Cigars

Debonaire Daybreak Toro

Debonaire Daybreak ToroWith the expanded availability of Debonaire Cigars I have found myself trying more of them lately. The more recent one has been the Daybreak Toro. Drew Estate offers this opinion about the cigar, “Wrapped in Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade, the Daybreak offers a full flavor version of a Connecticut wrapped cigar and comes into market at a more introductory price. While enjoying Daybreak, smokers can expect crisp notes of spice and earthiness from the Nicaraguan fillers, a nutty and sweet richness from the Dominican tobacco in the binder and filler, and a smooth finish from the Connecticut wrapper.” While that’s a charming description I’m curious to see what I discover.

A view of the body shows a well constructed cigar with tight seams and very minimal veining. The Connecticut Shade wrapper is a milk chocolate color, feels like silk and has a slight oily sheen to it. The roll feels ample but not bulging and no dead spots can be found. The odor from the body is present but soft on the nose giving odors of raisin and cedar. From the foot the same odors are noticed along with earth tones.

The cap cuts easily and the construction holds. The pre-light draw is easy and there is no struggle and gives flavors of rich tobacco and leather. The cigar lights with no issue and the burn is sharp.

The first half has light bread flavors with a touch of spice falling into the medium body range for me. While smoking through the first half the flavor profile remains consistent and enjoyable. It produces plenty of light weight smoke with an ash that is light grey and holds on for about a half inch at a time. The burn line stays sharp with no need to retouch.

Moving into the second half the flavor intensity begins to pick up. The softer bread flavors are still there but move to the back and the spices become a bit more present along with a citrus note that I wasn’t aware of in the first half. Still definitely in the medium body flavor range but a fun shift in taste. It continues to burn sharp for the remainder of the smoke and the construction holds up for the duration as well.

In all I enjoyed this cigar, it’s perfect for that morning smoke with coffee or great later in the evening if you want something enjoyable for your palate while you watch a movie. Given that it’s made by Debonaire you know the quality is going to be top notch and the tobacco is going to be superb. While some have criticized the price point it’s worth the couple extra bucks for the quality. If you are looking for a nice medium flavored smoke or are a new smoker that likes a light cigar and wants to step up a bit in flavor without going too heavy, I recommend picking up a couple of these. You won’t be disappointed. Be sure to check out the review of their Sagita Petite Lancero too.

Wrapper: Ecuadorean Connecticut Shade

Binder: San Vicente (DR)

Filler Nicaraguan & Dominican

Website: Debonairerum.com

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 pints

Debonaire Sagita Petite Lancero

Debonaire Petite LanceroI’ve been enjoying the Debonaire line for a while now and with the new distributorship from Drew Estate it’s thankfully making them much more accessible to everyone. I managed to get my hands on some of the Sagita Petite Lancero and enjoyed it so much I wanted to get an article up about it. The Sagita offers a medium-plus strength profile with the rich, deep sweetness we all look for out of the thick and durable broadleaf wrapper. Blender and owner Philip S. Zanghi III says, ” the dried fruit flavors, like currants and raisins, really stand out in this particular size. The Lancero is a size I love, however I love this one just a bit more because it comes in at a 5.5 inch length; its size, along with its balanced strength and refined flavor remind me of an arrow and what the arrow represents in an archers quiver.” Sagita is in fact a Latin word for arrow, which is traditionally spelled Sagitta, but when Phil presented it as a production item in the Dominican Republic it was spelled Sagita, missing a “t“. Phil chose to keep it this way as a celebration of the Dominican’s spelling of the word.Debonaire Petite Lancero

The construction of the cigar is firm and full to the touch but not hard and gives to pressure between the fingers. There is some noticeable veining which adds to the overall rustic look of the cigar. The seems are nice and tight and when the light pigtail cap is cut the cigar is unaffected. The color is of dark rich coffee beans.

The smell form the body had a lovely leather and cedar aroma with a hint of sweetness. From the foot these were more noticeable along with a nice punch of spices. The pre-light notes offer the usual tobacco flavors that always makes me think of unsweetened tea.

Debonaire Petite LanceroThe cigar lights easily and at first has a slightly bitter citric flavor. This quickly disappears and becomes an espresso with lemon flavor for the next couple of draws then settles into a rich coffee flavor with plenty of pepper. The cigar produces plenty of nice heavy smoke that weighs on the tongue. It has an easy draw that gives just a touch of resistance. The ash falls easily and has a dark gray color with solid bands.

This flavor stays through to the halfway point while the dried fruit flavors that Phil had mentioned become more apparent. Continuing on through the cigar the flavor begins to intensify and become more of a smooth tobacco with a nice peppery kick. By the end of the smoke it has a much fuller flavor than expected from something this size.

For a small sized cigar really has a full flavor, starting off somewhat timid but ramping up to a large taste by the midpoint made this an interesting smoke. Not sure if I would recommend this to novice smokers out there but for all you maduro smokers out there that want to be surprised by the flavor you can get out of a 38 ring gauge this is one you should pick up.

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf (USA)

Binder: San Vicente (DR)

Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican (ft. Reñe Ligero)

Website: Debonairerum.com

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints

Tatuaje’s Skinny Monsters Drac

Tatuaje DracThanks to DR HQ (AKA S&M Smoke Shop) I’ve been able to pick up a lot of these Tatuaje Skinny Monsters to review. I’m not one to buy into hype or gimmicks but as a horror movie lover I took the bait. I started with the Frank and enjoyed it so I decided to move onto the Drac to see if it held up in quality and flavor and was happy that it did so and more.

Investigation of the cigar shows a relatively smooth wrapper with some noticeable veining. It is dark chocolate in color and has a muted oily sheen. The smell from the body reminds me of sweet milk chocolate and cinnamon, while the smell from the foot is far less sweet and more of a barnyard, tobacco and hints of spices odor. It doesn’t feel as rigid as most lanceros and gives to pressure but still feels full and rolled well with no apparent dead spots.

The cap cuts easily with no damage to the construction. The cold draw is easy and open offering the expected tobacco flavors with a hint of sweetness noticed from the body. From the first few draws it is immediately peppery with a long spicy finish.

After taking it down a ¼ inch it becomes not quite as spicy as when first started but the pepper and spice is still present. It has a good full earthy flavor with some leather notes. Plenty of heavy smoke production along with a light grey ash with a few dark hints to it. Burn remains fairly even with no trouble.

In the second half it mellows out considerably overall but retains the spicy/pepper finish. It tends to have more of a leathery cedar flavor. Ash doesn’t hang on for very long but the construction is tiptop and burns even. The smoke continues to be plentiful and pleasantly heavy on the tongue. Towards the end of the second half the flavor intensifies again bringing back more of a full flavor to the stick.

Since these guys are still pretty easy to find I’d strongly recommend picking up a few. If you like a fuller flavor cigar then this is the one for you. As far as lanceros go this has been one of my favorites so far. The flavor comes out strong and then settles into a nice rich medium flavor that for its size you wouldn’t think possible. Really an excellent job Tatuaje!

 

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Country of Origin: Nicaragua (My Father Cigars SA)

Website: Tatuajecigars.com

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 pints