09th Oct2012

Quickie: San Miguel Churchill

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Shape: Churchill

Size: 7 x 48

Country/Factory: Nicaragua

Strength: Medium

Price Range: $6.50

For this review I decided to go with something I got out of a sample pack for a change. The cigar I chose was the San Miguel Churchill. The brand San Miguel first came into the cigar scene during the 2010 IPCPR trade show. It is Nicaraguan based and claims to offer a complex, satisfying, and smooth taste. The band is what really stood out to me. It is a depiction of an angel stomping/standing on the devil. As for the build of this stick it is a box-pressed Churchill with small veins that run the length of a cigar and overall feels great while holding in the hand. The pack has a little bit of give that slowly snaps back after pressing into it which is gives the impression this will be a smokey cigar. It’s also double capped and has a very clean wrap. The first third was of a mild black pepper that had a little bit of a salt flavor to counter balance it along with a creamy roasted peanut. The other notes I picked up on that were not as prevalent were a light amount of leather and milk chocolate. I also gave a quick retro-haul that revealed a mild spice.

Going into the second third I noticed a transition into the more earthy flavors. Along with a light hay flavor of a barn and some nutmeg. The spice begins to build up more noticeably, but the creamy sweetness of the mild chocolate is still prevalent making for a really good balance to the flavor profile. It is very smooth in the second section of this stick and I’m really enjoying it. The last third revolves around the earth and hay mixture with leather being the second most prominent. A sweet and spice mix lingering in the background. So, overall very different from the first third.

The finish was earthy hay and leather, so pretty dark. San Miguel’s ash was a white and black mix that stayed firm to an inch with no flakes. As for the draw it was smooth right off that bat and remained that way throughout the remainder of the cigar. Lastly the burn started off with a jagged edge that needed a correction in the beginning, but after that correction it stayed straight all the way to the end. My final thoughts on the San Miguel Churchill are that it’s good for being decently new in the cigar world with a decently complex flavor profile and great flavor and so I would recommend for people to give it a try.

06th Oct2012

Quickie: Marco V CAM

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Cameroon
Binder: La Canela DR
Filler:  La Canela DR
Shape: Fabuloso
Size: 54 x 6″
Strength: Medium
Production: Limited to Stogies on Grand
Price Range: MRSP $6.50

Stogies on Grand in St. Paul, Minnesota was the first retailer ever to carry Marco V Cigars. In honor of this an exclusive Marco V cigar was produced for Stogies on Grand, the Marco V CAM. An event to introduce the cigar was held on September 22  from 2 – 6 PM at Stogies on Grand which was attended by Marc Keiser the owner of Marco V Cigars who is pictured below holding a Marco V CAM in Stogies on Grand’s walk-in humidor. The Marco V CAM cigar is a medium bodied fabuloso with a Cameroon wrapper. The name presumably is derived from the word Cameroon as most of you have probably already realized. This double capped cigar’s wrapper has small to medium sized veins that are darker in color than the main lighter brown color of the wrapper. The wrapper also has irregularly shaped darker patchy areas throughout the surface of the cigar. The cigar itself is not incredibly symmetrical and is somewhat spongy. The overall look seems to me to be a kind of rustic look which complements the fall season well.

After cutting and lighting up the Marco V CAM and going into the first third a flavor profile of creamy woody spice, with subtle nut, rich tobacco, very mild black pepper and hazelnut was present. The second third contained a nice mild spice and sweetness with hazelnut and oak. Upon a retro-hale during the second third a warm mild woody spice presented itself. The final third contained caramelized sugar, toasted wood, and a lingering spice that complemented the wood flavor. There was a nice zing of spice though out the smoke of this cigar.

Overall this was a pleasant cigar. The ash was mostly darker to medium gray and was semi firm. The draw was smooth and combined with the bit of sponginess of the cigar made for a faster smoke than would be expected for this size of cigar. The burn was mostly even through the smoke. Overall this cigar was very enjoyable and complemented the fall season well and as always Marco V’s are great for the price point.

