Monthly Archives: March 2012

~262~ Paradigm robusto

About a year and a half ago there was some buzz in the cigar industry about the new 262 Paradigm brand. As we’ve seen before in the last few years with some other brands like Illusione, Room 101 and Tatuaje, there was a buzz and the owners tried to create a hype before the cigars were marketed. The cigars are made in Honduras with a blend of Nicaraguan and Colombian tobacco with an Honduran binder and a Brazilian wrapper. Due to the fact that the owners tried to create a hype, which failed, I held off on the cigars until now. A friend gave me this 4×52 robusto.
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The cigar shows a nice dark and oily wrapper without veins and a pretty and flashy foot band once I get it out of the cellophane. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste wood and tobacco.
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I taste sweet coffee with some herbs and soon some spices. After half an inch I taste spices with wood, some herbs and something sweet.
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Halfway I taste some nuts too with spices and a caramel like sweetness. After two thirds the cigar becomes more spicy and I taste some cinnamon.
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This cigar lasted me fifty minutes. The draw was great, but I had to correct the burn often. I got a lot of thick smoke. The light gray ash is firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, they are not bad at all

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

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Malfetano corona

I first heard about Malfetano cigars on facebook and as far as I can tell, the brand is owned by the same owner as the Azon Cigar Lounge in Agawam, Massachusetts, where I herfed with my masshole friends back in 2009. These cigars aren’t available in The Netherlands but one of those masshole friends bombed me with a fiver, amongst them were two 5½x42 Malfetano coronas. I learned that the cigars are made by Alec Bradley for Malfetano and the cigars are made from Honduran and Nicaraguan filler, and a Criollo 98 binder and wrapper.
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The wrapper is quite dark and oily. I see a few long thin veins and smell a medium strong barnyard smell. The band is too detailed, which makes the picture of the Italian town a bit blurry. The construction feels good, the predraw is fine and I taste some tobacco.
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I taste sweet chocolate with a musty wood and mushroom flavor, the flavors also remind me of autumn leaves. After a third I taste something sweet with some citrus, some herbs, a hint of pepper and some straw. The cigar is quite spicy.
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The flavors don’t develop a lot, halfway I taste some cinnamon with the other flavors but it’s not really pleasant. After two thirds the cigar gets unpleasant spicy. I taste some wood, herbs and cinnamon, but none of the flavors is dominant.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. The smoke is thick but the ash, which is white colored with black stripes and coarse, isn’t firm. The cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I was a tad bit disappointed

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

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Partagas Serie P no.2

My relationship with Partagas is difficult to describe, I’ve had some that I loved, I’ve had some I wasn’t impressed with and I never understood the hype about the Partagas serie D #4, as that was one of those cigars that didn’t impress me, until I smoked one that was at least 5 years old. I realized I never smoked the Partagas serie P #2 so I bought a single at the Oliva Cigar Lounge in Den Bosch a few months ago. I forgot to check the box date, so I don’t know how old or young this cigar is.
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The 6.1×52 torpedo has a latte colored wrapper which is quite wrinkly and has a few veins. I like the simple Partagas band, no fancy colors or pictures, just the company name and origin. The cigar has a mild chocolate and barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste sweet raisins.
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I taste a sweet coffee flavor with cedar. The coffee disappears quickly and I am stuck with a very pleasant sweet, dry and mild spicy cedar. After an inch the cigar releases a mild peppery wood flavor, the flavors are subtle and unmistaken Cuban. In the aftertaste I taste some chocolate.
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After two inch I taste the mild peppery wood with some herbs. There are some spices in the aftertaste, I can’t name the specific spices but I like the flavors. The flavors don’t develop, but what I taste is very nice so I don’t care. After two thirds the cigar gets a little spicier and stronger.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw was great, just like the burn. I got a decent volume of smoke which was medium thick. 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

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

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La Sirena sea spirit

La Sirena is the latest addition to the My Father cigars portfolio. The cigar was released right after I returned from Miami and it is not available in The Netherlands yet, but thanks to a friend I got my hands on this 5½x42 corona sized smoke called the Sea Sprite. The La Sirena is named after the legendary mermaids. It is made from a Nicaraguan criollo 98 and Nicaraguan corojo 96 filler with a double binder, a Nicaraguan corojo and a Nicaraguan habano with a Nicaraguan Connecticut broadleaf wrapper.
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The first thing I notice is the huge cigar band, it covers at least half the cigar. The wrapper is dry and dark with one thing but long vein. The construction feels good. I smell a strong horse stable smell. The predraw is good and tastes like tobacco.
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I taste a spicy coffee with some chocolate like sweetness. After half an inch the coffee disappears. The chocolate like sweetness remains with some dry herbs and wood. The chocolate slowly grows in strength with some herbs. I taste some spice on my palate.
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The chocolate disappears, the cigar gets more of a wood flavor with a unique mixture of herbs. Halfway the chocolate returns again. After two thirds I taste a lot of herbs with pepper and a sweetness. The wood and chocolate have gone. Near the end I taste some wood and coffee again.
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This cigar lasted me for ninety minutes. I got a decent amount of smoke. The draw is great, just like the burn. The ash is light colored and firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I thought it was more subtle than any other Don Pepin cigar I smoked so far.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Most likely.

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

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A. Turrent triple corojo short robusto

I’ve been smoking quite a few Mexican cigars lately, due to Intertabac where we stopped at the A. Turrent booth. I smoked and reviewed the whole Te-Amo world selection series and the A. Turrent triple play recently and today I reviewed a A. Turrent Triple Corojo short robusto. As the name implies, this cigar is made purely from corojo tobacco. The filler comes from Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua, the binder is Nicaraguan with a San Andres corojo wrapper. The short robusto measures 4½x54. The robusto will be available in The Netherlands soon.
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The cigar looks messy with lots of veins on a latte colored wrapper. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine. I taste dry tobacco and dried raisin.
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I taste a spicy and bitter earthy flavor with coffee and some grass. The flavors are full but dry. I get a sweet flavor on the background. After half an inch I taste sweet leather with a little bit of citrus and some sweetness in the aftertaste. After three quarters of an inch I taste some toast and nuts. After a third I taste leather with hay, mild spicy and some bitterness in the aftertaste. The hay flavor is dominant.
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Halfway I taste some pepper, a little bit of citrus and some hay. The aftertaste is spicy. After two thirds I taste fresh wood and coffee. The cigar gets spicy too and the aftertaste is peppery.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and thirty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The burn was a bit crooked and the ash is dark and ugly but firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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