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Cigar of the month July

Late 2016 I had the plan to post a review every Wednesday and every Sunday in 2017 with an added review on the 15th of each month as a series of Lancero reviews but I reviewed so many cigars that I had to post more, so for a few cigars I did a ‘full series review in one’, I added a few special dates to commemorate certain people, celebrate birthdays, last month I did a full week of review and this month I posted two extra Oliva Master Blend reviews so that the 1, 2 and 3 were posted in line. So, just like last month, there are more cigars rated this month than I expected to do. And the first 4 cigars all came very close to each other, with just tenths of a points in difference.

The cigar with the highest rate in July is:

Oliva Master Blend 1 Churchill with a 94 score.

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published at Cigarguideblog in July:

1) Oliva Master Blend 1 Churchill (Nicaragua) 94 points
2) Oliva Master Blend 2 Robusto (Nicaragua) 94 points
3) Jas Sum Kral Da Cebak A (Nicaragua) 94 points
4) Ilja VII by My Father A (Nicaragua) 94 points
5) Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) Oliva Master Blend 3 Torpedo (Nicaragua) 92 points
7) Illusione ~hl~ Maduro Lancero (Honduras) 92 points
8) Lars Tetens Steampunk Toro (USA) 92 points
9) Don Pepin Garcia series JJ Maduro Toro (Nicaragua) 91 points
10) Puros de Hostos Box Pressed Toro (Dominican Republic) 91 points
       Vegas de Santiago D8 Robusto (Costa Rica) 91 points
12) Puros de Hostos Churchill (Dominican Republic) 91 points
13) Romeo y Julieta #2 Tubo (Cuba) 87 points
14) Padilla Artisan Perfecto (Nicaragua) 87 points
15) Te Amo World Selection Series Nicaraguan Blend Robusto (Mexico) 86 points
16) Te Amo World Selection Series Mexican Blend Robusto (Mexico) 85 points
17) Te Amo World Selection Series Honduran Blend Robusto (Mexico) 80 points
18) Te Amo World Selection Series Cuban Blend Robusto (Mexico) 79 points
19) Te Amo World Selection Series Dominican Blend Robusto (Mexico) 76 points

 

 

 


The first 12 cigars all rated 91 or higher, with two cigars with the exact same score on the 10th spot. The complete top 12 I would smoke again with pleasure. Number 14 on the list is one of the best looking cigars I ever smoked though but the top 6 are all limited editions that cannot be bought anymore.

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708 Barber Pole Shaggy & Juniors

Recently I was visiting the headquarters of a company that is thinking about going into cigars and the owner gave me a few cigars to try, amongst them were these 708 Shaggy & Juniors Barber pole by Brothers Cigars. I knew nothing about the brand so I googled and it turns out it is a Dominican made cigar named after the area code of Chicago where the brothers Zaid & Firas Eid have their shop.

As I said, the cigar is made on the Dominican Republic and I’ve seen and smoked several barber pole cigars, mostly with two kinds of wrappers. This cigar is actually made with three wrappers, Connecticut Shade, Habano and Maduro, so that sets it apart from the others. The Shaggy Barber Pole measures 7 1/2 inch but the bottom part is shaggy, and the ring gauge is 52 while the Juniors Barber Pole is a 4×44 petit corona.

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I like the look, 3 different color wrappers of which the Connecticut shade has the least appealing look because of a vein. In the shaggy foot I can see different colors of tobacco too. I wouldn’t call it a real shaggy foot though, just uncut, as it is pressed and firm, not shaggy. The construction feels great, the head is well rounded and the cap is applied perfectly. The only comment I can give is that the different tobaccos aren’t all applied in an even thickness, the Babano wrapper is a smaller strip than the Maduro or Connecticut. The ring is simple, Beige in the centre fading to brown with a simple brown logo saying 708 cigars in a handwritten font. The secondary ring has the barber pole style and says Barber Pole, just in case you hadn’t noticed. The rings are printed on nice glossy paper. The aroma is very strong, hay, straw and barnyard.


