Not a lot of information is available about these, so if I have misstated anything,  please let me know.)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Where have you been, Jeremy Bloom?

I've been fighting an illness for the last couple of weeks.  Hope to be back soon.

Planning to sample the Four Kicks by Crowned Heads here in short order.

Also, a potential interview with J.C. Newman's president, Eric Newman scheduled for 12/15 at local favorite cigar hotspot, Cigars & More in Libertyville, IL. 

Stay tuned!

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