Monthly Archives: December 2016

Padron 85th Family Reserve

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

I worked for the Dutch Padron distributer and we got 75 10 count boxes of the Padron 85th in. The cigars are not cheap with a €25 price tag per cigar back when we got them in, Padron prices skyrocketed in The Netherlands last year to be included in the Cigaragua shop so I am afraid that if they would reach the Netherlands now they would be close to €40. Still cheaper than the way overpriced Cohiba BHK though.
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The wrapper is nice and dark with some veins. The construction feels great and the cigar has a barnyard aroma. The cold draw is great and I taste tobacco and raisin.
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I taste coffee and earthy tones with a little citrus. I like the flavors and it gets better when a little pepper shows up too. After half a centimeter I taste wood with more pepper and still that little citrus. After a centimeter the pepper fades away and I taste wood, herbs and a little citrus.
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Halfway I taste pepper again with wood and the citrus, all well balanced. Near the end I taste herbs with some pepper and a pretty full citrus.
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This 5¼x50 robusto gave me an hour and 20 minutes pleasure with a great draw, a lot of smoke and a beautiful burn. The cigar is full bodied and full flavored and a bit more peppery than the other Family Reserve cigars.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish
Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 9
Smoke & ash: 9
Aroma first part: 9
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 8

Categories: Cubanica, Nicaraguan cigars, Padron

Tatuaje Tobacco Plaza DD

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

This Tatuaje cigar just looks impressive and intimidating with the sheer size of 6¼x60, the smooth dark wrapper and the closed foot. I got this as a gift at a huge herf in Ocala, Florida. The cold draw is a little tough with a peppery taste on my lips and the cigar has a strong wood aroma.
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The first puffs give me a smoother and softer flavor palate and strength then I expected from the looks of this cigar. Earthy tones with wood and a little bit of pepper. Soon it changes to wood, herbs and pepper. After a centimeter I get a lot more pepper and the cigar is starting to become the powerhouse I expected it to be.
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After an inch I taste pepper and herbs, the cigar is now strong and spicy and after a third I taste wood again with some citrus and the pepper.
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Halfway I taste a sharp cinnamon flavor that is a bit too strong to be nice and the pepper becomes very dominant. After that the flavors don’t change a lot anymore except a citrus flavor that gains a little bit of strength on the background.
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The smoke time is two hours and thirty minutes with a fine draw and a medium thick smoke. The burn is great and the light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I like the twist on the regular Tatuaje ring, its still very easily identified as a Tatuaje but also very clear it’s not a regular Tatuaje.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not with this ring gauge

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

Categories: My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars, Tatuaje | Tags: , , , , ,

La Flor Dominicana Ligero Maduro Robusto

This La Flor Dominicana ligero Maduro 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 ligero robusto I’m smoking has a Maduro wrapper as you might have guessed.
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The cigar is a little small for a robusto, about 4¾x48 just like the ligero robusto, the other 3 cigars are a bit bigger. The wrapper is dark and oily. The construction feels good, a few thin veins give the cigar character. The cigar has a woody aroma. The cold draw is great and leaves a peppery flavor on my lips.
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I’m tasting dark chocolate, pepper and wood in the first few puffs. The flavors change to a mute pepper with some coffee and a hint of sweetness.
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After a third it’s wood with some sweetness and muted pepper. Halfway the cigar turns bitter and the pepper is back in full force. The bitterness is getting less, but remains on the aftertaste.
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The draw is great. The smoke is quite thick and beautiful white, just like the firm ash. The cigar is full bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is about 75 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Even though it scores higher than the regular ligero, I rather buy the regular ligero because it’s more consistent.

