Monthly Archives: December 2009

Dannemann artist line HBPR Nicaragua robusto

This Danneman artist line HBPR was advised to me by Hartman cigars, a local Amsterdam cigarshop. It is a 5 x 50 Nicaraguan puro with a light colored wrapper with some small veins and a light aroma. The band is quite simple but tasteful.
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I can taste some wood, but it is very mild. After about half an inch there is a mild leather flavor which grows slowly in strength but it keeps mild. After a while it becomes a bit sweet and also a bit creamy. At 2/3rd of the cigar there is a mild and light chocolate flavor, again a bit creamy with a light sniff of white pepper. Closer to the end the creamy chocolate disappears and it’s wood and white pepper.
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All the flavors are ‘a bit’ or ‘a little’ and that is a shame. Flavorwise it is a good cigar, but the flavors are just too mild for me. Construction wise, flavor wise, draw wise, burn wise I can’t say anything bad about this cigar, except that it is way too mild for my taste.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, it is a very nice cigar but a little on the mild side
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Camacho triple maduro 50/4.5

Some time ago, Camacho cigars made a viral advertising campaign called ‘the black band project’ that was supposed to take care of all the prejudice there is about Cuban cigars versus Non Cuban cigars. Everybody, well, almost everybody as the demand was bigger than Camacho expected and there were problems with the shipping, that signed up and watched the video’s got 3 cigars for free.
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The third and final cigar from the box was a 4 ½ x 50 (petit) robusto with the original name 50/4.5. This cigar is the first all maduro cigar in the world and consists of 5 different Honduran maduro tobaccos. The dark wrapper is almost black and very oily. There are just a few veins running over the wrapper. The aroma of the cigar is peppery chocolate and quite strong. The construction feels good. The predraw is on the loose side and gives me a dry raisin flavor.
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The sweet coffee I tasted wasn’t what I expected but after a few puffs I for the expected pepper boost combined with mild chocolate. The coffee and chocolate fade away quickly and I am left with a sweet black pepper.
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The chocolate returns pretty quickly on the background. After an inch and a half the strength of the pepper tones down a bit and half an inch later the chocolate becomes the dominant flavor with pepper as a support. At the 2/3rd point the flavors change again, the pepper grows and becomes the dominant flavor until the end.
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The draw is on the loose side but the smoke makes up for it, lots of thick white smoke. Smoke this in Vatican City and people think there is a new pope chosen. The burn is straight and the ash is firm and white. It took me 75 minutes to finish this cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, me likey this cigar.

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

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Camacho Connecticut monarcha

Some time ago, Camacho cigars made a viral advertising campaign called ‘the black band project’ that was supposed to take care of all the prejudice there is about Cuban cigars versus Non Cuban cigars. Everybody, well, almost everybody as the demand was bigger than Camacho expected and there were problems with the shipping, that signed up and watched the video’s got 3 cigars for free.
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The three cigars are packed in a nice cardboard box and have “specially selected and hand rolled for Mr.X” on the band, to stay in the style of the viral. You can see the difference kinds of wrappers used and the bands mention an A, B or C and on the website you can check which one is which. The A turns out to be a Connecticut, in a 5 x 50 robusto size called the Monarcha.
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The Camacho Connecticut is made with a Connecticut wrapper from Ecuador, Honduran binder and filler from Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The wrapper is nice, light brown colored with a silky feel to it. The construction doesn’t feel good, I can feel a lot of soft spots, a sign that this cigar is under filled. Because of that I decided to punch instead of cut, and the predraw confirms my feelings, the draw is way too light and leaves me with a mix of spices and a bit of chocolate. The cigar has a strong hay aroma.
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After lighting that hay flavor that I got in the predraw is the dominant flavor with mild chocolate as support. The cigar is mild spicy and slowly some spices become noticeable. Halfway into the cigar the hay is gone and all I can taste is a creamy flavor of spices and at the end that flavor is supported by some nuts.
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The cigar started with a crooked burn but after a correction it was just fine. The ash is firm and medium gray, and as you can see from picture 3, the cigar produces a lot of smoke. Unfortunately, due to the bad construction of the cigar, the draw was way too light. The strength of the flavors are medium to full, and the strength of the cigars is medium.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, although I liked the flavors

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 5 / 10
Draw: 5 / 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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La Gloria Cubana Medaille d’or #3

I usually steer away from the small ring gauge cigars, because a guy with a fat face like me smoking a thin cigar looks pretty gay, but the owner of one of my favorite B&M’s kept advising me to try this La Gloria Cubana Medaille d’or #3. She kept telling me it was one of the best cigars she smoked in the last few years, and because she knows what she is talking about and I respect her opinions I bought one.


