Monthly Archives: January 2010

Arganese Ambassador maduro corona

I got a box of these in a 2 fer 1 sale which I split with Matt aka Mithshrike about a year ago. The corona has a length of 5 ½ inch and a ring of 45. The Brazilian mata fina wrapper has a nice dark color but some big veins are visible which makes the cigar not so appealing. Underneath the wrapper you’ll find a Dominican binder, Sumatra seed, and Dominican filler. The cigar is wrapped in cellophane. The predraw is fine and the construction feels good. The aroma reminds me of hay.
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I get a nice warm coffee flavor with a mild sweet chocolate. The first few puffs the flavors are full but they mellow out. The aftertaste is dry wood and a bit stale, but not unpleasant. The stale undertone disappears quickly.
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At every puff it looks like you’re sucking the chocolate and caramel marrow out of a candy bar, you can feel the flavors running over your tongue but as soon as you stop sucking the flavor is gone. After little over an inch something sour shows up and midway I get a surprise: cinnamon, a flavor that I love.
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At 2/3rd I get some cedar but unfortunately, this cigar has a very noticeable turning point so it’s no use nubbin this cigar. I like this cigar but due to the warm and comforting feeling of the flavors, I think this is a very seasonal cigar. I would love this cigar in the cold of the winter, but would dislike it when it’s hot and sunny outside.
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I get a lot of thick white smoke from this cigar, and the ash is light colored, firm but it doesn’t grow straight. The burn is a bit crooked and I had to correct a few times.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a good winter smoke and nice priced but they are discontinued.

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

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Liga Privada #9 oscuro robusto

Someone gave me this Liga Privada, a cigar I would never have bought just because it’s made by Drew Estate and that name has a negative ring to it due to the flavored crap they produce.
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This 5 x 52 robusto has a nice oily oscuro dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper with one big vein. A plantation grown Brazilian mata fina binder and three Cuban seed tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras make this cigar complete. The band is nice and simple. The cigar doesn’t have a lot of aroma. The construction and draw are great, I get a little pepper flavor in the back of my throat.
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I taste wood with pepper in the back of my throat. After a centimeter I get a little chocolate too. These flavors stick with me for a long time. At 2/3rd the pepper fades away, but that is the only real change I get since the chocolate appeared. The flavor of the wood reminds me of an Opus X a lot.
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I get a nice smoke from the Liga Privada. The draw and burn are good and the ash is white and firm. This Drew Estate cigar actually surprised me.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, simply yes.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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Campo Verde robusto

I went to my favorite B&M in Amsterdam, Hartman cigars on the Beethovenstraat, and Marjolein, the owner, gave me a Panamese cigar called Campo Verde. She just got it from a representative to sample it. The cigar is made by the Panamese cigar company Colón and the first ever cigar made with the Fair Trade principle. These cigars will be released on the Dutch market soon.
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The cigar comes in cellophane and has a nice, simple band. The wrapper is quite smooth, oily and there is a thin long vein running in the length of the leaf. The cigar has a lot of aroma, a mild acidy barnyard smell. The construction feels good, no plugs, no soft under filled spots. The single cap isn’t placed nicely, it could look much better. The predraw is fine and leaves a mild peppery flavor in my mouth.
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When I light this 4.5 inch 52 ring robusto I can taste a full coffee flavor but after a few puffs I taste a mild sour flavor, not unpleasant though. The coffee fades away and the mild sour flavor becomes a bit spicier.
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The sour flavor disappears and I get some wood and after an inch the aftertaste is very mild chocolate. The wood flavor becomes a bit stronger. Halfway all the flavors gain some strength. At the 2/3rd point I get a very pleasant herbal with nuts flavor.
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There is quite some build up in this cigar, judging by the length and duration of the flame while purging. The cigar produces quite a lot of medium thick smoke. The draw is just fine and the ash is light gray. The burn is frayed, but reasonably straight and burns at just the right pace. The flavor palate of this medium bodied medium flavored cigar is smooth and mellow. I think this if a great cigar if you want something without a bite. The cigar lasted me 90 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I think so, this is a very nice cigar when you want something mellow

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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La Riqueza #4

The La Riqueza brand is created by Pete Johnson from Tatuaje and is blended in the style of the full flavored medium bodied Cuban cigar. They come in dress boxes and are a bit box pressed. The filler and binder are Nicaraguan and the wrapper is a natural dark USA broadleaf Connecticut. The wrapper has some spots, but is nice oily. Although the construction feels good, the predraw is very easy and leaves me with some peppers on the lips. The aroma is leather and a barnyard smell. The #4 is a 5 x 48 robusto.
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I taste full leather and some pepper, sharp white pepper. The pepper might be a little much, if it was toned down a bit it would have been nicer. Halfway some chocolate accompanies the pepper and dry wood replaced the leather. The pepper doesn’t lose any of his strength.
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The draw is way too easy. The cigar is indeed full flavored and medium bodied, Pete did a good job on blending these cigars in the style of the old Cubans, although there will always be a noticeable difference between Cubans and Non Cubans, not that that is a bad thing though, I prefer Nicaraguan tobacco anyway. The ash is firm and light colored, and the amount of smoke I got is more then enough.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it and want to give it another try, and hopefully the draw on the next La Riqueza I smoke is much better.

