Monthly Archives: December 2010

Casa Fuente robusto

In June 2009 I visited Las Vegas for a herf with a bunch of friends and I bought a sampler of the world famous Casa Fuente cigars. I already smoked the Double robusto and the churchill and to end the year in style, I decided to grab another Casa Fuente, the 5¼x50 robusto this time.
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The cigar is wrapped in cellophane with a golden “Casa Fuente” print. The wrapper is medium dark, covered in veins, shiny and oily with a beautiful band and an orange cloth band at the foot. The cigar has a mild wood smell. The construction feels good and so is the predraw, which tastes like tobacco.
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I taste a very nice wood flavor, mild sweet with an earthy note and some pepper. Flavors are full but smooth and well balanced. The pepper and the sweetness fade away after half an inch, I now taste herbs, earth and a hint of chocolate.
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After an inch the chocolate gets a bit stronger. Passed the midpoint I get more herbs and more pepper with a little bit of chocolate.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twentyfive minutes. I got a lot of medium thick smoke. The draw and the burn are great. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The wrapper tore at two thirds, but I could still smoke the cigar. The purge was big. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I go to Vegas, I’ll get some more.

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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Arturo Fuente sun grown rosado magnum R58

As you may know, or not as I don’t have any idea how many people read my reviews and pay attention to them and my likings, I love rosado wrappers. I was thrilled when Arturo Fuente decided to release a new line of sun grown rosado wrapped cigars en even more excited when I learned that they came to the Netherlands. I smoked the Arturo Fuente Sun grown rosado magnum r52 and the Arturo Fuente Sun grown rosado magnum r54 before and now it was time to smoke and review the Arturo Fuente Sun grown rosado magnum r58, the latest addition to the line up here in The Netherlands. The cigar has a price tag of €9.50
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The Arturo Fuente Sun grown rosado magnum r58 is a belicoso with a blunt top, 5¼ inch long with a ring of 58. The wrapper is lovely, has a reddish shine to it and contains lots of small veins. The cigar has a distinctive chocolate smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. The predraw leaves a raisin flavor in my mouth.
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I taste a mild sour earthy flavor with some pepper, the flavors are more spicy than I expected, but the spiciness fades away quickly, what remains is some herbs. After half an inch I taste wood and herbs, with a sweetness and the sour flavor I tasted before.
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After two inch I taste some coffee with the flavors I mentioned before and after a third I also get some chocolate. After two thirds I taste a little more sweet and sour, with some wood and herbs. All the other flavors are gone.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and a half. I got a decent amount of thick smoke. The draw is great. The silvergray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. I had to correct the burn a few times
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes.

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

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Illusione epernay le ferme

Dion Giolito, creator of Illusione cigars, created this cigar to pair well with a good champagne and named the line after a well known Champagne region, Epernay. This blend is created with the European palate in mind, the cigar has a lighter shade wrapper than other Illusiones and is less spicy and more floral according to Illusione. I got a few of the 5¼x48 Le Ferme and of the 6¼x52 Le Monde in a group buy on my Dutch website. They are not for sale in The Netherlands.
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The wrapper, even though it is a lighter shade than other Illusiones, is still reasonably dark and is quite oily. I see a few veins. The band is simple yet tasteful. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels good and I can’t complain about the predraw, which is mild spicy.
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I taste a peppery coffee flavor and after half an inch I taste a lot of earth flavor. The flavors are sticky and creamy. After an inch and a half I taste wood, nuts and chocolate.
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Slowly the wood gets stronger and I taste some herbs too. The nut and chocolate flavors have gone. Little passed halfway I taste some chocolate again, very mild and a good amount of pepper. The pepper slowly loses some of its strength.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and fifteen minutes. I got a lot of smoke that starts out reasonably thick and gray but it turns thick and white. The draw is great, but I had to correct the burn a few times. The ash is dark and reasonably firm. This cigar is full bodied and medium to full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I love these.

