Monthly Archives: September 2010

La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #3

La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial is the same as La Aroma de Cuba edicion especial, the cigar that Don Pepin Garcia makes for Ashton, but due to copyright laws the cigars couldn’t be released as La Aroma de Cuba and got renamed for the European market. But who cares about the name right? As long as the cigar is tasty and just reading about these cigars makes me want to light one. Aged Nicaraguan tobacco with a Cuban seed sun grown wrapper from Ecuador. The La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #3 is a 6×50 toro which costs € 6.50 in The Netherlands.
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This cigar has a nice classic looking double band. I notice the silky feel of the wrapper but looks medium dark, shiny and oily with a few minor veins. The cigar has a good construction with a strong barnyard aroma. The predraw is good and taste mild peppery.
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I taste a mild bitter espresso, sharp with some wood and pepper. The bitterness disappears quickly. After an inch I taste coffee with pepper on the background. I also taste an earthy flavor with some chocolate. The flavor slowly gets leathery, full and strong, with some pepper in the aftertaste and some sweetness on the background. Some puffs later I also taste some nuts.
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Halfway I taste chocolate with some leather and wood. Leather is growing stronger with some chocolate on the background. After two thirds I taste mainly leather with some wood and herbs. The herbs are quite fresh. The cigar slowly grows spicy and the chocolate has disappeared.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and twenty minutes. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The draw is good and the burn had to be corrected once, after that correction the burn is good. The ash is white, compact and firm. The wrapper tears at a certain moment but that didn’t affect the burn or draw. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? You bet I will

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

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Cain nub maduro 460

Sam Leccia, creator of both the Cain and the Nub decided to create a marriage between both his successful cigar lines and created the Cain Nub. I smoked the Cain Nub Maduro 460, a 4×60 cigar with a San Andreas maduro wrapper and ‘straight ligero’ filler which is build up with 25% Esteli ligero, 27% Condega ligero and 30% Jalapa ligero. The price of this cigar is € 7.00 in The Netherlands.
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The wrapper is beautiful, oily, greasy and dark with a few veins, but those veins look good on this cigar. The construction feels good. The predraw is great and tastes a bit like mud or dirt, but not in a bad way.
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I can taste a sweet earthy flavor, quite full and only after an inch those flavors change a bit. I get some pepper with the sweet earthy flavor and some spices in the back of my throat. The wrapper tears at the mouth piece which I had to glue with some pectin.

 

The earth becomes a bit muddy, not bad though with the pepper and sweetness on the background. At two thirds I taste more spices and some freshness.
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Even though this is only a 4 inch cigar, it lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke. The draw is good, but I had to correct the burn a few times. I find it hard to light a cigar this fat, and I found out by smoking a couple of these that the flavors are much better when you smoke it as slow as possible. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, not that this is a bad cigar, but I just don’t like cigars this fat and build with strength as their main goal instead of flavor.

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

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Oliva series V diadema ‘Den Bosch’

I can imagine that some of you might think “what the hell is Den Bosch and why is there a limited edition cigar for that Den Bosch thing” but let me explain. Den Bosch aka ‘S Hertogenbosch is a city in the south of the Netherlands and it’s the place where the first European Oliva Cigar Lounge is located (a new one will be opened in Berlin on October 31, 2010). The shop is owned by the same owner as The Longfiller Company, the European distributer for Oliva, and that’s why there is a limited edition Oliva V Diadema ‘Den Bosch’. This is an extremely limited release cigar, only 500 cigars, 50 boxes of 10 in a 7×48 size, different than the diadema’s you’ll find in the Oliva samplers. The boxes are sold exclusively in the Oliva Cigar Lounge in Den Bosch. The release party, with Brian Shapiro and Dave Wagner from Oliva, was last week and I can only imagine that there are just a few boxes left. The price of a box is € 85.00, which makes a single cigar € 8.50
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The wrapper is dark, oily and shiny, it looks great. The cigar has a strong horse stable smell and a good construction. What strikes me is that the cigar doesn’t have an extra band like most limited editions have. The predraw is great and I taste raisin.
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I taste some earthy flavors and wood. No pepper like I expected from an Oliva V. This cigar is even mild sweet and I think I taste some nuts too. The feeling in my mouth is quite dry. The sweetness slowly grows in strength. A few puffs later the cigar finally gets the well known Oliva V spice and the nut flavor gets stronger too. After an inch this cigar is like I expected, the classic Oliva V combo of herbs, with pepper, spicy and mild sweet. I taste a nutty aftertaste.
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Halfway the pepper fades away a bit and I still taste spicy herbs with nuts and an earthy flavor. In the aftertaste I discover some chocolate. After two thirds I taste sweet herbs with some macadamia nuts. The chocolate has gone. At the end I get a strong earthy flavor.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and thirty-five minutes. The draw was great and the burn was phenomenal. Straight as an arrow and slow. The smoke is good, a decent amount and thick although it started out thin. The reasonable dark ash isn’t firm, it dropped on my shirt twice. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I got myself a box before they are gone. This is a limited production, so when my box is empty I won’t be able to get them anymore.

