Monthly Archives: April 2012

Tatuaje RC184

A year and a half ago I smoked the Tatuaje RC233. I bought that cigar at the El Rey de los Habanos factory in Miami and was told that the cigars were rolled by Don Pepin Garcia himself, like all RC cigars. The cigars are half wrapped in silver foil, like in the old days. RC stands for Retro Cubano. The 184 comes from the length of the cigar in millimeters and the cigar is shaped like a large perfecto.
The cigar looks great, the shape is fantastic just like the packing. The chocolate brown and oily wrapper has a few veins. The predraw is great, which means the construction is great too. I taste some spiciness with some pepper on the tongue.
I taste a spicy and peppery wood with some earthy notes and a very mild citrus. The citrus slowly grows in strength with a peppery aftertaste. After an inch I still taste some citrus with some wood and herbs. The flavors are very nice, full but smooth.
After a third I taste a lot of wood, full but smooth with some spice and some citrus. After two thirds I get herbs as the main flavor with some pepper, nutmeg and citrus as supporting flavors. The cigar gets spicy, the expected Don Pepin signature.
I did exactly two hours with this cigar. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is quite dark but firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I expected a huge flame at the purge, but the cigar burns clean as I only got a small flame.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like these almost as much as the RC233

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

Categories: My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars, Tatuaje | Tags: , ,

Bravo torpedo

A friend was looking for some cheap yardgars and bought a couple of bundles of these Colombian Bravo cigars. He gave me a 6½x50 torpedo for a review. I noticed that the website of Bravo is offline, so I can’t tell much about the blend, just that it is a 100% Colombian puro with a sharp point, wrapped in cellophane.
The wrapper is medium brown with a few veins. The cigar isn’t shaped consistently but the construction feels good. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste tobacco with raisin.
I taste a sweet and sour coffee, and the sour flavor is dominant. It tastes like very sour lemon candy. After half an inch I also taste something mild bitter. After an inch something spicy joins the flavors. I taste some sour wood.
Halfway I taste some herbs with the sour flavors and the cigar gets spicy. After two thirds I taste spicy and bitter herbs with a lemon aftertaste.
This cigar has a smoke time of ninety minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is frayed but reasonably firm. The burn is good. The cigar is medium flavored and mild to medium bodied. The price of the cigar is about a dollar, so you can’t expect top quality cigars for that price, I still would not smoke them again.
Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t think so

Appearance: 6 / 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: 6 / 10

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Don Pancho rosado robusto

Don Pancho’s is a small cigar shop in Kissimmee, Florida and the shop was recommended to me by a friend who’s a regular there. So when I was in the neighborhood I decided to drop by and get myself some cigars including some of the Bucanero made houseblends. This time I smoked a Don Pancho rosado robusto.
The cigar measures 5×47 and comes in cellophane but without a band. The wrapper is reddish brown with some small veins. The predraw is good but has a musty flavor. The construction feels good but the cigar smells like cart board.
I taste musty soil, mild sweet, and soon a musty, sweet and spicy wood flavor. After an inch I taste a musty and spicy wood with herbs and a hint of citrus.
Halfway I taste wood, herbs and cinnamon, the cigar is quite spicy and continues to get spicier and less pleasant. Towards the end the cigar is so spicy that it turns bitter.
The cigar lasted me an hour. The draw is great, just like the burn. The smoke is medium, both in volume and thickness. The ash is pepper & salt colored and firm. The cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. I got a big flame when I purged the cigar.
Would I buy this cigar again? Nah

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, Don Pancho | Tags: , , ,

Cu-Avana maduro robusto

I don’t know much about these Cu-Avana cigars, I got this 5×50 maduro robusto in a trade with another Dutch cigar aficionado. The band had some discoloration, the red turned to purple, so I guess the cigar had some age. Online sources told me that the cigar has a Dominican filler with a broadleaf maduro Connecticut wrapper.
The cigar has a dark wrapper, coarse with some big veins but mild oily. The construction feels good and the cigar has a nice barnyard smell. The predraw is good and I taste dry tobacco.
I taste coffee with a hint of pepper, the flavors are warm. After half an inch I taste fudge with wood and some pepper, the wood is the main flavor. After an inch the flavors are wood, herbs and every now and then some chocolate.
Halfway the cigar gets a metallic citrus flavor with the wood, the herbs and the incidental chocolate, after two thirds the cigar gets spicy and less enjoyable.
I did an hour with this cigar. De draw is a bit loose, but I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The burn is good. The light gray ash is frayed but firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, I had better cigars.

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

Categories: Cu-Avana, Dominican cigars | Tags: , ,

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