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00 Series, full line review

Now this is a kind of unusual review, not of one cigar but of 5 different cigars, all from one factory, series, but different vitolas. You might wonder why I don’t write separate reviews, well, I thought about that too, but I know too little about these cigars to write 5 full reviews and to be honest, the public opinion and sales numbers about these cigars were so poor that my expectations aren’t high at all so why waste 5 posts to these cigars instead of 1 long one with 5 ratings? And it’s a medium filler anyway, not worthy of 5 full reviews. So this will be a long read, but its 5 reviews at once.
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I remember years ago that my then employer said “we have a new product, very cheap, medium filler and I expect a lot from these cigars because of their price”. Well, he was wrong! It’s simple to assume that price is the only reason for success, in this case the price was the only thing that was right but all the other reasons for success we missing. First of all I didn’t have any information, except that my employer got these cigars via Meerapfel in Belgium, so no manufacturer, no blend information, no factory information so I couldn’t give my retailers any information either. Then came the unappealing plain boxes, the cheap looking labels and the terrible name, add that there is completely no information found on the internet and even if there was, the name makes it impossible to find, I mean is the cigar called 01 as in all number ‘zero one’ or O1, as in the letter O and the number 1. Needless to say, I sold all the boxes to several retailers but they had a hard time selling them and I only got one re-order, Carlo from Rokado in Uden had a customer that liked them enough to order two more boxes of the number 3 size.

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The 01 is the skinniest of the bunch, it measures 5 1/8×36 so that makes is a (short) panatela. The wrapper is a bit dull and feels a bit like very fine sandpaper. The ring is well printed but too simple to stand out, way too simple. Its just a regular shaped ring, dark blue with golden lettering, 2 horizontal stripes broken up by the number 01 (or the letter O and number 1). The construction feels a little soft, a little squishy but the cap is put on with skillful hands. The aroma is faint, but after a few sniffs I smell a manure aroma without any ammonia or acidity.


Due to the small ring gauge I can’t punch the cigar so I opted to cut it. The cold draw is surprisingly easy I though but then I remembered this being a medium filler. The cold draw is pretty tasteless, only a mild pepper taste. Lighting the cigar is pretty easy and I taste a musty earthy and coffee flavor. Too musty for my liking. The cigar gets a little harsh and the harshness grows to a level where I would have tossed the cigar if I wasn’t smoking it for a review.


The draw is fine, the smoke is oke, reasonably full but gray instead of white. The ash is fine, light gray and firm for a medium filler. The burn is straight as an arrow. The smoke time of this medium bodied mild flavored cigar is forty five minutes.


Would I buy this cigar again? No.

Score: 72
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02

The 02 is the nub of the family, 4 inch long and a ring gauge of 62. Studio Tobac started with the nub, a lof of companies followed and I still don’t understand why and more, why these sizes are selling as I find all of them dull, boring and they lack dynamic due to the filler vs wrapper ratio.  The wrapper is identical to the wrapper on the 01 and the same goes for the ring with the difference in color, where the 01 has a dark blue ring, the 02 has a pitch black ring, shiny though. The cigar feels evenly packed but the head has a bump. The mild to medium strong aroma reminds me of a barn at a petting zoo.


Due to the big ring gauge I punched the cigar. The cold draw is a little on the loose side with a mild musty raisin flavor. After lighting the cigar taste musty, Connecticut Shade musty but the wrapper doesn’t look like shade grown. It’s musty cedar with some nutmeg, it’s not bad. After half an inch it’s just musty cedar, musty with a capitol M. After a third the cigar gets peppery and spicy but not in a great way, it’s better than the first third but there is no nuance or complexity just harsh wood and pepper. Near the end it’s musty again.


The draw is a bit on the loose side. The smoke is good though, not the thickest I’ve seen but still good and a better color than the 01. The ash is white and firm. The burn is oke. The cigar is medium bodied and medium full flavored. The smoke time is about 50 minutes.


Would I buy this cigar again? No.

Score: 77
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03
The 03 is a fat robusto, a 5×60 and the wrapper is a lighter color than the 01 and the 02. The binder must not be very pretty either because I can see pimples under the wrapper, if this cigar was a teenager it would surely grab an acne lotion. The ring is boring like the 01 and the 02, just a shiny, bright green with golden 03, no fancy stripes like on the 01 and 02, just plain and boring. The construction feels good, the cigar is evenly packed although at the head of the cigar I feel a piece that doesn’t feel round but flat instead. The aroma is quite strong and reminds me of hay and a barn before the hay of the night before is cleaned out.


I punched the cigar. The cold draw is a bit loose, but then again, it is a medium filler. I taste almost nothing, only a little harsh tobacco. After lighting I taste a little nutmeg and cinnamon, the flavors feel warm. The flavor isn’t bad nor great, and there is no evolution. Halfway the nutmeg and cinnamon becomes a bit musty. Near the end the cigar gets a little harsh.


