Monthly Archives: January 2009

Don Ursulo c-blend sublime

Little over a year ago I was browsing the internet for information about cigars and I stumbled across the website of Don Ursulo, a cigar maker from Costa Rica and after a few mails he decided to send me a sampler of his cigars in exchange for reviews. When I got the cigars they were very young and had a clear ammonia aroma to them so I decided to let them rest and today I am keeping my end of the deal for this blend and vitola, the Costa Rica Sublime, made with the secret C blend. Don Ursulo also has a Nicaraguan puro, which I will review soon. You can tell the blends apart by the different color cigar band.
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Well, back to the cigar, the C-blend Costa Rica one, the Sublime, 6.33 inch and a 54 ring. The cigar has a nice soft silky feel and the construction seems fine, no hard or soft spots in the construction. I like the simple band. The wrapper is pretty and the cigar has a barnyard aroma to it. The predraw is good.
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After lighting I could taste cedar with a slight hint of coffee. The structure is quite dry and so I need a drink with this cigar. Because I am reviewing and want a clear palate I have a glass of water. The flavor is pretty full but quite one dimensional; there isn’t much depth in it. The same flavor all over the cigar, a nice flavor though.
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The draw is fine, the burn is better than average. The dark ash is firm and this full flavored medium bodied produces the right amount of smoke.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, depends on the price
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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Swisser Sweets corona

A friend send me this terrible 5 inch ring 42 piece of sh*t. The thing that surprises me is that this cigar actually has a tobacco aroma to it even though the wrapper is tobacco paper. The predraw is ok and a bit sweet.
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After lighting I taste a sweetness, not as chemical as the flavored C.A.O.’s, Phillies and White owls but still no natural flavor. After an inch there is also a bit bitter pepper flavor that accompanies the sweetness. This flavor will last the whole cigar.
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The smoke and draw are ok.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No. If this was the last cigar on earth I would quit smoking.

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

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Hookah melon burst by Drew Estate

You can say what you want, but the appearance is top notch, the box looks good, the 4 x 45 cigars look really good with the dark almost vein less wrapper and the double bands.
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The flavor is, like almost all flavored cigars, sweet, chemical sweet and this one indeed has a flavor that slightly reminds me of melon. Overall this is a nasty sweet cigar, not nice to smoke.
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The smoke, burn and draw are ok.

Would I buy this cigar again? Hell no!

Appearance: 8 / 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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C.A.O. Eileens dream

It comes in a nice little tubo and that is probably the only positive I can say about this cigar. It is wrapped in cellophane inside the tubo. The aroma is a weird sweet coffee smell. The difference between the White Owl’s, Phillies, Hookah’s and Swissers is that this cigar needs to be cut.
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The flavor is chemical, chemical sugar, and that is it. A nasty sweetness which makes me cough a lot.
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The burn is close to perfect and there is plenty of smoke coming from this nasty stick.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell no!
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Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 3.5 / 10
Aroma second part: 3.5 / 10
Aroma third part: 3.5 / 10

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Warped private blend corona gorda

Kyle from Warped Cigars asked for a few reviewers of the new Warped blend, called ‘private blend’, a cigar made with a very beautiful and dark Ecuadorian maduro wrapper, a binder from the Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua and filler from both the Jalapa and the Condega valley in Nicaragua. I was lucky enough to be picked as a reviewer and smoked the 48 ring 5.5” long corona gorda.
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When I opened the envelop I instantly noticed the beauty of these dark cigars and the bright green of the band which gave a nice contrast. The cigar looks a bit silky, feel well constructed. The aroma reveals that this cigar is very young, as I could clearly smell ammonia with some hay and grass.
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The predraw is fine and leaves a dry taste on my lips. After lighting the cigar I could taste coffee and lots of it with soon a little hint of leather on the background for just a few puffs. The overall flavor is quite spicy. After a centimeter the coffee fades away for just a few puffs and then returns. The texture of the smoke is a bit creamy and wooly in my mouth. Instead of a leathery aftertaste I can now taste some chocolate.
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The flavor is very consistent, the coffee is a good and steady base and halfway the chocolate grows a little bit in strength. After 2/3rd I can taste some nuts too and the grande finale starts off with some pepper with the coffee and then the nutty flavor replaces the pepper and grows considerably in strength. The nutty flavor is a bit salty.
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Right from the start I had a bit of a crooked burn, not much thought and it didn’t need correcting. The further I smoked, the better the burn. The ash is silver gray and amount of smoke produced is just fine. Even though this is a very young cigar, the date on the band revealed that the cigar was not even 4 months old when I smoked it, I loved it and nubbed it. I would call this a medium to full bodied cigar with lots of flavor.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No doubt about it, I need to stock up on those.

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

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Partagas Spanish rosado sabroso

This is a non Cuban Partagas, my first non Cuban Partagas ever and with the experience from the non Cuban Bolivar I smoked I feared for the worst although the cigar looks good with the beautiful and dark wrapper and small veins. The aroma is light and reminds me of hay. The cigar feels well constructed, no hard nor soft spots on this cigar. The predraw leaves a dry taste in my mouth bit the draw is good.
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I can taste coffee, full of flavor but not too strong. After an inch I can taste some leather through the coffee and after an inch there is some wood, soon to be followed by leather while the coffee disappeared. On the background I could taste some chocolate and later some pepper, nice and spicy. The cigar grows in strength.
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The ash is silver gray, the burn is perfect and there is enough smoke. This cigar is a keeper, medium to full bodied and full of flavor.

