Monthly Archives: June 2011

Heeren XVII robusto corto

I didn’t know anything about these Heeren XVII cigars and their website doesn’t tell me much either, just that these are tripa corta cigars with a Cuban sungrown wrapper and that they are made in The Netherlands. The name comes from the V.O.C., the Dutch East India Company, the “17 gentleman” as you translate the name of the cigar, were what you now would call the board of directors. The whole line consists of three sizes and I smoked the robusto corto, a 4×54 smoke.
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The wrapper has the color of dark chocolate with a few thin veins, and it is mild oily. The construction feels good, except for one soft spot near the top of the cigar. The cigar smells like a wet horse. The predraw is a bit loose and I taste pepper.
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I taste espresso, mild bitter and strong with some pepper in the back of my throat. A quarter of an inch later I taste wood with a hint of chocolate.
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After three quarters of an inch I taste mainly herbs with some wood and I get a dry mouth. Halfway I still taste the herbs and wood, but the flavors aren’t getting any better, they are actually starting to become slightly unpleasant. Near the end the flavors get worse and I taste a lot of pepper.
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This cigar lasted me fifty minutes, which is quite long for a short tripa corta. I got enough smoke, thick as well. The ash is quite dark and firm. The burn and draw are good. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this just isn’t my kind of cigar

Appearance: 8 / 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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Casa Magna oscuro toro

I did a few reviews on several Casa Magna oscuro cigars the last few days, so there’s not much more to tell, I guess I wrote everything I know about the Placensia & Quesada made cigars in the previous reviews. Only thing I can tell you about this 6×52 toro is the price, which is € 4.50 here in The Netherlands.
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The looks are great, the black wrapper and the silver band are a perfect match. The wrapper looks quite dry, not dry as in ‘not moist’ but dry in ‘not oily’ and has a few veins. I smell a barnyard. The construction feels quite hard. The predraw is fine and I taste spicy tobacco.
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Coffee with an earthy flavor is the first thing I taste. I also get some wood and straw. After half an inch I taste leather with earth and straw. The cigar is quite spicy. After a third I taste dry leather with a mild metallic flavor.
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Halfway I mainly taste straw with some leather, herbs and that strange but pleasant metallic flavor. The straw slowly morphs into hay. Near the end I taste more herbs, the cigar gets more spicy and I get quite a lot of black pepper.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and fifty minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The ash is white. The burn is great. The ash is coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Again, I prefer the belicoso

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: 7 / 10

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My Father limited edition 2011

Last year My Father joined the whole limited edition hype by creating the My Father limited edition 2010 and this year they released a 6½x52 My Father limited edition 2011. The cigar is made from Nicaraguan tobacco with an hybrid Ecuadorian habano rosado-criollo wrapper. 40 boxes of 12 made in to The Netherlands and the cigars have a fixed price tag of € 18,50 each. In total 60.000 cigars are made.
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The cigars are beautiful, the hybrid wrapper has a nice and oily, smooth, chocolate brown with one vein. I smell a medium strong acidic barnyard. The construction is great, just like the predraw. I taste raisin with some pepper.
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I taste coffee with a little bit of sweetness, full and mild spicy. After half an inch the flavors change to red pepper, an earthy flavor and wood. After an inch the pepper loses some of its strength. The main flavors are wood with some sweetness and spices. This cigar is subtle for a My Father product.
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Halfway I taste a mild pepper, some chocolate and wood with a hint of nutmeg. The nutmeg slowly gets stronger and is the main flavor after two thirds, with a mild herbal aftertaste. Near the end I taste nutmeg and wood with some pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifty minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The light colored ash is firm. The burn is fantastic. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied but smooth.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I want a few more

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: 8 / 10

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La Flor Dominicana airbender chisel

