Monthly Archives: November 2011

Quesada tributo Alvaro

This is the third out of the four Quesada Tributo cigars I reviewed and it’s the only torpedo. The cigar measures 6×52 and has a 5 euro price tag in The Netherlands. I like the fact that every single Quesada Tributo has a sticker on the cellophane with the name of the cigar and the sizes. All manufacturers should do that.
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The cigar has a chocolate brown and oily wrapper and a smell of hay. I love the stylish bands, simple yet beautiful. The construction feels great and that causes a fine predraw, which tastes like tobacco and raisin, with a little kick to it.
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I taste a mild bitter coffee with an earthy flavour and far on the background some chocolate. The flavors are medium strong. After a quarter of an inch the flavors are getting less bitter. After half an inch I taste earth with come chocolate. The chocolate fades away, the earthy flavour is the main flavour. After an inch and a half I taste macadamia nuts next to the earth flavour and some peanuts.
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After a third I get some red pepper with all the flavors mentioned before. Halfway I taste that earthy flavour again with a little bit of chocolate and wood. Sometime later the nut flavors return too. After two thirds the cigars gets a mild metallic touch to it and again, a hint of red pepper. Near the end I get a lot of wood in the flavour.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is great and the smoke is reasonable. The dark ash is firm and the burn is good. This cigar is medium flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, not a bad cigar but nothing special.

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

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Fake Cohiba robusto

A friend gave me this fake Cohiba robusto that he bought on a farm in Cuba. He knew they were fake but wanted to give them a try anyway and he likes them. He gave me one to see if I liked them too. The first impression isn’t that bad, the band is quite all right and the cigar looks decent.
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Like I said, the cigar looks pretty good for a fake, both in color and shape and even the triple cap looks decent. There are some veins on the medium oily wrapper. The construction feels good and I smell a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is fine but tastes quite bitter.
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I taste a bitter earthy flavor with leather and some sweetness. The bitterness disappears quickly and I taste some sweetness with lots of leather and some citrus and pepper in the aftertaste. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with leather and the flavors are both spicy and creamy. The aftertaste is peppery. When I puff I also taste some vanilla. After three quarters of an inch I taste wood with an earthy flavor and some citrus. The flavors are a bit raw and rustic, not Cohiba smooth and complex. There is still pepper in the aftertaste.
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After an inch I taste wood with leather and still that peppery aftertaste. After a third the flavors change to a mild bitter wood flavor with some freshness. The aftertaste is still the same. Halfway I taste that subtle vanilla gain with spicy and peppery earth flavors and wood. After two thirds I still taste the vanilla with citrus, wood and earth. The aftertaste remains peppery. I wonder if there is Nicaraguan tobacco used for this cigar.
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This cigar lasted me and hour and a half. The draw was tight, which caused the smoke to start thin but it became thick later. The dark ash is firm and the burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wouldn’t. First of all it would be impossible and second of all I didn’t like them that much, they were okay at best.

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

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La Flor Dominicana double ligero digger maduro

The double ligero blend by La Flor Dominicana is well known for its strength that comes from the Dominican filler and binder, combined with an Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper. Now La Flor Dominicana ups the challenge of smoking the double ligero by adding The Digger to the portfolio. The first time I saw this 8½x60 cigar I thought “every officer of the law should have this, it’s a billy club”.
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The wrapper has the color of dark chocolate, some big veins and it is very oily, which probably makes it a cigar that ages well. This cigar looks rough and tough. I smell some wood and the construction feels great. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco and something hearty, something carrot like.
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I taste a dark, bitter and spicy earth flavor with a mild sweetness and chocolate. After an inch I taste herbs with a mild citrus and wood. Halfway I taste wood, herbs and a little bit of sal ammoniac. Soon after I also taste citrus again and something I can only describe as carrot.
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After two thirds I taste nutmeg, pepper and herbs. Soon after the earthy flavor returns, but without the bitterness. I also taste pepper, some herbs and a nut flavor. The nuts fade away and I keep tasting that earthy flavor with herbs and lots of pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me almost four hours. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke from the cigar. The pepper and salt colored ash is compact and firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I did have to correct the burn a few times.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wouldn’t. I loved the flavors, but 4 hours? That’s not relaxing and smoking a cigar, that comes close to work.

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

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La Flor Dominicana diadema maduro

Yesterday I smoked the first of the two 9¼x50 La Flor Dominicana Diademas that I got from Litto Gomez. Even though I loved the Natural, made with Dominican binder and filler with a Nicaraguan habano wrapper, the three and a half hour it took for me to finish it was too much so I was dreading smoking the La Flor Dominicana Diadema maduro, which has the same size and blend but with a Nicaraguan ligero maduro habano wrapper. And to think that I have the La Flor Dominicana Digger (8½x60) lined up for tomorrow. Litto Gomez is messing with my daily schedule.
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The cigar looks great, the shape is awesome, the band is simple and doesn’t distract from the shape and the deep dark and oily wrapper that has some spits and veins. The construction is great, better than the La Flor Dominicana Diadema natural which had some soft spots. I taste a mild sweet chocolate and straw smell. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco with some raisin.
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Right from the start I taste a pleasant earthy flavor with coffee but the flavors soon turn for the worst and I taste a nasty tar flavor which fades away soon. I taste a spicy and herbal wood flavor. After an inch I taste spicy and herbal wood with a very tiny bit of chocolate, which disappears just as quickly as it showed up. I taste wood, herbs, an earthy flavor and some pepper.
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After a third I taste some citrus with the wood, the earthy flavor and the herbs. Halfway I taste citrus, wood and herbs with some pepper on the background. Halfway I get surprised by a sweet marzipan flavor with wood and citrus. After two thirds the citrus is getting stronger but the marzipan has disappeared. The citrus fades away a bit and the wood becomes the main flavor with quite some herbs.
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For some reason this cigar had a smoking time which is fifty minutes shorter than the La Flor Dominicana Diadema natural, it took me two hours and forty minutes to finish it. The draw is better than the natural and I got a decent amount of smoke. The white ash is frayed and firm and the burn is beautiful. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No. Again the size is way too much for me and I didn’t like it as much as the natural

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

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