Monthly Archives: April 2020

Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Generosos Connecticut

Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Generosos Connecticut. This is one of the Tyrannical Buc blends that Jas Sum Kral released in 2019. The first announcement was just the name and the logo. More details surfaced later. And the cigar is slowly making it’s way to the international markets. The Jas Sum Kral distributors in Sweden and Malaysia have ordered and received the Tyrannical Buc. The cigar got a lot of praise from people within the Habanos scene. The Cuban cigars oriented Friends of Habanos called this the best cigar smoked in 2019.


The Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc is available in four vitolas. And with two different wrappers. Either a Connecticut Shade wrapper from Ecuador or a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The binder and fillers are the same for both blends. A Nicaraguan binder from Jalapa, with fillers from Nicaragua and Pennsylvania USA. The sizes available are a 4×48 Magnum 48, a 6½x50 Dobles, a 5½x60 Golum and this 5½x40 Generosos. For this review, we selected the Connecticut Shade blend. The cigars are made at Tabacalera Aragon, the factory in which Jas Sum Kral has a stake.

The cigar looks alright. The wrapper is quite dark for a Connecticut Shade. The ring is simple, a little too simple to our taste. Just a white ring with a drawing of a T-Rex. Now the detail is nice. Jas Sum Kral means I am king, and the t-rex is wearing a crown. But the other Jas Sum Kral rings are so detailed and gorgeous, that this ring seems bare. Maybe a different color would help. The cigar feels well constructed, not underfilled nor hard. The mild aroma has a reminiscence of hay and grass.


The cold draw is a little tight. The aroma in the cold draw is slightly sweet, yet spicy, tobacco. After lighting there’s coffee, honey sweetness, and a little spice. The flavors lack the classic Connecticut Shade mustiness, which is positive. Slowly some leather shows up. The honey keeps lingering around, with a grassy and dried leaves flavor. There’s also a little salt while slowly some oak shows up as well. The mild pepper is a constant in this cigar’s flavor profile. The final third is more of the same. Pepper, wood, a little grass, and herbs.


The draw is a bit tight. But the light-colored ash is amazing. Dense, firm, and beautiful. Even with the tight draw, the smoke is decent. Enough in thickness and volume, but with a better draw the smoke would have been better too. The burn is razor-sharp. The cigar is medium-full flavored and bodied. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I would not mind smoking a few more.

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Flor de Selva Year of the Rat Toro

Flor de Selva Year of the Rat Toro. A few years back, Davidoff started with an annual limited edition based on the Chinese zodiac calendar. And several companies followed, including Maya Selva for her Flor de Selva brand. We know of at least 7 companies that release cigars based on the Chinese zodiac calendar now. But being born in the year of the rat, married to someone with Chinese heritage and living in South East Asia, this year is special. That’s why I will be reviewing several ‘Year of the Rat’ cigars this year.


The Flor de Selva Year of the Rat is a 6×52 Toro. It retails for 19 euro in Germany, Europe’s largest cigar market. The cigar is made from tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua. The wrapper comes from Honduras. The binder is Nicaraguan. And the filler contains tobacco from both countries.

The cigar has two rings. The simple faded yellow and greenish Flor de Selva ring. But the foot ring sets the cigar apart from the rest of the Flor de Selva lines. It’s red, the Chinese color of prosperity. And it combines the image of the rat with Mayan hieroglyphics, merging Honduran and Chinese cultures together in this cigar. The wrapper is Colorado colored, with a sharp thin vein on the side. It isn’t the best looking cigar out there, but it’s also not the worst looking cigar. The construction feels great. The nose is nice. A warm aroma of hay and wood, medium strong.


The cold draw is nice, with a nice tobacco flavor. After lighting it’s a mellow and sweet coffee with soil flavor. There is some toast and a nice mix of gingerbread spices as well. The flavors are mellow, smooth and well balanced. There’s a slow evolution to cedar with the spices, toast, and sweetness. The aftertaste has a hint of white pepper. The sweetness is pure honey. The mouthfeel is creamy. Slowly the pepper gains more strength but the honey toast with cedar remains the base flavor for the cigar. In the second third, leather shows up and it’s a beautiful combination with the growing white pepper, toast, spices, and honey. In the final third, the cigar gets stronger, with more pepper, leather, and wood. The toast is dissolving, just like the honey. And the balance starts to disappear as well. And then the sweetness returns. The cigar now has a flavor profile of pepper, sweetness, and cedar with leather.


