Mexican cigars

Macarena Big Robusto Natural & Maduro

So I was at the office of a cigar distributer in The Netherlands and he shows me a few bundles of cigars and asks if I know anything about these sticks. I didn’t, and I actually didn’t know anything about them at all. It’s a brand called Macarena and they come in a natural and a maduro version. Only thing I know is that they are made by A. Turrent in Mexico, so I was surprised to see these bundles at their office since A. Turrent has another distributer in The Netherlands. The only thing I had to say straightaway was “Oh, I hope its better than the song”. Then the question came up, are these medium fillers or longfillers, a sharp knife brought the answer: longfiller and pretty well constructed too I might add.

Now I got a Big Robusto, 5 1/2×54, of both the natural and the maduro version, to try and give my honest opinion about these cigars and I must say, i’m a bit scared since I was told that the general opinion of the test panel wasn’t too positive, add that to my previous experiences with Mexican cigars, I don’t think I will be in for a treat. Don’t get me wrong, some Mexican tobacco used in a blend is great but all Mexican cigars I smoked so far didn’t fit my palette . But I have to keep an open mind, forget the prejudice and smoke it anyway. Maybe thinking about the times I met Alejandro Turrent, who’s a nice guy, and the Mexican parties they hosted at the Intertabac trade show for years can counter effect the negative associations.

To get more info on the cigar I decided to turn to google but that didn’t help me either, except more confusion. It turns out that there’s also a company on the Canary Islands that has a cigar names Macarena but I could only find a registry and information on the Mexican Macarena in English still wasn’t to be found anywhere. I did find a few Romanian web shops that sell this Macarena from A. Turrent but my Romanian isn’t what it used to be, and it didn’t use to be much anyway so that wasn’t really helpful either. So basically, except the size of 5 1/2×54 and the producer I have got nothing to tell about this cigar.

Macarena Big Robusto Natural


Back to the cigar, which looks aren’t very appealing. The color of the cigar is a milky chocolate, thats fine, but its a rough looking wrapper, with big veins and the cap isn’t glued nicely so it frayed. The construction feels good enough though. The ring is very old fashioned, it could be a ring from the 40’s. It has a yellow and gold lining with a white circle. In that circle is a portrait of a woman wearing a pearl necklace. Underneath the woman there is a red banner that says Macarena. On the sides the backdrop is red with the golden lining and on both sides a yellow banner with red letters that says “henco a mano”. The quality of the printing is very good though, sharp lines and the gold really pops, too bad that the image is so old fashioned in a boring way. The aroma is medium strong and is a mixture of hay and licorice.


Due to the not so pretty cap I decided to use my straight cut on this cigar instead of punching it. I get absolutely no air through the cigar, the wrapper gives me a little pepper on my lips and I also taste raw tobacco. To be able to smoke the cigar I use a draw poker and it’s not just a plug somewhere but the whole cigar is one big plug and I have to use force to get the draw poker through. Even after the draw poker the draw is still tough. I light the cigar with a soft flame.


I taste coffee and wood, slightly bitter. After a centimeter I taste wood with some sweetness that comes close to a low quality honey. After a third I taste a mild bitter wood with only a little bit of milk chocolate. Halfway I draw 4 more holes in the cigar, finally the draw gets a bit better and I taste a nut flavor that pleases me. After two thirds a minty aftertaste shows up. Slowly I also taste some pepper with the nuts and the mint and it’s actually nice near the end.


The draw is horrible and because of that the smoke is thin and poor in amount. The ash is salt and pepper colored. It’s quite firm. The burn is good, not straight as an arrow but good enough. The cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is an hour and twenty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe one to see what the cigar is like with a better draw, but pure out of curiosity and not because I like the cigar. But truth be said, it wasn’t as bad as I expected and the issue with this cigar is more on the technical side as it is on the tobacco side.

Score: 73

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Macarena Big Robusto Maduro


The ring of the maduro version is exactly the same as the natural version, a well printed but old fashioned image of a lady on a white oval, a yellow background with golden lining and a red banner with the name of the brand, and red banners with henco a mano on the sides. The wrapper isn’t very pretty, dark, rugged and just from the looks I would guess its Brazilian. The cap looks a bit better than on the natural version though. The construction feels a little hard, I’m hoping the draw is better than last weeks Macarena. There isn’t much of an aroma, but what I smell is urine drained hay.


I cut the cigar with a straight cut by Xikar and test the cold draw. It’s a huge difference with natural version, this cigar has a good draw with a spicy taste. I use a soft flame to light the cigar. The taste is woody with a mild bitterness. After a few puffs all I taste is a mild bitterness with sweetness. The flavors do feed my thoughts on the wrapper being Brazilian. After a centimeter I taste licorice, I like the candy since I’m Dutch so I don’t mind but it’s not good enough to love the cigar. Slowly I start tasting a little pepper too. The licorice gets a little salty. In between halfway and two thirds I taste licorice with a rotten wood flavor, salt and a tiny bit of pepper but it’s not very nice. Then the flavor changes to paprika flavored potato chips and perfume with a peppery aftertaste, this is the most weird tasting cigar I ever smoked, and I smoked a lot.


