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Mustique Blue Robusto

Mustique Blue Robusto. Earlier we did a review on the Mustique Red Robusto. A value cigar from the Dominican Republic. And guess what, we did not care much for it. And that’s an understatement. If every cigar was like the Mustique Red, we would quit smoking cigars today. But fortunately, there are many good cigars out there as well. Today it is time to try the brother of the Red, the Blue.

Just as the red version, this cigar comes from Tabacalera de Garcia. The largest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic, and possibly even the world. It has an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over Dominican filler and binder. It measures 5×50.

The Colorado-colored wrapper has a nice shine to it. It looks a bit leathery, especially at the foot. The appearance is much better than the red version. The cigar feels a lot better as well, not as spongy. But the aroma is not as good. It smells a bit like lovage after someone emptied his bladder on the plant.

The cold draw is good. There is a little spice in the flavor, with green herbs. That lovage that’s also in the aroma, fortunately, the pee aroma isn’t in the taste too. Once lit there is leather, wood, herbs, and pepper. The flavors slowly change to cedar with a mild walnut flavor and black pepper in the background. Not unpleasant. Halfway the cigar gives cedar, soil, leather, and hay. With some black pepper in the background. For the price, this isn’t a bad cigar. It is so much better than the red version. The nuttiness picks up, hazelnuts with pepper. The flavor intensifies with more wood and black pepper. But there is earthiness and leather too.

The draw is a bit tight. The burn is straight. Due to the tight draw, the smoke isn’t big either. The ash is light gray and quite strong. The construction of the cigar is decent. The body of this cigar is medium-full with medium flavor. The smoke time is two hours and five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a decent budget cigar.

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Puro Ambar Legacy Robusto

Puro Ambar Legacy Robusto. Or should it be a Grand Robusto as it’s larger and thicker than the standard 5×50 Robusto Vitola? Anyway, the Puro Ambar brand is part of the portfolio Tabacalera El Artista. Recently the brand got an overhaul. New packaging and a new blend. But this is the old blend, with the old artwork. The line is around since 2011.

Tabacalera El Artista is not only a cigar manufacturer but also a cigar tobacco grower. And they are known for creating new varieties or bringing back old tobacco such as Dominican Negrito. The wrapper for the Puro Ambar is one of these exclusive tobaccos with the name 1900. It’s also part of the filler together with Criollo 98. The binder is Dominican Criollo 98 which is fermented in wine barrels.

The wrapper is dark. But a little rough with a few veins. It isn’t the best looking Maduro wrapper, but the rougher ones are often more flavorful. It’s oily and evenly colored. The white and brass rings match the wrapper, they compliment each other. Simple and clean in design. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is deep and dark. Manure and herbs. The herbs are very concentrated like vegetable stock cubes.

The cold draw is great, maybe even a bit on the loose side. There is a very mild cinnamon flavor in the cold draw. Once lit, the cigar releases wood with a dry sweetness. Soon these flavors are accompanied by leather and spice. The cinnamon and nutmeg are pretty pronounced in the retrohale. Halfway the cigar gets notes from dark roast coffee with sweetness, almost honey-like mixed with vanilla. The wood and leather are still in the flavor profile as well. Earthiness shows up with the bitterness and complexity of extra dark chocolate. Much like 80% dark chocolate. There is still spice and a little splash of pepper.

The draw is a bit on the loose side, but still acceptable. The burn isn’t razor-sharp but corrects itself so no touch-ups are necessary. The ash is salt and pepper in color, dense and firm. The smoke is thick and lush. This is a medium cigar, in body and flavor. And for its price, it is a very pleasant smoke. The smoke time is two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Most likely yes

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Montecristo Dantes Edicion Limitada 2016

Montecristo Dantes Edicion Limitada 2016. Even though this cigar is part of the 2016 Edicion Limitada program, it is actually a 2017 release. More often than not, special releases by Habanos come to the market with a delay of a year or more. Since the cigar for this review was purchased as a single a few years ago, the exact box code with the manufacturing date isn’t known.

The cigar is a Grand Corona with the Cuban factory name Hermoso No.1. It measures 6⅝x48. It is a size that is not in use for any Habanos regular production. San Cristobal de La Habana had three different releases in this size from 2004 till 2009. Romeo y Julieta’s Edicion Limitada 2003 is this size. And the Hoyo de Monterrey Primaveras 18 for the Chinese year of the Ox is this size.

