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Cigar of the month May

Over the last month I reviewed 14 cigars and the cigar of the month may is:

Balmoral Anejo XO FT Lancero with a 95 score.

This month I smoked a unicorn that scored high, something I never expected to smoke, I smoked the best lancero I had in a long long time, and the best cigar I’ve smoked this year and the three worst cigars I rated for my blog since my new rating system came in place. So the reviews were all over the board.

1) Balmoral Anejo XO FT Lancero (Dominican Republic) 95 points
2) Undercrown Manifesto (Nicaragua) 94 points
3) Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Robusto (Honduras) 93 points
4) JSK CRNA NOK Toro (Nicaragua) 93 points
5) Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro Robusto Nicaragua) 92 points
6) Santiago Connecticut Robusto (Nicaragua) 89 points
7) Macanudo Inspirado Mareva (Honduras) 88 points
8) 708 Juniors Barber Pole (Dominican Republic) 85 points
9) Antonius Red Label Robusto (Dominican Republic) 85 points
10) Romeo Y Julieta Gran Reserva Wide Churchill (Cuba) 84 points
11) 708 Shaggy Barber Pole (Dominican Republic) 82 points
12) Macarena Maduro Toro (Mexico) 75 points
13) Macarena Naturel Toro (Mexico) 73 points
14) Gasparilla Pirate Fest Churchill (USA) 73 points

 

Balmoral is a Dutch company, so as a fellow Dutchy i’m happy that we still master the art of making great cigars.

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Padron Damaso Robusto

It’s been ages ago that Padron released a new regular production cigar but a few months ago they did, and much to everybody’s surprise it came with a Connecticut shade wrapper. Now I hate Connecticut shade with a passion, never smoked one I really liked, but it’s Padron so I wanted to try it anyway. Cesar Gadea from Padron provided me with a sampler.
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The triple cap isn’t the sharpest I’ve ever seen, actually the whole wrapper is a bit rough but I love the white Padron band. The yellowish brown color isn’t that appealing either. The construction feels good and the cigar has a sour barnyard smell to it. The draw is incredibly easy with hardly no flavor.
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I taste wood with some sweetness and some spice, more flavor than you’d expect from a Connecticut shade cigar. I also taste that classic Connecticut shade mustiness which I don’t like. I also taste some sweetness. The flavors weaken though.
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After a third it’s wood, some sweetness and the mustiness and slowly the mustiness slowly gets stronger. After two thirds a little bit of pepper shows up. The cigar also gets harsh.
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The draw is like sucking air thou a big hose, that’s easy the draw is. The ash is quite dark, flaky but firm. The smoke is good, just thick enough, just plentiful enough. The burn is good too. It’s a mild cigar with mild to medium flavor. Due to the easy draw it lasted me for just an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, another Connecticut shade I don’t like.

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

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Joya de Nicaragua Clasico Toro

This review is part of a challenge, normally I wouldn’t review this cigar as it has a Connecticut shade wrapper and that wrapper and I just don’t get along.

The wrapper is beautiful, light and thin with a few veins. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is that of a barnyard. The predraw is fine, and I taste pepper.
I taste a classic Connecticut shade mustiness with some pepper. After three puffs I taste sweet wood with some pepper on the background. The mustiness stays but gets company from citrus after a centimeter.

After a third I taste pepper with some wood, halfway the cigar gets spicier but the mustiness stays. After two thirds the cigar gets sharp with pepper, wood and the mustiness. It gets better but it’s still not my cup of tea.

 

The draw is fine and I get a nice amount of smoke. The light gray ash is reasonably firm. The burn us beautiful. This mild cigar lasted me an hour and 45 minutes

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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I just don’t like Connecticut shade. If you do, I would buy it as the quality is great and the price is amazing.

 

Appearance: 7
Construction: 8
Draw: 9
Burn: 9
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 5
Aroma second part: 6
Aroma third part:  7
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Joya de Nicaragua classico robusto

