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Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado Marco (Figurado)

Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado Marco

Reviewed by:  Matthew Sackmann & Larry Watkins

Cigar: Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado Marco (Figurado)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican
Size: 6-1/4” X 54

Construction/Appearance (10 points):

Matt » A long and relatively skinny figurado shape, this cigar reminds me of a baseball bat.  To the touch this cigar is rolled tightly, shows some veins, and has slightly rough caps on both ends (the foot is open), but the construction is solid.  The color is a bit of a pale brown that is a bit splotchy.  The pre-light smell gives some cedar from the wrapping it comes in.  Overall this is a good looking cigar. – Points: 8 of 10 

Larry » It’s and interesting figurado shape wrapped in cedar.  After removing the cedar, the cigar was a lighter shade then I expected.  There are no large veins present in the wrapper which makes this cigar pleasing to the eye.  Overall, a well made cigar. – Points: 10 of 10

Draw, Ash Quality, Burn Quality (20 points):

Matt » Draw: Medium draw that is almost too tough for my preference.  I expected it to open up like Figurados normally do, but this draw didn’t change. / Ash Quality:  Solid stack with no flaking that fell off about half way down / Burn Quality:  Perfect the entire cigar. – Points: 16 of 20 

Larry » Draw: Great draw that brings a large volume or smoke.  / Ash Quality: The ash is very light colored, and hung on until I had to tap it off. / Burn Quality:  Because of the shape of this cigar, the burn started off a little crooked, but evened out quickly.  From there on it burned steadily and even. – Points: 19 of 20

Smoking Characteristics (30 points):

Matt » Start:  Right from the start you get wet cedar notes, along with some bitterness.  The smoke was a bit hot, which surprised me considering the length of the cigar.  The cigar also felt quite warm about half way down. Middle:  About a third of the way through the cigar the heat settled down and some toasty notes added to the cedar, along with just a hint of spice and sweetness.  The bitter taste went away and the smoke dried out, no longer leaving that wet feel on the pallet.  Finish: The last third of the cigar turned a bit harsh, tasting like burnt cedar cialis 5 mg le prix.  – Points: 26 of 30 

 

Larry » Start:  A medium bodied cigar overall with balanced flavor.  As the cigar sits, I noticed a lot of smoke coming off the foot. This is a straight forward smoke that offers a bit of spice.  I did notice a little bitterness half way through, but it evened out.  – Points: 27 of 30

Overall Impression (40 points):

Matt » This medium bodied cigar really takes you on a journey through three distinct flavor spectrums.  The middle third is really the highlight, offering those cedar, toast, spice and sweet, but honestly that doesn’t last as long as I would have liked.  While the draw did loosen a bit, the first half the cigar was a bit of a struggle, which might turn off some aficionados.  The other real highlight of this cigar is the burn, which was perfect.  – Points: 34 of 40

 

Larry » The spicy taste this cigar started with seemed to build all the way through the finish.  It was well made, burned great, and was overall quite good. – Points: 35 of 40

 

Larry’s Total Score: 91 out of 100
Matt’s Total Score: 84 out of 100

Average Score: 87.6 out of 100


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La Libertad Short Perfecto

Reviewed by:  Matthew Sackmann & Larry Watkins

Cigar: La Libertad Short Perfecto
Wrapper: Habano grown in Peru
Binder: Nicaraguan seed binder grown in Peru

Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican Ligero

Construction/Appearance (10 points):

Matt » Out of the cellophane, this short, but classic bomb shaped perfecto looks a lot more expensive than the price you pay for it which impressed me.  From tip to tip, the cigar is rolled tightly with a well constructed cap.  The pre-light aroma is rich with chocolate, tobacco, and leather notes which invites you to jump right in and light it up. To critique, there are that small veins visible, the medium brown color is a bit splotchy, and I could see lines from the press forms, but overall this is a great looking cigar. – Points: 8 of 10

Larry » It’s and interesting shape, the short perfecto.  It’s oily and veiny in appearance, a well made cigar. – Points: 10 of 10

Draw, Ash Quality, Burn Quality (20 points):

Matt » Draw: I was expecting a bit of a difficult draw at first, but some serious effort was needed to power through the initial tight draw.  Past the initial draw, it opened to a medium draw – having some resistance, but not enough to take away from the enjoyment of the cigar. Ash Quality: Solid stack the whole way through. Burn Quality: The cigar burned even.  At one point it was slightly off, but caught right up. – Points: 16 of 20

Larry » Draw: I had to cut both ends to get this cigar to draw.  There was still quite a bit of resistance even after these adjustments. Ash Quality: The cigar produced a light grey ash which held on for over and inch and in fact only fell off because I knocked it off. Burn Quality: Despite it being difficult to draw at first, it burned well, even and slow. – Points: 17 of 20

