Up for review this week is the Top Shelf Signature Select – Blue Label. This particular cigar is the House Blend created for Jim Cronin, owner of Top Shelf Cigars. The cigar is hand rolled in Honduras by the Tropical Tobacco Company and is comprised of Corojo 99’ Wrapper, Corojo 99’ Binder, and 98’ Criollo Filler, all of which come from the Jalapa Valley. The stick weighs in at 6.00 inches long with a 52 ring gauge.
At first glance I found the cigar to be consistent in color (rich medium brown) with a few medium sized veins. The wrapper is what I refer to as a coarse wrap (meaning I can easily see the seam spiral down the length of the cigar). When running my fingers over the wrapper I found it to be fairly smooth and lightly oily. When pinched the cigar felt very firm and completely packed with tobacco. When clipped the draw was free and produced a mild sweet flavor. All in all the cigar was very attractive and seemed to be constructed very well.
After a quick toast and light I had the cigar evenly burning and producing loads of thick flavorful smoke. The base flavor consisted of a rich tobacco flavor with sweet tones. In addition, I was also detecting a black pepper flavor that was a minor irritant to the back of my throat but seemed to round out the flavor profile very well. The finish was short and soft on the palate, only lasting for a few seconds before fading. The body was in the Medium to Full range and rounded things out very well.
Overall I think that this was a very enjoyable cigar. If I were going to pair this with a beverage I think it would go very well with a cup of coffee in the mid Afternoon timeframe. With a price point of $23.80 per 5 pack I think that they are a good buy for the money. I would definitely recommend giving them a try if you enjoy Medium to Full bodied cigars with rich tobacco flavors.
Also, these cigars are only available at Top Shelf Cigars. If you would like to give them a try, contact Jim Cronin and he would be happy to mail out your order.
10 thoughts on “Top Shelf Signature Select – Blue Label”
Uploading the Stogie Review ICRS Rating sheet slipped my mind last night. I’ll get it up and post a link after work.
Very informative review. Honestly, I have no problem with the longer reviews. All in all this stuff helps my smoking experiences. Keep em coming!
Are you going to post the link in this review or on the main page? MDD.
I’ll post it here and put a link to it in the side bar. I’ll have it up today, unfortunately I got pretty busy last night and forgot all about it.
My apologies for the delay
The PDF File of the Stogie Review Modified Version of the ICRS Sheet can be downloaded below
Stogie Review Modified ICRS Sheet
Thanks for getting that up, it looks great. MDD.
this cigar is as smooth as a baby’s ass.
Guys you gotta try this cigar…perfect burn…
and flavor out the wasoooooooooooooooo!
Genius! …pure genius!
…….super genius…. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jim seriously this cigar rocked.
I smoked one today (this morning)…on the deck.