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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 I did that because I had too many unpublished reviews drafted.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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Warped Little Havana Corona Gorda

There are a lot of cigar groups on Facebook and in some of those groups people like to combine days with cigar brands, like Tatuaje Tuesday and Fuente Friday. Since I have so many unpublished reviews and need to post a lot I decided that this week will be a week dedicated to the weekday – cigar combinations and I came up with a few of my own.

This week I will post a review every day, monday to sunday, all with the name tied to the weekday, here’s the list:

Murcielago Monday
Tatuaje Tuesday
Warped Wednesday
Taboo Thursday
Fuente Friday
Santiago Saturday
Sosa Sunday

Warped Wednesday – Warped Little Havana Corona Gorda

Back in the day, I think it was somewhere in 2007, I joined the Club Stogie board and left when it turned into Puff. The eleven moderators of Club Stogie started Cigar Asylum and I joined there and I’ve been a member since. But back then Kyle Gellis from Warped was just a young entrepeneur, his brand existed but wasn’t really active, he sold some cigars on the board and that was it. He has a small stash and when it was sold out it was sold out, it was more of a hobby than a company back then, or at least, that was my impression.


I’m very impressed with what Kyle did since the last time I’ve seen him at a cigar event at one of the Smoke Inn shops back in 2010 I think. He’s now one of the highest rating boutique brands and that without a huge social media outreach like other small brands. Because I’m not in the USA since he released all his new cigars I haven’t had the chance to smoke them, I did try to convince my previous employer to start distributing the Nicaraguan made Warped blends but he wouldn’t as he isn’t good with boutique brands. But I still have two, almost a decade old, test blends and two, just as old, Warped Little Havana Private blend cigars, one 5.5×44 Corona Grande and one torpedo and I will review the corona grande today on Warped Wednesday.


Now Kyle never confirmed or denied that these cigars were made by El Titan de Bronze but seeing his ties to that factory, the name of the blend and the fact that he did say that these were Miami made cigars I am fairly sure that they are made by Sandy Cobas and her team. The cigar has a beautiful deep dark brown color with beautiful thin veins and just looks mouth watering. The construction feels good, all evenly packed, no soft spots or plugs with a beautiful cap. The ring is simple, just a small back ring with a toxic green colored Warped in a fancy font. On the back side, and I love this detail, it says private blend 8/27/08 so I know exactly when the cigar was made. The aroma is still there after all these years, wood but not the fresh wood kind, a hint of dark chocolate and some floral notes.


I cut the cigar and unfortunately damage the cap because I used the cheap freebie cutter that was in my reach instead of getting up and getting one of my Xikar or Palio cutters. The cold draw is great and has a floral taste with a peppery aftertaste. A vintage cigar needs to be lit with a vintage lighter so I grabbed my Ronson varaflame and lit the cigar. I taste spices like nutmeg, cinnamon with a caramel like sweetness. After a few puffs I taste oak with the spices and a mild peppery aftertaste. After a third I taste peppery floral flavors with a mild cedar. Slowly the spices and cedar get stronger, a little lime shows up too and the pepper is also on the rise. Near the end the floral flavor is back and with some strength. I also taste a little salt


The draw is perfect and so is the smoke. White, thick, plentiful, just the way I like it. The burn isn’t completely straight though. The ash however is firm, and a beautiful light gray. The cigar is medium bodied and medium full flavored. The evolution is great in this complex and extremely well balanced cigar. The smoke time is an hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I wish.

Score: 95
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Kristoff Pistoff Corona Gorda

When I heard that Kristoff came out with a new cigar under de name Pistoff I couldn’t do anything but smile, what a great name. And I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them even thought this Kristoff blend isn’t available in The Netherlands yet. But luckily I had to meet up with Ward Hall from Kristoff Cigars at the Intertabac trade show anyway and I mooched one of these cigars in a 5 3/4×48 corona gordo vitola with the blend of Nicaraguan fillers, an Indonesian binder and a Mexican San Andres wrapper.


At my previous employer I was responsible for selling Kristoff on the Dutch market and I love some of the Kristoff blends, they are very well made and flavorful cigars for a very decent price here and because I like the brand the Pistoff was high on my “to try” list. Now I admit, I’m a cigar geek and everything I haven’t tried yet is on my “to try” with the exemption of Connecticut shade wrapped cigars and the big ring gauge sticks, it’s only a matter on how high the cigar on that list is, this one was pretty high. The cigar looks good, the classic closed foot that all Kristoff Cigars, either made in the Charles Fairmorn factory or the PDR factory, have and a nice and pretty long pig tail. The wrapper is dark and quite intimidating because of the darkness of the wrapper and the placement of the thin veins. The ring is pitch black with red lettering on a good quality paper, if I want to nitpick I can say that the back of the ring was cut crooked, but hey, its a piece of black paper, no lettering at that spot, so it doesn’t matter.


