Chess Cigar Factory

Willis Cabrera, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Chess extreme torpedo

At intertabac in Germany I got a few samples from Hawk, the Norwegian owner of the Dominican cigar company Chess. One of those samplers was the 4×64 Chess Extreme torpedo I. The cigar is blended with years old Nicaraguan ligero and corojo tobaccos, a Dominican binder and a corojo wrapper that had been aged 5 years before being used on this fat and short, Nub like, torpedo.
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The cigar has a light brown oil wrapper and the fat torpedo feels well constructed. I see one long vein running over the wrapper. I smell a strong wood smell coming from the cigar. The predraw is fine and I taste wood with tobacco.
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I taste a sweet and musty earthy flavor with a hint of chocolate. I also get a bit of metalic flavor that you get from corojo tobacco every now and then. After half an inch I taste lots of sugar with some musty wood.
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After a third I taste wood with herbs and still some sweetness. The cigar is spicy, with some pepper on the background. After two thirds the cigar is spicy but musty with lots of red pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for fifty minutes. The draw is great and I got a decent amount of smoke from the cigar. The ash is light gray and firm. The burn was a bit crooked though. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t think so, the blend didn’t meet my preferences and I am not a 60+ RG aficionado

Appearance: 7 / 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: 6 / 10

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Amero lancero

The day before my trip to the Intertabac tradeshow in Dortmund my facebookfriend Willis Cabrera said that I should stop by their Chess cigars booth for some samples and as I am always eager to smoke cigars that I haven’t smoked before I did. Chess cigar company owner Hawk gave me a few samples for me and the review panel we have on my Dutch website. This 7½x34 Amero lancero was one of the cigars in the sampler. The cigar is made with three year old tobacco and a five year old Corojo wrapper.
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The band sticks out, it is huge and looks like part of a dollar bill. The construction feels good and I smell a mild peppery barnyard. The chocolate brown wrapper only has a few veins. The predraw is a bit tight but I can still taste raisin and a hint of pepper.
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I taste a full, sweet and mild musty wood flavor which is quite nice, the mustiness is pleasant and the sweetness is good. After a third I taste a bit more sweetness and some herbs. The cigar gets less musty and I think I even taste some chocolate.
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Halfway I taste wood with some spices, on the background the cigar gets a little spicy too. After two thirds I taste oak with some nutmeg and some sweetness. The cigar gets a little more spicy but yet fresher too with a minty aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is good and I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is compact and firm. The burn is beautiful. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? As soon as they come to the Dutch market.

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

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