Monthly Archives: January 2011

Old Henry maduro corona

Old Henry is a Don Pepin made cigar that is sold exclusively by Holts, I smoked a few in the past but never this 5½x44 corona. A friend gave me this cigar and here are my thoughts ;)
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Like I said in the older reviews, this band is so ugly that it starts to get pretty again. The wrapper is dark and leathery, shiny and oily and almost without veins. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and tastes like peppery raisin.
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I taste pepper, leather and earth, Cubanesque even but with a twist. The palate of this cigar reminds me of the famous Bolivar blend as far as a non Cuban cigar can copy Cuban flavors that is offcourse. I also taste that maduro sweetness and after an inch even a mild chocolate on the background.
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After a third I taste mainly an earthy flavor with some chocolate. Leather and pepper have disappeared and now this cigar is nothing like a Cuban anymore. I get a mild herbal flavor too and the aftertaste is spicy. Halfway I taste more chocolate and less of the earthy flavor, the spiciness is stronger. After two thirds I taste a peppery earthy flavor with some chocolate.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and ten minutes. The draw was good and the smoke was thick and plenty. The ash is quite dark and reasonably firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might need to get myself another sampler.

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

Categories: My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars, Old Henry | Tags: , , , ,

C.A.O. America potomac

This cigar is a looker and lives up to the America name because both wrappers are American. The dark wrapper is a broadleaf Connecticut while the lighter wrapper is Connecticut and both are grown in the United States. The binder is Brazilian and the filler, all ligero, comes from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Italy and the United States. I smoked the Potomac, a 5×56 cigars that I got a few years ago from Eric from Kioki Cigars as a welcome gift when I signed up for Club Stogie (lowland louie, rest in peace)
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The wrapper is beautiful, and instead of making a straight forward barberpole the people at C.A.O. created an unusual pattern with the two different wrappers, it is more like a lighter colored pinstripe on a dark cigar. The cigar has a mild smell of wood. The construction feels good. The bands support the whole America theme of the cigar. The predraw is on the loose side and tastes like spicy raisin.
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I taste a bitter and musty coffee flavor with something sweet and that sweetness becomes dominant after a few puffs. After half an inch I taste some wood, some herbs, lots of sweetness and those flavors are mild spicy.
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After an inch and a half the flavors are sweet with herbs, burned wood and a hint of chocolate. Halfway the sweetness disappears and now I taste burned and mild spicy herbs. After two thirds I taste a mild salty licorice flavor with burned herbs and wood.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and ten minutes. I got a lot of thick white smoked. The light colored as is firm. The burn is crooked. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar reminds me of an old girlfriend. Both looked good but both left a bad taste in my mouth.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 5 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

Categories: C.A.O. Fabrica de Tabacos Honduras, CAO, Honduran cigars | Tags: , ,

NHC seleccion limitada reserva lonsdale

New Havana Cigars came with a limited edition 6¾x42 lonsdale, made in the My Father factory and based upon the original Tatuaje blend. The cigars come with two wrappers, a Habano and a broadleaf. I smoked the Reserva, which is the broadleaf wrapper. The designer of the band must be a Montecristo fan, as the band is a copy from the Cuban Montecristo band.
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The cigar feels silky but with a good construction and it has a strong horse smell. The wrapper is dark and pretty and mild oily. The cigar is slightly box pressed. The predraw is great.
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I taste pepper and coffee, but mainly black pepper. After a quarter of an inch I taste pepper with wood and leather. After an inch I taste leather with a little bit of pepper and a tiny bit of chocolate on the background.
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The leather and pepper are Cubanesque. Halfway the chocolate gets a bit stronger. The leather turns into wood with a bit pepper and a chocolate aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me and hour and twenty minutes. The draw was great and I got a nice amount of medium thick smoke. The white ash is firm and the burn is good. The cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it.

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: 8 / 10

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

Macanudo BMM F3

You might think “what, a Macanudo Benji Menendez Master?” but remember, I am from Europe and so the copyrights to the name Partagas are owned by Habanos. Distributer Scandinavian Tobacco Group still wanted to release these cigars in Europe and decided to rename them Macanudo Benji Menendez master series. Normally I would not buy a Macanudo, but I have met Benji Menendez before and had a nice conversation about tobacco with him, the man is a living legend with incredible knowledge so I was really curious to smoke this 6×46 cigar. The cigar is blended with Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco, an American Habano binder and Cameroon wrapper.
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I smell a strong Cuban barnyard smell. The band is big and mentions Benji Menendez. The wrapper is chocolate brown and wrinkly with a big vein. The construction feels good but I notice a soft spot under the cigar band. The predraw is fine.
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I taste coffee, earth and a hint of cinnamon. The cigar is slightly bitter and dry. The flavors get less intense after half an inch. After an inch I taste wood, an earthy flavor and citrus.
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After a third I taste more spices like cinnamon and nutmeg with some pepper in the aftertaste. Wood is still a supporting flavor. Halfway the wood gets a bit stronger but the earthy flavor disappeared. The pepper in the aftertaste is white pepper. After two thirds the cigar gets more spicy.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and a half. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is quite firm and the burn is straight and pretty. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wouldn’t for 9 euro

