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Arganese ML3 robusto

The final review of the 6 Arganese robusto sampler series is the ML3, a 5×50 cellophane wrapped robusto made with a first generation Cuban seed corojo and a Brazilian maduro wrapper.
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The wrapper is rough and dark, oily and bumpy with lots of veins. You won’t buy this cigar just based on its look. The smell is quite unique, I smell pepper and chocolate. The construction feels good and I taste raisin and some pepper in the fine predraw.
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I taste a bitter coffee with an earthy flavor and a peppery aftertaste. I also taste a hint of chocolate. The bitterness disappears quickly.
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After an inch I taste a herbal spiciness with the earth flavor. The flavors taste a little burned. The feeling in my mouth is quite dry. From halfway on, all I taste is a mild spicy herbal flavor.
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This cigar took me an hour and fifteen minutes to smoke. The light gray ash is frayed. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. I had to correct the burn a few times. The draw was good. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied. I got a big flame when I purged the cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I’ll just stick to the regular maduro.

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

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Arganese CL3 robusto

This is the fifth Arganese robusto review in a row and from what I read on the now non excisting (edit december 2016) Arganese website, this is the strongest of them all. 100% first generation Cuban seed corojo should result in a flavorful smoke with a kick. Like all other Arganese robustos, this is a cellophane wrapped 5×50 cigar.
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The band is flashy and colorful. The wrapper is medium brown, mild oily and has some veins but not too bad. The construction feels good and I smell a sour woodsmell. The predraw is good, a bit on the hard side but nothing to complain about. I get some spices on my tongue.
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I taste a sour and spicy coffee, mild bitter and not very enjoyable. The sour flavor disappears after an inch while the bitterness loses some of its power. The coffee turns into a herbal flavor. After two inch I also taste some wood and the bitterness has gone.
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Halfway I taste some chocolate with the herbs, but the chocolate disappears soon so the palate is back to wood and herbs again. The cigar slowly gets more herbal and spicy, I even taste some cinnamon.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. The draw is good and I got a lot of thick smoke. The light gray ash is firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar doesn’t have it.

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

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Arganese Nicaraguan robusto

Another Arganese review, next in the series from the sampler I got. This is the Nicaraguan, and with a name like that you might expect a puro, but it is not. Only the wrapper is Nicaraguan, the binder and filler are from the Dominican republic. The size is a classic 5×50 and the cigar is wrapped in cellophane.
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The wrapper is medium dark and oily with lots of veins. I smell a sour barnyard aroma, like a stable that needs to be cleaned. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I get a spicy tobacco flavor in my mouth during the predraw.
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I get a full coffee and earth flavor with some pepper and a mild hint of chocolate. After half an inch I taste dry wood, herbs, pepper and the earth flavor. The coffee and chocolate have disappeared.
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After an inch and a half the chocolate reappears, again faint but still, it is there. Just before I reach the mid of the cigar I taste wood and herbs, all the other flavors have gone again. After ⅝ the cigar get bitter and slightly unpleasant. I purge the cigar and that helps a bit, but the cigar never becomes as nice as before that point.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and fifteen minutes. The smoke was medium thick and I got a decent amount of smoke in the beginning but the smoke got thicker and fuller the longer I smoked. The draw and burn are good and the silvergray ash is frayed but firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I think I will stick to the Arganese maduro, I like those better.

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

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Arganese Connecticut robusto

This is another review in the series of 6 Arganese robustos that I am reviewing and this was the one I had most prejudice about. Connecticut wrappers (with an exception for broadleaf Connecticut) just aren’t my cup of tea, so I dreaded this 5×50 robusto, especially after tasting the Double Wrap, in which the Connecticut wrapper ruined the cigar.
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The wrapper is pale, almost yellow but also smooth, silky and almost completely veinless. The cigar has a nice hay smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste tobacco with a little pepper punch.
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I taste a harsh and bitter coffee flavor, strong and powerful but unpleasant and that flavor gets accompanied with some sweetness. After half an inch the flavors lose a lot of strength but they are still unpleasant.
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After an inch and a half the bitterness disappears and I taste an earthy flavor with some chocolate and the flavors are mild metallic. Halfway the earth flavor turns a bit sour and even though I lose the chocolate I get some wood too and a nice sweetness, a bit like cotton candy. After two thirds I taste wood and herbs and these flavors are spicy.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and five minutes. I got a lot of smoke from this cigar and the pepper & salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. The burn and the draw are good.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar made it clear again that I just don’t like Connecticut wrappers.

