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.

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.



23rd Apr2012

Room101 One Shot One Kill (O.S.O.K) Filero

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Honduran Corojo

Filler: Honduran Corojo & Dominican Republic Piloto Ligero

Shape: Filero

Size: 52 x 42 x 4 1/2

Country: Tabacos Rancho Jamastran, Honduras

Strength: Medium-Full

Date Released: January 2012

Production1,000 Boxes of 10 Cigars (10,000 Total Cigars)

Price Range: $8.00

Spring is finally here and so is our Cigar of the Month for April! This month we have chosen something from Room101 because we believe this is a cigar everyone has to try. It is called the Room101 One Shot One Kill (O.S.O.K) Filero.  Some of you may be wondering how does one come up with the name One Shot One Kill. The story behind this starts directly from who made this cigar which is of course Matt Booth along with collaboration from his friend, a southern California photographer, Edgar Hoill. His nickname is One Shot One Kill due to the fact he can produce amazing photos with one click of the camera. Edgar Hoill is most known for taking very moving photographs of Mexican border towns and slums in Cuba. He is also known for his clothing company as well called O.S.O.K. The One Shot One Kill was debuted at IPCPR 2011 in Las Vegas and was officially released this January in three different sizes that are all a Diadema/Perfecto mix. For the Cigar of the Month we chose the smallest of the three called the Filero.

The Look: The Room101 One Shot One Kill is not your typical cigar, it is not enclosed by cellophane or even a cedar sheath. It’s not enclosed by one protective cover but two! The outermost cover is basically a mini poster once undone. It has a decorative black and white skull on it that fits the tribal theme Matt Booth is always trying to portray in his cigar lines. The next layer of defense is a tissue like paper that’s twisted at the ends like a toostie roll. Once fully unwrapped we see the cigar’s shape which is a mix between a Perfecto and a Diadema. It closely resembles to an Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story. The band is matte black with silver along with the abraviation O.S.O.K which is a lot different than what was shown at IPCPR 2011 in Las Vegas. Also we notice on the back is a QR code that upon scanning with a devise that has a QR program or application leads to Room101’s Facebook. I love the idea of this and I could see more people in the industry begin to use this. The pack on this cigar is a little soft and it doesn’t really snap back after releasing. Maybe this will affect the burn or maybe not. There are no veins really present and overall it just has excellent construction from cap to foot.

The Start: I began to smell the foot and wrapper and they both have the same aroma of a sweet yet mild barnyard. From that alone I can tell this is going to be a nice and rich cigar. I gave the pointed cap a straight cut even though this would also go good with a v-cut. The pre-draw has a flavor of sweet tobacco and the draw itself required effort obviously due to the pointed foot. As for the initial draw it was a really rich and creamy cocoa which can also be described as a milk chocolate.

The Beginning: To start off the first section of the O.S.O.K it has a main flavor profile of a smooth pink pepper spice that combines perfectly with the milk chocolate from the initial draw. On the back burner are tones of a dry wood that makes the smoke nice and cooling on the palate. I’m really loving the profile on this cigar right now! It’s just an overall rich smoke that has alot of flavor packed into each puff. The ash is a peppered mix color that is nice and firm. As for the burn it’s wavy to begin with but, after it moved past the foot it evens out a lot; only now it has a very small wave. The draw still requires some effort but after you move past the foot farther into the first third it opens up quite a bit more. Also when getting past the foot a flavor of a rich wheat begins to appear that makes a nice full smoke. I’m loving this smoke!

The Middle: As I move into the second third the flavors and smoke just kept becoming more and more creamy. It’s wonderful! I also picked up a small hint of anise and some sort of milk, like an eggnog, but not quite. Can’t seem to put my finger on it though. Maybe a RumChata? The profile for the most part is still keeping what is was before with the milk chocolate, pink pepper, and the smokey wood along with the hints of other flavors here and there. These flavors start to become alot richer after moving past the halfway point when the cigar begins to narrow again. The burn here is almost nearly perfect and the draw keeps becoming easier as more time passes. The ash was still remaining firm and was now transitioning to all white with a little bit of grey. At this point in the O.S.O.K the smoke is very smooth and creamy which makes the palate water like a good dessert!

The End: It’s sad to say that this cigar is coming to an end because now I am into the last third of the Room101 One Shot One Kill. I just didn’t want it to end. The profile is still remaining consistent and rich all the way. One of the only things that changed in this part of the cigar is that a toasted almond came into play which further complimented the overall flavor profile. This baby, I smoked all the way to the nub. It was that creamy and smooth. The finish consisted of a mild spice along with a creamy and smokey wood.