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

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Cain sungrown 460

I smoked the Cain Habano sun grown 464t recently and now it was time for the other Cain Habano sun grown nub. This 4×60 cigar has a 7 euro price tag in The Netherlands. It is made by Oliva, like all Cain and Nub cigars and Oliva will keep producing these even though the face of Cain and Nub, Sam Leccia, recently left the company.
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The wrapper is nice, dark and oily with some few thin veins. The construction is, as can be expected from any Oliva product, flawless. The cigar has a smell that reminds me of a barnyard and wood. As any Cain and Nub, this cigar has a band on the foot. The predraw is fine, quite tasteless except for a little bit of pepper.
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I taste pepper and an earthy flavor, full flavored and strong. After a quarter of an inch I also taste some dark chocolate. The pepper fades away, I taste earth, dark chocolate and something sweet.
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Halfway the chocolate becomes a bit stronger. Near the end I also get some nut flavors with the dark chocolate and the earthy flavor.
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This full flavored and full bodied cigar lasted me an hour and fifteen minutes. The salt & pepper colored ash is firm. I got a lot of thick white smoke. The draw and the burn are great and the ash is firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the 464t better because of the shape, I am no fan of fat smokes.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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La Herencia Cubana robusto

Some time ago I smoked this A.J. Fernandez made La Herencia Cubana oscuro fuerte robusto and loved it. Now this is the normal La Herencia Cubana blend, a Nicaraguan cigar with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and a 5×50 size.
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I see a nice medium dark wrapper with a few veins that make the cigar look rough and tough. I like the band. The cigar has a nice wood and barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is on the loose side and I taste a spicy and peppery raisin flavor.
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The first flavors are spicy, lots of herbs and mild bitter. Dry and full. The flavors are also mild sweet. After half an inch the flavors get a little less spicy and full, but they remain mild bitter. After an inch the bitterness disappears and I taste a mild chocolate flavor with the spices and herbs.
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I taste herbs with some wood and spices and that’s it. No development on the palate afterwards, just more of the same. Near the end I get a splash of black pepper.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and ten minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke. The draw is on the loose side. The medium gray ash is firm. I had a couple of burn issues and the purge is huge. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? It is a nice cigar, but I like the oscuro fuerte better.

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

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Padron 80th anniversary maduro Ilja IV edition

This cigar requires some explanation. Ilja van Horssen was a well known man in the Dutch cigar society, he was one of the founding members of The Longfiller Company, distributer of a lot of Non Cuban brands in The Netherlands like Oliva, Don Pepin Garcia, Tatuaje, Fuente, Padron, Liga Privada and more. He left The Longfiller Company to start the Cuesta Rey cigar shop in The Hague and later he bought the shop and brand G. de Graaff, also in The Hague. A few years ago Ilja was diagnosed with cancer and at the age of 36 he lost the battle and he is still missed by many. The shops in The Hague are still run by his widow Yvonne. Ilja’s brother Sasja, current owner & CEO of The Longfiller Company honors his brother with a limited release hard to find cigar dedicated to Ilja and the proceeds of the cigar goes to charity. The first Ilja cigar was an Opus X A in a handmade box of Italian leather, the second release was an Opus X double robusto, last year the Ilja III was an Oliva V maduro (not in regular distribution in Europe back then) and this year Ilja was remembered with a Padron 80th anniversary maduro, a cigar that never made it to Europe too. Only 36 boxes are released, as Ilja died at that age. The bands on the cigars carry Ilja’s portrait.
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The cigar has a beautiful dark wrapper, like dark chocolate, with a stylish band. The wrapper is quite oily and I don’t see any real veins. The shape is pretty, a box pressed double perfecto with a great construction. The cigar is 6¾x52 long and thick. The predraw is fine, I taste a spiceless tobacco.
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I taste a sweet coffee, smooth, with a hint of chocolate. The flavors are full but smooth. After half an inch I also taste some herbs. The cigar slowly gets a bit spicy while the coffee disappears. The chocolate gets stronger and tastes like dark chocolate.
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I love what I taste and I don’t mind that the flavors don’t develop much. I mean, any development would only destroy the close to perfect flavors. Slowly I also taste some spices, not spicy or peppery though. The balance of the flavors is fantastic, chocolate, herbs and spices.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes, and if it was up to me, it would have lasted eight hours, what a cigar. The draw was fantastic and the burn was great. I got a lot of thick white smoke. The ash is light colored, almost white and very firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I am looking for a job, my first paycheck will be spend on a box of these

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

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Pinar del Rio sun grown robusto

I got this cigar from an American friend in a trade or a bomb, I can’t remember, and this whole brand was unknown to me as it is not for sale in The Netherlands. Ofcourse I heard of the name, but I had never seen or tried one myself. I smoked the Pinar del Rio Habano Sungrown 5×50 robusto, a cigar with a Dominican Habano Sun Grown wrapper, a Dominican Criollo ’98 binder and a Nicaraguan and Dominican filler.
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The cigar is nice and dark and the wrapper is very shiny, oily and has a few veins. The cigar also has a pretty strong barnyard aroma. The construction feels good. The predraw is good and I taste raisin.
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I taste a peppery coffee which is mild sweet and I even taste some dark chocolate, I like this. After an inch the coffee disappears and I taste dark chocolate, some herbs and at a third even a hint of nuts.
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Halfway I taste chocolate, wood, herbs and still some nuts. The chocolate gets less dominant and the wood slowly takes it place, with the herbs and the chocolate still on the background. After two thirds the herbs are getting stronger while the chocolate keeps fading away.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and twenty five minutes. The draw is good but gets a bit harder along the way, so I drilled a hole in the cigar which helped a lot. The smoke is good, I get enough smoke and it is reasonably thick. The ash is dark but firm. The burn is ok, I had to correct it a few times and at one point there was even some tunneling. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, depends on the price.

