Monthly Archives: February 2011

Lynn Nicaraguan Connecticut perfecto

I got this unbanded and 6×60 perfecto from a Dutch cigar aficionado and all I knew that it was a Lynn houseblend which comes dirt cheap. After smoking I found out that it has a Connecticut wrapper, and regular readers of my reviews know that I hate Connecticut, but this cigar I liked.
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The wrapper is light colored, thick and fat with lots of veins. It is also mild oily. The cigar has a strong aroma of soil and a barnyard. The construction is good and the raisin flavored predraw is fine.
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I taste wood with a hint of pepper and the pepper slowly grows in strength. After a quarter of an inch I also taste some citrus. After half an inch the cigar has a flavor palate of sweet wood and nuts and after an inch I also taste chocolate. The sugary sweetness grows in strength with some wood, chocolate and some herbs. The mixture of these flavors are good, everything is well balanced.
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Halfway I get some more nuts while the chocolate has gone, the flavors are a bit sweet and I taste herbs in the aftertaste. The nuts and the sweetness become the main flavors with some herbs in the aftertaste.
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This cigar was good for an hour and thirty-five minutes. The draw and the burn are good. I got enough smoke, which was reasonably thick. The light colored ash is extremely firm, as the pictures show. This cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, especially for the price!

Appearance: 7 / 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: 8 / 10

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Cain F nub

About two weeks ago I got a package from Studio Tobac with a couple of cigars and a letter telling me that I made the cut and that I’m a member of the Studio Tobac advisory board, which is quite an honor. The cigars included in the package were the unreleased Cain F lancero and this 4×60 Cain F nub. In the past I also smoked the Cain F654T, the Cain F660 and my favorite Cain F, the Cain F550.
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The shiny, smooth and oily wrapper looks great. I see a few thin but long veins. This nub has a strong barnyard smell and the construction feels a bit hard. When I punch the cigar I notice that the wrapper isn’t as thick as I expected. The predraw is a bit hard and I taste a mild tobacco.
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I taste coffee with a mild sweetness and soon some earthy flavors with pepper. After half an inch I taste earth with wood and a little bit of pepper in the aftertaste. After a third I still taste wood with earth but now with some sweetness and pepper in the aftertaste.
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When I take a zip of water I taste some chocolate. The sweetness fades away and the pepper also loses some of its strength. This cigar is nice, but a bit boring.
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This cigar lasts me an hour and thirty five minutes. The draw is good, just like the burn although I had to correct it a few times. I got a lot of thick white smoke. The firm ash is quite dark and frayed. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t think so, 60 rg is just too much for me.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 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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La Flor Dominicana Ligero Mysterio Oscuro

The La Flor Dominicana ligero mysterio oscuro is one of the prettiest regular production cigars that I have ever seen. A nice big perfecto shape, great two tone color wrappers, a funny wrapped mouthpiece. This cigar just looks fantastic. The price for this cigar in The Netherlands is € 15.00. The cigar comes both in natural with dark tips or oscuro with light tips. The cigar is made from tobacco from the La Flor plantation with an Ecuadorian sumatra wrapper.
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The 7×54 perfecto looks fantastic, the dark and oily wrapper looks like leather and really sticks out from the natural tips of the cigar. The mouth end of the cigar has a special cap, kind of like a wrapped piece of tobacco rope. The cigar doesn’t have much of a smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste a dry tobacco flavor with some herbs and in the aftertaste I get some pepper.
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The first few puffs I can clearly taste that the light colored wrapper is a Connecticut shade, I taste a musty chocolate with some earthy flavors. The aftertaste is something sweet with some pepper. Immediately after the burn reaches the Ecuadorian Sumatra oscuro the musty chocolate disappears. I taste pepper and wood with some dark chocolate on the background. The pepper slowly loses it strength, I taste wood, that earthy flavor and a sweet chocolate.
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Halfway the cigar has a herbal flavor, I think I even taste some curry with some green pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper gains some strength again, with the herbs, curry and something fresh as supporting flavors. Near the end the freshness disappears, all I taste are herbs with pepper and some wood on the background.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour an forty five minutes. The draw is great, the burn is good. It was a bit hard to keep it lit, but that’s probably because I only cut a small part of the mouth piece. The ash is coarse and medium gray colored but firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, it is a good smoke and great conversation piece

Appearance: 10 / 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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Ashton Heritage Robusto

