Monthly Archives: July 2010

Man’o’war ruination robusto 2

Adampc22 gave me this cigar when he came to Amsterdam to herf because he knew that I liked the ManOWar but never had a Ruination. The cigar he brought me came from the original Ruination release with the normal ManOWar band, the newer releases have an slightly different band.
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This 6 x 60 monster has a nice dark and oily wrapper with a few big veins that make it look rough and tough. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma and the construction feels good. I can taste raisin at the predraw.
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The first flavor I recognize is coffee with a hint of creamy chocolate, but the chocolate disappears straightaway. I also taste some pepper and a flavor I don’t recognize. After an inch the creamy chocolate returns with some pepper while all the other flavors fade away.
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After 2 inches the pepper disappears and the chocolate becomes milder. I can also taste an ashy flavor. At the 2/3rd mark I taste some wood with a mild creamy chocolate far on the background.
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I get plenty of smoke, but it’s quite thin. The burn is great, sharp as a razorblade, no burn issues whatsoever and the cigar doesn’t burn to hot or quick. This medium flavored full bodied cigar lasted me 90 minutes. It gave me a bit of a nicotine rush.

Would I buy this cigar again? No. I was unimpressed my it. I do like the normal ManOWar though..

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

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Ambos Mundos habano robusto

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My Father le bijou 1922 petit robusto

A friend gave me this My Father Le Bijou 1922 petit robusto after I told him that I didn’t care for the churchill I smoked from the same blend. He said he didn’t like the blend at all and gave me this petite robusto from his collection, as he would never smoke it.
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The wrapper is nice, dark, and oily but mat. It has some veins that give the cigar character. The band is detailed but beautiful. The construction feels good. The predraw is a bit on the loose side, even though I punched it instead of using my palio. I can’t get any flavor from the predraw. The cigar is only 4½ inch long and has a 50 ring.
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Bitter coffee and a full earth flavor is what I get after lighting the cigar. The bitterness quickly disappears and after half an inch I get a hint of chocolate. After an inch the chocolate gets sweeter and the coffee and earth flavors have turned into wood.
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Halfway the sweetness disappears too and all I taste is a very nice wood flavor. Near the end that wood gets company from some herbs.
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Even though this is a small stick, it lasted me for 75 minutes. It gave me a lot of smoke. The draw is good but I had to correct the burn a few times. The light gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes!

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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La Riqueza #4 *revisited*

I know, I know, I reviewed this 5×48 cigar not too long ago but The Longfiller Company, who imports these great cigars in The Netherlands asked me to revisit these box pressed cigars as they recently came available on the Dutch market with a price tag of € 9.00. It is made by Don Pepin at the Tabacalera Cubana factory. The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper comes from the Oliva farm while the filler and binder are from Nicaragua.
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I like the simple band and the fleur de lis gives away that this cigar is part of the Pete Johnson empire. The wrapper is dark, oily, leathery and only has a few minor veins, just a few thin ones. I don’t smell anything when I sniff the cigar. The construction feels good, and the triple cap always looks good. The predraw is good and I get a little pepper on the tongue.
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I taste a spicy coffee flavor with some sweetness and a peppery aftertaste. After an inch these flavors have transformed into a mild and sweet dry leather flavor with a spicy aftertaste. The feeling in my mouth is dry.

Halfway I taste a lot of spicy herbs with some cedar wood. The flavors are sweet and spicy. Near the end I taste a spicy leather with herbal flavors again, the cedar has disappeared.
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This cigar lasted me for 50 minutes and gave me a lot of thick smoke. The draw and burn were good and the white colored ash is firm. I would call this cigar full flavored and full bodied. I love this cigar, the only downside is the short smoke time.

