Monthly Archives: February 2012

Tabak Especial belicoso negro

Now I swore never to smoke a flavored or infused cigar anymore after smoking the horrible Gorillafinger by Lars Tetens, but people kept saying that the Tabak especial negro was worth trying so I gave the Tabak Especial negro belicoso a try. I got this 5×52 cigar at the Intertabac trade show.
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I smell a chemical chocolate smell, the smell is quite strong too. I do like the band on this almost black cigar with a big vein on the wrapper. The construction feels good. The wrapper tastes disgustingly sweet. The predraw is tight and all I taste is that nasty chemical sweetness from the wrapper.
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I taste an earthy flavor with chemical sweetness. I also taste some leather. After three quarters of an inch I taste leather with that chemical sweetness. The earthy flavors have gone. After an inch the cigar gets less chemical and the sweetness turns floral. Slowly some spicy herbs show up too.
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Halfway I taste spicy herbs with a floral sweetness. I also taste a bit of red pepper. After two thirds I still taste the floral flavors, a hint of nuts and a peppery and herbal aftertaste. Near the end I taste pepper with a nasty chemical floral flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and five horrible minutes. The draw is great and I got a decent amount of smoke. The smell is chemical. The light gray ash is compact and firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not a chance in the world

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

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Liga Privada Undercrown belicoso

The Liga Privada Undercrown is the long awaited new release from Drew Estate. The other Liga Privadas, the No.9 and the T52, are hard to find due to limited supplies and this ‘Liga with a twist’ as Jonathan Drew calls them should be more easily available due to the use of a more accessible wrapper. I got this cigar at Intertabac, this belicoso measures 6×52.
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The cigar looks great, the wrapper is almost flawless, the band is awesome and the cigar has a beautiful and unique blunt head. The construction feels good. I smell wood and chocolate. The predraw is fine, I taste a fresh flavor with chocolate and pepper. The wrapper is leathery and thick.
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I taste coffee, earthy flavors and a pepper on my tongue. After half an inch I taste white pepper with some chocolate. I also get some wood flavors. After an inch I taste wood with cacao, the pepper has gone. After a third I taste wood with some cacao and some white pepper.
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Halfway I taste the same flavors but with a fresh acidic flavor, very mild, and some sweetness. The pepper moves to the aftertaste. At the two third mark I taste some cacao on the background with some nuts, herbs and a hint of white pepper. The aftertaste is peppery and mild fresh, like a minty freshness.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is great just like the burn. I got a lot of smoke. The white ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Whatcha think?

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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A. Turrent triple play toro

A.Turrent is a Mexican cigar manufacturer famous for the Te-Amo and A.Turrent cigars. About a year ago they released the A. Turrent Triple Play, a cigar made with all maduro tobacco from Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico. There are two vitolas, a 4½x54 robusto and a 6×54 toro. I smoked the toro that I got in a sampler during the Intertabac trade show in Germany. The robusto will be released in The Netherlands soon with a € 4.00 price tag.
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The cigar looks great with an almost black and oily wrapper and a nice silver colored band. I see a few veins and I smell a barnyard. The construction feels a bit firm. The predraw is great and I taste some wood.
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I taste pepper, an earthy flavor and some coffee. After half an inch I taste wood, earth and pepper, in the aftertaste I get some cacao with peppery earthy flavors. The wood disappears and my mouth feels dry. After an inch I taste black pepper with some musty wood. After a third I taste a muddy earthy flavor with a hint of cacao, the pepper has almost completely disappeared.
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Halfway I taste wood and a bit more cacao. The pepper slowly returns and I get some lemon zest in the aftertaste. After two thirds I get coffee with some citrus in the aftertaste. Soon a bit of cacao follows.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty-five minutes. The smoke was good, the coarse silver gray ash isn’t firm at all. The burn is good though. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? The robusto will be released in The Netherlands soon and I will buy those.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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

Categories: Mexican cigars, Nueva Matacapan de Tabacos, Turrent | Tags: , , | 2 Comments

Dona Flor reserva especial robusto

At the Intertabac trade show we ended up talking to the makers of Dona Flor cigars, a Brazilian brand that makes Dona Flor, Alonso Menendez and more brands. They gave me a few samplers to try and one of the samplers was this 5×50 Dona Flor Reserva Especial robusto with a Brazilian mata fina wrapper. Now I am not a fan of Brazilian tobacco as it has a sweetness that I don’t like.
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The cigar doesn’t look appealing, the wrapper is dark but has a lot of thick veins, the band is tacky and the cigar looks dry. The construction feels good though and the predraw is fine. I taste tobacco but I smell a horse stable.
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I taste a sweet earthy flavor with some pepper. The flavors are sharp and spicy. The spiciness fades away though so I only taste a sweet earthy flavor. After half an inch I start to taste coffee too. After a third I mainly taste that earthy flavor again with some coffee and a little bit of lemon zest.
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Halfway I taste some chocolate with the flavors and the structure is a bit sticky. The lemon zest is replaced by some sweetness. Soon after I get an earthy flavor with chocolate, herbs and lemon zest again. The herbs fade away but the cigar gets spicy near the end.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and thirty-five minutes. The draw is good and I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is firm and compact. The burn is good. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The Brazilian sweetness was not as strong as I expected.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, Brazilian tobacco ain’t my thing

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

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