Monthly Archives: June 2010

My Father le bijou 1922 churchill

I was chatting with an American friend on facebook some time ago and he tricked me into telling that I never smoked a My Father Le Bijou 1922. Don’t mistake this for the normal My Father line though, the normal line was created by Pepins son Jaime as a tribute to his father while the My Father le Bijou (French for jewel) 1922 was created by Don Pepin to commemorate his father.
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The cigar looks great with a nice dark wrapper. I do think that the band is a little over the top, there is just too much going on. The wrapper doesn’t have a lot of veins and the construction feels good. The predraw is fine but leaves no flavor on my palate. The 7×50 churchill does have a nice peppery barnyard aroma.
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I get a medium full coffee flavor and I do miss the signature Pepin pepper twang. After almost an inch I do get some herbal flavors too. Little passed an inch and the coffee turns into leather on a mild herbal background.
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Halfway the leather changes into wood with herf and after ⅔ the coffee returns. The wood slowly disappears, I only taste coffee with leather, herbs and finally some pepper but I can’t say I like it a lot.
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The smoke is medium thick and the quantity is medium too. Medium seems to be the key word as both flavor and body are medium too. The burn is good and so is the draw. The salt & pepper colored ash is quite firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar is probably the Don Pepin blend that I least liked. Too be honest, if I wasn’t reviewing the cigar I would have tossed it.

Appearance: 8 / 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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Oliva V maduro torpedo Limited Edition 2008

When Oliva released their latest big release, the Oliva V series, it turned out to be an instant hit and due to popular demand Oliva decided to create a V Maduro. The only problem was finding enough maduro wrapper leaf that would fit with the V blend and passed the Oliva quality control. Due to a lack of that wrapper only a limited amount of Oliva V Maduro could be made and only in one vitola, a 6.5 x 52 torpedo. This cigar is from the original 2008 release
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I tried to buy a few of the original release V Maduro but I failed miserably. However, on my American road trip I was gifted a few by some generous BOTL’s and that is the reason why I am able to write this review.
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The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper is quite oily and looks like leather with some veins. The cap looks quadruple capped. The cigar has a barnyard and hay aroma, which is quite nice to smell. The construction feels great and the predraw is fine. I can taste a lot of pepper.

 

I can taste a peppery coffee, full flavored and after half an inch I taste some chocolate on the background. The flavor is mainly pepper. After an inch I discover some wood underneath the pepper and the pepper flavor sticks to the back of my throat and makes me thirsty.
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Halfway the pepper is almost gone and I taste wood with some herbs and an aftertaste I never discovered or expected in a cigar, something that reminds me of raw carrots. Weird but interesting and pleasant.

After ⅔ the pepper disappears completely, both from the palate and from the nose, the smoke smelled peppery up till this moment. The cigar makes my mouth feel sticky. The wood and herbs disappear and I can taste the carrot flavor and something I don’t recognize but I like it. Soon after the pepper returns while the carrot grows stronger. Near the end I also get a fresh, mint like, flavor.
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In the one hour and 40 minutes I enjoyed this cigar I got a lot of smoke that had a peppery aroma to it. The draw was fine and the burn was phenomenal, never had a cigar with a burn this straight. The firm ash is light colored, light gray to white. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? The original release was sold out quickly, I hope the 2009 release is just as good as I have a box of those sitting in my humidor.

