Monthly Archives: November 2010

Casa Marina churchill

A friend gave me this cellophane wrapped 7×48 Casa Marina churchill, a cigar that was unknown to me and I can’t find any information about it on the internet as well so I can’t really tell anything about the brand, the blend, the company behind the cigar or anything.
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I don’t like the band, it is unclear. The wrapper has a nice mocha color with some darker spots and is smooth, mild oily and just once thin vein. The cigar has a mild sour straw smell. The construction feels good and the predraw, which has a fresh tobacco flavor with some pepper, is fine.
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I taste some bitter herbs. The bitterness disappears after an inch and I get a mild herbal flavor with something unrecognizable. I just know that this cigar has Indonesian tobacco in it, I can taste it. But it’s not an Indonesian puro.
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After a third I taste some chocolate and soon after a mild herbal flavor again with a metallic touch to it. Halfway some wood joins the flavors and near the end the cigar gets spicier and I can even taste some nut.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty minutes. I got just a little bit of thin smoke. The draw is a bit hard and the burn dies quickly. The white ash is compact and firm. This cigar is medium bodied and mild flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Never

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 5 / 10
Aroma first part: 5 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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Falto invicto

Tabacalera Falto is a cigar brand from the Dominican, which was founded in 1995 by Luis Falto. I got in touch with Luis and he gave me a large sample of his cigars for me to review. Today I’ll be reviewing the Falto Invicto, a 6¼x52 torpedo with a Dominican corojo wrapper, a Domincan binder and Dominican filler, which makes it a Dominican puro, even though it is made in Puerto Rico.
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The cigar has a beautiful band and a nice, dark & oily wrapper with a couple of big veins. The construction of this cigar feels good and I notice that the wrapper feels a bit silky. The predraw is fine and I taste some pepper on my lips and the back of my throat.
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I taste a smooth coffee with some spices and wood. After half an inch I also taste a sugar like sweetness in the aftertaste. After ¾ of an inch I taste herbs, spices and toasted wood. The coffee and sugar have disappeared. I think I even tasted a little cinnamon.
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After a third I also taste some black pepper with the spices, the herbs and toasted wood and earthy flavors. The flavors are all well balanced, none of them overpower the others. After two thirds these flavors get company from a herbal, minty freshness.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. I didn’t like the amount and thickness of the cigar in the beginning, there could have been more and it could have been thicker, but it got much better after a while. The draw was great. The dark ash is firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I would love to

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: 7 / 10

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Toscani classico

These Italian made cigars are ideal to share with friends, as you can cut them in half and then both smoke half a cigar. There are several blends and this time I smoked the Classico, which comes in a brown cardboard box that holds 5 cellophane packed cigar. The band is in the colors of the Italian flag.
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This cigar is probably the worst looking cigar I have ever seen. It has a bit of a cone shape, it is far from smooth and has thick veins. It looks like a dead twig that you find on the floor of a forest somewhere. The wrapper is quite oily though and has lots of colorations. The cigar feels very hard and tight. The cigar is pre-cut and the predraw is tough. The smell of this stick is a combination of a wet dog and a sweaty horse.
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I taste scorched earth, spicy and peppery and quite full. After 1½ inch the flavors become less strong and I can also taste some wood. The pepper disappeared but there spice remains, it is a herbal spiciness.
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Halfway I get a faint chocolate flavor way back beneath the earth and herbal flavor. The chocolate disappears quickly and later on I can only taste herbs.
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I smoked a whole stick and not half a stick like how it’s supposed to be smoked and still it only lasted me 20 minutes. The draw was a bit too hard but I got a lot of smoke, which is a bit yellowish. The firm as is dark and the burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Don’t think so

Appearance: 4 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 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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Olifant fidelio

