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Rauchvergnügen Gran Corona #64cm2

Rauchvergnügen Gran Corona #64cm2 . That 64cm2 is the cubic capacity of this gran corona from the Dominican Republic. The owners and founders of Rauchvergnügen are three German engineers, who combined their passion for engineering and cigars. They launched the brand in 2016, but last year they released their latest creation. A unique ashtray, 3D printed with the structure of a tobacco leaf. Ministry of Cigars wrote about the 42K ashtray before.


As for the cigar, there are several sizes of the Rauchvergnügen. And all have a number as size name. That number is the cubic capacity of that specific cigar. The cubic capacity of a 9¼x47 cigar is 64cm2. Therefore this cigar is named 64cm2. It’s made in the Dominican Republic, at Intercigar S.A. That factory is owned by another Western European. Maurice Koks, originally from The Netherlands, continued the family tradition of making cigars by moving to the Dominican Republic. His ancestors made cigars in The Netherlands. Together with the Rauchvergnügen guys, he blended this cigar with Ecuadorian tobacco as the wrapper. The binder is Dominican. For the filler, three tobaccos were selected, coming from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Pennsylvania, USA.


The Colorado colored wrapper has a lot of thin veins, but that is unavoidable on a cigar this size. But it’s a fine-looking wrapper, slightly oily. The triple cap looks great. The cigar feels evenly filled as well. The aroma is spicy with hay. There are two rings on the cigar. Both blue, with the foot ring as a very thin one. It just says ‘Gran Corona’ with the Rauchvergnügen logo. The main ring is about an inch long. It says on the ring that the cigars are engineered to German standards.


The cold draw is a bit tight, but that could be the length. It’s spicy with a raw tobacco flavor. Once it, the cigar tastes like coffee with some sugar and a bit of spice. The flavor then turns to hay with a sweetness that is comparable to honey. There is a hint of chocolate in the flavors too. The flavors then change again to grass with sweetness and soil. The next change brings leather, more pepper, spice, and even a little cream. The leather and wood are gaining in strength, with more spice and pepper. In the second third, the leather is stronger with a hint of coffee and spice. There’s some sweetness as well. Halfway the cigar gets a walnut flavor as well, with coffee, leather, and spices


The draw is good, and that on a long, relatively thin cigar is a testament of a great roller. The ash is fine, salt and pepper colored. Relatively firm. The smoke is decent, both in thickness and in volume. The burn had to be corrected a few times, and due to the length, the cigar needed a few touch-ups. The cigar is medium-bodied, medium flavored. Smooth, well balanced, with enough evolution to keep it interesting. The smoke time is four and a half hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? I liked it, but the smoke time is too long.

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Punch Sir David Exclusivo Hong Kong

Punch Sir David Exclusivo Hong Kong. Sir David Tang is a legend in the world of the Habanos, especially in Asia. He is the founder of Pacific Cigar Company, the Habanos distributor for a large part of Asia and Oceania. He started PCC in 1992 and made Cuban cigars extremely popular all over Asia, and in Hong Kong specifically. So popular, that Cuba appointed Sir David Tang as the honorary consul for the Caribbean island in Hong Kong. He was also a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire and the French government honored him as Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres In August 2017, Sir David Tang passed away in London from liver cancer. Completely in his style, he planned a farewell party after doctors gave him only 2 months to live. But right before the party took place, his illness caught up to him and he passed. A year later, Habanos and PCC paid tribute to this remarkable man by releasing a regional edition for Hong Kong in his honor, the Punch Sir David.

 

The release consisted of 1200 cabinets of 50 cigars of his favorite brand Punch. And in a slightly shorter size than his preferred vitola, the Double Corona. The Punch Sir David is a Paco sized cigar, 7⅛x49, where the Punch Double Corona measures 7⅝x49. All the tobacco is grown, cultivated and curated in Cuba. 

