Nicaraguan cigars

ACID Kuba Arte

Drew Estate Acid Kuba Arte. A limited edition Drew Estate Acid to commemorate 20 years of Drew Estate Acid Kuba. And they come packed in pieces of art. Water towers containing 20 cigars and a boveda pack. All the water towers are hand pained by New York based street artists. That is a tribute to the art side that Drew Estate always had, from day one. The company was founded in Brooklyn, and the 5 artists all have roots in that burrough of New York as well. Back in the day, Jonathan Drew was sitting on a rooftop in Brooklyn, and he saw water towers and graffiti. Now he brings it back together.

The cigar is infused. Premium tobaccos have been used though. From a beautiful American grown broadleaf Maduro wrapper to the hearty Nicaraguan fillers. Add am Indonesian binder and you have the blend. Drew Estate uses a unique infusion method, one of the best kept secrets in the industry to turn the cigars into the ACID lines. People love it, or hate it. There is no in-between. They sell like hotcakes, yet a lot of natural cigar smokers look down on the acid lines.


The cigar looks great. A dark, oily wrapper. No visible veins. The cigar is slightly box-pressed. The ring is in graffiti style, and mentions it’s a limited edition. The aroma is strong, once removed from the cellophane you can immediately smell a chemical aroma that is unusual for cigars. It reminded us of toilet cakes, liquid soap and flowers. The cigar looks and feels well constructed. While wetting the cap, before cutting it, the chemical taste is pretty strong.


The cold draw is pretty good. The wrapper leaves a sweet flavor on the lips, the tobacco itself has some pepper. The first puffs are overpowered by the sweetness of the wrapper. The unnatural sweetness. Once the initial shock of the unnatural sweetness is gone, it’s not that bad. Sweetness, with some spices and pepper. A little coffee shows up, and the pepper mellows out. The floral, chemical sweetness is still very dominant. There are hints of dried leaves and leather on the background as well. After a third it’s still sweet, floral sweet, with pepper, leather, and toast on the background. Halfway the sweetness is at a level where it’s actually pleasant, although still a bit too strong. The flavors remain the same, with that dominant sweetness, some pepper, leather and toast.


The draw is fantastic. And the smoke is plentiful, like with the natural premium cigars from the same factory. The light colored ash isn’t very firm. The cigar is medium bodied, yet full flavored although the flavor isn’t very natural.

Would I buy this cigar again? I prefer natural cigars but this wasn’t bad

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Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Decadas Diadema

That’s one of the two vitolas that Joya de Nicaragua released of this blend. And the Cinco Decadas stands for the 50th anniversary of the factory. Opened in 1968 and still standing. It’s the oldest factory in Nicaragua and carries a lot of history. Even though the factory has been renovated and restored after the revolution, there are still bullet holes in the building. During the renovation, those were preserved. To remind everybody about that era, from 1979 to 1990. Esteli was one of the epicenters of the revolution. And the Joya de Nicaragua factory was the highest building in town. So it was used as a sniper outpost, and therefore being shot at a lot too. Yet the building survived, and Joya de Nicaragua is bigger and stronger than ever.

Last year, at the 50th birthday of Joya de Nicaragua, the company released a book. And this line. Both called Cinco Decadas, five decades. The book was written by Nick Hammond, click here for an interview. Joya de Nicaragua did not reveal much about the cigar. They only said that some of their best Nicaraguan tobacco is used in the blend. But not what kind of tobacco. Or if it’s a 100% Nicaraguan cigar. There are only two vitolas, this diadema, and a 7×50 Churchill. Again with a link to history, as these are vitolas rolled back in the day as well. The cigars have been received well, with scores high in the 90 by several established magazines and blogs.


The cigar is dark. And oily. With a beautiful wrapper, smooth yet intimidating. The shape is fantastic with a beautiful pointy head. The creme colored ring with golden details and the name in red is classic yet modern, it fits the brand and the blend. The construction feels good. The aroma is medium strong, And it smells like hay or straw in a musty shed.


The cold draw is great, even though only a small part was clipped. There are some leather and some sweetness in the cold draw. As well as a raw tobacco flavor. From the moment the cigar is lit, it’s all coffee. Strong, dark roast coffee. Then it turns to coffee, pepper, leather, and chocolate. This cigar starts strong. There are subtle hints of hay, sweetness, wood, and spices, that all come and go with each puff. The flavors are well balanced. After third, dark chocolate with coffee become the main flavors. Supported by leather and pepper. And sweetness best compared to dried fruits. All balanced by nice citrus acidity. Slowly a little mustiness shows up, but it’s not a Connecticut Shade mustiness. It’s different. The last third starts with a balanced, complex, dark chocolate flavor and pepper. The mouthfeel is creamy. There’s a hint of vanilla in the smoke too. There’s also that citrus acidity and some hay. A mild salty flavor is there as well.

