Monthly Archives: December 2012

Diamond Crown Maximus #4

Diamond Crown maximus is a brand made by Fuente for JC Newman. The filler is the same as the Opus X, I don’t know if the binder is the same but the wrapper is an Ecuadorian wrapper instead of a Dominican wrapper like the Opus X. The #4 that a friend gave me is a 6×50 toro.
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The band is detailed. The sun grown wrapper is quite dark with a lot of small and a few thick veins. I smell cacao powder with some wood. The construction feels good. The predraw is a bit tight and I taste raisin with a syrup like sweetness.
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I taste coffee, mild bitter and mild sweet. After half an inch I taste a soft wood flavor with quite some sweetness. After an inch I taste caramel with a bit of herbs and a tiny bit of chocolate. After a third I taste caramel with herbs. The chocolate has disappeared.
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The smoke time of this six inch cigar is an hour and thirty five minutes. I got a medium smoke. The draw was great, the burn was good. The light gray ash looks pretty and is firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I preferred the robusto

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

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Jose L Piedra cetros

A few months ago, I gave a member of my Dutch board a few cigars to review and he gave me a few, including this Jose L Piedra petit cetros. I had never smoked this one, I did however smoke a lot of petit cazadores back in the day before the smoke ban, it was my “take to the pub and smoke without paying too much attention to the cigar” stick. The cetros is a handmade shortfiller that measures 5×38.
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The wrapper is quite dark, for a Cuban cigar that is, and quite wrinkly. The band is simple and I smell a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is tight and I taste spicy tobacco.
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I taste leather and some pepper. After a quarter of an inch also taste some wood. After an inch I taste some cheap chocolate too.
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The flavors don’t develop or change until I taste some herbs halfway. Near the end I even taste some nuts and something sweet.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour. The draw is a bit tight. I got a decent volume of medium thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is coarse and not firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wasn’t impressed

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

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Bello Robusto

Last november I was walking around Calle Ocho in Miami and I stumbled onto Pedro Bello, a cigar maker whom I had never heard off. When I walked into the shop, I thought I saw Che Guevarra himself, but it turned out to be the owner Pedro Bello himself. He told me that he was one of the four companies that still rolls cigars in Miami, but he also owns a factory in Honduras. I got some of his cigars, promised to do some reviews and here I am, keeping that promise with a review of this 5×48 Bello robusto. As theirwebsite is under construction while I am writing this review, I can’t tell any specifics about the blend whatsoever.
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I love the band, stylish with warm colors. The wrapper is nice and dark with one long thin vein. The wrapper is quite oily too. The construction is great and I smell some wood and hay from the cigar. The predraw is great and I taste raisin.
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I taste a nice full coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate on the background. I like this. After half an inch I taste dry cacao with hay and wood and a hint of leather.
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Halfway I taste dry herbs, mild sweet, with hay and wood. The flavors are full but smooth and complex. I also taste some nutmeg and clove. After two thirds I taste more herbs and the cigar becomes a bit sweeter.
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This cigar lasted me fifty five minutes. The draw was amazing and I got a lot of smoke. The burn was great and the pepper & salt colored ash was firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? It depends on the price, I liked it though.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 9 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial belicoso

The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial is blended by Jaime Garcia himself. He uses tobacco grown on their own farms in combination with tobacco purchased from the Oliva Tobacco Group and wraps the blend with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. I bought this cigar in Florida, as it wasn’t available on the Dutch market when I visited the sunshine state.
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This 5½x52 belicoso comes wrapped in cellophane. The cigar has a nice barnyard smell. The wrapper is dark and oily and only has one vein. The predraw is fine and I taste pepper.
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I taste a nice peppery and spicy coffee. After half an inch I taste spicy oak which is mild creamy. The cigar slowly gets spicier and more herbal. The cream disappears after an inch, the structure of the flavors is now dry. When I take a sip of water I taste a chocolate aftertaste. Halfway I taste dry and spicy wood with a very mild citrus like acidity and some smooth herbs in the aftertaste.
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Just past the mid of the cigar I get a dominant herbal flavor with some wood as support. After two thirds I get some pepper with the mentioned herbs and wood. Near the end I taste some wood with a little bit of citrus and a lot of pepper.
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The smoke time of this cigar is seventy minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. I got a lot of thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? As soon as they arrive in The Netherlands I will

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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Rafael Gonzalez extra panatela

I send someone on my Dutch board some cigars and he fired back with a few Cubans, amongst them this 5×36 Rafael Gonzalez extra panatela. The Rafael Gonzalez is a short filler. Rafael Gonzalez is a small brand, even though the history goes back to 1928. The extra panatela is a hand made cigar, but up till 2002 they were a machine made smoke.
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The wrapper is wrinkly, chocolate brown with quite some veins. I smell a mild barnyard smell with some tar. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste spicy tobacco.
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I taste coffee and leather with some sweetness, but the flavors are spicy too. After a quarter of an inch I taste sweet wood and leather. After three quarters of an inch I taste leather with a mild sweetness. The sweetness slowly changes to chocolate with herbs and leather.
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After two thirds I taste herbs with a little bit of leather. The chocolate has disappeared. The flavors are getting stronger and leather is becoming the main flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for seventy minutes. The draw is great, the smoke is good. The light colored ash is not firm at all. I had no problems with the burn. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, depends on the price.

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

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