February was a special month, the shortest month of the year but also because I turned it into a full month of F reviews, so there is a top 28.
The cigar of the month is a shared position this month, identical scores for:
Casa Fuente Lancero/Flores y Rodrigues CRV Azul Robusto
Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:
1) Casa Fuente Lancero (Dominican Republic) 93 points
2) Flores y Rodriguez CRV Azul Robusto (Dominican Republic) 93 points
3) Fratello Bianco II (Nicaragua) 92 points
4) Falto Lonsdale (Dominican Republic) 92 points
5) Falto Gran Reserva Especial Perfecto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
6) Flor de Cielo Maduro Salomon (Nicaragua) 91 points
6) Flores y Rodrigues Cabinet Seleccion Maduro Robusto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
8) Flor de Las Antillas Benelux (Nicaragua) 91 points
9) Flores y Rodriguez 10th anniversary Figurado (Dominican Republic) 90 points
10) Flores y Rodriguez CRV Roja Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
11) Falto Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
12) Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Habano Canonazo (Dominican Republic) 90 points
13) Fonseca 30th Anniversary Toro (Dominican Republic) 90 points
14) Falto Delirio (Dominican Republic) 89 points
14) Flor de Selva Maduro Robusto (Honduras) 89 points
16) Flor de Oliva Maduro Robusto (Nicaragua) 88 points
17) Famous Nicaragua Robusti (Nicaragua) 88 points
18) Fuentes Crucet Habanero Toro (USA) 88 points
19) Famous Nicaragua 3000 Gordo (Nicaragua) 87 points
20) Fuego Sangre de Toro Toro (Honduras) 87 points
21) Fonseca Classic Robusto (Dominican Republic) 86 points
22) Felipe Gregorio Dos Capas Churchill (Dominican Republic) 83 points
23) Flor de Oliva Torpedo (Nicaragua) 83 points
24) Fumadores Churchill (Nicaragua) 83 points
25) Flor de Gonzales Torpedo (Nicaragua) 82 points
26) Funadores Corona (Jamaica) 80 points
27) Flor de Filipinas Corona (Phillipines) 77 points
28) Flor de Canaria Corona (Canary Islands) 71 points
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Flor de Filipinas is a hand made longfiller from, surprise surprise, the Philippines. Tabaqueria de Filipinas makes an array of different cigars including these Flor de Filipinas since 1993 when Gabriel Ripoll started the factory after working in tobacco for decades.
The Flor de Filipinas is blended with Cuban seed filler and binder, grown on the Phillipines and a wrapper from the Indonesian island Java where a lot of tobacco is grown but most of that tobacco is used for dry cured short filler cigars like Meharis, Olifant, Oud Kampen, Hajenius, Cortes and many more brands that are popular in Western Europe.
The wrapper is medium dark brown, a little darker than milk chocolate, wrinkly and has a sandpaper feel to it. The construction feels good but the cap is poorly handled. The ring is simple, red with a greenish logo and details and in small white letters the name of the cigar. There is a mild woody and barnyard aroma to the cigar. All by all, I wouldn’t pick this cigar up at a shop because of the looks and the mild aroma.
I used a double guillotine to cut the cigar. The cold draw is a bit tight. I taste a weird mild musty yet warm, almost cinnamon like flavor, mild and muted. The flavors change to a pasty mild herbal flavor. After that it’s a musty cinnamon again.
The draw is okay, nothing more than that and the gray ash breaks quickly. The gray smoke is thin and low in volume. The burn is good. There isn’t much of an evolution. This is a mild to medium bodied and flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour and fifteen minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? No