11th Sep2012

Quickie: Carlos Torano Master Habano Maduro Toro Gordo

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Binder: Ecuadoran Habano
Filler:  Nicaraguan and Dominican
Shape: Toro Gordo
Size: 5.5 x 54
Country: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
Production: Full Production
Price Range: MRSP $7.00

The Carlos Torano Master Habano Maduro Toro Gordo is something fairly new from the Torano family. This cigar complements the original Torano Master by introducing a Nicaraguan shade wrapper instead of the Habano leaf from Ecuador. The new take on the Torano Master doesn’t disappoint at all!  Just looking at this stick you can see the dark and oily Nicaraguan wrapper is just hinting at how sweet and spicy this smoke is going to be.  Also looking at this cigar I see that it is double capped and has a few large rough veins. The wrapper also seems it has a color scheme of a maduro and an oscuro mix that has the effect of looking two toned. Finally I felt the pack of the cigar which is firm without any give to it. The first third of the Master Habano Maduro has an excellent balance of sweet and spicy. It is complex but not overwhelming. The main base of flavor comes from oak followed by a nice and toasty warm cocoa. Along with this is a creamy caramel and one other flavor I can’t seem to pin point just yet.

Just before the second third I give the cigar a quick retro-haul picking up the flavor of barnyard hay. Going through the second third I was finally able to pin point the final flavor of a candy type hazelnut. Other flavors that kind of seemed present were a gingerbread and a mocha. The sweetness goes down ever so slightly with the warm cocoa going up with the oak flavor. The right amount of spice is still present too and when approaching the final third an almond comes into play. The final third for the most part consists of oak at center stage with the creamy caramel, cocoa, and spice mix still present.

The finish was chewy and oaky with the flavors from before staying almost perfect all the way to the end. The ash all throughout the smoke was slightly flaky and holding almost about an inch long and, was white with a tad bit of light grey mixed in. As for the draw it was near effortless with floods of smoke off each puff. Even when resting in the ash tray a lot of smoke was coming off it. Lastly the burn started off jagged then corrects itself before the second third but, after the halfway point it goes jagged again and need a correction. All in all the Carlos Torano Master Habano Maduro Toro Gordo was an extremely good stick that I would smoke again and recommend to anyone that likes something with a complex and warm profile but, yet stays steady all the way to the nub.

 

02nd Oct2011

Kristoff Kristania (5.5×60)

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo Habano

Binder: Dominican Habano

Filler: Dominican Habano

Shape: Unnamed

Size: 5.5×60

Country: Dominican Republic

Strength: Medium

Welcome back to our 3rd edition of Good Fellas Cigar of the Month. To start lets just say the Kristoff Kristania is unique. Not in a bad way, in a really good way that is why we chose it for this month’s pick. To begin lets start with a little history about this stick, it was first debuted at the 2011 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. Kristoff made this stick to help created a new budget cigar that would be a hit and in our minds over here at Good Fellas they did a damn good job! The two unique things we found in this cigar is first the look and then the flavor profile. Right after the bat the wrapper of the Kristania catches your eye for the simple fact it doesn’t look like your standard cigar. It is a standard brown wrapper but, with pretty much black veins all over it, kind of reminded us of Halloween but, more so it looked like a warn piece of leather. The band of this stick also had a pretty cool layout as well besides the fact it sort of blends in with the wrapper. Overall we loved the look of this cigar.

The pack was firm, it had a smell of a sweet and light tobacco, and the pre-light draw was very smooth and with a little sweetness we picked up with nothing else being to noticeable. The other thing we found very unique is the flavor profile of this cigar, it had things you don’t often find in many sticks out there. To start with the initial light flavors which was a spice that tingled the tongue along with a sweet hint that was comparable to a lite cream.

The first third, around only an inch or so into the Kristania it had a spice of roasted cedar which had main stage along with the underlying cream that wasn’t showing it’s true flavor just quite yet. As progressing past an inch or getting close to the second third we noticed the ash is white with a small amount of grey peppered in and it is holding strong with the draw still smooth. The flavors finally begin to really pop here with the spice subduing and a bitterness of a roasted coffee bean or an espresso coming through and along with the cream part we were trying to pin point which at this point were noticing a vanilla bean. Not that much though, it’s comparable to having a dark roast coffee with a small amount of cream in it. Overall at this point a great profile which only seems like it’s going to get better. The smoke produce by the cigar is thick on the draw but, not when resting and also this is the kind of stick which you can let sit a while without going out in you.

