Monthly Archives: November 2009

Stradivarius churchill

The Stradivarius is a creation by Daniel Nuñez, released for the first time in 2007 and is named after the famous violins. The blend consists of Nicaraguan, Dominican and Honduran tobacco as filler, an aged Dominican Havana seed binder and a 15 year aged Connecticut shade wrapper.
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The packaging of this 7 ½ x 48 churchill is top notch, the cigars come in a marble look humidor case with 10 cigars, all individually packed in a varnished coffin with a nice “old style” wax stamp. Inside the coffin the cigars are wearing a cellophane coat. The band is simple, too simple when compared to the packaging.
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The wrapper is a bit drab, pale brown but smooth and almost without veins. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. The cigar doesn’t have much aroma, I had to sniff several times before I managed to smell the faint hay aroma.
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I get a warm but mild flavor that reminds me of coffee and licorice (the wood, not the candy), but the sweetness disappears soon, quickly followed by the coffee and the flavor changes into mild leather. At the 1/3rd point I taste some sweetness again, a bit caramel like. Halfway the flavors grow a bit in strength and that makes it easier to recognize them. The flavors are caramel and coffee and at 2/3rd the leather returns for a short amount of time. The final flavors are caramel and wood with a hint of licorice.
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The amount of smoke starts of poor, but it slowly gets better. The smoke stays very thin though. The ash is quite light but firm. The draw started out fine but got harder with every puff, but my drawtool solved that. I have nothing bad to say about the burn
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, even though it’s not a bad cigar I won’t buy it again because it is too mild and too expensive.

Appearance: 7 / 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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Don Pepin Garcia Black 2001

This cellophane wrapped 6 x 60 cigar is the biggest in the Cuban Classic series by Don Pepin. The cigar looks pretty with the oily wrapper that had a few big veins running over it. The cigar produces a lot of barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and gives away some pepper.
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I can taste coffee and soon some sweet wood. After an inch I can also taste some herbal flavor, but where is the signature Don Pepin pepper? At a third the coffee disappears and all I can taste is the sweet wood and the herbs, but still no signature Don Pepin pepper. After the mid section the wood slowly grows stronger.
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The cigar produces a lot of smoke. The draw and burn are fine, but the ash is frayed. The cigar is quite one dimensional, not bad, but not what I expect from Don Pepin, it is medium flavored and full bodied, although you don’t notice the strength of the body until afterwards.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, the Toro is no match for the robusto with the same blend. And there is no signature Don Pepin pepper and spices, which is a shame, because when I decide to take a Don Pepin from the humidor, I want and expect that pepper and spice ‘twang’.
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Appearance: 7 / 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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Graycliff Red lancero

A friend bombed me this 7 1/4 x 38 cigar some time ago and I finally lit it up. The construction of the cigar feels good. The wrapper is nice colored but looks a bit wrinkled. The aroma is mild and reminds me a bit of a barnyard. The cigar feels a bit dry, but it has been stored at 67% for months. The predraw is fine, I can taste a dry wood flavor with a hint of pepper.
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I get a full earthy flavor with a mild sweetness. After an inch the sweetness is gone and the earthy flavor becomes a bit acidy. At a third some herbs join the earth, the acid is gone and I can also taste a mild chocolate aftertaste. Halfway the herbal flavor grows in strength and become the dominant flavor with the earthy flavor as support and still the mild chocolate aftertaste, but a fresh flavor starts to join the chocolate. After 2/3rds the cigar only has a herbal flavor.
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I get quite much smoke, but the smoke is thin. The draw is fine and the ash is medium to light gray colored, but firm of construction. The burn of this full flavored medium bodied cigar was a bit crooked.
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Would I buy this cigar again? This was an enjoyable smoke, so probably yes.
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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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Graycliff Crystal lancero uncut

Sorry, no pictures, I lost them during a hard disk crash before I could upload them.

As you might know, I visited the USA in the spring, and the first cigar shop that I entered was Corona Cigar Co at Sand Lake in Orlando and one of the first cigars that caught my eye was this Graycliff crystal lancero because it was un-cut. The price tag was pretty high with its $15, but I decided to buy one anyway for review purposes.

