Monthly Archives: August 2012

Villa Zamorano robusto

I think I bought this budget cigar in Antwerp, at Huis Verloo, but I am not too sure anymore. I know a friend of mine advised to give it a try, and so I bought this cellophane wrapped 5×50 cigar from Honduras with the nice, Zorro like, band.
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The cigar has an oily wrapper with a few big veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma. De construction feels good but the predraw is a bit tight. I taste dry and spicy tobacco.
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I taste a mild sweet coffee and after half an inch some nutmeg with wood and a little splash of cinnamon. The flavors are dry and nice.
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There isn’t much development in the flavors until two thirds, when I only taste a dry wood flavour which is nice but a bit boring.
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This cigar lasted me for seventy-five minutes. The draw is good and I got a lot of smoke. The ash is white with some black spots and firm. The burn is straight. This cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might

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

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Diesel Unlimited Torpedo

I guess we all know the Diesel Unholy Cocktail, which stormed the cigar world with a blizzard. What a great cigar for a great price that is. Well, A.J. Fernandez decided to branch out, first with the Diesel Shorty and now with the Diesel Unlimited. I smoked a 5 3/4×54 torpedo.
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The cigar has a nice foot band and a mild oily, chocolate brown wrapper with some thick veins. The construction is quite hard but the predraw is easy and sweet. The cigar has a wood and straw smell.
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I taste sweet coffee with some sweet wood. After a third I also taste some cinnamon. Halfway I taste wood with some hay, some nutmeg and some cinnamon.
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After two thirds I taste more spices with a splash of red pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is white coloured and reasonably firm. The burn is pretty and the cigar is full flavoured and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I’ll stick to the Diesel Unholy Cocktail

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

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Dona Flor Selecao Robusto

Dona Flor is a Brazilian cigar brand and this 5×52 Selecao robusto got a 92 score in Cigar Aficionado a few years ago. It is a Brazilian puro and it is rolled softer than the average cigar so the subtlety of the flavors are enhanced while smoking this cigar. I got this cigar at Intertabac 2011 from the producer of these Brazilian puros.
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The cigar has a chocolate brown and rough wrapper and a double band. I smell leather and wood and the cigar feels well constructed, a bit soft but that’s the way this cigar is supposed to be. The predraw is fine and I taste a fresh flavor.
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I taste lots of leather with some wood. The cigar is mild spicy and after half an inch I also taste herbs. This cigar lacks the typical Brazilian sweetness I expected to taste. The wood flavor grows a bit in strength. After an inch I taste pepper with an earthy flavor and herbs.
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Halfway I taste leather again with wood, that earthy flavor and herbs. The feeling in my mouth is dry and I get a little sparkle on the tip of my tongue. After two thirds I taste spicy herbs with some earthy flavors and a very mild acidic flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for just an hour, which is a short time for a slow smoker like me. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The ash has a salt and pepper color and is quite firm. I had a few minor issues with the burn. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No. It is not my cup of tea

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

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Hoyo de Monterrey piramides

A friend gave me some Cuban piramids, including this 6.1×52 Hoyo de Monterrey piramid, a vitola that is not in regular production. It was released in 2003 for a ‘seleccion piramides’, a box with 5 piramids, the mentioned Hoyo de Monterrey but also Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and Partagas.
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The wrapper is dark for a Cuban cigar and oily with a few veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell. The construction is a bit inconsistant. The predraw is great and I taste tobacco with a spicy aftertaste.
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I taste a peppery spice on the tongue but also mild fresh and some wood, but the wood tastes different than anything I ever tasted before in a cigar. After half an inch I also get some citrus and sweetness.
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A few puffs later the cigar turns peppery again with a sour flavor on the background and that strange wood flavor. After an inch I also get some chocolate. Halfway I mainly taste citrus with a very spicy aftertaste. This flavor is what sticks with me till it is time to rest the nub in the ashtray.
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Even though this is a six inch cigar, it only lasts me for sixty-five minutes. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The draw is good, just like the burn. The ash is silvergray, coarse, frayed and firm. I got a huge flame when I purged. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, Hoyo just ain’t my marca.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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