Monthly Archives: April 2021

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

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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

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