Gurkha-Black Dragon's are simply awesome. Like my dream lady Sophia Loren they are sultry, full bodied and well rounded.
Our pals at Cigars International write:
Behold, the Black Dragon.
Few cigars can match the caliber of Gurkha handmade cigars. Considered to be some of the world's finest and most prestigious super-premiums, the Gurkha brand represents a small-batch selection of ultra-elusive cigars that routinely receive top ratings in addition to 'Best of the Best' honors from the Robb Report.
Always pushing the envelope with exotic, high-end blends, Gurkha got another trick up its mighty sleeve, and it's called the Black Dragon.
Dressed in a dark and toothy, 5-year old Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper, the Black Dragon hails from Honduras and combines a vintage mixture of Dominican long-leaf tobaccos secured within a Cameroon binder. The smoke is thick and chewy, with a rich, leathery core and elegant hints of earth, complemented by an assortment of sweet spices on the finish. Medium in body and complex, yet buttery smooth, the Black Dragon is unlike any Gurkha you've tried before.
Wowzer, you know a great cigar about two minutes into the burn. Rocky Patel-Olde World Reserve will meet they standards set by any cigar lover!
Thompson Cigars wrote:
"Available in your choice of three different wrapper - Maduro, Connecticut and Corojo - Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve cigars are hand-rolled using the most premium Honduran and Nicaraguan leaves available giving the cigar medium to full body flavor that Mr. Patel is so famous for. And each wrapper leaf gives the cigar its own uniqueness and complexity. The Maduro wrapper earned itself the #8 spot on Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 Cigars of the Year in 2009."
Tasty! Tasty and Bold! Bold with elegance! TOP 10 so far in 2017!
Our pals at CI write,
"Years ago, Christian Eiroa and his 94-rated Camacho family of brands conquered Honduras. Today, he's out to conquer Nicaragua. Enter the Asylum, a gorgeous, boutique lovely showcasing the very best Nicaragua has to offer, let alone the raw blending talents of Eiroa himself.
Asylum 13 Ogre certainly is eye-catching. The first thing you’ll notice is the highly unique, Habano and Candela barber-pole wrapper. No chance of flying under the radar while enjoying this one. The second thing to catch your eye will probably be the massive sizes – other than the traditional 5"x50 robusto, this baby goes big and it ain’t messin’ around! The blend itself is a Nicaraguan puro, and is very similar to the original Asylum 13, with a complex, full-bodied array of flavors that are sure to satisfy. If you’ve been looking for something unique, then you’re in luck, because you just found it."
OMG! OMG! OMG! To die for! This IS A CIGAR! This full bodied tasty delight is simply incredible. I smoke five to ten cigars a week. Sometimes it's while I'm driving so I don't kill the moron who just cut me off at eighty five miles per hour with no turn signal. Sometimes it's while I'm listening to "The Bridge" on "Sirus Radio" at my cabin and looking at the stars above. This Partagas was while on golf duty in Georgia.
The Black Label immediately grabbed me and said, "How do you like me now, cupcake?"
Truly a delight from first to last puff. I was sad when our time together was done.
I like my cigars mild, tasty and easy on my palate, say hello to the offering by "My Father Cigars-Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial"...
This tasty bad boy grabbed me right away. And to be honest I had reached into my stash on a sunny March day here in Pittsburgh, Pa. and did not even look at what I had grabbed. I was just happy to see the sun. I put on some Raul Malo and the Mavericks and lite her up.
About eight puffs in I finally read the band. What a delight.
Our pals at Cigars International wrote,
"Jaime (pronounced Hi-may) Garcia is the son of Don Pepin Garcia, and an integral member of the family business. He's worked side-by-side with Pepin for years and has had in hands in a number of projects. But now, he's got his own eponymous brand - blended entirely solo.
Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial utilizes a dark, oily Broadleaf maduro wrapper paired with a rich blend of Nicaraguan long-fillers with tobaccos from some of the Garcia family's farms. It's on the fuller side, but smooth and layered with notes of espresso, pepper, earth, and cedar. A tasty, well-made stick that will make the old man proud. Burn one of these, and you'll experience the artisanal skill of this family history.
Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial received a well-deserved 90-point rating, noting: "Even though this dark, near-veinless robusto is solid to the touch, it draws wonderfully, leaving full-bodied notes of pepper, wine oak and coffee bean flavors on the palate."
Mermaid by La Sirena Toro
Mermaid by La Sirena Toro
Right now you're probably scratching your head saying, "Mer.... what?" But don't write off this legit follow up to La Sirena, because it's a winner. A fusion of two of the best in the business - La Aurora (Guillermo Leon) and La Sirena (Don Pepin) – this half-mermaid half-lion handmade is all substance. Carefully crafted in the esteemed La Aurora factory in the Dominican, Merlion brings smooth, uber-complex flavors in spades.
What's most impressive about Merlion, other than the catchy band, is the rich blend comprised of six, count 'em six tobaccos. It all starts with a feisty, yet silky smooth Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper. This lovely leaf hugs a Brazilian Sumatra binder, housing an impressive long-filler bouquet of Dominican Corojo, Dominican Criollo 98', Nicaraguan ligero, and finally Brazilian Mata Fina. An adventurous blend no doubt, each brand's influence is evident, as the Merlion asserts a bold, well-balanced array of rich medium to full-bodied blend. Initially shying towards medium-bodied, each puff pulls closer to an inevitable fuller-flavored, fuller-bodied crescendo. Expect hints of pepper, oak, natural sweetness, and subtle floral notes to mingle, before a long toasty finish. Merlion's catchy name and band are all fine and good, but this follow-up is simply de-lish from start to finish.
Merlion garnered a well-deserve 90-rating noting: "A tawny colored robusto with some prominent veins and a bumpy cap. It's earthy and salty with leathery flavors and a warm woody finish."
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