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Fumadores Churchill

This is a discontinued brand, made by My Father Cigars exclusively for the famous Philadelphia based Holts cigar shop which is owned by the Levin family, owners of Ashton, Benchmade, La Aroma de Cuba/Del Caribe and San Cristobal/Paradiso of which the last three are also made by My Father. And this Fumadores I bought while I visited the shop back in 2009.

 


The cigar is a medium filler, which means that the cigar isn’t completely made with full leaves but with the smaller pieces left over from producing the premium longfillers. Using the left over tobacco makes it possible to create very cheap cigars and I believe that I paid less than 50 dollars for a box of 20 Churchill sized cigars. The blend is a mix of Nicaraguan Corona, Habano and Criollo tobacco with an Ecuadorian wrapper.

 


The cellophane has a nice golden brown glow to it because the oils of the wrapper have been staining it for almost a decade. The wrapper is nice medium brown, mild oily but wrinkly and brittle. The ring is simple, beige with dark brown and it says Fumadores, imported, hand made and the initials JPG which stands for Jose Pepin Garcia. The cigar feels well rolled with a nice triple cap. For an almost 10 year old budget cigar the strong manure and barnyard aroma blows me away, just from the smell it could pass as a fresh cigar.

 


When I wet the cap to cut it the saltiness of the wrapper surprises me. The cold draw is fine but I get small pieces of tobacco in my mouth along with a peppery flavor. After lighting I taste pepper, herbs and salt. After half an inch I taste herbs with salt and licorice. After an inch I taste salt with honey and herbs. Halfway I taste salted peanuts with herbs and a honey like sweetness. The flavor then changed to a salty and mild sweet toast. The last third starts with vanilla and pepper, wood and herbs.

 


The draw is a bit off, a bit loose. The smoke is thin and low in quantity. The light gray ash is dense and firm. The burn is straight as an arrow. This is a medium bodied medium flavored cigar. The evolution is good. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Funny to see how my preferences changed, in 2009 I said ‘hell yeah’ today I say ‘no’. However this would be a nice humidor filler for guest who want to try a cigar but aren’t regular smokers.

Score: 83
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Little Havana overruns III toro

This is another Holts exclusive cigar by Don Pepin Garcia, there are many more like the Tatuaje Verocu #9, Fumadores, Casa Royale and Old Henry. I guess it pays to own both the Ashton brand and Holts and have Don Pepin blend and make all the new Ashton cigars. Not that I blame the people behind Ashton and Holts, if I was in their shoes I would probably do the same. After smoking the torpedo I wanted more, so before my trip to Florida late last year I asked one of my friends from Philly, who would come down to Florida too, to bring me a bundle of the Little Havana Overrun toro, and he did.
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The first thing I notice is that the cigar doesn’t have a band. The chocolate brown wrapper is shiny because of the oil and has a lot of veins. The wrapper feels silky. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild barnyard smell. This 6×50 toro has a good and mild peppery predraw.
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I taste a sweet coffee with pepper, full but smooth, and I also taste some wood. The smooth flavors are a bit weird too, I get a little bit of chocolate but it isn’t a normal chocolate flavor with some pepper and again, a strange, wood flavor. The exact flavors are hard to describe.
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The white pepper slowly grows stronger but fades away soon after that. The cigar gets a little bit of a vegetable flavor, a flavor which I can describe either. Halfway the flavors change, I get wood with herbs and near the end even a minty freshness.
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I enjoyed this cigar for ninety minutes. The draw and the burn are good. I got a decent amount of thin smoke. The ash is light colored and firm. The cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I go to the USA I will bring back a few bundles.

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

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Tatuaje verocu #9

The Tatuaje Verocu #9 is a 4½x50 Holts exclusive but regular Tatuaje smokers might recognize the blend from the Tatuaje verocu tubos (the red tube) and I believe this cigar is related to the east and west coast Tatuaje’s too, but I am not 100% sure of it.
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The cigar has a nice dark and oily wrapper with a few veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is just as fine. I taste some pepper.
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I taste a mild peppery earth flavor which is also mild sweet. The flavors start full but tone down a bit. The pepper disappears soon. I like these flavors. After an inch I also taste some leather and wood with the earthy flavor while the sweetness fades away. Halfway the leather gets stronger.
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The sweetness returns with a lot of earth flavor and some leather in the aftertaste. After two thirds I get more spice and herbs, the leather disappeared. I still taste the earth flavor but it is on the background now.
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This cigar gave me fiftyfive minutes of pleasure. I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is both light and dark colored and firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and full bodied. The draw and the burn are good.
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Would I buy this cigar again? A box will be ordered

