Posts Tagged With: Jonathan Drew

Tabak Especial belicoso negro

Now I swore never to smoke a flavored or infused cigar anymore after smoking the horrible Gorillafinger by Lars Tetens, but people kept saying that the Tabak especial negro was worth trying so I gave the Tabak Especial negro belicoso a try. I got this 5×52 cigar at the Intertabac trade show.
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I smell a chemical chocolate smell, the smell is quite strong too. I do like the band on this almost black cigar with a big vein on the wrapper. The construction feels good. The wrapper tastes disgustingly sweet. The predraw is tight and all I taste is that nasty chemical sweetness from the wrapper.
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I taste an earthy flavor with chemical sweetness. I also taste some leather. After three quarters of an inch I taste leather with that chemical sweetness. The earthy flavors have gone. After an inch the cigar gets less chemical and the sweetness turns floral. Slowly some spicy herbs show up too.
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Halfway I taste spicy herbs with a floral sweetness. I also taste a bit of red pepper. After two thirds I still taste the floral flavors, a hint of nuts and a peppery and herbal aftertaste. Near the end I taste pepper with a nasty chemical floral flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and five horrible minutes. The draw is great and I got a decent amount of smoke. The smell is chemical. The light gray ash is compact and firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not a chance in the world

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

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Liga Privada Undercrown belicoso

The Liga Privada Undercrown is the long awaited new release from Drew Estate. The other Liga Privadas, the No.9 and the T52, are hard to find due to limited supplies and this ‘Liga with a twist’ as Jonathan Drew calls them should be more easily available due to the use of a more accessible wrapper. I got this cigar at Intertabac, this belicoso measures 6×52.
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The cigar looks great, the wrapper is almost flawless, the band is awesome and the cigar has a beautiful and unique blunt head. The construction feels good. I smell wood and chocolate. The predraw is fine, I taste a fresh flavor with chocolate and pepper. The wrapper is leathery and thick.
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I taste coffee, earthy flavors and a pepper on my tongue. After half an inch I taste white pepper with some chocolate. I also get some wood flavors. After an inch I taste wood with cacao, the pepper has gone. After a third I taste wood with some cacao and some white pepper.
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Halfway I taste the same flavors but with a fresh acidic flavor, very mild, and some sweetness. The pepper moves to the aftertaste. At the two third mark I taste some cacao on the background with some nuts, herbs and a hint of white pepper. The aftertaste is peppery and mild fresh, like a minty freshness.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is great just like the burn. I got a lot of smoke. The white ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Whatcha think?

Appearance: 9 / 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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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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Liga Privada Undercrown robusto

The Undercrown, there are many stories about the creation of this cigar but the one that I hear most is that the rollers at the Drew Estate factory tweaked the Liga Privada with a new wrapper so that they could smoke a great cigar after they weren’t allowed to smoke the Liga Privada anymore because of the limited available wrapper. I like the story and I was very curious about the cigar as I am a big Liga Privada fan. I got this cigar at the Intertabac trade show from Jonathan Drew as they aren’t available in Europe yet. The Undercrown robusto will make a European debut on the Dutch Big Smoke on october 30th.
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This 5×54 robusto is wrapped in cellophane and will get a € 6,50 price tag for The Netherlands. The band looks like a signet ring and the wrapper is dark and mild oily with just a few small veins. The construction feels good and the predraw tastes like sweet tobacco with some peanuts. The cigar smells like a barnyard with some added sweetness.
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I taste a spicy and mild peppery earth flavor with some coffee and a mild sweetness. Soon I taste spicy earth with herbs and some pepper on the background. After half an inch I taste wood with herbs, the pepper is almost completely gone, the sweetness is completely gone and there is a mild freshness in the flavors. After three quarters of an inch I taste herbs with a mild fresh aftertaste. There is some wood on the background. After an inch the flavors are herbs which are getting more spicy and I taste pepper too. There is a peppery but fresh aftertaste.
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Halfway I taste some sweetness with the herbs and the pepper. The freshness in the aftertaste is getting more pronounced. Soon after I taste a beautiful and well balanced mixture of cedar, pepper, herbs and some sweetness with a fresh and peppery aftertaste. After two thirds the cigar gets a bit more spicy. The flavors are now herbs with pepper, the aftertaste is still fresh and peppery. I also taste some sweetness and a toasted flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for ninety minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The burn is beautiful and straight. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Oh yeah!

Appearance: 9 / 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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La Vieja Habana torpedo

The La Vieja Habana has an interesting history. This was the first Drew Estate cigar, rolled in New York by Antonio Almanzar from 1994 till 1996 when the demand for tobacco, due to the cigar boom, left them without tobacco. They moved the brand to Miami where Perdomo started to roll them until disaster struck again and hurricane season caused a lot of damage in Nicaragua in november 1998. Drew Estate started production again in 2002, in their own factory in Nicaragua and since then there was no more drama. I smoked the 6×54 belicoso with the Habano wrapper.
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The cigar has a dark and mild oily wrapper with lots of veins. The construction feels good and the belicoso has a sharp point. The cigar has a strong wood smell. The predraw is good and tastes like dry tobacco.
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I taste a mild bitter coffee with a hint of chocolate. The bitter flavor disappears quickly and after an inch I taste something musty that is replaced with wood quickly.
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The chocolate slowly gets dominant and halfway I also taste something spicy. The chocolate keeps on being dominant with some herbs on the background, but I don’t care much for the specific herbal flavors. At two thirds the cigar gets a stronger herbal flavor and turns a bit ashy.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and ten minutes. I didn’t get much smoke and the smoke I got was thin. The draw is good, just like the burn. The ash is light gray and firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, I’ll stick to Liga Privada if I want a Drew Estate cigar

