Cigar: Nomad Connecticut Fuerte
Size: Robusto 5 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Price: $158 for 20 count box
By: Ryan Bloomer
The best way to describe what type of smoker I am would be nomadic. I find myself aimlessly roaming from cigar to cigar in search of perfection. When I saw Nomad Cigars I knew that I had to give it a try on my journey. Today's review brings us to the fourth blend in Fred Rewey"s Nomad collection the Connecticut Fuerte. Rewey a cigar guy decided to take his hobby and turn it into a business. Rewey thought to himself "what would I do different"? Rewey decided that he was going to make himself available, which is why he was the first cigar manufacturer to put his twitter accountant (@Godfadr) on the label of his cigars. Rewey also has a monthly email letter which you can subscribe to. Rewey believes that with great tobacco, blending, and construction along with his own twist of passion. Nomad Cigars can give you an incredible cigar at a fair price.
The Fuerte has a light tan peanut butter in color Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. The band is red and black with Nomad in white letters along with the company logo. On the side of the band is Fred Rewy's Twitter account @Godfadr. I like how Nomad has decided to open themselves up to the customer with easily making themselves available on social media. The veins seem to be medium in size and very smooth. The Ecuadarian Connecticut wrapper gives the cigar a creamy to mild look. Well as I always say lets toast this cigar and get started.
The first few draws are creamy with hints of peanuts and cedar on my palate. The Fuerte seems to look like a mild to medium body cigar but is slowly picking up some strength as I continue through the first third. I have detected some hints of pepper and cinnamon that have taken my palate by surprise. The smoke output is minimal and the construction has been great to this point. Just something I thought I would point out real quick. It is always pleasant to have minimal structural issues with your cigar as it leaves an everlasting impression on whether or not you might smoke it again.
I have reached the middle third and the Fuerte is fighting with me trying to decide if it should be a mild to medium or a full body cigar. The notes of creamy peanuts, cedar, and cinnamon spice are all still prevalent on my palate. This is definitely not your usual Connecticut blend of cigar. The spice and pepper are stronger than the creamy notes of peanuts which has left an unusually good flavor on my palate. The burn and construction of the Fuerte is still very sharp as we enter into the final third.
I am well into the final third of the Fuerte and the cigar has stayed very consistent with notes of creamy peanuts, cedar, and cinnamon spice. I am still amazed by the amount of pepper and spice that the Connecticut Fuerte has to offer. I did finally loose my ash as it broke apart midway through the final third. The Fuerte is definetley a different experience compared to your mild to medium traditional Connecticut blends.
If you are looking for a Connecticut with a punch of spice and pepper that tetters along the line of a strong medium to full bodied cigar than you are going to want to smoke the Nomad Connecticut Fuerte. The construction of the cigar was flawless and the burn was almost perfectly razor sharp. I would recommend trying out the Nomad Connecticut Fuerte and sending a tweet to Fred on Twitter to let him know what you think about the Fuerte.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Cigar: T.L. Johnson Tempio
Price: $9.00 to $11.00
By: Ryan Bloomer
Well its safe to say I am a little late to the party when it comes to the Tempio by T.L. Johnson. I have been slowly watching the Tempio blow up on social media with boasts about its flavor and extreme razor sharp box press. I thought it's about time for me to get with the program and do a review. The Tempio was made for Johnson by the work of Luis Sanchez of the La Tradicion Cubana Factory in the Dominican Republic. The La Tradicion Cubana Factory believes in the old traditional Cuban styles, which include aging the cigars in cedar trays for long periods of time. Unfortunately my local shops do not carry the T.L. Johnson line. With that being the case I had to reach out to Don Wiggins at the Underground Cigar Shop who carries the complete T.L. Johnson line.
The Tempio has an amazing pre lit aroma of cedar and oak. The cedar is very predominate due to the cigar aging process of Luis Sanchez. The cap is a pig tail that is well constructed and creates the beginning identity to the Tempio. The veins of the wrapper are very big which gives the wrapper a rigid looking appearance. The appearance actually fools you with a soft leathery feel from head to foot. I have never seen a box press so well defined with sharp edges. If you look from the foot to the head of the cigar it is in a shape of a well defined rectangle. The band is very classic which fits well with the tradition of the way the Tempio is produced. The time has come to toast this cigar and get started.
The first few draws I immediately picked up strong hints of cedar, oak, and a slight hint of roasted nuts. The Tempio does not put out a strong amount of smoke and the ash is very dark. The burn is very even and the construction of the cigar is very good. The first third is coming to the end and I started to pick up a sweet taste on my palate that I have not been able to figure out exactly.
The cigar continues to have a smooth draw with good construction. The notes of cedar and oak are still very much in play on my palate along with a sweet citrus taste that appeared near the end of the first third. The hint of citrus plays well with the notes of cedar and oak. My ash finally fell apart as I made a slight touch up entering the final third of the cigar.
The final third has hit me with an array of notes to go along with the cedar and oak. I have picked up a taste of sweet and salty that is almost like freshly popped kettle corn. The draw is still a little loose which is causing the cigar to burn a little quicker than I would like. The sharp edges of the box press are still holding up strong. The final third of the Tempio is no doubt the dessert portion of this cigar.
If you love a great earthy cigar with strong hints of cedar, oak, and a dessert ending of freshly popped kettle corn this cigar is definitely for you. I have decided to give this a cigar a rating of 9.0 out of 10 on the 2 Cigar Guys and a Humidor Rating Scale. The appearance and presentation is just phenomenal and if you haven't tried it you are missing out on a unique experience when it comes to extreme box pressed cigars.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Binder and Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan
Price: $10 per stick
Friday, March 14, 2014
The La Palina Goldie Laguito No. 2 is a noticeably well-rolled cigar with a stunning light spice-brown wrapper. The wrapper does have some light veins present nonetheless they are not too distracting nor do they take away from the appearance of the cigar. The cigar is topped with a fan cap that adds a bit of character to it. The Goldie is smooth to the touch with a hint of oil feel to it. It is not overly tight on its roll, so it has a little give when squeezed. It seems to be a perfect feel to my fingers. The aroma is intoxicating. At first inhale, I immediately sense a sweet fruity smell that reminds me of a combination of honey and banana. I also sense a bit of wood, hay and cashew in it. The cut was flawless and it left not a lot of flaking or cracking. The pre-light draw is effortless. Prior to the light, I can tell I am in for a fantastic smoke.
The final third of the Goldie No. 2 sees an increase in spice on the palette and a slight decrease in peppery tones. The creaminess and sweetness remain throughout the stick. The Goldie does increase slightly in strength to a medium-full bodied cigar toward the last inch. The ash is still solid and full. The wrapper and construction remain perfect throughout the entire session. No peeling or cracking is noted. The burn is impeccable all the way to the end. I undoubtedly nubbed this smoke, as I didn’t want it to end.
2 Cigar Guys And A Humidor would like to thank Underground Goodfellas for another great guest review. Don't forget to check out their charity auction on Sunday March 18th at 8:00 pm est on the Underground Group page on facebook.