Cuban cigars

Montecristo Double Edmundo

Montecristo Double Edmundo. In 2004, Habanos introduced the Montecristo Edmundo. A slightly longer and thicker robusto size, with a 52 ring gauge. And in 2006, they followed that up with the Montecristo Petit Edmundo. A slightly shorter, yet thicker robusto, again with a ring gauge of 52. 2010 saw a limited edition Grand Edmundo, almost 6 inches long and again with a 52 gauge. In 2013, Habanos released this Montecristo Double Edmundo, a 6⅛x50 Toro size. The first Edmundo with a ring gauge different than 52. The cigars are named after Edmundo Dantes, the hero of the Alexandro Dumas novel “The Count of Montecristo”. And that’s where Montecristo got his name from.


Mexico had three regional releases called Edmundo Dantes. Edmundo Dantes was released in 2007 and created by Max Gutmann, owner of the Mexican Habanos distributor. Because of the design similarities with Montecristo, people believed that these were Montecristo cigars, sold under the Edmundo Dantes brand. But that’s not the case. There are only three Edmundo Dante releases to date. As for the Montecristo Double Edmundo, it is a globally available cigar except for the United States. It is a regular production cigar so it’s being produced constantly. This cigar was a gift from the Cohiba Atmosphere Kuala Lumpur.


The color of the wrapper is nice, Colorado. And the wrapper is quite oily. But there are plenty of veins, it isn’t the prettiest wrapper out there. The ring is a classic, yet simple. Brown, white and gold. But the print quality is high. The cigar feels very soft, very squishy. There is no ammonia aroma, so that’s a plus. The cigar smells like hay, farm animals and barnyard. The aroma is quite strong.


The cold draw is very good. With vegetal and leather flavors. Salty and leathery are the first flavors that show up after lighting the cigar. After a few puffs, there is more leather, more salt, and some pepper. There’s also sugar. The flavors grow in strength, and some young wood shows up as well, just like green herbal flavors. The retrohale gives cedar and leather. The second third starts with leather, pepper, wood, soil, and a little coffee. Now and then there’s a hint of vanilla. Coffee, leather, and wood are the main flavors now. The final third starts harsh and rough. There is some vanilla, but the harshness is overpowering it.


The draw is great. The light-colored ash is dense and firm. The smoke is good. Thick and enough in volume. The burn is pretty even. It’s a medium-bodied, medium flavored cigar with a smoke time of two and a half hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, for half the price I can get a new world cigar that fits my palate much better

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H. Upmann Noellas 2009 LCDH

H. Upmann Noellas 2009 LCDH. Up until the early 1980s, H. Upmann produced the 5⅜x42 Noellas as a regular production. And the packaging was unique. The cigars didn’t come in wooden boxes. Instead, they came in glass jars. In 2009, Habanos brought those jars back in a limited edition. 5000 glass jars were made to be released to the La Casa del Habano franchises worldwide. As is often the case with Cuba, the cigars were only available late 2010, yet are considered a 2009 release.


In 2013 another batch was released in glass jars. Yet with the lack of communication from Habanos, nobody knows for sure if those were another re-release. It could just as well be part of the 2009 release that just wasn’t shipped to the La Casa del Habano tobacconists three years earlier. The cigar that we are reviewing comes from the 2009 release and has been aged in the jar in a humidor for a decade.


The cigar looks good. A Colorado colored wrapper. The wrapper is oily and looks quite smooth. The regular Upmann ring and the secondary La Casa del Habano ring aren’t a match. The triple cap looks good. The cigar is spongy, yet some spots are slightly softer than others. The aroma is mild, with the scent of hay and animals.


The cold draw is good, with a salty leathery flavor. From the get-go, it’s coffee, soil, leather, and some salt. The flavor then slowly evolves to more leather, some wood, and even a hint of chocolate. But the earthiness and salt never disappear. Suddenly the mouthfeel becomes creamy. The flavor remains salty and leathery, with wood but now also with grass. Halfway the flavors change, the cigar gets a hint of pepper, cumin, and a nutty flavor. Still slightly salty, although less pronounced. The leather is still there as well. In the last third, there is nuttiness, spice, pepper, and leather. The final few puffs bring wood, a lot of pepper, leather, and some sweetness.


