Monthly Archives: June 2011

Casa Fernandez arsenio maduro robusto

Casa Fernandez is made by Tabacalera Tropical and have quite some reputation amongst cigar aficionados in the United States. I did smoke one or two of them when I visited the USA in 2009, but I never reviewed one. So when I visited Florida in the fall of 2010 I picked up a few different Casa Fernandez at Corona Cigar Co in Orlando. One of them was this Casa Fernandez Arsenio maduro robusto, a cigar made from aganorsa leaf from the Nicaraguan regions of Jalapa, Esteli and Condega.
The wrapper is dark, almost black with a double blend. The size is 5¼x54. The wrapper is dry with some veins. The transport has damaged the wrapper a bit. The construction feels good but the cigar seems to be a bit crooked. The cigar has a barnyard smell. The predraw is loose and I taste raisin with a sharp pepper aftertaste.
I taste a spicy and peppery coffee with a hint of chocolate and a lot of pepper in the aftertaste. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with pepper and herbs. After an inch I taste some chocolate but that disappears straight away again. I taste a dry mixture of wood and herbs.
After a third the chocolate returns with some wood and herbs. After two thirds I taste the wood and herbs, the chocolate is far far away on the background.
This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw was way too loose in the beginning but it got better after an inch. I thought about tossing the cigar, that’s how loose the draw was. The smoke was poor and thin in the beginning too, but that got better once the draw picked up. The silvergray ash is firm but frayed. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? I would like to try another one, without the draw problems.

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

Categories: Casa Fernandez, Nicaraguan cigars, Tabacalera Tropical | Tags: , ,

La Vieja Habana torpedo

The La Vieja Habana has an interesting history. This was the first Drew Estate cigar, rolled in New York by Antonio Almanzar from 1994 till 1996 when the demand for tobacco, due to the cigar boom, left them without tobacco. They moved the brand to Miami where Perdomo started to roll them until disaster struck again and hurricane season caused a lot of damage in Nicaragua in november 1998. Drew Estate started production again in 2002, in their own factory in Nicaragua and since then there was no more drama. I smoked the 6×54 belicoso with the Habano wrapper.
The cigar has a dark and mild oily wrapper with lots of veins. The construction feels good and the belicoso has a sharp point. The cigar has a strong wood smell. The predraw is good and tastes like dry tobacco.
I taste a mild bitter coffee with a hint of chocolate. The bitter flavor disappears quickly and after an inch I taste something musty that is replaced with wood quickly.
The chocolate slowly gets dominant and halfway I also taste something spicy. The chocolate keeps on being dominant with some herbs on the background, but I don’t care much for the specific herbal flavors. At two thirds the cigar gets a stronger herbal flavor and turns a bit ashy.
The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and ten minutes. I didn’t get much smoke and the smoke I got was thin. The draw is good, just like the burn. The ash is light gray and firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, I’ll stick to Liga Privada if I want a Drew Estate cigar

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

Categories: Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, La Vieja Habana, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , ,

Trinidad Robusto T

Even though Trinidad has been made since 1969, the marca didn’t become available on the customer market before 1997, but it gained a strong fanbase since. The 5×50 Robusto T is the latest addition to the portfolio and I got this as a gift from Patrick, the shopmanager of the La Casa del Habano in Antwerp. We herf there regularly, last time I wasn’t able to go and he gave my friends this cigar for me.
The cigar is latte colored with a small pigtail. The wrapper has a small veins and a mild oily shine. I like the band. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. It has a tobacco flavor.
I taste nuts and toast, smooth but full and a few puffs later I also taste wood and pepper. After an inch I taste a lot of leather with some pepper and every now and then some nuts on the background.
Halfway I still taste leather with a hint of dry chocolate. The nuts slowly grow in strength and starts to overpower the leather. I also taste a strong white pepper taste.
This cigar lasted me eighty minutes. The draw is great and I get plenty of medium thick smoke. The ash is pepper and salt colored and firm. The burn is great, straight and slow. This Trinidad Robusto T is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Every now and then, great cigar but with a high price tag

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, El Laguito, Trinidad (Habanos) | Tags: ,

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