This really thin cigar has a length of 6 ¾ inch and a very small ring of 28. The wrapper is nice light brown and smooth. The aroma is mild and reminds me of a barnyard. This cigar is elegant and slender. Even though it is a thin cigar, the triple cap looks amazing. The predraw is good, mild peppery. The cigar had a box date of June 02.


I get a full sweet leather flavor with a mild chocolate aftertaste and a hint of pepper, all with a mild creamy feel to it. I am impressed. After an inch the sweetness become a little bit more dominant. The flavors stick to the palate. Halfway the cigar becomes a little less sweet and the leather tones down a bit too. Creamy chocolate is now the dominant flavor and slowly some spices join the party. The chocolate, spices and leather are perfectly in balance. After 2/3rd I get a dose of spices, mild peppery with a creamy chocolate aftertaste. This is the flavor that sticks around till I burn my fingers.


The cigar gave me a great 75 minute smoke. The smoke was medium thick and there was plenty of it. The ash is quite dark but there are weird white grains on the ash. The burn is sharp, but unfortunately the burn dies quite easily, which is annoying when you have to smoke slowly to prevent the cigar to become bitter and harsh. This little stick is full flavor and medium bodied.


Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, ordered 2 boxes straightaway. I fell in love with this stick. Marjolein (the owner of the B&M) was right, this is an amazing smoke.

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

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My Father lancero

I think by now everybody knows the story behind the ‘my father’ and that it’s blended by Jaime Garcia to honor his father Jose ‘Don Pepin” Garcia, so I won’t go into details about it. The ‘my father’ is made from Nicaraguan Habano seed tobacco with a nice Habano Rosado leaf from Ecuador. I smoked the lancero today, a 7 ½ inch long cigar with the ring of 38. This vitola is very elegant with the nice oily wrapper, the stylish band and to top it off the small pigtail. The wrapper is quite smooth and the construction feels great. The predraw is a bit on the tough side and gives me a dry peppery wood flavor.
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I taste a nice coffee flavor with a mild chocolate aftertaste, full flavored. After a few puffs I also taste some pepper and a few moments later some cedar shows up to replace the chocolate. But the chocolate comes back with some extra strength after about an inch. This mix of flavors minus the pepper and with some spices is the flavor I can taste for quite some time. The flavors are warm & cozy
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The coffee disappears and the main flavor is spices with some wood and mild chocolate on the background. The chocolate keeps growing stronger and then fading away again, becoming the dominant flavor and then off to the background, becoming dominant, off to the background etc for a while. The flavors are well balanced, even though they are constantly changing the dominant flavor. At the end I get a fairly strong creamy nut flavor.
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I get plenty of smoke from this cigar and the firm as is light colored, almost white. The draw started a little tight but got better on the way. No complaints about the burn. This cigar packs a lot of flavor.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes!
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Oliva O maduro torpedo

The Oliva O maduro is a Nicaraguan puro and both the filler and binder are from the same Habano seed, but grown in different parts of the country, like Estelí, Condega and the Jalapa valley.
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The super dark, almost black, Connecticut broadleaf wrapper is oily and smooth, there are hardly any veins visible. This huge belicoso feels well constructed and has an aroma of sweet wood. The predraw is fine, dry and mild peppery.

 

I can taste a nice sweet coffee flavor and after an inch some chocolate too. These flavors stay with me for a while and after a third I can also taste a bit of hay through the coffee. The chocolate gains some strength but the flavors are medium at most.
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After 2/3rd the cigar gets a bit spicy with a chocolate aftertaste. The chocolate is replaced by some mint right before the cigar dies.

 

I get plenty of smoke, at first the smoke is thin but it gets thicker after 2/3rd of the cigar. The ash is quite dark and firm. The draw of this medium bodied, medium flavored cigar is fine, just as the burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I like other Oliva blends better.

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

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Romeo y Julieta Escudos LE 2007

This 07 edicion limitada by Romeo y Julieta escudos is a ring 50 cigar with a length of 5 ½ inch and has the aroma of hay. The cigar seems well constructed and the light colored wrapper has some slight veins. The predraw is fine and I could taste some raisin.
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After lighting the cigar I taste a slight metallic leather which stays a long time until I reach the middle of the cigar, there I could taste some wood and tobacco. It starts to get a little bitter and some pepper shows up too. This cigar isn’t really flavorful.
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The draw is fine, there is enough smoke and the ashes are firm and quite dark. There are some minor burning issues. This cigar is light, mild flavored and mild bodied. It was way overpowered by a smooth single malt Scotch.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, not worth the money. There are better cigars out there for less.
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Appearance: 16 / 20
Construction: 14 / 20
Draw: 14 / 20
Burn: 14 / 20
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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