The Cigar of the Week is the San Lotano Oval.
I picked up one of these sticks in a sampler pack from En Fuego Cigars and Lounge here in Las Vegas.1 These are strong tasting maduros, featuring Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos. They enjoy a 5-star rating on Cigars International, where you can pick up a box of 20 for anywhere between $160 and ~$190 (around $8-$9 a stick). Pricy, but worth it if you’re looking for a full-bodied cigar to celebrate a special occasion.
Here is a review from Stogies on the Rocks.
They’ll never replace my beloved Toranos, but they are damned fine cigars.
1 If you are in the Vegas area, I highly recommend that you stop in at the En Fuego Lounge on Sahara Avenue. They have a nice selection, the staff is really friendly, and it is one of the better cigar lounges I’ve visited.
The Cigar of the Week is the Montecristo Desde 1935 Club Selection Robusto.
This Montecristo measures 5″ and has a ring size of 52. It is a full bodied cigar featuring Nicaraguan tobaccos and an Ecuadorean wrapper. I picked up a sampler pack a couple weeks ago and have been enjoying them immensely.
This stick burns cleanly and has both great taste an a nice aroma.
Here is a review from Cigar Aficionado.
This stick enjoys a 3 1/2 star average rating on Thompson (several of the ratings are 5 star–I’d lean toward 4 stars my self), where you can pick up a box of 24 for ~$170. That box includes a bonus pack of 10 Romeo y Julieta Bully Grande Corojo Robustos, which means $5/ stick.
The Cigar of the Week is the CAO Colombia Tinto Natural Robusto.
I picked up one of these as free sample included with part of a recent order of CAO Gol Brazilian Robustos.
Made in Colombia, these sticks measure 5″ and boast a ring size of 50. This cigar is made with a special leaf from a remote growing region near the mountainous coastline. Having a medium-full body, this tasty cigar features a light brown natural wrapper.
In my opinion, this car has a smooth smoke from start to finish, and boasts a 4.5 average review from Thompson customers..
Another fat, tasty stogie from the folks at CAO.
You can pick up a box of 20 for ~$85 from Thompson. Because the order comes with a 5-pack of samplers, that’s really 25 sticks, which works out to just ~$3.50 per stick. Like my previous CAO my recommendation, they’re neither cheap nor especially costly.
The Whiskey of the Week is Pendleton Blended Canadian Whiskey.1
Pendleton is a smooth tasting, sweet whiskey (maybe a little too sweet for some palates), imported and bottled by Hood River Distillers in Oregon. I’d recommend it as fitting with a tart desert, or for sipping without a mixer. To be clear, I do not recommend adding it to your coke.
That caveat aside, I’m enjoying the pint I picked up for this review.
Pendleton had an odd distinction, in that it is apparently being marketed specifically to the rodeo circuit. Not saying that should affect your purchasing decision, just throwing that tidbit of information out there as an interesting factoid.
Pendleton has a definite hint of cinnamon and comes in at 80 proof (40% ABV); a fifth will run you ~$30. I picked up a pint from Le’s for a round $9.00.
Here is a review from The Scotch Noob.
Recommended with caveats.
1 I recognize that today’s post is a bit late, by I’ve been sipping on a pint as I write this as well as next week’s Navel Gaze of the Week.
The Cigar of the Week is the Macanudo Gold Crystal Connecticut Robusto.
The Macanudo Gold Robusto measures in at 5 1/2″ and has a ring size of 50. These are very mild cigars; this stick has a creamy Connecticut Shade wrapper, which tends to be indicative of a milder smoke. Despite the mildness, the flavor is smooth and would be a great stick for beginners.
Here is a video review.
You can pick up a 5-pack sampler from Thompson for $44.50–but they are running special right now in which you can bring the price down sharply.*
Alternatively (for this that just don’t like dealing with Thompson), Cigars International has them similarly priced at $42.50 (albeit with no current special offer).
Recommended with the caveat that you should take advantage of the Thompson special offer ($8+ per stick is a little high).
*I picked up several 5-pack samplers via this special, and will be reviewing the others over the next several weeks (barring specific requests).
The Cigar of the Week is the CAO Brazilia Gol Brazilian Robusto.
