Monthly Archives: March 2010

Rocky Patel OSG churchill

I found this cigar on the bottom of my cooler, don’t know where or how I got it. I asked a friend, who is a Rocky Patel representative, about this cigar but these cigars were discontinued before he started at Rocky Patel and didn’t have much information except that these were probably a limited item as they were forced out of production because the factory was being sold. The binder is most likely Nicaraguan with Nicaraguan and Dominican filler wrapped in an Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper. OSG stands for Original Sun Grown.
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The cigar came in cellophane that was starting to discolor, a sign of age, and as they have been discontinued somewhere between 2000 and 2002 this cigar was at least 8 years old at the time I smoked it. The wrapper is silky and has a few big veins. The cigar has a nice barnyard aroma, a fine construction and a great predraw. The size of this stogie is 6 1/2 inch with a 50 ring.
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I get a pretty full coffee with some hay. The coffee disappears and hay is all I can taste until a little chocolate shows up at the background after an inch. The hay is still pretty full and some herbs show up. The balance between the flavors is very nice.
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Halfway I can taste some chocolate again and at the 2/3rd mark I can also taste some cedar. At the end the chocolate has gone but I can taste some nuts instead. The flavors are dry but mild creamy.
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I get a reasonable amount of smoke with a great draw. The ash is salt & pepper gray and the burn was just a bit crooked but I didn’t have to correct it. I would rate this cigar medium bodied, full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish. They have been discontinued for 8 years, so it will be impossible to hunt some down. And worth that much effort? No. But still a good smoke.

Appearance: 6 / 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: 6 / 10

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Punch Rare Corojo magnum

The Punch Rare Corojo is only released once a year and it is the best selling (non Cuban) punch on the market. The cigar is made from Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco with a Colorado shade wrapper.
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The cigar is wrapped in cellophane and once released from the wrapper I see a silky wrapper which is quite dark. The box pressed cigar feels quite hard but the predraw is fine and leaves a mild pepper on my lips.
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I taste burned coffeebeans, not very pleasant. I get a bunch of toasty tones, but they all taste burned and even a bit ashy. The ash flavor gets stronger while the toast gets milder.
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Halfway I can taste a sweetness through the ash but that’s only for a few puffs. After that it is ash that I taste until the finale, where some leather and wood try to beat the ash. But they fail.
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The amount of smoke from this Punch is medium, just like the thickness. The ash is light colored and firm. The draw was good but the burn was crooked.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, hell no.

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

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Old Henry maduro robusto

This Holts houseblend is created by Don Pepin Garcia from Nicaraguan tobacco with a Nicaraguan Corojo or a maduro wrapper from the Connecticut Valley area. The name comes from the dog of the Holts owner that wanted a cigar with this name and his picture on the band in remembrance of his old pal. I can’t say that it’s a beautiful picture though, but then again, show me a picture of a bulldog that I think is pretty and I’ll send you some cigars. With a picture like this on the band I just hope it isn’t a dog rocket.
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The 5 x 50 robusto comes in cellophane and once unpacked I can smell a hay & barnyard aroma. The wrapper looks smooth & oily but feels silky and doesn’t have a lot of veins. The construction isn’t what I expect from a Don Pepin cigar, I can feel some soft spots but to my surprise the predraw isn’t loose because of the soft spots. Quite the opposite, the draw is a bit hard and leaves me with a raisin & pepper flavor on my palate.
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I taste coffee and wood with a firm dose of black pepper. The pepper is the dominant flavor with wood as support after half an inch. The coffee is gone by then. After an inch I can taste some toasty flavors with some wood.
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Halfway the support is all wood again with a sweet and peppery aftertaste en far far away a little bit of chocolate. The sweetness grows a bit in strength after 2/3rd but the pepper is still dominant with toast and wood as support.
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The draw is a bit hard but I get enough, medium thick, smoke from this Old Henry. The ash is medium gray and quite firm. The burn is good. This is a medium bodied medium flavored smoke in my book.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I get back to Philly and Holts has a nice offer, I will get some more.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 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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Kinky Friedman Kinkster churchill

