Monthly Archives: May 2014

Weekly Cigar News for May 26th-May 30th

New Cigars

-Cohiba (not THAT Cohiba) added two new sizes to their Comador line. Besides the 6 x 52 Toro, they are now offering a 6 x 60 Gigante and a 7 1/4 x 54 Double Corona. Read up about these sticks at Cigar Coop.

-Also in new sizes, San Cristobal is now shipping a 6 1/2 x 52 Presto. See A Cigar Smoker’s Journal for the story.

Cigar News reported some good news in terms of our current situation with the FDA. The tide seems to be turning in our favor, but it’s still important to get your voice out there. You can get more info from HalfWheel here or go directly to the deeming document and click on the “Comment Now!” button.

Tatuaje Havana VI Nobles

-Country -Nicaragua
-Wrapper -Nicaragua
-Binder -Nicaragua
-Filler -Nicaragua
-Size -Robusto (Nobles) 5 x 50
-Price -$7, $8 local

Smooth, full flavor. Slight dustiness. Delicious and sweet, packed with baking spice flavors.


I panic if I run out of these. A true “must have” cigar that scores a…
4 out of 5

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta


-Country -Nicaragua
-Wrapper -Equadorian shade and Nicaragua Criollo
-Binder -Nicaragua
-Filler -Nicaragua
-Size -Corona Gorda 51/2 x 46
-Price -$5, $7 local

Appearance, Pre-light
Beautiful, light golden brown wrapper with a chocolate colored wrapper at the head. A simple, effective band covers the seam of the two wrappers. There is a prominent vein that snakes up one side, and all the others I’ve smoked had these, too. I get a light tobacco and hay smell off the foot, and the dry draw is similar.

First 3rd
There is a bright, grassy sweetness right away. It doesn’t last longer than 2 or 3 puffs. As it gets going a light spice appears. The smoke has a mild body and a wavy, even burn. A grassiness underneath the light spice provides a nice foundation. The finish is crisp, I can’t really tell that there was just smoke in my mouth. That said, it has a very pleasant room aroma.

Second 3rd
This 3rd has a longer finish with a bit of light leather and a mild sweetness. The ash holds on about 1 1/2 inches before falling off. The burn gets off around the prominent vein, but usually self corrects. The body and strength pick up a bit, putting it around mild-plus, and the sweet spice from the beginning appears now and then which adds some interest. I wouldn’t say this cigar is smooth or creamy, it’s more like a granite counter than a glass tabletop, but it is very easy to retro-hale and has no harshness.

Last 3rd
A slight nuttiness comes into play, with the grassiness still in the background. The body is still mild-plus, but the strength has moved into medium territory. Reaching the Criollo wrapper I find chocolate and coffee, almost like a mocha. It burns cool down to about an inch before becoming hot.

While not a very complex smoke, it’s good for reading the paper in the morning. The flavors are there if you care to look for them, and the ease of smoking (only 1 touch-up) makes it a nice companion. I’ve smoked these first thing in the morning without eating breakfast, and the strength at the end can sometimes catch me off guard. However, with a light breakfast of toast or cereal there’s no problem.

Flavor –Mild
Strength –Mild-Medium
Body –Mild

I like to keep a few around for the morning, but the flavors get lost if my palate isn’t fresh.
These would also be good for a beginner smoker, so long as they had eaten that day. The Cabinetta gets a…

3 out of 5 A good cigar to have around. You can share with an appreciative beginner.