Monthly Archives: October 2010

Casa Magna oscuro robusto

Casa Magna became Cigar Aficionado’s cigar of the year 2008 and that caused quite a stir amongst cigar lovers worldwide. Not a lot of people understood why Cigar Aficionado rated this cigar so high, and I must admit, I am one of those people. I smoked the Casa Magna robusto before and even though I liked it, I didn’t think it was deserving of the title “cigar of the year”. Well, Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plascencia decided to use the same blend with an oscuro wrapper instead of a colorado wrapper and release it under the name Casa Magna Oscuro. This 5×52 cigar was bombed to me by an American friend.
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The cigar looks great with the nice silver version of the normal Casa Magna band. The deep dark and oily wrapper only has one vein. The aroma is light but rich and reminds me of a barnyard. The construction feels tight, but equally tight everywhere, I can’t find soft spots. The wrapper is quite thick, that makes the cigar hard to punch. The predraw is good and leaves a mild raisin flavor on my palate.
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I taste a medium full earth flavor which has a warm and comfortable feel to it. I also taste a mild dark chocolate aftertaste. The flavors are subtle and dry. The flavors slowly gain some strength and less subtle. After an inch the chocolate disappears and instead I taste some herbs, also dry in texture.
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Halfway the dark chocolate returns and is clearly noticeable. At ⅔ I taste wood, earth and herbs, still dry in texture. The herbs become the main flavor.
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Even though this cigar is just 5 inch, I puffed on it for two hours and fifteen minutes. The cigar produces a lot of smoke which is quite thick. The draw is fine and the pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The burn was good too. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it, just like the normal Casa Magna

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

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Man’o’war corona

The Man O War is a creation by AJ Fernandez, who used to be an apprentice of the godfather of tobacco, Alejandro Robaina. Fernandez left Cuba and started to work his magic for others like Rocky Patel and is creating his own cigars now like this Man O War, Reposado, Nica Libre and Diesel Unholy Cocktail, but he is also responsible for the Rocky Patel Fusion, ITC and Padilla Habano blends.
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This 6 x 44 Corona has a nice silky wrapper with some tough looking veins. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong barnyard aroma. The predraw is good and tastes peppery. Just by wetting the cap before punching it, I got a peppery flavor on my lips.
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I taste wood, espresso and pepper, all quite strong. The espresso disappears and I am left with a bit of wood and a lot of pepper. After two inch I get some chocolate on the background and the flavors become less spicy.
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Halfway the wood and pepper lose the chocolate but get accompanied by some nuts and earthy tones a bit later. At the ⅔ mark the nuts disappear too but the earthy tones stick with the wood and pepper.
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I got a lot of thick smoke from this cigar. The compact ash is almost white and the burn is good. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored, but that seems to be a AJ Fernandez signature.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a very nice cigar and they are on sale at the daily deal sites regularly.

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

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Partagas Serie D #5 LE 2008

This 4.3 inch cigar with the 50 ring gauge was one of the three limited editions that was released by Habanos S.A. in 2008, together with the Cuaba piramides and Montecristo Sublime. I have not smoked the other two LE’s, but I did smoke this Partagas Serie D #5 LE 2008, that I got from Serts at a herf. This cigar has a fixed price of € 10.50 here in The Netherlands.
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The cigar has a nice oily wrapper which is quite dark for a Cuban cigar. The aroma is classic Cuban barnyard, somehow the aroma is different than cigars from other countries, but the aroma is quite mild. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I don’t get much flavor from the predraw, only a little bit of pepper.
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I can taste some earth and coffee, mild and flat. After half an inch I can also taste some hay. After an inch I also get some chocolate, just a little bit, with the hay and earth flavors. The coffee has gone.
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The texture of the flavors is quite dry. After ⅔ I taste dry wood with just a hint of chocolate and a few puffs later some herbs come to the palate too.
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The cigar has a good draw, but the burn got a bit crooked after a third. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. The firm ash is pepper and salt colored and the smoke is quite thick and I get enough smoke from the cigar. It lasted me for about 70 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, don’t think so.

