"I enjoyed the transition from a light sweet cedar start to more medium earth and leather to the slightly fuller smokey pepper ending. To me, this would be a great mid-morning cigar to get your taste buds kicked into gear. I couldn't ask for much more from the burn or the construction and will absolutely revisit this blend in the future." -Lauren S. (Lauren S.)"
"This cigar is one where the totality of the experience exceeds any particular portion. Honestly, I really can’t find anything to fault in this cigar. The fuller, deeper flavors were perfect for me today and the appearance and performance were remarkable. I can see where some smokers may be put off a bit by the fullness of the flavor, but the apparent lack of significant nicotine power should make this a good choice for anyone looking to venture out of their comfort zone. I’m glad I had an opportunity to give it a try and look forward to buying some in the future." -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
"This cigar was a real treat. Exceptional flavors throughout, with subtle transitions. Even at the end of the final third, flavors were still a delight, with no heat or bitterness. I would smoke this cigar over and over." -Randy B. (randobush)
Protocol Cigars has announced the third installment in their John Doe Series: John Doe 3.0. John Doe is the name given to unidentified males by police and medical workers until identification can be made at a later time. John Doe 3.0 comes in 10 count paper bundles that sell for $95.00. It comes in one size, a 5 x 52 robusto. The band is just plain white papter with black printing that says John Doe 3.0. The cigar is described as bold and full-bodied.
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"This was likely the most challenging overall rating I've had to give since joining the team. The middle third was simply one of the best 30 minutes of cigar I've smoked this year. The unique, potent, balanced flavors were playing in perfect harmony and every puff somehow seemed to improve upon its predecessor. Unfortunately the first and final third underwhelmed. They certainly weren't bad, just subtle to the point of unnoticeable. So, would I smoke this again? 100% yes. In fact I'm dying to know: was the middle third an anomaly? Was the burn line issue a one-off? If there's even the slimmest chance I could experience, for a full 90 minutes, what I experienced at the halfway transition mark, I'd dedicate an entire shelf in my cabinet to these beauties." -Vance T. (Vance)
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"I'm very conflicted. The burn required constant attention and more relights than I cared to count. The flavors were very good though and I found the profile shifted though out in engaging ways. I would smoke this again to see if the construction issues were a fluke but I would be wary of purchase if the price was high. " -Alan (Eulogy)
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"This was a decent smoke for me. The cigar had a lot of flavor notes that I like such as leather, coffee and cocoa. The added hickory and campfire were nice also. I sort of wish the initial mix of spice and mixed peppers would’ve stayed on longer, albeit in the background. The cigar became more monotone for me as it progressed but it still remained a tasty smoke and I would definitely revisit it again with a nice espresso or Cuban coffee." -Diana (ArmyRN)
Amendola Family Cigar Co. has announced two more cigars in their Signature Cannoli Series: Cannoli Green and Cannoli White. These are the final two releases in the Signature Cannoli Series which started with the Cannoli Red in December of 2020. The three colors in the series represent the colors of the Italian flag; that combined with the name Cannoli are an homage the Italian American heritage of Amendola Family Cigar Co.