Monthly Archives: July 2011

Punch Superfinos Regional Edition Italy

Browsing through my humidor I found this tiny 4.3×42 minutos from Punch that was the 2005 regional edition for Italy. Now I don’t know if this cigar is from the original 2005 release or from the re-release in 2006. All I know is that the Punch Superfinos is a cigar that had been discontinued but made a comeback as this limited released Italian regional edition.
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The cigar is small and thin and has a reasonably dark, mild oily wrapper with lots of veins. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and tastes mild sweet.
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I taste coffee, mild sweet but that sweetness disappears almost immediately. I still taste coffee but now with leather and earth. The sweetness makes a comeback though and after half an inch I taste wood with nuts, with a tiny bit of leather and sweetness.
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Halfway I still taste the nut and wood mix, both mild sweet and the wood flavor is the main flavor. Near the end the sweetness disappears.
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Even though this is a small cigar, it lasted me forty-five minutes. I got a decent amount of reasonably thick gray smoke. The ash is dark. The draw is great but I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I can find them, I should give them another chance.

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

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Tatuaje series P robusto

The Tatuaje Series P aka Tatuaje white label is a mixed filler with approximately 60 percent medium and 40 percent long filler in each cigar. All tobacco comes from Nicaragua, which makes it a puro. I had smoked a few in the past, but never reviewed one and as they are discontinued I knew I needed to write a review while I still had a 5×50 robusto from the series P.
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The wrapper is chocolate brown and oily but also rough and full of veins. The construction feels consistent but a bit on the soft side. The predraw is fine and I smell some wood.
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I get a bit of a sizzling sensation on the tip of my tong and I taste blackberries with wood. After an inch I get more wood and the blackberries don’t have that sizzling sensation anymore. The flavors are pleasantly sweet.
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The flavors don’t develop much, the cigar is quite flat but who cares when the flavors are this good? Near the end the sweet blackberries and the wood become a bit spicy.
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This cigar lasted me an hour. The draw is a bit too loose. I got a lot of thick smoke. The dark ash is coarse but firm enough. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? These are discontinued, unfortunately.

Appearance: 7 / 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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Oliva masterblend 1 torpedo

About 5 years ago, when I was still a noob, I started smoking cigars just a few months before, I went to a cigar shop and got me some singles including a few cigars I bought just for the look as it had a lasered tattoo which made the cigar stand out from the others. I learned that it was de Oliva Masterblend 1 torpedo. In may of 2007, about two years after I bought it, I smoked my last one and reviewed it. Ever since I regretted not taking pictures and I was never able to get myself another Masterblend 1 cigar as they are impossible to get until last december when a cigar shop owner told me he bought half a box from a client and had a few left. I wanted to buy them all, but my friends who were with me wanted some too, so generous as I am, I only bought one and let my friends buy the others. I just wanted one so I could take pictures for my old review. Well, if I’m taking pictures, I can take notes too right? A lot has happened since may 2007, it’s been four years, I am an experienced smoker now and the cigars have more age on them, so why not write a new review?
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This cigar is 6 inch long with a 52 ring. The chocolate brown and leathery looking wrapper has a tattooed logo, which disappeared after the masterblend 2 series, because tattooing caused 15% of the quality wise great cigars got destroyed by the tattoo machine. The construction feels a bit hard and I smell wood and straw. The predraw is fine, I taste raising with a little pepper on the background.
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I taste dry hay with some chocolate and the unique Oliva sweetness. The flavors change to wood and chocolate after half an inch. After an inch I taste dry hay again with some wood. Both the sweetness and the chocolate have disappeared.
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After a third the chocolate returns and gets stronger with some pepper and herbs on the background. Halfway I taste wood with herbs and some chocolate in the aftertaste. Later on the wood disappears and I taste herbs, chocolate and hazelnuts. After two thirds I taste wood with herbs.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty five minutes. I got a great draw and a decent amount of smoke. The light colored ash is not firm at all. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. It has a great burn and I got a huge flame when I purged it.
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Would I buy this cigar again? That would be close to impossible, I got this one with a lot of luck.

