Smoking in Rhode Island & A Three Cigar Review

Hey blogoshpere; it’s Guy again.

For the month of July, I’ve packed up and moved to Rhode Island for a job. True, I miss New York, but a month in a house 500 feet from the beach is not so bad.  I’ve been working my ass off, but I’ve managed to sneak off a few evenings to smoke a cigar on the beach.  Watching the waves, listening to the surf, and smoking a good cigar – how can I complain?

As I’ve mentioned, I’m still looking for new, great cigars.  I keep a little book with all of my cigar labels and notes on what I liked and didn’t like.  Perhaps when I’m back in my apartment, I can scan a few pages to show you all.

But while I’m here, I’m smoking my way through The 12 Angry Men Sampler I bought on The price was right, and I hadn’t smoked most of the brands in the sampler so I gave it a shot.

I’ve worked my way through three so far.  Here is a short review (note: I had to grab some of these pictures from the net due to a lack of a flash on my camera phone):

Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet Robusto (5″ x 50)

I can best describe this cigar as “simple.”  It’s easy, mild, and clean on the palate.  It reminds me of the Macanudos I smoked when I was just getting used to cigars.  While, I don’t think I’d try this brand again, I’d definitely suggest it newbies.  Admittedly my tasted tend toward the middle of the intensity spectrum, so this is too light and uncomplicated for me.  I gave this stick a “C”

Man O’ War Robusto (5.5″ x 50)

Now this had some flavor!  I’d say it’s a medium to full bodied smoke, but it didn’t even have a hint of that bitter taste you get with darker cigars.  Tons of flavor.  My biggest complaint is the stupid looking cigarband.  Hey, what can I say: I like the whole aesthetic of smoking, and the band is part of that.  I’m excited to try the other Man O’ War cigars in this sampler.  “B+”

La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte Robusto (5.5″ x 54)

I knew what I was getting with this stick.  It has a second band that announces that it’s “Oscuro” and “Fuerte” – dark and strong.  I just finished this one.  I was in the mood for dark and strong, so I gave it a shot.  Now, though I don’t usually go for the dark/maduro cigars I like one every now and then because they provide a complex set of tastes.  I think of the Casa Magna (Matthias’ favorite) which is a damn complicated cigar.  Lots of stuff going on.  This was lacking in the that complexity.  It was thick and heavy, without any interesting flavors, so I rated this cigar a “C”.

Now I’ve been told not to judge a brand just on one cigar, that sometimes there are inconsistencies within any given box of cigars.  Sure I get that.  But you have to start somewhere.

Has anyone else enjoyed the Man O’ War?  Am I missing something about the La Herencia or the Sol Cubano?  Anyone else keep notes the way I do?

I’d love to hear what you think.