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

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Don Ursulo figurado

A few years ago I got in touch with Don Ursulo from Costa Rica and he send me a sampler of his cigars to try. I smoked the c-blend sublime and the toro from the black series before and when I noticed this figurado on the bottom of my cooler I decided to light and review it too.
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This 6¼ x 52 cigar has a nice shape. The smallest part of the cigar has a 34 ring and the thickest part is a ring 52. The cigar has a shiny and oily wrapper which is pretty dark and has a few veins. The construction feels good. The predraw was tough so I used my draw tool to get some air through the cigar. I taste tobacco with raisin and pepper. The cigar has a nice sweet peppery wood smell.
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I taste some nuts and wood. The feeling in my mouth is dry. After an inch I also taste some chocolate, but that disappears quickly. The wood becomes a bit stronger than the nuts.
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Halfway the nut flavor disappears completely except in the aftertaste where I can clearly taste walnuts and hazelnuts.
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The smoke time is approximately two hours and fifteen minutes, but I tossed the cigar after two hours as 2 hours is long enough for a cigar. I had a hard time getting any draw but once the foot of the cigar was completely burned open the draw was fine. After about 90 minutes of smoking I cut another quarter of an inch of the foot as it was too wet with my saliva. The burn is great and I got a decent amount of smoke. The light colored ash is quite frayed but firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I believe this blend is no longer made, get them while you can!

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

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5 Vegas Miami knuckle

About two years ago I bought a bundle of 5 Vegas Miami Knuckle’s at Joe Cigar. I smoked a few, gave some away and found out that this was the last I had left so it was time for a review. The cellophane of this Don Pepin blended 4½x60 wannabe Nub already started to turn yellow.
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The cigar looks rough with a shiny, oily wrapper full of veins and the nice chocolate brown color. The construction feels a bit hard but the predraw is good. I taste a spicy wood flavor but the cigar has an ammonia smell to it, like a barnyard that hasn’t been cleaned in a while.
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I taste a bitter and spicy coffee flavor. After a quarter of an inch the bitterness fades away and I can taste some earth and something toasty, but I couldn’t tell what tasted toasty if my life depended on it. After almost an inch the flavors change to wood and a dry chocolate flavor.
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Halfway I still taste the wood but now with a mild and sweet nut flavor. The chocolate has gone. I punched the cigar and that created a slight problem. The top layer of the triple cap came off during the smoking of the cigar, which made the cigar a little less enjoyable.
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The smoke time of this cigar is about 80 minutes, which is quite long for a short cigar. I got a lot of smoke but the smoke was a bit thin. The light gray ash is quite firm. I had a little bit of a crooked burn. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the blend, but this cigar is too thick.

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

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Bolivar Libertadores RE France

A friend gave me this Bolivar Libertadores, the 2006 French Regional Edition, a 6½ x 54 monster. He knows I want to smoke all Regional Editions and that I am a self proclaimed Bolivar whore and he did me a huge favor by giving me this cigar. Now collecting cigars is one thing, smoking them is another and as all cigars are mend to be smoked I decided to light my one and only Libtertadores.
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The looks of this cigar aren’t up to Bolivar standards, the wrapper has a dirty brown color and the wrapper lacks oil and has a lot of veins. The cigar also lacks smell. The construction feels good and after punching the cigar I get a good predraw with a wood flavor.
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I taste a nice full flavor of freshly toasted coffee beans. After a quarter of an inch I can also taste a citrus like sourness. The citrus disappears after an inch, the coffee is slightly sweet but the cigar becomes flat and less full flavored.
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The coffee turns to wood, but not a very nice wood flavor. After ⅔ the flavor turns a bit musty. A few puffs later I taste a very dry chocolate flavor, it is so dry that cocoa powder is a better description. I purge the cigar and get a salty flavor with the wood and cocoa powder.

This 6½ inch cigar lasted me for about 90 minutes. The draw is good but the amount of smoke is poor. The burn is good and the firm ash is light colored, almost white. I got a huge flame while purging this medium flavored, full bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No. I am a Bolivar fan but this Boli is disappointing

