Cigars

CASA MAGNA
COLORADO ROBUSTO

Well made with a dark and oily wrapper. It draws nicely, loading the
palate with a smoke that is rich with coffee and leather notes, yet
balanced by a cedary sweetness.
RATING: 93

JOYA DE NICARAGUA
ANTANO CHURCHILL

Dark and rich in appearance, with lovely texture to the wrapper. It
has a superb draw. The smoke is strong and intense, very cedary and
spicy on the palate. A complex smoke with a medium to full body.
RATING: 90

LA FLOR DOMINICANA
CHISEL MADURO

Exceedingly dark and oily, this chisel-shaped figurado gives off a
rich aroma as it burns. The smoke is lush with sweet leather, cream
and spice notes that build to a long finish. A medium- to full-bodied
cigar that performs well in all areas.
RATING: 92

LA GLORIA CUBANA
SERIE-R   NO.3

Rich in color with an oily wrapper and superbly crafted cap, this
short robusto draws and burns evenly. Sweet woods and floral notes are
balanced by spices, earth and hints of dried orange peel.
RATING: 92

LA GLORIA CUBANA
SERIE-R   NO.4

Beautifully made with a dark, chocolate colored wrapper. The cigar
smokes well, with dark-roasted coffee flavors and sweet woody notes
that carry on to the finish.

RATING: 90

LA GLORIA CUBANA
SERIE-R   NO.5 MADURO

Nearly jet black in color, this smoke has cream, bread dough and wheat
notes. Toasty.
RATING: 87

LA GLORIA CUBANA
SERIE-R   NO.6

This thick, dark cigar has an easy draw. It’s woodsy and slightly
sweet, but the finish is very short.
RATING: 87

LA GLORIA CUBANA
SERIE-R   NO.6 MADURO

A monstrous cigar that’s very solid. It smokes well, and has cherry
notes and hints of toast and sweet wood. Medium to full bodied.
RATING: 89

ONYX
RESERVE ROBUSTO

This pressed cigar is dark. It has a firm draw, but the flavor is
earthy, rich and strong.
RATING: 91

PERFECTO GARCIA
BRILLIANTE

This veiny, discolored cigar has an inconsistent draw, but an even
burn. It has creamy vanilla flavors with a metallic aftertaste. Decent
balance, but it could use aging.
RATING: 88

PUNCH
AFTER DINNER

Dark and toothy, this cigar has a fine draw but a slightly uneven
burn. It’s woody and extremely nutty, with hints of caramel on the
finish.
RATING: 87

PUNCH
GRAND CRU NO. 2 MADURO

Box pressed and dark, this cigar has toast and marshmallow flavors,
with a very sweet and rich finish. Medium bodied.
RATING: 88

PUNCH
LONDON CLUB

This gutsy corona has a roughish cap. The smoke is woody, steely and
earthy, with a rough finish. A medium to full bodied cigar.
RATING: 86

PUNCH
PITA MADURO

Roughly rolled, but this cigar burns well. It’s medium to full-bodied,
developing a warm, rich flavor of leather and bitter chocolate.
RATING: 87

PUNCH
GRAN CRU PUNCHITO

A silky, tiny perfecto with a pale wrapper. It draws well, but the
smoke is thin and papery. Some grassy, sour flavors were also noted.
RATING: 85

PUNCH
GRAND CRU NO. 2

A silky, box-pressed pyramid with wonderful color and a firm bunch.
The smoke is woody, rich and balanced, interlaced with hints of
leather and nuts. A complex, medium to full-bodied cigar.
RATING: 90

ROMEO Y JULIETA
CHURCHILL

This cigar has a bad cap, but it’s dark, oily and solid. It has a good
draw, and a fine burn. The smoke is earthy, with notes of coffee
beans, leather and copper.
RATING: 87

ROMEO Y JULIETA
RESERVE ROBUSTO

An attractive robusto with a good draw. A notably toasty cigar with
some spicy, coffee bean notes and a tobacco finish.
RATING: 89