The cigar looks rough, but that might be the traveling and being stored without cellophane in a full humidor. The wrapper itself is smooth though, Colorado colored and oily. The triple cap is flawless. Due to the gold in the Montecristo logo, the Edicion Limitada ring does not clash appearance-wise. The aroma is mild with hints of hay and wood.

The cold draw is good. It releases dark spices and hay. The first puffs are slightly bitter from coffee but with green herbs. A little salty as well. Slowly some sweetness shows up, but with a salty undertone. There’s also classic Cuban leather. The taste does bite the tongue a little though. Some hay shows up, the leather remains with some green herbs. The cigar is quite boring, one dimensional. After a third, the flavors pick up a little. Wood, soil, coffee with green herbs. The tongue bite is gone. Dark spices show up as well. A mild cocoa flavor follows, with some sort of licorice. Walnuts, leather, and spices push the other flavors away. The cigar is picking up in strength and flavor. It gets more character and depth. Cinnamon, leather, wood, and pepper. A slight hazelnut flavor shows up as well. The last third is really enjoyable.

The draw is fine. The burn is pretty good too. The ash is salt and pepper colored. A stack of dimes structure, but a loose stack. It drops often and won’t make long ash. The light blue smoke is decent in volume and thickness. The cigar starts quite mellow and boring. But the cigar gains in flavor, strength, and character. Overall the strength is medium but grows to full, and so is the body. The smoke time is two and a half hours

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I enjoyed it but I can get the same enjoyment out of cheaper cigars.

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Hiram & Solomon Entered Apprentice Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Entered Apprentice Robusto. The mildest of all the Hiram & Soloman cigars. Their entry-level cigar so to say. And named after the first degree of the masonry to make it fit. The Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason are the three degrees, and also the three core lines for Hiram & Solomon. The cigars are available in four different vitolas and in many countries around the world. The Hiram & Solomon Entered Apprentice Toro was the subject of a Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show episode.

The cigars hail from Nicaragua. From the Plasencia cigars factory. As the intention for this cigar is to be entry-level, Hiram & Solomon went for a Connecticut Shade wrapper. But not from Connecticut or Ecuador, where most Connecticut Shade wrappers come from. They got the wrapper from Honduras. The binder also comes from Honduras. For the filler, tobaccos from three countries are used. Rare tobacco from Paraguay, tobacco from Pennsylvania, United States. And the last piece of the puzzle is Habano from the Nicaraguan island of Ometepe.

The cigar looks good. The wrapper isn’t as pale as most Connecticut Shade cigars. There is one thick, unsightly vein on the side though. The ring with the Freemason logo is beautiful though. Blue and black with silver. The foot band mentions the line, Entered Apprentice. The cigar feels a bit soft. The triple cap is perfect. The aroma is mild. It smells a bit like a petting zoo.

The cold draw is a bit on the loose side. There is a mild minty flavor with some cedar. The first puff is sweet and bitter. Sugar and young wood, but with that classic Connecticut Shade old book flavor not far away. The sweetness remains and there is a hint of vanilla. The young wood changes to cedar and there is a bit of a moist mushroom flavor. There is no harshness nor pepper, so the retrohale is very pleasant. After a third, a mild nutty flavor shows up. Still with that Connecticut Shade mustiness lingering on the background. The sweetness remains and black pepper shows up. Still with cedar and that slight musty flavor. The pepper slowly gains strength, wood is still around with some leather. And that Connecticut Shade signature mustiness, although it is mild.

The ash is white, dense, and firm. The burn is slow and straight. The draw is good. The smoke is fine in volume and thickness. The cigar is medium in body and strength. The flavor is medium to medium-full. The cigar has some character and the Connecticut Shade mustiness is pretty mild on this one. The smoke time is two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, there are better Hiram & Solomon cigars out there. But for a Connecticut Shade wrapper, this isn’t a bad cigar.

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San Pedro de Macoris Sun Grown Corona

San Pedro de Macoris Sun Grown Corona. A long name for a cigar. But a good name is you know the reason for it. The Royal Agio factory is located in the town of San Pedro de Macoris. And to honor the people from the town that works for Royal Agio, the Wintermans family named a cigar line after the town. A cigar line that started out with an Ecuador and Brazil blend. But now there is also a Nicaraguan blend and this Sun Grown blend. Royal Agio is now part of Scandinavian Tobacco Group and taken off the American market. What will happen with the brand is unsure of the new owners. Scandinavian Tobacco group doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to acquiring brands and doing them well. You can read more about Agio in articles about the history of the brand part one and part two on the affiliated site Ministry of Cigars.