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

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Little Havana overrun III torpedo

Don Pepin Garcia is responsible for these budget friendly Nicaraguan puros, that are available in four sizes, Churchill, Toro, Robusto and the Torpedo which I reviewed today. The torpedo is 6⅛ x 52 long. I am not sure, but these could be a Holts exclusive cigar. I got this cigar from an American friend from Massachusetts that was in Amsterdam for a day and crashed at my place for the night.
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The wrapper is mocha brown, a bit oily with a few long but thin veins. The cigar has a strong wood and barnyard smell. The construction feels a bit soft, but evenly soft all over the cigar. The predraw is good and I get a peppery raisin flavor.
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I get a full flavored and strong espresso and black pepper flavor with a mild sweetness. After an inch the espresso changes into wood, the pepper remains and the sweetness has disappeared. After two inch I also get a hint of chocolate.
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The chocolate disappears again, I now taste wood and a splash of black pepper again. The wood slowly gains some strength and the flavor gets even nicer. The pepper also gets stronger. The wood flavor reminds me of the specific Liga Privada and Opus X flavor but less subtle and complicated.
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This very nice cigar lasted me for an hour and thirty five minutes. I got a lot of smoke, medium thick. The draw and the burn were good. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will have to get myself a few bundles.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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Jameson black label torpedo

Jameson Cigars is an independent cigar maker that sells cigars and coffee. Brad Mayo, the president of the company, gave me a sampler of their three cigar lines, the Declarationthe Black label and the Red label. I reviewed the Red label toro and the Declaration Iniquity before, this is the review of the 6×54 Black label torpedo. The black label is a Jameson original release made from Dominican filler, a Honduran binder and a Brazilian maduro wrapper.
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The wrapper is dark and oily with a few big veins. I noticed that most Brazilian maduro wrappers have big veins. It makes the cigar look manly and though. The torpedo has a sharp top and a nice band. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste a mild peppery tobacco.
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I taste a full coffee flavor with wood and a little bit of chocolate. After half an inch the coffee loses its power. After an inch I taste herbs, chocolate, an earthy flavor and cedar. The structure of the flavors is dry. The chocolate flavor grows in strength after a third.
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Halfway the cedar becomes the main flavor with herbs and chocolate on the background. The chocolate isn’t sweet or strong, but very pleasant. The last third I taste a nice and mild spicy herbal wood flavor.
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The smoke time of this torpedo is an hour and a half. I got a nice amount of smoke, although the smoke was a bit thin. The gray ash is firm. The draw is very good, just like the burn. When I purged the cigar I got a pretty big flame. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, probably.

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

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Diesel shorty

When I first smoked the Diesel Unholy Cocktail I fell in love with these tasty full flavored, full bodied yet friendly priced cigars made by A.J. Fernandez so when this limited edition Shorty, especially made for reality TV star Shorty Rossi, came on the market I was intrigued and I needed to try them. Unfortunately they aren’t available on the Dutch market, just like any other A.J. Fernandez blend, but a friend of mine got his hands on a box and gave me one at a herf we had last summer.
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The shorty is a type of cigar made popular by Sam Leccia with his ‘invention’ of the nub, short and fat. This shorty is a 4½x60 cigar with a nice dark and oily wrapper with a few tough looking veins. This cigar looks bad ass due to that and the triple cap. The cigar has, just like most limited editions, a double band. The construction feels good but the predraw is loose. I taste a spicy and peppery tobacco flavor and I smell a barnyard aroma.
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I get a lot of pepper with some coffee and after half an inch I taste wood with pepper, but the pepper isn’t as overpowering as in the beginning.
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After an inch and a half I also get some sticky chocolate with the wood and pepper. The pepper gains some strength again. The chocolate quickly disappears and is replaced with a little sweetness.
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Even though this is only a 4½ inch cigar, it still lasted me almost an hour and a half. I got a lot of thick white smoke. The draw is good and the salt & pepper colored ash is firm. The burn is ok, I had to correct it a few times. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored, a little stronger than the Diesel Unholy Cocktail.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the Diesel Unholy Cocktail better, that will be my next box purchase and I’ll leave the Shorty to those that love the big ring cigars, 60 is too much for me.

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

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Casa Royale robusto

These Casa Royale cigars are another Holts exclusive made by Don Pepin Garcia, just like the Old Henry and Fumadores. The Casa Royale is a Nicaraguan puro that shares a wrapper with the Tatuaje Black. I bought this cigar when I was in Philadelphia in may 2009 and the cigar has been stored in my humidor since then. This robusto is 5 inch long and has a ring of 50.
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The wrapper is rough, oily, spotty and chocolate brown with some big veins. The band is a bit over the top. The cigar has a chocolate smell. The construction feels good and after I punched the thick wrapper I get a good predraw with a raisin and tobacco flavor.
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I taste espresso, mild bitter and strong with a pepper flavor in the back of my throat. The espresso turns into coffee with a hint of chocolate. After half an inch I also taste some leather. The coffee and the pepper disappear and instead I taste an earthy flavor with leather and the hint of chocolate. This all happens within the first inch of the cigar.
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After an inch and a half I taste some wood with herbal flavors and pepper with every now and then some sweet chocolate. After ⅝ the pepper gets the dominant flavor and soon after it’s a nice mixture of wood, nut and peppery flavors which get a little stronger.
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The smoke time of this robusto is ninety minutes. The draw and burn are good. The ash is firm but rough of structure and almost white. The smoke is plenty, thick and white. This cigar is medium bodied but full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I will get a box