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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Old Henry maduro corona

Old Henry is a Don Pepin made cigar that is sold exclusively by Holts, I smoked a few in the past but never this 5½x44 corona. A friend gave me this cigar and here are my thoughts ;)
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Like I said in the older reviews, this band is so ugly that it starts to get pretty again. The wrapper is dark and leathery, shiny and oily and almost without veins. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and tastes like peppery raisin.
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I taste pepper, leather and earth, Cubanesque even but with a twist. The palate of this cigar reminds me of the famous Bolivar blend as far as a non Cuban cigar can copy Cuban flavors that is offcourse. I also taste that maduro sweetness and after an inch even a mild chocolate on the background.
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After a third I taste mainly an earthy flavor with some chocolate. Leather and pepper have disappeared and now this cigar is nothing like a Cuban anymore. I get a mild herbal flavor too and the aftertaste is spicy. Halfway I taste more chocolate and less of the earthy flavor, the spiciness is stronger. After two thirds I taste a peppery earthy flavor with some chocolate.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and ten minutes. The draw was good and the smoke was thick and plenty. The ash is quite dark and reasonably firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might need to get myself another sampler.

Appearance: 8 / 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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Old Henry maduro toro

These Old Henry cigars are a Holts exclusive made by Don Pepin Garcia and I got myself a sampler of these cigars when I was in Philadelphia on my east coast road trip in may 2009. I smoked almost all from the sampler without doing a review, so my last 6×50 Old Henry maduro toro that I had stuffed in my humidor was the one that would be reviewed, and here it is.
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The wrapper is nice, dark, smooth, leathery, shiny and oily with a few veins. This is a manly, bad ass looking cigar with a band that makes it even look more tough. The bulldog on the band is Old Henry, the dog who this cigar is named after. I smell a pretty strong barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and leaves a raisin and pepper flavor on my palate. When I tried to punch the cigar I noticed that the wrapper is quite thick.
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I taste a strong and peppery coffee flavor with an unrecognizable maduro sweetness. After an inch I also taste chocolate, while the pepper becomes a little less strong.
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Right before I reach halfway I also taste some herbs with the coffee, chocolate and earth flavors. After two thirds the main flavors are the earth flavor with some herbs.
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This cigar had a smoke time of an hour and fifteen minutes. I got a lot of thick gray smoke. The draw is great, just like the burn, which is straight like an arrow. The ash is dark and reasonable firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied and gave me a nice flame when I purged it.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I need to order some soon.

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: 7 / 10

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Little Havana overrun III torpedo

Don Pepin Garcia is responsible for these budget friendly Nicaraguan puros, that are available in four sizes, Churchill, Toro, Robusto and the Torpedo which I reviewed today. The torpedo is 6⅛ x 52 long. I am not sure, but these could be a Holts exclusive cigar. I got this cigar from an American friend from Massachusetts that was in Amsterdam for a day and crashed at my place for the night.
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The wrapper is mocha brown, a bit oily with a few long but thin veins. The cigar has a strong wood and barnyard smell. The construction feels a bit soft, but evenly soft all over the cigar. The predraw is good and I get a peppery raisin flavor.
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I get a full flavored and strong espresso and black pepper flavor with a mild sweetness. After an inch the espresso changes into wood, the pepper remains and the sweetness has disappeared. After two inch I also get a hint of chocolate.
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The chocolate disappears again, I now taste wood and a splash of black pepper again. The wood slowly gains some strength and the flavor gets even nicer. The pepper also gets stronger. The wood flavor reminds me of the specific Liga Privada and Opus X flavor but less subtle and complicated.
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This very nice cigar lasted me for an hour and thirty five minutes. I got a lot of smoke, medium thick. The draw and the burn were good. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will have to get myself a few bundles.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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Casa Royale robusto

