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Casa de Alegria Criollo Corona

It’s not hard to figure out where I got this cigar, that must be Cigarworld in Dusseldorf Germany since this cigar is made in Esteli in cooperation with Cigarworld, the biggest lounge in all of Europe as far as I know. It’s a Nicaraguan puro with ligero from Jalapa, Condega and Esteli in the filler and a Colorado Criollo wrapper.


The cigar is a little short for a corona, it measures 5×44 but I’m surprised by the price which is €3,60 at the time that I am writing the review. And that’s cheap, very cheap, for a longfiller cigar. It also makes me worry, can it be any good for that price? Time to find out.


The wrapper is dark and oily but has a waterspot. The construction feels good and the overall looks of the cigar are good too. The ring is simple, its black with a brushed gold ring and shiny golden outlines, black letters saying Casa de Alegria and golden letters saying Criollo on a decent quality print. The aroma is strong, manure, urine, typical barnyard as you could say.


I cut the cigar, the cold draw is great. I taste some sweetness with quite some pepper on my lips. After lighting I taste a nice coffee with vinegar, quite sour but not unpleasant. I taste some pepper and nutmeg too after half an inch. After a third it’s a mix between a little harsh spicy and herbal flavor balanced with some powdered sugar and lemon. The final third is slightly harsh with wood, lemon and spices.


The draw is great, just like the thick smoke. The light colored ash has a bit of brownish taint. The ash is firm. The burn is beautiful. The cigar is medium bodied and flavored. The smoke time is an hour and twenty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah

Score: 87
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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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Famous Nicaragua Robusto

A few days ago I posted a review of the Famous Nicaragua 3000 Gordo and while browsing through my humidor for more cigars starting with an F I also found this Famous Nicaragua cigar but there’s nothing on their website that remotely looks like this one. Maybe it’s an old cigar, a limited edition, old blend or old ring, I simply do not know.

 


Here’s what I do know. It was gift from years back, it’s a robusto with a 5×52 size, its a Famous Smoke house blend, it’s from Nicaragua and it has two rings, it’s made by Tabacalera Tropical, the factory from Aganorsa and best known for the Casa Fernandez cigars. Now you might wonder how I know that? That’s simple, the secondary rings says “tropical tobacco”

 


The wrapper is a medium brown, slightly dry wrapper with two thin veins. It’s actually quite attractive. The construction feels good with a beautifully placed triple cap, the roller must be very skilled. I tried applying a cap once while visiting a factory and it’s hard, very hard. The cigar has two rings, a top ring in red with the Famous logo on a copper color, copper outlines and a darker red on the sides where it says ‘hand made’ and ‘imported’. The secondary ring is green with golden lines and golden letters saying NICARAGUA and white letters saying ‘medium to full bodied blend’ on one side and ‘tropical tobacco’ on the other side. The aroma is faint and reminds me of cocoa powder and saw dust.

 


I punched the cigar and got a great cold draw that has a dry leathery flavor with some mild minty aftertaste. After lighting I taste a leathery flavor. After a third I still taste the leather but now with spices like cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Halfway I taste leather with a little lime and some nutmeg and cocoa. The final third is woody with leather and nutmeg. The cigar gets spicier, stronger and even a little bit harsh. The final puffs also have some nutty and peppery notes.

 


The smoke is thick and full. The ash is coarse. The burn is reasonable straight. I would say this is a medium bodied cigar, medium full flavored. The smoke time is an hour and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, decent cigar but I had better.

Score: 88
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Flor de Cielo Maduro Salomon

I bought this Flor de Cielo Maduro Salomon at Corona Cigar Company in Orlando, there is no other option since its one of their house blends. And the thing isn’t cheap with a 10 dollar price tag but it’s huge. But I don’t think it was a big success since the cigars aren’t to be found on their website anymore so I guess they stopped production of this brand.


As I said, the cigar is huge, 7×58 in a huge perfecto size. From what I found online the cigar is rolled in Miami’s little Havana, but the tobacco is cured and fermented in Nicaragua. That makes me wonder what factory in Miami rolled these cigars.


The ultra dark wrapper is very oily and that caused the cellophane to become yellow. The wrapper looks awesome, only on thin vein, beautiful color and add that to the size, that makes this cigar look impressive and probably the reason why I bought this a few years ago. The ring is yellowish with a copper colored text Flor de Cielo in a typography that reminds me of Flor de Cana, the same way as Flor de Oliva does. The cigar feels evenly packed and knowing that this is a difficult vitola to roll I’m taking my head off to the torcedor. The cigar has a mild aroma of wood, hay and barnyard.


Due to the shape I had to cut the cigar. The cold draw is fine and I taste some hay, raisin and chocolate. Right after lighting I taste coffee. Soon I taste cedar, a little lime and a mild peppery spice. After an inch the cigar gets a little stronger in the citrus. Halfway I taste dry cedar with still a lemon. There is an overall Maduro sweetness and I’m digging it. The final third gives a little black pepper with the cedar and the lemon. Near the end I taste spicy, peppery carrots.


The draw is great. The smoke is thick and white. The salt and pepper ash is quite firm and the draw is straight. The evolution is good and the cigar is medium full bodied, full flavored.

Would I buy this cigar again? if Corona still has these I will on my first trip stateside.

Score: 91
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Famous Nicaragua 3000 Gordo

For years I’ve seen raving testaments about the Famous Nicaragua 3000 series on my favorite cigar forum www.cigarasylum.com but since Famous doesn’t ship outside the USA and I buy in local stores when I’m in America I never paid much attention to it. Now I read people guessing where the cigars were made, theories about what factory including the theory that Oliva made a Series X, sold them for a few weeks before Carlito Fuente talked to Jose Oliva about the X, since Fuente is famous for the Opus X and Oliva agreed to take them off the market and sold them as private label to Famous, creating the Famous Nicaraguan 3000 blend but thats a story I have never been able to confirm.


Well, in 2015  I was at Tavicua, which is the factory owned by Rocky Patel in Esteli, Nicaragua and I thought I solved the mystery when I saw Famous Nicaraguan cigars being made. But just now, while looking up some information on the cigar, I found out that there are several series of the Famous Nicaraguan line and the 6000 series is made at Tavicusa, so the mystery of the series 3000 continues.


The box pressed 6×56 cigar looks intimidating due to the sheer size and shape, but that might be me, since I don’t like big ring cigars. The cellophane started to discolor a little bit and I guess I have had this cigar in my humidor for about 5 years after a friend gave it to me at a cigar meeting in Ocala, Florida. The medium dark brown wrapper is very leathery, it looks like leather, it feels like leather and the cigar has a strong aroma of forrest smells and soap. The construction feels good although the cap is applied a little hasty as it seems. The ring is simple, two tone green with the Famous logo in golden, Nicaragua Selection in golden too and golden 3000 on the side. The print quality is good.


I cut the cigar with a guillotine cutter. The cold draw is fine. I taste spicy sultanas and black pepper. After lighting I taste coffee with extra sugar. After an inch I taste spicy greens like rucola with extra added black pepper. After a third I taste minty leather with lemony spice. Halfway the cigar is spicy with wood and pepper. The final third starts with mint, wood and nuts.


The draw is a little loose yet it doesn’t influence the amount or thickness of the smoke which is great. The dark ash isn’t very firm. The burn is straight. This is a medium bodied medium flavored cigar and the ring gauge makes it a not dynamic cigar. The smoke time is two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Not in this vitola, a Robusto or thinner I would try.

Score: 87
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