Monthly Archives: February 2010

Don Lino Africa kifaro

A safari to the Serengeti plains inspired Nestor Miranda to make this Don Lino Africa, a cigar made from Nicaraguan, Dominican and African tobacco and all the artwork is inspired by African art. The cigars come in the most beautiful humidor style boxes with African prints and can be bought online for little over 100 dollars per box of 25.
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The kifaro is the torpedo from Don Lino Africa, and is has a size of 6 1/4 inch with a 52 ring. The cigar is packed in cellophane. The beautiful dark & oily wrapper only has a few minor veins. The construction is great which causes a great predraw that leaves a peppery raisin flavor on my palate. The cigar has a nice barnyard and hay aroma.
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I can taste a ‘war’ coffee flavor, quite full and mild spicy, but the spiciness picks up quickly, and soon a herbal flavor joins the cigar. After half an inch I suddenly taste some liquorice for a brief moment. The herbal flavor grows a bit in strength and I can also taste some toast. The toast is slowly replacing the coffee.
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Halfway all I taste are herbs with toast and a fresh minty aftertaste, although the mint disappears and makes place for a pepper on the tongue. At the 2/3rd mark some nuts join the herbal toast. The aftertaste is herbal, and after purging the cigar the nuts and toast are gone.
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The volume and the thickness of the white smoke is medium. The ash is medium gray colored and quite firm. The burn is straight and I would rate this cigar (very) full flavored and medium/full bodied.

 

Would I buy this cigar again? Oh yeah, this is a very fine stick, one of my favorites.

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

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Veritate robusto

I got this cigar from Smokey, and he got it straight from the source, he met the owner of the brand on facebook. Now I don’t know much about the brand, but their facebook page mentions a shop in Colorado, so this could be their house blend but I am not sure.
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This robusto has a 5 x 50 size with a dark Nicaraguan wrapper, that looks rough and manly. The binder and filler are Dominican. The band is way too detailed, that makes it a bit messy. The construction of the cigar is good, the predraw is fine and gives me a dry tobacco flavor. The cigar has a very nice aroma of hay and honey.
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The flavors are quite dry, I taste tobacco with a bit of coffee and after a centimeter I also get some grass and hay. Halfway the flavors change to wood and after 2/3rd the cigar gets a little musty, but not unpleasant.
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I get plenty of white smoke. The ash is firm and I can’t complain about the draw. The cigar is a medium flavored cigar, and medium bodied at most.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar is too mild for me. But if you like mild cigars, give this one a try.

Appearance: 6 / 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: 7 / 10

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Padron 1964 Anniversary torpedo

To celebrate their 30 years anniversary Padron released the 1964 series, a limited release with Nicaraguan tobacco from their own farm. They released them with 2 different wrappers, a Nicaraguan maduro and a Nicaraguan Habano.
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I decided to light up a torpedo with the Habano wrapper. The wrapper looks awesome, nice & dark, smooth and silky. The size of this baby is 6 x 52. It’s hard to measure the ring size as it is box pressed. The cigar has a barnyard aroma. The predraw is good and leaves a raisin flavor on my lips.
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The cigar gives me a nice coffee flavor, quite full of strength and after a centimeter I also get some chocolate and a bit of a metallic flavor far far away in the aftertaste.
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The chocolate becomes the dominant flavor and grows in strength with just a hint of coffee in the background. This is the flavor that sticks around till somewhere between 1/2 and 2/3rd of the cigar. There the support flavor turns to spices. The chocolate becomes very creamy and gets mixed up with some nut flavors.
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This full flavored medium to full bodied cigar wowed me, what a flavors. I also got a lot of medium thick smoke and firm medium gray ash. The draw was good and I have nothing bad to say about the burn. Good quality stick.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I can find them reasonably priced, hell yeah! This is one of the best smokes I ever had.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 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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Oliva V lancero

This Oliva V lancero has been aging in my humidor for little over 2 years and I finally decided to light this 7 x 38. The V series is a Nicaraguan puro with some specially fermented Jalapa valley ligero and a nice dark, oily and almost vein less smooth Habano sun grown wrapper. The construction feels good, like you can expect with any Oliva. The predraw is just fine and tells me what I can expect from this cigar: pepper, lots of pepper. The aroma is a mild acidy barnyard smell.
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The first flavor is a full, strong peppery leather flavor. The white pepper flavor is strong and pungent but fortunately it becomes tolerable after a bit and the leather flavor is better noticeable. The pepper still is the dominant flavor though.
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After 2 inch, when the leather has gone, I can taste some chocolate but again, covered in a lot of white pepper. Halfway the chocolate is replaced by some wood, wood that grows a bit in strength at the 2/3rd mark but still loses the battle with the pepper.
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I get a lot of beautiful thick white smoke from this cigar. The ash is light gray but not very firm. The draw is fine and so is the burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I will stick to the other vitolas of the Oliva V series; the lancero is too much of a pepper bomb for me

