Monthly Archives: December 2010

Tatuaje pork tenderloin

This limited edition, bandless Tatuaje is a creation for the Glouchester Street Cigar Company in Boston, a cigar shop without a website, so for me, living in Europe, it would have been impossible to get my hands on these cigars if it wasn’t for the help of my friend Jim, who was kind enough to do a box split between me, him, two of my Dutch friends and a few other inmates of Cigar Asylum. The packaging of these cigars are awesome, pictures of the packaging are from the web and below the review **
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This might be the darkest cigar I have ever seen. It is dark, oily with a tough looking vein and it has a pigtail. This cigar screams that it is bad ass. I smell sweet wood and barnyard aromas. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and tastes peppery.
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I taste a full smooth coffee flavor with some herbs. After half an inch I also taste wood with some herbs in the aftertaste. At the two inch mark I get a little bit of chocolate on the background, but it disappears after only two puffs.
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Halfway the cigar gets a mild sweetness with the well balanced mix of wood, herbs and spices. I think I taste nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Every now and then I also taste some chocolate, more often not though.
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This 5⅛x52 cigar lasted me for a little bit more than one hour and twenty minutes. The smoke is amazing, thick and white and plenty. The draw is great and the burn is fabulous, straight as an arrow and slow. The ash is almost white, compact and firm. This cigar is definitely full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I get the chance, I will

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

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Categories: My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars, Tatuaje | Tags: , , ,

La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #5

Not too long ago the La Aroma de Cuba came on the Dutch market under the name La Aroma del Caribe and the Dutch distributer started with the La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #1, La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #2 and the La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #3 and now he brought the La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #5, a 5½x52 belicoso to the Dutch market for a retail price of 7 euro. I liked the first three vitolas, so I couldn’t wait to try this Don Pepin made cigar from Ashton.
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The cellophane wrapped cigar has a medium brown, mild shiny and oily wrapper with a double band. The top of the cigar is a bit blunt for a belicoso and the wrapper doesn’t have a lot of veins. I smell some wood and a barnyard smell. The construction feels a bit hard, but the predraw is easy and has a mild spicy taste to it.
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I taste dry coffee, mildly bitter, and something that reminds me of cinnamon. The coffee morphs into wood. After half an inch I taste herbs and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. After almost an inch I also taste some dark chocolate.
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Halfway I taste wood with herbs and some nutmeg and every now and then some cocoa powder. After two thirds the spices are getting stronger and I taste wood too with a mild pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and fifteen minutes and I got a lot of thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The draw is great, just like the burn. This cigar is medium bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will

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

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

Falto legado

The Falto Legado is a corona gorda, 5½x47, that was created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of La Garita Cigar Co & Falto cigars. The cigar is made from a Nicaraguan wrapper and a Dominican binder filled with tobacco from both countries. I got this cigar from Luis Falto to review on my blog.
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The wrapper has a nice chocolate color and has a few big veins. I smell straw and a barnyard, the strength of the smell is medium. The construction feels good and so is the predraw, which tastes like spicy tobacco and raisin.
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I taste coffee, it is bitter but that bitter flavor disappears almost instantly. The coffee gets accompanied by some wood and after half an inch even some vanilla. After a third I taste a soapy flavor. That may sound disgusting, but it isn’t, it’s not bad at all. The cigar also has a sweet flavor to it and the wood flavor is a combination of all kinds of wood. This is very interesting, I have never experienced this before.
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Right before halfway the cigar gets a bit sweeter and once I passed the mid point of the cigar I also taste a hint of chocolate. All I can say is that this cigar is unique. The woodflavors are getting stronger after two thirds and I also taste a very mild cinnamon flavor near the end.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. I got a nice amount of smoke, that started out thin but got more body along the way. The draw and burn are good. The ash is medium dark and reasonably firm. This cigar is medium bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a cigar with a unique flavor profile, I liked it.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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God of Fire 2006 Don Carlos robusto