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

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Colón Especiales III

Colón is a Panamanian puro by the German owned company Darier & Cleef. Their Colón Grand Vintage is their ultra premium and ultra expensive cigar. They also produce Marca Fina, a bundled budget cigar in several vitola’s and available as Panamanian, Honduran and Dominican puros, so you can really discover the taste differences in the tobaccos from these countries, Campo Verde, the first Fair Trade cigar ever and the Colón Especiales line which is much nicer priced with a price tag below 15 euro. I had a sit down with the owner and the Dutch representative Gerhard Weigl in the smoke lounge of restaurant Klein Kalfje in Amsterdam where we talked about cigars, promotion and so on.
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First thing I notice is the nice band, which has nice lettering but what really got my eyes were the golden dots that create the shape of Panama on the band. I think that is a nice touch. The light colored wrapper has lots of small thin veins and some spots. The wrapper is oily. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild barnyard and wood smell. I punched the cigar and got a great predraw with a mild wood flavor which is mild spicy. This Colón Especiales is 6 inch long and has a ring of 42.
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I taste a warm coffee flavor with some wood. It strikes me again that tobacco from Panama tastes so different than tobacco from other countries, much smoother. The flavors are full and complex. After an inch the coffee has disappeared and I taste herbs with wood and some earth. The flavors aren’t Cubanesque but the complexity of the cigar is. The flavors are mild sticky.
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Halfway I taste a nut flavor for a short amount of time as a support of the wood and earth. The herbal flavor is gone. The flavors are still full but smooth. After ⅔ the herbs return and become dominant rightaway with earth on the background. After ¾ the nut flavors return, I can taste hazelnuts and walnuts with the herbs.
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The smoke time of this cigar is about 90 minutes. The cigar produces a nice amount of thick white smoke. The draw and burn are very good. The salt & pepper colored ash isn’t very firm. There is a built up of nicotine in the cigar which leads to a nice flame while purging. This cigar is full flavored yet mild to medium bodied and quite complex. I would not smoke this right after a heavy dinner, but this is a very nice cigar late in the morning, early in the afternoon or after a light dinner.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it a lot.

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

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CI Legend white by Camacho

The CI Legends series is a series of cigars, all toro’s in a 5.7 x 54 size except for the Perdomo blend which is a torpedo, made by several well known cigar makers especially for the online retailer cigarsinternational. By the color of the band you can see who the maker is, too bad they don’t mention it on the band, you need to check the website before you know who made the specific blend. So far I smoked the CI Legend yellow by Don Pepin, the CI Legend red by Perdomo and the CI Legend black by La Aurora. This is the review for the CI Legend white by Camacho.
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The cigar has a silky wrapper and the construction feels firm. The wrapper is quite light colored with a few big veins and looks quite thin. The predraw is a bit loose and leaves me a spicy but musty flavor in the mouth.
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I taste a sweet earthy flavor, mild musty and after an inch I also taste some leather and a flavor that reminds me of chocolate paste. All the flavors disappear except the chocolate paste flavor which is sweet and a bit musty.
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There isn’t much going on at the palate, just after the mid of the cigar it becomes a bit spicy. At ⅔ the cigar get sweeter and I have to correct the burn. After that the cigar is harsh and unpleasant. I purge the cigar, but that only helps for a few puffs.
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I get a decent amount of reasonable thick smoke and the draw is fine. The cigar is mild to medium flavored and also mild to medium bodied. The burn is ok and the pepper and salt colored ash is quite firm. Even though the turning point came early I smoked this cigar for 75 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar was boring.

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

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El Original maduro lancero

Last year, while visiting the USA, I bought a few El Originals, the house blend for The Island smoke shopat Key Largo, Florida. I reviewed the natural lancero and the claro lancero before, this maduro lancero is the last of the series. Talking about the Island Smoke shop, every cigar smoker that is heading to south Florida should visit this shop, get some El Originals and don’t forget to tell Bill I said hi.
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This cellophane wrapped 7×40 lancero has a nice pigtail, a simple band and a price tag of $ 5.95 for a single. The dark wrapper looks nice, it is quite oily and leathery and only has one vein. The construction feels good. Once I remove the cellophane wrapper I smell a full and rich barnyard aroma. The predraw is a bit on the hard side and I can taste herbs, some pepper and a bit of wood.
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The first flavors I taste are a deep, rich, sweet combination of coffee and earth flavors with a hint of chocolate. The chocolate slowly becomes the main flavor and after an inch I only taste chocolate with some wood and earth on the background. The chocolate is full flavored.
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Halfway the earth disappears and the wood gains some strength but not enough to overpower the chocolate. The chocolate is still the main flavor with wood as a support. Near the end the chocolate loses some strength and I can taste a herbal flavor.
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The duration of this smoke was about an hour and forty five minutes. This full flavored, full bodied cigar gave me a lot of thick smoke. The draw and burn were good. The firm ash is quite compact and has a light gray color.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I’ll be in Florida in november and pick up a few of these

