American Caribbean Tobacco S.A.

Carlos Toraño, Esteli, Nicaragua

El Viejo Continente Maduro Lancero

El Viejo Continente Maduro Lancero. El Viejo Continente is the brand of Daniel Guerrero. A life long cigar enthusiast who partnered up with Emiliano Lagos to create cigars to his likings. And that’s how El Viejo Continente was born. There are several lines available, in several sizes. But Guerrero is also responsible for The Circus cigars.

The cigars come from Esteli, Nicaragua. From American Caribbean Cigars, a factory that made and makes cigars for Carlos Toraño, Gurkha, and Leccia. But also for El Viejo Continente and a few lines they own themselves. The El Viejo Continente Maduro line consists of Nicaraguan filler tobacco. The binder is Habano from Ecuador. The wrapper is Mexican. From San Andres, but that’s almost a given when it’s Mexican Maduro.

This cigar isn’t a looker. The Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper looks rough. But it has sparkles of the minerals from the rich soil and that’s always a good sign. The silver and gray ring matches the darkness of the wrapper. The construction feels good. The aroma is strong and is a mixture of hay and chocolate.

The cold draw is perfect. With a herbal flavor, including mint. The first puffs are coffee and sugar. Then leather shows up with a hint of herbal spice. And there is also cocoa powder, dry but nice. The flavor changes are nuanced and subtle. After a third, the cocoa or dark chocolate flavor gets stronger, with a slight metallic undertone and some black pepper. Halfway some grassy and hay flavors join the spicy cocoa. The mouthfeel is a little creamy. The retrohale reveals more spice and a little wood. The final third is stronger with more pepper and more of an edge. It’s no longer pleasant to retrohale due to the pepper. The cocoa disappears and wood is more pronounced.

The draw is great. The light-colored ash breaks easily though, no long cones with this cigar. The burn is good, although smoking a lancero is a balancing act. Smoke it slow enough to prevent the cigar from getting too hot and thus bitter. And smoke it fast enough so you don’t have to relight it often. That last part failed a few times, but it’s a user error and not a cigar error. The cigar is smooth yet has a bit of an edge that gives it character. The smoke is decent. The smoke time is two hours and thirty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I love lancero sizes so yes

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The Circus Maduro Lancero

The Circus Maduro Lancero. Late last year, Daniel Guerrero from El Viejo Continente announced the release of a lancero in The Circus line. A Maduro lancero with a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos from Ometepe and Jalapa. But information on that cigar is hard to find. There is no mention on the website of American Caribbean Cigars, the website of the factory. Nor on the website of El Viejo Continente, which could use an update in our opinion anyway. Both websites offer little to none information on the blends, availability, news, reviews, or any other information that can be useful. We feel that a better website and better accessible information would really help the brand.

The cigars are made at American Caribbean Cigars, a factory once almost acquired by Gurkha Cigars. The series is a tribute to all the people that worked with master blender Daniel Guerrero during the creation of this cigar. It took Guerrero and his people four years to make the blend. The first four sizes were named with the team in mind. The Magician represents the ingenuity of the team where the Harlequin is the fact of always wanting to make it. The Twister stands for the knowledge and the know-how of the blenders. And the Canon is the final shot, an explosion of flavors. The lancero is not part of the original release vitolas.

The cigar looks good. The Maduro wrapper is almost black. It’s oily with a few thin, sharp veins. The red foot band and the red with gold label are a beautiful contrast with the darkness of the wrapper. A nice pigtail finishes the look. The ring has a picture of a circus tent to keep the theme alive. The cigar feels well made. The aroma has a reminiscence of hay and is quite strong.