 

The oily wrapper is Colorado colored. It has a few veins and rougher spots. But then again, it’s a long cigar, so it’s hard to get perfect wrapper leaves for double coronas. Since there is only so much tobacco in Cuba, the resources for these specific wrappers are scarce. The cigar feels evenly filled, yet a little under packed. The shape is good, the triple cap is great looking. The cigar has the regular Punch ring, and the famous red, silver and white exclusivo ring. But for this release, the ring had a crown with the name of Sir David, to commemorate him. The aroma is mild. A little wood with some ammonia is the smell of the cigar.

 

 The cold draw is a bit easy. With a salty raisin flavor. The salt is still there after lighting. But that’s not the only flavor. There’s hay as well, and leather. Slowly a fruity flavor and pepper show up too with a mild cedar. Some sweetness shows up too, with some grass and spices. Now that might all sound very flavorful, but the flavors are muted. They are there, but they are mellow and not outspoken. After half an hour, the cigar turns floral with a little harshness on the back of the throat. There’s also leather, soil, and some spices. The flavors come out of their shell a little more, they get more pronounced. At the end of the first third, the pepper grows and a hazelnut flavor shows up. In the second third, the cigars remain floral with pepper. There’s also some leather and spice. The flavors are no longer muted. The cigar gains strength as well, with a much stronger pepper over a floral base. The final third starts with cedar again, soil, leather, and pepper. The pepper slows down for a bit, before returning strong again. Some toast shows up too. 

 

The draw is good. The ash is light-colored and frayed. The smoke is fine and the burn is straight. The cigar is balanced and smooth. It’s a slow starter, with muted flavors in the beginning but it opens up. Medium-bodied turning into full-bodied and medium flavored turning into full-flavored. The smoke time is three hours and twenty minutes.

 Would I buy this cigar again? Too rich for my blood, but I would love to

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Kafie 1901 Don Fernando Toro Bello

Kafie 1901 Don Fernando Toro Bello. Made at Tabacalera Kafie y Cia, one of the few remaining cigar factories in Honduras. Where there once were many factories in the Latin American country, only a few remains. Currently, there are less than 15 different factories still producing cigars in Honduras. Just to compare that, in and around Esteli there are over 100 factories large and small. Dr. Gaby Kafie left his full-time job as a physician in Florida to become a cigar manufacturer in his native Honduras. He and his team try to continue the cigar legacy of Honduras by preserving the cigar-making art.


The cigars are available in different sizes, but the one reviewed is the 6×54 Toro Bello. Other sizes available are a 5×50 Robusto and a 6½x52 Belicoso. There are also two 60 ring cigars, one 5 inches, and the other 6 inches in length. The Nicaraguan Cuban Seed wrapper is aged for 5 to 6 years before being used. The Honduran binder and the Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers are aged 3 to 4 years. Tabacalera Kafie is aging the tobacco at their factory warehouse.

The cigar looks good. A dark, smooth yet dry looking wrapper. But the triple cap looks a bit off, it’s like the torcedor used a different leaf for the second of the three caps, as it’s lighter than the rest. The glossy black and gold label is fine, print quality is good. Due to the size and color, the cigar looks impressive. While gently squeezing the cigar, not plugs or soft spots are detected. The aroma is strong, hay, stable, barnyard, those kinds of aromas.


The cold draw is great, with some sweet tobacco in the flavor. Once lit, the cigar delivers sweet coffee. The cigar then picks up in flavor and strength. Pepper, coffee, sweetness, and leather. The coffee is the strongest flavor, supported by the other mentioned flavors and citrus acidity. The flavors intensify, some mushroom and complex bitterness of dark chocolate are added. After a third, there is more wood, leather, and soil. The sweetness and citrus disappeared, but the coffee and pepper are still strong. Halfway the flavors are wood, leather, soil, and pepper with grass. The coffee makes a comeback, with dried leather and herbs. The final third starts with wood, leather and an unpleasant bitterness. The bitterness tones down, and makes place for spices and pepper. Coffee and some cocoa show up too.


