Bucanero Z Toro & Churchill

A few years ago Robert Spoden from Bucanero Cigars send me a sampler of cigars and a few of them I reviewed for the blog, but two of them got lost on the bottom shelve of the humidor. I found them while organizing my humidor last year and have been meaning to review the remaining cigars but there is so much to review. Today I was browsing my inventory on my stogierate account and saw the name so I decided to pick the Bucanero Z for a series review.

This Nicaraguan blend is made with Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers and a Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador. I remember enjoying the Canon Cubano and the Treasures of Costa Rica quite a lot, so my expectations for this Bucanero Z are high, and I always root for the underdogs, the small companies that do things their own way like Robert Spoden does with his family owned, veteran run, company that sells their cigars on his own website and doesn’t have sales representatives trying to push the cigars into every humidor in the country.

Bucanero Z Toro

The 6×50 box pressed cigar looks great, a nice milky chocolate wrapper with a few veins and a mild shine from the natural oils. The construction feels good and the cap is placed nicely. The ring is of high quality paper and printing, pitch black with a golden Z and golden outlines and then white letters with a red outline saying Bucanero. The ring is clean, clear and beautiful. The aroma is medium strong after all these years and have a barnyard smell.

I cut the cigar and the cold draw is perfect. I taste a little raisin, dry tobacco and some white pepper. After lighting I taste coffee and earthy flavors with a nice amount of sweetness. After a quarter of an inch I still taste the earthy and coffee flavors but now with a marzipan like sweetness, soft and creamy, and a peppery aftertaste. After an inch the pepper grows stronger, the marzipan and the coffee have disappeared and the earthy flavor has a little lemon in it. Halfway I get a hint of chocolate too, with the lemony soil and the strong black pepper. There is a mild nuttiness too, peanuts to be more precise and the flavor is getting stronger. Near the end the soil and pepper are flavors I taste with a little salt on the background, the chocolate and peanuts disappeared.

The draw is flawless and the smoke is full, both in volume and thickness, with a beautiful white color. The ash is light gray, past dense and part beautifully layered. The burn is razor sharp. The cigar is medium full bodied and full flavored. The smoke time is an hour and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes and I recommend everyone to check out this brand.

Score: 92

Bucanero Z Churchill

The 7×50 Churchill looks thinner due to the box pressed shape and has a nice  light brown wrapper with only a few thin veins. The touch is velvet like. The construction feels good, the cap is placed nicely, all in all this is a good looking cigar with a very pretty ring as described above. The cigar has a mild woody aroma.

I cut the cigar, the cold draw is fine. I just taste a bit of a salty tobacco flavor. After lighting I taste a coffee, dirt, lemon and herb flavor. After half an inch I taste herbs, licorice, lemon and sawdust. After a third I taste a nice red pepper. Halfway i taste wood and herbs with a little pepper. The final third starts peppery and with five spice, a little sweetness and lemon. The pepper grows in strength with cinnamon and a bit of a carrot flavor that I happen to like.

The draw is fantastic. The light gray colored ash is layered and dense. The smoke is nice and thick. I would call this cigar medium plus bodied and full flavored. There is enough evolution. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I prefer the Toro.

Score: 91

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Bucanero treasures of Costa Rica robusto

A few years ago I got in touch with Bucanero Cigars and they shipped me a nice sampler in exchange for reviews. I have to admit I am ashamed that I haven’t reviewed all of their cigars yet, time to make up for it and start smoking and writing. I picked the 5×50 Treasures of Costa Rica robusto, a Costa Rican puro, made with 3 years aged tobacco, add the two years that it has been stored in my humidor and you can calculate the age of the tobacco.
First thing that stands out is the band, it’s big and it’s golden. No print but a relieved surface, I like the idea but noticed that it is hard to read when it’s sunny. The wrapper is chocolate brown, shiny and oily. I smell a barnyard smell. The construction is good. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin with some pepper on the tip of my tongue.
I taste an acidic, mild metallic, citrus flavor with earth and coffee. The sharp edges fade away immediately, now I taste a mild citrus flavor with some coffee. The flavors are quite comforting. After half an inch I taste citrus with earth and chocolate.
After a third I taste less of the citrus and more wood with herbs, pepper and a tiny bit of chocolate. Halfway I taste wood with citrus and some nuts in the aftertaste
The cigar lasts me for seventy-five minutes. I got a lot of medium thick smoke. The draw is great and the burn is good. The ash is dark, coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? I will, I like Costa Rican tobacco and think it is way underrated.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Bucanero Canon Cubano

Tonight I smoked a Canon Cubano maduro from Bucanero cigars, kindly send to my by Bucanero president Robert Spoden. The Canon Cubano is a 5 ½ inch ring 60 cigar made from Nicaraguan, Italian, Costa Rican and Honduran tobacco with a Nicaraguan habano wrapper.
The cigar is a beauty, water ran through my mouth as soon as I saw the cigar, dark wrapper with some fine veins, looks a bit oily. One of the prettiest cigars I’ve seen so far, with a beautiful black & silver band and the fine smell of straw. The construction worried me a bit because it’s not consistent, some parts are firm while other parts are less firm but it did not affect the burn, draw or flavors so my worries were unfounded.
Cutting a ring 60 is hard to do, because it hardly fits in my Xikar Xi2 cutter, but the cut was nice and clean and with the predraw I could taste a bit of pepper. After lighting the cigar I can taste the pepper again but soon there is smooth leather, like expected with Cuban seed tobacco. I could also taste some cacao before the leather grew in strength. Later on there was a creamy toast flavor.
This cigar is full bodied but with a nice smoothness. The smoke is full and the ash is nice silvery gray and firm, the ash grew about 2 inch before breaking off. At a third of the cigar I had to correct the burn. The cigar doesn’t die soon, which is a big plus.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I love it.
Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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