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Cigar of the month February

Over the last month I reviewed 8 cigars with my new 100 point rating system and the cigar of the month february is:

Viking Robusto by Viking Cigar with a 93 score

In January all of the scores were 89 and up, but since it was my first month of rating cigars with the 100 point system you could wonder it there was enough room to get a wider spread in scores, well this month that question is answered with a low score of 85 and a high score of 93.

Now as for the complete list of cigars I smoked in February for Cigarguideblog:

1) Viking Cigar Viking Robusto (Dominican Republic) 93 points
2) Casa Magna Colorado Lancero (Nicaragua) 91 points
3) Davidoff Colorado Claro Anniversario #3 (Dominican Republic) 91 points
4) Oliva series V Maduro Short Robusto (Nicaragua) 91 points
5) Jas Sum Kral Maduro Toro (Nicaragua) 90 points
6) CLE Corojo 11/18 (Honduras) 90 points
7) La Estancia Robusto (Honduras) 86 points
8) H. Upmann Half Corona (Cuba) 85 points

The high score for the Viking was a bit of a surprise to me for two reasons:
– I never really liked the cigars that they made before (Amero, Chess, Hawk) and even though they changed factory I had some prejudice.
– I never had a cigar made my Ernesto Perez Carrillo that impressed me a lot

But this cigar is fantastic, the best Dominican cigar I smoked in a while.

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Casa Magna Colorado Lancero

Let me start by saying that even though this cigar will count as my lancero review of the month and will be a contestant in the ‘lancero of the year’ list that I will compile at the end of the year, officialy this is not a lancero. It’s called a lancero, it looks like a lancero, and it comes close to a lancero but the size is not a classic lancero size with a length that is an inch longer and a ring gauge that’s also slightly thicker than what’s considered industry standard for a lancero (7 1/2×38 vs 8 1/2×40 for this Casa Magna Lancero). It’s actually an old size used by Manolo Quesada and back then the name was ‘largo delgado’ which translates to “long skinny”. I still count it as a lancero because the size differences are only minor unlike the Alec Bradley (‘everything is bigger in’) Texas Lancero (7×70).


Casa Magna is a cooperation between the Quesada family, who are well known and respected cigar makers from the Dominican Republic and the Plasencia family from Nicaragua. That Manuel Quesada got the Cigar Journal Lifetime Achievement award last september at the award dinner at Intertabac is a testament to their accomplishments and knowledge. In 2008 they shook the world by becoming the no.1 on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 with this blend and that for a cigar that would usually be featured on the yearly ’top budget cigars’. This all Nicaraguan blend hit the right spot and became an international hit, with offsprings as the Casa Magna Oscuro (from Honduras), Casa Magna Domus Magnus series and most recently a Dominican made Casa Magna. The Casa Magna Lancero was released in 2011 but with a MSRP that was much higher than the other Casa Magna vitola’s at $12.95 and came in boxes of 7 to keep the box price below $100. I reviewed the cigar back in 2011, when it wasn’t for sale in The Netherlands and with my old scores in my old apartment, time for a new try, this time in my man cave, with my 100 point scoring system and cigars legally bought in The Netherlands where they were for sale for a limited time.


The cigar looks great, a nice dark and oily wrapper with a few minor veins, a closed foot and a lovely little pigtail. A well printed ring with quite some details on thick paper. If you scan the ring it looks simple but when you pay more attention you notice all small details and since I started paying more attention to the cigar rings I seem to enjoy the cigars a little more, maybe because of the appreciation of the pieces of art that cigar rings can be. The aroma is amazing, its like walking deep inside a forest in the fall with the smell of fermenting leafs, moss, animals and the aroma is quite strong. Construction wise I don’t have any complaints either, the cigar seems evenly filled and since a lancero is one of the harder vitolas to roll I take my hat off to the roller responsible.


The cigar is too thin to punch so I cut the cigar with my Xikar butterfly cutter. The cold draw is a little tough with a little bit of wood and quite some pepper. I used my soft flame to light the cigar. Right from the start I taste coffee with some salt and plenty of pepper. After a few puffs I also taste a little honey sweetness. The coffee goes away, I now taste earthy flavors and some chocolate with chilies. The flavors are very vibrant as you can expect from a cigar with a great filler wrapper ratio as a lancero. Just like the aroma, the flavors remind me of autumn.

After a third I still taste the earthy flavors with pepper but now with something I would describe as autumn leafs. I also taste some salt and a little licorice. The pepper gets stronger and is now the main flavor. On the background I also taste some vanilla. Slowly I also taste a nice wood flavor, oak. Some puffs later I also taste some citrus. The pepper is still the main flavor though, strong and powerful.


The draw is great, better than in the cold draw and since the lancero is so difficult to make again my hat off to the roller. The smoke is white, relatively thick and a decent amount of it. The ash is salt and pepper colored, a bit frayed too. The burn is quite good, not razor sharp, but still good. The cigar is full bodied, full flavored. I really enjoyed this cigar for almost 2 hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Once I’m out I’ll try to find another box, I still have a full one though.

