Monthly Archives: May 2010

Tabacos Exclusivos corona

A friend gave me this cigar that is supposedly only for sale on the local Costa Rican market and to be honest, I couldn’t find any information about the brand on the internet, so he is probably right.

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The cigar has a milk chocolate colored wrapper with lots of veins. The cigar 6.6 x 42 feels a bit hard but evenly hard everywhere. The predraw is fine and I get a mild pepper flavor from it. The whole aroma of the cigar is a bit peppery too.

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I taste a medium full, dry coffee flavor and after a few puffs a nice chocolate flavor joins the palate. After an inch I get a hay flavor while the coffee and chocolate disappear.

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The flavors fade away for a moment but return pretty soon with a peppery hay flavor with some chocolate. The flavors are quite sticky. After the mid of the cigar the flavors grow to full and I taste some earthy notes with pepper and the chocolate. The hay is gone and the aftertaste turned to a nut flavor. The nut flavor slowly becomes the dominant flavor with just a hint of pepper. Near the end the pepper disappears and all I taste is nuts.

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The draw is a bit tight. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied with a nice light colored ash. I get a nice amount of smoke and the burn is good.

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Would I buy this cigar again? I might if I ever get to Costa Rica.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Cuban Stock extra belicoso

One of the sponsors of my blog Cuban Stock send me a sampler of their cigars for review purposes and this is the first review, I have 3 more blends to smoke and review, so you can expect more to follow soon. I like the band.

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The Cuban Stock extra is a Dominican puro and the tobacco leaves have been aged in wine barrels for several years. The vitola I am smoking is a belicoso, 6¼ x 52 in size with a nice sharp pointy top. The construction feels good, can’t discover any plugs or soft spots and the smooth mocha brown wrapper only has a few minor veins. The wrapper is quite oily. The predraw is just fine and leaves a mild peppery flavor on my profile.

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I can taste a ‘warm’ earthy coffee flavor, medium strong, and after half an inch those flavors are supported with a mild chocolate aftertaste. After an inch the coffee and chocolate disappear and leave me with an earthy flavor supported by a very mild metallic taste. The flavors are mild to medium, very subtle, not complex but subtle.

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After I reach the second half of the cigar I notice that the flavors gain some strength and change into a medium to full wood flavor, still with the metallic support flavor. The structure of the flavors are quite sticky. Near the end I also get a little salt flavor on the palate.

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I get a lot of medium thick smoke from this stogie and the firm ash is silvery gray. The draw is great and so is the burn, although at the end I had some problems after the ash broke off. Flavorwise I would call this cigar medium and body wise medium to full. It took me close to 2 hours to finish this puppy.

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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I believe this cigar has a MRSP below 7 dollars and that makes it a medium priced smoke that I would buy and light every once in a while.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Cain F 654T

I got this cigar from The Longfiller Company as they release these cigars on the Dutch market and they wanted me to review it. Cain, made by Oliva and Sam Leccia and the Cain F is the strongest and boldest Cain blend available. F stands for “force revined” and there are 3 sizes on the marked, a robusto called the 550 (5¾x50), a toro called 660 (6×60) and 6×54 Torpedo with the name 654T. The cigars are pure ligero and contain Esteli, Condega and Jalapa ligero. This is the review for the Cain F654T, I reviewed the other two Cain F vitola’s recently, use the searchbox to find those reviews. The Cain F654T has a fixed 8 euro pricetag in The Netherlands.

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The cigar looks tough with a nice colored and oily wrapper with a few veins and a stylish band on the foot. The cigar feels well constructed, but then again, have you ever had an Oliva made cigar that wasn’t perfectly constructed? The good construction causes the predraw to be fine and I can taste some raisin. The cigar has an aroma that reminds me of a horse stable.

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I taste a full and strong coffee flavor that comes close to espresso. It is also mild bitter and spicy, black pepper spicy. I get a dry feeling in my mouth. The coffee tones down a bit quickly though and while I puff I taste chocolate but as soon as I stop sucking that chocolate flavor disappears. That chocolate disappears halfway.

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Halfway I get a herbal flavors, the structure of the flavors are sticky and the coffee is now a background flavor. Near the end the coffee gains some strength again, but herbs stay dominant.

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During the 90 minutes I puffed on this full flavored full bodied torpedo I got a lot of smoke, a good draw and burn and firm pepper and salt colored ash. Unfortunately the strength of the cigar and the strength of the flavors are out of balance, just like the Cain F660. This cigar is built for strength and not for flavor, that is a shame.

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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I really liked the Cain F550, so I will stick to that one.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Oliva V maduro 2009

This is another review in the series of cigars that I got from The Longfiller Company in exchange for reviews. After the success of the limited release of the 2008 Oliva V Maduro Oliva released another batch in 2009. Rumors said I would be a lancero, but it turned out that it was another 6 x 52 torpedo, just like the 2008 release. The cigar has a price tag of € 10 in The Netherlands

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The wrapper is nice, dark and oily but has a lot of spots, a bit like chicken skin. The construction is great and I get a great resistance on the predraw. The cigar also has a nice barnyard aroma.

