Review: Factory Tour Blend by Perdomo

Factory Tour Blend by Perdomo

The odd taste and brittle wrapper were a tell of how this stick would pan out. The flavor profile of heavy whipped cream, citrus, and spicy red pepper flakes is an odd choice.

Further, the light-on-leaves (‘lol’) nature of the cigar is no laughing matter. An overpowering and unpleasant ashy taste was present throughout.

Other brands in the Perdomo line have generated accolades and awards. This offering, however, looks and smokes like a cheap cigar. If this is, indeed, the blend that is offered to people touring the factory, the manufacturer should seriously consider a replacement.

Factory Tour Blend by Perdomo5” x 52
Ecuador, Nicaragua
Medium Bodied
Connecticut wrapper

Big Government Strikes Again

Thanks to crushing new FDA regulations on the cigar industry, one generations-old factory may be forced to shut its doors for good. The owners of Tabanero Cigars in Tampa, Florida say they’re already feeling the pinch.

“We are paying the FDA to put us out of business,” said Yanko Macedo.

One of the new proposed regulations is a hefty application fee for each hand-rolled cigar type. With 34 types and a fee of $50,000 a pop, Macedo says his business is as good as bankrupt.

Review: Platinum by Rocky Patel

Platinum by Rocky PatelReaders of this blog will attest that I’m no Rocky Patel fan. However — in the spirit of ‘unbiased reporting’ — I approached this stick with an open mind and subsequent ‘shut mouth.’

Beginning with notes of cocoa and dark chocolate, this box press later develops into a sweet spice and pepper taste.

Platinum by Rocky Patel5.5” x 50
Ecuador, Nicaragua
Medium to Full Bodied
Habano Oscuro wrapper

Proposed Casino Smoking Ban

The days of happily puffing on your favorite cigar in Baton Rouge casinos may soon be over. Lawmakers in Louisiana’s capital and second-biggest city are mulling a ban on the city’s three riverboat casinos.

Though a similar proposal failed in 2016, locals say this time the bill is likely to become law. Five of the 12 Metropolitan Council members have publicly endorsed the proposal.