The Ashton Heritage puro sol is made from all sun grown tobacco, hence the name ‘puro sol’ and was the first Ashton with a Cameroon wrapper. The cigar is made as a tribute to two important families in the Tobacco industry, the Fuentes and the Meerapfels. The wrapper is handpicked by Richard Meerapfel
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This 5½x50 robusto has a nice mild shiny and quite dark wrapper with some veins. The construction feels good. I smell a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is good and I taste a dry bark flavor.
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I taste a pleasant coffee flavor with a quite strong citrus. After a quarter of an inch, the coffee is gone and I taste a spicy flavor with still a strong citrus flavor. After half an inch I taste herbs, mild spicy and the citrus flavor moved to the aftertaste. The citrus and the spiciness grow in strength. After an inch I also taste some wood with the citrus and the spice. After two inch the spicy herbs lose some of their strength, I taste some wood too and even some mint in the aftertaste.
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Halfway I get herbs with wood. The spice and the citrus have disappeared and I even discover a hint of chocolate. The herbs slowly grow in strength and the spice returns, but not as strong as before. The chocolate disappears and that’s what I taste until the final puffs, that bring me some pepper too.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw was too loose and I had to correct the burn several times. I got a lot of thick smoke though and the firm but frayed ash is almost white. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.

 

Would I buy this cigar again? I think I will stick to the Ashton VSG

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

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Cruzero de Panama churchill

Cruzero de Panama is an old Panamanian brand which has recently been re-released as explained in the review of the Cruzero de Panama robusto. I got a few of the Cruzero de Panama and Marca Fina robusto from a cigar shop. They were left over from a tasting. I kept one of each for a review and gave the others away to members of my Dutch website sigarenliefhebber.nl. The 7×46 churchills have a price tag of 8.50 EUR.
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The cigar looks good, the band is great, nice colors and nice design, it reminds me of knights and medieval times. The wrapper is light with a few veins and when punching it I discovered it’s very thin too. It’s not really oily. The cigar has a nice mild wood smell. The construction is good and the predraw is fine. I taste some sweet tobacco
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I taste a mild and sweet coffee with some honey and a dry plywood flavor. The aftertaste is mild peppery, but the sweetness also comes back in the aftertaste. After half an inch the cigar is less sweet. I taste a nice and smooth wood flavor. The cigar is mild musty, I suspect this cigar to have a Connecticut shade wrapper. I also taste some chocolate on the background.
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After a third I taste some sugar with wood and that mild musty Connecticut shade flavor and the falvors change to a sugar sweet flavor with herbs. The cigar ripples on, the flavors are pleasant, mild sweet with some wood and herbs. The flavors are smooth and medium strong. After two thirds I also taste a mild spice and every now and then a hint of cacao. Near the end I taste a strong white pepper flavor.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and forty minutes. The draw was great, just like the burn. The silver gray ash is firm. I got a lot of quite thick smoke. This cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, this is a nice mild to medium smoke

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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

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La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chiselito

I used to love the La Flor Dominicana double ligero chisels and chiselitos although I haven’t smoked them recently. I love the unique shape. The La Flor Dominicana website mentions that these double ligero chiselitos are 5×44 and my cigar ring gauge guide confirms it. The binder and filler are Dominican from the La Flor Dominicana farms and the wrapper is a sun grown Ecuadorian. The fun part about this shape of cigars is that you can just squeeze the cigar open, you can cut it or you can punch a small hole on each side of the mouth piece and smoke it that way.
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The Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper is beautiful, dark and oily with a silky touch. The construction feels a bit hard and I smell some pepper. The predraw is fine, I taste raisin with lots of black pepper.
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I get a lot of black pepper that overpowers any other flavor. If I try real hard I can discover a bit of an earthy flavor on the background. After a quarter of an inch I taste that earthy flavor with some coffee and pepper. The pepper isn’t as strong as before and the flavors are quite strange. After half an inch I taste some wood with that earthy flavor and pepper. The aftertaste is a full and strong black pepper.
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After an inch the flavors are a bit ashy. I taste wood, earth and pepper and far on the background even some milk chocolate. The cigar turns flat, boring and not very pleasant. I never had this experience with the La Flor Dominicana double ligero chisel or chiselito before.
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This cigar has a smoke time of ninety minutes. I got a lot of thick white smoke, a fantastic draw and great burn. The ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will give it another try, I liked the ones I smoked before

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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Ramon Allones Estupendos RE Asia/Pacific

