Monthly Archives: October 2011

La Flor Dominicana diadema naturel

Another mega sized release by La Flor Dominicana. After the 6½x54 Airbender maduro and the 8½x60 Digger Litto Gomez decided it was time to go even bigger and create a 9¼ inch long diadema with a ring of 50. The cigar is made of Dominican binder and filler and there are two kinds of wrapper used, one is a Nicaraguan habano, the other is a Nicaraguan habano ligero maduro wrapper. I got both cigars at a meet & greet from Litto Gomez himself and decided to review them. The first La Flor Dominicana Diadema I smoked was the natural.
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The cigar looks great with the fine shape, the simple band and the light colored oily wrapper with veins and wrinkles. The cigar is well rolled although I do feel some soft spots in the construction. The predraw is fine and I taste dry raisin.
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I taste hay with a hint of dry chocolate. After three quarters of an inch I taste hay, wood and some herbs. After an inch the herbs get stronger with some wood and an inch later I mainly taste herbs with just some wood on the background. After a third I also get an earthy flavor with the herbs and wood. Right before halfway I even taste some nut and something mild sweet
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After two thirds I taste sweet wood with a bit of herbs and some spices. The flavors are very nice. A few puffs later I taste a nice toffee or caramel flavor with some pepper, quite some herbs and a bit of wood. The herbs are getting stronger, the cigar is more spicy and the caramel toffee flavor disappears. Near the end I taste more wood and pepper but the cigar becomes less spicy.
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It took me three and a half hours to smoke this cigar. The draw was great and I got a lot of smoke. The gray ash is light colored but not so firm. The burn is pretty. This medium to full flavored and medium to full bodied cigar is way too long for me. I even had to re-cut the cigar because the mouth end was becoming too moist.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No. I liked the flavors and all, but a three and a half hour smoke is too much for me.

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

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Opus X shark Ilja van Horssen

Ilja van Horssen was an important man for the Dutch longfiller society, together with his brother Sasja he started The Longfiller Company, which is now the biggest independent cigar importer in The Netherlands with Fuente, Oliva, Ashton, Padron, Don Pepin Garcia, La Flor Dominicana, Tatuaje and many other brands in its portfolio and later opened a cigar shop in The Hague and bought a second. Without Ilja the longfiller wouldn’t be as popular as it is nowadays in The Netherlands. A couple of years ago Ilja died at age 36 from cancer and since then his brother Sasja honors him by releasing 36 numbered boxes of hard to find cigars as the “Ilja van Horssen edition”. This years Ilja cigar will be the Opus X shark, a really hard, almost impossible to find Opus X. The shark is a pyramid, 5¾x54 with a round top and a completely square foot end. The cigar is made with the Opus X blend with a rosado binder and wrapper.
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The wrapper is chocolate brown with a lot of oil and a big vein running over it. I smell speculaas, a Dutch cookie with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom and white pepper. The construction feels good, the predraw is just fine and I taste some raisin.
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I taste leather, herbs, pepper and the cigar is quite spicy. After a quarter of an inch the cigar gets a bit of caramel sweetness, pepper, herbs and wood. I also taste some chocolate. After half an inch I taste sweet cedar with a herbal aftertaste. The sweetness is still caramel like. Soon after I taste spicy herbs with some caramel far on the background. I also taste some wood. After an inch I taste herbs with a little bit of citrus and some chocolate.
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Halfway I taste spicy herbs with some pepper and some leather. I also taste something sweet and sour on the background and in the aftertaste. I also taste some chocolate on the background. The flavors change to hazelnuts with a little bit of a salty flavor. After two thirds I taste nuts with some herbs and a little bit of pepper. Near the end I taste more herbs and pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is compact and firm. The burn started a bit crooked but corrected itself. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? HELL YEAH!

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

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La Flor Dominicana airbender maduro

The La Flor Dominicana airbender, named after the comic that Litto Gomez loves so much, was an instant hit as soon as it was released and now La Flor Dominicana released the La Flor Dominicana Airbender maduro. The blend is the same as the Airbender blend but now with a Brazilian maduro wrapper instead of the habano wrapper that is used for the normal Airbender line. The cigar only comes in one size, a 6½x54 toro. The cigar is also picked to be the cigar that comes with the Casa de Tobacco that La Flor Dominicana released at the IPCPR.
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The wrapper is nice and dark, although a bit light for maduro, with some veins and spots. I like the band, which is clearly a La Flor Dominicana band but with a different color. The construction feels good although the cigar looks a bit crooked. I smell a mild sweet wood aroma. The predraw is a bit easy and I taste a mild musty tobacco flavor.
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I taste a bitter earthy flavor with coffee and after a few puffs I also taste spicy wood and soon some sweetness too. After half an inch I taste sweet herbs and wood. After an inch the sweetness disappears and I taste herbs and wood. After a third I taste wood, herbs and a little bit of cacao. Slowly I start to taste more chocolate.
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Somewhere between halfway and two thirds I taste nuts, herbs and wood. The aftertaste is peppery and the feeling in my mouth is quite dry. Soon after I taste hay with wood, herbs and a mild acidic flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and fifteen minutes. The draw was a bit loose but I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is compact and firm and the burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, loved it, but I would have been better if it was an inch shorter.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro no.5

