Monthly Archives: April 2021

Royal Danish Double Ligero Short Robusto

Royal Danish Double Ligero Short Robusto. This is a cigar that is jam-packed with ligero fillers, making it a very strong cigar. Or at least, that’s what the warning on the label says. Double Ligero, extra strong. Blended in Denmark according to the ring, but made in Nicaragua. And that last part plays a big role in the new name of Royal Danish Cigars. The trademark for the brand is stripped by the Danish Royal Family. The new name is King of Ashes, House of Nicaragua.

This cigar is made in Nicaragua, but not a lot of the blend is revealed. Just that it’s packed with ligero fillers. The wrapper is Ecuadorian Habano. And the size, a 4½x54 Short Robusto. Even the manufacturer is undisclosed. Now, with the name change, it remains to be seen if this particular brand will return to the market. Time will tell.

The Colorado Maduro colored wrapper is rustic looking. The triple cap is a bit sloppy, making this cigar far from beautiful. The black and golden ring is nice though, with a Danish flag wearing a crown. The secondary ring is simple, white, and red. It only tells us that it’s double ligero, extra strong. And that the cigar is blended in Denmark. The construction feels good. The medium-strong aroma is woody.

The cold draw is good. The flavor is very spicy, very peppery. A tingling sensation on the lips before the cigar is even lit. The first puffs are strong, full of coffee, soil, pepper, dark chocolate, dry wood, and hay. With a little tickle in the back of the throat. Slowly the cigar gets more leather, some sweetness, yet still with pepper, coffee, and wood. The mouthfeel is very dry. The spices and sweetness gain strength, the wood, chocolate, and pepper remain while the other flavors disappear. The final third has more cedar, soil, pepper, and spices. There is also a little nuttiness. All balanced though, but strong.

The draw is fine, no complaints there. The burn is straight as an arrow. The salt and pepper colored ash is firm. The light blue smoke has a good volume, yet it could be a tad thicker. This cigar is full-bodied, medium-full flavored. The strength does pack a lot of nicotine and can cause a light-headed feeling. The smoke time is one hour and forty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Once in a while

Categories: 89, Nicaraguan cigars, Royal Danish | Tags: , , ,

San Jeronimo Habano Natural Robusto

San Jeronimo Habano Natural Robusto. A cigar distributed by Kafie Cigars, yet it’s not produced at Tabacalera Kafie y Cia. San Jerónimo is the oldest brand in existence in Honduras. It gets its name from a tobacco-producing region. According to the owner, Oscar Orlando Ferrera, the brand is around since the 1940s.

The San Jeronimo Habano Natural Robusto is a classic Robusto. That means 5×50. The filler tobaccos are from Nicaragua and Honduras. The binder is Honduran while the wrapper comes from Ecuador. The other two blends of San Jeronimo are a Connecticut and a Maduro. The artwork on all three cigars is the same, except for a different color foot ring.

The cigar feels a bit light. But that should not be an issue. The wrapper is decent, with some sparkles of minerals. It’s slightly oily and has a few veins. It’s Colorado colored. The construction feels good. As for the ring, what goes for the San Jeronimo Maduro goes for the San Jeronimo Habano as well, as the rings are identical. The golden outlines are too thick and don’t fit with the picture of the tobacco fields. The color scheme is off. And the picture is too detailed to be printed on a small ring to look good. The aroma is strong, very strong, and surprising. It’s all milk chocolate.

The milk chocolate is mildly present in the cold draw, but spicy straw is more prominent. The cold draw gives a good air resistance though. But once the cigar is lit, the milk chocolate is clearly noticeable again. There are a slight acidity and dry yet soft young wood. Then all of a sudden there is a toffee flavor, extremely unusual but quite nice. There is also a little spice. The sweetness is getting stronger and slightly creamy. Halfway the cigar is sweet, yet tangy. Like a sweet and sour Asian dish, but without the carbs from the rice. The balance is there, with a little spice. In the final third, the cigar has wood, leather, earthiness but with plenty of sweetness as well. A little rough around the edges, but that adds character. There are also dark spices in the flavor profile

The draw is great. The pepper and salt colored ash isn’t very firm. But the burn is great, and so is the smoke. This cigar has balance, it’s quite smooth but there is also a rough edge that gives it character. It is medium in body and flavor. The smoke time is two hours and thirty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

Categories: 90, Honduran cigars, San Jeronimo, Tabacalera Kafie y Cia | Tags: , , , ,

Drew Estate BOTL Lancero

Drew Estate BOTL Lancero. The online community Brothers of the Leaf aka botl.org. Starting in 2010, some manufacturers work with the community and release limited edition cigars. PDR was the first, with Drew Estate following two years later. Since 2013, Drew Estate released several versions of the BOTL.

