Cruzero de Panama

Cruzero de Panama churchill

Cruzero de Panama is an old Panamanian brand which has recently been re-released as explained in the review of the Cruzero de Panama robusto. I got a few of the Cruzero de Panama and Marca Fina robusto from a cigar shop. They were left over from a tasting. I kept one of each for a review and gave the others away to members of my Dutch website sigarenliefhebber.nl. The 7×46 churchills have a price tag of 8.50 EUR.
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The cigar looks good, the band is great, nice colors and nice design, it reminds me of knights and medieval times. The wrapper is light with a few veins and when punching it I discovered it’s very thin too. It’s not really oily. The cigar has a nice mild wood smell. The construction is good and the predraw is fine. I taste some sweet tobacco
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I taste a mild and sweet coffee with some honey and a dry plywood flavor. The aftertaste is mild peppery, but the sweetness also comes back in the aftertaste. After half an inch the cigar is less sweet. I taste a nice and smooth wood flavor. The cigar is mild musty, I suspect this cigar to have a Connecticut shade wrapper. I also taste some chocolate on the background.
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After a third I taste some sugar with wood and that mild musty Connecticut shade flavor and the falvors change to a sugar sweet flavor with herbs. The cigar ripples on, the flavors are pleasant, mild sweet with some wood and herbs. The flavors are smooth and medium strong. After two thirds I also taste a mild spice and every now and then a hint of cacao. Near the end I taste a strong white pepper flavor.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and forty minutes. The draw was great, just like the burn. The silver gray ash is firm. I got a lot of quite thick smoke. This cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, this is a nice mild to medium smoke

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

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Cruzero de Panama robusto

Cruzero de Panama is a 130 year old brand that recently showed up again when Tabacalera Darier & Cleef decided to start producing this old brand again. One of the reasons to relaunch this brand, one of the first ever made by Darier & Cleef back in the late 1800’s, is to let the cigar smokers know about the cigar tradition in Panama. The original crates and bands are used on the cigars, to honor the tradition. The cigars are available in Germany, Austria and a few select shops in The Netherlands for now.
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The wrapper has a cappuccino colored wrapper with a few veins. The wrapper is mild oily and the band is simple yet pretty. The cigar has a mild straw smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste tobacco with a mild pepper.
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I taste a smooth and sweet coffee and soon an added wood flavor with some pepper. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with some sweetness. The flavors are quite dry.
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After a third I taste some chocolate, some caramel and grass with the wood and the sweetness. Halfway the grass becomes the main flavor with some wood. The caramel has disappeared and the chocolate has mellowed down and is only noticeable in the aftertaste.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and fifteen minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke. The draw and the burn were fantastic. The light colored ash is very firm. This cigar is medium flavored and mild to medium bodied, like expected from previous experiences with Panamanian tobacco.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a nice Sunday morning cigar.

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

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