Goviado

Goviado Lancero

Goviado was the second blend that Andrew Wood and Rafael Guillen released when they were running GDW Cigars, after their first success with Reserva Miraflor. Now you may think “success, never heard of it?” but we are talking pre-social media era and on Cigar Asylum these cigars were very populair and sold pretty good. And so did the Goviado.

 


I reviewed several Goviado vitolas in the past, but never this 6 3/4×40 lancero, and I wonder why. I mean, I love the blend and I love the vitola, so this blend in this vitola should have been on my radar way longer. Or it could be that this vitola wasn’t being made back then, only now that it resurfaced for the website untold leaf. When I speak Andrew I should ask him.

 


The wrapper is stunning, a deep chocolate brown, smooth wrapper. The black and gold ring has a nice design but the whole printing could have just be done a little better to make it look a tad more professional. The cigar itself though, it not only looks amazing but the construction feels good too, the right amount of resistance when I gently squeeze it, the shape, the head, it’s perfect. The cigar has a strong aroma, a little hay, a little manure, a little ammonia, a little dirt, a little wood all combined in one bold aroma.

 


I cut the cigar, the cold draw is a little tight. I taste a peppery raisin. After lighting I taste leather and pepper. The flavors are full, strong, bold. After a centimeter I taste a little bit of sugar too. After a third I taste wood with a little nutmeg. Halfway the cigar is smooth, wood with a little pepper. The flavor slowly progresses into a mild marzipan with a little salt. The flavors are perfectly balanced.

 


The draw is great, and the smoke is full, white and thick. The ash is a little coarse, light gray. The burn is straight. The cigar is medium bodied, full flavored. The smoke time is two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? I hope they are still available after I moved to my new home country, I’ll get a box with my 30% CIGARGUIDE coupon.

Score: 93
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Goviado Belicoso

Many moons ago, and we are talking 2007/2008 era, I met Andrew Wood online on Club Stogie, which turned into Cigar Asylum and back then he wasn’t a tobacco broker but with two Nicaraguan friends, the Guillen brothers, he ran a little factory GDW Cigars. Back in the day I reviewed the Reserva Miraflor, Casa Pineda, Goviado and Don Fernando, a cigar he made for me as a thank you. The Don Fernando got another review last year and made my top 25. And now the cigars are coming back exclusively for the website untoldleaf.com ! Good news because that means that I can smoke the few remaining old ones that I have.

 


Now as far as I know these cigars are from 2010 or 2011 and made completely from Nicaraguan tobacco. It was rumored that some tobacco was even the same tobacco as used by Padron and that Padron took the Guillen brothers under their wings but I don’t know the details of that, or even if its just a rumor or the truth. All I know is that I liked the cigars back then and I can’t wait to try the new ones.

 


The cigar has a very pointy tip and that probably caused the roller to have a little trouble since the cap is not the best I have ever seen. The ring is black and gold, quite simple, just like the Don Mayo from the same factory and the Reserva Miraflor, although all the logo’s are different on each line. The construction feels good and the coffee brown wrapper looks good, with one thick vein running from the foot till about a third of the cigar. Even after all these years the cigar still packs a strong aroma, a stable like smell without any ammonia.

 


The cold draw is great. After lighting I taste a herbal coffee, smooth but with a little kick. Soon a nice sweetness shows up, like powdered sugar.  After an inch I taste a mild leather with a little spice and the powdered sugar. Halfway I get more pepper from the cigar. The final third starts a bit nutty, with a little pepper and sugar. There’s also a bit of a herbal flavor.

 


The draw is great, fantastic construction. The smoke is good, not super thick or full but more then enough. The white ash is dense and firm. The burn is straight. The smoke time of this smooth medium bodied medium full flavored cigar is two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes. And it’s possible again. I will review the fresh ones soon.

Score: 92
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Goviado belicoso

This is the second blend from Guillen cigars, the maker of Reserva Miraflor, and named after a nature reserve in Nicaragua. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro made in Esteli.
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The cigar, wrapped in cellophane, has a pretty sharp top and the wrapper has a silky feel too it. The wrapper has the color of milk chocolate and only has a few minor veins. The aroma reminds me of horse and hay. The predraw is fine and leaves a mild peppery raisin flavor on my palate.
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I taste a full coffee flavor, mildly bitter and after half an inch I can also taste some earthy tones and a caramel like sweetness on the background.
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After an inch the coffee disappears and I get a herbal flavor with an earthy flavor, some caramel and a chocolate flavor that sticks to the palate. The earth flavor becomes dominant while the caramel and chocolate disappear slowly. Halfway the caramel returns but only as a mild flavor on the background. The main flavor is the earth flavor with some coffee with the caramel background.
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I got a lot of thick white smoke from this cigar and the draw was just fine. The ash is silver gray and firm, but frayed. I had some minor burn issues, it was just a bit crooked. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it a lot.

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

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Goviado robusto

I really enjoyed the Reserva Miraflor by Guillen Cigars and I had high expectations for their second regular production blend, the Goviado. This 5 x 50 robusto is a Nicaraguan puro and it met up with the expectations.
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The wrapper is nice and silky with just a few minor veins and the color is quite light. The cigar has a full barnyard aroma and a fine predraw. After lighting I can taste a peppery toast that leaves a dry feeling in my mouth. Soon I discover some chocolate on the background. I can also taste a slight leather flavor while the toast is disappearing. After about ½ an inch, the flavors become warm and they get an undertone of earthy flavors.
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After an inch the toast returns with some chocolate on the background. Some puffs later I also get some wood and once I reach the mid of the cigar some nuts accompany the wood. The nut flavor grows in strength as closer I get to the end. I nubbed this cigar.
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I get lots of thin smoke from this cigar, first the smoke is a bit brownish, but it turns bluish later on. The ash is medium dark and firm. The draw and burn are great. This is a full flavored, full bodied cigar that caused a bit of vitamin N overdose.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah!
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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