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

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Arganese double wrap robusto

Call me a sucker, but I just love the look of barberpole cigars. I know they are a gimmick, but I love their look. I have smoked a few like the Taboo twist, Nub barperpole and the freakin’ cool looking Padilla artisan perfecto. The Arganese sampler contained a cellophane wrapped ‘double wrap’ 5×50 robusto and here’s the review.
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Both wrappers are oily and have a few veins. The construction feels good and the cigar has a nice stable aroma. The predraw is good and tastes like tobacco. The head of the cigar looks better than any other barberpole I smoked so far due to the cap.
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I taste an earthy flavor with some roasted coffee, the flavors are mild spicy. After a quarter of an inch the flavors are a little burned and metallic. I suspect that this cigar is made from maduro and Connecticut wrapper, and I don’t like Connecticut at all. A quick look on the Argense website confirms my suspicion, it’s a Connecticut wrapper. After three quarters of an inch I get a hint of chocolate with the burned and metallic flavor.
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After an inch the flavors are getting better, less burned and the metallic flavors has gone. I now taste wood with some chocolate. Halfway the chocolate disappears too and is replaced by some herbs. After two thirds I taste wood, herbs and the cigar gets more spicy.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and ten minutes. I got a lot of smoke, but the smoke wasn’t thick enough. The ash has a pepper and salt color scheme and is firm. The burn and draw are good. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, unless Arganese decides to make these with another wrapper than Connecticut

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

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Arganese maduro robusto

I smoked two Arganese Maduro’s before, the corona and the figurado and I liked both of them, so I was looking forward to this 5×50 maduro robusto too. The wrapper is a Brazilian Matafina and the binder and filler are from the Dominican Republic, part of the filler is Cuban seed.
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The Brazilian wrapper is nice and light oily with a few thick veins. The construction feels good and the predraw, which tasted like peppery raisin, is good. The cigar has a simple white band.
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I taste a mildly bitter coffee with the sweetness you can expect from a Brazilian maduro wrapper. After a few puffs the bitterness disappears and instead I get some pepper on my tongue and a roasted nut flavor. The pepper and the roasted nut disappears after an inch and a half, I taste coffee and sweet chocolate.
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Little over halfway I taste toast, chocolate, a herbal spice and even some mint. The cigar slowly gets spicier towards the end.
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I enjoyed this cigar for an hour and twenty minutes and I got a lot of smoke during that time. The draw is good, just like the burn. When I tried to remove the band I damaged the wrapper as the band was glued to the wrapper. The dark as is dense and firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will

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

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Arganese Ambassador maduro corona

I got a box of these in a 2 fer 1 sale which I split with Matt aka Mithshrike about a year ago. The corona has a length of 5 ½ inch and a ring of 45. The Brazilian mata fina wrapper has a nice dark color but some big veins are visible which makes the cigar not so appealing. Underneath the wrapper you’ll find a Dominican binder, Sumatra seed, and Dominican filler. The cigar is wrapped in cellophane. The predraw is fine and the construction feels good. The aroma reminds me of hay.
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I get a nice warm coffee flavor with a mild sweet chocolate. The first few puffs the flavors are full but they mellow out. The aftertaste is dry wood and a bit stale, but not unpleasant. The stale undertone disappears quickly.
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At every puff it looks like you’re sucking the chocolate and caramel marrow out of a candy bar, you can feel the flavors running over your tongue but as soon as you stop sucking the flavor is gone. After little over an inch something sour shows up and midway I get a surprise: cinnamon, a flavor that I love.
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At 2/3rd I get some cedar but unfortunately, this cigar has a very noticeable turning point so it’s no use nubbin this cigar. I like this cigar but due to the warm and comforting feeling of the flavors, I think this is a very seasonal cigar. I would love this cigar in the cold of the winter, but would dislike it when it’s hot and sunny outside.
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I get a lot of thick white smoke from this cigar, and the ash is light colored, firm but it doesn’t grow straight. The burn is a bit crooked and I had to correct a few times.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a good winter smoke and nice priced but they are discontinued.

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

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Arganese Ambassador maduro figurado

This Dominican figurado, ring 54 and 6.5 inch long, is made by Gene Arganese and contains Dominican filler, binder and a Brazilian matafina maduro wrapper. The shape is a bit odd, as the fire point isn’t straight but a little bend. The cigar feels like it’s well constructed, evenly hard all over and the aroma is sweet and reminds me of a stable. The sweetness probably comes from the Brazilian tobacco. The predraw whatsoever is a bit though and gives me the flavor of raisin on my palate.
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The walnut case it is in on this picture was a gift from Mark @ cigarmony and the cigar itself was a gift from my friend Tobii
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After lighting I really had to think “what’s that flavor?”. I mean, there was plenty of flavor but I could not name it other than earthy flavors with a leathery undertone. The flavors had a dark feel to it, like a real winter cigar. The cigar grows in strength and at a certain moment a surprisingly pleasant metallic flavor shows up for a little while, a flavor I don’t particularly like but it wasn’t bad at all. Later on I got some nutty flavors on my palate and a soft light chocolate flavor which faded away quickly. The nuttiness stays until the end of the cigar when it is accompanied by some toast and white pepper.
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This is a medium strength cigar but with lots of flavor. There was enough smoke and the ash was quite strong. I do seem to have burning issues with figurados and perfectos though.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes!

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 20
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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