Posts Tagged With: Corona

Cigar of the month August

Just like every month I post the list of cigars I published that month in rating order, highest to lowest and in August I rated 15 cigars

The cigar with the highest rate in August is:

Don Fernando Corona with a 94 score.
Now as for the complete list of cigars I published at Cigarguideblog in August:

1) Don Fernando Corona(Nicaragua) 94 points
2) Mi Querida Sakakhan (Nicaragua) 94 points
3) 601 La Bomba Napalm (Nicaragua) 94 points
4) La Sagrada Familia Toro (Nicaragua) 91 points
5) Illusione ~hl~  Lancero (Honduras) 91 points
6) Rosalones Reserve Corona (Nicaragua) 91 points
7) Royal Danish Regal Blend Belicoso (Nicaragua) 91 points
8) Indian Motorcycles Habano Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
9) La Gloria Cuban Medaille D’Or #3 (Cuba) 89 points
10) Capadura 808 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 88 points
11) Capadura 808 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 87 points
12) Juan Clemente Club Selection #2 (Dominican Republic) 82 points
13) Juan Clemente Classic #2 (Dominican Republic) 82 points
14) Capadura 848 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 80 points
15) Capadura 898 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 72 points

 

Advertisements
Categories: Cigar of the month | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don Fernando Corona

Years ago, while very active on Cigar Asylum, I met Andrew Wood. He just finished high school and teamed up with an exchange student from Nicaragua and his brothers to make cigars in the small factory their family had. At least, that is how I remember the story. That small company, Guillen Diaz Wood aka GDW Cigars and the factory Guillen Cigars made two blends that because very popular very quickly on the board, Reserva Miraflor and Goviado. Popular in a way with a certain crowd that I can only compare to the decidation of the Jas Sum Kral crowd. And maybe, if Facebook would have been as big as it is now, those brands would still be around. But unfortunately they are not and Andrew has moved on to be a tobacco broker in Texas, Tabacos Mundial, and he helps quite some brands to get their goods to the US Market.

Now back in that day I helped Andrew a few times with planning, with the set up of group buys and I also arranged some group buys from The Netherlands, my country of origin, as Reserva Miraflor and Goviado became quite popular here too. And Andy appreciated it, he showed that in a very special way.


In may of 2009 I went on my first trip to the USA, with 3 other guys I did a road trip all along the east coast, we flew to Orlando, drove to Key Largo and from there all the way up to upstate New York. From there we flew to Las Vegas to spend the last few days of our trip. And about 30 other people from Cigar Asylum decided to come to Vegas too, to herf with us, including Andrew, with an amazing gift.

My nickname on Cigar Asylum is Don Fernando and Andy had a special blend made for me and gifted me a box of Don Fernando cigars with the Dutch flag incorporated on the box and on the ring. In total he had 24 boxes made, 6 boxes of Corona, Torpedo, Toro and Robusto, the other boxes were sold on the forum. I still have a few of the cigars left and it seemed appropriate to review the Don Fernando Corona on my birthday.


The wrapper feels silky but has a few veins running over the medium dark and oily wrapper. The construction feels good, and I must add that I had never had a cigar from Guillen Cigars that had any construction issue. The cigar is well capped with a triple cap. The ring is printed on shiny paper and is red white and blue colored, like our flag, with a silhouette of a cigar smoking man wearing a panama hat, as I did in those days. On the side it says Don Fernando and the ring has a double outline in black. The aroma is still quite strong, it reminds me of wood and pepper.


I cut the cigar and the cold draw gives me a perfect amount of resistance. I taste a little raisin flavor, pepper and spices all before lighting. After lighting it, with a soft flame ofcourse, I taste a nice coffee with a little bit of chocolate. I also taste some toast. After a centimeter I taste wood with toast and some sweetness. After a third it’s more of a dark chocolate flavor with a good amount of pepper in the back of my throat. Halfway it’s mostly pepper with a hint of dark chocolate and some metal. After two thirds it’s full on pepper but now with some nuts.