Would I buy this cigar again? Damn sure I will

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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Navarre robusto maduro

“Le Comptoir du Tabac des Gaves et de l’Adour” is a French tobacco company that grows quality tobacco in the south west of France near the Spanish border. With help from a Cuban tobacco grower from the Pinar del Rio region they created a French puro, Navarre, of which I reviewed the Double Corona a few years ago. A few weeks ago I visited Huis Verloo in Antwerp and noticed that there is a limited edition maduro robusto out and I just had to try it.
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The 5 x 50 cigar looks pretty with the tasteful band and the extra “limitee maduro” band. The wrapper is nice and dark, oily and smooth with one big vein running over it. The top is triple capped and the construction feels great. The cigar has a peppery barnyard aroma.
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The first thing I taste is a full earthy coffee flavor with a mild sugary sweetness on the background. The flavors are a bit burned. After a few puffs I can also taste some sweet chocolate. After an inch the sweetness tones down a bit.
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Halfway I taste a sharp pepper with the previous flavors, but the pepper is the dominant flavor. The earthy coffee disappears and is replaced with a nut flavor, macadamia, toast and chocolate. Near the end the pepper fades a bit while the toast gets stronger.
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In the beginning I had a bit of a crooked burn but it corrects itself and doesn’t give me problems during the rest of the smoke. The smoke is medium thick and I get just enough. The ash is pepper and salt colored. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. I purged it and didn’t get a flame at all. It lasted me 75 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yes. Not often, as they are pricey, but I need to get a few for special occasions.

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

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La Flor Dominicana double ligero DL700

I smoked and liked quite a few La Flor Dominicana double ligero cigars even though I never reviewed one, why I don’t know. But it’s time to change that and so I decided to light this La Flor Dominicana double ligero 660. The name is a mystery to me, whenever I hear 660 I expect a 6 inch cigar with a 60 ring, but this 660 is only 4⅝ x 60. The double ligero cigar line is made from Dominican binder and filler that is grown on the La Flor Domincana farm wrapped in an Ecuadorian sun grown leaf. This thin but fat cigar has a price tag of € 6.50 in The Netherlands.
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The wrapper is nice, dark and oily but it feels fat and even a bit sticky when I touch it. I don’t see any real veins. The construction feels hard. The cigar has a mild barnyard & straw smell. The predraw is a bit on the hard side and I taste pepper and raisin.
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I taste a mildly bitter coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate and some pepper. After a quarter of an inch I also taste some wood instead of the coffee with every now and then a hint of creamy chocolate. These flavors don’t change much in the first half of the cigar except that the chocolate seems to fade away and the wood gets a bit stronger.
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Halfway I also taste some nut flavors and some toast with the wood. The wood and toast disappear at the two third mark and all I taste is nuts with some herbs.
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Even though this is only a 4⅝ long, or should I say short, cigar, it lasted me for two hours. I got a lot of smoke, but the smoke was thin. The draw was good, just like the burn. I had some minor burn issues but I didn’t have to correct it. The light gray ash is firm. I would say this cigar is medium to full flavored and full bodied, with a nice build up.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will buy more La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero but in another vitola, a 60 ring is too big for me.

Appearance: 8 / 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: 7 / 10

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Rocky Patel vintage 1990 A

Now if you browse through my reviews you might notice that I am not a big Rocky Patel fan. Most of the RP cigars I smoked I did not particularly like, and I regret that because I do have sympathy for the brand and I wish I loved their cigars.
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When I visited the US in may 2009, our first stop was Corona Cigar Company at Sand Lake in Orlando where we would herf with some botl’s we met on this site. Catfish bombed both me and SmokeyNL with a huge nuke including 4 coffins of Rocky Patel “A” cigars. Catfish told us that even the Rocky Patel rep was surprised to see those things show up, as even he couldn’t get them.
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I have a lot of contact with Catfish and he invited me to stay at his family home when I visit Florida again later this year. So I knew I would enjoy this cigar, if it was not for the taste of the cigar, I would at least enjoy it knowing that this cigar was gifted to me by a good friend who I would be smoking again in a short while.
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This “A” has a length of 8½ inch and a ring of 50. Now is 50 not thin, but due to the length of the cigar it looks thin and elegant. The wrapper is nice, oily and dark and looks a bit like leather. There are some veins but they are really thin. The bands are awesome. The cigar feels well constructed and that translates in a good predraw, that tastes like raisin. The cigar has a mild hay aroma.
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I taste a full coffee flavor with hay. After half an inch the coffee fades away a bit but the hay remains at the same strength. A bit later the coffee disappears completely and I get hay and earthy flavors from the cigar.
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Halfway I taste some cacao powder, but unfortunately that flavor doesn’t stick around. The cigar makes my mouth dry, especially in the back of the throat. There is absolutely no development in flavors, which is a big disappointment.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and twenty minutes. I got a medium amount of smoke which is quite thin. The draw and burn are good. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I just don’t like this blend.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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 Connecticut reserva toro

