Cain Habano Double Toro

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in Cigar Posts | 0 comments

Cain Habano Double Toro

By Alan R. Nye Origin: Nicaragua Format: Double Toro Size: 6 x 60 Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero These cigars are not for the casual smoker – they’re full bodied and pack a wallop. The first thing I noticed was the dark chocolate brown appearance. This cigar looked perfectly formed with a slightly oily shine and light veins throughout the wrapper. After snipping off the head, I immediately smelled a peppery scent that told me I was in for a treat. The attractive red and gold band was wrapped way down around the foot and came off easily. After lighting it with a wooden match, I was surprised by the easy draw. I got a sense of pepper and rich full-bodied flavor. There was plenty of smoke and the burn was even – flawless really. If you like a cigar that starts off with a strong earthy flavor – full of pepper and body (and I do) this cigar is for you. The first third of the cigar gradually lost its spiciness and was replaced by a leather undertone. The tobacco flavor was fairly intense – though not harsh at all. I had nearly two inches of marbled gray ash before I tapped it off. It burned evenly throughout the smoke. I like to write these reviews while actually smoking so I accurately capture the experience and I was surprised when setting down the cigar for a few minutes that it went out and I had to relight it. Lighting up again was simple but I’d only let it sit for a minute or two before it went out. Puffing several times about half way through, I noticed that the initial spiciness had returned – though it was more muted than the original pepper at the beginning.  Several quick puffs made volumes of thick pleasant smelling smoke. I like this cigar very much and rate it 4.5 out of 5. Stop by The Old Port Wine & Cigar Shoppe and talk to Jacques about these full-bodied cigars. If you like Nubs – the other variety related to this stick, you’ll probably enjoy this one too. But this is definitely a cigar to build up to. Whether you like them mild, medium or full, Jacques has dozens of varies to choose from and just as he does with wine, he can help you find a perfect match for your taste....

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Cusano CC

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 in Cigar Posts | 0 comments

Cusano CC

Cusano CC Torpedo By Alan R. Nye In reading about these cigars online, I came across this somewhat boastful description: The Cusano CC Torpedo cigars are blended to taste and perform exactly the way the legendary Cuban brands did in their day. The wrapper of this handmade cigar was an even medium brown. It was somewhat soft and gave fairly easily when squeezed. The best thing that can be said about the band was that shortly after I started smoking the cigar, it slipped off easily. Truth be told, I like that in a band. After lighting it with a wooden match, I immediately noted its mild flavor. Comparing this to a Cuban cigar – which are often full bodied – would be a stretch. Not that the smoke was bad – it’s just that I’d describe it more as a mild to medium in flavor. Because the cigar wasn’t packed very tightly, the light gray ash fell off quickly. The smoke was rather thin and dissipated quickly when the cigar was sitting in the ash tray. The first third of the cigar was light with a pleasant undertone of leather. The draw was easy and there was no bitterness or harshness detected. This would be a good every day cigar that you could smoke anytime.  If this is an attempt to mimic a classic Cuban cigar at a more modest price – it mostly succeeded. The cigar took on a more earthy taste in the second third, though not overpowering in any way. The burn was even and because it was loosely packed, it burned fairly quickly. This was a no frills cigar that had little complexity. But I was pleased that it tasted progressively better throughout the smoke. This could easily become your daily cigar: it’s affordable, burned well, and had a smooth flavor that never got harsh or bitter. I generally enjoy a more full bodied cigar and the final third is where I hope a mild or medium cigar shows its stuff.  This smoke didn’t disappoint. It became a little more spicy and flavorful – and was much more enjoyable than the mildness of the first two thirds. The ash stayed on the smoke longer and the spiciness was more pronounced. You won’t mistake it for a legendary Cuban, but I enjoyed this simple torpedo and rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Stop by The Old Port Wine & Cigar Shoppe and talk to Jacques about these cigars. Or try one of the many different varieties that he offers. From mild to full bodied, he has exactly what you’re looking for and can help you pick one that you’re sure to enjoy....

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Camacho Triple Maduro

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Cigar Posts | 0 comments

Camacho Triple Maduro

This is a full flavor cigar from the start to end, the taste was rich and smooth to the tongue. It was quite full even for a full maduro and it had an above average flavor compared to other double and triple maduro’s I have smoked. Definitely not for the faint at heart. As far as comparable flavor, just imagine a quadruple espresso coffee made from the darkest strongest bean in the world and that will give you a good idea of the taste of this singular...

