Author: drtmoney

JFR Lunatic Hysteria Barberpole

JFR Lunatic Hysteria Barberpole

Good afternoon #DistinguishedRufffian family. It’s AZ/NM Co-Capt, T Money, back for another cigar review. Hope you are ready to enjoy your week and are preparing for the Zoom meeting this Thursday. This cigar was given to me by PA Capt, Bill, and I had to do a review on it. This is one I’ve wanted to try forever. Barberpole cigars and typically hit and miss for me, but I love Aganorsa Leaf and knew this would be a winner. With no further ado, let’s get into it.

This cigar is a Famous Smoke Shop exclusive made by Aganorsa Leaf. The one I’m reviewing is a 5 1⁄2 by 50 Robusto. Comes with a Mexican San Andres and Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. Binder and filler are their signature Corojo 99 and Criollo 98 varietals. The MSRP is $6.60, so it is quite an affordable stick. As usual, I cut it with my trusty Palio cutter and lit it with my DuPont Defi Xtreme. It has a flawless barber pole construction and a semi-closed foot. The cold draw gives a ton of tobacco sweetness and some hay.

Right off the bat, it is SUPER creamy and has a smoothness to it I wasn’t quite expecting. There is a milk chocolate sweetness that is incredible. Retrohale has a slight bit of caramel with a touch of dark espresso. Getting deeper in, it has this almost praline flavor that hangs on the tongue. The draw and burn are both perfect. Towards the end of the first third, a really dark coffee note comes to the front, with a bit more strength showing through. Med body and strength to close out the first third.

Starting the second third, it is still super smooth. Sweetness is still prominent with that praline flavor hanging in there. The retrohale has a bit more spice to it, but nothing I would deem crazy for this cigar. Semi-sweet chocolate is taking over and the strength is definitely amping up right now. The creaminess starts to fade at the end of the second third, and you can tell it’s getting ready for a flavor bomb finish. Full body/Med strength.

Jumping into the final third, a slight black licorice flavor hits for a few puffs and then disappears. I’m not sure what that was about, but it was definitely there on all 3 I’ve smoked. Some deep earth comes to the front to go with that semi-sweet chocolate bite on the finish. The retrohale has that slight sting to it, but again, nothing crazy. I’m enjoying this cigar so much, that I burned my fingers trying to hold on as long as I can. Alas, I had to let it go around the 1 hour and 40 minute mark.

To sum it up, all I can say is WOW. Best barber pole cigar I’ve smoked hands down. Perfect balance throughout, and checked all of the boxes that I like in a cigar. San Andres, Corojo 99, Criollo 98, perfect draw, and perfect burn! The changes in flavor were outstanding and an experience all of their own. I instantly went to Famous Smoke online after finishing and bought 2 boxes. Also, at this price point, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better cigar.

T Money Score: 4.5/5 Rebuy *Multiple* boxes!

Perfect cigar for any time of the day, not just the morning with coffee. I can’t wait to pair this cigar with many different drinks, as well as, at different times of the year. Go grab some and let me know what you think. As always, do something nice for someone and watch someone’s 6. Hope this review finds you well! Talk care family.

Wrapper – Mexican San Andres and Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder – Nicaraguan

Filler – Nicaraguan

Website: www.Famous-Smoke.com

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 pints

  • Travis Peterson AKA T Money is the Co-Captain of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapter of Distinguished Ruffians. He started his cigar journey in 2007 and hasn’t looked back. Outside of cigars he has a passion for brewing beer, playing guitar, bowling and golf. He is also a self proclaimed grilling and smoking expert. 

Warped Chinchalle

Warped Chinchalle

Welcome back Ruffians! It’s been a bit since I sent a review, so I’m back with another new one for you. Today we’ll tackle the Warped Chinchalle. I’ve had several Warped cigars produced at the Aganorsa factory in Nicaragua but this is one of the first cigars ever released from Tabacalerala La Isla. The factory was opened up in the Dominican Republic by Hostos Fernandez Quesada. The name Chinchalle is a slang term used for smaller cigar factories in the Dominican. Warped was created in 2007 by Kyle Gellis and started a partnership with El Titan de Bronze to manufacture his line. He considers all of his blends to be a so-called, “Cuban Inspired” fashion. O.K. That’s enough fluff, let’s get into the cigar. 

Warped Chinchalle 

The Warped Chinchalle is only offered in a single 5×50 Robusto size. It has an Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper over a Dominican HVA Binder and Dominican fillers. It was released on September 9, 2021, with an MSRP of $12.50 a stick. The cigar is packed super tightly and has a number of really dark veins throughout. The cold draw is a bit loose with notes of sweetgrass and leather. I decided to light my cigar with a cedar spill today and cut with my Colibri V-Cut. 

The start of the cigar has a lot of deep earth with smoldering cedar. The retrohale is creamy with a slight bit of leather. Burnt marshmallow sweetness shows up towards the end of the first third. The cigar has a decent burn and good draw. I would say it is mild to medium in strength and mild in flavor. 

The second third is a spitting image of the first. Earth and cedar are still at the forefront. The retrohale has some deep wood and slight red pepper spice. Some dried fruit and grass sneak their way in, but not enough to really hang around. It is still mild to medium in both flavor and strength. 

Going into the last third, still more of the same. Nothing in the way of transitions that really sticks out. Still lots of cedar and earth. Towards the end, a metallic flavor starts to take over. I tried to purge it, but the flavor still is overpowering, so it’s time to let it go. The cigar ends at about the medium range in both flavor and strength. 

