Monthly Archives: February 2009

El Titan de Bronze redemption sun grown robusto

I used google to find some background info on this cigar and learned that this cigar is made in Miami with Nicaraguan filler, binder and Ecuadorian Sun Grown Habano wrapper and is made by Pablo Romay. Upon feeling this 5 x 50 robusto I found some softer spots in the cigar, which made me worry about the burn. The wrapper has a lot of veins, including a big fat one, and feels dry. The veins are covered by 2 bands, so the appearance is still acceptable. The predraw is just fine and gives me a bit of a dry woody flavor.
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I light the cigar and taste a full coffee flavor combined with a little pepper. The flavor is definitely full. After about an inch, the coffee turns into leather and some wood and I can taste an aftertaste of pepper in the back of my throat. But leather is the main flavor.
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After a third, the cigar becomes somewhat bitter and harsh, I don’t like this at all, but since I set my mind on reviewing this sucker I keep on smoking. Right at the halfway point there is a creamy chocolate flavor fighting the bitterness and that fight continues right till the turning point.
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The smoke on this cigar is just fine, full & thick. I have absolutely no complaints on the razor sharp burn, but the ash is a bit frayed. I consider this to be a full flavored medium bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, it started out nice, but the second part of the cigar wasn’t good enough and the cigar didn’t recover enough in the last part to make up for the bitter taste in the middle.

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

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Trinidad Reyes

The Trinidad Reyes is a nice small (4 ¼ inch, ring 42) Cuban cigar with a small pigtail and it’s packed in a cardboard box. The cigar feels well constructed and has a nice wrapper with some small veins. The predraw is fine and releases a raisin flavor. The aroma reminds me of a wet horse.
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I taste wood & leather, spicy and soon I discovered a chocolaty aftertaste. The wood & chocolate disappear soon and it’s classic Cuban leather but still with a spicy bite to it. The finale brought the wood & chocolate back while the leather smoothly faded away.
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Even though this is a small cigar, the smoke is thick and there is plenty smoke available. The ash is quite dark and I had a few minor burning issues.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Probably not, even though I liked the flavors but this cigar is too small for me
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Playboy robusto

I had seen these cigars in the past and always left them for what they are, as I was afraid it would be a bad cigar due to the Playboy logo. I expected this to be a ‘status symbol’ cigar, made for posers instead of true cigar lovers. The appearance of this 5 x 52 cigar is pretty with a flawless dark wrapper. The oily Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper has hardly any veins although it has some spots on it. The cigar band is simple, black with a silver edge and a silver Playboy logo printed on it. The construction seems to be good, I didn’t feel any hard of soft spots on inspecting this cigar with its Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian filler with the Connecticut broadleaf binder. I did notice that the wrapper has a very smooth feel to it. The aroma is quite nice with a barnyard feel to it. Cutting it with my Palio was easy. The predraw is pretty light and leaves me with a sweet but peppery flavor on the lips.
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Upon lighting the cigar with my torch could taste coffee, full flavored with a hint of nutty toast. After a few puffs, the nutty flavor grows in strength. The coffee flavor slowly disappears while the nutty flavor grows. The toasty aftertaste remains. After about a third the coffee flavor is gone completely and its all nuts and toast.

At the halfway point the toasty aftertaste is replaced by a chocolate flavor and later on even some pepper. At 2/3rd the cigar gains power and becomes hot, it leaves a bit of a burning sensation on the tip of my tongue but the flavors are still very nice. I slow my smoking down to let the cigar cool a little and the burning sensation disappears so I can enjoy the last few puffs and part from this surprisingly good cigar.
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The cigar produces a nice amount of smoke. The burn is flawless until midway, the burn starts to get crooked there and its getting hard to keep the cigar lit. After I corrected it, the burn was fine again. The draw started as a bit too easy but the resistance increased along the way without becoming too hard. The silver gray ash is a perfect combination with the silver & black band with Playboy logo.

