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Month: April 2014

Ashton VSG Tres Mystique Review

Cigar BrandAshton
Cigar NameVSG
Factory:
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Sun Grown Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Vitola: “Très Mystique” aka Corona
Length4 3/8″
Ring Gauge44
CostUnknown, received in trade ($9.50 on Famous however)
Where purchasedUnknown, received in trade
Strength: Full
Smoked2014-04-29
WhereIn car, driving between old house and new.
WhenTuesday night, starting around 7pm.
OccasionNone.
Meal: None.
Where: N/A
Drink PairingFirst half was water, second half an Arby’s chocolate shake.
LinkHere’s a link to the Ashton VSG Tres Mystique on Famous Smoke
Review

Presmoke thoughts:

I’ve held off smoking these because I’m not a full strength kind of guy normally. I’ve never been a cigarette smoker so I don’t have the nicotine tolerance. However, it’s the smoke of the day on the cigars subreddit so I’m giving it a whirl. I’m currently in the middle of moving, it’s pouring rain, and I’m attempting to enjoy this to relax on the drive between the new place and old place before I pick up another car-load of stuff.

Construction:

Very minor veins, some shiny spots, and a couple water spots. It’s far from the ugliest cigar I’ve seen, but it’s not perfect.

Prelight:

The nose is kind of a cedar-sweet smell. I can’t put a description on exactly what it is, but that’s what comes to mind then I try. The Prelight draw is great with just enough resistance to the draw after using my Xikar double-blade guillotine. The draw has a hint of sweetness like the nose, but more subtle.

First Third:

The draw tightens up slightly immediately after lighting. I’m definitely getting some pepper on the retrohale. Earthy notes on the taste. A little sweet spice mixed into that earth too.

The retro quickly moves into a dark plum-like sweetness. Very creamy mouthfeel. I get notes that make me feel like I’m smoking this around a lot of sawdust, which I’m certainly not. It’s not a strong taste, but like a subtle woodsy taste.

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PDR 1878 Capa Oscura Reserva Dominicana Review

Cigar BrandPDR
Cigar Name1878 Capa Oscura Reserva Dominicana
BlenderAbe Flores
Country of OriginDominican Republic
Wrapper: Dominican Habano Oscuro
BinderDominican Habano
FillerDominican Corojo 98 & Dominican Corojo
Vitola: Robusto
Length5″
Ring Gauge52
CostN/A as I received it in a trade, but typically sells for ~$5
Where purchased: N/A
Strength: Medium-Full
Smoked2014-04-26
WhereGarage
WhenNight
OccasionNone.
Meal: N/A
WhereN/A
Drink PairingN/A
LinkPDR’s Website

Review

Presmoke thoughts:

These PDR 1878’s were some of the first cigars I really loved a couple years ago. I believe it was this red labeled PDR 1878 Capa Oscura that I really loved too. I haven’t had one since then though, so we’ll see how my palette has changed. I love the pigtail on these.

PDR 1878 Pigtail

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Fratello Corona Cigar Review

Cigar Brand: Fratello
Cigar Name: Fratello
Factory: Unknown
WrapperNicaraguan Habano
BinderEcuadorian Sumatra
FillerNicaraguan and Peruvian Filler
Vitola: Corona
Length: 5.5″
Ring Gauge: 46
Cost$8.35
Where purchased: Smoking Dog in Maple Shade, NJ
Strength: Medium
Smoked: 2014-04-25
Where: Home garage
When: Friday night
Occasion: Finished moving couches to new apartment
Meal: Steak, sweet potato fries, spaghetti squash, summer ale
Where: Ruby Tuesdays about 2 hours prior to smoking
Drink Pairing: Guinness Draught in a can
Link: Fratello Cigars

Construction:

A little lumpy. No defects, some veins.

Prelight:

Smells like the ideal slightly sweet tobacco. Taste is influenced by that smell before lighting it.

First Third:

The draw was a little tight before lighting, it opened up just enough once lit to be enjoyable. Non-subtle resistance in the draw makes sure you know you’re pulling, and the amount of smoke pulled into your mouth completes that feeling. Pretty close to a perfect measure of both.
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