Monthly Archives: January 2021

Viking Valhalla Churchill

Viking Valhalla Churchill. This is a cigar with a little bit of history. For more than 20 years, sigar.com is a distributor for cigars in Norway. The company had private labels such as Amero and Chess before discontinuing them. A new private label was released. One that celebrated the Nordic history. Viking Cigars. The fourth blend, released in 2018 is the Viking Valhalla. And that’s when things get confusing. Viking Cigars is not American Viking Cigars, so that’s already a very similar name. But when it comes to Valhalla, things are more complicated. Scandinavian Tobacco Group owns the Valhalla trademark. Viking sells a cigar named Valhalla. Freyja sells cigars under the Valhalla name. And Royal Danish sells cigars with Valhalla on the ring. 

All Viking cigars for sigar.com are produced in the Dominican Republic. At La Alianza, the factory of industry veteran Ernesto Perez Carrillo. For the Valhalla, Perez Carrillo and Hakon Aanonsen from sigar.com used an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The duo never disclosed the filler and binder. There are four vitolas available. You can read several other Viking reviews on the site. For this review, the 6½x54 Churchill is selected.

The cigar looks great. A thick, dark, greasy, oily wrapper. The pigtail fits the look. The dark ring, black with gold and typical Nordic design. The cool thing about this ring is that it isn’t paper. It’s a metal alloy. Not sturdy, so you can bend it around the cigar. The only thing is that this ring isn’t as detailed as the rings on the other three Viking lines. But still, unique and pretty. The cigar feels well constructed. There is a strong barnyard aroma with hay and straw.

The cold draw is good. A mild wood flavor with some floral notes. Lit there is a mixture of herbs, coffee, sweetness, leather, and earthiness. Quickly after some salty wood shows up, which disrupts the balance in the cigar. The salty wood isn’t the most pleasant experience. It’s a little rough. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky. A walnut flavor slowly starts to come through. The salty flavor disappears, and the balance returns. The flavors are more rounded now. Black pepper shows up too. The pepper and walnuts are more pronounced. The walnut is persistent, the pepper changes from black to red chili. The mouthfeel remains thick, meaty, and creamy, like a mousse. There is some leather in there as well. In the final third, the cigar gets slightly rough again. There is a red pepper tongue bite.

The draw is great. The white ash is firm. Thick white smoke in large quantities. When it comes to those aspects, this cigar delivers. The burn is straight as a ladies man. This cigar is medium-bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is two hours and forty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I will stick to the Viking Viking or Viking Nordic Warrior.

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MAB Reserve Natural Lancero

MAB Reserve Natural Lancero. If you never heard of this cigar, that is not your lack of knowledge. This brand is quite big in Slovakia but you can’t find it easily outside Slovakia. The main cigar importer and distributor for Slovakia is the company behind the MAB brand. It’s their private label, and they sell a lot of them at their Dom Cigar Shops in the country. Outside of Slovakia, I only encountered the brand in The Netherlands, and only for a brief period of time.

There are several European cigar importers with private labels. I am surprised that none of them do a quid pro quo. It’s easy for one distributor to say to another “if you distribute my brand in your territory, I will distribute your brand in mine”. If My&Mi would do that, this Dominican made cigar would be available in more countries. And the blend with Dominican filler and binder with a Cuban seed wrapper would get more attention.

The cigar looks good. A nice dark and oily wrapper. A pigtail is always bonus points when it comes to presentation. The beige ring with gold and dark red is simple. A nice ring would make the cigar look better. The construction feels good. The cigar has a strong aroma of hay, barnyard, and livestock smells.

The cold draw is great. There is a little bit of chocolate in the cold draw, but also leather. After lighting, the cigar has coffee, earthy notes, a bit of dark chocolate, hay, and pepper. The flavors evolve to salt and spices. The flavors change again. Leather, salt, wood, and pepper. The spice and wood get a little sweet note. The sweetness gets more pronounced with dark spices and wood. In the end, leather makes a comeback while the sweetness disappears.

The draw is fantastic. Lanceros are not only one of the most difficult vitolas to smoke, they are also one of the most difficult cigars to roll. This one is fantastic, kudos to the torcedor. The ash is light in color, dense, and firm. The burn is straight as an arrow and slow. The smoke is thick and white. Plentiful too. This cigar is medium in body and medium in flavor. It starts without balance, but halfway that balance is rectified. The smoke time is two hours and thirty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I need a few more to make up my mind about this cigar.

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Kristoff Vengeance Toro

Kristoff Vengeance Toro. A cigar introduced in 2018, even though the name is much older. The name was discontinued in 2011, but the blend wasn’t. The old Vengeance blend is now the Kristoff GC Signature Series. Ministry of Cigars reviewed that cigar before. But the name was put on ice for seven years while Kristoff was focussing on further building the brand on the global market.

In 2018 the brand was re-introduced. But since the original blend is still in use, it came with a new blend. A dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over an Indonesian binder. Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos are used as filler. The Kristoff Vengeance is available as a 6½x60 Perfecto, 6×60 Gordo, 5×50 Robusto, and a 6¼x54 Toro. The last size is the one that is being reviewed.

The cigar looks scary. The very dark wrapper. The black ring with the silver-colored print. The oiliness of the wrapper. The closed foot and the rugged pigtail. This cigar just looks intimidating. The construction feels good. The strong aroma has hints of a barnyard, oak, charred wood, and roasted coffee beans.

