Cigar Scores

Padrón 1926 Serie No. 6 c7 $11–13
Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 c6 $7
My Father c6 $10
Romeo y Julieta Habana Cuba c6
San Cristobal Elegancia Robusto c6 $7
La Palina Classic c5 $7–8
Rocky Patel Decade Torpedo c5 $11
San Cristobal Revelation c5 $7–8
Rocky Patel Decade #46 c5 $9
Partagás Serie D No. 4 c4
Camacho Corojo Toro c4 $7
Camacho Corojo Robusto (Tube) c4 $7
Camacho Curiollo Toro c4 $6
La Gloria Cubana Serie R Estelí c4
La Flor Dominica Air Bender c4
Avo Uvezian Heritage Short Torpedo c3
Rocky Patel Royale Sumatra c3 $8
Camacho Curiollo Robusto (Tube) c2 $6
Punch Rare Corojo c1 $7

San Cristobal Revelation

Brand: Ashton
Flavor: San Cristobal Revelation
Size: Prophet (54 × 5″)
Price: $7?

Flavor profile really complements a tumbler of Maker’s Mark. Medium body. Easy draw. More of a traditional cigar flavor. Any particular individual flavor is too subtle to discern. A smooth smoke. A hint of something floral, maybe caramel, too? Middle of the cigar is meatier, fuller. Got a bit of a runner; uneven burn in the middle. A satisfying experience.

Buy again? Probably.

La Palina Classic

Brand: La Palina
Flavor: Classic
Size: Toro (50 × 6″)
Price: Don’t remember. $7.75?

This was a big smoke. It had a good, even burn, a nice easy draw, and a tight ash throughout. It’s got an aromatic and smooth flavor… maybe even a bit sweet. It was almost perfume-y, but that might have had to do with the sweet hoppy IPA that I was drinking at the time. There’s also a hint of dark chocolate in there. It reminds me of smoking cigars at the beach.

Buy again? Yes.

Romeo y Julieta Habana Cuba

Brand: Romeo y Julieta
Flavor: Habana Cuba
Size: Corona (42 × 5 5/8″)
Price: gift

A genuine Cuban cigar. It has a traditional aroma and a sweet taste. Its flavor is mild–almost light–yet aromatic. Rolled very tightly, so it had a tough draw. It burned extraordinarily even, and had a surprisingly loose ash. The wrapper was veiny, and it tasted of creamy vanilla and sweet cherry. The tight roll made it hard to smoke, but that’s the only bad thing about this cigar. It was delightful throughout.

Buy again? If I could! But I can’t.

La Flor Dominica Air Bender

Brand: La Flor Dominica
Flavor: Air Bender
Size: Matatan (50 × 5″)
Price: ?? not on receipt

It starts a bit tangy, but the exhale is creamy cocoa, and a bit hot. Easy draw tastes meaty at times. That’s a good thing. A stronger smoke than I usually like. Earthy with a few aromatic spices. This cigar doesn’t fuck around. This is a “get to work!” kind of cigar. At first I didn’t like it, but after I settled in, it’s worth second consideration.

Buy again? Probably.

San Cristobal Elegancia Robusto

Brand: Ashton
Flavor: San Cristobal Elegancia
Size: Robusto (50 × 5″)
Price: $6.40

This cigar was offered for free during my last visit to the Old Virginia Tobacco Company.

Immediately mild and a bit perfumey. A little sweet. Vanilla or caramel inside a well-rounded flavor. Maybe it’s toasted almonds. Light and delicious. Loose ash; middle of the smoke is less sweet, fuller, but still delightfully mild. Didn’t try, but this would likely kick ass with some rye. All the way to the nub, this is a great smoke.

Buy again? Hells yes.

Rocky Patel Decade

Brand: Rocky Patel
Flavor: Decade
Size: Torpedo (52 × 6.5″), Forty-Six (46 × 4.5″)
Price: Torpedo: $11.25, 46: $8.75

Box pressed. My normal go-to smoke. Mild and smooth but flavorful throughout. Easy draw and burns even. The slightest bit of spicy patchouli. No lingering aftertaste and you can barely tell you smoked the next day. A great smoke to settle into conversation with. Big and fat; takes a while to finish it off.

Buy again? Almost definitely. Trying a smaller size next time.

Smaller Forty-Six is just as good, but the smaller size lets you taste the wrapper more.

My Father

Brand: Tabacalera Cubana (Garcia & Garcia or El Rey de los Habanos)
Flavor: My Father
Size: No. 1 Robusto (50 × 5.5″)
Price: Robusto $10.00

From the start, it’s clean, bold, and meaty. Mellow spice. Easy draw, moderate smoke speed, and it burns mostly even. Other reviews say it’s “creamy”; it is in the middle after you settle in. This cigar matures nicely, and is consistent throughout. It’s nice and smooth all the way down to the nub.

Buy again? Absolutely.