A few years ago Oliva called a sales meeting to talk about creating a mild smoke, but the response from the sales team was that there was a bigger demand for a full bodied smoke so the Series V was created. Now, a couple of years later Oliva decided to create a mild cigar anyway and they came up with the Oliva Connecticut reserva, made from Nicaraguan filler and binder with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. I smoked the Toro, a 6×50 cigar that has a fixed price tag of € 6.00 here in The Netherlands. I was reluctant to smoke it, as I am not a big fan of Connecticut tobacco, but on the other hand, this is an Oliva stick and Oliva never let me down so far as you can see in my reviews of the other Oliva products.
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I like the simple yet tasteful white band. The wrapper is light colored, a bit yellowish brown. The wrapper is smooth, shiny, oily and has some minor veins. The construction feels a bit soft, but equally soft. The predraw is good but tasteless. The cigar has a nice mild smell of hay and wood.
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The cigar starts with a bitter espresso taste with some sweetness and spicy. After half an inch the flavors get a little musty but fortunately that musty flavor disappears soon. After an inch I taste an earthy flavor and pepper, the flavors aren’t very nice.
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Halfway I taste that classic Oliva sweetness that I taste in a lot of their cigars while I never ran into that specific taste in any other cigar, combined with some cedar wood. This is the flavor that sticks around for a while and only gets a little bit peppery spicy along the way. At the end the cigar loses the sweetness but the cedar wood and the spiciness stay around.
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This smoke time of this toro is an hour and five minutes. The draw and burn are very good and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I will get another Oliva stick instead, one without Connecticut leaf

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

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Por Larranaga Largos

I can’t remember where I got this Por Larranaga largos, but it was just looking at my from my humidor, begging to be smoked. It is 159 mm long with a ring of 33.
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This sweet honey smelling cigar has a nice light colored spotty wrapper. I can’t feel anything wrong with the construction and the predraw confirms my inspection, it is just fine. I can taste a bit of wood and some pepper.
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I get a full warm leather flavor which is mild spicy. The leather slowly loses some of its power and the spiciness grows a bit in strength.
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Right before I am halfway through the cigar the pepper disappears and I can taste leather and wood. The pepper returns as a supporting flavor and as the aftertaste. After 2/3rd the leather disappears and the wood becomes the dominant flavor with support of the pepper.
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The draw is fine and I get a reasonable amount of smoke that smells a bit peppery. The burn is straight as an arrow and the light gray ash is quite firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I think it will be hard to find these, as they are discontinued since 2001.

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

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Don Pepin Garcia series JJ sublime

After reading this post on stogiereview I decided to save this 6×54 Don Pepin Garcia series JJ sublime for this date. The band is the same as the Don Pepin Garcia black and the Don Pepin Garcia blue series, only in white. The series JJ maduro also has the same band, but beige.
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The wrapper is mild oily and pretty smooth with just 2 veins. The construction feels good, the predraw is fine and I taste some dry raisin and some pepper. The cigar has a bit of a musty straw smell.
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I taste a nice coffee flavor with a mild bitter aftertaste and soon those flavors gets company from some spicy wood and pepper. After an inch the spice and peppers disappear, just like the coffee. All that is left is a very nice wood flavor.
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The wood is full flavored but yet smooth and even a bit creamy. Halfway I also get a hint of nutmeg and near the end I taste more different herbs and spices.
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This very nice cigar lasted me for 110 minutes. The draw is great, just like the amount of smoke. The ash is firm but frayed and has a light gray color. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied. The purge was epic.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah!

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

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