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Mike’s Farwell and review of favorite Cigar Joseph Nicavana Mezmerize

21 Jul , 2018,
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Mike’s Farwell and review of favorite Cigar Joseph Nicavana Mezmerize

I want to say thank you the Cave family and community for the wonderful time working at the cigar shop. I really appreciate Karen, Kit, and Bear for allowing me to work and be a part of a wonderful community at the cave. I have enjoyed helping and interact with all the people that have come through the shop. I will miss everyone very much as I move to Texas to finish my doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I have learned so much from working at the shop, which has added to my 20 years of enjoying cigars. I wish everyone the best wished. Thanks for the amazing experiences; I will miss Yall very much.
My last review for the cave is for my favorite cigar Joseph Nicavana Mezmerize. This cigar I would classify as a smooth maduro, it allows people to enjoy a maduro without the strength most have. It is a medium to full body cigar. But don’t let that scare you the cigar is very smooth. The blend has four different Nicaraguan fillers, two Nicaraguan binders, and a San Andres Mexican wrapper. The taste profile malt, caramel, creaminess, chocolate, nuts, citrus, cedar, and coffee. I would also say the cigar is a absolute flavor bomb with the malt, chocolate, coffee, and creaminess most prominent flavors.
For me this cigar goes well with any experience. I usually like to pair this cigar with a coffee or smooth whiskey/bourbon. The cigar is an hour to hour 30 minute smoke depending on your draw. I can’t recommend this cigar enough especially if you enjoy Nicaraguan or maduro cigars. Come to the Cave Downtown and ask for a “Mez.”

Mike’s Pick Oliva Serie V Belicoso- #3 Cigar of 2017

22 Mar , 2018,
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Oliva Serie V Belicoso- #3 Cigar of 2017

The Oliva serie V Belicoso is the number 3 cigar by Cigar Aficionado. The Serie V is Oliva’s full body cigar line. The flavor profile has some sweetness, earth, pepper, and leather. The wrapper, binder, and filler are all Nicaraguan tobacco.
The cigar is a good casual full body cigar. It is a good 45 minute experience. I enjoy this cigar with a coffee or whiskey. Goes even better with an Irish coffee. This cigar is another great example of Nicaraguan tobacco, which to me is more full flavored with a hint of spice. If you are looking to hang out at the cave to wait out rush hour traffic have a Oliva serie V Belicoso to wake yourself up a bit so you can sit in traffic.

 

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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 Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 (Natural) #2 Cigar of 2017

24 Feb , 2018,
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Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 (Natural)- The gold standard of Nicaraguan Cigars

The Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 (Natural) is the number 2 cigar of 2017 by Cigar Aficionado. This is the second time it has been number 2 and has been cigar of the year 3 times, which is a record. This cigar best represent everything that is great about Nicaraguan cigars. The cigar wrapper, binder, and filler are all from Nicaragua. The flavor profile is smooth with coffee, slight sweetness, a little wood, and a black tea finish. Because the cigar is aged the strength to me is medium but could be considered medium to full.
The cigar works with many different kinds of experiences. Typically this is a celebration cigar for me. I feel this cigar best pairs with a big red wine, whiskey/ bourbon, or scotch. It’s a sophisticated cigar and I feel not meant for beginners. Padron is the top Nicaraguan cigar company and they have set the standards high for Nicaraguan cigars. If you fell like spoiling yourself do it with a Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 Natural.

 

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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 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!

 

 

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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.

 

 

Mike’s Picks- Tabaquero Hamlet Paredes Bala – Unique size and “pick me up”

27 Nov , 2017,
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Tabaquero Hamlet Paredes Bala – Unique size and “pick me up”

Tabaquero Hamlet Paredes Bala is a masterfully blended cigar from master roller Hamlet Paredes formally from Partaga Cigars Cuba. Hamlet is a master roller who created this unique shape called the Bala. The binder is a combination of Brazilian and Mexican tobacco. The filler is Nicaraguan with a San Andres wrapper. This cigar is a great example of a beautifully blended cigar. The strength can be characterized as either medium-full to full body. The cigar is a great example of a work of art rolled cigar, not easily accomplished. It has a nice slow burn and to go with a unique draw because of the size. The tasting notes are bold with flavors of chocolate, earth, pepper, citrus, and is not overly complex. The chocolate flavor notes remind me of a dark chocolate cake.
I like to have this cigar when in need of a pick me up. Every time I smoke this cigar I feel energized and focused. I love smoking this cigar after eating great Mexican food. Of course I like to have this cigar with either a whiskey or dark Mexican beer. One day at the shop a client was looking for a cigar to smoke while tailgating at a Raider game. I suggested this cigar by telling him “it would fire him up so he could better represent the black whole and Raider nation.”

