Monthly Archives: July 2010

Oliva Masterblend 3 robusto

I haven’t seen a lot of reviews about these Oliva Master blend 3 cigars yet and I got my hands on a robusto, which sells for € 10.00 a stick here in The Netherlands, and as all tobacco products, it has a fixed price. I guess these cigars are made from a 2006 crop, as that year is printed on the band. The filler is a Nicaraguan ligero wrapped with a Nicaraguan broadleaf sun grown wrapper. I smoked some of the older Master blends in the past and back in 2007 I even reviewed the Oliva Master blend 1 torpedo.
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The wrapper is dark and oily with just a few minor veins. I notice that the lasered logo, that was on the previous Master blends is missing on the Master Blend 3, the bands are the same though, just in a different color. The construction feels a bit soft, not soft spots but soft overall. The predraw is a bit on the loose side with a mind spicy tobacco flavor. The cigar has a full hay smell. The cigar is box pressed to the max, it’s not round and not even square, this is the most rectangular cigar I have ever seen besides the La Flor Dominicana Factory press.
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I taste a full flavored coffee with some earth flavors. The earth is stronger than the coffee and soon a dry wood flavor replaces the coffee. After an inch I also taste some pepper and far away on the background I even notice some chocolate.
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The chocolate disappears quickly and the pepper becomes stronger with the earth flavor on the background with a little bit of wood. After two thirds the wood gets a bit stronger, the earth flavor gets milder and the pepper moves to the aftertaste. Soon after that the red pepper becomes stronger and dominant.
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The smoke time of this 5×50 robusto is an hour and twenty minutes. I got a huge amount of thick white smoke. The draw and the burn are good and the light colored ash is compact and firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied. It burns clean, I didn’t get a flame when I tried to purge it.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, definitely.

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

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Peter Heinrich spezial sweet

Peter Heinrich is a famous name in the German tobacco world and he owns three shops in Cologne including a La Casa Del Habano. This is his house blend shortfiller. This box arrived at my doorstep right before the last Amsterdam herf straight from Germany, pmwz wanted to bomb Adam at the herf and Adam didn’t mind me trying one of these Spezial Sweet for review purposes.
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The 6 x 28 cigar has an aroma of sweet liquorices and the wrapper is pretty ugly with lots of veins. The construction feels good and I have no complaints about the predraw.
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The sweet liquorices taste that I smelled returns on my palate after lighting the cigar and I can also taste a hint of wood. My first thought was “this might make a nice pipe tobacco”
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The flavors fade away a bit, the cigar becomes tasteless with the sweet liquorices as an aftertaste. Near the end the cigar gets a little harsh and burns on my tongue.
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I get lots of smoke from this thin cigar and the draw is just fine. The smoke is dark gray at the beginning but turns white after a third. The ask looks a bit like sand, structure wise.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, but I wouldn’t mind trying this tobacco in a pipe.

Appearance: 5 / 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: 5 / 10

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Taboo limited reserve maduro figurado

When Rob from Taboo cigars released his first Limited Reserve I ordered the mega sampler and now, a couple of years later, I am finally in the process of smoking, tasting and reviewing this sampler. Today I chose to smoke the Taboo Limited Reserve Maduro Figurado, a cigar is looking very tempting to me due to the shape and color, so I guess it’s time to release the cigar from the cellophane coat and smoke it.
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The dark wrapper has some changing in color, the upper part of the cigar is darker than the lower part. I also see a lot of veins. The cigar has a nice shape though and it feels well constructed. The predraw is fine and tastes like raisin. This 6½ x 54 cigar has a strong barnyard aroma
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I taste some chocolate and earth. The chocolate becomes a bit more powerful and after an inch and a half the earth disappears. I taste a sticky chocolate and a straw with hay mixture. The flavors gain some strength, and the chocolate in the aftertaste is quite strong now.
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Halfway the chocolate strength decreases a bit and I just taste the straw and hay. The cigar makes my mouth feel dry. At ⅔ the chocolate returns full force, stronger than before and I like it.
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I enjoyed this cigar for a little over 90 minutes. There was a lot of smoke and a good draw. The dark ash is firm and the burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, I have to check the price of the stick first.

