Posts Tagged With: barberpole

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

Categories: Arganese, Arganese Dominicana, Dominican cigars | Tags: , ,

Taboo Twist toro grande

On my Dutch board 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

Categories: Nicaraguan cigars, Taboo | Tags: , , ,

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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Padilla Artisan perfecto

I bought this 5.75 inch ring 54 figurado at the Padilla shop & factory at Calle Ocho in Miami but the cigar is also for sale at but it is backordered at the moment. It is a Nicaraguan puro with 3 different wrappers in a crisscross pattern that makes this cigar a work of art. Ernesto Padilla made these cigars at an event as a special but they are so popular that decided to sell them too.
The predraw is a bit on the easy side and leaves me with a dry, raisin like, flavor on my lips. After lighting the cigar I taste some dry grass with a lot of white pepper. Even though the white pepper flavor is full, it is not overpowering. The flavors are warm and I can taste milky chocolate.
After an inch the pepper mellows down and I taste a flavor similar to walnuts that is replaced by chocolate again around the middle of the cigar. The texture is creamy. I can taste some nuts again before the grand finale that lets me experience pepper and nuts.
This cigar produces a lot of smoke, and due to the different wrappers, the color of the smoke changes. The first smoke was blue but it turned to white smoke later on. The ash is light colored and firm. What strikes me most is the burn, I mean, I always have problems getting the burn straight on a figurado like this and with the 3 different wrappers in a strange pattern I was expecting the worst, but the burn was razor sharp.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, the flavors are nice and the cigar itself is a nice conversation piece.
Appearance: 10 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 9 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Taboo twist toro

This huge fat cigar (6 inch ring 60) has two wrappers, one claro, one maduro which creates an attractive cigar. The aroma is a light & sweet aroma of hay. The predraw has a dry feel to it but is fine otherwise.
The first flavors are a smooth & gentle leather with some white pepper on the background but soon it gets buttery with hints of chocolate. Later some leather and pepper take the place of the chocolate but those flavors are covered in butter too.
This cigar produced so much smoke that I had to open a window, even though the outside temperature was pretty low. The ash is frayed but firm. The draw was great and this cigar paired fine with some dark chocolate. I would call it medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, they are a steal at the price Rob is asking for them
Appearance: 9 / 20
Construction: 8 / 20
Draw: 8 / 20
Burn: 6 / 20
Smoke & ash: 9 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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