Tabacalera Palma

Boutique blends, Tamboril, Dominican Republic

Splendid Robusto

A few years ago my friend Kolja introduced me to Jesper Petersen during a dinner hosted by Rocky Patel. At the time I was working for the Dutch Rocky Patel importer/distributer while Jesper is the Danish importer/distributer for a handful of brands including Rocky Patel. He started his distributing business approximately 7 years ago, after doing cigar events in restaurants and bars for a few years. And now Jesper decided to bring his own brand to the market, first in Denmark, then Germany and slowly take over Europe in true viking style.

The brand is named Splendid after his company and there are two vitola’s, a 4.75×54 Robusto Grande and a 5×52 Torpedo. Today I’m smoking the Robusto Grande that Jesper gave me at the Intertabac trade show in Dortmund last september. The sample I got came without a band but on Jesper’s Facebook page I saw pictures of the bands so I could include those in my rating. Jesper told me it took him three years to create this blend of Dominican tobaccos from the Navarette y Mao region and the Cuban seed wrapper from the Los Reyes family to create the smooth medium cubanesque he wanted to introduce to the Danish and European market. The expected retail price of the cigars will be between 9 and 10 euro per stick.

The wrapper looks great, dark and oily without big veins. The head is well rolled and quite flat so this is the perfect cigar to be punched. There is a strong hay aroma coming from the cigar. The construction feels good, no soft spots or plugs, all evenly packed. The cold draw is a little on the loose side and except for a very mild pepper on the tip of my tongue I don’t taste much.

You have read this before but I grabbed my trusted vintage Ronson, older than both me and Jesper and probably still in a better shape, to light this cigar. It’s easy to light the cigar and I taste a very nice and full coffee flavor with a hint of red pepper. After half an inch I taste a dark wood with a little pepper. The cigar gets a little spicier too with walnuts on the background, very mild though.

After a third the walnut flavor is growing stronger, well matched with the equally strong wood and a little pepper. Halfway walnut is the dominant flavor. After two thirds I taste a strong citrus with the nuts, overpowering the nuts a little.

The smoke is thick and luscious and white as can be. The ash is also very light colored and quite firm. The burn is good and the draw is better than during the cold draw. This cigar is medium plus bodied and full flavored. The smoke time was little over 90 minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a very nice smoke

Score: 91


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Aging Room M20

I got this cigar at a cigar event at De Oude Tijd in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Aging Room is available on the Dutch market but the m20 ain’t, so was very pleased to get it.
I love the box pressed perfecto shape, the little pigtail and the dark wrapper. The cigar doesn’t have much veins. There is a slight manure smell to the cigar. The predraw is fine, I taste some pepper.

The cigar is easily lit and even though perfectos can have a shitty draw at the start this cigar starts out fine with a lot of pepper and some toast. Soon I taste a bitter tar flavor with citrus, I check for built up tar but none of that. After a centimeter it changes to herbal flavors with pepper. The pepper in the aftertaste has a burning sensation.
After 3 centimeter the cigar turns sweet with heaps of red pepper, you can’t say this cigar is subtle. Slowly but surely I also get wood flavors. The sweetness is overpowering the wood and the background and aftertaste is very peppery. Halfway I taste a strong lemon flavor with that wood and the abundance of pepper.
The draw is very good, straight from the start. The smoke isn’t think and isn’t plentiful although it improves. The burn is decent, not straight but not crooked. The silver gray ash is frayed and not firm. Full flavored, medium to full bodied. The cigar lasted me 90 minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, too peppery, not subtle.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 7
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 5
Aroma second part: 6
Aroma third part:  6
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Oliveros El Padrino edicion Italiana ‘Bugsy’

Sorry, no pictures, I lost them during a hard disk crash before I could upload them.

This Oliveros Padrino Edicion Italiana is called Bugsy and has a size of 5.7 inch and a ring of 52. The cigar has a filler of Piloto Cubano Dominican and some rare Italian tobaccos and the wrapper is a triple fermented Brazilian maduro. The wrapper is almost black with a couple of nice looking veins. The band is quite pompous. The cigar feels well constructed and has a nice full hay aroma. The peppery raisin predraw is fine.

I get a full coffee flavor with a bit of sugar. The flavors feel sticky. After half an inch the sugary sweetness grows a bit stronger and the flavors start to feel dry. After an inch the sugar changes into sweet chocolate and the coffee loses some of it strength. The chocolate disappears and the sugar returns. The sugar becomes the dominant flavor with a mild chocolate aftertaste. At 2/3rd I also taste some wood.

The cigar produces a lot of white smoke. The ash is medium dark gray and quite firm. I had some minor burn issues. I would rate this cigar as full flavored medium bodied.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wasn’t impressed

Appearance: 8 / 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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Oliveiros XL for Men XL60

My cigar buddy Misha gave me this big 5.5 x 60 cigar with a dark, mean looking wrapper full of big veins. The band is tacky, looks more like something you will find on an aftershave bottle then on a cigar. The construction feels good, and I have to stretch my Palio to the limits to cut this monster.
I can taste some leather and the texture of the smoke is very sticky. I need to rinse my mouth regularly. After half an inch the flavors transform to wood. The flavors are mild. After 1/3rd I could taste mild milky chocolate for a while with a burning sensation on the tongue, but the flavor returns to the wood taste again. The burning sensation decides to stick around.
After 2/3rd I taste something acidy through the wood but fortunately it only lasts a couple of puffs. The finale brings me a nutty flavor and the power grows a bit.

The smoke is white and thick to begin with although the amount of smoke decreases the longer I smoke. The ash is light gray, the draw and the burn are good. This cigar is mild bodied, mild flavored. If this is a cigar for men, then it’s probably for men who love other men.
Would I buy this cigar again? Nope, they better rename this cigar “Oliveiros XL for sissies” and throw a rainbow band on it.

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

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