The smoke is thick and plentiful, just how I like it and the draw is perfect. The ash is almost white, dense and firm. The burn is sharp as can be. The evolution is fantastic. The smoke time is an hour and thirty minutes. This cigar is medium full bodied and full flavored.

Would I buy this cigar again? I wish that was possible, I would love to have a few extra boxes.

Score: 94
94

Categories: 94, Don Fernando, Guillen Cigars/GDW, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cigar of the month July

Late 2016 I had the plan to post a review every Wednesday and every Sunday in 2017 with an added review on the 15th of each month as a series of Lancero reviews but I reviewed so many cigars that I had to post more, so for a few cigars I did a ‘full series review in one’, I added a few special dates to commemorate certain people, celebrate birthdays, last month I did a full week of review and this month I posted two extra Oliva Master Blend reviews so that the 1, 2 and 3 were posted in line. So, just like last month, there are more cigars rated this month than I expected to do. And the first 4 cigars all came very close to each other, with just tenths of a points in difference.

The cigar with the highest rate in July is:

Oliva Master Blend 1 Churchill with a 94 score.

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published at Cigarguideblog in July:

1) Oliva Master Blend 1 Churchill (Nicaragua) 94 points
2) Oliva Master Blend 2 Robusto (Nicaragua) 94 points
3) Jas Sum Kral Da Cebak A (Nicaragua) 94 points
4) Ilja VII by My Father A (Nicaragua) 94 points
5) Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) Oliva Master Blend 3 Torpedo (Nicaragua) 92 points
7) Illusione ~hl~ Maduro Lancero (Honduras) 92 points
8) Lars Tetens Steampunk Toro (USA) 92 points
9) Don Pepin Garcia series JJ Maduro Toro (Nicaragua) 91 points
10) Puros de Hostos Box Pressed Toro (Dominican Republic) 91 points
       Vegas de Santiago D8 Robusto (Costa Rica) 91 points
12) Puros de Hostos Churchill (Dominican Republic) 91 points
13) Romeo y Julieta #2 Tubo (Cuba) 87 points
14) Padilla Artisan Perfecto (Nicaragua) 87 points
15) Te Amo World Selection Series Nicaraguan Blend Robusto (Mexico) 86 points
16) Te Amo World Selection Series Mexican Blend Robusto (Mexico) 85 points
17) Te Amo World Selection Series Honduran Blend Robusto (Mexico) 80 points
18) Te Amo World Selection Series Cuban Blend Robusto (Mexico) 79 points
19) Te Amo World Selection Series Dominican Blend Robusto (Mexico) 76 points

 

 

 


The first 12 cigars all rated 91 or higher, with two cigars with the exact same score on the 10th spot. The complete top 12 I would smoke again with pleasure. Number 14 on the list is one of the best looking cigars I ever smoked though but the top 6 are all limited editions that cannot be bought anymore.

Categories: Cigar of the month | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Romeo y Julieta No.2 Tubo

I started to smoke in december 2005 on a vacation to Asia. One of my closest friends is married to an Indonesian woman, they were going to Indonesia and Philip asked me to come along so he didn’t have to spend 4 weeks at his inlaws. So on december 14th we jumped on a plane to Singapore, spend 3 days in that beautiful city (where 11 years later I would get married to my Singaporean wife, but thats a whole other story) and before we got on the plane to Jakarta we bought a bottle of good whisky and a handful of premium Cigars. Cohiba, Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta. In Indonesia we would smoke a cigar every night with a glass of that whisky and I loved it so I decided to keep smoking cigars once I got back to The Netherlands. On the flight back I maxed out my creditcard at the cigar shop at Changi Airport on singles to have a wide variety and back in The Netherlands I started to sample. The cigar that really sparked my interest in the world of premium cigars was the Guantanamera Cristales, that might sound weird but I’ll explain. That cigar was so horrible that I realized that there is a lot off difference between cigars, that a cigar is not just a bunch of rolled up tobacco and I wanted to learn more.

