Monthly Archives: January 2011

Oliva series V diadema 6×46

When I met Dave Wagner, national sales manager of the Oliva Cigar Company a few months ago, he told me he always has some Oliva V 6×46 diadema cigars in his pockets as they are his favorite Oliva V’s and they are not a regular production cigar, you will only find them in the Oliva V samplers. We smoked one right on the spot and he gave me a second one for a review, a review you are reading now.
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The cigar has the most beautiful shape, I think that the diadema is the best looking cigar shape out there. I smell the cigar and when I close my eyes I can even see the horses I smell, it’s like I’m in a stable. The construction feels great and the cigar looks awesome with the dark, shiny and oily wrapper. I see a few thing long veins. Dave told me he never punches or cuts a cigar, he pinches the cap and because he gave me this cigar, I pinched the cap too, it worked well. The predraw is fine.
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I taste some earth flavors with pepper and some mild sweet wood. After half an inch the cigar taste like herbs with wood, quite spicy. After an inch I taste wood as main flavor with herbs in the aftertaste, the cigar is mild peppery. The cigar lacks the Oliva V power and pepper but that makes it special and very enjoyable.
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Halfway the pepper disappeared and I taste herbs with wood. The herbs took over as main flavor again. The wood slowly disappears completely and after two thirds all I taste are herbs with some cinnamon, which I love. I also taste some chocolate on the background. The chocolate slowly grows in strength and turns into dark chocolate. The cigar also gets a little bit spicy.
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This cigar was good for an hour and thirty five minutes. The draw is great, the smoke is plenty but a bit thin. The ash is quite dark and quite firm. The burn is beautiful. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? That would be impossible without buying a whole sampler

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

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Dunhill corona tubo

This cigar was in a bomb that an American friend send me and I can’t find too much information about this 5¼x42 tubed corona online.
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The tubo is simple, just plain alumium with a small Dunhill sticker on it. The cigar is nice and smooth, medium brown with a few veins. The cigar has a mild straw smell. the construction feels good and the smooth predraw backs that feeling up. I taste a mild raisin flavor.
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I am surprised by the full flavored coffee that I taste with a little splash of wood, I expected this cigar to be much milder. After an inch the coffee disappears and I taste some wood with a metallic earth flavor. The strength of the flavors is also gone, the flavors are now medium like I expected.
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Halfway I only taste a pleasant wood flavor and after two thirds the cigar gets a little spicy.
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After about an hour of smoking the cigar turns, so I had to toss it. I got a lot of thick white smoke and a light colored ash. The burn and draw are good. When I purged the cigar I got a huge flame. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. The ash was quite firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, this cigar was nothing special.

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

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Partagas Salomon

Habanos started the production of this 7.2 inch ring 57 Partagas salomones in 2008 and they are a cigar exclusively made for the La Casa Del Habano shops all over the world. The cigar has that signature La Casa Del Habano band as a second band that is placed under the Partagas band.
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This cigar is beautifully shaped and it has a nice and warm mocha color. The wrapper is oily and has a few veins. The construction feels good. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is a bit hard and I taste some raisin and earth, really mild and dry.
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I taste a full earth flavor and a mild leather. After an inch I also taste a nut flavor. The leather fades away a bit, the nut flavor disappears completely and all I taste is earth after an inch and a half.
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After two inch I taste a mild toast flavor as a support to the earth. Halfway the leather gains power again and becomes the dominant flavor. The cigar starts to get more complex and interesting. The texture is mild creamy and the aftertaste is an earth flavor. After ⅔ I taste some nuts again with the leather and I can even taste some wood.
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Make sure you got plenty of time when you light this cigar, it took me two hours and fifteen minutes to finish it. The draw is good although the smoke starts out poor, but fortunately I keep getting more and more smoke the longer I puff on this salomones. Due to the shape I had a bit of a crooked burn in the beginning but the burn corrected itself. The ash is quite firm but frayed and has a salt & pepper color. This cigar is medium to full bodied and medium to full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I am at Mike’s Havana House I will buy a few more

