General Cigar Dominicana S.A.S.

General Cigars, Santiago, Dominican Republic

El Credito serie R #3

A friend gave me this Dominican El Credito serie R #3 to review. The cigar is 4½x42 small and has a price tag of € 5,50 here in The Netherlands. The cigar is made by La Gloria Cubana, part of General Cigar owned by Scandinavian Tobacco Group who brought them to the Dutch market. I smoked several non Cuban La Gloria’s and in the past I did enjoy the El Credito serie R #6, but it has been years since I smoked one. I never got around to ask if these El Credito are the same as the La Gloria Cubana serie R, only with a different name and band, as La Gloria Cubana is a registered name by Habanos in Europe when I visited the La Gloria Cubana lounge in Miami.
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The milk chocolate brown wrapper is wrinkly and has a few thin veins. I smell wood with some hay coming from the cigar. The construction feels good and I taste dry tobacco and something that reminds me of the shell of walnuts. The predraw is great.
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I taste a bitter coffee flavor with some soil. After half an inch the flavors changed into charcoal and after an inch I taste a mild bitter wood flavor with some straw. On the background I get some bitter chocolate.
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Halfway I taste hay with straw and a hint of dry wood. The flavors don’t change that much anymore but after two thirds I get a very unpleasant bitter taste.
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This cigar lasted me for seventy minutes. The draw was great, and I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is light colored, coarse but firm and the burn is great too. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wouldn’t

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

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Macanudo Maduro Petit Corona

I visited a B&M in my home town. They act as a post office too and I needed to ship out an ashtray to someone. Me and the owner started to talk about cigars and he said he received good feedback on the Macanudo maduro petit corona, a 4×42 cigar with a price tag of € 5,50 here in the Netherlands. Now I am not a Macanudo fan, but open minded as I am, I decided to buy one and try it.
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I start to appreciate this size more and more. The dark wrapper has some colour differences. The band is nice and simple and the construction feels goof. The cigar smells like straw and charcoal. The predraw I a bit tight and I taste some chocolate.
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I taste a spicy and herbal earthy flavour, much stronger than I anticipated. After half an inch the flavors are less strong. I taste a bit more herbs and less earthy flavors. After that I taste wood, quite spicy.
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After two thirds I mainly taste herbs, mild bitter and with a little bit of chocolate.
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This cigar lasted me for about an hout. The draw is good. I got a lot of smoke and the light coloured ash is firm. The burn is straight. This cigar is full flavoured and medium bodied
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Would I buy this cigar again? I’ll pass

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

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Dunhill corona tubo

This cigar was in a bomb that an American friend send me and I can’t find too much information about this 5¼x42 tubed corona online.
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The tubo is simple, just plain alumium with a small Dunhill sticker on it. The cigar is nice and smooth, medium brown with a few veins. The cigar has a mild straw smell. the construction feels good and the smooth predraw backs that feeling up. I taste a mild raisin flavor.
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I am surprised by the full flavored coffee that I taste with a little splash of wood, I expected this cigar to be much milder. After an inch the coffee disappears and I taste some wood with a metallic earth flavor. The strength of the flavors is also gone, the flavors are now medium like I expected.
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Halfway I only taste a pleasant wood flavor and after two thirds the cigar gets a little spicy.
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After about an hour of smoking the cigar turns, so I had to toss it. I got a lot of thick white smoke and a light colored ash. The burn and draw are good. When I purged the cigar I got a huge flame. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. The ash was quite firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, this cigar was nothing special.

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

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Macanudo BMM F3

You might think “what, a Macanudo Benji Menendez Master?” but remember, I am from Europe and so the copyrights to the name Partagas are owned by Habanos. Distributer Scandinavian Tobacco Group still wanted to release these cigars in Europe and decided to rename them Macanudo Benji Menendez master series. Normally I would not buy a Macanudo, but I have met Benji Menendez before and had a nice conversation about tobacco with him, the man is a living legend with incredible knowledge so I was really curious to smoke this 6×46 cigar. The cigar is blended with Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco, an American Habano binder and Cameroon wrapper.
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I smell a strong Cuban barnyard smell. The band is big and mentions Benji Menendez. The wrapper is chocolate brown and wrinkly with a big vein. The construction feels good but I notice a soft spot under the cigar band. The predraw is fine.
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I taste coffee, earth and a hint of cinnamon. The cigar is slightly bitter and dry. The flavors get less intense after half an inch. After an inch I taste wood, an earthy flavor and citrus.
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After a third I taste more spices like cinnamon and nutmeg with some pepper in the aftertaste. Wood is still a supporting flavor. Halfway the wood gets a bit stronger but the earthy flavor disappeared. The pepper in the aftertaste is white pepper. After two thirds the cigar gets more spicy.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and a half. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is quite firm and the burn is straight and pretty. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wouldn’t for 9 euro