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, La Flor Dominicana, Tabacalera La Flor | Tags: , , ,

San Lotano Habano Robusto

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

I was in Florida and at Corona Cigar Company in Orlando I saw these San Lotano Habano Robusto by A.J. Fernandez and the cigars were brand new back them so I picked up a few 5×54 cellophane wrapped cigars.
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The wrapper has the color of milk chocolate with a few big veins. The wrapper feels silky and the construction feels good. The double ring looks great. The cigar has a strong hay aroma. The cold draw is good and I taste raising and pepper.
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I taste a soft coffee with a musty wood. The cigar gets spicy and peppery pretty quickly. The mustiness disappears and I taste some sweetness with a citrus aftertaste.
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After a centimeter I taste cedar with some chocolate. The flavors are creamy yet spicy. After a third I taste spices with wood, hay and a mild citrus. Halfway I taste cinnamon with pepper, the flavors are well balanced. After two thirds I taste wood with some cinnamon.
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The cigar lasted me an hour and forty minutes. The draw is good but the burn is not perfect. The smoke started thin but it got thicker along the way. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not boxes but singles.

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

Categories: Nicaraguan cigars, San Lotano, Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez | Tags: , , , , ,

Studio Tobac ST-EF401

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

Studio Tobac, the think tank of Oliva, used to do a world tour with events and if you bought a box there you would get a sampler with some unreleased cigars. Now world tour is a big name because only one of those years a country outside of the United States was visited but because I worked for the Oliva distributer who also ran the Oliva warehouse for every country outside the USA, I managed to get my hands on the samplers anyway.
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I picked this 5×50 ST-EF401 test blend from the sampler. The light colored, probably Connecticut shade, wrapper has a few veins. The construction feels good and I smell an aroma that reminds me of horses. The ring is just a photocopied piece of paper with the code ST-EF401 on it. The cold draw is fine and I taste dry raisin.
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The cigar is acidic and musty, now I know for sure that the wrapper is Connecticut shade. The flavors are harsh, peppery and with some spiced. After an inch I taste some licorice, hay and wood and the flavors are still musty. Halfway I taste (still musty) wood with some herbs. After two thirds the cigar gets very ashy.
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This cigar had a smoke time of an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is great but the smoke is thin. The light colored ash is compact and firm. The burn is good but the smoke, which is good in volume, has a very nasty smell.
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Would I buy this cigar again? That’s impossible because this test blend never made it to the market and in my opinion that’s a good thing
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Appearance: 7
Construction: 7
Draw: 8
Burn: 7
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 5
Aroma second part: 6
Aroma third part: 5

Categories: Nicaraguan cigars, Oliva, Tabacalera Oliva

San Lotano Maduro Robusto

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

I bought this 5×52 San Lotano Maduro robusto before they were introduced to The Netherlands, so it must have been right after they came to the American market.
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The smooth, dark and oily wrapper looks great and the ring is nice. I smell hay and the cold draw is easy with flavors of raisin and pepper.
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I taste a full coffee flavor, mild spicy with some citrus on the background and pepper in the aftertaste. After two centimeter I taste cinnamon with wood, herbs and pepper, the coffee and citrus are gone.
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Halfway I taste wood with herbs, spices and pepper. Green herbs with wood, nice and spicy. After two thirds its more cinnamon and nutmeg, herbs, pepper and wood.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is not too firm. The burn is great. I would call this cigar full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I loved this cigar

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

Categories: Nicaraguan cigars, San Lotano, Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez | Tags: , ,

Tatuaje Havana VI Almirantes

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

I bought this cigar in my home country of The Netherlands for €8. The 7×47 cigar is made by My Father Cigars in Esteli, Nicaragua for Pete Johnson from Tatuaje, like all Tatuaje cigars.
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The wrapper is nice chocolate brown with some veins and the well known simple Tatuaje ring. The wrapper is mild oily. The aroma is very unusual and more floral than the barnyard, even though there is a faint barnyard aroma too. I feel some soft spots in the construction but the cold draw is great nonetheless. I taste musty wood with raisin.
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I taste a sparkling, twangy pepper with blackberries and wood. After a third I taste wood with some pepper on the background and still a hint of blackberries. Halfway the flavors get creamy, more buttery with wood, a little citrus and a nice pepper.
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After two thirds the twang is gone but I still taste the wood, the citrus and the cigar gets a little more spicy. The flavors are full but smooth.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and a half with a great draw and a decent amount of white smoke. The light colored ash is reasonably firm. The burn is great. I would call this cigar medium plus bodied and medium plus flavored too.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, as a matter of fact, I have a full box in my humidor

