Monthly Archives: February 2011

Albin Raul Mustelier Custom rolled toro

The day I flew to Florida last october the Cuban master roller Albin Raul Mustelier started his tour through The Netherlands and Belgium, but fortunately some of my friends, who went to see this maestro torcedor in action, thought of me and when I got home I got three different custom rolled Cubans made by Mustelier.
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The oily wrapper has a milky chocolate color and is a bit shiny. You can see it is a custom rolled cigar that hasn’t been pressed long enough as it is slightly curved. The construction feels good though and I smell a classic Cuban barnyard with some wood. The predraw is fine and I taste some raisin with pepper.
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I taste a sweet yet peppery and mild bitter coffee flavor with is quite smooth. After half an inch the flavors change to a mild peppery leather which is creamy and smooth. There is still a little bit of coffee left but without the sweetness and the bitterness.
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After an inch I taste leather with pepper and a hint of chocolate, the flavors are bold yet smooth and creamy., After a third I taste wood with a hint of a mild bitter cocoa. The cigar is less creamy than before. After two thirds the wood gets a bit sweet and I even taste a nut flavor. The creaminess has completely disappeared.
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This cigar almost lasted for two hours, it came five minutes short. The draw is a little bit too loose. I got a lot of medium thick smoke. The frayed ash is silver gray but not firm at all. The cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. I got a big flame while purging.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time Albin Raul Mustelier can roll some more smokes for me. I will let the other two rest, they will possibly be getting a lot better with some age.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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 Cobre torpedo *revisited*

As you might know, the El Cobre is produced by Oliva and used to be a personal blend for Gilberto Oliva and it became a house brand for Brian Shapiro’s shop. Brian is the international head of sales for Oliva. A few years the cigars were also introduced to The Netherlands and I reviewed all four vitolas in the past, the churchill, the toro, the robusto and the torpedo. The torpedo review is a few years old, so it was time for me to revisit it. You can find the cigars in a few select shops in the U.S. and The Netherlands for a nice price, in The Netherlands this torpedo has a price of € 5.50
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The wrapper is dark and feels greasy. It has a lot of oil and a few veins. Once I release the cigar from the cellophane I smell a strong barnyard smell. The construction is flawless. I love the simple, pretty band. As soon as I wet the wrapper to cut it I taste the pepper. The predraw is good. I taste raisin with a lot of pepper.
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I taste pepper with some soil and coffee. I also taste a hint of dark chocolate but mainly I taste pepper. After half an inch the flavors change to herbs with lots of black pepper. After a forth of the cigar I taste herbal coffee with pepper. The pepper is not as strong as in the beginning but still strong.
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Halfway I taste coffee with herbs and a lot of pepper and it slowly changes to herbs with pepper after two thirds with some dark chocolate on the background. The aftertaste is black pepper. Some puffs later the flavors change to nuts with pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and ten minutes, which amazed me. The draw is good, just like the burn. I got a lot of thick smoke. The white ash is pretty and firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 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

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Romeo y Julieta Petit Julieta

Recently I walked into my local B&M and the owner handed me a cigar that she got from the Cubacigar Benelux sales rep. This cigar, the Romeo y Julieta petit Julieta is new to the Dutch market and has a price tag of € 3.30. Due to the size it is not a cigar I would normally grab, usually I am a robusto and torpedo guy, but the owner of the B&M wanted my input so I smoked it.
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This Romeo y Julieta petit Julieta is a 4×30 entreacto with a quite dark wrapper without veins. Even though the cigar is really small and thin, it still has a triple cap. The construction feels good and I smell a mild barnyard aroma. The predraw is good and tastes quite spicy.
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I taste a spicy coffee with pepper and in the aftertaste I still taste pepper with a hint of chocolate. After a quarter of an inch I taste some wood, very spicy, and some pepper.
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After half an inch the cigar is less sharp and spicy, slowly a floral flavor shows up with the wood. The pepper has disappeared. After two thirds I taste the pepper again, the pepper is full and strong. I also taste some wood and nuts.
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This small cigar has a smoke time of thirty five minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The burn is great too and the ash is dark. The ash breaks off easy though. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, these cigars could be the answer to “what should I get for as a short smoke” question.