Transitioning in to the second third and going through it too the vanilla bean is finally up there more with where one can really notice it. The vanilla takes the main flavor at this point the espresso following close making a nice bitterness right after the sweet you get from the vanilla which is awesome! Then on the finish is just a tad bit of the spice from the beginning that’s still around. The burn at this point is doing alright it is just a little jagged most likely due to the larger ring gauge of this cigar.

Now to the final third of this cigar which becomes more bitter due to that warm coffee flavor and the rich vanilla bean is still there too. Another sweetness that came into play at this part of the cigar too, which was anise. You could taste it after every finish of a draw which went excellent with the bitterness from the coffee. And as for the finish of the Kristania it was a bitterness of anise and the vanilla bean.

We overall here at Good Fellas thought this would be perfect here for our Cigar of the Month due to the fact this was a pretty unique cigar from the look to the taste of it, along with something new and lower price range from Kristoff which isn’t seen too often. So we suggest the Kristoff Kristania to anyone from a beginner to an aficionado.

We would also love to thank MansonPhoto from MansonPhoto.com again for these great pictures!

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09th Aug2011

Gran Habano Corojo Vintage 2002

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo(2002)

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Shape: Robusto

Size: 5 x 50

Country: Nicaragua

The Gran Habano Vintage Corojo 2002 is one tasty little treat that will not even put a crack in your bank foundation. With the pricing being around $2 a stick, you would have to be some kind of crazy to not order some.

The Vintage Corojo 2002’s have a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper that was cultivated in 2002 and then given a nice cedar slumber for the past 8-9 years. Right away you will notice that the cigar has the appearance of a high end smoke, it has a beautiful shine to its dark, oily wrapper.

After lighting this smoke up I noticed that it had an incredibly pleasant draw that was paired with an array of leather and spice notes. Once I made my way further into the smoke I picked up on nice creamy notes along with a small amount of a bold coffee.  These flavors remained consistent throughout most of the smoke, which was a very good thing in my opinion. The Gran Habano Vintage Corojo 2002 is an excellent cigar from start to finish.

When I got into the second third of the smoke, I noticed that the spice began to pick up a little which was fine. I also noticed that this cigar that started off medium began to pack quite a punch which was the finisher on this cigar. I fell in love with a cigar that is priced lower than I ever imagined. These are cigars you should not skip out on, full bodied, long smoke time, and they are cheaper than fast food.

13th Jul2011

Ave Maria Lionheart (Box-press)

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun-grown Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran

Shape: Lionheart  (Robusto Grande)

Size: 5.5 x 50

Country: Nicaragua

Ave Maria is a fairly new brand that has been getting alot of hype out there so I decided to try myself a box-pressed Lionheart and I wasn’t disappointed with the price and the profile, which was a great mix throughout. To start off I noticed the band on this stick is pretty extensive and large which is a little different from the norm but, I enjoyed it. This is a medium-bodied smoke that is made in Esteli with an Ecuadorian Habano sun-grown wrapper that had a small amount of light veins. The binder is Nicaraguan and the long-fillers are Honduran and Nicaraguan which make an excellent blend of flavors. The wrapper was firm to the touch with the prelight smell of rich tobacco and a sweetness I could not pin point exactly but, my best estimate would be a rich wood. The initial draw was smooth with not much effort needed and the flavors I experienced was a rich tobacco with a smooth creamy pepper that followed it. The smoke produced was alot and the aroma was very pleasant which tingled the nose. The first third remained the same with the flavors from the initial draw with the pepper rising very slightly in strength. Also I noticed a faint musky earth tone in there. The second third threw a little curve ball with the earth coming out more and it wasn’t musky instead a mild sweetness along with the pepper which made a amazing profile. As for the final third and finish the sweetness subsided and the earthy tobacco with spice remained. Overall the profile was amazing on this cigar, it started off steady then went somewhere else and finally came back to where it started. So, in a way the Ave Maria Lionheart was a trip that I really enjoyed. The draw was smooth, the burn was razor sharp, and the light grey ash was very firm and held on strong. I suggest everyone gives this great constructed cigar a try, its something new that I have a feeling most will enjoy.

 

 

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