Monthly Archives: January 2012

Davidoff Millenium blend lancero

These Davidoff Millennium blend cigars are high praised and high prices. Made from a Dominican filler that has been aged for four years and an especially for Davidoff grown sun grown wrapper from Ecuador this cigar is the fullest bodied cigar in the Davidoff portfolio. I have boycotted Davidoff for years due to a crap customer service but since the Dutch importer stepped up I lifted my personal ban and bought a Davidoff Millennium blend lancero for € 16,00, which is expensive for a 7½x40 lancero.
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The cigar looks great with the light colored wrapper that has a few veins and a nice pigtail. The bands are stylish and the cigar has a hay smell. The construction feels good, the predraw is great and tastes fresh.
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I taste white pepper with coffee, leather and an earthy flavor. The pepper disappears almost completely after a few puffs. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with some subtle herbs and a tiny bit of pepper in the aftertaste. After an inch and a half I taste a mellow wood with some cacao on the background. After a third I taste some musty wood with herbs.
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Halfway the mustiness disappears, I taste a bit more herbs and the cigar is spicy on the tongue. There is some green pepper on the background. After two thirds I taste herbs with some wood and a peppery aftertaste. Slowly the flavors are getting peppery with red pepper on the lips.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash turns darker along the way and isn’t very firm. The burn is beautiful. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, I liked the cigar but it is too expensive

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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Navarre double corona

A few years ago the French puro Navarre was launched. The tobacco was grown in the south of France under control of Cuban growers and the cigars were rolled by Cubans too. About a year or two ago they went under and much to my surprise I saw a Navarre booth at the Intertabac trade show. The representative told me that the company was restarted and gave me a 9×52 double corona in a glass tube with a cork stop.
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The cigar has a great construction and looks awesome. The chocolate brown wrapper is silky and is so oily that it shines. I only see a few thin veins. I smell a mild horse stable smell. The predraw is a bit tights and I taste tobacco and raisin. I like the red simple band.
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I taste dry earthy flavors with leather, coffee and a honey sweetness. After three quarters of an inch I taste honeysweet earthy flavors. After two inch I get a dry and bit musty wood, hay and some honey. After a third I taste some marzipan with herbs and wood. The cigar is mild spicy too.
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Halfway I taste some spicy herbs with a marzipan sweetness. It is a bit hard to keep the cigar burning so I cut an extra ⅛ of an inch off the cigars which helps. I taste lavender. After two thirds I taste a lot of black pepper with some earthy flavors. The aftertaste is lavender freshness. With two inch to go I had enough and let the cigar die in the ashtray.
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This cigar lasted me for three hours. The draw is good but the smoke is a bit poor. The burn is oké, I have some minor issues with the crooked burn and halfway the cigar gets hard to keep lit. The dark ash isn’t firm at all. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? It all depends on the price

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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La Casita Criolla HCBF

The La Casita Criolla is a Pete Johnson invention and made from Connecticut broadleaf only. The cigars are rolled at the My Father factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The HCBF is the largest from the three sizes in the line with a 6½x48 size, which makes it a short churchill according to New Havana cigars. The cigar has a € 6.50 price tag in The Netherlands.
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The wrapper is dark and oily with a few thin veins. The band is small and different. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. The cigar has a smell that reminded me of wood and hay. The cigar is difficult to punch due to the thickness of the wrapper.
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I taste herbs with some sweetness and after half an inch something fresh too with a little bit of chocolate. After an inch I taste pepper with herbs. The aftertaste is spicy. There is some chocolate in the aftertaste too. After a third the chocolate gets stronger with herbs on the background.
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Halfway I taste green herbs with some sweetness and chocolate. After two thirds the cigar gets more spicy.
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This cigar lasted me and hour and a half. The draw is great but the smoke is thin in the beginning. The burn is great. The light colored ash is compact and medium firm. The cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like this cigar

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 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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Don Duarte Reserva shorty

The Placensia made Don Duarte cigars are new to the Dutch market, I smoked all three available blends so far, including the Don Duarte reserva series robusto. Now I smoked the Don Duarte reserva shorty, a 4½x46 petit corona. This cigar has a price tag of € 5,90.
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The wrapper is nice, dark and oily with a beautiful crest on the band. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and a great construction, The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco with some pepper.
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I taste toast, pepper and some coffee with a mild sweetness, something like French toast. I never tasted this before in a cigar and I like it. The flavors soon change to flavors I recognize as earth, coffee and something I can’t recognize but I like it anyway. After an inch I taste soft wood with nutmeg.
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After a third the cigar gets a bit spicy in the aftertaste with some green pepper. Halfway I taste creamy chocolate with nutmeg and a peppery aftertaste. Near the end I taste more pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is compact and firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like all Don Duarte cigars.

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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