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Tatuaje cojonu 2006

The Longfiller company, importer of several top shelve non Cuban brands in The Netherlands, send me a few cigars to review and among them the four Tatuaje Conoju cigars. The second of the series is the Tatuaje Conoju 2006, a 5.5 inch x 52 Nicaraguan puro torpedo with a € 12.00 fixed price tag here in The Netherlands. The price is the same for the whole Conoju series, except the Grand Conoju which has a € 14.00 fixed price tag.
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The Nicaraguan Corojo 99 wrapper is dark, smooth and silky with just a few minor veins. The construction feels good and the cigar has a nice barnyard aroma, much more aroma then the conoju 2003. The wrapper looks nicer too. The predraw is fine and releases lots of pepper.
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I get coffee, full and strong, almost espresso like with a hint of pepper in the back of the throat. After half an inch I can also taste some leather. Far away on the background there’s an aftertaste that reminds me of dark chocolate.
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Halfway the leather disappears and I taste coffee with some herbs with a very nice chocolate aftertaste. These flavors stay with me until I burn my fingers on the nub.
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I got a lot, and I mean a lot, of thick white smoke from this cigar, I had my window open and I think my neighbors thought I elected a new pope, that’s how much smoke it produced. The ash is quite firm and pepper & salt colored. The burn and draw are good. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. It lasted me for 90 minutes, but I wouldn’t have mind if it lasted twice as long.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a keeper!

Appearance: 8 / 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: 8 / 10

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Tatuaje cojonu 2003

The Longfiller company, importer of several top shelve non Cuban brands in The Netherlands, send me a few cigars to review and among them the three Tatuaje Conoju cigars. The first of the series is the Tatuaje Conoju 2003, a 6.5 inch x 52 Nicaraguan puro with a € 12.00 fixed price tag here in The Netherlands.
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The cigar has a leather like wrapper that looks tough with some big veins and some spots. The construction shows some weak spots and I think that is the reason for the loose draw. The cigar doesn’t have a strong aroma and smells a bit like a wet dog.
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I can taste coffee with some leather, quite spicy and after half an inch the flavors fade down a bit. After an inch I get some more pepper while the leather has gone and the coffee turned to earthy flavors.
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The flavors don’t change much, this cigar is quite consistent. Halfway the leather returns, full flavored and mild spicy and some herbs. All other flavors have disappeared. After that the cigar just babbles on.
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I got a lot of smoke in the 90 minutes I puffed on this cigar and the ash, which is not too firm, is very light colored, almost white. The draw is a bit on the loose side but the burn is good. The cigar is full flavored and full bodied. It tastes like medium bodied, but the power sneaks up on you like a sniper.
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Would I buy this cigar again? A single every now and then, yes, but I expected more from 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: 8 / 10

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Macanudo 1968 robusto

Macanudo’s newest blend, the 1968, is named after the year that Cifuentes created the original Macanudo Café and that makes it a tribute. The filler contains tobacco from the remote island Ometepe, located in the middle of a volcanic lake, which makes it special. The rest of the filler comes from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, the binder is a Connecticut Habano and the wrapper is a Honduran San Agustin Havana seed.
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This 4 1/2 inch x 50 robusto, which has a price tag of 7 euro in The Netherlands, comes in a cellophane wrapper and once released from its coat you can smell a full and warm barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and the Honduran wrapper looks nice, oily and dark and only has some minor veins. This cigar is a looker! The predraw is fine and leaves me with a mild peppery wood flavor on my palate.
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I get a mild bitter coffee flavor, not very pleasant but strong and full, with a peppery aftertaste. The pepper slowly gains some strength and a wood flavor joins the party. The bitter coffee disappears and I can even taste some chocolate on the background. And this all happens within the first inch of the cigar. The pepper disappears too and all I taste is wood and chocolate.
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The chocolate is a bit creamy but also a support to the dominant wood flavor. At the end the wood gets support from some pepper, and the creamy chocolate is the aftertaste. The start of the cigar wasn’t very hopeful, but the cigar progressed to something very nice.
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I get lots of medium thick smoke from the cigar. The draw starts out a little bit too hard, but it gets better the longer I smoked. The ash is medium gray and very firm. The burn is good and I would call this cigar full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Probably a single every once in a while

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

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Partagas Serie D #4 *revisited*

This Partagas Serie D #4 comes from a Robusto sampler I bought a few years ago, so I don’t know the box code, all I know is that this 4.8 inch long ring 50 cigar is at least a 2007 and possibly even older.

