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Cigar of the month January

Since the end of the year is an expensive month for most of us, I decided to smoke and review some budget cigars for the month of January. I wish I hadn’t though, even though some budget cigars preformed really well, and others had a good price-quality ratio, I rather pay a few dollars extra and have an almost guaranteed cigar enjoyment.

As for this month, the cigar with the highest rating is:
Diesel Unholy Cocktail with a 95 score

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Diesel Unholy Cocktail Belicoso (Nicaragua) 95 points
2) Calixto Lopez Torpedo (Nicaragua) 91 points
3) Nica Libre Torpedo (Nicaragua) 91 points
4) Blue Ribbon Robusto (Nicaragua) 90 points
5) Joya Black Toro (Nicaragua) 89 points
6) Alec Bradley Spirit of Cuba Corona (Honduras) 89 points
7) Flor de Oliva Lancero (Nicaragua) 88 points
8) Benchmade Toro (Nicaragua) 87 points
9) Schizo Maduro Robusto (Honduras) 87 points
10) Alec Bradley Spirit of Cuba Habano (Honduras) 87 points
11) Alec Bradley Spirit of Cuba Natural (Honduras) 86 points
12) Cuba Libre Epicure (Honduras) 85 points
13) Schizo Robusto (Nicaragua) 85 points
14) Miami Mafia Torpedo (Nicaragua) 85 points
15) Chincalero Fuerte Picadillos (Nicaragua) 84 points
16) Non Plus Ultra Maduro Toro (Honduras) 84 points
17) Berger & Argenti Mooch Maduro Corona (Nicaragua) 84 points
18) Reposado Maduro Toro (Nicaragua) 84 points
19) Oro de Esteli Robusto (Nicaragua) 83 points
20) Jose L Piedro Cazadores (Cuba) 83 points
21) Nestor Reserva Maduro Torpedo (Honduras) 82 points
22) La Flor de Rosa Churchill (Nicaragua) 82 points
23) Don Tomas Clasico Robusto (Honduras) 80 points
24) Reposado Habano Toro (Nicaragua) 79 points
25) La Rica Churchill (Nicaragua) 78 points
26) Cucaracha Nub (Nicaragua) 77 points
27) JR Edicion Limitada Robusto (undisclosed) 77 points
28) Oro de Esteli Robusto (Nicaragua) 77 points
29) Quorum Toro (Nicaragua) 73 points

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La Flor de Rosa Churchill

Now when we are talking budget, this cigar falls right into the category. Dirt cheap, mixed filler, unknown in what factory it’s made, all I know it that its a Nicaraguan made cigar with a Sumatra EMS wrapper from Ecuador and a Nicaraguan binder. When I was a sales rep, I did sell these but even I didn’t know which factory produces these budget cigars.


In Europe the cigars are sold as La Flor de Rosa yet in America they are called Rosa Cuba. Why a different name in Europe? Well, the Cuba name is trademarked, just like Habano (that’s why the type of tobacco is called ‘Sun Grown’ in Europe). Trademarks are also the reason why San Cristobal is sold under the name Paradiso and La Aroma de Cuba is La Aroma del Caribe.


The wrapper is brittle, medium brown. The cap is placed sloppy but the construction feels good. The ring is simple, brushed gold with black in a busy patters and white lettering. The cigar has a mild aroma that reminds me of burned wood, like three days after a building burned down.


I cut the cigar, the cold draw is good. I taste mild leather. After lighting I taste some warm leather with a little gravy like spice. Then the flavors fade and change to an earthy, leathery and slightly rough. The flavors are very mild. After a third I taste wood with some pepper, slightly harsh. The final third is a bit musty, a bit peppery, a little sweet and with a little lemon.


The draw is great. The ash is almost white. The smoke is white and medium in thickness and volume. The burn is good and I would call this cigar mild to medium bodied and and flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? No.

