Archeological Find

RoMa Craft Sabertooth. A gift from a friend, or atleast a person that I would consider a friend. But let’s be honest, anyone that would give you a cigar is a friend worth having. With the Weekend I just had, this cigar has been keeping me going.

For any fan of RoMa Craft, their limited edition cigars are exquisite. If you find yourself in possession of one, count yourself lucky. Wanderlust, Black Irish, Sabertooth, or even one of their regular sticks, you are in for a tasty treat.

It starts with a nice earthy/mildly leathery scent and a outstanding powdery feel and as you can see the offset barber pole wrapper.

Per my personal preference, Tonight I am useing the Xikar Sparkplug punch from their High Performance line of products. I almost always use a punch for cigar reviews due to the duplication of results. My opinions are my own, but the facts are as accurate as I can make them. We don’t all cut the same but with a punch…you get the picture.

Cold Draw – mildly sweet, slightly fruity. Similar to the Plums I always look for in the Cromagnon and in Perique Pipe Tobacco.

My only issue so far is that I hate to light this piece of art on fire, but, after all it is a cigar. It catches flame and draws well, I would have been shocked if that was not the case.

First Taste – toast, and notes of roasted Almonds. Just a touch of cedar and a good touch of spice on the finish. There is a distinct complexity that is difficult to explain adequately.

Burn – is a little off, but it is a bit windy where I am tonight and I would expect similar results in all but a very select few cigars under the circumstances. I’m not disappointed, it’s just not a perfect burn so no pictures. Also I will not be trying for an Epic Ash but the signs are all there that it can be done.

Halfway through – a mild creamy note has emerged. Reminds me of Jalapa Valley leaf. Next time I talk to Skip or Mike I will definitely try to find out.

Strength – Medium to Full. Closer to full than I expected. Not as strong as the orange band offerings from RoMa Craft but definitely stronger than the regular brown band. Maybe a little bit stronger than the black band Cromagnon but hard to say without a side by side comparison.

Pairings – Bourbon or a good strong coffee. Some Scotch but not the super peaty varieties.

On to the Binary.

A definite 1. Now that I know how good it is I will definitely be looking forward to smoking it again.

As always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes.

The Death of Tobacco

Pipe smokers and some Cigar smokers are about to be finding it impossible to enjoy a good smoke.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2339/text

The above link will detail how you are about to be affected.

Let’s get to the short of it.

Sales to individuals under 21 years of age will be outlawed. Sure, that won’t hinder most pipe and cigar Smokers, but let’s dig deeper.

Additives to flavor cigars will be outlawed. Good buy, Cherry, Vanilla, any flavors including one of my personal favorites Pumpkin Spice. Wait, What, did you just read that? Yeah, you sure did. Acid, the best selling cigar world wide, Lane 1-Q the best selling pipe Tobacco world wide, and more products than I have time to list will be eliminated from sale in the United States.

Electronic sales will be outlawed. Brick and Mortar shops will see an increase in business, but your favorite 12 pipe and cigar retailers all have a very good online presence. Think about it, you will no longer be allowed to get any blend or cigar unless you can get it locally. I personally have some sources, but living in the 4th largest American city has still been difficult to get those blends that are not readily available and thus even Voodoo Review has been ordering online for years.

Now, for the naysayers, those that believe it will never happen. It has already passed in the House, now it is moving to the Senate. As worded, it is to protect the Youth, this is an election year, and if you think about firearms, the loudest voices, All, scream about protecting the Youth.

Suggestion (1)

Get in contact with your Senators and make sure to get their attention. Tell everyone you know about this and make sure they also get the word out.

Suggestion (2)

Cellar as much Tobacco as you can. All those blends you love that are online or flavored.

Suggestion (3)

Learn to roll or grow and blend your own. Yes, it really looks like it is going to get to that level of difficulty.

Is this Doomsday? Well, it very well could be.

As always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes

Alec Bradley Lost Art

Is that Lost Art or is it Work of Art? In truth, it is the Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art. First introduced a couple of years ago the Lost Art is based upon the Prensado which was both blessing and curse to the Alec Bradley name. Rating in at #1 in some Magazine it went from decent sales to 3min from getting a box till out of stock. And Yes, I do think the original was worth going to the cigar shop every day in the hope that you got lucky.

So what about the Lost Art? 2 words. Even Better.

