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Thursday, November 30, 2006

3 Regular Guys Review - Padron Delicias

Super 8 Sampler Review Courtesy of the 3 Regular Guys at Thompson Cigar.

We had to think way back to our first Padróns to recall how it could be possible to underestimate this cigar. Not in the sense of some cigars that look really appealing but by the time it’s through your brain feels like it was plowed into by a bottle of Night Train (shear speculation); but rather in the sense that a Padron often appears rather unassuming and perhaps ordinary. Once you’ve smoked a Padron you immediately learn to recognize its chocolaty-brown wrapper with oily hints and perhaps a sunspot or two as being the finished canvas of a master. We all noted that the caps on our Delicias looked a little bit rough but none of us made any record of the construction of the cigar not holding up.

Smoking a Padron is a distinct pleasure. From first light a Padron smokes beautifully. If you tried to go through your cigar collection and ascribe one word to each brand you’d be well advised to save consistent until you get to Padrón. Not only does this cigar smoke incredibly consistent but you’d better like the taste of a Padron because every bloody one seems as though it’s a clone of the previous.

The draw is great –firm enough to give some resistance but letting through a generous dose of cool tasty smoke. The slightly veiny wrapper, binder, and evenly packed filler all hail from Nicaragua making this one of the most well-rounded puros we’ve ever come across. The taste may initially be a tad bitter just after lighting, but that quickly rounds out into smooth dark-chocolate, coffee and cocoa flavors. This is basically where you’ll stay until you burn your fingertips.

As the filler warms and a tight mottled white and gray ash begins to form behind a perfect burn you taste the cigar nuance between the cinnamon spice notes of the wrapper and the complex flavors of coffee and cocoa present in the medium-bodied filler. The aroma of the Padron is toasty, woody and mellow with an earthy tobacco smell. Dave probably put it best when he wrote that the Padron smells like a very good cigar even before it is lit.

We 3 Regular Guys aren’t biased –Padron has earned its spot at the crest of our favorite cigars lists. From taste and aroma on down to consistency and value we try hard to beat the Padron but we haven’t yet. And if you want a Padron that has the curb appeal to match the flavor –easy, they’re called Padron Anniversarios. We’d love to write about those for you a little further down the road.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

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Friday, November 17, 2006

3 Regular Guys Review - Super 8 Sampler

We 3 Regular Guys dutifully smoked the Powerhouse 30 and scrawled our thoughts about Don Lugos and Empresarios on our notepads or jotted our impression of the Thompson Phoenix on the back of the crossword puzzle.

We learned a number of things about our Thompson cigars. Some caught us off guard and surprised us –like Colm’s newly discovered affinity toward the Cuban Delight. There’s not a lot of risk that he’d forsake his deep rooted infatuation with Fuente, but it did start looking like he’d swipe any Cuban Delight lying about even if people were looking.

With the Powerhouse 30 behind us we were on to our next mission. That came in the form of the Super 8 Sampler –“Eight Great Cigars For Only $9.95” as our website exclaims. Quick, do the math. That’s shy of $1.25 per cigar! Three-quarters of the cigars in this sampler would each cost 60% of what the entire deal is priced at. How can you beat that?

Here’s the list: Toraño Exodus 1959 Silver Edition; CAO Brazilia; CAO Criollo, Padrón Delicias; Cusano 18 Natural; Thompson Cigar Vintage Especiale; and Rocky Patel Sun Grown. There are some great names in this lineup and we were rather gung ho about getting to smoke some national brands.

With that in mind, you’ll want to read our thoughts on the Super 8 Sampler because even we were a little caught off guard by our impressions of these stogies.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Cigar Manufacturers and Daniel Ortega

Due to the recent election of Daniel Ortega as President of Nicaragua, many cigar manufacturers have taken a "wait and see" attitude as to his positions. Will Ortega affect this very important industry?

Brands that we know - Padron, Perdomo, Oliva, Torano, CAO, Plasencia, Drew Estates, Joya de Nicaragua - employ thousands from growing to finishing product. Cigars are a large part of Nicaragua's economy.

At this point, all cigar manufacturers remain status quo and the continue to make great cigars. Let's hope for the best.

By Al Remp, product specialist and trainer, Thompson Cigar.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Cigar Draw Testing

Listen to Al Remp on this week's installment of the Dog Watch Social Club. Al and Bob Mcduffee discuss the benefits to cigar draw testing.

Why do some manufacturers conduct draw testing and others don't?

Is there really a need for it?

What do the guys at Dog Watch Social Club think about the practice?

Listen to episode #85 for the answers.
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