This 5×50 robusto with the Connecticut shade wrapper comes from the oldest cigar factory in Nicaragua, Joya de Nicaragua, which is famous for its Antano series, which used to be the strongest cigars in the world. About a year ago they started to cooperate with Drew Estate, but this Classico Claro blend is an old blend where Drew Estate had no involvement in. The cigar is new to the Dutch market and has a 3 euro price tag.
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The wrapper has a pale yellow wrapper with color differences, lots of small veins and a small band which color-wise doesn’t match the cigar. The smell is of straw, but strong and musty. The construction is a bit soft. The predraw is fine with a spicy but musty flavour.
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I taste an earthy flavour and lots of musty straw with a spicy aftertaste. On the background I also taste some sweetness. There is also a mild bitter flavour on the back of my throat. After half an inch I taste some pepper too, the flavors are still musty. After that I taste a sugar sweet and musty wood with some herbs and some straw.
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Halfway I taste a light milk chocolate flavour on the background. The cigar gets less musty and a bit more spicy on the tongue. The chocolate seems to disappear pretty quickly again. After two thirds I taste wood, herbs and a hint of cinnamon, the flavors are mild spicy. Near the end I taste red pepper and the cigar gets really spicy
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. I got plenty of smoke, which started out thin but got thick quickly. The smoke is beautiful white. The light colored ash is coarse and not very firm. The burn is great. This cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No I wouldn’t. This ain’t a bad cigar but I just don’t like Connecticut shade

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

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Oliva Connecticut reserve torpedo

If you read my reviews often, you might know that I strongly dislike Connecticut shade wrappers. They all taste musty to me. So when I got this 6½x52 Oliva Connecticut Reserve torpedo for review purposes I was anticipating a bad review, although I remembered that the Oliva Connecticut Reserve toro wasn’t bad at all for a Connecticut shade wrapped cigar.
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The light colored wrapper has a few veins but I can’t say it’s oily. The cigar has a mild barnyard and spices smell. The construction is great, as always with Oliva. The predraw is fine, I taste raisin with a peppery aftertaste.
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I taste that so recognizable musty Connecticut shade flavor with some chocolate like sweetness and coffee. There are some herbs in the aftertaste. For a Connecticut shade wrapper, this isn’t bad at all. After half an inch I taste a bit of hay, the coffee has disappeared. I still taste a little bit of chocolate and I also taste some nuts.
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After an inch I taste mild musty herbs and some pepper. On the background I taste some musty milk chocolate. Halfway hay becomes the main flavor with some herbs and spices as support. After two thirds the cigar gets a little more bite. Herbs and pepper are the main flavors now.
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This cigar lasted me for seventy five minutes. The draw is great and I got plenty of thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is ugly, frayed but firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, even though this cigar is much better compared to other Connecticut shade cigars it still is a Connecticut shade wrapper which I don’t like

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 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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Berger & Argenti mooch robusto

When this cigar was released, our friends at Toasted Foot held a contest for the best tag line. The contest made it to Cigar Asylum where Kreth and I bantered a bit and I said ‘if you win the contest, let me mooch some cigars from you’. To cut a long story short, Kreth won the contest and shipped me a few.
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The cigar is a 5×50 cigar with a double band, one at the place where you’d expect a cigar band, one in the middle and the foot of the cigar is wrapped in a print of an old newspaper bringing the news of the Cuban embargo. The wrapper is a bit yellow brown with lots of small veins. The construction feels a bit soft. The cigar also has a mild straw smell and an easy predraw. The cigar is made from Nicaraguan tobacco with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper
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I taste a full earthy flavor, a little bitter and acidic and some sweetness. The bitterness disappears after a quarter of an inch and now I taste straw and chocolate, mild sweet and a tad acidic. After half an inch the cigar also gets a bit spicy and the acid flavor is gone. The looks and the taste of the wrapper confirm that it is Connecticut, a wrapper I dislike a lot.
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After a third I taste more herbs, sweet and spicy with a hint of chocolate and that characteristic Connecticut flavor that I dislike so much. After two thirds I get an unpleasant bitterness with some chocolate and wood.
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This cigar was good for an hour and I got a good amount of thick smoke. The ash is light gray colored but not firm at all. The burn and draw are good. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No I wouldn’t

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente King T

You have to hand it to Arturo Fuente, they don’t make much tubos but when they do, it is something spectacular, like this Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente King T, a 7×49 churchill with a Dominican filler and binder with a Connecticut shade wrapper.
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The wrapper is light brown and oily with a few veins. The cigar has a piece of red band on the foot to protect it. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild wood smell. The predraw is good.
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I taste dry wood, mild spicy and after a quarter of an inch I taste a little bit of chocolate on the background. After two inch I get a little more chocolate with some herbs. The flavors are dry and a bit musty, which I get a lot from Connecticut wrappers.
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Halfway I still taste wood with herbs. The chocolate is hardly recognizable and the musty taste has gone. The flavors no longer change until I reach the end, only the wood gets a bit stronger.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and fortyfive minutes. The draw was good. The light colored ash is reasonable firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. The smoke is thin. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Meh, Connecticut wrappers don’t do it for me.

