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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.

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A great book about Nicaraguan cigars

Somewhere in the autumn of 2014 my then employer Sasja van Horssen was approached by his friend and lifestyle journalist Marcel Langedijk with the question if we could help him setting up a trip to Esteli, Nicaragua for him and photographer Jesaja Hizkia and get him in touch with some cigar manufacturers for interviews and pictures in the factories. Marcel, who has been to Nicaragua more often, thought it was time that Nicaragua got a beautiful coffee table book about the cigar lifestyle too, a book nobody ever did except about Cuba and that the time was right for a book about Nicaragua considering the growing sales numbers, superb quality and the growing appreciation for Nicaraguan tobacco, not just in the USA but also in the rest of the world. Nicaraguan cigars dominate the ‘top 25’ lists the last few years and so a book seems appropriate.

I set up a trip, meetings at Joya de Nicaragua, A.J. Fernandez, Rocky Patel, Plasencia, Oliva, Padron and Drew Estate as requested, personally I would have added Perdomo as a major player too, Nica Suenos from my friend Skip Martin and back then I hadn’t met Noel Rojas yet otherwise I would have added him too and interviews with a few boutique brand owners, and I got to come along as I made all the appointments and had all the contacts, my then employer went along as translator as he’s fluent in Spanish. At our hotel, Los Arcos, I met Hector from Espinosa Cigars/La Zona and after seeing the La Zona factory Marcel and Jesaja decided on the spot that they had to be included in the book too, just as the Fe Y Alegria school we visited, a school that’s being supported by Pronica, a foundation that I helped to get started for with & for my then employer.

The name of the book is Cigaragua, a name that Marcel came up with after a few glasses of Flor de Caña. We were having some drinks and cigars at the courtyard of Los Arcos when Marcel just blurted out that name and immediately said “no, that’s to cryptic” but Jesaja and I were sold, perfect name. The next morning Marcel changed his mind and started to like the name more and more, and decided to go forward with the name.

The 12×12 inch coffee table book is not just about tobacco but also shows Esteli, Jesaja Hizkia took a lot of great pictures that are included in the book. The book is now available in Dutch and English and Spanish, German and possible French translations could follow in th near future. I know there are plans to release it in the United States as well but Marcel didn’t say when even though I asked, so if you want to know when the book is being released in your country contact Marcel or Sasja van Horssen.

Other than setting up this trip and proof reading the book before it went to the printer, I am not involved with the book, I gain no money from sales or promoting the book. But I like the book (and Nicaraguan cigars) so much that I wanted to spread the word about the book anyway.

Here are some pictures I took from the book (with my iPhone):

 

And I shot a little video: Cigaragua video on youtube

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Don Pepin Garcia series JJ maduro sublime

This Don Pepin Garcia series JJ maduro is one of the few cigars with a maduro wrapper leaving the My Father factory in Nicaragua. The blend, with Nicaraguan criollo and corojo filler and binder and a broadleaf maduro wrapper, was created by José ‘Pepin’ Garcia and his son Jaime. The 6×54 Sublime is new on the Dutch market with a 9 euro pricetag.
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First thing I notice is a change in the colour of the band since I last smoked the series JJ maduro. This is the second change in bands for the series. The design stays the same this time, just like the fact that the cigar is double banded. The wrapper is nice and dark with a few veins and quite oily. The construction feels good but the cigar looks a little bended. The wrapper is quite thick, something I notice when I punch the cigar. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco with a peppery aftertaste. The cigar has a peppery barnyard smell.
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I taste pepper and an earthy flavour, leather and some sweetness. After half an inch the pepper becomes the main flavour and herbs join the party. The sweetness grows a bit stronger too. Halfway I taste leather, herbs and quite some maduro sweetness.
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After two thirds I taste more leather, some herbs and that maduro sweetness although it’s losing some of it strength. The leather gets a bit stronger. Near the end the earthy flavour I tasted at the start returns.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifty minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The light coloured ash is coarse and reasonably firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavoured and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes please

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

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Don Pepin Garcia series jj robusto maduro