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: 8 / 10

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Navarre robusto

I wrote about these French puros before when I smoked the Double Corona and the Robusto Maduro. This time I smoked the Robusto that I had lying in my humidor for over 2 year. This cigar comes from the first ever Navarre release and I got this at Huis Verloo in Antwerp for € 7,50
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This 4×50 robusto has a nice, shiny and oily wrapper with one big vein and a Cuban triple cap. That doesn’t surprise me as the company works with Cuban growers, blenders and rollers to create the best cigars possible. The cigar has a mild and sweet wood smell. The construction feels fine but the predraw is tough. I taste raisin and some wood.
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I taste a strong earth flavor with some cedar on the background, but mainly earth. After half an inch the earth gets a little sweet and I get some spice on my tongue. The strength of the flavors goes from full to medium.
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After ⅔ I taste some nuts through the sweet earth and cedar flavors but that nut flavor doesn’t stick around for long. The sweetness disappears too, so all that is left is the earth and the cedar.
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Even though this is only a 4 inch cigar, it lasted me 70 minutes. I got a lot of smoke from this French puro. The draw is a bit tough but not too much to complain about it. The burn is good. The ash is firm and dark gray. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Probably, but no whole boxes, they are too expensive for that.

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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Liga Privada #9 belicoso

What a single cigar can do. The Liga Privada changed my whole opinion on Drew Estate cigars. After smoking the Flying Pig and the Robusto oscuro, Liga Privada became one of my favorite brands and that while I would not touch anything made by Drew Estate before, due to their infused cigars which I don’t like at all. I decided that the Liga Privada #9 Belicoso oscuro deserved a review too, so I picked the last of my stash of 6×52 belicosos from my humidor, got myself a bottle of water, grabbed the palio and the blazer, sat down, cut the cigar and enjoyed.
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I just love the simple band. The wrapper is dark and oily, shiny and smooth and only has a few veins. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste a mild raisin flavor. The cigar has a strong barnyard and straw smell.
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I taste a full coffee flavor with some wood and after a quarter of an inch the coffee makes place for leather. After a third I taste a nice mixture of cedar and leather. The cedar becomes the dominant flavor and the leather becomes more of an aftertaste. Again this cigar reminds me of a tweaked Opus X, same sort of cedar flavor but less complex. The feeling in my mouth is dry.
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A little past halfway I also taste a mild walnut flavor and the cigar becomes a bit creamy. After two thirds the cedar becomes a bit sweet.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw was fine, just like the burn. The ash is very light, almost white of color and firm. I got plenty of smoke. This cigar is both full in flavor and full in body.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt!

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

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Casa Fuente churchill

Somewhere back in 2008, a friend send me this much talked about and hard to get Casa Fuente Churchill, which you can only get at Casa Fuente, a cigar shop in the Colloseum mall in Ceasar’s Palace, Las Vegas. I loved it and when I finally got to Las Vegas in june 2009 I smoked at least one a day and brought a sampler with all seven vitolas home. I smoked thedouble robusto from the sampler and decided to revisit the 7×48 Churchill today.
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The packaging is top notch, the sampler box looks great but the way the individual cigars are packed it great too. The cigars have a protective cloth band around the foot, for the Casa Fuente cigars the cloth is orange of color and there is a golden print ‘Casa Fuente’ on the cellophane. The cigar has a nice color, a bit mocha and the wrapper is silky too, but with lots of veins, water spots and the surface is bumpy. I expect more from Fuente and especially from an expensive, high end cigar. The smell is unique, I smell an aroma of sweet and dry autumn leaves. The construction is good, just like the predraw. I taste dry tobacco.
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First thing I taste is a full but dry wood flavor and after half an inch I also taste some herbs and nuts. After an inch the structure of the flavors is a bit creamy, maybe even buttery. The flavors are mainly cedar wood with some walnut. The creaminess and the herbs fade away. After that there isn’t much going on until I hit the two thirds mark.
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After two thirds I taste some herbs again, but the cedar continues to be the main flavor. There is also a little sweetness in the flavors. But then the nut flavor becomes the dominant flavor with a hint of chocolate, but the chocolate changes into leather and the flavors become mild spicy. The last few puffs give me a spicy leather flavor.
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This Casa Fuente churchill almost lasted me for two hours. I got a lot of thick white smoke. The draw and burn are good. The peper and salt colored ash is compact and firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Another sampler will be bought if I ever get back to Las Vegas.

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

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