"This cigar has the holidays in it. With notes of oak, dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow, peanuts, and cedar. A very delicious cigar. Perfection from start to finish, with only a minor touch up needed. This would be a cigar I'd share with friends to bring in the holidays. A cigar I'd like to have in my humidor." -Sean F. (fullermaine)
"This has been a very enjoyable cigar from start to finish. I very much enjoyed the transitions from pepper to burnt sugar back to pepper. It really was a good start to my day. Having smoked this I can easily say this is something I would recommend to nearly anyone, especially someone who enjoys a slightly more full bodied cigar. I could easily find myself pairing this with a cup of coffee, and I could smoke it at the beginning of the day or at the end of the day without problem or complaint. " -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
"This was a good cigar. The sweetness and mellowness at the beginning made for a great start and the cigar developed nicely into a medium-full well well-flavored smoking experience. This is a cigar that I would be proud to have in my humidor." -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
"This was a very balanced smoke until the final third. It didn’t lose it completely, but the dark notes definitely took the spotlight in the end. I did enjoy the flavors throughout. Plenty of flavor shifts kept it interesting, which is good, because I got over an hour and a half out of a robusto. The smoke time alone is pretty impressive, and with the flavors, I feel quite satisfied. I would definitely smoke this again, probably even grab some for my stash. I have no idea what the price is, but unless it’s really steep, I’m inclined to say that you’ll be getting a lot of bang for your buck with this one." -Chris M. (Chris)
"This was an enjoyable cigar from start to finish. Nothing stood out in the flavor profile, but it was all solid. This would be a great day starter, as it could easily be smoked on an empty stomach. I will be adding these to my usual rotation for sure! " -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
"I was intrigued before I even lit this one up. It’s a beautiful-looking cigar with a very strong and appealing aroma. I’m quite happy to report that the smoking experience lived up to my initial impression. I’d label this as a well-balanced dessert stick, sweet, but not heavy. I would be delighted to smoke this blend again. I’m looking forward to finding out what this was." -Chris M. (Chris)
The "Crafted By JR: Crowned Heads" cigar, a collaboration with Crowned Heads and Jon Huber, offers a medium-bodied profile with Nicaraguan fillers and an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Priced at $11.50 per stick, the reviewers enjoyed it for its balanced flavors, good construction, and enjoyable smoking experience, despite some one-dimensionality.
"This was a fairly complex and transitional medium-bodied cigar. The flavors were well-balanced, and definitely up my alley. The only downside was the amount of attention this needed all the way through. I’d absolutely pick up another one in hopes that the burn issues I had were just a fluke. It was still an enjoyable experience even with a couple of touch-ups and a relight." -Chris M. (Chris)
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Black Label Trading Company celebrated their 10-year anniversary with a new cigar, La Madonna Negra, which has a bold and refined profile. Its blend combines a Connecticut USA Broadleaf wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano binder, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian fillers. Reviewers appreciated its distinct flavor profIle and consistent performance.
"I really enjoyed this medium-bodied cigar. I'd probably buy more, maybe in a slightly larger ring gauge to see if the draw was a tad looser for perfection. Its wonderful and ever-changing flavors ranging from chocolate to wood notes kept me on my toes wondering what may be next. Pick this one and try it, it will not disappoint!" -John A. (Bostoneo)