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Reinado Habanito

Every year you see a few boutique blends pop up, gain a lot of publicity and popularity in the social media bit most of the times those brands fade away into oblivion too. I guess your cigars have to be extremely well to keep the cigar aficionados coming back to your cigars and your online presence has to be on top of everything to keep customers loyal and tied to your brand. A few brands know how to do that and grow, but most fade away after a short while and that’s exactly the case with this Reinado brand that was the hottest new kid on the block for a few months and is now the missing kid on the back of a milk carton.


The Reinado line is or was a Nicaraguan puro and the tobacco underwent a unique fermenting procedure according to the brand, but I can’t find any explanation online what made their fermentation unique. All the tobaccos used are aged minimum of five years, but that’s also not unique. The whole story reminds me of Puros de Hostos, a brand that was very popular for a short time in The Netherlands, with a story about quadruple fermentation, aged tobaccos and yes, those cigars were amazing but such marketing stories only last for a short time.


I am smoking the Habanito today, a petit corona, 4×38 short and thin. The habano rosado wrapper looks great, medium dark brown with a mild reddish glow and it feels a bit leathery. The construction feels good with a beautiful shaped head of the cigar. The ring is a bit of a “why copy a Cuban ring again?” kinda thing, its a straight up copy from the Ramon Allones ring, burgundy with gold, a golden logo in the centre and white letters. It’s something I dislike, stop copying Cuban rings, Nicaraguan cigars are way to good to need to resort to this kind of thievery. But since I’m not rating on sentiment but on how the ring looks, the color scheme, the print quality the ring still gets a good grade. I smell a mild aroma, an almost dusty wood with a little floral smell.


I cut the cigar since it’s too thin to punch. The cold draw is good with a mild raw tobacco flavor and a little pepper in the aftertaste. I lit the cigar with a soft flame. I taste a great coffee flavor, smooth yet full with a very mild honey sweetness and some pepper in the aftertaste. After a quarter of an inch I taste a nice oaky nutty flavor but with a nice minty and vanilla on the background. After a third I taste a nice mix of cumin, nutmeg, black pepper with some cedar. I also taste a little bit of cocoa. Soon after I taste a strong pepper with a minty freshness and some nutmeg. The final third starts spicy with notes of wood, spices, a little lime and some vanilla.


The draw is close to perfection and that leads to a lot of thick smoke from such a small cigar. The ash is almost white and nicely dense and firm. The burn is beautifully straight. The evolution is amazing. The cigar is medium bodied yet full flavored. The smoke time is fifty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Great short smoke, I would love to.

Score: 92
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Categories: 92, Agros Tobacos Industriales, Nicaraguan cigars, Reinado | Tags: , , ,

Amero Short Robusto

Amero, a Norwegian brand made in the Dominican Republic. You might think, hey, that sounds familiar and you are right, its the same Norwegian guy that own Viking cigars and his first attempt to make it in the industry was a collaboration with Willis Cabrera of the now also defunct Cabreras cigars. Together they made Amero, Chess and Hawk cigars.


Before the collaboration fell apart I met Hawk at the Intertabac trade show and he gave me a few samples to try, this Amero short robusto is the last of them so why not say goodbye with a review right?  Since the cigar never took off and the company is defunct I can not find any information about the blend, except that they used 2 to 3 year old tobacco to produce the cigar.


I like the 4×50 size, the cigar looks so cute as my wife would say and the little pig tail adds to the cuteness. The medium dark brown wrapper looks okay, it has a few veins. The ring is nice, green with the image of the American dollar bill where all the conspiracy theories are about and then Amero written in shiny golden letters. The construction feels good and like I said, the pig tail finishes the cigar. The cigar has a mild aroma that is a mix between acid and cinnamon.


I cut the cigar with a double blade guillotine cutter. The cold draw is fine and taste like spicy raisins. After lighting I taste a mild bitter coffee flavor. After half an inch I taste a mildly harsh cinnamon. Halfway I taste cinnamon and peper, slightly harsh. The final third starts harsh with pepper and cedar.


The draw is good, the smoke is thick and huge in volume. The ash is medium gray, layered and reasonable firm. The burn is good. The cigar is medium, both in strength and in flavor. The smoke time is forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I won’t.

