This week’s group cigar review is of the Carinos. This is a Famous Smoke Shop Special by Nestor Plasencia. The Carinos has a slightly sweet smell to the wrapper, which is midnight dark by the way. The draw is tight after cutting. Once lit up it has a nice creamy coffee flavor that stay the same through the whole smoke. The construction was good, other than a slightly tight draw. Overall, this cigar lacks in complexity and leaves you wanting a little more. Even still, it’s a decent buy at this price.
IamDarren: Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Terry1: Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
IamDarren: super dark wrapper on this one, getting that sweet maduro smell from the wrapper with a hint of something else, almost musty. After clipping the draw is a bit tight but doable
Terry1: The Carinos looks very dark, my guess it’s artificially dark. It does have a nice barnyard smell to it. My draw is tight as well with almost a berry note. Ready to light.
IamDarren: yep, lets get er started
IamDarren: kinda hard to light, but is producing pretty good flavor. Super rich, sweet and earthy maduro flavor. Hint of spice and coffee on the finish.
IamDarren: not too much discoloration along the burn line so this one may just be a very well fermented maduro. The flavor profile makes me think so also.
Terry1: Mine was hard to light too. I’m liking the aroma. Agree it’s earthy and sweet. I’m getting a wierd bitterness on my lips from the wrapper. I’m thinking it’s dyed.
IamDarren: either way its burning nicely once lit and mine is producing pretty good flavor. I am also getting a hint of bitterness but it goes well with the coffee note.
Terry1: I got a blast of sweetness right at the start but it’s fading fast. I’ve got the coffee and a nice creaminess. Good start.
IamDarren: famous says these are blended by Plasencia. Looks like they retail for around 4 bucks a stick.
IamDarren: Mine was fairly complex at the start but the flavors have sorta melded together. Still like the flavor but im hoping things don’t go downhill.
Terry1: I’m thinking the same thing. The way it started I thought we were in for a real treat. But at a half inch in the flavors are good but unremarkable.
IamDarren: still getting a mostly sweet maduro flavor with a bit of bitterness on the finish so its hard to complain too much. Look out for the ash, mine just fell off at about 3/4 of an inch.
Terry1: I’d almost like a little spice to liven things up a bit.
IamDarren: how are things going up your way Terry? We are in for some rain tonight and tomorrow. Oh, and we had a small earthquake last night. Guess it was centered in northern Oklahoma but its pretty rare to feel one here.
Terry1: We’ve been getting some heavy rain. Nice part it dropped the temps about 20 degrees. It’s a comfortable 78 in the man cave tonight. First time in a while I’m not sweating.
IamDarren: same here! It was up around 100 then yesterday a cool front moved in ahead of the rain and it was only in the mid 80s this afternoon. Its in the low 70s now.
IamDarren: perfect night for a cigar
Terry1: We get mild earthquakes every couple of years. Tornados are rare here but we do get them.
IamDarren: i was in my computer chair and when it happened it shifted the floor under my chair, was pretty weird.
Terry1: Yeah it gives you a disturbing feeling. We had a small one early spring this year in the evening. Made everyone wide eyed for a minute.
Terry1: The cigar is burning well for me. Still getting the some sweetness and coffee. My only gripe is the tight draw so far.
IamDarren: agreed, decent flavor still but not much complexity.
IamDarren: how is the car holding up? with the new baby we had to upgrade to third row seating…. at least she didn’t get a minivan
Terry1: I was lucky and avoided the minivan. Got an SUV. The car is looking and driving good. After almost two years I still get compliments on it. BTW Dodge is bringing out a 700 horsepower version of the Challenger for 2015. It’s a beast!
IamDarren: wow, thats insane. Is it gonna have racing slicks? Yeah we got an SUV. I told her if she wanted to pull a camper to the lake we better have somthing a little better built with more power. Plus we have some dirt roads to drive down and a minivan would not last long im afraid.
Terry1: The Challenger is called the Hellcat. I think I’d be a handfull to drive in traffic but it would be fun at a track.
IamDarren: Is it true there are some roads up north that don’t have a speed limit? I thought i heard somewhere that there is a highway that is so straight and flat that there is only a minimum speed.
Terry1: I don’t know of any without limits. Utah has been raising our limits. Going across the salt flats it’s 85 now. That’s a long straight road.
IamDarren: You have salt flats… sweet. Do they let people race out there?
Terry1: I’m getting down to the band. Came off easily. My cigar is heating up a bit from the stiff draw it has. Flavors haven’t changed. Still okay.
IamDarren: gotta give this cigar a little credit. Im just now going into the last third so it is a nice slow burner. Flavor has not changed much at all though.
Terry1: They have speed week racing out there. Technically you could drive on the flats anytime but there are a lot of bumps and holes in the salt. During speed week they prepare a flat track to race on.
Terry1: It’s where they try to break the land speed records.
IamDarren: My brother and I drove to South Dakota last week to scout some wheat for custom harvesting. We were north of Pierre. Thinks sure are a lot more sparse up there. But it was solid wheat, corn, and sunflowers for probably 50 miles.
Terry1: I can’t even imagine that. Farms here are pretty small. More cattle grazing than farming.
IamDarren: When we drove through Nebraska there was a 20 mile stretch that had been grassland. It was very hilly with lots of ravines. They must have drilled and hit lots of water because they were putting center pivots everywhere and growing corn. Some of the hills were so steep that i really wondered how the towers walked up the hill without tipping over.
Terry1: Not much to update on the cigar. Decent flavors still. I was expecting more bitterness by now but so far it’s not happened. Burn has been near perfect.
Terry1: Interesting that last puff gave me a blast of pepper. Maybe a switch in flavors this last third?
IamDarren: i only have about an inch left, no pepper here. Flavor are starting to get washed out. Getting bland
IamDarren: actually mine just went out… trying to decide if its worth relighting
IamDarren: think i might start rating
Terry1: Sorry Darren. I had a crash to the blue screen. Not sure why. My cigar ended up about the same. Decent flavors, no complexity. I think a little spice would have helped the blend. Overall not a bad cigar expecially for the price. I’d recommend trying one.
IamDarren: yeah, a decent cigar for the price. Good solid maduro flavor