When I wet the cap to punch it I notice the sweetened cap, that’s not a positive in my book. The cold draw is fine and all I taste is that chemical sweetener. After carefully lighting the cigar I taste that sweetness with a little coffee, but it’s so overpowered by that naar sweetness that it’s almost not detectable. After the shaggy foot I just taste that nasty sweetness, I’m afraid this will be a long and painful review. The sweetness is fading a little bit and instead I taste a harshness of poor quality tobacco and a hint of chocolate. After a third the sweetness has faded to an acceptable level and I taste cheap chocolate and some soil. The flavor doesn’t change much, the second third starts out with the earth flavor and the chemical sweetness. Halfway the sweetness is finally gone, I taste green herbs, spicy, like rucola salad. The final third it’s wood with earth, pepper and herbs. The final few puffs are spicy and peppery.


The draw is fine. The smoke is white but too thin for my liking. The light gray ash is firm. The burn is good, quite straight. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored, the evolution picks up halfway. The smoke time is three hours.


Would I buy this cigar again? I still have one, guess I’ll have to cut the whole sweetened tip off before lighting it. The sweetened tip caused the score to be at least 5 points lower than it would have gotten without that nasty sweetness.

Score: 82
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708 Juniors Barber Pole


The day after, the next 708 Barber Pole but this time the 4×40 Juniors. Just as the Shaggy this cigar has three different wrappers, Connecticut Shade, Habano and Maduro and again the strips of tobacco are different in size, the maduro is way thinner than the others. The ring is a carbon copy of the Shaggy and the construction is equally good. The aroma is just as strong as the shaggy, very strong for a petit corona, and again hay, straw and barnyard.


Due to the thin size I cut the cigar instead of punching it. I’m smoking outside in an almost wind free spot of my garden for a change due to the perfect summer weather, so I will light the cigar with a jet flame. The cold draw is a bit loose and I taste some of the sweetness from the sweetened tip but not as strong as on the shaggy and some raw tobacco. I taste a spicy coffee and earthy flavor with just a hint of sweetness, the first puff is so much better than the shaggy. After a quarter of an inch the cigar gets a little harsh. After a third I don’t taste any sweetness just a sharp, spicy and mild salty fresh wood flavor and some earth. Slowly the cigar gets a little harsh again with more pepper. Near the end I taste more wood.


The draw is fine and the smoke is thick, white and there’s a lot of it. The ash is salt and pepper colored and firm. This is a medium bodied medium full flavored cigar with not a lot of evolution but then again, it’s too short to have a lot of evolution. The smoke time is forty five minutes.


Would I buy this cigar again? I would pick this over the shaggy but won’t pay for it.

Score: 85
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La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Tabaqueros belicoso

A few months ago I visited Florida, including Miami and I walked into the La Gloria Cubana lounge on Calle Ocho. Now I heard about their Artesanos de Tabaqueros cigars but this was the first time I ever saw them so I had to try them. So I sat down, lit the cigar and then the guy who worked at the shop said “I’ll introduce you to Rick Rodriguez, he created these cigars” so I had the opportunity to get more info. Rick got the idea to make this cigar with the dual wrapper as the found some cigars boring after a third, so with the change of wrapper the cigar remains interesting. They tested a lot of blends and wrappers, and ways to create the cigar but the best way was to really have a small piece of Connecticut at the bottom and habano at the top an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. To top the day, I got introduced to Benji Menendez too.
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The cigar looks fantastic, the Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper is nice and dark with some thin veins while the Connecticut shade is a bit more shiny. The construction feels good. The Ecuadorian Sumatra smells like chocolate and pepper while the Connecticut doesn’t have a real smell. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin. The size is 6×52.
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I taste a peppery coffee with that Connecticut dullness. The flavors burn a little in the back of my throat. Soon the flavor changes to wood, oak to be precise, and the coffee disappears. I also get some white pepper with the oak and the dullness and some puffs later even some milky chocolate.
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As soon as the cigar reaches the Ecuadorian Sumatra I taste chocolate and wood, the Connecticut dullness disappears. The chocolate disappears too and I taste wood with a herbal aftertaste. Halfway I taste more herbs and after two thirds I also taste some pepper again, but not overpowering.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is great, just like the burn. The light colored ash is firm. I got a lot of thick white smoke. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, when I visit Miami again and decide to light a cigar in the La Gloria Cubana lounge on Calle Ocho.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Joya de Nicaragua cabinetta #7

