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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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Reguis Grandito Bear Cub Pick!

21 Mar , 2016,
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20160315_154443_Richtone(HDR)The first thing that stands out to me is the toothy shiny wrapper. The entire Regius line is  Nicaraguan Puro (made using only Nicaraguan tobacco),and made in London.

I digress… As I light the cigar it toasts perfectly. I’m definitely excited for this experience. The first thing I taste is an excellent earthy flavor, with hints of nuttiness, and a touch of sweetness. This cigar has a Cubanesque taste to it that I am really enjoying.  The draw is smooth and the smoke is deep and creamy. I personally am a fan of the grandito size, as a lil cub anything bigger than a 50 ring gauge is just cumbersome. The earthy flavor intensifies in the second third, and I am now picking up a woody undertone as well. I am really enjoying this stick! A customer walks in and I set my cigar down to help, as I get back to it a minute or so later the smoke is out already. I guess that’s the downside to smoking a thinner stick. I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for a relaxing medium to medium full smoke!

That’s it for now.

Back to Cubbing around *giggles*

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Bear Cub Pick of The Week 12/1/2015

2 Dec , 2015,
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Drew shade

In great anticipation for our upcoming Drew Estates Event, Thursday, December 10th, I would like to feature their Undercrown Shade, as the “Bear Cub Pick of the Week”.  My first experience with this particular cigar was about a month back and it is my non-infused pick in our humidor, currently.  To those of you that know this “Infused Cigar Queen”, as my Bear has dubbed me, yes, I am enjoying the expansion of a growing palate, as I peruse and partake.  <BIG GRIN>

I found this cigar to be smooth in it’s draw.  My personal choice,  a v-cut.  The body was medium that leaned more to the lighter side of the scale, in my opinion.  Loved the flavor profile with it’s toasted nuts, cream, and subtle hint of spice background.  The wrapper is an Ecuadoran Connecticut atop a Sumatran binder and Dominican Criollo 98 and Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo long-fillers. It burned evenly and holds a nice ash.  I did not have to work to keep it lit and enjoyed it in all of its thirds.  I did note that it’s profile became more distinctive in that second third, which made it delightful to the finish.  Upon recommendation to even those that typically enjoy a more full bodied smoke, it was found to be quite the enjoyable surprise, especially as a first to early afternoon smoke of the day.

When I researched this cigars history, I discovered that it was created by the factory rollers, under the direction of Drew Estate’s master blender, Willy Herrera.  When the Liga Privada 9, was met with overwhelming popularity, the rollers were stopped from smoking up the supply.  They were then challenged by Willy to come up with a Connecticut based blend that would satisfy his particular palate, and thus the Undercrown Shade was born.

There will be several choices in size available at our Drew Estate’s Event of this amazing find.  You will not want to miss out on this cigar, Y’all!

Hugs,

Kit

 

 

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Bear Cub Pick #4!

6 Nov , 2015,
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I know this blog started off as “weekly picks” but hey… life happens y’all!

And this ‘lil Cub was busting moves to coordinate our first Featured Cigar Manufacturer Night with Arturo Fuente Cigars!!! Hopefully some of you were awesome enough to attend 🙂 There were some fantastic cigars, wine, food, live jazz music, and great company! You can view the photo album from that night right here! For those of you who couldn’t make it, not to worry, we will have another one soon!

But, I digress. Back to the topic of interest. Cigars.

This time I’ve decided to feature the Padrón Dámaso No. 8.

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I have been thoroughly enjoying these since we got them in a couple of weeks ago, and had to order two more boxes since (Thanks Alex!). It’s named after Dámaso Padrón, which is Jose O. Padrón’s grandfather who migrated to Cuba from the Canary Islands in the mid 1800’s.  The Padrón family started their own industry in Miami, FL with a mere $600 and eventually settled in Esteli, Nicaragua after surviving a factory fire, the Sandinista Rebellion, a U.S. Embargo on Nicaragua, and much more.

The Padrón Dámaso is unlike other Padrón Cigars. Although the filler is still Nicaraguan, the Dámaso is graciously distinguished by it’s Connecticut-Seed wrapper. The No. 8 is a smooth, delicious, easy smoke. Some flavors in the burn are hints of citrus, nuttiness, and cedar. Its creamy, fruity, and over-all amazing. I would consider it to be a consistently mild bodied cigar, hitting medium perhaps towards the end, but  only just barely.

