Monthly Archives: December 2011

Amero lancero

The day before my trip to the Intertabac tradeshow in Dortmund my facebookfriend Willis Cabrera said that I should stop by their Chess cigars booth for some samples and as I am always eager to smoke cigars that I haven’t smoked before I did. Chess cigar company owner Hawk gave me a few samples for me and the review panel we have on my Dutch website. This 7½x34 Amero lancero was one of the cigars in the sampler. The cigar is made with three year old tobacco and a five year old Corojo wrapper.
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The band sticks out, it is huge and looks like part of a dollar bill. The construction feels good and I smell a mild peppery barnyard. The chocolate brown wrapper only has a few veins. The predraw is a bit tight but I can still taste raisin and a hint of pepper.
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I taste a full, sweet and mild musty wood flavor which is quite nice, the mustiness is pleasant and the sweetness is good. After a third I taste a bit more sweetness and some herbs. The cigar gets less musty and I think I even taste some chocolate.
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Halfway I taste wood with some spices, on the background the cigar gets a little spicy too. After two thirds I taste oak with some nutmeg and some sweetness. The cigar gets a little more spicy but yet fresher too with a minty aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is good and I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is compact and firm. The burn is beautiful. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? As soon as they come to the Dutch market.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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Casa Magna Domus Magnus optimus

I am a fan of the Casa Magna Colorado cigars and I was looking forward to the limited edition Casa Magna Domus Magnus. I bought a optimus for € 6.00 here in The Netherlands. The optimus is the smaller of the two box pressed cigars in the Domus Magnus line, with a 5¾x54 size. The cigar has a nice pigtail and a colorful band, prettier than the normal Casa Magna bands and the foot band is tasteful too.
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The cigar looks great, the wrapper has a milk chocolate color with a few minor veins and a nice box pressed shape. I smell wood. The construction feels great. The predraw is great and I taste tobacco with a little bit of pepper.
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I taste a nice coffee flavor, strong like espresso with a little bit of cacao far on the background and a fresh aftertaste. After half an inch I taste wood with some herbs and a mild sweetness. There is also a hint of nut flavors on the palate. The herbs slowly grow in strength and they become a bit sharp. After an inch I taste sharp herbs with wood and some cacao, the flavors are dry
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Halfway I taste spicy and mild acidic wood with some herbs and on the background a little bit of cacao. The acidity is a bit metallic. After almost two thirds some nuts join the flavors and I taste a little bit of white pepper on the background. Near the end I taste coffee and pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The silver gray ash is firm. The cigar had a great burn. It is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I enjoyed this cigar.

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: 7 / 10

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Montecristo open eagle

Not too long ago, Habanos released the Montecristo Open series which is meant for starters on the cigar market, a milder cigar without the complexity you get from a lot of other Cuban cigars. The cigar were highly criticized when they were released, but when I smoked the Montecristo Open Junior some time ago, I couldn’t help but to like the cigar. And yes, it is a simpler and milder cigar, great for a starter, and considering the flavor palate I even wonder if this is a Cuban puro. A friend gave me this beautiful looking tube with a Montecristo Open Eagle, the tube looks top notch, but once you open it you see that horrible combination of the brown & white Montecristo band and the green & gold ‘Open’ band, it hurts your eyes.
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The Eagle is a robusto extra aka geniales, a 5.9×54 cigar with a light colored and heavily veined wrapper. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell and a good construction. The draw is a bit loose and a mild and dry tobacco flavor.
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I taste cedar with some pepper, the flavors are a tiny bit sweet and mild. After an inch I taste cedar with a herbal aftertaste.
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After a third I taste cedar and nuts with some pepper and halfway it’s just a lot of nuts with a bit of pepper. After two thirds I taste herbs and pepper and near the end the cedar returns.
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This cigar lasted me an hour. It gave me lots of thick smoke. The draw is a bit loose and the burn a bit crooked. The ash is dark but firm. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. It smoked so fast, it looks like a medium filler, but it is not.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, this is a beginner cigar and I am passed that point.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 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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La Casita Criolla HCB