The draw is good. The smoke is also very good, plenty and thick. The ash is light gray but not too firm. The burn is pretty straight. This is a medium bodied cigar medium flavored with poor evolution. The smoke time is an hour and fifteen minutes.


Would I buy this cigar again? No.

Score: 77
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04

The 04 is the first one with a regular size, 5×50 robusto and the wrapper looks the same as the 01 and the 02 but a little rougher because of a vein. The ring is burgundy red with golden letters and just like the 03 without the stripes on the side. This is the first of the series where I can’t comment on the construction, it feels good and looks good. The aroma is mild and smells like straw and hay, clean straw and hay.


After my experiences with the first 3 I am reluctant to smoke number 4, but you should finish what you start so I cut the cigar. The cold draw is fine, a little spicy. I taste a mild coffee with some acidity after lighting the cigar. Halfway the cigar is all citrus with spices. The cigar slowly gets a little harsh.


The draw is great. The smoke is a bit thin. The light gray ash is layered and firm for a medium filler. The burn is straight. The evolution is almost non existent again. This is a medium  bodied medium flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour.


Would I buy this cigar again? No.

Score: 77
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05

The 6×60 gordo has the roughest wrapper of them all, a shade darker than the 01, 02 and 04 but still dull, dry and with a sandpaper touch and a little roughness on the appearance. The cigar feels well packed and looks fine. As for the ring, I think the designer went on a bender during the weekend and designed this on monday morning while still intoxicated. Come on, I can handle the diamond shaped squares with the golden outlines but the color combination? What is this, a carnival cigar? Alternating purple and orange with gold? What was the designer thinking? And then using the same purple to write 05 in an orange square? People are fired for less. The aroma is medium strong and reminds me of hay that has been used in a barn, but I also smell a little mint.


After the first 4 cigars I’m dreading this one, bad scores and flavors overall, and the final cigar is a size I hate so that combination makes me not want to light the cigar. I punched the cigar and the cold draw is great but tasteless. After lighting I taste a musty earthy flavor. Halfway I taste a little pepper.


The draw is a bit loose with a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The ash is light gray and coarse. The burn is decent. The evolution is non existent. This is a mild to medium bodied and mild to medium flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour and twenty minutes.


Would I buy this cigar again? No.

Score: 76
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Tatuaje Tobacco Plaza DD

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

This cigar just looks impressive and intimidating with the sheer size of 6¼x60, the smooth dark wrapper and the closed foot. I got this as a gift at a huge herf in Ocala, Florida. The cold draw is a little tough with a peppery taste on my lips and the cigar has a strong wood aroma.
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The first puffs give me a smoother and softer flavor palate and strength then I expected from the looks of this cigar. Earthy tones with wood and a little bit of pepper. Soon it changes to wood, herbs and pepper. After a centimeter I get a lot more pepper and the cigar is starting to become the powerhouse I expected it to be.
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After an inch I taste pepper and herbs, the cigar is now strong and spicy and after a third I taste wood again with some citrus and the pepper.
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Halfway I taste a sharp cinnamon flavor that is a bit too strong to be nice and the pepper becomes very dominant. After that the flavors don’t change a lot anymore except a citrus flavor that gains a little bit of strength on the background.
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The smoke time is two hours and thirty minutes with a fine draw and a medium thick smoke. The burn is great and the light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I like the twist on the regular Tatuaje ring, its still very easily identified as a Tatuaje but also very clear it’s not a regular Tatuaje.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not with this ring gauge

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

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HC series criollo grande

Xikar, well known from their high quality cigar accessories, decided to join the cigar game and hooked up with Jesus Fuego. Together they created the HC series that comes with three different wrappers, habano, criollo and Connecticut shade. When I was in Florida some time ago, I had coupons for free Xikar Xi8 cutters, that were brand new back them. If you bought 6 ‘grandes’, the 660 size HC series cigars you would get a free cutter. Now I wanted to try the HC series and I’m always up for free goodies, so I got myself 6 HC series grandes. The shop where I bought them only carried the criollo and Connecticut blends and with my dislike of Connecticut shade I went for the criollo. The filler from this cigar is a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran filler with a sun grown criollo binder and a shade grown criollo wrapper, both from Nicaragua. I paid $9.50 for the cigar.
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The construction feels good and the band is simple yet clear with a nice foot band. I see a few veins on the quite light colored wrapper. The wrapper looks a bit like sandpaper, structure wise, and is quite dry. I smell wood. The predraw is fine and tastes like raisin with a spicy tobacco aftertaste.
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I taste a mild peppery coffee flavor and soon some nuts. After half an inch I taste spicy herbs with a tiny bit of chocolate. After an inch I taste wood with herbs. After a third I taste that mild nut flavor again. I like that.
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Halfway I taste herbs with a little hint of chocolate on the background. The flavors become milder. After ⅝ I taste a mild spicy wood and after two thirds the nut flavor returns again.
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This cigar lasted me for almost two hours. The draw is good, a bit too easy to be great. The smoke is medium, both in thickness as in volume. The ash has a sand color and is frayed but firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, but in a thinner size, that would probably make the cigar less flat in flavor.