Score: 82
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Nestor Reserve Maduro Torpedo

I bought these cigars years ago, at least 9 years, at Cigars International when I was trying out all kinds of budget cigars and this Nestor Reserve Maduro Torpedo came in dirt cheap bundles, the price per stick was about $2 and with a very favorable euro dollar conversion rate at that time they were a steal. I remember that I liked them back in the day so when I found one lingering in an assorted box in my humidor I decided to light it for a review.


I know that the cigars are made by Plasencia in their Honduran factory, but I don’t know a lot about the blend. I guess they are discontinued as I can’t find them anywhere anymore, I did find a cigar with a similar ring but with an added ‘vintage’ to the ring and these were all sold out too. I did find some old reviews, usually I don’t read them to prevent being influenced but I started reading to find out the blend and I found it. A maduro wrapper from Honduras, a Cameroon binder which isn’t a type of leaf used as a binder a lot because it’s expensive tobacco, so to find it in a budget cigars is quite a surprise. The filler is made from tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua.


This cigar is intimidating, especially with the cellophane removed. It is big, with a length of 6 1/2 inch, box pressed but what makes it intimidating is the almost pitch black wrapper which is smooth yet oily and looks amazing. The construction feels good and the pointy head is reasonably straight. The ring is simple, shiny white with a golden N and a banner saying Nestor. It fits the budget price of the cigar. The aroma is quite strong and reminds me of charred wood after a fire mixed with hay that has been in a stable with sheep or cow overnight and is soaked in animal urine. Now when I write it down like that it sounds absolutely nasty, but it’s not that bad.


I cut the cigar with my xikar butterfly cutter. The cold draw is fantastic. The flavor is just a little sweetness. After lighting I taste a strong espresso like coffee. After an inch I taste a metallic fresh wood flavor, harsh on the tip of my tongue. Halfway I still taste a harsh, strong wood with some lime and now with some pepper on the inside of my lips. The final third starts with dry nuts, pepper and cumin, less harsh than before. At the end it’s a harsh pepper again.


The draw is perfect. The burn is a bit off though and needs a few touch ups. The smoke is grayish and medium thick. The ash is a bit frayed. The medium full cigar is medium flavored with some evolution but no complexity. The smoke time is an hour and ten minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No. I remembered these as chocolate bombs but I didn’t get any of that now.

Score: 82
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Aruhiba Natural Robusto

Yes, cigars come from unexpected places, its not just the well known cigar countries like Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic taking advantage of their climate but other countries too. Maybe you have smoked a Mexican or Costa Rican cigar, those are relatively easy to get, then there are some cigars made in Colombia and Panama but on Aruba, one of the Dutch Antilles? Yes, there is a small cigar producer there too.


I got two different cigars from a fellow cigar aficionado a few years back that went on vacation to Aruba and ran into the shop and bought a few as souvenirs. He gave me the Aruhiba Light and this Aruhiba Natural. My expectations aren’t high but the light, which I smoked before, surprised me pleasantly. I do not know anything about the blend at all, but I expect that they use some, or maybe only, tobacco from their own island farm.


The cigar has a yellowish brown wrapper that almost looks and feels like old paper but on the back there are a few veins. The ring is white with red letters and a gold lining, neatly printed. The construction feels good. The aroma is medium strong and smells musty, like walking into a house that has been abandoned over a decade ago.


I cut the cigar, the draw is fine. I taste spicy tobacco with a mild acidity like a piece of lemon candy. I taste a muted, mildly musty, cedar flavor after lighting. This has the Connecticut flavor that I don’t like at all yet the creaminess of the flavors, butter like, is great. After a third I taste nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices, a little harsh but also a little sweet. The last part starts woody with a mild smokey and toasty flavor.


The draw is good, the smoke is medium in both thickness and volume. The ash is close to white. The burn was uneven at times. This cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time in forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No. It had some nice components but overall it’s a no.

