Custom Rolled (Habanos)

Fake Cohiba robusto

A friend gave me this fake Cohiba robusto that he bought on a farm in Cuba. He knew they were fake but wanted to give them a try anyway and he likes them. He gave me one to see if I liked them too. The first impression isn’t that bad, the band is quite all right and the cigar looks decent.
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Like I said, the cigar looks pretty good for a fake, both in color and shape and even the triple cap looks decent. There are some veins on the medium oily wrapper. The construction feels good and I smell a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is fine but tastes quite bitter.
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I taste a bitter earthy flavor with leather and some sweetness. The bitterness disappears quickly and I taste some sweetness with lots of leather and some citrus and pepper in the aftertaste. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with leather and the flavors are both spicy and creamy. The aftertaste is peppery. When I puff I also taste some vanilla. After three quarters of an inch I taste wood with an earthy flavor and some citrus. The flavors are a bit raw and rustic, not Cohiba smooth and complex. There is still pepper in the aftertaste.
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After an inch I taste wood with leather and still that peppery aftertaste. After a third the flavors change to a mild bitter wood flavor with some freshness. The aftertaste is still the same. Halfway I taste that subtle vanilla gain with spicy and peppery earth flavors and wood. After two thirds I still taste the vanilla with citrus, wood and earth. The aftertaste remains peppery. I wonder if there is Nicaraguan tobacco used for this cigar.
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This cigar lasted me and hour and a half. The draw was tight, which caused the smoke to start thin but it became thick later. The dark ash is firm and the burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wouldn’t. First of all it would be impossible and second of all I didn’t like them that much, they were okay at best.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Don Fernando custom rolled

At the Habanos day, that Cubacigar Benelux, the official distributer of Cuban cigars in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg, organised little over a month ago we all got to roll a Cuban cigar as part of a masterclass by Jimmy Sotolongo, a master roller and teacher from Habanos S.A. My attempt was not the best looking cigar, to put it mildly.
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The 5¾x52 cigar is almost as long as a toro but looks awful. It isn’t straight, it has a lot of veins, spots and the construction has plenty of soft spots. The single cap is terrible, worst I have ever seen. The construction and cap were so bad that I couldn’t even punch the cigar, I had to cut it. The draw is very light and I taste tobacco.
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I taste wood and an earthy flavour, quite full. After half an inch I mainly taste leather with some earth, the flavours are spicy and full.
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After a third I taste more earth and wood with some spiciness, the leather has gone. After two thirds the cigar gets very spicy, I taste a lot of herbs and a pinch of pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for fifty minutes. The draw was very loose. I got a lot of smoke and the pepper & salt coloured ash was firm. This cigar had a beautiful burn and is full flavoured yet medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will try rolling cigars again

Appearance: 3 / 10
Construction: 6/ 10
Draw: 6 / 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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Manja Andringa custom rolled cuban corona

This cigar was rolled on the Habanos day, organized by Cubacigar Benelux and Havana House Voet from Haarlem. All the attendees had the opportunity to join a masterclass with master torcedor Jimmy Sotolongo. I sat next to Manja Andringa from Andringa Tobacco, a small, cozy shop with a nice selection of cigars in the city centre of Amsterdam. When we got the leaves to roll the cigar she said the leaves were too dry, I joked that she should pour some white wine over them and to my surprise she did. She gave me the finished product to smoke and review.
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The wrapper is quite oily and dark with lots of veins. The construction has some soft spots, but hey, this was only the third cigar Manja ever rolled and I think she did a great job, the cigar actually had a cigar shape, something I couldn’t manage. The cigar has a mild barnyard and fruit flavor. The size is 5¾x44. The predraw is fine and tastes fruity, like white wine.
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I taste a sweet cinnamon with leather flavor and the wrapper comes loose at the mouthpiece. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with some black pepper. After half an inch I taste a sweet and mild acidic fruit flavor with the leather and the pepper. After an inch I still taste that fruity and pleasant sour white wine flavor with some wood and spices.
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After a third I taste dry wood, an acidic fruit flavor and cinnamon. Halfway I get more pepper but it never gets overpowering, with some wood, herbs and still that fresh, sour fruit flavor from the white wine. The herbs slowly get stronger until it is time to finish the cigar.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The firm ash is silver gray. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Appearance: 7 / 10

Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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Albin Raul Mustelier Custom rolled toro

The day I flew to Florida last october the Cuban master roller Albin Raul Mustelier started his tour through The Netherlands and Belgium, but fortunately some of my friends, who went to see this maestro torcedor in action, thought of me and when I got home I got three different custom rolled Cubans made by Mustelier.
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The oily wrapper has a milky chocolate color and is a bit shiny. You can see it is a custom rolled cigar that hasn’t been pressed long enough as it is slightly curved. The construction feels good though and I smell a classic Cuban barnyard with some wood. The predraw is fine and I taste some raisin with pepper.
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I taste a sweet yet peppery and mild bitter coffee flavor with is quite smooth. After half an inch the flavors change to a mild peppery leather which is creamy and smooth. There is still a little bit of coffee left but without the sweetness and the bitterness.
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After an inch I taste leather with pepper and a hint of chocolate, the flavors are bold yet smooth and creamy., After a third I taste wood with a hint of a mild bitter cocoa. The cigar is less creamy than before. After two thirds the wood gets a bit sweet and I even taste a nut flavor. The creaminess has completely disappeared.
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This cigar almost lasted for two hours, it came five minutes short. The draw is a little bit too loose. I got a lot of medium thick smoke. The frayed ash is silver gray but not firm at all. The cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. I got a big flame while purging.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time Albin Raul Mustelier can roll some more smokes for me. I will let the other two rest, they will possibly be getting a lot better with some age.

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

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Mercer cigars HJ46 figurado

My friend Drew from Mercer Cigars in Merida, Mexico gave me some HJ Fig 46 cigars, custom rolled cigars made by the Cuban roller Handsome Jimmy, a level 8 roller from the Partagas factory in Havana, Cuba. Handsome Jimmy rolled those cigars from Cuban tobacco on his last trip to Mexico. But don’t worry, even though Handsome Jimmy is back in Cuba, Mercer Cigars will get a new but limited supply in every two months.
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The cigar is 5¾x46 long without a band. The wrapper is medium brown, shiny and oily and the cigar has a typical Cuban smell, barnyard with some ammonia, so I guess the cigar is still quite young. The shape is unique, it has a short sharp point and is a bit oval. The predraw is fine and I taste a sharp grassy flavor.
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The first flavors are coffee, earth and grass, again a sign that this cigar is still quite young. The flavors are full. I also taste some chocolate on the background. After half an inch the chocolate becomes dominant with some black pepper and grass in the aftertaste. After an inch I also get a minty freshness. Halfway the cigar gets more herbal and spicy with a mild chocolate flavor.

 

The chocolate disappears and I taste a lot of grass with some wood, a little bit of pepper and the freshness I mentioned before. After two thirds the cigars changes spectacularly, I taste a lot of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, the finish of this cigar really blows me away.
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I got a decent amount of smoke, that started out thin but it got better along the way. The draw is flawless, and the burn is great. The ash is light colored and firm. The cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I love these, maybe a group buy sometime? And I need to try the other Mercer exclusive custom rolled cigars too.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 9 / 10

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