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Romeo y Julieta Museum Edition Fazzino

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Cigar Posts | 0 comments

Romeo y Julieta  Museum Edition Fazzino

By Alan R. Nye Origin: Nicaragua Size: 6 x 54 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua and Honduran Romeo y Julieta commissioned pop artist Charles Fazzino to produce the Romeo y Julieta Museum Edition. These cigars come in individual frosted glass tubes lined with Fazzino prints and thin strips of cedar. You can also purchase them in a beautiful black humidor. Displayed in the inner lid of the humidor is a 3D Charles Fazzino print, which is hand numbered and signed by the artist.  Amazon describes it this way: Romeo y Julieta Museum Edition Fazzino Humidor (very limited) Charles Fazzino is one of the most popular artists in the world today. As the creator of the limited edition fine art prints, he is best known for his obsession with bright colors, wonderful detail and a unique hand-assembled, 3-D layering technique that brings his images to life. His artwork can be found in the private collections of hundreds of prominent collectors and sports and entertainment celebrities. He has been commissioned to paint masterful tributes for many high-profile events including the Super Bowl, the MLB All-Star Game, NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and the Grammy Awards. This Limited Edition 3-D Giclee print was specially commissioned for Romeo y Julieta. It is printed on 100% Rag Museum Board and paper. Once printed, each image is meticulously cut and assembled and embellished by hand, establishing each print as a unique work of art. The wrapper of this cigar is dark brown and lined with several veins of varying lengths. The body is firm but gives fairly easily when squeezed. The simple gold band is attractive. Make no mistake, these cigars are pricy and Amazon lists the limited edition humidor for $350.00. Other online sites list the humidor with full complement of 36 cigars for around $1000.00. The cigar is very smooth. After lighting it with a wooden match, I Initially noted a somewhat sweet earthy taste. Even though the cigar wasn’t packed tightly, the medium gray ash stayed attached for a full inch or more before falling off. The smoke was thick when drawing on the cigar – but when left sitting in an ash tray, it became so light it was practically invisible. This is a mild to medium cigar. The first third was light with no harshness tones evident. It’s easy on the palate and is perfect for folks who enjoy a cigar on just a few special occasions. The frosted glass tube with its gold cap is elegant and well worth keeping for future use as a means to carrying a cigar in your pocket. The cigar became more complex as I reached the second third, with a more distinct tobacco flavor. The initial sweetness faded and was replaced by a creamy malty flavor – almost like a dark beer. The burn was even and the draw easy and smooth.  I appreciate that the band removed easily and wasn’t so stuck to the cigar that it peeled off some of the wrapper, which sometimes happens. I enjoy a more full bodied cigar and the final third was where this cigar shined.  It became more earthy and flavorful – though that creamy texture remained. The mildness of the first third was gone – it had transformed into a medium smoke with just...

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Padron 1926 40th Anniversary Torpedo

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 in Cigar Posts | 0 comments

Padron 1926 40th Anniversary Torpedo

By Alan R. Nye Cigar: Padron 1926 Serie 40th Anniversary Origin: Nicaragua Size: 6.75 x 54 (Torpedo) Wrapper: Nicaragua “Natural” Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua I had the great pleasure of recently smoking the limited edition Padron 1926 Serie, 40th Anniversary Natural cigar. I’ve read that the Padron 40th Anniversary Torpedo is part of the exclusive Padron 1926 line and is quite rare, with only 16,000 released each year. The tobacco is aged five years.  Aficionado magazine made the Padron 40th Anniversary Torpedo the “Cigar of the Year” for 2004 and they claim that it, “may be the best cigar Padron has ever made.” This box pressed cigar had a smooth silky wrapper that had no imperfections. The label has the classic look Padron 1926 Serie, with a second burgundy colored band with gold trim below it denoting “40 Years.” Using a double-bladed cutter, I trimmed of the head and noted the easy pre-light draw. The cigar was very smooth from the first draw to the last. After lighting it with a wooden match, I Initially noted a slightly earthy tone with no harsh qualities whatsoever. The light gray ash had dark striations and stayed attached for a full inch or more before falling off. The smoke was pleasant and quite light – so much so that when left sitting in an ash tray for a minute it was a little difficult to tell if the cigar was still lit. The draw was perfect. This is a medium to full bodied cigar but the draw is so perfect and the taste is so smooth that it’s deceptively mild as you draw in its rich flavors.  It’s only when you’re well into that you notice power of the tobacco. The middle third of the cigar brought out some spicy notes with a hint of cocoa. Ten minutes into this beauty and I knew I’d found cigar nirvana. Without question, this was one of the finest cigars I’d ever smoked. It’s easy to see why it was rated so highly by Aficionado. What makes this cigar remarkable is the smoothness from start to finish. Unlike some, this complex cigar had on evenly balanced flavor from start to finish. If money were no object, I’d have my humidor filled with these precious babies. This is the perfect example of “you get what you pay for.” If you have a special occasion, or are looking for an exceptional gift for a special person, you won’t go wrong with this selection. Of a possible 5 stars, this cigar gets a perfect score. A steep price is the only impediment to making this a daily smoke. Even so, it’s in a class by itself. Stop by The Old Port Wine & Cigar Shoppe and try one of these heavenly cigars or one of the other fine Padron selections.  You’ll thank me later....

