Monthly Archives: June 2021

Casdagli Basilica C #1 Maduro

Casdagli Basilica C #1 Maduro. The only Maduro blend in the Casdagli Basilica line. Where there three sizes for the Casdagli Basilica C blend, there is only one size for the Casdagli Basilica C Maduro version. The same goes for the Casdagli Basilica A. The line is inspired by the Saudi Arabian Casdagli clients who asked for a cigar to match with their oriental tea and citrus cuisine. The name comes from the Ancient Greek term meaning Royal House. And that refers to Villa Casdagli in Cairo.

The exposed tobacco at the foot of the cigar leads the smoker gently into the bold flavors according to Casdagli. And the bold flavors of this 6×52 Toro come from an Ecuadorian Corojo Maduro wrapper around a Dominican binder. The filler is from Peru, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. This cigar is a tribute to Emmanual Casdagli, the patriarch of the family. He was a wealthy cotton farmer and horse breeder in Egypt back in the day. And that explains why the family had such a beautiful villa in Cairo.

The cigar looks great. An evenly colored, very dark wrapper with a little bit of the binder and filler exposed at the foot. The wrapper looks flawless. Beautiful black and golden rings with the portrait of Emanuel Casdagli. The construction feels good. The aroma is almost Cubanesque. Farm aromas such as animals, barnyard, and hay.

The cold draw is great. There is a mild flavor of dark spices, freshness, yet with a little peppery kick. The first puffs are dark. Dark roasted coffee beans, earthiness, dark chocolate, those kinds of flavors. Pleasantly bitter, well rounded. Especially when some sweetness shows up to take the edge off. The mouthfeel is creamy, yet there is also a little taste of chili flakes. It all accumulates to a creamy, smooth, yet characterful flavor profile. The Maduro wrapper delivers the right amount of sweetness to bind all the flavors together. When the first wave of flavors calms down, there is leather, earthiness, cedar, and dark chocolate. Dark chocolate remains the dominant flavor, with here and there a hint of hay. The sweetness has reminiscence of dried fruits. The beautiful, balanced mixture of dried fruits, leather, earthiness, and dark chocolate remains. With a little bit of spice from green herbs. At the halfway point, the dried fruit mellows out. The dark chocolate gets a bit of a kick. The final third has sweetness again, with dark spices and wood. Still balanced and well-rounded flavors. The finale is wood, spice, and pepper with dark roast coffee.

The draw is flawless. The burn is straight and the light-colored ash is firm and dense. The smoke is good in both volume and thickness. This cigar is well balanced, smooth, yet full in flavor and body. The smoke time is three hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I love this cigar.

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Liga Privada Nasty Fritas

Liga Privada Nasty Fritas. The younger sibling of the Papas Fritas. And part of the Liga Privada Year of the Rat sampler for the Chinese zodiac Year of the Rat. I reviewed a lot of the Year of the Rat cigar releases, but not this sampler. Time to do so.

The cigar is a medium filler. Made from leftover tobacco and clippings of the Liga Privada T52 and Liga Privada #9 production. In that way, this is very similar to the Liga Privada Papas Fritas but in a different vitola. In a cone-shaped 4×52 Pyramid to be precise. The wrapper is from Connecticut and it’s broadleaf Oscuro. The binder is Brazilian Mata Fina. The filler consists of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos.

This is a funny looking cigar. The shape was clear even though the cigar is covered in blue wax paper. But once unwrapped the cone shape with the short, yet stubby, antenna of tobacco at the head makes this cigar sort of a gimmick to see. The construction feels good. The ring is similar to all Liga Privada rings. Small, simple, with the Liga Privada logo and the name of the vitola. Nothing more, nothing less. The wrapper looks leathery and the aroma is leathery too. The closed foot fits the look of the cigar.

Even with the closed foot, the cold draw is easy. The first puffs are confusing. Leather with cayenne pepper. But also sweetness. And a dry, almost dusty mouthfeel. The flavor in the mouth is nice, but the retrohale gives a dry, yet musty wood flavor in the nose. The cigar doesn’t really develop. Once the first dust is settled, it’s mainly spice with leather and wood. Halfway there’s wood with a mushroom flavor, mild leather, some spice, and some pepper. And it’s all tied together with a mild citrus flavor. But everything is mellow, muted. Nothing like any other Liga Privada. The finale is pure and strong leather with sweetness and white pepper.