These God of Fire cigars are made by Fuente for Prometheus and are supposed to be top shelve cigars with a price that supports that idea. The MRSP for this 2006 robusto by Don Carlos in a stunningly beautiful tube is $22. On the inner tube there is a text explaining the name “Prometheus stole fire from Zeus, the king of the Olympic gods, to bring it to mankind. Enraged Zeus ordered Prometheus to be bound to a desolate rock and attacked by an eagle. Prometheus was punished for his love of mortals. Prometheus is a courageous hero for mankind and is known as God of Fire” and it continues with “very special and rare vintage cigars blended by the two living legends of cigars, Carlos Fuente sr and Carlito Fuente”. I got this cigar in a ‘make a wish’ on Cigar Asylum.
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The looks of this cigar are off the board. The tube is beautiful and different from any other tube I have seen. There is no cap at the bottom of the tube, but they are actually two tubes, a smaller inner tube with an opening at the top, and an outer tube with an opening at the bottom, so you slide them together to make the tube and protect the 5¼x50 double banded robusto. The wrapper is dark, oily and shiny and has lots of small veins. The cigar has a mild smell of herbs and straw. The construction feels good although the predraw is a bit loose.
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I taste a pleasant coffee flavor, quite spicy, with some wood. The flavors are complex and balanced. After half an inch I taste herbs instead of coffee. There isn’t much development in flavors for a while, but what I taste is very good, balanced and complex. I don’t mind the lack of development because I like what I taste.
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Halfway the cigar gets even more flavorful, still a complex and well balanced herbal flavor with wood. After two thirds I get a bit more wood with the herbs and some pepper. The pepper is getting stronger until it is time to say goodbye to this wonderful cigar.
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This robusto had a smoke time of an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was good and so was the burn. I got a decent amount of thick smoke in the beginning and it got more and more, how longer I smoked. The ash is light colored and firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I can find them for a reasonable price, yes I will.

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

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

Chateau Real magnum 46 maduro

The Chateau Real brand is part of the Drew Estate family, a cigar company that really surprised me pleasantly with the Liga Privada, so I wanted to try the Chateau Real too. A few days ago, I smoked the magnum 46 with the claro wrapper and this time I smoked the maduro version of the same cigar. This is a 5 ⅝x 46 cigar made from aged Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco. The cigars are new to the Dutch market and have a € 5.50 price tag.
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The wrapper is nice and dark with a few thin veins and it looks dry. The construction feels good and the cigar has a bit of a floral aroma to it. The predraw is fine and tastes floral too.
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I taste chocolate, dark and a bit bitter, with some sweetness and a hint of an earthy flavor. After three quarters of an inch I also taste some herbs and a little salt. The chocolate remains the main flavor but halfway it gets accompanied by some pepper. The chocolate feels a bit sticky on my palate.
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The chocolate becomes stronger, it is like sucking on some dark chocolate and on the background I taste some hazelnuts. I still taste the pepper too. Near the end the cigar becomes quite spicy.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and thirty five minutes. The ash is white and is firm. The smoke is thick and white. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. The burn and the draw are very good.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will, this is a nice early in the day smoke for a friendly price

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: 8 / 10

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Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente King T

You have to hand it to Arturo Fuente, they don’t make much tubos but when they do, it is something spectacular, like this Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente King T, a 7×49 churchill with a Dominican filler and binder with a Connecticut shade wrapper.
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The wrapper is light brown and oily with a few veins. The cigar has a piece of red band on the foot to protect it. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild wood smell. The predraw is good.
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I taste dry wood, mild spicy and after a quarter of an inch I taste a little bit of chocolate on the background. After two inch I get a little more chocolate with some herbs. The flavors are dry and a bit musty, which I get a lot from Connecticut wrappers.
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Halfway I still taste wood with herbs. The chocolate is hardly recognizable and the musty taste has gone. The flavors no longer change until I reach the end, only the wood gets a bit stronger.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and fortyfive minutes. The draw was good. The light colored ash is reasonable firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. The smoke is thin. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Meh, Connecticut wrappers don’t do it for me.