The draw is reasonable but the smoke is very thin and there isn’t a lot of it. The ash is pepper and salt colored and reasonably firm. The burn is good, straight and I didn’t have to touch up or correct. This cigar is medium bodied and mild to medium flavored. The smoke time is an hour and fifteen minutes.


Would I buy this cigar again? No, it’s not worth to give it another try.

Score: 75
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A. Turrent triple corojo short robusto

I’ve been smoking quite a few Mexican cigars lately, due to Intertabac where we stopped at the A. Turrent booth. I smoked and reviewed the whole Te-Amo world selection series and the A. Turrent triple play recently and today I reviewed a A. Turrent Triple Corojo short robusto. As the name implies, this cigar is made purely from corojo tobacco. The filler comes from Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua, the binder is Nicaraguan with a San Andres corojo wrapper. The short robusto measures 4½x54. The robusto will be available in The Netherlands soon.
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The cigar looks messy with lots of veins on a latte colored wrapper. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine. I taste dry tobacco and dried raisin.
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I taste a spicy and bitter earthy flavor with coffee and some grass. The flavors are full but dry. I get a sweet flavor on the background. After half an inch I taste sweet leather with a little bit of citrus and some sweetness in the aftertaste. After three quarters of an inch I taste some toast and nuts. After a third I taste leather with hay, mild spicy and some bitterness in the aftertaste. The hay flavor is dominant.
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Halfway I taste some pepper, a little bit of citrus and some hay. The aftertaste is spicy. After two thirds I taste fresh wood and coffee. The cigar gets spicy too and the aftertaste is peppery.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and thirty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The burn was a bit crooked and the ash is dark and ugly but firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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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A. Turrent triple play toro

A.Turrent is a Mexican cigar manufacturer famous for the Te-Amo and A.Turrent cigars. About a year ago they released the A. Turrent Triple Play, a cigar made with all maduro tobacco from Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico. There are two vitolas, a 4½x54 robusto and a 6×54 toro. I smoked the toro that I got in a sampler during the Intertabac trade show in Germany. The robusto will be released in The Netherlands soon with a € 4.00 price tag.
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The cigar looks great with an almost black and oily wrapper and a nice silver colored band. I see a few veins and I smell a barnyard. The construction feels a bit firm. The predraw is great and I taste some wood.
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I taste pepper, an earthy flavor and some coffee. After half an inch I taste wood, earth and pepper, in the aftertaste I get some cacao with peppery earthy flavors. The wood disappears and my mouth feels dry. After an inch I taste black pepper with some musty wood. After a third I taste a muddy earthy flavor with a hint of cacao, the pepper has almost completely disappeared.
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Halfway I taste wood and a bit more cacao. The pepper slowly returns and I get some lemon zest in the aftertaste. After two thirds I get coffee with some citrus in the aftertaste. Soon a bit of cacao follows.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty-five minutes. The smoke was good, the coarse silver gray ash isn’t firm at all. The burn is good though. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? The robusto will be released in The Netherlands soon and I will buy those.

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

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Te-Amo world selection series Nicaragua blend robusto

This is the fifth and final Te-Amo world selection series review, another robusto but this time the 5×54 Nicaragua blend. This cigar is made with Nicaraguan filler, a San Andres binder and a criollo wrapper. As all other Te-Amo world selection series this cigar is box pressed and packed in cellophane.
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I like that all the bands have a different color, not just a different name. The wrapper has a latte color with a few veins. The cigar has a good construction and a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste a little harsh and peppery leather flavor with a splash of sweetness in the aftertaste. There is also a mild bitter flavor. The bitterness disappears after a quarter of an inch. After half an inch I taste pepper, herbs, a hint of cinnamon and wood. The cigar turns surprisingly subtle.
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After a third the subtle flavors disappear and I taste a mild bitter and harsh mixture of pepper, wood and some sweetness. Halfway I taste red pepper with a tiny bit sweetness and wood. The pepper is growing stronger and stronger. Near the end I taste pepper, herbs and some earthy flavors with some sugar on the background.
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This cigar gave me a little bit of vitamine and it lasted me for ninety-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The ash is dark colored, frayed but firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Probably, although I liked the Honduras blend better

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

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Te-Amo world selection series Mexico blend toro

The fourth Te-Amo world selection series cigar that I smoke is the Te-Amo world selection series Mexico blend. The only cigar from the series that I don’t smoke in a robusto size but in a 6×54 toro size. This cigar is box pressed, like the robustos and also wrapped in cellophane
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I smell a wood smell like walking through a forest after the rain. The wrapper is dark and oily with hardly any veins. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor with dry herbs and a maduro sweetness. The flavors are full but the overall feeling is smooth and subtle. After an inch I taste a little citrus, very mild, with some sweetness and wood.
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After a third I taste earthy flavors with sweetness and wood. Halfway I taste some pepper with the flavors mentioned before except for the earthy flavors that have disappeared. After two thirds I taste wood, some sweetness and pepper, lots of pepper. The pepper gains even more strength, it overpowers all other flavors and becomes too strong
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great, just like the smoke. I had to correct the burn once or twice. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt

