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Mike’s Pick Pier 28 Habano- The West Coast Cigar

15 Jan , 2018,
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Pier 28 Habano- The West Coast Cigar

The Pier 28 Habano cigar line was created by Tim Wong a west coast territory manager for Espinosa Premium Cigars. The cigars were originally created for Mr. Wong’s territories in the west coast, but are now getting national recognition. The cigar has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and a blended filler of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco.  The strength of the cigar depends on the smoker as it can come off as medium for some and medium to full for others. The flavor profile is interesting as it changes as the cigar burns. The flavors you can get at the beginning are black tea, fruit, wood, and some pepper. As the cigar heats up the fruit dies down, the pepper comes in more, and you will get an earthy finish.

For me this cigar is a great example of a boutique cigar that brings with it an interesting complexity to it. I enjoy the kick you get from the Habano wrapper and being a blended cigar with a flavor profile that changes as it heats up. When thinking about how to pair this cigar with an experience it becomes tough because there is quite a bit I feel the cigar pairs well with. If you have been following me you know I am going to have a whiskey with this cigar, but due to the complexity and changing flavor profile this cigar has, will go well with many different kinds of spirits. If you are unsure what cigar you are in the mood for or want to try something new, come to the Cave and pick up a Pier 28.

 

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Mike has been a part of the Cave family since January 2017. Mike has been smoking cigars for over 17 years and is a passion of his. He has been lucky to known many people in the industry to learn from. Mike commonly prefers to have a coffee, whiskey or bourbon with his cigar. Mike also occasionally enjoys a pipe too.

Mike’s Pick- Leaf Sumatra wrap by Oscar- Perfect morning cigar

8 Jan , 2018,
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Leaf Sumatra wrap by Oscar- Perfect morning cigar

Leaf by Oscar is made in Honduras and comes with four different kinds of wrappers: Connecticut, Corojo, Maduro, and Sumatra. I will be reviewing specifically the Sumatra wrapper. The binder and filler is Honduran and the wrapper is an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Sumatra tobacco is a delicate leaf and can be hard to work with. It is my favorite wrapper for a cigar because of the flavors of sweet coffee, milk chocolate, and creaminess. The wrapper feels soft and smooth. It has a beautiful shine and the cigar’s construction could be viewed as a work of art. The tasting notes for the cigar are milk chocolate, citrus, and hints of pepper. The cigar has a nice slow burn and is very smooth. The cigar is between a mild to mild-medium strength depending on what you normally smoke.

There is no better way to start my day than with this cigar and a coffee. It also goes great with a smooth whiskey, preferably rye. The leaf cigar is the cigar you will always see me start with when I open the shop. No matter my mood or energy, this cigar with a cup of coffee seems to make me happy. If you want to fully experience the Sumatra wrapper I suggest you try the lancero version of this cigar, as with this size the wrap place a larger role in the flavor profile. So if you’re looking to start your day on a high note pick up a Leaf Sumatra wrap cigar by Oscar and have it with a coffee. Great Morning!

 

 

About the author

Mike has been a part of the Cave family since January 2017. Mike has been smoking cigar for over 16 years and is a passion of his. He has been lucky to known many people in the industry to learn from. Mike commonly prefers to have a coffee, whiskey or bourbon with his cigar. Mike also occasionally enjoys a pipe too.

 

 

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