Monthly Archives: September 2012

Bucanero treasures of Costa Rica robusto

A few years ago I got in touch with Bucanero Cigars and they shipped me a nice sampler in exchange for reviews. I have to admit I am ashamed that I haven’t reviewed all of their cigars yet, time to make up for it and start smoking and writing. I picked the 5×50 Treasures of Costa Rica robusto, a Costa Rican puro, made with 3 years aged tobacco, add the two years that it has been stored in my humidor and you can calculate the age of the tobacco.
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First thing that stands out is the band, it’s big and it’s golden. No print but a relieved surface, I like the idea but noticed that it is hard to read when it’s sunny. The wrapper is chocolate brown, shiny and oily. I smell a barnyard smell. The construction is good. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin with some pepper on the tip of my tongue.
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I taste an acidic, mild metallic, citrus flavor with earth and coffee. The sharp edges fade away immediately, now I taste a mild citrus flavor with some coffee. The flavors are quite comforting. After half an inch I taste citrus with earth and chocolate.
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After a third I taste less of the citrus and more wood with herbs, pepper and a tiny bit of chocolate. Halfway I taste wood with citrus and some nuts in the aftertaste
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The cigar lasts me for seventy-five minutes. I got a lot of medium thick smoke. The draw is great and the burn is good. The ash is dark, coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will, I like Costa Rican tobacco and think it is way underrated.

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

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El rey del Mundo robusto larga maduro

I got this 6×54 king of the world robusto larga from a friend who bought a few of these paper wrapped smokes from an American retailer as these Honduran sticks aren’t for sale in The Netherlands. Like I said, the cigars are wrapped in paper, just as the Cuban Fonseca cigars.
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Once I removed the paper wrap I see a dark and dry wrapper with two big veins which make the cigar look rough and tough. The triple cap gives the cigar a Cuban touch, just as the smell which is like wood and a barnyard. The construction is great and so is the predraw, although the predraw is quite tasteless.
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After lighting the cigar i taste some chocolate and after half an inch I taste some wood and a hit of lemon. The wood is quite dry. After a third I taste wood, less lemon than before and some herbs.
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Halfway I taste wood with some spicy herbs, not to be mistaken with pepper. I also taste a bit of sweetness. After two thirds the spicy herbs are the main flavor with some pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty-five minutes. The draw was good and I got a lot of smoke. The with ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? For 4 dollars a piece? Yeah, I might.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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Corona gold series maduro robusto

The biggest cigar shop I have ever visited must be Corona Cigar Company at sand lake rd, in Orlando, FL. Both times I went to Florida I spent some time there and the last time I bought one of their house blends, the Corona gold series robusto maduro. The cigars are rolled in Miami, which makes them American cigars. They come with different wrappers, I smoked the 5×50 maduro.
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The dark wrapper is quite oily, has a few veins and a simple band. The construction seems a bit hard. I smell chocolate and ammonia. The predraw is great and tastes like pepper and tobacco
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I taste coffee with dark chocolate, with some pepper. The flavors are full and spicy. I get a dark chocolate aftertaste. After an inch I taste wood, dark chocolate, herbs and sal-ammonia.
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Halfway I taste more herbs with a little bit of dark chocolate and sal-ammoniac. The wood is still there, but less strong and dry. Soon after that I also get a nut flavor, which reminds me of pecan.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and a half. The draw is great and I got plenty of thick smoke. The silver gray ash is compact and firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. I had to correct the burn quite often.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not for $8

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

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Padilla 1932 robusto

Ernesto Padilla wanted to honor his father with this cigar and chose the name 1932 because that’s the year his father Heberto was born. Even though this cigar is a Nicaraguan puro, blended by Don Pepin Garcia, it is an American cigar because they are made in the El Rey de los Habanos factory in Little Havana, Miami, Florida. The blend consists of Nicaraguan corojo and criollo fillers, a Nicaraguan criollo binder and a Nicaraguan corojo wrapper. I heard a lot of good stuff about this cigar so when I ran into them in Orlando I bought a few 5×50 robustos.
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I like the band, it is stylish. The medium brown wrapper is oily and has a few long thin veins. I smell a mild tar and barnyard smell. The construction feels good. I notice that the wrapper is quite thin when I punch it. The predraw is great, I taste tobacco and cinnamon.
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I taste a pleasant coffee flavor with some cedar. The flavors are very nice and smooth with a little hint of cinnamon on the background. After half an inch I taste some toast with the other flavors. The flavors remain to be smooth but also full and subtle.
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The flavors don’t develop a lot, but I like what I taste so I don’t mind. After an inch the coffee disappears, I taste some cedar, some wood, a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon. After two thirds I taste some more cinnamon, the cigar gets more spicy and mildly bitter.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and a half. The draw is great, and I got thick smoke. The ash is quite dark, frayed and coarse but firm and I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I like the 1968 better

Appearance: 7 / 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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El Titan de Bronze gran reserve maduro robusto

When in Miami, I always stop my this independent ‘Mom & Pop’ cigar factory on Calle Ocho for a cup of Cuban coffee and a cigar. Last time I was at El Titan de Bronze I bought samplers for reviews. This is the review of the 5×50 El Titan de Bronze Grand Reserve robusto, made with a Cuban seed filler, grown in Nicaragua, an Ecuadorian binder and a Brazilian maduro wrapper.
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The cigar looks classy with the dark wrapper and the double red band. I see two veins on the oily wrapper. The construction feels good and I smell some wood with barnyard. The predraw is fine and I taste some sweet tobacco.
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I taste a peppery and earthy flavor with both some sweetness, a citrus like acidity and a hint of chocolate. After half an inch the citrus flavor gains some strength with a pleasant herbal bitterness on the back of my throat. I also taste some toast and after an inch and a half I taste herbs with a mild acidic flavor on the background.
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Halfway that citrus flavor grows stronger again, the aftertaste is herbal. After two thirds I mostly taste herbs and now the citrus flavor has moved to the aftertaste. Near the end I taste some pepper too.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was great and the burn was good. The pepper and salt colored ash was firm. I got a lot of thick smoke. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will get a few more next time I’m in Miami.

Appearance: 8 / 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: 7 / 10

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