 

The wrapper is quite light colored, a bit pale even, but tough and rough looking with the veins. The aroma is quite light and smells like a barnyard. The construction feels good. I punched the cigar and the predraw is just fine, I can taste a little bit of wood.
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I get a typical Cuban leather flavor with some cedar, medium full. The leather is definitely the main flavor and the flavors are a bit sticky. Halfway the leather grows a bit in strength without becoming really strong. Right after the mid part I can taste something fresh, mint like flavor trough the leather with some chocolate as an aftertaste.

 

After 2/3rd the flavors get a bit stronger, now it’s finally the powerhouse that everybody claims it is. The texture is mild creamy and I can also taste a little bit of pepper. Near the end the cedar wood returns in combination with the pepper and the never fading leather.
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The smoke is thin and the amount of smoke is a bit poor too, even though the amount of smoke grows a bit after a third, but it remained below the levels that I love to see while smoking. The ash is quite dark and both the burn and draw are fine. Near the end the burn got a bit crooked. This cigar is full flavored but not as full bodied as I expected. I purged the cigar near the end but got no flame at all, the cigar was very clean.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes. I was never impressed by the Partagas Serie D #4 but I have to change my opinion, this stick was awesome.

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

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Juan Clemente lancero

Only one box of these cigars made it to The Netherlands, as Compaenen, a buyer’s combine, wanted to see how these cigars would do in The Netherlands. It so happens that the box ended up at my favorite B&M in Amsterdam, Hartman Cigars & More, and they go for 5,60 a stick.
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This is a thin cigar, with a 28 ring but still 6 1/2 inch long. The cigar has hardly no flavor. The band is very nice and there is a protective band on the foot as well. The wrapper is nice & light colored. There aren’t many veins, just some spots. The cigar feels a bit hard. As this cigar is too thin to punch I took out my Palio and cut the thing. The predraw is tasteless but has the right resistance.
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I can taste a quite strong coffee flavor with a hint of hay and something musty, but not unpleasant. The feeling is quite dry though. The coffee and the mustiness disappear after a few puffs and I can taste hay with chocolate and a bit of pepper on my tongue.
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The chocolate disappears and I am left with a peppery hay flavor. Near the middle the pepper gets stronger and slowly becomes the dominant flavor. Near the end the hay slowly gets replaced by a wood flavor to support the pepper.
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The cigar produces a lot of smoke, which is reasonably thick. The ash is light colored. The burn is straight but the cigar has a tendency to go out quickly. I would call this a full flavored medium bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I think so, this is a very nice cigar.

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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C.A.O. La Traviata divino

At the first day of the most recent Amsterdam herf, the owner of the B&M that hosted the herf, Hartman Cigars, handed me two C.A.O. La Traviata divinos that she got from a representative to try. The La Traviata isn’t for sale in The Netherlands yet, but will be soon.
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This 5 x 50 robusto comes wrapped in cellophane and looks quite nice, the band is tasteful with warm colors. The Ecuadorian habano wrapper is smooth, oily and shiny with a lot of small veins. The other tobaccos used to create this cigar are a Cameroon binder and a filler from Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco.
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The construction feels good and the cigar has a pretty strong aroma. The aroma reminds me of a barnyard. I punched the cigar and got a predraw that was to my liking, not too loose, not too hard. I could taste raisin which was a little spicy.
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I can taste a spicy but muddy coffee flavor and after about a quarter of an inch I can also taste some wood while the muddy flavor fades away. The cigar gets better by the puff. The coffee fades away too, wood becomes the dominant flavor and the texture of the smoke in my mouth is a bit creamy.

The flavors don’t really progress a lot, but I like what I taste. Once I passed the middle point of the cigar a mild nut flavor joins the wood for a while but it disappears near the end. At the end I can taste some pepper through the wood.
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The cigar produces a lot of thick white smoke and very light colored ash, almost white. The draw and burn on this stick are great. I got a full flavor but strength wise I would rate it medium bodied. It lasted 75 minutes before I burned my fingers on the nub.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes. I never had a C.A.O. I liked before and even though I heard good stuff about the La Traviata I was skeptic, but the cigar surprised me pleasantly.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 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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Platinum panatela

I got this cigar at Hartman cigars in Amsterdam and this is the only shop where these cigars are available in The Netherlands. They are sold in Germany and brought to The Netherlands by a corporation of tobacconists to see if they would do good on the Dutch market. These cigars have a price tag of 3 euro.
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This cellophane wrapped cigar is 6 1/2 inch long with a 28 ring. The cigar has a mild hay aroma and a light colored silky wrapper with minor veins. The band is unclear, I couldn’t read the brand name or anything else. The predraw is fine and revealed a mild dry wood flavor.

