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Cigar of the month October

It’s the end of October, so it’s time to publish the list with best cigar of the month. What’s the best cigar I rated this month and what’s the worst?

The cigar with the highest rate in October is  is:

Jas Sum Kral Kralot pre-release toro

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Jas Sum Kral Kralot pre-release Toro (Nicaragua) 95 points
2) Puros de Hostos Commendador Lancero (Dominican Republic) 93 points
3) Ortega Wild Bunch Fast Eddie (Nicaragua) 92 points
4) Cigars of Habanos Custom Rolled 52 (Cuba) 92 points
5) Ortega Wild Bunch Wild Bill (Nicaragua) 91 points
6) Ortega Wild Bunch Gearhead Gary (Nicaragua) 91 points
7) Ortega Wild Bunch Da Byrdman (Nicaragua) 91 points
8) Xiphos CR Short Panatella (Costa Rica) 90 points
9) Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli Robusto (Nicaragua) 90 points
10) Ortega Wild Bunch Dandy McCoy (Nicaragua) 90 points
11) Viaje Zombie Shotgun Shell (Honduras) 90 points
12) Ortega Wild Bunch Island Jim (Nicaragua) 89 points
13) Montecristo A (Cuba) 88 points
14) Tatuaje Monster Mummy (Nicaragua) 88 points
15) Ortega Wild Bunch Iron Mike (Nicaragua) 87 points




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Cigars of Habanos Custom Rolled 52

As you might have read in a few of my older reviews, my wife is from Singapore so it’s natural that I’ve been to Singapore more than a few times and during my travels I met a few fine cigar aficionados there that I always try to meet up with and have a smoke or two when I’m in town. And since I have a huge stash of cigars and the prices here in Europe are much nicer than the insane prices in Singapore I always bring something to share, on my last trip it was a Undercrown Flying Pig, but one of the original releases, the limited edition for The Netherlands since my friend Jason had never smoked a flying pig.

Jason offered me a cigar in return that I had never smoked, a custom rolled cigar in the Cohiba Behike 52 size, made for the famous Hong Kong based webshop Cigars of Habanos. I guess they are so close to the management of Habanos and such good clients that they can have custom rolls made with Cuban tobacco to sell on their website. Since the best Cubans in general are the custom rolled or farm rolled cigars, because the rollers take time to create something good instead of rushing the cigars out, I am curious about this cigar.

Now the cigar, that comes in bundles and without ring to reduce costs, has no ring and that creates an issue since I rate the ring for my final score. So what I do is don’t rate it and divide the final number with 95 instead of 100 to offset the lack of the ring. The silky smooth and oak looking wrapper has a few veins. The cigar is well packed, quite hard to the touch but evenly hard and the tiny flag cap makes it a nice looking cigar. The mild aroma is quite interesting, it smells like sweet cookie dough with a little vanilla.

I cut the cigar, the cold draw is a little on the loose side with a spicy sultana flavor. After lighting with a torch I taste coffee with some sugar. Soon after the flavors change to cedar and cinnamon with some icing sugar. After a third I taste some cedar with fresh cut green herbs, cilantro and basil. Halfway I taste cedar with cinnamon and vanilla, all subtle and balanced. Near the end the cigar gets sweeter and spicier again with a little pepper.

The draw is fine and the smoke is thick and white. The light colored ash is firm and the burn is straight. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The cigar is subtle and balanced. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? I liked it so yeah.

Score: 92


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Don Fernando custom rolled

At the Habanos day, that Cubacigar Benelux, the official distributer of Cuban cigars in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg, organised little over a month ago we all got to roll a Cuban cigar as part of a masterclass by Jimmy Sotolongo, a master roller and teacher from Habanos S.A. My attempt was not the best looking cigar, to put it mildly.
The 5¾x52 cigar is almost as long as a toro but looks awful. It isn’t straight, it has a lot of veins, spots and the construction has plenty of soft spots. The single cap is terrible, worst I have ever seen. The construction and cap were so bad that I couldn’t even punch the cigar, I had to cut it. The draw is very light and I taste tobacco.
I taste wood and an earthy flavour, quite full. After half an inch I mainly taste leather with some earth, the flavours are spicy and full.
After a third I taste more earth and wood with some spiciness, the leather has gone. After two thirds the cigar gets very spicy, I taste a lot of herbs and a pinch of pepper.
This cigar lasted me for fifty minutes. The draw was very loose. I got a lot of smoke and the pepper & salt coloured ash was firm. This cigar had a beautiful burn and is full flavoured yet medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? I will try rolling cigars again

Appearance: 3 / 10
Construction: 6/ 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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Albin Raul Mustelier Custom rolled toro

The day I flew to Florida last october the Cuban master roller Albin Raul Mustelier started his tour through The Netherlands and Belgium, but fortunately some of my friends, who went to see this maestro torcedor in action, thought of me and when I got home I got three different custom rolled Cubans made by Mustelier.
The oily wrapper has a milky chocolate color and is a bit shiny. You can see it is a custom rolled cigar that hasn’t been pressed long enough as it is slightly curved. The construction feels good though and I smell a classic Cuban barnyard with some wood. The predraw is fine and I taste some raisin with pepper.
I taste a sweet yet peppery and mild bitter coffee flavor with is quite smooth. After half an inch the flavors change to a mild peppery leather which is creamy and smooth. There is still a little bit of coffee left but without the sweetness and the bitterness.
After an inch I taste leather with pepper and a hint of chocolate, the flavors are bold yet smooth and creamy., After a third I taste wood with a hint of a mild bitter cocoa. The cigar is less creamy than before. After two thirds the wood gets a bit sweet and I even taste a nut flavor. The creaminess has completely disappeared.
This cigar almost lasted for two hours, it came five minutes short. The draw is a little bit too loose. I got a lot of medium thick smoke. The frayed ash is silver gray but not firm at all. The cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. I got a big flame while purging.
Would I buy this cigar again? Next time Albin Raul Mustelier can roll some more smokes for me. I will let the other two rest, they will possibly be getting a lot better with some age.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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E.L.V.I.S. 2009