Olifant (Elephant) is a Dutch cigar maker with a huge history and they are still one of the top producers of high quality dry shortfiller cigars in The Netherlands and actually the only dry cigar I like. These 8×44 Fidelio are from the Vintage 1987 series. The series got that name because of the Sumatra sandleaf wrapper that was harvested in 1987. In the box there is a leaflet which explains why the cigars got the name and even a map of all the farms in Sumatra and from which farm (Sampali) this particular batch of tobacco comes from. I got this box for helping a local B&M out when they were redecorating.
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The wrapper has a lot of veins and is light colored. I don’t like the looks of this cigar. The band is quite nice with a golden elephant. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild wood smell. The top of the cigar is a bit round, so I decide to cut it instead of punching. The predraw is fine and I taste some sweet raisin with some spices in the aftertaste.
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The flavors are sweet, smooth and mild herbs. After an inch the flavors get a little spicy and less sweet. The herbs get a bit stronger.
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The spices gain some strength and every now and then I taste some chocolate in the background. After ⅔ I no longer taste the sweetness. The cigar is now peppery and spicy.
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This shorfiller lasted me about 75 minutes, which is long for a shortfiller. I got a nice amount of smoke, but it started out very thin and got better along the way. The draw and burn are good. The light colored ash is frayed and not firm at all. This cigar is medium to full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I still have half a box.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 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 de Cuba belicoso

These handmade cigars are made by Don Pepin Garcia for Ashton, just like the San Cristobal and Benchmade, two great smokes. The La Aroma de Cuba is made from Nicaraguan tobacco with a broadleaf Connecicut wrapper and has a nice classic cigar band.
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The wrapper of this 5½x52 cigar has a nice mocha color, it is also oily and contains a few minor veins. I smell wood and straw when I hold the cigar under my nose. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste peppery raisin. The head of this torpedo is short and blunt.
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I taste a powerful peppery cofee with herbs and a sweetness. After an inch I taste cedar with the herbs, the flavors are mild spicy. The spiciness disappears though and the structure of the flavors becomes mild creamy. The creaminess disappears quickly too.
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The cigar is still mild spicy with flavors of herbs and cedar with some pepper that slowly grows in strength. After ⅝ I also taste some nuts with the pepper, herbs and cedar. The structure of the flavors becomes mild creamy again. The cigar gets more spicier until it is time to put the nub to rest.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and a half. The ash is almost white and medium firm. This full flavored and medium bodied cigar produced a lot of thick white smoke. I had to correct the burn a few times, but the draw was good.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, hopefully this blend will be available in The Netherlands.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 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 Rica corona tubo

A few years ago I bought a La Rica robusto at Huis Verloo in Antwerp. Last march I went back to Antwerp for a herf and with the pleasant memory of the La Rica in mind I bought a tubo of all available sizes, including this La Rica corona. I paid a reasonable price of € 5.50
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The tubo has a bright yellow color with black letters. Once I open the tubo and look at the 5¼ x 42 cigar I notice that the smooth wrapper is quite light colored. The cigar has a medium strong wood smell. The construction feels a bit tight and the predraw is a bit harder than what I like. I taste raisin and pepper.
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I taste wood with a mild sweet feeling to it. The sweetness disappears after about an inch.
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Halfway the wood gets accompanied by some earth and somewhat later I also taste some herbs. After ⅔ the cigar gets both sweet and spicy.
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This cigar lasted me an hour. Even though the draw was hard I got enough smoke from the cigar. The burn is good and the white ash is firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium to full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this was a disappointment

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

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C.A.O. La Traviata radiante

I never liked any C.A.O. cigar until I smoked my first C.A.O. La Traviata. That was a Divino and I liked it a lot. A friend gave me this cellophane wrapped Radiante, 6 inch long with a ring of 52. The cigar has a filler from Nicaraguan and Dominican filler, a Cameroon binder with an Ecuadorian habano wrapper.
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The Ecuadorian habano wrapper has a leathery look and is dark, shiny and oily with a few veins. The band is simple yet tasteful. The construction feels good. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is good and I taste a spicy and full raisin flavor.
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I get a strong coffee flavor, mild spicy and peppery. The coffee slowly changes into wood with a little bit of chocolate. After an inch the wood is dominant with a herbal spice and the chocolate disappeared. Halfway the structure of the flavors is mild creamy and the chocolate returns, the wood and herbs are still there.
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After two thirds I still taste the wood and herbs, but now with a sweetness and some pepper on the back of my throat. The wood slowly fades away, just like the sweetness. All I taste are herbs, spicy but not peppery anymore.
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This cigar lasted me for a long time, an hour and fifty minutes. I got a lot of medium thick smoke. The draw and the burn are good. The light colored ash is firm. The cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt

