American cigars

Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

A few years ago I was in Miami with some friends and we hooked up with Ernesto Padilla, whom I met before, at El Titan de Bronze on Calle Ocho, there he gave me this Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto, a 5×52 robusto made by El Titan de Bronze.
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The beautiful dark wrapper feels silky and has a few thin veins. The double ring looks great on the dark cigar. The aroma reminds me of horses. The cigar feels tightly packed but the cold draw is great.
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I taste a lot of coffee with some sugar and herbs. Soon after its herbs, spicy and peppery that makes my throat dry. After a third I taste herbs with some toast and halfway I also taste nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon.
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After two thirds I taste more toast, some herbs, some pepper and the overall taste is quite spicy. The toast is gaining some strength and the pepper moves to the aftertaste and never gets too strong.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty five minutes. The smoke is thick. The burn is beautiful just like the white, firm and dense ash. This cigar is medium bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Unfortunately these aren’t for sale outside the USA.

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

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Bello Robusto

Last november I was walking around Calle Ocho in Miami and I stumbled onto Pedro Bello, a cigar maker whom I had never heard off. When I walked into the shop, I thought I saw Che Guevarra himself, but it turned out to be the owner Pedro Bello himself. He told me that he was one of the four companies that still rolls cigars in Miami, but he also owns a factory in Honduras. I got some of his cigars, promised to do some reviews and here I am, keeping that promise with a review of this 5×48 Bello robusto. As theirwebsite is under construction while I am writing this review, I can’t tell any specifics about the blend whatsoever.
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I love the band, stylish with warm colors. The wrapper is nice and dark with one long thin vein. The wrapper is quite oily too. The construction is great and I smell some wood and hay from the cigar. The predraw is great and I taste raisin.
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I taste a nice full coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate on the background. I like this. After half an inch I taste dry cacao with hay and wood and a hint of leather.
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Halfway I taste dry herbs, mild sweet, with hay and wood. The flavors are full but smooth and complex. I also taste some nutmeg and clove. After two thirds I taste more herbs and the cigar becomes a bit sweeter.
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This cigar lasted me fifty five minutes. The draw was amazing and I got a lot of smoke. The burn was great and the pepper & salt colored ash was firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? It depends on the price, I liked it though.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 9 / 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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El Titan de Bronze Redemption sun grown belicoso

In may 2009 I was in Miami with some friends and we stumbled onto El Titan de Bronze. We walked in and had a great time with Sandy, who owns the factory with her husband. I did know the brand as I reviewed the El Titan de Bronze Redemption sun grown robusto a couple of months before. Anyway, we smoked a few cigars, got some insights on cigar manufacturing and fast forward to November 2010. I was in Miami again, walked in, a year and a half later, 100lbs lighter and the first thing Sandy says “wow, you lost a lot of weight”. Incredible, she remembered me and recognized me even though I lost that much weight. Well, I bought a sampler of all their blends and vitolas and I am planning to review them all. This is the first, the 5×52 El Titan de Bronze Redemption sun grown belicoso.
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The El Titan de Bronze sun grown belicoso is made from Nicaraguan filler and binder with an Ecuadorian sun grown habano wrapper, which is chocolate brown and has lots of veins. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin.
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I taste a peppery earthy flavor. Black pepper is definitely the main flavor with some chocolate like sweetness on the background. Soon after that I also taste wood and a citrus like acidity. All these flavors come packed within the first quarter of an inch. After half an inch I taste more wood with some herbs and a bit of pepper. The aftertaste is a creamy chocolate flavor.
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After a third I taste wood with herbs and on the background I taste a little bit of nuts and chocolate. The chocolate gains some strength, just like the nuts on the background. I keep tasting the herbs. After two thirds the pepper gains strength too. The nut flavor is a mixture of macadamia and hazelnuts with a little pecan. The nut mixture becomes the dominant flavor.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty minutes, which is long for a 5 inch cigar. The draw is good, just like the burn. The smoke started out thin but got thicker along the way and the white ash is coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I’m in Miami I will get a few more

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

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Corona gold series maduro robusto