Let’s start with what I know from smoking boxes of Lost Art. The Wrapper is thick enough that it is not delicate, but thin enough that it burns easily. The Box Press is firm and not squishy with nicely rounded corners that fit the mouth well. Construction is superb with a level of care that can rival any Cuban. All that and follow it up with more flavor and a cheaper price than the original.

Now before you tune out for me being a fanboy account, let’s look at everything so far and if you do some research it is all 100% true. Even the part about me being a fan. Voodoo Review calls it like it is. If I’m reviewing a blend or a cigar it is because I really like it. And because I refuse to bash on something that I don’t like but the effort is there, I just won’t review it.

The Breakdown.

Medium strength edging in on full just barely. A natural Tobacco sweetness with leather, earthiness, and a hint of spice. A Baby Powder texture in hand and mouth. Hour to hour and a half burn at a normal pace. And the only thing I can find missing is a copious amount of smoke. In fact I took 3 pictures a couldn’t find the smoke.(You will see smoke but it dissipates quickly)

On to the Binary, 1 absolutely. If you need the huge cloud of smoke, you might try the Black Market, but definitely don’t pass on this stick just for that issue.

As Always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes

My Smoking Session

CAO and specifically Rick Rodriguez made a cigar and with it goes the suggestion,”Sit•Smoke•Chill”. They called it Session.

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf,

Binder: Dominican Vega Especial

Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan Esteli

It is ment to be the any “Time, Place, Where” cigar of a medium body and full flavor. Just reading the above, I’m likely to agree. Not to be outdone, just look at the cigar.

Ok, stop drooling and let’s take the suggestion for a spin.

Just incase anyone is wondering, I wore a black shirt on purpose just to show off how exquisite the wrapper is. I also didn’t eat beforehand to put the anytime to the test.

First thing I will tell you is if you are proud of your product, you put your name on it. Second, that is not a color adjustment, that is really the stark white ash. I’m going to need a few more of this stick for an Epic Ash Review.

I’m getting a tiny trace of pepper and I must say I was expecting quite a bit more. A bitter similar to one of my favorites An Old Fashioned. With touches of cocoa (NOT CHOCOLATE) and something like a cashew but not defined enough to say for certain.

Smoke is thick and abundant but dissipates quickly.

As for a pairing recommendation, some good friends, some great conversations, and something to drink. For me a nice Bourbon Neat would do the trick, not that it is needed. Coffee, Tea, and Water will do just fine.

On to the Binary. How about a 1 with a slight reservation. Get several. One will not be enough. While it is not as superior to most cigars as the Amazon Basin, it is uniquely enjoyable and my only disappointment is I was alone while making this Review.

While this Review is over, my Session is not. With this fine weather and how cool it is smoking, I’m certainly going to smoke this cigar till the fingers burn.

As always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes.

Cohiba Connecticut Review

Howdy all, long time no see.

I know I’ve not been making the reviews I want to so a brief summary of my life. I passed a kidney stone, Houston flooded, I’m on my 4th new boss since May, ok enough about me time for a cup of coffee and a Cohiba.

I normally only drink water during a Review but having had this stick a few times, I feel comfortable saying that it pairs amazing with a nice cup of coffee.

As stated in the video above, the stick is Dominican Republic made. It has a faint peppery feel but a smooth creamy flavor. Think Caramel and Toffee and you are pretty close.

Construction issues? Never. Perfect burn, ash like concrete, and as always plenty of smoke.

Strength, for me is a slight issue because it is light and edging up to medium I will likely smoke a pipe shortly afterwards but I don’t think it makes any difference. First stick or bowl of the day will always be followed with another one…. eventually.

Wrapper, is Beautiful still a accurate word? That toffee color is perfect, the texture makes your lips want more, and the smell is awesome. It even repels my Mother-in-law, BONUS.

OK, on to the Binary.

1 no reservations. One recommendation though, BUY THIS STICK. The easy draw, and excellent taste aside, as a first stick of the day with a cup of tea or coffee, there is very few better ways to get your day started.

As Always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes.

Now just incase you have the urge to sit through a few Shout Outs,

Congratulations to Phil and Bill on the launch of BRTV. https://www.briarreport.org/brtv/

Thanks to all the content providers and advertisers making BRTV happen.

And last but certainly not least, thank you to all my subscribers, without you I would have quit doing this long ago.

Midnight Drive at 2300 time.

