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La Floridita Limited Edition

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Up for review today is a boutique cigar blended by Nestor Plasencia for the Famous Smoke Shop. The folks at Famous were kind enough to send me a couple to try out and review. Famous’ website touts this as a hearty, flavorful premium cigar. With that in mind, I got my usual glass of water and took some notes.


Wrapper: Mata Fina-Brazil

Binder: Indonesian

Filler: Nicaraguan, Mexican

Size: Magnum 5 x 60

Price: $5.75


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The darn Brazilian wrapper was virtually flawless, with small veins and no bumps visible. Sniffing the wrapper gave me hints of sweet tobacco, slight earthiness, and perhaps a tinge of wood. The foot smelled similar, but had a mild spicy pepper component. The cigar was solidly and evenly packed, offering no give when squeezed. The pre-light draw was a little snug, but was within my tolerances of being good. The flavor from the pre-light draw was basically a simple dark natural earthy tobacco.

The burn required a few minor corrections, and the ash held for about 1.5 inches.



The first third started off with simple earthy, almost grassy flavors. After about a half of an inch, a smooth peppery spice was noticed when passing smoke through the nose. While it wasn’t bad, things just didn’t seem to meld together as good as they could have.


During the second third, things seemed to come together. The grassy flavors diminished, and the earthiness was a prominent flavor. The woody notes remained in the background. The smoke feel became thicker and had a tinge of sweetness. Otherwise, there really wasn’t any groundbreaking changes. Like I said, things just seemed to come together and blended well. This was much more enjoyable then the first third.


The last third basically remained the same as the second third. The only real difference was in the smoke feel. It became creamier and sweeter. Otherwise, copy my comments from the second third, and paste it here.



This was a decent medium bodied, slow burning cigar. First, the good – The flavors were good, and overall I found it to be a relaxing experience. The price isn’t bad either. The bad – Nothing unique was brought to the table. As my pal Ed would say, it was just another cigar.

Thanks again to Famous Smoke Shop for giving me a chance to try this cigar. If it sounds like something that would appeal to you, look them up at the Famous Smoke Shop website.

Perdomo2 Limited Edition 2008 Natural

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Perhaps some of you read my review of the maduro version of this cigar. Mike, AKA KnightRid commented that his experience was horrible with the natural wrapper version of this cigar. He hated it so much that he asked for me to review it. Shortly after our conversation, in the mail came several samples for me to try. He was nice enough to throw in some other sticks that he wants my opinions on as well. Thanks for the cigars Mike! Without further ado, I bring to you my take on the Perdomo 2 (Pronounced Perdomo Squared) Limited Edition 2008 Natural. As always, I am paired up with water.


Wrapper: Nicaragua (Natural)

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Robusto 5×50

Price: Around $6.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

Overall, the wrapper looked nice, with a few small veins. Sniffing the foot and wrapper reminded me of a barnyard and grass. When squeezing the cigar, it was very firm and packed with tobacco. Naturally this led to a draw that was a little tight, but it seemed doable. The pre-light draw had a slight earthy and woody taste.

I only had to correct the burn a couple of times, and as expected, the ash was firm and held for over an inch. Although the draw was on the tight side, it wasn’t bad and didn’t bother me.



The first third started with simple earthy flavors. After about an inch, a slightly sweet woody note crept in and wasn’t bad. I got a peppery spice when passing through the nose. It was bordering on harshness, but wasn’t quite there. Overall this was an OK first third.


The second third continued with that peppery spice, which crossed over into harshness. Sweet caramely mocha notes would come and go. The earthy flavors were there, but were very weak and in the background. Unfortunately, the only constant was that harsh pepper. It left me parched and I chugged water in between draws. This helped wash away the chalky feeling left on my tongue. Yuck…


The last third… I didn’t enjoy it very much. Initially I caught a subtle fruity flavor, but it went away quickly. I was left with a plain tobacco taste along with that constant harshness. Sweet notes would come and go, mostly they went. The pepper wasn’t even pepper anymore. It was just ashy nothingness. Again, I found myself feverishly drinking water to help the cotton mouth. The chalky sensation on my tongue was just…gross.



Obviously this cigar gets the thumbs down. The body was medium, but it really doesn’t matter. The few I had before were inconsistent. Some were OK, others were not. It just so happens I reviewed one that was bad. I generally like Perdomo products. Unfortunately, I won’t be smoking anymore of these. Contest – Time Is Running Out!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009


My yearly road trip is over, and I’m getting ready to draw a random winner. If you haven’t entered the contest, time is running out to enter and win a box of Don Gonzalez Special Edition cigars. Just click HERE and leave a comment. Any comment will do.