Score: 82

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Cigar of the month July

July was a month of 21 published reviews, here’s the list from best to worst, with a surprising winner

The cigar with the highest rating last month is:

Gurkha Havana Blend Toro with a 93 score

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Gurkha Havana Blend Toro (Nicaragua) 93 points
2) Don Pepin Garcia series JJ Toro (Nicaragua) 93 points
3) Espinosa Maduro Corona Gorda (Nicaragua) 93 points
4) Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco OR Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
5) El Centurion Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) Bucanero Z Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
7) Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Toro (Nicaragua) 91 points
8) Quesada Reserva Privada Oscuro Toro (Dominican Republic) 91 points
9) Wilson Adams Mr. Wilson Lancero (Nicaragua) 91 points
10) Mbombay Vintage Reserve Salomon (Costa Rica) 91 points
11) Bucanero Z Churchill (Nicaragua) 91 points
12) El Criolito Half Corona (Dominican Republic) 91 points
13) Don Pepin Garcia Blue Toro (Nicaragua) 90 points
14) La Antiguedad Toro (Nicaragua) 90 points
15) Punch LE 2013 (Cuba) 90 points
16) Alec Bradley Tempus Naturel Robusto (Honduras) 90 points
17) Don Payo El Baron Toro (Nicaragua) 89 points
18) E.P. Carrillo Encore Robusto (Dominican Republic) 89 points
19) Royal Danish Havana Blend Robusto (Nicaragua) 88 points
20) Vegas de Santiago Gran Reserva Gordo (Costa Rica) 84 points
21) Navarre Petit Robusto (France) 82 points

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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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Cigar of the month February

February was a special month, the shortest month of the year but also because I turned it into a full month of F reviews, so there is a top 28.

The cigar of the month is a shared position this month, identical scores for:

Casa Fuente Lancero/Flores y Rodrigues CRV Azul Robusto

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Casa Fuente Lancero (Dominican Republic) 93 points
2) Flores y Rodriguez CRV Azul Robusto (Dominican Republic) 93 points
3) Fratello Bianco II (Nicaragua) 92 points
4) Falto Lonsdale (Dominican Republic) 92 points
5) Falto Gran Reserva Especial Perfecto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
6) Flor de Cielo Maduro Salomon (Nicaragua) 91 points
6) Flores y Rodrigues Cabinet Seleccion Maduro Robusto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
8) Flor de Las Antillas Benelux (Nicaragua) 91 points
9) Flores y Rodriguez 10th anniversary Figurado (Dominican Republic) 90 points
10) Flores y Rodriguez CRV Roja Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
11) Falto Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
12) Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Habano Canonazo (Dominican Republic) 90 points
13) Fonseca 30th Anniversary Toro (Dominican Republic) 90 points
14) Falto Delirio (Dominican Republic) 89 points
14) Flor de Selva Maduro Robusto (Honduras) 89 points
16) Flor de Oliva Maduro Robusto (Nicaragua) 88 points
17) Famous Nicaragua Robusti (Nicaragua) 88 points
18) Fuentes Crucet Habanero Toro (USA) 88 points
19) Famous Nicaragua 3000 Gordo (Nicaragua) 87 points
20) Fuego Sangre de Toro Toro (Honduras) 87 points
21) Fonseca Classic Robusto (Dominican Republic) 86 points
22) Felipe Gregorio Dos Capas Churchill (Dominican Republic) 83 points
23) Flor de Oliva Torpedo (Nicaragua) 83 points
24) Fumadores Churchill (Nicaragua) 83 points
25) Flor de Gonzales Torpedo (Nicaragua) 82 points
26) Funadores Corona (Jamaica) 80 points
27) Flor de Filipinas Corona (Phillipines) 77 points
28) Flor de Canaria Corona (Canary Islands) 71 points

 

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Flor de Gonzalez Torpedo

A brand I know nothing about except that they had some buzz about their 90 miles line, a blend I know nothing about so I went down to google and found on www.stogierate.com that this is a Nicaraguan cigar with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with a Sumatra binder and filler from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. And that the size is 6 1/2 x52. And that their own website is down at the time of my google search.


On the website of Famous Smoke I found the story about the brand, founded in 1993 in Florida by Arnando Gonzalez who fled Cuba in 1980. In 1997 he opened a factory in Nicaragua where most of his cigars are made nowadays. The factory is now run by his daughter while Arnando operates farms in Ecuador where he grows different kinds of tobacco including the Sumatra and Connecticut Shade used for this cigar.