This cigar is available in several sizes. A small Perla. A classic Robusto. The unavoidable Gran Toro. And then this 5⅞x42 Corona. The filler contains tobacco from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and the Agio signature Brazil. The binder comes from the Dominican Republic. The wrapper is Ecuadorian Habano. The San Pedro de Macoris lines are all budget-friendly. This corona comes in at €3.70 in Germany, the largest cigar market in Europe. But even the 6×52 Gran Toro comes in below 5 euro. Earlier I did a review of the San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua Corona, San Pedro de Macoris Brazil Robusto, and the San Pedro de Macoris Ecuador Robusto.

The cigar looks nice. Somehow slender cigars look more elegant than robusto sized cigars or thicker. More sophisticated. The ring pops, matte black with bright yellow, red, blue, and silver. The wrapper is Colorado colored and feels like very fine sandpaper. The construction feels great. The medium-strong aroma is on the darker side of the palate Wood, earthiness, manure, those kinds of smell.

The cold draw is fine with a classic raw tobacco flavor. After lighting the cigar releases chocolate, coffee, leather, and soil. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky, thick, textured. Those flavors hang around for a bit, with some sweetness from the Brazilian tobacco, and a hint of black pepper. After a third, the flavors change to that cocoa flavor but with hay and more pepper. That hay becomes stronger and some cedar shows up as well. The mouthfeel remains textured and thick. In the last third, there is more cedar but the cocoa flavor deteriorates to a slightly unpleasant flavor.

The ash is dark, almost black. It is not firm either. The draw is fantastic. The smoke is thick and white. The burn is straight. This is a medium-bodied and medium flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour and forty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No

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Royal Danish Double Ligero Short Robusto

Royal Danish Double Ligero Short Robusto. This is a cigar that is jam-packed with ligero fillers, making it a very strong cigar. Or at least, that’s what the warning on the label says. Double Ligero, extra strong. Blended in Denmark according to the ring, but made in Nicaragua. And that last part plays a big role in the new name of Royal Danish Cigars. The trademark for the brand is stripped by the Danish Royal Family. The new name is King of Ashes, House of Nicaragua.

This cigar is made in Nicaragua, but not a lot of the blend is revealed. Just that it’s packed with ligero fillers. The wrapper is Ecuadorian Habano. And the size, a 4½x54 Short Robusto. Even the manufacturer is undisclosed. Now, with the name change, it remains to be seen if this particular brand will return to the market. Time will tell.

The Colorado Maduro colored wrapper is rustic looking. The triple cap is a bit sloppy, making this cigar far from beautiful. The black and golden ring is nice though, with a Danish flag wearing a crown. The secondary ring is simple, white, and red. It only tells us that it’s double ligero, extra strong. And that the cigar is blended in Denmark. The construction feels good. The medium-strong aroma is woody.

The cold draw is good. The flavor is very spicy, very peppery. A tingling sensation on the lips before the cigar is even lit. The first puffs are strong, full of coffee, soil, pepper, dark chocolate, dry wood, and hay. With a little tickle in the back of the throat. Slowly the cigar gets more leather, some sweetness, yet still with pepper, coffee, and wood. The mouthfeel is very dry. The spices and sweetness gain strength, the wood, chocolate, and pepper remain while the other flavors disappear. The final third has more cedar, soil, pepper, and spices. There is also a little nuttiness. All balanced though, but strong.

The draw is fine, no complaints there. The burn is straight as an arrow. The salt and pepper colored ash is firm. The light blue smoke has a good volume, yet it could be a tad thicker. This cigar is full-bodied, medium-full flavored. The strength does pack a lot of nicotine and can cause a light-headed feeling. The smoke time is one hour and forty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Once in a while

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Davtian Rubina Corona

Davtian Rubina Corona. One of the twelve cigars from Davtian Cigars. The company produces six lines in the Dominican Republic. Each line exists in two sizes. The Rubina is available in a Corona and a Petit Corona with the name The Queen. I reviewed Davtian Trinidad, Davtian Habana, and Davtian Primus before. Davtian is making cigars since 2011 when the Armenian entrepreneur David Davtian founded the brand.

