Nicaraguan cigars

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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Dunhill Signed Range Corona

Alfred Dunhill opened his shop in London in 1907. In the 1930s he used his name for a cigar brand too, coming from Cuba. From that, he built an empire. Cigars, pipe tobacco, cigarettes, pipes, you name it and it carried the Dunhill name. But an era has come to an end. The current owners of the Dunhill name, British American Tobacco, discontinue everything except for the cigarettes. BAT is one of the worlds biggest players on the cigarette market and decided to focus on that completely.

 

These cigars, made in Esteli by General Cigars, were introduced in 2014. Or reintroduced is a better word, with a new blend. It’s got a Nicaraguan wrapper, Cameroon binder, and filler from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. I smoked the 5½x42 corona.

 

The cigar has a boring looking ring, old and in dire need of an upgrade. This ring does not appeal to younger cigar smokers at all. The cigar has a nice triple cap but the feet is cut at an angle. The cigar won’t stand up straight. The construction feels good. The aroma is strong. I smell barnyard with some musty hay.

 

The cold draw is perfect. I taste a fruity citrus acidity with some nutmeg and cardamom seeds. After lighting, I taste that citrus nutmeg and spice combination, with a little added pepper. It’s a mild start, but pleasant. After half a centimeter, I taste some leather and nuts, with nutmeg and a little citrus. There’s also faint vanilla. The flavors are all mild and a little dusty. After an inch, I taste more leather and spice. The mouthfeel is dry. The second third starts with leather, hay, and some pepper. At the halfway point, I taste toast with leather, dried leaves, and some sweetness. The final third starts with grass, hay, and pepper. The finale has some nuts and pepper.

 

The draw is great, the burn is good and the smoke is medium thick and full. The light-colored ash is flaky but firm. This is a medium bodied cigar, mild to medium flavored but there is evolution and the cigar does grow in strength. The smoke time is two hours and thirty minutes

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Would I smoke this cigar again? No, it’s too boring for me

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La Estrella Polar Robusto

La Estrella Polar Robusto. In may, Scandinavian Tobacco Group announced that they would start distributing a new brand in Europe. La Estrella Polar, the polar star. And two weeks later, during the TFWA Asia Pacific Trade Show, Ministry of Cigars sat down with Stephan Brichau. Brichau is the international sales and marketing manager premium cigars for the Danish tobacco giant. He sponsored some cigars, but said: “this is a cigar aimed for the budget smoker, it’s between the 3 and 3.50 Euro, keep that in mind while smoking”.

The cigar is available in this 5×50 Robusto or a 6×60 Gordo. The wrapper comes from Ecuador. The binder is from Indonesia. It is from the 2013 harvest. The fillers come from Nicaragua and Colombia. The cigars are made by General Cigars. General Cigars is part of the STG group. But since General Cigars has factories in Honduras, Nicaragua and on the Dominican Republic, it’s unclear where the La Estrella Polar is being produced.

The cigar has a nice, sun grown, wrapper. Quite dark although not Maduro or Oscuro dark. It ranks in the Colorado Maduro class. It’s quite oily, with just one thicker vein. The ring is a bit simple and screams ‘BUDGET CIGAR’. Big, white with mustard colored outlines, blue letters, and a red flag. The wrapper is too pretty for a simple ring like this. The construction feels good. The aroma is medium strong. Wet straw, a little ammonia and green herbs is what comes to mind.

The cold draw is great. The flavors are raw tobacco with spices on the tip of the tongue. And a mild gingerbread in the aftertaste. At first, there’s a slightly bitter, unrefined coffee with pepper. Quickly a powdered sugar flavor joins the coffee. The cigar is still unrefined, slightly harsh. There’s also some sourness. The sourness disappears quickly but is replaced by chocolate milk of a very low grade. Slowly some soil flavor shows up too, still with coffee as the base. The mouthfeel is slightly buttery. The sweet chocolate milk is getting stronger after a third. Halfway the flavors change to musty wood with pepper and leather. In the final third, the cigar starts to get more refined. The sweetness is strong with a leafy flavor and pepper. There’s even a little leather flavor at the end of the cigar, right before the pepper gains serious strength.