The draw is fantastic. The smoke is good, but a little thicker and more voluminous would have been fitting. The ash is white in color. Unfortunately, it’s not very firm. The burn is straight and slow. Keep puffing though, to keep the cigar lit. This is not a cigar you can rest and come back to a few minutes later. This cigar is full bodied, full flavored. Joya wanted to create something special for their 50th anniversary and clearly succeeded.

Would I buy this cigar again? Even though it has a high price, I want a box.

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Tobacco Lords Speirs

Alexander Speirs was one of the biggest tobacco traders from Glasgow. And Glasgow was once the epicenter of the European tobacco trade. During the mid of the American revolution, approximately half of all tobacco in Western Europe was stored in Glasgow. And Alexander Speirs owned twenty percent of that. Most of it came from his own plantations in Virginia. He was not only influential in Europe, but his brother in law was nobody less than George Washington. He married the sister of George Washington’s wife.


The Scottish cigar and liquor shop Robert Graham 1874 created this cigar. For that, they worked with Joya de Nicaragua. And they came up with two blends. One Maduro and one Natural. With their Scottish blood, they used the Tobacco Lords history to create the name. The cigars don’t carry the name of the size, but the name of one of the tobacco lords from the 1770s. The Maduro robusto is named after Alexander Speirs.

The wrapper is matt. The rings look good. Red with silver lettering and a black circle with a sailing ship. The foot ring is red with the name of the tobacco lord in white. The cigar looks good, feels good and smells good. The aroma is strong. And it’s a mixture of dark chocolate with straw and wood.


The cold draw is perfect. The flavor is weird, pleasant but weird. Black licorice with some raw tobacco and soil. Unusual. Once lit, it’s an instant ground coffee, leather and soil flavor mix. With a dry mouthfeel. On the background, there’s a little milk chocolate sweetness. After a few puffs, it’s all coffee with marzipan. After a centimeter, the cigar turns to green herbs and hay. The cigar evolves into more grassy with green herbs. And the mouthfeel is more buttery. After a third, its a creamy, grassy, wooden, and leathery taste. A little chocolate shows up too, very faint. And walnuts. There’s also a little bit of pepper. In the final third, the nuts pick up in strength. The flavors are all nuts, leather and a bit of citrus.

The draw is phenomenal. Just the right amount of resistance. And that helps to create thick smoke. The burn is a bit off but manages to correct itself each time. The ash is light colored. The cigar is medium bodied, medium flavored. Well balanced and smooth. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, they are worth it.

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Illusione Rothchildes

Illusione Rothchildes. Dion Giolito launched this cigar in early 2013. And it was one of the first Illusione projects coming from Nicaragua. Not the first, but it was the start of a massive shift from Honduran Illusione cigars to Nicaraguan Illusione cigars. And nowadays, most Illusiones are made at TABSA Tabacalera Valle de Jalapa SA. That’s the factory owned by Aranorsa Leaf. They are big tobacco growers and cigar manufacturers. Not only for their own brands, such as Casa Fernandez, but also for others including Illusione.


The Illusione Rothchildes comes in a 4½x50 size and is reasonably priced. It’s all Nicaraguan filler and binder. The wrapper is a dark, Mexican, San Andres Maduro wrapper. A few years ago, Illusione released a Connecticut Shade offspring in the same size. And also only available in cabinets of 50, just like the original.


The cigar looks good. Even though it was purchased less than a year ago, the cellophane is already golden. That shows the amount of oil in the wrapper. The wrapper is dark, toothy and kinda scary. Intimidating because of the darkness and the pimples. With a nice, simple, classic ring. The shape is good, yet the cap is sloppy. The aroma is strong. Wet soil, wood, and charcoal.


The cold draw is good. It has flavors of raw tobacco, sweetness, and spice. Straight from the start, strong yet sweet espresso. With toast, spices, and pepper. The sweetness is quite strong. After a few puffs, some leather and grass join the flavor wheel. The mouthfeel is slightly buttery. The pepper and sweetness become the predominant flavors. Then suddenly the pepper is gone. The cigar is sweet with leather, toast, and spices. Halfway, the cigar has a nice floral and mild chocolate flavor, balanced with some pepper and spices. Then wood shows up, with the spices. The floral flavor is a nice finish, and the pepper gives it a nice kick.


