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Cigar of the month February

Over the last month I reviewed 8 cigars with my new 100 point rating system and the cigar of the month february is:

Viking Robusto by Viking Cigar with a 93 score

In January all of the scores were 89 and up, but since it was my first month of rating cigars with the 100 point system you could wonder it there was enough room to get a wider spread in scores, well this month that question is answered with a low score of 85 and a high score of 93.

Now as for the complete list of cigars I smoked in February for Cigarguideblog:

1) Viking Cigar Viking Robusto (Dominican Republic) 93 points
2) Casa Magna Colorado Lancero (Nicaragua) 91 points
3) Davidoff Colorado Claro Anniversario #3 (Dominican Republic) 91 points
4) Oliva series V Maduro Short Robusto (Nicaragua) 91 points
5) Jas Sum Kral Maduro Toro (Nicaragua) 90 points
6) CLE Corojo 11/18 (Honduras) 90 points
7) La Estancia Robusto (Honduras) 86 points
8) H. Upmann Half Corona (Cuba) 85 points

The high score for the Viking was a bit of a surprise to me for two reasons:
– I never really liked the cigars that they made before (Amero, Chess, Hawk) and even though they changed factory I had some prejudice.
– I never had a cigar made my Ernesto Perez Carrillo that impressed me a lot

But this cigar is fantastic, the best Dominican cigar I smoked in a while.

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Davidoff Colorado Claro Aniversario #3

In my walk-in humidor I like to keep every cigar in the box it came in but in reality that’s impossible due to a few reasons including the space that I would need and because I have lots of single sticks that I either bought as a single, traded or got gifted without the box. So those cigars are in a few ‘miscellaneous’ boxes and today I grabbed a cigar from one of those boxes with my eyes closed. Turned out I grabbed the 6×50 Davidoff Colorado Claro Aniversario #3.


To be honest, Davidoff never really was one of my favorites, most of them are too mild and plain boring to my palate and way to expensive when you compare value for money. Yes, I did enjoy the Millennium Blend Lancero a lot but all the regular stuff isn’t my cup of tea but since they woke up and revamped the brand with the Nicaragua, Escurio and Yamasa the brand came back on my radar. I really liked the Nicaragua, the Escurio was good too and I have yet to try the Yamasa. I still think that they overcharge though but maybe i’m just cheap. Now back to this Davidoff Colorado Claro, it didn’t ring a bell so I went to the Davidoff website but no mention of the Colorado Claro at all. Time for a google search and I found a little bit of information. It turns out that the Colorado Claro is a rare sight, a small batch production with a sun grown Ecuadorean Colorado wrapper and Dominican filler and binder. The cigar has a feisty price tag of more than 20 USD and therefor confirms my prejudice on the price point of Davidoff cigars. Lucky for Davidoff I don’t score on value for money.


The reddish brown wrapper looks beautiful and is silky to the touch, the classic Davidoff ring is accompanied by a second ring in the same white with golden lettering but with a burgundy detail. Simple yet classy. The construction feels good, but hey, it is a Davidoff and they do know how to roll a well made cigar otherwise they wouldn’t be so famous right? The cigar has a medium strong barnyard aroma, very pleasant. I decided to punch the cigar, which led to a great cold draw with a little raisin and pepper.


I taste a nice espresso with a little pepper. This is much spicier than I expected from an offspring of the classic Davidoff series. After a centimeter I taste wood with a little metallic flavor on the background and a little hint of pepper. After an inch the pepper gets stronger again, the metallic flavor mellows out. After a third the cigar has a nice mixture of wood, pepper and a little bit of that metallic flavor. Slowly the metallic grows stronger and I also taste a tiny hint of dark chocolate. Halfway all of a sudden the flavor turns to nutty with pepper and far far on the background some dark chocolate. After the two thirds mark the main flavor is pepper and the pepper keeps growing with the nuts as a supporting flavor.


The draw is a bit loose, which caused the smoke to start out thin but it got better quickly, thick and white. The ash is white, dense and thick. The burn is pretty sharp, not razor sharp but close enough. This is a medium full cigar, full flavored. This cigar gave me two hours of enjoyment.

Would I buy this cigar again? I might, for a special occasion but the hefty price tag makes it impossible for me to smoke it on a regular basis.

Score: 91

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Davidoff Millenium blend lancero

These Davidoff Millennium blend cigars are high praised and high prices. Made from a Dominican filler that has been aged for four years and an especially for Davidoff grown sun grown wrapper from Ecuador this cigar is the fullest bodied cigar in the Davidoff portfolio. I have boycotted Davidoff for years due to a crap customer service but since the Dutch importer stepped up I lifted my personal ban and bought a Davidoff Millennium blend lancero for € 16,00, which is expensive for a 7½x40 lancero.
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The cigar looks great with the light colored wrapper that has a few veins and a nice pigtail. The bands are stylish and the cigar has a hay smell. The construction feels good, the predraw is great and tastes fresh.
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I taste white pepper with coffee, leather and an earthy flavor. The pepper disappears almost completely after a few puffs. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with some subtle herbs and a tiny bit of pepper in the aftertaste. After an inch and a half I taste a mellow wood with some cacao on the background. After a third I taste some musty wood with herbs.
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Halfway the mustiness disappears, I taste a bit more herbs and the cigar is spicy on the tongue. There is some green pepper on the background. After two thirds I taste herbs with some wood and a peppery aftertaste. Slowly the flavors are getting peppery with red pepper on the lips.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash turns darker along the way and isn’t very firm. The burn is beautiful. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, I liked the cigar but it is too expensive