The construction feels flawless and due to the closed foot its hard to determine the exact aroma of the cigar, I would say a mild barnyard aroma. Because of the long pig tail I had no choice but to use my flat cut. It creates a smooth cold draw with just a little raw tobacco flavor. I used my soft flame vintage Ronson to light the cigar. I taste a strong bitter yet sweet coffee, very bold. The sweetness is nice and counter effects the bitterness. After a centimeter I also taste a mild milk chocolate taste.


The bitter coffee has gone, the flavors are now earthy with a spicy sensation on the tip of my tongue, a little tangy too. I also taste a wood and nutmeg flavor, and the flavors are quite dry. Slowly the wood gets stronger, the spices tone down and the tangy turns into a more recognizable citrus. Halfway the nutmeg is back with some cinnamon and some sweetness.


The smoke is a lot, it’s thick too and white. The ash is light colored and well layered. The draw is a little on the loose side but not too bad. The burn is pretty straight. This cigar is full bodied yet never too strong and full flavored. The smoke time is the only thing that could be improved since it’s only little over an hour.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, once they come to the Dutch market.

Score: 91

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Herrera Esteli Short Corona Gorda

I had smoked some of Willy Herrera’s blends when he was still at my favorite Miami cigar factory, El Titan de Bronze, so I was really happy when Jonathan Drew gave me a box of the Herrera Esteli corona gorda when I visited the gran fabrica Drew Estate back in February of 2014. When I smoked the cigar I was a bit disappointed and didn’t touch the box for a year. When I gave it a second chance I liked it a lot and now I have to do a review before this box is empty.
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This nice little cigar looks great, a nice smooth and pale wrapper, a classic ‘old fashioned’ cigar band, only a few thin veins and a beautiful cap. The cigar has an odd cardboard aroma. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste spicy raisin.
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At first I taste coffee, slightly bitter but a pleasant bitter. The bitterness disappears almost immediately and I taste some dry wood with the coffee. This cigar is very cubanesque in flavor, but with flawless construction.
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After a third I taste meaty wood with some pepper in the aftertaste. Later some spices show up too, green herbs like parsley. After two thirds the coffee makes a surprising return. Wood is still the main flavor though, a little spicy.
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The smoke is plentiful as you can expect from a Drew Estate cigar, although it’s no undercrown or liga privada. The smoke is beautiful light blue with gray. The ash is almost white and firm.The draw is flawless, just like the burn. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? You betcha.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 9
Draw: 9
Burn: 9
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7

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Guillermo Leon Grande Corona

Guillermo Leon is one of the main characters behind the success of La Aurora. Cigars were only a secondary business for the Leon family until Guillermo was appointed vice executive president of La Aurora in the early 90’s and with a dedicated team he built La Aurora to a household name for every cigar aficionado. Last year he was honored with the Guillermo Leon signature cigars. The cigars are a blend with fillers from Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic wrapped in a double binder, one from Cameroon for the sweetness, one ligero for the strength and then finished with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
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The cigars are not for sale in The Netherlands but a Dominican friend of mine, who lives in The Netherlands and has family that is tight with the Leons managed to get a box of the 6×47 corona grande and gave me a few. The wrapper is quite dark and oily with a few big veins. The color reminds me of dark chocolate. I like the band. I smell a strong hay and straw smell. The construction feels a bit hard. The predraw is fine and I taste peppery tobacco.
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I taste wood and straw, the flavors are dry and full. The flavors remind me of autumn leaves too. After a quarter of an inch I taste dry toast with herbs and a bit of citrus. After an inch I also taste some chocolate in the aftertaste. The chocolate disappears after a third and instead I taste herbal toast. Halfway the milky chocolate returns with herbs and a pleasant acidic flavor, I can’t specify what the acidic flavor tastes like but it isn’t citrus.
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The chocolate slowly grows stronger and the flavor is sticky. I still taste the herbs and the toast. After two thirds I taste pepper with the sticky chocolate, the toast and the herbs. The chocolate disappears and the toast gets stronger. The flavors are dry. The pepper disappears too and the final flavors are herbs and toast.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifty minutes. The smoke is thick and plentiful. The compact gray ash is firm and the burn is great. The draw is great too. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I hope they will be released in The Netherlands soon

