Monthly Archives: August 2011

La Caridad del Cobre charada #5 la monjita

When I was in Florida last fall, a friend gave me this 5×54 belicoso with the name La Caridad del Cobre, a cigar whom I never heard off. I can’t find much info online, except that the name of this cigar is Charada No. 5 – “La Monjita” and that the cigar is made from Dominican and Nicaraguan filler with a Dominican binder and a Brazilian arapiraca wrapper. The cigar is made by Frank Hererra, a lawyer well known in the cigar industry.
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The cigar has a lovely band and an oily, dark wrapper with some veins. The cigar has a dry straw smell. The construction feels good and the great predraw confirms the good construction. I taste raisin.
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I taste a spicy and herbal coffee flavor with earth and a peppery aftertaste. After half an inch I taste wood with herbs, a hint of chocolate and some grass in the aftertaste.
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Halfway I taste wood and chocolate, the structure of the flavors is mild creamy, even buttery by times. After two thirds I taste wood and herbs, mild spicy, with a herbal freshness.
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The smoke time of this petit torpedo is an hour and twenty five minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. I got a lot of medium thick smoke. The dark silvery gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Depending on the price, I might get some

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: 7 / 10

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Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo Azaroso

Like I wrote 2 days ago, Joya de Nicaragua is the oldest cigar factory in Nicaragua and about a year ago they got into bed with Drew Estate for distribution and building their portfolio. First cigar that comes from this collaboration is the Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo, which should be an extra strong cigar to claim back the market Joya once owned, the market of the ultra strong cigars. Four cigars from the series made it to The Netherlands and the first one to be reviewed by my was de 4½x42 Azarosa which has a price tag of € 4,50.

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The cigar looks great, the wrapper is very dark and the double band is very stylish. The wrapper is quite oily and has one tough vein. The construction feels a bit hard and the cigar reeks of charcoal. The predraw is great and I taste tobacco.
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I taste a peppery earthy falvor with some coffee and wood. Soon I taste a lot of herbs and a metallic flavour. After half an inch I taste earth with wood and lots of citrus.

After a third a lot of black pepper joins the flavour profile, the cigar is quite spicy with the mix of black pepper, citrus, dark wood and earth. After two thirds I taste wood with some citrus, the pepper disappeared. The cigar remains spicy in the aftertaste with some pepper and herbs.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty minutes. The draw was great just like the amount of thick white smoke. I had to correct the burn a few times. The ash is medium gray colored, compact and firm, it only breaks once. This cigar is definitely full flavoured and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, for a strong finish of a herf.

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

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Don Pancho double maduro robusto

Don Panchos is a cigar shop in Kissimmee, Florida and the local hangout of one of my friends, so when I was in Kissimmee last fall I decided to drop in. I noticed some Bucanero cigars, we talked about the brand and the owner told me Bucanero made their house blends. I picked up a few, amongst them was this 5×50 double maduro robusto.
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The wrapper is dark, shiny, oily and looks great. I see a few veins, which make the cigar look though. The construction is great and the cigar has a unique smell. I smell nut shells, walnut shells to be precise. The predraw is great and I taste walnut shells, just like I smell them.
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I taste a dry flavor, kinda like the skin in peanuts with some earth and a little bit of salt. After half an inch I taste a nice sweet chocolate in the aftertaste. The flavors are full and the aftertaste takes long to disolve. Halfway I taste some earth, herbs and cinnamon. The herbal flavors are dominant.
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Some puffs later I taste a fresh dark chocolate flavor too and after two thirds I taste dry nuts, lots of herbs and some white pepper. The flavors are dry. The pepper becomes stronger, something I especially taste on my lips with some freshness and something musty.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and twenty minutes. The draw is great and the burn is good. The smoke is plenty but could be a bit thicker. The ash is nice, straight, light colored and firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I’m in Kissimmee I will get a few more

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: 6 / 10

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Joya de Nicaragua classico robusto

This 5×50 robusto with the Connecticut shade wrapper comes from the oldest cigar factory in Nicaragua, Joya de Nicaragua, which is famous for its Antano series, which used to be the strongest cigars in the world. About a year ago they started to cooperate with Drew Estate, but this Classico Claro blend is an old blend where Drew Estate had no involvement in. The cigar is new to the Dutch market and has a 3 euro price tag.
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The wrapper has a pale yellow wrapper with color differences, lots of small veins and a small band which color-wise doesn’t match the cigar. The smell is of straw, but strong and musty. The construction is a bit soft. The predraw is fine with a spicy but musty flavour.
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I taste an earthy flavour and lots of musty straw with a spicy aftertaste. On the background I also taste some sweetness. There is also a mild bitter flavour on the back of my throat. After half an inch I taste some pepper too, the flavors are still musty. After that I taste a sugar sweet and musty wood with some herbs and some straw.
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Halfway I taste a light milk chocolate flavour on the background. The cigar gets less musty and a bit more spicy on the tongue. The chocolate seems to disappear pretty quickly again. After two thirds I taste wood, herbs and a hint of cinnamon, the flavors are mild spicy. Near the end I taste red pepper and the cigar gets really spicy
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. I got plenty of smoke, which started out thin but got thick quickly. The smoke is beautiful white. The light colored ash is coarse and not very firm. The burn is great. This cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No I wouldn’t. This ain’t a bad cigar but I just don’t like Connecticut shade

