Monthly Archives: November 2015

Man’o’war side project Skull Crusher

Yeah, another ‘skull’ cigar, a movement started with the Skull & Bones from Viaje, followed by the Surrogates Skull Breaker and now this Manowar Side Project Skull Crusher. Like all Manowar cigars these are made by A.J. Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua exclusively for Maier & Dutch, the wholesaler affiliated with cigars international.
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This perfecto with a closed food and closed head looks rugged and rustic with a dark leathery wrapper but it fits the name of the cigar. I like it to be honest. The construction feels good and the cigar has an earthy aroma you find on some barnyards. With a closed foot it’s impossible to predraw, so I didn’t even bother to try.
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I taste espresso, quite spicy and strong as you would expect from a cigar with this name. After a few puffs it’s mainly pepper with toast but still some coffee on the background. The flavors then slowly change to oak, plenty of pepper and some lemon on the background. After an inch it’s mostly pepper with lemon in the aftertaste, it’s a good old fashioned pepper bomb.
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After a third I get some oak flavors again, the pepper is still leading even though it toned down a bit. A few puffs further i also taste a bit of nutmeg. Halfway I taste a little bit of sugar too, very faint though. The pepper gets accompanied with a nice spice mix of nutmeg, cinnamon and more of these kind of spices, with that sweet and sour lemon as the aftertaste. Near the end the pepper gets stronger, like a hot habanero pepper or a madam Jeanette from Surinam.
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The draw is fine, especially considering the vitola. The smoke is thick and plentiful. At the beginning I had some burn issues, but that might be the vitola because afterward the burn was good. The ash is light gray and firm. The cigar lasted me for an hour and a half.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, most certainly. This is the perfect post barbecue cigar.

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

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Partagas serie D #4 aged 2008

Before Habanos started with the anejados project, the distributer for The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg came up with that idea and they called it the aged series. They released a few vitolas form a few brands so far, I smoked the Partagas D4 aged 2008.
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The cigar has a little aroma which reminds me of a barnyard and I notice that the band is a bit wide, so it’s pretty lose around the cigar. The wrapper isn’t shiny at all but has a nice chocolate brown wrapper with just a few minor veins. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine, it’s pretty spicy with some black pepper.
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I taste leather, as you get with lots of Cuban cigars, and pepper, all quite full with a little refined sugar but the sugar disappears after a centimeter. That’s about the only thing that happens in the first third. After that the flavors change into caramel and pepper.
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Halfway I taste a lot of leather again with some chili pepper, the caramel is gone and it’s pretty much the same until I reach the last part of the cigar. That last part is very good, I taste nice spices with some chili pepper.
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The draw on this cigar was fine, which is a stroke of luck when buying Cuban cigars and the burn wasn’t bad either, only had to correct it a little bit. The light gray ash is reasonably firm. This medium flavored and medium to full bodied cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a fine example of what Cuban cigars can be, in 2008 the crop was considerably better than current production as the soil wasn’t so depleted as it is today, the tobacco got time to ferment and the cigar got to age 7 years instead of being sold way too young.

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


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Norteño lonsdale

Norteño means northerner and that’s the term Nicaraguans use for the people from the Esteli region and it became a term where Norteños are proud of, the nickname of Real Esteli is ‘el tren del norte’. Norteño is also the second cigar Willy Herrera made under the Herrera Esteli brand for Drew Estate. I got this cigar when visiting the Drew Estate factory in Esteli last May and I’ve been waiting to light it for a review, that time arrived now.
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First thing that I notice is the weird shape, it’s a ring 44 cigar but it ring 50 wide so automatically it’s thin, an unusual shape and I hope pictures do it justice. The Mexican San Andres wrapper, which wrapped a Honduran binder and Nicaraguan filler, has a few veins that make it rustic. The band is simple. The cigar has a very pleasure and quite strong hay aroma. The predraw is fine, I taste some spices and some sweetness.
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A sharp pepper taste, mixed with espresso, that’s my first thought after lighting this cigar. After a few puffs I taste wood and spices, including some pepper. It reminds me of the Herrera Esteli although it’s definitely not the same. Close to a third it’s spices with some sweetness.
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After a third I get a little bit of dark chocolate with pepper. Halfway I also taste wood, the pepper disappears, it’s wood with a salty flavor now. The saltiness disappears, pepper returns again.
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The draw is amazing and as you can expect from Drew Estate, the smoke is thick and copious. The ash is light colored. The burn on this full bodied, full flavored cigar is good. I had to clip the cigar again after two thirds due to some tar built up. And the weird shape? Didn’t bother me at all during the the hour and forty minute smoke.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, solid cigar, not the best one I smoked but still very pleasant.

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

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Bunch Petit Corona

What do i know about this cigar? Nothing, except that it’s a private label for a Portuguese company that imports cigars to Portugal and that it’s made by Plasencia, who makes a lot of cigars for a lot of people.
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The cigar looks cute, it’s small, it’s pretty, the finish is nice with a pretty dark and smooth wrapper. Even though the size is small, the aroma isn’t, the cigar has a strong stable aroma. The construction is a bit spongy. The predraw is fine, I taste some sweet raisin and some pepper. Too bad about the cheap looking simple band, this cigar deserves better and the score for appearance would have been higher with a classy band.
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The cigar starts with a full and strong coffee flavor with some pepper, soon accompanied by wood and spices, I’m surprised by this start, pleasantly surprised I might add.
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After a centimeter the cigar gets more pungent, I taste cayenne pepper, although the sharp edges fade away soon. The flavors turn to wood and spices but halfway the pepper return. After that it’s more of the same, only the spices like cinnamon, come and go. There is not much development, unfortunately.
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The draw is fine and I get a decent amount of full thick smoke. The burn needed a touch up or two. The ash is frayed, light gray and unfortunately not firm. This small cigar, a size I like, lasted me for an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, the start was good but the finish

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

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CAO Brazilia Corcovado

This cigar was part of a contest on the Dutch cigar website Sigarenliefhebber, and part of the contest is to write a review, so here it is. Good to know one forehand that I’m not the biggest fan of Brazilian tobacco, although used in the right way it can work in a cigar, and I found CAO one of those brands that seems to have a talent for making cigars I don’t like, but plenty of people do so why should they care about my opinion?
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The first thing I notice is the size, a nub size and as a fan of the classic sizes this doesn’t attract me at all. Anything over ring 54 is a waste of good tobacco in my opinion. This cigar contains Nicaraguan filler and a Brazilian wrapper. The looks are okay, the cigar feels tight and the predraw gives quite some resistance. I taste pepper and smell a nice earthy aroma.
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I taste coffee, not surprisingly with some sweetness as sweetness is the characteristic of Brazilian tobacco. It’s not unpleasant, but there’s no development in the first centimeter, after that the sweetness slowly gains strength.
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After a third I still taste the sweetness with a little bit of coffee and some pepper. The sweetness is overpowering with white pepper on the background. The coffee is only noticeable in the aftertaste. After two thirds the cigar gets more character with more pepper and even some wood at the end.
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During the hour and twenty minutes that I smoked this cigar I found that the draw was good but the smoke was thin. The white ash is dense and firm. I can’t complain about the burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe in a smaller ring gauge, this jawbreaker has no dynamics at all.

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

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