I have a back log of cigars here. I always try to limit any edition of Week in Smoke to no more than 10-12 cigars which during an active week is really three days worth of smoking. So its easy for these to build up. Two popular questions I get asked is how many cigars I smoke a day and can I still taste a cigar after I’m on my third or fourth cigar of the day? On average I smoke 3-4 cigars a day. Now thats on average. Some days/weeks I’m more active than other days/weeks. As far as tasting the third or fourth cigar of the day, it depends on what I’m smoking. I’m pretty good at laying out and making sure the 3-4 cigars that I plan on smoking compliment each other and lighting them up based on the body or strength of a cigar. Even with cleansing my palate in between smokes, usually I can’t taste the fourth cigar. Usually I smoke that fourth or fifth cigar of the day for no other reason other than I have time to smoke it. Anyway, now this edition of Week in Smoke.
Davidoff Special R – No surprise here right? For the third or fourth edition in a row of Week in Smoke the Davidoff Special R is the highlight. At this pace it will over take the Brick House as the cigar that has appeared most in the Week in Smoke series. It’s just a great cigar that I always say makes for a great first cigar of the day. What I’m starting to find out is no matter what cigar I smoke after the Special R its a let down and I’ve smoked some great stuff as a follow up. The crisp flavors of the Special R just hit my palate in a certain way that it creates a temporary forcefield around my palate that no cigar can break through.
Cuesta-Rey Centenario – When was the last time you smoked a Cuesta-Rey? Probably its either been years or never. Am I right? I’m sure the Cuesta-Rey line has seen better days. I’m sure at one time it was the cream of the crop for JC Newman. Its very rare that I categorize a cigar as a DNF or Did Not Finish. Unfortunately the Centenario falls into that such category. I kept waiting for the Centenario to come alive but at the halfway point I ended up setting it down. Boring, lackluster with a predominant paper taste that left my palate dry.
Santos de Miami by Jameson Cigars – I still remember my outrage when Brian Hewitt beat me to reviewing the Santos de Miami. I seriously wanted to fly down to Atlanta and slash his tires. LOL. If you are looking for a true definition of a boutique cigar then Jameson Cigars is it. If Brad Mayo wasn’t so kind to send samples to us I’d never be able to find his stuff. Wonderful cigar with an earthy and nutty flavor profile. A little bit of sweetness towards the end. Flavors are clean and its delightful to smoke.
Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig – I know the Feral Pig is all the rage these days but for me, the flavor profile of the Flying Pig is just as unique as its size. Solid cigar with a slow burning, charry woodsy and cocoa flavor profile. Outstanding!
Quesada Tributo – With the Domus Magnus topping my list as my top cigar of 2011 I’ve been trying to explore some of the other offerings from SAG Imports. Full flavored and full in strength. Wonderful assortment of woodsy and citrus flavors with a splash of a sweet ligero spice. The first one I smoked was after a Davidoff Special R and it couldn’t even penetrate that invisible forcefield. The second one I had was eye opening with the combination of flavors. Unique flavor profile with some strength.
Alec Bradley Family Blend – I wasn’t sure what to expect when lighting up the Family Blend. I often pass over this offering from Alec Bradley for either the Tempus or Black Market as those two lines I really like the most. I don’t have anything negative to say about the Family Blend. I also don’t have anything glowing to say about it either. It’s a solid, medium bodied, ok to pretty good cigar and thats probably why I always bypass it on the shelf for something that grabs my attention.
La Aurora 107 – Another cigar that I have been reaching for a lot of lately is the La Aurora 107. Maybe I’m just waiting for the Maduro version to hit shelves and become more widely available. The La Aurora 107 is part of a handful of cigars that I turn to when I can’t make a decision on what to smoke. The 107 is consistent, dependable and never fails to deliver. I know, I just said three things that all mean the same thing. Flawless construction and woodsy to the core.
Undercrown by Drew Estate – I still don’t know how the Undercrown didn’t make my Top 10 list. Talk about a flawed process! I tend to light one up just as often as I light up a Special R. If the flavor of the Undercrown wasn’t enough this is just a beautiful cigar to watch burn and take in the aroma. Tons and tons of smoke billow out. A solid choice for any time of day.
EPC Edicion Inaugural 2009 – Where the new chapter for Ernesto Perez Carrillo began! Solid smoke thats aging very well. Lots of sweet woodsy and slight citrus flavors along with a nice creamy component. You’d be a wise cigar smoker to make friends with a retailer who has been hoarding these.
Liga Privada No. 9 by Drew Estate – Let the Drew Estate love continue. I recall another episode of Week in Smoke awhile ago that was similarly overrun with cigars by Drew Estate. I’m a T-52 guy. I’ve always said that. But man if these No. 9’s haven’t been hitting my palate in all the right spots lately. The complexity and depth of the No. 9 keeps getting better and better so I think the No. 9 has better bones for aging than the T-52. The T-52 is great to smoke now and it will still be great with age. The No. 9 like the T-52 is great to smoke now and with age gets even better.