Every aficionado had heard of Don Pepin Garcia and his series JJ maduro is one of the few cigars with a maduro wrapper leaving his factory. The cigars used to be made in Miami at the El Rey de Los Habanos factory but production has been moved to the My Father factory in Nicaragua. I smoked this cigar before, when it still had the old band, and I decided to review this one, with the new band too as it just became available on the Dutch market for a fixed price of € 6,50. I have to admit, I am a bit under the weather while reviewing this cigar so my taste buds might be a bit off.
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The wrapper of this 5×50 robusto is dark, rough, dry and with a few veins. As I said before, the band has changed and is beige now instead of broken white. The construction feels good. I smell a strong and peppery barnyard smell. The predraw is easy and a bit spicy.
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I taste a spicy soil flavor with some coffee and pepper in the aftertaste. The flavors are dry. I also taste a honey like sweetness. After half an inch I taste a mild sweet cedar with a little bit. The cigar slowly becomes more spicy.
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After a third I taste wood and an earthy flavor with some maduro sweetness. The feeling is still dry. I taste herbs and pepper in the aftertaste. After two thirds I taste dry wood with herbs and the cigar is quite spicy.
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The smoke time is about an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick, white and pretty smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I got a bit light headed but I am not sure if that’s just the cigar or a combination of the cigar, my medication and the mild flu.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I would

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: 7 / 10

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Don Pepin Garcia blue invictos

Since I started to write reviews I smoked and reviewed a lot of Don Pepin cigars, including the Firecracker and the generoso from the blue line, this time I thought it would be nice to smoke the Invicto, a 5×50 robusto, from the same line. The cigars are made from all Nicaraguan tobacco with a corojo oscuro wrapper.
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The wrapper is nice and dark with a few veins, it looks shiny and oily. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and quite peppery.
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I taste a mild bitter earthy flavor with some coffee, all quite spicy and with a high dose of black pepper in the back of the throat. The bitterness disappears almost immediately. After half an inch I taste toast with some pepper and wood and after an inch some sweetness joins the other flavors. Another half an inch later I taste some chocolate in the aftertaste.
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Halfway the cigar gets a bit of a herbal flavor but that fades to the aftertaste soon and the main flavor is wood. Near the end I taste sweet wood with a strong peppery aftertaste.
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This robusto lasted me for eighty minutes, which is quite long. I got a lot of thick smoke and a dark, but firm, ash. The draw was great and the burn was good. This cigar is a straight in your face stogie, full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Of course

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

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Don Pepin Garcia serie JJ salomon

The JJ series by Don Pepin Garcia are Nicaraguan puros with a corojo rosado wrapper. It is a full serie with several vitolas, including this 7¼x57 salomones. The cigar was recently added to the portfolio here in The Netherlands and it has a 15 euro price tag. I see that the band has changed since I smoked my last JJ, the secondary band is still the same though. I can’t say I like the new band, compared to the old one.
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The wrapper looks leathery with some veins. The color is chocolate brown. I love the salomones shape. The cigar has a good construction and a mild straw smell. I only cut a small piece of the cap and still get a great predraw, which has a strong black pepper taste.
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I taste a spicy, peppery leather with some nutmeg. I get more pepper than expected, but then again, this is a Don Pepin Garcia cigar. After half an inch the cigar still gives me pepper, but now with wood, herbs and some spices. The pepper is less overpowering than before. After an inch wood becomes the main flavor with some spices and herbs, the cigar is quite spicy. The pepper has moved to the aftertaste.
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After a third the wood turns mild sweet. The wood slowly changes to cedar and the pepper has completely disappeared. The aftertaste is herbal. After two thirds nutmeg is the main flavor with spicy herbs, the wood flavor I tasted before is now a supporting flavor. Near the end the pepper makes a comeback, the cigar is now spicy and very herbal.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and twenty-five minutes. The draw is great. The cigar produced a lot of thick smoke. The ash is gray, compact and firm. The structure of the ash looks like sand. The burn is pretty straight. The cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? It is a nice cigar, but for the same amount of money I can smoke a Padron 1926 series which is better than ‘a nice cigar’

Appearance: 7 / 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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Don Pepin Garcia blue toro gordo

