Monday, April 15, 2013

Here are several short reviews of cigars I got at the Big Smoke in Las Vegas last year:

Dunhill Aged
Size: Rothschild

Known informally as "blue label", this cigar features filler and binder leaves from the Cibao Valley in the Dominican Republic; the wrapper is a USA-grown Connecticut. This is a mild, creamy cigar with a straight burn and an easy draw. Perfect construction. Very reminiscent of a Montecristo White or a Gispert. Moderate amount of flavor, undistinguished nose and finish.

Joya de Nicragua Antano 1970
Size: Robusto

This is the pinnacle of the JdN line, a puro featuring a heavy blend of ligero filler with a thick, dark Nicaraguan wrapper. The name Antano means "yesteryear" in Spanish; and this blend is meant as a reincarnation of the famous JdN blend of the same name from the 1970's.

This was a potent cigar, but lacked the pepper/spice I was expecting. Very enjoyable nonetheless, but it fell short of my expectations, which were admittedly very high.

Rocky Patel Private Cellar

Trust me, this isn't Rocky's go-to cigar from some secret stash in a gold-plated humidor. Just another ho-hum medium-bodied maduro. Fine construction, but no power under the hood.

EP Carillo Core Natural

This was (perhaps) my favorite from the Big Smoke.

A few years ago Ernesto Perez-Carillo sold the company he founded, La Gloria Cubana Cigars, to one of the major conglomerates, then turned around and started a new company with all-new blends. I smoked the Regalias Real vitola (5 5/8 x 46).

It reminded me of the Flor de A. Allones. Lots of pepper-spice with a lean aroma and just a slight finish.

Gurkha Ghost

A jaw-breaking 6 x 60 behemoth. Started with some little spice, and quickly settled into a very average-tasting maduro. Not bad, but nothing to write home about (other than Gurkha's distinctively cool artwork).

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