La Casita Criolla is one of the latest inventions by Pete Johnson and like all of his other cigars the production is done by the Garcias at the My Father factory in Nicaragua. The thing that makes this La Casita Criolla different than any other cigar is that not only the wrapper is broadleaf Connecticut but also the binder and the filler. Not all broadleaf Connecticut can be used as wrapper and Pete decided to use those leaves as binder and filler. The La Casita Criolla HCB has a € 5.50 price tag in The Netherlands.
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The HCB is the smallest of the three vitolas with a 5⅛x42 size. The cigar doesn’t look too good with a couple of thick veins on the shiny wrapper. I smell a mild but intense barnyard smell. The construction feels a bit soft and the predraw is a bit easy. I taste raisin and tobacco. The band is very small.
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I taste pepper and herbs with some coffee and some spiced cake. I also get a bit of chocolate but the pepper is the main flavor. After half an inch I taste cacao with herbs, the combination is beautiful, spicy with a bite. There is a spicy acidic flavor in the aftertaste. After a third the cigar is quite spicy and peppery.
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Halfway the cigar tastes nice, the harsh spiciness has disappeared, I taste wood with herbs and a peppery aftertaste. After two thirds I taste mild herbs. The pepper has gone but slowly returns to the scene. The cigar gets spicy again with an overpowering pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for only fifty minutes. The draw was on the easy side but I got an incredible amount of smoke. The ash is gray, coarse and reasonably firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this cigar is something special, it has a different flavor profile than most other cigars.

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

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Jaime Garcia reserva especial LE 2011

The Jaime Garcia reserva especial limited edition 2011 is a 6½x52 toro with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper from the viso priming. The binder is pelo de oro and the filler contains two different kinds of Cuban seed tobacco. They come in boxes of 16, of which one has an Ecuadorian sungrown wrapper instead of the Connecticut broadleaf. There are only 3700 numbered boxes made. The cigar has a € 15 price tag in The Netherlands.
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The cigar has a beautiful double band and a deep dark oily wrapper. The construction feels good and I smell a mild barnyard. I see a few veins. The predraw is fine and I taste herbs and pepper.
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I taste pepper and herbs, the cigar is spicy and makes my lips tingle. After half an inch I taste herbs, some pepper and a little bit of chocolate that fades away quickly. After a third I taste a lot of wood with some herbs, spices and a tiny bit of chocolate.
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Halfway I taste wood, herbs and something best described as a burned toast flavor. After two thirds I taste herbs with a bite and a fresh aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is great but the smoke is a bit thin in the beginning, it gets better along the way. The burn is straight. The silver gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? On a special occasion

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

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My uzi weighs a ton 5×60

My uzi weighs a ton, yes, that is a Public Enemy song but it is also the latest creation of Drew Estate in cooperation with Joya de Nicaragua. All three sizes have a 60 ring gauge, the only difference is the length, 5 inch, 6 inch and 7 inch. I smoked the 5 inch version which I got from Jonathan Drew at the Intertabac tradeshow in Germany a few weeks ago. Even though it is a 60 ring cigar I was really looking forward to try it as I am a fan of the Liga Privada #9, Liga Privada T52 and the Undercrown.
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The cellophane wrapped cigar comes with a big, modern yet simple and therefore pretty band. The greasy dark wrapper is oily. The construction feels good. I smell a mild wood smell. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin.
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I taste an earthy flavor with spicy herbs although the spice tones down almost immediately. After half an inch I taste a mild sweetness too. After a third I taste some herbs, a bit of wood and a little bit of sugar. There isn’t much development in flavors.
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Halfway the cigar gets a little sweeter and soon after the cigar gets spicy too. I taste spicy herbs with a bit of pepper. After two thirds I also taste some spices. Near the end I taste wood and some herbs.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. I had some problems with the burn. This cigar is medium flavored, medium bodied and a bit boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nope!

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

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Fausto F127

The Tatuaje Fausto is the full line Tatuaje released of the infamous T110 blend created for a shop in Honolulu. The feedback on the T110 was so good Pete Johnson decided to use the blend for the Fausto series of cigars. I smoked and loved both the T110 and the Fausto Avion 11, so I had high hopes for the 5×54 Fausto F127. This cigar just became available on the Dutch market and has a price tag of 7 euro.
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The wrapper is dark, dry and tough with a simple band. I smell a wet barnyard and feel a well constructed cigar with a bit of a tight predraw. I taste a lot of pepper.
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I taste a mild sweetness, lots of pepper and some wood. The pepper makes my tongue tingle. Far far away I taste some chocolate. After half an inch I taste wood with coffee and herbs. I can also taste something mild sweet on the background. The flavors are a bit sticky and I taste some thick chocolate. After a third I taste peppery chocolate with some wood on the background.
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Halfway I taste wood with a bit of cinnamon and the cigar is mild spicy. The cinnamon is replaced by nutmeg with a peppery aftertaste. After almost two thirds I taste zweet wood with some nutmeg in the aftertaste and on the background nutmeg and pepper. The cigar gets a freshness too, a herbal freshness. The sugar sweetness gets a bit stronger just like the pepper. The pepper starts to overpower the other flavors and burns a bit on my lips.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is good, just like the amount and the thickness of the smoke. The light colored ash is compact and firm, the burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I’ll take the Avion 11 instead

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

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Liga Privada Undercrown robusto

