It’s been awhile since I’ve done one these so I figured this would be a great time to do one as our temps have been in the 90s locally. As the heats rises, I find myself smoking less and less full bodied cigars as the can be a bit over powering. Same goes for my beer! This week has been an exception as we had several great cigar release that I couldn’t wait to sample. With that, let’s take a look at some of the cigars I’ve been smoking lately.
Montecristo No. 2
When CA put this as their cigar of the year, they got a lot of flack from cigar smokers for two reasons: first, Cuban cigar that US smokers can’t buy as No. 1? Secondly, the past couple of years they have horrible construction issues mainly which where either way overfilled or way underfilled. Not now. The No. 2 is back. Good construction and draw. Great flavors of woodiness, nutty, a little creamy with a hint of spice.
Room 101 Payback
Lately we have been seeing a new trend in cigars. A lot of manufactures are coming out with cigars in the $4-$6 mark which has really resonated with cigar smokers. The Payback in Room 101’s entry into this new trend. I believe these will retail for about $5.00 for the robusto. It has a medium to full body with great flavor. Another great Room 101 addition.
The Crowned Heads Las Calaveras
This cigar is probably the cigar I was most excited about smoking this year. It’s a collaboration between The Crowned Heads and My Father. Super rich smoke with excellent construction and full bodied. Look for this one very soon in an upcoming review. Not one to be missed!
EP Carrillo New Connecticut Toro
This is my benchmark for Connecticuts. Always a perfect smoke with creamy, nutty and woody flavors that are always on point. I’m never disappointed with these. The toro is a great sizes, but I usually prefer the corona size as it seems to be a little more kicked up in flavor.
This is the new release from Camacho that you’ve probably seen all over social media. This is their first release after new rebranding campaign and they didn’t miss the mark. Using a Habano Ecuador wrapper, it smokes great, has rich flavors and prices at a very reasonable price point. Definitely check these out at your local shop.
Quesada 40th Anniversary Robusto
This a new release from Quesada to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Released in 5 vitolas, I first tried this blend in the robusto size. I was really impressed with the blend. Another rich cigar with notes of cocoa, coffee and leather, it smoked amazingly well. Another one I will be reviewing very soon.
* All of these cigars were purchase by me at The Cigar Shop in Biloxi, MS.