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La Sirena Merlion Robusto

In 2009 Arielle Ditkowich started La Sirena cigars with a cigar made at My Father Cigars in Nicaragua and three years later she released the second La Sirena line, the La Sirena Merlion made on the Dominican Republic at the La Aurora factory which isn’t a surprise because back then the cigars were distributed by Nestor Miranda’s Miami Cigar & Co, who’s the distributer of La Aurora in the USA, and has a few private labels made by My Father. So the connections are all there.


I met Arielle briefly when I visited Miami Cigar & Co a few years ago and she handed me this Merlion Robusto. I had smoked the My Father made La Sirena cigar but never this one and it’s time to do it now. The cigar is made with Dominican, Nicaraguan and Brazilian filler, a Brazilian binder and a corona from Ecuador wrapper.  La Sirena released two more lines, the Oceano and the Old School, the last one is made at NATSA where the Oceano is made at Quesada on the Dominican Republic. Or at least, were made by? Since 2014 there have been stories that La Sirena would move production to La Zona, but the La Sirena website still mentions NATSA, La Aurora and My Father.


The wrapper is a nice reddish brown, soft to the touch with a nice shine and a few thin veins. The ring is amazing, only shaped and huge with lots of shiny silver and just a little red and blue with a drawing of a mythical creature, a mermaid lion mix, a merlion. And since my wife a native Singaporean I have a connection with merlions, as that is the most famous statue of Singapore. The cigar has a mild manure aroma and the construction feels good, evenly packed , the shape is good and the cap is nice.


I used my xikar cutter to decap the cigar. The cold draw is a little loose, mild peppery and woody. After lighting I taste a strong coffee flavor with a little cedar. After a third I taste cedar with a little spice and pepper. Halfway I taste cedar with a nutty flavor and a slightly stronger pepper. The final third is spicier, with more pepper and a hint of chocolate.


The draw is good. The smoke is white with a grayish glow, it’s medium thick and full. The burn is razor sharp. The salt & pepper colored ash is firm. The cigar had a few years of age and it shows, as it’s very mellow and smooth. Medium bodied and flavored. The smoke time is an hour and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? A single or maybe a fiver.

Score: 90

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Cigar of the month March

Last month I reviewed 15 cigars and this is the the list, ranking from best to worst, and the worst was really terrible. One of the lowest ranking cigars on my blog ever!

The cigar with the highest rating last month is:

Don Lino Africa Kifaro with a 94 score

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Don Lino Africa Kifaro (Nicaragua) 94 points
2) Cornelius & Anthony Aerial Robusto (Nicaragua) 92 points
3) Casa Fernandez Lancero (Honduras) 92 points
4) La Aurora Para Japon Sumo (Dominican Republic) 91 points
5) Liga Privada #9 Torpedo (Nicaragua) 91 points
6) Montecristo Half Corona (cuba) 90 points
7) C.A.O. Anaconda (Honduras) 90 points
8) Viking Horseman Toro (Dominican Republic) 90 points
9) Don Lino Africa Gorilla Knuckle (Nicaragua) 89 points
10) Quesada 70th Anniversary Toro (Dominican Republic) 89 points
11) Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan (Honduras) 86 points
12) Micallef Gomez Sanchez Herencia (Nicaragua) 80 points
13) Avo XO Intermezzo (Dominican Republic) 79 points
14) Avo Dominant 13th Toro (Dominican Republic) 79 points
15) Di Grisogno For Women Only Corona (Dominican Republic) 73 points

 


 

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La Aurora Para Japon Sumo

Today it’s seven years ago that Japan got hit by a huge tsunami, killing over 15000 people and up till today over 2500 people are reported missing. More than 400,000 people were evacuated and over 150 square miles of Japan was flooded by the 65 feet waves that ultimately caused a nuclear disaster at the nuclear electricity plant at Fukushima.


Within a few weeks after the disaster La Aurora came up with a cigar of which the proceeds would go to the relief foundation and they had the perfect cigar for it. There was a limited amount of cigars of a new blend that had been aging for three years, Guillermo Leon quickly created a ring, called the cigar the Para Japon Sumo Robusto and two months after the tsunami the cigars were shipped to shops in America. Somehow I got one, I don’t know if I bought it or if it was a gift. The cigar is made with Cameroon, Brazilian and Dominican filler, Dominican binder and a Nicaraguan wrapper and only comes in one shape, a 5×50 robusto.


