Posts Tagged With: Island Smoke Shop

El Original Maduro Robusto

Another house blend, I have smoked a few before and with very different results but I know that this house blend is a good one. Every time I’m in Florida I take the time to drive to Key Largo to have a smoke at the Island Smoke Shop where my buddy Bill used to work. And every time I bring home at least a box of their El Original house blend, usually in the lancero vitola but I got myself a sampler with different vitolas of the maduro line too and I decided to review the robusto.

I asked several times but Bill or his employer wouldn’t disclose where the cigars are made, only that they are American made so I can’t tell anything about where they come from or what the blend is, all I know is that its a mighty tasty cigar for less than 5 dollars. If you are curious after my review, they do ship within the USA.

The dark wrapper has a leather look and feels like it too, the wrapper looks smooth. The ring is simple, white with a burgundy circle and silver letters saying El Original and Santiago Cabana, which could be a huge hint to where the cigars are made as Santiago Cabana is a master blender who has a little factory in Little Havana, Miami. The construction feels good, the cigar is well finished so thumbs up on construction. The cigar has a manure/barnyard aroma which is medium strong.

I cut the cigar, the cold draw is great, quite spicy, peppery and with a hint of dried sultanas. After lighting I taste a lemony espresso and a little icing sugar. After a few puffs I taste a mild coffee, with some salt and licorice. Halfway I taste wood with honey, spice and pepper. The pepper grows stronger with a little floral background.

The draw is perfect. The white smoke is good, not super thick or full but enough. The salt & pepper colored ash is firm. The burn is straight. This cigar starts out medium but grows to full bodied & flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? Every time I’m in Miami I drive down to the Island Smoke Shop for a box of El Original.

Score: 92

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El Original claro lancero

On our US trip we stopped at the Island smoke shop on Key Largo FL to meet Bill aka Madurofan. He handed us a lancero claro from their house blend El Original and I liked it so much that I bought a box, and it won’t be the last box I buy.
The cigars are packed in a nice wooden box and then individually packed in cellophane. The 7 x 39 lancero has a nice small pigtail and the light wrapper is almost without veins. The predraw is good, just as the construction and the cigar has a nice barnyard aroma.
I taste some white pepper on my tongue and leather in my mouth. This cigar has a Cubanesque flavor profile with some added pepper. After 2 inch none of the original flavors are noticeable, all I taste are nuts and that flavor is growing stronger and stronger.
I get a lot of thick smoke from this cigar, and the burn is straight. The ash is light gray and firm. The draw is just fine.
When I lit the cigar and took my first puff I thought this would be a full bodied cigar, but the strength mellowed out a bit and the cigar turned out to be a medium bodied cigar, but full flavored.
Would I buy this cigar again? No doubt about it.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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