Monthly Archives: September 2011

Don Fernando custom rolled

At the Habanos day, that Cubacigar Benelux, the official distributer of Cuban cigars in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg, organised little over a month ago we all got to roll a Cuban cigar as part of a masterclass by Jimmy Sotolongo, a master roller and teacher from Habanos S.A. My attempt was not the best looking cigar, to put it mildly.
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The 5¾x52 cigar is almost as long as a toro but looks awful. It isn’t straight, it has a lot of veins, spots and the construction has plenty of soft spots. The single cap is terrible, worst I have ever seen. The construction and cap were so bad that I couldn’t even punch the cigar, I had to cut it. The draw is very light and I taste tobacco.
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I taste wood and an earthy flavour, quite full. After half an inch I mainly taste leather with some earth, the flavours are spicy and full.
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After a third I taste more earth and wood with some spiciness, the leather has gone. After two thirds the cigar gets very spicy, I taste a lot of herbs and a pinch of pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for fifty minutes. The draw was very loose. I got a lot of smoke and the pepper & salt coloured ash was firm. This cigar had a beautiful burn and is full flavoured yet medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will try rolling cigars again

Appearance: 3 / 10
Construction: 6/ 10
Draw: 6 / 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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Coronado by La Flor corona especial

Coronado by La Flor is made by La Flor Dominicana and just two sizes are available in The Netherlands. One of them is this 5¾x47 corona especial. The blend consists of Dominican Sumatra and Piloto Cubano with a Corojo binder. The tobacco comes from the La Canela farm, owned by La Flor Dominicana. The wrapper comes from Nicaragua and is a sun grown Habano.

The medium brown wrapper has a chocolate colour and is quite oily. I see a few veins and spots. The band is quite beautiful. The wrapper is quite thick. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco with raisin.
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I taste an earthy flavour with some coffee, the flavours taste warm with some spices but without being spicy. After half an inch the coffee disappears, I keep tasting that earthy flavour with some spices and a mild sweetness. After an inch the spices, like nutmeg, grow in strength. The sweetness grows a bit in strength too.
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After two thirds I taste wood, cinnamon and a splash of citrus on the background and the aftertaste. The spices are getting stronger and the cinnamon is now the main spice.
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The smoke time of this cigar is exactly two hours. The draw is good and the salt & pepper coloured ash is compact and firm. The smoke could be a bit thicker. The burn is great. This cigar is medium flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked this cigar

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

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Carlos Torano exodus 1959 robusto

This is another Carlos Torano from the blowout sale that the Dutch distributer is holding. The Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 robusto is a 5×52 stick with a filler of Dominican, Mexican, Honduran, Nicaraguan and Costa Rican tobacco, a binder from Honduras and a dark natural Habano wrapper from Nicaragua. The cigars are produced in Honduras.
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The box pressed cigar has a beautiful dark and oily wrapper with a thin vein. The construction feels a bit soft. The band is big and beautiful. I smell a barnyard and straw. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco.
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I taste an earthy flavour with a nice metallic flavour and a hint of chocolate. After half an inch I taste wood and some earthy flavour. The chocolate flavour has disappeared. The flavours are smooth and nice. Halfway I taste autumn flavours, wood and leaves with a mild chilli pepper on the background. In the aftertaste I notice some chocolate.

 

After two thirds I taste wood with leaves, the pepper and the chocolate have disappeared but the cigar is mild spicy.
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The cigar lasted me an hour and forty minutes. I got a lot of smoke and the draw is great. The white as is firm. The burn is a bit crooked. This cigar is medium flavoured and medium bodied, I liked the flavours although the cigar is quite one dimensional and therefore a bit boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I want more

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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Cain Daytona lancero