The draw is great, no complaints about that department. The ash is quite dark though, and not very firm. The smoke is thick and voluminous. The cigar had to be relit a few times though. But the burn is pretty straight. This is a medium-bodied, medium flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour and fifty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? If it was 5 euros cheaper, I would
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Punch Sir David Exclusivo Hong Kong

Punch Sir David Exclusivo Hong Kong. Sir David Tang is a legend in the world of the Habanos, especially in Asia. He is the founder of Pacific Cigar Company, the Habanos distributor for a large part of Asia and Oceania. He started PCC in 1992 and made Cuban cigars extremely popular all over Asia, and in Hong Kong specifically. So popular, that Cuba appointed Sir David Tang as the honorary consul for the Caribbean island in Hong Kong. He was also a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire and the French government honored him as Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres In August 2017, Sir David Tang passed away in London from liver cancer. Completely in his style, he planned a farewell party after doctors gave him only 2 months to live. But right before the party took place, his illness caught up to him and he passed. A year later, Habanos and PCC paid tribute to this remarkable man by releasing a regional edition for Hong Kong in his honor, the Punch Sir David.

 

The release consisted of 1200 cabinets of 50 cigars of his favorite brand Punch. And in a slightly shorter size than his preferred vitola, the Double Corona. The Punch Sir David is a Paco sized cigar, 7⅛x49, where the Punch Double Corona measures 7⅝x49. All the tobacco is grown, cultivated and curated in Cuba. 

 

The oily wrapper is Colorado colored. It has a few veins and rougher spots. But then again, it’s a long cigar, so it’s hard to get perfect wrapper leaves for double coronas. Since there is only so much tobacco in Cuba, the resources for these specific wrappers are scarce. The cigar feels evenly filled, yet a little under packed. The shape is good, the triple cap is great looking. The cigar has the regular Punch ring, and the famous red, silver and white exclusivo ring. But for this release, the ring had a crown with the name of Sir David, to commemorate him. The aroma is mild. A little wood with some ammonia is the smell of the cigar.

 

 The cold draw is a bit easy. With a salty raisin flavor. The salt is still there after lighting. But that’s not the only flavor. There’s hay as well, and leather. Slowly a fruity flavor and pepper show up too with a mild cedar. Some sweetness shows up too, with some grass and spices. Now that might all sound very flavorful, but the flavors are muted. They are there, but they are mellow and not outspoken. After half an hour, the cigar turns floral with a little harshness on the back of the throat. There’s also leather, soil, and some spices. The flavors come out of their shell a little more, they get more pronounced. At the end of the first third, the pepper grows and a hazelnut flavor shows up. In the second third, the cigars remain floral with pepper. There’s also some leather and spice. The flavors are no longer muted. The cigar gains strength as well, with a much stronger pepper over a floral base. The final third starts with cedar again, soil, leather, and pepper. The pepper slows down for a bit, before returning strong again. Some toast shows up too. 

 

The draw is good. The ash is light-colored and frayed. The smoke is fine and the burn is straight. The cigar is balanced and smooth. It’s a slow starter, with muted flavors in the beginning but it opens up. Medium-bodied turning into full-bodied and medium flavored turning into full-flavored. The smoke time is three hours and twenty minutes.

 Would I buy this cigar again? Too rich for my blood, but I would love to

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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2. A true classic. This cigar has been around for more than 60 years, and it is one of the most praised and sold cigars from Cuba. But the Hoyo de Monterrey brand itself has an even longer history. At ate 13, Don José Gener y Batet, migrated from Spain to Cuba. There he worked on his uncle’s tobacco farm in the Vuelta Abajo region. In his early 30s, around 1850, he started a cigar factory in Havana and started producing cigars. His brand was La Escepción. That brand was faded out in the 1980s although in the last decade the brand name was used twice for an Italian regional edition. With the profits of La Escepción, Don José Gener purchased the best tobacco he could find and in 1865 he used that tobacco for his new creation: Hoyo de Monterrey.

Where La Escepción was known for its strength, Hoyo de Monterrey is a mild Cuban cigar. The cigar performed particularly well in the United Kingdom, and due to the success, the factory grew to be one of the biggest in Cuba. When Gener passed away, his daughter took over the business. In 1931 the brands and the factory were sold to Fernández, Palicio y Cía. Fernández, Palicio y Cía owned Punch and Belinda and remained to own the brands until Cuba was ‘liberated’ and all businesses were nationalized.

