Monthly Archives: September 2011

Quesada Espana robusto

The Quesada Espana is the replacement for the Quesada Tributo on the Dutch market. It has just been released and even though my general thoughts on the Tributo line were mediocre, I really wanted to try these cigars. First Quesada Espana I got my hands on is a 5×52 robusto.
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The wrapper feels a bit greasy and is chocolate brown. I see a few thin veins and I smell dark chocolate. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste a bitter coffee and earthy flavour, quite spicy with pepper in the aftertaste. I also taste a chocolate like sweetness. After a quarter of an inch I taste more sweetness and the bitterness shifts to the aftertaste. After half an inch I taste chocolate with wood in the aftertaste, the bitterness disappeared completely. Sometime later the cigar gets herbal with some chocolate, a hint of wood and pepper.
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After a third I taste herbs, quite spicy, with a chocolate like sweetness. I also taste some hay. Passed the middle point I taste herbs with a splash of cinnamon and a mild sweetness. After two thirds I taste the same flavours with some added hay. The flavours are quite spicy.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and the smoke is good but good be thicker. The silver-grey ash is mild frayed but firm. The burn is pretty. This cigar is full flavoured and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I’m not sure, I liked the cigar, the price is right but it didn’t really impress me

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

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Oliva masterblend 2 robusto

The Masterblend series from Oliva are supposed to be the cream of the crop of the Oliva cigars and the Masterblend 1 and Masterblend 3 that I smoked really impressed me. I never had the Masterblend 2, until I ran into a box of 5×50 robustos recently. The cigars are € 10,50 each here. The cigar is tattooed, like the Masterblend 1. The production of the Masterblend 2 was limited to 120.000 cigars in total.
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The oily wrapper is chocolate brown with the mentioned tattoo and quite some veins. The construction feels good and the cigar smells like chocolate with dried grass. The band is beautiful and accentuates the tattoo. The predraw is great, I get a lot of flavour, mostly hay but with some raisin.
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The first thing I taste is a bitter mixture of earthy flavours with leather, coffee and a hint of white pepper. The bitterness quickly disappears and after half an inch I taste that earthy flavour with leather and wood. After an inch I taste some white pepper and lots of herbs. After a third I taste wood with some leather and hay, the aftertaste consists of some white pepper and herbs.
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Halfway the hay flavour gains strength with herbs, some leather and a big splash of that earthy flavour. The flavours change to earth with some herbs and a hint of leather. The aftertaste is pepper. After two thirds there is some citrus with the earthy flavour. Near the end the citrus is replaced by wood.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and three quarters. The draw is great, just like the bur. The silver-grey ash is firm. I got a lot of smoke. This cigar is full flavoured and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the cigar but the Masterblend 1 and Masterblend 3 are better in my opinion

Appearance: 9 / 10 because of the tattoo
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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Verdadero organic

A friend handed me this cellophane wrapped 6×52 Verdadero Organic cigar at a herf and asked me to review it. As I like to review cigars I took this cigar home, looked it up on the internet and the whole idea behind this cigar intrigued me, a cigar made from tobaccos grown without any pesticide or chemicals. The tobaccos are grown at the base of the Mombacho volcano in Nicaragua. As I do taste difference between bio industry and free range chicken for example, I was interested if I could taste a better love for the product and the environment in this cigar too.
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The cigar has a sharp point and the burning end of the cigar is cut in an angle, maybe it was a monday morning cigar. The wrapper is pale with a few veins and looks a bit dry. The band isn’t of the highest quality of print work. The cigar has a full smoky barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste tobacco and spicy raisin.
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I taste coffee and some burned soil. After a quarter of an inch the coffee disappears and a mild wood flavor joins the burned soil. The flavors are a bit musty, I suspect the wrapper is Connecticut shade. After half an inch the cigar gets really spicy, but the spiciness fades away just as quickly. The flavors are dry.
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After a third the cigar becomes tasteless and the few flavors I taste aren’t really nice, it reminds me of musty and rotting wood. After two thirds I also taste a very unpleasant sour flavor, the cigar gets so bad that I had to toss it.
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I tossed the cigar after an hour and fifteen minutes as I couldn’t punish myself any longer. The draw is great, just like the burn. I got enough smoke, but the smoke was too thin. The frayed ash is firm and has a salt & pepper color. This cigar is mild to medium flavored and mild to medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? NO WAY!!!

