Monthly Archives: October 2010

Ashton VSG torpedo

From the early days of my cigar smoking career I have been a fan of the Ashton VSG series and noticed that I only reviewed the scorcerer, so when I saw this torpedo in my humidor I knew I had to smoke and review it. I bought this stick in a local shop and it has a price tag of 10 euro.
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The nice oily wrapper has a lot of small thin veins and has a leathery look and is quite dark. The construction, which is box pressed, feels good and the predraw gives the right amount of resistance. I taste some raisin while I smell a firm barnyard smell.
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I taste a strong coffee flavor with some earth. The flavors are sticky and mild spicy. After two inch I can’t taste the coffee anymore, just earth and herbs, still spicy but no longer sticky.
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Halfway I also get a very mild cacao flavor on the background. The earth flavor gets stronger.
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The smoke time of this cigar is 95 minutes and during that time I got a fine draw, fine burn and a nice amount of smoke. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is both full bodied and full flavored.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, I prefer the scorcerer

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

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

Ramon Allones Small Club Corona

I got this classic from Ramon Allones from a Dutch friend when we were smoking in our favorite B&M in Amsterdam, Hartman cigars. This minuto is only 4¼x42 but its reputation is much bigger. Even though I am a Ramon Allones fan, I have never reviewed this cigar so it is time to change that.
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The cigar is box pressed and the medium brown and medium oily wrapper has one big vein running over it. The color of the wrapper goes great with the brown in the band. The cigar feels silky and well constructed. The predraw is fine but tasteless. The cigar has a mild hay smell.
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I taste some earth, quite full flavored and that’s about it. The cigar starts very one dimensional and only after ⅓ it gets a little spicy.
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After ⅔ the cigar gets some pepper with the earth and I also discover some leather, but a spicy earth flavor remains dominant. Near the end I also taste some herbs.
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The smoke time of this small cigar is about 45 minutes. The draw was good and I got a lot of smoke. The burn was crooked. The compact and firm ash is light colored, almost white. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes.

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

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Jameson Declaration iniquity

Brad Mayo, president of Jameson Cigars was kind enough to send me a sampler of his cigars, so I could review them for my blog and Cigar Asylum. Included in the sampler was this Declaration Iniquity, a 5½x50 with an aged Habano 98 wrapper, a criollo 98 binder and filler from the Dominican Republic. I reviewed the James red label toro a few days ago.
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The wrapper is nice, dark, shiny and oily with a beautiful, odd shaped, dark and ‘threatening’ band. The construction feels good. The cigar has a pretty strong smell of a stable. The wrapper is quite thick, which I noticed when I punched it. The predraw is good and I taste raisin and pepper.
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I taste espresso, the flavors are roasted and I also taste a little bit of chocolate. After half an inch the espresso changes into regular coffee and the chocolate gets a bit stronger. After an inch the coffee changes to an earthy flavor with chocolate.
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After two inch I taste an earthy flavor with chocolate and wood. The mild spicy wood is the main flavor. Halfway a hint of nuts join the flavor party on my palate. After two thirds I only taste herbs with some nuts and pepper. The chocolate disappeared for a while but returns. The aftertaste is peppery, I think it’s white pepper.
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This nice cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The ash is light colored and firm. The draw is good, the burn is good too although I had to touch up a few times. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I purged the cigar once and got a medium flame.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I’ll be in Miami soon, I will drop by Jameson Cigars there and get myself a few more of these cigars.

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

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Taboo sfbc torpedo

A few years back, me and some Dutch friends, did a mega group buy at Taboo cigars and I ordered a sampler of these Taboo SFBC (Special Forces Boot Camp) for myself amongst other things. These cigars have been sitting in my humidor since and the cellophane started to turn yellow so it was time to light one of these puppies. I picked the 6×54 torpedo.
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The wrapper of this cigar is deep, dark and oily with a few thin veins. The cigar has a barnyard and straw smell to it. The construction feels good and the predraw, which tastes like peppery dry tobacco, is good too.
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I taste a strong coffee flavor, dry wood and just a hint of chocolate. After half an inch the coffee changes into a herbal flavor which slowly pushes all other flavors away. Halfway the chocolate makes a comeback, but only on the background.
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After two thirds I taste dry spicy herbs and some pepper. The aftertaste is pure pepper. The pepper flavor is becoming dominant and I taste it on my lips too. The herbs slowly fade away until all I taste is black pepper and some wood.
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This cigar lasted me for two whole hours. The draw was fine, but I had some burn issues. The smoke is thick and white, and there is plenty of it. The firm ash is dark and frayed. This cigar is definitely full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? A quick look on the Taboo website confirms that that is no longer possible.