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Mike’s Pick- Quesada 40th- The Spice Complex Blend

2 Nov , 2017,
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Quesada 40th– The Spice Complex Blend

The Quesada 40th cigar is a complex blended cigar. The cigar uses an Ecuadorian wrapper, Dominican binder, and blended filler of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco. The tasting notes are cedar, spices, some sweetness, and floral notes. With a blended cigar the flavors or taste change as you smoke this cigar.

This cigar is a great example of a beautifully blended cigar with its complex flavors that can change as you smoke the cigar.  For me this cigar is a great cigar to have after a great meal. The Quesada 40th is a cigar I would want after having a great steak or pasta. In my opinion this cigar would pair well with a red wine, specifically a big red wine.

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 luck 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- Mombacho Tierra Volcan

21 Oct , 2017,
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Mombacho Tierra Volcan- A great every day cigar.

The Tierra Volcan is an all Nicaraguan tobacco cigar. Some reviews classify the cigar as medium body, but I would say it is more mild to medium. The tasting notes are a rich sweetness, subtle earth, honeyed wood, chocolate, and just a pinch of pepper. The cigar is a nice smooth smoke with rich flavor. I dare say it is one of the more flavorful cigars (without being a flavored cigar) the Cave has. Mombacho does an excellent job with their tobacco to bring out all the wonderful complex flavors.

For me this is a cigar you have just because the day ends in Y. This cigar is a great all around cigar that works for most experiences. You can have it in the morning with your coffee, during a break in the afternoon, or end your day after a good meal with your favorite spirit. I feel it can pair with a lot of different kinds of spirits, like whiskey or bourbon, scotch, and even big red wines.

If you’re looking for a cigar and not sure what to have, pick up a Mombacho Tierra Volcan.

 

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 and 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 – La Galera Connecticut

15 Oct , 2017,
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La Galera Connecticut- The creamy Connecticut

This cigar is a Dominican cigar with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. The tasting notes are almonds, creamy cedar, with other hints of dark cocoa, bitter espresso, gritty earth and grass. The wrapper does not have the characteristic slight bitterness found in a Connecticut wrapper.

I believe the cigar pairs well with a light beer or light roast coffee. The cigar is a must try for people who enjoy mild cigars. It’s a great cigar to start your day or have on the golf course. I call this the creamy Connecticut because that is the first flavor or taste I get and I am surprised by this because it is a Connecticut wrapped cigar..

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 and learn from. Mike commonly prefers to have a coffee, whiskey or bourbon with his cigar. Mike also occasionally enjoys a pipe too.

 

Bear cub Pick 4/11/2016

11 Apr , 2016,
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This week I am reviewing the Drew Estate: Herrera Esteli. I chose the Robusto size, but we have three sizes to choose from in our humidor; Lonsdale, Robusto, and Belicoso. This blend was the brainchild of Willy Herrera, and the first he made with Drew Estate. Drew Estate’s goal was to give Willy the freedom to create his own unique style of cigars under the DE company name.

The cigar is a rich Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, with Honduran binder and Nicaraguan filler. Armed with this information I am excited for a deep spicy smoke. As my personal preference dictates I use a V cut and I light it up. At first puff I can tell I am in for a pleasurable experience. The notes are subtle in the first third, with a spicy, almost sweet draw. It is a very smooth smoke and sits well on the palate. As I’m researching this stick, I come across a Cigar Aficionado rating for it. A whopping 93! In the second third the flavors start to come out a bit more. It is still sweet and spicy, but with a light peppery undertone. I can definitely tell this smoke is on the medium to medium full side of the scale. The flavors begin to come out much more pronounced in the final third, I can taste the slight peppery tone with a sweet almost maple flavor. It’s a creamy smoke, definitely one I will have again. I am enjoying this cigar a little too much, as I smoke it down to a tiny nub.

Overall I must say I am impressed with the Herrera Esteli, The aesthetics are enough to make me feel slight nostalgia. The wrapper has a smooth, creamy look with a very slight toothiness. One stick that I will definitely be recommending to folks who come in looking for an all around great smoke at a great price.

Thanks for tuning in! Until Next time Cave Dwellers! *waves paw*

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