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

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Don Pepin Garcia Firecracker

Is this Don Pepin Garcia’s answer to the Nub? I don’t know, all I know is that Don Pepin created a very small 3x 50 cigar in the same blend as the popular blue series and with a innovative shape and called it ‘the firecracker’. The pictures will show why that name is so well chosen.
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The top has a long pigtail and once you open the box it looks like you look down to a box of TNT. The foot of the cigar isn’t cut, the tobacco leaves are folded close. The dark wrapper has just a few veins. The predraw, which gives me a mild peppery flavor, is fine just as the construction.
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Pepper with some sweetness is the first flavors I taste. On the background some wood and leather are taking their turns to show up. Halfway the sweetness disappears. Somewhat later the pepper disappears too and I get a nice warm creamy wooden chocolate flavor.
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Even though this is a very small stick, it lasted me about an hour. The smoke is very nice, thick, a bit bluish and there is plenty of it. The folded foot makes the cigar a bit hard to light. The ash is nice and white.
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Don’t let this cigar full you. It is full bodied and full flavored and gave me a bit of vitamin N.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, once the box I have is empty I will get myself another one. I gave half a box away before I smoked this cigar, and now I am sorry.

Appearance: 9 / 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: 8 / 10

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Vegas Cubanas invictas

This Vegas Cubanas invictos is a robusto size (5 x 50) cigar by Don Pepin Garcia. I don’t know the age of the cigar, but the production date is post 2007 as the band had the new design.
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The Habano Rosado claro wrapper is smooth, oily and almost without any veins. I didn’t like the cigar band that much. The cigar has a nice peppery barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and I can’t find anything wrong with the construction upon first inspection.
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I can taste wood with some herbal flavors. After half an inch the herbal flavor disappears and I get a little bit of leather shining through the wood. My mouth gets a bit dry. Half an inch later I can taste a peppery chocolate, slightly salt. The chocolate slowly disappears and salty spices remain. At 2/3rd the flavors grow in strength, wood and spices although the wood is just a temporarily flavor, but it makes a comeback at the end. The final few puffs also bring a fresh, almost menthol like, flavor to the cigar.
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I got a lot of smoke and the burn is straight. This medium bodied, medium flavored cigar produces a dark gray ash. This is a good cigar but not memorable.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, It is a good cigar but I like the CI Legend or the DPG black better. Then again, maybe my expectations for this cigar were too high.

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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Goviado robusto

I really enjoyed the Reserva Miraflor by Guillen Cigars and I had high expectations for their second regular production blend, the Goviado. This 5 x 50 robusto is a Nicaraguan puro and it met up with the expectations.
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The wrapper is nice and silky with just a few minor veins and the color is quite light. The cigar has a full barnyard aroma and a fine predraw. After lighting I can taste a peppery toast that leaves a dry feeling in my mouth. Soon I discover some chocolate on the background. I can also taste a slight leather flavor while the toast is disappearing. After about ½ an inch, the flavors become warm and they get an undertone of earthy flavors.
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After an inch the toast returns with some chocolate on the background. Some puffs later I also get some wood and once I reach the mid of the cigar some nuts accompany the wood. The nut flavor grows in strength as closer I get to the end. I nubbed this cigar.
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I get lots of thin smoke from this cigar, first the smoke is a bit brownish, but it turns bluish later on. The ash is medium dark and firm. The draw and burn are great. This is a full flavored, full bodied cigar that caused a bit of vitamin N overdose.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah!
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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Liga Privada #9 flying pig

I have to give a lot of credit to Steve Saka, president of Drew Estate. Before he created and released the Liga Privada #9 I would take a walk around the block to avoid touching anything with the Drew Estate name to it, but after smoking a Liga Privada #9 I wanted more of those. And then there came the Flying Pig, a fat funny looking stick that made its way to the top 5 of my “want to try” list. I tried it, and loved it.
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The flying pig is made from the same blend as the normal Liga Privada #9, so it has a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, a Brazilian binder and Honduran & Dominican filler. The wrapper is nice and dark and is almost veinless, it looks like a small bomb. The cap has a pig tail, but that was expected with a name like this. The cigar has a full barnyard aroma. The construction feels good, but the predraw is a bit easy and leaves a delayed pepper flavor on the tongue.
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Right from the start I can taste cacao, mild bitter and earthy flavors. After a few puffs I can also taste some herbs and spices, like seedless red peppers. After a third the flavors mellow out, the pepper and the cacao disappeared, the herbal flavors and the earth are now the only flavors noticeable.
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Halfway the aftertaste becomes a mild creamy chocolate flavor but unfortunately the chocolate doesn’t stick around, the creaminess does. Close to the end the cacao returns.
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The draw starts off a little bit on the loose side but gets better. I get a lot of smoke from this cigar, medium thick and it has a blue shine to it. The cigar has a strange shape, and just like perfectos I can’t get it to burn straight in the beginning, but after a correction the cigar burns quite well. The ash is white, compact and firm as you can see on the pictures. The cigar is full flavored and medium/full bodied. There is hardly any build up of tar. It lasted me little over an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, yes, yes, I want more. I bought 2 of those in a box split and promised the other cigar to a friend, but fortunately he got a box of his own so I have one left to smoke.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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