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

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Chateau Real magnum 46 claro

The Chateau Real brand is part of the Drew Estate family, a cigar company that really surprised me pleasantly with the Liga Privada, so I wanted to try the Chateau Real too. I smoked the magnum 46 with the claro wrapper. This is a 5 ⅝x 46 cigar made from aged Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco. The cigars are new to the Dutch market and have a € 5.50 price tag.
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Once I release the cigar from the cellophane I notice a typical Connecticut wrapper, which isn’t a good sign as I don’t like Connecticut wrappers at all. The wrapper is light colored, a bit yellow with thin veins. There are some soft spots in the construction. The cigar has a bit of a floral smell with wood. The band is simple. The predraw is fine, a bit sweet and floral.
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I taste a sweet earthy flavor with a musty Connecticut taste to it, exactly what I dislike about Connecticut wrappers. After half an inch I taste earth and chocolate, the musty flavor has gone. After an inch and a half I taste a bit of hay and the mustiness is back again. The cigar is still a bit sweet.
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Halfway I taste some dark chocolate again with the earthy flavor and the hay. After two thirds the cigar becomes ashy but that nasty flavor disappears soon. After that I get a strange chocolate flavor again with hay.
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This cigar lasted me for a little over an hour. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The draw was fantastic and the burn was straight. The ash is light colored and firm. This cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Simple answer: No.

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

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Vargas robusto

I don’t know much about this cigar, just that they are from the Canary Islands and have a Connecticut wrapper. A friend of mine loves them, and when he got his new shipment in he dropped by to give me four different sizes, a churchill, a toro, a torpedo and this 4.8x 50 robusto. The Canary Islands had a reputation for cigars in the 60’s and 70’s, as a lot of refugee Cuban cigar makers, like the Menendez and Garcia families who owned the H. Upmann factory and the Montecristo brand, rebuild their companies on these Spanish islands.
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The shiny wrapper is yellowish brown with a couple of nasty looking thing veins. The band is simple but nice. The construction feels good. I get a light wood smell from the cigar and I can’t complain about the predraw.
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I taste a mild bitter coffee flavor, the specific flavor indicates Connecticut. The bitterness disappears soon and the cigar gets a little musty with a hint of chocolate. After an inch I taste dry wood with that hint of chocolate.
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After a third the cigar gets a little spicier en I also taste some sweetness. I like the sweetness. Halfway the sweetness disappears, just like the chocolate. All I taste are spicy herbs and they turn bitter.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and ten minutes. The smoke was poor and thin. The draw is very good and the ash is pepper & salt colored and quite firm. The burn is good. This cigar is medium flavored and mild to medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, this isn’t a cigar for me

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

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Oliva Connecticut reserva toro

A few years ago Oliva called a sales meeting to talk about creating a mild smoke, but the response from the sales team was that there was a bigger demand for a full bodied smoke so the Series V was created. Now, a couple of years later Oliva decided to create a mild cigar anyway and they came up with the Oliva Connecticut reserva, made from Nicaraguan filler and binder with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. I smoked the Toro, a 6×50 cigar that has a fixed price tag of € 6.00 here in The Netherlands. I was reluctant to smoke it, as I am not a big fan of Connecticut tobacco, but on the other hand, this is an Oliva stick and Oliva never let me down so far as you can see in my reviews of the other Oliva products.
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I like the simple yet tasteful white band. The wrapper is light colored, a bit yellowish brown. The wrapper is smooth, shiny, oily and has some minor veins. The construction feels a bit soft, but equally soft. The predraw is good but tasteless. The cigar has a nice mild smell of hay and wood.
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The cigar starts with a bitter espresso taste with some sweetness and spicy. After half an inch the flavors get a little musty but fortunately that musty flavor disappears soon. After an inch I taste an earthy flavor and pepper, the flavors aren’t very nice.
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Halfway I taste that classic Oliva sweetness that I taste in a lot of their cigars while I never ran into that specific taste in any other cigar, combined with some cedar wood. This is the flavor that sticks around for a while and only gets a little bit peppery spicy along the way. At the end the cigar loses the sweetness but the cedar wood and the spiciness stay around.
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This smoke time of this toro is an hour and five minutes. The draw and burn are very good and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I will get another Oliva stick instead, one without Connecticut leaf

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

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