The draw is great. The cigar produces a lot of smoke, thick and white. The burn had to be corrected once or twice. This cigar is flavorful, it has character and balance. The light-colored ash is semi-firm. This is a well balanced, rounded cigar with plenty of character. It’s full-bodied, full-flavored. The smoke time is three hours and twenty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes!

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La Madrina Robusto

La Madrina Robusto. A cigar made for the American cigar company Dapper Cigar Company. A Fresno based cigar company founded in 2013. The La Madrina line, which is available in a robusto, toro, and corona Gorda size, was released in 2017. Strangely enough, the robusto is larger than the toro, yet the toro is thicker. When Ian Reith founded Dapper Cigar Company, he just wanted to make one great cigar. Just for himself and his friends. But the demand went up, and now there are several lines in the Dapper Cigar Company portfolio, including this La Madrina.


The La Madrina Robusto looks like a toro, because of the length of 5⅝. And in fact, it’s longer than the 5¼ Toro. Yet the ring gauge of the Robusto is the regular 50, compared to the 54 of the Toro. Dapper Cigar Company gives very detailed information about the blend on their website. They name the country, type of tobacco, the grower, and in most cases even the farm. So for La Madrina, we know that the filler comes from Esteli and Jalapa in Nicaragua, Pennsylvania in the USA, and from an undisclosed farm in the Dominican Republic. The binder comes from San Andres, Mexico. The wrapper is Habano seed from Ecuador, from a farm called La Luchita.

The cigar looks a bit dry. It is Colorado to Colorado Maduro in color. Beautifully shaped with a nice leather look. The construction feels good with an evenly filled cigar. The ring is gorgeous, glossy black with a red rose in a skeleton hand. Simple, unique and classy. The cigar has a strong aroma of manure.


The cold draw is great. The cigar has a dried grass flavor with white pepper in the aftertaste. Once lit the cigar gives coffee with toffee sweetness. The aftertaste is pepper. Very subtle there are some spices and a little grass too. But mellow, subtle. The spice and pepper are getting a bit stronger and more pronounced, while the coffee is replaced with leather. The toffee sweetness is gone as well. The flavors remain mostly the same. Pepper and spices, with some sweetness, some leather, and some wood. The final third starts with a strong leather flavor. The cigar gets way more interesting now. Leather, wood, pepper, spices with some sweetness and some mild citrus. The wood, leather, pepper, and spices are the strongest in the last few puffs and the mouthfeel is quite dry.


The draw is great. The burn is straight. And the ash is a stack of dimes. The smoke is good. And the smoke has a very pleasant aroma. The cigars lack evolution for the first two thirds. But the last third makes up for it. It’s a medium-bodied, medium flavored cigar. The smoke time is two hours and thirty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? If it was a few euros cheaper

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Muestra de Tabac Trifecta Brazilian Mata Fina & Sumatra

Muestra de Tabac Trifecta Brazilian Mata Fina & Sumatra. That is a long name for a very unique cigar. So unique that Tabac Trading Company has a patent-pending. The owner of Tabac Trading is Patrick Potter, who grew up in a tobacco store. His grandfather owned the original Tinder Box. Five years ago, in 2015, Potter decided to start a cigar company and traveled over Latin America to learn from experienced blenders. He has seen farms in every country, learned all about fermentation, characteristics of the tobacco and how to blend them together. And with his creativity, he developed the Trifecta line.


There are three different blends in the Trifecta series. For this review, we decided to go for the Brazilian Mata Fina & Sumatra. That’s the one with the green label. This perfecto can be smoked from both sides. The ring is mirrored, so it looks right from whatever side you smoke it. One side has a Sumatra wrapper, the other side has a Mata Fina wrapper. The binder is viso from Cameroon. The fillers all come from Nicaragua, where this cigar is produced.


