This week’s group review is of the Morro Castle cigar. This is a newer release, and one that is pushed hard in the online sales. It has a really nice sweet tobacco smell and great looking wrapper. Very well packed, and the draw is decent after cutting. Once lit, it starts off mild bodied with sweet earthiness and some spice. The cigar increases to medium/full body and the spice increases exponentially. Unfortunately the cigar ends with a primarily bitter flavor. Overall, the flavor was one dimensional and the construction suffered a bit. The flavor was good for the first couple of thirds, though. It’s a decent budget cigar that’s worth a try.
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
StraightUpCigars: The Morro Castle has a nice sweet tobacco smell to it. Good looking wrapper with a couple medium sized veins. You don’t have to cut as deep as I did, my draw is a bit loose.
IamDarren: Got a perfect draw on mine. And i do like the nice sweet tobacco smell and cold draw flavor is the same.
IamDarren: not a super tight pack, and I found a soft spot near the foot.
StraightUpCigars: Mine actually feels tightly packed, I’m surprised the draw is loose. I think it will smoke fine though.
IamDarren: are we all set?
Terry1: My Morrow Castle looks and smells great. Nice easy draw with a sweet tobacco note. Pack is about what I’d expect on mine. Nothing to complain about here. Ready to light up.
IamDarren: ok, lighting up
StraightUpCigars: Me too.
IamDarren: very nice amount of sweetness on the first couple puffs. Its very light on the palate.
IamDarren: also a hint of spice, mainly in the sinuses.
Terry1: I agree light and sweet. Good amount of pepper in the sinus early on.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is extremely earthy with some sweetness and just a tad of spice on the finish. Tasty start.
StraightUpCigars: I think my Blazer lighter is past its prime, it doesn’t open smoothly anymore. This last trip to the beach rusted it out. Its been to California, Florida, Wisconsin, and a ton of places inbetween. Time to order another
IamDarren: ash looks great on this stick. Flavor is medium bodied. Its slightly earthy and is picking up a buttered toast quality in my mouth. A little pepper and spice in the sinus also.
Terry1: That pretty good mileage for a lighter. I just picked up a Rocky Patel dual flame lighter that’s performing perfectly. Best lighter I’ve owned so far.
IamDarren: I am still using my Worthington Propane torch. I leave it setting on the porch and it always works. Once you learn the correct distance to hold the cigar from the flame it works like a charm.
StraightUpCigars: That Patel is a nice looking lighter. I have several lighters that work just as well, but the built in cutter on the Blazer unit is irreplaceable. I don’t have to worry about bringing a cutter on trips with me. Love it.
IamDarren: I love my Palio. Its still cutting as good as the day i got it. Don’t you have one Terry?
Terry1: Yeah I bought one a year ago and I use nothing else now. Still as sharp as the day I got it. Excellent cutter.
StraightUpCigars: I am loving this cigar right now. Rich earthy core flavor with a buttery smoke texture. Some sweetness, pepper, and spice. Really good flavor.
IamDarren: the spice is picking up in intensity on mine now that im in the second third. I would call it med/full at this point.
Terry1: Less than an inch in, the pepper has faded to the background and I’m glad. I thought it was a little overwhelming at the start Getting some really nice creamy flavors. More sweetness than what I expected.
Terry1: Great I must be smoking slower than you Darren. I was hoping the spice stayed in the background for awhile.
IamDarren: I like the type of sweetness also. Its very light, almost fruity. I still remember that Don Lino that had the marshmallow flavor. I don’t like cigars that have a rich/thick sweetness. I think the spice might be helping to balance it as well.
IamDarren: watch the band on this one, mine was a little hard to remove. Lots of glue.
StraightUpCigars: I would call mine medium bodied. I’m nearing the halfway point already, I may be puffing on it too fast
Terry1: Mine was well glued as well. Had to rip the band in two to get it off. Wasn’t glued to the wrapper but it was hiding a one inch crack in the wrapper. I’m about to burn into it hopefully it doesn’t get worse.
IamDarren: i hate it when that happens. Now that you mentioned it, i just noticed a small 1/4 inch crack that was under mine too.