Well, this cigar was interesting, to say the least. It was not at all what I expected. I had to relight it about 15 times and the draw seemed to get loose and tight in different spots throughout the cigar. It had some decent flavor but few and far between to be honest. It was pretty much the same flavors throughout the cigar and when it did transition to something good, it didn’t last long and was quickly overpowered again by the cedar. 

With the amount of relights, lack of transitions, and metallic flavor towards the end, I can’t see buying a box of these. The almost $13 price point would suggest a higher quality cigar. T Money Score: 2.5/5 Try Single. If you’re a fan of Warped, this is definitely worth a shot. I only had one to try, so I might have had a different experience with another stick. The ones from TABSA seem to be quite better in my opinion. Go grab a couple, give one to a friend and try it for yourselves. You may find something that grabs your attention more than what I experienced. Until next time, smoke well and do something nice for someone! 

Wrapper –  Ecuadorian Habano

Binder – Dominican

Filler – Dominican

Website: www.warpedcigars.com

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 pints.

  • Travis Peterson AKA T Money is the Co-Captain of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapter of Distinguished Ruffians. He started his cigar journey in 2007 and hasn’t looked back. Outside of cigars he has a passion for brewing beer, playing guitar, bowling and golf. He is also a self proclaimed grilling and smoking expert. 

Kafie 1901 San Andres Box Press Toro

Kafie 1901 San Andres

Greetings again to my Distinguished Ruffian family. Today, I have another new one for you. You’ll be taking the maiden voyage along with me as I sample the Kafie 1901 San Andres. This cigar debuted in 2016 as the company’s final blend. Due to FDA regulations, Dr. Gaby Kafie feared he would not be able to continue making new cigars in the future. As for this cigar, he said it was 2 years in the making for this blend. The cigar is made at the Reyes Factory (Tabacalera Puros Aliados) in Honduras. As you can guess by the name, the cigar has a Mexican San Andres wrapper, a Honduran Habano binder with fillers from Brazil (Mata Fina), Dominican Piloto Cubano, and ligero from Nicaragua. The cigar is a 6×54 hard box-pressed toro with an MSRP in 2016 of $10.50 and are now $8.49. Only 500 boxes a year were released at its beginning. I’m not sure the age of the cigar as it was gifted to me by the Prez, Mitch. A small factoid I found out about this cigar, it was supposed to be called “The Union”, but the rights to the name were already owned by My Father Cigars, San Andres was an easy enough choice as a backup. Lets cut this baby up and get into it.

At first glance, the cigar is a paper bag color with one giant vein on the back of the cigar. Also, the triple cap is barely hanging on and I’m guessing it will peel off after I clip it. The cold draw has a sharp cognac bite with some floral notes and is the perfect resistance for my preference. I used my Zippo single torch to toast it up and get this all started.

Right off the bat is that distinct San Andres aroma that slaps you in the face. Cedar and earth jump right out as the main characters in the first third. The cigar has a HUGE smoke output, almost on Liga Privada levels. After a couple of puffs, as I thought, the cap came right off. I used my plain ChapStick to salvage the rest of the wrapper from coming apart. Retrohale has a ton of wet grass and a slight white pepper bite. A touch of caramel sneaks its way in toward the end of the third. I would say the flavor and strength are both at the medium level. The burn is almost perfect and the draw is still great.

Pushing into the next third, the name of the game is EARTH!! Like a ton of it! It pretty much cancels out every other flavor trying to leak through. Still grass and white pepper on the retrohale, with a touch of floral begging to get noticed. As we near the end of the third, some leather and unroasted coffee beans are mingling with the earth notes. The strength is around Med/Full and flavor is still Medium.

Starting the final third, earth is still the main attraction. Not much changing in the way of transitions. This cigar is smoking so quickly, I can’t believe it’s almost done. I’m barely past the 45-minute mark and there is only an inch left of the cigar. Retrohale is predominately white pepper and floral notes. The cigar finishes around Medium/Full in strength and medium in flavor. It burned well but took me less than an hour for this giant cigar. The humidity was at 67% when I started, so it should have lasted much longer.

Well, a pretty straightforward cigar here. The flavor didn’t change much throughout the cigar. One thing to note is the bunching was super loose. If you’re expecting a nice long smoke, you might be disappointed. I think this cigar would be decent any time of day. I would pair it with something light. A bourbon or dark beer would mute the flavors of the cigar. I paired it with iced tea and it worked out well. Scoring for the cigar is 3/5, I would seek out a 5 pack of these if you like a decent, straightforward cigar with huge earthy notes. I’m not sure how available these are on the market at the current time. I wish I had another to compare it to and see if I had any changes between them. Until next time Ruffians, as always, Do something nice for someone, and smoke well! (*Editors footnote, I will be sending a couple more for T-Money to try and then will update the review with his new findings. El Prez 06/03/2022)

Wrapper –  Mexican San Andrés

Binder – Honduran Habano

Filler – Brazilian (Mata Fina), Dominican Piloto Cubano, and Nicaraguan ligero

Website: www.Kafiecigars.com available for purchase from www.Boutiquesmoke.com

Price: $7.99 – $8.99 depending on vitola

Rating: 3 out of 5 pints

  • Travis Peterson AKA T Money is the Co-Captain of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapter of Distinguished Ruffians. He started his cigar journey in 2007 and hasn’t looked back. Outside of cigars he has a passion for brewing beer, playing guitar, bowling and golf. He is also a self proclaimed grilling and smoking expert.