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

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Liga Privada T52 toro

I love Liga Privada, I said that many times before and I will keep saying it as long as the cigars are this good. I smoked some T52’s in the recent past as they just became available on the Dutch market. I smoked the robusto and the belicoso. I have ordered a box of Dirty Rats and a box of Flying Pigs, those will be reviewed too once I receive them. I smoked the toro for a review today. The price tag of this cigar is € 11.00 in The Netherlands.
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This 6 x 52 cigar looks great with its dark and oily wrapper. I see a few thin veins and smell a floral aroma. The construction feels good and the predraw is a bit tight, but not too tight to complain. I get a spicy flavor from the predraw.
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I taste spicy coffee with earth, some chocolate and a mild pepper. The coffee disappears after half an inch. I taste spicy wood with earth and chocolate. The feeling in my mouth is dry. The wood slowly becomes the main flavor.
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Halfway I get more chocolate, dark chocolate. After two thirds I taste more herbs and all flavors get stronger. Near the end I also taste white pepper.
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This cigar is a slow burner due to the thick wrapper. This 6 inch cigar lasted me two hours and twenty five minutes. I got a good amount of smoke, which started out thin but got thicker along the way. The draw is great and the burn is good. The as is dark, frayed and not firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the belicoso and robusto better

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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H. Upmann #2

This particular H. Upmann #2, a 6⅛ x 52 torpedo has the same name as his Montecristo brother and that is because before the revolution both the H.Upmann brand and the Montecristo brand were owned by the same company, Menendez Y Carcia. This particular cigar had a 2006 box code and comes from a torpedo sampler I bought a few years ago and has been stored in my humidor since.
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The cigar has a raw, rough and bumpy wrapper, which is chocolate brown colored and oily. The band is simple and looks like the famous Montecristo band, but that has probably to do with the old ties between the brands. The cigar has a barnyard aroma that is so unique to Cuba that you can tell that this is a Cuban cigar just by the smell. The construction is a bit off, I feel a few somewhat softer spots, not really soft, but there is a difference in construction. The predraw is a bit loose.
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I taste a dry leather flavor, full but smooth and soon I get some earth too. After a quarter of an inch I already taste the typical Cuban flavors. After an inch I also taste some chocolate. The flavors are dry and mild creamy. The chocolate disappears again and I taste leather, earth and some hay.
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The flavors are full, complex, well balanced, typical Cuban and superb. After ⅝ I get a hint of chocolate again and the flavors are now dry but not creamy anymore. After two thirds I get some pepper, a mix of black and red peppers.
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This cigar had a smoke duration of an hour and thirty minutes. I got a decent amount of smoke, which was reasonably thick. The draw is just a nudge on the loose side. I had to correct the burn one or two times. The ash is light colored with some dark spots and it is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.

Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah!

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

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Casa Magna Colorado torito

The Casa Magna Colorado is a new cigar on the Dutch market and available in several sizes, including this Torito, a 4¾x60 fatty. I smoked the robusto a few months ago thanks to an American friend and the pikito about a week ago and I liked both.
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As I already said, this is a short and fat smoke, a bit like Danny DeVito but less annoying. The dark wrapper is shiny and oily with a lot of small veins. The band is nice. The cigar doesn’t have a strong odor, I smell a little bit of wood. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste wood and raisin.
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I taste a lot of herbs with some wood and a sweetness. The flavors are creamy and the sweetness disappears. After half an inch I also taste some nuts and chocolate. After an inch I get more wood and chocolate and close the middle of the cigar I get a dark chocolate flavor.
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After the middle I don’t taste herbs anymore except in the aftertaste. Wood and chocolate are the main flavors. After two thirds I taste nuts with a hint of chocolate but the chocolate disappears. I am left with nuts and herbs.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and I got a lot of smoke that was a bit thin, but not too thin. The construction is wonderful as the light colored ash is mega firm, it didn’t break at all. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the Pikito better

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 9 / 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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