Ok, so I started this Review just a little early, but by the time I post it or even finish the bowl, it will be midnight. Tonight I will be again useing the Savinelli KS 320 Trevi purchased through the Briar Report Magazine link. http://www.briarreport.org that takes you to The Pipe Nook. https://www.thepipenook.com/ just in case you want one.

Picture is a reprint but it shows off the pipe very nicely.

The 2 oz tin of Midnight Drive, I purchased from The Briar Shoppe in Houston. For their information google is your friend. Should you ever be in Houston, and need a pipe or some tobacco, I highly suggest you make some time to stop by.

Ok, on to the review.

Midnight Drive is brought to us by Cornell and Diehl.

The second picture does not do justice to the actual product. Imagine pressed bars cut again into a ribbon. Now you are close. The blend is Virginia’s, Perique, Latakia, and Turkish Flake. If you know what to look (smell) for, there is a definite presence of all 4.

Flavor will match the nose, but it is very reminiscent of some English or Baltic blends. Nothing is going to jump out and make you say, “All I can taste is….” but then again, that blank can be filled with, “a superb blend.”

The burn is cool, leaving very little room for tongue bite. As for room note, mostly I’m getting plums as is normal for a Perique blend. So why not a 4 pipe Review? Well, as you can see from the pictures, I have been smoking it all week. I could not really tell a difference of taste, my only preference was for a bigger bowl. I just never wanted the bowl to end.

If you guessed that the Binary rating is a 1, yeah, a little transparent, however a slight reservation. This is not a blend for a beginner. Packing is a little tricky, and a slow steady pace is essential while smoking. Other than those 2 minor issues, it is really hard not to fall in love with Midnight Drive.

Southern Draw 300 Hands Maduro.

First, let me say a few words about Southern Draw. Thus I shall let them speak for themselves.

Our brand was founded on the tradition of the “Southern” Ladies and Gentlemen which has been referred to as a “culture of honor” however our brand has since grown beyond the traditional South and with that growth we aspire to be part of a culture where we should avoid intentionally offending others and have a reputation for not accepting improper or divisive conduct towards others. We are a brand of inclusion. From the production of our first cigar, and the millions that have since followed, Sharon (yes, as in the Rose of Sharon) has stressed the importance of loving ALL people. Our little brand is all about the people, and we have been blessed with an incredible opportunity to share our faith, our family and our own brand of fellowship, one cigar and conversation at a time.

No matter our past or the current environment, mindset, stress level or even the mounting pressures of life, we will strive to promote the Southern Draw Cigars culture along with each of our hand crafted cigars. We also respect the rich cultures and traditions of tobacco growing and the production of premium hand made cigars by honoring the vital importance of the “Draw”, referring to that wonderful, tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco that is ignited and allows the smoke to be slowly drawn into the mouth.

We offer our sincerest thanks to all that have come before us, those who have mentored us, taught us, shared industry contacts, those who have offered us patientience and supported our fledgling brand as we attempt to execute our vision. So we are one part “Southern” . one part “Draw” and 100% thankful for this opportunity.

Ok, back to the review.

What I have is 4¾ inch x 52 ring gauge.

The Blend is.

300 HANDS Maduro
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: AJ Fernandez Cigar Co.
Wrapper: Esteli, Nicaragua
Binder: Indonesia
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic

If you need more about the cigar, I suggest going to the Website https://www.southerndrawcigars.com/300-hands

Also for the Connecticut lovers, check out the Rose of Sharon.

First puff is smooth and creamy. ¼inch in and notes of leather a touch of pepper with a touch of cedar on the retrohale. Not really the flavors you would expect to find in a budget priced cigar. About ⅓ in now, and the natural sweetness of the blend is starting. Not an infused sweet, just the right amount of Southern Tea to be honest. A bit over half way through and suddenly I’m catching a hint of chocolate. From past experience here is where the magic happens. The final ⅓ is chocolatey. Subtle at first, very appealing right to the final puff.

As seen here a smooth steady draw and no canoe. Yes, there is a cat and he doesn’t seem to mind my cigars or pipes.

The smoke is copious and thick but not obnoxious.

On to the Binary. Absolutely a 1. So much so I would recommend buying a bundle of 10, at 60ish dollars in Texas you will be wanting to have a few and some to share.

Water, Coffee, a nice couple of fingers worth, especially the coffee, you are in for a real treat.

Sharron, and the Southern Draw family, you have really produced an excellent product. I can’t wait to see where you take my tastebuds next.