In june 2009 a Dutch friend & me visited Las Vegas with two friends from Florida. A bunch of other friends from Cigar Asylum flew to Las Vegas too to herf with us, which was amazing. While planning our trip and this herf, the Las Vegas part of the trip got the name E.L.V.I.S. which stands for Epic Las Vegas International Smokefest. Andrew Wood from Guillen Cigar was coming too, so I asked him to make a special E.L.V.I.S. cigar. Unfortunately the cigars were stuck in customs, but we were able to buy bundles short after I got back home in The Netherlands.
The first thing I notice is the beautiful shape, the top of the cigar is quite slender. The cigar has a nice color of milk chocolate and the wrapper only has a few minor veins. The cigar has a nice hay smell. The construction feels good. The wrapper has a dry leather look to it. The predraw of this 6 x 50 torpedo is good and I taste raisin.
First flavors I get are earth and coffee but after an inch the coffee disappears. Wood takes the place of the coffee. The flavors are quite dry.
Halfway I taste some herbs and wood, the cigar is mild sweet too. After ⅔ the wood gets stronger, the cigar is still a bit sweet and the earth flavor is gone.
The smoke time of this one dimensional but pleasant cigar is 90 minutes. The draw is good and I got a reasonable amount of smoke. The burn is good and the firm ash is light colored. I would call this a medium bodied and medium flavored cigar.
Would I buy this cigar again? I still have half a bundle, so no. This was a limited production, I don’t evne know if Andy has any left.

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

Categories: E.L.V.I.S., Guillen Cigars/GDW, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , , , ,

Macanudo 1968 gigante *fresh rolled*

I went to see a roller, Christian Galvan, who works for General cigars at one of my favorite B&M’s in Amsterdam, Hartman cigars at the Beethovenstraat. Christian Galvan was there to roll cigars as part of the release of the Macanudo 1968 in The Netherlands. I smoked one right on the spot, and I brought one home to review and here it is.
Macanudo came with this new blend and named it “1968” as that was the year that Cifuentes blended the original Macanudo café, so this is a cigar in his memory. The cigar is blended with tobacco from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, part of the filler comes from the remote island of Ometepe, which is located in the lake of a volcano. The binder is a Connecticut Habano and the wrapper is Honduran San Agustin Havana seed.
The size of this fresh rolled cigar is 5.5 x 52 which is not a regular production size, it’s in between the 6 x 54 toro and the 5 x 50 robusto. The cigar smells like hay. The construction feels good though the draw is a bit on the loose side and gives me a mild peppery raisin flavor. The wrapper is smooth, oily and dark.

I can taste toast, coffee and some pepper at the back of my throat. After a few puffs I also taste some bean but that flavor disappears soon, just like the toast. A chocolate flavor shows itself through the peppery coffee. After an inch the pepper joins the flavors that disappeared before and all I can taste is coffee with chocolate, of which the chocolate is slowly becoming the dominant flavor, but the flavors are well balanced.
After reaching the 1/2nd point of the cigar I get some toast again and at 2/3rd the chocolate disappears for just a few puffs. The grand finale brings me some cedar with chocolate and later some nuts and chocolate.

I get a lot of smoke, the smoke is a bit thin though. The ash is silver-gray and firm. The draw is fine and the burn is great, straight and it won’t die easily. I didn’t need to purge this cigar and could still nub it. This is a full flavored full bodied cigar, but the full bodyness is sneaky, because of the overwhelming flavors you don’t notice and realize that this is a powerful stick.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it, but this was a 2 day old fresh rolled cigar, I don’t know if the cigars that are commercially available have the same flavor palate.

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, General Cigar Dominicana S.A.S., Macanudo | Tags: , ,

Johnny O toro

Johnny O is an American based roller that rolls farm rolled custom cigars in small batches, and it seems that every batch has a different flavor profile, depending on the tobacco he can get. The cigars are hard to get, and I was lucky enough to get this ring 54 and 6 ½ long Toro from an American friend.
The wrapper is nice chocolaty dark, smooth and oily with not a lot of veins. The aroma is a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is good though dry with a slight raisin flavor that I seem to get from the predraw with a lot of cigars.
After lighting the cigars I taste some earthy flavors with a hint of leather. After a few puffs the leather grows to be the dominant flavor with some pepper on the tongue and a slight sweetness. The smoke makes my mouth feel dry. After an inch the leather fades away and I get a sweet mellow chocolate that slowly grows in strength. A toast flavor shows up and the flavors get a little creamy. After smoking ½ of the cigar I also taste a slightly salt nut flavor, hazelnuts I guess. The saltiness stays with the nuts and the chocolate for the remainder of the cigar, the nutty flavor grows stronger slowly.
The smoke is a bit thin although the smoke became thicker near the end. The cigar produced enough smoke. The ash is frayed and quite dark while the burn is a little below average, I had to correct a few times. I think this is a medium/full bodied cigar, full flavored.
Would I buy this cigar again? If I can get them, yes I will

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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