Monthly Archives: July 2015

Rocky Patel Super Ligero Robusto

I’m a very lucky guy. Started to smoke cigars about 10 years ago, started my blog two years later and about three and a half years ago I landed a job in the industry I fell in love with. My employer is not just my boss but also a friend, I met a lot of genuine nice people in the cigar industry, got to travel to Nicaragua twice and I get to smoke test blends, pre releases and cigars that aren’t available on the European market. This is one of those cigars that isn’t available in europe yet, except for Sweden and the Czech Republic. a Rocky Patel with a new strain of tobacco by Plasencia named Super Ligero, which is also the name of the cigar.
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A dark cigar, few thin veins and a big band with the name of the cigar, the factory (El Paraiso – Honduras) and the Rocky Patel logo. The cigar feels well constructed. The cigar has a real strong barnyard and manure aroma, as weird as it sounds it makes me want to light the cigar as soon as possible. The predraw is fine, I taste red pepper and raisins.
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Coffee and pepper, that’s what I get with the first puffs. Soon after its wood and coffee, with a minty flavor on the background. After a centimeter I taste mint with some pepper and wood. The cigar has a fresh aftertaste. The wood slowly gets stronger. After a third it’s just wood, but a pleasant wood.

After a third it’s still wood. It strikes me that after 55 minutes I’m only at a third of the cigar. I also taste the mint on the background and a very nutty flavor with a little bit of salt, which I like a lot. Halfway the minty flavor gets a bit stronger and some pepper shows up too. On the background I taste wood. The nutty flavor comes back too. At the nub I get a nice burst of pepper over a nutty background.
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The draw is great, the ash is salt & pepper colored. The smoke is white and thick. The ash is flaky but quite firm. Burn is good, I had to touch up once. Halfway the ash breaks. The cigar is full flavored, medium to full bodied, not as strong as the name suggests. The cigar burns slow, the robusto size lasted me for two hours.
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Would I buy this again? Yes, this is a very interesting cigar.

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

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Kilo Toro

 

Mid April I saw a Facebook post by my friend Barry Stein, announcing the return of Kilo. Knowing Barry for a few years and with an upcoming trip to Nicaragua two weeks later I decided to shoot Barry a message and ask him who’s making the cigars. All Barry would tell me they were made in Esteli, but when I told him I would be there soon he made me swear secrecy and told me Noel Rojas from Guayacan cigars was making them. I shot Noel an email and we made an appointment in Esteli.


Noel showed me his factory and gave me a pack of 10 Kilo Toros, funny detail, I saw the cigars with bands even before Barry did. Noel is a great host, with a nice factory, good cigars and some innovative ideas. I need to try more of his cigars.

Now the cigar, the dark wrapper feels silky and has a few thin veins, the band is simple but stylish and due to the gold it will pop in the humidor. The cigar has a pretty strong hay aroma. The predraw is flawless with hints of raisin and white pepper. I can’t feel any construction errors.


First flavor I get is a strong taste of toasted coffee beans with soon herbs too. After a centimeter I taste oak with the said herbal flavors. After an inch I mainly taste woody flavors. After a third the cigar gets a bit dry, so I have to take a few sips of my rum & coke.


The flavor doesn’t change much, except the herbs make place for a mild toasty taste and pepper. Halfway I get some spices too.  After that the flavor doesn’t change much, but who cares? I like what I taste. The spices like nutmeg and cinnamon slowly get a bit stronger. At the end the woody flavors are the strongest.


The smoke is white and pretty thick. The draw is flawless. The ash is white and but not so firm, so it breaks quickly. The burn is pretty straight. The color of the ash keeps surprising me, it might be the whitest ash I’ve ever seen. The cigar is full flavored but medium in strength. It took me one hour and 40 pleasant minutes.

Would I buy this again? Yes, and i would love to try other vitolas too. And it makes me curious about other cigars from Noel’s factory.

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

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Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Petit Corona

In last weeks review I explained how I got these pre release cigars, and the double robusto blew me away. Today I decided to light the petit corona from the same blend to see if it’s just as good the double robusto.

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I like smaller ringed cigars but I must admit, the appearance of the double robusto looks more impressing than this petit corona. This cigar still looks awesome, dark, not much veins, beautiful and big band, triple cap. The stable smell is amazing. Predraw is perfect and I taste raisin.
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I taste coffee with pepper and some sweetness, lots of coffee. The sweetness is replaced with a citrus sourness, nice and fresh.After a third its wood and pepper, amazing how different a blend can taste in another vitola. Pepper slowly gets stronger with a herbal aftertaste. Halfway the nutty flavor I tasted in the double robusto shows up.
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It’s mostly pepper from this point, with some wood and some nuts. Wood grows in strength, nuts are gone, pepper is still there. Cigar can’t be nubbed like the double robusto. One last blast of pepper and it’s done
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The draw is fine and the smoke is thick. Not as white and thick as the double robusto, but still more than acceptable. The ash is silver gray and reasonable firm. The burn is razor sharp. The cigar lasted me 55 minutes.

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Would I buy this again? Yes, for the shorter smoke opportunities, but when I have plenty time I’ll go for the double robusto, which surprises me because of my love for smaller ring gauges.

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

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Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Double Robusto

If you’re hanging with someone in 4 countries, share stories and invite them to your home for a barbecue and a smoke, you can consider him a friend. I had the pleasure to hang with Juan Martinez from Joya de Nicaragua in my home country of The Netherlands, in his home country of Nicaragua and in Germany & the USA and last Sunday we barbecued at my place. He gave me a few of the yet unreleased cuatro cinco reserva especial cigars from Joya de Nicaragua that will be released at the IPCPR next week.

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The cigar is a tweaked blend of the limited edition cuatro cinco from 2013. The main difference is a Dominican binder instead of the Nicaraguan binder used in the original blend. I smoked a torpedo in the car, that was awesome so I decided to review the 3 vitolas I have gotten, only the toro review will have to wait.
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A dark wrapped box pressed cigar that looks like a candy bar with a stylish and big black band, actually 2 bands over each other, with subtitle Joya de Nicaragua logos printed on the bottom band. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma and a nice predraw, little bit spicy and some raisin.

There is honey like sweetness and plenty white pepper straight from the get go, but the pepper isn’t too strong or unbalanced. I also taste toast and cinnamon.
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After a quarter of an inch I taste wood and toast with a little sweetness. Plenty of flavor, so far I love this cigar. A quarter of an inch later I taste nutty flavor, I love that, I love nuts but I’m sensitive to them so can’t eat them often, this cigar gives me the flavor without the side effects of real nuts.

After a third nuts with green spices and some pepper. Soon there is also a little citrus flavor joining the nuts, spices and pepper.
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The last part is nutty with pepper, citrus is almost gone. Toasty flavor is back. Pepper slowly gets stronger, this cigar is smokable to the nub

The cigar gave me lots of thick white smoke. The ash is silver gray and firm, when it breaks it still stays firm. This cigar is full flavored, medium plus bodied. Draw is perfect, as is the construction. Burn is straight as an arrow. The smoke time for me was an hour and 20 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, boxes and boxes of them.


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

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