Marca Fina

Marca Fina Panama robusto

These Marca Fina cigars are budget bundles, here in The Netherlands a bundle of 16 4½x50 robustos has a price tag of €40 which makes it one of the cheapest longfillers on the market. The Marca Fina concept is very interesting with puros from Panama, the Dominican Republic and Honduras so you can compare the different countries with cigars of equal quality.
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The nice dark and oily wrapper has some veins but no cigar band. The construction feels good. I hardly smell anything when I sniff the cigar, just a little bit of wood. The draw is a bit hard and I taste spicy tobacco.
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I taste a spicy and peppery earth flavor with some coffee. I taste a lot more pepper than I expected from a Panamese cigar. After half an inch I taste some smoky earth with herbs and a peppery aftertaste. After an inch I taste wood instead of earth with some herbs, all nice and spicy. The pepper loses some strength but doesn’t disappear completely.
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After two thirds I mainly taste wood with some herbs and a little bit of dirt. The flavors are a bit less nice than the previous third, but still nice. There is a herbal spiciness that surrounds the flavors. Near the end the pepper comes back and gets quite strong.
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The smoke time of this short robusto is an hour and ten minutes. The draw is good and the burn is straight as an arrow. The ash is silver gray and firm. I got a decent smoke volume, but unfortunately the smoke is a bit too thin for my liking. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium to full bodied, stronger than I expected from tobacco from Panama.
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Would I buy this cigar again? For the price, this is an awesome cigar

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

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Marca Fina gigantes

Marca Fina is a bundled budget cigar made by the Panamanian/German cigar manufacturer Darrier & Cleef who also make Colón cigars of which I reviewed the Especiales III recently. The cool part of the Marca Fina is that they make Panamanian, Dominican and Honduran puros so you can smoke them back to back and compare the different flavors of the soil and tobacco from those three countries. That is an experiment I would love to try someday, but as I only had this Panamanian Gigantes, which measures 8½x50, I couldn’t experiment with the different origins. The bundles contain 16 cigars and are packed in sackloth and cellophane.
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First thing that I notice is the lack of a cigar band around the mocha brown wrapper. I also notice a few long but thin veins. The wrapper is mild oily and quite silky. The construction feels good and I get a good predraw after punching. I taste a mild spice.
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I taste a mild spicy coffee flavor and soon after I also taste an earthy flavor. After ¾ inch the coffee disappears and I am stuck with a spicy herbal earth flavor. After an inch and a half the cigar gets less spicy and more earthy. After three inch the cigar gets a little creamy and I can taste a mild nut flavor next to the earth and herbs.
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After four inch I can’t taste the nut flavor anymore and the smoke lost the creamy texture, all I taste is earth. A few puffs later I taste some nuts again in the aftertaste. After six inch the nut flavor disappears again but I get some herbs with the earth flavor.
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The smoke time of this huge cigar is two hours and ten minutes. The draw and burn are good. The smoke tastes cool in the beginning due to the length of the cigar. The light gray ash is firm and compact. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied. I expected a huge flame with the purge, but I was wrong, I got a decent flame but nothing huge, which is a good sign.
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Would I buy this cigar again? In a smaller size probably!

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

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