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Sigarenplatform grande corona especial

A friend of mine was named mayor on a Dutch cigar board and to celebrate his election he had cigars made, Dutch dry cigars, with a band with their logo and he called it the “sigarenplatform grande corona especial”. I don’t know anything about the blend, who made it, I just know the size which is 5½x42. He asked me to review one, even though I am the owner & admin of a competitive board. I usually don’t smoke dry cigars, I don’t like them, but I can’t refuse a request from a friend.
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The wrapper is quite dark and it has a lot of veins. The construction is a bit soft. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste a nice and spicy, dry tobacco.
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I taste coffee with some sweetness and autumn leaves. the flavors are full but surprisingly smooth for a dry cigar and mild musty. Usually dry cigars are sharp in flavor but what I taste in the first third isn’t bad at all, I like it.

 

After a third I get that sharp flavor that I expected and I get an acidic flavor. The cigar is a lot less pleasant. The acid gets milder but the cigar stays sharp and spicy, this is exactly why I don’t like dry cigars.
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The smoke time is forty-five minutes, which is not bad for a dry cigar of this size. The draw is good and I get more smoke than expected. The light colored ash is coarse and reasonably firm for a short filler dry cigar. The burn is ok, only a little bit crooked. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied. Because it is a pre-cut short filler I got some small pieces of tobacco in my mouth while smoking.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, Dutch dry cigars aren’t my thing

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

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Categories: Dutch cigars, Sigarenfabriek Van 't Veen, Van 't Veen | Tags: ,

Bolivar Simones RE Canada

In 2007 Canada got their first Regional Release from Habanos SA with the Bolivar Simones, a 5×48 Hermosos #4. I was able to get my hands on a few due to some trades and a group buy.
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The cigar has a pale brown wrapper with some spots and one vein. It is a Cuban cigar, so it’s triple capped. The construction feels good but the cigar doesn’t have a lot of aroma. I have to try hard to smell a bit of wood. The predraw is fine and leaves a soft, mild spicy, nut flavor on my palate.
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I taste a mild bitter coffee flavor and some leather, but the coffee is clearly the dominant flavor. The feeling in my mouth is dry. After half an inch the bitterness disappears and a hazelnut flavor joins the party, but the nuts taste mildly burned.
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After an inch and a half the flavors change to earthy tones, leather and a hint of the hazelnut. Halfway the leather becomes stronger and the dominant flavor, the earth favor becomes the support and the hazelnuts are just an aftertaste. At ⅔ the nuts become a bit stronger, but still a support for the leather and the aftertaste.
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I got a lot of smoke during the 55 minutes this cigar lasted. The draw is good, just like the burn. The ash is quite dark. I would rate this cigar medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I still have a few, won’t buy them again. They are nice, but there are better Bolivars out there

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

Categories: Bolivar (Habanos), Cuban cigars, Partagas Factory | Tags: , , , ,

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