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Te-Amo world selection series Honduras blend robusto

The third cigar from the Te-Amo world selection series is the Te-Amo world selection series Honduras blend robusto, a 5×54 box pressed, cellophane wrapped cigar made with Honduran filler, a San Andres binder and corojo wrapper. This is the least attractive looking cigars from the bunch.
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The dark wrapper looks rough and dry with thick veins. The construction feels good though and I smell a strong but sour wood smell. The band is pretty and the predraw is a bit tight. I taste spicy tobacco with a peppery aftertaste.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor with a little sweetness that slowly gains strength. After three quarters of an inch I also taste some hazelnuts. An inch after lighting the cigar I taste some hay, lots of sugar, some herbs and a hint of the earlier mentioned hazelnuts.
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After a third I taste sugar, hay, a bit of chocolate. The cigar is also spicy and a little bitter but in a pleasant way. Halfway a green pepper flavor joins the other flavors. After two thirds I taste pepper, an earthy flavor and sugar with some herbs on the background. Near the end I taste more wood, the sugar is almost gone but I do taste a little bit of cacao.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was reasonable but the smoke was too thin. The silvergray ash is firm. I had to correct the burn once or twice. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Oh yeah!

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

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Te-Amo world selection series Dominicana blend robusto

The second cigar that I smoke from the Te-Amo world selection series is the Dominicana blend robusto. This box pressed cigar measures 5×54 and is made from Dominican filler with a San Andres binder and a Connecticut shade wrapper, which gives me the creeps as I hate Connecticut shade wrappers.
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First thing I notice is that the band is glued straight this time. The light colored wrapper has quite some veins but is nicely finished. The construction feels good and I smell a strong hay and straw smell, it’s like sitting on top of a haystack. The predraw is fine, just a bit musty.
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I taste a sweet earthy flavor with a hint of coffee. The cigar is a bit harsh. The sweetness I taste is sugar while the earth flavor is strong. The coffee disappears. After an inch I taste hay with a sweet and peppery aftertaste and a mild bitter flavor, the harshness is gone too.
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Halfway I taste a little acidic flavor with the hay and the mild bitterness. The cigar gets a bit harsh again, but not so harsh that it becomes unpleasant. The sweetness slowly gains strength.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and ten minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke, which was a bit thin though. I had to correct the burn. The firm ash is quite dark. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the Cuba blend a bit better

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

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Te-Amo world selection series Cuba blend robusto

At the Intertabac trade show we stopped at A. Turrent cigars as our host, The Longfiller Company, a Dutch cigar distributer, had an appointment. They spoke about importing Te-Amo cigars to The Netherlands. Me and my buddy José, who was there as well, got a sampler with loads of A. Turrent and Te-Amo cigars which will all be reviewed but as The Longfiller Company was mostly interested in the world selection series I am reviewing these first. And I start with the 5×54 Cuba blend.
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The Cuba blend doesn’t actually contain Cuban tobacco but Cuban seed tobacco. The cigar is box pressed and is wrapped in cellophane. The filler is Criollo San Andres & Corojo, the binder is corojo and the wrapper is a criollo 98. The cigar looks good but the band isn’t glued straight, the roller could have paid a little more attention and should have finished the cigar more neatly. The thick wrapper is light colored and I smell wood and hay. The construction feels good. The predraw is a bit tight and I taste straw and raisin.
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I taste sweet earth and hay. I expected the sweetness as Mexican tobacco tends to be sweet. The cigar is also mild harsh but not in an unpleasant way. After three quarters of an inch I taste herbs, a mild sweetness with some pepper in the aftertaste, all with that little edgy harshness. After a third I taste herbs with a little bit of chocolate on the background and a mild bitterness.
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Halfway I taste hay with some chocolate, the cigar is mild spicy. After two thirds the flavors change to wood, hay and a mild sweetness. Near the end I taste some pepper with some bitterness.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is good, just like the burn. The frayed pepper and salt colored ash isn’t firm and the burn isn’t great either but the cigars had been at the tradeshow for a few days so they weren’t in the best condition. The cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied and a bit dull.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, have to try the other Te-Amo world selection series first

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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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Cohiba BHK54