Yesterday I reviewed the La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro No.2, a new cigar by Litto Gomez, made from Dominican and Nicaraguan filler, a Dominican Sumatra binder and a Ligero Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador. Today I decided to smoke and review the No.5 from the same line. While the No.2 is the smallest and thinnest cigar from the series, the No.5 is the longest and thickest with a length of 5¾ and a ringgauge of 60.
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The cigar looks good with a thick and robust looking, raw and oily wrapper which has a few veins. The band is simple. The construction feels firm and I can hardly smell anything from the cigar. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco and much to my surprise some vanilla.
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I taste a bit acidic earthy flavors with some wood and soon a bitter spice on my tongue. After half an inch I taste wood with earth, quite spicy and with a lemon like acidity. An inch later I taste wood with a mild sweetness, herbs and some lemon
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Halfway I taste some bitter herbs and a bit of wood. I also taste a mild sour flavor and a mild sweetness. After two thirds I taste more sweetness with herbs. The bitterness is gone. There is some citrus in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and ten minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. The smoke is a bit thin. The light colored ash is compact and firm. This cigar is medium bodied, medium flavored and a bit boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No I wouldn’t. The 60 ring is not 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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Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo peligroso

About a month or two ago two of the Joya de Nicaragua lines were added to the portfolio of the Dutch distributer. He chose the Joya de Nicaragua clasico claro and the Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo cigars to be added and I reviewed them all, except for the Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo Peligroso and so here it is.
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This 5×45 cellophane wrapped cigar has a price tag of 4 euro. The cigar has a dark wrapper which is oily and shiny. It has some veins and looks tough. The bands are fantastic and I smell some straw and a barnyard. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste tobacco, herbs and raisins. I dry boxed the cigar to prevent burn issues like I had with the other Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo cigars.
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I taste a sweet soil flavor with a mild spiciness. After a quarter of an inch I also taste some citrus in the aftertaste and that citrus flavor is slowly growing stronger. After an inch the sweetness disappears and I taste that earthy flavor with wood and a splash of citrus.

The earth flavor grows in strength and halfway I taste some white pepper too, with the same amount of citrus as before. After two thirds the cigar gets spicy with more pepper and more herbs.
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This cigar lasted me for ninety minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of smoke. The dark ash is quite firm. This cigar has a beautiful burn, the flavors and the body are both full.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 9 / 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 series V #4

After last year’s success story with the Oliva V maduro short robusto Edicion Europe Oliva decided to create another European exclusive cigar and they chose a 5×43 #4 size with the Oliva V blend for us Europeans. A select group of American retailers had the opportunity to buy a limited amount of boxes too. The price is set for 5 euro a stick.
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The wrapper has the colour of dark chocolate with a few veins. The cigar has a strong smell of an old wooden barn. The construction feels great and the predraw is just like I want it. I taste tobacco with chilli peppers.
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I taste pepper, coffee and an earthy flavour. That earthy flavour with quite some pepper on the top of my tongue is the aftertaste. On the background I taste something sugar sweet. After half an inch I taste lots of pepper with some chocolate on the background. After a third I taste pepper with terroir. The chocolate and the sweetness have disappeared. I do taste some herbs too though.
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Halfway I taste a little less pepper and I do get some chocolate and a little bit of nuts. Some puffs later I also taste terroir again. Near the end I taste more pepper with terroir. Even though the pepper is strong, it is not as strong as before. The nut flavour remains.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The ash is quite dark and medium firm. The burn is great and the cigar is full flavoured and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? You can count on that

Appearance: 7 / 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: 8 / 10

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Coronado by La Flor toro

Coronado by La Flor is a cigar made by La Flor Dominicana and uses Dominican Sumatra and Piloto as filler and a Dominican corojo as a binder. These tobaccos are all farmed at the La Canela farm, owned by La Flor Dominicana owner Litto Gomez. The wrapper is a sun grown Nicaraguan habano. The toro measures 6×52 and is available on the Dutch market.
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The chocolate brown wrapper is mild oily and a few veins. The construction has a soft spot behind the band. The predraw is fine though, and first I taste raisin and then lots of pepper. The cigar has a nice band and a peppery barnyard smell.
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I taste coffee with is a bit sour and pepper. After a few puffs I also taste a bit of sweetness. After half an inch I taste citrus, some sweetness and herbs. After an inch and a half the cigar gets a little spicy with more herbs, that sour citrus flavour, some sweetness and a hint of chocolate. The cigar spreads a mild chocolate smell too.
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Halfway I still taste quite some citrus with herbs, some dry wood and some cinnamon. After two thirds I taste toast, herbs, citrus and some chocolate. The toast and herbs are the main flavour with some sugar as support.
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This cigar lasted me a whopping three hours. The draw is great. The smoke is average in volume and thickness. The ash is dark silver coloured and firm. The cigar is quite hard to keep lit and the burn is a bit crooked. This cigar is full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked this cigar