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 4 / 10

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La Aurora 1495 BME Dominicana toro

I got this 5¾x54 toro at the barbecue of my Dutch website www.sigarenliefhebber.nl from a friendly merchant that visits our board on a regular basis. I never smoked this La Aurora and I was curious about this B.M.E. Dominicana. To be honest, as a aficionado of Nicaraguan tobacco, I was expecting more from the Nicaragua than from the Dominicana, but still, I was curious. The Dominicana series is for sale in The Netherlands, but I don’t know the price tag.
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The band is big and easy to read, but when I tried to remove it I found out that it were two bands and not one big one. The medium brown wrapper has a color that is just a tone darker than milk chocolate and the wrapper is smooth with one long thin vein. The construction feels good and the cigar has a medium wood and barnyard aroma. The wrapper is quite thick. The predraw is fine and tastes like spicy tobacco.
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I taste sweet coffee with some earthy flavors and wood, quite spicy with a peppery aftertaste. After half an inch I taste sweet cinnamon with wood. I really like this. The aftertaste is black pepper. After an inch I taste a spicy, peppery, mild sweet and herbal wood flavour. After that the cigar turns to herbs with a honey like sweetness.
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Halfway I taste herbs with a splash of spices and the aftertaste is quite peppery. The cigar gets a stronger herbal flavour while the spices disappear and the pepper grows in strength too.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and twenty minutes. The draw is great and I got plenty of smoke. The burn is beautiful and the light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavoured and full bodied, much fuller than expected from a La Aurora with Dominican tobacco.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I was pleasantly surprised

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

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La Ribera edicion especial robusto

La Ribera is a Nicaraguan budget brand which usually sells cigars in bundles but these 5×50 La Ribera Edicion Especial is also available as a single for a € 3 price here in The Netherlands. The cigar is distributed by The Longfiller Company.
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The band is simple, as you would expect from this brand and the wrapper has a latte color with some long thing veins. The cigar is nicely shaped and has a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels great, and the wrapper turns out to be thicker than expected. The predraw is a bit tight and the flavors are from peppery tobacco, quite spicy.
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I taste coffee with pepper and some sweetness. On the background I taste quite a lot of wood. After half an inch the coffee disappears and I taste wood with cork, mild and herbal. The sweetness gets a bit stronger with some cedar and cork. On the background I taste herbs.
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After an inch I taste something sweet with a little bit of citrus, nutmeg, toast and cedar. The flavors are delicate. Little past the half I taste a strong and spicy cinnamon with support from herbs and a mild sweetness. After three quarters the cigar gets quite spicy.
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The cigar lasted me an hour. The draw was a bit tight and I got a reasonable amount of smoke which could have been thicker though. The ash is quite dark and firm. This mild to medium flavoured and mild to medium bodied cigar has a little bit of a crooked burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will

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

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La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro no.2

The La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro is a new blend by Litto Gomez. The cigars, made with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler, a Dominican Sumatra binder and a Ligero Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador come in four different sizes. The cigars are releases twice a year in boxes of 50 cigars. I got two different sizes when I met Litto Gomez a few weeks ago. When you hear No.2 you might think this is a torpedo, but it is not. It is a 4½x48 parejo.
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The wrapper is dark and coarse with a few veins. It is quite oily too and I smell a strong barnyard smell. The construction is quite hard but the predraw is fine. I taste tobacco with both a sweetness and something acidic.
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I taste a mild bitter coffee flavor with some earthy tones and wood. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with citrus. After an inch I taste wood with herbs, chocolate and a tiny bit of citrus in the aftertaste
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Halfway I taste wood with a little more citrus than before, a mild sweetness and some green herbs. The aftertaste is mild spicy. After two thirds I taste less citrus and more herbs. The aftertaste is herbal
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was great. The smoke started out a bit thing but it got better along the way. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The burn is fantastic. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied, but a bit boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, I liked the flavors but the cigar was a bit boring

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 9 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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