Appearance: 7 / 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

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My uzi weighs a ton 5×60

My uzi weighs a ton, yes, that is a Public Enemy song but it is also the latest creation of Drew Estate in cooperation with Joya de Nicaragua. All three sizes have a 60 ring gauge, the only difference is the length, 5 inch, 6 inch and 7 inch. I smoked the 5 inch version which I got from Jonathan Drew at the Intertabac tradeshow in Germany a few weeks ago. Even though it is a 60 ring cigar I was really looking forward to try it as I am a fan of the Liga Privada #9, Liga Privada T52 and the Undercrown.
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The cellophane wrapped cigar comes with a big, modern yet simple and therefore pretty band. The greasy dark wrapper is oily. The construction feels good. I smell a mild wood smell. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin.
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I taste an earthy flavor with spicy herbs although the spice tones down almost immediately. After half an inch I taste a mild sweetness too. After a third I taste some herbs, a bit of wood and a little bit of sugar. There isn’t much development in flavors.
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Halfway the cigar gets a little sweeter and soon after the cigar gets spicy too. I taste spicy herbs with a bit of pepper. After two thirds I also taste some spices. Near the end I taste wood and some herbs.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. I had some problems with the burn. This cigar is medium flavored, medium bodied and a bit boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nope!

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

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La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro no.5

Yesterday I reviewed the La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro No.2, a new cigar by Litto Gomez, made from Dominican and Nicaraguan filler, a Dominican Sumatra binder and a Ligero Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador. Today I decided to smoke and review the No.5 from the same line. While the No.2 is the smallest and thinnest cigar from the series, the No.5 is the longest and thickest with a length of 5¾ and a ringgauge of 60.
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The cigar looks good with a thick and robust looking, raw and oily wrapper which has a few veins. The band is simple. The construction feels firm and I can hardly smell anything from the cigar. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco and much to my surprise some vanilla.
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I taste a bit acidic earthy flavors with some wood and soon a bitter spice on my tongue. After half an inch I taste wood with earth, quite spicy and with a lemon like acidity. An inch later I taste wood with a mild sweetness, herbs and some lemon
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Halfway I taste some bitter herbs and a bit of wood. I also taste a mild sour flavor and a mild sweetness. After two thirds I taste more sweetness with herbs. The bitterness is gone. There is some citrus in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and ten minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. The smoke is a bit thin. The light colored ash is compact and firm. This cigar is medium bodied, medium flavored and a bit boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No I wouldn’t. The 60 ring is not my thing.

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

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Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial super gordo

Jaime Garcia blended this cigar himself with a blend of two different Nicaraguan tobaccos, one from their own farm and one from the Oliva Tobacco Company (not to be confused with the Oliva Cigar Company) and he decided to wrap the blend in a Connecticut broadleaf. And he just added a super gordo to the line, a 5¾x66 pre-cut torpedo.
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The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper is dark and oily with just a few veins. I smell straw. The cigar feels well constructed. The predraw is fine.
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I taste pepper with a spicy earthy flavor and a hint of chocolate. The pepper fades away quickly and I taste herbs instead. The cigar remains spicy though. After half an inch the chocolate gets stronger.

 

After an inch and a half I taste herbs with a little bit of chocolate and pepper. After two thirds the flavors change to dried herbs with some wood. The chocolate has disappeared. Near the end I can also taste some nutmeg.
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Don’t light this cigar when you only have a small amount of time, it lasted me for two hours and fifteen minutes. The draw was great and I got a good amount of smoke, but unfortunately the smoke was quite thin. The dark gray and coarse ash is firm. I had some burn issues. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Normally I would say ‘no’ due to the thick ring gauge which usually makes blends more bland and are hard to smoke, but in this case I will say ‘yes’ as the cigar stays flavorful and the shape makes it easy to smoke.

