Monthly Archives: September 2007

Macanudo prince Philip

The wrapper isn’t very pretty, the edges of the leave are wrinkled just like it was too dry when the cigar was made, and the cigar looks messy and got lot of spots beneath the wrapper. The cigar feels good tough, very firm and the predraw and smell of manure is fine. The wrapper again, it breaks directly after lighting the cigar and leaves a crack from approximately 2 inch, but fortunately that doesn’t affect the smoking.

Then the flavors, I taste a sweet leather, it is a warm taste, not in temperature but in flavor. The leather is slowly growing in taste, but it’s never the strong leather which you usually find in Cuban cigars. After about three quarters I can taste a sweet creamy chocolate on the background for a few moments and then the leather became strong again.

The flavor is very consistent throughout the whole cigar, the smoke is medium and the ash is pretty and white. It took me about 70 minutes to finish the cigar.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, not regularly though, but every once in a while

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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Bucanero Canon Cubano

Tonight I smoked a Canon Cubano maduro from Bucanero cigars, kindly send to my by Bucanero president Robert Spoden. The Canon Cubano is a 5 ½ inch ring 60 cigar made from Nicaraguan, Italian, Costa Rican and Honduran tobacco with a Nicaraguan habano wrapper.
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The cigar is a beauty, water ran through my mouth as soon as I saw the cigar, dark wrapper with some fine veins, looks a bit oily. One of the prettiest cigars I’ve seen so far, with a beautiful black & silver band and the fine smell of straw. The construction worried me a bit because it’s not consistent, some parts are firm while other parts are less firm but it did not affect the burn, draw or flavors so my worries were unfounded.
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Cutting a ring 60 is hard to do, because it hardly fits in my Xikar Xi2 cutter, but the cut was nice and clean and with the predraw I could taste a bit of pepper. After lighting the cigar I can taste the pepper again but soon there is smooth leather, like expected with Cuban seed tobacco. I could also taste some cacao before the leather grew in strength. Later on there was a creamy toast flavor.
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This cigar is full bodied but with a nice smoothness. The smoke is full and the ash is nice silvery gray and firm, the ash grew about 2 inch before breaking off. At a third of the cigar I had to correct the burn. The cigar doesn’t die soon, which is a big plus.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I love it.
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Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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Flor Fina Coffee Caprincho

I received a box with 10 Flor Fina coffee caprichos from Manila cigars and it was an adventure for me. I hardly ever smoke cigar of this size (120mm and a ring size of 30) and I never smoked an aroma cigar before nor did I ever smoke a Philippine cigar.

When I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised, what a fantastic smell of coffee beans and even though I don’t drink coffee, I love the smell of the stuff. I guess I’ve smelled the cigars for over 5 minutes, and I opened the box a few times again just to smell the cigars. The cigars are pretty, nice dark wrapper, very slim and straight, no veins at all.

The draw is fine and the burn is close to perfect. The aroma is coffee and later on tobacco. The flavors are pretty strong and I guess that if you like coffee you would like this cigar too.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, but that’s because I am not part of the target group of these kinds of cigars. If you like to smoke small cigars in the morning with a cup of coffee while reading the paper, or in the afternoon at the office you got a very nice cigar with the Coffee Capricho

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

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Heeren van Ruysdael op reis Brasil senoritas

A few months ago, Swedish Match owned brand “Heeren van Ruysdael” decided to create a ‘Heeren van Ruysdael op reis’ series, limited edition cigars with tobacco from specific regions. I smoked a senorita from the Brazil series.

The cigar looks nice, pretty (but not maduro) dark with some veins, pretty hard touch and a tobacco smell. The predraw is fine and releases sweetness due to the Brazilian tobacco. The cigar produces big full smoke for such a little cigar but unfortunately the ash is pretty inconsistent and breaks easily so I have to vacuum again.

