Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tatuaje verocu #9

The Tatuaje Verocu #9 is a 4½x50 Holts exclusive but regular Tatuaje smokers might recognize the blend from the Tatuaje verocu tubos (the red tube) and I believe this cigar is related to the east and west coast Tatuaje’s too, but I am not 100% sure of it.
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The cigar has a nice dark and oily wrapper with a few veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is just as fine. I taste some pepper.
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I taste a mild peppery earth flavor which is also mild sweet. The flavors start full but tone down a bit. The pepper disappears soon. I like these flavors. After an inch I also taste some leather and wood with the earthy flavor while the sweetness fades away. Halfway the leather gets stronger.
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The sweetness returns with a lot of earth flavor and some leather in the aftertaste. After two thirds I get more spice and herbs, the leather disappeared. I still taste the earth flavor but it is on the background now.
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This cigar gave me fiftyfive minutes of pleasure. I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is both light and dark colored and firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and full bodied. The draw and the burn are good.
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Would I buy this cigar again? A box will be ordered

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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Liga Privada Ratzilla 7×44 prototype

The Dutch Drew Estate distributer visited Nicaragua a few weeks ago, with a few reporters and a Dutch tv host & cigar enthousiast. He visited Drew Estate and brought me a unreleased Liga Privada L40 lancero and this 7×44 cigar with a photocopied band “Dirty rat 7×44”. Now I know about the Dirty Rat release, I have a box of those, but they are 5×44. So I got in touch with Jonathan Drew and he told me that this Dirty Rat 7×44 is a prototype, it was one of a few prototypes for the Ratzilla, which will be released at the IPCPR this year. The 7×44 didn’t made the cut, they chose for a 6½x46 for the Ratzilla, but this cigar has the same blend.
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The cigar is a looker, the wrapper is dark, oily and shine with just one long thin vein and the cigar has a small pigtail. The construction feels good and I smell a floral smell, kind of soapy. The predraw is great and quite spicy, I taste a lot of pepper.
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I taste a smooth but full coffee with a mild bitter taste and a lot of pepper. After a quarter of an inch I taste spicy herbs, pepper and creamy chocolate. The chocolate slowly gains some strength with a peppery aftertaste. After an inch I taste some herbal wood with chocolate on the background. The cigar is pleasantly spicy without too much pepper. The chocolate flavor sticks on the palate and is dark.
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Halfway I taste more wood, the cigar is less spicy and I can’t taste pepper anymore. I still taste some chocolate and the flavors are sticky. A few puffs later I also taste some wood. After two thirds I even taste some nuts. The flavors become herbal again and the pepper returns. The black pepper grows in strength.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty five minutes. The draw was great, just like the burn and the flavors were fantastic. The only disappointing part of this cigar was the burn, I had to keep correcting it. The ash is dark, frayed and medium firm. The cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, Drew Estate should release this cigar.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 9 / 10

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Oliva series V belicoso

I reviewed this 5×54 Oliva series V belicoso about three years ago but my flavor preferences and review writing skills have changed a lot in the past three years, so it was time to revisit the cigar. When it comes to the regular Oliva lines, I prefer the Oliva series V with the Jalapo ligero and the high priming habano sun grown wrapper.

The dark and oily wrapper makes the cigar look awesome. I don’t see any real veins. The construction feels good and I smell a mild barnyard. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco with some raisin and a little bit of pepper.

 

I taste a peppery earth flavor, full and strong with a lot of green pepper. After a quarter of an inch I also taste some wood on the background but everything is overpowered by the mentioned green pepper. After half an inch I still taste a lot of pepper with some wood and sweetness, the structure of the flavors is dry.

 

After an inch the pepper loses some strength, which is a good thing. It is still a strong flavor but not as overpowering as before. I taste a bit more sweetness and some dry wood. After a third I taste nuts, wood, some herbs and the pepper. Halfway I taste some sweet carrot with herbs and just a small amount of pepper. Soon after that I get more herbs and more sweetness, although the pepper gains some strength again.

 

This cigar had a smoke time of an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was good and the burn was great. I got a lot of thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.

 

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes!

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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San Cristobal de la Habana Muralla

The San Cristobal de la Habana Muralla was released in 2004 as a special release to commemorate the fifth birthday of the marca, but in 2006 the vitola got into regular production as a La Casa del Habana exclusive cigar. A friend gave me this wonderful 7.1×54 rodolfo. The second band makes it clear that this is a La Casa del Habana exclusive.
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The cigar has a nice shape with a mild oily, chocolate brown wrapper that has some darker smears and some big veins. The construction feels good, but the cigar has no smell. The predraw is fine.
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I taste coffee with a mild pepper and after half an inch some leather. The flavors are smooth and get some extra depth as the nut flavor shows up. After an inch I even taste some chocolate. After a third I taste toast and leather with a hint of sweet chocolate.
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Halfway I taste leather and nuts with a sweet tone. The flavors stay smooth and balanced, the feeling in my mouth is mild dry. The leather is the main flavor with the sweetness and the nut flavor is the aftertaste. After two thirds I taste cedar with leather and some pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and three quarters. The draw was great. I got a decent amount of fairly thick smoke. The ash is light gray, frayed and firm. I had to correct the burn in the beginning. This cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked it, but it is a little bit on the mild side for me.

