Sunday, August 30, 2015

Perdomo Double Aged Maduro Robusto

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 5”
Ring: 56
Cost: $10.00

Note:  This review was done by Kollarism, but posted by Lyricsninja. Kollarism is taking a break from the reviews for a bit after this one.

Appearance (0-20):  The initial impression is that the Perdomo Double Aged Maduro Robusto will be a good smoke.  The wrapper was a beautiful dark brown color, and very toothy.  In my experience, a grainy/toothy wrapper generally gives off a solid experience.  The typical Perdomo band is wrapped around the top, while also accompanied by the signature 12 year aged band.  The cool thing about this band, was that various information about the cigar on it, which is great for beginners and experts alike. From a first look, this cigar is well put together.
Score: 18

Construction (0-20): I did not get to snap any pictures through the experience, but the construction was once again well done.  The cap clipped off without excessive debris, the draw was great, and the ash consistently held itself for over an inch.  There were no soft spots produced in the rolling, and everything mingled together in perfect accord.
Score: 18

Strength (0-20): This sat much closer to the medium-medium full scale, and was more focused on the flavor notes.  With that said, it was well done.
Score: 18

Flavor (0-20): Right up front, there is a good bit of spice. As you continue to smoke, there are still strong notes of spice throughout the whole experience, and more prominently in the retrohale.  The full length of the cigar gave of pretty much the same flavors of rich coffee and chocolate, but they were consistent from top to bottom.  I like different cigars that are complex and have changing flavors, but also those that are consistent with great flavors.  This one leaned more towards the latter.
Score: 18
Value (0-20):  Coming in at around $10, I think that is a fair price.  I really continue to stress this sentiment, but a $10 cigar really needs to produce something great.  There are so many great cigars and manufacturers our there now, I find it hard to reach for a $10 cigar and justify it.  There still are a handful of smokes that i can dish out some money for, but the number of great cigars under $8 are overwhelming. 

Score: 16

Additional Notes: Paired with an IPA on my deck. Cigar provided by Famous Smoke Shop

Overall (0-100): Overall the cigar did everything well.  It has a premium initial look to it, the construction was pretty much spot on, and the experience was solid.  All of the flavors mingled together well and provided great flavor.  My only gripe is the price point was a bit high for my taste.  If choosing another Perdomo, I would rather choose the 10th Anniversary Maduro as bang for your buck.  All in all, Perdomo has a solid cigar that is worth the smoke.

Score: 88

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Aging Room Quattro F55

Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Sumatra (2003)
Filler / Binder: Dominican Republic
Length: 5”
Ring: 50
Cost: $9.70

Background:  This particular cigar was released by Botique Blends Cigars, under the Aging Room name, all of which is a subsidiary of Oliveros Cigars. It’s a limited batch to only 400k cigars per year (20k boxes released worldwide), which of course by the virtues of supply and demand make this one a bit harder to get your hands on. The 7” variety of this cigar snagged the honor of being the #2 cigar of the year in 2013 on Cigar Aficionado’s list. Of note is that the #1 overall cigar of 2013 is a Cuban cigar, which at the time was not legally available in the US… thus making the Aging Room F55 Concerto the #1 cigar available in the US in 2013. So was that warranted?

Appearance (0-20):  The initial appearance is simple, but effective. A brown band is flanked in a matte gold, with Aging room showing prominently in what would look like an aged coloration. See what they did there? On the lower portion of the band is the variety, the F55. The stick also has a foot band, with the Quattro name on it, again matching the top band. Now for the more important portion – the exterior wrapper looks fantastic in its box press gives it a nice overall feel. The wrapper is extremely silky and clean. It’s the type of cigar that upon seeing, you’re pulled toward it.
Score: 18

Construction (0-20): Really, I don’t have a ton to say about the overall construction. The box press is well done, the wrapper is clear of any impurities, and the double cap is the icing on the cake. It’s packed nearly perfectly from a feel standpoint, and after cutting (and showing no real residuals) it’s got what feels like the perfect draw. It didn’t disappoint throughout the smoke either, keeping a nearly razor sharp line and an ash that held for two inches at a time.
Score: 20

