Cigar Review

Dos Cientos: by Joya De Nicaragua

Dos Cientos

Now here is a very interesting and dynamite cigar to add to the Joya De Nicaragua already premium collection of magnificent smokes; Unfortunately Dos Cientos is a one-time release which was came out in August 2021. As stated by Joya Cigars “Dos Cientos; which means “200 years” was masterfully blended to celebrate the bicentennial of Central America’s independence from the Spanish Empire. It is a super-premium and limited-edition cigar that embodies our region’s history. It features a multi-origin blend with tobacco from different Latin American territories; Dos Cientos provides a very distinct smoking experience in my opinion of course.” 

Last 15th of September 2021 had marked the 200th anniversary of Central American Independence. This set the stage for the creation of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua to commemorate the occasion. As Juan Ignacio Martinez, president of Joya de Nicaragua explains in a press release “For us there is always a link between the past and the present. We are who we are today because of the decisions that were made hundreds of years ago. Dos Cientos pays tribute to those 200 years and who we are today as the leading cigar producing country and region in the world.” 

Dr. Alejandro Martinez-Cuenca the owner of Joy de Nicaragua added “The leaf’s role in the development of our culture and our society has been fundamental. Tobacco was ever present as we created our own economic, political and cultural identities. That was the moment in which we became what we are today as a region. We want to celebrate that achievement of our own birth as a country and as a region, so we’re showcasing tobaccos from different Latin American countries-Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. We are paying tribute to the Latin Americans and the Americans who achieved independence to craft their own destiny.” 

With a Habano wrapper from Ecuador, the binder being from Mexico, fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic; the monumental story behind “Dos Cientos” certainly gets my palate perked with curiosity. With a nice oily leather and chocolaty look to Dos Cientos, it most certainly gets my eagerness to spark this cigar up! Before I get into my review of this cigar; I wanted to express that it took me two to solidify my review. My first experience of Dos Cientos did not burn or draw correctly; my second attempt had exactly what I was hoping for; smooth, extremely tasty, and the burn was on point. 

Taking a few cold draws before lighting it up really got my senses going due to some hints of cardamom and dried fruit which I don’t always get from the cold draws. Upon lighting up an immediate explosion of profiles came to mind; bakers spice, leather, brown sugar, cocoa, espresso, and that dried fruit hung around. Smoking right into my first third the intensity of notes smoothed out yet the various profiles are still very present to describe. Cardamom, cinnamon, dried fruit, chocolate, almost an essence of toasted pine nuts came to mind, with that sweetness of brown sugar still lingering on the palate. One observation I will mention; have you ever had toasted pine nuts? Pine nuts, once toasted (like all nuts) will excrete oils; some more than others yet pine nuts certainly will excrete more than most. I bring this up because during my journey I was getting that oily residue around my tongue. Not a bad taste at all, in fact it enhanced the experience. 

Smoking right into my second third most of the profiles stayed consistent but some moving to the front of the line and some getting shifted around, fresh baked bread and baked plantains joined the palate party. The construction held strong, the burn was very consistent, and the flavors were really impressive. Chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramelized plantains, earthiness, toasted pine nuts, fresh baked bread, and that swirl of cardamom in the background really makes me want to hoof this cigar down but took my time to really get the most out of Dos Cientos. 

Burning right into my last third, some of the profiles like toasted pine nuts, fresh baked bread, cardamom, and cinnamon started fading away while black pepper comes to the table, along with sweetened espresso and the traditional chocolate taste became a rich dark chocolate with that essence of brown sugar still lingering. I smoked this right down to the nub and it did not get hot or did I taste any type of bitterness to end the journey prematurely. 

Over all I rate this cigar 4 out of 5 and absolutely worth the $17 price tag. The Dos Cientos is available in a single 6×54 toro size. Production is limited to 3,000 boxes of 21 cigars per box. Of that number 2,000 boxes will be sold in the U.S. while the remaining 1,000 are designated for international markets. To remind you this a “one-time” cigar so if you see one, make the purchase and hope you have an exceptional cigar experience as I did! Enjoy!

Wrapper –  Ecuador

Binder – Mexico

Filler – Nicaragua /Handuros/Dominican Republic

Website: www.Joyacigars.com

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 pints.

  • William O’Connor, AKA Billy Kartwheels, is the Co-Captian of the Distinguished Ruffians NY Chapter. Billy has had an interesting life, going through college, being in the Navy and living on a submarine, he has visited 48 states (hitchhiking through 35) of them and even lived in a Hare Krishna monastery for some time. After having numerous brushes with death durring his travels he has decided it was best to take it easy and appreciate life to its fullest all while smoking a cigar at the same time. 

Cohiba Serie M

Cohiba Serie M

We, as cigar enthusiasts, will think of Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and so on when it comes to discovering where a particular cigar originates from but, what about the USA? Well, here we have a cigar “Serie M” by Cohiba Cigars that is made right here in the USA; constructed at the El Titan de Bronze Factory in Miami Florida to be exact. General Cigar announced the limited edition project earlier in the year 2021. 

Some of you may know the history of Cohiba others may not. The Cohiba brand has its origins in Cuba going back to 1968. The U.S. version of the brand is owned by Scandinavian Tobacco Group and has been in the U.S. since 1981. For the most part, the U.S. version has come out of General Cigar’s Dominican factory, but for the past few years, the Cohiba band has been produced by other factories owned by General Cigars including Honduras (Cohiba Royale), Nicaragua (Cohiba Nicaragua), and now the United States (Cohiba serie M). 