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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My Father lancero

By now everybody probably knows the story behind the My Father cigars and that it was a way for Jaime Garcia to honor his father, José ‘Don Pepin’ Garcia. The lancero from the My Father line is a 7½x38 Nicaraguan puro with a Habano Rosado wrapper. The lancero is topped with a pigtail and the price tag of this cigar is 9 euro in The Netherlands.
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The wrapper is nice, shiny, oily and dark. The construction feels a bit soft. I love the detailed band. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is hard and flavorless.
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I taste a lot of pepper with some earthy tones and something floral. After half an inch I taste wood with herbs and pepper. The pepper isn’t as strong as in the first half inch though. After a third the flavors mellow out a bit, I taste something floral with wood, herbs and pepper. A few puffs later I even taste some nuts.
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Halfway I taste wood, herbs and a little bit of pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper almost disappears. Just passed the middle point of the cigar I taste wood with leather and some pepper. The leather is very mild though. The pepper returns near the end with chocolate on the background. The pepper is really strong.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifty minutes. The draw is a bit hard but I got a lot of thick smoke to make up for it. The burn is flawless. The ash is dark but firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like the vitola and I like the flavor profile.

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

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Oliva series V small diadema ‘Berlin’

These cigar were made especially for the opening of the Oliva Cigar Lounge in Berlin, last october, but due to a communication error more of these Oliva V Diadema with a unique size were produced than needed. The Oliva Cigar Lounge in Den Bosch managed to buy all the remaining Oliva V small diadema Berlin and sells them in bundles of 25 for € 130.00. Now I lacked the budget to buy a bundle, but a close friend did and gave me a fiver so I could try these. Another friend came by my house and the three of us smoked one, one of us got a major nicotine overdose, and no, it wasn’t me.
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The small diadema is 5¾ inch long and that makes it smaller than the smallest Oliva V diadema, which can be found in the Oliva V sampler. The ring is the same though, 46. The habano wrapper has a nice dark color with a few thin veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard and chocolate smell. The construction feels good, and the cigar is topped with a triple cap. The predraw is a bit hard, I taste raisin and then with a delay a lot of black pepper.
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I taste a non bitter coffee flavor with lots of black pepper and a hint of something chocolate like on the background. After an inch I taste pepper with some sweetness and cedar.
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After a third I taste a lot less pepper, I also taste wood, dim chocolate and some herbs. The woodflavor isn’t cedar anymore but more oak. The dim chocolade flavor disappears soon. After two thirds I taste nuts with wood and pepper.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty five minutes. This full flavored and full bodied cigar gave me enough smoke, although the smoke was a bit thin. The draw and the burn are good. The dark ash is quite firm. The purge gave me a really small and short flame.
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Would I buy this cigar again? For this price, they are a steal.

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

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Oliva Connecticut reserve torpedo

If you read my reviews often, you might know that I strongly dislike Connecticut shade wrappers. They all taste musty to me. So when I got this 6½x52 Oliva Connecticut Reserve torpedo for review purposes I was anticipating a bad review, although I remembered that the Oliva Connecticut Reserve toro wasn’t bad at all for a Connecticut shade wrapped cigar.
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The light colored wrapper has a few veins but I can’t say it’s oily. The cigar has a mild barnyard and spices smell. The construction is great, as always with Oliva. The predraw is fine, I taste raisin with a peppery aftertaste.
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I taste that so recognizable musty Connecticut shade flavor with some chocolate like sweetness and coffee. There are some herbs in the aftertaste. For a Connecticut shade wrapper, this isn’t bad at all. After half an inch I taste a bit of hay, the coffee has disappeared. I still taste a little bit of chocolate and I also taste some nuts.
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After an inch I taste mild musty herbs and some pepper. On the background I taste some musty milk chocolate. Halfway hay becomes the main flavor with some herbs and spices as support. After two thirds the cigar gets a little more bite. Herbs and pepper are the main flavors now.
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This cigar lasted me for seventy five minutes. The draw is great and I got plenty of thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is ugly, frayed but firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, even though this cigar is much better compared to other Connecticut shade cigars it still is a Connecticut shade wrapper which I don’t like

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 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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Berger & Argenti Quad Maduro Robusto