The flavor is a very consistent sweetness which you can expect from a cigar with Brazilian tobacco and a light tobacco flavor. After a while, just before I reach the center of the cigar the sweetness is accompanied by a bitter taste, not a very nice one and soon after I get a burning sensation on my tongue. I didn’t like that at all, so I took one more puff where I could taste some cacao trough the sweetness, bitterness and burn but that could not save the cigar.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, it’s too bitter and too small for me

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

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Private Stock robusto

Private Stock is a Dominican brand and they sell both longfillers and mediumfillers. The particular cigar I smoked was a longfiller, type Robusto with a 50 ring and a 130mm length. The wrapper is nice and silky and the cigar has the nice smell of dried hay.

When I light the cigar I can taste distinct leather with a bit of wood. The leather is consistent throughout the whole cigar, but the wood disappears soon. There is not a lot going in this cigar, its just leather, leather and leather and right before the turning point a hint of cacao. The turning point comes pretty early.

The draw wasn’t easy from the start but gets heavier and heavier to the point where I have to stick a toothpick through the cigar just to get the draw going again. The burn is ok though, no problems there. The ash is firm, but the smoke is medium, which might have something to do with the difficult draw.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar isn’t good enough for me.

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

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Van ‘t Veen corona

These extremely cheap, ring 40 120mm long machine made Dutch shortfiller made of filler from Java, Sumatra, Brazil, Vorstenlanden and Havana tobacco with a Java binder and a Sumatra wrapper is only available from the factory at their website. They come without a cap, so you don’t have to cut them. The cigar has a pretty strong barnyard odor and feels quite firm. The wrapper isn’t real pretty, it got lots of veins running all over.

I could taste a pretty strong tobacco flavor, but the Brazil blend gives it a nice sweetness. Pretty soon I discovered some leather too, but that disappeared just to show up again a bit later. The cigar becomes stronger at the body. The flavors aren’t smooth at all, just raw, unpolished and that makes this cigar perfect for crowded pubs or concerts where you can’t find the silence and peace you need to fully enjoy an expensive longfiller but because of the rawness it’s not a suitable cigar if you really want to enjoy a premium cigar.

The smoke is quite thick, and the ash is firm and darkish gray but it breaks too easy. The burn and draw are very good.

Would I buy this cigar again? For this price, yeah, as long as it’s allowed to smoke in pubs and at concerts

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

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Don Rigo dr. Steve consigliers

Don’t let the size scare you away, that’s what the Don Rigo website mentions about the Dr. Steve consigliers cigars, and that’s not without a reason. These cigars are huge, 190mm long and have a ring size of 60. My Xikar Xi2 cutter was almost too small for this megastructure among cigars. The people at Don Rigo were kind enough to send me a sampler containing 10 Dr. Steve consigliers to review, for which I am grateful. And the service is wonderful, just 3 days after our first contact I got the sampler at home.

The cigar has a pretty dark color but it’s not dark enough to be a maduro and is made out Dominican filler and binder and an Indonesian wrapper. The wrapper is flawless, just a few nice veins, the band is nice, simple, colorful and clear. The cigar has a great look and a great feel, nice and firm and when I smelled it I smelled straw. The predraw and the draw are both easy and smooth, just the way every cigar should be.
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After lighting the cigar I could taste a bit coffee and some smooth leather but all in a very creamy way. At about a quarter of the cigar there was a hint of cacao although all flavors are so creamy that it’s hard to discover a real flavor, there are several flavors that I could taste, but none I could name and in this case it’s a compliment. It is a very smooth, medium bodied cigar, a wonderful creation which shows that non Cubans can be just as satisfying as Cubans.

The smoke is thick and rich with a light gray bit frayed but firm smoke. When the ash broke just a big over the half the burn got a bit crooked but that was corrected easily, and hey, what is one correction in a two hour smoke?

I recommend all readers to go to the rigocigars website and order a few of those big ones.

Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah! They will become a constant factor in my humidor

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

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