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

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Illusione ~eccj~

When I first heard the name Illusione ~eccj~ I thought “isn’t that confusing” because of the European Cigar Cult Journal uses that acronym but then I read that this corona gorda was created to commemorate the 15 year anniversary of the magazine. ECCJ commisioned Illusione to make a cigar blended for the European palate, and Illusione tried to do that with 100% Nicaraguan tobacco, including a corojo wrapper leaf from Rosado claro shade that gives the cigar a reddish glow. Even though the cigars are Nicaraguan puros, they were made in Honduras. The ~eccj~ is a limited production, only 300 boxes of 15 were made.
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As I said, the cigar has a reddish glow due to the rosado leaf. The band is just like the other Illusione bands, small and white with golden letters. There are lots of small and thin veins on the wrapper. The construction feels good, although the cigar feels a bit oval instead of round or box-pressed. The predraw is on the loose side and I taste some wood.
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I taste a quite strong earth flavor with a pleasant metallic feel too it and a hint of chocolate. After half an inch the metallic flavor is gone and I taste earth and toast. The earth becomes less strong while the chocolate gains some power.
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Halfway the chocolate becomes dominant with earth and herbs on the background. After ⅔ the chocolate loses some of its strength and makes a nice mix with the herbal and earth flavors.
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The smoke time of this cigar is a bit disappointing, only 75 minutes. I got a reasonable amount of thick white smoke. The draw is on the loose side, but it’s not so loose that it bothers me. The ash is quite firm and has a salt & pepper color. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. I only got a small flame when I purged the cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish, this was a limited edition and sold out everywhere

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

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Oliva G robusto

I had this 4½x50 Oliva G robusto in my humidor for years and always ignored it. Whenever I smoke an Oliva I usually go for the El Cobre or the V series. Today I decided to do something else and go for the G series.
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This cigar is probably the most squared cigar I have ever seen, I can’t even call this box pressed, it looks like it has been factory pressed, that’s how squared it is. The wrapper is oily, got one vein running over it and has some color differences. The construction feels good and I smell a deep and strong hay aroma. The predraw is a bit loose and I taste a strong tobacco flavor.
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I taste a strong coffee flavor that soon changes to a full earth flavor. After an inch I also taste some sweetness but it disappears soon and takes the coffee with it.
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Halfway the cigar gets nice and spicy with some sweetness on the background. I also taste a nice herbal flavor.
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This short stick lasted me for 45 enjoyable minutes. The cigar produces a lot of smoke, which has a peppery smell to it and looks a bit dull and pale. The draw and burn are great. The firm ash is light colored. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I wonder why I hardly ever smoke these and usually go for the V series, these are just as tasty

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

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Ramon Allones Lusitano RE Portugal 2010

In 2008 the Vegas Robaina petit robusto became the first edicion regional for Portugal and two years later, in 2010, Habanos released the next Portugese edicion regional, the Ramon Allones lusitano. Again it is a short, relatively thick cigar. The Vegas Robaina was a 4×50, and this Ramon Allones is a 4.3×52 stogie, so I guess the Portugese aficionados like their cigars short and thick.
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The wrapper is quite dark for a Cuban cigar and has some even darker stripes running over it. It makes the wrapper stand out. When punching the cigar I notice that the wrapper is quite thick too. The cigar has a mild barnyard aroma. The construction feels soft. The predraw is a bit on the loose side too and I taste spicy raisin.
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I taste a mild spicy coffee flavor with earthy notes and some pepper in the aftertaste. The coffee disappears almost immediately. Far on the background I can also taste some chocolate and nuts. After half an inch I taste leather with the earty flavor and the chocolate and nuts.
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After a third I taste more nuts and the cigar gets a bit spicy. Halfway the chocolate gains power. The nut, leather and earth flavors are background flavors now.
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This small stick provided me pleasure for an hour and five minutes. I got a lot of smoke which was reasonably thick. The ash is dark and frayed but firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. The draw was good. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I really should

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

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Oliva O classic torpedo

A few years ago, while visiting the Oliva Cigar Lounge/NPU in Den Bosch, the owner of the show, who’s also the importer for Oliva (and other brands like Don Pepin Garcia/Tatuaje and Fuente) said he had some old boxes of the Oliva O Classic in stock and he needed to sell them to make room for new stock, so he blew them out for a very cheap price. I jumped this deal and bought a box of torpedo’s. These Oliva O classic cigars are made from Nicaraguan Habano tobacco and are the predecessor of the current Oliva O series. Now that the box is close to empty I felt the need to write a review before it’s too late.
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This torpedo is 6½ inch long and has a ring of 52. The construction feels good and once I release the cigar from the cellophane I see a nice chocolate brown wrapper with a few veins and I smell a firm barnyard smell. The wrapper looks a bit dry though. The cigar has two bands, nice and stylish, not too busy, just the way I like it and I love the shape too, a very straight torpedo. The predraw gives me just the right amount of resistance.
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I taste a pleasant coffee flavor with some mild chocolate on the background and something spicy. After a quarter of an inch I also taste something leathery with chocolate and the coffee disappears. The chocolate slowly disappears too and instead I taste something sweet.
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Halfway I taste some toast with pepper and cedar wood. Some puffs later I also taste some nuts. The pepper disappears and the nut flavor gets stronger. After three quarters all I taste is a nut flavor with a spicy aftertaste.
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The smoke time of this cigar is one hour and forty minutes. The draw was great and the burn was good. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The smoke started out poor, thin and a poor amount, but slowly it got more and thicker. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? These are old and out of production cigars, don’t think these are easy to find again.

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

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