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Taboo Sumatra Churchill

There are a lot of cigar groups on Facebook and in some of those groups people like to combine days with cigar brands, like Tatuaje Tuesday and Fuente Friday. Since I have so many unpublished reviews and need to post a lot I decided that this week will be a week dedicated to the weekday – cigar combinations and I came up with a few of my own.

This week I will post a review every day, monday to sunday, all with the name tied to the weekday, here’s the list:

Murcielago Monday
Tatuaje Tuesday
Warped Wednesday
Taboo Thursday
Fuente Friday
Santiago Saturday
Sosa Sunday

Taboo Thursday – Taboo Sumatra Churchill

Years ago, and I mean years ago, a minimum of seven years at least, the private label of the Taboo Cigar Bar & Lounge in Texas, was quite popular for a brief time at my favorite cigar forum Cigar Asylum and I did a group buy for some friends and myself when I still did illegal imports, something I now oppose too as I learned how bad it is for the local cigar importers and retailers, and in the end they make it possible for us to enjoy cigars, gain more knowledge, make it possible to try cigars before you buy boxes and in some cases provide a nice lounge to smoke and events to meet fellow aficionados and people from the industry. So in retrospective I regret buying so many cigars online from overseas. But having said that, today I saw a Taboo cigar in my humidor and decided to light it.


The cigar that everybody went mad about was the Taboo Twist, a barber pole cigar. It is a private label, yet the factory where they were made was undisclosed, rumors say it was Oliva but they hardly do private labels so I don’t think that’s true. Actually, when I just checked their website it says the cigars are being made in Honduras, so that makes it certain that it’s not Oliva. Well, at a certain moment Rob, the owner of Taboo, not only sold the Taboo Twist but also a few other blends and even a few limited editions. I grabbed this 7×52 Sumatra from my humidor to smoke. This specific blend isn’t available anymore on their website, but the Twist is just like the Taboo HSG.


The cellophane this cigar came from is staring to discolor as a sign of aging. The Sumatra wrapper is medium dark in color but still has an oily shine and looks pretty and tasty. The construction feels good and the cap is placed nicely. The ring is a bit tacky, the round logo looks like fire with silver letters Taboo cigars and the side and back are like diamond plating. The ring is clear, it’s different but it doesn’t score high on my personal scale on how I like a cigar ring to look. The aroma is mild and reminds me of hay and straw.


When I wet the cap I notice a sweet flavor, but the wrapper doesn’t taste sweetened though. I punched the cigar and the cold draw is fine with a little sweetness on the lips and some dry hay and raisin in my mouth. I taste sweetness and I start to wonder if the wrapper is sweetened after all as it’s a little chemical sweetness. The other flavor is a little musty wood. After an inch I taste some nuts and wood, the sweetness is gone. After a third I taste some pepper with a little metallic flavor and a little nuts. Halfway it’s musty wood again, with a little bit of that metallic flavor and some pepper. After two thirds the pepper gains in strength a bit, with the musty and slightly sweet wood as a base.


The draw is good, but not fantastic. The smoke is medium is volume and thickness. The ash is white, dense and firm. The burn is good, again not fantastic but good. The strength is medium, just like the flavor. The smoke time is two hours and five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? They are not for sale anymore and even if they were I wouldn’t.

Score: 79
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Taboo limited reserve Connecticut robusto

I think that it’s about two years ago that Taboo released the “limited reserve” and I ordered a sampler. I smoked one that had a terrible draw, so the rest of the sampler ended up at the bottom of my cooler. Recently I found the sampler again and decided to give the 5×50 robusto with the Connecticut wrapper from Ecuador a try. The filler is 3 to 5 years aged Dominican tobacco.
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The cigar looks nice with the light colored oily wrapper. The wrapper is quite smooth and doesn’t have any big veins. The construction feels good and the cigar has a nice aroma that reminds me of hay. The predraw is a bit on the loose side and I can taste dry wood and raisin.
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I can taste a mild bitter coffee flavor and dry hay. After a few puffs I also taste some herbs, but the mild bitter coffee is the main flavor.
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After an inch the bitterness disappears, just like the coffee. I can taste a hidden sweetness and the flavors are mild creamy, buttery creamy.
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The smoke time of this cigar was quite short, a robusto usually lasts me for over an hour but this medium to full flavored and mild to medium bodied cigar lasted only 50 minutes. The draw is good, just like the burn. I got a lot of smoke. The firm ash has a pepper and salt color, but more salt than pepper.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Don’t think so, the cigar was nice but the cigar is a bit on the mild side and I am not a fan of Connecticut wrappers.