This is a decent looking cigar. A nice Colorado colored wrapper, not very oily though. There is a thin, sharp vein on the front of the cigar. Both rings are well printed with high-quality bronze dusting. Even though you might think “bronze, it’s gold”, you are right. Yet the process is called bronze dusting. The triple cap looks great. On the touch, the cigar feels good. There is a mild ammonia aroma coming from the cigar, with fresh greens like leaves in the autumn.

The cold draw is a bit tight. It’s slightly salty with wood. Once lit, the cigar is sweet, sour, and bitter. Coffee bitterness with vinegar and salt is the best way to describe the first puffs. It then changes to salty peanuts, with some leather and earthiness. Plenty of dynamics in the first third, as the flavors progress to salty herbs with wood. Halfway the cigar gets a nice peppery flavor with hazelnuts. The retrohale has sweetness and vanilla. There is a slight Cappucino flavor halfway with herbs. The mouthfeel is quite dry. The pepper grows in strength, tingling on the lips as a good chili pepper does. There is some vanilla sweetness as well, with leather and soil on the background. The aftertaste is mild minty. It changes to pepper and nuts.

The draw is acceptable, slightly tight but still acceptable. The ash is dark, indicating that the soil the tobacco was grown on is low on potassium. The cigar turns very soft after being lit. The burn had to be touched up a few times. The smoke is thin, and there isn’t a lot of it in volume either. But the volume and the thickness of the smoke progress. This cigar is medium-bodied, and while it starts medium flavored it grows to medium-full. The smoke time is two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? It was enjoyable, but there are Cuban cigars I enjoy more in the same price range.

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Romeo y Julieta Churchill FAKE

Romeo y Julieta Churchill FAKE. Last year, Ministry of Cigars asked for some fake Cuban cigars for one of the Soil to Soul videos. And it turned out that one of our readers and friends, Onno, had a few. Well, so he thought. He was very suspicious about a certain box he had in his possession. After having some pictures analyzed by very knowledgeable people, including Mike Choi, they were confirmed fakes. We met up with Onno at the Dutch Big Smoke last September. Onno prepared 5 cigars, 5 fake Romeo y Julieta Churchills. And we did a video with that cigar, which you can see on Ministry of Cigars.


After doing the video, I had second thoughts about reviewing the cigar for ministryofcigars.com as it was a horrible cigar. Yet, we decided to suffer and to do a proper review. That was the promise we made to Onno, and we like to keep our word. So here we go, smoking a fake Romeo y Julieta Churchill. Of course, the first of the five cigars was cut open to see what was in the cigar. And it looked like a very well made cigar, with real tobacco. Here are stories out there of fake Cubans with hair, banana leaves, floor sweepings and other garbage inside. But this cigar is made with real tobacco.


The cigar doesn’t look that bad at first glance. The wrapper isn’t pretty, but the shape is good. The color of the wrapper is nice. The triple cap is like it should be. The gold and black ring looks legit. Although, to the touch, the embossing is missing. The wrapper itself has many veins, which make it look rustic. The cigar feels well made, without any plugs or soft spots. The aroma is mild and musty.


The cold draw is a bit tight and tastes very salty. Once lit, there is a nice mild sweetness. But also a not so nice bitterness. Slowly some cedar shows up too, but wet, moldy cedar. Flavors such as cardboard show up too, with a hint of pepper to spice it up. All flavors seem to disappear yet there is a flavor in my mouth that is best compared to the aftertaste after you puked. Later on, there is some wet grass, a little spice, and again some cedar but all moldy with slight pepper. In the final third, there is some vanilla as a ray of sunshine on a rainy day. It makes the cigar bearable for a bit. Add some pepper, and the cigar is moving in the right direction. It’s still not enjoyable though. Somewhat later, a mild hazelnut paste flavor shows up. Not Nutella, but a cheap Nutella knock-off. The finale is very peppery.


The ash drops quickly. The draw is decent. The burn is reasonable. The cigar is mild to medium in body, mild in flavors. And that the flavors are mild is a good thing in this case. The smoke time is three hours.