 


I joined a Dutch board which I later owned and turned into the #1 source for premium cigars, news, reviews in Dutch until I had to give it away due to Dutch laws since I started to work in the industry and it would be considered advertising.  But that’s a side step, when I was new on that board someone joined and he bought a bankrupt cigar shop but he bought it so he could sell the cigarettes in his supermarket and he needed to unload the cigars cheap. I got a few boxes from that sale like a box of Partagas deluxe tubes and a few boxes of Romeo y Julieta No.2 tubos with a box date of december 2006 and I will be smoking one of those cigars now for a review.

 


The cigars are probably one of the first batches with the ‘new’ designed tubes, instead of the aluminum colored tubes that Habanos used before these tubes are white with a red cap, the Romeo y Julieta band printed on the tube as well as the name and the type ‘romeo no.2’. I twist off the cap and I find a medium brown, think milk chocolate, wrapper with a thin yet high veins but also here and there a sparkle of the minerals that the wrapper contains. The construction feels great and the cap is nicely finished. The ring is small and red with a white outline, golden decorations and white lettering saying romeo y julieta habana and in the centre rodriguez aguelles y Co. The cigar has a nice, quite strong, deep and dark soil and manure aroma.

 


I cut the cigar and find a little tight draw with a fresh but peppery hay flavor. I used a soft flame to light the cigar and straight on i taste coffee with a little freshness. After a few puffs the flavors change to a more leather flavor with a hint of chocolate. After a third it’s a mix of leather, wood and something metallic. In the aftertaste I taste a faint chocolate. After two thirds I taste leather, some nuttiness and pepper, and the pepper slowly gets stronger.

 


The smoke is medium thick and medium in volume but beautifully white. The draw is just a little tight and I really mean a little. The ash is gray with dark smears but firm. The burn is great. The cigar is medium bodied, medium full flavored but lacks evolution. The smoke time is an hour and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I still have over half a box left, so for now I won’t but its a decent cigar after 10 years of aging but the lack of evolution and the less than perfect draw play a big part in the score.

Score: 87

87

Categories: 87, Cuban cigars, Romeo y Julieta (Habanos), Romeo y Julieta Factory | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Inca Secret Blend Crystals Lonsdale

I got this cigar from a cigar distributer that asked me for my opinion so he can decide weather to carry these cigars or not. So I went online to learn something about the brand as I never heard of them. I did know that there is some tobacco cultivation being done in Peru, I once met a Dutch pensionado that made cigars in Peru with his Italian business partner, his cigars were okay but way to expensive for what you got. So the claim on the Inca Cigars website that they are the only Peruvian puro on the market isn’t true, Polman Recency is also a Peruvian puro.


What I read on the website is that Inca Cigars is partly owned by Mitchel Orchant, a name that a lot of European cigar aficionados will know as he was (or is) the face of C.Gars LTD and the factory is owned by Gennaro Lettieri which to me sounds quite Italian and what are the odds that two Italians own a cigar factory in a non traditional Cigar producing country? So I expect that the Polman Regency that I mentioned and smoked before is produced in the exact same factory. While browsing for information I got a little confused as the cigars are sold in the UK under the name Inka with a K and in the US under the name Inca with a C and Alec Bradley is handling the distribution in the US.


As for the cigar, its a 6×40 lonsdale btw, once I took it out of its cellophane wrapping I saw a very rustic wrapper with veins in a Connecticut shade like light color. The cigar has a pig tail which I like but the cap is huge and that combined with the rough appearance of the wrapper doesn’t make the cigar appealing. The construction feels good although all along the back I feel a ridge that probably comes from the cigar molds and as I wrote in the previous sentence, the cap looks horrible. The ring is beautiful though, with a nice blue background, white lettering, a picture of an Inca and golden details. It also says 100% puro and the back says “rich, smooth and satisfying’. The cigar has a very pleasant and quite full hay aroma.


I cut the cigar with a flat cut, the cold draw is a bit tight. I taste salty raisin with a spicy aftertaste. I lit the cigar with a soft flame and taste a spicy coffee with a citrus sour aftertaste. After a centimeter it’s mainly lemon like acidity. After an inch I taste some dry wood and a little bit of chocolate. After a third the cigar turns musty, like I’m smoking a Connecticut shade cigar. I also taste some acidity. After two thirds i taste some nuts, a little bit of pepper and still the acidity.