The milk chocolate colored wrapper is thin but looks good with a nice vein on the side. It feels like fine sanding paper. The ring is great, white with the rising sun of Japan, then a Japanse hand written font saying Para Japon and small La Aurora. The cigar seems well constructed with a good round head and a triple cap. The mild to medium aroma reminds me of a horse stable.


I cut the cigar and the cold draw is great. I taste a mild spicy, herbal flavor, soft and balanced. I lit the cigar with my trusted soft flame lighter. After lichting I taste a smooth five spice with dry leaves flavor, well balanced, with a little acidity on the back of my tongue. The cameroon tobacco is dominant in the flavor profile. The spices, a mild sweetness, some wood and dry leaves. After a third I think this cigar tastes like Christmas, if you know what I mean. The cigar is so smooth  I could retrohale, something I usually can’t. Halfway I get some vanilla too.


The draw is great. The smoke is thick, white and full. The light gray ash is dry, dense and firm. The burn is straight as an arrow. There isn’t much evolution in this medium bodied, medium flavored, smooth and well balanced cigar. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? That would be impossible

Score: 91

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Cigar of the month February

February was a special month, the shortest month of the year but also because I turned it into a full month of F reviews, so there is a top 28.

The cigar of the month is a shared position this month, identical scores for:

Casa Fuente Lancero/Flores y Rodrigues CRV Azul Robusto

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Casa Fuente Lancero (Dominican Republic) 93 points
2) Flores y Rodriguez CRV Azul Robusto (Dominican Republic) 93 points
3) Fratello Bianco II (Nicaragua) 92 points
4) Falto Lonsdale (Dominican Republic) 92 points
5) Falto Gran Reserva Especial Perfecto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
6) Flor de Cielo Maduro Salomon (Nicaragua) 91 points
6) Flores y Rodrigues Cabinet Seleccion Maduro Robusto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
8) Flor de Las Antillas Benelux (Nicaragua) 91 points
9) Flores y Rodriguez 10th anniversary Figurado (Dominican Republic) 90 points
10) Flores y Rodriguez CRV Roja Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
11) Falto Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
12) Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Habano Canonazo (Dominican Republic) 90 points
13) Fonseca 30th Anniversary Toro (Dominican Republic) 90 points
14) Falto Delirio (Dominican Republic) 89 points
14) Flor de Selva Maduro Robusto (Honduras) 89 points
16) Flor de Oliva Maduro Robusto (Nicaragua) 88 points
17) Famous Nicaragua Robusti (Nicaragua) 88 points
18) Fuentes Crucet Habanero Toro (USA) 88 points
19) Famous Nicaragua 3000 Gordo (Nicaragua) 87 points
20) Fuego Sangre de Toro Toro (Honduras) 87 points
21) Fonseca Classic Robusto (Dominican Republic) 86 points
22) Felipe Gregorio Dos Capas Churchill (Dominican Republic) 83 points
23) Flor de Oliva Torpedo (Nicaragua) 83 points
24) Fumadores Churchill (Nicaragua) 83 points
25) Flor de Gonzales Torpedo (Nicaragua) 82 points
26) Funadores Corona (Jamaica) 80 points
27) Flor de Filipinas Corona (Phillipines) 77 points
28) Flor de Canaria Corona (Canary Islands) 71 points

 

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Falto Delirio

This is the third Falto review this month, but hey, I’m running out of cigars starting with an F for this effffin february series of reviews and I have to make good on my promise to Luis Falto to review the cigars he gracefully send me years ago. I’m already late on my promise. On the website of La Garita cigars you can find their points of sales in the USA, on the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.


The delirio is a 6 1/2×42 Lonsdale, a very classic cigar size that is much underappriciated nowadays just like other classic vitolas like corona and lancero, its a shame because thinner cigar are so much more dynamic and flavorful. This Falto Delirio Cabinet Selection is made from Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers, a Dominican binder and a Dominican Corona wrapper and has been aged in my humidor for 8 years.