Let’s not forget to thank Duque Cigars for sponsoring this contest. Enter now, before its too late!

As I have mentioned before… I’m having another giveaway in October so stay tuned to the site. Good times…

Contest! Win A Box Of Don Gonzalez Maduro

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009


DSC03979It’s contest time again here at! This time around Duque Cigars is giving away a box of Don Gonzalez Special Edition Maduro cigars.

The Don Gonzalez Special Edition was rated 90 by Cigar Snob magazine, and features Cuban seed tobacco grown in the highly fertile region of Esteli, Nicaragua.

The box up for raffle is signed by Don Gonzalez himself, and is a $99.99 retail value.

I reviewed one of these cigars not too long ago and thought it was a decent medium bodied cigar. You can find my thoughts here.

Let’s get the formalities out of the way… You must be over 18 years of age to enter. You can only enter once. All you need to do is leave a comment here on this post. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. A simple “Give me cigars!” will do. I will then draw a random winner and send the box to you.

Your email and contact information will be kept confidential.

So what are you waiting for? Enter here and win! And thanks to Duque Cigars for sponsoring the contest!

Don Gonzalez Special Edition (Maduro)

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Awhile back, Duque Cigars sent me the Don Gonzalez Special Edition. After some rest in the humidor, it was time to smoke and review them. Rated 90 by Cigar Snob, these cigars use Cuban seed tobaccos grown in the region Esteli Nicaragua. You can see the selection of Don Gonzalez cigars here if this sounds like something you’d be interested in.

Stay tuned, coming soon I’ll let you know how to win a box of these.


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Toro 6 x 50

Price: Around $5.00


Pre-Smoke & Inspection:

The wrapper was a bit rugged looking, with some discolorations and bumps here and there. Otherwise it showed no flaws in construction or quality. The wrapper had a sweet grassy like smell, while the foot had a more earthy and peppery odor. The pre-light draw was a little tight, and had a simple earthy tobacco taste.

The burn was good, requiring no corrections. The initial tight draw opened up and wasn’t a problem, and the ash held for well over an inch.



The first third began with a smooth earthy flavor. A sweet spice was detected when passing smoke through the sinus. Woody notes of cedar followed to round out the first third.


Just at I got into the second third, I started to pick up very subtle notes of cocoa. It was a dry cocoa, similar to the powder you’d put in milk. Next up was a peppery spice with a hint of sweetness. The earthy flavors remained while the woodiness took a back seat. Simple but decent.


The last third crept higher into the medium body range. The dry mocha increased in strength and stood out over the other flavors. There was a peppery spice when exhaling through the sinus. The woodiness lurked in the background.



Although this cigar didn’t “WOW” me, I think it is a decent medium bodied cigar. Although the flavor profile was simple, I can’t fault it for that because it wasn’t harsh and didn’t taste bad. This is a cigar you’d have to judge for yourself. I say its worth trying.

Perdomo2 Limited Edition 2008

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Once again, I found myself rummaging around in the small humidor. This is where I keep cigars that are waiting to be reviewed. Being pretty backed up, I randomly chose tonight’s review, the Perdomo 2 Limited Edition 2008. I find if I pair up with decent water, this helps me during a review. So let’s get to it…

Wrapper: Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

Price: Around $6.00


Pre-light & Construction:

The dark maduro wrapper had a slight blotchy appearance, but basically looked good. Squeezing the cigar, I found it to be right in the middle. Not too tight, not too spongy. When I sniffed the wrapper, I was reminded of poo. Yes, I mean poo. The foot smelled more peppery and earthy. The pre light draw had a similar peppery/earthy taste, and the draw was just right. the ash held for over an inch, and I did no burn corrections.


The first third went well. Huge clouds of white smoke billowed out of this thing. I was greeted with smooth pepper combined with coffee. There were slight earthy notes, and a hint of something sweet. Overall an enjoyable experience so far.


The second third saw a slight increase of earthy notes. The coffee increased a little and remained consistent. The pepper became more of a sweet spice mixed with nuances of caramel and mocha. Add in the additional woody notes, and there you have the flavor profile of the second third.


The last third went well. The cigar practically smoked itself. The coffee and woody notes increased in body, and I could hardly taste the earthy flavors anymore. The caramel and mocha battled it out, and mocha won.



This was a very enjoyable medium to full bodied cigar. If I had to complain about something… It seemed like this was a fast burner, taking around an hour to smoke. Overall I have to give this a thumbs up. It’s definitely something I’ll keep an eye out for.

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