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Norteño lonsdale

Norteño means northerner and that’s the term Nicaraguans use for the people from the Esteli region and it became a term where Norteños are proud of, the nickname of Real Esteli is ‘el tren del norte’. Norteño is also the second cigar Willy Herrera made under the Herrera Esteli brand for Drew Estate. I got this cigar when visiting the Drew Estate factory in Esteli last May and I’ve been waiting to light it for a review, that time arrived now.
First thing that I notice is the weird shape, it’s a ring 44 cigar but it ring 50 wide so automatically it’s thin, an unusual shape and I hope pictures do it justice. The Mexican San Andres wrapper, which wrapped a Honduran binder and Nicaraguan filler, has a few veins that make it rustic. The band is simple. The cigar has a very pleasure and quite strong hay aroma. The predraw is fine, I taste some spices and some sweetness.
A sharp pepper taste, mixed with espresso, that’s my first thought after lighting this cigar. After a few puffs I taste wood and spices, including some pepper. It reminds me of the Herrera Esteli although it’s definitely not the same. Close to a third it’s spices with some sweetness.
After a third I get a little bit of dark chocolate with pepper. Halfway I also taste wood, the pepper disappears, it’s wood with a salty flavor now. The saltiness disappears, pepper returns again.
The draw is amazing and as you can expect from Drew Estate, the smoke is thick and copious. The ash is light colored. The burn on this full bodied, full flavored cigar is good. I had to clip the cigar again after two thirds due to some tar built up. And the weird shape? Didn’t bother me at all during the the hour and forty minute smoke.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, solid cigar, not the best one I smoked but still very pleasant.

Appearance: 7
Construction: 8
Draw: 9
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7

Categories: Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, Nicaraguan cigars, Norteño | Tags: , , , ,

NHC seleccion limitada reserva lonsdale

New Havana Cigars came with a limited edition 6¾x42 lonsdale, made in the My Father factory and based upon the original Tatuaje blend. The cigars come with two wrappers, a Habano and a broadleaf. I smoked the Reserva, which is the broadleaf wrapper. The designer of the band must be a Montecristo fan, as the band is a copy from the Cuban Montecristo band.
The cigar feels silky but with a good construction and it has a strong horse smell. The wrapper is dark and pretty and mild oily. The cigar is slightly box pressed. The predraw is great.
I taste pepper and coffee, but mainly black pepper. After a quarter of an inch I taste pepper with wood and leather. After an inch I taste leather with a little bit of pepper and a tiny bit of chocolate on the background.
The leather and pepper are Cubanesque. Halfway the chocolate gets a bit stronger. The leather turns into wood with a bit pepper and a chocolate aftertaste.
This cigar lasted me and hour and twenty minutes. The draw was great and I got a nice amount of medium thick smoke. The white ash is firm and the burn is good. The cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it.

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: 8 / 10

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

Vegas Robaina classicos

This 6½ x 42 cigar was a gift from a friend. He gave this and a few other cigars because I gave him a ride to a herf in Antwerp. As it was a gift, I don’t know the box code but I do believe this cigar had a few years of age on it.
The wrapper is light brown and has some big veins. The wrapper feels like very fine sanding paper. The cigar is box pressed and the construction feels good. The predraw is a bit on the hard side and I can taste a very mild wood flavor. I smell a typical Cuban barnyard smell.
I get a full leather flavor but after half an inch the flavor loses a lot of strength. I also taste some earth after half an inch. After ⅓ the earth becomes the main flavor and both the earth and the leather gain a bit power again. I get a dry feeling in my mouth.
Halfway I still taste earth and leather and some time later I also taste a mild chocolate, but unfortunately the chocolate disappears quickly too. After ⅔ I taste some wood and leather, the earth flavor seems to have gone too.
The smoke time of this cigar is about 75 minutes. I got a nice amount of smoke and a good draw. The burn is pretty straight. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The ash isn’t very firm and has some light colored parts and some dark colored parts.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, don’t get me wrong, it is a good cigar but a bit too one dimensional for me.

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, Vegas Robaina (Habanos) | Tags: ,

Bolivar Gold Medal

The original Bolivar Gold Medal is a pre 1960 release but production was discontinued in 1992. In 2007 Habanos decided, partly due to the success of the 2004 special release of the Gold Medal, to start producing these cigars again as a La Casa Del Habano only cigar. I bought a 2007 box of 10 Bolivar Gold Medals soon after they hit the market and realized I had only one left for a review. The other 9 I had given away to friends or in bombs.
The packaging is quite original. The upper two third of the cigar is wrapped in gold colored tin foil and has both the Bolivar band and the La Casa del Habano band glued to the tin foil. When I remove the tin foil I see a smooth mocha colored wrapper with a few veins, some water spots and some damage at the foot of the cigar. The construction feels good. The cigar has a deep Cuban barnyard smell. The predraw is good and I taste raisin with some pepper on my lips.
I taste some coffee, earth and a full flavored leather. The leather becomes the main flavor. The coffee disappears after an inch. I get some wood next to the leather, even though the leather is still the dominant flavor. The structure of the flavors is dry.
Halfway the wood becomes the dominant flavor with leather and earth on the background. This is the mix of flavors I keep getting till I burn my fingers on the nub.
The smoke time of this cigar is 95 minutes. The draw is good just like the amount of smoke. The frayed dark as isn’t firm . The burn is great. This full flavored cigar is medium bodied. I got a big flame when I purged the cigar.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this will be another box purchase.

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

Categories: Bolivar (Habanos), Cuban cigars, Partagas Factory | Tags: ,

Bundle Selection lonsdale

Bundle selection is a brand specially made for the European market. They come, as the name already suggests, in bundles and are quite cheap. Due to the price they are quite popular, especially with young smokers or starters.
This 6 ¼ x 45 Lonsdale is made out of Dominican seco and Honduran filler, a java binder and a Sumatra seed wrapper from Mexico. The cigars don’t have a cigar band, they are packed in cello and there are 16 in a bundle. The wrapper has a lot of veins, but the construction feels good and the predraw is fine, it gives me a raisin flavor.
This cigar is musty, sweet and musty and not a lot of other flavors. After an inch I get a faint musty hay flavor. It’s not Cremosa bad, but just musty. Little over 1/2nd of the cigar I can taste some chocolate and musty wood. The smoke gets a bit thicker. I am glad that the turning point of this cigar comes early.
The smoke is quite thin and the ash is crooked and light colored. The burn is pretty straight. Due to the price and the mild/medium character of this cigar makes it a nice smoke for a starter.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I might have liked these when I was a start, but I moved on.

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

Categories: Bundle Selection, Dominican cigars, O.K. Cigars | Tags: , ,

Montecristo #1

This Montecristo #1 is a 6.3 inch ring 40 cigar with an oily wrapper with small veins, a light aroma and a good construction.

Smooth soft leather with a bit of pepper is what I taste. Not much of a development in the flavor department at the start. The pepper disappears soon and the leather becomes a bit bitter. After finishing about half the cigar the leather suddenly grows in strength and a nutty flavor supports the leather. The cigar slowly grows in strength and I could even taste a grassy flavor. The finale is wood, toast and nutty.

The smoke is fine, the draw is good and the ash is dark. No complaints about the burn.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I prefer other sizes.

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, Montecristo (Habanos) | Tags: ,

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