I have a love/hate relationship with La Flor Dominicana, I really love some of their stuff, but there are also some La Flor Dominicanas that don’t do anything for me. I smoked the Airbender matatan before and I liked that one, so I was looking forward to the day that the Airbender (named after the comic) chisel (named after the shape) would be released to the Dutch market and it’s here, for only € 8,00. I love the chisel shape as it is so versatile. You can squeeze it open, punch it or cut it and the shape makes it easy to smoke. I usually squeeze mine open.
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The airbender chisel has a 54 ring and measures 6½ inch long. The Ecuadorian wrapper is medium brown and oily with a few veins. The construction feels good and after I squeezed the cigar open I get a great predraw which tastes like pepper and raisin. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell.
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I taste a dry wood with leather. After just a few puffs I also taste some red pepper. After half an inch I taste wood with some nuts and the pepper moved to the aftertaste. After an inch I taste leather with some wood, the flavors are dry and sticky. The wood slowly gets stronger.
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Just before I reach the middle point of the cigar the nut flavor gets stronger, the leather and herbs are now the background flavors. The flavors are mild creamy. Just past the mid I taste nuts with red pepper. After two thirds the pepper gets stronger without overpowering the other flavors. The nuts are gone, the background now tastes like wood and herbs.
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This cigar lasted me two hours and thirty-five minutes. The draw is great, but the smoke is quite thin. The light colored ash is very firm. The burn is beautiful. 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: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Guillermo Leon Grande Corona

Guillermo Leon is one of the main characters behind the success of La Aurora. Cigars were only a secondary business for the Leon family until Guillermo was appointed vice executive president of La Aurora in the early 90’s and with a dedicated team he built La Aurora to a household name for every cigar aficionado. Last year he was honored with the Guillermo Leon signature cigars. The cigars are a blend with fillers from Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic wrapped in a double binder, one from Cameroon for the sweetness, one ligero for the strength and then finished with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
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The cigars are not for sale in The Netherlands but a Dominican friend of mine, who lives in The Netherlands and has family that is tight with the Leons managed to get a box of the 6×47 corona grande and gave me a few. The wrapper is quite dark and oily with a few big veins. The color reminds me of dark chocolate. I like the band. I smell a strong hay and straw smell. The construction feels a bit hard. The predraw is fine and I taste peppery tobacco.
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I taste wood and straw, the flavors are dry and full. The flavors remind me of autumn leaves too. After a quarter of an inch I taste dry toast with herbs and a bit of citrus. After an inch I also taste some chocolate in the aftertaste. The chocolate disappears after a third and instead I taste herbal toast. Halfway the milky chocolate returns with herbs and a pleasant acidic flavor, I can’t specify what the acidic flavor tastes like but it isn’t citrus.
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The chocolate slowly grows stronger and the flavor is sticky. I still taste the herbs and the toast. After two thirds I taste pepper with the sticky chocolate, the toast and the herbs. The chocolate disappears and the toast gets stronger. The flavors are dry. The pepper disappears too and the final flavors are herbs and toast.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifty minutes. The smoke is thick and plentiful. The compact gray ash is firm and the burn is great. The draw is great too. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I hope they will be released in The Netherlands soon

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

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Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial super gordo

Jaime Garcia blended this cigar himself with a blend of two different Nicaraguan tobaccos, one from their own farm and one from the Oliva Tobacco Company (not to be confused with the Oliva Cigar Company) and he decided to wrap the blend in a Connecticut broadleaf. And he just added a super gordo to the line, a 5¾x66 pre-cut torpedo.
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The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper is dark and oily with just a few veins. I smell straw. The cigar feels well constructed. The predraw is fine.
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I taste pepper with a spicy earthy flavor and a hint of chocolate. The pepper fades away quickly and I taste herbs instead. The cigar remains spicy though. After half an inch the chocolate gets stronger.

 

After an inch and a half I taste herbs with a little bit of chocolate and pepper. After two thirds the flavors change to dried herbs with some wood. The chocolate has disappeared. Near the end I can also taste some nutmeg.
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Don’t light this cigar when you only have a small amount of time, it lasted me for two hours and fifteen minutes. The draw was great and I got a good amount of smoke, but unfortunately the smoke was quite thin. The dark gray and coarse ash is firm. I had some burn issues. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Normally I would say ‘no’ due to the thick ring gauge which usually makes blends more bland and are hard to smoke, but in this case I will say ‘yes’ as the cigar stays flavorful and the shape makes it easy to smoke.

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

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5 Vegas Triple A

This 5 Vegas triple A is released in one size and one size only, 5 x 56. The filler contains Cuban seed Nicaraguan from Jalapa and Condega tobacco and the oily wrapper is a Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro tobacco. I think I picked this cigar up during my trip through the USA, but it could also have been bombed to my by one of my American friends.
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The thick and oily broadleaf maduro wrapper has a couple of nice veins. Both the band and the band protecting the foot of the cigar are grotesque. The construction feels a bit hard but the predraw is fine and leaves a bit of a raisin flavor in my mouth. The cigar has a firm, deep and rich barnyard flavor. The wrapper is so thick that it makes this cigar hard to punch.
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I can taste coffee, mildly bitter and a little bit of chocolate. This flavor doesn’t change for two inch when the chocolate becomes stronger, but the coffee remains the main flavor.