01st Oct2012

Quickie: Marco V Vito Dom Reserve

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Connecticut, USA
Binder: La Canela DR
Filler:  La Canela DR
Shape: Figerato diadema
Size: 48 X 6”
Strength: Medium
Price Range: MRSP $6-8

Are you are looking for a very tasty and high quality cigar, but don’t want to pay a ridiculous price for it?  The Marco V Dom Vito Reserve is a perfect choice.  Marco V has been producing high quality cigars for those looking for a premium smoke but don’t want to break the bank just to have one. This cigar has a light brown body that is lightly veined and slightly rough to the touch with some give.  The wrapper is not oily but does have a little sheen to it. The Marco V Dom Vito Reserve is decorated with a band that is black with a large combination gold M and V, in the middle in reference to the cigar brand, and Marco V written on the side. There is also a secondary band an inch lower with the name of the cigar, Vito Don Reserve, on black with gold trim. It is a simple yet elegant cigar.

The cigar is a very easy to light and has a wonderful taste right from the get go. The first third starts with a nice woody base, with a hint of pepper giving it a little bite while a trace of caramel adds a nice contradiction with its bittersweet taste.  As you enter the second third of the cigar you start with that woody taste along with a more pronounced bite from the pepper, along with that slight sweetness from the caramel with a hint of almonds.  Upon a retro-hale you get a very pronounced woody flavor and a more articulated hint of almonds and pepper. When entering into the final third you get much of the same flavors throughout with a more coherent hint of pepper along with a nice woody taste that has been consistent throughout.

The Marco V Dom Vito Reserve had a nice finish to it, in keeping the base woodiness and hints of pepper throughout the whole cigar.  The cigar had a semi-hard draw that took a medium amount of effort.  The Marco V Dom Vito Reserve had a firm ash that was light gray with splotches of darker grey-black throughout the length of the cigar.  It had a very even burn that was easy to maintain. The main draw back was the draw that was a slight step back as it takes some effort but, the Marco V Dom Vito Reserve was a nice cigar that was relatively cheap with an even burn and consistent flavors.

25th Sep2012

Quickie: Cuba Libre The Brute

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Corojo
Binder: Honduran
Filler:  Nicaraguan
Shape: Box-pressed
Size: 4.5 x 60
Country: Costa Rica
Strength: Medium
Production: Full Production
Price Range: MRSP $2.10

Nestor Plasencia, the man who is a cigar maker of Cuban decent that owns factories in Nicaragua and Honduras which have been contracted by people such as Rocky Patel. Plasencia is also accredited with creating 5 Vegas Gold, Gurkha Avenger G5,  Cu Avana Intenso, and many more.  The cigar I chose for this review, Cuba Libre The Brute, was also created by this master roller. The Brute is a short and stubby box-pressed cigar that has a very smooth wrap with really no veins that are noticeable. As for the pack on this stick is has zero give. Traveling through the first third I get flavors of a dry nuttiness, earth, and leather. The spice is very minimal and the smoke is nice and buttery.

The second third doesn’t really add anymore complexity to this cigar unfortunately. The main profile is prominently made of a dry nuttiness and a musky barnyard wood. This also reminds me of earth and leather mixture. Lastly I got hints of a dark roast coffee and just like the first third the smoke was slightly buttery.  As for the final third of the cigar the earth tones become decently heavy along with the nuts and leather in the background. So overall it’s getting very dark tasting at this point with a hint of underlying cream.

Finally to the finish off this Brute. It has dark flavors of earth and leather that a good cup of dark roast coffee would go great with! The draw the whole time took semi effort but, nothing to stressing. A downfall though with The Brute was the burn which need a correction at the end of the first third otherwise it stayed even the rest of the way. The ash didn’t flake at all and was of a dark grey peppered with black. The strength of the ash was average around a half an inch.  I would recommend smoking this one slow to prevent it from going harsh. Overall the Cuba Libre The Brute was an average medium bodied smoke that would go great if your looking for a yard work stick or playing poker and all your really worrying about is just a standard simple stick.