Daily Smokes short review from Drew Estate the Unico Serie Ratzilla. The taste on this was nothing short of amazing, the wrapper is almost coffee ground dark glistening with an oily hue, and a pig tail cap that’s typical of our barn yard friends I.E Flying Pigs, Dirty Rats, Feral Pigs and the UF-13. First light was full of pepper and sweet spice with a huge amount of smoke. After cruise control burn the spice stayed very consistent with the sweeter notes getting stronger, but not over powering. Nuances of black coffee, cedar and pepper were also present, along with light leather. No burn or draw issues the ash held long and tight. It’s a flavor bomb just like its little brother the Dirty Rat but on a much more sophisticated and refined level and an absolute pleasure to smoke.
Size: 6 x 46
Wrapper: Stalk Cut Sun Grown Habano
Binder: Brazilian Mata-Fina
Filler: Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan
One of my favorite pairings with my morning coffee the La Aurora 107 Robusto. From first light you are treated to wonderful flavors of toasty woody cedar notes, light leather and copious amounts of creamy white smoke. After cruise control burn the 107 evolves with sweet cocoa and complex flavors of rich earth and nuts. Great construction with a perfect draw this medium bodied cigar is a wonderful compliment with your morning coffee!
Size: 4 1/2 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
From Matt Booth of Room 101 and Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn comes the 6th installment of the Microblend series of smokes offered by the Florida based cigar store…The Big Delicious. First look is a dark brown oily, slightly toothy High Grade Habano 2000 wrapper. First light gave notes of pepper that varied in intensity through the first half, notes of cedar, roasted nuts and a floral earthiness was also present. On a construction note the ash was a bit flaky and never held past a half inch point. After cruise control burn the spice picked up again with flavors of earth and dried fruit. In the final stages of the Big D the spicy flavors that were so prominent throughout seemed to turn raspy and hot with re-lights becoming more frequent. I would definitely smoke the cigar again giving it another shot in a few months after more age, that might mellow out the back end a bit. The cigar was Medium to Full but the first impression of the Big Delicious was a Big Disappointment!
Size: 6.25 x 42-54
Shape: Soft Box-Press Torpedo
Wrapper: Habano 2000
Filler: Honduras, Nicaraguan, Dominican
92 points and ‘Top 50 Spirits 2011,’ Wine Enthusiast: “[$65 list] 43% abv. With a little water, this golden blended whisky opens up to delicate, nuanced honey and floral aromas and flavors. Finishes smoky, dry and brisk. (Mar 2011)”
Highly Recommended, F. Paul Pacult Spirit Journal: “Light amber/marigold color; excellent purity. Smells of sawdust and pecans in the opening sniffs, plus a bit of summer flower garden (carnation) and spice (Nutmeg); there’s an acute nuttiness to the aerated bouquet that becomes more like candle wax with further exposure to air; intriguing and unique. Entry taste is cocoa-like, bittersweet and nicely textured, almost oily (a plus); midpalate stage reveals an intensely grainy core flavor that’s both astringent, slightly sweet and caramel-like. Concludes in a stately manner that’s bittersweet, honeyed and refreshing. A superb blended whisky. (Mar 2012)”
Brilliant amber in color. A fruity bouquet, followed by sweet honey and custard cream. On the palate, a soft and mellow sweetness makes this a whisky one can also enjoy straight. A long finish, with subtle tartness and a spicy bouquet. Suntory Whiskey.
Attention CigarSmoke crew the Big Delicious have arrived! From our friends Matt Booth Of Room 101 and Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn Cigars come the exclusive sixth installment of their micro-blend series The Big Delicious, dubbed the bastard child of Matt and Abe aka SwankyWhite & BigDelicious. Group herf to be announced.
Size: 6.25 x 42-54
Wrapper: Habano 2000
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican