Monthly Archives: May 2007

Gil Gonzales Davila conqestador

When I visited my local cigar shop to get a lottery ticket I noticed that he had some new longfillers in his small assortment. He mostly sells shortfillers, cigarettes and lottery tickets and has only a few longfillers so I was surprised to see a sampler of Gil Gonzales Davila longfillers, a Honduran cigar. It was a sampler containing 5 cigars, an Emperator (Churchill), a Conquestador (Torpedo), a Soldado extra (extra corona), a Soldado (corona) and a Capitan (Robusto), all with a natural wrapper. All except the emperator are available as maduro too.

Tonight I tried the torpedo, the top was a bit crooked, but hey, that’s what you cut off so I can’t have any problems with that. The wrapper is pretty, a bit oily. The feel is good, and the predraw is easy. The construction of this cigar is good. It smells a bit like manure, but it’s just a light scent. The cigar is easy to light and the burn is close to perfect. The ash is light gray and pretty firm, and the cigar gives a medium to light smoke.

I can hear you think, why isn’t he writing about the flavors? Well, that is easy, this cigar has a tremendous lack of flavor. It is way too light for a medium or experienced smoker. It might be a nice cigar for a starter, but I have smoked and learned a lot in the last 18 months and I am definitely too experienced to enjoy a starter cigar.

Would I buy this cigar again? No.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

Categories: Gil Gonzales Davila, Honduran cigars, Honduras American Tobacco SA | Tags: , , ,

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 robusto

Some time ago I got myself a Rocky Patel vintage 1990 robusto, a 140mm long ring 50 cigar made with a 12 year old Honduran broadleaf wrapper and a 7 year old filler and binder. This particular cigar received a ‘best of the best’ at the 2004 Robb report and a 92 score at Cigar Aficionado so my expectations were high.

It is a beautiful cigar, pretty wrapper, nice stylish band, a real looker and it also feels good. The predraw was light and easy and lighting this cigar was a piece of cake. An easy draw but no flavor. It took a few puffs to finally get a flavor and it was very light leather which grows stronger when I reach the 1/3rd point where a hint of cacao and a light fresh sour flavor also enter my palate. Somewhere around the half of the cigar the cacao grows a bit stronger but it’s still to light for my taste.

The ash is beautiful, white & gray and firm of construction. Just before I reach the half of the cigar the burn starts to get crooked so I have to correct. My correction was just a short success because the burn keeps on getting crooked and I keep on correcting. It is hard to keep this cigar burning correctly

This cigar is mild bodied, way too mild for me. Maybe I should try the 1992 vintage, that cigar is medium to full bodied according to the Rocky Patel website.


Would I buy this cigar again? No.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 5 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

Categories: El Paraiso, Honduran cigars, Rocky Patel | Tags: , , ,

Oliva Masterblend 1 torpedo

Marjolein Hartman of Hartman Cigars in Amsterdam advised me to try the Oliva Masterblend series, so I bought some torpedos and some robustos. The first thing that you notice when you see this cigar is the logo which is lasered into the nice, smooth wrapper. The cigar has a 52 ring and is approximately 165mm long and smells heavy and sweet.
The first flavors that come to mind are a spicy pepper and some leather, but the pepper fades away soon and the leather grows stronger. Further on the way, I can taste some cacao which slowly evolves into toast with a slight taste of nuts on the background and then back to cacao again. The cigar doesn’t have a noticeable turning point, I smoked it till about an inch was left, but there was still no bitter taste.
I had no problems with the burn whatsoever, nor with the draw. The smoke is rich and thick and the ash is almost white. A very nice medium bodied cigar, a delight to smoke.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, if it’s still available.
Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 9 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10


Categories: Nicaraguan cigars, Oliva, Tabacalera Oliva | Tags: , ,

Partagas Corona Grande

Each month there is a ‘cigar of the month’ on where we all smoke a certain cigar and compare our reviews. Member Jeroen was kind enough to offer us a trade, he would send all who were interested 2 Partagas corona grande (size 152mm long and a 42 ring) and we would send 2 cigars of our own choice to Jeroen in return. As the Partagas corona grande is discontinued it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to smoke this cigar, so I gratefully accepted Jeroen’s offer.

The cigar is quite long, but to slim in my opinion. I like thick cigars, and for a cigar this long a ring 42 is too small. It is a corona size ring, but the cigar is quite longer then a corona. And I am not a fan of box-pressed square cigars and this cigar is a bit square. When I smelled the cigar I discovered mainly straw with a hint of wood and leather. The predraw was a bit hard. The first flavor is distinct leather which continued throughout the cigar. Halfway a pepper flavor kicks in and at the end I could taste mint with a hint of cacao.

I was afraid that the draw would be hard as the predraw was, but fortunately not, the draw was fine, but the burn wasn’t. In the beginning it was crooked until I corrected it. The ash was dark and not really firm. The smoke was pretty but not too thick.

Would I buy this cigar again? Probably not, it is a nice cigar but I smoked better

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6.5 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

Categories: Cuban cigars, Partagas (Habanos), Partagas Factory | Tags: , ,

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