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Oliva Serie V Maduro 2018 Double Robusto

Since 2008, Oliva has released a Limited Edition Maduro version of their popular Oliva Series V line. In the first few years, the company changed the wrapper until they found the right Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper and they have used that one since. And in the past, there was a limited Oliva V Maduro exclusively for Europe too. I loved the 2010 Short Robusto, that might be my favorite Oliva Series V Maduro ever.

I bought this cigar in Cigaragua, Amsterdam. Sasja, the owner, said I should really try this even though he knows I usually think that the natural is better than the yearly Maduro when it comes to the Oliva series V. I know he wouldn’t advise this if it really wasn’t as good as the natural, so I am going to give it a try.

The first thing I notice, or not notice might be a better description, is an added ring with either limited edition or Maduro written on it. It would be nice if Oliva would add a second ring, instead of just a little mention ‘Maduro especial’ on the regular ring. Especially with a year on the ring, that might add collector value, especially since the 6×60 Double Toro size is used every year and it’s hard to see which year you have when you don’t keep them in their own box.

The wrapper is dark, toothy, and oily wrapper. It has a vein running over the face of the cigar like a scar but it fits the rough looking, leathery wrapper. The ring is the classic, brown and golden Oliva Series V ring, well printed, nice and shiny. The cigar feels hard. The aroma is deep, strong, manure and charred wood.

The cold draw is good with a peppery raisin flavor. After lighting, I taste coffee, herbs, and pepper. There’s also some powder sugar, mild though. Soon I taste sweet toast, a bit like cinnamon toast. After a centimeter, I taste that cinnamon toast, pepper, and grass. Suddenly I taste some dark chocolate too. The second third starts with wood, spices, pepper, and leather. The final third starts with a strong chocolate flavor.

The draw is good, the smoke is white and good. The salt and pepper colored ash is quite dense and firm. The cigar is medium-full flavored and full bodied. The smoke time is 2 hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? It’s a decent cigar but I prefer the regular Oliva Series V double robusto.


Categories: 91, Nicaraguan cigars, Oliva, Tabacalera Oliva | Tags: , , , ,

Alec Bradley Maxx the Fixx

At the intertabac trade show i had the pleasure of hanging out with George Sosa and Alan Rubin and the latter gave me a wonderful gift and a few cigars including this Maxx the fixx, which was the line that put Alec Bradley on the map. The cigars are reblended and this is my first reblended Maxx.
The cigar measures 5×58 and that’s usually a few sizes to thick for my taste. It looks very nice though, beautiful dark and oily wrapper and a very big, modern band which color makes the cigar shine even more. The construction feels flawless, and the cigar has a nice barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and spicy.
I taste a spicy and mildly bitter coffee and dark chocolate flavor. Soon I taste sugar with wood and moist leaves, but not in a bad way. The sugar is the domination flavor though. After an inch I also taste pepper.
After a third it’s a nice mild pepper with a little bit of wood. The wood slowly gains strength. Halfway the cigar gains more power. After two thirds it’s more pepper, some wood and a sweet and mildly citrus background.
I get a nice amount of medium thick smoke. The ash is white and firm but the burn is a little bit crooked, after a few touch ups it was corrected though. The draw was very good. The cigar lasted an hour and forty minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? I would love to try this in a thinner size. Although I must admit, even though this cigar it thick I quite enjoyed it.

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

Categories: Alec Bradley, Honduran cigars, Raices Cubanas | Tags: , , ,

Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Double Robusto

If you’re hanging with someone in 4 countries, share stories and invite them to your home for a barbecue and a smoke, you can consider him a friend. I had the pleasure to hang with Juan Martinez from Joya de Nicaragua in my home country of The Netherlands, in his home country of Nicaragua and in Germany & the USA and last Sunday we barbecued at my place. He gave me a few of the yet unreleased cuatro cinco reserva especial cigars from Joya de Nicaragua that will be released at the IPCPR next week.


The cigar is a tweaked blend of the limited edition cuatro cinco from 2013. The main difference is a Dominican binder instead of the Nicaraguan binder used in the original blend. I smoked a torpedo in the car, that was awesome so I decided to review the 3 vitolas I have gotten, only the toro review will have to wait.
A dark wrapped box pressed cigar that looks like a candy bar with a stylish and big black band, actually 2 bands over each other, with subtitle Joya de Nicaragua logos printed on the bottom band. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma and a nice predraw, little bit spicy and some raisin.

There is honey like sweetness and plenty white pepper straight from the get go, but the pepper isn’t too strong or unbalanced. I also taste toast and cinnamon.
After a quarter of an inch I taste wood and toast with a little sweetness. Plenty of flavor, so far I love this cigar. A quarter of an inch later I taste nutty flavor, I love that, I love nuts but I’m sensitive to them so can’t eat them often, this cigar gives me the flavor without the side effects of real nuts.