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

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Liga Privada T52 belicoso

As you can see from my older Liga Privada reviews like the T52 robusto, #9belicoso oscuro, #9 robusto oscuro and the #9 Flying pig, I love Liga Privada and it would surprise me if they don’t make the Cigar Aficionado top 25 for 2010. The T52 blend recently became available on the Dutch market and this 6×52 belicoso has a € 12.00 price tag.
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The wrapper is dark, oily and silky with a few long thin veins. The cigar has a mild smell of a barnyard and cedar. The construction feels good. The predraw is great and has a pepper flavor.
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I taste a soft coffee flavor with earth, full flavored but smooth and soft with a mild sweetness that turns into dry cocoa after a quarter of an inch. After half an inch I taste some pepper in the aftertaste, but real mild.
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After an inch the sweet chocolate becomes stronger with more earth and a little pepper in the aftertaste. That is the mixture of flavors that I keep tasting for a long time, the flavors don’t develop but I don’t mind because I love what I taste. Near the end I taste a more spicy mix of chocolate, a little bit of earth and cedar.
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This cigar lasted me for a long long time, two hours and fifteen minutes. The silver gray ash is firm. The draw and burn are fantastic. I got a good amount of reasonable thick smoke. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Absolutely

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

Categories: Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, Liga Privada, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , ,

La Flor Dominicana 200 tubo

I like most La Flor Dominicana cigars and when I got my hands on this beautiful tubo I was pretty excited. According to the website these cigars are medium to full flavored and made with a Nicaraguan binder, an Ecuadorian Connecticut seed wrapper and a Piloto Cubana filler that is grown on the La Flor Dominicana estate farm.
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The tube is beautiful, black with a beautiful purple flower. Inside is a light brown colored 6×44 cigar with an oily wrapper with some veins. I smell wood and even a light cinnamon smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste a bit of a cardboard taste with a little spice.
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I taste dry wood with some pepper, but the pepper disappears almost immediately. I like the flavors although they are quite mild and flat.
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After an inch and a half the cigar gets a bit musty. Halfway the cigar gets a bit stronger and I taste herbs with the wood, and a mild sweetness.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty five minutes. The draw was really good, but the smoke is thin and I don’t get much smoke anyway. The ash is light colored and compact but not firm at all. The burn is straight as an arrow. I got a huge flame when purging. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored at most.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I had better La Flor Domincana cigars.

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

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Oliva masterblend 3 torpedo

Regular readers of my reviews know that I love Oliva cigars and that I reviewed two Master blends, before, the Master blend 1 torpedo and the ]Master blend 3 robusto. Now I had the opportunity to smoke and review the 6×52 Oliva Master blend 3 torpedo. The Master blend cigars are limited released with Nicaraguan ligero filler, a Nicaraguan Habano binder and a broadleaf Sun Grown wrapper.
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This cigar is extremely box pressed, it’s oval shaped. The wrapper is dark and oily but with spots. The cigar has a smell of straw, a sharp point and a beautiful band. The construction feels good. The mild peppery predraw is good.
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I taste a mild sour coffee flavor, the sour flavor reminds me of citrus, but it fades away quickly. I also taste some chocolate which slowly grows in strength with coffee as a background flavor.
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After a third I taste wood, herbs and chocolate. The herbs flavor morphs to spices and pepper. The wood flavor becomes stronger and the chocolate is still around.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twentyfive minutes. I got a reasonable amount of thick smoke. The draw is good. The burn is ok, a little bit crooked though. The ash is medium gray, frayed and firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I got a decent flame when I purged the cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it.

Appearance: 7 / 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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Chateau Real magnum 46 claro

The Chateau Real brand is part of the Drew Estate family, a cigar company that really surprised me pleasantly with the Liga Privada, so I wanted to try the Chateau Real too. I smoked the magnum 46 with the claro wrapper. This is a 5 ⅝x 46 cigar made from aged Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco. The cigars are new to the Dutch market and have a € 5.50 price tag.
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Once I release the cigar from the cellophane I notice a typical Connecticut wrapper, which isn’t a good sign as I don’t like Connecticut wrappers at all. The wrapper is light colored, a bit yellow with thin veins. There are some soft spots in the construction. The cigar has a bit of a floral smell with wood. The band is simple. The predraw is fine, a bit sweet and floral.
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I taste a sweet earthy flavor with a musty Connecticut taste to it, exactly what I dislike about Connecticut wrappers. After half an inch I taste earth and chocolate, the musty flavor has gone. After an inch and a half I taste a bit of hay and the mustiness is back again. The cigar is still a bit sweet.
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Halfway I taste some dark chocolate again with the earthy flavor and the hay. After two thirds the cigar becomes ashy but that nasty flavor disappears soon. After that I get a strange chocolate flavor again with hay.
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This cigar lasted me for a little over an hour. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The draw was fantastic and the burn was straight. The ash is light colored and firm. This cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Simple answer: No.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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