Monthly Archives: April 2011

Cain FF torpedo

If you’re not up to speed about Studio Tobac you might think that Cain FF torpedo is a typo and that I mean Cain F, but no. This bandless cigar is really called Cain FF. It is a yet unreleased blend, I have no idea if it ever will be released but this 6×54 torpedo is part of the Studio Tobac sampler that you get free with purchase during the Studio Tobac world tour events. Being a member of the Studio Tobac advisory board I was lucky to get the sampler before the first event.
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The coffee colored wrapper is oily and has one long thin vein. I smell some barnyard. The construction feels good, but the predraw is quite easy. I taste spicy tobacco.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor, mild creamy and after a quarter of an inch I also taste something sweet. After half an inch I get some chocolate too. The sweetness gains some strength after an inch, I taste wood and herbs too. The cigar gets spicier. After a third I get a chocolate like sweetness with some sugar, but the sweetness isn’t too bad because of the herbs I taste too.
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Halfway I taste more chocolate with some wood. The cigar lost the spice, it is probably the most subtle Cain blend I have ever smoked. The sweetness fades away a bit, I taste smooth wood and the flavors are mild creamy again. The herbs disappear completely, the remainder of the cigar gives me a mild creamy and mild sweet wood flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for ages, two hours and twenty minutes. The draw was good but the burn was phenomenal, super straight and slow. The smoke starts out thin but gets nice and thick quickly. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied, but not as strong as the Cain F.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish, it’s only available in the ‘free with purchase’ Studio Tobac event sampler

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 9 / 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 T52 660

I love Liga Privada, it doesn’t matter if it’s the #9, the T52 or the brand spankin’ new L40 blend is, I love them all. The Dutch distributer of Liga Privada was in Nicaragua a few weeks ago and brought me some unreleased cigars including a fresh rolled L40 lancero, a prototype Ratzilla/Dirty Rat and a La Reloba seleccion Mexico and this big fat Liga Privada 52 with the infamous 6×60 size. I have not heard of this cigar before, I can’t find any information online so I guess this is an unreleased cigar. It had a normal Liga Privada t52 band and was wrapped in cellophane, unlike the other prototypes, so I guess it will be commercially released soon.
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The wrapper is nice, dark and very oily, like all Liga Privada T52 cigars I have smoked so far. I see one big vein. The cigar smells floral. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and tastes like tobacco with some pepper and some floral flavors.
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I taste a floral flavor with some pepper and soon some bitter chocolate. After half an inch I still taste the flowers but now with a dry and sweet chocolate. The flavors are flat and mellow and don’t develop a lot. After an inch and a half the chocolate grows a bit in strength.
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Halfway I taste some wood and some floral flavors, the flavors are mild sweet and I taste a little bit of chocolate on the background. The flavors are mild to medium, even the herbs that I taste are mild to medium. After two thirds the cigar gets a bit more spicy.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw was a bit easy and I got a medium smoke, both in volume as in thickness, but the smoke got thicker along the way. The salt & pepper colored ash is compact and firm. The burn is great. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored and way more boring and flat than any other Liga Privada I have ever smoked.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No I stick to the

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 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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Jaime Garcia reserva especial robusto

The Jaime Garcia reserva especial will soon be released on the Dutch market in two vitolas, the gordo and this 5¼x54 robusto. I smoked this cigar before and know that the cigar is made from tobacco from the Garcia farms with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper from the Oliva Tobacco Group.
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The dark and oily wrapper has a few thick veins. The cigar has a great construction and a firm barnyard smell. The predraw is great and I taste spicy and mild peppery tobacco.
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I taste coffee and soil with pepper and a hint of chocolate. After half an inch I taste more dark chocolate. After an inch I get a lot of herbal flavors with pepper and the aftertaste contains a little sweetness. After a third I taste some citrus with wood, herbs and a splash of dark chocolate. The flavors are mild creamy.
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After two thirds I taste more wood with some herbs and some citrus in the aftertaste. I also taste some spices like cinnamon. The wood is the main flavor, the spices, the tiny bit of citrus and the strong black pepper are supporting flavors.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty five minutes. The draw is great, the burn is good. The pepper and salt colored ash is coarse and frayed and medium firm. The smoke is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, even though this isn’t a typical My Father cigars flavor profile, 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: 7 / 10

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Padron 1926 No.35

Every ‘special’ Padron I have ever smoked wowed me, from the 1926 series, 1964 series and the anniversary series to the custom rolled that I smoked while doing an interview with Jorge Padron for my Dutch website, all are cigars that end up in my top 10 of ‘best cigars I have ever smoked’. I had never smoked this 4×48 No. 35 before but I picked a few up when I was in the USA last november.
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The cigar is small and box pressed with a dark and shiny wrapper. The cigar has the signature Padron serial number on the band, those numbers allow Padron to recognize counterfeit cigars. The construction feels good. I smell a spicy barnyard. The predraw is fine and tastes a bit sweet.
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I taste a full coffee flavors with some pepper and herbs. After a quarter of an inch the flavors are a mild sweet cedar wood flavor with some herbs and some pepper in the aftertaste, The coffee has disappeared. I even taste a mild chocolate flavor. After three quarters of an inch the main flavor is herbs with a hint of cinnamon and the cinnamon slowly becomes stronger.
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Halfway I taste wood and something sweet next to the cinnamon, the herbs have moved to the aftertaste. The flavors are unique, you can taste that Padron is something special. Near the end I also taste a little bit of chocolate, a really tiny bit though. The last few puffs give me toast and roasted nuts.
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Even though this is just a 4 inch cigar, it lasted me an hour and a half. The draw was great. I got a lot of thick white smoke and a great burn. The medium gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Oh 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: 9 / 10

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La Reloba seleccion Mexico robusto

A few days ago I posted a review of the La Reloba seleccion Sumatra robusto and today it’s time for the La Reloba seleccion Mexico robusto. This 5×50 robusto is the new, yet unreleased, blend of the La Reloba line, which also exists in a Habano version. The band looks the same, except that it’s in the color of the Mexican flag, green white and red, instead of the black & red (Habano) or black & yellow (Sumatra) bands.
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The dark and oily San Andres Mexican wrapper has a few very thin veins. I smell a barnyard with wood and some tar. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste some floral flavors with some pepper on the lips.
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I taste a spicy earth flavor and after half an inch some sweet herbs and pepper too. A quarter of an inch later I also get a tiny bit of milk chocolate on the background. After an inch I taste wood with herbs and a bit of milk chocolate. After a third I taste toast with a little bit of citrus and herbs.
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The flavors are getting smoother and milder halfway the cigar, there is a little bit of chocolate in the aftertaste. After two thirds the wrapper cracks open and I taste toast, some herbs and some milk chocolate. The chocolate disappears and I taste toast with some herbs. The last few puffs bring me some black pepper too.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty minutes. The draw was a bit tight, but still good. The smoke is thick. I had to correct the burn over and over again. The ash is coarse and firm. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored but not as sweet as I expected from a Mexican San Andres wrapped cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No boxes, but a single every now and then, for sure.

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

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