Brazilian cigars

Dona Flor Selecao Robusto

Dona Flor is a Brazilian cigar brand and this 5×52 Selecao robusto got a 92 score in Cigar Aficionado a few years ago. It is a Brazilian puro and it is rolled softer than the average cigar so the subtlety of the flavors are enhanced while smoking this cigar. I got this cigar at Intertabac 2011 from the producer of these Brazilian puros.
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The cigar has a chocolate brown and rough wrapper and a double band. I smell leather and wood and the cigar feels well constructed, a bit soft but that’s the way this cigar is supposed to be. The predraw is fine and I taste a fresh flavor.
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I taste lots of leather with some wood. The cigar is mild spicy and after half an inch I also taste herbs. This cigar lacks the typical Brazilian sweetness I expected to taste. The wood flavor grows a bit in strength. After an inch I taste pepper with an earthy flavor and herbs.
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Halfway I taste leather again with wood, that earthy flavor and herbs. The feeling in my mouth is dry and I get a little sparkle on the tip of my tongue. After two thirds I taste spicy herbs with some earthy flavors and a very mild acidic flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for just an hour, which is a short time for a slow smoker like me. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The ash has a salt and pepper color and is quite firm. I had a few minor issues with the burn. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No. It is not my cup of tea

Appearance: 7 / 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: 6 / 10

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Dona Flor reserva especial robusto

At the Intertabac trade show we ended up talking to the makers of Dona Flor cigars, a Brazilian brand that makes Dona Flor, Alonso Menendez and more brands. They gave me a few samplers to try and one of the samplers was this 5×50 Dona Flor Reserva Especial robusto with a Brazilian mata fina wrapper. Now I am not a fan of Brazilian tobacco as it has a sweetness that I don’t like.
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The cigar doesn’t look appealing, the wrapper is dark but has a lot of thick veins, the band is tacky and the cigar looks dry. The construction feels good though and the predraw is fine. I taste tobacco but I smell a horse stable.
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I taste a sweet earthy flavor with some pepper. The flavors are sharp and spicy. The spiciness fades away though so I only taste a sweet earthy flavor. After half an inch I start to taste coffee too. After a third I mainly taste that earthy flavor again with some coffee and a little bit of lemon zest.
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Halfway I taste some chocolate with the flavors and the structure is a bit sticky. The lemon zest is replaced by some sweetness. Soon after I get an earthy flavor with chocolate, herbs and lemon zest again. The herbs fade away but the cigar gets spicy near the end.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and thirty-five minutes. The draw is good and I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is firm and compact. The burn is good. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The Brazilian sweetness was not as strong as I expected.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, Brazilian tobacco ain’t my thing

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

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Alonso Menendez robusto

A few years ago I reviewed this Brazilian Alonso Menendez robusto and I didn’t like it at all. As the guys on my Dutch website keep raving about it and because I didn’t have pictures on my old review, I decided to buy another one for € 3,50, which is the fixed price in The Netherlands, to see if I may have had a dud and may like the cigar right now.
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The cigar has a dark wrapper, but it is messy with big veins. The cigar has a mini pigtail. The construction feels soft with a hard piece in the middle and I smell a sweet barnyard aroma. The tasteless predraw is fine.
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I can taste an earthy flavor with a sweetness that you can expect from Brazilian tobacco. After half an inch the cigar gets a bit sour too. Half an inch later the sour flavor disappears and I taste a combination of earth and wood with a slowly growing sweetness.
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Halfway the wood flavor loses some strength but the earth and the sweetness stay on the same level. After two thirds I taste a dry nut flavor, still with the sweetness. Near the end I taste the dry nut and sweetness but now with the returned wood flavor and some pepper on the lips.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and five minutes. The draw was good, just like the burn but the smoke is thin and there’s not much of it. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The ash is pepper and salt colored and quite firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, never. Tried it twice, didn’t like it twice like I never liked Brazilian tobacco anyway.

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

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Alonso Menendez robusto

This Alonso Menendez robusto, 139mm long and a 48 ring is made of Brazilian tobacco. The color is a bit dark but far from being maduro, the aroma is deep and reminds me of a stable. Some veins run over the wrapper, the predraw is fine and releases a light sweetness. The cigar has a firm feeling.
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As can be expected from Brazilian tobacco, the flavor is a very deep and dark sweetness. Later on there is a bit of a herby flavor, like some herbs were dipped in honey. The cigar has a certain harshness, bitter, but still with a sweetness on the background. Not very pleasant.
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The smoke is full and ash is ok, draw is just fine, but the flavors aren’t my style
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I can find better cigars in this price range.
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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