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

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Jameson red label toro

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 have reviews planned on all three lines and I start with this Red label toro, a 6×52 cigar made with aged Dominican fillers, a Honduran binder and a Connecticut shade wrapper from Ecuador.
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The wrapper is pretty, smooth, oily but a bit pale and has some veins. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit loose. The predraw leaves a mild dry raisin flavor on my palate.
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I taste a mild citrus like sour earthy flavor with a pepper flavor in the aftertaste and some sweetness. The citrus like sourness disappears and I taste the earthy flavor with wood and the sweetness. The pepper has disappeared too.
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Halfway the cigar gets a bit sweeter with a background of earth, herbs and spices. After two thirds I also taste some chocolate and the spice grows in strength. Near the end the spices are full and dominant.
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The smoke time of this toro is an hour and twenty minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke. The draw and burn are good. The ash has a salt and pepper color and is firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied. I got a big flame during the purge.
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Would I buy this cigar again? This is a good cigar, very good if you consider my dislike for Connecticut wrappers, but that same Connecticut makes it that I won’t buy this cigar again.

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

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La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #2

I recently smoked the La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #1 and the La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #3, today was the day that I decided to light the third La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial that recently hit the Dutch market and how surprising, this is the La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #2, a 4 ⅞x48 robusto. Just like the others, this La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #2 is made from Nicaraguan tobacco with an Ecuadorian wrapper and it is the same cigar as the La Aroma de Cuba edicion especial, only with a different name for Europe. The price of this baby is € 6.00
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The cigar looks good with the smooth light brown, oily and shiny wrapper with the silky feel. The construction feels good, although it is a little soft. The predraw is easy with a peppery aftertaste. The cigar doesn’t have much of a smell.
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I taste a spicy coffee flavor with some earth. The flavors are smooth. After a quarter of an inch I taste the earthy flavor, leather and some herbs, all mildly sweet. The flavors are sweet and medium bodied.
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After a third I taste herbs and the cigar slowly gets stronger. I also taste some cinnamon. The flavors remain smooth and medium strong. I miss the expected Don Pepin Garcia pepper twang. After two thirds I taste wood with cinnamon, still smooth.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and ten minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is pepper and salt colored and firm. The draw and burn are good. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a good late morning, early afternoon cigar.

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

Categories: La Aroma de Cuba - Del Caribe, My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , ,

Cain maduro nub maduro 464T

A few days ago I had the ‘pleasure’ to smoke the Cain Maduro nub 460 that recently became available on the Dutch market and now I smoked the torpedo version of this Cain Maduro nub, the 464T. This cigar has a price of € 7.50 in The Netherlands.
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The cigar looks cool, short and fat with a dark, shiny and oily wrapper that has a few thin veins running over it. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is good ald leaves a peppery tobacco flavor on my palate.
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I taste a bitter coffee flavor with earthy flavors. The flavors are full and I also taste a little bit of chocolate. The bitter coffee flavor disappears quickly. The earth flavor remains with a little bit of chocolate. After three quarters of an inch I also taste pepper, the cigar becomes a bit spicy.
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The pepper disappears, again I taste the earthy flavor but this time I taste a bit more chocolate. The aftertaste is a bit spicy. The flavors don’t develop at all, and I dislike what I taste. I think that there is at least another 10 to 15 minutes left of the cigar when I toss it, but I just couldn’t handle it anymore.
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I smoked this cigar for an hour and five minutes before I tossed it, and with what I know now, that was an hour too late. The draw is good, but the burn is crooked. I got a lot of smoke, which is a bit on the thin side. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Never again