The draw is very good. And the smoke, well, this is a Drew Estate cigar so the fire brigade probably had a few calls due to excessive smoke clouds over our office, The burn is great too. The light-colored ash is dense and firm. The smoke time is one hour and thirty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I rather pay a little extra for a #9 to T52

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Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva. In the last decade, Marko Bilic created a monster. From the first Cigar Smoking World Championship event to a series of worldwide qualifiers and a finale in Split, Croatia. And even though, in our humble opinion, cigars aren’t meant to be competitive, it’s a cool event. Last year, we entered the qualifier in Kuala Lumpur and had a great time. It’s fun, it’s all about camaraderie, friendship and having a good time with like-minded people.

Since this year, Rocky Patel is the cigar provider for the CSMW. With a blend created especially for the event. Rocky Patel, Marko Bilic, and the Rocky Patel team use a Mexican San Andres wrapper. The binder comes from Nicaragua. The filler tobaccos are from Honduras and Nicaragua. The official event cigar is a 5¼x42 Mareva, but the cigars are also available in Robusto and Toro. Rocky Patel’s factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, is responsible for manufacturing. The factory name is Tavicusa, Tabacalera Villa de Cuba SA.

The wrapper is a bit rough, with some veins. It looks a bit dry. But the dark color is a perfect contrast for the metallic copper-colored ring with the white letters. The cloth foot ring is orange in color. The cigar feels well constructed. The ring is actually glued to the cigar, so competitors can’t cheat the competition rules. The aroma isn’t very strong. It’s earthy and vegetal.

The cold draw is good. Slightly sweet raw tobacco on the palate. Once lit, dark chocolate is the first thing to hit the palate. Creamy dark chocolate. Slowly some leather, earthiness, and black pepper show up as well. In the second third, the cigar gets more complex. There are more flavors. Still that dark chocolate, but now with green herbs, a little more pepper, leather, and some wood. Slowly the cigar gets more wood and sweetness. But that dark chocolate remains the main flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy. In the final third, the flavors are quite similar, just more intense.

The draw is great. The ash is light-colored and firm. Which is good, as there is a penalty for breaking the ash in the first half-hour of the competition. The burn is good, although I had to relight once. The smoke is fine. Enough in volume, decent in thickness. Nothing out of the ordinary though. The cigar has a nice complexity, without being overly aggressive. With its medium strength in both body and flavor, this is a cigar that everybody can stomach. The evolution and built-up are great. The smoke time is one hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I want a box

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Partagas Serie P No. 2

Partagas Serie P No. 2. And Serie is a little bit of an overexaggerating here. As this is the only regular production size in the ‘series’. The Series P is a 2005 release, in this size, and this size only. It comes in boxes of 10 and boxes of 25. There is one other release with this blend. That is a 5×50 Petit Pyramid, only available in jars for the travel and duty-free market. And as far as we know, it’s a limited edition. So the Partagas Serie isn’t a series, but a one-off. The Petit Pyramid is a 2009 release. In the last 15 years, no other sizes of the Partagas Serie P have surfaced.

As always with Cubatabaco and Habanos, the cigar is a Cuban puro. That means the filler, binder, and wrapper are all from the island. This cigar was purchased as a single cigar, without looking at the box code. Therefore it’s a mystery in what factory this cigar is made. In Cuba production of brands is spread over several factories. It’s not one factory for one brand or two brands. But any brand can be made in a whole group of factories. The production month and date are unknown too. But it’s at least a year old.

The cigar doesn’t really look good. Colorado colored wrapper with small veins. But one nasty looking vein om the back. The ring is the same as the iconic Partagas Serie D ring. Red with gold letters. Something Partagas copied from Condega, not the other way around as many people think. The cigar feels a bit hard. The tip is a little crooked. Overall not the best looking cigar. But also not so bad that it looks unsmokable. The aroma is mild yet nice. Floral, fresh linen, those kinds of flavors. Like a hamper full of freshly washed clothes.

The cold draw is great. The freshness of the aroma is represented in the cold draw. Floral, minty. Once lit, the cigar tells a different story. Leather, dry leather. Although there is some floral flavor as well. And some spice. Brown spices grow in strength, with some cedar, leather, and earthiness. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy. After a third, the cigar gets more floral sweetness and even a hint of vanilla. Combine that with cedar, brown spices, and a little bit of orange peel acidity, and that’s what this cigar gives. The cedar, smooth and creamy, gets more pronounced. There is a hint of black pepper, floral notes, and toast. The flavors increase in strength a little, but not much.

The draw is great. The burn is straight as an arrow. The smoke is thick enough, there is volume enough, nothing to complain about when it comes to smoke. The cigar starts out mellow, mild. Mild bodied, which is not common for the medium to medium-full Partagas blend. And mild flavored. That raises the question of whether this is an aged, or even vintage, cigar. The cigar remains smooth until the end. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? This is a nice morning smoke.

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