Indonesian cigars

Sultan robusto

I got in touch with Frederiko Ferry from the Indonesian cigar maker Sultan cigar and he was so kind to sent me a sampler of Sultan cigars for me to try. Now some of you know that I actually started to smoke cigars on a vacation to Indonesia and the first review on my blog is from another Indonesian cigar. Sultan Cigar is located at the beautiful city of Yogyakarta, famous for the Borobudur and Prambanan temples and is worth a visit if you ever get the chance, I know I loved it, I fell in love with it, not just Yogyakarta but the whole country, the flora and fauna, the people, the food and I really need to get my fat ass back there soon.
This 5×50 robusto has a beautiful medium brown and oily wrapper with a nice band. The construction feels good and I smell a strong aroma of straw. The predraw is fine and I taste a dry tobacco flavor.
I taste a dry earthy and coffee flavor, quite full but very dry and tasted a mild bitter note with the flavors. I could clearly taste that this tobacco is different from the Cuban, Nicaraguan, Dominican and Honduran tobacco that I usually smoke.
The coffee disappears after at third and so does the mildly bitter flavor. The cigar gets a bit spicier instead and somewhat later I incidentally taste some cacao powder on the background. Halfway I also discover a herbal flavor with the earthy flavors, the spices and cacao powder. After two thirds I also taste pepper.
This cigar didn’t last me as long as I expected, just an hour and usually it takes me longer to smoke a robusto sized cigar. I got a lot of smoke from this full flavored medium bodied cigar and the smoke was reasonable thick. The firm and tight ash was light gray.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah I might, depending on price and availability. It is something different, which is nice every once in a while.

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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This cigar was given to me by the employee of a cigarshop I frequently visited in the past. It is a 8 ½ inch long Indonesian cigar and a bit conically shaped, ring 40 at the mouth end of the cigar and ring 44 at the fire end. The cigar I smoked had the print “especially blended and hand rolled for Massimo” printed on the golden cellophane.
The aroma of this cigar was very dry hay. The wrapper was quite dark and had lots of veins and had a silky feel to it. The construction felt good. The draw was a bit hard and the ash turned out to be white. This cigar didn’t produce a lot of smoke, probably due to the hard draw. The smoke felt cool, due to the length of the cigar. The aroma of the lit cigar was terrible, harsh.

I could taste dry leather, not comparable to the Cuban leather though and after an inch there was a bit of chocolate noticeable. Later on the cigar became a bit sweet and the chocolate disappeared. The texture of the smoke left a creamy feel in my mouth. The flavor is very consistent, not a lot of depth in this cigar.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, even though it is reasonable priced
Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 9 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma middle part: 6 / 10
Aroma last part: 6 / 10

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Bali Djanger panatela

Back in January 2006 my flight from the small Bali airport to Jakarta was delayed several hours so to kill the time I visited the only shop and I found a cardboard box with 10 cigars called Bali Djanger. The box mentions “hand made, pure Sumatra tobacco, made in Indonesia” I bought a box of those cheap cigars, just out of curiosity.
I had a few left when I got back from Indonesia and put them away and forgot about them completely, until a few days ago I was transferring al my cigars from my old humidor to my new big one and I decided to smoke it again, for sentiment’s sake. I could remember that I didn’t like them to much when I smoked them sitting on the porch of a friend’s house in Jakarta, but to my surprise the cigar was better than I could remember, maybe because it has aged another 15 months.
When I removed the plastic packing I could smell a distinct smell of hay, the cigar had a smooth and easy predraw, was easy to light and the burn was close to perfect. The smoke was rich and full and the ash was quite firm. There is nothing wrong with the construction of this cigar. It is a bit hard to name the flavors because the cigar is light bodied and I usually smoke medium to full bodied cigars, but I could taste a hint of leather and something sweet which at times became bittersweet, and when I reached the middle of the cigar there was a light cacao flavor noticeable.
This cigar isn’t a top class cigar, but it’s not bad at all. Nice to have smoked.
Would I buy this cigar again? If I’m in Indonesia again, I might buy it, just for the sentiment.
Appearance: 7 /10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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