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TeAmo World Selection Series-Cuba Blend

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

I found this cigar at a random local shop. From what I’ve read, the original TeAmo blends were Mexican puro’s. The World Selection Series features tobacco from multiple regions. I grabbed a glass of water and offer you my thoughts on the TeAmo World Selection Series – Cuba Blend.


Wrapper: Criollo

Binder: San Andres

Filler: Criollo

Size: Robusto 5 x 54

Price: Around $3.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The tan wrapper had a few medium to large veins, giving it a somewhat rugged look. Overall the cigar was evenly packed with a slight sponginess. The wrapper had a mild earthy odor, while the foot had almost none. The pre-light draw was a little stiff, and had an earthy, woody taste.

The burn was pretty bad in the first and second third. The last third burned fine. The burn issues are not consistent with the other cigar I had. The ash held on for about an inch.



The first third had a mild earthiness mixed with a cedar. A very slight sweet spice was noticed when passing the smoke through the nose.


The second third had minimal change in flavor. The mild earthy cedar remained dominant. The mild sweet notes also remained unchanged. Other then the addition of coffee notes, there was an occasional bitterness that I didn’t care for.


Surprise… Not a lot to mention in the last third. The flavors basically remained the same. The occasional bitterness became more frequent, and the smoke took on a slight harshness. It wasn’t a strong harshness, but just enough for me to notice.



This mild cigar began with promise to be a decent morning smoke. Overall I just don’t care for the flavor. It just seemed unbalanced and…well, lame. Maybe your mileage will vary. I won’t consider smoking any more of these cigars…

Alec Bradley Special Blend

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Once again I found myself at the Habana Cigar Shop running the show. Standard disclaimer – This is a crude review in terms of video and audio quality. I threw it together using a MacBook webcam.

The Alec Bradley Special Blend is a decent mild bodied cigar. For me, it is a good fit for the morning with coffee. If you are in the market for a cheap, mild, yet decent cigar, my thoughts are below in this 8 minute video review.

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Davidoff Millennium Blend

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Not long ago I was contacted by Timm. While he was vacationing on a beach in the British Virgin Islands, he was gracious enough to put together his thoughts on today’s review. As you can see below, he was in paradise at the cigar friendly Soggy Dollar Bar. I can’t make any promises, but I have a feeling we may be seeing more of Timm around here for at least a little while. In the mean time, check out what he has to say about the Davidoff Millennium Blend.


Davidoff Millennium Blend

Wrapper: Connecticut Ecuadorian

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Dominican Republic

Size: 6 x 52

Price: Around $20.00 USD a stick

2davidoff-10I received this Davidoff Millennium Piramide as a gift for my birthday. This Cigar was paired with a Heineken beer not so much for the paring, but as it was just less than 90 degrees when I chose to do this.


The Cigar had an almost seamless wrapper with only a few veins. Looking at the foot, both the binder and filler seemed to be packed very tightly, giving this cigar a firm but not spongy feel. Prior to firing it up it had a wonderful rich earthy / mocha aroma.


Upon initially lighting the cigar, I found the mocha flavor from unlit stick remained.  This remained for a bit but as it burned a little I started to notices a nutty flavor that stayed on my pallet. At about the ½ to 1/3 point I began to pick up on a hint of chocolate and a hint of coffee. As the cigar progressed I also found that nutty flavors continued to develop, most noticeably the almond. About the mid way point I removed the Davidoff label, in doing so the ash finally gave up the fight.


Fortunately, no matter how full-bodied the smoke became it never turned harsh, the ash remained tight and I was not the least bit worried about it falling off.


Ultimately this cigar burned quite evenly and produced a sturdy white ash. I have heard people say that these cigars have a tendency to go out. I did not have that problem. It was lit with a single wooden match and I had NO issues with it at all. The draw remained consisted and easy for the total smoking time.


My final conclusion – even factoring in the steep price, I was extremely pleased with the cigar. I don’t know if I would spend this much on a cigar often, but I was very pleased with it as a gift. As Christmas is just around the corner, this would make an excellent gift or stocking stuffer simply due to the cost per stick.

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