These Casa Royale cigars are another Holts exclusive made by Don Pepin Garcia, just like the Old Henry and Fumadores. The Casa Royale is a Nicaraguan puro that shares a wrapper with the Tatuaje Black. I bought this cigar when I was in Philadelphia in may 2009 and the cigar has been stored in my humidor since then. This robusto is 5 inch long and has a ring of 50.
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The wrapper is rough, oily, spotty and chocolate brown with some big veins. The band is a bit over the top. The cigar has a chocolate smell. The construction feels good and after I punched the thick wrapper I get a good predraw with a raisin and tobacco flavor.
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I taste espresso, mild bitter and strong with a pepper flavor in the back of my throat. The espresso turns into coffee with a hint of chocolate. After half an inch I also taste some leather. The coffee and the pepper disappear and instead I taste an earthy flavor with leather and the hint of chocolate. This all happens within the first inch of the cigar.
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After an inch and a half I taste some wood with herbal flavors and pepper with every now and then some sweet chocolate. After ⅝ the pepper gets the dominant flavor and soon after it’s a nice mixture of wood, nut and peppery flavors which get a little stronger.
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The smoke time of this robusto is ninety minutes. The draw and burn are good. The ash is firm but rough of structure and almost white. The smoke is plenty, thick and white. This cigar is medium bodied but full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I will get a box

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: 8 / 10

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Fumadores robusto

These sandwich style cigars are made by Don Pepin Garcia exclusively for Holts and are sold as cheap as $42 for a box of 20 robustos. The cigars are a blend of Nicaraguan Criollo, Corojo and Habano seed tobaccos with an Ecuadorian wrapper. This specific cigar had been resting in my humidor for at least a year and a half, possibly even longer. All cigars are individually wrapped in cellophane
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The oily wrapper is a bit pale brown and has lots of veins. There are some soft spots in the construction of this mild box pressed cigar. I like the simple yet clear band. The cigar has a medium strong smell of straw and wood. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste a full flavored coffee with some cedar wood. After half an inch I also taste some herbs and the strength of the flavors decreases a bit. After an inch I notice the coffee getting weaker while the herbs grow in strength. I also taste some toasted flavors and nuts, but these flavors are smooth.
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Halfway I discover a hint of chocolate and I taste a full herbal flavor with some nuts and cedar. The cedar disappears and I taste a perfect mix of chocolate and nuts behind a strong herbal flavor. Near the end I only taste cedar wood and cayenne pepper.
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Even though this is a sandwich style cigar, it still lasted me for an hour. I got a lot of smoke from this stick but the smoke is thin. The draw is fine and the burn only had some minor issues. This full flavored and medium bodied smoke has a firm, salt & pepper colored, ash.
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Would I buy this cigar again? For these prices? Hell yeah!

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

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Old Henry maduro robusto

This Holts houseblend is created by Don Pepin Garcia from Nicaraguan tobacco with a Nicaraguan Corojo or a maduro wrapper from the Connecticut Valley area. The name comes from the dog of the Holts owner that wanted a cigar with this name and his picture on the band in remembrance of his old pal. I can’t say that it’s a beautiful picture though, but then again, show me a picture of a bulldog that I think is pretty and I’ll send you some cigars. With a picture like this on the band I just hope it isn’t a dog rocket.
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The 5 x 50 robusto comes in cellophane and once unpacked I can smell a hay & barnyard aroma. The wrapper looks smooth & oily but feels silky and doesn’t have a lot of veins. The construction isn’t what I expect from a Don Pepin cigar, I can feel some soft spots but to my surprise the predraw isn’t loose because of the soft spots. Quite the opposite, the draw is a bit hard and leaves me with a raisin & pepper flavor on my palate.
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I taste coffee and wood with a firm dose of black pepper. The pepper is the dominant flavor with wood as support after half an inch. The coffee is gone by then. After an inch I can taste some toasty flavors with some wood.
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Halfway the support is all wood again with a sweet and peppery aftertaste en far far away a little bit of chocolate. The sweetness grows a bit in strength after 2/3rd but the pepper is still dominant with toast and wood as support.
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The draw is a bit hard but I get enough, medium thick, smoke from this Old Henry. The ash is medium gray and quite firm. The burn is good. This is a medium bodied medium flavored smoke in my book.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I get back to Philly and Holts has a nice offer, I will get some more.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 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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