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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Reposado maduro

This is another cigar from rising star A.J. Fernandez and all the tobaccos used for this cigar are Cuban-seed Nicaraguan grown and the only vitola available is a salomon in a stout, 7.1”x58 frame. They are available with a Habano, Maduro or Connecticut wrapper. This is a review of the Maduro.
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The wrapper has a lot of spots, as if it just hit puberty and there are also a lot of veins on the leaf. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong barnyard aroma that makes my nose itch when I smell it. The oily wrapper has a leathery feel to it. The predraw is fine and releases pepper on my palate.
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I taste a sweet chocolate with a hint of cedar and soon the sweetness disappears and the flavors change from chocolate and cedar to hay and wood. I can also taste a citrus like acid flavor with a hint of pepper which slowly grows in strength. This all happens within the first inch of the cigar. The strength of the flavors are medium.
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The citrus flavor is gone and everything is peppery hay. The structure of the flavors are sticky. The pepper is a mix of red and black peppers and burn on my tongue. Halfway the flavors fade away a bit and the pepper turns to black pepper only. The flavors keep fading away to the end.
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The draw of this cigar is great and I get a lot of thick white smoke. The burn is straight as an arrow and the ash is almost white. I would rate this cigar as medium to full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I think I will stick with the Habano.

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

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Tatuaje Drac

After the success of the Tatuaje Frankenstein aka Tat Frank, Pete Johnson’s tribute to a classic horror movie, Tatuaje Cigars decided to release 1300 boxes, each containing 13 cigars under the name Dracula a year later, again around halloween. These cigars are in high demand and hard to get but a friend send me one of these and a Tatuaje Boris, the other halloween release and later I was able to buy one of each too.
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The Tat Drac is a 6¾ x 52 torpedo with only a small black & red band on the foot of the cigar. I notice that the band is upside down, which is a nice detail. This Nicaraguan puro has a tough Habano maduro wrapper. The construction feels good and that translates in a great predraw, which releases raisins and pepper. The cigar has hardly any aroma to it.
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The first flavor I taste is a very pleasant coffee flavor, not as bold and strong as expected though. I notice that the smoke feels pretty cool in my mouth. Beneath the coffee there is a hint of chocolate and after half an inch I also taste some pepper. The coffee grows in strength and so does the background flavor which is chocolate. After an inch and a half the chocolate grows stronger. The feeling in my mouth is quite dry. The flavors are balanced, subtle and complex.
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Halfway the coffee disappears and the chocolate becomes the main flavor with some wood on the background and I also taste some nuts. The nut flavor changes into toast real quickly. The last few puffs bring the nut flavor back though.
100713tatuajedracula4This Tatuaje releases a lot of thick white smoke and has a firm light colored ash. The draw is fine and so is the burn, although I had a minor burn issue because at a certain moment the wrapper tore a bit, but once I got passed that point of the cigar the burn corrected itself and was flawless again. This cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied, I expected a full bodied cigar due to the reputation that Tatuaje has, but it wasn’t that powerful.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish! This cigar totally lived up to the hype.

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

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Cohiba Robusto

This cigar came out of a Robusto sampler I bought a few years ago at Gesto cigars, so I don’t know the box code of this cigar, all I know is that it is from 2007 or earlier. This Cohiba robusto, which saw his release in 1989 is one of the six vitolas from the Línea Clásica from Cohiba
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The cigar has a oily wrapper, quite light colored with just a few small veins. The construction feels a bit hard and the tasteless predraw is a bit hard. The cigar has a typical Cuban barnyard aroma.
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I taste a warm coffee flavor with some leather, the flavors aren’t full at all. I also taste some milky chocolate. After half an inch the coffee disappears and I am stuck with just a mild leather and the milky chocolate. This is way less then I expected.
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The leather slowly grows in strength and the milk chocolate becomes the aftertaste. There isn’t much going on at the palate. At the last third I get quite some earthy tones with a little bit of leather. The chocolate has left de building. At the end the leather becomes the dominant flavor again.
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It is hard to get this cigar going, even though it has been stored under great conditions in my humidor for years. The smoke starts out very thin, but gets thicker along the way, the amount stays poor though. The draw is a bit hard. The pepper & salt colored ash is frayed but firm. This Cohiba is medium flavored, medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, it just didn’t live up to the expectation. I can get better cigars for less money. This cigar proved the point that Cohiba has a bad price vs quality point.