I don’t know where I got this cigar from or who gave it to me, but it got my eye when I was looking at my collection the other day, so I decided to smoke this 7 x 50 Churchill. The Kinkster is Kinky Friendman’s budget bundle and 20 of these Churchills go for 60 dollars on his website. The cigars have Dominican filler, a Nicaraguan binder and an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper. The cigar was packed in cellophane.
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The cigar has a strong aroma of straw and wood. The wrapper is smooth and silky, but still looks unattractive due to the pale color. The cigar feels soft and is probably underfilled as the predraw was pretty loose. I could taste a bit of wood with the predraw.
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Once I lit the cigar I could taste some coffee and wood. The flavors are a bit musty and give me a bit of a burning sensation on my tongue for a little while. The coffee disappears after a few puffs and the burning sensation disappears after an inch. All I can taste is musty wood.
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Halfway I get a strong ash flavor with again the musty wood. At 2/3rd the cigar also gets a grassy flavor with the ash. The wood is gone, but the mustiness still remains. The burning sensation is back again.
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I get a poor amount of very thin smoke and had lots of burn issues. The draw was on the loose side. The ash was light gray and reasonably firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I got one word for this cigar: BLEGH.

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

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Gurkha Legend robusto

I got this Gurkha from a Dutch botl at a herf that I hosted. Now I am not a Gurkha fan, only liked the Master Select so far and didn’t like any other Gurkha I smoked, but I gave it a try, who knows this blend would fit my palate.
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The cigar, made from Dominican filler, Cameroon binder with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper looks nice, but looks are never the problem with Gurkha. The cigar was wrapped in Cellophane and once released from its jacket I could smell a quite strong aroma of wood and barnyard. The wrapper is silky and dark. The construction feels a bit soft. The predraw however, is just like it should be and I can taste raisin.
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I can taste some musty wood which burns a little in my mouth. After an inch the musty flavor is gone but I still have a burning sensation on my tongue.

 

At a third I get a weird chocolate taste which disappeared again soon just to be replaced by a burned coffee flavor. At 2/3rd the burning sensation on my tongue has gone. I can taste some wood with chocolate. Near the end both flavors are replaced by coffee.
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I get a reasonable amount of smoke, which is quite thin. The ash is light gray and firm. The draw is good and the burn is ok, I had to correct once.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, Gurkha is one of those brands that doesn’t seem to do it for me.

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

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El Original naturel lancero

I bought this cigar at the island smoke shop on Key Largo and this cigar, made from tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador and Peru, is their house blend. It comes with 3 different wrappers, this is the natural wrapper. I reviewed the claro wrapper some time ago, use the search box on my blog to find it.
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The wrapper is quite light and a little wrinkled. The construction feels good and the cigar has a nice barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and leaves me with a peppery raisin flavor.
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I taste a nice wood & coffee mix and this very nice flavor is very consistent, it stays for more than an inch before the coffee disappears. When the coffee disappears I can still taste the wood and the cigar becomes a bit spicy too.
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Halfway the texture becomes a bit creamy and at the 2/3rd mark I get a rather nasty spicy sensation on my tongue but purging the cigar helps and that sensation is gone. Too bad that the creaminess disappeared too.
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I get a nice thick white smoke and a straight burn from this lancero. The ash is firm, straight and light gray. The draw is very nice. I would call this cigar medium bodied, medium to full flavored.

 

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I will pick up a box when I am in Florida in november.

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: 7 / 10

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Casa Magna robusto

Cigar Aficionado’s cigar of the year 2008. In a big fat 5 1/2 x 52 robusto version. Made by Nestor Plasensia & Manuel Quesada in Plasencia’s Segovia factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The binder and filler are Nicaraguan tobacco with a Colorado wrapper. I got this cigar in a bomb from Joetownhound.
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The wrapper is nice, dark & oily with just a few minor veins. The construction feels good and the band is quite nice. The cigar has a nice barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and releases some pepper.
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I can taste a nice spicy coffee, lots of flavor, and soon a sour taste for a brief moment. The coffee slowly turns into wood and remains spicy. The flavors is a bit less then at the beginning.
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After an inch I can taste some dry leather with some wood. Halfway I discover a chocolate aftertaste and the leather is gone. The chocolate disappears too and all I can taste is the spicy, peppery wood flavor. At the 2/3r mark chocolate makes a comeback but disappears just as quick. Near the end the cigar gets stronger.
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I get a decent amount of smoke. The draw is fine, but the burn is a little crooked. The ash is very light colored and pretty firm. I liked this cigar, it’s more than decent, but cigar of the year? I don’t think so
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, I wouldn’t mind smoking it again, but it depends on the price.