Appearance: 9 / 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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Cuban Rounds robusto

I got this cigar from a friend in a trade and did some research because I never heard of the brand before. It turns out that it is a Nicaraguan short filler for JR Cigars with a binder and filler from Cuban seed tobacco with an EMS wrapper. A bundle of 40 of these robustos will set you back 60 dollars.
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The cigar is a bit shorter than the 5 inch the JR website claims it is, it measured 4¾x50. The wrapper is dark and dry with a few thin veins. The construction feels good and I smell a tiny bit of wood. The predraw is fine and I taste dry raisin. The band is a complete Cohiba rip-off.
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The first flavor I taste reminds me of dry autumn leaves with some wood, the flavors are a bit musty. I also taste a little bit of sweet chocolate.
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After a third I taste more chocolate with some wood and after two thirds the flavors change into a dry but smooth wood with some herbs and sweet chocolate.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and ten minutes, which is not bad for a short filler robusto. I got a medium thick grey smoke. The draw and the burn are good, while the gray ash is quite firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, don’t think so, although they are dirt cheap so they could be nice yardgars

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

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Casa Magna oscuro #4

This 5×44 Casa Magna oscuro is the last of the series Casa Magna oscuros that were released on the Dutch market recently and the last of the series reviews. The price tag of this cigar is 3 euro. This cigar is made in Honduras, like all other Casa Magna oscuro cigars but it is a Nicaraguan puro.
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The wrapper is dark and shiny, full of oil and one big vein. The silver colored band sticks out on the dark wrapper. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong and peppery barnyard smell. the predraw is fine, I taste dry tobacco with pepper and some chocolate
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I taste a peppery soil flavor. After a quarter of an inch I also taste something metallic on the background. The flavors are pleasant and spicy and appear to be stronger than the robusto from the same series. After three quarters of an inch I also taste some herbs and after a third I taste green peppers as main flavor with wood and a herbal aftertaste.
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Halfway I taste a little bit of chocolate with the flavors I mentioned before and the metallic flavor is back, only on the background though. The wood flavor slowly becomes stronger, it even becomes the main flavor for a while. After two thirds the pepper fights back and becomes dominant again.
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This cigar lasted me an hour. The draw is great, just like the burn. The dark and coarse ash is firm. I go a lot of smoke. I had to correct the burn a few times though. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like this #4 the most when it comes to the Casa Magna oscuro series

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

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Cohiba Piramides LE 2006

I do like Cohiba, the flagship of Habanos, but I think they are way overpriced. This Cohiba piramides edicion limitada 2006 has a price tag over over € 25 in The Netherlands, but when I saw this cigar, covered in bloom, at my favorite cigar shop in Amsterdam, Hartman Cigars on the Beethovenstraat, I decided to pick one up. The 2006 release is a re-release from the 2001 Cohiba Piramides and measures 6.1×52. The cigar has the well known Cohiba and the edicion limitada band.
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The wrapper is dark and oily and I can see two veins. The construction feels good and I smell a Cuban barnyard. The predraw is fine.
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I taste coffee and earth, but the earth becomes the main flavor quickly while the coffee disappears. After three quarters of an inch I also taste some leather to go with the earth. The leather slowly gets stronger and I also get a herbal spice on the background.
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Halfway I also taste a bit of cacao powder on the background and in the aftertaste and it is quite dry. The leather and earth are well balanced with a hint of herbs. The cacao powder disappears. After two thirds I taste some dark chocolate with the leather and earth. Near the end all I taste is leather with some pepper.
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This cigar lasted me almost two hours. I got plenty of thick smoke. The draw is great but I had to correct the burn a few times. The pepper and salt colored ash is coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Too expensive, but a great cigar nonetheless

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 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 Flor Dominicana salomon maduro