I first had a CAO stick in a Thompson Cigar of the Month club package about six years back. I’ve enjoyed them ever since.
This maduro offers a an occasionally uneven burn (differentials in the wrapper oil may result in a slower burn in some spots), but the bold taste and heady aroma make up for it. Take extra care to ensure you don’t let them dry out, less these sticks crack badly while you smoke them.1
This is one fat, tasty stogie–but don’t take my word for it! Here is a review from Cigar Advisor to back me up.
These cigars feature Brazilian tobacco and wrapper, measuring 5″ with a 56 ring size. Thompson is running a special on them: a box of 20 will run you $81, but includes a 5-pack sampler of CAO cigars. That works out to around ~$3.25/stick. Not the cheapest of my recommendations, but not the most dear, either.
1 Advice intended for the more casual aficionados among my readership. I expect most of you, like me, have a selection of humidors.
The Cigar of the Week is the is the Mark Twain Memoir.
Okay, let me confess up front that half the reason I ordered these was because I was rereading A Connecticut yankee in King Arthur’s Court when I ran across this item on Cigars International. Then I saw the price (see below) and could not pass them up.
That proved to be a wise choice, as they made for a nice bold smoke. The Memoirs measures in at 6.7″ and have a 58 ring size. Churchill would have approved, I think, as these sticks are “long and strong.” Featuring a Pennsylvania broadleaf maduro wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers, they have a nice spicy taste.
CI is running a special right now and you can pick up a box of 20 for just $59.99!
Order a box now and you can enjoy them this weekend along with the Book of the Week.
The Cigar of the Week is the Gurkha Bounty Hunter.
The Gurkha Bounty Hunter hails from the Dominican Republic, features a Cameroon wrapper, and measures 6″ with a 52 ring size.
Regular readers know that I’m a fan of Gurkhas (although not as much as I am of Toranos). I have only one (mild) complaint about these: as you get closer to the ring, the stick may start to crack. A quick lick should take care of it, but these are definitely not sticks for the open road.
On the plus side, however, I’ve always had a smooth draw and an even burn with them.
If you’re looking for something mild to try this week, you can pick up a bundle of 12 from Thompson for ~$55. A little on the high side (~$4.60 per stick), but worth the expense.
The Cigar of the week is the Romeo y Julieta Toro Sumatra.
The Toro Sumatra is made with a blend of Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Peruvian fillers with a Ecuadorian wrapper. They are Medium strength cigars from the Dom Rep, and offers a classic tobacco taste and a smooth-burning ash.
Romeo y Julietas have never been my top, go-to brand, but I confess to really enjoying these Toros.
The aroma is a heavenly, rich tobacco scent that will be familiar to any fans of the R&J brand. I especially enjoy the taste of the dark Sumatran wrapper on my tongue. A fine cigar for an early evening smoke, watching the sun set as you draw on your stick and sip your whiskey.
If you’re looking for something bold to try this week, you can pick up a box of 20 from Thompson for ~$100.
What about you, my fellow aficionados? Do you have a favorite? Post in the comments and I’ll consider your recommendation for a future Cigar of the Week.
The Cigar of the Week* is a little different this time. Rather than recommend a single cigar, I want to bring a sampler to your attention.
The Victor Sinclair sampler is a real find for fans of Churchills. Every one of the 10 included types is a nice smoke. They are a mix of medium/mild and full-bodied cigars at a price that is damned hard to beat.
This Thompson Cigar sampler includes:
- 4 x Tesoro Cubanos
- 4 x VS Especial
- 4 x Flor de Dominguez
- 4 x El Diamante Prohibido
- 4 x Stogies
- 4 x Sacuba
- 4 x Big Dog
- 4 x Cuban Delight
- 4 x Magicos Cubanos
- 4 x Contraband
At the low price of $47.95 for 40 cigars, that works out to around $1.20 a stick. If you smoke as much as I do (which is, admittedly, somewhere between “too much” and “way too much”), this is a bargain that is hard to pass up.
*I am now organizing the Whiskey, Book, and Cigar of the Week posts so that you can order the book and cigars by Monday, pick up your whiskey on Friday, and be set for the weekend. I’m nice like that.