Well, I don’t know where I got this cigar and there is not a lot of information online. And all the information I find is on mainly English websites. I do know it’s for sale in The Netherlands and that it’s a budget cigar with a price tag of 4 euro. I may have gotten it from a customer to try it and give my opinion.
The cigar is made in Nicaragua, but I don’t know by whom. It’s a 4×50 cigar with filler from Panama and Nicaragua, a binder from Nicaragua and a Brazilian wrapper. They come in 24 count boxes.
The wrapper is dark, or is it more of a two tone? Theres a clear difference in the color, it goes from dark to a little lesser dark. The ring is pretty nice, think, black and red, well printed with a simple modern design. The construction is good, the cap is nice, the cigar feels evenly packed. The medium strong aroma is classic cigar barnyard with a little bit of charcoal.
After cutting I get a great cold draw, mild spicy dry tobacco is what I taste. After lighting I taste a sharp mix of spices with dirt. After half an inch I taste dirt or soil. The sharpness fades, it’s just a dirt flavor halfway. The flavors don’t change anymore, just grow a little in strength.
The dense ash is bright white. The white smoke is thick and voluminous. The burn needed a few small corrections. The draw is fine. There isn’t much of development in this medium full bodied, medium flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour.
Would I buy this cigar again? No
This 5 x 48 Nicaraguan cigar isn’t available on the Dutch market, except for one shop in Amsterdam. They got a few boxes from Germany when their coorporation was looking for cigars to release on the Dutch market as a try out. The cigar has a pricetag of 3,60 euro.
The cigar, wrapped in cellophane, has a good construction and a pale wrapper with a big vein. The band is simple and is a Partagas lookalike. The cigar smells like hay, wood and a little bit of chocolate.
I can taste a little musty hay flavor with a little bit of pepper on the background. The musty flavor fades away after a few puffs and the pepper gets a bit stronger. After half an inch I get a metallic flavor and after an inch I can taste dry hay with wood, the pepper is gone.
Halfway I can no longer taste the metallic flavor and the pepper returns. A few puffs more and I can taste chocolate and the pepper gets stronger. The texture is quite dry. The hay gains some power too. At the end the chocolate disappears and the pepper gains more power.
The draw is a bit too hard and I think that is the reason I only get a little bit of smoke, although it gets better the further the cigar is smoked. The smoke is also kind of thin. The band is a Partagas rip off. The ash is quite light but with dark spots and quite firm. This little medium bodied medium flavored cigar didn’t last me an hour and the smoke had a strange chocolate smell to it.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, just a few. If you want a cheap, simple cigar to kill some time, this is a cigar I would grab.
Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10