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

Last year, cigar makers Quesada decided to release a cigar under their family name, something they had never done before and decided to honor some family members who passed away by creating the “Quesada Tributo” cigars. The cigars are made from Dominican and Nicaraguan filler, a Honduran binder and a Ecuadorian hybrid wrapper. The cigars come in four sizes, the 4½x40 Alvarito, the 5×50 Julio, the 6×52 Alvaro and the 6½x60 Manolin, the one I smoked.
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The dark and oily wrapper has a few veins. The cigar has a normal band and a foot band. I dig the logo, at first I just saw a drawing of a tobacco leaf, but then I noticed that it was also a Q from Quesada. The cigar has an acidic barnyard smell. The construction feels good and the predraw confirms the construction. I taste a dry and mild peppery tobacco flavor.
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I taste pepper, soil and coffee. The coffee is mild bitter and I think I even taste some nuts. The bitterness is just a bit too strong for my liking. After a quarter of an inch I taste honey with a mild spicy earth flavor and coffee. The bitterness is gone. I taste some toast in the aftertaste. After an inch the cigar gets smoother, the honey disappears and I taste herbs with some toast and a little bit of sweetness.
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After a thirds I taste some herbs with hazelnuts and chocolate. Unfortunately that hazelnut and chocolate flavor disappears quickly. Halfway I taste herbs with some spice and honey. After two thirds I taste pepper with the herbs, the flavors are getting creamy and I taste some nuts again. The honey slowly grows in strength with some herbs and nuts. The nuts are slowly becoming the main flavor. Near the end I taste a herbal spice, all other flavors have disappeared.
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The smoke time of this cigar is a whopping two hours and thirty minutes. I got a lot of smoke. The draw was good, a bit too loose to be great. The smoke is white and thick. The light gray ash is firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, but in a smaller vitola.

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

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Cain Daytona double toro

Like the last few days I smoked a Cain Daytona today. As I had all six different vitolas (the five regular production cigars and the short robusto from the Studio Tobac sampler) I decided to smoke them all in one week, post the reviews so you, my readers, can compare my experiences. This 6×60 double toro is the last of the series.
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The wrapper has a latte color with a lot of veins and even a quite large water spot. The construction feels good. I smell a mild acidic barnyard. When I punch the cigar I notice that the wrapper is very thin. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco and raisin with some pepper in the aftertaste.
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The flavors are spicy, I taste a lot of pepper with a little bit of citrus, some wood and the mentioned pepper. I taste something sweet in the aftertaste. After half an inch the pepper gets a bit less strong but it is still the dominant flavor. After an inch I also taste some chocolate. I also taste some herbs with some mint. After a third the cigar tastes like wood, herbs and something sweet while the pepper almost completely disappears. I only taste the pepper in the aftertaste. The sweetness turns to honey and a mild nut flavor joins the wood.
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Halfway the main flavor is honey with some wood and herbs, on the background I taste some nuts. After two thirds I taste sweet sal ammoniac like in candy with wood and some herbs. A few puffs later some citrus joins these flavors. The flavors have a warm feeling to it. On the background the nut flavor gets stronger.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty five minutes. The draw was too easy. The smoke started out medium but turned thick and plenty quite quickly. The ash is light colored, almost white, it is coarse but firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied, but not Cain F full bodied. The wrapper tears after two thirds.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I mean, I loved the flavors, but ring 60 is over the top. I’ll stick to the torpedo, which I liked best from the regular Cain Daytona series.

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

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Liga Privada T52 660

I love Liga Privada, it doesn’t matter if it’s the #9, the T52 or the brand spankin’ new L40 blend is, I love them all. The Dutch distributer of Liga Privada was in Nicaragua a few weeks ago and brought me some unreleased cigars including a fresh rolled L40 lancero, a prototype Ratzilla/Dirty Rat and a La Reloba seleccion Mexico and this big fat Liga Privada 52 with the infamous 6×60 size. I have not heard of this cigar before, I can’t find any information online so I guess this is an unreleased cigar. It had a normal Liga Privada t52 band and was wrapped in cellophane, unlike the other prototypes, so I guess it will be commercially released soon.
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The wrapper is nice, dark and very oily, like all Liga Privada T52 cigars I have smoked so far. I see one big vein. The cigar smells floral. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and tastes like tobacco with some pepper and some floral flavors.
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I taste a floral flavor with some pepper and soon some bitter chocolate. After half an inch I still taste the flowers but now with a dry and sweet chocolate. The flavors are flat and mellow and don’t develop a lot. After an inch and a half the chocolate grows a bit in strength.
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Halfway I taste some wood and some floral flavors, the flavors are mild sweet and I taste a little bit of chocolate on the background. The flavors are mild to medium, even the herbs that I taste are mild to medium. After two thirds the cigar gets a bit more spicy.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw was a bit easy and I got a medium smoke, both in volume as in thickness, but the smoke got thicker along the way. The salt & pepper colored ash is compact and firm. The burn is great. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored and way more boring and flat than any other Liga Privada I have ever smoked.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No I stick to the

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

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