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

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El Cobre churchill

These El Cobre cigars are a well kept secret amongst a small group of cigar aficionados who had the pleasure of tasting these fine Nicaraguan cigars. Word on the streets is that this blend, named after an old coppermine town in Cuba, was the private blend for Gilberto Oliva. I had the pleasure of smoking the robusto, torpedoand the toro in the past and I remember that all were very full bodied, especially the toro that kicked my ass. This 7×48 churchill is at least two years old and it has a price tag of € 5,50 here in The Netherlands.
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I spot a very nice band underneath the cellophane. The wrapper is nice, oily and dark with a vein here and there. The wrapper has a leathery look to it. The construction feels a bit hard, but the predraw is fine. I taste a mild raisin flavor. When I release the cigar from the cellophane I smell a strong barnyard smell.
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I taste a full and strong coffee flavor with pepper. The coffee is the main flavor. After half an inch I also taste some wood and the pepper disappeared. After an inch and a half I also taste some herbs and the pepper returns, but milder than before. The coffee becomes a bit stronger.
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Halfway the coffee disappears, I taste wood and herbs with a pepper aftertaste. After ⅔ I only taste herbs with lots of pepper, but the pepper isn’t sharp nor harsh. The final few puffs give herbs only.
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This cigar is full bodied and full flavored, but not as strong as the toro or the other vitolas. Or maybe I can take more nowadays. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes. The draw is good, just like the burn. The ash is almost white and firm. I got plenty of smoke, but the smoke is thin.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, although I like the torpedo and robusto better.

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

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Cruzero de Panama robusto

Cruzero de Panama is a 130 year old brand that recently showed up again when Tabacalera Darier & Cleef decided to start producing this old brand again. One of the reasons to relaunch this brand, one of the first ever made by Darier & Cleef back in the late 1800’s, is to let the cigar smokers know about the cigar tradition in Panama. The original crates and bands are used on the cigars, to honor the tradition. The cigars are available in Germany, Austria and a few select shops in The Netherlands for now.
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The wrapper has a cappuccino colored wrapper with a few veins. The wrapper is mild oily and the band is simple yet pretty. The cigar has a mild straw smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste tobacco with a mild pepper.
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I taste a smooth and sweet coffee and soon an added wood flavor with some pepper. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with some sweetness. The flavors are quite dry.
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After a third I taste some chocolate, some caramel and grass with the wood and the sweetness. Halfway the grass becomes the main flavor with some wood. The caramel has disappeared and the chocolate has mellowed down and is only noticeable in the aftertaste.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and fifteen minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke. The draw and the burn were fantastic. The light colored ash is very firm. This cigar is medium flavored and mild to medium bodied, like expected from previous experiences with Panamanian tobacco.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a nice Sunday morning cigar.

Appearance: 8 / 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: 7 / 10

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Don Pepin Garcia series JJ maduro belicoso

The previous Don Pepin Garcia JJ maduro I smoked and reviewed I absolutely loved. I love the natural JJ series too, but the maduro is just a little bit better and one of the few maduros to leave the Don Pepin Garcia factories. I smoked the 5¾x52 cellophane wrapped belicoso.
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The top of the cigar is quite blunt and the dark wrapper is oily with just a few veins. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste tobacco.
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First flavor I get is a high dose of pepper with a mild sweetness. The strength of the pepper fades away a bit and I also taste some wood. The maduro sweetness slowly gains some strength and after a third I also taste leather. The leather slowly gets stronger with a peppery aftertaste, the flavors are mild sweet.
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After two thirds I get some herbs, wood, leather, pepper and that sweetness, the flavors are well balanced and quite complex for a Don Pepin Garcia blend. Near the end I get a lot of pepper, sweetness en wood.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and fifteen minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke with a great draw and a straight burn. The ash is firm and almost white. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied, I had a mild nicotine overdose after smoking this baby.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah.

