Monthly Archives: February 2008

El Cobre toro

As you may have read, last October I got to smoke two El Cobre by Oliva cigars, a torpedo and a robusto. The El Cobre is a very heavy cigar, nicknamed ‘the lobotomizer’ and ‘el muerto fuerte’ and till this month only available at Brian Shapiro’s shop but now Non Plus Ultra in Den Bosch will start selling them too. As the torpedo’s were not available, I ordered a bundle of toro’s. When I got them last Thursday I thought that there was a mix up, as there toro’s look more like coronas to me with the 152mm length and ring 46.
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The El Cobre cigars have a very nice appearance, dark wrapper and a sophisticated black and copper band. The wrapper has some nice veins which give it a strong and rough look, the aroma is heavy and full but the cigar does feel a bit hard, rolled to tight and that causes the predraw to be kind of heavy. The cigar was a bit dry though, so hopefully it will improve if I let them rest for a while in my humidor. The predraw gave a black pepper flavor.
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The pepper is also clearly there when I light the cigar. It’s like being kicked in the balls, this cigar is heavy, very heavy. There was a piece of paper at the bottom of the bundle warning me, it said “super fuerte” but I thought I was a big boy, until I lit the cigar, damn, what a power. To the palate again, heavy black pepper with leather and after a couple of centimeters a few hints of dark chocolate. The pepper is so strong it completely overpowers the chocolate and all other flavors, if there were any. I do notice that the pepper is not really consistent, with some puffs the pepper is stronger then with the next puff or the puff before, sometimes is heavier and spicier then the other time.
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At about ¾ of the cigar I start to feel light headed, like I drank too much wine in a short period of time. This cigar is beating me, it’s too strong for me. I felt like Michael Spinks in a fight with Mike Tyson (Spinks was the reigning champion in the light heavyweight champion who had the idea that he could beat Tyson back in 1988, “the fight of the champions” lasted 91 seconds). I try to take control and keep on smoking, but like a fish on a line, I know I will lose the fight anyway. This cigar got me and it got me good.
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The draw is heavy, maybe because the cigar is too dry. The smoke is white, but it could be fuller and the burn is pretty and straight. The ash is fantastic, strong and firm. It breaks only once.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, just to remind me that I am only human.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 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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Oliva V belicoso

This cigar has a great appearance, very jaunty with its nice shape but small size of 127mm and ring 54. A nice oily wrapper and a heavy aroma. This promises to be a full bodied cigar, and it feels well constructed with a pepper flavor in the fine predraw.
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It’s like setting fire to a can of black pepper with some leather on the background, but soon the leather picks up and grows but after about 2 centimeters there is a hint of chocolate. Then the pepper is back and how, strong, full of flavor. Halfway there is some sweetness in the pepper soon to be replaced with chocolate and nuts. Near the end the nuts gets stronger while the pepper fades away.
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The smoke is thick and the ash is silvergray. The draw and burn are very good.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, a complete case, soon!
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Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Flor de Cano Petit Corona

This is a small Cuban petit corona, ring 40 and 123 mm long with a very rough appearance, very veined wrapper and not a lot of aroma. The aroma I could smell was a bit hay.
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I taste tobacco with leather and the leather gets stronger while the tobacco drops away. After 2 centimeter I can taste some nuts. That flavor is consistent and grows stronger near the end. Not a lot of flavor, not complex. Light to medium bodied.
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Not too much smoke, dark frayed ash but a good draw. Burn is ok.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, although it is a nice cigar for a Sunday morning after a light breakfast
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Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Flor de la Isabella Torpedo

This handmade Philippian torpedo from Manila cigars, with a 52 ring and a 150mm size looks pretty with its light Java wrapper and it feels well constructed, no soft nor hard spots in the cigar. There is a stable aroma and the predraw is just fine.

At first I can taste some leather but not as strong as most Cuban cigars, soon to be accompanied by some sweetness, probably because of the Brazilian tobacco used in the filler and some flavors of wood. After about 2 centimeters the taste becomes a bit metallic, but a pleasant one. Later on the leather returns but weaker as before and halfway the cigar it becomes a bit bitter. It does get a bit better near the end though, but the cigar has already been spoiled.

The smoke is quite allright, not too thin or too thick and the amount of smoke is ok too. The burn is a bit inconsistent and gets crooked at the end, but the draw is almost perfect. The ash is very light colored and firm.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, the first part is good but the second part is too bad to buy again

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 4 / 10

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