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

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Paradiso classico

These Don Pepin Garcia made San Cristobal Clasico had to be renamed Paradiso Clasico for the European market and recently became available in three sizes on the Dutch market. The 5×50 classico will set you back € 6.50. The cigars are Nicaraguan puros and Ashton’s most important release in years.
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The wrapper is dark, oily and contains a lot of veins. The cigar has a strong smell, mild acid, pepper and wood. The band is the same as San Cristobal, just with a different name. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and tastes like tobacco with some pepper on the tongue.
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I taste coffee, pepper and some wood. The pepper and spice are becoming strong while the coffee disappears almost immediately. The cigar gets quite herbal and even mild bitter. The bitterness is gone after half an inch, I now taste wood, earth and herbs. After three quarters of an inch the cigar gets a bit sweet with a herbal aftertaste at the earthy and woody flavors. The cigar is mild spicy.
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Just before I reach the middle point of the cigar I taste a really dark, close to bitter, chocolate flavor. After two thirds the cigar is herbal but fresh with the dark chocolate on the background.
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This robusto lasted me for an hour and ten minutes. The ash is light colored, compact and firm. The draw is great, just like the burn. I get a decent amount of smoke, but the smoke is a bit thin. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I think I’ll stick to the Francisco.

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

Categories: My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars, Paradiso - San Cristobal | Tags: , , , ,

La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #1

As I explained earlier with the review of the #3, this La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #1 is the same as Ashton’s La Aroma de Cuba edicion especial #1, but with the European name and band. The cigars are made by Don Pepin Garcia from Nicaraguan tobacco with an Ecuadorian sun grown Cuban seed wrapper. This cigar recently became available on the Dutch market for a price of € 6.00
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The cigar is 5⅝x46 big and has a medium dark oily and leathery wrapper with a few thin veins. The wrapper feels quite silky. The smell is strong, an acidic barnyard smell. The construction is great, just like the predraw which tastes as peppery hay.
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I taste a peppery and herbal earth flavor with some coffee. The pepper fades away after a quarter of an inch. I taste a herbal earthy flavor, quite spicy and the herbs slowly grow to become the main flavor.
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After a third I taste wood with some herbs and a tiny bit of nutmeg on the background, which disappears before I reach the mid of the cigar. After two thirds I taste pepper, herbs and a carrot like flavor which I only tasted in an Oliva V maduro once.
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This cigar gave me ninety minutes of pleasure. I got a nice medium thick white smoke and a good draw. The burn is good too. The ash is dark, coarse and not firm at all. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, probably not a whole box, but every now and then a single

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: 7 / 10

Categories: La Aroma de Cuba - Del Caribe, My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , ,

Oliva serie V maduro short robusto edicion Europe

Finally, a limited edition especially for Europe. It always seemed that the big manufacturers outside Cuba didn’t care for Europe at all, but Oliva invested in relationships with the European retailers and cigar aficionados for years, making them one of the best known and selling non Cuban cigars in Europe. To enhance that relationship they released an Oliva V maduro short robusto ‘edicion Europe’, a 4½x50 short robusto that will be sold in Europe only. 1500 boxes of 10 were manufactured and I was lucky enough to get an invitation to the release party in the beautiful restaurant The Hunting Lodge in Rozendaal, The Netherlands with Dave Wagner and Brian Shapiro from Oliva and Sasja van Horssen of the Oliva Cigar Lounge in Den Bosch.


The Oliva V short robusto Edicion Europe is the same blend as the regular Oliva V maduro releases but with a Mexican San Andreas maduro wrapper instead of the Nicaraguan maduro wrapper that was used for the Oliva V maduro torpedo releases from 2008 and 2009. The wrapper is dark with quite some veins and oily. The cigar has a warm horse stable smell and a triple cap. The wrapper is quite thick, something I noticed while punching the cap. The construction is good, just like the raisin flavored predraw. The cigar is quite short but has the same size bands as the other Oliva V cigars, which almost covers half this short robusto.


I taste herbs with some coffee and an earthy flavor. The flavors are full but not too strong and I even taste some mild chocolate which slowly grows stronger. The coffee and earthy flavor fade away after half an inch, after that I taste herbs with chocolate.


The flavors are dry while the chocolate and herbs keep changing as main flavor. The chocolate slowly turns into dark chocolate and even stronger, the herbs fade to the background. Halfway the cigar gets spicy too. Those flavors stick with me till the end, when the cigar also gets minty fresh.

 

This is a short robusto, but I managed to make it last and hour and twenty five minutes. The smoke is thick and plenty. The draw is great, the burn is good too. The ash is medium dark gray and firm. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.


Would I buy this cigar again? You bet I will, already have a box but I want more, best Oliva cigar I have smoked so far.

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

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