Monthly Archives: March 2009

Carlos Torano 1959 Exodus robusto

The looks of this 5 x 50 box pressed cigar is great, with the classy band and the dark habano wrapper, but when you look closer you can see that the wrapper is a bit wrinkled. This cigar is made from tobacco from the Dominican republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Costa Rica. The predraw is fine and gives me the flavor of dried wood.
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I can taste wood and coffee, mostly wood though. After a centimeter I can taste some leather, a bit musty though, not very nice. Wood stays noticeable on the background. After an inch the cigar tastes like ash, I don’t like this at all. The ash flavor sticks with me till the halfway point, from there I taste nothing really for a while. At 2/3rd I taste some chocolate with a light pepper in my throat. The finale is nice with a fine coffee flavor.
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The cigar is hard to lit and the draw is too easy. The amount of smoke is poor and has a bit brownish faint to it., but the white ash is quite firm. The burn is great.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Simple answer: no
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 9 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 5 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Perdomo Lot 23 maduro robusto

This 5 x 50 cigar is made from tobacco grown on a small tobacco field in Nicaragua with a broadleaf maduro wrapper. The wrapper is a bit rough on the edges with some veins, but that just makes the cigar manly. The minute I remove the cellophane I could smell the barnyard aroma, which means the aroma is quite strong. The construction feels good, I couldn’t detect any weak spots. The band is nice, modest, stylish but unfortunately also quite large and glued together too good, which annoys me as with big bands like these, you have to remove them at a certain moment and with good glue that can be a problem. Oliva has big bands too, but their bands are easily removed so it’s no big deal, but on this Perdomo it’s different. The predraw is just fine.
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When I light the cigar with my Ronson jetflame I could taste a full flavored coffee and after half an inch, the coffee gets a mild chocolate aftertaste and about half an inch later, the chocolate becomes the main flavor with a mild creamy texture. There isn’t a lot of change in flavors, but I don’t care because I like what I taste.
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Halfway the cigar becomes a bit peppery and the pepper grows a bit in strength with the chocolate on the background. This flavor is consistent almost till the end. The final few puffs are nutty and then I have to dump the nub in the ashtray.
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The draw on this cigar is fine and the burn is even better. I had minor burn issues in the beginning, with some crooked burning but it corrected itself and was razor sharp from that moment. The ash is light colored and a bit frayed on the top, but it didn’t turn into a Don King haircut, as I expected it to be after a few puffs. The amount of smoke is fine but the texture is kind of thin and the color has a light blue glow to it. I would call this a full flavored cigar, but I am not sure if this is a medium or full bodied cigar. I mean, while I was smoking it, it felt like a medium bodied cigar, but I think it’s a mean old sniper because I could clearly notice an overdose on Vitamin N when I stood up.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, you can find these for $3 a stick and that makes it a very affordable cigar.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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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Montecristo Edicion Limitada 2006

This 2006 limitada robusto by Montecristo is an appealing cigar with its nice dark wrapper and just a few slight veins. The cigar hardly produces any aroma. The size is 5×50 and the cigar feels well constructed. The predraw was a bit easy and releases a light flavor of raisin.
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I taste a recognizable Cuban leather flavor with some grassy flavor added. After an inch the grassy flavor disappears and it’s just leather. At 2/3rd of the cigar some cedar wood joins the leather. Flavor wise this cigar isn’t very interesting
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The cigar produces a lot of smoke and a light colored firm ash. The draw is fine. This is a medium bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, Montecristo offers better cigars in their regular production

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

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Padilla Obsidian toro

This great cigar 6 x 54 by Ernesto Padilla is made out of Honduran Corojo and Nicaraguan filler and a beautiful Nicaraguan ligero wrapper. The wrapper has some light veins. The cigar has a barnyard aroma to it.
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I could taste coffee and after a few puffs some chocolate on the background. After an inch there is some white pepper instead of chocolate but the coffee remains. The background flavors keep on changing from that point. After reaching the middle of the cigar I could taste cedar wood instead of coffee. The cedar is combined with pepper and chocolate for the grand finale.
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The draw is a bit too easy but the smoke is thick and full, and there is plenty of it. The ash is quite dark and the burn is good, pretty straight and the cigar won’t die quickly. Medium bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I just placed an order because I saw them on sale.
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Del Campo robusto

These Nicaraguan 125mm long ring 50 robusto comes with 4 of his brothers in a wooden box and are wrapped in a tobacco leaf. They look rustic a manly with a raw, rough dark oily wrapper full of veins and their simple cigar band. The price is quite all right, only 22,50 euro for a box of 5. The construction is good and the aroma is that of burned wood.
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I tasted a sweet woody flavor, very nice actually with some sweet herbs on the background. The sweetness fades away while the herb flavors grow a bit in strength. Halfway there is a sour flavor and the cigar really loses much of its attraction and the downgrade continues. It becomes spicier but in an unpleasant way, a bit of a burning sensation on the tip of my tongue. The turning point comes pretty early.
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Lots of white smoke, straight burn and firm ash.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, it had a very promising start but could not keep up. It went too far downhill.
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 20
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part; 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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Camacho 1962 perfecto

