Tabaqueria de Filipinas

Tabaqueria de Filipinas, San Pedro, Phillipinas

Flor de la Isabella Torpedo

This handmade Philippian torpedo from Manila cigars, with a 52 ring and a 150mm size looks pretty with its light Java wrapper and it feels well constructed, no soft nor hard spots in the cigar. There is a stable aroma and the predraw is just fine.

At first I can taste some leather but not as strong as most Cuban cigars, soon to be accompanied by some sweetness, probably because of the Brazilian tobacco used in the filler and some flavors of wood. After about 2 centimeters the taste becomes a bit metallic, but a pleasant one. Later on the leather returns but weaker as before and halfway the cigar it becomes a bit bitter. It does get a bit better near the end though, but the cigar has already been spoiled.

The smoke is quite allright, not too thin or too thick and the amount of smoke is ok too. The burn is a bit inconsistent and gets crooked at the end, but the draw is almost perfect. The ash is very light colored and firm.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, the first part is good but the second part is too bad to buy again

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 4 / 10

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Don Juan Urquijo Figurado

This Philippian 140mm ring 42 figurado is made of Dominican and Brazilian tobacco with Philippians binder and a Connecticut wrapper. The silky wrapper is smooth and clean, the predraw is a bit hard, and the aroma is very light. The band is very stylish, black with gold letters. Cigar feels well constructed and firm.

Lighting is easy because of the small burning point, but because of that, the draw is hard. The first flavor is nice soft leather and as soon burn reaches the thicker part of the cigar the draw gets much easier. At the background I could taste a light flavor of liquorices. I expected sweetness because of the Brazilian tobacco, but I can’t taste it anywhere which surprises me. The flavor is pretty smooth and consistent. At the end the liquorices is getting stronger.

The smoke is thick enough, ashes firm and nice colored but the burn is a bit crooked, which usually happens to me when I smoke a cigar of this shape.

Would I buy this cigar again? Probably not although it is a nice cigar for its money.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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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Flor de Isabella Sumatra Corona

This Philippian cigar made from Philippians and Brazilian filler, Philippians binder with a Sumatra wrapper is 140mm long and has a 44 ring. The wrapper is pretty and silky, the cigar feels tight but the predraw is fine. The aroma is very light which made me suspect that this is a light bodied cigar, and I was right.

The first flavor that is released after lighting is the flavor of dry hay, soon to be replaced with soft leather. The Brazilian tobacco creates a mild sweetness. After a third there is a little pepper which disappears soon and the cigar gives me a bit of a burning sensation for a while, with still the soft leather on the background. The burning sensation is replaced by a bit of a musty flavor. At the end the pepper returns.

The smoke is full and completely white, just as the ashes. The draw is fine, just as the burn.

Would I buy this cigar again? Perhaps, it is a nice light bodied cigar for during the day, maybe a nice replacement for the Jose L Piedra petit cazadores.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 70
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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Alhambra Vegas

Manila cigars was kind enough to send me a sampler with some Philippians cigars. The Alhambra Vegas is a 135mm long ring 41 corona with a Java wrapper and Philippine binder and filler.

The wrapper is ok but not pretty, it has some irregularities and some veins. The smell is a light hay and the cigar feels pretty hard.

 

The draw is fine, just like the smoke and the ash. The smoke is full and rich, while the ash is firm. There is not a lot of development in the flavors, the flavor is consistent, a medium creamy flavor combined with leather.

Would I buy this cigar again? Depends on the price.

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

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Flor Fina Coffee Caprincho

I received a box with 10 Flor Fina coffee caprichos from Manila cigars and it was an adventure for me. I hardly ever smoke cigar of this size (120mm and a ring size of 30) and I never smoked an aroma cigar before nor did I ever smoke a Philippine cigar.

When I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised, what a fantastic smell of coffee beans and even though I don’t drink coffee, I love the smell of the stuff. I guess I’ve smelled the cigars for over 5 minutes, and I opened the box a few times again just to smell the cigars. The cigars are pretty, nice dark wrapper, very slim and straight, no veins at all.

The draw is fine and the burn is close to perfect. The aroma is coffee and later on tobacco. The flavors are pretty strong and I guess that if you like coffee you would like this cigar too.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, but that’s because I am not part of the target group of these kinds of cigars. If you like to smoke small cigars in the morning with a cup of coffee while reading the paper, or in the afternoon at the office you got a very nice cigar with the Coffee Capricho

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

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