Monthly Archives: August 2015

Herrera Esteli Short Corona Gorda

I had smoked some of Willy Herrera’s blends when he was still at my favorite Miami cigar factory, El Titan de Bronze, so I was really happy when Jonathan Drew gave me a box of the Herrera Esteli corona gorda when I visited the gran fabrica Drew Estate back in February of 2014. When I smoked the cigar I was a bit disappointed and didn’t touch the box for a year. When I gave it a second chance I liked it a lot and now I have to do a review before this box is empty.
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This nice little cigar looks great, a nice smooth and pale wrapper, a classic ‘old fashioned’ cigar band, only a few thin veins and a beautiful cap. The cigar has an odd cardboard aroma. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste spicy raisin.
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At first I taste coffee, slightly bitter but a pleasant bitter. The bitterness disappears almost immediately and I taste some dry wood with the coffee. This cigar is very cubanesque in flavor, but with flawless construction.
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After a third I taste meaty wood with some pepper in the aftertaste. Later some spices show up too, green herbs like parsley. After two thirds the coffee makes a surprising return. Wood is still the main flavor though, a little spicy.
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The smoke is plentiful as you can expect from a Drew Estate cigar, although it’s no undercrown or liga privada. The smoke is beautiful light blue with gray. The ash is almost white and firm.The draw is flawless, just like the burn. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? You betcha.

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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DM 24KT Golden torpedo

When I was looking for a new house I only had one thing that was non negotiable, the house had to have room for a man cave with walk-in humidor, so when I bought my house that was the room that was finished first. My boss knows I’m a cigar geek, that’s the reason he hired me, and gave me a cool housewarming gift. For the last 18 months I’ve been waiting for the right time to smoke it and last Monday was that night. It was my birthday, it was raining outside, my girlfriend is a 13 hour flight away so I could use a ‘pick me up’ moments. That’s Anthony Bourdain’s no reservations Singapore on YouTube, as I’m going there soon, and this DM 24KT golden torpedo 2011, a gold plated torpedo made by Quesada for humidor maker turned cigar brand owner Daniel Marshall.


The cigar comes in a coffin which mentions the website thegoldencigar.com, a website that shows up black on my iPhone and iPad. When you pay so much attention to the cigar, why use such a simple and ugly band? And why mention a website that doesn’t work on mobile devices?  The cool thing is that the gold plating is so thin you can see the veins. Construction feels good but the gold makes it hard to smell anything. Wetting the cap for the cut is a bit of a weird sensation, a weird metallic taste. The cut cap looks cool tough and the predraw is fine yet flavorless, only if I focus real hard I taste a metallic taste and some pepper, but it’s all faint.


Once lit I taste toasty peppery flavors but soon there is some sweetness too. And of course a metallic flavor, but that’s no surprise. After a centimeter I taste a weird wooden flavor, still with that metals undertone. After a third it’s spicy again, like red pepper with the metallic flavor and the wood.
The wood gets stronger, and I get a toast flavor again, of course with the metal. Halfway the toast disappears again with the pepper returning. Later on the cigar gets ashy.


I get a decent amount of smoke from this cigar, pretty thick. The ash is golden, but a lighter shade than the pre burn. It looks weird, the dark ash in the inner core and the golden outside. The burn is a bit crooked, but how do you correct it? The ash is firm because of the melted gold. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. Because of the gold the cigar burns very slow, it lasted me 2 hours.

 


Would I buy this cigar again? No, it’s a $250 gimmick, but now I want to try the Royal Danish gimmick as well.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 6
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 6
Aroma second part: 6.5
Aroma third part: 5.5

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Tatuaje Serie P Robusto

This Nicaraguan medium filler has a Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador and is made by My Father like all Tatuaje cigars. This cigar was created as a budget stick in the day when Tatuaje only had premium priced sticks.
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The cigar has a milk chocolate colored wrapper, a simple but traditional Tatuaje band, white with red letters. I smell a mild barnyard aroma. The cigar feels good. The predraw is fine, I taste white pepper.
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At first I taste pepper, toasted bread and nuts. Soon I get a metallic flavor which isn’t that pleasant but fortunately it mellows down to an acceptable level.
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After a third I taste nutmeg and toasted flavors, after that there isn’t much development.
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The ash is light gray but not firm. The smoke is medium, both is amount as in thickness and white colored. The burn is fine. This medium flavored medium bodied budget cigar lasted me an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, there are more budget cigars in this price range with this quality.
Appearance: 7
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 9
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 7
Categories: My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars, Tatuaje | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments

Romeo y Julieta No.2

I don’t smoke that many Cuban cigars, I’m just not a fan of under fermented tobacco rolled by unmotivated rollers, hardly no quality control and full of lies about tobacco used. It’s a shame how the quality of Cuban cigars has declined in the last decade due to all the cut corners in the growing, fermenting, aging and producing the cigars combined with the mono culture and the lack of good fertilizer.


The cigar looks nice, a light colored but veiny wrapper. The cigar has a mild hay aroma. The predraw is surprisingly good and I get a fresh minty flavor, cigar doesn’t have knots or spongy areas, I might be lucky.


Toasty with some coffee is what I taste, but the cigar is also harsh. The flavors are a bit creamy. After a centimeter I get some pepper, some wood and all a bit harsh.


After a third a nasty chemical tar like flavor, it’s horrible, if it wasn’t for a review I would have tossed this cigar. Halfway it’s gets a bit better but it’s still not a pleasant smoke. I taste wood with still a bit tar and also mint.

Last third is missing that horrible flavor, which is a plus, but I can’t say that I really enjoy the cigar. Too harsh, some wood, some toast and pepper but way too harsh.

I get a nice amount of very light smoke, which is reasonably thick. The ash is silver gray and frayed. Burn is slightly crooked, but the draw is fine. The cigar lasted me 50 minutes.


Would I buy this again? No, another fine example why I hardly ever smoke Cubans.

Appearance: 7
Construction: 8
Draw: 8

Burn: 7
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 6
Aroma second part: 2

Aroma third part: 5

Categories: Cuban cigars, Romeo y Julieta (Habanos), Romeo y Julieta Factory | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments

Oliva serie G Robusto

A Nicaraguan classic with a Cameroon wrapper grown by the renowned Meerapfel family, who grows about 80% of all Cameroon tobacco. The blend has been a staple for Oliva for many many years, I’m reviewing the robusto.
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The thin Cameroon wrapper isn’t the prettiest, but then again, Cameroon wrapper usually isn’t the best looking wrapper anyway. A simple classic band rings the cigar that feels well constructed and has a minor hay aroma. The peppery  raisin flavored predraw is fine.
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Spicy flavors, like you expect from a Cameroon wrapper. The flavor is a bit harsh though, which I never tasted in any other Oliva G series before. It soon turns to green herbs with some sweetness.After a centimeter the harshness is gone, mildly sweet wood with some white pepper is what I taste.

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After a third the sweetness disappears, herbal flavors with pepper and some wood, halfway the sweetness returns but way on the background and way mild. The wood is the main flavor, by far. After two thirds I taste cinnamon and other spices too. Slowly a nutty flavor shows up, which I like a lot. Nutty flavor gets stronger with some sweetness.
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Nice amount of smoke, not too thick though but not too thin either. The ash is white, tight and firm. The draw is great. Burn is razor sharp. The cigar gave me an hour and 20 minutes of pleasure.
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Would I buy this again? Yes, it’s a nice change of pace.

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

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