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

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Te-Amo world selection series Honduras blend robusto

The third cigar from the Te-Amo world selection series is the Te-Amo world selection series Honduras blend robusto, a 5×54 box pressed, cellophane wrapped cigar made with Honduran filler, a San Andres binder and corojo wrapper. This is the least attractive looking cigars from the bunch.
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The dark wrapper looks rough and dry with thick veins. The construction feels good though and I smell a strong but sour wood smell. The band is pretty and the predraw is a bit tight. I taste spicy tobacco with a peppery aftertaste.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor with a little sweetness that slowly gains strength. After three quarters of an inch I also taste some hazelnuts. An inch after lighting the cigar I taste some hay, lots of sugar, some herbs and a hint of the earlier mentioned hazelnuts.
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After a third I taste sugar, hay, a bit of chocolate. The cigar is also spicy and a little bitter but in a pleasant way. Halfway a green pepper flavor joins the other flavors. After two thirds I taste pepper, an earthy flavor and sugar with some herbs on the background. Near the end I taste more wood, the sugar is almost gone but I do taste a little bit of cacao.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was reasonable but the smoke was too thin. The silvergray ash is firm. I had to correct the burn once or twice. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Oh yeah!

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

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Te-Amo world selection series Dominicana blend robusto

The second cigar that I smoke from the Te-Amo world selection series is the Dominicana blend robusto. This box pressed cigar measures 5×54 and is made from Dominican filler with a San Andres binder and a Connecticut shade wrapper, which gives me the creeps as I hate Connecticut shade wrappers.
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First thing I notice is that the band is glued straight this time. The light colored wrapper has quite some veins but is nicely finished. The construction feels good and I smell a strong hay and straw smell, it’s like sitting on top of a haystack. The predraw is fine, just a bit musty.
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I taste a sweet earthy flavor with a hint of coffee. The cigar is a bit harsh. The sweetness I taste is sugar while the earth flavor is strong. The coffee disappears. After an inch I taste hay with a sweet and peppery aftertaste and a mild bitter flavor, the harshness is gone too.
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Halfway I taste a little acidic flavor with the hay and the mild bitterness. The cigar gets a bit harsh again, but not so harsh that it becomes unpleasant. The sweetness slowly gains strength.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and ten minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke, which was a bit thin though. I had to correct the burn. The firm ash is quite dark. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the Cuba blend a bit better

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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Te-Amo world selection series Cuba blend robusto

At the Intertabac trade show we stopped at A. Turrent cigars as our host, The Longfiller Company, a Dutch cigar distributer, had an appointment. They spoke about importing Te-Amo cigars to The Netherlands. Me and my buddy José, who was there as well, got a sampler with loads of A. Turrent and Te-Amo cigars which will all be reviewed but as The Longfiller Company was mostly interested in the world selection series I am reviewing these first. And I start with the 5×54 Cuba blend.
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The Cuba blend doesn’t actually contain Cuban tobacco but Cuban seed tobacco. The cigar is box pressed and is wrapped in cellophane. The filler is Criollo San Andres & Corojo, the binder is corojo and the wrapper is a criollo 98. The cigar looks good but the band isn’t glued straight, the roller could have paid a little more attention and should have finished the cigar more neatly. The thick wrapper is light colored and I smell wood and hay. The construction feels good. The predraw is a bit tight and I taste straw and raisin.
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I taste sweet earth and hay. I expected the sweetness as Mexican tobacco tends to be sweet. The cigar is also mild harsh but not in an unpleasant way. After three quarters of an inch I taste herbs, a mild sweetness with some pepper in the aftertaste, all with that little edgy harshness. After a third I taste herbs with a little bit of chocolate on the background and a mild bitterness.
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Halfway I taste hay with some chocolate, the cigar is mild spicy. After two thirds the flavors change to wood, hay and a mild sweetness. Near the end I taste some pepper with some bitterness.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is good, just like the burn. The frayed pepper and salt colored ash isn’t firm and the burn isn’t great either but the cigars had been at the tradeshow for a few days so they weren’t in the best condition. The cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied and a bit dull.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, have to try the other Te-Amo world selection series first

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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Te Amo magnificos

I am not a fan of Mexican tobacco, so I was reluctant to try this Te-Amo magnifico, a Mexican puro by Altadis. It is a 5½x42 corona, which I got from a Dutch friend.
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The wrapper is dull and dry with lots of veins. The band is simple. The construction feels good. The cigar has mild smell and the good predraw.
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The flavors are musty and a little spicy. I also get the sweetness that is so classic for Mexican tobacco. There are no other flavors and no development either.
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After two thirds I taste herbs with some wood, still musty though.
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This cigar had a smoke time of an hour. The draw was oke. I had to correct the burn a few times. I got a lot of smoke, but the smoke was thin. The light colored ash is frayed and not firm. This is a mild to medium flavored and mild to medium bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Never again.

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

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