The biggest cigar shop I have ever visited must be Corona Cigar Company at sand lake rd, in Orlando, FL. Both times I went to Florida I spent some time there and the last time I bought one of their house blends, the Corona gold series robusto maduro. The cigars are rolled in Miami, which makes them American cigars. They come with different wrappers, I smoked the 5×50 maduro.
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The dark wrapper is quite oily, has a few veins and a simple band. The construction seems a bit hard. I smell chocolate and ammonia. The predraw is great and tastes like pepper and tobacco
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I taste coffee with dark chocolate, with some pepper. The flavors are full and spicy. I get a dark chocolate aftertaste. After an inch I taste wood, dark chocolate, herbs and sal-ammonia.
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Halfway I taste more herbs with a little bit of dark chocolate and sal-ammoniac. The wood is still there, but less strong and dry. Soon after that I also get a nut flavor, which reminds me of pecan.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and a half. The draw is great and I got plenty of thick smoke. The silver gray ash is compact and firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. I had to correct the burn quite often.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not for $8

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

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El Titan de Bronze gran reserve maduro robusto

When in Miami, I always stop my this independent ‘Mom & Pop’ cigar factory on Calle Ocho for a cup of Cuban coffee and a cigar. Last time I was at El Titan de Bronze I bought samplers for reviews. This is the review of the 5×50 El Titan de Bronze Grand Reserve robusto, made with a Cuban seed filler, grown in Nicaragua, an Ecuadorian binder and a Brazilian maduro wrapper.
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The cigar looks classy with the dark wrapper and the double red band. I see two veins on the oily wrapper. The construction feels good and I smell some wood with barnyard. The predraw is fine and I taste some sweet tobacco.
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I taste a peppery and earthy flavor with both some sweetness, a citrus like acidity and a hint of chocolate. After half an inch the citrus flavor gains some strength with a pleasant herbal bitterness on the back of my throat. I also taste some toast and after an inch and a half I taste herbs with a mild acidic flavor on the background.
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Halfway that citrus flavor grows stronger again, the aftertaste is herbal. After two thirds I mostly taste herbs and now the citrus flavor has moved to the aftertaste. Near the end I taste some pepper too.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was great and the burn was good. The pepper and salt colored ash was firm. I got a lot of thick smoke. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will get a few more next time I’m in Miami.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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El Original maduro corona

El Original is the award winning houseblend of the Island Smoke shop on Key Largo, Florida. I visited the shop on several occasions and I reviewed the El Original maduro lancero and the El Original claro lancero in the past. On my last trip to Florida I bought another box of the claro lancero but I also bought a sampler with a few other sizes, all rolled in the USA.
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The El Original Maduro corona measures 5½x44 and has a spotty, dry and dark wrapper with quite some veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and a good construction. The predraw is fine and I taste spicy tobacco.
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I taste sweet pepper with a hint of dark chocolate and some coffee. After those first flavors I taste some oak with herbs. The flavors are quite dry.
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After an inch I taste a lot of herbs with some wood as supporting flavor. Halfway I taste wood with herbs, full but smooth and very pleasant. After two thirds I still taste the wood and herbs but now with some nuts.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour. I got a lot of thick gray smoke. The ash is white colored and firm. This cigar has a good burn and draw. The flavors are full and the body is medium to full.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I’m in Florida I have to stock up

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

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El Rey de los Habanos robusto

A couple of friends stuck their heads together and plotted to group bomb me, and boy, their plan worked. I got a box with a very nice selection of cigars, some I smoked in the past, some I read about and some I never even heard of and this was one of them. Now you must know that I am a big Don Pepin Garcia fan, so I couldn’t wait to light this cigar which was unknown to me. Visiting the El Rey de los Habanos website thought me that this is a milder cigar with a Corojo rosado claro wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and filler.
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The wrapper is chocolate brown with a light reddish glow, it is shiny and oily with a few veins. The cigar has a classic barnyard aroma and the construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste pepper and raisin.
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I taste coffee and pepper with a very mild sweetness. The flavors tone down quickly into a medium strength. I taste leather with some sweetness, the coffee and pepper left the cigar after only half an inch. Soon after I taste nuts with the same mild sweetness as the other flavors I have tasted so far.
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After an inch and a half I taste a sweet earthy flavor and halfway that flavor changes into herbs and pepper. After two thirds I taste nuts and pepper and the sweetness has disappeared. Near the end the earthy flavor makes a comeback, combined with the nuts and the pepper.
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This 5×50 robusto lasted me for an hour and five minutes. The draw is a bit hard, although that is getting better along the way, just like the smoke, which started out poor and thin but that also got better. The medium gray ash is firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? It was a nice cigar, but when smoking a Don Pepin stick I expect more power and that signature Pepin ‘twang’.