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La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Cigar Posts | 0 comments

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco

Reviewed By: Alan R. Nye This cigar was released last year from General CigarCo. and has the unique boxed shape of a pyramid. It is five inches long with a ring gauge of 57 at the foot, tapering to 47 at the head. This is the second one I tried and I took my time with it. The first was not too memorable as I was showing Jacques the finer points of backgammon and his constant whining made it difficult to concentrate on the cigar’s attributes. As the name Obelisco suggests, the cigar looks like an obelisk (tapering monument). I read somewhere that the shape was inspired by the “Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration” situated in Santiago. I don’t know anything about that, but in the U.S. the shape of the cigar resembles the Washington Monument. This cigar has an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and a blend of Dominican and double Nicaraguan ligero tobaccos. This cigar had an extra paper band around the foot of the cigar that must be removed before smoking. As I’ve said in other reviews, I don’t like extra bands: they often look elegant but are just another band to remove when you want to light up. The worst thing is if the band has too much glue (which sometimes happens – though not in this case), and part of the wrapper gets peeled off with the band. Not cool. After cutting the head, and using a wooden match to get it going, the cigar had a smooth draw and burned well. This is a dark wrapper (which I like) and the construction was excellent. The Oblisco burned evenly with a medium gray ash. The aroma was moderate and quite pleasant. Because of the unique shape of the cigar, the head is square-shaped after cutting and felt somewhat odd in my mouth. It wasn’t unpleasant or difficult to get used to – just a bit unusual. The flavor was medium to full-bodied with a pronounced tobacco taste. When first lighting up, there was initially a somewhat sweet spicy flavor to the tobacco with an earthy undertone. I’m not sure if it was due to the shape or not, but the cigar produced an abundance of agreeable smoke. It’s the type of cigar that you need to puff and then take out of your mouth, as you’ll be surrounded by a cloud of smoke. The second half had an even more pronounced peppery flavor with a hint of dark chocolate. It became quite earthy, though never too strong or overpowering. I enjoyed it all the way to the end. I prefer a medium to full-bodied cigar, so the Obelisco was just my kind of smoke. This cigar was a satisfying experience that was flavorful from start to finish. If you prefer this type of cigar, this is an excellent choice. It’s also moderately priced – always an important consideration. Of a possible 5 stares, this cigar ranks 4 ½ stars – it’s that good. Stop by the store and try one of these uniquely shaped La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco cigars or one of the many other fine cigars in The Old Port Wine & Cigar Shoppe. You won’t be...