ROCKY PATEL
EDGE TORO MADURO

Near black with severely box-pressed edges and a firm draw. Flavors
are predominantly bright and woody with cedary notes and a short
finish.
RATING: 88

HOYO DE MONTERREY
CHURCHILL

A cigar with some floral notes in the aroma. It had some coffee bean
and cedar flavors on the finish, and an overall mild, herbal
character.
RATING: 86

HOYO DE MONTERREY
CORONA

A very spicy cigar with an earthy character. There are flavors of nuts
and cedar on the medium- to full-bodied smoke.
RATING: 86

ROMEO Y JULIETA
VINTAGE CORONA

This cigar has a light, yet rich complexion. The draw is a bit loose.
It is a mild- to medium-bodied smoke offering sweet herbal notes and a
creamy finish.
RATING: 88

ROMEO Y JULIETA
RESERVE LONSDALE

This thin and dark cigar is toothy. Its rich flavors are toasty, with
hints of coffee bean and leather. This cigar performs well, with a
long finish. Medium to full bodied.
RATING: 90

MACANUDO CAFÉ
DIPLOMAT

Shaped like a bowling pin, this interesting figurado has a rough start
but opens up to show creamy mild- to medium-bodied notes of vanilla,
and toasted nuts.
RATING: 89

MACANUDO CAFÉ
DIPLOMAT MADURO

This figurado has an odd shape. It burns well and the aroma is rich.
It has creamy flavors with notes of nuts and buttered toast. A rich
finish.
RATING: 88

LA FLOR DOMINICANA
DOUBLE LIGERO CHISEL

A great, wedge-headed shape that’s well-made, with a dark and streaky
wrapper. It smokes well. This is a very strong cigar with spice and
wood flavors, plus a hint of orange peel. Full bodied.
RATING: 91

ARTURO FUENTE
HEMINGWAY CLASSIC

A stunning figurado with a finely crafted nipple foot, subtle taper
and perfect symmetry. It is spicy and toasty with complex notes of
orange peel, cedar and coffee.
RATING: 93

ARTURO FUENTE
HEMINGWAY SHORT STORY

Impossible to disguise due to its unique and intriguing shape, this
little cigar has a dark, oily wrapper. It is rich and peppery, with
complex flavors and a long finish.
RATING: 92

PUNCH
CHAMPION

A squat perfecto with nice construction. It has a very nice draw and
burn. The smoke is peppery and woody, with notes of pencil lead and
earth. A well-balanced smoke.
RATING: 91

ARTURO FUENTE
HEMINGWAY SIGNATURE

This oily perfecto is solidly constructed and attractive. It produces
a rich aroma and smokes perfectly. It’s full in body, smacking of
creamy vanilla and cinnamon spice, with a leathery, peppery finish.
RATING: 92

ARTURO FUENTE
8-5-8

A veiny lonsdale with looseness around the wrapper seams. It has a
fine draw and produces a nutty aroma. Flavors include almonds and a
touch of espresso. The finish is creamy.
RATING: 88

ARTURO FUENTE
DOUBLE CHATEAU

A full-bodied cigar with a great balance of coffee flavors and a range
of sweet spiciness, including nutmeg and cinnamon.
RATING: 90

ARTURO FUENTE
SPANISH LONSDALE

A cigar filled with earthy, spicy flavors. It’s well-made and has a
long, smooth finish.
RATING: 88

ARTURO FUENTE
DON CARLOS NO. 2

This veiny cigar draws and burns evenly, starting out with mellow
notes of nuts and cocoa, but picking up earth, coffee bean and spice
flavors.
RATING: 90

AVO XO
INTERMEZZO

This perfectly constructed cigar is packed with smooth flavors.
Medium-bodied, with a toasted nut character and a long finish.
RATING: 89

CAO ITALIA
CIAO

A toothy, near veinless wrapper covers this cigar. The draw offers a
lot of rich wood and toasty flavors that lead to a spicy, orange peel
finish.
RATING: 90

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