CAO Sopranos “The Boss”

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So, let me first state that I am not writing this review to cash in on the death of James Gandolfini or anything. The man was a fantastic actor and, though his character Tony Soprano did love cigars, it would cheapen his life to state that I was buying this cigar “in tribute” to him or something.

That morbid necessity out of the way, I will say that I was and am a tremendous fan of The Sopranos, and believe that it was the best show of all time. The hulking, urban bear and dangerous mafioso that was Tony detské kopačky Soprano opened the doors for a love of many things, and his passion for cigars certainly compounded what was already a growing interest of mine. I later found out that CAO had introduced

Illusione 888

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The Illusione 888 was one of those sticks that I had always seen, always wanted to try, but somehow kept putting off in favor of more recently released or hard to find sticks. However, this past weekend while perusing the shelves with Dan I decided it was time to give it a try. I wanted to find one of particularly good quality, but fortunately that was not too difficult as every cigar in the box was remarkably consistent.

So what does that consistency entail? For one, the wrapper has an incredibly pleasant texture like new suede, and in the box we found each had a reasonable amount of plume. The color is medium-leather with a substantial thickness to it. There are minimal lacne kopacky Nike veins and the cigar seems to be rolled with the perfect mount of give. The foot gives off a pleasant aroma of dried grass and earth.

The cigar lights easily and I am immediately treated to good smoke production and the flavor of myriad spices. I can definitely detect black pepper in abundance, but throughout the first third I also get allspice and even a little nutmeg.

In the second third the spices drop off to reveal some leather and coffee. The combination gradually synthesizes until the two flavors become somewhat reminiscent of the aroma of a well-worn library or study. For me, this brings up memories of late hours of study and I feel that this cigar would actually be an excellent addition to an evening of research. The fact that this cigar is relatively slow-burning adds to this case.

The final third changes very little from the second. If anything, there is a slight sugary sweetness that pervades the leather and coffee, though the scarpe calcetto Nike distinction is subtle. Construction remains excellent, finishing out in a satisfying, perfectly shaped nub.

The Illusione 888 is an amazing cigar that I probably should’ve tried sooner. I feel that it has a place in nearly any setting where time is not a factor and intellectual engagement is on the menu (think philosophical discussion, reading, or even a good-natured debate).

Paired With: Ri

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Liga Privada Unico Serie Feral Flying Pig

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Alright, alright. I know we’ve done a BUNCH of Liga reviews lately, and I also know that a LOT of reviewers have already given their take on this cigar. But guess what? We smoke what we like at Cigar and Whiskey, and what’s more, we have a good reason for smoking this particular stick at this particular time (all shall be revealed very soon…)

Enough with the cryptic stuff, let’s get in to the stick! The Feral Flying Pig is a truly beautiful cigar, with a vaguely perfect shape that fattens into a wide ring gauge. The stick is oily, dark brown and excellently textured like a well-worn suede. It’s a cigar that, even if it weren’t for its rarity, would immediately command attention.

Lighting the Feral Flying Pig is a joy due to the tapered shape. You only need light a small area then after a few puffs you have a wide, glowing foot. And man, those first puffs are classic Liga Privada. Chocolate mixes with black pepper that gradually fades into white before disappearing almost entirely. The chocolate lingers in prominence through the first third.

The second third moves from a cocoa sweetness to a syrupy maple. There is also a smoky campfire aroma that mixes with the maple to become something deep and woodsy, living up to the name of “feral” very well.

The final third sees the campfire transition into rich, dark coffee while the maple syrup turns into full-on molasses. Be warned, this richness is quite potent, with a nicotine kick too match. If you’re not ready it can definitely put you on your butt. Nonetheless, this is an excellent end to a great smoke.

I’d love to tell you that this hard to find stick is all hype, but I cannot. In my opinion, this is the epitome of the Liga Privada line. The only thing that keeps me from making this a universal recommendation is the fact that if you aren’t properly prepared it can almost certainly overwhelm you. Nonetheless, grab this if you can, you won’t regret it.

…in fact, why not give us a chance to let you try one? Stay tuned for our next post with details on Cigar and Whiskey’s first contest, Follow the Flying Pig!

Oliva Serie V Maduro 2012

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So, if you’ve been following this blog for a while you’ll know that I am a fan of limited edition cigars. Call it what you will, but I suppose I enjoy the spirit of the hunt and when I find something hard to find I pounce. So it was that in early January I stumbled upon half a box of the Oliva Serie V Maduros, a limited annual release. I bought what I could, eagerly brought them home…and promptly forgot about them until now. Still, I when I rediscovered them in the back of my humidor I knew that now was as good a time as any to light one up!

The cigar is very attractive, and I would expect no less from this much loved Oliva line. The cigar has a firm pack and a chocolatey brown wrapper with no discernible veins. The band looks very similar to the regular Serie V, which is all good as far as I’m concerned. The Serie V Maduro cuts easily and gives off a tasty earth and brownie aroma from the foot. Prelight draw is perfect with just the right amount of resistance.

The first light immediately offers some black pepper similar to what you might find in a Liga Privada No. 9. This is maintained, though lessens almost immediately as some cedar appears. The cedar deepens throughout the third until it transforms into a rich, deep earthy flavor. That earth and black pepper continues until the earth initially becomes more sweet until it billige fotballdrakter breaks and becomes far more flavorful, approaching something like a ripe plum. I thought this would carry until the second third but was surprised as, with just a few minutes left in the first, I get some dry cocoa, something floral like rose water, and a well-worn leather flavor. It tastes like an older bowling bag smells, minus the sweat.