 

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will

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

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Trinidad Robusto Extra

This 6 x 52 Cuban puro stands out from the masses because of the pigtail at the mouthpiece of the cigar. The wrapper is pretty and only has some small veins. The aroma is mild but clearly the well known Cuban barnyard smell. The predraw is on the hard side of fine and leaves me with a raisin flavor.
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I can taste warm coffee and leather flavors soon to be accompanied by a chocolate aftertaste. After an inch the coffee and leather disappear and the chocolate becomes the main flavor and turns a bit creamy. The power of the flavor grows a bit. Halfway I can taste the mild leather flavor again. At 2/3rds I say goodbye to the chocolate, creamy leather keeps me company until a full nutty flavor tells me it is time to put the cigar away.

 

The draw is on the tough side of good. The amount of smoke is a bit thin, I would have liked a bit more smoke. The ash is compact, firm and light colored with a perfect burn. In the beginning this cigar doesn’t pack a lot of power to the flavors, but slowly the flavors and the cigar become more powerful, although it never turns into a powerhouse. I would call this cigar a medium smoke.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Even though I liked the finish, I don’t think I will buy this cigar again due to the high price.

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

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Onyx mini belicoso

A friend of mine gave me this slightly box pressed 5 x 52 mini belicoso by Onyx, a cigar with a nice blackened Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler from Nicaragua, Peru and the Dominican republic. The predraw is fine, and the aroma is quite strong. I smell hay, like I am in a stable.
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After lighting the cigar I notice that the draw is fine and that the cigar produces more than enough smoke. The flavors I taste are coffee with wood, but after half an inch the wood is replaced by chocolate.

This flavor sticks with me until I reach the middle of the cigar and then a spicy black pepper joins the other flavors. After 2/3rd the chocolate fades away and wood comes in its place. Lots of flavor, medium bodied. Nice cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, reasonably priced, good quality, nice flavors. This could be a ‘must have’ stick in my humidor

Appearance: 8 / 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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White owl grape

Another review in the “Volt flavored cigar series” and another White owl, the grape flavored one this time. This cigar is 4 ¾ inch long with a 40 ring. The wrapper is flawless, as it’s made out of tobacco paper and not real tobacco.
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The construction isn’t that good as little pieces of tobacco fall out of the cigar, which shows it’s a short filler. The aroma is sweet, a fruity bubblegum smell.
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What can I say? Fortunately I can’t taste a lot of flavor in this smoke, just some bubblegum like I used to buy when I was a kid. The draw, burn and smoke of this cigar are good, but that’s all.
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Would I buy this cigar again? What do you think? No!

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

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Cremosa Cubana robusto

Although I am not a big U2 fan, I always wanted to use Bono’s introduction of Sunday bloody Sunday on the live album ‘Under a blood red sky’ in one form or another and this Cremosa Cubana gave me the right opportunity. There’s been a lot of talk about this next cigar, maybe maybe too much talk. This cigar is not a dog rocket, this cigar is a Cremosa”.
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On both Club Stogie and Cigar Asylum the Cremosa is a legend with a very bad reputation and so, some time ago I mentioned that I wanted to try one, to review it and to see if it was really the bad smoke people claim it is. 2 helpful BOTL’s took it upon themselves to send me the dreaded cigar, so instead of one I got a total of 4.
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The looks of this 5 x 50 robusto isn’t that bad. The Sumatra wrapper is oily with some light veins and the cigar comes in a cellophane wrapper. The top is a bit crooked though. The aroma is nice, manure and hay but after cutting the fear kicked in, should I really smoke it? It took another 15 minutes for me to get myself together and stick the cigar in my mouth. The predraw wasn’t that bad, hardly any flavor and a good draw.
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While lighting I notice a terrible smell, usually I like the aroma of a burning cigar but this is like setting some road kill on fire. Why do I do this to myself? Am I a masochist? I take a puff and taste a slight moldy flavor with a hint of leather. It’s not pleasant but not as bad as I expected. After a few more puffs I said to myself that the Cremosa isn’t half as bad as other reviewers told me it would be, oh boy, I got punished for that thought because after about an inch hell was released. The cigar gets a little sourish, like vinegar gone badly and it goes downhill from there. Do you know the flavor in the back of your throat right after you puked? Well, that is the flavor the Cremosa is giving me, and it makes me nauseous.
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I look at the cigar and notice some white bit in the mouth end. WTF? Why didn’t I notice it when I lit the cigar? I take a toothpick and get the bits out, to see what they are. They are little branches, probably from not preparing the tobacco leaf properly.
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After cleaning the mouthpiece I take a few more puffs and the Cremosa gets more acidulous by the second. I can’t take it anymore and put the cigar away. This is by far the worse cigar I have ever smoked. If I had to choose between a White Owl, Phillies or even a Lars Tetens gorillafinger or a Cremosa, I would leave the Cremosa where it is.

Would I buy this cigar again? Hell no. I got 3 left and I wonder what I should do with those.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 5 / 10
Aroma second part: 2 / 10
Aroma third part: 2 / 10

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