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: 7 / 10

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Partagas DeLuxe

A few years ago, a cigar shop went bankrupt and a supermarkt owner bought all tobacco products. All he wanted were the cigarettes, so he joined one of the Dutch cigar boards and offered the leftover cigars for a bargain price. Amongst those cigars were boxes of the Romeo y Julieta #2 tubos and Partagas Deluxe tubos from 2006. I bought a few boxes. The cigars are hand made since 2002 but were packed in the old golden tubos.
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The wrapper is pale and rough and it looks dry. I like the weird Partagas band better than the normal Partagas band. The construction feels good and the cigar smells like wood. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin.
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I taste smooth coffee with earth and wood, kind of plywood, not the usual oak or cedar. But that doesn’t mean the flavors aren’t nice, they actually are. After an inch I can’t taste coffee anymore. I taste wood, earth, herbs and something sweet. The flavors are mild creamy.
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The sweetness fades away. Halfway I taste earth and herbs, smooth but nice. The flavors are well balanced but not complex. Slowly a mild milk chocolate flavors joins the smooth earth and herbs. After two thirds I taste some cinnamon with earth and some smooth herbs. The chocolate has gone.
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The smoke time of this 5½x40 cigar is an hour and ten minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. I got a nice thick smoke. The ash is dark gray and not firm at all. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, depending on the price

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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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Camacho face off by Litto Gomez

A few years ago, Christian Eiroa from Camacho and Litto Gomez from La Flor Dominicana, made a wager. They would send enough of their best tobacco to the other to make 50.000 5¾x50 cigars called “Face Off”. In the spring of 2003 those plans came alive and resulted in a Camacho Face Off by Litto Gomez and a La Flor Dominicana Face Off by Christian Eiroa. Those cigars are all sold out, but I was lucky enough to find two of the Camacho Face Off by Litto Gomez in a cigar shop in Germany of all places. As far as I understand, they both added some of their own tobacco in the cigars too.
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The wrapper is quite dark and has a nice yellow Camacho band which mentions “by Litto Gomez”. The wrapper isn’t oily and I see a few veins. The cigar has a floral smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and leaves a floral flavor in my mouth.
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I taste a dry and sweet coffee flavor with some earth. I also taste a bit of wood. After half an inch the coffee fades away and I am tasting a dry but sweet wood and earthy flavor. The sweetness is overpowering and the wood is mild spicy. Halfway I taste a smooth and sweet coffee again with a hint of earth. The wood flavor has gone, just like the spice although the wood, without the spice, makes a comeback.
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The coffee fades away again while the wood gains strength. On the background I taste some sweet herbs. The cigar now has a nice herbal flavor with some sweetness and wood. The flavors are well balanced. The last few puffs give me a nice smooth nut flavor.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and twenty five minutes. The draw was great, just like the burn. I got a medium amount of medium thick smoke. The salf & pepper colored ash is medium firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish

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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Manja Andringa custom rolled cuban corona

This cigar was rolled on the Habanos day, organized by Cubacigar Benelux and Havana House Voet from Haarlem. All the attendees had the opportunity to join a masterclass with master torcedor Jimmy Sotolongo. I sat next to Manja Andringa from Andringa Tobacco, a small, cozy shop with a nice selection of cigars in the city centre of Amsterdam. When we got the leaves to roll the cigar she said the leaves were too dry, I joked that she should pour some white wine over them and to my surprise she did. She gave me the finished product to smoke and review.
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The wrapper is quite oily and dark with lots of veins. The construction has some soft spots, but hey, this was only the third cigar Manja ever rolled and I think she did a great job, the cigar actually had a cigar shape, something I couldn’t manage. The cigar has a mild barnyard and fruit flavor. The size is 5¾x44. The predraw is fine and tastes fruity, like white wine.
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I taste a sweet cinnamon with leather flavor and the wrapper comes loose at the mouthpiece. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with some black pepper. After half an inch I taste a sweet and mild acidic fruit flavor with the leather and the pepper. After an inch I still taste that fruity and pleasant sour white wine flavor with some wood and spices.
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After a third I taste dry wood, an acidic fruit flavor and cinnamon. Halfway I get more pepper but it never gets overpowering, with some wood, herbs and still that fresh, sour fruit flavor from the white wine. The herbs slowly get stronger until it is time to finish the cigar.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The firm ash is silver gray. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Appearance: 7 / 10

