Rum House – New Orleans Restaurant

This restaurant rocks! I just had an awesome experience with my wife. This is about as close to the caribbean you can get in the continental US. I can’t guarantee you will be able to smoke a stogie here without interruption, but you should either go really early or late to catch it when the outside seating is sparse or the crowd is too drunk to notice. My wife and I went early and sat outside listening to Bob Marley while having some awesome Caribbean food. I had the jerk chicken, and she had the mahi salad. Both were out of this world. The Magazine Street atmosphere is incredible. I asked the waitress if I could smoke, and was delighted when she brought out an ashtray with the most beautiful mango sorbet I’ve ever had. It had chopped papaya and whipped cream on the side. Who would have known that the Padron 1964 Anniversary Exclusivo pairs perfectly with mango sorbet and reggae music? I had a truly transcendent experience at this place, and I hope to repeat it many times over. God I love the city of New Orleans!!!

Punch Uppercut Churchill

This is a very minty cigar that starts off mild to medium bodied and gains some strength towards the end. For all you white ash fans out there, this cigar burns very well with a remarkably tight white ash, although ashes do little for me. It is a well constructed cigar, but I was a little disapointed because the clerk at the store lead me to believe it would be full bodied and it wasn’t at all in my opinion. It was a great cigar though, and had my expectations been more realistic I might have enjoyed it more.

Trinidad Robusto Extra

This is more of a toro length cigar that starts off with a medium bodied flavor of coffee and cocoa. It is really smooth and creamy in flavor throughout. I would say it finishes off medium to full in body, and is an excellent cigar.

Cohiba Siglo VI

Starts off peppery but quickly subsides to more of a honey and spice flavor, some earthy notes, and some cedar. The flavor really opens up after the first third and is delightful. The flavor is very complex. The final third has a smoother flavor that is rich and fruity at the same time, with hints of butter. Overall this is an excellent cigar. Medium to full in body.

Partagas Spanish Rose Gigante

This cigar starts off very mild with hints of cinamon and spicy sweetness. The flavor becomes bolder as the cigar progresses. It really has a nice unique flavor, and the thing I like about it is the fact that it finishes very strong despite the mild start. It is perfectly constructed and burns nicely. This is an excellent cigar.

Camacho Corojo Tubo

This is a toro sized cigar that bosts “100% Authentic Corojo” on the tube. The initial taste is full bodied, peppery, with an earthy flavor that has some hints of spice and coffee. It stays pretty consistent throughout, and is a well made cigar. This is a good choice for the smokers who prefer the peppery cigars.

Padron 1964 Anniversary Exclusivo Natural

This is a perfectly constructed cigar. It starts off mild to medium bodied with a smooth earthy flavor mixed with nuts and cocoa. It really sweetens up halfway through and maintains a complex flavor. A rich chocolate espresso flavor develops after halftime. It is more medium to full in body now. I’m already thinking about shopping box prices on these. This is an excellent cigar, that probably can’t be beat if you’re looking for complexity of flavor.

La Flor Dominicana Factory Press II

This is one of the box pressed cigars from La Flor Dominicana. It has a dark toothy wrapper and starts off with a peppery taste with hints of wood and coffee beans. Midway through the flavor really smooths out and develops with hints of licorice and spice. The final third doesn’t disapoint at all. This is an excellent full bodied cigar, a real finger burner. I did not want to put it down.

Kristoff Criollo Ligero Churchill

The first thing I noticed about this cigar was it’s attractive oily wrapper, then it’s perfect “cigar shop” smell. I thought to myself, “now this is what a cigar should smell like.” Once lit, it didn’t disappoint either. I lit it, then walked inside to get a few things. As soon as I returned to the patio, the awesome aroma of this cigar hit my nose. This is a premium cigar. They are medium bodied, and have an earthy but smooth flavor with hints of spice and sweetness. They are supposedly cuban seed cigars, and I do notice the fruitiness that I often taste in top notch cubans. This cigar burns nicely and is excellent from start to finish. I won’t hesitate picking them up again in the future.

Partagas Benji BMP-7A

This stogie starts off great, with classic partagas flavor, but more full bodied. This cigar has an earthy flavor with the nice aromatic sweetness I find in the partagas S series and seasonal blends. The burn and ash are close to perfection. This is a finger burner. I had a hard time putting it down.

Xicar HC Connecticut Robusto

While this cigar had some construction problems I noticed before removing the cellophane, it starts off witha nice mild, spicy aromatic flavor with hints of ginger and vanilla. The draw is very nice, but the wrapper was cracked and unraveling in a few places. Since this is my first Xicar HC though, I won’t pass judgement. The flavor starts out really nice and mild with a creaminess to it. It stays consistent throughout. This is an excellent cigar if you’re in the market for a mild robusto. Also a good one to try if you’re a Macanudo smoker looking to move up.