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: 8 / 10

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Marca Fina gigantes

Marca Fina is a bundled budget cigar made by the Panamanian/German cigar manufacturer Darrier & Cleef who also make Colón cigars of which I reviewed the Especiales III recently. The cool part of the Marca Fina is that they make Panamanian, Dominican and Honduran puros so you can smoke them back to back and compare the different flavors of the soil and tobacco from those three countries. That is an experiment I would love to try someday, but as I only had this Panamanian Gigantes, which measures 8½x50, I couldn’t experiment with the different origins. The bundles contain 16 cigars and are packed in sackloth and cellophane.
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First thing that I notice is the lack of a cigar band around the mocha brown wrapper. I also notice a few long but thin veins. The wrapper is mild oily and quite silky. The construction feels good and I get a good predraw after punching. I taste a mild spice.
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I taste a mild spicy coffee flavor and soon after I also taste an earthy flavor. After ¾ inch the coffee disappears and I am stuck with a spicy herbal earth flavor. After an inch and a half the cigar gets less spicy and more earthy. After three inch the cigar gets a little creamy and I can taste a mild nut flavor next to the earth and herbs.
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After four inch I can’t taste the nut flavor anymore and the smoke lost the creamy texture, all I taste is earth. A few puffs later I taste some nuts again in the aftertaste. After six inch the nut flavor disappears again but I get some herbs with the earth flavor.
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The smoke time of this huge cigar is two hours and ten minutes. The draw and burn are good. The smoke tastes cool in the beginning due to the length of the cigar. The light gray ash is firm and compact. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied. I expected a huge flame with the purge, but I was wrong, I got a decent flame but nothing huge, which is a good sign.
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Would I buy this cigar again? In a smaller size probably!

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

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Tabacos Baez series SF torp

This Nicaraguan puro is made by Don Pepin Garcia at the My Father factory in Nicaragua. The cigar is named after the Cuban town where José ‘Don Pepin’ Garcia was born. This cigar is a medium filler, which means that the cigar is made from both longfiller leafs and shortfiller. The ratio of the leafs is about 70% longfiller and 30% short. This mix is rolled in a Nicaraguan habano wrapper and there you have the Tabacos Baez serie SF.
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This cigar looks nice, the wrapper is nice and dark, dry and leathery, but like old aged and dry leather like the face of an elderly fisherman. The wrapper as a few veins and the band is quite simple. The construction of this 6×50 toro feels good but the raisin flavored predraw is on the loose side. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell.
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I taste a full coffee flavor with lots of earth flavor and a hint of chocolate. After ⅓ I taste dry wood and straw while all the other flavors have disappeared. The aftertaste is mild herbal.
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Halfway the chocolate makes a return, but just faint and for a little time only. The main flavors are wood and herbs. The herbs slowly gain strength until they are dominant.
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The duration of this smoke is about 70 minutes. I got a lot of smoke but the draw was a bit on the loose side. The ash has a pepper and salt color and is quite firm. The burn is pretty straight. I would say this is a full flavored cigar with a medium to full body.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, these sticks are dirt cheap and quite nice. These could easily be a daily smoke that doesn’t hurt the finances.

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

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Benchmade robusto

These Don Pepin Garcia made cigars just arrived on the Dutch market and this 5×50 robusto has a very nice price tag of €2.75 which makes it one of the most affordable longfillers out here. The Benchmade are made for Ashton and are a Nicaraguan puro with a small pigtail on top.
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The dark brown Nicaraguan wrapper is quite oily and has some thin veins. The construction feels good and the predraw after punching is good and tastes like black pepper. The cigar has a firm barnyard smell.
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I taste coffee with lots and lots of pepper. The coffee disappears quickly and turns to wood. I also taste a sweetness on the background. After an inch and a half the pepper tones down a little bit and the wood gets stronger but the pepper is still strong.
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After ⅔ I also taste some hay, the wood gets a little less strong but the pepper is still strong. Near the end the wood gets dominant again with a strong peppery aftertaste.
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This 5 inch cigar lasted me 50 minutes. The draw and burn are good and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The ash is firm and is light colored with some dark spots. This full flavored and full bodied cigar packs a lot of ‘Pepin’ pepper and gave me a decent flame while purging.
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Would I buy this cigar again? For this price? No doubt!

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

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Perdomo fresh rolled torpedo

Mark aka Borndead1 bombed me this cigar some time ago and it was time to review it. These Nicaraguan puros come in a Cuban wheel and are very wallet friendly.
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This 6 1/2 x 52 torpedo comes without a band and has a sharp top. The wrapper is pretty and oily and only has some minor veins. The cigar itself doesn’t have a lot of aroma, just some hints of barnyard. The construction feels good. The predraw is just fine and releases some raisin.
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The first flavor I taste is a firm earthy one combined with some leather and pretty soon some wood too. After half an inch I also taste a mild acid metallic flavor and it feels a bit creamy. After an inch the metallic flavor grows a bit in strength and then disappears.
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The flavors are a mix of coffee, earthy flavors, leather and wood with a leathery aftertaste. The leather is different than the famous Cuban leather though. After the middle point of the cigar the coffee and earthy flavors are gone. I can taste wood with a minty note. The leather returns with the earthy tones. After that it’s a continues change between the main flavors wood, leather and earthy tones.
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I get a reasonable amount of smoke and the draw is fine. The burn is straight as an arrow and the firm ash is light colored. The cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, a Cuban wheel of these cigars is a steal and they are very nice.

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

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