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Cigar of the month August

Just like every month I post the list of cigars I published that month in rating order, highest to lowest and in August I rated 15 cigars

The cigar with the highest rate in August is:

Don Fernando Corona with a 94 score.
Now as for the complete list of cigars I published at Cigarguideblog in August:

1) Don Fernando Corona(Nicaragua) 94 points
2) Mi Querida Sakakhan (Nicaragua) 94 points
3) 601 La Bomba Napalm (Nicaragua) 94 points
4) La Sagrada Familia Toro (Nicaragua) 91 points
5) Illusione ~hl~  Lancero (Honduras) 91 points
6) Rosalones Reserve Corona (Nicaragua) 91 points
7) Royal Danish Regal Blend Belicoso (Nicaragua) 91 points
8) Indian Motorcycles Habano Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
9) La Gloria Cuban Medaille D’Or #3 (Cuba) 89 points
10) Capadura 808 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 88 points
11) Capadura 808 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 87 points
12) Juan Clemente Club Selection #2 (Dominican Republic) 82 points
13) Juan Clemente Classic #2 (Dominican Republic) 82 points
14) Capadura 848 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 80 points
15) Capadura 898 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 72 points

 

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Royal Danish Regal Blend Queen #1

Danish cigars? Yes! But not made in Denmark though! The Danish have a long tradition with tobacco, dating back from the time when they traded with the West Indies as merchants and up till today Denmark is a major player in the pipe tobacco business, but back in the day the tobacco that the merchants brought from the West Indies was used for cigars too. And in the recent years two Danish entrepeneurs decided to go back into history and create their own brand & blend. I reviewed the Dominican made Splendid earlier this year and this exact same Royal Danish Regal Blend belicoso back in 2016, but since I now work with a 100 point scoring system I decided to do another review.


Royal Danish has cigars made in two different countries, Costa Rica and Nicaragua and as far as my knowledge goes, the Regal blend is made in Nicaragua at an undisclosed factory. The cigar should pack some punch as it has double ligero wrapped in a dark maduro wrapper. There is an ultra luxury edition of the same cigar with gold leaves and swarovski crystals but in my opinion, and without having smoked it, that is just a gimmick like the Daniel Marshall 24k gold torpedo that I reviewed last year too. I got this cigar as a sampler from the brand owner when my previous employer showed interest in distributing the brand, but the prices of these blends were just crazy high especially compared to other private labels made by the Plasencia family, so we said ‘no’. Another small distributer took Royal Danish on and Royal Danish added a few reasonable priced blends to the portfolio.


The first thing I notice when I want to release the cigar from the cellophane is how the cellophane is closed, not with a simple bar code sticker but a nice round, silver colored sticker with hologram and the text ‘2014 Royal Danish Cigars”. The rings and how the cigar is presented is so different and beautiful that in a shop it would worry me and would give me a Gurkha feeling. With that I mean that the packaging and marketing are more important than the cigar itself, and combine it with the ‘rare tobacco blah blah’ marketing of Royal Danish which I don’t fall for. But since I don’t score on marketing that won’t effect the score. The inch long foot ring is brown with red curly letters saying ‘Danish West Indies’, golden letters ‘Regal Blend’ and then a marketing story in black on a brown wrapper. On the bottom the roller had to put his initials. The oval top ring is black with the Danish crest and a golden crown. The crown has a crystal in it, which is unique, but what is most unique is the red ribbon running over the cigar from the foot to the top and then back to the foot. The construction feels good and the belicoso has a very sharp point. The wrapper is dark with one thin vein on the side of the cigar. The aroma is strong and I smell a mixture of barnyard, a dusty old abbandoned house and a foggy forest.


Punching is not an option with a belicoso so I used my Xikar to cut. The cold draw gives a bit more resistance than I prefer and I taste raisin and red pepper. After lighting it with my preferred soft flame I taste dark roast coffee with cane sugar. The sugar is quite strong. The sweetness is the strongest flavor but after half an inch i taste cedar and nutmeg too, with some white pepper on the background. Then out of the blue I taste a strong vanilla flavor. After a third I taste coffee with creamy vanilla and cedar. Halfway I taste nuts with still a little coffee, vanilla and a slowly growing pepper. The final third begins with cedar, vanilla, pepper and nuts, very flavorful and tasty.


The draw is fine, better than in the cold draw. The ash is salt & pepper colored and quite firm. The smoke is medium in thickness and volume. The burn is straight and slow. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored with plenty of evolution. The smoke time is an hour and fifteen minutes

Would I buy this cigar again? If it was a third of the price, yes, but with the close to €20 price tag, nope!

