1. :
    Cigar Stats:Size: 5 x 50 (robusto)Wrapper: Honduran Criollo 1998Binder: IndonesiaFiller: Nicaragua, HondurasSmoking Time: 1 3/4 hourBeverage: WaterPrice: ~$8.00 - $12.00

The Pre-Smoke Let’s just begin with this being one very attractive smoke. It come wrapped in two very ornate bands, a larger one near the head and a smaller foot band bearing the name of the cigar. The wrapper is rustic reddish brown in color, and generally smooth looking. It’s appearance says quality.
Taking a closer look at the cigar, I noticed it does have a few veins and is not quite as smooth to the touch as appears to be. I didn’t notice any flaws in the wrapper of either cigar I smoked for this review and both were rock solid to the touch. These cigars were definitely well packed.
The scent of the wrapper was a pungent, tangy compost. And in the cold taste, I got a sweet, dried fruit flavor.
The BurnI was a little disappointed in the burn of the cigar photographed for this review. The burn line was rarely even and while the ash appeared solid, it seemed to drop a little too often. The ash also seemed to be a little discolored, sometimes lighter, sometimes much darker.

In stark contrast the second cigar’s burn was almost always even, the ash was lighter and more sturdy. The only thing the two burn experiences had in common was both cigars required a relight in the second third. (The burn-challenged one also required relighting in the final third.)
I should note here that the day I smoked the cigar with the burn problems, the ambient humidity was high enough that my computer’s mouse pad was wet to the touch. (Seriously. The hygrometer I have on the wall read 90%.) I didn’t leave the cigar out in those conditions, but I have to wonder if all that additional humidity wouldn’t mess with the burn a little bit.
The FlavorMan was this one sweet cigar. From the first puff, down to nearly the end I was surprised with how sweet the flavors were. I’m not talking about the fake sweetness of an infused or flavored cigar, it was more like the sweetness you get from dried fruit.
In the first third cocoa, chocolate and a little bit of cedar joined the almost syrupy dried fruit sweetness. I did get a little bit of spice in this third, but it was in the finish and was gone by the beginning the second third.
The second third saw the sweetness go from being fruity to being more like cedar. Lots and lots of sweet cedar in this third. I did get a little bit of chocolate and coffee here and there.
Around the end of the second third I did start to pick up a little leather, which became more prominent in the final third. The cedar was still present in th final third, but it wasn’t quite as sweet.

The PriceI have no complaints about the price paid.
The VerdictI’m not going to beat around the bush, I thought this was a fantastic cigar. Very nice work Alec Bradley, you were absolutely right to make this your flagship cigar. Even when I was having burn problems, I couldn’t get over how much I enjoyed the cigar’s flavors.
Aside from the burn issues, I did noticed around the second third that this cigar did beat up on the roof of my mouth and throat a bit. But that didn’t faze me either. Right around the time I was starting to feel slightly raw, a pleasant buzz started to set in. And did I mention how tasty this cigar was? The Tempus is definitely in the running for my favorite new cigar of the year.
One piece of advice. As I’ve read a number of places this cigar will sneak up on you. I wouldn’t advise smoking it on empty stomach. And it also may be a little much for new cigar smokers.
Liked It: Yes, very muchBuy It Again: Yes, as soon as I have room for a box.Recommend It: Absolutely

    Cigar Stats:
    Size: 5 x 50 (robusto)
    Wrapper: Honduran Criollo 1998
    Binder: Indonesia
    Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras
    Smoking Time: 1 3/4 hour
    Beverage: Water
    Price: ~$8.00 - $12.00

    The Pre-Smoke
    Let’s just begin with this being one very attractive smoke. It come wrapped in two very ornate bands, a larger one near the head and a smaller foot band bearing the name of the cigar. The wrapper is rustic reddish brown in color, and generally smooth looking. It’s appearance says quality.

    Taking a closer look at the cigar, I noticed it does have a few veins and is not quite as smooth to the touch as appears to be. I didn’t notice any flaws in the wrapper of either cigar I smoked for this review and both were rock solid to the touch. These cigars were definitely well packed.

    The scent of the wrapper was a pungent, tangy compost. And in the cold taste, I got a sweet, dried fruit flavor.

    The Burn
    I was a little disappointed in the burn of the cigar photographed for this review. The burn line was rarely even and while the ash appeared solid, it seemed to drop a little too often. The ash also seemed to be a little discolored, sometimes lighter, sometimes much darker.

    In stark contrast the second cigar’s burn was almost always even, the ash was lighter and more sturdy. The only thing the two burn experiences had in common was both cigars required a relight in the second third. (The burn-challenged one also required relighting in the final third.)

    I should note here that the day I smoked the cigar with the burn problems, the ambient humidity was high enough that my computer’s mouse pad was wet to the touch. (Seriously. The hygrometer I have on the wall read 90%.) I didn’t leave the cigar out in those conditions, but I have to wonder if all that additional humidity wouldn’t mess with the burn a little bit.

    The Flavor
    Man was this one sweet cigar. From the first puff, down to nearly the end I was surprised with how sweet the flavors were. I’m not talking about the fake sweetness of an infused or flavored cigar, it was more like the sweetness you get from dried fruit.