 Would I buy this cigar again? Hell no

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Romeo Y Julieta 8 Maravillas

Romeo Y Julieta 8 Maravillas. With this release, Habanos is joining the Chinese Zodiac bandwagon. Since Asia is becoming more and more important for Habanos and the Cuban cigar industry, it was a matter of time before this happened. And with the rumored sale of Habanos to a Chinese party, this will be the first in many Chinese New Year cigars from the island of Cuba. Habanos tested the waters last year. The Spanish distributor of Habanos released regular production Cohiba Robusto cigars with additional ‘year of the pig’ foot bands and different packaging. And these were so popular that Habanos decided to capitalize on that.


This year they released a special, limited edition, cigar for Chinese New Year. The cigar was released in Hong Kong but is available for sale globally except for the USA. That’s due to the embargo, which has been in place since the early 1960s. Habanos picked the Romeo Y Julieta brand for the Year of the Rat release. And in a Maravillas size, 6⅒x55. A box of these cigars, red in color, of course, holds 8 cigars. And the retail price? 60 Euros in The Netherlands. That’s more expensive than the Cohiba Talisman when they were first released.

The cigar looks impressive, way thicker than the 55 ring gauge. But after checking, it really is a ring 55. The wrapper is quite dark for a Cuban cigar. The triple cap is flawless. The wrapper does have visible veins and color differences. The ring is the regular production Romeo y Jylueta ring. There is an additional ring with a rat and the year 2020 on the foot. Red with golden print, just to fit in with the CNY theme. The aroma is quite strong, there is no ammonia but it’s barnyard, vegetal and hay.


The cold draw is good. There is a flavor of hay with spices, quite rough. The tobacco is young. After lighting, the flavors are latte with cinnamon. There’s also some young wood and pepper. After a few puffs, there’s a fruity sweetness and acidity. Then there is coffee with leather and that fruity sweetness. The flavors are subtle. Pepper, fresh wood, cinnamon, a little leather, some pepper. And all with a mild creamy mouthfeel. When the ash breaks, I taste more of a salty flavor. In the second third, the cigar gets a little rough. More pepper, more wood, but rough. Now the lack of age will start to measure in. In the final third, the roughness disappears. It’s all leather, wood, pepper, and grass now.


The draw is great. The smoke is decent, both in thickness and volume. Not good but also not bad. The light-colored ash is beautiful and firm. The burn is oke, a few minor touch-ups were needed. Construction-wise, the Cubans have stepped up in the last few years and it’s paying off. There is some evolution, but overall this cigar lacks character. It’s not a bad cigar though. Construction is good, flavors are there. But it’s not a great cigar, it’s decent. Medium-bodied, medium flavored. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, maybe if it was a 10th of the price every once in a while, but for these prices? Hell no.

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La Gloria Cubana Paraiso Edición Regional Caribe

La Gloria Cubana Paraiso Edición Regional Caribe. From the 2014 Regional Edition program but only released in 2015. And released in the countries supplied by Caribbean Cigar Corporation. That includes the Dutch Antilles, Surinam, Jamaica, Honduras, Panama, Bahamas, Caiman Islands and more. The only other Caribe edition is the 2008 Juan Lopez Short Torpedo. The cigars came in boxes of 25, and are extremely hard to find nowadays.


The size is 135 mm or 5⅓ inches in length with a ring gauge of 52. That size is named Edmundo. And that is a size only used for Montecristo when it comes to regular production. But the same vitola has been used for the Montecristo Travel Humidor and a special Montecristo X Edicion Festival de Habano as well. And for several regional editions. Bolivar had three, for Qatar, for the UAE and the Benelux. Diplomatico used it for The Netherlands. Juan Lopez saw this size for the Benelux and Canada. Pacific Cigar Company, the distributor for the Asia Pacific region used the size for La Flor de Cano. And Ramon Allones saw a regional edition for Libanon and a combined edition for Greece and Cyprus. Then there is the 2011 H. Upmann Royal Robusto in this size, a La Casa del Habano exclusive release.

The wrapper is nice oily, but a little rough to look at. It’s not smooth, it’s like there are pimples under the skin. There’s also slight discoloration. It looks like the wrapper above the ring is darker than the wrapper below the ring. The cigar is very soft, with a harder spot under the ring. The ring is the classic La Gloria Cubana ring and the evenly classic Edicion Regional ring. There is a very, very mild aroma. Just a little bit of a wood smell, but very faint.


