Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cigar Review: Por Larrañaga Panetelas

Por Larranaga, a name I cannot ever seem to pronounce, and a brand I cannot ever seem to get into. Why then is Catfish reviewing one, FOR THE FANS DAMNIT! Seth and I are currently doing a budget cigar shootout and the Panetelas made the list, as they hit right around $2.50 a stick. Given this is a short filler cigar, and I expected little or no complexity, I decided to break it up into halves. I also grabbed a wonderful imperial coffee stout by called Kujo by Flying Dog.

Dry Draw: tea leaves and honey

First Half: Heavy earth, so heavy it really stands out as the shining note of the brand to me. Every time I have a Por Larranaga, it seems like this note comes out. I did get some mineral aftertastes, but lighter then something from an non-Cuban brand. The tea was there, but got lost in the heft of the earth notes. Nothing really stood out to me, but the body was full in nature.

Second Half: The profile began to mellow a bit, with the draw becoming a tad creamier. The flavor became much more refined, with lighter sharper earth note. The honey I got off the dry draw hinted at an arrival to the mix, and the tea notes began to show up as well. A nice light cumin spice entered at the end, and the nub was rather enjoyable.

Construction: no issues, it burned well, but like a short filler, it dropped ash all over my laptop

Final Thoughts: This would not be my first choice in the Habanos Critic Budget Shootout. Honestly, of the four, it would not rank in the top two for me. I think it is more an issue with the brand not hitting my palate, as I know plenty of smokers that love this vitola for a cheap smoke, and love the brand in general. The beer was a great pair I must say, and I would love to try it with an El Principe. One more short filler to go, the Piedra is up next!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey Palmas Extra

If there is one brand that shows fluctuations in flavors throughout the entire portfolio, it is Hoyo de Monterrey. You may get one that is relatively mild and smooth and you might get one that is fairly strong and robust. I personally love the differences throughout because it is always a surprise to see how a vitola will smoke and it also leads me to having a lot of favorites throughout the brand. I think the Petit Robusto is a terrific short smoke that has some punch to it and then you have the Epicure No. 2 which is much softer and filled with complex but subtle flavors. Today though I look at an interesting vitola that is pre-Revolution in origin, but in the past twelve years it has finally become a handmade Habano. The Habano I am talking about is the Palmas Extra and let's see where it lies in terms of body, strength and flavor profile.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cigar Review: Papo Robaina Custom Rolled Torpedo

The name Robaina is synonymous with Godfather when it comes to tobacco. Don Alejandro Robaina is the Godfather of tobacco, known for the best wrapper on earth. Currently his grandson Hirochi is tending the farms in his memory, keeping the family history alive and long tradition of tending the finest tobacco in Cuba and on earth. So when the moment arose to grab some custom rolls from Papo Robaina, let’s just say I jumped at the opportunity. Papo is Hirochi’s cousin, and also a farmer in Cuba following in the family tradition. Little is known of his history, other than his farm is adjacent to the Robaina family farm and he is connected by the name. The cigar itself looks to have an amazing wrapper, consistent in color, and a wonderful feel in the hand.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cigar Review: Partagás Mille Fleurs

The Battle of a Thousand Flowers continues on, combined with the Habanos Critic under $3 shootout.  When we first started the site and forum, I reviewed the Romeo Mille Fluer and planned on comparing it to the Partagas Mille Fluer.  Oddly enough, I could not find the Romeo review, and realized it never got populated at  Since then, Seth and I also have decided to do a budget cigars shootout and the Partagas Mille Fluer fit the category of under $3, as boxes can be had around the $70 range.  So I finally got around to firing one up for review, and have been somewhat ambivalent with my experiences on this box thus far.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cigar Review: La Flor de Cano Petit Coronas

WOOHOO! It’s time for a good ole fashioned wild west shootout! Tuna and I are doing a shootout of cigars under $3. The four cigars we chose for this are the Flor De Cano petite corona, Jose Piedra Cazadores, Por Larranaga Panetelas, and Partagas Mille Fluer. Three are short filler, with the Partagas supposedly being long filler, and all can be had at a budget price.

The Flor De Cano had always peaked my interest, simply because I am drawn to the band for some reason. I dig the presentation, even though I am normally not a fan of cedar wraps. I had heard great things about this cigar, even though it is short filler. Tuna seemed to dig it with his review, and had hinted to me that I may like it. So let the games begin!