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 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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Liga Privada Ratzilla 7×44 prototype

The Dutch Drew Estate distributer visited Nicaragua a few weeks ago, with a few reporters and a Dutch tv host & cigar enthousiast. He visited Drew Estate and brought me a unreleased Liga Privada L40 lancero and this 7×44 cigar with a photocopied band “Dirty rat 7×44”. Now I know about the Dirty Rat release, I have a box of those, but they are 5×44. So I got in touch with Jonathan Drew and he told me that this Dirty Rat 7×44 is a prototype, it was one of a few prototypes for the Ratzilla, which will be released at the IPCPR this year. The 7×44 didn’t made the cut, they chose for a 6½x46 for the Ratzilla, but this cigar has the same blend.
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The cigar is a looker, the wrapper is dark, oily and shine with just one long thin vein and the cigar has a small pigtail. The construction feels good and I smell a floral smell, kind of soapy. The predraw is great and quite spicy, I taste a lot of pepper.
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I taste a smooth but full coffee with a mild bitter taste and a lot of pepper. After a quarter of an inch I taste spicy herbs, pepper and creamy chocolate. The chocolate slowly gains some strength with a peppery aftertaste. After an inch I taste some herbal wood with chocolate on the background. The cigar is pleasantly spicy without too much pepper. The chocolate flavor sticks on the palate and is dark.
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Halfway I taste more wood, the cigar is less spicy and I can’t taste pepper anymore. I still taste some chocolate and the flavors are sticky. A few puffs later I also taste some wood. After two thirds I even taste some nuts. The flavors become herbal again and the pepper returns. The black pepper grows in strength.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty five minutes. The draw was great, just like the burn and the flavors were fantastic. The only disappointing part of this cigar was the burn, I had to keep correcting it. The ash is dark, frayed and medium firm. The cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, Drew Estate should release this cigar.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 9 / 10

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Liga Privada L40 lancero *pre-release*

I love Liga Privada, both the #9 and the T52 blends. Both made it into my personal top 25 of best cigars of 2010 and I would surprise me if Liga Privada didn’t make it in the top 25 of 2011 too. As a fan, I was thrilled when I heard the news that Drew Estate was working on more Liga Privada blends, one of them being the L40, which would come out with a lancero. My heart jumped when I got a text message from the Dutch distributer, who was in Nicaragua visiting some factories at the time, that he got me a fresh rolled L40 lancero.
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The cigar is a bit crooked, oval shaped and has no band, but I don’t care. The wrapper is dark, oily and wrinkled. The construction feels good and I smell straw and leather. The predraw is fine and reminds me of tobacco and green tea.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor with pepper and toast. After half an inch I taste dry herbs with some wood and chocolate. After an inch the chocolate becomes a bit stronger
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After a third the chocolate turns dark, flavor wise and stronger, just like I expect from a Liga Privada. Halfway I taste a nice dark chocolate with some herbs. The flavors just go on and on while the herbs slowly become the main flavor.
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This cigar comes five minutes short to be a two hour smoke. The draw and the burn are great. The smoke is plentiful and thick. The gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I can’t wait till this cigar is commercially available

Appearance: 7 / 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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Liga Privada T52 toro

I love Liga Privada, I said that many times before and I will keep saying it as long as the cigars are this good. I smoked some T52’s in the recent past as they just became available on the Dutch market. I smoked the robusto and the belicoso. I have ordered a box of Dirty Rats and a box of Flying Pigs, those will be reviewed too once I receive them. I smoked the toro for a review today. The price tag of this cigar is € 11.00 in The Netherlands.
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This 6 x 52 cigar looks great with its dark and oily wrapper. I see a few thin veins and smell a floral aroma. The construction feels good and the predraw is a bit tight, but not too tight to complain. I get a spicy flavor from the predraw.
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I taste spicy coffee with earth, some chocolate and a mild pepper. The coffee disappears after half an inch. I taste spicy wood with earth and chocolate. The feeling in my mouth is dry. The wood slowly becomes the main flavor.
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Halfway I get more chocolate, dark chocolate. After two thirds I taste more herbs and all flavors get stronger. Near the end I also taste white pepper.
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This cigar is a slow burner due to the thick wrapper. This 6 inch cigar lasted me two hours and twenty five minutes. I got a good amount of smoke, which started out thin but got thicker along the way. The draw is great and the burn is good. The as is dark, frayed and not firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the belicoso and robusto better

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

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Chateau Real magnum 46 maduro

The Chateau Real brand is part of the Drew Estate family, a cigar company that really surprised me pleasantly with the Liga Privada, so I wanted to try the Chateau Real too. A few days ago, I smoked the magnum 46 with the claro wrapper and this time I smoked the maduro version of the same cigar. This is a 5 ⅝x 46 cigar made from aged Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco. The cigars are new to the Dutch market and have a € 5.50 price tag.
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The wrapper is nice and dark with a few thin veins and it looks dry. The construction feels good and the cigar has a bit of a floral aroma to it. The predraw is fine and tastes floral too.
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I taste chocolate, dark and a bit bitter, with some sweetness and a hint of an earthy flavor. After three quarters of an inch I also taste some herbs and a little salt. The chocolate remains the main flavor but halfway it gets accompanied by some pepper. The chocolate feels a bit sticky on my palate.
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The chocolate becomes stronger, it is like sucking on some dark chocolate and on the background I taste some hazelnuts. I still taste the pepper too. Near the end the cigar becomes quite spicy.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and thirty five minutes. The ash is white and is firm. The smoke is thick and white. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. The burn and the draw are very good.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will, this is a nice early in the day smoke for a friendly price

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

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