Strength (0-20): Medium to full in range and it hits pretty close to that. I found it to sit more in the straight up medium kind of smoke, with the occasional foray into the high end of the medium spectrum.
Score: 17

Flavor (0-20): One of the most interesting parts of the Aging Room Quattro F55 is the flavor profile. Upon lighting up, there is a nice earthy base that serves as a vehicle to bring through some of the other flavors during the first third. It also helps to tone down the intense pepper that is blasted out on the first few puffs. The pepper continues but is expertly melded with a sweet creamy taste. It almost resembles a spiced caramel, with a bitter espresso flavor beginning to come through in the second third of the smoke. The earthy nature seems to fade off a bit, and instead nutty and leathery undertones become more prevalent. Its smooth in every sense of the word, while having just the right kind of flavor bite.
Score: 20

Value (0-20):  It’s hard to argue that this isn’t worth the money. Could it be a hair less, simply due to the fact that it’s robusto,
Score: 19

Additional Notes: Paired with Guinness on my deck.

Overall (0-100):  Let me first apologize for not taking any more pictures. I was a bit preoccupied with smoking it and totally glossed over taking some more shots. But let’s be honest here – you should be going out to buy one of these. Its well-constructed, superbly flavored, complex, and right in the correct price point. Despite the strength not being quite what I had hoped, it still has enough power that it’s close to what its billed at. This one is worth the money… and worthy of being one of the best cigars of 2013.

Score: 94

Monday, August 10, 2015

Famous Smoke Shop Introduces Two Exclusive Cigars from J. Fuego, VUDU Black and Sacrifice

Famous Smoke Shop is a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars. The company specializes in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Famous has just released two new cigar lines under the production and blending expertise of Jesus Fuego Cigar Company. Jesus Fuego is responsible for some of the world’s highest rated cigars, and continues to expand using the same passion for cigars that has earned him the rank of Master Blender. The new releases are the highly anticipated VUDU Black and VUDU Sacrifice, and these two blends are exclusively available at Famous Smoke Shop. The first shipment has just arrived at the company’s warehouse and is currently available for sale on their website.

These new exclusive VUDU lines are the first two releases of five lines in this extensive brand of complex and flavorful cigars. The VUDU Black’s blend is designed to provide a full bodied smoking experience, while the Sacrifice is a medium bodied smoke.  Both of these cigars are designed for those who enjoy rich and flavorful cigars.

VUDU Black is rolled in Nicaragua and utilizes a blend consisting of a complex mixture of potent Nicaraguan fillers and binder, all wrapped in a dark oily Pennsylvania Sun Grown wrapper. The result is a full strength cigar with complex flavors. Cigar smokers should expect a blend that has a powerful hit of rich tobacco flavors, spice, and a natural smoky sweetness that pours off the cigar for an all-around well-balanced smoke.

VUDU Sacrifice utilizes a blend consisting of a complex mixture of Honduran and Nicaraguan core tobaccos, all wrapped in Jesus Fuego’s trademark Corojo wrapper; the same wrapper he’s used in some of his highest rated cigars. The result is a medium strength cigar with full bodied flavors. Cigar Smokers should expect a tantalizing mix of rich tobacco flavors, along with a pronounced medium bodied sweetness to balance the cigar to a perfect mix of strength and taste.

When asked about the VUDU Black, “What an innovative cigar!” exclaimed Famous Smoke Shop outreach specialist and cigar enthusiast Cory Grover. “I’ve smoked my fair share of cigars from premium to not so premium, and hands down this is among the list of premiums.  I will smoke this cigar again and again. Being a fan of strong cigars, this gives me everything I look for. It’s got a little spice, followed by a natural sweetness, and the rich ligero seems to be smoothed out by the oily and lush Pennsylvania Sun Grown wrapper. The wrapper is really what brings it all together. I truly feel that if it wasn’t a Sun Grown wrapper, the balance may not have been there. But that just goes to show Jesus Fuego is a cigar guru.”