In february of this year My Father cigars released the news of an addition to their blue label blend, a 6×56 toro gordo and this cigar already hit the Dutch market. In the past we had to wait years before cigars were finally available in The Netherlands but distributer The Longfiller Company is doing great stuff for the Dutch aficionados, not just in getting great cigars on the Dutch market soon after the US release but also price wise. In the past we overpaid for our cigars, prices were doubled or even tripled compared to the US MSRP but not anymore, this cigar will cost € 6,50 in the Dutch shops.
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The cigar has a great construction and the beautiful, dark and oily corojo wrapper feels quite silky. I see a few veins and I smell a barnyard. The predraw is fine and I taste tobacco and raisin.
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I taste pepper with coffee and after half an inch I taste wood with a peppery aftertaste. After a third I taste wood with lots of herbs and some pepper. The flavors are full and in your face, but then the flavors slowly gets a bit smoother.
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Halfway I taste mainly wood with a small amount of herbs on the background and in the aftertaste. After two thirds the wood changes flavor, it is still wood but different. I even taste some nut flavors too.
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The smoke time of this super toro is a whopping 2 hours. The draw is a bit loose but I got plenty of smoke. At the start I had a crooked burn but it corrected itself. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied, and gave me a nice flame during the purge.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will.

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

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My Father lancero

By now everybody probably knows the story behind the My Father cigars and that it was a way for Jaime Garcia to honor his father, José ‘Don Pepin’ Garcia. The lancero from the My Father line is a 7½x38 Nicaraguan puro with a Habano Rosado wrapper. The lancero is topped with a pigtail and the price tag of this cigar is 9 euro in The Netherlands.
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The wrapper is nice, shiny, oily and dark. The construction feels a bit soft. I love the detailed band. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is hard and flavorless.
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I taste a lot of pepper with some earthy tones and something floral. After half an inch I taste wood with herbs and pepper. The pepper isn’t as strong as in the first half inch though. After a third the flavors mellow out a bit, I taste something floral with wood, herbs and pepper. A few puffs later I even taste some nuts.
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Halfway I taste wood, herbs and a little bit of pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper almost disappears. Just passed the middle point of the cigar I taste wood with leather and some pepper. The leather is very mild though. The pepper returns near the end with chocolate on the background. The pepper is really strong.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifty minutes. The draw is a bit hard but I got a lot of thick smoke to make up for it. The burn is flawless. The ash is dark but firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like the vitola and I like the flavor profile.

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

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Don Pepin Garcia blue delicias

The Don Pepin Garcia blue delicias is a 7×50 churchill size Nicaraguan puro with a Nicaraguan corojo wrapper and it has a 6 euro price tag here in The Netherlands, which is a great price for a 7 inch cigar. From the blue series I reviewed the 6×50 generoso in the past and the Famous Smoke Shop exclusive firecracker.
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This cigar has a greasy dark wrapper with some veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell. The construction feels soft and inconsistent. The predraw is fine and I taste tobacco with a little bit of pepper.
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I taste some sweet coffee with a little bit of herbs and pepper. Soon after I taste some wood with herbs, smoother and milder than expected from a Don Pepin Garcia smoke though. I taste wood and herbs, but the wood flavor is not the regular wood I taste so often, I can’t really tell what kind of wood it is. I taste some pepper in the aftertaste and the flavors are mild creamy.
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After two inch the pepper disappears and right before I reach the middle point of the cigar I taste some cacao with the returned pepper and herbs. I still taste the funny but pleasant wood flavor. After two thirds I taste herbs with a peppery aftertaste. The pepper grows and grows in strength, now this is what I expect when I smoke a Don Pepin Garcia, this is his signature.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. The draw is great, but the smoke starts out poor, not much in volume and very thin although I get more and thicker smoke along the way. The burn needs to be corrected two times. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar if full bodied, it started out medium flavored but ended really strong and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked this cigar

Appearance: 8 / 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: 8 / 10

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Don Pepin Garcia series JJ maduro belicoso

The previous Don Pepin Garcia JJ maduro I smoked and reviewed I absolutely loved. I love the natural JJ series too, but the maduro is just a little bit better and one of the few maduros to leave the Don Pepin Garcia factories. I smoked the 5¾x52 cellophane wrapped belicoso.
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The top of the cigar is quite blunt and the dark wrapper is oily with just a few veins. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste tobacco.
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First flavor I get is a high dose of pepper with a mild sweetness. The strength of the pepper fades away a bit and I also taste some wood. The maduro sweetness slowly gains some strength and after a third I also taste leather. The leather slowly gets stronger with a peppery aftertaste, the flavors are mild sweet.
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After two thirds I get some herbs, wood, leather, pepper and that sweetness, the flavors are well balanced and quite complex for a Don Pepin Garcia blend. Near the end I get a lot of pepper, sweetness en wood.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and fifteen minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke with a great draw and a straight burn. The ash is firm and almost white. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied, I had a mild nicotine overdose after smoking this baby.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah.

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

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