The draw is fantastic. The smoke is thick and amazing in volume. The ash is white, yet not to firm. This is a full-bodied, full-flavored cigar. The smoke time is one hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I’m thinking of a 50 cab box.

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Charatan Robusto

Tor Imports is one of the several distributors of premium cigars in the United Kingdom. Probably the most important independent distributor of New World cigars. They carry a whole range of well-known brands, but they also have a private label blend. Not just cigar, but also pipe tobacco. The name of the brand? Charatan, house of Edgeworth. Tor Imports owner Scott Vines shared some samplers with Ministry of Cigars during the 2018 Intertabac Trade show. A few were saved for review purposes.

The cigars are made at the Joya de Nicaragua factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. And there’s a similarity with the Tobacco Lords for Robert Graham 1874. Not coincidentally, as Tor Imports is a supplier of Robert Graham. And imports and distributes the Tobacco Lords cigars in the United Kingdom. Tor Imports didn’t reveal a lot about the blend. After online searches, we believe that this cigar is a Nicaraguan puro.

The first thing that stands out is the ring. White with gold and a very Davidoff feel to it. Which was copied by MBombay’s MQBA as well. And because of the dots around the logo, there’s some Rocky Patel in there as well. The Colorado colored wrapper is a bit dry. The different color of the fillers can be seen clearly in the foot of the cigar. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is strong. It’s strong hay and straw smell.

The cold draw is a bit tight, with a grass and hay taste. A little spicy as well. From the start, the cigar is nutty, earthy, and toasty. Some sweetness shows up too and there is also some grassiness. The flavors are smooth, not very outspoken. But they are there and they are good. After a third, some pepper shows up. It’s earthy, mildly spicy, with some sweetness and nuts. The nut flavor is mild though. The flavors are all well balanced. The nuts disappear halfway, it’s now mainly earthy with pepper and some acidity. Near the end, the nuttiness returns.

The draw is on the tight side of good. The smoke is decent. The ash is light colored and firm. The burn is straight and slow. This cigar is medium bodied, medium flavored. The cigar is nice, yet not very exciting. The smoke time is an incredible two and a half hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I will. A single every now and then

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Sin Compromiso El Amsterdammer

Sin Compromiso El Amsterdammer. Last February, Ministry of Cigars broke the news that Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust would make their first international store exclusive for Cigaragua. He would make 200 boxes of 13 Bullet Head Gordos called Sin Compromiso El Amsterdammer. The name of the cigar is a tribute to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, where Cigaragua is located. And citizens from Amsterdam are Amsterdammers. The cigars were released yesterday at a launching event, which was Steve Saka’s first-ever international event for Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust.

The wrapper for this cigar is grown in Mexico in the same way as Japanese fruit growers grow their crops. The bottom leaves are removed, forcing more nutrients to the top. That creates bolder wrappers. The binder comes from Ecuador and the fillers from Nicaragua. The cigar is made at the Joya de Nicaragua factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

The cigar has a Celtic looking ring and a cedar sleeve. The cedar sleeve says Sin Comprimoso but that’s all the info. If you don’t know anything about this cigar, the ring and packaging won’t tell you anything either. The bullet head looks great and the wrapper is dark and smooth. It’s actually quite intimidating to see. The cigar is also slightly box pressed. It feels good, with the right amount of bounce. The aroma has hints of charred wood.

The cigar starts out with a very unusual wooden flavor, with some sweetness. And some barnyard flavors, soil. The flavors evolve to more wet soil with some orange peel. It changes to burned wood. It burns a little on the tongue, a slight harshness but it’s not unpleasant. Some dark chocolate shows up too, and it makes the mouthfeel a bit creamy. The burned wood stays the predominant flavor in the first part. After a third, I taste some peanuts with the burned wood. Halfway it’s all soil with almond paste or marzipan sweetness. Rustic is a great word to describe this cigar. The sweetness gets stronger. The burned wood remains the main flavor, but now with nuts. Walnut and hazelnut. And finally some pepper too. There’s some vanilla in the retrohale.

The ash is beautifully white and firm. The burn isn’t quite perfect but doesn’t need correcting yet. The draw is amazing, perfectly rolled. The smoke is good. This cigar is full-flavored, heavy flavors but in fact, this is a medium-bodied cigar. The smoke time is one hour and fifty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I liked it, it’s unique for sure. But I don’t like the size, so no.