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

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Taboo sfbc torpedo

A few years back, me and some Dutch friends, did a mega group buy at Taboo cigars and I ordered a sampler of these Taboo SFBC (Special Forces Boot Camp) for myself amongst other things. These cigars have been sitting in my humidor since and the cellophane started to turn yellow so it was time to light one of these puppies. I picked the 6×54 torpedo.
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The wrapper of this cigar is deep, dark and oily with a few thin veins. The cigar has a barnyard and straw smell to it. The construction feels good and the predraw, which tastes like peppery dry tobacco, is good too.
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I taste a strong coffee flavor, dry wood and just a hint of chocolate. After half an inch the coffee changes into a herbal flavor which slowly pushes all other flavors away. Halfway the chocolate makes a comeback, but only on the background.
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After two thirds I taste dry spicy herbs and some pepper. The aftertaste is pure pepper. The pepper flavor is becoming dominant and I taste it on my lips too. The herbs slowly fade away until all I taste is black pepper and some wood.
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This cigar lasted me for two whole hours. The draw was fine, but I had some burn issues. The smoke is thick and white, and there is plenty of it. The firm ash is dark and frayed. This cigar is definitely full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? A quick look on the Taboo website confirms that that is no longer possible.

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

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Taboo Twist toro grande

On my Dutch board sigarenliefhebber.nl we did a huge groupbuy at Taboo, I think two years ago, and I got myself a few boxes of Taboo Twist Toro grande’s. I smoked a few when I just got them and shared them a lot with friends. I found one of those 6×58 monsters way down at the bottom of my humidor and decided to light it, it’s been a while since I smoked a twist.
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When I release this two tone cigar from its cellophane jacket I can smell something that is a mix between a horse and a barnyard. The cigar looks great, I don’t know what it is, but I just love the look of a barberpole, and this barbarpole is quite smooth. The dark wrapper is oily while the light colored wrapper is silky and I don’t spot any real veins. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit on the loose side. I can taste a little bit of straw.
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I can taste a sweet earth flavor and after a few puffs some chocolate shows up too with some herbs. After an inch the aftertaste is quite spicy, a green herbal spiciness. The flavors are creamy and buttery.
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The earth flavor becomes the main flavor, the spice disappears while the chocolate tones it down. There isn’t much development in the flavors. After ⅔ I taste some more butter and I also discover some leather.
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The smoke time of this monster is an hour and forty five minutes. As expected from previous experiences with the Taboo Twist, I got an enormous amount of thick white smoke and a fine draw. The light colored ash is firm. The burn is good. This cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Probably not, even though I liked the flavors, this cigar is a little too mild for me.

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

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Taboo limited reserve maduro figurado

When Rob from Taboo cigars released his first Limited Reserve I ordered the mega sampler and now, a couple of years later, I am finally in the process of smoking, tasting and reviewing this sampler. Today I chose to smoke the Taboo Limited Reserve Maduro Figurado, a cigar is looking very tempting to me due to the shape and color, so I guess it’s time to release the cigar from the cellophane coat and smoke it.
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The dark wrapper has some changing in color, the upper part of the cigar is darker than the lower part. I also see a lot of veins. The cigar has a nice shape though and it feels well constructed. The predraw is fine and tastes like raisin. This 6½ x 54 cigar has a strong barnyard aroma
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I taste some chocolate and earth. The chocolate becomes a bit more powerful and after an inch and a half the earth disappears. I taste a sticky chocolate and a straw with hay mixture. The flavors gain some strength, and the chocolate in the aftertaste is quite strong now.
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Halfway the chocolate strength decreases a bit and I just taste the straw and hay. The cigar makes my mouth feel dry. At ⅔ the chocolate returns full force, stronger than before and I like it.
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I enjoyed this cigar for a little over 90 minutes. There was a lot of smoke and a good draw. The dark ash is firm and the burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, I have to check the price of the stick first.