About a year and a half ago Joya de Nicaragua release the Cabinetta series, a cigar wrapped with a light colored Ecuadorian wrapper but the tip of the cigar is wrapped with a dark and oily Nicaraguan tobacco to make the flavors rich and complex. A quite interesting story, which made me want to try the cigars. This toro came from a sampler with 4 different Joya de Nicaragua toros. The cigar is 6×50.
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The dark tip of the cigar has a big vein and the Ecuadorian part of the cigar has a few thin veins. The wrapper is quite oily. The construction feels good and I smell a barnyard with straw. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco with a little bit of chocolate.
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I taste a mild and musty soil with a little bit of dark chocolate. After half an inch I taste musty straw with some spicy herbs in the aftertaste. After an inch I taste spicy but musty herbs with some citrus and some pepper in the aftertaste.
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After a third I taste more spice, but not pleasant, and the flavors don’t change till I reach the dark Nicaraguan wrapper. Then I taste a bit sweetness, and some mild and spicy burned herbs with a peppery aftertaste.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and a half. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The light gray ash is frayed and ugly, but firm. The burn is straight. The cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied. Unlike the La Gloria Cubana with the two wrappers, the dark wrapper is put over the lighter wrapper.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I didn’t like it a bit

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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La Flor Dominicana Ligero Mysterio Oscuro

The La Flor Dominicana ligero mysterio oscuro is one of the prettiest regular production cigars that I have ever seen. A nice big perfecto shape, great two tone color wrappers, a funny wrapped mouthpiece. This cigar just looks fantastic. The price for this cigar in The Netherlands is € 15.00. The cigar comes both in natural with dark tips or oscuro with light tips. The cigar is made from tobacco from the La Flor plantation with an Ecuadorian sumatra wrapper.
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The 7×54 perfecto looks fantastic, the dark and oily wrapper looks like leather and really sticks out from the natural tips of the cigar. The mouth end of the cigar has a special cap, kind of like a wrapped piece of tobacco rope. The cigar doesn’t have much of a smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste a dry tobacco flavor with some herbs and in the aftertaste I get some pepper.
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The first few puffs I can clearly taste that the light colored wrapper is a Connecticut shade, I taste a musty chocolate with some earthy flavors. The aftertaste is something sweet with some pepper. Immediately after the burn reaches the Ecuadorian Sumatra oscuro the musty chocolate disappears. I taste pepper and wood with some dark chocolate on the background. The pepper slowly loses it strength, I taste wood, that earthy flavor and a sweet chocolate.
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Halfway the cigar has a herbal flavor, I think I even taste some curry with some green pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper gains some strength again, with the herbs, curry and something fresh as supporting flavors. Near the end the freshness disappears, all I taste are herbs with pepper and some wood on the background.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour an forty five minutes. The draw is great, the burn is good. It was a bit hard to keep it lit, but that’s probably because I only cut a small part of the mouth piece. The ash is coarse and medium gray colored but firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, it is a good smoke and great conversation piece

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

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C.A.O. America potomac

This cigar is a looker and lives up to the America name because both wrappers are American. The dark wrapper is a broadleaf Connecticut while the lighter wrapper is Connecticut and both are grown in the United States. The binder is Brazilian and the filler, all ligero, comes from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Italy and the United States. I smoked the Potomac, a 5×56 cigars that I got a few years ago from Eric from Kioki Cigars as a welcome gift when I signed up for Club Stogie (lowland louie, rest in peace)
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The wrapper is beautiful, and instead of making a straight forward barberpole the people at C.A.O. created an unusual pattern with the two different wrappers, it is more like a lighter colored pinstripe on a dark cigar. The cigar has a mild smell of wood. The construction feels good. The bands support the whole America theme of the cigar. The predraw is on the loose side and tastes like spicy raisin.
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I taste a bitter and musty coffee flavor with something sweet and that sweetness becomes dominant after a few puffs. After half an inch I taste some wood, some herbs, lots of sweetness and those flavors are mild spicy.
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After an inch and a half the flavors are sweet with herbs, burned wood and a hint of chocolate. Halfway the sweetness disappears and now I taste burned and mild spicy herbs. After two thirds I taste a mild salty licorice flavor with burned herbs and wood.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and ten minutes. I got a lot of thick white smoked. The light colored as is firm. The burn is crooked. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar reminds me of an old girlfriend. Both looked good but both left a bad taste in my mouth.