 

I can taste coffee and wood, and with more strength than I expected. The wood is the dominant flavor and the coffee disappears after a few puffs. The flavor is less full then right at the start.
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After an inch and a half I get a little bit of milky chocolate as supporting flavor but that disappears soon. The wood changed in hay without me noticing it.

 

The smoke that I get from this cigar is fairly thick and I get lots of it. The draw is fine and the pepper & salt ash is nice and compact. The burn is great too. I would rate this cigar medium bodied medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, why not? They are cheap, not bad and quite relaxing to smoke

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

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Chinchallero robusto

This 5 x 48 Nicaraguan cigar isn’t available on the Dutch market, except for one shop in Amsterdam. They got a few boxes from Germany when their coorporation was looking for cigars to release on the Dutch market as a try out. The cigar has a pricetag of 3,60 euro.
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The cigar, wrapped in cellophane, has a good construction and a pale wrapper with a big vein. The band is simple and is a Partagas lookalike. The cigar smells like hay, wood and a little bit of chocolate.
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I can taste a little musty hay flavor with a little bit of pepper on the background. The musty flavor fades away after a few puffs and the pepper gets a bit stronger. After half an inch I get a metallic flavor and after an inch I can taste dry hay with wood, the pepper is gone.
100410chinchalerorobusto3Halfway I can no longer taste the metallic flavor and the pepper returns. A few puffs more and I can taste chocolate and the pepper gets stronger. The texture is quite dry. The hay gains some power too. At the end the chocolate disappears and the pepper gains more power.
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The draw is a bit too hard and I think that is the reason I only get a little bit of smoke, although it gets better the further the cigar is smoked. The smoke is also kind of thin. The band is a Partagas rip off. The ash is quite light but with dark spots and quite firm. This little medium bodied medium flavored cigar didn’t last me an hour and the smoke had a strange chocolate smell to it.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, just a few. If you want a cheap, simple cigar to kill some time, this is a cigar I would grab.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 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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La Flor Domincana salomon

This La Flor Dominicana had been sitting in my humidor for a while and after seeing it make the number 13 on Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 of 2009 I could not wait any longer and decided to light this beautiful cigar
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This 7 x 64 salomon is made from vintage Dominican tobacco, grown at the La Cunela farm in 2004 and 2005 and finished with a beautiful oily Nicaraguan Habano wrapper which looks tough due to some nice veins. The construction feels a bit hard but the predraw is just fine. I could taste peppers, black pepper and red pepper. The cigar has a nice barnyard aroma, not too heavy.
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I can taste pepper with some wood, but mostly pepper, a lot of pepper, green and black pepper. After almost an inch I get a little bit more wood and just a tiny hint of chocolate. The pepper gets a bit milder at the same time.
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A bit further the pepper mellows out and almost disappears towards the 2 inch mark. The wood that I mentioned before is now the dominant flavor with just a little bit of pepper and even later with some chocolate after the pepper disappears.
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After a third the chocolate grows a bit in strength but remains the support flavor for the wood. At 2/3rd the chocolate disappears and the cigar gets a bit salty. Towards the end, the salt disappears and the chocolate returns on the background.
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The draw is fine and the cigar gives me lots of white, medium thick, smoke. As always with figurado’s, I had some problems with the burning at the beginning but the cigar corrects itself. The ash is light colored, firm but frayed. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. It gave me a huge vitamin N overdose. This sigar is not for the faint hearted.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes. I can understand why they made Cigar Aficionado’s top 25.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 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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Lynn houseblend rosado toro

These cigars are made by Miura Cigars, a company that makes cigars for major distributors and private labels, as well as their own cigars. This cigar is a Nicaraguan puro with a rosado wrapper. A friend gave me this cigar when I mentioned that I like rosado leaf.
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The cigar comes naked, no band whatsoever, just packed in cellophane and has a 6 x 54 size. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma and the construction feels good. The rosado wrapper is oily but looks a little wrinkled. The predraw is on the loose side and leaves a raising flavor on my palate.
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I can taste some leather, reasonable full, with a bit of a metallic feel to it. After an inch some wood joins the party.

 

After 1/3rd the texture gets a bit creamy and I get a herbal aftertaste. Halfway the flavors grow a bit in strength and I can even taste some nuts, hazelnuts and walnut, all still a bit metallic.
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I get more than enough smoke and the draw is fine. The ash is pretty light, firm and straight. I had some burn issues towards the end. I would rate this a medium cigar, both on body and flavor. It is a nice cigar, but not much of a challenge.
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Would I buy this cigar again? This size isn’t offered on the website any longer, but I will get a bundle of figurados or perfectos. They have a great price quality ratio for a yardgar.

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

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