Cain Daytona Lancero, yes, you read it well, lancer. Now before you start to google to order them: these are not for sale, heck, they are not even in production and it is still undecided if they will, although I can’t imagine Studio Tobac deciding not to start producing these. Even though the Cain Daytona lancero is not in production it won the ‘Nicaraguan cigar of the year’ award from the European Cigar Cult Journal at the IPCPR last week.
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This 7×38 lancero has a deep brown and oily wrapper with a few pretty veins. The construction feels a bit soft but the predraw is great. I taste tobacco with raisin and I smell a strong barnyard smell.
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I taste spicy coffee and an earthy flavour and the flavours are mild bitter. After a quarter of an inch I taste herbal wood with a little earthiness. The coffee and the bitterness have gone. After three quarters of an inch I taste wood with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavours are subtle and smooth. After an inch I taste wood, autumn leaves and some spiciness in the aftertaste.
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After a third I taste a beautiful mix of mild sweet spices with wood and autumn leaves. I taste a mild spicy earth flavour in the aftertaste. After two thirds I taste wood with spices and a little bit of pepper. After three quarters I taste a nice flavour that I can’t name with some spices that for some reason remind me of the autumn.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty minutes. I got a lot of smoke, which is thick too. The draw is great, the pepper and salt coloured ash is firm. The burn is straight as an arrow. This cigar is full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will, if they go into regular production.

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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Joya de Nicaragua classico torpedo

This is one of the many new cigars on the Dutch market and one of the two Joya de Nicaragua blends that got introduced to the Dutch market recently. The Joya de Nicaragua Classico claro torpedo measures 6×54 and has a fixed price of 4 euro here. The cigar has a Connecticut shade wrapper and I don’t like Connecticut shade but decided to give it a try anyway.
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The cigar has a light colored wrapper with a few veins and a simple band. I don’t like the look of the wrapper which is mild oily. There are a few soft spots in the construction but the predraw is good and tastes like musty wood
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I taste musty wood and leaves with a bit of bitter spiciness. After an inch I taste some musty wood with a bit of a herbal aftertaste.
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Halfway I taste more herbs, still musty though, and something spicy in the aftertaste. After two thirds the cigar gets even more musty with wood, herbs and some white pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for ninety minutes. The draw and the burn were great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The silver grey ash isn’t firm. This cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar proves again that Connecticut shade isn’t my thing

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

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Padilla Studio Tobac figurado

Studio Tobac, part of the Oliva Cigar Company and responsible for all the non-traditional cigars like Cain and Nub, announced a collaboration with Ernesto Padilla a while ago and the result is a 6½x60 figurado with a beautiful Padilla band with a second small Studio Tobac band. Only 10,000 cigars are made in this limited production.
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The cigar is beautifully shaped and has a nice oily chocolate colored wrapper with a lot of thin small veins. The band is awesome, I love the lion but maybe that’s because I’m a Leo. The construction is great and the predraw is fine. I taste wood with raisin and a little pepper in the aftertaste.
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I taste a soft coffee flavour with some wood and a little bit of citrus. After the top I taste some sweetness with the other flavours and the aftertaste is herbal. After half an inch I taste some herbal wood, mild sweet, with herbs and pepper in the aftertaste. A quarter of an inch later I also taste some dry chocolate and after an inch the sweetness gains some strength. A quarter of an inch later I taste some leather with the sweetness and wood. The aftertaste is leather and herbs and some pepper.
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Halfway I taste chocolate with wood and an herbal aftertaste. The pepper has disappeared. Just passed the middle point the flavours get mild creamy. I taste wood with leather and some nuts. The aftertaste is herbal, just like the background flavour. The nut flavour slowly grows in strength, also in the aftertaste and I also taste herbs. After two thirds I taste nuts with herbs and a little bit of a bitter flavour. The aftertaste is peppery, but still smooth and subtle.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw was great and I got a lot of smoke, but the smoke is a bit thin. The light colored ash is firm. The burn is beautiful. The cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied. The cigar is quite subtle. I have a feeling Studio Tobac is expanding and exploring more subtle blends. The Cain and Nubs are pretty straight forward and in your face, but the Cain Daytona and this Padilla Studio Tobac are much more subtle.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish, these cigars won’t make it across the pond

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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Carlos Torano signature robusto

