Don Duarte

Don Duarte Reserva shorty

The Placensia made Don Duarte cigars are new to the Dutch market, I smoked all three available blends so far, including the Don Duarte reserva series robusto. Now I smoked the Don Duarte reserva shorty, a 4½x46 petit corona. This cigar has a price tag of € 5,90.
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The wrapper is nice, dark and oily with a beautiful crest on the band. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and a great construction, The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco with some pepper.
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I taste toast, pepper and some coffee with a mild sweetness, something like French toast. I never tasted this before in a cigar and I like it. The flavors soon change to flavors I recognize as earth, coffee and something I can’t recognize but I like it anyway. After an inch I taste soft wood with nutmeg.
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After a third the cigar gets a bit spicy in the aftertaste with some green pepper. Halfway I taste creamy chocolate with nutmeg and a peppery aftertaste. Near the end I taste more pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is compact and firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like all Don Duarte cigars.

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

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Don Duarte Reserva robusto

Another Don Duarte review, third in a row and the third different blend too. This time I smoked the Don Duarte Reserva robusto, a 5×52 Nicaraguan puro from the Plasencia factory blended by Don Roger Duarte and the legendary Evelio Oviedo. All the tobacco used for this cigar has been aged for at least two years. The price is € 7,60
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The wrapper is nice and dark and full of oil with just a few thin veins. The color and the crest on the band fit the color of the wrapper perfectly. The cigar has the smell of a barn full of hay with a hint of leather. The construction is good, just like the predraw which has a raisin flavor.
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I taste coffee with a hint of leather, some sweetness and a bit of pepper. After half an inch I taste herbs with heather and some sweetness. I taste a little bit of pepper in the aftertaste. After an inch the cigar gets sweeter with sweet leather and some herbs. The aftertaste remains mild peppery.
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Halfway I taste a spicy, peppery but sweet wood flavor with herbs. The wood slowly grows in strength and some spices join the flavors, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. After two thirds the cigar gets spicier with sweet wood, pepper and herbs. The aftertaste is full on pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for ninety minutes. The smoke is beautiful and thick. The draw is great just like the burn. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 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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Don Duarte Clasico intermedio shorty

Another Don Duarte review, this time I smoked the 4½x46 Don Duarte Clasico intermedio shorty, which is a tribute to Evelio Oviedo, the master blender who helped to blend this cigar before he died a few years ago. I got this cigar from Don Roger Duarte when I met him in Amsterdam. The cigars are new to the Dutch market.
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The crest on the band is very pretty and the cigar has a dark and oily wrapper which looks good too. The cigar has a barnyard and wood smell. The construction is good, the predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste a full earthy flavor with coffee, the flavors are mild bitter and spicy but not too bitter or spicy. I also taste dry wood. The bitterness quickly disappears and I taste some pepper on the tongue as the aftertaste. After half an inch I taste earthy flavors with herbs, pepper and some sweetness.
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After a third I taste more sweetness and lots of herbs. I also get some wood on the background. The mixture of herbs is a bit weird, different than other cigars and I am not overwhelmed. Halfway I still taste lots of herbs with some sweetness. After two thirds the cigar gets a bit harsh with spicy herbs, some sweetness and a hint of pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for seventy-five minutes. The draw and smoke are great, the smoke is plenty and thick. The light gray ash is coarse and not firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will

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

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Don Duarte Clasico golden shorty

Don Duarte cigars are made by Nestor Placensia for Roger Duarte, a Nicaraguan born lawyer who worked in the cigar industry as a consultant for several important names before he decided to release his own brand of cigars which he blended with Evelio Oviedo. The cigars are Nicaraguan puros. I had the pleasure of meeting Don Roger Duarte in Amsterdam where he handed me a few of his cigars to review.
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The Don Duarte classico blend golden is the mildest blend from the series. I smoked the shorty, which is a petit corona measuring 4½x46 with a beautiful, light colored, dry looking wrapper with a few veins. The construction feels good and I smell dry wood. The predraw is great and I taste spicy and peppery tobacco.
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I taste coffee with spicy herbs and pepper. Soon I also taste a mild sweetness on the background. After a quarter of an inch I taste some nutmeg, quite some sweetness, lots of wood and some pepper on the background. After a third I taste wood, grass and some sweetness, the cigar is mild spicy.
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Halfway I taste wood, nutmeg and herbs. After two thirds I taste more spices like nutmeg, some cinnamon and more spices that I can’t really recognize.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour exactly. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The light colored as is reasonably firm. This cigar is medium bodied and full flavored.

 

Would I buy this cigar again? Probably yes

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

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