Score: 91

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Marc’s mystery cigar

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

Because of my work in the industry I met a lot of distributers in other countries as well, and one of them is Marc D’Argembeau, a cigar distributer in Belgium who had a few brands in common with my then employer so we helped each other out on occasion when we had stock and he didn’t or the other way around. One day Marc gave me an unbanded cigar and he wouldn’t tell me what it is.
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I could think of two sources for this cigar, either it could be a pre-release or test blend either from Quesada for the Casa Magna Dominicana or from Marc’s son in law Didier Houvenaghel, who owns a few brands like La Ley and Nicarao.
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The cigar was wrapped in cellophane and has a nice dark oily wrapper with a few thin veins. The construction feels hard but the cold draw is great and I tasted slightly bitter herbs. The cigar measured 5½x54.
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I taste herbs with some sweetness and earthy flavors. After a centimeter I taste a little harsh herbal flavor with some pepper. Soon after I also taste some cocoa. After a third the cocoa grows with some herbs and coffee. Halfway I taste herbs again with a little bit of pepper and some citrus in the aftertaste. After two thirds the citrus gets a little stronger with herbs and a little bit of chocolate. Near the end the pepper gains some strength again.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and twenty minutes and produced a lot of thick smoke. The draw was great and the white ash is frayed but firm. The burn I had to correct once. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t even know what it was, so how could I?

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

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Casa Magna Colorado churchill

I smoked all sizes of the Casa Magna Colorado that are available in The Netherlands, but never this Churchill as we can’t get this one on our little part of the world. Too bad, as I like to smoke churchills when I have plenty of time and I am a fan of the Casa Magna Colorado series. I got this cigar from a friend who bought them online in the USA.
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The wrapper is nice and dark, oily and shiny with a few thin veins. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste spicy and sharp herbs.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavour with herbs and a mild sweetness. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood, coffee, herbs and chocolate with some sweetness on the background. After an inch I taste wood with herbs and a little bit of chocolate. The flavors are full but smooth. Halfway the chocolate gets a little bitter, but pleasant bitter. The wood with herbs are now a background flavour.
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After two thirds that earth flavour from the start returns with a little bit of pepper and a very pleasant nut flavour. The nut flavour disappears too soon and the cigar gets more spicy.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and fifteen minutes. The draw is great and I got a medium amount but thick smoke. This ful flavoured and full bodied cigar has a beautiful burn and a firm salt & pepper colored ash.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

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

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Casa Magna Domus Magnus optimus

I am a fan of the Casa Magna Colorado cigars and I was looking forward to the limited edition Casa Magna Domus Magnus. I bought a optimus for € 6.00 here in The Netherlands. The optimus is the smaller of the two box pressed cigars in the Domus Magnus line, with a 5¾x54 size. The cigar has a nice pigtail and a colorful band, prettier than the normal Casa Magna bands and the foot band is tasteful too.
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The cigar looks great, the wrapper has a milk chocolate color with a few minor veins and a nice box pressed shape. I smell wood. The construction feels great. The predraw is great and I taste tobacco with a little bit of pepper.
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I taste a nice coffee flavor, strong like espresso with a little bit of cacao far on the background and a fresh aftertaste. After half an inch I taste wood with some herbs and a mild sweetness. There is also a hint of nut flavors on the palate. The herbs slowly grow in strength and they become a bit sharp. After an inch I taste sharp herbs with wood and some cacao, the flavors are dry
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Halfway I taste spicy and mild acidic wood with some herbs and on the background a little bit of cacao. The acidity is a bit metallic. After almost two thirds some nuts join the flavors and I taste a little bit of white pepper on the background. Near the end I taste coffee and pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The silver gray ash is firm. The cigar had a great burn. It is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I enjoyed this cigar.

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

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Casa Magna oscuro #4

This 5×44 Casa Magna oscuro is the last of the series Casa Magna oscuros that were released on the Dutch market recently and the last of the series reviews. The price tag of this cigar is 3 euro. This cigar is made in Honduras, like all other Casa Magna oscuro cigars but it is a Nicaraguan puro.
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The wrapper is dark and shiny, full of oil and one big vein. The silver colored band sticks out on the dark wrapper. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong and peppery barnyard smell. the predraw is fine, I taste dry tobacco with pepper and some chocolate
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I taste a peppery soil flavor. After a quarter of an inch I also taste something metallic on the background. The flavors are pleasant and spicy and appear to be stronger than the robusto from the same series. After three quarters of an inch I also taste some herbs and after a third I taste green peppers as main flavor with wood and a herbal aftertaste.
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Halfway I taste a little bit of chocolate with the flavors I mentioned before and the metallic flavor is back, only on the background though. The wood flavor slowly becomes stronger, it even becomes the main flavor for a while. After two thirds the pepper fights back and becomes dominant again.
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This cigar lasted me an hour. The draw is great, just like the burn. The dark and coarse ash is firm. I go a lot of smoke. I had to correct the burn a few times though. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like this #4 the most when it comes to the Casa Magna oscuro series

