post #31 of 1369
11/15/06 at 6:01pm
Originally Posted by Zarathustra19
1. Padron Anniversary Series Principe': 5 of 5
The Principe' is a wonderful little Cigar with a maduro wrapper. A small cut near the end will allow a great draw, through which the light cedar flavor can freely move. This cigar is full strength, and if smoked properly will leave one with a slight buzz when finished. The smoke has hints of coffee and chocolate in the aroma, though no flavor is added to the actual tobacco itself. Unlike its larger cousins, this cigar will not leave one feeling sick on an empty stomach and is a great smoke when combined with after desert coffee or tea. It may cost a little more than some are willing to spend (5-6 dollars U.S. per cigar), but it is well worth a once in a while indugence.
2. Padron 1924 anniversary Series Corona: 4.2
While this cigar is still a great one, it has some flaws to it. It is a larger smoke than the Principe', and therefore takes longer to finish. A small clip, as with the Principe' will elicit a fair draw, but it is necessary to take a little bit more off of the end to achieve a good flow. The flow is not nearly as clean as the above cigar and the aroma is not quite as complex. For lovers of robust cigars, who have a strong stomach, this is a great smoke, though at 18 dollars, it is not worth the money. The finish, at least for me, left me nauseous. Not an outstanding cigar, but good, nonetheless.
3. Acid Blondie: 4.8
The Acid brand by Drew Estates is a lovely smoke for those on more of a budget. It has a strong, spicy aroma even before lighting. My girlfriend compared the scent to insence of some sort, which can be good and bad. Sometimes with that kind of power in the smell, the tobacco can be overpowered. However, with the blondie, the aroma merely complements the wonderful blend of tobaccos in the cigar. It is solidly constructed and allows nearly no excess filler to enter the mouth, while the draw is extraordinary for a cigar of this price (about $2.75). There is a slight buzz when finished, even on a full stomach, so this is a full flavored cigar, great for a pre-dinner or late night smoke. Highly recommended.
4. Drew Estates Natural: 4.16
Drew Estates makes some fine cigars. This cigar is their newest creation, riding on the coattails of the Acid's success. However, the flavor of the smoke in this cigar is lacking the depth and complexity of the Acid. It is well constructed, but leaves some of the filler in one's mouth if not cut exactly right. The draw leaves something to be desired if the cigar is not clipped fairly far in toward the ring, but is smooth when the cut has been made. This cigar turned me off for only one really obvious reason: toward the end, it burnt my lips as I tried to take the final puffs. This left me with less of a smoke than I had paid for. Though the price is very good, again only 2.75 per smoke. Recommended for those who want a natural tasting cigar with a plain aroma. Still, a very good smoke.
Originally Posted by stevesurf
Acid Kuba Kuba: 4.7
As stated, Drew's got some fine cigars for the money; Nicaraguan cigars being quite different than the "traditional" sources. But that's what makes them wonderful. The Kuba Kuba has a mildy aromatic, sweet and spicy aroma, instantly making you popular since this could be the first cigar the people around you may enjoy smelling. I have created several additions in people with this cigar. There are two versions: one in the wrapper (usually $6), one that is a longer size that is presented in a can (around $8)
This is a full bodied cigar with a sweet wrap, a complex combination that works extremely well! You will get a very mild or substantial "buzz" from this cigar, depending on your tolerance. I pretty much can smoke a couple at a sitting with minimal effects, although it is tough to judge what's effecting me more, cigars, alcohol or women! The cigar smokes consistently down to the last 1.5 inches - also an accomplishment for a reasonably priced smoke. I found the construction a bit less than the quality of my other favorite brand, Nat Sherman, but, then again, you are getting more for your money. This is a cigar that you can confidently purchase a box, share with other cigar lovers and at least get approval from 2/3 of the smokers.
Nat Sherman Hunter: 4.7
I love this cigar, being a sweet wrap, mild cigar in a smaller ring size. It is a versatile cigar, able to smoked before or after dinner, or just walking to the car (in New York City, where the garages can be a good 1/2 hour away). Some people will not care for the aroma, as it is a cigar (compared with the embedded spices of Acids). It smokes consistently through the (almost) very end and has little aftertaste. The ash approaches white and is so fine you almost could "wash" your hands in it. The wrap is a consistently good ol' Connecticut sweet leaves. A box purchased and shared with other cigar lovers and at least get approval from 3/4 of the smokers. The construction and quality, well, it is a Nat Sherman - 'nuff said!
Originally Posted by seanohue
Was that a NC or ISOM? If you got a Cohiba ISOM for $2.50, do share this source (via PM)
And which gran reserva are you reviewing?
Originally Posted by Advil
Ah, I've been smoking cigars for about a year now and I love them!
I just turned 18, so I can legally get them now. I had a few Opus X Fuente Fuente's and they were ammaaaaazing. I'm a fan of Acid Blondies and Kuba Kubas as well. The Acid line is pretty damn good for their price, but I think they might be artificially flavored haha.
I have an empty Fuente Fuente Box and I was thinking of building an Amp inside of it.