The wrapper is quite dark with some veins, but the attention is drawn to the shaggy foot anyway, and otherwise to the pigtail on the cap. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild acidy hay aroma. The construction feels good , the predraw is fine and leaved a mild peppery flavor in my mouth.

Once I light the cigars I can taste the pepper that I got from the predraw in combination with herbs and earthy tones. The pepper disappears soon and the flavors become a bit sticky by structure. After an inch and a half I can also taste some coffee, mild bitter, but the bitterness disappears after I purge the cigar. The earthy flavor is still the dominant flavor with the herbal flavor as support, the flavors progress to stick on my palate.

Little past the mid section of the cigars a nut flavor joins the party and towards the end of the cigar the coffee and herbs become a bit more powerful. The flavors are well balanced.

The amount of smoke is good, just like the draw and the burn. I would call this cigar medium bodied, full flavored. The ash looks funny because of the shaggy foot, and is quite dark.

Would I buy this cigar again? I would, but not for the $15 I had to pay for this one

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

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Don Tomas special edition corona

Sorry, no pictures, I lost them during a hard disk crash before I could upload them.

The wrapper is pale brown but smooth and only has a few minor veins. The construction feels good and firm, the predraw is fine but leaves hardly any flavor. The aroma is hardly noticable.

I can taste some mild pepper and after an inch I also taste a mild wood flavor while the pepper disappears. Half an inch later the wood disappears too and I taste nothing at all. After a third the wood returns and at the end the wood changes into a mild nut flavor.

The cigar produces a medium thick smoke in a medium volume. The ash is compact and white. The draw and burn are good, but the cigar is mild flavored and mild bodied.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar is not worth smoking again, hardly any flavors at all.

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

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Oliveros El Padrino edicion Italiana ‘Bugsy’

Sorry, no pictures, I lost them during a hard disk crash before I could upload them.

This Oliveros Padrino Edicion Italiana is called Bugsy and has a size of 5.7 inch and a ring of 52. The cigar has a filler of Piloto Cubano Dominican and some rare Italian tobaccos and the wrapper is a triple fermented Brazilian maduro. The wrapper is almost black with a couple of nice looking veins. The band is quite pompous. The cigar feels well constructed and has a nice full hay aroma. The peppery raisin predraw is fine.

I get a full coffee flavor with a bit of sugar. The flavors feel sticky. After half an inch the sugary sweetness grows a bit stronger and the flavors start to feel dry. After an inch the sugar changes into sweet chocolate and the coffee loses some of it strength. The chocolate disappears and the sugar returns. The sugar becomes the dominant flavor with a mild chocolate aftertaste. At 2/3rd I also taste some wood.

The cigar produces a lot of white smoke. The ash is medium dark gray and quite firm. I had some minor burn issues. I would rate this cigar as full flavored medium bodied.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wasn’t impressed

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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Rocky Patel summer 2008 toro grande

Sorry, no pictures, I lost them during a hard disk crash before I could upload them.

This 6 x 58 Rocky Patel from the Summer 2008 collection was given to me by Hardcz, way before he got banned from the board. The Ecuadorian Grown Wrapper from Sumatra Seed is very oily with a few long thin veins and the construction feels quite hard. The ‘bling bling’ cigar band is pretty and stands out from other cigar bands. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma. I punched the cigar and got a fine predraw with a black pepper flavor.

I can taste a mild coffee flavor without any supporting flavors. The strength of the flavor mellows down after half an inch and a few puffs later I can taste some chocolate as aftertaste. Both flavors are quite mild. After the mid section of the cigar I can taste a mild pepper for just a moment, and the flavors become a bit creamy. The flavors also grow a bit in strength. I get a freshness with a mild herbal feeling to it combined with a mild creamy chocolate. After 2/3rd the chocolate gains a bit more power, but it never becomes full flavored.

This cigar produces a lot of smoke. The draw is on the light side but acceptable and the ash is close to white and firm. I needed to correct the burn a few times. The cigar is mild to medium flavored and medium bodied.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar is another Rocky Patel that doesn’t fit my palate

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

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Padron 80th anniversary perfecto

Sorry, no pictures, I lost them during a hard disk crash before I could upload them.

