Posts Tagged With: Corona gorda

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, Guillermo Leon, Tabacalera La Aurora | Tags: , ,

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

Categories: Cubanica, Nicaraguan cigars, Padron | Tags: ,

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, Falto, Tabacalera La Aurora | Tags: ,

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

Categories: Chateau Real, Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , ,

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, La Flor Dominicana, Tabacalera La Flor | Tags: , ,

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

Categories: Chateau Real, Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , ,

La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #1

As I explained earlier with the review of the #3, this La Aroma del Caribe edicion especial #1 is the same as Ashton’s La Aroma de Cuba edicion especial #1, but with the European name and band. The cigars are made by Don Pepin Garcia from Nicaraguan tobacco with an Ecuadorian sun grown Cuban seed wrapper. This cigar recently became available on the Dutch market for a price of € 6.00
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The cigar is 5⅝x46 big and has a medium dark oily and leathery wrapper with a few thin veins. The wrapper feels quite silky. The smell is strong, an acidic barnyard smell. The construction is great, just like the predraw which tastes as peppery hay.
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I taste a peppery and herbal earth flavor with some coffee. The pepper fades away after a quarter of an inch. I taste a herbal earthy flavor, quite spicy and the herbs slowly grow to become the main flavor.
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After a third I taste wood with some herbs and a tiny bit of nutmeg on the background, which disappears before I reach the mid of the cigar. After two thirds I taste pepper, herbs and a carrot like flavor which I only tasted in an Oliva V maduro once.
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This cigar gave me ninety minutes of pleasure. I got a nice medium thick white smoke and a good draw. The burn is good too. The ash is dark, coarse and not firm at all. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, probably not a whole box, but every now and then a single

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

Categories: La Aroma de Cuba - Del Caribe, My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , ,

Illusione ~eccj~

When I first heard the name Illusione ~eccj~ I thought “isn’t that confusing” because of the European Cigar Cult Journal uses that acronym but then I read that this corona gorda was created to commemorate the 15 year anniversary of the magazine. ECCJ commissioned Illusione to make a cigar blended for the European palate, and Illusione tried to do that with 100% Nicaraguan tobacco, including a corojo wrapper leaf from Rosado claro shade that gives the cigar a reddish glow. Even though the cigars are Nicaraguan puros, they were made in Honduras. The ~eccj~ is a limited production, only 300 boxes of 15 were made.
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As I said, the cigar has a reddish glow due to the rosado leaf. The band is just like the other Illusione bands, small and white with golden letters. There are lots of small and thin veins on the wrapper. The construction feels good, although the cigar feels a bit oval instead of round or box-pressed. The predraw is on the loose side and I taste some wood.
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I taste a quite strong earth flavor with a pleasant metallic feel too it and a hint of chocolate. After half an inch the metallic flavor is gone and I taste earth and toast. The earth becomes less strong while the chocolate gains some power.
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Halfway the chocolate becomes dominant with earth and herbs on the background. After ⅔ the chocolate loses some of its strength and makes a nice mix with the herbal and earth flavors.
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The smoke time of this cigar is a bit disappointing, only 75 minutes. I got a reasonable amount of thick white smoke. The draw is on the loose side, but it’s not so loose that it bothers me. The ash is quite firm and has a salt & pepper color. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. I only got a small flame when I purged the cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish, this was a limited edition and sold out everywhere

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

Categories: Honduran cigars, Illusione, Raices Cubanas | Tags: , ,

Punch Royal Selection 11

This cigar was gifted to me by a Dutch friend on a herf at my place, so I don’t know the exact box code, all I know is that the cigar is a few years old and that Habanos is discontinuing them, so if you like these my advice is to stock up.
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The silky wrapper is nice and smooth but pale brown. I notice a few water spots and veins on the wrapper. The cigar has the classic Cuban barnyard smell. The construction feels good although the predraw is on the hard side. I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste that recognizable Cuban leather flavor with some sweetness. The sugar like sweetness slowly gains some strength. Halfway I also taste an Earth flavor and the sweetness gets a little weaker. This cigar is typical Cuban.
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The sweetness disappears all together and the classic Cuban mixture of earth and leather flavors grows in strength. I also taste some toast, which slowly becomes stronger. Near the end I also taste something fresh, a herbal freshness and some mild spice.
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This 5½x46 cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes and I got plenty of smoke, even though it was thin. The draw is good and I can’t complain about the burn either. The ash is medium dark gray and not very firm. I would say that this cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. When I purged it, I only got a small flame.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Depends, if I see a good deal, I might get a box. If I don’t see a good deal, well, then I won’t get a box.

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, La Corona, Punch (Habanos) | Tags: , ,

Colón Especiales III

Colón is a Panamanian puro by the German owned company Darier & Cleef. Their Colón Grand Vintage is their ultra premium and ultra expensive cigar. They also produce Marca Fina, a bundled budget cigar in several vitola’s and available as Panamanian, Honduran and Dominican puros, so you can really discover the taste differences in the tobaccos from these countries, Campo Verde, the first Fair Trade cigar ever and the Colón Especiales line which is much nicer priced with a price tag below 15 euro. I had a sit down with the owner and the Dutch representative Gerhard Weigl in the smoke lounge of restaurant Klein Kalfje in Amsterdam where we talked about cigars, promotion and so on.
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First thing I notice is the nice band, which has nice lettering but what really got my eyes were the golden dots that create the shape of Panama on the band. I think that is a nice touch. The light colored wrapper has lots of small thin veins and some spots. The wrapper is oily. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild barnyard and wood smell. I punched the cigar and got a great predraw with a mild wood flavor which is mild spicy. This Colón Especiales is 6 inch long and has a ring of 42.
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I taste a warm coffee flavor with some wood. It strikes me again that tobacco from Panama tastes so different than tobacco from other countries, much smoother. The flavors are full and complex. After an inch the coffee has disappeared and I taste herbs with wood and some earth. The flavors aren’t Cubanesque but the complexity of the cigar is. The flavors are mild sticky.
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Halfway I taste a nut flavor for a short amount of time as a support of the wood and earth. The herbal flavor is gone. The flavors are still full but smooth. After ⅔ the herbs return and become dominant rightaway with earth on the background. After ¾ the nut flavors return, I can taste hazelnuts and walnuts with the herbs.
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The smoke time of this cigar is about 90 minutes. The cigar produces a nice amount of thick white smoke. The draw and burn are very good. The salt & pepper colored ash isn’t very firm. There is a built up of nicotine in the cigar which leads to a nice flame while purging. This cigar is full flavored yet mild to medium bodied and quite complex. I would not smoke this right after a heavy dinner, but this is a very nice cigar late in the morning, early in the afternoon or after a light dinner.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it a lot.

Appearance: 7 / 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

Categories: Colón, Panamanian cigars | Tags: , ,

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