Appearance: 7 / 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: 7 / 10

Categories: Dominican cigars, General Cigar Dominicana S.A.S., Macanudo | Tags: ,

Casa Magna Colorado extraordinairio

I smoked quite a few Casa Magna recently, like thetorito, the pikito, the oscuro robusto and some time ago the 2008 cigar of the year, the robusto. Now I reviewed the latest Casa Magna to arrive in The Netherlands, the Colorado Extraordinario, a 7⅝x58 figurado which has a 6 euro price tag in The Netherlands.
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The cigar has a medium dark, oily and shiny wrapper with some veins. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and mild spicy.
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I taste a lot of pepper and wood with a tiny bit of coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. The flavors are dry and the combination is a bit weird but nice. The aftertaste is full of herbal flavors and pepper with some dark chocolate.
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After a third I taste some coffee and earthy flavors with herbs and again, dark chocolate. Halfway I taste cedar and chocolate with herbs. The cigar slowly gains some strength. After two thirds I taste herbs, quite spicy and some pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. I had to correct the burn a few times though in the beginning. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I already did

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

Categories: Casa Magna, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , ,

Padron 46th anniversary

I reviewed the Padron 45th anniversary yesterday, today I decided to review the younger sibling, the 46th anniversary by Padron. These cigars are quite exclusive and very pricy, in The Netherlands they have a fixed price of 32 euro. That steep price is due to the margin that the European distributer puts on the price. The Dutch distributer had to cut part of the usual margin so he could offer them for these prices. Time for Padron to sell straight to the Dutch distributer so we can get these smokes for a more reasonable price. The 46th anniversary corona gorda is a bit shorter but way thicker than the 45th anniversary with the 5½x56 size versus a 6×52. The blend was selected after smoking over a thousand test blends.
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The wrapper is dark, oily and leathery with hardly any veins. The cigar smells like hay and the construction feels great. My mouth starts to water just from the looks and the smell of this cigar and the knowledge that all anniversary cigars from Padron hit my sweetspot in the past. The predraw of this mild box pressed cigar is great, but I don’t get a lot of flavor from the predraw, just some sweetness.
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As soon as I light the cigar I taste a spicy but sweet coffee flavor and a lot of black pepper. The sweetness reminds me a bit of dark chocolate. That sweetness I only taste on the background though. After a quarter of an inch I taste herbs, chocolate and pepper as main flavors with the coffee as a support and a hint of nutmeg. The pepper slowly loses it strength while the chocolate grows in strength. I still taste some herbs and coffee too.

After a third some wood joins the flavor party in my mouth. The flavors are complex and full yet smooth at the same time. All of a sudden I taste some salted peanuts, a flavor that I never tasted in cigars and I like it. Salted peanuts, herbs and dark chocolate. Someone should turn that into candy, seriously. After two thirds the salty flavor disappears, just like the dark chocolate. I still taste a mild peanut flavor with some herbs. Near the end I only taste herbs with a mild sour flavor.
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This corona gorda gave me two hours and five minutes pleasure. I got a lot of thick white smoke and a great draw. The burn was great too and the light gray ash is very firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied and it burns clean, I purged it and got no flame going.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I could afford them.

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

Categories: Cubanica, Nicaraguan cigars, Padron | Tags: ,

Padron 45th anniversary

This Padron 45th maduro is nicknamed ‘little hammer’ and that’s because José Padron escaped welfare by carpeting with a little hammer he got as a Cuban refugee. The money he made turned into the now well known Padron brand. That same little hammer is in the Padron logo too. The 45th anniversary, created with 10 year old tobacco was created to celebrate the 45 years that Padron is in business. The cigar comes in one size only, 6½x52 and it is extremely box pressed.
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The cigar looks fantastic. A nice dark, oily and leathery, wrinkled wrapper and two beautiful bands. The cigar is extremely box pressed, I suspect that this is done with a press in the factory. I smell some leather. The construction feels good and the spicy predraw is great.
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I taste a sweet coffee flavor with a herbal spiciness. The sweetness fades away a bit and after an inch I get more herbs next to the coffee and I also taste an earthy flavor. The cigar is less spicy and sweet than at the start.
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Halfway I also taste some chocolate on a bed of earth and herbs. The coffee and sweetness have completely disappeared, a little spice remains. The cigar slowly gets more spicy and the herbal flavors grow in strength. Near the end I get a strong pepper flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes and I enjoyed every single second. I got a lot of reasonably thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The burn and draw are great. I got a decent flame while purging. The shape of this cigar makes it easy on the lips. The cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I love this cigar but it’s way too expensive.

Appearance: 9 / 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: Cubanica, Nicaraguan cigars, Padron | Tags: , ,

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