Score: 91
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Cigar of the month June

I reviewed a lot of cigars for the month of June, more than you are used to but that’s because of two reasons. The first is the ‘series review’, a review in which I reviewed 5 cigars from the same line yet rated them individually and the second reason is the ‘day – name of the cigar connection’ week in which I published a review every single day. I did that because I had too many unpublished reviews drafted.

Well, here’s the list for June, with a close finish but the cigar of the month is:

Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Toro with a 95 score.

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

1) Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Toro (Nicaragua) 95 points
2) Warped Little Havana Corona Gorda (USA) 95 points
3) RomaCraft Wanderlust Prerelease Robusto (Nicaragua) 93 points
4) Fuente Añejo Shark (Dominican Republic) 92 points
5) Murcielago Churchill (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) La Flor de Cano Casanova (Cuba) 91 points
7) Nicoya Fuerte Robusto (Nicaragua) 91 points
8) Illusione ~hl~ Candela Lancero (Honduras) 91 points
9) Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserve Toro (Nicaragua) 90 points
10) Santiago Habano Toro (Nicaragua) 90 points
11) Sosa Auric Perfectum Wavel (Dominican Republic) 88 points
12) Ramon Allones 898 (Cuba) 86 points
13) Taboo Sumatra Churchill (Honduras) 79 points
14) 04 (Dominican Republic) 77 points
15) 03 (Dominican Republic) 77 points
16) 02 (Dominican Republic) 77 points
17) 05 (Dominican Republic) 76 points
18) 01 (Dominican Republic) 72 points

 

 



All I can say: if you haven’t had the pleasure of smoking any Jas Sum Kral then ask your local shop for them or order online straight from the source.

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Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial belicoso

The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial is blended by Jaime Garcia himself. He uses tobacco grown on their own farms in combination with tobacco purchased from the Oliva Tobacco Group and wraps the blend with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. I bought this cigar in Florida, as it wasn’t available on the Dutch market when I visited the sunshine state.
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This 5½x52 belicoso comes wrapped in cellophane. The cigar has a nice barnyard smell. The wrapper is dark and oily and only has one vein. The predraw is fine and I taste pepper.
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I taste a nice peppery and spicy coffee. After half an inch I taste spicy oak which is mild creamy. The cigar slowly gets spicier and more herbal. The cream disappears after an inch, the structure of the flavors is now dry. When I take a sip of water I taste a chocolate aftertaste. Halfway I taste dry and spicy wood with a very mild citrus like acidity and some smooth herbs in the aftertaste.
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Just past the mid of the cigar I get a dominant herbal flavor with some wood as support. After two thirds I get some pepper with the mentioned herbs and wood. Near the end I taste some wood with a little bit of citrus and a lot of pepper.
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The smoke time of this cigar is seventy minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. I got a lot of thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? As soon as they arrive in The Netherlands I will

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

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El Titan de Bronze Redemption sun grown belicoso

In may 2009 I was in Miami with some friends and we stumbled onto El Titan de Bronze. We walked in and had a great time with Sandy, who owns the factory with her husband. I did know the brand as I reviewed the El Titan de Bronze Redemption sun grown robusto a couple of months before. Anyway, we smoked a few cigars, got some insights on cigar manufacturing and fast forward to November 2010. I was in Miami again, walked in, a year and a half later, 100lbs lighter and the first thing Sandy says “wow, you lost a lot of weight”. Incredible, she remembered me and recognized me even though I lost that much weight. Well, I bought a sampler of all their blends and vitolas and I am planning to review them all. This is the first, the 5×52 El Titan de Bronze Redemption sun grown belicoso.
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The El Titan de Bronze sun grown belicoso is made from Nicaraguan filler and binder with an Ecuadorian sun grown habano wrapper, which is chocolate brown and has lots of veins. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin.
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I taste a peppery earthy flavor. Black pepper is definitely the main flavor with some chocolate like sweetness on the background. Soon after that I also taste wood and a citrus like acidity. All these flavors come packed within the first quarter of an inch. After half an inch I taste more wood with some herbs and a bit of pepper. The aftertaste is a creamy chocolate flavor.
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After a third I taste wood with herbs and on the background I taste a little bit of nuts and chocolate. The chocolate gains some strength, just like the nuts on the background. I keep tasting the herbs. After two thirds the pepper gains strength too. The nut flavor is a mixture of macadamia and hazelnuts with a little pecan. The nut mixture becomes the dominant flavor.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty minutes, which is long for a 5 inch cigar. The draw is good, just like the burn. The smoke started out thin but got thicker along the way and the white ash is coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I’m in Miami I will get a few more