The cold draw is surprisingly good considering the plug that was felt underneath the ring. The wrapper is quite salty, and the overall flavor in the cold draw is salted peanuts. The first puffs are overly sweet coffee with some dry leather and earthiness. Soon the leather takes over, with sweetness, mild pepper, wood, and earthiness. There is a little salt too. The coffee returns, but as a supporting flavor to the sweet leather. In the second third, there is a harsh bitterness underneath the sweet leather. There’s also pepper and some nutty flavor. The nuts gain strength, with some salt, pepper, and leather. The sweetness disappears around the halfway point. The leather doesn’t give up though and becomes stronger too. The cigar is very flavorful. The mouthfeel is a bit try, and the bitterness is gone. The final third is less balanced, a little harsh and bitter. With wood as the main flavor, supported by soil, coffee, and a lot of pepper. Unfortunately, the bitterness is growing, and that makes the cigar take a turn for the worst


The draw doesn’t have issues. It might even be a bit loose as the cigar is slightly underfilled. The light gray ash is like a stack of dimes. The burn is straight. The smoke is nothing to complain about either. This is a medium-bodied cigar, yet the flavors are strong. Much stronger than any other Cuban that’s been reviewed recently. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? Not for the crazy secondary market prices

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Montecristo Tubos 2003

Montecristo Tubos 2003. This is a gift from a collector and trader of Cuban cigars. The man is a friend of Ministry of Cigars, and he donated a few aged and vintage cigars for us to review. This particular cigar was made in 2003 and comes from the collection of a Greek collector, who has a very well designed aging system for his cigars.

Montecristo was founded in 1935 when Alonso Menendez bought the Particulares Factory and the two brands they made: Particulares and Byron. Then he changed the name into Montecristo. Menendez’s favorite book was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Later on, he bought the H. Upmann factory. And that gave birth to Hunters & Frankau, the exclusive Habanos distributor in the UK. Hunters were the exclusive distributor for Montecristo, Frankau had the rights to H. Upmann. They merged and are still active today. The Corona Grande in the tubos was released somewhere in the 1970s and is still in production today.

The cigar looks good. Colorado Claro in color, no veins that make it unappealing. The wrapper is soft like velvet. The ring is simple, classic. Just a small brown ring with the white Montecristo logo. The aroma is amazing. Strong, cocoa and hay but mainly cocoa.


The cold draw is a bit tight. 2003 is a year where the tobacco wasn’t rushed through fermentation yet, but it was at the end of a period where a lot of new rollers were hired. And with new, unexperienced rollers and not enough quality control, the early 2000s are notorious for having a bad draw. The cold draw has a mild leathery and strong hay flavor. From the moment the cigar is lit, the flavors are soil and coffee with a hint of marzipan sweetness. After a few puffs, leather shows up. A centimeter in, the cigar tastes like leather with chocolate. There’s still some of the marzipan sweetness lingering around in the aftertaste. The cigar than turns to leather with toast and some salt. The flavors are mild, smooth and mild. This is a great morning cigar after a light breakfast. Halfway there’s a strong hazelnut flavor, with toast, leather, pepper, and green herbs. There’s chocolate too. The final third has pepper, wood, leather, toast, and nuts. It’s still smooth but the flavors are much stronger than in the beginning.


The draw is a bit on the tight side, but still acceptable. The ash is light gray and quite dense. But not firm at all, it breaks off easily. The smoke is thick for a Cuban cigar. And white. The burn is very straight. This is a medium-bodied, medium flavored cigar. It starts out mild but grows to medium-full flavored. The smoke time is one hour and fifty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? With 16 years of age? I would love to.

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Partagas Salomones – Vintage –

In 2008 Habanos introduced the Partagas Salomones as a La Casa del Habano exclusive cigar. But the cigars were not new. They have been released as special releases before such as in the 1995 humidor. And in the late 1990s and early 2000s, you could buy bundles of these cigars on Cuba. Counterfeits weren’t as rampant as today, factories weren’t as strict as now. So it was possible to have real, good quality cigars with the correct blend outside of the regular production portfolio.

The Partagas Salomones has been a regular production since 2008. But exclusively sold in La Casa del Habano shops worldwide. With an extra LCDH ring of course. Other Partagas Salomones releases were the Salomones Espanola in the 1995 Partagas Espanola humidor. A smaller version, one inch smaller to be precise, was released in the Silo XXI Millennium Humidor from 1999. And the 2000 Partagas 155 Aniversario humidor had the 7¼x57 Partagas Salomones as well. Since the cigar that we are reviewing is from 2000, it’s most likely that it is an overproduction cigar for this humidor that was sold in a bundle.

