Tuesday, January 5, 2016

La Palina El Diario Rerview

Taking a break the other day once I arrived home, I walked over to my sister’s house to look at some new pups that she had. I choose from the humidor a La Palina El Diario Toro to enjoy on the walk. La Palina is a cigar in a class by themselves. Everyone one of them I have smoked has been a pleasure and construction perfect. The Toro version shows the same top notch construction with an outstanding wrapper. Once cut, it torched beautifully and the cascades of flavor began with an elegant spice that pours over the palate soon combining with raw nuts and a mild sweetness. Shortly into the cigar, a slight coffee essence emerges mixing with the already present flavors making for a delightful smoke. I began to walk across the field to my sisters, reminiscing about when I was young and this was a working farm. The field in which I walked used to be one of two corn fields we planted each year. Row after row of tall green stalks stretching skyward. When the corn had dried, we would hook a trailer up behind the tractor and pull two rows at a time, throwing the ears into the waiting trailer. It was hot, sweaty work but it was a necessity to grind for feed and some to save for planting. The field now is just grass with an occasional ant hill, we keep it cut but it is just open and unused. I walked past were an old small pond had been. It was a watering spot for our cows back then but over time would not hold water and a few years ago we had a bulldozer fill it in. I had come to the middle of my cigar with draw it proved enjoyable. A rich mix of roasted nuts and mild sweetness combined with roasted coffee bean in a most attractive way, with the spice now slightly bolder. The velvety smoke could be felt on each draw giving a succulent finish. I arrived at my sister’s house and checked out the new pups, each starting to learn to play, and the we sat for a time talking about family and life. I shortly started walking back I realized it wasn't the farm I missed but those who made it a great life. Our parents have been gone several years, and you cannot look at one place on the old farm that does not show the touch of their hands. I arrived back at my house as I finished my cigar. The flavors that were present at the mid-section were still very much active, but with hints of leather showing as well as bitter sweet chocolate at the end. The La Palina El Diario Toro is a delicious cigar and one that should be experienced. Find them and see what you taste in a grand cigar.


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Friday, December 11, 2015

Invictis Cigar Review

Blended by: Jose Blanco
Size: 6×54
Vitola: Emperor
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Criollo ’98 and Piloto Cubano
MSRP: $6.50-$8.00
Sample: Sent in by TreJ Cigars
Quantity smoked: 3

As I opened the cellophane on this cigar the initial aroma was that of earth and leather; the kind of scent that lingers in a saddle shop. The wrapper is dark and oily. The cigar is firm with small veins. I cut the cigar with a guillotine cutter and take a cold draw which stays true to the initial aroma.  I light and toast the cigar with a lotus torch lighter.  

The first few draws have a light peppery tone that doesn't stick to the palate for long. The cigar quickly moves into an enjoyable, rich leathery tone.  The cigar has a nice even burn, and the ash remains tight.  The draw is smooth and does not billow with a lot of smoke.  As I move towards the end of the first third the flavors start to take on a mild creamy tone, and the retro hale is citrus-like. 

Moving into the second third, the creamy and earthy tones mingle very well, creating an amazing balance. A somewhat woody tone starts to make its way to the front.  This a nice complement to the earthy notes, which gives the cigar a lightly sweet cedar flavor. The flavors and tones remain consistent throughout the rest of the cigar.   With the last third I notice no big changes until right at the end when the peppery tones start to come forth again.  It's very well-blended and stays consistent throughout. On the last few draws the creaminess builds and ends on a very sweet note.  

I saw no major burn or construction problems in this cigar. I enjoyed this cigar with a dark, stout beer. The dark flavors in the beer really brought out the creamy cedar notes.  If you are ever in the area of Cincinnati, Ohio, give Invictis a try; you will not be disappointed

Alisha Eustace

Friday, November 13, 2015

Duo cigar Review

by:Alisha Eustace

Country of Manufacture: Dominican Republic
Rolled: Private factory in Canca de Piedra, Dominican
Size: 6×52 
Vitola: Toro
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
MSRP: $7.50
Sample: Sent in by Lucky Leaf Cigars
Quantity smoked: 3

The day these cigars came in the mail I opened them and smelled the packaging they were in. I knew they were going to be good but I wasn't expecting what I got from an upcoming boutique brand.  The first smell that caught my nose was that of chocolate and espresso. This is by far one of my favorite flavors.  The wrapper is dark and oily, firm with small veins and I noticed no hollow spaces. The cold draw is full of deep chocolate notes.  

