"I somehow drew this short smoke out to almost 55 minutes. But I really enjoyed every minute of it. The heavy pepper and oak notes with the hints of citrus were a nice combination. If you are short on time or need a closer for the evening this cigar checked all the boxes for me." -Quinn (quinnpins269)
"My only wish for this cigar is that it was longer purely for the sake of having more incredible smoke to enjoy. Every puff from the first to the last was chock full of immensely robust and pleasant flavors that were well balanced, complimentary of one another, and consistent to a tee. A perfect draw produced mouthful after mouthful of creamy smooth smoke and despite a few minor touchups, the smoking experience was trouble-free and thoroughly enjoyable. In my opinion, the complete lack of transition in flavor is appropriate and almost preferred given the short length of this cigar. Anything more would be a lot to keep tabs on over such a short period of time. Cigars this short certainly have their place and this one would be perfect for a lunch break or any other circumstance where time just isn't a luxury. 10 out of 10 will smoke again!" -Noah S. (Noah)
L’Atelier released a new cigar size in the core line, honoring K.C. Johnson's late dog, Roxy. The "Roxy" is a 3 1/2 x 50 Petit Robusto, available in the original and Maduro blends. Reviews noted its medium-strong intensity, hearty flavor, and well-crafted construction.
"With a smoking time south of an hour, this smoke was quite literally short and sweet making it a shoo-in for a lunch break or any other occasion where time is not a luxury. It is hard to say with absolute certainty whether or not the missing chunk of wrapper right at the foot was intentional or not. The fact that the wrapper was not torn and the uniformity of the transition where the wrapper begins leads me to believe that this feature had a purpose. Regardless, it showcased and highlighted in an intriguing way just how much the wrapper leaf contributes to a cigar's aroma, blend, and flavor profiles. Without it, the cigar would certainly not be the same. Aside from the obvious transition that took place once the burn line reached the leading edge of the wrapper, this smoke was dead consistent with regards to flavors. A smoke this short doesn't need a ton of transitions and with such enjoyable flavors, I couldn't be happier in their absence. Not only were the flavors right in line with my preferences, they were well balanced and the smoke was buttery smooth. A top-notch draw and trouble-free burn were the cherries on top of an incredible smoking experience that I can not wait to have again." -Noah S. (Noah)
"Overall I really enjoyed this cigar there were a lot of wood flavors, but into the second and final third there was some nice citrus mixed with some salt flavors that really balanced it out and made the wood flavors seem to dilute. I would smoke this again and would like to pair it with some morning coffee." -Mickey T. (irratebass)
"I love this vitola and how they are a perfect winter cigar. There weren't really any big flavor transitions but the flavors hit my palate in the sweet spot. Loved the black coffee, leather, earth and spice this cigar presented me. I would definitely recommend this to full bodied smokers who only have 30 to 45 minutes to enjoy a cigar. Very well done!!" -Kevin J. (maninblack77)
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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.
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In 2019, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust introduced their first event-only cigar, the "Polpetta". By 2023, it was adapted into a regular production cigar. The Polpetta, rolled at the Nicaragua American Cigars S.A. factory, was well received by our panel for its earthy coffee notes, spice, dark chocolate, hint of leather and excellent draw. Constructed in a Rothschild vitola shape, it now sells for $7.30 each.
"I would happily smoke this cigar again. The strength by the end was noticeable but enjoyable. I am on the slower side of smoking time but I felt that it was a nice slow burner as well, never needed to relight either. Solid forty-five-minute smoke for me." -Quinn (quinnpins269)
"Overall, a great cigar. Plenty of smoke and enjoyable flavors. Although the flavor transitions were not super complex, the flavors of leather, cedar, and the later presence of sweetness made for an overall pleasurable experience. The temperature from the smoke was fairly cool and I was able to take this one all the way down to a nub and never really picked up any harshness. I will definitely smoke this cigar again." -Angel M. (Angel)