Monthly Archives: December 2011

Don Duarte Clasico intermedio shorty

Another Don Duarte review, this time I smoked the 4½x46 Don Duarte Clasico intermedio shorty, which is a tribute to Evelio Oviedo, the master blender who helped to blend this cigar before he died a few years ago. I got this cigar from Don Roger Duarte when I met him in Amsterdam. The cigars are new to the Dutch market.
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The crest on the band is very pretty and the cigar has a dark and oily wrapper which looks good too. The cigar has a barnyard and wood smell. The construction is good, the predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste a full earthy flavor with coffee, the flavors are mild bitter and spicy but not too bitter or spicy. I also taste dry wood. The bitterness quickly disappears and I taste some pepper on the tongue as the aftertaste. After half an inch I taste earthy flavors with herbs, pepper and some sweetness.
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After a third I taste more sweetness and lots of herbs. I also get some wood on the background. The mixture of herbs is a bit weird, different than other cigars and I am not overwhelmed. Halfway I still taste lots of herbs with some sweetness. After two thirds the cigar gets a bit harsh with spicy herbs, some sweetness and a hint of pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for seventy-five minutes. The draw and smoke are great, the smoke is plenty and thick. The light gray ash is coarse and not firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will

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: 7 / 10

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Don Duarte Clasico golden shorty

Don Duarte cigars are made by Nestor Placensia for Roger Duarte, a Nicaraguan born lawyer who worked in the cigar industry as a consultant for several important names before he decided to release his own brand of cigars which he blended with Evelio Oviedo. The cigars are Nicaraguan puros. I had the pleasure of meeting Don Roger Duarte in Amsterdam where he handed me a few of his cigars to review.
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The Don Duarte classico blend golden is the mildest blend from the series. I smoked the shorty, which is a petit corona measuring 4½x46 with a beautiful, light colored, dry looking wrapper with a few veins. The construction feels good and I smell dry wood. The predraw is great and I taste spicy and peppery tobacco.
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I taste coffee with spicy herbs and pepper. Soon I also taste a mild sweetness on the background. After a quarter of an inch I taste some nutmeg, quite some sweetness, lots of wood and some pepper on the background. After a third I taste wood, grass and some sweetness, the cigar is mild spicy.
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Halfway I taste wood, nutmeg and herbs. After two thirds I taste more spices like nutmeg, some cinnamon and more spices that I can’t really recognize.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour exactly. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The light colored as is reasonably firm. This cigar is medium bodied and full flavored.

 

Would I buy this cigar again? Probably yes

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

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VegaFina belicoso

These cigars, made by Tabacalera de Garcia for Altadis, are new on the Dutch market and are the only non Cuban cigar imported by Cubacigar Benelux. A friend gave me this cigar to try, normally I wouldn’t have bought it due to the Connecticut shade wrapper, I don’t like Connecticut. The filler is a blend of Colombian, Honduran and Dominican tobacco and the cigar has an Indonesian binder. This torpedo I smoked measures 6×50.
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The cigar feels a bit soft but consistent soft all over the cigar. The light colored wrapper isn’t oily and I see a few thin veins. The cigar hardly has any smell. The predraw is tight and I taste some pepper with tobacco. I do dig the simple yet elegant band.
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I instantly taste the musty Connecticut shade taste and some soft wood. After half an inch I taste musty wood with some chocolate. The chocolate disappears again after a third, when the flavors are dry, mild musty. The main flavor is sweet wood.
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Halfway I taste some chocolate again, but only in the aftertaste, with some cumin but that could be because I ate some cumin at my dinner. After two thirds I taste nuts with some salt. I think I recognize cashew nuts with herbs and wood. There is pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and a half. The draw was hard and probably because of that tight draw I didn’t get a lot of smoke. The silver gray ash is pretty and firm. The burn is good. This cigar is mild to medium flavored and mild bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, it’s not a bad cigar but it has two downsides, it’s too mild for me and again, I don’t like Connecticut.

Appearance: 8 / 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: 8 / 10

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Te-Amo world selection series Nicaragua blend robusto

This is the fifth and final Te-Amo world selection series review, another robusto but this time the 5×54 Nicaragua blend. This cigar is made with Nicaraguan filler, a San Andres binder and a criollo wrapper. As all other Te-Amo world selection series this cigar is box pressed and packed in cellophane.
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I like that all the bands have a different color, not just a different name. The wrapper has a latte color with a few veins. The cigar has a good construction and a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste a little harsh and peppery leather flavor with a splash of sweetness in the aftertaste. There is also a mild bitter flavor. The bitterness disappears after a quarter of an inch. After half an inch I taste pepper, herbs, a hint of cinnamon and wood. The cigar turns surprisingly subtle.
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After a third the subtle flavors disappear and I taste a mild bitter and harsh mixture of pepper, wood and some sweetness. Halfway I taste red pepper with a tiny bit sweetness and wood. The pepper is growing stronger and stronger. Near the end I taste pepper, herbs and some earthy flavors with some sugar on the background.
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This cigar gave me a little bit of vitamine and it lasted me for ninety-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The ash is dark colored, frayed but firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Probably, although I liked the Honduras blend better

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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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Te-Amo world selection series Mexico blend toro

The fourth Te-Amo world selection series cigar that I smoke is the Te-Amo world selection series Mexico blend. The only cigar from the series that I don’t smoke in a robusto size but in a 6×54 toro size. This cigar is box pressed, like the robustos and also wrapped in cellophane
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I smell a wood smell like walking through a forest after the rain. The wrapper is dark and oily with hardly any veins. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor with dry herbs and a maduro sweetness. The flavors are full but the overall feeling is smooth and subtle. After an inch I taste a little citrus, very mild, with some sweetness and wood.
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After a third I taste earthy flavors with sweetness and wood. Halfway I taste some pepper with the flavors mentioned before except for the earthy flavors that have disappeared. After two thirds I taste wood, some sweetness and pepper, lots of pepper. The pepper gains even more strength, it overpowers all other flavors and becomes too strong
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great, just like the smoke. I had to correct the burn once or twice. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt

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

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