The draw is phenomenal. The light gray ash is a bit flaky. The burn is straight as an arrow. The smoke is good in volume but could be a bit thicker for a higher score. This is a medium-bodied, full-flavored cigar. The balance was spot on in the first two thirds, with a silky smooth flavor profile. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? It’s expensive but I wouldn’t mind a few more
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Camacho Ecuador Robusto

Camacho Ecuador Robusto. In 2008, Oettinger Davidoff acquired the Camacho brand, farms, and factory from the Eiroa family. And while Davidoff continued with the exciting Camacho blends for the first years, behind the scenes they were ready for a relaunch. In 2013, that relaunch hit the markets. Under the ‘Bold’ name, Davidoff reblended some of the Camacho lines and introduced stunning new packaging. A few new blends were added. The big gamble paid off and a year later a new line edition was added. That’s the Camacho Ecuador.


The Camacho Ecuador is made with Corojo, Criollo Ligero and Pelo de Oro from Honduras and the Dominican Republic as filler. It’s being held together with a Brazilian Mata Fina binder. And finally, an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper finishes the cigar. It comes in several sizes, but for this review, I smoked the 5×50 Robusto. While the Camacho factory was called Rancho Jamastran when it was owned by the Eiroa family, Davidoff changed the factory to Agroindustras Laepe, S.A. In 2016, a brand new factory was opened, designed by the Honduran architect Gonzalo Nunez Dias.

The cigar looks great. A nice, oily, dark wrapper. A perfectly shaped head. And that iconic label, copied by several other brands including Toraño. The black scorpion, the logo of the Camacho Bold series, is prominently visible on the ring. The construction feels good, it seems like and evenly packed cigar. The cigar has a nice leather aroma to it, medium strong.


The cold draw is great, perfect resistance. The flavor is a dry wood and tobacco flavor, with some spice in the aftertaste. After lighting, the first flavors are salt, coffee, pepper. It evolves to marzipan sweetness with leather, wood, soil, and toast with a peppery aftertaste. The wood, which is classic cedar, combines perfectly with the sweetness. But there is a little roughness in the flavors, it’s not well rounded. The sweetness and cedar remain the main flavors, with some spices, pepper, and dry leather. After a third, the cigar gets darker in flavors. The cedar turns to oak, there is more pepper. The flavors are better-rounded now. Halfway some toast shows up as well. In the last part, it’s mainly oak, with pepper, hay, some leather, and pepper.


The draw is very good. The ash is light-colored, dense and firm. A good volume of white smoke. The burn is pretty straight. But the flavors, although nice, aren’t well rounded. This is a medium to full-bodied cigar, medium flavored. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe

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Balmoral Serie Signaturas Paso Doble Brindis

Balmoral Serie Signaturas Paso Doble Brindis. That is a long name. But a beautiful idea. Collaborations have been going on for the longest time in the cigar industry. But in the last few years, more and more occur. Balmoral joined the collaboration train in 2018 when they launched the Balmoral Serie Signaturas. Their maiden release was a collaboration with Ernesto Perez Carrillo, called the Dueto. Ministry of Cigars reviewed that cigar. And for the second annual release, Royal Agio teamed up with La Flor Dominicana. Boris Wintermans from Agio and Litto Gomez from La Flor Dominicana had known each other for years and joined forces for the Balmoral Serie Signaturas Paso Doble. A three size limited edition release. We are reviewing the Perfecto, which is called the Brindis. Brindis means toast, so cheers.


The Paso Doble is named after a military march. Its speed allowed troops to give 120 steps per minute. This march gave rise to a traditional Spanish dance, a musical genre including both voice and instruments, and a genre of instrumental music often played during bullfighting. The cigar is made from Dominican fillers, and the binder is also Dominican. The tobacco comes from the farm of La Flor Dominicana. The wrapper is a dark Ecuadorian Habano. We are reviewing the Perfecto, which is called the Brindis. Brindis means toast, so cheers.


The cigar looks amazing. The shape is eye-catching. And the little knot on top of the cigar is a beautiful finishing touch. The rings are huge. Deep blue, popping gold and the Balmoral Añejo gray with white. The design and print quality is top-notch. The details are amazing, up to the signatures of Boris Wintermans and Litto Gomez. The dark wrapper looks oily and leathery, evenly colored as well. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is strong, it reminds us of hay, straw, farmland, and wood.