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

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Liga Privada L40 lancero *pre-release*

I love Liga Privada, both the #9 and the T52 blends. Both made it into my personal top 25 of best cigars of 2010 and I would surprise me if Liga Privada didn’t make it in the top 25 of 2011 too. As a fan, I was thrilled when I heard the news that Drew Estate was working on more Liga Privada blends, one of them being the L40, which would come out with a lancero. My heart jumped when I got a text message from the Dutch distributer, who was in Nicaragua visiting some factories at the time, that he got me a fresh rolled L40 lancero.
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The cigar is a bit crooked, oval shaped and has no band, but I don’t care. The wrapper is dark, oily and wrinkled. The construction feels good and I smell straw and leather. The predraw is fine and reminds me of tobacco and green tea.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor with pepper and toast. After half an inch I taste dry herbs with some wood and chocolate. After an inch the chocolate becomes a bit stronger
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After a third the chocolate turns dark, flavor wise and stronger, just like I expect from a Liga Privada. Halfway I taste a nice dark chocolate with some herbs. The flavors just go on and on while the herbs slowly become the main flavor.
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This cigar comes five minutes short to be a two hour smoke. The draw and the burn are great. The smoke is plentiful and thick. The gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I can’t wait till this cigar is commercially available

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

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La Reloba seleccion Sumatra robusto

La Reloba is one of the latest addition to the portfolio of My Father cigars and the original release contained two lines, the Habano with a red band and the Sumatra with a yellow band. When I was in Florida last november I bought a few of each and it’s time to review them. I picked the Sumatra robusto, a 5×50 cigar for the first review of the La Reloba line.
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The cellophane wrapped cigar has an oily wrapper with a few veins. The band looks cool and the cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste tobacco.
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I taste pepper and soil with some herbs. The flavors are dry and spicy. After half an inch I taste dry herbs. The herbs taste Indonesian to me, it tastes a bit like a Dutch shortfiller dry cigar where a lot of Indonesian tobacco is used for, but with a Caribbean longfiller twist. I also taste some sweetness.
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After a third I taste wood, herbs and some sweetness although the sweetness disappears almost immediately. Halfway I taste some chocolate with the wood and the herbs. After two thirds I also taste some sweet nutmeg. Near the turning point the cigar gets spicy again.
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The smoke time of this cigar is little over an hour. The draw is good and I get a lot of thick smoke. The burn is good too and the light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I’ve had better cigars from My Father, I still liked it though.

Appearance: 8 / 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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Fuente Hemingway Classic

I never smoked a Fuente Hemingway before, so when I had the chance I decided to pick the Fuente Hemingway classic, a 7×46, oddly shaped cigar, made with Dominican filler, a Dominican binder and a African Cameroon wrapper. I know that some Fuente Hemingway cigars come with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper too, though in limited quantities. I have a box of Fuente Hemingway work of art maduros, so I guess I should review one soon.
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This cigar has a nice shape but the medium brown wrapper is pale, dry and has a lot of veins. The cigar has a musty barnyard smell. The construction is a bit soft and inconsistent. The predraw is hard and I taste dry tobacco with some chocolate in the aftertaste.
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I taste a dry and salty flavor that reminds me of salted peanuts with some straw and some chocolate on the background. This is a unique flavor profile, I have never tasted salted peanuts in a cigar before, but I like it. After two inch I also taste something mild bitter on the tip of my tongue. I still taste the nice salty flavor with some herbs and dry straw.

Halfway I taste straw as main flavor with some salty herbs and some cacao on the background. After two thirds I taste bitter herbs and I get an ashy flavor. The turning point comes early on this cigar.
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The cigar lasted me for an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is a bit on the hard side, still good though. The smoke is a bit thin, but after drilling a hole the draw and the smoke got better. The light gray ash is frayed and ugly but firm. This cigar is mild to medium flavored and mild bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? This cigar is too mild for me

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

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Octavo III *revisited*

This Octavo III cigar was a gift from Henny at Havana cigar in exchange for a review on my blog, which I posted back in 2007. Back in the day I didn’t take photo’s while reviewing cigars and so I made a list of all reviews without pictures to see if I still had one of those cigars in my collection for picture purposes. I still had one Octavo III left and decided to not just light it and take pictures, but also review it again. The cigar had three extra years of aging and my palate has probably changed since then, as I am a much more experienced smoker now. The Octavo III is a 6×52 toro. The filler is a blend of three different Dominican tobaccos, Olor Dominicano, Piloto Cubano and a third mystery tobacco. The binder is also Dominican and the wrapper is a delicate Connecticut shade leaf. The Octavo brand is a combined afford of master blender Victor Urena and master roller Fransisco Hernandez
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The wrapper is pale brown and silky with just a few minor veins. I like the simple yet tasteful band. The construction feels good and after punching the cigar I get a good predraw that leaves a sweet tobacco flavor in my mouth with a peppery aftertaste. The cigar has a sweet wood smell to it.
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I taste a sweet coffee flavor and something earthy. After half an inch the sweet coffee disappears and I taste an earth flavor with herbs, the flavors are dry and spicy and on the background I also taste something mild sour. After two inch the flavors change to dry leather only, that gets a little spicy near the three inch mark.
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A few puffs later I also taste some wood and hay. The hay flavor becomes dominant with some spices on the tongue in the aftertaste. After two thirds I also taste a macademia nut flavor.
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The duration of the smoke is ninety minutes. The draw and the burn are good. I get a decent amount of thin smoke. The firm ash is light gray of color. The wrapped tore at two thirds during smoking, but it had no effect on the draw. I would say this cigar is medium to full flavored and mild to medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, these cigars are a bit too mild for me

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

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