In 2020, Drew Estate released three sizes for botl. The cigar has an American Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. There is an Ecuadorian Connecticut binder. The filler comes from Nicaragua. It is available in three sizes, Corona, Corona Gorda, and this 7×38 Lancero

This is not the prettiest cigar. But then again, most Connecticut Broadleaf cigars aren’t the prettiest in the humidor. The harsh sun is beating down on the plants every day, and just like the human skin, tobacco leaves start to look weathered under that constant violence from Mother Nature. But it fits the cigar, a thick oily rough looking wrapper, very dark with some rough veins. Add in the brown and copper-colored band with BOTL printed on it, and it does look appealing. The construction feels good. The aroma is a mixture of floral aromas and dark chocolate.

The cold draw is good. There is a spicy raw tobacco flavor in the cold draw. After lighting it’s very dark chocolate, like 85% or higher. The chocolate remains the main flavor but after a while, little floral flavors, vanilla bean sweetness, and a hint of the leather show up. Slowly towards the second third, there is a spice joining as well. There is coffee beneath the dark chocolate flavor too. The sweetness gets stronger while the dark chocolate bitterness tones down a bit. But it does not disappear. 

The ash is white as the hair of Gandalf. The smoke is a classic Drew Estate. That means thick, white, and a lot. The draw is great. The burn is straight as an arrow. This cigar isn’t as heavy as the appearance might suggest. It’s medium to medium-full in body and flavor. Well, balanced and the sweetness makes it very palatable. The smoke time is two hours and thirty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

Categories: 92, Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, Nicaraguan cigars, Undercrown | Tags: , , , ,

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro. Early 2017, Dutch entrepreneur and cigar aficionado Tom Mulder launched his La Sagrada Familia brand. As a passionate cigar enthusiast, Mulder thought about starting a brand. With help from his long-time friend Sasja van Horssen, he got in touch with Joya de Nicaragua. After a trip to Nicaragua and smoking several test blends, La Sagrada Familia was born.

The first blend is a cigar with Nicaraguan filler and binder. The wrapper is Habano from Ecuador. The cigars are popular in Tom’s home country The Netherlands. But when he left a few cigars at a cigar bar in Malaysia during a vacation, Malaysian cigar connoisseurs begged a distributor to carry the brand as well. And now the cigars are also available in Germany. Mulder isn’t looking for quick expansion but is adding more countries slowly.

The cigar looks good. A nice oily Colorado colored wrapper, without any thick veins. A simple ring, yet recognizable and clean in design. White, blue, and silver-gray. The cigar feels good. No detectable plugs of soft spots. The aroma is strong, deep, and intense. Spices, earthy, yet with some sweetness.

The cold draw is perfect. It leaves a spicy, mildly peppery, raising flavor on the palate. The cigar is mild earthy, mildly spicy but the main flavor is a creamy latte. The mouthfeel turns dry. As far as flavors go, some sawdust, caramel, spice, and leather show up. A little vinegar binds the flavors together. The coffee flavor remains, with some leather and hay. Then nutmeg and chocolate show up. At the end of the first third, the cigar has cedar, leather, coffee, pepper, and spices. The coffee remains in the second third, but now with a stronger acidity. The acidity mellows out, leaving more coffee, spice, and a little pepper to shine. The final third has more character. More wood, more leather, little earthiness. Some sweetness in the retrohale. There is a nice dose of pepper as well. All flavors are getting stronger.

The draw is flawless. The white ash is firm. The smoke is thick, white, and full. The burn is razor-sharp. It’s a medium-bodied, medium-full-flavored cigar growing to medium-full in strength. Well balanced and smooth. But the cigar loses character after a year of aging, so we suggest to smoke them when they are on the younger side. The last third had that character that was lacking in the first part. The smoke time is three hours and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will

Categories: 92, Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, La Sagrada Familia, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , , ,

RoMa Craft Neanderthal SGP

RoMa Craft Neanderthal SGP. This cigar was originally released as an annual limited edition for Riverside Cigar Shop and Lounge of Jeffersonville, Ind. and Serious Cigars of Houston, Texas. But the cigar is now available at more retailers. The first time the cigar was seen was at the IPCPR trade show in 2014. The Neanderthal was a new release that year with one regular production size and this size limited to two stores and a total production of 250 boxes a year. The line has grown to more sizes since then.