The cold draw is great, with flavors of salty potato chips and pepper. After lighting, it’s a sweet espresso with pepper. Some leather is involved as well with a little bit of chocolate. The flavors evolve to soil, coffee, leather, spices, and pepper. Slowly it continues to change, subtle, with a little cream, a little vanilla, more dark chocolate. The pepper is there, but it’s mellow. The flavors fluctuate in strength, sometimes the pepper is dominant, then it’s the coffee and chocolate, then the earthiness. There isn’t much evolution, yet it’s never boring. In the last third, there’s a little salt as well.


The draw is perfect. The ash is quite dark, yet firm. The burn needed a few touch-ups. The smoke is fine. The flavors are balanced, smooth yet full. Just like the strength, that’s full too. The smoke time is three and a half hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? I wish
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Alfambra G series Robusto

Alfambra G series Robusto. A cigar completely unknown to us. And not just to us, as there is hardly any information to be found on the company online. Nothing more than just the blend, the name of the factory and the sizes they produce. But the brand is available in several European markets, so Ministry of Cigars took the time to smoke the Alfambra G Series Robusto for a review.


From the little information that we found online, we learned that this is a Nicaraguan cigar. Now we figured that out before, as they have a second line called El Brujito. And that’s a shaman from old cave paintings found in Esteli. Drew Estate uses that same painting and name for its Nica Rustica line. This Alfambra G Series doesn’t use the El Brujito though. The cigar is made from Nicaraguan fillers and a Nicaraguan binder. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Habano.

 

The first impression isn’t that good. The cellophane itself feels like cheap, low quality plastic instead of proper cellophane. The wrapper itself has a nice Colorado to Colorado Maduro color. It’s a bit rough and there is even a small hole in the wrapper at the back, exposing the binder. Now, this is a budget bundle cigar, so they get away with it. But for a premium cigar, this would be a big no. The dark green and gold ring is fine. But it won’t stand out in a humidor. The cigar itself feels well constructed. The aroma is strong and smells like hay.

The cold draw is a bit tight. It leaves flavors of spices, raisins, and tobacco on the lips. After lighting, the cigar is pleasantly sweet with a white pepper aftertaste. The tobacco tastes a little rough though. Unfortunately, there’s also a little sourness, as in milk gone bad that does not please the palate. The sweetness is strong enough to overpower that, making the cigar still tolerable. Slowly some smooth soil and leather join the sourness and sweetness. The sourness is dragging this cigar down. After a third, the sourness fades away but now the cigar turns musty and dry. Sweet, with pepper, leather, wood but dry. Slowly some toast shows up too, while the sweetness loses its strength. And there is a mushroom flavor. Chewy, like portobello. At the end of the second third, the cigar tastes like pepper, spices, soil, wood, and leather. No character, a little harsh but at least the sourness and the mustiness are gone. The final third packs more strength, more pepper, more leather but with some vanilla and floral notes. More spices show up too, nutmeg, cinnamon, those kinds of spices. All dressed in a strong pepper flavor.


The construction is flawless. Beautiful burn, great draw. The light gray ash is a bit flaky and not too firm. This is a medium-bodied, medium flavored cigar. Unrefined, unbalanced. The smoke time is two hours and ten minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No

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Liga Privada Unico Year of the Rat

Liga Privada Unico Year of the Rat. Although this is a special one and not released because of the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. This cigar was released in 2016. And it is made for the lounge that Drew Estate opened that year at the BB&T Center in Sunrise Florida. The BB&T Center is the home base of the Florida Panthers, an NHL team. And this Liga Privada Year of the Rat is a commemorative cigar for the 1996 Championship. In 1996, the Florida Panthers won the Stanley Cup, the most prestigious prize in ice hockey. And according to the legend, one of the players killed a rat with his stick in the dressing room before the first match of the season. And then scored two goals. The rat became a good luck talisman for the season, and 1996 was ‘the year of the rat’ for the Florida Panthers.


The 5½x46 Grand Corona was given to us a few years ago by Jessi Flores. Back then, Flores was still part of the Drew Estate family, before venturing out on his own. At one of the Intertabac Trade Shows, Flores shared a few Liga Privada Unico cigars with us. This Liga Privada Unico Year of the Rat is made at the famous Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. For the filler, tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras are used. The binder comes from Brazil. The wrapper is the famous Connecticut Broadleaf that Drew Estate loves to use. The cigars were sold for $14 per piece and were packed in boxes of 10.