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: 7 / 10

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Montecristo open junior

Habanos SA release the Montecristo Open series last year to lure in the novice cigar smokers. The Montecristo Open series is a mild blend that is easy on the not experienced smoker that might be turned off by the power that some Cuban cigars can pack. And from day one I heard horror stories from my cigar smoking friends, they could not discover any flavors or even noticed green leaves in the cigar which means that the cigars are released way too young. I stayed away from these cigars, but one showed up in a cigar pass
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The wrapper has a nice milk chocolate color with some minor veins. The whole color scheme of the bands is awful, the green and gold band from the Open series doesn’t match with the traditional brown and white Montecristo band. I also notice that the foot of the cigar is crooked, the cigar looks like the famous tower of Pisa, this must be a cigar produced on a monday morning after a heavy night in the town by the roller. The construction feels good though but the predraw is tough. The cigar doesn’t have a lot of aroma, just a faint bit of hay.
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I can taste an earthy flavor, stronger than I expected, although the strength fades to almost none pretty quickly. After half an inch I can taste a mild leather flavor and half an inch later the flavors are typical Cuban, leather and earthy, and the strength is medium strong.
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After ⅔ I get a very mild chocolate aftertaste. The leather is becoming the dominant flavor and the chocolate disappears again. The flavor strength is getting close to full now.
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The draw is a bit hard and therefore I only get a poor amount of thin smoke. The ash is dark but firm. The burn is ok and I would rate his cigar mild to medium bodied and medium flavored. It lasted me an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Don’t think so, even though I kind of liked this cigar.

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

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Goviado belicoso

This is the second blend from Guillen cigars, the maker of Reserva Miraflor, and named after a nature reserve in Nicaragua. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro made in Esteli.
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The cigar, wrapped in cellophane, has a pretty sharp top and the wrapper has a silky feel too it. The wrapper has the color of milk chocolate and only has a few minor veins. The aroma reminds me of horse and hay. The predraw is fine and leaves a mild peppery raisin flavor on my palate.
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I taste a full coffee flavor, mildly bitter and after half an inch I can also taste some earthy tones and a caramel like sweetness on the background.
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After an inch the coffee disappears and I get a herbal flavor with an earthy flavor, some caramel and a chocolate flavor that sticks to the palate. The earth flavor becomes dominant while the caramel and chocolate disappear slowly. Halfway the caramel returns but only as a mild flavor on the background. The main flavor is the earth flavor with some coffee with the caramel background.
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I got a lot of thick white smoke from this cigar and the draw was just fine. The ash is silver gray and firm, but frayed. I had some minor burn issues, it was just a bit crooked. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it a lot.

Appearance: 7 / 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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H. Upmann Corona Major

This particular cigar was one of my first loves and actually my first box I bought when I knew what I was doing. I started to smoke on a vacation in Indonesia late 2005, and on the way back at Singapore airport I bought a box of Montecristo #4 and some singles including a H. Upmann Corona Major. I don’t count the Montecristo as a box purchase, because I didn’t knew what I was buying, I just wanted cigars. Once I smoked this H.Upmann Corona Major I knew I wanted a box of those, so I got me a box online with a boxdate of november 2006. I reviewed one before, but 3 years later I decided to revisit the cigar, my last from the box, to see if my tastes have changed.
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Once I open the tubo, an old one, soon after I bought the box Habanos restyled the tubos, I see a nice 5¼ x 42 corona with a chocolate brown silky wrapper with just one vein. The construction feels good and the cigar has a nice mild barnyard aroma. After punching I get a good predraw that tastes dry and has a raisin flavor with a peppery aftertaste.
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I can taste leather with just a hint of chocolate, full flavored. The chocolate soon turns into a sugar like sweetness and that sweetness becomes the main flavor. The leather is just a support flavor and after one and a half inch some earth joins the leather to support the sweetness.
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The sweetness becomes less strong and the leather is a bit stronger than the earth flavor. After ⅔ I also taste a herbal flavor, mild spicy. At the end the herbal flavors are mild fresh too.
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This cigar lasted me almost 90 minutes and in those 90 minutes I enjoyed a good amount of reasonable thick smoke. The draw is fine and I can’t complain about the burn either. The as has a pepper and salt color scheme and is quite firm. I would say that this cigar is full flavored but yet medium bodied. If the sweetness was a little less overpowering, I would have rated this cigar a bit higher.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, they are very nice priced and it is a good quality stick.