The second third finally begins, but many of the complex flavors drop off quickly as the cocoa becomes a darker German chocolate complete with a characteristic bitterness and a finish like black cherries. The black pepper softens into white pepper, adding a soft spice to the chocolate. This continues throughout the second and into the last third.

The final third, as mentioned, keeps the pepper and chocolate. There is not much left to report, until the cigar gets a bit warmer with about fifteen minutes to go. Sometimes this is unpleasant, but in this case it causes a transition to a toasty campfire flavor. With just five minutes to go the cigar requires a relight, which doesn’t change the flavors but makes everything taste a fotballdrakter bit more fresh. With that, the cigar concludes.

Aside from the minor issue towards the end, the cigar was very rich, complex and enjoyable. There was just the right amount of smoke production which is substantial but not overt. This was an incredibly enjoyable cigar, so if you come across any I highly recommend you pick some up!

Paired With: Tom Sims 4yr

Esteban Carreras Chupacabra

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The Esteban Carreras Chupacabra is one of those cigars that draws attention from the name alone. Though we are no closer to discovering an actual chupacabra, this rough-looking beast promises to deliver an in-your-face sensory experience. From the pigtail cap to the shaggy closed foot, the Chupacabra is not a subtle cigar. With that in mind, I delved into the stick.

The cigar is very easy to light, which I attribute to the closed shaggy foot of the stick. The shaggy foot also adds a pleasant campfire flavor to the first fer basketball trøye NBA draws of the stick, which quickly diminish into a freshly toasted bread flavor. This combined with an elegant leather flavor which added a good amount of depth to the smoke. The first third finished out with a creamy hazelnut and coffee flavor that included a bit of missing sweetness. So far so good, especially considering the flavor profiles in the first third are better than you would find in the entirety of a lesser cigar!

The second third ramped up the coffee flavor, but also added a rich cream that added a fullness to the smoke. Speaking of, smoke production at this point ramped up significantly, producing billowing clouds with even the lightest draw. Not great if you are maillot de foot personnalisé in a car, but very aesthetically pleasing just about anywhere else. This continued to increase in depth as the second third came to a close.

The final third seemed to be more of the same, but then I was pleasantly suprised as brown sugar and pecan flavors made a prominent appearance. Think grandma’s pecan pie and you will be right on point. Unfortunately, the cigar developed a split in the wrapper soon thereafter. While I was concerned that this would affect the burn, nothing was damaged aside from the wrapper itself and the cigar finished out strong.

This stick was a real treat, and one that I would gladly pick up again. I was not familiar with Esteban Carreras before this and now I’m going to have to sample the rest of his line. For a cigar that looks a bit challenging, I would definitely recommend it for anyone who wants a complex palate in a medium bodied stick. As it happens, that category should be fairly inclusive!

Paired with: Angel’s Envy

Cody Road Rye

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Bobalu Texas Select Limited Reserve

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Well, Dan covered our experience with our first live tweet reviews, so I will leave it at that except to say follow us @cigarandwhiskey on the Twitter, like us on Facebook and tune in on Tuesdays at 8:30 if you want to get in on the action!

So, on to the Bobalu Texas Select Limited Reserve. Bobalu is a cigar company based in Austin, TX that rolls its own unique blends with the expertise of several Cuban natives who decided to relocate to the states. I have a long-standing respect for the company, as Bobalu cigars were my first true entry into the world of premium cigars. I started, as many do, with a sampler pack, though due to the quality of the Bobalu brand I found each more tasty than the last and was firmly fodboldtrøjer børn hooked into the world of premium cigars. So, when I wandered into their store one day and saw a cigar labeled “Texas Select” I was enthralled. When I saw one beside it that was labeled “Texas Select Limited Reserve” I was enthralled and had a lighter pocketbook.

If you followed our live tweets you have the gist of my thoughts on the cigar, but I will attempt to offer a more complete review here. The cigar has a very pleasant aroma of cedar and earth that suggests a woodsy, complex smoke. The prelight draw unveils more cedar and a distinct peppery flavor. Excited to delve into what I thought would be a savory cigar, I got toasting.

The first third of the stick gives off a somewhat airy sweet grass and hay flavor that is incredibly pleasant without being in any way overwhelming. The draw is also a bit snug at this point, but nothing unmanageable. As the first third progresses it begins to deepen and increase in complexity to reveal a smooth almond. Underneath the almond flavor I can also detect the cedar that I smelled on the foot of the cigar begin to build.

The second third is a progression of the first as the almond and cedar begin to build and play with each other. Then, fairly suddenly, the almond disappears. The cedar takes center stage for a moment until a trace of cayenne pepper sneaks in to create a bit of spice on the finish and retrohale.

As the final third begins I am ready for a full on pepper blast. However, I am surprised as the pepper and cedar drop off almost entirely. The cigar fundamentally shifts to black coffee and hazelnut. This serves as an excellent close to the cigar. Or, I should say Billige fodboldtrøjer tilbud it would be an excellent close, except on the last few puffs I am treated to an incredible toasted marshmallow flavor. Delicious!

Construction on the Texas Select Limited Reserve was excellent, with thick ash that held on until I was ready to ash it (more than 2″ at one point). The draw was a little tight for my taste into the halfway point, but opened up after that. Burn was straight and required no touchups of any kind even though the night was very windy.

The combination with the