Monthly Archives: May 2011

Viaje skull & bones

Viaje is the newest hype in the cigar world, limited produced boutique cigars and their Skull & Bones is the hardest to find cigar. Only 150 boxes of 25 of these Nicaraguan puros were made. I got one of these highly sought after cigars at the EPIC herf in Ocala, Florida last November. As I was the whipping boy at the herf and got smacked over and over again, I can’t remember who gave me this cigar but I really appreciate it.
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The cigar looks great, the wrapper is dark and oily with some black stripes and smears. I can’t see veins. The darkness of the wrapper combines well with the skull & bones pirate style band. I smell stray and a barnyard. The construction feels good, the predraw is fine and I taste something floral. The foot of the cigar is folded tight.
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I taste a sweet and mild spicy earth flavor with some floral hints and soon I taste coffee with a bit more spicy and honey like sweetness. After half an inch my mouth gets dry. I taste some wood with herbs, a little bit of citrus and a little bit of chocolate on the background. After an inch I taste a pleasant nut flavor with some herbs and honey, a little bit of pepper. The cigar is mild spicy. After a third some toast joins the previously mentioned flavors. The flavors are full yet subtile.
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Halfway I taste a herbal toast as main flavor with some honey and citrus, although both are very mild. After two thirds the sweetness gets stronger with some herbs and oak. The flavors are quite complex. After that the herbs are getting dominant, soon to be replaced with coffee. The sweetness disappears, I still taste the herbs with a hint of dark chocolate. After that I taste herbal toast again, the flavors change almost with every puff, amazing.
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This cigar comes five minutes short to be a two hour smoke. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is dark gray, coarse but firm. The burn is great too. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish, they are nowhere to be found.

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: 9 / 10

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La Flor Dominicana Factory Press II

This La Flor Dominicana factory press II prensado is 6¼ inch long and has a ring of 54, although that is hard to find out due to the wonderful but strange shape of the cigar. The bottom part of the cigar is box pressed but the top is straight out flat, pressed in the factory, hence the name. It is quite unique, but it works well. The shape combined with the darkness of the wrapper make the cigar look like a chocolate bar.
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As I said, the wrapper is dark, shiny and oily with a few veins. The construction feels good and I smell wood. The predraw is fine and I taste wood with raisin.
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I taste a mild peppery coffee which turns into wood with lots of pepper quickly. After three quarters of an inch I taste earth with herbs, both mild spicy, with some chocolate in the back of my throat.
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The herbal flavor grows in strength and once I passed the middle of the cigar I also get some dark chocolate in the aftertaste. The chocolate fades away and all I taste is herbs with pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw was great, just like the burn. I got enough smoke, but it could have been thicker. The medium gray ash is frayed but firm. This cigar is full flavored and very full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, if I can find some for a decent price

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

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Sigarenplatform grande corona especial

A friend of mine was named mayor on a Dutch cigar board and to celebrate his election he had cigars made, Dutch dry cigars, with a band with their logo and he called it the “sigarenplatform grande corona especial”. I don’t know anything about the blend, who made it, I just know the size which is 5½x42. He asked me to review one, even though I am the owner & admin of a competitive board. I usually don’t smoke dry cigars, I don’t like them, but I can’t refuse a request from a friend.
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The wrapper is quite dark and it has a lot of veins. The construction is a bit soft. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste a nice and spicy, dry tobacco.
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I taste coffee with some sweetness and autumn leaves. the flavors are full but surprisingly smooth for a dry cigar and mild musty. Usually dry cigars are sharp in flavor but what I taste in the first third isn’t bad at all, I like it.

 

After a third I get that sharp flavor that I expected and I get an acidic flavor. The cigar is a lot less pleasant. The acid gets milder but the cigar stays sharp and spicy, this is exactly why I don’t like dry cigars.
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The smoke time is forty-five minutes, which is not bad for a dry cigar of this size. The draw is good and I get more smoke than expected. The light colored ash is coarse and reasonably firm for a short filler dry cigar. The burn is ok, only a little bit crooked. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied. Because it is a pre-cut short filler I got some small pieces of tobacco in my mouth while smoking.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, Dutch dry cigars aren’t my thing

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

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PDR 1878 robusto madura

These Pinar del Rio cigars own their name to the year 1878 when the Cuban government created the provinces, and thereby creating the province Pinar del Rio, what is now known as the best tobacco growing region of the world. The cigars are made from Nicaraguan and Dominican filler with a dark Brazilian wrapper. I smoked the 5×50 robusto.
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The wrapper is oily and dark with some thin veins and the weirdest looking pigtail I have ever seen. The cigar has a tasteful double band and a mild smell of straw and barnyard. The construction feels good, and so does the predraw. I taste raisin with pepper.
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I taste coffee and pepper with far away on the background some maduro sweetness/chocolate which slowly becomes a bit stronger. The coffee morphs into wood after a quarter of an inch. After half an inch the pepper loses a lot of its power, the wood becomes dominant with pepper and chocolate on the background.
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After a third I taste wood with a tiny bit of pepper. The sweet chocolate flavor has disappeared. After two thirds I taste cedar with a lot of pepper again. The last few puffs are black pepper only.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and twenty-five minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke. The draw was good and the ash is frayed, salt & pepper colored but very firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, I see a box of these in the near future

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: 8 / 10

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Casa Magna colorado salomon

This 6½x56 Casa Magna Colorado salomon is the latest addition to the Casa Magna Colorado series. It is not available in The Netherlands yet, but I expect that that will change soon enough so all my fellow countrymen can smoke this beautiful shaped cigar.
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Like I said, the cigar is beautifully shaped. but the dark and oily wrapper does have some veins. I smell a mild barnyard. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin with a white pepper aftertaste.
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I taste an earthy flavor with some wood, herbs and a peppery aftertaste. The feeling in my mouth is dry. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood and herbs with a little bit of sigar. After half an inch I also taste some chocolate on the background. The cigar slowly becomes peppery.