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

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Montecruz #3

A while ago, we had a new member on my Dutch website Sigarenliefhebber who didn’t smoke cigars but she got a box of Montecruz #3 in an inheritence. She wanted to sell them and a few questions told us that these cigars were something special. It turned out that the cigars were produced on the Canary Islands and the cigars were only produced there between 1967 and 1977, when production moved to the Dominican Republic. The cigars are at least 34 years old and the yellow cellophane proved that the cigars were aged. We did a box split amongst some members of my board and here’s my review.
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The cigar has a Montecristo like band. The wrapper on this 5½x42 cigar feels like fine sanding paper. It is chocolate brown and has lots of veins. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong horse stable smell. The predraw is good and I taste a musty tobacco flavor with some black pepper.
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I taste a quite full and spicy peppery coffee flavor with some earth and leather. The cigar tastes a bit like a Cuban cigar and I am surprised by the amount of flavor. A quarter of an inch into the cigar the coffee disappears. All I taste is a mild creamy leather with earth and a weird chocolate flavor.
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After a third I taste a nasty dirt flavor with some chocolate. Halfway the cigar tastes less muddy and I taste more chocolate. The flavors are still unpleasant, ashy and bitter. After two thirds the cigar gets a little more spicy but the flavors are getting worse.
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The smoke time of this cigar is only fifty minutes. I got a decent amount of thin smoke. The light gray ash is firm. The burn and draw are great. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, glad I bought only one in the group buy

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

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Alec Bradley Family Blend T11

The Alec Bradley family blend was created to honor the fathers of president Alan Rubin, vice president Ralph Montero and sales director George Sosa. Originally the line consisted of a single vitola, but due to the success of the blend Alec Bradley cigars decided to release more vitolas including this 6×52 torpedo with the name T11. I got this cigar from a sales rep while I was enjoying a cigar at the La Gloria Cubana lounge in Miami. The cigar is made with Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco with an Indonesian binder and a Honduran wrapper.
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The cigar has a chocolate brown oily wrapper with a few veins. I don’t particularly like the band. The cigar has a nice barnyard smell but the construction seems a bit soft. The predraw is too easy and mild spicy.
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I taste coffee and earth and the bitterness of cacao. After half an inch I taste some chocolate with earth and some herbs. Another half inch later I also taste some nuts. After a third the flavors are wood with chocolate with a herbal aftertaste. Towards halfway the chocolate disappears ad I taste wood with herbs and a mild pepper.

After two thirds I taste wood again with chocolate and herbs in the aftertaste. The pepper has disappeared. A few puffs later I taste nut again with wood and a mild chocolate flavor. The last few puffs bring me a herbal flavor again.
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This cigar has a smoke time of ninety minutes. The draw is too loose. I got a lot of medium thick and gray smoke, the smoke gets white along the way though. The dark ash is firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, just to give it another try without the draw problems.

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

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La Flor Dominicana Airbender Guerrero

A friend gave me this La Flor Dominicana Airbender Guerrero. I guess it is named after a comic hero, as the airbender series is a tribute to a comic, but I don’t know anything about comics whatsoever, so I can’t confirm it. From the whole Airbender series only the Matatan is released in The Netherlands so I was happy that I could try another vitola from the line. The Guerrero is a 6¼x54 fat cigar.
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I love the band, it looks great on the oily, milk chocolate colored wrapper. The construction feels good and I smell a wood smell. The wrapper has one long thin vein and it looks great. The predraw is a bit easy and tastes like tobacco.
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I taste wood and an earthy flavor with some herbs. The flavors are mild spicy and I taste some pepper on the background. The earthy flavor slowly disappears after half an inch and after an inch I taste wood, which is mild musty and quite nice. I also taste a mild musty chocolate and a mild bitterness. Now that doesn’t sound good, but it is actually quite nice.
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Halfway I taste wood, not spicy anymore even though there is still a hint of black pepper in the flavor profile. After that I don’t taste any changes in the flavors anymore.
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The smoke time of this cigar is two hours. The draw was a bit easy but I got a lot of thick white smoke. I had to correct the burn a few times in the beginning. The silver gray ash is firm. The cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I like the robusto aka Matatan better

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

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