I got this Cohiba behike BKH 54, a 5.7 inch ring 54 robusto extra for my 39th birthday as a gift from a friend. I’ve been wanting to smoke a BHK for some time because of all the buzz that was going around about this cigar, which should be top of the premium Cuban cigars.
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First thing I notice is the beautiful cigar band, it is recognizable Cohiba but with an even more luxurious touch to it. The shiny and oily wrapper is reddish brown and the cigar is topped with a pigtail. The wrapper feels silky and only had tiny veins. The construction feels good and I smell a mild wood smell. The predraw is a bit tight and I taste tobacco and raisin.
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I taste a mild and caramel and honey sweet earth flavor with some wood. The earthy flavors are dominant with a mild pepper in the aftertaste. Soon I can also taste some toast and a bit more pepper. After a quarter of an inch I taste herbs, that earthy flavor with some caramel. On the background I taste caramel and a hint of pepper. After half an inch I taste that earthy flavor with herbs and a little bit of honey. The pepper has disappeared from the aftertaste and the cigar gets more subtle. After three quarters of an inch the cigar is subtle, I taste mild sweet herbs and earthy flavors that are spicy on the palate. After an inch there is also a hint of wood
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After a third I taste honey, wood and earthy flavors, very subtle and halfway the flavors have changed to wood with herbs, the sweetness has disappeared and the cigar is a bit more spicy with some white pepper in the aftertaste. The honey returns with some wood and earthy flavors, still very subtle. After two thirds I taste a bittersweet cacao with leather, lots of leather. The sweet honey returns and takes over the cacao flavors, I still taste a lot of leather too. With an inch and a half to go I taste cinnamon with leather and wood.
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This cigar lasted me for two whole hours. The draw is too tight and the smoke is a bit thin. The dark ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied and has a beautiful burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not for the 30+ euro it sells for in The Netherlands

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Partagas Serie E no.2

The 5½x54 Partagas series E No.2 is the latest Cuban Partagas release and the thickest regular production Partagas parejo ever. The cigar is a bit thicker and longer than the ever popular Partagas series D no.4 and was introduced at the Habanos festival earlier this year but is now making its way to the shops. I was lucky enough to get one of these cigars before they even hit the Dutch shops. I believe this cigar has a price tag of 11 euro in The Netherlands.
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The cigar is beautiful, with an almost rosado like red glow to the deep brown and mild oily wrapper. I see a few veins though and the construction if a bit soft. I smell a sour barnyard, too much ammonia which confirms my belief that this cigar hasn’t been aged enough, something I keep saying about Cuban cigars. The predraw is fine, I taste a spicy and peppery tobacco.
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I taste a spicy and harsh earthy flavor and after half an inch an earthy flavor with pepper. The pepper is in the aftertaste. This cigar is harsh and way too young to be smoked. I also taste some wood. After an inch I taste wood, with some earthy flavors, pepper and herbs. On the background I taste something sweet, but that is really mild.
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After a third I taste mud with herbs, wood and some pepper. Halfway I taste pepper herbs and wood, the mud flavor has disappeared. After two thirds I taste nuts with wood and pepper. The cigar gets more spicy with herbs, earth and some pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. The draw is really good and I got a lot of smoke. The ash is dark. I had to correct the burn two times. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied, it is still way too young to be subtle or complex but it has a lot of potential.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, but I will age them for at least a few years before I would smoke them again.

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

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E.P. Carrillo inaugural 2009

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo once owned of the non Cuban La Gloria Cubana, now part of the General Cigar family and not too long ago he parted from General Cigars to start his own business. The first cigar for his new company was the E.P. Carrillo inaugural 2009 and I was really looking forward to this cigar, that was given to me by an American friend. I read some raving reviews about the cigar and my curiosity grew with every review or mention of this 5⅜x52 cigar. The cigar had a limited production of 150,000 cigars and is made from Nicaraguan and Dominican filler, a double binder, one from Nicaragua, the other from the Dominican republic and an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
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I love the double band, for some reason I like double bands on cigars. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The chocolate brown wrapper is mild oily and has a few thin but long veins. I feel some soft spots in the construction but yet the predraw is a bit hard and quite spicy.
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I taste wood, a bit spicy but also musty. The wrapper doesn’t look like it’s Connecticut, but it tastes like it. A quick look on the E.P. Carrillo website tells me that the wrapper is Habano so I was wrong there. After an inch I taste leather with a little pepper and the flavors are still musty. In the aftertaste is discover a little bit of chocolate.
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The cigar gets a little spicier after a third. After that there is hardly no development in the flavor department. The cigar reaches an early turning point, I have to toss it after two thirds.
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I smoked the cigar for an hour and fifteen minutes before I tossed it. I got a decent amount of smoke which was not thick enough. The pepper and salt colored ash (more salt than pepper) is firm. The burn and draw are good. The cigar is medium flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Even if it was possible, I wouldn’t.