The distributer for Carlos Torano in The Netherlands is having a blowout sale of his inventory and he’s selling several lines for just 75 euro a box, including the Carlos Torano Signature robusto, a 5×52 cigar made with Dominican Cubano ligero, Nicaraguan Habano ligero and a sun grown Brazilian broadleaf maduro wrapper.
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The wrapper is dark with a long thin vein. I like the sand colored bands which fit the dark and oily wrapper well. I smell a barnyard with some chocolate. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit tough and I taste musty chocolate.
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I taste full earthy flavour and after half an inch I also get a hint of chocolate. After an inch I taste leather with and earthy flavour, that sounds Cuban but it tastes different. After a third I mainly taste earth with a little bit of leather as support.
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Halfway I taste that earthy flavour, quite full, with leather and some chocolate. The flavours are quite sticky. After two thirds I taste more chocolate with some leather.
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This cigar lasted me for eighty-five minutes. The draw is tight and the smoke is quite thin. The white ash is firm. This medium bodied and medium flavoured cigar has a little bit of a crooked burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I’m going to order a box

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

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Joya de Nicaragua antano dark corojo la pesadilla

Another new addition to the Dutch market, this Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo La Pesadilla. The 4¾x60 belicoso has a price tag of 6 euro. The Antano dark corojo is the follow up from the Antano 1970 series that are renowned all over the world because of their full flavour and strength.
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The shape of the cigar is great and the wrapper is beautiful, dark and oily with a pretty double band. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong straw smell. Even though it is a belicoso, the top is flat and so I can punch it. The predraw is tight and even though I have not lit the cigar it tastes strong.
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I taste a full earthy flavour, quite strong. The balance is missing, this is sheer power and in the first half inch there is no change in flavour at all. After an inch the flavour gets sticky and mild creamy, but it’s still just that earthy flavour.
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Halfway I also get some herbs and a hint of leather. After two thirds I taste leather, wood, earth and some herbs.
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How long the smoke time of this cigar is I don’t know. I know I put it away after three hours, but it wasn’t three hours of smoking as the cigar kept on dying on me. The burn is frayed too. After I drilled a smoke channel in the cigar the smoke and burn get a little better but they both remain poor, especially the burn. The ash is silver-grey and quite firm. This cigar is full flavoured and full bodied, but also very boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No

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

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Don Pepin Garcia series jj robusto maduro

Every aficionado had heard of Don Pepin Garcia and his series JJ maduro is one of the few cigars with a maduro wrapper leaving his factory. The cigars used to be made in Miami at the El Rey de Los Habanos factory but production has been moved to the My Father factory in Nicaragua. I smoked this cigar before, when it still had the old band, and I decided to review this one, with the new band too as it just became available on the Dutch market for a fixed price of € 6,50. I have to admit, I am a bit under the weather while reviewing this cigar so my taste buds might be a bit off.
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The wrapper of this 5×50 robusto is dark, rough, dry and with a few veins. As I said before, the band has changed and is beige now instead of broken white. The construction feels good. I smell a strong and peppery barnyard smell. The predraw is easy and a bit spicy.
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I taste a spicy soil flavor with some coffee and pepper in the aftertaste. The flavors are dry. I also taste a honey like sweetness. After half an inch I taste a mild sweet cedar with a little bit. The cigar slowly becomes more spicy.
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After a third I taste wood and an earthy flavor with some maduro sweetness. The feeling is still dry. I taste herbs and pepper in the aftertaste. After two thirds I taste dry wood with herbs and the cigar is quite spicy.
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The smoke time is about an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick, white and pretty smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I got a bit light headed but I am not sure if that’s just the cigar or a combination of the cigar, my medication and the mild flu.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I would

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: 7 / 10

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El Original maduro corona

El Original is the award winning houseblend of the Island Smoke shop on Key Largo, Florida. I visited the shop on several occasions and I reviewed the El Original maduro lancero and the El Original claro lancero in the past. On my last trip to Florida I bought another box of the claro lancero but I also bought a sampler with a few other sizes, all rolled in the USA.
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The El Original Maduro corona measures 5½x44 and has a spotty, dry and dark wrapper with quite some veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and a good construction. The predraw is fine and I taste spicy tobacco.
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I taste sweet pepper with a hint of dark chocolate and some coffee. After those first flavors I taste some oak with herbs. The flavors are quite dry.
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After an inch I taste a lot of herbs with some wood as supporting flavor. Halfway I taste wood with herbs, full but smooth and very pleasant. After two thirds I still taste the wood and herbs but now with some nuts.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour. I got a lot of thick gray smoke. The ash is white colored and firm. This cigar has a good burn and draw. The flavors are full and the body is medium to full.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I’m in Florida I have to stock up

Appearance: 7 / 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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