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Cuvee Blanc Robusto Single

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in Cigar Posts | 0 comments

Cuvee Blanc Robusto Single

Reviewed by: Alan Nye The cigar I’m reviewing today is one that Jacques deVillier enjoyed but one of his favorite customer’s didn’t care for. Lucky me, I get to be the tie-breaker. The Cuvee Blanc Robusto cigar is made in the Dominican Republic by the Chiusano family – who also produce the Dominican Cusano Cigars. This Robusto is 5 X 50 appearance is pleasant with a firm construction and a Connecticut wrapper that is nearly flawless. This cigar had an extra paper band around the foot of the cigar that must be removed before lighting up. I don’t like that extra band for two reasons: one, it’s looks fancy but is just another band to remove when you want to get smoking; and two, if the band has too much glue (as it did with this cigar), part of the wrapper gets peeled off with the band. I hate it when that happens After cutting the head, and using wooden matches to get it going, the cigar had a very easy draw and burned well. As mentioned, the construction was excellent and the burn was even with a light gray ash. The aroma was mild and quite pleasant. Because of the firm construction, I let the ash expand to nearly two inches before I flicked it off. The flavor started out mild and creamy, with the middle third tasting a bit more earthy – but still mild. For me, the middle third is when I want a cigar to do something – get more complex, change flavors or intensity – something. This one didn’t.  It remained mild and creamy. The last third of a cigar is when you often can tell a good cigar from a poor one. Average cigars get sharp or too strong at this point. A good cigar can turn bad with an overpowering ending. Excellent cigars change flavor again at this point or show complexity in the last third. This cigar did neither – it simply maintained that mild, creamy texture throughout. Although I prefer a more medium to full-bodied cigar, this smoke was a satisfying experience that was extremely consistently from start to finish. If you prefer a mild cigar, this is a good choice. It’s also less than $10.00 – always an important consideration. Of a possible 5 stares, this cigar ranks 3 ½ stars – mostly for its excellent construction, even burn, and consistent creamy taste. Stop by the store and try one of the Cuvee Blanc Robusto cigars or one of the Cusano cigars made by the same family – or simply talk to Jacques about some of the many other brands he offers at The Old Port Wine & Cigar...

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Oliva Serie O Churchill Cigar

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in Cigar Posts | 0 comments

Oliva Serie O Churchill Cigar

Review by: Alan Nye. I’m lucky. The Old Port Wine Merchants & Cigar Shoppe is on the bottom floor of my office building. In fact, my window is just above where folks often sit outside the store on a bench and smoke their cigars. For me, the smell of a good cigar is like a fly drawn to honey. Combine this with knowing that the store has a large walk-in humidor with a huge selection of cigars, and it makes it practically impossible to resist stopping by almost daily to see the latest cigar selections. The cigar I’m reviewing today is like Michelob beer. I prefer wine over beer, but sometimes in the heat of the summer (yes, even Maine has a couple of hot days in the summer), there’s nothing like a cold beer to quench the thirst. Michelob is not my favorite beer – but it’s always good and better than light beers or anything I’ve tasted from Budweiser, Miller or Coors. It’s an old stand-by that consistently satisfies. I prefer Sam Adams Boston Lager or a pint of Guinness, if I have the choice. But Michelob will do just fine. So what does Michelob have to do with the Oliva Serie O Churchill Cigar? Am I suggesting that you pair the two together? No, not really (but you could). The Olivia Serie O Churchill cigar is a Nicaraguan Puro, grown with the same Cuban-seed Habano tabaccos in different regions of the country. And it’s good – the 7 X 50 appearance is pleasant with a fairly firm construction and agreeable flavors. The Maduro wrapper has small markings but is mostly unblemished. I think any cigar under $10.00 that has a good flavor is worth the money. At $9.00, this Churchill is at the top of my “good-cigar-under-$10.00” threshold. But it’s also a pretty good value since it can last an hour or longer. I’d rate it as a medium cigar – not too mild and not really full-bodied— until you get to the final third. After cutting the head, and using wooden matches to get it going, the stick had an easy draw and burned evenly. The burn was even with the ash a light gray with black striations. Though not consistently tight, the ash formed a good inch or two without dropping off. The flavor started out a little peppery, but the middle third mellowed out and felt creamy with a hint of coffee. For me, the middle third was the most enjoyable part of the smoke. The last third got quite a bit stronger and resembled more of a full-bodied cigar. It had more of a pure tobacco taste with earthy tones and just a hint of sweetness. This is the perfect stand-by cigar when you’re not quite sure what to smoke. It provides a satisfying experience that consistently delivers. Although it certainly won’t be the best cigar you’ve ever smoked, it’s well worth giving a try. Who knows? It may turn out to be your “Michelob” cigar – the one you turn to again and again. I give this cigar a solid 3 stars. I’ve also tried the Serie O Robusto ($7.50) and Corona ($6.50) and they all taste very much the same – consistently worth your consideration. Since they’re a little less expensive and taste...

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