The draw is great. The ash is like a stash of dimes, but a short stack as it breaks off quickly. The smoke is nice and thick. The cigar is medium bodied, medium flavored. The smoke time is two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I’m too spoiled to smoke budget cigars. But for a budget cigar, this isn’t too bad.

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A.J. Fernandez New World Cameroon Churchill

I love Cameroon wrapper, that is my favorite wrapper in the world. And I love all cigars made by A.J. Fernandez. So when I heard that Fernandez was releasing a new cigar with a Cameroon wrapper, I was over the moon. Unfortunately, it took some time for them to reach Europe. And by that time, I had left Europe.

I was happy to see the cigars pop up at the webshop of a Malaysian cigar shop. I decided to drop a few dollars on this cigar. The price was a little higher than what I would pay in Europe or America, but I figured it would be worth it. And I know that the Malaysian tobacco tax is high, so I wasn’t being ripped off by the shop. They charged a fair price and carried some more rare cigars. Time to light this Nicaraguan filler, Nicaraguan binder and Cameroon wrapped 7×48 Churchill.


Let’s start with the ring. It is the regular New World ring with the classic artwork of boats arriving into the new world. The outside of the rings is green, instead of red that’s used on the regular New World line. And green fits, when I think of Africa, I think of green. The secondary ring is gold with green, and red letters. It fits the theme. The wrapper has a nice even color, it doesn’t look as rough and brittle as most Cameroon wrappers, it’s quite pretty actually. The construction feels flawless. The cigar has a dry aroma, dried wood, a little charcoal, those kinds of smells.

The cold draw is perfect. The flavor of the cold draw is plain and pure raw, well fermented, tobacco. After lighting, I taste some licorice, tobacco, and leather. Then the signature Cameroon spice joins green herbs and spices. That comes with coffee and pepper. There’s still some wood too, softwood like pine. And then I also taste some hay, with a mildly creamy mouthfeel. After a third, it is all spices and green herbs, with some citrus and sweetness. The mouthfeel turned to dry. The strength in body and flavor is medium so far. The sweetness reminds me of milk chocolate. In the final third, I pick up some pepper again with oak, spices, herbs and roasted coffee. Suddenly the pepper picks up and becomes the dominant flavor. I was waiting for that to happen. Near the end, I taste licorice through the pepper again, making the flavors go full circle

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The draw is perfect. The light-colored ash is coarse though. The burn is flawless and the smoke is thick. This cigar is medium bodied, medium flavored. It has that typical Cameroon spice and herb profile which I love. The smoke time is two hours and twenty-five minutes

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, once in a while

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Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Habano

A few days ago, we smoked and reviewed the Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Maduro. This is a medium filler from Tabacalera Aragon and Jas Sum Kral. It uses small pieces of tobacco in combination with long leaves, creating a medium filler. Or Cuban sandwich as it is called as well. The cigar comes in one size only, a 5×50 robusto. But in two blends, that Maduro version and a Habano version.

This is a review of the Habano Toothpick 2.0.

The blend for both cigars is exactly the same. But the wrapper is not. This Habano version has a Habano wrapper from Ecuador. And these two cigars are exactly the cigars to give to somebody who claims that cigar wrappers are only aesthetic and don’t do anything for the flavor. Because they do, and when they smoke these two cigars, they will know


The wrapper isn’t even in color. It has a gradually changing color from dark to lighter, which is clearly seen around the edging where the wrapper overlaps. It looks like a thin wrapper, with clear, fine veins. The cigar feels good, looks good and this time, the white part of the ring is on top. That and the lighter shade of wrapper indicates that this is the Habano version. The cigar has a leathery smell, like a horse saddle. That combined with hay and wood.

The cold draw is a bit tight and spicy. I taste pepper on my lips. After lighting, I taste leather, wood, soil with pepper and sweetness. Soon the sweetness turns to sugar, with wood and pepper. After a third, I taste hazelnuts and chocolate, almost Nutella like. With pepper. Very nice and flavorful. The cigar than evolves to more pepper, less chocolate. Some wood is noticeable too, with leather.

The draw is a bit on the tight side. The smoke is a little thin because of that. The burn is great though, as well as the ash. The cigar is medium bodied, medium-full flavored. There is a nice evolution in the cigar. The smoke time is one hour and fifty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I have a box of 50, so, for the time being, I have enough stock.

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