The Ramon Allones estupendo is the 2006 regional release for the Asia & Pacific region. The cigar is a Julieta #2, which means that it is a 7 inch long cigar with a 47 ring. They were released in 2006, 1500 boxes of which 260 50 count cabinets, the 1240 remaining boxes were dress boxes of 25. In 2007 they released another 1400 boxes of which 200 were 50 count cabs. I got this cigar as a gift from a friend during my 2009 US roadtrip.
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The wrapper is light brown with lots of small veins. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell and the construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste dry hay.
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I taste a smooth and sweet leather with some wood. After half an inch the flavors I taste are just the sweet and smooth leather. I like the flavor because it is so smooth. The flavors won’t change anymore in the first third of the cigar. The leather then gets a bit dry and stronger while the sweetness gets a little less. I also taste a bit of dark chocolate.
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The leather and the chocolate are well balanced and mixed, I also taste some spicy herbs on the background and I get a dry feeling in the back of my throat. The cigar slowly gets stronger and I taste more herbs with the dark chocolate, the leather moves to the aftertaste. After two thirds I taste a nice mixture of herbs and leather which is mild sweet. Near the end the cigar gets spicy with leather, herbs and even some pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and a half. The draw was great, but I had to correct the burn. The ash is ugly, medium gray and frayed, and it won’t stay on the cigar for long. This cigar has a nice build up, from mild bodied in the beginning to full bodied near the end, and all medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might have to find a few more

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

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Arturo Fuente Sun Grown Rosado Magnum R56

I love rosado wrappers and I was thrilled when the Arturo Fuente Sun Grown Rosado line came to The Netherlands a few months ago. I reviewed the Magnum R58, the Magnum R54 and the Magnum R52, but I noticed that I hadn’t reviewed the Magnum R56 yet, so I went out and bought one. This 5⅝x56 cigar has a 9 euro price tag.
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The wrapper has a reddish glow, like all the other rosado cigars I’ve smoked before. It is also oily, shiny and has a few long but thin veins. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste spicy raisin with a peppery aftertaste.
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I taste a sweet but yet burned coffee flavor with some earth. After half an inch I taste dry wood, mild sweet and some spices in the aftertaste. After two inch the flavors are sweet yet spicy, I taste wood with a mild acidic flavor and a little bit of milk chocolate in the aftertaste
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Halfway I taste some wood with a mild acidic aftertaste. The sweetness and the milk chocolate are gone. After two thirds the cigar gets more spicy, I also taste herbs and some pepper.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and forty minutes. I got enough smoke, but the smoke was a bit thin. The draw is great, but I had to correct the burn a few times. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I’ll stick to the R52

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

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Luis Martinez Silver Selection Robusto

I have no idea where I got this 4¾x50 Luis Martinez silver selection Hamilton robusto, but a look on the website learned me that the filler is a mix of central American tobacco with a Honduran Cuban seed binder and an Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper and that they are dirt cheap on the webshop, about a dollar and a half.
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The wrapper is nice and dark, a bit rough. The construction has some soft spots and the band is a bit camp. The cigar has a reasonably strong and sour straw and barnyard smell. The predraw is good and I taste a herbal tobacco.
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I taste a bit musty and sweet earthy flavor. The sugar like sweetness is overpowering. The earthy flavor disappears after a quarter of an inch, all I taste is sugar with something musty on the background.
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The sweetness stays dominant at a third, but I also taste some wood. The flavors are getting warm, not in temperature but in feeling. Halfway I taste the sweetness with some herbs and near the end even some sweetness and pepper. The flavors are dry.
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This cigar lasted me for fifty-five minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke. The draw is good and the gray ash is quite firm. The burn is good. The cigar is medium bodied yet full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Didn’t like it, so no.

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

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Marca Fina Panama robusto

These Marca Fina cigars are budget bundles, here in The Netherlands a bundle of 16 4½x50 robustos has a price tag of €40 which makes it one of the cheapest longfillers on the market. The Marca Fina concept is very interesting with puros from Panama, the Dominican Republic and Honduras so you can compare the different countries with cigars of equal quality.
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The nice dark and oily wrapper has some veins but no cigar band. The construction feels good. I hardly smell anything when I sniff the cigar, just a little bit of wood. The draw is a bit hard and I taste spicy tobacco.
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I taste a spicy and peppery earth flavor with some coffee. I taste a lot more pepper than I expected from a Panamese cigar. After half an inch I taste some smoky earth with herbs and a peppery aftertaste. After an inch I taste wood instead of earth with some herbs, all nice and spicy. The pepper loses some strength but doesn’t disappear completely.
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After two thirds I mainly taste wood with some herbs and a little bit of dirt. The flavors are a bit less nice than the previous third, but still nice. There is a herbal spiciness that surrounds the flavors. Near the end the pepper comes back and gets quite strong.
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The smoke time of this short robusto is an hour and ten minutes. The draw is good and the burn is straight as an arrow. The ash is silver gray and firm. I got a decent smoke volume, but unfortunately the smoke is a bit too thin for my liking. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium to full bodied, stronger than I expected from tobacco from Panama.
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Would I buy this cigar again? For the price, this is an awesome cigar

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 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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