Little over a year ago I smoked this 7×64 La Flor Dominicana salomon maduro and loved it. I was very happy when they recently got released on the Dutch market. They have a price tag of € 18.50 here, which is pricy but not that bad when you look at what you get, a cigar this big and thick is a lot of tobacco and it takes a while to finish it.
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I love the shape and combined with the oily and leathery wrapper that has the color of dark chocolate the shape makes the cigar looks pretty mean. To add to that mean look I see some big veins. The smell is mild though, not as strong as you would expect. The construction feels great and the predraw is fine. I taste peppery tobacco.
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I taste peppery coffee with leather. The pepper is the dominant flavor. After half an inch I taste wood with that dominant pepper, the coffee and leather have disappeared. After an inch I also taste a little bit of an earthy flavor with the wood and pepper. The cigar is quite spicy too. For a few puffs I even taste some walnut.
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Halfway I only taste wood with pepper again and after two thirds I taste wood, pepper and a little sour flavor, which is quite nice. The pepper moves to the aftertaste and even fades away for a bit. Wood is now the main flavor while the sourness disappears.
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This cigar lasted me for little over two hours. The draw is great, and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The light colored ash is frayed but firm. I had to correct the burn a few times though. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored, don’t smoke it on an empty stomach.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, for special occasions

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

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Brick House robusto

Newman’s latest big release, the Brick House, is a huge sales hit but I wasn’t impressed by the Churchillthat I smoked. As I don’t write off brands or blends by just one cigar, I decided to give this 5×54 robusto a try. The cigar is made from Nicaraguan binder and filler with a Habano subido wrapper.
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The Habano subido wrapper is quite dark but dull and has lots of veins. The band is nice and the cigar has a wood smell. The construction is a bit hard. The predraw is fine and I taste tobacco.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor, which turns into burned earth quite soon. After an inch I taste a musty wood with a tiny bit of chocolate.
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Halfway the musty flavor disappears, but I still taste the wood and the tiny bit of chocolate. Near the end, after about three quarters, I also taste some dry nuts.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and a half. The draw was good, just like the burn. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The as is white and firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, don’t think so

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

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Casa Magna colorado lancero

This cellophane wrapped extra long 8½x40 lancero is a special edition, more expensive than the regular Casa Magna Colorado cigars. The mrps is $ 12,95. It is not for sale in The Netherlands yet. The foot of the cigar is uncut, the wrapper is folded over the end.
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The beautiful, leather like wrapper is quite dark and oily. It is shiny too, it looks like a thin layer of laquer, that’s how it shines. I see a few thin veins. I smell a straw and chocolate smell. The construction feels good. the predraw is fine too and tastes like dry tobacco.
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I taste coffee with black pepper and after a quarter of an inch I taste wood instead of the coffee with some pepper and herbs. The pepper slowly becomes the main flavor. After two inch I taste herbs with a peppery aftertaste. After a third the herbs are getting stronger while the pepper loses some strength.
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Halfway I taste a mild bitter flavor but fortunately it disappears quickly, maybe I smoked too fast. After two thirds the cigar gets spicier and the pepper turns black. With an inch and a half to go I reach the turning point of the cigar.
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This cigar lasted me for two and a half hours. The draw is great, just like the burn. The white ash is quite coarse and not firm at all. The smoke is medium, both in thickness and in volume. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Depends on the price

Appearance: 8 / 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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Casa Magna oscuro churchill gordo

The Casa Magna Oscuro Churchill gordo is the biggest cigar out of the Casa Magna Oscuro line with it’s 6 ⅝x56 size. It recently became available in The Netherlands and here’s the review.
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The wrapper is dark and shiny with lots of oil and a few small veins. The cigar feels silky though with a hard construction. The smell is mild peppery. the predraw is a bit hard and I taste spicy tobacco.
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I taste coffee with a little bit of sugar. After half an inch I also get some spicy herbs. After an inch I taste pepper, herbs and straw with a mild sweetness. After a third the flavors are sweet herbs with some toast on the background.
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Halfway I taste some sweet wood with spicy and peppery herbs on the background. After two thirds I taste an earthy flavor and near the end I taste pepper again, green pepper with that earthy flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and ten minutes. The draw is a bit tight, with a lot of medium thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is coarse and firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I didn’t care for it at all

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

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