The cigar looks odd. The shape, the ring that can be read upside down and the two-tone wrapper. The biggest part of the cigar has a darker colored wrapper, rough so that must be the Mata Fina. The other side has a smoother oily wrapper, which is the Sumatra. It would have looked nicer if the ring was exactly in the middle, and both wrappers would have an equal part of the cigar. But the idea is very cool. There is no cap, both sides are open. The cigar feels well constructed, although both ends feel a little soft. There is a strong barnyard aroma to this cigar. The ring is golden with the Tabac Trading Co logo on it and then two green stripes on the side. The stripes have the word Trifecta on it, mirrored. The design could be a little better, less plain, more exciting.


The cold draw is good. The cigar has a bit of dark chocolate, but also a sourness in the flavor profile before being lit. The call was made to light the Sumatra part of the wrapper. The cigar tastes like coffee, sugar, dried leaves and herbs. The sweetness is like powdered sugar. The leaves are slowly growing in strength just as the green herbs. A little musky, nutty flavor shows up too, with a buttery, thick mouthfeel. The nut flavor becomes more pronounced over the spicy herbs from the Cameroon binder. There is a good dose of pepper in the flavor profile too. Right before the change of the wrapper, the cigar gets a nice chocolate flavor, with nuts, spices, leather, and pepper. The mouthfeel is creamy again. As expected the cigar gets sweeter once the Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper starts burning. The cigar remains to be balanced, but the balance isn’t as good as with the Sumatra wrapper. The pepper is getting stronger with the sweetness. The nuttiness returns, but not as strong as before. Pepper is overpowering all other flavors.


The draw is fine. The smoke is thick and plenty in volume, above average. The light-colored ash is firm. The burn needed to be corrected a few times. The cigar is medium-full bodied, medium-full flavored as well. The smoke time is two and a half hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

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Gurkha Treinta Toro

Gurkha Treinta Toro. This cigar was released late 2019 to commemorate the 30th year since Kaizad Hansotia bought the Gurkha brand for $300 while on vacation. He noticed a man rolling cigars under the Gurkha name and selling them. He bought a few, loved them and offered to buy the brand. For just 300 US dollars he got the name and the rest is history. From that, he built a brand that is loved and hated in equal parts. Some swear by Gurkha, others hate the brand with a passion. But everybody has an opinion about Gurkha cigars, there is no in-between.

For the Gurkha Treinta, Hansotia worked with Aganorsa Leaf and the cigars are rolled at Aganorsa’s TABSA factory. That factory produces a lot of great private labels and is highly respected in the cigar community. The cigar utilizes an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper. The fillers and the binder are from Nicaragua. The binder is an Aganorsa Corojo 99. The fillers come from Esteli and Jalapa and include Criollo 98 and Corojo 99. The Toro is 6×54 in size.

The cigar looks good. The Habano Rosado wrapper doesn’t look oily but has a nice deep color with a reddish glow to it. There are a few thin veins. The cigar feels well packed. The white and gold ring features the Gurkha logo on the ring but is quite modest for a Gurkha cigar. The aroma is deep, manure and dark wood. It’s medium-strong in smell.

The cold draw is on the loose side. The cigar has a dry and slightly spicy tobacco flavor. From the start, the cigar has grass, coffee, leather, wood, and pepper. But all nicely balanced, although there is a little harshness on the back of the throat. But not unpleasant though. There is some nutmeg too. The cigar then turns smooth with lots of spices and a little wood and leather. Slowly some cocoa flavor shows up on the background as well. The flavors are smooth, it’s easy to retrohale this cigar. The second third starts with that beautiful mix of spices, some sweetness, hay, leather, and soil. The mouthfeel is creamy. Slowly there’s a toasted flavor that starts to emerge underneath the spices. The toast is becoming stronger, with more wood and still those nice, balanced mix of spices, pepper, and sweetness. In the final third, the flavors intensify. Still leather, wood, spices, and pepper but stronger. The finale is a little darker in flavor, more soil, wood and leather, fewer spices.

The draw is a little loose, but still within margins. The ash is white, dense and firm. It’s a stack of dimes. The smoke is good in volume and thickness. The burn is razor-sharp. This cigar is well balanced, smooth, and very pleasant. The cigar is medium-bodied, yet full-flavored. The smoke time is two hours and fifty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

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