14th Sep2012

Quickie: Gran Habano Corojo Vintage 2002 Robusto

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Corojo
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler:  Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
Shape: Robusto
Size: 5 x 50
Country: Honduras
Strength: Medium
Price Range: bundle of 20 for $39.99

This is a tasty little cigar that is perfect for a nice summer night out with your friends. It is relatively inexpensive and is surprisingly very tasty leading to a 90 rating. It has the look of a finer cigar with its triple capped head and slightly rough wrapper that has a color scheme of light brown splotches of a darker brown that fade in and out. It is slightly oily with a beautiful sheen all along the body of the cigar. It has a very colorful appealing band that shows a coat of arms in the center, a nature like detail along the rest of the band, a white base and green secondary and red lettering and decals. It is a very beautiful and appealing cigar through and through.

The first third was appealing and very tasty from the moment you light up. It has a very nice cedar taste with a soothing light caramel sweetness along with a slight hint of pink pepper to give it a nice contradicting bitterness that makes the cigars taste all that much more fulfilling. As you enter the second third of the cigar the cedar and caramel flavors that were noticed and loved in the first third now become even more pronounced and delicious. Upon a retro-hale a sharp taste of cedar along with lovely bitter sweetness of the caramel and a slight spice of pepper is present. As you reach the last third much of the same great flavors that have been consistent throughout the whole cigar are here. As the cigar ended a nice cedar and caramel sweetness was presented on the draw along with a lovely contradicting spiciness from the pepper. The Gran Habano Corojo Vintage 2002 Robusto is a very tasty treat through and through.

This medium-full bodied cigar was a wonderful and enjoyable smoke.  It had a magnificent finish keeping all the flavors till the end.  It had an average draw that was smooth and required little effort. The Gran Habano Vintage 2002 Robusto had a nice firm, light grey ash with spots of darker grey that faded in and out.  It had a very good and even burn.  All in all this is a very tasty cigar that is even more enjoyable with the smooth draw and great burn. The Gran Habano Corojo Vintage 2002 Robusto is perfect for those summer nights with friends out by a bonfire.

03rd Jan2012

Alec Bradley American Classic Robusto

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut Shade 

Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)

Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli & Condega)

Shape: Robusto

Size: 5 x 50

Country/Factory: Nicaragua

Strength: Medium

Price Range: Approx. $5.00

Flavors/Notes: prominent nut profile, smooth spice, almond like, creamy vanilla

Ash: Somewhat firm, light grey with black peppered in, doesn’t flake

Draw: Takes a small amount of effort, produces a normal amount of smoke

Burn: Slightly wavy during whole smoke

Appearance: Good construction, small amount of veins

Other Comments: Good quick smoke for your money

26th Oct2011

Marco V Havana Box Pressed Robusto

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Havana  2000 from Corojo Seeds

Filler: Blend of 4 Piloto Cubano Ligero and Corona Tobaccos from the Dominican Republic

Binder: Piloto Cubano

Shape: Box Pressed

Size: 5 x 50

Country: Dominican Republic

Strength: Medium-Full

Average Price: Around $6 Minnesota Price (we have high tax)

The Marco V Havana Box Pressed Robusto by Marc Kiser, owner of Marco V, is an excellent, even smoke if your looking to just kick back and relax with your friends. The one of the reasons we enjoy this cigar, is the man that makes them is from our home state of Minnesota and two, this cigar is an amazing smoke for a nice long walk or relaxing with some of your buds having something sweet or creamy to drink.

The construction is nice and clean with this stick having the Marco V logo really pop on the band. Very minimal veins, nice and light in referring the overall weight of the cigar, and the wrapper is cleanly put together. Decent give when pressing against the cigar but, snaps back immediately after releasing. The foot smells of sweet tobacco and as for the pre-draw it is very smooth and easy with the flavor of sweet tobacco mainly being there.

The initial light has a aroma of a rich oak and the flavors noticed are a pungent pepper, rich oak, and a spicy nut. The first third keeps a consistent profile of a really defined oak flavor along with a nut tone that’s decently spicy. The draw is very lite and smooth with the burn being jagged, the ash a grey/white mix that is loose and semi-flaky. The ash being loose makes sense due to the light nature of the draw.

Going through the second third the spice begins to kick up more then before making the nut flavor nice and warming on the palate. A oak/earth mix is also still present along side too but, it remains in the background noticeable on the end of each draw. At this point or technically in general for this cigar I suggest taking it slow to enjoy the overall flavors, if you go too fast the cigar will heat up and become harsh with this one. Like I said in the beginning this is a stick that’s meant to be enjoyed on a long walk or just chilling with your friends. The burn at this point has evened out and now is going steady. As for the smoke, each draw produces quite a bit and when it is resting not that much is produced. Once again you really notice the nutty, warm spice at this point which is most likely due to the Corojo wrapper.

The last third is the same flavor profile as before with the spice tingling the tongue and the only other thing I picked up at this point was a very lite underlying licorice tone that was quite pleasant after the spice. The finish was a warm woody nut with a pepper spice that followed.

Overall this is a great everyday bargain smoke that I would have if I just needed to sit down and take a load off for a decent amount of time. If your interested and want to know anything more about Marco V cigars check out their site: http://www.marcovcigars.com/Home_Page.html

20th Sep2011

Nica Libre Potencia Double Robusto

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Nicaraguan-Habano Sun Grown

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Shape: Double Robusto

Size: 5 x 54

Country: Nicaragua

The Nica Libre Potencia based off Cuban style with the triple cap has a oily dark brown wrapper with a hint of red, small amount of veins, and smells earthy. Also firm to the touch with no soft spots I noticed. This is a small-batch from the Oliva family. The name “Potencia” mean “power” in spanish which can be somewhat seen in this cigar.  It’s a fuller-bodied than the standard Nica Libre. The initial draw was smooth with a little bit of effort but, nothing to really annoy someone and produced a decent amount of smoke. The initial flavors that were present was a earthyness like a wood with a small amount of spice that was accompanied with an underlying sweetness. First third of this stick keeps the earthy wood profile with the spice becoming a more prominent figure now. The ash is white with a small amount of grey splashed in here and there. The body is for the most part medium and not really strong as I heard some people say. The smoke is creamy and as I begin the second third the spice goes down more turning into kind of a pink pepper. A note of nuts was in and out during the second third aswell. The ash is holding firm at this point too. The final third still remains with the creamy spice, prominent nut notes and a earthy tone. As for the finish it is long and remains the same as before. Overall this a pretty good stick with the warm profile of flavors. I say try this if you want a overall average stick for mowing the lawn or taking the dog on a walk.