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

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Diesel Unholy cocktail

The Diesel Unholy Cocktail is a Nicaraguan cigar that only comes in a 5 x 56 torpedo. The unholy cocktail has a Pennsylvania broadleaf maduro wrapper with some veins that give it character. The cigar comes packed in cellophane and once you take it out of its coat, you can smell a mixture of wood, hay and barnyard aromas. The construction feels good and the band is simple but that’s the way I like it. The predraw is just fine and leaves a cedar flavor on my palate and pepper on my lips.
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I can taste a full coffee flavor with some wood. It’s all spicy, not a pepper of herbal spice though. The coffee slowly turns into a mix of terroir flavors, coffee and wood. After a centimeter the wood gets a bit stronger and I can even taste some liquorices on the background although that flavor disappears after just a puff or two. The texture is quite dry.
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After an inch I notice that the coffee disappears and that the wood is slowly becoming the dominant flavor. The dryness turns into a creamy texture. I also get some nutty flavors, it reminds me of almond. The flavors are very consistent. At the end I get a bit of chocolate as a supporting flavor.
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I don’t get Diesel fumes, but I do get a lot of medium thick smoke from this cigar and the draw is fine. I had some problems getting the cigar to burn right, but once that problem was solved the burn was great. The firm as is a bit salt & pepper colored. I would rate this full bodied, full flavored. I only get a small flame while purging, that must mean that there isn’t a lot of built up of nicotine.
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Now the name “Diesel Unholy Cocktail” didn’t make me want to get up from my chair, run to the local B&M or pull out the creditcard and order it online, but once you get passed the name you’ll find a cigar that is definitely worth smoking, especially for the price. Hell, even if they doubled the price, you would still get value for money.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah!! AJ Fernandez did it again, another cigar I highly recommend.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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Victor Sinclair triple corojo churchill

This 7 x 50 Churchill by Victor Sinclair is completely made out of Dominican corojo tobacco and has a strong hay & wood aroma. The cigar isn’t straight, it’s a bit crooked. The wrapper is spotted and has a big ft vein running over it. The only thing that looks good on this cigar is the nice gold & purple band around the foot. The cigar feels very hard but the predraw is fine and leaves me a raisin flavor on the palate.
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I get a full hay flavor with my first few puffs and I also notice a bit of wood. The texture of the flavors is very dry. After a centimeter the flavors get a little musty and there isn’t a lot going on. Musty hay, that’s it.
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Halfway the hay gets more grassy and spicier, but also harsh. At the end I can taste some leather, also spicy. After the ash broke off, I had to correct the burn
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There is a lot of built up of nicotine, I had to purge the cigar a couple of times and each time I got a big ass flame.
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The smoke is poor and the draw is just a bit too hard, I had to use a poker to make it better. The ash is dark but firm. This full bodied mild to medium flavored cigar becomes boring very quickly and because it is a churchill, the boredom takes forever. If it wasn’t for a review I would have tossed this cigar pretty quickly.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Simple answer: NO!

Appearance: 4 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 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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Reposado habano

The Reposado is another AJ Fernandez blend, one of the hottest names in the industry at the moment and referred to as “the poor man’s Don Pepin” due to his strong and spicy blends for bargain prices. This reposado, which is only released as a 7 x 58 salomon, can be bought for just $ 2.50 a piece.
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Simon aka SmokeyNL gave me this cigar for review purposes, he gave me both the maduro and the habano, and I decided to light the habano. The cigar has a rough wrapper that looks tough with all the veins. The construction feels good and the predraw, which gives me a mixture of raisin and wood with a peppery aftertaste, is just fine. The cigar has a unique aroma, very deep and dark but not strong at all.
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I get quite a full flavor, earthy with a bit of coffee and wood, all mild peppery. The pepper gains some strength for a while and then mellows out again. I taste a full earthy flavor with some leather and just a hint of pepper. At a certain moment I can also taste a mild chocolate in the aftertaste.
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The pepper gains some strength again, and the chocolate returns. Halfway I also discover a nut flavor, which keeps on disappearing and appearing for the remainder of the cigar.
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I get a lot of smoke from the cigar and the smoke is medium thick. Usually I have burn problems at the beginning of a Salomon or perfecto, but this cigar burns straight as an arrow right from the start. The firm as is silvery gray. The cigar is definitely full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes. It is a nice cigar, especially when you take the price into consideration. There isn’t much depth in the cigar, and there isn’t a lot going on at the palate, the cigar was never boring.

Appearance: 6 / 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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