Sunday, May 31, 2015

PDR-VLR Connecticut

This afternoon's smoke is another from my Thompson Cigar Churchill sampler. This Connecticut leaf wrap is a nice mild smoke.

This cigar lights easily and burns evenly. There are no real distinct flavors, just a very light earthy taste and an easy aroma.

If this is offered in a bundle deal, it would make for a nice daily cigar.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Don Rafael Sun Grown

So I've been posting pics over on Instagram of my daily smokes and thought that I ought to be writing something about them. I'd post reviews on the Thompson Cigar site, but they have stopped linking to this blog, so I'll just post them here.

I recently purchased a forty cigar sampler (two each of twenty different Churchills) and have been enjoying them a great deal. It's unfortunate that I didn't get around to reviewing them earlier as I have worked through several of them already.

I'll begin by saying that these are (for the most part) not great cigars. They are, however, very good everyday, all occasion smokes and very much worth the $1+/smoke price.

Today's selection is a Don Raphael Sun Grown Dominican.
It is a very mild, easy burning cigar. I can't say that it has any distinguishing flavor characteristics, but would certainly purchase this cigar to fill my humidor for a good daily smoke. I'm about 40 minutes into this smoke and it is still as mild as it was when I started. I often grab a cigar when I'm out for a walk and this would be nicely suited to an easy three mile stroll or to enjoy on the deck while I'm typing away on the computer (as I am now!).

A decent cigar, a shady deck, a cool drink, a nice breeze ... life is good!


Friday, January 16, 2015

Gurka Prestige

I received two of these gems as a part of a sampler package just before Christmas. They have mild written all over them.

That was my first impression as I took my first deep draw...very mild.

It lit easily and is burning very nicely. It builds a nice, long ash and has absolutely no bitterness.
At about an inch of ash I started to notice a very subtle coffee like taste that slowly vanished as it reached the halfway point. From there, it was more of a softly tanned leather-like taste and aroma with a little bit of clove like smell added in.

This is a very fine smoke and will go on my list of cigars for special occasions.

As a rule, I like to smoke good, inexpensive cigars. This is a very nice treat. I haven't checked the pricing on buying a bundle of them, but know that Gurkas are usually above my everyday price range. I will have to save the other one for a time when I will be able to sit and enjoy a nice, long smoke,


Tuesday, January 6, 2015


It's been a little while since I've posted here.
I haven't quit smoking cigars. For some reason, I just quit writing about them.

Actually, I was reviewing cigars on the Thompson Cigar site. Initially they were linking to this blog. When they stopped linking, I don't know if they ever fixed that or not, but I stopped reviewing. However, now I'm working on writing more often on my other blogs so I thought I'd post on some of the cigars I've had recently, as well.

This little jewel was given to me by a friend that knows I like a good cigar. It has a nice earthy taste and aroma and was a good size for a relatively quick smoke. It lit well and burned even throughout. Just a hint of spiciness at the beginning that faded into the second third of the cigar. The overall flavor remained constant throughout and it never felt hot or bitter as it approached the end.

It was a medium or medium to mild smoke with a nice light wrapper. I can't comment on the price range as it was a gift. It has an ornate band and a pigtail finish that presents very well.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Arturo Fuentes Gran Reserva

I just returned from a vacation in the Dominican Republic (AKA--cigar heaven!).

I have to admit that I was very disappointed to discover that the premium Dominican cigars were not much cheaper there--a little bit, but not what I was expecting. I picked up a handful of premium cigars, smoked a few of them on the beach and brought the rest of them home with me.

I'll give you my amateur's review of each as I sample them.

First up is the A. Fuentes Gran Reserva

I like the cedar sleeve that it comes wrapped in, just a little touch of class.
Over the past year or so, I've moved away from the maduro wrapped cigars and opted for the Connecticut leaf or natural wrappers. However, this darkly wrapped cigar truly lives up to its reputation of a quality smoke!

I sat om my deck, watched the UFC 173 fights and enjoyed the Churchill size for nearly 1 1/2 hours. Although the long ash doesn't add to the cigar's flavor, it is indicative of the quality of the long leaf fillers and the craftsmanship of the roller.

Its bold, smooth taste is great for a long smoking session. I certainly enjoyed this smoke and would gladly receive another one as a gift. However, this beauty is far and above my normal budget for my already indulgent habit so I'll have to mark it as a great treat and accept that I'll probably not enjoy another one for quite some time.

For a short time, I was receiving regular sampler packs from my cigar supplier of choice--Thompson Cigar Co., but decided that it was just pushing the cost of my habit above what I was willing to spend on a regular basis.

If you are looking for a cigar for a special occasion, if you just want to treat yourself to a quality smoke, or if you want to make me extremely happy and buy me a really good cigar, A. Fuentes Gran Reserva will not disappoint you!


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Romeo y Julieta

It's been a little while since I've posted here. The main reason is that reviews on the Thompson Cigar site (where I purchase most of my cigars) has stopped linking direct to my blog.

This little sampler was everything that one would expect it to be. Good quality cigars! Good flavor, full bodied, even burn. While I enjoyed these very much, I'd say that they run a little bit more than I'm willing to spend on a daily cigar. I will always keep these in mind for those occasional premium cigar. I have enjoyed the occasional RyJ while on vacation and find the Dominicans to be every bit as good as their other cigars.

Monday, August 26, 2013


I'm excited about finally receiving my "Perfecto sampler"

I already like the size and shape and am looking forward to sampling the product.
More when I've smoked a few!