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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Taboo Exotic Blend II robusto

I don’t know much about this blend, except that the cigar is made from Nicaraguan tobacco and has a beautiful dark wrapper with some veins. The cigar has no band. The Taboo Exotic Blend II that I smoked was a 5 x 50 maduro.
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The cigar has a weird, acidy aroma which reminded me a bit of urine. I had these cigars for over a year so they aged a bit, and it definitely wasn’t ammonia that I smelled. The predraw was fine and gave me a raisin flavor.
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I can taste the flavor of dried hay and chocolate, soon to be joined by my friend pepper. The flavors give me a dry feeling in my mouth. Halfway the chocolate disappears and all I taste is a bitter spice. An inch later the chocolate returns as a supporting flavor on the background. The bitterness slowly fades away and the chocolate grows stronger towards the end.
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The draw is very good, the right amount of resistance. I get a lot of white, thick smoke and the ash, which has some dark spots in it, is firm. The burn is pretty straight. This is a medium flavored medium bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I prefer these over the twists that are too mild for me.

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

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Taboo twist toro

This huge fat cigar (6 inch ring 60) has two wrappers, one claro, one maduro which creates an attractive cigar. The aroma is a light & sweet aroma of hay. The predraw has a dry feel to it but is fine otherwise.
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The first flavors are a smooth & gentle leather with some white pepper on the background but soon it gets buttery with hints of chocolate. Later some leather and pepper take the place of the chocolate but those flavors are covered in butter too.
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This cigar produced so much smoke that I had to open a window, even though the outside temperature was pretty low. The ash is frayed but firm. The draw was great and this cigar paired fine with some dark chocolate. I would call it medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, they are a steal at the price Rob is asking for them
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Appearance: 9 / 20
Construction: 8 / 20
Draw: 8 / 20
Burn: 6 / 20
Smoke & ash: 9 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Taboo LR havana torpedo

I bought a sampler of the Taboo LR series and the first LR I decided to smoke was t he Havana torpedo with a nice dark wrapper with some pretty veins on it. The tip of the torpedo is longer and slimmer then of any other torpedo I smoked in the past. The aroma reminds me of dry wood, and when feeling the cigar I could not notice any hard or soft spots in the cigar. The predraw was hard though.

Due to the bad draw it was hard to distinguish the flavors very well. I could taste some leather, combined with sweetness. The leather slowly grows in strength and becomes creamy close to the 2 inch mark. Halfway I could taste a hint of chocolate, soon to be replaced by salty nuts. The last part of the cigar became more flavorful.

The draw was horrible; I felt I was sucking a ping pong ball through a pipe. It was hard work to get some smoke through the cigar, and that affected both the flavors and the amount of smoke produced, which was poor. I tried to solve the problem by cutting some more of the cigar, and that caused the wrapper to unwrap.

Would I buy this cigar again? I would love to give it another try and to review it again because I do believe that this cigar has potential, but the bad draw ruined it.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 4 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 5 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Taboo factory value blend

This cheap budget smoke is a shortfiller with Dominican filler and an Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper. They go for about 1$ a stick on the Taboo website. The cigars are unbanded and wrapped in a plastic wrapper. The cigar that I smoked was a bit box pressed and had a wrapper which contained lots of veins and irregularities.

The aroma is sweet with hints of manure and the size is a corona, 150 mm long and a 45 ring gauge. The construction is good, neither soft nor hard spots noticeable. The cigar produces lots of smoke, the ash is frayed and the draw is just fine.

The first flavor I get is a sweetish kind of leather and that flavor is consistent throughout the cigar, nice but nothing special. Halfway I notice a slight burning sensation on the tip of my tongue, soon to be followed with the flavor of white pepper.

Would I buy this cigar again? Perhaps, it makes a nice snack cigar especially when you see the price of it.

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

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