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

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Illusione holy lance

This 7 ½ x 40 lancero is the only Illusione lancero so far, and even though it is a Nicaraguan puro, it is produced in Honduras. The cigar is made from first generation Corojo ‘99 and Criollo ‘98 seeds and has a nice dark and oily Cafe Colorado wrapper. The cigar is a bit oval shaped, not round or box pressed. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine, with a mild spicy flavor. The cigar doesn’t produce a lot of aroma.
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I taste a lot of spices, hot & spicy and a little bit of coffee. After about half an inch I also get some cacao as a supporting flavor, very mild and the spices are still the dominant flavors
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The cacao flavor fades away and leaves room for sweetness. The sweetness fades away in a few puffs and I am left with the full spices that are persistent in staying the dominant flavor. Halfway I get some chocolate and even some coffee to support the spices.
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At 2/3rd the spice flavor suddenly drops in strength for just a few puffs and then returns in all its glory and power. The spices get so strong that I get a bit of a burning sensation on my tongue. At the end the cigar gives me a high chocolate boost and then reaches the turning point.
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I get lots of smoke, the smoke isn’t thick but neither thin too. I had a bit of a crooked burn in the beginning but the burn corrected itself. The ash is light gray and crooked. This is a full flavored stick, medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I think so, I like this cigar but I am not a big lancero fan, although the vitola is growing on me a bit.

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

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G.A.R. grande rico

Kelmac bombed me a few months ago, and one of the cigars that I wanted to try is the G.A.R. Grande rico, a nice belicoso made by George A Rico, hence the name G.A.R. The cigar is wrapped in cellophane and is slightly box pressed. The size of this belicoso is 6 x 52 with a nice blunt top.
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The wrapper is nice, some small veins and the construction feels good. The predraw is just fine and gives me a sweet flavor with a pepper in the back of the throat. The aroma reminds me of hay and a barnyard.
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The first flavor I get is a mild milky chocolate and some coffee. The flavors are mild and hard to describe. The coffee turns into wood and the milky chocolate gains some power. The flavors are bland and not very interesting. Once I passed the mid of the cigar I get some pepper with the milky chocolate. The cigar becomes bitter and leaves a burning sensation at the 2/3rd point. I purged the cigar and it got much better. After purging I got wood and pepper.
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The ash is nice and white and the draw is fine. I get enough smoke and don’t have complaints about the burn. This is a medium bodied mild flavored cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this is a mediocre cigar. George A Rico used to be the blender for Gran Habanos and I never had a Gran Habanos I liked either.

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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Don Lino Africa duma

I think it was Conch who gave me this 5 x 50 Don Lino Africa Duma, but I could be mistaken, I’ve been bombed way too much in my 9 months that I’ve been on club stogie and the cigar asylum. The cigar is nice and the wrapper is dark and has quite some veins, a flashy colorful band and the designer looked good at African art when designing this band. The predraw is fine and leaves a sweet flavor in my mouth.
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This is a full flavored cigar; straight from the start I can taste a sweet, slightly bitter cacao with some coffee. After a centimeter the cigar becomes peppery with chocolate on the background. The pepper fades away quickly and is replaced by woody flavors with still the chocolate on the background. The pepper makes a return for a while and disappears after 2/3rd when the cigar produces flavors of wood, coffee and some sweet chocolate on the background. The finale is wood, coffee and pepper.
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I get a lot of smoke from this cigar; the ash has both dark and light spots. The draw is fine, but the burn is somewhat crooked. I would rate this cigar as full flavored medium bodied with a hint of vitamin n.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah.
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Bolivar Belicosos Finos

This nice looking torpedo of 5 ½ inch long has a 52 ring gauge and a typical aroma that you expect from Bolivar, a deep strong stable aroma. The wrapper is nice and oily with a few veins and the predraw is just fine.
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Yes, this is what I expect from Bolivar, a full flavor, leather with some cedar wood and after an inch it gets a little bit creamy. After a few minutes the creaminess disappears and the famous Bolivar power shows up in the shape of pepper and the wood flavors return with leather on the background.
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Halfway there is a toast flavor with the wood & leather and later on even a nutty flavor. This cigar is definitely full & full, full bodied and full flavored. The full body gives me a bit of vitamin N. The cigar produces a lot of smoke and the firm as is silver gray. I drank a glass of Inver house green plaid Scotch
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, like all Bolivar’s I have smoked so far. This marca has never let me down
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 9 / 10

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