Be leery, y’all, for this one is majorly addictive.

 

In a good way.

 

-Bear Cub

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Bear Cub Pick of the Week #3

28 Sep , 2015,
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The Gurkha Royal Challenge speaks for itself.

Some reviews will tell you that the label takes up half of the cigar. I smoked a Churchill, so this wasn’t exactly true, but let’s just say they definitely don’t spare any expense in packaging… It’s shiny, elaborate, and perhaps a bit gawdy.  I love it.

This is a delicious mild to medium bodied cigar. The flavor profile includes nutty, sweet notes, with a hint of citrus and musk. Yum!

It’s mild body contrasts it to most other cigars from Gurkha–Which tend to be medium/full bodied, as demonstrated by the well known “Gurkha Ghost” line that features a dark (almost black) Brazilian wrapper.

I’d like to think my palate is changing as I continue through The Cave Downtown humidor.  But I more often than not enjoy mild to medium cigars with lots of complex flavor the best.  This one fits right in, and i’m actually a bit hooked on it.

Now that I think about it, I should have skipped the blog and smoked them all myself…

Woops.

-Bear Cub

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Bear Cub Pick of the Week #2!

9 Sep , 2015,
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So Much Class.

Nat Sherman’s vintage aesthetics get me every time.  This week I decided to feature their reproduction of the original Epoca Perfecto. It’s a delicious mild to medium bodied cigar with  creamy, nutty and sweet flavors with a hint of vanilla and spice. This masterpiece contains a Nicaraguan and Dominican Cuban Seed filler, finished off by a smooth  Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.

Speculation is that Sherman came into partial ownership of Schwab Brothers and Baer (the original makers of Epoca cigars) in 1929 to settle a gambling debt. At the time, Sherman was running a Speakeasy in New York City. He eventually bought his partners out, and 86 years later is now known as one of the most prominent innovators of high-end tobacco products.

Nat Sherman’s cigar and cigarette lines capture the risque and glamorous culture of the American 1920’s: Prohibition, Speakeasys, Good Time Girls, East Coast Gangsters, Lindy Hop, and yes–Cuban Cigars. Epoca was originally produced in Florida and Cuba. This cigar is a homage to the original Epoca Cigar–and well so. Even the box they come in has reproduced art from 1929!

I guess I’m just a sucker for a cigar with a bit of cool history behind it. 

But I’m okay with that. If you’re looking for a cigar with genuine characteristics of a Cuban, look no further.

-Bear Cub

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Bear Cub Pick of the Week #1!

31 Aug , 2015,
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Welcome to the first of whats sure to be an amusing and fun journey through our humidor here at The Cave Downtown!

Each week, I’ll be going in there and spinning in a circle and randomly picking one! Okay, not really. I get dizzy easily. But– I will indeed be featuring a different cigar. So listen up, folks!

This week, I’ve decided to feature Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta No. 7. Toro. (We carry both the Toro and the Perfecto Gordo). Its a delicious cigar– Medium bodied, creamy, and nutty, mixed with a spicy earthy tone.

Joya De Nicaragua has been making cigars for over 40 years, and their reputation is definitely upheld with the Cabinetta Serie that came out in 2010. Unlike other Joya De Nicuragua cigars such as their quite popular full strength Antaño, The Cabinetta is much more mellow. It is a fantastically smooth mild to medium bodied smoke.

This handmade display of flavor features both a Ecuadorian Shade-Grown wrapper and a rich spicy sweet Nicaraguan Sun-Grown Criollo. Its “dos capas” wrapper technique gives this cigar a beautiful taste profile. Its creamy, but also shows hints of cedar and spice.

This cigar not only has a beautiful display, but is a nice medium body thats truly great for any time of the day. (Although I prefer mine with a nice class of cab!)

Until next time,

-Bear Cub

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Grand Opening

24 Aug , 2015,
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The Grand Opening was a success… Food, fun and free stuff ….

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Ohh Boy…

30 May , 2015,
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Pulled up the carpet and found oak hardwoods floors… Hmmm I’m seeing a tad bit of water damage..

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