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22
Jun

El SeptimoOrigin : Costa Rica
Size : 130 x 60
Hand-Made : 10 Years old tobacco
Price : ~$50
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Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 3.5 out of 6 stars

Overall : 4.5 out of 6 stars

Note from the Inspector

I have discovered El Septimo, Costa Rican Cigars, recently. This luxury brand impressed me with its high quality of tobacco. I have previously reviewed the Black Exception (click here to see the review) but thought I had to send some to other reviewers to have their feedbacks. Luca is a full time sommelier and has worked in many fine dining restaurant. He was the first one to get back to me with his review.
Happy Smokes,

Appearance

This is definitely a good looking cigar. Simply by looking at the wrapper you can understand the high quality leaves used to roll that stick.The colours is maduro. The cigar feel very good in my hand. It is extremely silky, oily with a nice moisture. Who said “size doesn’t matter! This is a cigar that makes you feel good just by holding it. The wrapper close the foot with a pigtail so we cannot appreciate the construction before cutting the cigar. However it feel firm all the way.

Tasting

1st Part

Due to the length of the cigar and the size of it, the very first puffs develop a high density of smoke but very fresh and cool. The spicy feeling, due to the wrapper burning at the beginning (the foot is closed), is very soft and gentle. The cigar surprisingly very elegant. Its look and feel would give you a sense of strength and power but it is the complete opposite.
The 10 years old leaves are an explosion of flavours yet fresh with a nice acidity balanced with a pleasant vegetal bitterness.
And this blue smoke is almost unreal!!

2nd Part

At this stage the cigar is very consistent, revealing beautiful flavours of hay and cocoa beans, nice touch of spices, such as white pepper. The flavours lingers on the palate due to the nice acidity allowing a cashew nuts finish. The cigar is light to medium and slowly develops a very nice creaminess. The balance between acidity and bitterness allow a complex spectrum of flavours to linger without overwhelming the palate. This is a cigar you can light in the morning and enjoy it all day long.

3rd Part

The final third is where the cigar is at its pick of strength (nothing crazy, still soft). The acidity and also the bitterness increase as the smoke hits the palate at a higher temperature. As I get closer to the end the draw opens up a bit more. The cigar slowly increases in intensity, delivering an elegant combination of cereals, chocolate and roasted coffee flavour and spices.

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25
Oct

Panacea Red Perfecto

Question from Peter:

Smoking Cohiba Siglo IV and 2 out of 8 smokes had these white little granules appear from the ember of the foot and into the ash. Thus, the inch and a half ash would basically be covered in white dots, and I could watch them appear from the foot as I drew on the stick. It looks like vermiculite. Any ideas what I’m smoking?

You’re smoking a cigar, you look down at the ash, and you make a startling discovery. The ash has a number of small white dots on it, each of them roughly the size of the head of a pin. Your first reaction might be revulsion—you might think they look like eggs laid by tobacco beetles. There seems to be a couple of explanations for the appearance of these little white dots, however, neither of which includes insect eggs.

  • Tooth. This refers to the texture of the wrapper leaf. Some leaves are “toothier” than others, meaning they are rougher and naturally have these little bumps. If you rub the white dots and they don’t come off the wrapper leaf, it may be a “toothy” wrapper. You may also notice tooth on the wrapper before you smoke the cigar and check the ash.
  • Magnesium. It is also thought that these white dots can represent mineral deposits when tobacco is grown in soil which is particularly rich in magnesium. Magnesium deposits, like tooth, are harmless, and should not impact your smoking experience.

Other common culprits for white spots on a cigar include “bloom,” or “plume,” which is a crystallization of the oils in a cigar; this is also a harmless sign that a cigar has aged. One final possibility is mold, something you should always be alert for. Cigar mold usually has a fibrous or fuzzy appearance. You can still usually salvage moldy cigars as long as the mold hasn’t spread to the filler, simply by scraping the mold off. If you do have a mold problem, check your humidor’s settings to make sure the problem doesn’t spread. While your little white dots are most likely tooth or magnesium, it is easy to confuse all these different possibilities, so it is best to be aware of all of them.

