September 21, 2020

Week in Review (Volume 2 Issue 29)

Good stuff. That is all that I smoked this week. Whether it was from Cuba, Honduras or Nicaragua, I only smoked good stuff this week. I had a wedding this weekend, which is always an excuse to light up a crap load of Padrons, but I also had the opportunity to light up the new Padron Family Reserve No. 50 Maduro. I will share my thoughts on that later. My bud Cigar Coop shared with me a Casa Fernandez Rolling Event Cigar and besides that, I watched some Bones which is becoming quite addicting. Let's take a look at the week.

Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Corojo Rolling Event Cigar
I have been a fan of the Miami Reserva line since it was first released, ask Stogie Geeks, Havana Phil's and any Casa Fernandez guy, and I believe it is a cigar that showed the greatness of Medio Tiempo tobacco and is a cigar that will age amazingly. I actually have not bought any boxes of the new stuff. I invested heavily in the original releases when it was just the Toro, but today I look at a cigar they make only for events. The cigar is the Miami Reserva Corojo blend, but it is released in a 7" by 48 ring gauge Churchill. It is truly terrific, love the size, and I am looking forward to reviewing it down the road. Smoking it fairly fresh though, fantastic!

Review Coming Soon.

Cohiba Maduro 5 Magicos
I am going to be honest, this cigar is not that good. I respect that Habanos went out there and released a maduro, and did it in the most purest of fashions, but the still fucking failed. The cigar has nice construction, sometimes, but it does not deliver any great flavors. It is a very a natural maduro, nothing mind blowing or overly sweet, so I appreciate that, but then again it is not that good so why do I bother. Catfish is still pissed at me for picking some of these up, and because of that I will make an episode dedicated to the Habano on What Embargo?. Hell, I might even ask Jose Blanco to join us!

Review Coming Soon to Habanos Critic.

Flor de Selva Maduro No. 15
Now this, this is a good maduro. A Honduran wrapper that has a natural maduro wrapper, it shows strength, flavors and complexity. The cigar itself was rolled wonderfully, and it is no surprise that my buddy Gabriel Alvarez wanted me to smoke it and get a review out. Review is on the way brother, but I am smoking more because I really enjoy them.

Review Coming Soon.
Jose Piedra Brevas
Talk about a great cheap cigar. This short filler masterpiece beats the Maduro 5 and beats a lot of non-Cubans as well. The size was great, construction terrific and flavors truly enjoyable. This is a cigar you buy bundles of and smoke them when you are working in the yard, want a quick smoke that you are not worried about putting down or you are completely hammered and want to smoke something but not waste a great cigar you have in your humidor.

Review Here.

La Palina Goldie Laguito No. 5
Not my favorite Goldie, hard to beat the No. 2, but this is my second favorite one and an enjoyable one at that. With the larger ring gauge, it shows some flavors that remind me of Hoyo de Monterrey and Cohiba, and it is a smooth cigar with flavors that are present but subtle throughout. The construction is absolutely phenomenal, and it is a great afternoon or morning smoke. I still have a box of these aging, and I am interested to see how they age. It is up in there air right now and I think they have the potential to be great or really go South.

Review Here.

Padron 1926 Serie No. 9 Natural
Simply a classic. This is probably the second best cigar ever made by Padron Cigars, possibly the first best, and one of the top five cigars ever made in Nicaragua. If you have not smoked it, you are missing out on an experience. I could smoke this all the time if possible.

Review Here.

Padron Family Reserve No. 50 Maduro
I have smoked all the Family Reserves, Natual and Maduro, and I can tell you that the line has had incredible fluctuation for me. The smoke can be truly magnificent, one of the best ever made, or it can be a total disappointment. Of course, that is to be expected when a company like Padron releases a new cigar as they are fairly conservative with new releases. the Family Reserve No. 50 Maduro is easily the second best maduro in the Family Reserve line, and while it is not as good as the No. 45, it is tasty. It is fairly strong overall, one of the strongest after the No. 85, and I believe with a little bit of age it will mellow out and get better.

Review Here.

Papas Fritas
How is that I like this over the Liga Privada No. 9? The question has me so perplexted that I don't know what else to day. Maybe I drank the Kool-aid and spit out so the effects are opposite.

Review Here.

Sindicato Maduro Magnum
I am a fan of the Sindicato releases that have been released with the cooperation from Casa Ferandez, and I was eager to see how the maduro would be after the original Sindicato release. All I can say is that this cigar is great, and if the smokes are better in smaller ring gauges, than I believe it will be phenomenal. The Magum smoked great and I will let you all see tomorrow morning when the review is posted.

Come Back Tomorrow!