Monthly Archives: June 2010

Nub maduro 464T

While my previous run ins with the Nubs (reviews herehere and here weren’t positive, except for theNub Barberpole, I was keen to try this Nub Maduro, as I heard positive things about it, even from people that agreed with me on the other nubs. So when I saw this Nub 464T in a B&M last week, I decided to pick it up. I paid € 7.00 for it, the fixed price here in The Netherlands.
100607nubmadurotorpedo1
This thick short cigar is just 4 inch long but an inch wide and torpedo shaped. The cigar has a nice hay aroma with a hint of a barnyard. The construction feels good and the predraw is just fine, but almost flavorless. The cigar has a deep and dark maduro wrapper with some minor veins. It is made by Oliva in Nicaragua and it is a Nicaraguan puro.
100607nubmadurotorpedo2
I taste some coffee, mildly bitter and just a faint chocolate flavor. After half an inch the cigar gets a bit sweeter with a little more chocolate while the coffee fades away and with the fading coffee the bitterness disappears too.
100607nubmadurotorpedo3
After an inch I taste some hay with the sweetness and the chocolate. After that there is no development in flavors anymore, this is what it is and I just have to deal with it.
100607nubmadurotorpedo4
The smoke time of this nub is 65 minutes. During that time I got a reasonable amount of reasonable thick smoke, but the light colored ash is phenomenal. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. The draw is fine and the burn is razor sharp.
100607nubmadurotorpedo5
Would I buy this cigar again? No, even though it is the best of the lot, it is not good enough for me to get a box.

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

Categories: Nicaraguan cigars, Nub, Tabacalera Oliva | Tags: , , ,

601 Blue box pressed maduro prominente

A Dutch friend bought a box of these Don Pepin sticks and gave me one in a pass I did for a Dutch site and just the looks of the cigar made me curious. The knowledge that Don Pepin Garcia made and Eric Espinosa blended the 601 box pressed maduro made the urge to smoke it even bigger.

This stick reminds me of a chocolate bar, squared and dark. The wrapper is nice and oily with one huge vein. The cigar has a strong acidy barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and the predraw is just fine. I get a raisin flavor from the predraw with pepper on my lips.
100605601boxpressedmaduroprominente1
I taste a spicy earthy flavor with some coffee. The flavors are full. After two or three puffs I also get a pleasant bitter taste, like really dark chocolate.
100605601boxpressedmaduroprominente2
After an inch the spice has gone and I taste earthy flavors with some toast and a sweet chocolate aftertaste. The toast disappears and instead I taste some wood. The earthy flavors remain dominant and the chocolate is a bit sticky on the palate. Even though the flavors don’t change often, I still like what I taste.
100605601boxpressedmaduroprominente3
At the beginning the draw is a little bit on the loose side but it gets better along the way. I get plenty of thick white smoke and I was able to enjoy this cigar for an hour and 45 minutes. The firm ash is quite dark colored. When I purge the cigar I don’t get a flame and the burn is quite allright, I had to correct it once. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
100605601boxpressedmaduroprominente5
Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, I liked it a lot!

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

Categories: 601, My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , ,

Casa Fuente double robusto

Last year, exactly a year ago, I was in Las Vegas with some of my cigar smoking friends for a nice herf and one of the hangouts was Casa Fuente in the Coliseum mall in Caesar’s Palace. Besides a great mojito they also have a small selection of premium cigars, all Fuente made, and amongst them their house blend “Casa Fuente”. The seven different vitolas of Casa Fuente are for sale in a nice sampler and if memory serves me correct, I paid $150 for this sampler of 7.


Somewhere in the last year the lid of the sampler decided to reach out for the sun and became so crooked that I can’t even close the lid anymore. A bit disappointing actually for a rare sampler, especially for a renowned company like Fuente. The cigars are all packed in cellophane with a Casa Fuente print on it. The seven vitolas (double corona, churchill, pyramid #2, double robusto, belicoso, corona gorda and robusto) are hidden under some orange packing paper and have an orange cloth band on the foot.


The 6½x52 double robusto is the only one that is not only cellophane wrapped but also has a piece of cedar wrapped around it. Much to my surprise I notice that the band is crooked, I guess the roller had an off day while gluing the band.


Once I unwrap this double robusto I can smell a medium strong cedar aroma with a hint of cinnamon. I really like the aroma of this cigar. The medium dark, slightly reddish, wrapper is smooth and silky and has some tiny and thin veins, so thin that they are not worth mentioning. The construction feels great and after punching the cigar I get a great predraw with a raising and pepper flavor.

The first flavor I taste is a full cedar flavor with some earth and coffee. An inch later I also taste a caramel like sweetness. The cedar tones down a bit but remains the main flavor. Soon after that the cedar disappears and I taste leather and earth, with a very mild caramel flavor on the background. Much to my surprise the leather and earth flavors are very much like a Cuban cigar, which is very unusual for a cigar from another country.

That Cubanesque flavor only stays for a short while, after ⅓ the flavor changes to a non Cuban earth and leather and I can also taste some nutmeg. Halfway the flavors change again, the earth and leather disappear and I taste a mild herbal flavor with a sweet nutmeg added to it. That doesn’t change till I get to the last quarter of the cigar when the cedar returns and chases away the herbs, only the nutmeg stays to support the cedar.

The smoke time of this baby was about a 100 minutes. The cigar gave me a reasonable amount of smoke and the draw was fine. This full flavored medium bodied cigar has a good burn, a little crooked but nothing to complain about really. The ash is quite firm and has a nice silver gray color. I got a big flame when I purged the cigar.


Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I am in Las Vegas I will buy another sampler

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

Categories: Arturo Fuente, Dominican cigars, Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia | Tags: , ,

Tatuaje Reserva J21

This Nicaraguan puro, made by Don Pepin Garcia for Pete Johnson, has a ligero wrapper and all tobacco are first generation Cuban seed. I got this from The Longfiller Company, the importer for Tatuaje in The Netherlands, in exchange for a review on my blog and my Dutch cigar website. The 5×50 robusto has an 11 euro pricetag in The Netherlands.
100601tatuajereservaj211
This cigar looks great with the nice dark oily wrapper that only has one thin vein and a triple cap. The aroma, which isn’t that strong, is a warm barnyard aroma. The construction is great although the predraw, that tastes a bit peppery, is a bit loose. The bands, that are placed a bit crooked are glued to the cigar, that caused problems when I tried to remove them during smoking when the burn came close to the bands.
100601tatuajereservaj213
I can taste a mildly bitter earth flavor soon to be accompanied by some wood. After ⅓ the earth flavor disappears and I taste the dry wood with herbal flavors and cacao powder as a mild aftertaste.

Halfway the cacao powder as an aftertaste disappears, just like the wood and the earth flavor returns, while the herbs are becoming dominant around the ⅔ point. At the end the cacao returns as a very mild aftertaste.
100601tatuajereservaj214
The draw is a bit loose, although it gets better near the end. I got a lot of smoke from the cigar, the smoke is a bit thin though. The ash is almost white, firm and compact. The burn is great. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
100601tatuajereservaj215
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked this cigar, I wish it lasted longer than the 70 minutes I enjoyed it.

Appearance: 8 / 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

Categories: My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars, Tatuaje | Tags: , , , ,

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.