Old Henry

Old Henry maduro corona

Old Henry is a Don Pepin made cigar that is sold exclusively by Holts, I smoked a few in the past but never this 5½x44 corona. A friend gave me this cigar and here are my thoughts ;)
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Like I said in the older reviews, this band is so ugly that it starts to get pretty again. The wrapper is dark and leathery, shiny and oily and almost without veins. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and tastes like peppery raisin.
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I taste pepper, leather and earth, Cubanesque even but with a twist. The palate of this cigar reminds me of the famous Bolivar blend as far as a non Cuban cigar can copy Cuban flavors that is offcourse. I also taste that maduro sweetness and after an inch even a mild chocolate on the background.
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After a third I taste mainly an earthy flavor with some chocolate. Leather and pepper have disappeared and now this cigar is nothing like a Cuban anymore. I get a mild herbal flavor too and the aftertaste is spicy. Halfway I taste more chocolate and less of the earthy flavor, the spiciness is stronger. After two thirds I taste a peppery earthy flavor with some chocolate.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and ten minutes. The draw was good and the smoke was thick and plenty. The ash is quite dark and reasonably firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might need to get myself another sampler.

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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Old Henry maduro toro

These Old Henry cigars are a Holts exclusive made by Don Pepin Garcia and I got myself a sampler of these cigars when I was in Philadelphia on my east coast road trip in may 2009. I smoked almost all from the sampler without doing a review, so my last 6×50 Old Henry maduro toro that I had stuffed in my humidor was the one that would be reviewed, and here it is.
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The wrapper is nice, dark, smooth, leathery, shiny and oily with a few veins. This is a manly, bad ass looking cigar with a band that makes it even look more tough. The bulldog on the band is Old Henry, the dog who this cigar is named after. I smell a pretty strong barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and leaves a raisin and pepper flavor on my palate. When I tried to punch the cigar I noticed that the wrapper is quite thick.
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I taste a strong and peppery coffee flavor with an unrecognizable maduro sweetness. After an inch I also taste chocolate, while the pepper becomes a little less strong.
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Right before I reach halfway I also taste some herbs with the coffee, chocolate and earth flavors. After two thirds the main flavors are the earth flavor with some herbs.
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This cigar had a smoke time of an hour and fifteen minutes. I got a lot of thick gray smoke. The draw is great, just like the burn, which is straight like an arrow. The ash is dark and reasonable firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied and gave me a nice flame when I purged it.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I need to order some soon.

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

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Old Henry maduro robusto

This Holts houseblend is created by Don Pepin Garcia from Nicaraguan tobacco with a Nicaraguan Corojo or a maduro wrapper from the Connecticut Valley area. The name comes from the dog of the Holts owner that wanted a cigar with this name and his picture on the band in remembrance of his old pal. I can’t say that it’s a beautiful picture though, but then again, show me a picture of a bulldog that I think is pretty and I’ll send you some cigars. With a picture like this on the band I just hope it isn’t a dog rocket.
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The 5 x 50 robusto comes in cellophane and once unpacked I can smell a hay & barnyard aroma. The wrapper looks smooth & oily but feels silky and doesn’t have a lot of veins. The construction isn’t what I expect from a Don Pepin cigar, I can feel some soft spots but to my surprise the predraw isn’t loose because of the soft spots. Quite the opposite, the draw is a bit hard and leaves me with a raisin & pepper flavor on my palate.
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I taste coffee and wood with a firm dose of black pepper. The pepper is the dominant flavor with wood as support after half an inch. The coffee is gone by then. After an inch I can taste some toasty flavors with some wood.
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Halfway the support is all wood again with a sweet and peppery aftertaste en far far away a little bit of chocolate. The sweetness grows a bit in strength after 2/3rd but the pepper is still dominant with toast and wood as support.
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The draw is a bit hard but I get enough, medium thick, smoke from this Old Henry. The ash is medium gray and quite firm. The burn is good. This is a medium bodied medium flavored smoke in my book.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I get back to Philly and Holts has a nice offer, I will get some more.

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

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