The wrapper is dark but dull with a few minor veins. The ring is beautiful, and the secondary ring has the same look. The cigar feels well constructed and is beautifully capped with a nice rounded head. The aroma is quite strong and is a mixture of floral smells with sawdust from dark wood.


I used one of my Xikar cutters to decap the cigar. The cold draw is easy, I taste a peppery dry leaves taste. I lit the cigar with a soft flame. Straight from the start I taste vanilla, icing sugar and coffee. After a third I taste fresh wood, a mild pepper and dried herbs and spices. The flavors gain strength and get a little mean. Halfway the vanilla comes back, with a floral touch. In the final third the dried herbs return with some icing sugar and dried chilies.


The draw is perfect. The smoke is white, thick and full. The light gray ash is firm and dense. The burn is good. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is an hour and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? They aren’t available in The Netherlands so there is no use in answering this question.

Score: 89
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Falto Gran Reserva Especial Prominent

I got this 4 1/2×4.7 perfecto in a sampler from Luis Falto a few years back and they came unbanded in a ziplock, written what cigars they were on the ziplock bags. But i’s unfair to judge them on the ring because this lacks one so I took a good look at the other Falto cigars, that had rings, and to the pictures on the internet to rate them.


The cigars are made at La Aurora with filler and binder from the Dominican Republic but with one of my favorite wrappers, Cameroon. I just love the herbal spiciness from that specific type of wrapper, I don’t think I ever had a Cameroon wrapped cigar that I didn’t enjoy so I have my hopes up for this cigar. Actually, when I think of it, the best cigar that I had from La Aurora was wrapped in Cameroon too.


As I said, I am judging the ring on internet pictures and other cigars and I love the ring. The blue and gold match, the logo is playful but classy, the highlights are perfect. This is one mighty good looking ring. The wrapper itself is typical Cameroon, the greenish brown wrapper with the small tooth, the veins, the brittleness. The construction feels great, the cigar is well packed, the cap and the little opening at the foot are great, this has been done by a skilled roller. There is a mild aroma of herbs when I smell the cigar.


I cut the cigar and the cold draw is fantastic. The flavor is a bit sweet and minty. After lighting I taste soil and herbs. After a few puffs I get that Cameroon spice but with honey and pepper. After a third I taste nutmeg, cumin, lemon and some pepper.


The draw is perfect, straight from the start. The ash is white and firm. The burn is quite straight. The smoke is good, medium full. This is a medium bodied full flavored cigar with a smoke time of an hour.

Would I buy this cigar again? I still have some but I would buy them if they were available here.

Score: 91
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La Aurora 107 toro

The La Aurora 107 is a three vitola series of cigars made from Nicaraguan and Dominican binder and filler with an Ecuadorian wrapper. All tobaccos have been aged for at least six years. The cigars are not for sale in The Netherlands yet, I bought this cigar while I was in Florida. I paid little over 6 dollars for this 5½x54 toro.
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The wrapper is a bit wrinkly and feels greasy. It has a nice chocolate brown color and is mild oily. I smell a barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and tastes peppery.
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I taste a herbal earthy flavor with wood and some pepper. The cigar is quite spicy. After an inch I taste toast with herbs. After an inch I mostly taste herbs with some wood. The herbs I taste are parsley and chives. The toast gets a bit stronger.
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Just before halfway the flavors become mild creamy. Halfway I taste toast, wood and some herbs. The flavors are full yet smooth. The toast slowly becomes the main flavor with a herbal supporting flavor and some wood in the aftertaste. After two thirds the wood slowly replaces the toast as main flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and a half. The draw is good, a little easy but still good. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I wouldn’t mind if these became available on the Dutch market.

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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La Aurora 1495 BME Nicaragua toro

Recently I got my hands on two La Aurora 1495 BME Toro, one Dominicana and one Nicaragua. These toros measure 5¾x54. The series come with four different wrappers, and I have now smoked two. The blend, made from Dominican corojo and ligero, Nicaraguan and Peruvian tobacco and a Dominican corojo binder. I need to get my hands on the Brazil and Ecuador version of these cigars too, I want to try the whole series. Only the Dominicana is for sale in The Netherlands and has a 8 euro pricetag.

