Hedon Cigars

Hedon, Navarrenex, France

Navarre Short Robusto

Premium handmade longfillers are usually made in the Caribbean with Nicaragua, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Honduras as main manufacturers but there are also factories in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Peru but outside those countries you won’t find many hand made premium longfillers made. Shortfiller yes, longfillers no. I know that there is some production on the Canary Islands, I know of two producers in Indonesia and then Hedon in France that produces this French puro Navarre in the border region with Spain.


The company started, went belly up, restarted, disappeared from the scene again and is back again now. I found a short robusto (4×48 according to online sources but a little longer than that on my cigar measuring tool) in my humidor and because of the tax band I recognize I bought this cigar in Belgium a few years ago. I did review several Navarre cigars in the past but never with my 100 point scoring system so here we go.


The wrapper is a bit rough looking but has a beautiful deep, yet not dark, reddish brown color. The construction feels good and the triple cap is immaculate. The ring is beautiful, vertical banners of different shades of red with a copper horizontal line on top and bottom on white paper, white letters saying Navarre and the same copper in a banner saying France. The aroma is mild, a little wood and manure.


I punched the cigar and the cold draw is a bit tight, still within margins. I taste a bit of sweet wood with a little spice. After lighting I taste espresso and cedar. After half an inch I taste mild, dry cedar with a strong cilantro or parsley flavor. After a third the cigar gets a bit nasty, not harsh but just not very nice tasting. The final third doesn’t change much.


The draw is good, better than the cold draw. The ash is smeared but firm. The burn is beautiful but the smoke is only medium in thickness and volume. This is a mild cigar, medium flavored. The smoke time is fifty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, not worth the €7,50 I paid. It’s strange as in my memory the cigar was quite alright.

Score: 82
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Navarre double corona

A few years ago the French puro Navarre was launched. The tobacco was grown in the south of France under control of Cuban growers and the cigars were rolled by Cubans too. About a year or two ago they went under and much to my surprise I saw a Navarre booth at the Intertabac trade show. The representative told me that the company was restarted and gave me a 9×52 double corona in a glass tube with a cork stop.
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The cigar has a great construction and looks awesome. The chocolate brown wrapper is silky and is so oily that it shines. I only see a few thin veins. I smell a mild horse stable smell. The predraw is a bit tights and I taste tobacco and raisin. I like the red simple band.
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I taste dry earthy flavors with leather, coffee and a honey sweetness. After three quarters of an inch I taste honeysweet earthy flavors. After two inch I get a dry and bit musty wood, hay and some honey. After a third I taste some marzipan with herbs and wood. The cigar is mild spicy too.
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Halfway I taste some spicy herbs with a marzipan sweetness. It is a bit hard to keep the cigar burning so I cut an extra ⅛ of an inch off the cigars which helps. I taste lavender. After two thirds I taste a lot of black pepper with some earthy flavors. The aftertaste is lavender freshness. With two inch to go I had enough and let the cigar die in the ashtray.
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This cigar lasted me for three hours. The draw is good but the smoke is a bit poor. The burn is oké, I have some minor issues with the crooked burn and halfway the cigar gets hard to keep lit. The dark ash isn’t firm at all. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? It all depends on the price

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Navarre robusto

I wrote about these French puros before when I smoked the Double Corona and the Robusto Maduro. This time I smoked the Robusto that I had lying in my humidor for over 2 year. This cigar comes from the first ever Navarre release and I got this at Huis Verloo in Antwerp for € 7,50
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This 4×50 robusto has a nice, shiny and oily wrapper with one big vein and a Cuban triple cap. That doesn’t surprise me as the company works with Cuban growers, blenders and rollers to create the best cigars possible. The cigar has a mild and sweet wood smell. The construction feels fine but the predraw is tough. I taste raisin and some wood.
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I taste a strong earth flavor with some cedar on the background, but mainly earth. After half an inch the earth gets a little sweet and I get some spice on my tongue. The strength of the flavors goes from full to medium.
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After ⅔ I taste some nuts through the sweet earth and cedar flavors but that nut flavor doesn’t stick around for long. The sweetness disappears too, so all that is left is the earth and the cedar.
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Even though this is only a 4 inch cigar, it lasted me 70 minutes. I got a lot of smoke from this French puro. The draw is a bit tough but not too much to complain about it. The burn is good. The ash is firm and dark gray. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Probably, but no whole boxes, they are too expensive for that.

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

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Navarre robusto maduro

“Le Comptoir du Tabac des Gaves et de l’Adour” is a French tobacco company that grows quality tobacco in the south west of France near the Spanish border. With help from a Cuban tobacco grower from the Pinar del Rio region they created a French puro, Navarre, of which I reviewed the Double Corona a few years ago. A few weeks ago I visited Huis Verloo in Antwerp and noticed that there is a limited edition maduro robusto out and I just had to try it.
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The 5 x 50 cigar looks pretty with the tasteful band and the extra “limitee maduro” band. The wrapper is nice and dark, oily and smooth with one big vein running over it. The top is triple capped and the construction feels great. The cigar has a peppery barnyard aroma.
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The first thing I taste is a full earthy coffee flavor with a mild sugary sweetness on the background. The flavors are a bit burned. After a few puffs I can also taste some sweet chocolate. After an inch the sweetness tones down a bit.
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Halfway I taste a sharp pepper with the previous flavors, but the pepper is the dominant flavor. The earthy coffee disappears and is replaced with a nut flavor, macadamia, toast and chocolate. Near the end the pepper fades a bit while the toast gets stronger.
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In the beginning I had a bit of a crooked burn but it corrects itself and doesn’t give me problems during the rest of the smoke. The smoke is medium thick and I get just enough. The ash is pepper and salt colored. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. I purged it and didn’t get a flame at all. It lasted me 75 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yes. Not often, as they are pricey, but I need to get a few for special occasions.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 9 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Navarre double corona

This Navarre is a completely French puro, completely made out of tobacco which was grown in Navarrex, in the southwest of France. They released a petit robusto and a robusto from their crops of 2003 and later, but the 2005 crop was so good that they had enough good wrappers to create a huge double corona and that’s the one I smoked today.
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The cigar has a nice sweet aroma, a bit like honey and a nice light and smooth, oily wrapper. The flavors go from sweet to a bit leather, all light but tasteful. The honey, which I could smell, comes back in the flavor. There is not a lot of progress in the cigar, but the flavors that are noticeable are consistent throughout the whole cigar, which is good for a 3 hour smoke. Close to the end though, when the turning point comes in sight there is some citrus noticeable soon followed by some pepper.
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I guess that the cigar was a bit to moist, the (pre)draw was a bit difficult, the ash was inconsistent and fell of way to soon (I could not make cone’s bigger then 2 centimeter) and halfway the burn problems started, I had to keep on puffing, the cigar needed too much work to keep lit, I had to light it several times to get the burn going again.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, it is a nice cigar but overpriced.
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Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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