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Friday
Nov092012

Davidoff Seleccion 702

Size: 5.25” X 48

Wrapper: Sungrown Ecuadrian

Filler:  Piloto Cubano, Dominican Olor and San Vincente

This cigar was one of the yearly limited editions produced by our  Swiss friends over at Davidoff.  This one happen to be from 2009 and I have to say that was a beautiful cigar!  It displayed a gorgeous reddish wrapper that had a slight oily sheen and only one prominent vein that ran almost the entire length of the stick.  The wrapper and foot gave off a great sweet tobacco aroma, and the prelight draw provided the perfect resistance and had a unique sweetness that I was unable to put my finger on immediately.

The first third produced that sweetness  from the cold draw and I finally was able to get a grasp on what it was, Dark Cherries!  This flavor was especially present on the retrohale.  Additionally, the stick produced very well balanced leather and a slight pepper spice on the outside of my tongue.  It should be noted that these flavors are incredibly crisp and defined, never competing but complimenting each other beautifully.  At this point the draw was impeccable, but the burn was slightly jagged.  This was definitely not enough to complain about but since it adorns that white and gold band it is worth mentioning. 

The second third presented one major change to me, a very enjoyable citrus note came to the forefront.  The rest of the flavors stayed present but they seemed to meld a little more and lost some of that crispness.  But I have to say that the cherry sweetness and the citrus, that I would best describe as lime, complimented each other very nicely.  At this point the burn completely corrected itself and created the razor sharp burn line you would expect from a Davidoff. 

Finally, in the final third the pepper has disappeared completely and a little leather presented itself.  I also have to say the stick started to get hot at this point and the smoke consequently got harsh.  According to the way the cigar started I thought I would be burning my fingers for sure, but I had to pitch it with about 1.5” left. 

As for my final thoughts I am reminded of something my football coach used to say.  “it is better to finish strong than come out of the blocks like a racehorse and fade into the pack.”  Unfortunately this cigar performed in the latter manner.  It started out as a tremendous smoke, in fact if the first third simply continued through the entire smoke I would easily give this an Oasis rating.  But seeing that it did not, paired with the $23-$26 price tag,  I have to give it the rating of “try one.”

Wednesday
Nov072012

Review: Montecristo No. 2

Background

The name Montecristo No. 2 has to be one of the most recognized Habano names in history. The brand was founded in Cuba in 1935 and the Habanos S.A. website provides the following description of the blend;

Montecristo’s perfectly balanced blend is created exclusively with selected leaves from the Vuelta Abajo region, home of the finest tobaccos in the world. Its distinctive medium to full flavor and distinguished aroma appeal equally to both new and experienced smokers.

I recently mentioned on the show that I had never actually tried the Montecristo No. 2. Soon after, the opportunity to trade for a couple of aged No. 2's presented itself and trust me, I did not hesitate. So this past beautiful Sunday afternoon, I set flame to this iconic cigar.

Stogie Stats

Origin: Cuba
Wrapper: Cuban
Binder: Cuban
Filler: Cuban
Strength: Medium/Full
Vitola: Pyramide
Size: 6.14 x 52 (156 mm)
Age: 7 Years (2005)
Number Smoked: 2

Review

Visually, the wrapper was light brown and veiny, and the cigar as a whole had a lumpy appearance. The pre-light aroma on the wrapper and foot of the cigar was full of earthy tobacco and made me salivate.

The initial draw began perfectly and there was a fare amount of smoke on each pull. The smoke continued to smolder for about ten seconds after each draw and enveloped the cigar. Earth, cedar, and spice appeared with some of that classic Cuban, citrus like, twang in the background. Thus far the cigar was enjoyable but it felt like the flavors were fighting each other for dominance. The strength was a solid medium and the finish, medium in length.

About an inch into the smoke, the spice settled down and I detected more of that twang. The profile seemed to become more balanced and the body of the cigar was very toasty. I was really enjoying the smoke at this point. The burn which began a bit wavy had straighten out and the draw remained good. The ash was deeply striated and held for about an inch and half before falling.

During the second third, I was presented with a nice balance of cedar and spice. The spice seemed to take turns with some citrus occasionally. No complaints about performance and I was really digging the subtle changes the tapered vitola seemed to be bringing to the table.

The spice, toastiness, and strength really picked up on the last third and I found myself slowing down between draws to compensate (I had not eaten anything yet). I smoked the stick down to about the band where things began to heat up. Smoking time a bit more than 60 minutes.

Conclusion

First let me begin by stating that the second sample I smoked did not draw as perfectly. It was a bit tighter than I prefer but was still manageable and opened up during the second third. I enjoyed both samples and feel lucky to have had the opportunity to smoke this classic cigar. Moreover, with an appropriate amount of age on it. In conclusion, I am going to give the Montecristo No. 2 a Stogie Geeks Rating of "Box Split". I think I would reach for these when I am looking for a Habano with some boldness to the profile and I have no doubt these will continue to age well.

Thursday
Nov012012

Stogie Geeks Episode 33 - "Your're So Cool-idor"

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Stogie of the Week

E.P. Carrillo Core Line Ecantos Natural

Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Natural
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium/Full
Vitola: Robusto
Size: 4 7/8 x 50
Age: 2 years
MSRP:

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 33 Stogies Page.

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Segment: Coolidors

Cigar Pass Cooler-Dor-101 Post

Thursday
Oct252012

Stogie Geeks Episode 32 - "Sudafed Brothers"

Unbanded Baby!

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This week we are drinking

Balvenie 17 Year Old DoubleWood

What We Have Been Smoking

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Paul's List

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Tim's List

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Segment: Discussion on flavor, strength, body, and finish.



Contest: P.G. Symphony 20 Sampler

Question: What does the "J21" stand for on the Tatuaje Reserva J21 from Pete Johnson?

Congrats to Michael M. who correctly answered; "The J is for Johnson and 21 is the jersey number he always wore because he was always into sports."

Friday
Oct122012

Stogie Geeks Episode 31 - You're my "Li-Hero"

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Stogie of the Week

J. Grotto Reserva Lancero

Origin: Raices Cubanas, Honduras
Wrapper: Honduras Criollo '98
Binder: Honduras Criollo '98
Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua Ligero, Arganorsa
Strength: Medium/Full
Vitola: Lancero
Size: 7 3/8 x 41
Age: N/A
MSRP:

This week we are drinking

What We Have Been Smoking

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