Appearance: 8 / 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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Hoyo de Monterrey petit robusto *revisited*

3 years ago I reviewed this 4×50 Hoyo de Monterrey petit robusto but forgot to take pictures. This is my first Hoyo de Monterrey petit robusto since, I bought it to update my old review with pictures and decided to review the new cigar too.
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The wrapper is silky, somewhat dark and it has quite some veins. The cigar smells of leather and barnyard. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I can hardly taste anything in the predraw. The cigar has a € 8.40 price tag in The Netherlands
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I taste peppery leather and coffee, quite full and strong and after half an inch the pepper disappears and the leather becomes mild sweet. Soon after the cigar flavors change to an earthy flavor with some leather and quite some herbs on the background with some pepper.
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Halfway the leather disappears, I taste an earthy flavor with herbs. After two thirds the sweetness returns with the herbs and some leather. The earthy flavor has gone. Near the end I even taste a licorice like flavor.

 

It took me an hour to finish this short stogie. I got a lot of smoke which was reasonably thick. The silver-gray ash is firm. The draw is great but I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, I am not as impressed as I was 3 years ago

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

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Padilla series ’68 robusto

Ernesto Padilla honors his father with this Padilla Series ’68 cigar line. His father was arrested and imprisoned in Cuba in 1968 after publishing a collection of poetry that criticized the communist Castro regime. I think someone gave me this cigar, but it could be a souvenir from my US roadtrip as well. There is a text on the band with a number on the bands, just like with the Padron anniversary series to prevent counterfeit cigars.
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The 5×52 robusto has a nice dark wrapper with a vein and it is quite oily and a nice band. I smell straw and barnyard. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and tastes like chocolate powder and raisin.
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I taste chocolate, an earthy flavor and coffee. The chocolate is the main flavor and after an inch the coffee morphs into wood. Halfway I taste hay with a hint of chocolate.
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The flavors are dry and slowly I taste more herbs while the chocolate fades away slowly. After two thirds I don’t taste any chocolate anymore but just herbs with a fresh aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and five minutes. I get a decent amount of smoke, but it is a bit thin. The draw and burn are good. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt

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

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Oliva O torpedo

The Oliva O series is well known and appreciated all over the world. The cigar is made from a Nicaraguan Habano binder and filler with a sun grown Habano wrapper. There are nine sizes available and there is even a complete maduro line, but I smoked the 6×52 natural torpedo
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The cigar has a wood and barnyard smell with the recognizable Oliva band. The wrapper is quite light colored and oily with a few veins. The construction is good and so is the predraw which tastes like spicy raisin.
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I taste a spicy but sweet coffee flavor. The sweetness is mild dominant. After a third I taste a sweet wood flavor and halfway that flavor gets company from some herbs.
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The sweetness is getting less dominant and now I taste an earthy flavor with wood and herbs and all flavors grow in strength.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and thirty-five minutes. I got a lot of thick white smoke and a great draw. The ash is light colored but frayed and reasonably firm. The burn of this medium flavored and medium bodied cigar is great.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the cigar but prefer the G and V series

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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El Rey de los Habanos robusto

A couple of friends stuck their heads together and plotted to group bomb me, and boy, their plan worked. I got a box with a very nice selection of cigars, some I smoked in the past, some I read about and some I never even heard of and this was one of them. Now you must know that I am a big Don Pepin Garcia fan, so I couldn’t wait to light this cigar which was unknown to me. Visiting the El Rey de los Habanos website thought me that this is a milder cigar with a Corojo rosado claro wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and filler.
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The wrapper is chocolate brown with a light reddish glow, it is shiny and oily with a few veins. The cigar has a classic barnyard aroma and the construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste pepper and raisin.
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I taste coffee and pepper with a very mild sweetness. The flavors tone down quickly into a medium strength. I taste leather with some sweetness, the coffee and pepper left the cigar after only half an inch. Soon after I taste nuts with the same mild sweetness as the other flavors I have tasted so far.
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After an inch and a half I taste a sweet earthy flavor and halfway that flavor changes into herbs and pepper. After two thirds I taste nuts and pepper and the sweetness has disappeared. Near the end the earthy flavor makes a comeback, combined with the nuts and the pepper.
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This 5×50 robusto lasted me for an hour and five minutes. The draw is a bit hard, although that is getting better along the way, just like the smoke, which started out poor and thin but that also got better. The medium gray ash is firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? It was a nice cigar, but when smoking a Don Pepin stick I expect more power and that signature Pepin ‘twang’.

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

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