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I taste chocolate and coffee, but it is a different taste than the 2008 V Maduro, less sweet and a bit more meaty. After half an inch I get some sweetness after all and a herbal flavor.

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After an inch and a half the chocolate and herbs gain some strength and the coffee has disappeared. The chocolate is the dominant flavor. Halfway the herbs beat the chocolate and become dominant. At ⅔ the chocolate disappears completely.

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This cigar produces a lot of smoke and a firm, almost white ash. I had a few burn issues at the start, but the burn corrected itself and didn’t cause any concerns later. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored

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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked the 2008 better but the 2009 is worth smoking again too

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Cain F 550

I got this cigar from The Longfiller Company as they release these cigars on the Dutch market and they wanted me to review it. Cain, made by Oliva and Sam Leccia and the Cain F is the strongest and boldest Cain blend available. F stands for “force revined” and there are 3 sizes on the marked, a robusto called the 550 (5¾x50), a toro called 660 (6×60) and 6×54 Torpedo with the name 654T. The cigars are pure ligero and contain Esteli, Condega and Jalapa ligero. This is the review for the 550

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The wrapper looks tough with one big vein, and it feels silky. The construction is good and the cigar has a mild barnyard aroma. The wrapper is quite thick and that makes the cigar hard to punch. The peppery predraw is just fine.

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The first thing I notice when I light the cigar is the peppery smell of the smoke. On my palate I taste a spicy coffee, mild bitter and not very pleasant but after a few puffs it gets much better and I also get a hint of chocolate. After an inch and a half I get herbs and chocolate, the coffee is gone. The chocolate becomes the main flavor and is much stronger than in the first inch of the cigar.

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Halfway the chocolate is still the dominant flavor and an earthy flavor joins the herbs. At ¾ a wood flavor and the herbs, including something minty, become the main flavors and the chocolate is just a support. At ⅔ I also get a bit of salt on the palate.

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During the 1¾ hours that I enjoyed this cigar I got plenty of smoke and a great burn. This full flavored, full bodied cigar with the firm pepper & salt colored ash packs more flavor and a much better flavor vs strength balance than his bigger brother the Cain F660.

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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I really liked this cigar, it is so much better than the Cain F 660

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Ashton ESG 22 years salute

This is another cigar in the series of cigars that I am reviewing for The Longfiller Company, the importer for this cigar in The Netherlands. The Ashton ESG series are created by Carlos Fuente Jr with a wrapper grown on the Chateau de la Fuente farm that has never been used on a cigar before. The cigars are created to commemorate the number of years that Ashton excists and every year a cigar will be released with this blend, but in another vitola.

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The cigar, wrapped in cellophane, looks great and the band is a piece of art. This 22 year salute is a 6×52 torpedo. The oily wrapper has a nice chocolate color with only a minor vein on it. The construction feels good and so is the predraw. The cigar has a nice dark barnyard aroma.

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The flavors that hit my palate are herbal, mild spicy and just a subtle hint of earthy flavors. After half an inch I also taste a mild chocolate flavor. After about an inch and a half the wrapper got torn. The flavors don’t change in the first third of the cigar.

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Halfway the chocolate grows in strength. The herbal flavors grow in strength too and become the dominant flavor with the chocolate as aftertaste. After the ⅔ point the chocolate disappears.

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I got a great draw en plenty of smoke, although a bit thin, during the hour and 45 minutes that this cigar lasted. The ash is quite firm and light colored, almost white. The burn is a bit crooked, but that’s because the thin wrapper cracked somewhere in the middle of the cigar. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied, it gave me a bit of a nicotine rush.

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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked this cigar a lot, but the €20.50 fixed price tag here in The Netherlands is quite steep.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Tatuaje gran cojonu

The Longfiller company, importer of several top shelve non Cuban brands in The Netherlands, send me a few cigars to review and among them the four Tatuaje Cojonu cigars. The last of the series is the Tatuaje Gran Cojonu, a 6.5 inch x 60 Nicaraguan puro toro with a € 14.00 fixed price tag here in The Netherlands which makes it 2 euro more expensive than the others.

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There are two things that make this cigar stand out between other cigars in the brick & mortars. First feature, or should I say first missing feature, is the band. There is no band. The second feature is the untrimmed foot. The dark wrapper has a few nice veins and feels silky. The construction feels good. After punching the cigar I get a loose predraw without any flavor.

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I can taste a spicy coffee, mild bitter and mild creamy. The creaminess has a chocolate touch to it. The flavors are full, but not as full as the Cojonu 2006 and 2009. After 2 inch the coffee changes into a herbal taste and the chocolate gets a bit stronger.

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Halfway the chocolate gets milder and the overall strength of the flavors are medium and even fade till mild. An inch later I can taste some chocolate again and the flavors slowly grow in strength again. The chocolate disappears and all I can taste are herbs with coriander as main flavor. The chocolate returns for the last few puffs.