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RoMa Craft Cromagnon Aquitaine Mode 5

RoMa Craft is Mike Rosales and Skip Martin. Where Martin was a retailer, Rosales had his own Costa Rica made brands. When Martin’s shop got destroyed by a Hurricane Ike, he started working with Rosales to mail order a house blend. That way, he could still serve his customers even though the shop was destroyed. The blends from Costa Rica didn’t work, so the duo teamed up with Esteban Disla in Nicaragua. The cigars became so popular, that the trio opened their own factory, Nica Sueno. Nica Dreams.

That first line was the Cromagnon, named after an early human. The Aquitaine is an offspring. It’s named after the region in France where remains of those early humans are found. The cigar uses Nicaraguan fillers from three regions. The binder is Cameroon. The wrapper is a Habano 2000 from Ecuador. The cigar comes in different sizes. RoMa Crafts international distributor Schuster Cigars sponsored us this 5×50 Perfecto. The name of this vitola is Mode 5.

The wrapper is oily, almost glossy. There are some thin veins. The color is quite dark. The cigar feels well rolled. The ring is actually a double ring. The bottom ring is white and then there’s a brown ring on top. The brown ring has Aquitaine embossed into it and the RoMa Craft logo on the back. The cigar has a strong aroma, quite woody.


The cold draw is perfect with a spicy, peppery flavor. Like strong cinnamon. The first draw after lighting give me coffee. Strong coffee with some pepper. The flavors quickly change to pepper, green herbs and some leather. It evolves with more leather, some wood, a little nutty flavor. And all bound together with a faint sweetness. Classic flavors, all clean and pronounced. The flavors are pretty consistent. There are nuanced differences, but all in the flavor profile mentioned above. There’s a little floral flavor as well. After a third, some chocolate shows up as well, quite bitter, dark chocolate. The final third has more of a nut flavor. Hazelnut and walnuts.

The draw is fantastic. The smoke is nice and thick. The color of the smoke is white. The light-colored ash is a bit flaky. The burn is quite straight. The cigar is medium-full bodied, medium flavored. Well balanced with clean flavors. The smoke time is one hour and fifty minutes

Would I buy this cigar again? I want a box

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Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro Robusto

Years ago, Rocky Patel released the Olde World Reserva. Both in a Maduro and a Corojo blend. Both were Honduran cigars, and both became very popular. So popular that Patel ran out of tobacco. And there wasn’t enough tobacco of the right quality available, so the cigars disappeared.

Last year, the cigars returned. This time the Corojo was made in Honduras, the Maduro made at Rocky’s factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The blend was tweaked, it now contained Costa Rican and Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler, instead of being an all Nicaraguan filler. The binder is Nicaraguan, the wrapper is a Costa Rican Maduro. I smoked the 5½x54 robusto.

The wrapper is dark, very dark. I notice a lack of oil. The wrapper is also quite rough. There is a huge contrast between the darkness of the wrapper and the white and golden ring. The ring is also very detailed, which contrasts the rough wrapper. I like those contrasts. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is very strong. It reminds me of hay and charred wood, two days after a fire.

The cold draw is perfect, with a sharp, strong and spicy flavor of tobacco. After lighting, I taste a strong espresso flavor. There’s also some sweetness but the flavors are quite unique though. There is clearly a raw, fermented tobacco flavor in there as well, and spicy herbs. Not really peppery, but spicy herbs. After a few puffs, the flavors change to tobacco with almond and soil. They then evolve to more pepper, roasted coffee beans, and some chocolate sweetness. In the second third, I taste that earthiness with a lot of pepper and some Maduro sweetness. In the final third, I taste some wood, leather, earthiness and a lot of pepper. All with a mild Maduro sweetness. In the aftertaste, I get some minty freshness.

The draw is fantastic and the cigar produces a lot of smoke. The ash is salt and pepper colored. The burn needed to be corrected once. This cigar is full bodied, full flavored. The smoke time is two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes!

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Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Maduro

Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Maduro. This is the amped-up version of the Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano, which we reviewed a few weeks ago. The Habano has 20mg of CBD, this Maduro version has five times as much, 100mg. And, as we explained in the review of the Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano, the whole process is patented by Jas Sum Kral. Everything was re-engineered from scratch. The company had to reinvent the needles to inject the CBD. They had to create new trays in which the cigars are shipped, so they won’t have to handled manually at the laboratory. And that is all patented as well, so any company that wants to create a CBD cigar this way has to go through Jas Sum Kral.