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

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Diamond Crown Maximus #10

Ever since these Diamond Crown Maximus cigars hit the market in 2003, they are a big hit. Made by Fuente for J.C. Newman in the Dominican Republic with a El Bajo sun grown wrapper. I reviewed some Diamond Crowns Maximus before but I never had this 6.7×54 double belicoso before, it is the only Diamond Crown Maximus with a ring gauge other than 50. I bought this in Orlando for 18 dollar
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The wrapper is chocolate colored with a few big veins and it looks wrinkled. I smell a strong chocolate and barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco with a hint of raisin.
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I taste sweet coffee with some soil and cedar. After half an inch the coffee disappears and I taste sweet wood instead. After a third the cigar gets a bit spicy and I also taste some herbs.
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Halfway I taste herbs with honey and wood. The flavors are smooth and subtle. Near two thirds the wood flavor gets stronger. Near the end I also taste some pepper.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and forty minutes. The draw is great and I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The ash is almost white, compact and firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored and has a nice burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? For 18 dollar I expect more than what I got from this cigar.

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

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Tabak Especial belicoso negro

Now I swore never to smoke a flavored or infused cigar anymore after smoking the horrible Gorillafinger by Lars Tetens, but people kept saying that the Tabak especial negro was worth trying so I gave the Tabak Especial negro belicoso a try. I got this 5×52 cigar at the Intertabac trade show.
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I smell a chemical chocolate smell, the smell is quite strong too. I do like the band on this almost black cigar with a big vein on the wrapper. The construction feels good. The wrapper tastes disgustingly sweet. The predraw is tight and all I taste is that nasty chemical sweetness from the wrapper.
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I taste an earthy flavor with chemical sweetness. I also taste some leather. After three quarters of an inch I taste leather with that chemical sweetness. The earthy flavors have gone. After an inch the cigar gets less chemical and the sweetness turns floral. Slowly some spicy herbs show up too.
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Halfway I taste spicy herbs with a floral sweetness. I also taste a bit of red pepper. After two thirds I still taste the floral flavors, a hint of nuts and a peppery and herbal aftertaste. Near the end I taste pepper with a nasty chemical floral flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and five horrible minutes. The draw is great and I got a decent amount of smoke. The smell is chemical. The light gray ash is compact and firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not a chance in the world

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

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Liga Privada Undercrown belicoso

The Liga Privada Undercrown is the long awaited new release from Drew Estate. The other Liga Privadas, the No.9 and the T52, are hard to find due to limited supplies and this ‘Liga with a twist’ as Jonathan Drew calls them should be more easily available due to the use of a more accessible wrapper. I got this cigar at Intertabac, this belicoso measures 6×52.
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The cigar looks great, the wrapper is almost flawless, the band is awesome and the cigar has a beautiful and unique blunt head. The construction feels good. I smell wood and chocolate. The predraw is fine, I taste a fresh flavor with chocolate and pepper. The wrapper is leathery and thick.
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I taste coffee, earthy flavors and a pepper on my tongue. After half an inch I taste white pepper with some chocolate. I also get some wood flavors. After an inch I taste wood with cacao, the pepper has gone. After a third I taste wood with some cacao and some white pepper.
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Halfway I taste the same flavors but with a fresh acidic flavor, very mild, and some sweetness. The pepper moves to the aftertaste. At the two third mark I taste some cacao on the background with some nuts, herbs and a hint of white pepper. The aftertaste is peppery and mild fresh, like a minty freshness.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is great just like the burn. I got a lot of smoke. The white ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Whatcha think?

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

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VegaFina belicoso

These cigars, made by Tabacalera de Garcia for Altadis, are new on the Dutch market and are the only non Cuban cigar imported by Cubacigar Benelux. A friend gave me this cigar to try, normally I wouldn’t have bought it due to the Connecticut shade wrapper, I don’t like Connecticut. The filler is a blend of Colombian, Honduran and Dominican tobacco and the cigar has an Indonesian binder. This torpedo I smoked measures 6×50.
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The cigar feels a bit soft but consistent soft all over the cigar. The light colored wrapper isn’t oily and I see a few thin veins. The cigar hardly has any smell. The predraw is tight and I taste some pepper with tobacco. I do dig the simple yet elegant band.
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I instantly taste the musty Connecticut shade taste and some soft wood. After half an inch I taste musty wood with some chocolate. The chocolate disappears again after a third, when the flavors are dry, mild musty. The main flavor is sweet wood.
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Halfway I taste some chocolate again, but only in the aftertaste, with some cumin but that could be because I ate some cumin at my dinner. After two thirds I taste nuts with some salt. I think I recognize cashew nuts with herbs and wood. There is pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and a half. The draw was hard and probably because of that tight draw I didn’t get a lot of smoke. The silver gray ash is pretty and firm. The burn is good. This cigar is mild to medium flavored and mild bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, it’s not a bad cigar but it has two downsides, it’s too mild for me and again, I don’t like Connecticut.

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

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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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