StraightUpCigars: Yikes. Mine just has a tiny dab of glue where the band was.
IamDarren: i don’t think i am smoking that fast but mine is really starting to heat up. there is probably 1.5 inches of smokable cigar left. I will just slow down a bit.
StraightUpCigars: I don’t think its us, this is just a fast burner. It could just be us though bc Terry is smoking it normally
Terry1: I’m just over half way. Burn has been good. It’s burning through the crack without any trouble. I’ve been smoking a little slower to keep that pepper at bay. So far it’s not that strong for me. Getting some nice toasty, earthy and sweet flavors. I’m liking it.
StraightUpCigars: Man, we dodged another bullet here. A tornado rolled right over us last Friday. It was a slightly weaker EF3 this time. Most of the trees in this neighborhood are already gone, so we were fine for the most part. Other surrounding neghborhoods in its path… not so much.
IamDarren: I waited a long time on that one and it was still pretty warm. Its not bitter, just warm and theres a lot more spice on the tongue.
Terry1: Glad to here you’re okay. I keep thinking of you guys when I see the storm zone over your states.
StraightUpCigars: I am starting to thing Northwest St. Louis is cursed. Not sure what the deal is.
IamDarren: Oklahoma is getting it a lot worse than us thats for sure. We had one bad storm with mostly just high winds. A couple of irrigation systems flipped over.
StraightUpCigars: That’s got to be pretty strong to flip one of those over! Yeah, Oklahoma is getting the short end of the stick this year.
IamDarren: they made such a huge deal out of the Tornado which i thought was a little amusing since it was only on the ground for like 15 or 20 min. I think people have forgotten about the one that hit Greensburg and lasted for hours. That one came just a few miles from here.
IamDarren: going into the last third now and im getting some bitterness. I have really slowed down and its not helping.
StraightUpCigars: I am getting some bitterness too, but to be honest I don’t have much cigar left. If I had a roach clip, I’d have an inch smokeable left.
Terry1: Well that sucks. I’m into the last third and so far still tasting the same. I did get a soapy note for several puffs but it quickly went away. Had me worried for a minute.
StraightUpCigars: I’m not too worried about it. I loved the flavor right up until now, and at this point in the cigar it’s kind of to be expected.
StraightUpCigars: Probably some tar build up considering the intense smoke output this thing had.
IamDarren: yeah im getting that flavor in spades, thinking about quitting soon. The first 3/4 was very good so i can’t complain.
Terry1: I’m really surprised the crack didn’t affect the burn. It was pretty big and opening as I smoked but the burn stayed even all the way through.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, mine was very consistent construction wise. It smoked too fast due to the loose draw, but that’s my only complaint.
IamDarren: I wish i could have smoked the last half inch but its not a huge complaint considering i think these are pretty reasonably priced. Mabye a longer vitola would provide the smoking time im looking for.
IamDarren: i think im gonna put mine down and head inside
StraightUpCigars: This is the first time we’ve come in at less than an hour smoke time for a 5″ stick in quite a while.
Terry1: I like the flavor of the Morrow Castle and the strength went to medium at best. My kind of smoke.
StraightUpCigars: Well said. I loved the simple but pleasant flavor, decent construction, low price.
Terry1: Is this another AJ blend? I think it is but I’m not sure.
StraightUpCigars: I actually don’t know. It was a blind shot by me.
IamDarren: Yes this i blended by AJ
StraightUpCigars: Not bad scores at all. Another success by AJ.
IamDarren: pulled this from Cigar.com ///// All of you who consider Cuban cigars the “cream of the crop,” gather ’round. This cigar was discovered in Nicaragua and originally was a brand produced in Cuba. However, somehow AJ Fernandez got involved and now Morro Castle hails from his famous factory so expect a well-constructed, super-flavorful concoction.
IamDarren: It has a Nicaraguan Sumatra wrapper, which tend to be a little fragile.
StraightUpCigars: Not sure about the description… a little off on construction and 1 dimensional, but still good flavor and good value.
IamDarren: well they always play it up I get a kick out of reading the descriptions on the super cheap sticks. They are very crafty at not letting on that they taste like cardboard.