Brick House Churchill

Today is May 1st. Around the world everyone celebrates May Day, a day for revolutionaries. Well, while the United States doesn’t formally participate in it, I’m sure there are a few protests going on somewhere. Here’s hoping you are smoking a cigar while marching for whatever you feel needs change.

Today’s review is the Brick House Churhcill (7 1/4 x 50), by J.C. Newman. This Nicaraguan puro is a good looking cigar, with a dark and oily wrapper. It has a great draw and nice even burn. It’s a nutty smoke with some hints of leather and wood. There were some nice fruitiness there as well. Overall, a great smoke with a great price point. It’s more medium to full bodied, so it fits in nicely with today’s cigar smoker, and with a low price, something you can smoke and enjoy quite often. Let me know what you think of the Brick House in the comments below.

Cigar Details:
Country: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua

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Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Claro

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today is the day when everyone is Irish, at least that’s what my Irish wife tells me. Being Italian, St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t that big of a deal, and as I got older, I went out a few times to celebrate with friends, but it was never a big deal. That is, until I met my wife. Today is her favorite holiday. Last weekend we were at the parade in town, wearing green. Today, she is making corn beef and cabbage, wearing green. Can you guess what color I’m wearing too…that’s right, green. So I figured that since green is the color of the day (for my wife, the week), I would choose a cigar that fit in with today’s festivities, one with a candela wrapper. A candela wrapper is cured differently to make it green. You are almost hesitant to smoke this, because when something is green, it’s usually because it’s raw, undeveloped, young, and with a cigar you want it to be aged. But that’s not the case with today’s cigar. The color doesn’t come from use of an underage leaf, but a special curing process which retains the green chlorophyll in the leaf.  In the early 1950s, until almost the 1970, candela wrappers were the de facto wrapper of choice in the United States. In today’s market, it is almost impossible to find a candela wrapper now. Some manufacturers are still making them, so it will be interesting to see if the trend ever goes back to it.

Today’s review is the Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Claro (6 x 47). It’s a green cigar with an oily candela wrapper. The superior construction provides a long and steady burn with an excellent draw and consistent flavor throughout. It is toasty and creamy with a touch of sweetness to it. Overall a nice smoke, one I would go back to. Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day today with a green cigar, you’ll be happy you did.

Cigar Details:
Country: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Wrapper

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La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 3

Today’s cigar review is the La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 3 (4 1/2 x 56). It’s a nice short robusto with a dark, oily wrapper. After lighting it up, I tasted a balance of wood and spices along with a hint of fruit and nuts. It was an interesting blend, and I was pleasantly surprised by this cigar. The Serie R line tend to be stronger cigars, but this wasn’t as strong as I remembered. Overall, a great smoke, with a nice burn and lots of smoke as well. I would highly recommend this cigar.

Cigar Details:
Country: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic , Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador

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Oliva Connecticut Reserve Robusto

Today’s cigar review is the Oliva Connecticut Reserve Robusto (5 x 50). It’s golden brown wrapper is a bit toothy, but this cigar draws and smokes wonderfully. It’s a light, creamy cigar with notes of wood and lemon. This cigar is perfect for days like today, you can tell that spring is right around the corner and you just can’t wait any longer. We are well into March now, and it’s time we started enjoying the outdoors again. Enjoy the week, and hopefully you remembered to spring forward with your clocks. Have a great week everyone!

Cigar Details:
Country: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador

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My Father Le Bijou Churchill

Today’s review is the My Father Le Bijou Churchill (7 x 50). It’s a beautiful looking cigar, dark, oily, with a grand wrapper on it. This cigar has a full draw with an even burn to it. Some flavors that I picked up throughout the smoke were cedar and leather, with some licorice as well. It is a strong cigar, with a nice balanced flavor. It had a great finish, including more cedar, with some floralness to it as well. Overall, a nice full bodied cigar. Have you smoked one, let me know what you think below.

 

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Partagas Serie S Preferido

Today is Friday, time for the weekend. When I was younger, Friday was a big deal. It meant time off from school, staying up late and getting up early on Saturday for cartoons. Another big thing for me on Friday nights were pizza night at my house. As a child, we had dinner together every night as a family, but for some reason, Friday night pizza night was a big deal. Sitting around a table and everyone enjoying the pizza my mother always made, she could make 6 pizzas faster than the local pizza place. We didn’t have to rush to clean up and get ready for bed right away, life always slowed down a bit on all those memorable nights. Also, I always remember my dad and my grandfather enjoying a nice cigar after a great family meal. Just relaxing and enjoying the simple things in life.

Today’s cigar review is the Partagas Serie S Preferido (6 x 52). It’s a medium-bodied, toothy looking cigar, with a nice draw. This cigar produced nice flavors, including wood, nuts and an earthiness to it. Overall, a pleasant smoke, something I could enjoy from time to time. Had you had one, let me know what you think.

Cigar Details:
Country: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Mexico
Binder: Mexico
Wrapper: Cameroon

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Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Robusto

Today’s review is an Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Robusto (5 1/2 x 50). The Puro Sols are produced by the Fuente family in Santiago, Dominican Republic. They are made with toothy, thin Cameroon wrappers grown by the Meerapfel family in the jungles of western Africa. The robusto is a well made cigar, with a big chocolate flavor balanced with notes of black cherry and spice. It has a nice toasty finish. Try this blend from Ashton, you won’t be disappointed.

Cigar Details:
Country: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Cameroon

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