Canary Island cigars

Flor Canaria Corona

One of the first area’s where the exiled Cuban cigar manufacturers attempted to start a new life were the Spanish Canary islands off the coast of Africa. That was before they all moved back to Latin America, to the Dominican, to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Honduras but there is still a limited cigar industry left on the Canary Islands too.

The most famous cigars you find on the Canary Islands are the 3 feet long, ring 100, unsmokeable souvenir cigars in a huge coffin. They are not ment to be smoked and I guess for a good reason, my experience with cigars from the Canary Islands isn’t that good and there is a reason why almost all of the cigar industry moved on. If you think I’m prejudiced before lighting this cigar you are right, the country, the looks, the plastic tube, the ring, it all screams to me that I shouldn’t smoke this cigar, yet I’m stubborn and I’m going for it.

This cigar scares me at first sight because it comes in a clear plastic tube, just like the horrible Guantanamera Cristales. Then, when I take the cigar out of the tube, I see a dry, beaten up, bumpy and wrinkly mocha colored wrapper with a very simple brown and white ring, the white circle is not even in the centre of the brown ring. The cap is horrible and the cigar feels hard overall. If I try real hard I can smell a faint manure smell, but its faint.

After I cut the cigar I try the cold draw which is good and quite tasteless, I do experience pieces of tobacco in my mouth so I’m expecting this to be a Cuban sandwich type cigar. After lighting I taste a pleasant cinnamon flavor with some metallic acidity. The start isn’t bad at all. After almost an inch the cigar turns harsh though. Sugar with a very harsh tobacco flavor.

The draw is fine, the smoke is full and thick. The ash is white and flaky. The burn is good. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is fifty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Hell no

Score: 71
number 71
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Montecruz #3

A while ago, we had a new member on my Dutch website Sigarenliefhebber who didn’t smoke cigars but she got a box of Montecruz #3 in an inheritence. She wanted to sell them and a few questions told us that these cigars were something special. It turned out that the cigars were produced on the Canary Islands and the cigars were only produced there between 1967 and 1977, when production moved to the Dominican Republic. The cigars are at least 34 years old and the yellow cellophane proved that the cigars were aged. We did a box split amongst some members of my board and here’s my review.
The cigar has a Montecristo like band. The wrapper on this 5½x42 cigar feels like fine sanding paper. It is chocolate brown and has lots of veins. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong horse stable smell. The predraw is good and I taste a musty tobacco flavor with some black pepper.
I taste a quite full and spicy peppery coffee flavor with some earth and leather. The cigar tastes a bit like a Cuban cigar and I am surprised by the amount of flavor. A quarter of an inch into the cigar the coffee disappears. All I taste is a mild creamy leather with earth and a weird chocolate flavor.
After a third I taste a nasty dirt flavor with some chocolate. Halfway the cigar tastes less muddy and I taste more chocolate. The flavors are still unpleasant, ashy and bitter. After two thirds the cigar gets a little more spicy but the flavors are getting worse.
The smoke time of this cigar is only fifty minutes. I got a decent amount of thin smoke. The light gray ash is firm. The burn and draw are great. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, glad I bought only one in the group buy

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

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Vargas robusto

I don’t know much about this cigar, just that they are from the Canary Islands and have a Connecticut wrapper. A friend of mine loves them, and when he got his new shipment in he dropped by to give me four different sizes, a churchill, a toro, a torpedo and this 4.8x 50 robusto. The Canary Islands had a reputation for cigars in the 60’s and 70’s, as a lot of refugee Cuban cigar makers, like the Menendez and Garcia families who owned the H. Upmann factory and the Montecristo brand, rebuild their companies on these Spanish islands.
The shiny wrapper is yellowish brown with a couple of nasty looking thing veins. The band is simple but nice. The construction feels good. I get a light wood smell from the cigar and I can’t complain about the predraw.
I taste a mild bitter coffee flavor, the specific flavor indicates Connecticut. The bitterness disappears soon and the cigar gets a little musty with a hint of chocolate. After an inch I taste dry wood with that hint of chocolate.
After a third the cigar gets a little spicier en I also taste some sweetness. I like the sweetness. Halfway the sweetness disappears, just like the chocolate. All I taste are spicy herbs and they turn bitter.
This cigar lasted me for an hour and ten minutes. The smoke was poor and thin. The draw is very good and the ash is pepper & salt colored and quite firm. The burn is good. This cigar is medium flavored and mild to medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, this isn’t a cigar for me

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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