Romeo y Julieta Vintage (#1)

Construction/Presentation:

The Vintage is a nice looking, quality cigar. Solidly built, there were no soft spots and it featured the classic RyJ band. There were very few veins in the wrapper and a sweet, almost compost-like smell was present upon removing the cellophane cover. The draw wasn’t too loose, a little pull was required but it was not what one would call “tight” either.

Performance:

This cigar had a perfectly even burn, held a couple of inches of ash without problem, and it produced billows of beautiful grey smoke. […]

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5 Vegas Series A (Fifty-Five)

Construction/Presentation:

The body (5.5″ x 55 box-press)  was somewhat soft, but pliant. A nice looking cigar with an impressive looking wrapper and good overall construction. The Maduro is almost picth-black with very few veins. Pretty much a perfect draw. I’ve gone though about 20 difference 5 Vegas cigars in the last couple of months and have yet to find a dud in the bunch of the “Fifty-Five” shape.

Performance:

This cigar had a fairly even burn and responded well to touch-ups. […]

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Gurkha Class Regent Nepalese Warrior (Toro)

Construction/Presentation:

The body (6″ x 52 box-press)  was solid and well made. A nice looking cigar with an impressive looking wrapper and good overall construction. The shape and size is just about perfect actually – fits nicely in the hand and lips. That said, of the 5-pack of Nepalese Warriors I ordered from Cigars International, 2 were so tight as to be barely smokeable.

Performance:

This cigar produced a good volume of smoke – thought not voluminous – and held over two inches of ash well. […]

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5 Vegas Classic (Fifty-Five)

Construction/Presentation:

The body (5.5″ x 55 box-press)  was somewhat soft, but pliant. A nice looking cigar with an impressive looking wrapper and good overall construction.

Performance:

The burn was even but responded well to touch-ups. This cigar produced a good volume of smoke and held over an inch of ash well – but the ash was crooked, not doubt a result of the uneven burn. The Classic didn’t have much of a kick – a slight tingle in the belly about half-way down but that was it.

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Perdomo Reserve Champagne (Epicure)

Construction/Presentation:

The body (6.0″ x 54)  was somewhat soft and the wrapper felt a little brittle, even after a month in the humidor. Overall a nice looking cigar with an impressive looking wrapper, though.

Performance:

I only ashed the cigar twice – I could have probably gotten away with only once, except I was outside and there was a breeze. This cigar produced a solid billow of smoke which lingered nicely. About mid-way in there was a nice kick, but overall a mild-flavored smoke. […]

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