The Undercrown, there are many stories about the creation of this cigar but the one that I hear most is that the rollers at the Drew Estate factory tweaked the Liga Privada with a new wrapper so that they could smoke a great cigar after they weren’t allowed to smoke the Liga Privada anymore because of the limited available wrapper. I like the story and I was very curious about the cigar as I am a big Liga Privada fan. I got this cigar at the Intertabac trade show from Jonathan Drew as they aren’t available in Europe yet. The Undercrown robusto will make a European debut on the Dutch Big Smoke on october 30th.
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This 5×54 robusto is wrapped in cellophane and will get a € 6,50 price tag for The Netherlands. The band looks like a signet ring and the wrapper is dark and mild oily with just a few small veins. The construction feels good and the predraw tastes like sweet tobacco with some peanuts. The cigar smells like a barnyard with some added sweetness.
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I taste a spicy and mild peppery earth flavor with some coffee and a mild sweetness. Soon I taste spicy earth with herbs and some pepper on the background. After half an inch I taste wood with herbs, the pepper is almost completely gone, the sweetness is completely gone and there is a mild freshness in the flavors. After three quarters of an inch I taste herbs with a mild fresh aftertaste. There is some wood on the background. After an inch the flavors are herbs which are getting more spicy and I taste pepper too. There is a peppery but fresh aftertaste.
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Halfway I taste some sweetness with the herbs and the pepper. The freshness in the aftertaste is getting more pronounced. Soon after I taste a beautiful and well balanced mixture of cedar, pepper, herbs and some sweetness with a fresh and peppery aftertaste. After two thirds the cigar gets a bit more spicy. The flavors are now herbs with pepper, the aftertaste is still fresh and peppery. I also taste some sweetness and a toasted flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for ninety minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The burn is beautiful and straight. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Oh yeah!

Appearance: 9 / 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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Fausto avion 11

I think it is two years ago when Pete Johnson released the Tatuaje T110, a 5×50 robusto that was exclusively sold at one shop on Honolulu. I was fortunate enough to get one of the only 400 boxes. The feedback was so positive that Pete decided to release a whole series of the blend under the name Fausto, and to release a limited single size each year under the name Avion. This is the first Avion, the Avion 11. This 6¾x48/52 perfecto grande has a price tag of € 9,50 in The Netherlands and will only be temporarily available here.
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The band is awesome and it fits the fantastic perfecto shape of the cigar, which is box pressed with a fantastic smooth and silky dark wrapper that only has a few minor and thin veins. I smell a horse stable and the construction feels great. The predraw is smooth and fine and I taste tobacco with a peppery aftertaste.
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I taste red pepper which makes my tongue tingle. After half an inch the pepper fades away a bit and I taste pepper, wood and some sweetness. The sweetness slowly gets stronger and much to my surprise the flavors are getting smooth and subtle, I never expected that after the strong start. Smooth and subtle with cedar, sweetness, a hint of nuts and pepper. After a third I taste cedar and sweetness, I still taste a mild pepper in the aftertaste. Slowly I also taste some herbs like parsley.
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Halfway I taste sweet cedar and peppery herbs. The cedar is the strongest flavor I taste. Soon after a mild bitter flavor which is very pleasant shows up too. The herbs are slowly gaining strength while the sweetness disappears. After two thirds I taste a mild minty flavor with the herbs. The aftertaste is peppery which tingles on my lips.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and a half. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. I had to correct the burn several times though in the beginning. The ash starts out dark but turns lighter and it is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah, in my book this cigar can compete with the Liga Privada #9 and even a Padron 1926

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

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Don Duarte Reserva robusto

Another Don Duarte review, third in a row and the third different blend too. This time I smoked the Don Duarte Reserva robusto, a 5×52 Nicaraguan puro from the Plasencia factory blended by Don Roger Duarte and the legendary Evelio Oviedo. All the tobacco used for this cigar has been aged for at least two years. The price is € 7,60
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The wrapper is nice and dark and full of oil with just a few thin veins. The color and the crest on the band fit the color of the wrapper perfectly. The cigar has the smell of a barn full of hay with a hint of leather. The construction is good, just like the predraw which has a raisin flavor.
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I taste coffee with a hint of leather, some sweetness and a bit of pepper. After half an inch I taste herbs with heather and some sweetness. I taste a little bit of pepper in the aftertaste. After an inch the cigar gets sweeter with sweet leather and some herbs. The aftertaste remains mild peppery.
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Halfway I taste a spicy, peppery but sweet wood flavor with herbs. The wood slowly grows in strength and some spices join the flavors, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. After two thirds the cigar gets spicier with sweet wood, pepper and herbs. The aftertaste is full on pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for ninety minutes. The smoke is beautiful and thick. The draw is great just like the burn. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will

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: 7 / 10

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