This 4¼x52 vitola is made with tobacco from four different countries. The outside is a Mexican wrapper from San Andres. Underneath is an American grown Connecticut Broadleaf binder. The filler comes from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and The United States. Pennsylvania to be more precise. And it is a double Ligero, which is dubbed Green River Sucker One. It contains two to three times more nicotine than Ligero grown in Esteli, Nicaragua.

The cigar looks great. The head is flat as a dime, which is a unique feature for RoMa Craft. As far as we can recall, this is the only company that flattens the head like this. The wrapper is dark, oily, and smooth. The ring doesn’t have letters but the neanderthal name is embossed. The only thing printed on the label is a small RoMa Craft logo. The construction feels perfect. The cigar has a strong aroma. Charred wood, barnyard, and spices.

The cold draw is fantastic. Mild spicy, with great air resistance. Straight from the start, the power flexes its muscles. Coffee, leather, earthiness, pepper, and spice. Or, as Skip Martin would say “well-fermented tobacco”. Slowly more flavors develop. Sweetness, with smokey hickory flavors, almost like a barbecue. With pepper, earthiness, coffee, and leather. Leather, hickory, spices, and pepper remain the main flavors. The flavors turn more to leather and wood with pepper around the halfway point. With a dry mouthfeel. The flavors don’t really change after that. But it’s still a darn tasty cigar.

The draw is great, just like the burn. The cigar produces a lot of smoke, thick, white smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is reasonably firm. The cigar is strong. It is full-bodied without a doubt. But still balanced. The flavors are full as well. The smoking time is two hours and forty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes.

Categories: 92, Nica Sueno, Nicaraguan cigars, RomaCraft | Tags: , , , , ,

Condega Serie F Mini Robusto

Condega Serie F Mini Robusto. A brand that is on the market since 2002 in the United States, and since 2006 in Spain. But in the last few years, the brand sees expansion with the speed of light. The Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, France, and other European countries are supplied. Outside Europe, countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Israel, Jordan, and Angola are also selling Condega. Since the Spanish distributor acquired the rights to market the brand internationally, the brand is booming. More on the history of Condega is in Ministry of Cigars article about the brand.

The cigars are made in Nicaragua. By Aganorsa Leaf and its factory TABSA. Eduardo Fernandez, the owner of Aganorsa Leaf, is the founder of the brand. The late Arsenio Ramos is the blender. Aganorsa is famous for Corojo, and this cigar is heavy on Corojo 99. It’s the wrapper. It’s also the binder. And combined with Criollo 98, it’s also in the filler. This mini robusto measures 4½x50 and you can find it below 4 euro in many European countries. The brand is extremely budget-friendly.

When it comes to looks, this cigar isn’t a winner. The wrapper is wrinkled like an old lady who’s been soaking in a bathtub for an hour. But the ring is nice. It is the ring that Habanos uses as inspiration for the Partagas Serie D #4. The Condega ring is the original. And it looks better, cleaner, and sharper than the Partagas version. Although, Condega is slowly changing the design to move away from the unwanted association with Partagas. Many people think that Condega is stealing from Partagas, but it’s the other way around. The construction feels good though. The cigar has a mild floral aroma.

The cold draw is fine. There isn’t much flavor in the cold draw, just some earthiness, and salt. Once lit, the experience is different. Brown spices, with cinnamon as the leading flavor. Cedar, smooth coffee. The flavors are creamy, like cappuccino with a hint of chocolate. The chocolate is slowly getting stronger, still creamy as in chocolate milk. Halfway the classic Corojo nuttiness shows up. Still creamy, with that dark chocolate in the back of the throat. Then there is coffee again, with dark chocolate, some pepper, and that nuttiness. All with a hint of cream. The flavors aren’t changing much. The pepper gets stronger, there is a little more cedar. But the balance is nice, the flavors are great.

The draw is good. The light-colored ash is firm. The smoke is fine. There is enough smoke, and it has a nice thickness and a nice color. The cigar is smooth, soft, and creamy. Medium-bodied, medium flavored. The burn is good. This is one of the best budget-friendly cigars available on the market. Balanced, smooth, flavorful, and easy on the wallet. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

Categories: 90, Condega, Nicaraguan cigars, TABSA | Tags: , , , , ,

Davidoff tasting cigar figurado

Davidoff tasting cigar figurado. Pre-release cigars or test blends leak into the hands of cigar enthusiasts from time to time. But the Davidoff tasting cigar figurado isn’t either of them. Yet, it is a cigar that is not for sale. Honestly, I don’t know the story behind this cigar. All we know is that it comes from Davidoff. The cigar doesn’t have a ring but the sticker on the cellophane is clearly Davidoff and says “tasting cigar, not for sale”.