 

After an inch I taste leather and earth with some wood and herbs. The aftertaste is peppery. Some puffs later I mainly taste wood with some chocolate and herbs. The aftertaste is still peppery. Halfway I taste wood, nutmeg, herbs and a metallic flavor, all very nice. After two thirds I taste wood with herbs, the herbs are mild fresh and I get pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and the burn is ok. The smoke starts out poor but gets better along the way, slowly it gets thick and white. The peper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it.

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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Thompson corojo cubano robusto

Another Thompson house blend, even though I have had nothing but horrible experiences with them. I had this one in my humidor and decided to light it, write a review and warn everybody about those horrid smokes. This Thompson Corojo Cubano is a 5×48 robusto.
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The cigar has a ugly dry, wrinkly wrapper full of veins. The construction has some soft spots. The predraw is loose and tastes mild sweet.
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I taste a nasty and musty coffee. The wrapper tears at the mouth piece. After half an inch I taste musty wood with a little bit of chocolate.
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Just before I reach the middle of the cigar I taste a nasty spicy metallic flavor and cardboard. Half an inch later I also taste some nuts. After a third I taste spices and pepper with a nasty sour taste.
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Thank god that this cigar was a quick smoke and it only lasted 40 horrible minutes. The draw is way too loose. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The light gray ash is not firm at all. The cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? HELL NO!!

Appearance: 5 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 4 / 10
Aroma third part: 4 / 10

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Te Amo magnificos

I am not a fan of Mexican tobacco, so I was reluctant to try this Te-Amo magnifico, a Mexican puro by Altadis. It is a 5½x42 corona, which I got from a Dutch friend.
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The wrapper is dull and dry with lots of veins. The band is simple. The construction feels good. The cigar has mild smell and the good predraw.
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The flavors are musty and a little spicy. I also get the sweetness that is so classic for Mexican tobacco. There are no other flavors and no development either.
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After two thirds I taste herbs with some wood, still musty though.
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This cigar had a smoke time of an hour. The draw was oke. I had to correct the burn a few times. I got a lot of smoke, but the smoke was thin. The light colored ash is frayed and not firm. This is a mild to medium flavored and mild to medium bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Never again.

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

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Fonseca vintage robusto

A friend gave me this 5×50 Dominican Fonseca vintage robusto in a trade. Now I am not a fan of the Cuban marca Fonseca and my experiences are that the non Cuban versions of Cuban brands are usually not worth smoking, except for the Partagas Spanish rosado which I liked. I found out that these non Cuban Fonseca cigars are made by Matasa in the Dominican Republic.
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The wrapper is yellowish, mild oily and has a few veins. I smell a mild wood smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine.
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I taste musty paper, not full or strong, and some cardboard. After an inch I only taste cardboard
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Halfway the flavors change from cardboard only to cardboard and licorice.
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This cigar had a smoke time of an hour. The draw was good and I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The salt and pepper colored ash is firm. This cigar is mild flavored and mild bodied. The burn was great.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Don’t think so

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

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Nica Libre diplomatico

The Nica Libre brand is a creation of A.J. Fernandez and the brand is compared to Padron a lot. I see praises everywhere, but the Nica Libre torpedo I smoked before didn’t do anything for me. People kept telling me to give the brand another try, so I lit the 7×50 Nica Libre Diplomatico.
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The wrapper is dry and has a chocolate color. It looks leathery and mild oily with not a lot of veins. The cigar is a bit box pressed and I feel some soft spots in the construction. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin and dry tobacco.
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I taste coffee and after half an inch I also taste some wood. The coffee disappears and now I taste an earthy flavor with herbs and wood. After a third I taste musty wood and some puffs later some cheap amd mild chocolate. The musty feel of the flavors disappears.
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The chocolate slowly gets stronger and after two thirds I taste some nuts. After that the flavors turn into wood with a little bit of nuts and at the end a high dose of herbs and pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for two whole hours. I got a lot of medium thick smoke. The draw is good. The light gray ash is reasonably firm. The burn is good, although I had to correct it a few times. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, I prefer other A.J. Fernandez blends

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

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Joya de Nicaragua Classico Toro

The Joya de Nicaragua Clasico was introduced in the 1960’s and is currently for sale in more than 20 countries worldwide. The cigar is made with Havana seed tobacco from Nicaragua and a Connecticut shade wrapper. The toro measures 6×50 and I got it from a sampler with four different cigars, the Clasico, the Cabinetta, the Antano 1970 and the Celebracion.
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The mild oily wrapper has a lot of veins, as I expect from Connecticut. The construction feels good. I smell straw and wood. The wrapper is thin. The predraw is loose and I taste spicy tobacco.
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I taste a musty and acidic soil flavor, quite full and spicy. I even taste some pepper. After a quarter of an inch I also get an unpleasant bitter flavor. After an inch I taste a mild sweet wood, still a bit musty, and a mild acidic flavor in the aftertaste.
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After a third the cigar gets a bit more spicy and halfway I taste musty straw which is also mild sweet. After two thirds the bitterness disappears. The cigar gets a bit better but still not pleasant enough to smoke again.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and ten minutes. The draw was way too loose and the frayed pepper and salt colored ash is ugly but firm. I got a lot of smoke. The burn is good. This cigar is medium to full flavored and mild bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, just another Joya de Nicaragua that I didn’t like

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 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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