Monthly Archives: October 2011

Carlos Torano 1916 Cameroon robusto

Another review from the Carlos Torano blow out sale from The Longfiller Company and this time the 5½x52 robusto from the 1916 Cameroon series, a cigar made from Honduran and Nicaraguan filler, a Havana seed binder from Nicaragua and a Cameroon wrapper the bottom half of the cigar is packed in cedar and then the whole cigar is wrapped in cellophane.
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The cigar has a shiny greenish brown wrapper and a double band. I see a few veins and the wrapper has the structure with a sand grain. I smell a combination of wet grass and leaves. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit tight. The flavours are a bit musty.
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I taste a bitter and unpleasant wood flavour, it reminds me of autumn, and it is a bit spicy. I also taste a bit of sweetness. After half an inch the flavours are less bitter, I still taste wood, autumn leaves and that sweetness though and still don’t really like what I taste.
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After a thirds I taste a mild sweet wood with a hint of leather. Halfway I taste some nuts too with wood and a bit of sugar. Near the end to I taste wood with some sweetness and herbs.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw isn’t good but not bad either. The smoke is enough but it could be thicker. The pepper and salt coloured ash is firm. The burn is good too. This cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied and a bit boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I like the Signature better

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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Categories: Honduran cigars, Torano | Tags: ,

Quesada Espana short robusto

Quesada got introduced to the Dutch market a few months ago with the Tributo line and although I didn’t dislike them, they never impressed me either. And not just me, but most of the Dutch aficionados came to that conclusion, so the distributer decided not to continue with the Tributo series but try the Edicion Espana instead. I smoked the robusto and came to the same conclusion, nice cigar but not impressive. Now it’s time to try the Quesada Espana short robusto, a 4×50 short smoke that has a 5 euro price tag.
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The chocolate brown wrapper is oily and looks good. I see a few veins and a pretty band. The construction feels good and I smell a strong smell that reminds me of a cow farm. The predraw is great and I taste tobacco with some raisin.
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I taste a pleasant coffee flavour with some toasted sandwich and I like it. After a quarter of an inch I taste smooth coffee with wood and a hint of chocolate on the background. After half an inch I also taste a bit of red pepper in the back of my mouth and a mild sweetness is added to the flavours.
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After a third I taste toasted flavours with some herbs and some pepper. Halfway I taste that sweetness again with herbs and wood. The toasted flavours have gone.
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This cigar lasted me for fifty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The pepper and salt coloured ash is beautiful and firm. The wrapper cracks a bit and the burn isn’t completely straight, I had to correct once or twice. This cigar is full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, loved it.

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, Quesada, Quesada Cigars | Tags: ,

Joya de Nicaragua classico toro

The Joya de Nicaragua Clasico claro is the mild Connecticut shade blend from the oldest cigar factory in Nicaragua. Four of these cigars are now available in The Netherlands and this 6×52 toro has a price of € 3,50 and the cigars come wrapped in cellophane.
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The light coloured wrapper is so shiny it looks varnished. I see one long vein and a simple band. The construction feels good and I smell some wood and grass. The predraw is a bit loose and I taste a smooth and mild musty tobacco flavour.
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I taste a musty and bitter earthy with coffee flavour. The bitterness fades away quickly and I taste a musty and spicy wood flavour with some pepper. After an inch I taste mild wood, slightly musty with a dry and spicy aftertaste. After a third the cigar gets more spicy and less musty.
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After two thirds I taste wood with some herbs and a hint of nuts. After that the mustiness returns. With an inch to go the cigar reaches the turning point and I had to toss it.
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The cigar lasted me for an hour and thirty-five minutes. The draw is good and I got a lot of smoke. The light gray ash is medium firm, the burn is straight. The cigar is medium flavoured and mild to medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, too mild and too Connecticut shade for my taste

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

Categories: Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, Joya de Nicaragua, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , ,

La Aurora 1495 BME Nicaragua toro

Recently I got my hands on two La Aurora 1495 BME Toro, one Dominicana and one Nicaragua. These toros measure 5¾x54. The series come with four different wrappers, and I have now smoked two. The blend, made from Dominican corojo and ligero, Nicaraguan and Peruvian tobacco and a Dominican corojo binder. I need to get my hands on the Brazil and Ecuador version of these cigars too, I want to try the whole series. Only the Dominicana is for sale in The Netherlands and has a 8 euro pricetag.

This cellophane wrapped cigar has a milk chocolate brown wrapper with a few thick veins and a waterspot. The wrapper looks a bit dry . I like the band. The shape of the cigar is great. I smell a mild hay smell and the construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste a herbal tobacco.

I taste a spicy and peppery flavour with fresh wood and soon some straw and hay with wood. On the background I taste a little bit of cacao. After an inch the cigar gets a bit milder. I taste leather, herbs and fresh wood. The cacao is milder too, but it’s still there. After a third the herbs are the main flavour with a hint of nutmeg.
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Halfway I taste and earthy flavour with herbs, a bit of nutmeg and white pepper. After two thirds I taste earth with wood and a little bit of cacao. The herbs are milder now and moved to the aftertaste. Soon after I taste a nice but strange wood flavour with herbs.

This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got plenty of smoke. The light gray ash is a bit frayed and not firm. The burn is crooked. The cigar is full flavoured and medium to full bodied.

Would I buy this cigar again? I prefer the BME Dominicana

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, La Aurora, Tabacalera La Aurora | Tags: , ,

Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo la nivelador

Recently four vitolas of the Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo became available on the Dutch market and I got all four of them to try. The 6×52 La Nivelador is the third of the series that I smoked, I liked one and hated the other, so I wonder if this La Nivelador is any good. The cigar has a price tag of € 5,50 here.
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The beautiful dark and oily wrapper with a few thin veins and the bands are fantastic. The flat head is ideal to punch. I smell a strong barnyard smell. The construction is good, the predraw is fine and I taste a strong tobacco flavour.
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I taste a strong and full earthy flavour with a little bit of citrus. After an inch I taste earthy flavours with wood and some time later a little bit of sugar. After a third I taste herbs with the earthy flavours and a little bit of pepper.
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After two thirds I taste that earthy flavour with some herbs and a little bit of nuts. The herbs are growing stronger.
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This cigar lasted me two hours and twenty minutes. The draw is good, the smoke is good too but could be thicker. The light coloured and frayed ash is firm. The burn is ok. This cigar is full flavoured and full bodied, but my thoughts on this cigar is the same as the original Cain releases: build for power and not for flavour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I only liked one of the three Antano dark corojo so far.

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

Categories: Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, Joya de Nicaragua, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , ,

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