Comprehensive Cigar Reviews
CigarAudit put together a team of Cigar-a-holics to test out the best brands on the market. In order to provide a variety of cigar reviews for all types of cigar smokers, our contributors have a variety of tastes preferences, experience levels, and palate refinements. This allows many perspectives on the cigar smoking experience and hope you take something from our hard work of cigar smoking.
Some like strong, some like smooth, and some like infused... But we all love cigars!
Matt Morch (El Padrino)
I have been smoking for over 17 years now and enjoy a large variety of cigars. I prefer a medium-full body cigar with a smoothness by being belnded well. I love notes of wood, earth, leather, cream, cocoa, dried fruit, black pepper and some darker nuts. Cubans have always had a special place in my heart and as well as the higher quality Nicaraguans.
My favorite cigars are the Oliva V and O, Drew Estate Unico Serie, Cuban Bolivar Belicosos, Cuban Montecristo Edmundos, Cuban Cohiba Robustos & Siglo VI, Padron 1926 and La Aroma De Cuba for nice every day sticks.
When I'm not lighting up I spend time with my awesome family, play the drums, play poker, enjoy wine, mess with cars, drive fast and work a lot!
I hope you enjoy my reviews and gain something from my experiences.
Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.
Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience.
Matt Glenn (El Vaquero Lento)
As an ethnically confused young man in high school, I began experimenting with gas station cigars. Sadly I could often be found smoking a Dutch master, a Philly blunt, swisher Sweets, white owls, and black and milds. As I went on to college, I was introduced to fine cigars by the liberal arts college elite. My first "real" cigar was a Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real. I quickly learned that "gas station cigars" are poo... The hipsters at his college started me on a path to self-discovery and before I knew it, I was smoking $3 sticks, then $5 sticks, then $7 sticks. (that's where I tend to set the limit)
Although I have come to appreciate fine cigars, I'm still partial to infused and flavored tobaccos. Even though my life motto is "quantity over quality", there just may be hope for this fat, slow, slob of an urban cowboy yet.
Meet The Team
Jared Hoover (El Pistolero Virtuoso)
I’ve only been seriously smoking cigars for less than a year thanks to Matt being so generous as to give me a La Gloria Cubana Serie R the night before my wedding. I’ve been hooked ever since, acquiring two humidors and a collection of approximately 300 sticks.
My palate is still in development as far as being able to distinguish the more subtle flavors. I tend to like the med-full to full body/flavor best. My favorite cigars are the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial, Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro, Montecristo Monte, Diesel Unlimited Maduro, Diesel Hair of the Dog and the Padron 1964 Anniversary to name a few. My favorites seem to change though as I am still fairly new smoking and am aware that there are tons of cigars out there that I haven’t tried.
I’m looking forward to going to Cigarfest for the first time this Spring to be able to learn more about this ritual as well as having a good time with Matt, Ed and the gang.
When I’m not smoking I enjoy competitive shooting (USPSA and IDPA), spending time with the wife and our two Bull Terriers, being involved in a Bull Terrier Recue and watching hockey.
I’m in the Southern Maryland area and look forward to soon be able to do a video cigar review with Matt when I get a free weekend in PA.
Ed Meyers (Señor Sueño)
TBD...hairless (head only), sleepy, and too lazy to write a bio!
Karl Collins (Karlos)
I’ve only been a serious cigar smoker since 2011, although I dabbled a bit prior to that. When I attended my first Cigar Fest event in 2013, my view of the world of cigars was changed dramatically, and I’ve had a lot of fun since then learning and experimenting. I’ve acquired quite a bit of knowledge simply by asking a lot of questions of those more experienced than me, as well as trying many new things.
You may notice that my reviews will lean more toward the infused cigars, although my tastes have broadened considerably over time. On the infused side, I favor Acid and Tabak Especial, and I’ve become a fan of the newer Nub Café series. As far as non-infused goes, I prefer CAO, Camacho, Oliva, Nub, and CLE. I do enjoy a good Cuban from time to time, although the stronger varieties are a bit overpowering for my relatively immature palate.
Married to my best friend for over 30 years, I live in Maryland, about 25 miles north of Baltimore. When I’m not smoking a good cigar, I enjoy a good book, Broadway plays, top shelf vodka, coaching high school football, and spending quality time with my wife and daughter.
As a Cigar Audit contributor, I look forward to continuing to learn and to help others. I hope you’ll find my reviews valuable to you in making your own choices. Please feel free to contact me via the Cigar Audit site… All feedback is welcome and appreciated.
Matt Nelson (Mathias)
I began smoking cigars about 20 years ago with neighborhood friends, one specific stick, Arturo Fuente 8-5-8. This is just what we smoked, after this I took a long hiatus from the leaf, smoking from time to time but nothing noteworthy. In early 2016 I decided to tune up my humidor and get back into my long paused hobby after heard someone talking about relaxing and smoking a cigar at the end of the day and it just sounded perfect. I have quickly escalated my cigar stock since then and look forward to a good stick just about every day.
My favorite cigars brands are Drew Estates (so much to choose from) and Montecristo (Habana). I try to keep cigars an adventure and tend to try new sticks from various brands often, I spend hours in my local cigar shop trying to decide what’s next. I also am a fan of JR Cigars Alternative sticks, some gems there too.
Outside of smoking and hanging with the family, I coach baseball, rebuild and drive old VW’s, weld ordinary scrap metal into art, kick around some carpentry stuff and try to enjoy this twisting road of life and the friends it brings before it passes me by. I leave you with a favorite quote of mine from a dear old amigo Senior Bob, “follow your heart”.