Smoking Characteristics (30 points):

Matt » Start:  After powering through the initial light, the flavor of this perfecto subtly intensifies, and offers smooth woodsy and toasty flavors, with a touch of cedar-like spice.  The taste concentrates around the upper pallet, and the slightly oily feel to the smoke allows those woodsy notes to pleasantly linger in the mouth. Middle:  Moving toward the middle of the cigar where the ring gage is the largest, the wood notes intensify, where the spice and toasty notes mellow slightly. The Finish:  This perfecto finishes clean.  While the flavors soften, they remain consistent, with no bitterness or rancidness. – Points: 28 of 30

Larry » Start:  For me this is a mild to medium bodied cigar.  I did taste a lot of leather through the middle portion of the cigar.  There’s not a lot of complexity to the cigar, it’s pretty straight forward.  It gives off a pleasant aroma and produces a fair amount of smoke from the foot as it burns. – Points: 25 of 30 

Overall Impression (40 points):

Matt » I have to say this is a really enjoyable medium bodied cigar.  It leaves you wanting to add it to your collection of cigars to smoke on a regular basis, especially for the price.  While it is not a super complex cigar, it is very consistent and offers a lot of flavor.  It’s one of those cigars you can enjoy any time and would pair well with a variety of libations or is just as enjoyable by its self.  Many cigars have a dry smoke that sharpens the flavors in your mouth, but this cigar has that slightly oily smoke which helps to round out the flavors.  If you like a medium bodied cigar, this is one to put on your list to try.  To avoid the tough initial draw, I might suggest trying one of the other sizes they offer. – Points: 37 of 40

Larry » This is a well made cigar.  It was hard at first to draw, and there was some resistance all the way to the end.  I liked the shape of this perfecto.  Overall, the La Libertad Short Perfecto is straight forward and a good cigar for the money. – Points: 35 of 40

 

Matt’s Total Points: 89 out of 100
Larry’s Total Points: 87 out of 100

 Average Score: 88 out of 100


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601 Habano Oscuro La Punta

Reviewed by:  Matthew Sackmann & Larry Watkins

Cigar: 601 Habano Oscuro La Punta
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Construction/Appearance (10 points):

Matt » I love the figurado shape.  It is perfectly constructed through the cap.  The dark brown color is a little splotchy with small veins visible, but that really doesn’t take away from the beautiful construction. – Score: 9 of 10

Larry » 601 is a good looking cigar with a dark and oily appearance with veins visible, but not near the cap. It has a very nice Belicoso shape. – Score: 10/10

Draw, Ash Quality, Burn Quality (20 points):

Matt » Draw: As with the figurado shape, the initial draw is a bit tough, but this cigar opened right up offering the ideal draw you look for in a cigar; not so light that when you look at it and it draws, and not so tight you feel like you are drinking a McDonald’s milkshake. It’s right in that sweet spot. Ash Quality: Solid stack that only fell because I tapped it off. Burn Quality: Perfect the whole way through – no flaws. – Score: 20 of 20

Larry » Draw: Slightly hard to draw at first probably because of the Belicoso shape, but that quickly changed to an easy draw. Ash Quality: I got a long light grey ash that hung on well over 2″. Burn Quality: Very even burn, no runs, no hits, no errors. – Score: 20/20

Smoking Characteristics (30 points):

Matt » Start: From the very start, the smoke fills and coats your mouth, and you are hit with a salty bitterness and some warm spice in the background. Middle: The spice is a nice touch in the background, and the bitterness remains, but it is toned down and more cocoa and leather notes come through. The Finish: No change from the mid-way point through the finish the cigar generique du cialis. – Score: 25 of 30

Larry » From the very first draw you are reminded that you are smoking a full bodied cigar. As soon as the Belicoso shape opens up you have a huge volume of rich smoke. I am not one to notice “peach nuances with a leathery finish”, I just know what I like. This has a spicy full bodied taste, good aroma, and a peppery flavor that stays with it for most of the cigar. – Score: 28/30

Overall Impression (40 points):

Matt » This is a beauty of a cigar with a flawless burn and construction.  I have to say, I was intimidated to smoke this cigar because I had heard how stout it is, but I have to say that while it lives up to being a bold cigar, it is not overwhelming, but instead balanced.  My only complaint is the bitterness that did tone down, but was persistent throughout.   For me that is a deciding factor in the enjoyment of this cigar. – Score: 33

Larry » This 601 is a very good cigar. It was full bodied all the way through without being over powering. The draw, the burn and the flavor was good all the way through. This is a cigar I have enjoyed before and will continue to purchase and enjoy for some time to come. – Score: 38/40

Matt’s Total Score: 87 out of 100
Larry’s Total Score: 96 out of 100

Average Score: 91.5 out of 100

 

 

 


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