Cigar Czars


Quick Cigar Reviews 2016

By Gary Manelski

Here are a few short reviews of some very good to superior cigars from several of today's top cigar makers.

Carrillo Cabinet Cigar

Review of E.P. Carrillo Cabinet Cigar

The E.P. Carrillo Cabinet cigar is made with Nicaraguan fillers, a Dominican binder, and an Ecuadorian Habano Corojo wrapper. The Robusto (5 x 50) that I sampled is priced online at $30 per 5-pack. The cigar began with a very pleasant sweet and toasty flavor along with just the right amount of spice. These flavors continued as the cigar became smoother and creamier after about 10 minutes. The smoke was at the upper end of the medium body range, just about right for this blend. The cigar had a great draw and held a long ash. The burn was mostly even, but a minor touch-up light was applied about 25 minutes into the cigar. It took me an hour to smoke the Robusto down to just 1 inches remaining.

I found the E.P. Carrillo Cabinet to be a superior cigar, and worthy of a 4.25 rating on a 5-point scale. At an average price of $6 per stick, these cigars are a great value and highly recommended.

Nestor Miranda Cigar

Review of Nestor Miranda Collection Habano Cigar

The Nestor Miranda Collection replaced the Nestor Miranda Special Selection line of cigars back in 2014. These cigars are available in three different blends, including the Habano (green label) which is made with a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper along with a blend of fillers from Brazil, Nicaragua and Honduras. The Robusto (4 x 50) that was sampled for this review is priced online at $6.75 for a single stick.

The cigar began with a peppery and sweet toasty flavor that was medium bodied. The taste was quite enjoyable for the first 30 minutes, but faded near the end. It took me 40 minutes to smoke the cigar down to two inches remaining, without any negative construction issues. This was a well made and good tasting cigar that earns 4 points on our 5-point scale.

Perdomo Champagne Cigar

Review of Perdomo Champagne Sun Grown Cigar

The Perdomo Reserve Champagne Sun Grown cigar is a couple of steps up in body from the popular Perdomo Champagne cigar made with a Connecticut Shade wrapper. The Sun Grown version is made with a Nicaraguan sun grown wrapper and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The Robusto (5 x 54) that I sampled began with a smooth but spicy flavor that was at the upper end of the medium bodied range. After about 15-20 minutes, the smoke moved up to the medium-to-full range, making it more of a cigar for experienced smokers, as opposed to beginners and mainstream smokers who are attracted to the original Perdomo Champagne cigar. I actually prefer the Champagne Noir version of Perdomo Champagne cigars, which is made with a Maduro wrapper. However, the Sun Grown version is still a good cigar and worth a try.

The Perdomo Champagne Sun Grown cigar held a long ash and had a very good draw. The burn was mostly even, but required a minor touch-up light after about 30 minutes. It took me 55 minutes to smoke the cigar down to two inches remaining. I rate it with a very good 4 points on a 5-point scale, making it a decent value at $30 per 5-pack.

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