The cigar looks great. The shape is amazing. The wrapper is Colorado colored, mild oily and only has one thin vein. The old Partagas ring is used. That means the cigar is pre-2002. That’s when the rings changed. The touch is great, the right amount of bounce when we softly squeeze the cigar. And the cigar has this mild grassy and hay aroma that you can only find in vintage cigars.

The cold draw is a bit tight, but that has to do with the shape. The flavor is leather with spice. Quite strong for a vintage cigar. Right from the start, I taste salt and leather. This is the leather that was so typical for Cubans back in the day. There’s also a very mild pepper and some cedar. Leather remains, a nice floral sweetness shines through. Complex, well balanced. The mouthfeel is very creamy. Mild cinnamon is there as well. A few puffs later, there is some toast. After an inch, there’s a faint flavor that comes close to Nutella. Hazelnut and chocolate, but it’s very faint. The dry, aged, leather is the base flavor, the other flavors dance around it. Sometimes it’s cedar, sometimes pepper. Sometimes floral flavors and then the chocolate again. All well balanced like a beautiful ballet performance. Sophisticated is the right way to describe the flavors. After a third, the pepper becomes a bit more prominent. Not that it comes close to being a pepper bomb, it remains subtle. Chocolate becomes stronger too, slowly. In the last third, the sweetness is stronger. Almost like drinking a nice, small sip of sugar water. But still, with the leather and pepper. The sweetness mellows out, the pepper gains some strength. The flavors get a little salty as well.

The draw is great. The light-colored ash is firm. The smoke is good. It’s not a Drew Estate smoke bomb, but the smoke is medium in thickness and volume. The burn is straight. The cigar is medium bodied, medium flavored. Very complex, subtle and sophisticated. Delicate almost. And it shows how good Cuban cigars can be if the tobacco is treated the right way. If the soil is well maintained. If no shortcuts are taken in the fermentation and aging. And when quality control is at a high level. The smoke time is three hours and thirty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Buying a rare 19-year-old cigar is impossible

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Bolivar Coronas Extra Vintage 2003

Bolivar Coronas Extra Vintage 2003. You won’t find any of these cigars post-2012, as the cigar was discontinued in that year. But the sample that we are reviewing is from 2003. This is one of the many cigars that Habanos and Cubatabaco have discontinued in the last 20 years in favor of thicker cigars that seems to be catered for the American market. The American market is a no-go area for Cuban cigars, yet a big portion of the yearly production of Cuban cigars ends up in the United States through webshops anyway. And Habanos is catering to that market, by making Cuban cigars thicker and thicker as that’s where the demand from the United States is. Small rings suffer the consequences of that trend.


As for this particular cigar, it comes from the collection of a serious collector of Cuban cigars in Greece. The cigars have been aged for 16 years in the box, which led to the cigar being box-pressed. But not a factory box-press, a natural box-press.


The Colorado Maduro wrapper looks great. Beautiful color, nice shine. On the side of the cigar are a few veins. The Bolivar ring is the classic one. The portrait of Simon Bolivar on a yellow background. But honestly, if Simon Bolivar saw the way he was portrayed, the artist would probably be killed on the spot as it’s not a flattering painting. The triple cap is nice and the cigar feels well packed. No hard spots, no soft spots even though the cigars come from some troublesome years when the Cuban industry had a lot of issues with the construction of cigars. That came through an influx of new rollers and declining quality control. The aroma is almost gone, there are a mild forest and barnyard smell.


The cold draw is good and has a spicy flavor. Pepper, cinnamon, and toast. Once lit, the flavors are muted. Mild. A little leather with some spices. A faint pepper. But from Bolivar, more is to be expected. A little sweetness shows up underneath the leather. Slowly the pepper gets a little stronger, and some earthiness replaces the leather. The leather doesn’t disappear at all though, and a mild toast flavor is noticeable after a third as well. Halfway the cigar picks up white pepper. The sweetness is getting more pleasant and the flavors seem to pick up a little. There’s even a hint of milk chocolate and some cedarwood.


The draw is fine and the silver-gray ash is nice. The smoke is good, thick, enough volume and white. The cigar is medium-bodied, and overall medium flavored. It started mildly flavored but the flavors progressed to get better and stronger. The smoke time is two hours

Would I buy this cigar again? Nope
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