Monthly Archives: October 2012

El Titan de Bronze Redemption sun grown belicoso

In may 2009 I was in Miami with some friends and we stumbled onto El Titan de Bronze. We walked in and had a great time with Sandy, who owns the factory with her husband. I did know the brand as I reviewed the El Titan de Bronze Redemption sun grown robusto a couple of months before. Anyway, we smoked a few cigars, got some insights on cigar manufacturing and fast forward to November 2010. I was in Miami again, walked in, a year and a half later, 100lbs lighter and the first thing Sandy says “wow, you lost a lot of weight”. Incredible, she remembered me and recognized me even though I lost that much weight. Well, I bought a sampler of all their blends and vitolas and I am planning to review them all. This is the first, the 5×52 El Titan de Bronze Redemption sun grown belicoso.
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The El Titan de Bronze sun grown belicoso is made from Nicaraguan filler and binder with an Ecuadorian sun grown habano wrapper, which is chocolate brown and has lots of veins. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin.
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I taste a peppery earthy flavor. Black pepper is definitely the main flavor with some chocolate like sweetness on the background. Soon after that I also taste wood and a citrus like acidity. All these flavors come packed within the first quarter of an inch. After half an inch I taste more wood with some herbs and a bit of pepper. The aftertaste is a creamy chocolate flavor.
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After a third I taste wood with herbs and on the background I taste a little bit of nuts and chocolate. The chocolate gains some strength, just like the nuts on the background. I keep tasting the herbs. After two thirds the pepper gains strength too. The nut flavor is a mixture of macadamia and hazelnuts with a little pecan. The nut mixture becomes the dominant flavor.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty minutes, which is long for a 5 inch cigar. The draw is good, just like the burn. The smoke started out thin but got thicker along the way and the white ash is coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I’m in Miami I will get a few more

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

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Ashton ESG 20th anniversary

The Ashton Estate Sun Grown, Ashton’s own Opus X. And if I am well informed this is actually Opus X filler and binder with a unique Dominican wrapper, grown by the Fuentes, and never been used on any cigar before. Like any cigar with the Ashton name, these cigars are made by Fuente.
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The cigar looks great, a beautiful light brown colored wrapper with just one thin vein. The band is awesome and I smell a strong barnyard smell with some ammonia. The construction feels good and the band on the cigar is a piece of art. This 6¾x49 cigar had a great predraw with a nice tobacco flavor.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor with some pepper and some caramel. The pepper is also in the aftertaste and it is strong, red pepper. Soon I taste leather, wood and pepper. After half an inch I taste leather with a nice acidic flavor, herbs and some pepper in the aftertaste. After a third I taste leather with wood and some citrus. The aftertaste is now mild creamy with a herbal flavor.
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Slowly the herbal flavor grows in strength and become the main flavor with some creamy leather on the background. There are spicy herbs in the aftertaste with some citrus. I also taste some chocolate. The aftertaste slowly releases a red pepper flavor. The main flavor now changes to herbal leather with some citrus and pepper while the aftertaste is herbal. After two thirds I taste leather with wood, some citrus and herbs on the aftertaste. Near the end I taste mild creamy leather with herbs.
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This cigar lasted me for a full and pleasant two hours. The draw is great and the light colored ash is compact and firm. The burn is good. This cigar is medium bodied but full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will, due to the price not by the box, but a single every now and then

Appearance: 8 / 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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Chess extreme torpedo

At intertabac in Germany I got a few samples from Hawk, the Norwegian owner of the Dominican cigar company Chess. One of those samplers was the 4×64 Chess Extreme torpedo I. The cigar is blended with years old Nicaraguan ligero and corojo tobaccos, a Dominican binder and a corojo wrapper that had been aged 5 years before being used on this fat and short, Nub like, torpedo.
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The cigar has a light brown oil wrapper and the fat torpedo feels well constructed. I see one long vein running over the wrapper. I smell a strong wood smell coming from the cigar. The predraw is fine and I taste wood with tobacco.
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I taste a sweet and musty earthy flavor with a hint of chocolate. I also get a bit of metalic flavor that you get from corojo tobacco every now and then. After half an inch I taste lots of sugar with some musty wood.
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After a third I taste wood with herbs and still some sweetness. The cigar is spicy, with some pepper on the background. After two thirds the cigar is spicy but musty with lots of red pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for fifty minutes. The draw is great and I got a decent amount of smoke from the cigar. The ash is light gray and firm. The burn was a bit crooked though. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t think so, the blend didn’t meet my preferences and I am not a 60+ RG aficionado

Appearance: 7 / 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: 6 / 10

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Black Cat Dominican No.4

A friend gave me this cigar, a brand I never heard of, and when I googled I found out that these are the houseblend of the Black Cat cigar company, a B&M in Pennsylvania. They have several blends, the one I had was the Dominican No.4, a 4¾x50 robusto blended by Henke Kelner, who’s famous for his work for Davidoff and Avo. The cigar has a Connecticut shade wrapper and is a Dominican puro.
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The wrapper is mocha brown with a few thin veins and looks dry. The cigar has a musty wood smell. The construction is good but the predraw is a bit on the hard side and is spicy and musty.
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The cigar tastes like musty and sweet cardboard, mainly sweet and smooth. After an inch the cigar gets a little bit spicy.
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There is absolutely nothing going on, flavor wise until I reach the two third mark, after that I taste a bit if a sweet licorice flavor.
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This cigar lasted me a long fifty minutes, if it wasn’t for a review I would have tossed it. I got a reasonable amount of smoke which is medium thick. The ash is light colored with some dark spots and it is firm. The burn is great. This smooth cigar is mild bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No way.

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

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