Monthly Archives: July 2016

Enclave Robusto

At the intertabac trade show, Kris from A.J. Fernandez cigars gave me an enclave robusto and an enclave figurado. I smoked the figurado right there and then and liked it a lot. I decided to save the robusto for a review.
What makes this cigar pop is the closed foot and the beautiful artwork, the beautifully rounded head and the nice color of the wrapper. The cigar has a manure smell to it. The construction feels good, no soft spots. The peppery predraw is great.
I love closed foots, I slowly light them with my trustworthy Classic ronson and love to watch how that tobacco reacts to the heat. Pepper, lots of pepper, that’s what I get from the start. After a few puffs the pepper tones down and I taste a bit of metallic flavor with wood, some sweetness and a nice amount of pepper. The metallic woody peppery flavor sticks around with some green herbs
After a third I taste more wood, the metallic flavor is gone. There’s still a nice amount of pepper. The pepper is growing stronger, and after two third I also taste some salmiac. The salmiac is gone just as sudden as it shows up. It’s pepper with wood and a little bit of salt.
The draw is great. The light and dark ash isn’t pretty but the smoke is good, just thick enough and I get enough smoke too. The burn is good, a little bit crooked but not enough to complain. This cigar lasted me for 100 minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, it’s a very nice cigar.

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

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Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lancero

Jas Sum Kral is the brand of Riste Riatevski, an American cigar aficionado with Macedonian roots and that’s where the name comes from. He met up with master blender Noel Rojas, owner of Tabacalera NOA in Esteli, Nicaragua. At the time of writing the review Jas Sum Kral only exists in one blend called Red Knight. I smoked a toro, the first size that was released and it blew me away so imagine my happiness when I learned the cigar would be released in my favorite vitola, a lancero.


The filler of this 7×38 lancero is a secret but the binder is half Mexican San Andres and half Jalapa seco with an Ecuadorean Habano wrapper. The wrapper has a reddish glow but it’s not rosado as far as I know, it’s shiny too with a few small veins. The band is very detailed. The foot is folded and the cigar is topped with a beautiful pigtail. There is a mild earthy aroma coming from the cigar, the construction feels good. The cold draw is perfect and I taste a mix of raisin and white pepper.


First flavor I get is a burned flavor, but not harsh. After a few puffs the cigar changes a little bit, the burned flavor is pushed to the back and replaced by a buttery cream and a little lemon in the aftertaste. After three quarters of an inch I taste a nice woody flavor.

After a third I still taste the wood, creamy in structure and with a bit of honey sweetness. The flavors intensify and a hint of coffee is added. Halfway I’m getting spices too, a little pepper and some nutmeg. The pepper is nice and not overpowering like so often happens so often. After two thirds the wood returns but now with an increasing pepper.


The ash is white, dense but not to firm. I get a good amount of thick white smoke. The burn is sharp but it’s a lancero and that’s always a fine line between puffing to hard and destroying the cigar of having to relight it once in a while, I had to relight. The draw is just as I like it, not too tight and not to tight either. This cigar has some smoothness, it’s flavorful and strong yet not overpowering and it’s dynamic. The build up is fantastic. The smoke time is two hours and forty minutes


Would I buy this cigar again? Got myself a box of 20, will refill when empty!

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

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La Flor Dominicana Ligero Robusto

This La Flor Dominicana Ligero robusto cigar comes from the robusto sampler and my plan is to review four out of the five cigars, the La Flor Dominicana Suave I gave away because of my passionate disliking of Connecticut shade cigars. The La Flor Dominicana I’m smoking has a Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador.
The cigar is a little small for a robusto, about 4¾x48 and looks a bit curved. I see a few thin veins. Now I love Litto and most of the cigars he makes but never liked the bands so I wouldn’t pick this cigar in a humidor if I didn’t know the cigar. The color is beautiful and deep brown. The aroma is mild and dark. Like I said, the cigar is a bit crooked so the construction isn’t 100%. The cold draw, that has a raisin and pepper flavor, is top notch though.
I taste some bitter herbal flavors. A nice bitterness though. After half an inch it changes to wood with just a hint of pepper.
Halfway the wood is strong, the white pepper is a solid base for the wood flavor to shine.
The smoke is medium to thick and light gray to white. The draw is great just like the burn. The ash is firm. Medium full in strength and in flavor.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, pleasant cigar, nothing spectacular but still nice enough to smoke again. Even though it’s a small robusto it lasted me for an hour and 45 minutes due to the slow burn and my slow smoking.

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

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Alec Bradley Maxx the Fixx

At the intertabac trade show i had the pleasure of hanging out with George Sosa and Alan Rubin and the latter gave me a wonderful gift and a few cigars including this Maxx the fixx, which was the line that put Alec Bradley on the map. The cigars are reblended and this is my first reblended Maxx.
The cigar measures 5×58 and that’s usually a few sizes to thick for my taste. It looks very nice though, beautiful dark and oily wrapper and a very big, modern band which color makes the cigar shine even more. The construction feels flawless, and the cigar has a nice barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and spicy.
I taste a spicy and mildly bitter coffee and dark chocolate flavor. Soon I taste sugar with wood and moist leaves, but not in a bad way. The sugar is the domination flavor though. After an inch I also taste pepper.
After a third it’s a nice mild pepper with a little bit of wood. The wood slowly gains strength. Halfway the cigar gains more power. After two thirds it’s more pepper, some wood and a sweet and mildly citrus background.
I get a nice amount of medium thick smoke. The ash is white and firm but the burn is a little bit crooked, after a few touch ups it was corrected though. The draw was very good. The cigar lasted an hour and forty minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? I would love to try this in a thinner size. Although I must admit, even though this cigar it thick I quite enjoyed it.

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

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