The cellophane was starting to turn yellow by the oil in the wrapper. The cigar looks great, dark and oily. The wrapper looks thick, yet the veins are thin. The cap looks odd, it has a flag tail but the cap is prolonged and looks like a hat on top of the cigar. The regular Liga Privada ring is used, but as always with the Unico series, the text has been altered. This says Year of the Rat. The construction feels flawless. The aroma is strong, oak and roasted coffee beans.


The cold draw is perfect with quite some pepper in the flavor profile. A little salt as well. Once lit there is coffee with a slightly salty flavor. Then there is dark chocolate, the 80% pure type accompanied by some leather and cedar. There is some sweetness, nuttiness, and a mild buttery mouthfeel. After a while, a mild black pepper shows up as well, with some grassy flavors. The flavors then evolve to black coffee, leather, soil with a mild peppery aftertaste. The nut flavor is making a comeback, with the pepper and some sweetness. In the last third, the flavors are pretty much the same. Leather, coffee, wood, dark chocolate, and pepper.


The draw is flawless. The smoke is a classic Drew Estate smoke. Thick, full, white and there is plenty of it. The ash is white and nice. The burn is pretty straight. Because the cigar has aged, the flavors are well rounded while still packing strength. Both in flavor and strength. The smoke time is two hours and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I would

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Bugatti Ambassador Robusto

Bugatti Ambassador Robusto. One of the many blends available from the brand connected to the luxury supercars with the same name. And having a private label cigar isn’t the only connection to the cigar industry. Bugatti has its own line of accessories too. But back to the cigars, the Bugatti range goes from mild to strong. There’s are lines called Belstaff Bond, Boss Classic, Ambassador, Medio, Potere, Quattro Claro, Quattro Maduro, Scuro, and Signature. Now due to legislation, these cigars can’t be distributed everywhere. In The Netherlands for example, where the cars would be considered advertising for the cigars (yes, really!!) and advertising of tobacco is prohibited.


For the review, we smoked the Ambassador. This cigar is made at PDR Cigars on the Dominican Republic. That’s where most Bugatti cigars are made, although the brand also works with Kelner Boutique Factory for the smaller lines. The Bugatti Ambassador Robusto is a 5×52 cigar with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The binder comes from the Dominican Republic. The filler is a four-country blend. Tobaccos from the Dominican, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Pennsylvania (USA) are used.


The Colorado colored wrapper is mildly oily. It has a few distinct veins and is middle of the road looking. The rings are nice. The Bugatti ring has a carbon fiber look with the Bugatti logo. It has that supercar race look. The secondary ring is a metallic red with silver metallic letters. The triple cap looks good. The cigar feels a bit hard but evenly hard. There are no soft spots. The cigar has a barnyard aroma, hay, and animals.


The cold draw is great. It has a lot of sweetness, yet also a peppery raw tobacco flavor. The first puffs are coffee with sweetener, soil, and pepper. A few puffs later, there’s also leather and old wood. The sweetness turns from artificial to crystal sugar. Balanced, with character. Enjoyable. In the second part, the cigar has pepper, carrot flavors, sweetness, and soil. There are also traces of hay, coffee, and leather. Then the final third arrives, the cigar is all about sweet coffee and pepper again.


The draw is great. The ash is dark, frayed yet firm and strong. The smoke is thick, great in volume and beautifully white. The burn is nice and quite straight. This is a medium-bodied, medium flavored cigar. Enjoyable yet not memorable. Well balanced. The smoke time is one hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Every once in a while
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Bossner Black Edition Torpedo

Bossner Black Edition Torpedo. Bossner Cigars is a German brand. And their cigars are made in both Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The brand leans heavy on a luxurious image, with a strong Russian influence when it comes to style. The company was founded in 1993 but doesn’t limit itself to just cigars. There is fashion under the Bossner name. Liquor is also part of the Bossner family. Just like all kinds of other delicacies such as sweets and chocolates.

Most of the Bossner products are priced in the uber premium price range of the cigar industry. For the Black Edition, the company chose to create a medium-priced cigar. The cigars are available in four sizes. The fixed prices in Germany range from € 5,80 for the Corona up to € 7,50 for the Torpedo. The factory is undisclosed, all we know is that the cigar is made in Nicaragua. The wrapper comes from Ecuador. All the other tobaccos are Nicaraguan.