This 6×46 Corona comes from Tabacalera El Puente. This 6×46 Davtian Rubina Corona is a Dominican Puro with a Habano 2000 Rojizo wrapper. The binder is Piloto Cubano Seco. For the filler, Davtian utilizes San Vicente Viso and Seco, Criollo 98 Viso, and Piloto Cubano Viso. Davtian cigars are available in Southern Africa, South East Asia, and some European markets including The Netherlands.

It is a good looking cigar. A Maduro colored wrapper, oily, but with a vein or two facing the front. A nicely shaped golden and black ring. The triple cap is a bit sloppy though. The construction feels good. There is a mild leather aroma coming from the cigar.

The cold draw is fine, with the right air resistance. There is a sweetness, some spice, leather, and hay in the cold draw. Quite a lot of flavors to taste in the cold draw. Once lit, the cigar gives mild chocolate, earthiness, coffee, and a hint of spice. Quickly followed by complex wood. The mouthfeel is sticky. Wood becomes the main flavor, with something grassy in the background. The mouthfeel changes to creamy. With some leather, wood, and soil. After a third, the main flavor is wood with a little nutmeg. The final third starts with a crisp wood flavor and strong pepper. Later on, leather joins the two flavors.

The draw is phenomenal. The ash is firm and light gray, almost tin-colored. The smoke is a little thin, although the volume gets more along the way. The burn is straight and slow. This cigar is medium-bodied, yet the flavor is medium-full. The smoke time is two and a half hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, this is not a cigar that fits my palate

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Umnum Honduras Robusto

Umnum Honduras Robusto. A strange name for a cigar that’s gaining traction in Europe. Handmade cigars, from Nicaragua or Honduras depending on the blend. And dirt cheap. This robusto has a price tag of €2,30 in Germany, making it one of the cheapest handmade cigars on the market. Where the name Umnum comes from, we have no idea. Google didn’t tell us anything. The only umnum we found is a tiny village in the West Papua province of Indonesia. But that region is too cold to grow tobacco, and only the Nicaragua blend uses some Indonesian tobacco.

There are two blends. The first one is a Nicaraguan puro. I reviewed the Umnum Nicaragua Bond some time ago. The second blend is the Umnum Honduras. It’s made at an undisclosed factory in Honduras. The wrapper is Honduran with a Mexican binder. The filler tobaccos are from Nicaragua and Honduras. The robusto measures 5×50 but there are several other sizes available. From a Petit Corona called Bond to a 4¾x60 Jumbo and a few more in between.

The cigar doesn’t look like a cheap cigar. The ring is beautiful. Matte Black with a shiny copper-colored logo of a traditional image, probably Mayan. The wrapper itself is Colorado colored and has the looks of Corojo. Dryish, with the feel of fine sandpaper. The veins are thin. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is medium strong. It has forests smell with a hint of something like old urine. It’s not the most pleasant aroma we ever experienced, but also not the worst.

The cold draw is fine but has that dried dusty flavor of Connecticut Shade. Once lit there is a strong coffee flavor, slightly acidic. The flavor is a little rough around the edges. The coffee and acidity remain, but now with some sweetness, dried leaves, and musty wood. At the end of the first third, the cigar has a very unpleasant flavor. The sour flavor is ruining everything else. The second third is musty, dried leaves, and a little harsh. The acidity is still there but at a tolerable level. There is a bit of a burned wood and nuts flavor as well. The final third starts with peanuts. The acidity is completely gone. There is a bit more sweetness. The cigar completely changes from bad to great. A nice, balanced combination of black pepper, sweetness, leather, wood, coffee, and nuts. 

The construction is great. The draw, the burn, and the smoke are of high quality. Straight burn, although we had to correct it once, halfway. Thick, white smoke. Good draw. White ash. The flavors are medium to full. But not well rounded, too acidic. But the last third is a game-changer. It’s day and night. The smoke time is three hours fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Based on the first and second third, no. Based on the final third, yes.

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Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo. The brand was founded by the Armenian businessman and cigars aficionado David Davtian in 2011. That was 8 years after Davtian became a retailer and distributor for several Non-Cuban brands for Armenia. And five years after he became the chairman of the Armenian Association. He traveled to all the cigar producing countries in the Caribbean and decided that the Dominican Republic would be the country for his own brand. Davtian Cigars was born. Ministry of Cigars reviewed the Davtian Davtian Trinidad and the Davtian Primus Robusto Gordo last year.