Halfway the coffee changes into wood and the chocolate disappears after ⅔. I couldn’t nub this cigar as it had a turning point with about an inch and a half left. Even though I purged, and got a big flame while doing so, the cigar gets too bitter to continue smoking.
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It took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to finish this full flavored, full bodied cigar. I got a great draw and a nice amount of smoke, although it is a bit thin. I had a little bit of a crooked burn. The ash is light colored and quite firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, maybe, if I run into them at a B&M for a reasonable price

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

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Don Pepin Garcia blue toro gordo

In february of this year My Father cigars released the news of an addition to their blue label blend, a 6×56 toro gordo and this cigar already hit the Dutch market. In the past we had to wait years before cigars were finally available in The Netherlands but distributer The Longfiller Company is doing great stuff for the Dutch aficionados, not just in getting great cigars on the Dutch market soon after the US release but also price wise. In the past we overpaid for our cigars, prices were doubled or even tripled compared to the US MSRP but not anymore, this cigar will cost € 6,50 in the Dutch shops.
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The cigar has a great construction and the beautiful, dark and oily corojo wrapper feels quite silky. I see a few veins and I smell a barnyard. The predraw is fine and I taste tobacco and raisin.
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I taste pepper with coffee and after half an inch I taste wood with a peppery aftertaste. After a third I taste wood with lots of herbs and some pepper. The flavors are full and in your face, but then the flavors slowly gets a bit smoother.
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Halfway I taste mainly wood with a small amount of herbs on the background and in the aftertaste. After two thirds the wood changes flavor, it is still wood but different. I even taste some nut flavors too.
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The smoke time of this super toro is a whopping 2 hours. The draw is a bit loose but I got plenty of smoke. At the start I had a crooked burn but it corrected itself. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied, and gave me a nice flame during the purge.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will.

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

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Casa Magna oscuro belicoso

I smoked quite a few Casa Magna Colorado cigars from Nicaragua and love them, especially for the price but recently the Casa Magna Oscuro series got released here in The Netherlands. And again, the prices are very budget friendly, this 6½x52 torpedo has a € 4,50 price tag (compare that to a Montecristo #2, same size, price tag € 12,50), so you can guess that I’m very pleased with this release and can’t wait to smoke all vitolas in the Casa Magna Oscuro series. Even though it’s the same brand as the Colorado series, the Oscuro serie is made in Honduras instead of Nicaragua.
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The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard smell. The silver band looks great on the dark wrapper which has a few long thin veins. The predraw is fine and I taste a little bit of pepper.
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I taste a dry and mild sweet herbal flavor with wood and a splash of chocolate in the aftertaste. The flavors are full but smooth. After three quarters of an inch I taste some wood with some sweetness and some pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper isn’t overpowering and the wood slowly grows in strength.
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After a third I taste some dry wood with some sweetness. The wood slowly morphs into a cedar flavor. After two thirds the pepper disappears, the wood is mild sweet and I taste herbs on the background.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is light colored and firm. The cigar is full flavored, full but smooth and medium to full bodied. The burn is flawless.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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Punch Ninfas

On the boards that I visit, the Punch Ninfas, a 7×33 slim panatela, is one of the most praised and sought after discontinued Cuban cigars. I never thought I would get my hands on one, as they have been discontinued since 2002, years before I started my journey into the world of hand rolled cigars. To tell you the truth, I can’t remember how I got this specific cigar, it was probably one of the many gifts and bombs I got since joining Club Stogie (R.I.P.) and Cigar Asylum. So thank you, whoever gave me this cigar.
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The wrapper is quite dark for a Cuban, dull and full of thin veins. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit hard.
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I taste leather with some pepper and after three quarters of an inch the flavors get less strong, but I still taste leather with pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper fades away and now I taste leather and a bit of an earthy flavor.
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After a third I also get some nuts with the leather and halfway the flavors are smooth leather only, quite dry though. After two thirds the nuts make a comeback and the cigar gets a mild spicy, peppery aftertaste.
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This long thin stick lasts me about eighty minutes. The smoke is thin, and there isn’t much of it at all. The draw is good, but close to too hard. The ash is dark, coarse and not firm. The cigars is medium flavored and mild to medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? That’s close to impossible

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

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