The cold draw is surprisingly loose. Usually, a closed foot will give some issues in the cold draw. There is a fresh woody flavor in the cold draw. Once lit it has sweet, yet strong, coffee. The mouthfeel is dry, with coffee, nuts, a little black pepper. A hint of milk chocolate shows up too, with more black pepper. There is some sweetness of dried fruit. Acidity shows up with wood. Almost like red wine vinegar. The cigar mellows out when it comes to dynamics. Wood, earthiness, leather with black pepper, and a hint of milk chocolate are what remain in the first third. The chocolate slowly gets stronger, just as the sweetness. There is still a lot of wood, supported by earthiness, leather, and dried fruits. In the final third, there is nuttiness behind the chocolate. All with wood, black pepper, and earthiness as supporting flavors. Coffee returns.

The draw is fantastic. The pepper and salt colored ash has thick rings but it is firm. There are copious amounts of thick, white smoke. The burn is good. The cigar isn’t as strong as the looks. It’s medium to full-bodied. Medium to full-flavored as well. The smoke time is three hours and thirty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I would pick the GC series. This is good, but the GC Signature series fit my profile better.

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Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto. A budget cigar released in the summer of 2018 by Maya Selva. It’s a brand extension for the already established Villa Zamorano cigars that are available all over Europe. The line was released in 2018 and won a cigar trophy from Cigar Journal a year later. The best value Honduras award went to Villa Zamorano Reserva

The Villa Zamorano Reserva is a Honduran Puro. Made with exclusively Honduran tobaccos. The wrapper comes from Jamastran, from the Habano strain. The robusto is a classic 5×50 size. With a Cuban triple cap. Other sizes available are the Intenso, Expreso, Corona, No.15, El Gordo, and Churchill. For this review, we chose the Robusto vitola.

The cigar is good looking. A nice, evenly colored wrapper. Colorado Maduro in color. And quite smooth looking, without big veins. The triple cap isn’t perfect though. The ring could use an update. This is a budge cigar and the ring shows it. Simple, not flashy at all. The secondary ring is bright red with white. The main ring is brown, black, and orange with white letters. The rings don’t match. The construction feels good. The aroma is strong. Wood, hay, and barnyard with a mild pepper tingle in the nose.

The cold draw is good. Earthy with green herbs is the taste of the cold draw. Once lit, the cigar releases a nice smooth coffee flavor. The coffee remains but with green herbs, salt, and a little grassy flavor. The flavors then change to soil with cinnamon sweetness, nutmeg. There is still a grassy or hay flavor on the background as well. Slowly the cigar turns toasty with nuts and sweetness. But all a little rough around the edges. The spice flavor is very nice, and after a third, it’s accompanied by leather and wood. There was a bit of a flavor that made the cigar less enjoyable. But halfway that layer is gone. The cigar gets more spices with a little pepper. There is a slight harshness in the back of the throat. The final third starts with spice and floral notes. The cigar gets creamy as well. Some pepper shows up in the last part. The finale has pepper and nuts.

The draw is great. The flavors are balanced and smooth. Yet a little rough around the edges. The smoke is nice and thick. The burn needed a touch up once. It’s a medium-bodied cigar, medium-flavored too. With a good construction and firm, light-colored ash. The evolution in this cigar is remarkable for a budget cigar. The smoke time is three hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? For €3,90, yes probably I would

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Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes. The eminent is the toro in the line up of the Davidoff Puro d’Oro line. The line was introduced in 2010, with the Eminentes as a line addition in 2011. This particular cigar is a well-aged cigar from the personal collection of the Managing Director UK for Davidoff Distributors U.K. For some reason, the golden Davidoff ring is missing except for the foot ring. According to the Managing Director UK, this cigar is from 2009, making it a pre-release. And that could be the reason for the missing ring.

The cigar is slightly larger and thicker than a regular 6×50 toro. It measures 6¼x52. And it’s one of the Dominican puros from Davidoff. All the tobacco in the cigar is aged for a minimum of five years. And the wrapper, hailing from Yamasa, is developed by no other than Henke Kelner himself.

The cigar looks good. It looks better with just the foot ring in extremely glossy gold color. The embossing on the ring gives the ring more grandeur. The Colorado colored wrapper is smooth, oily, and silky. The little pigtail is a nice touch. The construction feels great. A mild yet spicy aroma finishes the pre-light experience

The cold draw is easy. The cold draw gives a spicy wood and soil flavor. Once lit, it’s all about strong black coffee. Coffee, coffee, and coffee. Slowly some soil and charred wood join the coffee. The flavors are dark yet very pleasant. A faint nut flavor shows up as well, with some spices. Slowly some sweetness shows up too with faint leather. But the coffee never disappears completely. The coffee remains the base flavor, but now with a little more spice, some grass, earthiness, and leather. Halfway the flavors turn. The coffee mellows down, wood becomes more dominant with some sweetness, white pepper, and spices. The final third is more wood, with still some coffee, and an increasing dose of pepper.

The draw is great. The smoke is thick and full, and plenty in volume. The burn is slow and straight with firm white ash. This is indeed a full-bodied cigar from Davidoff, full-flavored as well. Even though the cigar packs a punch, it never gets mean. The balance is fantastic. The smoke time is four hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes. This is a Davidoff I truly enjoyed.

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