The blend is made with a Maduro wrapper from the Mexican San Andres region. The binder comes from Indonesia. The fillers are all Nicaraguan. The cigar comes in one size only so far, a 5×48 Robusto. But with a hefty manufacturer suggested retail price of 24 dollars. The CBD makes the cigar pretty expensive. And since the CBD is injected in the United States, it’s highly unlikely that the cigar will ever be sold in the E.U. as there is a tariff for American tobacco products. Cuban cigars are hit with the same tariff, yet Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic are tariff-free. Due to anti-drug laws and the lack of proper laboratories, it’s impossible to inject the cigars with CBD in those countries.

The wrapper is amazing. Dark, smooth, shiny, oily with just one thing vein. The ring could be printed in a higher quality though, especially for an expensive cigar like this. The construction feels great. The cigar has a nice aroma of wood and straw.


The cold draw is great, mild woody with a slight bitterness on the tongue. After lighting it’s wood, spice, leather and dark chocolate. There’s a slight saltiness as well. There’s a hint of powdered sugar. The cigar has a slight bitterness that could be caused by the CBD. The pepper disappears, there’s a slight spice spiciness, with wood, leaves, and sweetness. After a third, it’s that slight bitterness with some pepper, spices, and wood. Halfway the cigar is still a little bitter, a little harsh wood and spices. Once the ring is reached, the point where according to Jas Sum Kral, the CBD is injected, a stronger bitterness appears. There’s also a bit of coffee and gingerbread spices.


The salt and pepper colored ash is firm. The draw is great. The smoke is a little thin and gray. The burn is pretty straight. The cigar is medium-bodied, medium flavored. The smoke time is two hours

Would I buy this cigar again? Not for this price
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Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano. In the last few years, more and more scientific research is showing the positive effects of Cannabidiol. That is one of the two main components of marijuanaIt is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis, but not the one that gets you high. That’s the THC. But it is the part of the marijuana plant that has the medicinal benefits, and scientific studies are proving that. Since it’s getting legal in more and more states in the United States, and countries worldwide, it was a matter of time before cigar manufacturers started to experiment. But spraying cigars with CBD oil is ineffective and resulted in unsmokeble cigars. That’s when Jas Sum Kral owner Riste Riatevski hired a laboratory and a chemist to completely re-engineer the process. With success, as they managed to break it down and infuse cigars without altering the flavor, yet remain the positive effects of CBD. And it’s patented, so Jas Sum Kral is the only company that can make cigars this way.

Jas Sum Kral released the Jas Sum Kral Nuggs. That is a cigar with its unique CBD infusion technique. So unique that even the needles that distribute the CBD in the cigar had to be designed by the company and those are patented too. According to Jas Sum Kral, the CBD can’t be detected by any modern equipment nor by sniffing dogs. And every single batch is tested by a third-party laboratory. The blend is not disclosed officially, but is the same as for the Nuggs Maduro, except for the wrapper. That means an Indonesian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. It’s only available in a 5×48 Robusto for now.

The first noticeable thing is the cellophane. It’s cut and that is done so all the cigars can be injected with the CDB. Jas Sum Kral created special trays, all cigars arrive at the laboratory in a vertical position so they can be injected with the CDB solution without human handling. That saves time and cost. The aqua green ring has the golden Jas Sum Kral logo but the print quality could be better. It’s such a detailed ring, it deserves a better quality finish. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper has a few veins. The closed foot, something Jas Sum Kral is known for, is absent. But that is a result of the CDB injection, closed feet weren’t possible. The cigar feels good, well filled. The aroma is strong, hay and barnyard.

 

Because I was traveling light, I could not bring a cutter. I used my fingernail to cut the cigar. The cold draw is perfect with a mild sweet hay taste. The cigar has a dry taste, leather, soil, and almonds. The cigar gets a little sweet with grass and hay as well. After a centimeter, there is a slight bitterness, medicinal like. The marzipan like sweetness gets a little stronger. There’s soil, leather, wood, and sweetness. After a third, pepper shows up too. The bitterness gets stronger, to a level that it’s slightly unpleasant. The bitterness comes and goes. There’s also some gingerbread flavor. In the final third, the bitterness is gone

 

The draw is fantastic. The ash is white, dense and firm. The smoke is good, nice and thick. The cigar is medium in body and flavor. The smoke time is an hour and forty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? If it was better priced.

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