The cigar starts out as a medium bodied cigar, but it grown in strength to a full to medium bodied cigar with quite some nicotine build up, it made me a little light headed. Flavor wise I can only say that this is a full flavored smoke.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If the price is right, yeah!

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

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Partagas Chicos

I got these small 4.25 inch long cigarillo’s from Dale at the London Herf last summer. They are packed in cellophane, and then boxed with 5 in a cardboard box.
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The cigar is rough, lots of veins and no cap so I don’t need to cut it. The predraw is fine and the aroma is woody.
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The flavor is wood & pepper throughout the cigar, the pepper is growing in strength and at the end there is some sweetness. The ashes are dark and the amount of smoke is ok.
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This is a nice quick smoke, but for the smokers of bigger ring gauges it’s a bit hard to smoke slowly to prevent it from burning too hot.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, they make a nice quick smoke

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

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Flor de Maria Manchini maduro torpedo

Nestor Plasencia blended these cigars in Honduras with 2 different wrappers, a Cuban seed Habano 2000 or a Costa Rican maduro. I smoked the maduro.
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The cigar is packed in cello. The size of this puppy is 6 x 50 and the cigar is box pressed. The wrapper is oily and dark and quite smooth. The torpedo has a blunt top. The aroma is a bit acid with mild chocolate and liquorices. The construction feels good and that result in a fine predraw with a dry chocolate and raisin flavor. The roller overdid the glue, as there are spots of the glue on the wrapper.
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I can taste wood & coffee with every now and then a hint of chocolate. The flavors are medium in strength and quite dry. The wood slowly fades away and the coffee isn’t really good and turns a bit acid after an inch and a half.
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Halfway the chocolate returns at the background and the sour flavor is gone. The flavors grow a bit in strength. Some spices show up too. After 2/3rd all I can taste are spices.
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I get a medium thick smoke, lots of smoke. The draw is fine and the ash is quite dark. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.

 

Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar didn’t do it for me

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

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C.I. legends yellow Don Pepin Garcia

This CI legend is blended by Don Pepin Garcia and it can’t go wrong there, I have loved every Don Pepin cigar I smoked so far. This 5.7 x 54 cigar has a nice aroma to it that reminds me of some Cuban cigars I smoked in the past, the wrapper is smooth, shiny and oily with some very small veins. The predraw is good and leaves a sweet flavor.
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A full cedar flavor is what I get after lighting the cigar, combined with some herbs and after an inch some leather is introduced to the palate. The cedar disappears and the leather and herbs leave an amazing flavor on my palate. At the end some chocolate joins the herbs and the leather. For the grande finale the leather and herbs fade away and the cedar returns and pairs well with the chocolate.
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This is a full flavored medium bodied cigar which produces a lot of smoke. The draw is good but unfortunately the burn is crooked, something I haven’t experienced in the other CI Legends yellow I smoked, so I just blame it on this specific cigar and not on the whole batch.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah, I already did
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Oliva Classic O maduro torpedo

A friend bombed me with this cigar and he said it was one of his favorites so my expectations of this 7 x 54 torpedo were pretty high. The wrapper is dark, almost leathery with one huge vein running over it. Even the feeling of the texture of the wrapper is leather like, dry and stiff or sturdy.
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I tasted some coffee, not too strong though, with a bit of sweetness. After an inch the coffee turns into sweet chocolate. The texture of the flavor is mild creamy. The first half of the cigar is pretty blend and consistent with the flavors mentioned and in the second half I tasted some mild coffee which is replaced by chocolate and white pepper but unfortunately the pepper disappears quickly, only to return for the final couple of puffs combined with a strong dark chocolate flavor. This is the first Oliva that I wouldn’t have recognized as an Oliva stick in a blind taste, as it lacks the specific Oliva sweetness that you find in any of their sticks.
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The draw is fine, the ash is white and the cigar produces a lot of smoke. The burn is very straight. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I had better cigars from Oliva
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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