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: 8 / 10

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San Cristobal monumento

A few years ago Ashton decided that they wanted to release a new blend on the market and asked the then rising star Don Pepin Garcia to help them out and he created this Nicaraguan puro with the leathery Nicaraguan corojo wrapper. Too bad Ashton didn’t really put thought in the blend name, because Habanos S.A. has the rights to the name San Cristobal everywhere except in the USA, Ashton can’t release this cigar in Europe. I brought this cigar with me from my trip to the USA in 2009.
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The wrapper looks quite leathery with just a few veins. The cigar is a 7.2 x 49 churchill sized stogie with a fine construction. The cigar has a mild barnyard aroma and a pretty yet busy band. The top of the cigar isn’t as flat as the average churchill which makes it a bit hard to punch. The draw is way too hard, I can taste some raisin with a mild pepper.
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I can taste a medium strong earthy flavor with leather. After an inch I decided to use the draw tool as the draw was horrible. After using the draw tool the flavors taste a bit burned and I get a bit of chocolate on the background. The leather, which doesn’t taste anything like the leather in Cuban cigars, slowly grows in strength. The chocolate flavor sticks to the palate. The earthy and leathery tones are perfectly balanced and full flavored.
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The flavors change to leather and herbs. The herbal flavors are most dominant. The chocolate disappeared completely. The leather wins the battle with the herbs and becomes the dominant flavor again and it even starts to taste like Cuban leather now. The earthy flavors make a comeback too, only to support the leather though.
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The draw was very hard, so I used my cool draw tool to rescue the cigar and it worked like a charm. The burn is good and the ash is light colored. The smoke starts out poor, but that has everything to do with the bad draw, once I fixed that, the amount of smoke was good too.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, it is a slow starter but the finish is worth waiting for.

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

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CI Legend black by La Aurora

The CI Legends series is a series of cigars, all toro’s in a 5.7 x 54 size except for the Perdomo blend which is a torpedo, made by several well known cigar makers especially for the online retailer cigarsinternational. By the color of the band you can see who the maker is, too bad they don’t mention it on the band, you need to check the website before you know who made the specific blend. So far I smoked the CI Legend yellow by Don Pepin and the CI Legend red by Perdomo and now it’s time for the CI Legend black by La Aurora.
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As mentioned before, this is a 5.7 x 54 toro, wrapped in cellophane. Once unwrapped I see a chocolate brown cigar with some veins that smells like wood, hay and pepper. The cigar, made of corojo and Cubano piloto tobacco from Nicaragua has a good construction and a fine predraw that releases some raisin flavor with a lot of white pepper.
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I can taste a medium full coffee flavor that changes into an earthy flavor quickly with a very mild chocolate that disappears after two puffs. The flavor stays the same, they just grow a bit in strength but it’s just earthy flavors with a hint of chocolate every now and then.
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Right before the middle point of the cigar I can taste some wood breaking through the earthy flavors but it disappears just as quickly as it showed up. At the ⅔ mark the ash breaks and I can taste the wood again with the earthy flavors and the incidental chocolate.
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The cigar produces plenty of smoke but the burn is pretty crooked and I had to correct it a few times. The ash is pepper and salt colored and quite firm. The draw is just fine. I would rate the cigar medium to full bodied and medium flavored and I would like to add that the cigar is quite boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar was boring.

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

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