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

Categories: My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars, Tatuaje | Tags: , , , ,

Rosa Cuba Angels

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

This Rosa Cuba is a Nicaraguan bundle cigar that comes in paper wrapped bundles, and the cigars are individually wrapped in cellophane. The ring is ugly and this petit corona, names Angels, measures 4½x38. I must say, the ring on the pictures of the American web shops that sell these are different than the rings on the cigars in Europe.
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The Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapped is light colored with some marbling and it is mild oily. The cigar feels a bit spongy though but that might have to do with the fact that it is a medium filler. The aroma reminds me of a horse stable. The cold draw is good but tastes horribly like dishwasher soap, tobacco and raisin.
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I taste a spicy, peppery herb flavors with mild acidic earthy tones. After half a centimeter I taste wood with cinnamon and nutmeg. After a third its more wood with herbs and nutmeg, the aftertaste contains some pepper.
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The pepper slowly gains some strength and halfway I taste some sweetness, wood and a strong nutmeg flavor and suddenly the pepper disappears. After two thirds the cigar gets harsh and unpleasant.
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This cigar only lasted me for 35 minutes with a decent draw, a lot of smoke but a unfirm pepper & salt colored ash that dropped way to quickly. The burn was good. I would say this is a medium bodied, full flavored cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, call me a snob if you want, but I’ve outgrown most bundle cigars and this is one of them.
Appearance: 7
Construction: 7
Draw: 7
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 6

Categories: Nicaraguan cigars, Rosa Cuba

Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

A few years ago I was in Miami with some friends and we hooked up with Ernesto Padilla, whom I met before, at El Titan de Bronze on Calle Ocho, there he gave me this Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto, a 5×52 robusto made by El Titan de Bronze.
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The beautiful dark wrapper feels silky and has a few thin veins. The double ring looks great on the dark cigar. The aroma reminds me of horses. The cigar feels tightly packed but the cold draw is great.
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I taste a lot of coffee with some sugar and herbs. Soon after its herbs, spicy and peppery that makes my throat dry. After a third I taste herbs with some toast and halfway I also taste nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon.
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After two thirds I taste more toast, some herbs, some pepper and the overall taste is quite spicy. The toast is gaining some strength and the pepper moves to the aftertaste and never gets too strong.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty five minutes. The smoke is thick. The burn is beautiful just like the white, firm and dense ash. This cigar is medium bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Unfortunately these aren’t for sale outside the USA.

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

Categories: American cigars, Padilla, Tabacalera El Titan de Bronze | Tags: , , , , ,

Rocky Patel Royale Toro

This Rocky Patel Royale Toro was number 5 in the Cigar Aficionado top 25 of 2014 so I had to try it. The cigar is made in Rocky’s Nicaraguan factory, in the city of Esteli. The cigar is made of Nicaraguan tobacco with a double binder, a Connecticut shade and a broadleaf wrapper, to make the cigar flavorful but smooth and it has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
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The cigar is dark and the wrapper looks a little rough. The cap is poorly constructed. The construction feels good though and the cigar has a strong leather and stable aroma. The cold draw is fine and I taste raisin.
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I taste some toasted bread, but toasted a little too long. That burned flavor quickly disappears and I’m stuck with a strange vegetable flavor and a little bit of pepper until there is some toast again, but now not over burned. The flavors are dry and slowly I taste some citrus and wood. The citrus disappears again; I taste a nice wood flavor with some toast.
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After a third I also taste some spices like nutmeg with the wood. Very pleasant, not to full or strong but pleasant. The citrus comes and goes, sometimes with a little bit of chili pepper. The last third has more of a pepper in the aftertaste, I taste more leather, its stronger and more dominant. Slowly I get some chili pepper but without becoming too peppery.
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The smoke is decent in thickness and the ash is quite dark with beautiful rings, but also flaky and not very firm in the beginning, later on the color of the ash turns lighter. The smoke also gets thicker along the way. The burn is quite even although I had to correct it once after an inch. The smoke time is about 2 hours.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a perfect cigar for after breakfast on a sunny day, sitting in the garden enjoying a day off.

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

Categories: Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , ,

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