Posts Tagged With: Gordo

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, La Flor Dominicana, Tabacalera La Flor | Tags: ,

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

Categories: Jaime Garcia, My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , ,

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

Categories: Don Pepin Garcia, My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , ,

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, Quesada, Quesada Cigars | Tags: ,

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

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

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

Categories: Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, Liga Privada, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , ,

Chubby ultimate torpedo grande

I got this cigar in a sampler from Cuban Stock, one of the sponsors of my blog. The Chubby ultimate is a Dominican puro with tobacco from Cuban seed. The torpe grande measures 7×60 and has a nice retro band that reminds me of the 1950’s.
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This cigar is impressive, big, dark, shiny, oily and lots of veins. If this cigar was a man in ancient Rome, it would have been a gladiator with scars from previous battles. The cigar has a strong aroma of moist straw. The top of the torpedo is quite pointy. The predraw is good and I taste a bit of pepper.
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I taste leather and earth, which sounds Cubanesque but it tastes a bit different. After half an inch I can also taste some chocolate. An inch later the wrapper tears and I taste herbs with the earth, leather and chocolate.
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Halfway the leather and herbs are the strongest flavors with the earthy flavor and the very mild chocolate as support and aftertaste. The flavors change to a dry walnut flavor with herbs, mild chocolate and mild toast. Close to the end the herbal flavors are dominant with walnut as support and aftertaste. The earth and chocolate have disappeared.
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The cigar produced a lot of smoke. The draw is fine and the burn is fine too, although I had some problems in the beginning, the burn was a bit crooked then. The smoke has a peppery smell to it, a flavor I won’t find in the cigar itself. The light colored ash is frayed but firm. I purged the cigar and got a huge flame. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. This cigar lasted me 2 full hours.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I will have to find me some more

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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Taboo Twist toro grande

On my Dutch board sigarenliefhebber.nl we did a huge groupbuy at Taboo, I think two years ago, and I got myself a few boxes of Taboo Twist Toro grande’s. I smoked a few when I just got them and shared them a lot with friends. I found one of those 6×58 monsters way down at the bottom of my humidor and decided to light it, it’s been a while since I smoked a twist.
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When I release this two tone cigar from its cellophane jacket I can smell something that is a mix between a horse and a barnyard. The cigar looks great, I don’t know what it is, but I just love the look of a barberpole, and this barbarpole is quite smooth. The dark wrapper is oily while the light colored wrapper is silky and I don’t spot any real veins. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit on the loose side. I can taste a little bit of straw.
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I can taste a sweet earth flavor and after a few puffs some chocolate shows up too with some herbs. After an inch the aftertaste is quite spicy, a green herbal spiciness. The flavors are creamy and buttery.
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The earth flavor becomes the main flavor, the spice disappears while the chocolate tones it down. There isn’t much development in the flavors. After ⅔ I taste some more butter and I also discover some leather.
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The smoke time of this monster is an hour and forty five minutes. As expected from previous experiences with the Taboo Twist, I got an enormous amount of thick white smoke and a fine draw. The light colored ash is firm. The burn is good. This cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Probably not, even though I liked the flavors, this cigar is a little too mild for me.

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

Categories: Nicaraguan cigars, Taboo | Tags: , , ,

C.A.O. Tony Soprano

When I joined the late Club Stogie I got a private message from Eric, owner of Kioki Cigars, asking me for my address for a welcome package. I didn’t know anything about bombs and gave my address. Eric bombed the shit out of me and included in his bomb was this limited edition CAO Tony Soprano. Now I am not a CAO fan, but I am a Soprano fan so I was looking forward to this 6½x60 monster. And I read comments from other CAO haters that they liked both this and the La Traviata. I like the La Traviata too, so I hoped I would like this puppy too.
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The cigar looks great, a dark oily wrapper with just a few veins and three stylish band. The CAO band is nice with two thin bands on the big logo, then there is a band with the signature of Tony Soprano and the foot is protected by another big band which says “limited edition”. The construction feels good. The predraw doesn’t give me any problems and tastes like raisin. I smell a barnyard aroma on the cigar.
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I taste a mild to medium coffee flavor and after an inch and a half the flavor changes to earth.
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Halfway the cigar gets a bit sweet and after ⅔ I can also taste some wood. Such a big cigar, so little taste and development in flavors :(
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I wasted two good hours of my life on this very flat cigar. The draw is good but I only got a poor amount of thin smoke. The ash is light colored and firm. The burn of this mild to medium bodied and mild to medium flavored cigar is good.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell no. I loved the series, I hate the cigars

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 5 / 10
Aroma first part: 5 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

Categories: C.A.O. Fabrica de Tabacos Honduras, CAO, Honduran cigars | Tags: , ,

Benchmade gordo

I’ve smoked the Benchmade robusto recently and liked it a lot, especially considering the price. Today I had the pleasure of smoking another of these Don Pepin made Ashton cigars, the Gordo which is the latest addition to the whole Benchmade line. It measures 5½x54 and is a Nicaraguan puro, just like the other Benchmades. In The Netherlands it has a € 3.00 price tag.
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I like the cap, you can’t really call it a pigtail as the tobacco sticking out isn’t curled, but it comes close. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and a simple band. The wrapper is nice, dark and oily and has a few veins. The construction feels good. The predraw, that has a peppery flavor to it, is good.
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I taste pepper with some coffee on the background and some sweetness. The pepper is strong and dominant. After half an inch the pepper gets a bit milder while the coffee grows in strength.
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After two inch the cigar loses some of its power and strength. The coffee has gone and instead I taste wood, pepper and something sweet. The pepper slowly loses strength until it almost disappears but it returns after two thirds and keeps growing in strength until I have to dump the nub in the ashtray.
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The smoke time of this cigar is about an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw and burn are good and I got a decent amount of smoke. The smoke is a bit thin though. The medium gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I love this cigar and you can find it dirt cheap.

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: 8 / 10

Categories: Benchmade, My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , ,

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