Score: 82
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Categories: 82, Amero, Dominican cigars, Tabacalera Cabreras | Tags: , , , ,

Exile perfection No.1

I bought this cigar when I was in the USA last year and it was the packaging that caught my attention. I love the combination of the name Exile and the print of the New York Daily Mirror front page of the day that Kennedy announced the embargo on Cuba. The Exile cigars were made by Nicaraguan American Tobacco S.A. for Cuban Imports, which was then owned by Mike & Albert Argenti, who now run Berger & Argenti. The brand is now discontinued. I paid $ 6.50 for this smoke.
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When I unwrap the cigar I see a dark, almost black and leathery Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper which is quite oily. The band is tasteful. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit on the hard side. I taste some raisin and tobacco. The cigar has a mild hay smell.
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I taste a strong coffee flavor without becoming bitter and I also taste some cedar wood. The flavors are rich and deep. After an inch the coffee disappears and all I taste is a dry and smooth cedar flavor and a pleasant flavor I don’t recognize.
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Halfway the flavors gain some strength and are joined by some leather. After two thirds I also get some cacao and some nuts. The leather becomes the dominant flavor with a herbal background. All the other flavors have disappeared. The nut flavors makes a strong comeback though, with some power.
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The smoke time of this 5½x49 figurado is an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is a bit on the hard side but it gets better the longer I smoke. The ash is compact of structure, white of color and firm. I got a decent amount of smoke, but the smoke is a bit thin. The burn is good. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? They are no longer made, so I might have to pick up a box somewhere

Appearance: 9 / 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: Exile, Nicaraguan cigars, Tabacalera Esteli | Tags: , , ,

Don Lino Africa kifaro

A safari to the Serengeti plains inspired Nestor Miranda to make this Don Lino Africa, a cigar made from Nicaraguan, Dominican and African tobacco and all the artwork is inspired by African art. The cigars come in the most beautiful humidor style boxes with African prints and can be bought online for little over 100 dollars per box of 25.
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The kifaro is the torpedo from Don Lino Africa, and is has a size of 6 1/4 inch with a 52 ring. The cigar is packed in cellophane. The beautiful dark & oily wrapper only has a few minor veins. The construction is great which causes a great predraw that leaves a peppery raisin flavor on my palate. The cigar has a nice barnyard and hay aroma.
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I can taste a ‘war’ coffee flavor, quite full and mild spicy, but the spiciness picks up quickly, and soon a herbal flavor joins the cigar. After half an inch I suddenly taste some liquorice for a brief moment. The herbal flavor grows a bit in strength and I can also taste some toast. The toast is slowly replacing the coffee.
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Halfway all I taste are herbs with toast and a fresh minty aftertaste, although the mint disappears and makes place for a pepper on the tongue. At the 2/3rd mark some nuts join the herbal toast. The aftertaste is herbal, and after purging the cigar the nuts and toast are gone.
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The volume and the thickness of the white smoke is medium. The ash is medium gray colored and quite firm. The burn is straight and I would rate this cigar (very) full flavored and medium/full bodied.

 

Would I buy this cigar again? Oh yeah, this is a very fine stick, one of my favorites.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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

Categories: Don Lino, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , ,

Partagas Culebras

The Culebras is a special kind of cigar, 3 curved cigars bound together by 2 pieces of red rope and one cigar band. A great smoke for a special occasion with 2 friends, like the time I smoked it with Smokey and Foster. The cigar looks rough with the strange shape and wrapper with veins even though it isn’t a big cigar in neither size nor ring.
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The palate starts with leather and pepper and soon the pepper gets a bit stronger. Later on I could taste something like chocolate and also some herbs. The cigar is full flavored but medium bodied and offers enough differences in flavor to keep you interested throughout the cigar.
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The smoke is very thick, the draw is perfect, the burn is great. Only the ash, that isn’t firm and breaks easily probably due to the shape.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I will order a couple more boxes next month
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Appearance: 8 / 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: Cuban cigars, Partagas (Habanos), Partagas Factory | Tags: , , ,

Punch Black Prince

Recently I ordered a box Punch black prince, a discontinued ring 46 143mm long cigar, already aged as the box has a code of September 2000. The cigars are slightly box-pressed and the wrapper had lots of veins, a nice firm feeling, fine predraw and the nice smell of a stable. I just wonder why they called it Black Prince, as the wrapper isn’t dark at all, it is a nice light, oily wrapper.
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Right after lighting it I could taste a warm, creamy leather taste with some earthy tones and after about a third the flavors become a bit spicier, less creamy and a hint of toast joins in. Later on there is some cacao and the creamy feeling returns. Closer to the end the cacao increases in flavor, but all flavors are perfectly balanced, what a joy to smoke this cigar and what a shame that they are discontinued.

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The smoke could have been a bit more, the ash is dark gray and for some reason isn’t straight but is bended a little.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I already ordered an extra box at Gesto before it’s too late.
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 9 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 9 / 10

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

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