Monthly Archives: October 2008

G. de Graaff Costa Rica churchill

This Costa Rican puro, size Churchill, by the old Dutch brand G. de Graaff has a pretty light colored smooth wrapper and it feels just has firm everywhere, no weak spots in the construction. The predraw is somewhat tough and gives hints of pepper and raisin. I could taste the pepper on my lips. Too bad that the band is way too simple; a nicer band would make it more appealing in the presentation. The aroma is full, manure combined with hay.

After lighting the cigar I can taste pepper with some light leather on the background. While the pepper disappears the leather grows in strength. The pepper doesn’t disappear completely and is slightly noticeable on the background. The leather reminds me a lot of the leather that is so typical for Cuban cigars.

After about an inch and a half there is the aroma of chocolate with something spicy, an inch later its pepper with some leather. There cigar doesn’t grow in strength though. Halfway it is leather with some chocolate, a bit creamy. The cream has a warm feeling to it and grows in strength. The grand finale is a salty flavor.

The draw is good; it surprised me as the predraw was a bit tough. The smoke is full & white, the ash is white too and the burn is even and the cigar doesn’t die quickly.

Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe someday, won’t be a regular in my collection even though it is a good cigar

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

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Phillies peach

Someone, a friend on Cigar Asylum listening to the nickname Volt, send me some flavored cigars for me to review. Why? Probably for fun, his fun, because he didn’t do me a favor. But there will be revenge, I promise!

This small 5 inch ring 41 cigar has a heavy peach smell, reminds me to bubblegum, the bubblegum I didn’t like as a kid, so why do I try to smoke something like that 25 years later? I must have lost my mind. The band is ugly, but that fits the cigar.

The predraw is fine and the aroma is sweet. Low down dirty sweet, disgusting. After lighting the cigar it tastes like sweet thick peach flavored lemonade. A very chemical flavor which almost makes me puke, but somehow I seem to get used to the flavor because the urge to puke fades away the longer I smoke the cigar. It keeps disgusting though.

Would I buy this cigar again? Hell no!

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

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Camacho negro robusto

This dark Honduran cigar with its 50 ring and 125mm length, dark oily wrapper with some small veins is box pressed and has a nice simple band. The predraw is fine and the cigar has a salty, maybe even a briny aroma.

The cigar produces a full spicy tobacco and herb flavor but soon I could taste some leather while the herbs fade away. The leather gains some strength without becoming overpowering. The feel of the flavor is a bit dry.

Halfway some herby chocolate comes to the palate, soon to be replaced by the leather & herbs & spices again. Close to the turning point the aroma becomes a bit creamy.

The smoke is quite full, could have been a bit thicker though. The ash was pretty firm.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I was quite impressed by it

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

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Don Pepin Garcia blue torpedo

This big torpedo, 6 ¼ inch ring 52 looks pretty, feels good, maybe a bit too hard, has a fine predraw and a nice light aroma. I taste some tobacco with coffee with a little bit of leather on the background, what a nice flavorful cigar. The flavors are soft, comfortable and after an inch or 2 also creamy. The flavors continue to be creamy, warm and soft, even when there is a woody flavor added to the palate approximately halfway the cigar. Near the end the cigar grows in strength with a more woody flavor. There is no turning point, I could nub the cigar.

There is lots of smoke coming from this mild but flavorful cigar, it took me more than 90 minutes to smoke it

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, although it comes second to the DPG black

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

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La Aurora preferidos 1903 emerald

This nice 5 inch 54 ring perfecto with its oily wrapper with stains and spots comes with in a very nice cone shaped tube and has a nice band with a lion on it, which I like as I am a leo. The cigar has a deep dark aroma of dried grass and hay and the predraw is good.

A sweet tobacco comes to mind when I light the cigar, and soon a flavor which I cannot describe as I don’t recognize it. This cigar is pretty mild but yet full flavored. After a while I could taste some mild leather. The draw is very good and the cigar produces lots of smoke.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, not a full box, but it’s a nice ‘once in a while’ smoke

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 70
Smoke & ash: 9 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Taboo LR havana torpedo

I bought a sampler of the Taboo LR series and the first LR I decided to smoke was t he Havana torpedo with a nice dark wrapper with some pretty veins on it. The tip of the torpedo is longer and slimmer then of any other torpedo I smoked in the past. The aroma reminds me of dry wood, and when feeling the cigar I could not notice any hard or soft spots in the cigar. The predraw was hard though.

Due to the bad draw it was hard to distinguish the flavors very well. I could taste some leather, combined with sweetness. The leather slowly grows in strength and becomes creamy close to the 2 inch mark. Halfway I could taste a hint of chocolate, soon to be replaced by salty nuts. The last part of the cigar became more flavorful.

The draw was horrible; I felt I was sucking a ping pong ball through a pipe. It was hard work to get some smoke through the cigar, and that affected both the flavors and the amount of smoke produced, which was poor. I tried to solve the problem by cutting some more of the cigar, and that caused the wrapper to unwrap.

Would I buy this cigar again? I would love to give it another try and to review it again because I do believe that this cigar has potential, but the bad draw ruined it.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 4 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 5 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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