The wapper is a pale Connecticut shade and even though I am slowly changing my opinion on Connecticut Shade wrappers I still don’t like the pale look. The wrapper, except for the color, looks fine though, smooth and it has a velvet feel to it. The ring is boring and simple, yet of good printing quality. White with silver lining and silver green letters saying Flor de Gonzalez cigars, simple as can be. The construction feels good and the head of the cigar is very pointy, I like that. The aroma is medium strong and reminds me of a mix of tarred wood baking in the sun and charcoal, not a very usual smell, but also not completely unpleasant.


I cut the cigar, guillotine style, double blade. The cold draw is loose with a mild spicy and minty flavor. After lighting it with a jet fame I taste coffee with lemon. After a few puffs I taste a spicy harshness too, the flavors are not very refined. The flavors change to sweet, slightly harsh, wood and coffee. After a third I taste a minty fresh and sweet wood with a harsh edge. Halfway the cigar is peppery and still a little harsh. The final third starts with cedar, spice and a little honey.


The draw is a little loose but the smoke is fantastic, thick, full and a lot. The ash is light gray, firm, dense. The burn is a bit uneven though. The evolution is good and this is a medium bodied yet medium to full flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? Even though this cigar doesn’t have the Connecticut mustiness I still won’t smoke it again. Harsh, unrefined, there is much better out there.

Score: 82
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Cigar of the month September

It’s the end of the month, so it’s time to publish my list. What’s the best cigar I rated this month and what’s the worst?

The cigar with the highest rate in September  is:

My Father Commemorate 911 Rosado Habano

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) My Father Commemorate 911 Robusto (Nicaragua) 94 points
2) Alec Bradley Fine & Rare Torpedo (Honduras) 93 points
3) La Flor Dominicana Airbender Lancero (Dominican Republic) 92 points
4) Rocky Patel Royale Robusto (Nicaragua) 92 points
5) Undercrown Shade Flying Pig (Nicaragua) 91 points
6) Cornelius & Anthony Venganza Robusto (Nicaragua) 91 points
7) Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF (Dominican Republic) 90 points
8) H. Upmann Mag 46 (Cuba) 89 points
9) Bunch Toro (Nicaragua) 88 points
10) Vega Fina Summum 2013 Toro (Dominican Republic) 87 points
11) Bunch Robusto (Nicaragua) 84 points
12) Amero Short Robusto (Dominican Republic) 82 points
13) Bunch Short Robusto (Nicaragua) 82 points

 

 

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Amero Short Robusto

Amero, a Norwegian brand made in the Dominican Republic. You might think, hey, that sounds familiar and you are right, its the same Norwegian guy that own Viking cigars and his first attempt to make it in the industry was a collaboration with Willis Cabrera of the now also defunct Cabreras cigars. Together they made Amero, Chess and Hawk cigars.


Before the collaboration fell apart I met Hawk at the Intertabac trade show and he gave me a few samples to try, this Amero short robusto is the last of them so why not say goodbye with a review right?  Since the cigar never took off and the company is defunct I can not find any information about the blend, except that they used 2 to 3 year old tobacco to produce the cigar.


I like the 4×50 size, the cigar looks so cute as my wife would say and the little pig tail adds to the cuteness. The medium dark brown wrapper looks okay, it has a few veins. The ring is nice, green with the image of the American dollar bill where all the conspiracy theories are about and then Amero written in shiny golden letters. The construction feels good and like I said, the pig tail finishes the cigar. The cigar has a mild aroma that is a mix between acid and cinnamon.


I cut the cigar with a double blade guillotine cutter. The cold draw is fine and taste like spicy raisins. After lighting I taste a mild bitter coffee flavor. After half an inch I taste a mildly harsh cinnamon. Halfway I taste cinnamon and peper, slightly harsh. The final third starts harsh with pepper and cedar.


The draw is good, the smoke is thick and huge in volume. The ash is medium gray, layered and reasonable firm. The burn is good. The cigar is medium, both in strength and in flavor. The smoke time is forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I won’t.

Score: 82
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