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

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Casa Magna colorado lancero

This cellophane wrapped extra long 8½x40 lancero is a special edition, more expensive than the regular Casa Magna Colorado cigars. The mrps is $ 12,95. It is not for sale in The Netherlands yet. The foot of the cigar is uncut, the wrapper is folded over the end.
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The beautiful, leather like wrapper is quite dark and oily. It is shiny too, it looks like a thin layer of laquer, that’s how it shines. I see a few thin veins. I smell a straw and chocolate smell. The construction feels good. the predraw is fine too and tastes like dry tobacco.
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I taste coffee with black pepper and after a quarter of an inch I taste wood instead of the coffee with some pepper and herbs. The pepper slowly becomes the main flavor. After two inch I taste herbs with a peppery aftertaste. After a third the herbs are getting stronger while the pepper loses some strength.
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Halfway I taste a mild bitter flavor but fortunately it disappears quickly, maybe I smoked too fast. After two thirds the cigar gets spicier and the pepper turns black. With an inch and a half to go I reach the turning point of the cigar.
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This cigar lasted me for two and a half hours. The draw is great, just like the burn. The white ash is quite coarse and not firm at all. The smoke is medium, both in thickness and in volume. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Depends on the price

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

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Casa Magna oscuro churchill gordo

The Casa Magna Oscuro Churchill gordo is the biggest cigar out of the Casa Magna Oscuro line with it’s 6 ⅝x56 size. It recently became available in The Netherlands and here’s the review.
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The wrapper is dark and shiny with lots of oil and a few small veins. The cigar feels silky though with a hard construction. The smell is mild peppery. the predraw is a bit hard and I taste spicy tobacco.
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I taste coffee with a little bit of sugar. After half an inch I also get some spicy herbs. After an inch I taste pepper, herbs and straw with a mild sweetness. After a third the flavors are sweet herbs with some toast on the background.
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Halfway I taste some sweet wood with spicy and peppery herbs on the background. After two thirds I taste an earthy flavor and near the end I taste pepper again, green pepper with that earthy flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and ten minutes. The draw is a bit tight, with a lot of medium thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is coarse and firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I didn’t care for it at all

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

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Casa Magna oscuro toro

I did a few reviews on several Casa Magna oscuro cigars the last few days, so there’s not much more to tell, I guess I wrote everything I know about the Placensia & Quesada made cigars in the previous reviews. Only thing I can tell you about this 6×52 toro is the price, which is € 4.50 here in The Netherlands.
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The looks are great, the black wrapper and the silver band are a perfect match. The wrapper looks quite dry, not dry as in ‘not moist’ but dry in ‘not oily’ and has a few veins. I smell a barnyard. The construction feels quite hard. The predraw is fine and I taste spicy tobacco.
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Coffee with an earthy flavor is the first thing I taste. I also get some wood and straw. After half an inch I taste leather with earth and straw. The cigar is quite spicy. After a third I taste dry leather with a mild metallic flavor.
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Halfway I mainly taste straw with some leather, herbs and that strange but pleasant metallic flavor. The straw slowly morphs into hay. Near the end I taste more herbs, the cigar gets more spicy and I get quite a lot of black pepper.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and fifty minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The ash is white. The burn is great. The ash is coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Again, I prefer the belicoso

Appearance: 8 / 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: 7 / 10

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Casa Magna oscuro belicoso

I smoked quite a few Casa Magna Colorado cigars from Nicaragua and love them, especially for the price but recently the Casa Magna Oscuro series got released here in The Netherlands. And again, the prices are very budget friendly, this 6½x52 torpedo has a € 4,50 price tag (compare that to a Montecristo #2, same size, price tag € 12,50), so you can guess that I’m very pleased with this release and can’t wait to smoke all vitolas in the Casa Magna Oscuro series. Even though it’s the same brand as the Colorado series, the Oscuro serie is made in Honduras instead of Nicaragua.
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The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard smell. The silver band looks great on the dark wrapper which has a few long thin veins. The predraw is fine and I taste a little bit of pepper.
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I taste a dry and mild sweet herbal flavor with wood and a splash of chocolate in the aftertaste. The flavors are full but smooth. After three quarters of an inch I taste some wood with some sweetness and some pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper isn’t overpowering and the wood slowly grows in strength.
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After a third I taste some dry wood with some sweetness. The wood slowly morphs into a cedar flavor. After two thirds the pepper disappears, the wood is mild sweet and I taste herbs on the background.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is light colored and firm. The cigar is full flavored, full but smooth and medium to full bodied. The burn is flawless.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt

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

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