Honduras American Tobacco SA

HATSA, General Cigars/STG, Danli, Honduras

Non Plus Ultra Petit Corona

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

This Non Plus Ultra cigar was a private label for a Dutch cigar distributer that had a shop with the same name. The name of the shop then changed to Oliva Cigar Lounge, Studio Tobac Cigar Lounge and now is called Van Dalen Cigars Den Bosch and these Non Plus Ultra cigars have been off the market for a long time. They are still sold under the name Gil Gonzalez Davilla for a specific cooperation of Dutch cigar shops.
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The cigars were once made by Carlos Torano before he sold that part of the company to Swedish Match, years before he sold the remaining part of his company. The wrapper of the 5×40 petit corona is chocolate brown and looks nice. The ring is very simple. I smell hay and wood. The construction feels good and the cold draw, which tastes like raisin and herbs is good.
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I taste a nice coffee flavor, the cigar is quite spicy and after a centimeter I taste soap with soft wood and smooth herbs. After taking a sip of water I taste hazelnuts.
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After a third I taste sharp, harsh herbs and burned wood, charcoal like, but luckily that burned sensation disappears quick. Halfway I taste a mild creamy wood with herbs that is replaced by sweet herbs and spices with a sharp edge near the end.
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The smoke time is an hour exactly. The draw was fine, but I got little smoke. The ash is white. The cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored. The ash is frayed but firm and the burn is good.

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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah

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

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Don Tomas Nicaragua Toro

This cigar was recently released on the Dutch market for a very reasonable price of €5,40. Now I don’t know much about the brand to be honest, just that this is one of the many brands that added a Nicaragua line just like Davidoff, cohiba, vega fina and more. And I don’t blame them, Nicaragua is the best cigar country in the world in my humble opinion. I’m also not sure if this cigar is made in Nicaragua or Honduras.
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The cigar looks smooth, a nice light brown shiny wrapper without any real veins and a simple blue band. Somehow the cigar doesn’t appeal to me but I can’t exactly tell why. The cigar has a mild hay and charcoal aroma. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine, I taste a little bit of wood and raisin.
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I taste coffee, not strong and a little musty. This ain’t a Connecticut shade cigar by the looks of it but still has that Connecticut shade mustiness which I don’t like. The flavors soon change to wood, a tiny bit of pepper but all with that mustiness. And then……nothing happens anymore.
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Halfway a little harsh pepper shows up, but it’s all more of the same. Same applies for when a little sweetness appears after two thirds.
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The draw is great, no problems there. The ash is light colored and firm. The burn is good. The smoke is thin and not plentiful as I like. The cigar is mild to medium bodied and mild to medium flavored. It lasted me an hour and forty minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, it’s not for me. But quality wise it’s a good cigar for a very good price so I won’t be surprised if this turns out to be a good selling cigar.


Appearance: 7

Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 6
Aroma second part: 6
Aroma third part:  6
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Punch Rare Corojo magnum

The Punch Rare Corojo is only released once a year and it is the best selling (non Cuban) punch on the market. The cigar is made from Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco with a Colorado shade wrapper.
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The cigar is wrapped in cellophane and once released from the wrapper I see a silky wrapper which is quite dark. The box pressed cigar feels quite hard but the predraw is fine and leaves a mild pepper on my lips.
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I taste burned coffeebeans, not very pleasant. I get a bunch of toasty tones, but they all taste burned and even a bit ashy. The ash flavor gets stronger while the toast gets milder.
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Halfway I can taste a sweetness through the ash but that’s only for a few puffs. After that it is ash that I taste until the finale, where some leather and wood try to beat the ash. But they fail.
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The amount of smoke from this Punch is medium, just like the thickness. The ash is light colored and firm. The draw was good but the burn was crooked.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, hell no.

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

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Don Tomas presidente

This 7.5 inch ring 50 churchill has a nice Honduran grown Habano seed wrapper with the color of milkchocolate and a full aroma of grass & hay, a nice yet simple band. The filler is a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobacco. The cigar feels well constructed, no soft or hard spots, the predraw is good and leaves a hint of raisin on my palate.

The cigar releases a sweet woody flavor with some coffee after about 15 mm. Coffee and wood keep rotating but every now and then a sweet flavor get a foot between the door for a while. Halfway the wood flavor becomes stronger and right before the turning point, which comes quite late, the cigar becomes salty, close to salted liquorices.

Smoking this cigar took me 90 minutes, it’s mild to medium bodied and produces quite nice smoke. The ash is firm and the burn is great.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, great cigars for low prices, I want more of those

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

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Gil Gonzales Davila conqestador

When I visited my local cigar shop to get a lottery ticket I noticed that he had some new longfillers in his small assortment. He mostly sells shortfillers, cigarettes and lottery tickets and has only a few longfillers so I was surprised to see a sampler of Gil Gonzales Davila longfillers, a Honduran cigar. It was a sampler containing 5 cigars, an Emperator (Churchill), a Conquestador (Torpedo), a Soldado extra (extra corona), a Soldado (corona) and a Capitan (Robusto), all with a natural wrapper. All except the emperator are available as maduro too.

Tonight I tried the torpedo, the top was a bit crooked, but hey, that’s what you cut off so I can’t have any problems with that. The wrapper is pretty, a bit oily. The feel is good, and the predraw is easy. The construction of this cigar is good. It smells a bit like manure, but it’s just a light scent. The cigar is easy to light and the burn is close to perfect. The ash is light gray and pretty firm, and the cigar gives a medium to light smoke.

I can hear you think, why isn’t he writing about the flavors? Well, that is easy, this cigar has a tremendous lack of flavor. It is way too light for a medium or experienced smoker. It might be a nice cigar for a starter, but I have smoked and learned a lot in the last 18 months and I am definitely too experienced to enjoy a starter cigar.

Would I buy this cigar again? No.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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