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

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Sol Cubano artisan

Now I can’t find too much background on these Sol Cubano Artisan, but I learned that these are part of the Oliva family and I’ve seen descriptions that three wrappers (Connecticut, Habano and maduro) are used for this cigar, and I’ve seen pictures with three wrappers, but the one I had only had two wrappers, the Connecticut and the maduro. However, on the site of a well known online retailer, I also see pictures of the Sol Cubano artisan with two wrappers, so I guess that these two wrapper barberpoles are just a different batch than the three wrapper barberpoles.
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Anyway, this 7×60 Sol Cubano Artisan looks awesome, it’s different from other barberpoles, which have equal thick stripes of tobacco while this Artisan has thick pieces and small pieces of different colored tobacco on top, which makes it look awesome. I also like the Salomon shape. Even the band is beautiful, it fits the cigar. The wrappers are oily and I can see a few veins. I smell a straw and barnyard smell and then I squeeze the cigar lightly, I notice a good construction. The predraw is fine and I taste a dry tobacco flavor.
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I taste a mild spicy earth flavor, not very nice though, that must be the Connecticut tobacco which I don’t like. I’m not saying that the cigar is nasty either, it’s somewhere between pleasant and unpleasant. I also taste a bit of chocolate.
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After two inch I taste herbs, earth and just a hint of chocolate on the background. The cigar gains some strength halfway and near the end the cigar gets spicy and I even taste a bit of pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and gave me a lot of thick smoke. The draw is good, but I had to correct the burn a few times. The ash is light colored but firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nope, I love the look, but don’t love the taste

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 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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Taboo Twist toro grande

On my Dutch board sigarenliefhebber.nl we did a huge groupbuy at Taboo, I think two years ago, and I got myself a few boxes of Taboo Twist Toro grande’s. I smoked a few when I just got them and shared them a lot with friends. I found one of those 6×58 monsters way down at the bottom of my humidor and decided to light it, it’s been a while since I smoked a twist.
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When I release this two tone cigar from its cellophane jacket I can smell something that is a mix between a horse and a barnyard. The cigar looks great, I don’t know what it is, but I just love the look of a barberpole, and this barbarpole is quite smooth. The dark wrapper is oily while the light colored wrapper is silky and I don’t spot any real veins. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit on the loose side. I can taste a little bit of straw.
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I can taste a sweet earth flavor and after a few puffs some chocolate shows up too with some herbs. After an inch the aftertaste is quite spicy, a green herbal spiciness. The flavors are creamy and buttery.
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The earth flavor becomes the main flavor, the spice disappears while the chocolate tones it down. There isn’t much development in the flavors. After ⅔ I taste some more butter and I also discover some leather.
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The smoke time of this monster is an hour and forty five minutes. As expected from previous experiences with the Taboo Twist, I got an enormous amount of thick white smoke and a fine draw. The light colored ash is firm. The burn is good. This cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Probably not, even though I liked the flavors, this cigar is a little too mild for me.

Appearance: 8 / 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: 7 / 10

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Nub barberpole

On my road trip through the US we stopped at Empire Cigars in Raleigh, NC and it turned out that they had a Nub event the day before. The owners were delighted to see some cigar aficionados from across the pond in their shop and gave us one of the leftover Nub goodie bags. Those bags contained some Gentleman Jack, matchsticks, a cutter, a Nub guitar pick and a limited edition barberpole 4 x 58 nub.
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The barberpole looks cool with the smooth maduro wrapper and the less smooth other wrapper (what kind is unknown to me). The construction feels good and the predraw is fine.
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The first flavor is sweet leather, full flavored. After an inch there is some wood but the sweet leather is the stronger flavor. At 2/3rd some nut flavor and spices show up.
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The smoke is quite full. The draw is good and the burn is straight. The ash is dark and firm but not as firm as the ash from other nubs. For once I didn’t drop the ash on my shirt …… I dropped it on the couch instead.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I didn’t like any of the regular production nubs so far, but this one is very nice. Unfortunately it is an event only cigar so I don’t think I will ever smoke it again.

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

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