June 8, 2020

Week in Review (Volume 2, Issue 18)


What a week! This was probably one of my best weeks for cigar smoking in some time. Every single cigar was absolutely incredible and while some were cigars that I had in 2019, the others were new cigars to me that are going to do very well for me. One of the most memorable cigars from this week was the Atabey, and even though it is pricey, it is truly incredible and a cigar I will want to come back to again and again. I was also able to smoke the new Goldie and while it was not as good as the No. 5, or anywhere close to the No. 2, it was a very good cigar that many will enjoy. I also came back to the Don Pepin Garcia 10th Anniversary which was my Cigar of the Year last year and it is still truly incredible.



Illusione Rothchildes
I love practically everything Dion does. I think he has a wide variety in the Illusione portfolio, but the release of Rothchildes was a true success. The cigar is priced incredibly and with that comes amazing flavors, terrific construction and so much more. I think it was one of the best releases from 2019 and I think it was a release that had a big impact on cigar releases for the rest of the year through this year. If you have not smoked this, possibly because it is always back-ordered, I suggest you get some right away. Truly an incredible smoke.

Review Here.

Atabey Ritos
This is not a new to the market cigar,  it has been around for a couple years, but it is new to me and an amazing one at that. The cigar is an ultra premium boutique and everything about the cigar screams the best of the best. The cigars are being made in Costa Rica, but other than that nothing is known. They were created by the man who has done a lot of the artwork and design for the best Habanos brands, and that includes the well known and highly demanded Cohiba Behike. The Atabey is  cigar that is fairly mild in terms of strength and body, but it is a cigar that is packed with a plethora of light and complex flavors.

Review Here.

La Palina Goldie Laguito Especial
The newest offering from La Palina, and the latest addition to the Goldie Collection Series, the Laguito Especial is their second lancero as a company and a tasty one at that. While this is not my favorite Goldie, it is actually my least favorite Goldie, the blend shows some enjoyable flavors with solid construction throughout. The lancero smokes cool and at the end it makes you want to smoke another one. I feel that the Goldie releases have declined in rating since the initial No. 2 in 2018, and while we are only seeing our third release, I would have expected the cigars to show the greatness of the Goldie quality. A good cigar, but I do not see the La Palina Goldie making it into my Top 25 list this year.

Review Here.
  
Don Pepin Garcia 10th Anniversary
This was my Cigar of the Year last year and it is truly an incredible blend. I don't know if I would say it is the best cigar Pepin has made, the original El Centurion was probably that, but it is a terrific smoke that any true cigar smoker would enjoy. From beginning to end it shows nothing but spectacular flavors and it is balanced in every way possible. While it was offered in a traditional toro, it was a big cigar that I liked because it allowed for a long smoking experience. Either way, if you come across these, buy them up!

Review Here.
Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Ecuador Edition Petit Lancero
The newest cigar from Reinado, the Grand Empire Reserve Ecuador Edition is his first venture away from making a Nicaraguan puro, and is also his first Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper smoke. The is a great petit lancero and the three year aged Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper is terrific on the blend. From beginning to end the cigar is creamy and smooth, but fuller than your typical Connecticut with the terrific blend underneath. I am going to recommend this to so many smokers out there right now and it is definitely going to be on my list of cigars to pay attention to as the year comes to a close.

Review Here.