Davidoff Distributors managing director Roy Sommer is a friend of me. And he is responsible for gifting this unique cigar. A cigar of which we know nothing. The blend is unknown and there is literally no information to find online. The Herics Cigar Tape is useful so that at least the correct size is known. 6¾x52 in a figurado shape.

The Colorado to Colorado Maduro colored wrapper looks a little rough for a Davidoff cigar. But then again, this isn’t a cigar for sale so aesthetics aren’t part of the deal. The cigar also lacks a ring. The shape is wonderful, with an almost closed foot and all capped head. This cigar comes from a skillful roller, that is for sure. The construction feels great. The strong aroma is Cubanesque. The manure and barnyard aroma that you would expect from a good, slightly aged Habanos cigar.

The cold draw is surprisingly good. It gives pepper and chocolate. One lit, those flavors are gone. A dry sweetness with hay is the flavor profile at the start of the cigar. The sweetness remains, but now with leather, coffee, and earthiness. Sweet licorice shows up as well. After a third, there is some pepper too. But the main flavor is still sweet licorice. The leather gets stronger, but still with a lot of sweetness. In the retrohale, cedar is noticeable. Halfway the sweetness mellows out. It is still there, but not as strong anymore. In the final third, wood is the dominant flavor. Wood with peanuts and sweetness.

The draw is amazing. The white ash is pretty but not very firm. The burn is straight and slow. The flavors are smooth, balanced, and well rounded. The tobacco is probably aged. The smoke is plentiful, thick, and white. The smoke time is two hours and forty-five minutes. The cigar is medium in body and flavor.

Would I buy this cigar again? Well, it is not for sale.

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Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill. A new twist on an iconic cigar, well, that was the introduction of the Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill in 2010. A new vitola, shorter and thicker than the original Churchill. With 5⅛x55 its almost 2 inches shorter than the 7×47 Julieta No.2 as the Churchill is originally called. But much fatter. And the Romeo y Julieta Julieta No.2 is the reason why that 7×47 size is now known as Churchill. It was the favorite cigar of the British Prime Minister, who according to the legend, smoked 8 of these long, elegant cigars a day. That’s how they got known as ‘the Churchill cigars’, and later on just as Churchill.

Habanos is banking on the Churchill name. Since 2006, several new Romeo y Julieta sizes were introduced with the Churchill name incorporated. The short Churchills (4⅞x50) in 2006 is a classic robusto, but Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill gives the vitola a more prestigious name. Then this fat robusto sized Wide Churchill was introduced in 2010. 2012 was the year of the Petit Churchills. Any other brand would call these 4×50 cigars Petit Robusto, but Romeo y Julieta can use the name Churchill for all we care. As they are Churchill’s brand. There is also a 7½x56 Grand Churchill, but that was a special release in a humidor in 2018.

The cigar looks pretty good. Nicely shaped, no veins on the wrapper. Colorado colored with a beautiful triple cap. The white, red, and gold of the Romeo y Julieta ring go well with the secondary wide Churchill ring. And that ring is a tribute to the original Romeo y Julieta Churchill. That cigar used to come with just that golden ring. The construction feels good. The aroma is very mild, lightly toasted.

The cold draw is fine. The flavor is dried spices and cedar. Once lit, there is sweetness, pepper, grass, and a lot of coffee. Very flavorful straight from the start. The flavors are dry, and slowly cedar makes an entrance with some citrus. The mouthfeel is dry, but there is a pleasant vanilla sweetness. Floral notes as well, with the coffee and cedar. Then in the second third, there’s more dry leather, floral notes, cedar, vanilla, and a little bit of pepper. The final third is typical Cuban. Leather, coffee, cedar with a little spice. The mouthfeel is still dry. The finale also reveals some nuts and more black pepper.

The draw is fine, and the smoke is thick. Light blue, and good in volume. The ash is white with some darker smears. There is a little roughness in the flavors along the halfway mark. The burn is straight. This cigar is medium in strength and medium in flavor. The smoke time is two hours and ten minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I would not mind smoking it again

Categories: Nicaraguan cigars

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