Monthly Archives: October 2015

Bespoke Salomone

Before the Bespoke brand was released in The Netherlands the distributer handed some samplers to a few of his resellers and one of them, my friend Berry, owner of Van Lookeren in Amsterdam, gave me this Costa Rican made salomone to try.
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I love the shape and the milky chocolate colored wrapper has a few veins. I spot a little damage and I feel a soft spot in the middle and the tip is a bit crooked. The aroma is pleasant. The cigar band needs some work, what’s on that black band? It’s a drawing of a fan, but with what? The predraw is fine, sweet with quite some pepper.
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I light the cigar and direct after the tip I have to relight. I taste white pepper with some wood. The pepper slowly fades away and a little bit of leather appears. It is a nice combination with the wood and after three centimeter I also taste some citrus.
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After a third I taste a mild pepper, leather, wood an toast. The leather slowly grows and the citrus returns. The flavors are very subtle. It’s leather and toast, pepper and citrus with a slowly growing toast. The last third starts with toast and some leather, the white pepper is gone but slowly reappears, and slowly grows stronger, just as the leather. At the end it’s a nice mixture of the toast, leather and pepper.
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The draw is fine but I also get false air. I get enough smoke which is medium thick. The silver gray ash isn’t too firm but the burn is sharp, only at the end I have to correct once. This cigar is medium bodied, medium flavored and lasted me for two hours.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I would if it wasn’t €12,80 fixed price here.

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

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CAO Colombia Robusto

If i would have seen this cigar in a cigarshop i would not have bought it for two reasons, it’s a CAO, a brand that somehow never seems to hit my palate with exception of the La Traviata although I like the creativity of the brand and the color of the wrapper that looks like a Connecticut shade. But Rick Rodriguez personally handed me this cigar at the Dutch Big Smoke of 2014 so I’ll give it a try.
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The cigars are made by Scandinavian Tobacco Group in Esteli, Nicaragua with a Nicaraguan wrapper, a Cameroon binder and filler from Brazil and of course Colombia, cultivated in an coastal area of this unusual tobacco country. The pale yet shiny wrapper ain’t that attractive and the band doesn’t add to it, although it’s clearly a CAO band and uses the colors of Colombia so that’s cool. The construction feels good and the cigar has a pretty strong and sour aroma, I’ve had it for a year so it can’t be too young. The predraw is fine, a little peppery and harsh.
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I taste coffee with some pepper in the aftertaste. After a few puffs the cigar gets bad, a nasty soapy flavor with herbs. When the soap disappears my worst cigar fear comes through, that typical musty Connecticut shade flavor.
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After a third the worst part is over, I taste a mild wooden flavor although the Connecticut shade mustiness is still noticeable. Halfway it’s just a mild wood, just a little harsh on the background. The final third loses the harshness too and the burn corrects itself. But still, it’s not my kind of cigar, even when a little pepper shows up.
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The draw is fine, but I only get a small amount of thin smoke. Allang the way gets acceptable though. The draw is fine but the burn is crooked. The ash is salt and pepper colored and firm. The cigar is mild to medium bodied and mild flavored. The smoke time is little over an hour and a half.
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Would i buy this cigar again? Sorry Rick, I’m grateful that you gave me this cigar but it’s not for me.
Appearance: 7
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 7
Smoke & ash: 6
Aroma first part: 5
Aroma second part: 6
Aroma third part: 6

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Royal Danish Regal Blend Toro

This cigar is quite a looker, even though the concept of two different wrappers isn’t new. Joya de Nicaragua uses two wrappers on their cabinetta and the Dominican La Gloria Cubana does too. The band has a nice rhinestone in the crown and the red ribbon around the cigar gives it a royal look. The footband provides information about this pigtailed cigar with the shiny wrapper. The looks are top notch but also cause some concern, is the manufacturer putting so much effort into the looks to mask a low quality stick? Let’s find out.
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The construction feels good but you can leave it to Nestor Plasencia and his crew to roll fantastic cigars. The cigar has a mild barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and I taste some pepper on my lips.
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Once lit I taste a mild wood flavor and a little bit of pepper. I also taste the typical Connecticut musty harshness of which I’m not a fan to put it mildly. Slowly the flavor gets a bit stronger but there isn’t a lot happening in the first part of the cigar.
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After three quarters I taste more flavor, more pepper and more wood. I also taste a bit chocolate. As soon as the cigar reaches the Habano wrapper the cigar gets stronger and sweeter. The flavors change to dark wood with some sweetness and pepper on the lips. I wish the whole cigar was like this.
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The draw is fine, so is the construction. The smoke is medium in both volume and thickness. The burn is flawless. The light as is light colored and firm. The smoke time of this cigar is two hours
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, if the cigar was all like the last part I might, if the price was right.

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

 

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Joya de Nicaragua Clasico Toro

This review is part of a challenge, normally I wouldn’t review this cigar as it has a Connecticut shade wrapper and that wrapper and I just don’t get along.

The wrapper is beautiful, light and thin with a few veins. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is that of a barnyard. The predraw is fine, and I taste pepper.
I taste a classic Connecticut shade mustiness with some pepper. After three puffs I taste sweet wood with some pepper on the background. The mustiness stays but gets company from citrus after a centimeter.

After a third I taste pepper with some wood, halfway the cigar gets spicier but the mustiness stays. After two thirds the cigar gets sharp with pepper, wood and the mustiness. It gets better but it’s still not my cup of tea.

 

The draw is fine and I get a nice amount of smoke. The light gray ash is reasonably firm. The burn us beautiful. This mild cigar lasted me an hour and 45 minutes

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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I just don’t like Connecticut shade. If you do, I would buy it as the quality is great and the price is amazing.

 

Appearance: 7
Construction: 8
Draw: 9
Burn: 9
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 5
Aroma second part: 6
Aroma third part:  7
Categories: Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, Joya de Nicaragua, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

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