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

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My Father le bijou 1922 box pressed torpedo

From what I’ve been told, cigar aficionados asked My Father cigars for a box pressed cigar and here it is, a box pressed torpedo with the My Father Le Bijou 1922 blend. This line didn’t have a torpedo nor a box pressed cigar and the masterminds at My Father found this blend and shape to be perfect for a box pressed version. The cigar is not available in The Netherlands yet, but it will be soon. I got this cigar from John Gonzalez at the Intertabac trade show in Dortmund.
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The dark Habano oscuro oscuro wrapper is oily and has some small veins. The cigar has the beautiful double My Father Le Bijou 1922 bands and an orange foot band. I smell peppery chocolate and feel a good construction. The predraw is a bit easy and I taste herbs and tobacco.
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I taste spicy and peppery coffee with a chocolate pepper on the background and in the aftertaste. After half an inch I taste a bit sweetness, some chocolate, herbs and pepper. The herbs and pepper are a bit too strong, this is definitely that Pepin twang that you would expect from a My Father product. After an inch the cigar mellows out a bit, less pepper, a bit more chocolate and the sweetness grows a bit stronger. The herbs are still the main flavor. I do taste a little bit of pepper in the aftertaste.
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Halfway I taste dry herbs with some chocolate and wood. After two thirds I taste dry herbs and near the end pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper packs some power and grows quite strong.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was great, just like the smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Depends on the price I guess.

Appearance: 8 / 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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Don Pepin Garcia series JJ maduro sublime

This Don Pepin Garcia series JJ maduro is one of the few cigars with a maduro wrapper leaving the My Father factory in Nicaragua. The blend, with Nicaraguan criollo and corojo filler and binder and a broadleaf maduro wrapper, was created by José ‘Pepin’ Garcia and his son Jaime. The 6×54 Sublime is new on the Dutch market with a 9 euro pricetag.
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First thing I notice is a change in the colour of the band since I last smoked the series JJ maduro. This is the second change in bands for the series. The design stays the same this time, just like the fact that the cigar is double banded. The wrapper is nice and dark with a few veins and quite oily. The construction feels good but the cigar looks a little bended. The wrapper is quite thick, something I notice when I punch the cigar. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco with a peppery aftertaste. The cigar has a peppery barnyard smell.
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I taste pepper and an earthy flavour, leather and some sweetness. After half an inch the pepper becomes the main flavour and herbs join the party. The sweetness grows a bit stronger too. Halfway I taste leather, herbs and quite some maduro sweetness.
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After two thirds I taste more leather, some herbs and that maduro sweetness although it’s losing some of it strength. The leather gets a bit stronger. Near the end the earthy flavour I tasted at the start returns.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifty minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The light coloured ash is coarse and reasonably firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavoured and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes please

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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Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 silver edition corona

The Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 has got two siblings, the 50 years edition and this Silver edition. The silver edition is made in Honduras from Costa Rican, Honduran and Mexican filler tobacco with a Costa Rican binder and a Nicaraguan criollo wrapper. These are currently on a blow out sale here in The Netherlands for just 75 euro a box. The corona measures 6 ⅛x46.
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The wrapper is chocolate brown and looks good, it is a bit greasy and quite oily and has quite some veins. The cigar isn’t straight, it looks a bit bended. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and the construction has some softer spots. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavour with a mild sweetness. After three quarters of an inch I taste a sweet flavour with leaves and wood. The flavours are quite creamy. After a third I taste an ashy wood with an earthy flavour, and it quite nice. I also taste some citrus, chocolate and some sweetness.
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Halfway the cigar gets even more of a fresh citrus flavour with some wood and a little bit of herbs. The creaminess returns. After two thirds I taste citrus, sugar, some herbs and some wood. The cigar gets spicier too and there is a herbal freshness, could it be lavender? Near the end I taste some black pepper.
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This cigar has a smoke time of two hours. The draw is great and I got enough smoke. The silver grey ash is firm and goes well with the silver coloured band. The ash is a bit coarse though. The burn was a bit crooked. This cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? For the current blow out sale prices? For sure!

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7/ 10
Draw: 8 / 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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