This month, Brock selected ten of his favorite cigars for our June Top Ten list.
When you have Portland's best cigar selection to choose from it is always a challenge to narrow it down to just ten cigars. Happily, Brock was more than happy to smoke a few extra cigars for us this month so he could complete his list!
The Perdomo Champagne in my opinion is one of the most consistent and complex cigars on the market today. The smoke is superior on all fronts, pumping out various aromas including rich tobacco flavors, hints of coffee, creamy undertones, a subtle sweetness, with mild black pepper notes on the finish. No doubt, Champagne cigars are a must try....over and over again.
Aging Room Havao
Filler: Dominican Havana Criollo
Binder: Dominican Havana Criollo
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
The Aging Room Havao starts off with a hint of black pepper spice and woody notes. The second third brings out more woody and earthiness with the pepper quietly disappearing. The finish is long, smooth, and flavorful.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
The Herrera Esteli brings out strong and creamy flavors of maple, nuts, and oak with a mild white pepper spice adding a nice kick to the finish. Once you pass the halfway point the white pepper subsides to just on the retro hail. Expect a great draw and good even burn while you are smoking this beautifully crafted cigar blended by master blender Willie Herrera.
This 92 rated Brick house is one for the money. Right from the initial draw, look forward to a creamy sweet cedar flavor that seems to dominate the palate from start to finish. If you haven’t tried a Brick house pick one up today! I think you are in for a delightful surprise.
Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro
This cigar starts off with coffee bean, cocoa, wood, and a mild white pepper spice right from the first light. Closer to the foot of the cigar the pepper goes away bringing out more creamy cocoa notes that start to dominate the palate. Great draw and good even burn to go along with the amazing flavors making this cigar a treat.
PDR 1878 Oscuro
This near black cigar starts off with some rich dark chocolate notes accompanied closely with nutmeg and black pepper spice. As you near the halfway mark some dark coffee notes start to get cozy with the chocolate notes and make a delicious mocha flavor with a mild spice on the finish. Overall a great cigar full in flavor with a well-constructed body.
The Asylum 13 is a medium bodied cigar full of cocoa and earthy notes amid a coffee and smooth leathery finish.
Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro
The initial draw from this cigar brings tasty notes of chocolate, sweet cedar, rich tobacco, and a hint of black pepper on the finish. As you approach the second half the chocolate starts to dominate the palate with some coffee bean notes starting to make themselves present. Overall a fantastic cigar that gives you a great draw and even burn. Definitely well worth the money.
Alec Bradley Coyol
Filler: Nicaraguan/ Honduran Trojes
Binder: Nicaraguan/Honduran Trojes
Wrapper: Honduran Trojes
This medium-full bodied cigar packs a punch on the initial light. It starts off with lots of black pepper and woody notes. The pepper subsides after about an inch and more earthy and woody notes start to dominate the flavor.
My Father El Centurion
This cigar is loaded with tons of flavor! Lots of woody notes with hints of dried fruit and caramel take the lead from the initial draw. The same flavors dominate for most of the cigar with the finish bringing some floral notes.