Monthly Archives: September 2008

Illusione culebra

Culebras are very funny looking smokes, 3 cigars strangles together like Siamese triplets. The Illusione culebra is bound together by two pieces of robe, then are about 7 inch long and have a 36 ring. The smell is heavy, sweet and reminds me of a stable. I smoked it on the first night of the Amsterdam herf with SmokeyNL and Screwbag. I got the cigars in a trade with Bao and I was lucky enough to receive them in time for the herf.

The first flavor to hit the palate is a sweet peppery flavor with a tiny bit of leather. I could feel the cigar progress, the strength and the flavors were really building up, lots of pepper and spices, but still with a certain sweetness that prevented the cigar from becoming too powerful. The turning point comes very late.

The ash is dark and the cigar produces a lot of smoke with a good draw. I think I smoked the cigar too young, as I had to relight it often.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, it’s a great smoke to share with friends

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Saint Luis Rey churchill

A beautiful bold cigar, 6.9 inch long with a ring of 47, the wrapper has a light brown wrapper, almost like milky chocolate with lots of small veins. The aroma is quite mild, a bit dry hay. The predraw is a bit tough.

This is definitely a Cuban cigar as the first flavor is clearly the typical Cuban leather, which stands out from all other countries. The flavors are a bit too mild for my taste, it isn’t the right choice for the time of the day (close to midnight), maybe it would be a better pick as a morning smoke or an after (light) lunch smoke, the smooth cognac that I was drinking overpowered the cigar completely. Halfway the cigar grows a bit in strength and I could discover some cedar with the leather. A bit later the leather is gone and the cedar is the only thing I can discover.

The cigar is probably rolled too tight because the draw is hard and the amount of smoke is way beyond what it should be.

Would I buy this cigar again? Probably another one to try, to give it a second chance

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 5 / 10
Burn: 4 / 10
Smoke & ash: 5 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Vegas de Santiago secretos del maestro corona

Rudy from Vegas de Santiago had sent me this new cigar to review, a corona with a golden band which said “secretos del maestro”. The wrapper looks rough & raw with some veins and some green spots on it. The aroma is full & heavy and reminds me of a stable, while the construction is good, no hard or soft spots in it. The predraw is fine and leaves a spicy aroma on the palate.

The flavor is full and tastes like dry leather but the leather is replaced soon by spices, but also a bit dry. The leather makes a comeback with a little pepper and halfway there is a quick appearance of something sweet, but it disappears just as quickly as it appeared. Unfortunately, the cigar mellows out towards the end instead of taking it to a climax.

The burn and the smoke are fine, but the ash is frayed and not really firm.

Would I buy this cigar again? I think I will stick to the Vegas de Santiago puros, although I would like to try a robusto from this secretos del maestro blend too.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 9 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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