    In the first third cocoa, chocolate and a little bit of cedar joined the almost syrupy dried fruit sweetness. I did get a little bit of spice in this third, but it was in the finish and was gone by the beginning the second third.

    The second third saw the sweetness go from being fruity to being more like cedar. Lots and lots of sweet cedar in this third. I did get a little bit of chocolate and coffee here and there.

    Around the end of the second third I did start to pick up a little leather, which became more prominent in the final third. The cedar was still present in th final third, but it wasn’t quite as sweet.

    The Price
    I have no complaints about the price paid.

    The Verdict
    I’m not going to beat around the bush, I thought this was a fantastic cigar. Very nice work Alec Bradley, you were absolutely right to make this your flagship cigar. Even when I was having burn problems, I couldn’t get over how much I enjoyed the cigar’s flavors.

    Aside from the burn issues, I did noticed around the second third that this cigar did beat up on the roof of my mouth and throat a bit. But that didn’t faze me either. Right around the time I was starting to feel slightly raw, a pleasant buzz started to set in. And did I mention how tasty this cigar was? The Tempus is definitely in the running for my favorite new cigar of the year.

    One piece of advice. As I’ve read a number of places this cigar will sneak up on you. I wouldn’t advise smoking it on empty stomach. And it also may be a little much for new cigar smokers.

    Liked It: Yes, very much
    Buy It Again: Yes, as soon as I have room for a box.
    Recommend It: Absolutely

  2. :
    Cigar: Casa MagnaOrigin: NicaraguaSize: 4.75 x 60 (Torito)Wrapper: Nicaragua (Colorado)Binder: NicaraguaFiller: NicaraguaStrength: Medium
Appearance & Construction (19/20): This cigar features a gorgeous Colorado wrapper which visually is one of my favorites due to the brindle effect many of them have. The cigar featured a triple cap which was slightly off center on both of my cigars. The wrapper was glistening with oil and was very firm to the touch. The cigar had a lot of veins but none of them were too big for my liking. The Casa Magna is very well packed and has a nice weight to it as well.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): On the pre-light this cigar seems like it might be heavy on pepper notes but once you light this stick up it is totally not the case. The cigar offers some nice notes of caramel/toffee with a hint of coffee during the first third. As we approached the middle of the stick the Toffee remains with a touch of mocha. The Casa Magna concludes with Coffee, slight mocha and a little bit of earth.
Burn/Ash/Draw (20/25): I will admit I am an ash man. I like a nice firm ash that holds on and this stick did not disappoint. One draw back might be the fact it was a tad difficult to get it started properly due to the girth of the smoke. But once you did the burn line was pretty good. At times I thought I might be having a canoe in the making but it never got out of hand and it corrected itself on its own. Another potential issue is the draw, while it bordered on tough, it was doable. A little more and I might not have smoked the stick.
Overall (23/25): The positives of this cigar out weigh the negatives and it was a very nice smoke I could see becoming a staple in my repertoire. The cigar is made in the Nestor Plascencia factory which is located in Esteli, Nicaragua. I also read on the net while researching the make up of the cigar that is meant to serve as a replacement for the Joya De Nicaragua which I can’t confirm. The next time I run into the Drew Estate rep I will ask him, since they are distributing the Joya.
Rating: 89Price: 6.00

    Cigar: Casa Magna
    Origin: Nicaragua
    Size: 4.75 x 60 (Torito)
    Wrapper: Nicaragua (Colorado)
    Binder: Nicaragua
    Filler: Nicaragua
    Strength: Medium

    Appearance & Construction (19/20): This cigar features a gorgeous Colorado wrapper which visually is one of my favorites due to the brindle effect many of them have. The cigar featured a triple cap which was slightly off center on both of my cigars. The wrapper was glistening with oil and was very firm to the touch. The cigar had a lot of veins but none of them were too big for my liking. The Casa Magna is very well packed and has a nice weight to it as well.

    Flavor & Notes (27/30): On the pre-light this cigar seems like it might be heavy on pepper notes but once you light this stick up it is totally not the case. The cigar offers some nice notes of caramel/toffee with a hint of coffee during the first third. As we approached the middle of the stick the Toffee remains with a touch of mocha. The Casa Magna concludes with Coffee, slight mocha and a little bit of earth.

    Burn/Ash/Draw (20/25): I will admit I am an ash man. I like a nice firm ash that holds on and this stick did not disappoint. One draw back might be the fact it was a tad difficult to get it started properly due to the girth of the smoke. But once you did the burn line was pretty good. At times I thought I might be having a canoe in the making but it never got out of hand and it corrected itself on its own. Another potential issue is the draw, while it bordered on tough, it was doable. A little more and I might not have smoked the stick.

    Overall (23/25): The positives of this cigar out weigh the negatives and it was a very nice smoke I could see becoming a staple in my repertoire. The cigar is made in the Nestor Plascencia factory which is located in Esteli, Nicaragua. I also read on the net while researching the make up of the cigar that is meant to serve as a replacement for the Joya De Nicaragua which I can’t confirm. The next time I run into the Drew Estate rep I will ask him, since they are distributing the Joya.

    Rating: 89
    Price: 6.00