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

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Bundle Selection lonsdale

Bundle selection is a brand specially made for the European market. They come, as the name already suggests, in bundles and are quite cheap. Due to the price they are quite popular, especially with young smokers or starters.
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This 6 ¼ x 45 Lonsdale is made out of Dominican seco and Honduran filler, a java binder and a Sumatra seed wrapper from Mexico. The cigars don’t have a cigar band, they are packed in cello and there are 16 in a bundle. The wrapper has a lot of veins, but the construction feels good and the predraw is fine, it gives me a raisin flavor.
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This cigar is musty, sweet and musty and not a lot of other flavors. After an inch I get a faint musty hay flavor. It’s not Cremosa bad, but just musty. Little over 1/2nd of the cigar I can taste some chocolate and musty wood. The smoke gets a bit thicker. I am glad that the turning point of this cigar comes early.
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The smoke is quite thin and the ash is crooked and light colored. The burn is pretty straight. Due to the price and the mild/medium character of this cigar makes it a nice smoke for a starter.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I might have liked these when I was a start, but I moved on.

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

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Avo 75th anniversary

I got this 7 x 50 Double Corona in a trade with another Dutch botl. This was the first ever Avo LE and was released in 2001. The blend became so popular that Avo decided to turn this into a regular production stick and named it the Signature line.
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The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper isn’t very nice, lots of veins, the color isn’t very attractive too. The construction feels good though and the predraw is just fine. The cigar has a mild hay aroma.

090624avo75th2I can taste some bitter hay and coffee, the structure of the flavors is very dry. The hay flavor soon disappears and I am stuck with a mild bitter coffee. After an inch the bitterness disappears and I discover some mild chocolate underneath the coffee. The structure is still very dry. Halfway the coffee is gone too and all I taste is a mild to medium dry chocolate flavor until that flavor disappears into nothing around the 2/3rd mark. I taste absolutely nothing for a while until the chocolate returns.
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I get lots of smoke from this stick and the burn is fine. The ash is light colored and frayed. This is a mild to medium stogie, both in flavor and body.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar has nothing special, it’s not a bad stick, but not worth smoking again when there are so many better sticks out there

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

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The Griffin’s XXIII Limited Edition 2007

I bought a couple of these The Griffins XXIII when they were released in 2007 even though I wasn’t impressed by any of the other The Griffins I smoked in the past. I bought it because I hoped that a Limited Edition would be better than the original releases and because I really liked the carbon look tubes.
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This Dominican 5 ¼ x 52 robusto has a nice light colored smooth silky wrapper. The cigar has a mild aroma of dry straw & hay. The predraw is good and gives me a dry, mild spicy wood flavor. The cigar feels well constructed.
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I taste a cedar flavor with a dry structure. On the background, far on the background, I can also taste a dry milky chocolate. The chocolate is hard to discover. After an inch I also get a dry grass/hay flavor through the cedar. The flavors slowly come together until they are quite well balanced. There is also a floral flavor noticeable.
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Halfway the cedar and the chocolate grow a bit in strength but the flavors are still medium at most. This cigar is quite one dimensional but consistent. It would make a nice morning or lunch cigar. I paid 8.50 euro for this cigar
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The amount of smoke is mediocre and it is quite thin. The ash is medium gray and quite firm. The burn and draw are good. This is a medium flavored and mild to medium bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I would smoke it though it someone gave it to me, it’s not a bad cigar and I enjoyed it, but I think these are sold out and if not I can get better cigars in the same price range.

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

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Avo LE07

Avo releases a limited edition each year for a number of years now, and the LE07 is a nice ring 48 toro, 5 5/8 inch long with a nice yet little bumpy wrapper with a nice vein. This limited (only 4000 boxes) cigar as a light aroma and an easy, maybe too easy, predraw.

First I taste leather and then some cedar, with a dry feeling to it. There is a light pepper on the background and a bit liquorices like flavor too. Then the leather and cedar return to the surface again. After smoking half the cigar the pepper grows a bit in strength but it never overpowers the leather and cedar. There is not much progression in flavors, but the flavors are very consistent

The draw is a bit too easy, the burn is great and the smoke is nice, white and full enough.

Would I buy this cigar again? If they were still available, yes.

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

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Private Stock robusto

Private Stock is a Dominican brand and they sell both longfillers and mediumfillers. The particular cigar I smoked was a longfiller, type Robusto with a 50 ring and a 130mm length. The wrapper is nice and silky and the cigar has the nice smell of dried hay.

When I light the cigar I can taste distinct leather with a bit of wood. The leather is consistent throughout the whole cigar, but the wood disappears soon. There is not a lot going in this cigar, its just leather, leather and leather and right before the turning point a hint of cacao. The turning point comes pretty early.

The draw wasn’t easy from the start but gets heavier and heavier to the point where I have to stick a toothpick through the cigar just to get the draw going again. The burn is ok though, no problems there. The ash is firm, but the smoke is medium, which might have something to do with the difficult draw.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar isn’t good enough for me.

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

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