No complaints about the cold draw. It’s good, with a gingerbread flavor. After lighting there is some coffee, but most striking is the buttercream flavor. Old fashioned buttercream with a hint of vanilla. Although the vanilla only shows up in the retrohale. The sweetness of the Maduro wrapper shines through in this blend, but there is also a hint of white pepper. Slowly a grassy flavor shows up too, with some citrus. The earthiness and dark chocolate show up too, with leather, while the buttercream and vanilla fade. Slowly a dried leaf flavor shows up too while the grass is gone. After a third, the mouthfeel is thick and oily. The cigar now moves into a flavor profile of dark wood, forest soil, and leather with some black pepper. The cigar gets more earthy with coffee. Near the end, the cigar has some chocolate, coffee, wood, and spices.

The draw is great. The smoke is full and thick. The light gray ash isn’t very firm though and breaks easily. The burn is straight. The flavors are balanced. This is a medium-bodied and medium flavored cigar, balanced, with evolution. The smoke time is three hours. It could have lasted longer, but the cigar turned bitter.

Would I buy this cigar again? I enjoyed it a lot, so yes


Categories: 91, American Caribbean Tobacco S.A., Cigars by brand, Nicaraguan cigars, The Circus | Tags: , , , ,

El Viejo Continente Mare Nostrum Robusto Extra

El Viejo Continente Mare Nostrum Robusto Extra. At the latest Intertabac trade show, last September, El Viejo Continente released their latest blend. The Mare Nostrum, inspired by and named after the Mediterranean Sea. El Viejo Continente founder and master blender Daniel Guerrero sees the Mediterranean Sea from his balcony in Barcelona every morning. He loves the view so much, it inspired him to create this blend. And the Romans called the Mediterranean Sea “Mare Nostrum” so the name fits perfectly.


El Viejo Continente never disclosed the blend, but Guerrero did say that he used Nicaraguan, Dominican and Brazilian tobacco. The blend is available in a 4¾x50, 4¾x56, and a 5½x56 vitola.


The cigar is almost completely covered in blue rings. First a big El Viejo Continente ring, in blue. Then a secondary ring that looks a lot like the Cuban Regional Edition rings, but with blue instead of red. And it says Mare Nostrum. And then a blue foot ring. But the blue of the foot ring is not the same color. That makes it aesthetically unappealing. The blue of the secondary ring has the same motive as the main ring on closed inspection, which is a cool idea. The wrapper looks very leathery with some tooth. It feels well constructed. It has a strong aroma of sawdust and cocoa powder.


The cold draw is good. With a sweet yet spicy raw tobacco flavor. After lighting, its strong espresso with pepper. Earthy and dark. Wood, sweetness, and leather slowly show their presence too. The soil gets stronger with a little bit of metallic touch to it. Slowly earthy dark chocolate shows up too. Halfway the cigar brings more pepper with more dark chocolate. The soil and leather are still there, but more on the background.


The burn is great, just like the draw. The cigar produces a good amount of smoke, with a good thickness. The rings are glued on with pretty strong glue, making it almost impossible to take them off without destroying them. This is a full-bodied, full-flavored cigar with a smoke time of two hours forty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

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Categories: 92, American Caribbean Tobacco S.A., El Viejo Continente, Nicaraguan cigars

Gurkha master select robusto

This 6 inch ring 52 Gurkha robuso is nicely packed in cellophane with a piece of cedar wrapped around the foot of the cigar. The wrapper is dark, oily, smooth and has a bit of a silky feel to it. The construction feels good, the aroma is a deep aroma of hay and the predraw is close to perfect and gives a peppery flavor.
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What do I taste? Wood or leather? Or Both? Guess I taste both but because the flavor is perfectly balanced it is hard to find out what I actually taste. The flavor isn’t strong, I would call this a medium smoke. After an inch I tasted some chocolate and then the cigar is blend for a while, no specific flavor.
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After 2 inch I could taste a sweet leather and some sweet cedar. Midway I noticed the power of the cigar increase a little. The texture is a bit creamy but peppery too, all as a support to the woody flavor. Even though the cigar gained some power it stays medium
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The draw was fine and the smoke was ok. The ash was white and firm, and the burn was pretty straight.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, this is the first Gurkha that I liked.

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

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