This 4 ½ ring 50 perfecto was a gift from my buddy Conch Republican. This small stick has a peppery chocolate aroma to it. The cigar is nice shaped with a medium dark wrapper which has some small veins. The construction is fine, especially for a perfecto. The predraw is great and leaves a peppery raisin flavor on my lips.
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The first flavor I taste is a full but dry leather. The leather has a mild metallic flavor to it. After an inch there is a mild chocolaty after taste. Halfway I get some wood and that keeps me company till I reach the turning point.
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As always with perfectos I have some crooked burn in the beginning, but once that is corrected, the burn and the draw are flawless. The ash is quite dark and firm, and the amount of smoke is fantastic.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t know. This cigar leaves me confused, although, except from the mild flavors, I can’t think of anything that makes me not want to smoke this again, I also can’t think of anything that makes want to smoke it again.
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Appearance: 9 /10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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Reserva Miraflor robusto

This 5 x 50 Nicaraguan puro has a nice dark wrapper and feels good constructed, no soft spots noticeable. The aroma of this cigar reminds me of a barnyard and hay.
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I can taste coffee with pepper and just a hint of cacao. The pepper is a bit sticky on the palate. Along the way, the pepper and cacao fade away while the coffee stays and some earthy tones appear. At the end, chocolate accompanies the coffee flavor
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This cigar gives me lots of smoke, unfortunately the draw is too easy. The burn is good and the ash is white.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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La Gloria Cubana serie R #4

An American friend send me this cigar in a bomb and I am glad he did, because I liked it a lot. This nice maduro cigar has a light salty scent to it and feels well constructed. The cigar is slightly box pressed.
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I taste full, almost Cuban, leather, spicy and full. After about half an inch a woody flavor accompanies the leather with a chocolaty taste on the background. When the chocolate disappears sweetness shows up. The sweetness is replaced by pepper for the final few puffs.
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The smoke is full. The burn starts crooked but it gets better with every puff. The ash started dark but turns lighter the closer I get to the turning point.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it

Appearance: 8 / 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: 7 / 10

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Arganese Ambassador maduro figurado

This Dominican figurado, ring 54 and 6.5 inch long, is made by Gene Arganese and contains Dominican filler, binder and a Brazilian matafina maduro wrapper. The shape is a bit odd, as the fire point isn’t straight but a little bend. The cigar feels like it’s well constructed, evenly hard all over and the aroma is sweet and reminds me of a stable. The sweetness probably comes from the Brazilian tobacco. The predraw whatsoever is a bit though and gives me the flavor of raisin on my palate.
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The walnut case it is in on this picture was a gift from Mark @ cigarmony and the cigar itself was a gift from my friend Tobii
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After lighting I really had to think “what’s that flavor?”. I mean, there was plenty of flavor but I could not name it other than earthy flavors with a leathery undertone. The flavors had a dark feel to it, like a real winter cigar. The cigar grows in strength and at a certain moment a surprisingly pleasant metallic flavor shows up for a little while, a flavor I don’t particularly like but it wasn’t bad at all. Later on I got some nutty flavors on my palate and a soft light chocolate flavor which faded away quickly. The nuttiness stays until the end of the cigar when it is accompanied by some toast and white pepper.
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This is a medium strength cigar but with lots of flavor. There was enough smoke and the ash was quite strong. I do seem to have burning issues with figurados and perfectos though.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes!

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 20
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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The Griffin’s XXIII Limited Edition 2007

I bought a couple of these The Griffins XXIII when they were released in 2007 even though I wasn’t impressed by any of the other The Griffins I smoked in the past. I bought it because I hoped that a Limited Edition would be better than the original releases and because I really liked the carbon look tubes.
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This Dominican 5 ¼ x 52 robusto has a nice light colored smooth silky wrapper. The cigar has a mild aroma of dry straw & hay. The predraw is good and gives me a dry, mild spicy wood flavor. The cigar feels well constructed.
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I taste a cedar flavor with a dry structure. On the background, far on the background, I can also taste a dry milky chocolate. The chocolate is hard to discover. After an inch I also get a dry grass/hay flavor through the cedar. The flavors slowly come together until they are quite well balanced. There is also a floral flavor noticeable.
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Halfway the cedar and the chocolate grow a bit in strength but the flavors are still medium at most. This cigar is quite one dimensional but consistent. It would make a nice morning or lunch cigar. I paid 8.50 euro for this cigar
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The amount of smoke is mediocre and it is quite thin. The ash is medium gray and quite firm. The burn and draw are good. This is a medium flavored and mild to medium bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I would smoke it though it someone gave it to me, it’s not a bad cigar and I enjoyed it, but I think these are sold out and if not I can get better cigars in the same price range.

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

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