I got in touch with Albert Argenti of Berger & Argenti on facebook and when he heard I was coming to Florida he invited me over to Cuban Crafters to smoke a cigar. I did and he gave me a Berger & Argenti quad maduro double corona which blew me away. At the end of my trip I ended up at Corona Cigar in Orlando and bought a few more of these and the robusto, which was 11 dollar. The cigar is rolled with the patent pending Entubar method.
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This boxed pressed 5×56 cigar has a dark wrapper, which is oily and has a bit of a leather look. The band is big, but the bright yellow foot band draws most attentions. I don’t see any real veins. The cigar has a unique smell, a bit like charcoal and a barnyard. The predraw is fine and I taste raising with pepper in the aftertaste.
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I taste a spicy coffee flavor with a hint of sweet but dark chocolate. The chocolate slowly becomes stronger. After half an inch I also taste herbs and all flavors are full. The chocolate is the main flavor with herbs and coffee in the aftertaste. After a third I taste more herbs and the coffee disappears.
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Halfway I taste a little bit more sweetness and dark chocolate. Somewhat later these flavors are accompanied by wood and some nuts. After two thirds I taste more of a nutty flavor and herbs on the background, the flavors are dry. The last few puffs give me some coffee again.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and twenty five minutes. The draw was great, just like the burn. The white ash with black spots is quite firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied. I got a decent purge. I did hear the cigar burn, sizzling sounds every now and then.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I told a Dutch cigar distributer to contact Berger & Argenti, I want to be able to get these cigars in my local cigarshop.

Appearance: 10 / 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: 9 / 10

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Don Pepin Garcia blue delicias

The Don Pepin Garcia blue delicias is a 7×50 churchill size Nicaraguan puro with a Nicaraguan corojo wrapper and it has a 6 euro price tag here in The Netherlands, which is a great price for a 7 inch cigar. From the blue series I reviewed the 6×50 generoso in the past and the Famous Smoke Shop exclusive firecracker.
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This cigar has a greasy dark wrapper with some veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell. The construction feels soft and inconsistent. The predraw is fine and I taste tobacco with a little bit of pepper.
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I taste some sweet coffee with a little bit of herbs and pepper. Soon after I taste some wood with herbs, smoother and milder than expected from a Don Pepin Garcia smoke though. I taste wood and herbs, but the wood flavor is not the regular wood I taste so often, I can’t really tell what kind of wood it is. I taste some pepper in the aftertaste and the flavors are mild creamy.
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After two inch the pepper disappears and right before I reach the middle point of the cigar I taste some cacao with the returned pepper and herbs. I still taste the funny but pleasant wood flavor. After two thirds I taste herbs with a peppery aftertaste. The pepper grows and grows in strength, now this is what I expect when I smoke a Don Pepin Garcia, this is his signature.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. The draw is great, but the smoke starts out poor, not much in volume and very thin although I get more and thicker smoke along the way. The burn needs to be corrected two times. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar if full bodied, it started out medium flavored but ended really strong and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked this cigar

Appearance: 8 / 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: 8 / 10

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Lynn Panama robusto

There’s not much that I know of these Panamanian robustos, I got two from a friend who bought them as a budget bundle from Lynn cigars and that website tells me that the cigars are longfillers from Panama, made my Miura cigars. The cigars come without band and are nameless.
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The cigar is wrapped in cellophane, is 5×52 and has a chocolate brown wrapper, full of small veins and has a triple cap. The construction feels a quite firm. The cigar has a mild acidic straw smell. The predraw is good and I taste tobacco.
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The flavors are a bit musty, I taste both citrus and earthy flavors, quite full and mild sweet. After an inch I just taste sugar with a little bit of herbs in the aftertaste.
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Halfway I get some wood too and near the end the cigar gets a bit spicy.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of reasonable thick gray smoke. The firm ash is light gray. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, these didn’t impress me at all

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

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Ashton cabinet pyramid

The Ashton Cabinet series has 10 different sizes, amongst which this 6×52 pyramid. The Dominican filler for this cigar has aged 4 to 5 years and the Connecticut Shade wrapper has aged for even longer. Six different kinds of tobacco are used to create the blend, which Ashton calls “the white burgundy of cigars” due to the complexity of the flavors.
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The wrapper is pale and light colored with a few thin and sharp veins. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels good and the cigar has a great predraw, I taste a spicy and peppery tobacco.
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I taste a smooth, mild spicy, peppery and bitter coffee flavor with some pepper in the aftertaste. After half an inch I taste herbs with pepper and a herbal aftertaste and a slowly growing cedar flavor. The mild sweet and sour herbs are nice, the sour flavor reminds me of lemon or citrus and I get some pepper in the aftertaste. Every now and then I also taste some chocolate in the aftertaste.
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Halfway I taste something bitter and herbal with far on the background even some chocolate. The pepper has gone. Later I taste a full wood flavor with some herbs and after two thirds the flavors get company from a bitter and spicy pepper. The pepper grows in strength towards the end.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw and burn are great and I got plenty of thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. When I purged the cigar I got a nice big flame. This cigar is medium to full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, just a single every now and then.

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

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