Flor de Isabella

Flor de la Isabella Torpedo

This handmade Philippian torpedo from Manila cigars, with a 52 ring and a 150mm size looks pretty with its light Java wrapper and it feels well constructed, no soft nor hard spots in the cigar. There is a stable aroma and the predraw is just fine.

At first I can taste some leather but not as strong as most Cuban cigars, soon to be accompanied by some sweetness, probably because of the Brazilian tobacco used in the filler and some flavors of wood. After about 2 centimeters the taste becomes a bit metallic, but a pleasant one. Later on the leather returns but weaker as before and halfway the cigar it becomes a bit bitter. It does get a bit better near the end though, but the cigar has already been spoiled.

The smoke is quite allright, not too thin or too thick and the amount of smoke is ok too. The burn is a bit inconsistent and gets crooked at the end, but the draw is almost perfect. The ash is very light colored and firm.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, the first part is good but the second part is too bad to buy again

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 4 / 10

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Flor de Isabella Sumatra Corona

This Philippian cigar made from Philippians and Brazilian filler, Philippians binder with a Sumatra wrapper is 140mm long and has a 44 ring. The wrapper is pretty and silky, the cigar feels tight but the predraw is fine. The aroma is very light which made me suspect that this is a light bodied cigar, and I was right.

The first flavor that is released after lighting is the flavor of dry hay, soon to be replaced with soft leather. The Brazilian tobacco creates a mild sweetness. After a third there is a little pepper which disappears soon and the cigar gives me a bit of a burning sensation for a while, with still the soft leather on the background. The burning sensation is replaced by a bit of a musty flavor. At the end the pepper returns.

The smoke is full and completely white, just as the ashes. The draw is fine, just as the burn.

Would I buy this cigar again? Perhaps, it is a nice light bodied cigar for during the day, maybe a nice replacement for the Jose L Piedra petit cazadores.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 70
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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