I toast and light the cigar with a lotus lighter the smell immediately reminds me of a coffee shop on a cold day it is  a scent that makes you feel warm and cozy.  The first draw is strong with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.  As I work further into the first third it starts to become very creamy much like milk chocolate.  The retro hale is a sweet coffee flavor. The burn is a bit uneven but corrects and ash is building very nicely.  Ending the first third the dark chocolate has  almost entirely faded into a light espresso flavor. 

Coming into the second third this cigar stays smooth but starts to take on a light earthy tone still maintaining that chocolate balance.  This cigar stays smooth throughout the second third.  The draw never requires much effort.  Hints of coffee start to become stronger as I near the end of the second third.  This flavor never over powers the smooth silky milk chocolate notes.  The ash is still building and has not dropped yet.  

Upon the final third of this cigar the retro hale has a very creamy cocoa tone that lingers nicely in the back of the palate.  I start to notice that dark chocolate flavor building back up from the beginning. The ash has finally dropped it held on surprisingly well.  This cigar never becomes bitter it stays very smooth from start to finish. The chocolate and espresso flavors are very well balanced.  The  final draw is very pleasing  leaving a very creamy espresso flavor on the palate.  The burn stays even and consistent the entire way I did not need to correct any burn issues. The nicotine level never becomes over whelming.  

Final thoughts:  As I sit up in my bedroom smoking this cigar while I type I can only wish I had another one.  I have smoked many maduro wrapped cigars but this one really stands out.  The chocolate espresso flavor never leaves the palate and stays very balanced start to finish.  This cigar took me about an hour to smoke.  This makes a very good cigar to smoke with a nice warm cup of coffee after a good meal.  I would absolutely recommend this smoke to any of my friends.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Welcome Alisha

GCPuffs is proud to announce the addition of Alisha Eustace as a writer. Make her feel welcome, she is a great addition to the family


Cigar Reviewed: Padrón Dámaso No. 15
Named after: Damaso Padron grandfather of Jose O. Padron
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos Cubanica S.A.
Wrapper: Undisclosed Connecticut-seed
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6 Inches
Ring Gauge: 52
Vitola: Toro
Date Released: July 24, 2015
Number of cigars smoked for review: 3

As I unwrap this cigar I get the immediate smell of hay.  Much like the smell of my grandfathers farm during hay season.  This cigar is firm with small veins I notice no cracks and it is double capped.  The cold draw has hints of cedar and is peppery.  The draw is real lose and doesn't require much effort.

I toast and light the cigar with a soft flame lighter. On the first draw I get strong hints of pepper  and earthy tones.  After the second and third draw the pepper starts to fade and the earthy tones start to take the forefront. It becomes very creamy with hints of nutmeg starting to appear the further I move into the first third.  The retro hale is heavy with sweet creamy notes. This cigar has a very quick burn.  First third had a completely even burn.

As I move into the second third the peppery tones have all but disappeared.  The cigar moves into a very creamy smooth flavor. On retro hale the tobacco and cream is a perfect harmony.  Ash drops midway through second third.  Slight metallic background but still very smooth cedar
notes. This cigar is very  well balanced with hints of sweet tobacco. It is over all extremely creamy with low nicotine levels.  As I begin to round out  second third the pepper notes start to reappear this balanced with the buttery tobacco flavors makes for one amazing smoke.  I noticed very small burn issues nothing really noteworthy and all corrected on their own.

Moving into the last third the cedar tones are getting stronger with a nice earthy balance. A mild to medium complexity builds. The peppery tones are hanging out in the background building with each draw.   On retro hale I get a very balanced blend of nutmeg and cinnamon tones it is very pleasing to the palate. Nearing the end of the last third the pepper has ramped up but the sweet cedar notes keep it very well balanced.  Final few draws are very balanced with a nice big creamy finish.  Burn remains even with a nice firm ash upon finish.

Final thoughts:  Compared to other Padrons I've smoked such as the 1964 Anniversario this is a very smooth cigar.  This cigar never overwhelms the palate and leaves a pleasant sweet aftertaste.  It remains balanced from initial draw to final draw.  It is very low in nicotine and would be a great smoke for a beginner. Start to finish it took me about 45 minutes to complete.  I would definitely recommend this cigar and smoke it again.