According to the Davtian website, this cigar measures 5×57. But the cigar doesn’t look that tick. The Herics cigar tape was brought in as the judge and the cigar came in as a ring 56, which is still way thicker than the cigar looks. The blend information on the website is pretty detailed. Not much is known about the factory though. Tabacalera El Puente is a factory in the Dominican Republic. In Santiago to be precise but the website is empty and not much information is found online.

The cap is a nice twist cap, like a flat pigtail. The black and matte silver ring has a nice, unusual shape. It doesn’t say which line it is though, so you need to have access to the internet to know which blend you’re smoking. The Colorado Maduro colored wrapper looks leathery, with one thin, sharp vein on the side. The cigar feels well constructed, there are no knots of soft spots detectable. The aroma is full, thick with a barnyard and dried softwood smell.

The cold draw is smooth. The flavors in the cold draw are not. Sharp, strong, dry, and peppery. Once lit, the cigar has a dry yet full flavor of coffee with leather, and spice. The flavors are dry, very dry. The coffee fades away, the leather and the spice remain with some earthiness and dry dark wood. Slowly cinnamon becomes more dominant, with a little white pepper. After a third, the cigar tastes like dry leather, strong spice, white pepper, and has some acidity as well. On the border of the final third, the cigar shows signs of cocoa powder as well, with the previously mentioned flavors. In the final third, the cigar turns more to dry wood, spice, earthiness, yet without losing the leather.

The draw is a bit on the loose side. There is a good amount of white smoke coming from the cigar. The ash is firm yet a little coarse. The color is light gray. The burn is okay, not razor sharp but on the other hand, it doesn’t need correction either. This is a medium to medium-full bodied cigar, medium flavored. Even though the mouthfeel is very dry, it’s enjoyable. The smoke time is two hours and thirty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Possibly.

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Montecristo Double Edmundo

Montecristo Double Edmundo. In 2004, Habanos introduced the Montecristo Edmundo. A slightly longer and thicker robusto size, with a 52 ring gauge. And in 2006, they followed that up with the Montecristo Petit Edmundo. A slightly shorter, yet thicker robusto, again with a ring gauge of 52. 2010 saw a limited edition Grand Edmundo, almost 6 inches long and again with a 52 gauge. In 2013, Habanos released this Montecristo Double Edmundo, a 6⅛x50 Toro size. The first Edmundo with a ring gauge different than 52. The cigars are named after Edmundo Dantes, the hero of the Alexandro Dumas novel “The Count of Montecristo”. And that’s where Montecristo got his name from.


Mexico had three regional releases called Edmundo Dantes. Edmundo Dantes was released in 2007 and created by Max Gutmann, owner of the Mexican Habanos distributor. Because of the design similarities with Montecristo, people believed that these were Montecristo cigars, sold under the Edmundo Dantes brand. But that’s not the case. There are only three Edmundo Dante releases to date. As for the Montecristo Double Edmundo, it is a globally available cigar except for the United States. It is a regular production cigar so it’s being produced constantly. This cigar was a gift from the Cohiba Atmosphere Kuala Lumpur.


The color of the wrapper is nice, Colorado. And the wrapper is quite oily. But there are plenty of veins, it isn’t the prettiest wrapper out there. The ring is a classic, yet simple. Brown, white and gold. But the print quality is high. The cigar feels very soft, very squishy. There is no ammonia aroma, so that’s a plus. The cigar smells like hay, farm animals and barnyard. The aroma is quite strong.


The cold draw is very good. With vegetal and leather flavors. Salty and leathery are the first flavors that show up after lighting the cigar. After a few puffs, there is more leather, more salt, and some pepper. There’s also sugar. The flavors grow in strength, and some young wood shows up as well, just like green herbal flavors. The retrohale gives cedar and leather. The second third starts with leather, pepper, wood, soil, and a little coffee. Now and then there’s a hint of vanilla. Coffee, leather, and wood are the main flavors now. The final third starts harsh and rough. There is some vanilla, but the harshness is overpowering it.


The draw is great. The light-colored ash is dense and firm. The smoke is good. Thick and enough in volume. The burn is pretty even. It’s a medium-bodied, medium flavored cigar with a smoke time of two and a half hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, for half the price I can get a new world cigar that fits my palate much better

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