After a third nuts with green spices and some pepper. Soon there is also a little citrus flavor joining the nuts, spices and pepper.
The last part is nutty with pepper, citrus is almost gone. Toasty flavor is back. Pepper slowly gets stronger, this cigar is smokable to the nub

The cigar gave me lots of thick white smoke. The ash is silver gray and firm, when it breaks it still stays firm. This cigar is full flavored, medium plus bodied. Draw is perfect, as is the construction. Burn is straight as an arrow. The smoke time for me was an hour and 20 minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, boxes and boxes of them.

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

Categories: Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, Joya de Nicaragua, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , ,

H. Upmann Magnum 50

The H. Upmann magnum 50 is originally the 2005 Limited Edition but became so in demand that Habanos decided to put it into regular production and I don’t blame them. Although this stick isn’t cheap in The Netherlands with a price tag of € 12.40, this is the stick that I always pick when I walk in my favorite cigarshop in Amsterdam, Hartman Cigars at the Beethovenstraat.
The H. Upmann magnum 50 is a 6¼x50 stick with a Cuban barnyard aroma and a pale brown wrapper with a few veins and some waterspots. The construction feels a bit soft, but the predraw after punching the cigar is fine. The predraw leaves a mild peppery flavor on my palate. I like the fact that the extra band actually fits with the normal H.Upmann band, it’s nothing like the crap color scheme from the Montecristo Open series.
I can taste some earthy flavors and lots of leather, classic Cuban flavors in my book. The flavors are medium full of strength. The leather is the dominant flavor but it’s all well balanced. After almost 2 inch I get a little bit of chocolate on the background.
Halfway I also taste wood, the leather becomes the aftertaste and the flavors are held together by the earth flavors that create a nice base for the wood and leather. The chocolate is gone. Right at the end I van taste some walnut on the background. The feeling in my mouth is quite dry.
This cigar only lasted me 80 minutes, which isn’t that long considering the size. The draw is good and so is the burn, although that was crooked in the beginning, but it corrected itself. The ash is quite firm and has a pepper and salt color. I would rate this cigar medium to full in both body and flavor. The smoke is quite thick and there is plenty of it.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, as I said at the start of the review, this is my go to stick at the local B&M.

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, H. Upmann (Habanos), H. Upmann Factory | Tags: , ,

Casa Fuente double robusto

Last year, exactly a year ago, I was in Las Vegas with some of my cigar smoking friends for a nice herf and one of the hangouts was Casa Fuente in the Coliseum mall in Caesar’s Palace. Besides a great mojito they also have a small selection of premium cigars, all Fuente made, and amongst them their house blend “Casa Fuente”. The seven different vitolas of Casa Fuente are for sale in a nice sampler and if memory serves me correct, I paid $150 for this sampler of 7.

Somewhere in the last year the lid of the sampler decided to reach out for the sun and became so crooked that I can’t even close the lid anymore. A bit disappointing actually for a rare sampler, especially for a renowned company like Fuente. The cigars are all packed in cellophane with a Casa Fuente print on it. The seven vitolas (double corona, churchill, pyramid #2, double robusto, belicoso, corona gorda and robusto) are hidden under some orange packing paper and have an orange cloth band on the foot.

The 6½x52 double robusto is the only one that is not only cellophane wrapped but also has a piece of cedar wrapped around it. Much to my surprise I notice that the band is crooked, I guess the roller had an off day while gluing the band.

Once I unwrap this double robusto I can smell a medium strong cedar aroma with a hint of cinnamon. I really like the aroma of this cigar. The medium dark, slightly reddish, wrapper is smooth and silky and has some tiny and thin veins, so thin that they are not worth mentioning. The construction feels great and after punching the cigar I get a great predraw with a raising and pepper flavor.

The first flavor I taste is a full cedar flavor with some earth and coffee. An inch later I also taste a caramel like sweetness. The cedar tones down a bit but remains the main flavor. Soon after that the cedar disappears and I taste leather and earth, with a very mild caramel flavor on the background. Much to my surprise the leather and earth flavors are very much like a Cuban cigar, which is very unusual for a cigar from another country.

That Cubanesque flavor only stays for a short while, after ⅓ the flavor changes to a non Cuban earth and leather and I can also taste some nutmeg. Halfway the flavors change again, the earth and leather disappear and I taste a mild herbal flavor with a sweet nutmeg added to it. That doesn’t change till I get to the last quarter of the cigar when the cedar returns and chases away the herbs, only the nutmeg stays to support the cedar.

The smoke time of this baby was about a 100 minutes. The cigar gave me a reasonable amount of smoke and the draw was fine. This full flavored medium bodied cigar has a good burn, a little crooked but nothing to complain about really. The ash is quite firm and has a nice silver gray color. I got a big flame when I purged the cigar.

Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I am in Las Vegas I will buy another sampler

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

Categories: Arturo Fuente, Dominican cigars, Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia | Tags: , ,

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