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

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Padron 46th anniversary

I reviewed the Padron 45th anniversary yesterday, today I decided to review the younger sibling, the 46th anniversary by Padron. These cigars are quite exclusive and very pricy, in The Netherlands they have a fixed price of 32 euro. That steep price is due to the margin that the European distributer puts on the price. The Dutch distributer had to cut part of the usual margin so he could offer them for these prices. Time for Padron to sell straight to the Dutch distributer so we can get these smokes for a more reasonable price. The 46th anniversary corona gorda is a bit shorter but way thicker than the 45th anniversary with the 5½x56 size versus a 6×52. The blend was selected after smoking over a thousand test blends.
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The wrapper is dark, oily and leathery with hardly any veins. The cigar smells like hay and the construction feels great. My mouth starts to water just from the looks and the smell of this cigar and the knowledge that all anniversary cigars from Padron hit my sweetspot in the past. The predraw of this mild box pressed cigar is great, but I don’t get a lot of flavor from the predraw, just some sweetness.
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As soon as I light the cigar I taste a spicy but sweet coffee flavor and a lot of black pepper. The sweetness reminds me a bit of dark chocolate. That sweetness I only taste on the background though. After a quarter of an inch I taste herbs, chocolate and pepper as main flavors with the coffee as a support and a hint of nutmeg. The pepper slowly loses it strength while the chocolate grows in strength. I still taste some herbs and coffee too.

After a third some wood joins the flavor party in my mouth. The flavors are complex and full yet smooth at the same time. All of a sudden I taste some salted peanuts, a flavor that I never tasted in cigars and I like it. Salted peanuts, herbs and dark chocolate. Someone should turn that into candy, seriously. After two thirds the salty flavor disappears, just like the dark chocolate. I still taste a mild peanut flavor with some herbs. Near the end I only taste herbs with a mild sour flavor.
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This corona gorda gave me two hours and five minutes pleasure. I got a lot of thick white smoke and a great draw. The burn was great too and the light gray ash is very firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied and it burns clean, I purged it and got no flame going.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I could afford them.

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

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Falto legado

The Falto Legado is a corona gorda, 5½x47, that was created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of La Garita Cigar Co & Falto cigars. The cigar is made from a Nicaraguan wrapper and a Dominican binder filled with tobacco from both countries. I got this cigar from Luis Falto to review on my blog.
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The wrapper has a nice chocolate color and has a few big veins. I smell straw and a barnyard, the strength of the smell is medium. The construction feels good and so is the predraw, which tastes like spicy tobacco and raisin.
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I taste coffee, it is bitter but that bitter flavor disappears almost instantly. The coffee gets accompanied by some wood and after half an inch even some vanilla. After a third I taste a soapy flavor. That may sound disgusting, but it isn’t, it’s not bad at all. The cigar also has a sweet flavor to it and the wood flavor is a combination of all kinds of wood. This is very interesting, I have never experienced this before.
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Right before halfway the cigar gets a bit sweeter and once I passed the mid point of the cigar I also taste a hint of chocolate. All I can say is that this cigar is unique. The woodflavors are getting stronger after two thirds and I also taste a very mild cinnamon flavor near the end.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. I got a nice amount of smoke, that started out thin but got more body along the way. The draw and burn are good. The ash is medium dark and reasonably firm. This cigar is medium bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a cigar with a unique flavor profile, I liked it.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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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Chateau Real magnum 46 maduro

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. A few days ago, I smoked the magnum 46 with the claro wrapper and this time I smoked the maduro version of the same cigar. 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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The wrapper is nice and dark with a few thin veins and it looks dry. The construction feels good and the cigar has a bit of a floral aroma to it. The predraw is fine and tastes floral too.
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I taste chocolate, dark and a bit bitter, with some sweetness and a hint of an earthy flavor. After three quarters of an inch I also taste some herbs and a little salt. The chocolate remains the main flavor but halfway it gets accompanied by some pepper. The chocolate feels a bit sticky on my palate.
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The chocolate becomes stronger, it is like sucking on some dark chocolate and on the background I taste some hazelnuts. I still taste the pepper too. Near the end the cigar becomes quite spicy.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and thirty five minutes. The ash is white and is firm. The smoke is thick and white. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. The burn and the draw are very good.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will, this is a nice early in the day smoke for a friendly price

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: 8 / 10

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La Flor Dominicana 200 tubo

I like most La Flor Dominicana cigars and when I got my hands on this beautiful tubo I was pretty excited. According to the website these cigars are medium to full flavored and made with a Nicaraguan binder, an Ecuadorian Connecticut seed wrapper and a Piloto Cubana filler that is grown on the La Flor Dominicana estate farm.
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The tube is beautiful, black with a beautiful purple flower. Inside is a light brown colored 6×44 cigar with an oily wrapper with some veins. I smell wood and even a light cinnamon smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste a bit of a cardboard taste with a little spice.
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I taste dry wood with some pepper, but the pepper disappears almost immediately. I like the flavors although they are quite mild and flat.
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After an inch and a half the cigar gets a bit musty. Halfway the cigar gets a bit stronger and I taste herbs with the wood, and a mild sweetness.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty five minutes. The draw was really good, but the smoke is thin and I don’t get much smoke anyway. The ash is light colored and compact but not firm at all. The burn is straight as an arrow. I got a huge flame when purging. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored at most.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I had better La Flor Domincana cigars.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 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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