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03
Apr

Sam Leccia Black and White

Sam Leccia is back. After an absence of more than two years from the premium cigar industry, Leccia is excited to announce the launch of Leccia Tobacco. The Leccia Tobacco brand will encompass a variety of different products, beginning with the Spring release of its first cigar brand called “Black and White.”

Black and White will consist of two different cigar blends. The Black blend is being manufactured in the Dominican Republic and the White blend is being manufactured in Nicaragua. Both blends are very different, but each delivers a powerhouse of flavor.

The Black Dominican blend uses a Habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan Rosado binder. The filler is Nicaraguan and Dominican ligeros, Brazilian viso, and a very unique tobacco called “dark fire.” Dark -Fire is wood fire cured, which gives the cigar a distinct smoked whisky aroma. The blend is medium to full bodied with a very smooth strength that builds throughout the cigar.

The White Nicaraguan blend uses an African Sun Grown wrapper with a binder from Ecuador. The filler is Nicaraguan Ligero with Seco leaves from Pennsylvania, Sam’s home state. It is a full body smoke that delivers tons of complex flavors. It has hints of a creamy coffee, and lightly sweet cashews, while delivering strength and spices.

“For the last couple of years I’ve been dreaming of the day when I could get back to the industry that I love,” says Sam Leccia. “I couldn’t be more pumped up about introducing my new blends to cigar smokers.”

Black and White will each have 4 sizes: 4 x 46; 5 x 52; 6 x 50 and 6 x 60. The MSRP for the cigars will be in the $7.00 – $9.00 range. All Leccia Tobacco brands will be distributed by the Toraño Family Cigar Co. which is based out of Miami, Florida.

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13
Aug

Davidoff White Edition 2012

Davidoff is presenting its limited edition in the form of an elegant “White Edition” for the second time. The cigar’s dark wrapper leaf gives the perfect contrast to the white band with classic Davidoff lettering in gold. In addition to the main band, the cigar bears a white band at the foot with a discreet mother-of-pearl inscription “2012”. The special Robusto Gordo format also lends the cigar a harmonious appearance.

A strong and full-bodied taste is the hallmark of the Davidoff “White Edition” 2012. Filler tobaccos from a number of different growing regions in the Dominican Republic were matured over six years before finally being brought together to form this special vintage. Due to the addition of the Piloto binder leaf and choice Dominican Criollo wrapper leaf, smokers will be delighted by the aromatic and complex notes in the finish.

A cigar of such noble character deserves an exceptional packaging to match. The Davidoff “White Edition” 2012 comes in a white enamelled box of which just 8,000 individually numbered specimens will be offered for sale worldwide. The Davidoff “White Edition” 2012 will be available at authorized tobacconists in the US from August 1, 2012.

Davidoff “White Edition” 2012: technical specs

Format: Robusto Gordo
Length: 14.6 cm / 5 ¾”
Diameter: 2.1 cm / RG 52
Wrapper: Dominican Criollo
Binder: Piloto
Filler: Piloto Ligero, Criollo Visus, Olor/Piloto Hybrid Visus, Corojo Visus, San Vicente Ligero (all Dominican Republic)
Price: US$ 21.50 (wooden box of 10)

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05
Oct

Calabash, Meerschaum, Pipe Tobaccos, Smoker, of with Black White Hat, White TShirt, Leather Pants; and Tennis. My Dream Pipes Tobaccos.

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03
Oct

Smoker, ofSavinelli, Dry System, Pipe Tobaccos, with Black White Hat, Dark Blue TShirt, Scotland Shirt, Blue Jeans Levi’ s 501; and Tennis. In my Scotland Shirt, my Great White Meerschaum, Pipe Tobaccos, Curved; and one pack of Tobaccos Aromatics.

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Oct

Pipe Tobaccos, Smoker; with Music of Tango.

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Sep

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Sep

Pipe Tobaccos, Chacom, Saint-Claude, Smoker, with Black Hat, White Black TShirt, Blue Jeans Wrangler; and Tennis.

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21
Sep

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