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.

Padrón 1926 Serie No. 6

Brand: Padrón
Flavor: 1926 Serie – Natural
Size: No. 35 (48 × 4″)
Price: $11.20–$13.20

Box pressed. Smooth draw right away with a mellow flavor but not too light. A bit of spice on the tongue. Tight ash. Kind of hoppy bitter with a dark earthiness to it. Nothing about the aroma is offensive. Everything about this cigar is just right. Paired with whisky this is a luxurious smoke.

Buy again? Definitely!

Camacho Curiollo

Brand: Camacho
Flavor: Curiollo
Size: Toro (50 × 6″), Robusto (tube, 50 × 5″)
Price: Both $6.00
Toro: c4
Robusto: c2

Smooth, medium intensity. Burns even with dense ash. Not overpowering. Actually kind of mild in a good way. Consistent smoke throughout.

The Robusto got a little too strong at the end with about a quarter of the cigar left. A couple of draws tasted like ammonia.

Buy again? Yes for the Toro. Maybe not the Robusto.