The draw is a little tight. The ash is silver gray and dense, but it isn’t firm. The smoke is medium thick and medium in amount. The burn is straight. This cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored at most. The smoke time is an hour and twenty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, it might be appealing for the lovers of the milder Cubans but it isn’t a cigar for my palate.

 

Score: 82

82

Categories: 82, Inca, Peruvian cigars, Tabacalera del Oriente | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Malfetano corona

I first heard about Malfetano cigars on facebook and as far as I can tell, the brand is owned by the same owner as the Azon Cigar Lounge in Agawam, Massachusetts, where I herfed with my masshole friends back in 2009. These cigars aren’t available in The Netherlands but one of those masshole friends bombed me with a fiver, amongst them were two 5½x42 Malfetano coronas. I learned that the cigars are made by Alec Bradley for Malfetano and the cigars are made from Honduran and Nicaraguan filler, and a Criollo 98 binder and wrapper.
120324malfetanocorona1
The wrapper is quite dark and oily. I see a few long thin veins and smell a medium strong barnyard smell. The band is too detailed, which makes the picture of the Italian town a bit blurry. The construction feels good, the predraw is fine and I taste some tobacco.
120324malfetanocorona2
I taste sweet chocolate with a musty wood and mushroom flavor, the flavors also remind me of autumn leaves. After a third I taste something sweet with some citrus, some herbs, a hint of pepper and some straw. The cigar is quite spicy.
120324malfetanocorona3
The flavors don’t develop a lot, halfway I taste some cinnamon with the other flavors but it’s not really pleasant. After two thirds the cigar gets unpleasant spicy. I taste some wood, herbs and cinnamon, but none of the flavors is dominant.
120324malfetanocorona4
This cigar lasted me an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. The smoke is thick but the ash, which is white colored with black stripes and coarse, isn’t firm. The cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
120324malfetanocorona5
Would I buy this cigar again? No, I was a tad bit disappointed

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

Categories: Honduran cigars, Malfetano, Raices Cubanas | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

La Sirena sea spirit

La Sirena is the latest addition to the My Father cigars portfolio. The cigar was released right after I returned from Miami and it is not available in The Netherlands yet, but thanks to a friend I got my hands on this 5½x42 corona sized smoke called the Sea Sprite. The La Sirena is named after the legendary mermaids. It is made from a Nicaraguan criollo 98 and Nicaraguan corojo 96 filler with a double binder, a Nicaraguan corojo and a Nicaraguan habano with a Nicaraguan Connecticut broadleaf wrapper.
120310lasirenacorona1
The first thing I notice is the huge cigar band, it covers at least half the cigar. The wrapper is dry and dark with one thing but long vein. The construction feels good. I smell a strong horse stable smell. The predraw is good and tastes like tobacco.
120310lasirenacorona2
I taste a spicy coffee with some chocolate like sweetness. After half an inch the coffee disappears. The chocolate like sweetness remains with some dry herbs and wood. The chocolate slowly grows in strength with some herbs. I taste some spice on my palate.
120310lasirenacorona3
The chocolate disappears, the cigar gets more of a wood flavor with a unique mixture of herbs. Halfway the chocolate returns again. After two thirds I taste a lot of herbs with pepper and a sweetness. The wood and chocolate have gone. Near the end I taste some wood and coffee again.
120310lasirenacorona4
This cigar lasted me for ninety minutes. I got a decent amount of smoke. The draw is great, just like the burn. The ash is light colored and firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I thought it was more subtle than any other Don Pepin cigar I smoked so far.
120310lasirenacorona5
Would I buy this cigar again? Most likely.