This perfecto shaped 6.75 x 54 figurado was a cigar that I had high expectations from. The cigar is supposed to be fantastic, a theory that is supported by the outrageous price tag and the hype that comes with it. The wrapper is nice, dark and leathery, and the top of the cigar is a bit crooked.

The cigar isn’t smoothly finished, I expected a smoother look from a highly praised and expensive product. The wrapper also has some veins running over it and to my surprise, I can slide the band straight of the cigar. The cigar feels well constructed though, and has a very nice dark chocolate aroma to it. The predraw is a bit on the hard side and gives a flavor that reminded me of chocolates and raisin.

I can taste a bitter coffee flavor with a hint of dark chocolate and after a few puffs also some cedar. The bitterness fades away after about half an inch and soon the coffee and chocolate disappear too. A herbal flavor joins the cedar wood flavor. The herbal flavor is the aftertaste

After an inch I can taste some hazelnuts with chocolate and herbs. Somewhere in the mid section of the cigar the nut flavor disappears and I can taste some mild creamy chocolate with a hint of coffee and a herbal aftertaste. The coffee and the chocolate are well balanced, the herbs support this, but slowly grow in strength until they become the dominant flavor and the coffee and chocolate are downgraded to supporting flavors and near the end disappear at all. All I can taste is a herbal taste with some pepper on the tongue, but the pepper disappears after I purge the cigars.

The cigar produces a lot of smoke, at first the smoke had a bit of a brown glare to it, but turned to completely white soon enough. The ash is granular, white and firm. The draw of this full flavored medium bodied cigar is just fine.

Would I buy this cigar again? Not for the price these are going for. I like the 40th anniversary better

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

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Bolivar Especiales #2 RE Alemania

This Bolivar is the thinnest regional edition so far and is made for the German market. It has a ring of 38 and is 192 millimeter long. The wrapper is light brown and somewhat rough with a few veins. The cigar has a typical Cuban aroma. The construction feels quite firm what is causing a bit hard predraw that gives me a mild peppery flavor.


The first flavor I get is a full flavored typical Cuban leather flavor with a hint of pepper. The fullness of the flavor decreases a bit but there comes a herbal flavor in return.


Midway the leather is the dominant flavor again but that’s only the case for a short time, then it’s back to herbal time again with some nuts on the background. Near the end the cigar becomes a bit spicier and the nut flavor gains a bit in power.


I get enough smoke, but the smoke is quite thin. The draw is a bit hard and the ash is firm but dark colored. The burn is straight, no complaints in that department. I would call the cigar, at this stage of its development medium bodied and flavored.


Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, but then I will rest them for a few years.

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: 8 / 10

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Bolivar Petit Belicoso LE 2009

I was really looking forward to this year’s LE as I am a big fan of the Cuban brand Bolivar and this year one of the 3 LE’s would be a 4.9 x 52 Bolivar petit belicoso. The first ever Bolivar LE.
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The petit belicoso has a nice sharp looking point with a nice light brown colored wrapper. The cigar feels hard, but isn’t over packed as the predraw is a bit loose. The predraw leaves a wood and raisin flavor in my mouth. The aroma of the cigar is hard to detect and smells a bit like cow poop.

 

Yuck, I taste a bitter, pungent and unpleasant coffee flavor. After a centimeter the worst harshness has gone, but I still get a harsh flavor in the back of my throat. After an inch some wood shines through the bitter harshness, but unfortunately some ash flavor joins the party too.
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After reaching the middle of the cigar I lost the wood and ash and I can even taste some nuts beneath the harshness. At the 2/3rd point the harshness gets less but the cigar still isn’t pleasant to smoke

 

The as is almost white and very dense. The ash broke halfway and I got some crooked burn after that, which I didn’t have to correct though. Before the breaking of the ash the burn was straight. The draw was fine. I get a lot of thick white smoke. This cigar is obviously way too young to be smoked.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, and rest them for at least 5 years before I smoke another one. Hopefully they are great by then and otherwise I will give them away.

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

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