The cigar looks great. A nice, dark and oily wrapper but a big vein disturbs the smooth surface. The black and silver ring is over the top though. Yet that is part of the Bossner style, all their products look super luxurious and posh. The silver on the ring is flaky, making it look like it’s embossed with diamonds. It is something unique though and has that Bossner signature. The cigar feels well constructed, and the head of the cigar is beautifully shaped. That’s not the case with all torpedos, but this Bossner Black Edition has an immaculate finish. The barnyard aroma is quite strong.


The cold draw is a little tight. The cigar taste like raw tobacco with raisin. After lighting there are hints of coffee, chocolate, pepper, leather, and wood. Slowly, the cigar turns woodier with pepper and sugar water as supporting flavors. The mouthfeel is meaty, with pepper, wood, leather, chocolate, and sweetness. There’s also a strong flavor of burned toast. After that, the cigar gets a charred wood flavor that becomes dominant. And it’s not the best flavor to taste in a cigar. Fortunately, there is some sweetness as well, and some chocolate to mask the bitterness. Then the cigar turns to pepper again, abandoning that charred aroma. The thick, meaty mouthfeel remains, with pepper, greasy chocolate and a flavor that is best described as a cigarette. Now, we haven’t smoked cigarettes in close to 30 years, so it might not be accurate, but it reminds us of that taste. It’s also grassy with a little bit of salt. The finale is wood and pepper.


The draw is fine. The smoke could be a little thicker though. And the burn had to be touched up in the early stages of smoking. The smoke time of this medium-full bodied, medium-full flavored cigar is two hours and thirty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I would smoke it when given to me, but buying it, probably not

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Categories: Nicaraguan cigars

Alec Bradley Project 40 05.50

Alec Bradley Project 40 05.50 Robusto. Earlier this year, Alec Bradley released Project 40. Alan Rubin, owner and founder of the cigar brand, found inspiration in science. “Project 40 is a generally accepted concept in multiple industries with the end goal to find how a service or product can have a positive impact on the mind and body. Since cigars bring people together, cause for relaxation and create positive experiences, I asked myself why this concept should not be applied to premium cigars. This was my inspiration for Alec Bradley Project 40,” Rubin said. Rubin is a firm believer that cigars have a calming effect. And that belief is backed by several scientific research projects. It is a science-based fact that if people relax and wind down, the stress levels drop. And lower stress means a lower risk of cardiac arrest and other illnesses. And smoking cigars forces you to slow down and relax. Therefore a cigar is stress-reducing.

To make the cigars, Alec Bradley went to Nicaragua. But not to their regular address in Nicaragua, Plasencia Cigars. Instead, they picked J. Fuego to roll the Project 40 blend. The blend is made with Nicaraguan fillers and a Nicaraguan wrapper. The binder is a Brazilian Habano leaf. The cigars are named after the sizes. All are straight cigars, parejo. There is a 5×50 version called 05.50. Then there are a 06.25, a 07.50 and a 06.60. I reviewed the 05.50 robusto, a cigar Bradley Rubin gave us at the Intertabac trade show.


The Colorado colored wrapper has a big vein in the front of the cigar. The ring should have been placed differently so that the vein would be on the back, making it a more appealing cigar. The secondary ring is metallic sky blue with the words experimental series. The main ring is white with gold and a big Project 40 logo. On the backside, the whole idea behind project 40 is explained. The construction feels good. The cigar has an aroma of hay and the aroma is medium strong.


The cold draw is great. Flavors from the cold draw are raisin, wood, and raw tobacco. After lighting the first flavors are harsh, almost like medicinal cough medicine. There is some sweetness, some leather, some spices, earth, and wood. But it’s not a great start, to say the least. The harshness gets a little less strong, some cinnamon comes through. But the cigar still remains unbalanced. After a centimeter, the flavors are sweet and fresh, young wood with some pepper and spice. It slowly evolves to sweetness with wood, soil, leather, toast, pepper, and grass. Unbalanced, unrefined. After a third, it’s coffee with earthiness and sweetness, yet still, with that unrefined, slightly harsh, finish. The cigar then picks up in sweetness, pepper, and oak. The other flavors are gone. In the final third, the cigar gets more refined with sweetness, pepper, wood, and vegetal flavors. It turns to sweetness and cedar, with a hint of pepper. The cigar feels more balanced now, and even a tad creamy. The retrohale is pleasant now.


The draw is great. The ash is white and quite firm. The burn is good, not perfect but good. And the cigar produces a nice amount of white smoke. It’s a medium-bodied, medium flavored cigar. But it’s harsh, unrefined and unbalanced.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nope.

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