This cellophane wrapped cigar has a milk chocolate brown wrapper with a few thick veins and a waterspot. The wrapper looks a bit dry . I like the band. The shape of the cigar is great. I smell a mild hay smell and the construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste a herbal tobacco.

I taste a spicy and peppery flavour with fresh wood and soon some straw and hay with wood. On the background I taste a little bit of cacao. After an inch the cigar gets a bit milder. I taste leather, herbs and fresh wood. The cacao is milder too, but it’s still there. After a third the herbs are the main flavour with a hint of nutmeg.
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Halfway I taste and earthy flavour with herbs, a bit of nutmeg and white pepper. After two thirds I taste earth with wood and a little bit of cacao. The herbs are milder now and moved to the aftertaste. Soon after I taste a nice but strange wood flavour with herbs.

This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got plenty of smoke. The light gray ash is a bit frayed and not firm. The burn is crooked. The cigar is full flavoured and medium to full bodied.

Would I buy this cigar again? I prefer the BME Dominicana

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

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La Aurora 1495 BME Dominicana toro

I got this 5¾x54 toro at the barbecue of my Dutch website www.sigarenliefhebber.nl from a friendly merchant that visits our board on a regular basis. I never smoked this La Aurora and I was curious about this B.M.E. Dominicana. To be honest, as a aficionado of Nicaraguan tobacco, I was expecting more from the Nicaragua than from the Dominicana, but still, I was curious. The Dominicana series is for sale in The Netherlands, but I don’t know the price tag.
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The band is big and easy to read, but when I tried to remove it I found out that it were two bands and not one big one. The medium brown wrapper has a color that is just a tone darker than milk chocolate and the wrapper is smooth with one long thin vein. The construction feels good and the cigar has a medium wood and barnyard aroma. The wrapper is quite thick. The predraw is fine and tastes like spicy tobacco.
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I taste sweet coffee with some earthy flavors and wood, quite spicy with a peppery aftertaste. After half an inch I taste sweet cinnamon with wood. I really like this. The aftertaste is black pepper. After an inch I taste a spicy, peppery, mild sweet and herbal wood flavour. After that the cigar turns to herbs with a honey like sweetness.
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Halfway I taste herbs with a splash of spices and the aftertaste is quite peppery. The cigar gets a stronger herbal flavour while the spices disappear and the pepper grows in strength too.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and twenty minutes. The draw is great and I got plenty of smoke. The burn is beautiful and the light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavoured and full bodied, much fuller than expected from a La Aurora with Dominican tobacco.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I was pleasantly surprised

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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Guillermo Leon Grande Corona

Guillermo Leon is one of the main characters behind the success of La Aurora. Cigars were only a secondary business for the Leon family until Guillermo was appointed vice executive president of La Aurora in the early 90’s and with a dedicated team he built La Aurora to a household name for every cigar aficionado. Last year he was honored with the Guillermo Leon signature cigars. The cigars are a blend with fillers from Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic wrapped in a double binder, one from Cameroon for the sweetness, one ligero for the strength and then finished with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
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The cigars are not for sale in The Netherlands but a Dominican friend of mine, who lives in The Netherlands and has family that is tight with the Leons managed to get a box of the 6×47 corona grande and gave me a few. The wrapper is quite dark and oily with a few big veins. The color reminds me of dark chocolate. I like the band. I smell a strong hay and straw smell. The construction feels a bit hard. The predraw is fine and I taste peppery tobacco.
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I taste wood and straw, the flavors are dry and full. The flavors remind me of autumn leaves too. After a quarter of an inch I taste dry toast with herbs and a bit of citrus. After an inch I also taste some chocolate in the aftertaste. The chocolate disappears after a third and instead I taste herbal toast. Halfway the milky chocolate returns with herbs and a pleasant acidic flavor, I can’t specify what the acidic flavor tastes like but it isn’t citrus.
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The chocolate slowly grows stronger and the flavor is sticky. I still taste the herbs and the toast. After two thirds I taste pepper with the sticky chocolate, the toast and the herbs. The chocolate disappears and the toast gets stronger. The flavors are dry. The pepper disappears too and the final flavors are herbs and toast.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifty minutes. The smoke is thick and plentiful. The compact gray ash is firm and the burn is great. The draw is great too. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I hope they will be released in The Netherlands soon

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 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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