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: 7 / 10

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Alonso Menendez robusto

A few years ago I reviewed this Brazilian Alonso Menendez robusto and I didn’t like it at all. As the guys on my Dutch website keep raving about it and because I didn’t have pictures on my old review, I decided to buy another one for € 3,50, which is the fixed price in The Netherlands, to see if I may have had a dud and may like the cigar right now.
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The cigar has a dark wrapper, but it is messy with big veins. The cigar has a mini pigtail. The construction feels soft with a hard piece in the middle and I smell a sweet barnyard aroma. The tasteless predraw is fine.
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I can taste an earthy flavor with a sweetness that you can expect from Brazilian tobacco. After half an inch the cigar gets a bit sour too. Half an inch later the sour flavor disappears and I taste a combination of earth and wood with a slowly growing sweetness.
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Halfway the wood flavor loses some strength but the earth and the sweetness stay on the same level. After two thirds I taste a dry nut flavor, still with the sweetness. Near the end I taste the dry nut and sweetness but now with the returned wood flavor and some pepper on the lips.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and five minutes. The draw was good, just like the burn but the smoke is thin and there’s not much of it. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The ash is pepper and salt colored and quite firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, never. Tried it twice, didn’t like it twice like I never liked Brazilian tobacco anyway.

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

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Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios

A few years back Habanos SA finally decided to release a Cuban maduro, the Cohiba Maduro 5 series, three different vitola’s with a 5 year aged maduro wrapper. The three vitolas are the secretos (4⅓ x 40), magicos (4½ x 52) and the genios (5½ x 52). I got a few of the genios in a trade, I can’t remember the exact box code, but I know they are from 2008.
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The cigar doesn’t look that good, the dark wrapper has some light spots on it, lot of veins and it just looks messy. The cigar is slightly box pressed. There isn’t a lot of aroma, I only smell a mild barnyard aroma. The construction feels good, the predraw is good too and releases a dry straw flavor with some pepper.
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I can taste some earth flavors and a lot of leather with some sweetness, which has a hint of chocolate and some sugar. The earth flavors gain some strength and become just as powerful as the leather.
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The sweetness gets a bit stronger after about an inch. An inch later the leather grows in strength too with herbs, earth and the sweet chocolate as background flavors. After ⅔ the herbal flavors disappear again so I taste leather and earth. The sweetness is now pure sugar, the chocolate has gone.
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The smoke time of this cigar is 85 minutes. I got quite some reasonable thick smoke and a good draw and burn. The dark ashes are quite firm. I got a nice flame while purging this full flavored and full bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe when I am in a cigar lounge and want to light something I don’t smoke often. Cohiba is too expensive in my opinion, so I don’t smoke them often.

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

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Gurkha beauty

Back in the day when puff.com was still Club Stogie and I was a newbie, I took part in the Newbie Sampler Trade and got paired up with Massphatness. He send me a great sampler and amongst them there were a Gurkha Beauty and a Gurkha Beast. Due to my previous experiences with Gurkha I always skipped those whenever I was browsing my collection, looking for something to smoke, but I could not pass them anymore, I owe it to Vin to smoke these and as always write a review, so I lit up the Gurkha Beast a few days ago, and now it’s time for the 6×52 Beauty.
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This cigar isn’t as pretty as the Gurkha Beast, the color is pale brown instead of nice and dark. The wrapper has some veins and it’s not oily. The construction feels good and after punching I got a nice predraw. I taste some wood while I smell a mild hay aroma.
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I taste a sweet, somewhat musty, wood with a spicy aftertaste. The strength of the flavors are medium.
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After an inch and a half I still taste the same flavors, there is no progress at all. After ⅔ the aftertaste becomes a bit more spicy, but that is the only change in flavors I get.
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Smoke time is 90 minutes. I got enough smoke that is reasonably thick. The ash is light gray and quite firm. The draw and burn are good. Just like the beast, this cigar is producing a huge flame while purging. This cigar is mild to medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will have to say no, just like I said with the Beast

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: 6 / 10

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