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

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5 Vegas Miami knuckle

About two years ago I bought a bundle of 5 Vegas Miami Knuckle’s at Joe Cigar. I smoked a few, gave some away and found out that this was the last I had left so it was time for a review. The cellophane of this Don Pepin blended 4½x60 wannabe Nub already started to turn yellow.
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The cigar looks rough with a shiny, oily wrapper full of veins and the nice chocolate brown color. The construction feels a bit hard but the predraw is good. I taste a spicy wood flavor but the cigar has an ammonia smell to it, like a barnyard that hasn’t been cleaned in a while.
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I taste a bitter and spicy coffee flavor. After a quarter of an inch the bitterness fades away and I can taste some earth and something toasty, but I couldn’t tell what tasted toasty if my life depended on it. After almost an inch the flavors change to wood and a dry chocolate flavor.
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Halfway I still taste the wood but now with a mild and sweet nut flavor. The chocolate has gone. I punched the cigar and that created a slight problem. The top layer of the triple cap came off during the smoking of the cigar, which made the cigar a little less enjoyable.
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The smoke time of this cigar is about 80 minutes, which is quite long for a short cigar. I got a lot of smoke but the smoke was a bit thin. The light gray ash is quite firm. I had a little bit of a crooked burn. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the blend, but this cigar is too thick.

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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Spanish joys

Now this cigar is something special, due to the age of the stick. I got a cardboard box of 3 last year on the east coast roadtrip when we met Tanith in North Carolina. She had a bunch of old stuff and she gave me these cigars in exchange for some new cigars she never smoked. Spanish Joys, 3 for 10¢ and made my Orrison Cigar Co from Bethesda, Ohio. Google didn’t bring up a lot, but fortunately I remembered Tanith telling the story behind these cigars. There was a whole stash of these found behind a wall in a basement of a mansion somewhere in Massachuttes and documentation showed that the wall was build in 1930, so the cigars had been stored there for 80 years. Experts think that the cigars are slightly older and they base that on the price of the smokes and the manufacturer. They claim that the cigars are most probably made somewhere between 1890 to 1910, so the cigar that I smoked is somewhere between 100 and 120 years old, quite special huh? I lit one during the roadtrip, one for this review and the other one I promised to a close friend & botl who I herf with quite regularly.
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The cigar itself is a figurado of 4¾ x 38 and slightly box pressed. The wrapper has a nice color and is quite oily. I only see a few minor veins. The construction feels good, but the years must have wiped away the aroma, I can’t smell anything. The predraw is fine and I can taste a mild straw flavor.
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I am surprised by the power of the combination of earth and leather flavors I taste. The flavors taste like Cuban, so I am guessing this cigar was made from Cuban tobacco. I also taste a hint of toast and chocolate.
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After ¾ of an inch I taste a sharp red pepper flavor on the tip of my tongue and after a third of the cigar I also get some sweetness. The cigar slowly gets more spicier till I reach the turning point.
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I enjoyed this little stick for about 40 minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke from this old lady and the draw was fine. The light colored ash was quite firm and I noticed tiny white balls on the ash, like white sand grains. The burn is great. This cigar was surprisingly full flavored, I expected that the flavor would be less full due to the age, and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Don’t think I will ever be able to find them and if I would, they would probably too rich for my blood anyway.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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El Original maduro lancero

Last year, while visiting the USA, I bought a few El Originals, the house blend for The Island smoke shopat Key Largo, Florida. I reviewed the natural lancero and the claro lancero before, this maduro lancero is the last of the series. Talking about the Island Smoke shop, every cigar smoker that is heading to south Florida should visit this shop, get some El Originals and don’t forget to tell Bill I said hi.
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This cellophane wrapped 7×40 lancero has a nice pigtail, a simple band and a price tag of $ 5.95 for a single. The dark wrapper looks nice, it is quite oily and leathery and only has one vein. The construction feels good. Once I remove the cellophane wrapper I smell a full and rich barnyard aroma. The predraw is a bit on the hard side and I can taste herbs, some pepper and a bit of wood.
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The first flavors I taste are a deep, rich, sweet combination of coffee and earth flavors with a hint of chocolate. The chocolate slowly becomes the main flavor and after an inch I only taste chocolate with some wood and earth on the background. The chocolate is full flavored.
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Halfway the earth disappears and the wood gains some strength but not enough to overpower the chocolate. The chocolate is still the main flavor with wood as a support. Near the end the chocolate loses some strength and I can taste a herbal flavor.
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The duration of this smoke was about an hour and forty five minutes. This full flavored, full bodied cigar gave me a lot of thick smoke. The draw and burn were good. The firm ash is quite compact and has a light gray color.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I’ll be in Florida in november and pick up a few of these

Appearance: 8 / 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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