Cigar Review: Berger & Argenti Round Up

Mike and Al Argenti recently joined forces with Henry “Don Kiki” Berger and have been producing some excellent cigars over the last few years. All three men have extensive experience in the cigar industry and since combining their efforts, their releases have really impressed us here at Toasted Foot.

They recently released two new cigars, which debuted at the 2010 IPCPR show. The Entubar Quad Maduro and the MOOCH have both been well received, joining an alredy strong lineup of the Clasico, which was recently named Robb Reports Best of the Best, and the original Entubar, which is currently the highest ranked cigar on Toasted Foot, with a 96.

With the two new releases, we thought it would be a good time to look at the full (current) lineup of Berger & Argenti product, since we’ve been privileged to smoke and review all of them. Ranked from highest to lowest:

Entubar:
This was the first we’d seen of such a cigar, with the filler protruding from the base and the entubado rolling method of bunching the filler. The tradition of the construction got my initial interest when I first started the review but at the end of the day, the draw, burn, and flavor is what really made the difference. The cigar was easy to smoke and the transitions and complexity were very satisfying. 9.6/10 (Full Review)

MOOCH:
Priced at around $4 for this Robusto, this is one of my top smokes of the year, and likely my top sub $5 smoke for 2010. The ascetics and construction on this smoke are superb, and the flavor is sweet and creamy. I think the Robusto size provides a good balance of the creamy EC wrapper and the complex Nicaraguan binder and filler. The burn and construction on the MOOCH is flawless. 9.3/10 (Full Review)

Entubar Quad Maduro:
At around ten bucks a smoke, this offering is a solid stick. The flavor profile is pleasant, the construction is excellent, and the presentation makes this a fun stick to smoke. The Entubar Quad Maduro produces notes of earthy tobacco, hints of nuts, and a sweetness on the finish. Though we didn’t like it as much as the original Entubar, this is still a great addition to the Berger & Argenti lineup. 9.2/10 (Full Review)

Clasico:
The first puff is of cedar, sweet Nicaraguan tobacco, and spice. The finish is short and toasted flavors arrive, which are very lively, with a continued spice. The burn is solid and the ash stacks and layers well, though the draw is loose at times. 9.0/10 (Full Review)