Monthly Archives: November 2012

HC series criollo grande

Xikar, well known from their high quality cigar accessories, decided to join the cigar game and hooked up with Jesus Fuego. Together they created the HC series that comes with three different wrappers, habano, criollo and Connecticut shade. When I was in Florida some time ago, I had coupons for free Xikar Xi8 cutters, that were brand new back them. If you bought 6 ‘grandes’, the 660 size HC series cigars you would get a free cutter. Now I wanted to try the HC series and I’m always up for free goodies, so I got myself 6 HC series grandes. The shop where I bought them only carried the criollo and Connecticut blends and with my dislike of Connecticut shade I went for the criollo. The filler from this cigar is a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran filler with a sun grown criollo binder and a shade grown criollo wrapper, both from Nicaragua. I paid $9.50 for the cigar.
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The construction feels good and the band is simple yet clear with a nice foot band. I see a few veins on the quite light colored wrapper. The wrapper looks a bit like sandpaper, structure wise, and is quite dry. I smell wood. The predraw is fine and tastes like raisin with a spicy tobacco aftertaste.
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I taste a mild peppery coffee flavor and soon some nuts. After half an inch I taste spicy herbs with a tiny bit of chocolate. After an inch I taste wood with herbs. After a third I taste that mild nut flavor again. I like that.
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Halfway I taste herbs with a little hint of chocolate on the background. The flavors become milder. After ⅝ I taste a mild spicy wood and after two thirds the nut flavor returns again.
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This cigar lasted me for almost two hours. The draw is good, a bit too easy to be great. The smoke is medium, both in thickness as in volume. The ash has a sand color and is frayed but firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, but in a thinner size, that would probably make the cigar less flat in flavor.

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

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La Aurora 107 toro

The La Aurora 107 is a three vitola series of cigars made from Nicaraguan and Dominican binder and filler with an Ecuadorian wrapper. All tobaccos have been aged for at least six years. The cigars are not for sale in The Netherlands yet, I bought this cigar while I was in Florida. I paid little over 6 dollars for this 5½x54 toro.
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The wrapper is a bit wrinkly and feels greasy. It has a nice chocolate brown color and is mild oily. I smell a barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and tastes peppery.
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I taste a herbal earthy flavor with wood and some pepper. The cigar is quite spicy. After an inch I taste toast with herbs. After an inch I mostly taste herbs with some wood. The herbs I taste are parsley and chives. The toast gets a bit stronger.
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Just before halfway the flavors become mild creamy. Halfway I taste toast, wood and some herbs. The flavors are full yet smooth. The toast slowly becomes the main flavor with a herbal supporting flavor and some wood in the aftertaste. After two thirds the wood slowly replaces the toast as main flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and a half. The draw is good, a little easy but still good. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I wouldn’t mind if these became available on the Dutch market.

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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Diamond Crown Maximus #5

The Diamond Crown Maximus is a Fuente made cigar for JC Newman. The cigars were introduced in 2003 and come in five sizes. I smoked the 5×50 robusto, called Diamond Crown Maximus #5. All cigars have a 50 rg though. The cigar is made from Opux X binder and filler with an Ecuadorian wrapper grown by the Oliva Tobacco group on their El Bajo farm. The cigars aren’t available in The Netherlands, I bought this cigar while I was in Florida. I paid $10.29 for it.
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The band is pretty but very detailed and busy. The chocolate brown wrapper is shiny and oily and I see a few thin veins. The construction feels good. I smell some straw with barnyard. The predraw is fine, I taste some mild tobacco.
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I taste sweet coffee with some wood, the flavors are mild musty but pleasant. The coffee disappears and after half an inch taste sweet wood, quite dry, but smooth and subtle.
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The flavors continue to be smooth, subtle and complex. The sweetness I taste is a combination of honey and caramel with some wood. After two thirds I taste wood and some herbs. Wood is the main flavor and the caramel honey flavor loses some of its strength. The cigar slowly gets a bit spicy.
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This cigar lasted me little over an hour. The draw was great, just like the burn. I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I wouldn’t mind if these became available on the Dutch market.

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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Tabacos Baez series H famosos

The Tabacos Baez is named after the town of Baez in Cuba where José ‘Don Pepin’ Garcia was born. There are two series, the SF and the H. The series SF is a sandwich cigar but as far as I know, the series H, a Nicaraguan puro with a Habano wrapper, is a longfiller. The series SF is avaible on the Dutch market but the series H isn’t. I saw these cigars at the El Rey de Los Habanos factory in Miami and I bought a few of the 5×50 robusto called the Famosos.
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The milk chocolate brown wrapper has one thin vein. The construction feels good but I don’t smell anything from the cigar. The predraw is fine but the predraw doesn’t really have a flavor.
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I taste a herbal coffee and wood. After half an inch the main flavor is wood with some herbs and something mild sweet.
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After a third I taste dry wood, herbs and some burned walnut. The flavors don’t change for a while. Halfway the flavors slowly change to herbs and an earthy flavor. After two thirds the cigar takes a turn for the worst and becomes nasty.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour. The draw is good and I got a lot of smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm and the burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No I didn’t like it at all, the series SF is much better.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 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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