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

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Cohiba XV 550

These cigars are blended by Daniel Nuñez to create a more robust blend compared to the Cohiba red dot from the Dominican Republic. These Cohiba’s are in no way affiliated with the Habanos flagship Cohiba from Cuba. The filler contains Nicaraguan ligero and Dominican piloto cubano ligero and the binder is a Connecticut broadleaf while the wrapper is a sungrown Sumatra from Ecuador. Now this is my first non Cuban Cohiba and judging on past experiences with non Cuban Bolivar’s, Punch and Partagas, I don’t have high expectations, even though I know I ain’t a cigar snob.
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This 5×50 cigar has a beautiful dark and oily wrapper with one big vein and some spots. The construction feels firm but evenly firm. The predraw is good and I taste some pepper and tobacco. The cigar has a nice band and a firm hay smell.
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I taste a full coffee flavor with some dry wood but the coffee almost instantly disappears. After an inch and a half I taste wood with some earth flavor and a tiny bit of chocolate.
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A little over halfway the wood disappears and I taste a bit of an ashy earth flavor. After ⅔ I taste wood again, but with an ashy taste to is.
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The smoke time of this cigar is about 90 minutes. I got a decent amount of smoke which was a bit thin. The draw and burn are good and the light gray ash is quite firm. This cigar is mild to medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, there are better cigars out there, especially for the price

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

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Dunhill robusto

Serts gave me this cigar, he had a whole bunch of them and handed them out at a herf. All he could tell me is that the cigar had a few years on it and is made out of Dominican tobacco.
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This cellophane wrapped robusto is a bit smaller than the average robusto with just 4 ½ inch length and a 50 ring gauge. The light colored wrapper has even lighter colored veins and the overall appearance of the cigar isn’t good. The cigar isn’t round but bumpy and I could feel some soft spots in the construction. Not what you expect from a company with a reputation like Dunhill.
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The cigar has a musty, stale and a bit acidic aroma. The top is triple capped. I punched the cigar and the predraw was too loose, probably because the cigar is under filled, what causes the soft spots in the construction. The only flavor I could discover in the predraw were some dry raisin.
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I can taste a mild peppery wood flavor after lighting the cigar. The flavors start out mild but gain some more strength and I also taste some nuts. While the nut flavor grows in strength, the pepper and wood completely disappear. After ⅓ there is also a salty flavor involved, a bit like liquorices but not completely
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After the mid of the cigar I still taste the nut flavor but now with some toast and that liquorices like flavor on the background. Near the end that liquorices like flavor is all I can taste.
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This mild to medium bodied, medium flavored cigar only lasted me for 50 minutes and I am a slow smoker. The draw was too loose, way too lose. The amount and structure of the smoke was reasonable and the ash was light colored, firm and compact. The burn was good.

Would I buy this cigar again? No. It wasn’t a bad cigar, but not worth the 11 euro price tag it has in The Netherlands.

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

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Macanudo 1968 robusto

Macanudo’s newest blend, the 1968, is named after the year that Cifuentes created the original Macanudo Café and that makes it a tribute. The filler contains tobacco from the remote island Ometepe, located in the middle of a volcanic lake, which makes it special. The rest of the filler comes from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, the binder is a Connecticut Habano and the wrapper is a Honduran San Agustin Havana seed.
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This 4 1/2 inch x 50 robusto, which has a price tag of 7 euro in The Netherlands, comes in a cellophane wrapper and once released from its coat you can smell a full and warm barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and the Honduran wrapper looks nice, oily and dark and only has some minor veins. This cigar is a looker! The predraw is fine and leaves me with a mild peppery wood flavor on my palate.
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I get a mild bitter coffee flavor, not very pleasant but strong and full, with a peppery aftertaste. The pepper slowly gains some strength and a wood flavor joins the party. The bitter coffee disappears and I can even taste some chocolate on the background. And this all happens within the first inch of the cigar. The pepper disappears too and all I taste is wood and chocolate.
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The chocolate is a bit creamy but also a support to the dominant wood flavor. At the end the wood gets support from some pepper, and the creamy chocolate is the aftertaste. The start of the cigar wasn’t very hopeful, but the cigar progressed to something very nice.
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I get lots of medium thick smoke from the cigar. The draw starts out a little bit too hard, but it gets better the longer I smoked. The ash is medium gray and very firm. The burn is good and I would call this cigar full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Probably a single every once in a while

