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.

19th Oct2011

New Viaje Samurai Rumors are True

by GoodFellasCigars

I was in Burn Premium Cigar Specialists in Burnsville MN and happened to over hear some very exciting news about Viaje. A new batch of Viaje Samurais are in the making and will be coming to BURN!

The first time the Viaje Samurai was released was in 2010 specially made for BURN. In 2010 Viaje let two cigar retailers design their own cigar, BURN being one of them and the other being New Havana Cigars. Both were able to choose one of two of the main stays of Viaje, the Oro or Plantino, and were able to choose their own size among other factors that made those cigars unique.

READ our review of the  Viaje Plantino Samurai 2012

READ our review of the NEW Viaje Plantino Samurai Maduro

22nd Jun2011

Viaje Summerfest 2010 Torpedo

by GoodFellasCigars


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99 (Cafe Rosado)

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Shape: Torpedo

Size: 6 1/2 x 50 (8 inches if including the foot)

Country: Honduras

Production: 200 boxes of 30 (50 boxes for robusto)

Well it’s that time of year again with the release of Viaje Summerfest 2011 approaching very soon. I thought I would review the Viaje Summerfest 2010 just because I haven’t and it would give everyone an idea on last year’s Summerfest and what to possibly look forward to this year. I decide to review the Torpedo shape with the large shaggy foot, 1.5 inches to be exact. These were easier to come across instead of the very limited release of the robusto, without the shaggy foot. The robusto which are 5 x 50 were not meant to be made as the story goes because they were an accident but, Andre decided to release them anyways as a ultra limited release. This Viaje has the biggest foot I have ever seen so far, making the Gurkha Vintage Shaggy look like nothing. This cigar is a excellent annual smoke that Viaje puts each year but, to start off it’s not something that’s mind blowing. Don’t get me wrong I’m not bashing on Viaje at all this is just the kind of stick that I would suggest you have as a higher end everyday, medium-bodied smoke. Viaje in my mind hasn’t yet to put out something that’s sub par.

To start off the construction on this cigar is great and the initial light flavors evoke a woody tobacco that’s not overwhelming. The initial third after getting past the foot has a mild spice with a toasty wood flavor and a mild underlying earth tone that rounds out good. Some of you might be thinking you didn’t say how the foot was? The foot just basically had just your standard tobacco flavor to it. In my opinion taking the foot off brings out a bit more flavor in this cigar. I suggest taking off the foot if you don’t like that kind of thing, it’s decently windy where ever you are because there were embers that came off occasionally, or you don’t have all the time in the world to smoke because it adds some time to smoking. I’ll leave that decision to you. As for the second third the spice relaxes down and the wood/earth mix pops out more with the smoke becoming more creamy with some bitterness like a dark cocoa. The ash at this point is a dark gray, a decent amount of smoke, draw smooth, and a tight burn with no touch ups needed. The last third and finish had the toasty wood become most prominent along with the cocoa bitterness that was overpowering at all. This cigar is great down to the very last bit. If the new Summerfest is anything like the 2010 then this will be another great annual treat. My suggestion is to pick up yourself one of these before the release Viaje Summerfest 2011. Especially if you have yet to try a cigar with a foot because its a fun, different experience from the norm.

 

22nd Apr2011

Viaje Plantino Reserve Double Torpedo (VPR DT)

by GoodFellasCigars


Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country: Honduras

Size: 5 3/4 x 52

If you ever had the chance to try the 2010 Viaje Platino Reserva no. 6 you will remember how amazing of a cigar it truly was. I am also guessing that you were just as sad as I was when they ran out; well guess what, they are back in a double torpedo shape. Right away you will get a smooth, creamy sweetness on the initial lighting that lets you know that you have found a gem. Throughout the entire smoke the burn stayed tight and the ash held on strong. Once I finished the first third the cigar it began to develop into a nice medium bodied, spicier smoke. I began to notice a slight bitterness that really created a perfect flavor profile that was complemented with a slight nuttiness. In the final third of the VPR DT a nice woody flavor began to come into play that reminded me of sitting around a campfire. These flavors lasted throughout the rest of the smoke and stayed throughout the long finish. This is one of the cigars that you do not want to put down and when you have to, you become depressed; the only cure would be to have another. If Andre is putting out cigars like this, I cant imagine how excellent the Viaje Zombie is going to be like. Make sure to get your hands on a box of the VPR DT’s as well as the Zombies, I know you wont be disappointed. Here is the link on how to get your hands on these wonderful cigars but, hurry before they are gone! —-> Click Me!

 

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