Another Select Draw Cigar Cutters Review

A Fellow Barrel Burners member got his hands on the Select Draw Cigar Cutters and wanted to do a review, so here it is. Make sure to follow him.

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Diesel Whiskey Row

I have been waiting over a month to get my hands on this cigar that hit shelves June 1st. They have been backordered since the first day, so when Cigars International finally got them in I jumped on the opportunity to buy a box. These things are beautiful starting with the box they arrived in.
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This cigar is a creation of General Cigar and AJ Fernandez using tobacco aged in bourbon barrels from Rabbit Hole Distillery in Louisville Kentucky. AJ soaked his Mexican San Andres Binder in the bourbon barrels to come up with this amazing cigar. The wrapper is aged 5 years and is a Ecuadorian Habano, with a Nicaraguan Filler. This cigar come in four sizes, robusto, toro, churchill and gigante with a box count of 25. I smoked the robusto at a size of 5.5×52 and had a little over an hour smoke time.
 
First appearance of this cigar out of the wrapper I noticed the smooth brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with few veins and a well constructed cap.

After uses my V-cutter the cold draw gave me hints of earth and wood with a good draw throughout. Once lit the first half of the cigar has a lot of flavors that seem to work well together. I tasted hints of cocoa, cream, cinnamon, pepper, oak, and a few other small notes I could not name. The burn on the first half of the cigar was good, not a single time did i have to touch it up. This half of the cigar gave a good medium flavor.
 
The last half of the cigar picked up a little for me and smoked more like a full bodied cigar. I received stronger flavors of pepper with oak and hints of espresso. At this point you can really taste the hints of bourbon also, and to me it really helps tame the pepper and gives the cigar a perfect balance of flavors that really mesh well together. The burn was still good the last half, I did however touch up the cigar once during this half, most people would have let it correct itself but it was bugging me so I had to fix it. To me this is a must try cigar, put it on your list and when you can buy a sampler or package of 5 do it.

Diesel Whiskey Row
Shape – Robusto
Wrapper – Ecuadorian Habano
Binder – Mexican San Andres
Filler – Nicaraguan
Price – $7.50
I rate this cigar a strong
4.75 out of 5 puffs.
 
Comment below and let me know if you have tried this one yet and what you think about it. Also make sure to follow me on instagram and twitter under then name POBJASON.
 
Until next time I am The Cigar Newb!! Stay smoking my friends
 

Man O’ War Armada

 

This week brought some much needed pool time. Threw some ribs on the smoker and kicked back and enjoyed a Man O’ War Armada. This is a Aj Fernandez cigar, and his cigars hold a special place in my heart. On of the first cigars I smoked and bought a whole box of was the Man O’ War Ruination. So you can imagine my excitement when i got my hands on the Armada.
 
At first glance this is a beautiful cigar, it was a 6.5 x 56 toro in a beautiful dark brown wrapper. The wrapper is a Ecuador-Sumatra blend, with a Nicaraguan filler. This is a medium to heavy cigar and produces think creamy smoke. It takes about an hour and half from start to finish.
 
The pre lit smell was of tobacco and a creamy earthy oil. Once lit the first puff gave me a hint of cedar, coffee, pepper and that earthy taste again. For heavy cigar this is a real smooth and easy to smoke stick. The thick white cloud of smoke produced is how all cigars should smoke.
 
Flavor really did not change for me until the last 1/2 to 1/3. This change in flavor brought less earthy taste and more nutty with a mix of pepper again. The pepper is strong right at the very end of the cigar but it is still manageable mixed with the nutty and earthy flavor.
After smoking this one you realize what a $20 cigar should taste like, creamy, smokey, great burn and full of flavor. Not once did I have to touch up my burn, and the ashes would last 2-3 inches before falling off on their own. This was a very enjoyable smoke and I would have to put into my all time top 5 cigars I have had.
 
Man O’ War Armada
Shape – Toro
Wrapper – Ecuadorian-Sumatra
Origin – Nicaraguan
Binder – Nicaraguan
Filler – Nicaraguan
Price – $20 a cigar
 
I rate this cigar a strong
4.50 out of 5 puffs.
 
Comment below and let me know if you have tried the Armada or any other of the Man O’ War line.
 
I am The Cigar Newb and I will see you in the next blog!
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