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The draw is loose but the burn is great. I get a lot of thick white smoke and the ash is firm. The cigar, which lasted me an hour and three quarters, is full bodied yet medium flavored.

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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I will pick the 2006 of 2009 when I want a Cojonu

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Cain F 660

I got this cigar from The Longfiller Company as they release these cigars on the Dutch market and they wanted me to review it. Cain, made by Oliva and Sam Leccia and the Cain F is the strongest and boldest Cain blend available. F stands for “force revined” and there are 3 sizes on the marked, a robusto called the 550 (5¾x50), a toro called 660 (6×60) and 6×54 Torpedo with the name 654T. The cigars are pure ligero and contain Esteli, Condega and Jalapa ligero.

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The cigar is bold and rough with a dark brown and silky wrapper with big fat veins. This is the kind of cigar you expect with a biker, just from the looks of it. The cigar has a nice small band at the foot, which seems to be the new trend. The construction feels good and the cigar doesn’t have much aroma. I smell a barnyard aroma though, but not strong. The predraw is a bit hard and leaves a mild peppery flavor on my lips.

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I can taste a quite full earth flavor with some leather. That sounds typical Cuban but it’s not, Cuban flavors taste different. After two inch the leather becomes the strongest flavor while the earthy notes are support and the strength of the flavors tones down a bit to medium. I also get a bit of a chocolate flavor.

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After ⅔rd the flavors pick up again and I can also taste some coffee. The flavors keep growing in strength and I can say that the last part, the nub, is by far the best part of the cigar.

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The draw is a bit hard but still I get plenty of smoke from the cigar. The burn is good. The pepper and salt colored ash is very firm. This cigar is a powerhouse, full bodied but only medium to full flavored. Don’t get me wrong, I like powerhouses like Oliva V, Opus X, some Tatuajes and even Joya de Nicaragua Antano, but while blending these cigars flavor came before strength and I suspect Sam Leccia wanted to create a cigar as strong and bold as possible and putting flavor second.

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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this is not my kind of cigar. It’s not bad, but the balance between flavor and strength is off for my palate.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente sun grown queen b

This Arturo Fuente chateau Fuente Sun Grown Queen B is a smaller version of the King B, and I got this from the Dutch importer of Fuente for a review. The price tag in The Netherlands is € 8.50.

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The Queen B is a 5½x50 torpedo that comes wrapped in cedar and cellophane. The name of the cigar is printed in gold on the cellophane. The sun grown wrapper is nice and oily and only has some minor veins. The cigar has a nice barnyard aroma, not too strong but also not too faint. The construction feels good and so is the predraw with first some raisin flavor and then a full red pepper taste that even burns a little. This is not what I expected.

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I get an enjoyable warm coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate. The flavors are quite full and the chocolate has a sweetness to it. After an inch I also taste some herbs and some pepper, but they are only supporting flavors.

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Halfway the chocolate is the main flavor, the coffee has gone completely. Herbal flavors are supporting the chocolate. The herbs grow stronger. After ⅔ the chocolate grows in strength too and is full flavored.

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The draw is great and I get plenty of smoke from the cigar. The burn is good, although I had to correct it once. The ash is light colored and quite firm. This cigar, that lasted me for 75 minutes, is full flavored and medium to full bodied.

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Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt, I loved this cigar. Top notch!

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Tatuaje cojonu 2009

The Longfiller company, importer of several top shelve non Cuban brands in The Netherlands, send me a few cigars to review and among them the four Tatuaje Conoju cigars. The third of the series is the Tatuaje Conoju 2009, a 6.75 inch x 48 Nicaraguan puro torpedo with a € 12.00 fixed price tag here in The Netherlands. The price is the same for the whole Conoju series, except the Grand Conoju which has a € 14.00 fixed price tag.Afbeelding

The top of this cigar is quite sharp and the wrapper looks good even though it has a few spots, lots of small and one big vein. The construction feels a bit soft. After I removed the cellophane I smelled a quite strong barnyard flavor that had a hint of ammonia to it. The loose predraw doesn’t pack flavor, just a little sweetness.

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I get a full sweet coffee flavor and the sweetness is something that stands out. The flavors are mild spicy in the aftertaste. After a few puffs I can clearly taste the mild bitterness that comes with coffee. After half an inch the sweetness fades away a bit and the flavors stick on the palate. After two inch some leather joins the coffee and sweetness. The bitterness is only noticeable as a mild aftertaste.

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Halfway the coffee disappears and I get a lot of chocolate with some leather and a herbal aftertaste. The sweetness and bitterness have disappeared completely. The texture of the chocolate is creamy. The herbal flavors slowly grow in strength. Right before the ⅔ mark the chocolate disappears. All I can taste are herbs, not spicy at all. The last few puffs bring a nut flavor too.

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I enjoyed this cigar for an hour and 45 minutes and during that time I enjoyed a huge amount of smoke. The burn is good but the draw is on the loose side. The firm ash has a salt & pepper color. This cigar is definitely full bodied and full flavored.

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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, almost enjoyed it as much as the Tatuaje Conoju 2006

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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