Monthly Archives: November 2008

Taboo twist toro

This huge fat cigar (6 inch ring 60) has two wrappers, one claro, one maduro which creates an attractive cigar. The aroma is a light & sweet aroma of hay. The predraw has a dry feel to it but is fine otherwise.
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The first flavors are a smooth & gentle leather with some white pepper on the background but soon it gets buttery with hints of chocolate. Later some leather and pepper take the place of the chocolate but those flavors are covered in butter too.
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This cigar produced so much smoke that I had to open a window, even though the outside temperature was pretty low. The ash is frayed but firm. The draw was great and this cigar paired fine with some dark chocolate. I would call it medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, they are a steal at the price Rob is asking for them
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Appearance: 9 / 20
Construction: 8 / 20
Draw: 8 / 20
Burn: 6 / 20
Smoke & ash: 9 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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White Owl pineapple

My buddy Volt set me up with some flavored cigars to review them on my blog and this White Owl Pineapple is one of those nasty smelling cigars. Fortunately it isn’t a big cigar with the 4.75 inch length and 40 ring gauge. The nasty smell is released as soon as I remove the cellophane wrapper.
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You don’t need to cut this cigar as it has a nice little hole in the mouthpiece. The construction is off as the cigar doesn’t feel as consistently firm everywhere.
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The flavor is a chemical sweetness, when I try real hard I can notice that they tried to make the cigar taste like pineapple and tobacco but the sweetness is overwhelming. It is not as bad as the Phillies peach though until I reach a very bitter part of the cigar which makes me cough a lot. The cigar stays bitter with some sweetness on my lips
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell no!
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Appearance: 5 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 4 / 10
Aroma second part: 4 / 10
Aroma third part: 4 / 10

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Devils weed nicot

Devil’s weed is the first cigar from Molina Cigars, a brand new cigar manufacturer from the Dominican Republic. The cigar is made from 4 different Dominican leafs as a filler, a Dominican binder and an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. It comes neatly packed in a paper wrap with Devil’s weed logo and once you remove it you find a cigar with a light and oily wrapper and one of the most beautiful cigar bands I have ever seen. The aroma of the cigar is the aroma of white pepper. The size of the cigar I smoked, the corona sized Nicot, is 5 5/8 inch with a 46 ring.
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When I light the cigar I could taste mild and soft leather, clearly not the kind of leather that you get from a lot of Cuban cigars, this is mellow and slowly it goes creamy. After finishing half the cigar I notice the creaminess disappear and the leather grows a bit in strength. There is an overture with pepper, chocolate and wood.
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This is a very nice cigar, medium to mild but yet full flavored. I really nubbed it. There was more than enough smoke, the ash was dark and firm and I had no burn issues

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, if they become available for Europe

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

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C.A.O. Italia gondola

This ring 54 6 inch torpedo with Italian grown filler and a nice dark silky wrapper looks classy, smells classy, and has a great construction and a nice azzuri cigar band.
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What I taste is a bit salty wood and tobacco but the salty flavor disappears and the cigar gets a bit sweet, sweet cedar. After about 2 inch the sweetness disappears too and it’s just one flavor: cedar. Halfway there is a period where the cigar is a bit bitter and when that disappears it is the wood again.
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The rum that I drank brings out the sweetness of the cigar. The smoke is ok but it could be a little more. The ash is firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, like all C.A.O. cigars I tried so far, once but never again.

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

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Oliva O maduro churchill

This ring 50 and 7 inch long Churchill with its beautiful dark silky wrapper has a dark aroma of manure, a fine construction and the predraw is just fine.
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The first flavors that I taste after lighting the cigar is a sweet leathery flavor, full and with that typical Oliva sweetness that you find in all their cigars, even in the stronger V series or the El Cobre line. It is a bit creamy, but the creaminess fades away slowly. The cigar remains full flavored but yet not full bodied.
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The creaminess re-appears with a slight hint of chocolate and it all disappears after reaching the middle of the cigar. From that time it is herbs, it starts with a light herby flavor and grows into a herby leather.
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There is more than enough smoke and the ashes, well, just look at the picture and remember, it is a Churchill. The burn is good.

 

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I like the V series better

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

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Montecristo #1

This Montecristo #1 is a 6.3 inch ring 40 cigar with an oily wrapper with small veins, a light aroma and a good construction.

Smooth soft leather with a bit of pepper is what I taste. Not much of a development in the flavor department at the start. The pepper disappears soon and the leather becomes a bit bitter. After finishing about half the cigar the leather suddenly grows in strength and a nutty flavor supports the leather. The cigar slowly grows in strength and I could even taste a grassy flavor. The finale is wood, toast and nutty.

The smoke is fine, the draw is good and the ash is dark. No complaints about the burn.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I prefer other sizes.

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

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Diplomaticos #2

This 6 inch ring 52 torpedo is supposedly a Montecristo second, but I liked it just as much as the real deal. It has a light stable aroma which is common amongst Cuban cigars. The construction is good just like the predraw and the band is very simple.
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The recognizable leather that you find in most Cuban cigars is very noticeable available and is accompanied by some cedar wood. Soon it becomes a little creamy. The creaminess fades away but a light chocolate flavor returns. The classic Cuban leather is consistent though.
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Halfway the cigar the ash breaks off and a warm creamy flavor appears, the leather disappears and the creaminess has a little chocolate flavor to it with some wood on the side.
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This is a nice, full flavored medium to full bodied cigar which I could nub till the end. The smoke was sufficient, the draw was fine and the ash frayed. I had to correct the burn once or twice
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, it was a pleasant surprise

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

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