The Cohiba Serie M is a Nicaraguan forward blend. Nicaraguan tobacco makes up the wrapper, binder, and filler. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Corojo, which marks the fist time that leaf has been used on Cohiba cigar. There is a double binder with both leaves from Nicaragua. The fillers contain leaves from two regions of Nicaragua (Jalapa and Esteli) and also contain some Domincan Piloto Cubano tobacco. Learning about the origin of this cigar I’m ready to light up and get into my review! 

Having a few cold draws to start this process I’m picking up some natural tobacco notes with some cedar and citrus. Very earthy which kind of dried my mouth out a little. Had a couple sips of water to get my palate ready and here I go with the light up. 

The first third of the Cohiba Serie M kicked off with notes of cedar, earth, bread, honey-citrus, and baker’s spice. Early on, the cedar and citrus notes moved to the forefront. The cedar soon became the sole primary note. The citrus settled into the background, joining the earth and baker’s spice. There were times when the earth notes popped into the forefront. A slight red pepper note emerged late while I entered the second third. 

As I continue on to the second third of the Cohiba Serie M cedar notes maintained on my palate with an increase of red pepper and earth notes. The honey-citrus notes slowly receded during this phase. By the midway point, the earth notes took over as the primary flavor with some coffee joining the party, pushing the cedar into the background with the red pepper and baker’s spice. 

Smoking right into the final third the red pepper and earthy notes were joined by cocoa powder; almost a malty taste and leather right down to the end. 

I was certainly impressed with the overall burn despite the fact that I have heard that other individuals who have tried this cigar had construction (wrapper cracking) and burn issues. The Cohiba Serie M cigar is a medium to a light medium+. This cigar only comes in a 6×52 toro size with an msrp of $29.99 and/or box of 10 for $299.90. It is most certainly one to try despite the price; I will rate this cigar a 4.5 out of 5. Since this Cohiba Serie M was made in the US as mentioned in the beginning of this review it is a “Limited Cigar” so if you are able to find them certainly purchase at least one to smoke and see what YOU come up with for your own review! Enjoy!

Wrapper –  Nicaraguan

Binder – Nicaraguan

Filler – Dominican & Nicaraguan

Website: www.cohiba.com

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 pints.

Liga Privada Dirty Rat

Liga Privada Dirty Rat

Good day, Distinguished Ruffian family. T Money back for another cigar review, just for your reading pleasure. This is a well-known cigar but has become kind of a unicorn due to availability and after-market pricing. I’m sure you all know the name and brand. As legend has it, Steve Saka created this cigar to have with his espresso while in Nicaragua. He has said to have over 50 boxes in his humidor and won’t smoke any that were made after his departure from Drew Estate. He even created the Sobremesa Short Churchill to replace this cigar so he could hoard his precious stash. I’m talking of course about the Liga Privada Unico Series Dirty Rat.

This has been a go-to early morning smoke for me, but they are hard to come by. This cigar has been aging since 2012. I have only a few left and wanted to get my notes down before I ran out. When I first started smoking cigars, finding the Unico Series on the shelves, was like finding the Holy Grail. The first one I had was the Feral Flying Pig. I’ve since stashed a couple of boxes of those away for a rainy day. The L40 was the next one I tried and being a hater of Lanceros, it didn’t do much for me. Then, this one came along. The corona size is also one that I had to grow to love and this is the one that sealed the deal for me. So without further ado, let’s get into it. It is a 5×44 Corona that comes with the same wrapper that is on the T-52. If you like the T-52, you’ll love this cigar. It has a Brazilian binder with Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers. It comes in a box of 12 with an MSRP of $12, but as you know, there is a huge markup on these hard-to-find Ligas. I bought this box from Jerry’s Cigars in Tucson, back in 2012. I cut it with the trusty Palio and fired it up with the DuPont DeFi Xtreme.

Liga Privada Unico Series Dirty Rat

Starting off, the smoke output is absolutely crazy, as with all Liga Privada cigars. There is a TON of earth right off the bat. Slight amount of pepper on the retrohale, but nothing crazy. Getting further in, it has some semi-sweet chocolate coming to the forefront. The sweetness and the earth just meld really well together. The strength and body are at the lower end of medium as I reach the second third.

The second third starts to really show that semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Earth is now barely hanging on, but it is still noticeable. The retrohale is still about the same with some slight spice with a bit of cherry wood. I had a tunnel starting and had to let it go out. After letting it go out and a relight, it seemed to fix itself. It’s tough with these corona-sized cigars to fix a tunnel, but this didn’t have a problem. Strength and body are about medium for both.

Finishing up the last third, there isn’t a whole lot of change. A bit more bite on the retrohale, but that is to be expected with the smaller ring gauge. Semi-sweet chocolate,

dark earth, and a touch of leather round out the cigar. I nubbed it at about the hour and 20-minute mark.

Overall, I think the age really smoothed out this blend and melded the flavors together. I remember there being much more transitions when I first smoked the cigar. This one was crazy smooth and even the retrohale didn’t make me sneeze or eyes water as I remember the younger versions doing. I haven’t been able to find any lately, so I have no frame of comparison, other than my original notes. If you like a corona size cigar and want something with coffee in the morning, this is your go-to. Great burn, only a small issue with the tunnel and huge smoke output.

T Money score: 4/5 rebuy box. If you can find these at, or close to MSRP, grab them. You definitely won’t be disappointed.

Wrapper –  Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder – Brazilian Mata Fina

Filler – Nicaraguan & Honduran

Website: www.drewestate.com

Rating: 4.0 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.