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

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Stradivarius churchill

The Stradivarius is a creation by Daniel Nuñez, released for the first time in 2007 and is named after the famous violins. The blend consists of Nicaraguan, Dominican and Honduran tobacco as filler, an aged Dominican Havana seed binder and a 15 year aged Connecticut shade wrapper.
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The packaging of this 7 ½ x 48 churchill is top notch, the cigars come in a marble look humidor case with 10 cigars, all individually packed in a varnished coffin with a nice “old style” wax stamp. Inside the coffin the cigars are wearing a cellophane coat. The band is simple, too simple when compared to the packaging.
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The wrapper is a bit drab, pale brown but smooth and almost without veins. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. The cigar doesn’t have much aroma, I had to sniff several times before I managed to smell the faint hay aroma.
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I get a warm but mild flavor that reminds me of coffee and licorice (the wood, not the candy), but the sweetness disappears soon, quickly followed by the coffee and the flavor changes into mild leather. At the 1/3rd point I taste some sweetness again, a bit caramel like. Halfway the flavors grow a bit in strength and that makes it easier to recognize them. The flavors are caramel and coffee and at 2/3rd the leather returns for a short amount of time. The final flavors are caramel and wood with a hint of licorice.
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The amount of smoke starts of poor, but it slowly gets better. The smoke stays very thin though. The ash is quite light but firm. The draw started out fine but got harder with every puff, but my drawtool solved that. I have nothing bad to say about the burn
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, even though it’s not a bad cigar I won’t buy it again because it is too mild and too expensive.

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

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Macanudo 1968 gigante *fresh rolled*

I went to see a roller, Christian Galvan, who works for General cigars at one of my favorite B&M’s in Amsterdam, Hartman cigars at the Beethovenstraat. Christian Galvan was there to roll cigars as part of the release of the Macanudo 1968 in The Netherlands. I smoked one right on the spot, and I brought one home to review and here it is.
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Macanudo came with this new blend and named it “1968” as that was the year that Cifuentes blended the original Macanudo café, so this is a cigar in his memory. The cigar is blended with tobacco from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, part of the filler comes from the remote island of Ometepe, which is located in the lake of a volcano. The binder is a Connecticut Habano and the wrapper is Honduran San Agustin Havana seed.
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The size of this fresh rolled cigar is 5.5 x 52 which is not a regular production size, it’s in between the 6 x 54 toro and the 5 x 50 robusto. The cigar smells like hay. The construction feels good though the draw is a bit on the loose side and gives me a mild peppery raisin flavor. The wrapper is smooth, oily and dark.

I can taste toast, coffee and some pepper at the back of my throat. After a few puffs I also taste some bean but that flavor disappears soon, just like the toast. A chocolate flavor shows itself through the peppery coffee. After an inch the pepper joins the flavors that disappeared before and all I can taste is coffee with chocolate, of which the chocolate is slowly becoming the dominant flavor, but the flavors are well balanced.
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After reaching the 1/2nd point of the cigar I get some toast again and at 2/3rd the chocolate disappears for just a few puffs. The grand finale brings me some cedar with chocolate and later some nuts and chocolate.

I get a lot of smoke, the smoke is a bit thin though. The ash is silver-gray and firm. The draw is fine and the burn is great, straight and it won’t die easily. I didn’t need to purge this cigar and could still nub it. This is a full flavored full bodied cigar, but the full bodyness is sneaky, because of the overwhelming flavors you don’t notice and realize that this is a powerful stick.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it, but this was a 2 day old fresh rolled cigar, I don’t know if the cigars that are commercially available have the same flavor palate.

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

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Macanudo petit corona tubo

This small 5 inch ring 38 cigar is made out of Dominican & Mexican filler, Mexican binder and a Connecticut shade wrapper. And boy, that wrapper is ugly, way too many veins. The predraw on this cigar is fine and it has an aroma of hay. It comes in a nice tube.
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I taste a sweet wood flavor and it turns into musty leather pretty quick, not very pleasant. After little over an inch I can taste some chocolate and herbs, both still musty. Midway the mustiness disappears and I discover a nutty flavor, but instead of the mustiness I now get a burning sensation on my tongue. At 2/3rd the burning sensation disappears and I get a nice nut flavor, very full.
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This small stick produces a lot of smoke and has a fine burn. The ash is firm and white. This cigar is mild bodied medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, the fantastic finish doesn’t make up for the bad start, and petit coronas aren’t my favorite size anyway.
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Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 5 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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