“I’ve been waiting for the VUDU to come out for some time now, so this is like Christmas morning for me” said Cigar Advisor copywriter and Famous Smoke Shop cigar reviewer Jonathan Detore. “What Jesus Fuego does in the cigar industry is pure magic. I guess you can say it’s a bit of VUDU magic. But all joking aside, this is a great cigar through and through. The subtle hints of sweetness swirling with some richer notes does nothing but captivate the taste buds. It holds your attention throughout the smoke, as the smoke and aroma completes the experience by hitting the vital sense of smell. Not only that, but the packaging is awesome. I’ve seen some cigar jars in the past, but this humidification jar with a Boveda Pack included is a work of art. I always knew we had a great design team, but the person who created the artwork for this is truly remarkable. What more do you need than a great cigar and some great collectable and reusable cigar art?”

Both the VUDU Black and Sacrifice cigars are available in innovative humidification jars with a Boveda pack to keep them humidified and are offered in four sizes – a 5 1/2 x 52 Cuban Corona, a 4 3/4 x 50 Robusto, a 5 3/4 x 50 Toro, and a 6 3/4 x 50 Churchill. The names of the sizes are the No. 13, No. 3, No. 7, and No. 9 respectively, and will all be shipped in their well-sealed, heavily decorated humidification jar for guaranteed freshness. With Famous’ everyday discount pricing, customers can enjoy this new offering with individual retail prices starting at $2.69 to $3.63 per cigar respectively. People interested in learning more about VUDU cigars or Famous Smoke Shop should visit or call 800-564-2486.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Famous Smoke Shop Introduces Two Exclusive Cigars from Joya de Nicaruagua, Cunning and Merciless

Easton, PA -- Famous Smoke Shop is a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars. The company specializes in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Famous has just released two new cigar lines under the Joya de Nicaragua brand . These new releases are the highly anticipated Cunning and Merciless Cigars, and they are exclusively available at Famous Smoke Shop. The first shipment is expected to arrive to the company’s warehouse mid-August preordering is currently available on their website. The company has expressed that both these new brand will be available in limited quantities, but is not a one-time release and will be a consistent offering for the foreseeable future.

Both of these cigars will be the first releases within their respective lines. Cunning will have a new blend designed to provide sophisticated and complex flavors to satisfy every cigar smoker’s taste buds. This blend will be made in small batches and production on the brand will be limited. Merciless is expected to come out on the same day as the milder Cunning cigar in order to offer more veteran smokers the opportunity to enjoy a blend with a little more strength.

Cunning cigars utilize a blend consisting of a complex mixture of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos and binder, and a silky smooth yet incredibly flavorful Ecuadorian Shade Grown Connecticut wrapper leaf. The Merciless cigar utilizes a blend consisting of complex Nicaraguan fillers, a smooth Dominican binder, and a lush and flavorful Ecuadorian Habano wrapper tobaccos which has been a proven wrapper offering cigar smokers have sought for years. The result of both is simply unfounded anywhere in the cigar industry, and has already gained immense popularity among those who were given the rare opportunity to try the pre-release of both cigars.

“This cigar offers what I consider to be the best of both worlds,” Famous Smoke Shop editor and cigar reviewer John Pullo remarks on the Cunning. “The immense flavor that pours off this cigar is unbelievable, and the wrapper is perhaps one of the biggest players in this blend. When mixed in with an all Nicaraguan core, and you have the perfect recipe for a relaxing yet not overpowering smoke. So in essence, what you have is a cigar that borrows the smoothness of a Connecticut wrapper grown in the fertile soils of Ecuador for beefed up flavor, along with a complexity courtesy of Nicaragua which grows tobaccos similar to that found in Cuba for an overall and undeniable flavor bomb. It certainly gets two thumbs up.”

Cunning and Merciless cigars are available in three sizes – a 7 x 50 Churchill, a 6 x 60 Magnum, a 6 x 50 Toro, and a 5 x 50 Robusto. With Famous’ full box discount pricing, customers can enjoy these new offerings with individual retail prices ranging from $3.46 to $4.62 per cigar for the Cunning, and $3.22 to $5.02 for the Merciless. People interested in learning more about Cunning and Merciless cigars, or Famous Smoke Shop should visit or call 800-564-2486.