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.



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

10th Jun2011

Rocky Patel Connecticut Churchill

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Honduran

Shape: Churchill

Size: 7 x 48

Country: Honduras

Looking for something thats affordable but, compares to a slightly mid range pricey stick? Well, the mild Rocky Patel Connecticut might be the cigar for you. This cigar is firm to the touch and the pre-light draw is very smooth and a tad airy. The wrapper had a small amount of light veins upon it and had a great make-up that made for a great look on the cigar. Pre-light flavor was a smooth cedar with very mild tobacco. The initial draw had a great amount of smoke that gave a nice aroma of light tobacco and I got flavors of almond and a toasty flavor like ground up coffee beans. The first third had the initial light flavors along with a mild earth tone and just before transfering into the second third the smoke becomes more creamy and voluminous in the amount given off. The second third the cedar and earth almost completely vanished but, the warm, toasty flavor was still there with a mild tobacco flavor. A slight pepper peaked in a went away and as for the burn it was flawless with no touch ups needed. The last third and finish remained the same as before with the nuttiness coming back a bit and I saw stop just under the 1/4th mark unless you like a harsh taste in your smoke. The ash throughout the smoke was firm and could remain up to an inch without falling off. Overall this cigar is for someone looking for a decently cheap stick with mild in flavor and complexity. Also one that enjoys a nice, simple Connecticut wrapper smoke that is a everyday stick I consider.

30th May2011

Rocky Patel Decade Robusto

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Equadorian Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Shape: Robusto

Size: 5 x 50

Country: Nicaragua

The Rocky Patel Decade was created to celebrate the 10 years of the Rocky Patel blend. Right off the initial light, the cigar produces a nice amount of smoke with a nice creaminess across the palate. On the finish there is a slight pepper that adds a nice complexity to the flavor profile. The draw is close to perfect with just the right amount of resistance.  Once into the first third a slight array of cedar and oak flavor notes become prominent along with a savory finish. Into the second third I began to notice a slightly leathery taste that complimented the, still prominent, savory finish. The burn on the Decade was razor sharp with a beautiful, strong ash. The flavors remained consistent throughout the entire cigar, but once I ventured into the final third I began to pick up some slight notes of nuttiness the really completed this cigar for me. I thoroughly enjoyed smoking this cigar especially for it being so reasonably priced; it is definitely a cigar I know I can always fall back on. If you have not had the chance I would suggest picking one of these up and trying one.