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

Categories: La Sirena, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

El Original maduro corona

El Original is the award winning houseblend of the Island Smoke shop on Key Largo, Florida. I visited the shop on several occasions and I reviewed the El Original maduro lancero and the El Original claro lancero in the past. On my last trip to Florida I bought another box of the claro lancero but I also bought a sampler with a few other sizes, all rolled in the USA.
110912eloriginalmadurocorona1
The El Original Maduro corona measures 5½x44 and has a spotty, dry and dark wrapper with quite some veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and a good construction. The predraw is fine and I taste spicy tobacco.
110912eloriginalmadurocorona2
I taste sweet pepper with a hint of dark chocolate and some coffee. After those first flavors I taste some oak with herbs. The flavors are quite dry.
110912eloriginalmadurocorona3
After an inch I taste a lot of herbs with some wood as supporting flavor. Halfway I taste wood with herbs, full but smooth and very pleasant. After two thirds I still taste the wood and herbs but now with some nuts.
110912eloriginalmadurocorona4
This cigar lasted me for an hour. I got a lot of thick gray smoke. The ash is white colored and firm. This cigar has a good burn and draw. The flavors are full and the body is medium to full.
110912eloriginalmadurocorona5
Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I’m in Florida I have to stock up

Appearance: 7 / 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

Categories: American cigars, El Original | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment

Partagas DeLuxe

A few years ago, a cigar shop went bankrupt and a supermarkt owner bought all tobacco products. All he wanted were the cigarettes, so he joined one of the Dutch cigar boards and offered the leftover cigars for a bargain price. Amongst those cigars were boxes of the Romeo y Julieta #2 tubos and Partagas Deluxe tubos from 2006. I bought a few boxes. The cigars are hand made since 2002 but were packed in the old golden tubos.
110823partagasdeluxe1
The wrapper is pale and rough and it looks dry. I like the weird Partagas band better than the normal Partagas band. The construction feels good and the cigar smells like wood. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin.
110823partagasdeluxe2
I taste smooth coffee with earth and wood, kind of plywood, not the usual oak or cedar. But that doesn’t mean the flavors aren’t nice, they actually are. After an inch I can’t taste coffee anymore. I taste wood, earth, herbs and something sweet. The flavors are mild creamy.
110823partagasdeluxe3
The sweetness fades away. Halfway I taste earth and herbs, smooth but nice. The flavors are well balanced but not complex. Slowly a mild milk chocolate flavors joins the smooth earth and herbs. After two thirds I taste some cinnamon with earth and some smooth herbs. The chocolate has gone.
110823partagasdeluxe4
The smoke time of this 5½x40 cigar is an hour and ten minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. I got a nice thick smoke. The ash is dark gray and not firm at all. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
110823partagasdeluxe5
Would I buy this cigar again? I might, depending on the price

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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

Categories: Cuban cigars, Partagas (Habanos), Partagas Factory | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Manja Andringa custom rolled cuban corona

This cigar was rolled on the Habanos day, organized by Cubacigar Benelux and Havana House Voet from Haarlem. All the attendees had the opportunity to join a masterclass with master torcedor Jimmy Sotolongo. I sat next to Manja Andringa from Andringa Tobacco, a small, cozy shop with a nice selection of cigars in the city centre of Amsterdam. When we got the leaves to roll the cigar she said the leaves were too dry, I joked that she should pour some white wine over them and to my surprise she did. She gave me the finished product to smoke and review.
110819manja1
The wrapper is quite oily and dark with lots of veins. The construction has some soft spots, but hey, this was only the third cigar Manja ever rolled and I think she did a great job, the cigar actually had a cigar shape, something I couldn’t manage. The cigar has a mild barnyard and fruit flavor. The size is 5¾x44. The predraw is fine and tastes fruity, like white wine.
110819manja2
I taste a sweet cinnamon with leather flavor and the wrapper comes loose at the mouthpiece. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with some black pepper. After half an inch I taste a sweet and mild acidic fruit flavor with the leather and the pepper. After an inch I still taste that fruity and pleasant sour white wine flavor with some wood and spices.
110819manja3
After a third I taste dry wood, an acidic fruit flavor and cinnamon. Halfway I get more pepper but it never gets overpowering, with some wood, herbs and still that fresh, sour fruit flavor from the white wine. The herbs slowly get stronger until it is time to finish the cigar.
110819manja4
This cigar lasted me an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The firm ash is silver gray. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
110819manja5
Appearance: 7 / 10

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, Custom Rolled (Habanos) | Tags: , | Leave a comment

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.