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.

 

 

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.

12th Mar2012

Patel Bros. Corona

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro – smelled of strong manure
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Shape: Corona
Size: 5.5 x 44
Country: Honduras
Strength: Full-bodied
Price Range: $7.oo
Appearance: Rough texture on wrapper, clean cap, really no veins
Flavors: Nice and potent spice, warm cedar, smooth spice later on, earthy, turns more nutty near last third, salty, leather
Draw/Smoke: average, nothing too easy or hard
Burn: Fairly even all the way
Ash: Semi-firm, white and grey mixed
Other Comments: The Patel Bros NP Churchill was an easy going long cigar that was smoked to the nub. Take your time on this one. Great wood campfire aroma, Rocky Patel collaborated with his brother Nish Patel for this cigar

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