Final Thoughts: All in all this cigar took me about an hour and 15 minutes and it was simply amazing being packed with so much creamy flavor it felt like I just had a meal. My biggest suggestion with this stick is to just have a water to truly enjoy all the flavors. I have also smoked the larger size which is called the Trucha. That one took me about two to two and half hours. It’s flavor was still the same as this little guy but if your looking for a longer smoke of the One Shot One Kill I suggest that but if your looking for a lot more flavor then stick with the Filero. I just can’t keep stating how much I enjoy this stick. Matt Booth along with Edgar Hoill did it on this one, from the cigar to the way it was presented, all of it was just spot on. If you haven’t really heard of Room101 I suggest you check out their other sticks too because Matt is doing a great job these days on the lines he has been releasing from the Room101 Connecticut 615c to the Room101 LTD Namakubi Papi Chulo. Happy smoking people and don’t over look this one, go out and give it a try!

Special thanks to MansonPhoto from MansonPhoto.com for the photos.

27th Mar2012

601 La Bomba Atom

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Shape: Corona Extra

Size: 5¼” x 46

Country: My Father Factory in Nicaragua

Strength: Full

Production: Full

Price Range: $8.00

I’ve always enjoyed the Viaje Skull and Bones line due to the shear strength that these little guys pack. Recently someone told me about a cigar that was comparable to that line so I had to give them a try of course. This cigar is made by EOBrands Inc. which is the maker of the 601 brand. The 601 line was the original brand that the company lauched and currently its most successful. The cigar by 601 I picked is the La Bomba Atom and the name pretty much sums up how this cigar is, “The Atom Bomb”.

The Look:  Immediately upon seeing this cigar for the first time it reminded me of the Viaje TNT 2011 . It had an extremely long tail that went about half the length of the cigar like a bomb fuse. This further more just hints that this cigar is going to be strong! The construction on the La Bomb was excellent from the triple cap to almost no veins and a very smooth wrap. The pack was also nice and firm with no give which might mean the draw could be a little difficult but, we will have to see. The wrapper and foot had the same smell of rich sweet tobacco.

The Start: Now it’s time to begin and clip the cap. The pre-draw was very smooth even with the firm pack I noted from before and it had a light tobacco flavor. The initial draw on the other had was an intense warm spice. WOW! I can’t put in words how spicy the initial draw is. I can’t really compare the spice to any other cigar I have had either. It’s basically like a kick to the palate. But, it wasn’t all spice I also picked up a flavor of leather. The aroma was a musky burnt leaf smell.

The Beginning: The intense spice I encountered on the initial draw was only momentarily. For the first third it backed down to a red pepper that still gives a warm sensation and prickles the palate. Along with the red pepper are other flavors of leather, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. The draw was very easy that took virtually no effort and the smoke that was coming off the cigar was a dark grey which produce alot of smoke when resting. I recommend taking your time on this guy since the draw is easy and also the strength on this cigar is pretty high. We don’t want anyone to have to stop due to nausea. The ash is a mix of white, grey, and black ad was also flaky and somewhat loose. The burn on the other hand is near perfect. Approaching the second third the spice continues to go down with earth tones coming into play along with the coffee and dark chocolate making a small amount of bitterness.

The Middle: The La Bomba is still staying strong as ever to say the least. I’m feeling it now. Thank the lord I ate something before smoking this stick. A sweet drink would go well with this cigar. Possibly a sweet tea? The flavors are the same for the most part compared to the first third except spice has went down a decent amount. The flavor profile as of now consists of a dark bitter earth with coffee and chocolate. The burn is basically razor sharp. Approaching the last third leather comes back in bringing tones of nuts and dryness. Also here the chocolate and coffee leave, never to be seen again.

The End:  I managed to drag my beaten body from this ass kicker this far. Everything through this part is consistent from what I last described just above with the final third’s flavor profile made up of spice, leather, and bitter semi-dry nuts. The finish was a bitter leather. Total time of the smoke was a little over an hour.

Final Thoughts: Overall this cigar was great if you want something that will challenge you and take you on a real journey. If you are a fan of the Viaje Skull and Bones line and have been looking forever to find a cigar that is comparable to them look no further this is it. My suggestion is make sure you take your time on the La Bomba because the draw can have you going too fast if you don’t watch it. Also don’t forget to eat something before smoking this cigar too. I’m going to have see what else EOBrands Inc. has to offer because the punch this Atom bomb packed has got me intrigued.