Carnavale Toro by Epicurean Cigars

Posted by Jack | in Epicurean Cigars | on 27 Dec 2014 | at 9:46 AM | 1273 views

Before I go any further, I need to tell you that this review is a tad self-serving.   Steven Ysidron is a friend of mine.   I developed his website and when things are settled down, he and I chat often.   Steven was working on a band idea for his Carnavale release last winter and I asked him if I could help.   The result is now wrapped around every Carnavale cigar.   I have bands ready for his next three releases too.   Steven is just a terrific guy, so if you are lucky enough to meet him at your local shop, shake his hand, smoke and enjoy his cigars, and wish him a great 2015. Construction: The Carnavale is covered with a... Continue reading »»

 


 

Epicurean Gonzo Santeria Heina

Posted by Jack | in Epicurean Cigars | on 03 Apr 2014 | at 7:18 AM | 1698 views

Epicurean Cigars is really starting to shine for House of Emilio.  Owner, Steven Ysidron's approach to small batch cigars is very much like fine wine vintages....and each of his products has that " once they are gone they are gone forever" kind of feel to it.  His latest creation takes rare cigars to another level.... The subject of this review is the fourth cigar Steven Ysidron has added to his catalog.  The prior three, AG Vintage 2007, AG Azul, and Gonzo Vintage 2007, have all rated in the 90's on my blog.  Over the past several months, I have chatted with Steven often and watched as he posted updates and information about the Gonzo Santeria on Facebook.  It has been a labor of love and... Continue reading »»

 


 

Epicurean AG Azul Vintage 2008 Toro

Posted by Jack | in Epicurean Cigars | on 25 Jul 2013 | at 1:59 PM | 1784 views

Jordan at The Wharf handed me another of Steven Ysidron's Epicurean samples today.  This one is the vintage 2008 Azul.  After the killer smoke that the Vintage 2007 provided, I was excited beyond words.  I will admit that I wasn't expecting it to be as good as the 2007.  So, how did it compare?  Let's see.... Construction: The Azul is another well presented cigar.  Wrapped in cedar with a black ribbon at the foot and a silver version of the AG label, this cigar begs to be looked at as well as to be smoked.  The wrapper is dark brown with light colored veins and a slightly dry appearance which makes it feel rustic. Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Out of the cellophane and cedar, I... Continue reading »»

 


 

Epicurean AG Vintage 2007 Toro

Posted by Jack | in Epicurean Cigars | on 21 Jul 2013 | at 10:07 AM | 3661 views

Jordan at The Wharf, tossed me a sample last week from Emilio Cigars...one of the fastest growing and arguably most exciting stables in the cigar industry.  The sample in question was something I had never even heard of before....Epicurean Cigar Company's Armando Gutierrez Vintage 2007 Toro.  I scratched my head when I saw it and said " huh?"   Epicurean cigars is the newest venture into the cigar market from Steven Ysidron formerly of  Savinelli fame.  The AG is named for his Grandfather....something dear to my own heart, so with my interest piqued, I decided to have a go.  How was it?  Let's see.... Construction: The AG is a very attractive cigar.  The packaging alone is worth noting.  The band is elegant and well designed... Continue reading »»

 


 

Epicurean Gonzo Toro

Posted by Jack | in Epicurean Cigars | on 09 Jul 2013 | at 6:55 AM | 1869 views

As the second batch of Emilio Cigars landed at The Wharf, I was lucky enough to score a sample provided by Nate McIntyre, Emilio's national sales manager.  The sample in question had us all scratching our heads in wonder.  The cigar is extremely new to the market so we hadn't even heard of it.  The company is Steven Ysidron's Epicurean Cigars and the cigar I was handed is the Gonzo.  I sat on it for a week or so thanks to a slight sinus/allergy flare up the weekend I was given this sample.  Waiting paid off.  Let's get right to it and see how it is.... Construction: The Gonzo is a very attractive box pressed cigar.  The wrapper leaf is a nice dark brown with... Continue reading »»

 


 

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