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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.

Camacho Limited Harvest

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

I have no idea where or when I obtained the cigar for today’s review. All I know is, I put them in the “To be reviewed” humidor. The only hype I could find about the Limited Harvest relates to the wrapper. Apparently it is made from “A new strain of tobacco grown on the Eiroa’s farm in the Jamastran Valley of Honduras.” Hence the name “Limited Harvest.” I filled my cup of water and got to reviewing…


Wrapper: Honduras

Binder/Filler: Honduras

Size: Toro 5.75 x 52

Price: 6 – $8.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

2CamachoLimitedHarvestThe first thing I noticed is how lumpy the wrapper looked, and how light the cigar felt. It wasn’t ugly but I’ll say it was rugged looking. When I squeezed the cigar from head to foot, I found it to be very spongy. Sniffing the wrapper reminded me of grass with a tinge of poo. The foot had the opposite mixture, first up was poo, with grass right behind it. The pre-light draw was very free, and tasted like simple sweet earthy tobacco.


The burn required quite a few corrections, and I didn’t trust the ash when it would get to just under an inch. The loose roll caused the flakey ash.




The first third opened up with a simple, smooth earthy flavor. I found nice peppery notes when passing the smoke through the sinus. The smoke took on a somewhat creamy feel that coated the mouth.


The second third held that smooth earthiness with an addition of a woody component. The smoke kept that thick feel with an added sweetness. The pepper mellowed out, losing some of its punch. A slight nuttiness entered the picture, and mixed with the other flavors nicely. I felt parched and found myself drinking a lot of water.


I found myself drinking lots of water during this third as well. The smoke feel was dry yet thick with no creaminess. Woody and nutty flavors dominated the flavor profile. The earthy notes were still there, but fell back in intensity. There was a touch of sweetness mixed in as well, I just couldn’t pin a flavor with it.



This was a decent medium bodied cigar. I wasn’t wowed by any means, but I wasn’t let down either. My only complaints were with in the construction department, although it wasn’t extremely bad. My final verdict… Give the Camacho Limited Harvest a try.

Don Kiki Limited Reserve (Green Label)

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Today’s review was given to me awhile ago by my pal Ed over at St.Pete Pipe & Cigars. I think he eventually opted to not carry this line, although I could be wrong. Being a beta tester for a cigar shop is a great gig. Every now and then Ed brings me into the fold to help out. I grabbed my usual cup of water and pounded out this review of the Don Kiki Green label.


Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 6 x 48

Price: Bundle of 25 – $43.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

As I inspected the wrapper, I found it looked great with small veins. There were a few soft spots, and the wrapper had a smell of wood and hay. The foot had a similar smell, with an addition of pepper and earth. The pre-light draw was perfect, with a simple taste of wood and earth. I did no burn corrections, and the ash held for an inch before tapping into the ashtray. Great construction.



The first third took a little while to get started. After about an inch, I detected woody flavors. Behind that were very slight sweet notes. There were hay-ish earthy flavors mixed in as well. Very mild, simple, and smooth. My only complaint was the smoke and overall flavor profile seemed thin.


The second third filled out a little bit. The woodiness increased slightly in body and strength. The sweet notes became thicker and took on a mild caramel feel and flavor. The smoke feel became creamy. Earthy flavors were there, but they would fade and come back.


The last third was the most satisfying. The earthy and woody flavors were dominant. The smoke took on a more creamy feel and was a little toasty. The mild flavor of caramel would come and go. Every now and then I’d get a mild fruity taste.



This was a decent mild bodied cigar. The flavor profile was nice, but overall it felt thin and unrefined. If I factor in the price of under $2.00 a stick, I can’t complain. I could see myself smoking this in the morning with coffee. This isn’t a bad value smoke.

Siglo Limited Reserve

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Up for review tonight is the Siglo Limited Reserve.


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cubano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan

Size: 6 x 54 Torpedo

Price: Around $5.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

Giving the cigar a once over, I found it was visually appealing. The wrapper was a bit bumpy and had a couple large veins, but I don’t worry too much about that stuff. I found a couple hard and soft spots when squeezing the length of the cigar, but nothing I would be concerned about. Sniffing the wrapper, I detected a woody and earthy aroma. The foot simply smelled like tobacco. The pre-light draw offered slight resistance, and had a very unique taste. I can’t describe it other then a deep woody and earthy taste. There was much more depth to the pre-light draw taste, I am just at a loss of words to describe it well.




The first third opened up with a simple, smooth flavor profile. It was mainly a natural tobacco taste, with a small bite of pepper. I could detect earthy notes in the background.


During the second third, the cigar tried to come to life. A base flavor of natural tobacco remained, but I started to detect a tinge of sweetness. It took awhile, but finally it developed into a mild mocha flavor. When passing through the sinus, I still detected a nice peppery spice. To be honest, I found myself getting bored.


The last third developed a little more. I would get definite mocha flavors, but they weren’t consistent. The only thing consistent was a natural tobacco taste. A woody flavor entered the picture, and the pepper increased a notch. With around 1.5 inches left, the cigar started to loose flavor. It became more of a chemical taste. It was then that I decided to put the cigar down.



This was an OK medium bodied cigar, but in the end, its “Just another cigar.” The first one I smoked just didn’t agree with me. I didn’t like the flavors at all. The second one was pretty damn good. This review was the third. I don’t know if there are consistency issues or I just had bad luck. Maybe I’ll try another one day, but I won’t be going out of my way.

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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