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

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Viaje satori karma

Viaje is the hottest boutique brand in the cigar industry at the moment, not for sale in The Netherlands, but on my last trip to Florida I got my hands on a few, some I bought, others I got bombed and this Satori Karma was a bomb. Satori means enlightment and all the cigars from the series have Buddhist names too like “Zen” and “Karma”. The Karma is a 5×52 robusto, which is made from Nicaraguan tobacco with an oscuro wrapper.
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The wrapper is flawless, dark and oily with a nice band. I see a few thin veins and the wrapper is shiny too. The smell is mild and smells like moist wood, like a walk in the forest after the rain in the summer. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor with some floral notes. I also taste some wood and some sweetness that reminds me of powdered sugar. After a quarter of an inch the coffee disappears and I get a fresh citrus flavor instead. After half an inch I taste wood with some pepper in the aftertaste. After a third I taste wood with something sour and nutmeg. I taste some white pepper in the aftertaste. The sour flavor disappears near halfway.
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I keep tasting wood with nutmeg, mild spicy. I taste herbs and some pepper in the aftertaste. After two thirds I taste cedar with nutmeg, the aftertaste is mild acidic with herbs.
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This cigar lasted me five minutes short of two hours. The draw and smoke are great. The gray ash is frayed but firm. The wrapper rips open, which caused the burn to be a bit crooked. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish, the small batch is sold out.

Appearance: 9 / 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

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Cain maduro tubo

If you keep track of my reviews you may remember that in the past I have not been very pleased with the Cain and Nub cigars, with exception of the Cain F550 and the Nub barberpole until the recent releases of the Cain F lancero, Cain Daytona series and the Nub San Andres from the Studio Tobac sampler. As a Studio Tobac advisory board member I also got a Cain Maduro tubo, as the tubes are new. I decided to review this Cain 5¾x50 maduro robusto again, to see if my taste changed or that the new Studio Tobac are just better.
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The wrapper is nice, dark and oily with a few bumps and veins. The foot band is pretty and the construction feels good. I smell wood and earth. The predraw is fine and I taste an earthy flavor with tobacco.
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I taste an earthy flavor with pepper and a little bit of coffee, the flavors are full. I also taste a little bit of chocolate on the background. After half an inch I taste earthy flavors with lots of pepper, even in the aftertaste. I also taste a little bit of chocolate with the pepper. After an inch less pepper, more wood and something mild sweet.
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After a third I taste earth with a little bit of citrus and a herbal aftertaste. After two thirds the flavors have changed to herbs, pepper and a hint of chocolate. The turning point is reached with an inch to go
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This cigar lasted me and hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is great just like the high volume thick smoke. The white ash is firm and the burn is great too. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, still not my thing

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

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Quesada tributo Alvarito

The smallest of the Quesada Tributo series is the Alvarito, a 4½x40 petit corona which costed 3 euro in The Netherlands when they were still available. They are off the market now and replaced by the Quesada Espana series, here in the Netherlands.

The band is pretty, simple but stylish just like the foot band. The wrapper is dark and shiny, it looks laquered, that’s how shiny it is. The cigar has a horse stable smell and a good construction. The predraw is great and I taste dry chocolate.

I taste coffee with a hint of nutmeg. The spices slowly get stronger while the coffee disappears. After half an inch I mainly taste spices with spicy herbs and a sugar like sweetness.

After a third the spice leaves and I taste more wood with the herbs and spices. The sweetness has disappeared too. After two thirds the cigar gets quite spicy again.

This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and twenty minutes. The draw is a bit tight. I got plenty of medium thick smoke and a firm pepper and salt colored ash. The wrapper of this full flavoured and medium bodied cigar cracked halfway.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah

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

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Quesada tributo Julio

The Quesada Tributo series was temporarily available in The Netherlands and I took the advantage to buy all four vitolas to try them. They sold quite fast but the general feedback wasn’t positive enough for the distributer to keep them in his portfolio and replaced them by the Quesada Espana series. I reviewed the three other tributo’s, the 5×50 Julio, with a 4 euro price tag, is the last one.
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The wrapper is beautiful, shiny and oily with a beautiful vein. The bands are still pretty and the construction is fine. The cigar has a smell of a barnyard and straw. The wrapper is very thick. The predraw is a bit tight and I taste smooth raisins.
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I taste coffee and earth, mild sweet. Soon I taste mild sweet leather with some citrus and after half an inch I tste some nuts. After a third I mainly taste citrus with some earth and leather as support flavour, some pepper in the aftertaste. The cigar slowlu gets more spicy. I like it.
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Halfway I also taste some chocolate on the background with citrus and leather. There is also some pepper and nut in. After two thirds the citrus has gone. I do taste a lot of nuts with some leather and earth with a small pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The smoke is ok and the dark ash is frayed, coarse but firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. The draw is a bit tight. The cigar is full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked this tributo

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

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