Posts Tagged With: oscuro

PDR 1878 Capa Oscura Lancero

Abe Flores and his partners, the Rodriguez brothers, started their company on the Dominican and the first time I heard of them was with the PDR 1878 line, the Habana and the Oscura. I liked both lines and met Abe years later when the company I worked for back then started to distribute his cigars. And for some reason, unknown to me as my then employer hates lanceros, we gotten a few boxes of lanceros in, of which I still have a few single cigars.


Now I don’t think the lancero is a regular offering, or maybe it’s discontinued since it’s not listed on the PDR website. I do see the robusto, toro, torpedo, Churchill and double magnum listed but no lancero. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Sun Grown Oscuro with a Dominican Habano binder and two different Dominican Corojo tobaccos as a filler.


The wrapper is dark, as oscuro should be, shiny and oily and smooth to the touch. The simple rings, bright red with white letters and silver outlines, really pop and look good. Just like the cigar itself with the little pig tail and the closed foot. The construction feels good. The aroma is medium strong, a bit like dusty wood.


After cutting the cigar I get an awesome cold draw, herbal and spicy. After lighting I taste a strong coffee with some sweetness. Quickly the cigar turns to dark chocolate, creamy and bitter, with herbs. After a third the cigar is earthy, the bitterness from the cocoa is still there, just as some pepper. After a third I taste an earthy, peppery flavor but now with some peanuts instead of cocoa. Halfway I taste a salty bitter chocolate with some pepper, but salt is the dominant flavor. The finale is very peppery with a hint of floral.


The smoke is so thick that it could be vape smoke, white and voluminous. The draw is almost perfect. The dense ash is white. The burn is straight as an arrow. I would call this a medium full bodied and flavored cigar. The smoke time is seventy five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I want a box.

Score: 92
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Quesada Reserva Privada Oscuro Toro

Last month I wrote a review on the Quesada Reserva Privada Toro, made with a vintage Dominican Criollo binder. A year after the original release in 2015 the Quesada family released another blend using that same vintage leaf and the same Reserva Privada name, the Quesada Reserva Privada Oscuro with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper.


Now I am a fan of Connecticut broadleaf, one of my favorite cigars is the La Casita Criolla from Pete Johnson, a cigar completely made with Connecticut broadleaf and I like the La Duena by My Father a lot too so I have high expectations from this cigar. I mean, vintage binder, one of my favorite wrappers and all from a great company. I got this cigar at the last intertabac trade show in a sampler from Raquel Quesada.


The ring is the same as the regular Reserva Privada, black, stylish and gorgeous. The wrapper is very oily, dark and smooth. Halfwheel wrote that the cigar won’t win any beauty contests but this wrapper would certainly catch my eye in a humidor and it screams “i’m delicious, smoke me”. The cigar has a nicely, almost perfect, rounded head, a beautiful triple cap and it feels evenly packed. I live in an area with quite a few cocoa processing plants and when I sniff the cigar that’s what I smell, raw cocoa.


I used my butterfly cutter to decap the cigar. The cold draw is fine, woody and earthy with a mild pepper. After lighting I taste coffee. Soon after I taste wood, a mild pepper, a little lemon and all in a buttery, creamy way. The pepper grows and becomes the dominant flavor while the creaminess disappears. After a third I taste pepper with salt and some wood. Halfway I taste charred dark wood with pepper. The final third is charred wood, pepper and floral flavors. The floral flavor tones down, the pepper gets stronger near the end.


The draw is great while the smoke is very pretty and white, with a great thickness. The light colored ash is firm. The burn is straight. The cigar is medium full bodied and flavored. The smoke time is an hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

Score: 91
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Casa Magna oscuro robusto

Casa Magna became Cigar Aficionado’s cigar of the year 2008 and that caused quite a stir amongst cigar lovers worldwide. Not a lot of people understood why Cigar Aficionado rated this cigar so high, and I must admit, I am one of those people. I smoked the Casa Magna robusto before and even though I liked it, I didn’t think it was deserving of the title “cigar of the year”. Well, Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plascencia decided to use the same blend with an oscuro wrapper instead of a colorado wrapper and release it under the name Casa Magna Oscuro. This 5×52 cigar was bombed to me by an American friend.
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The cigar looks great with the nice silver version of the normal Casa Magna band. The deep dark and oily wrapper only has one vein. The aroma is light but rich and reminds me of a barnyard. The construction feels tight, but equally tight everywhere, I can’t find soft spots. The wrapper is quite thick, that makes the cigar hard to punch. The predraw is good and leaves a mild raisin flavor on my palate.
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I taste a medium full earth flavor which has a warm and comfortable feel to it. I also taste a mild dark chocolate aftertaste. The flavors are subtle and dry. The flavors slowly gain some strength and less subtle. After an inch the chocolate disappears and instead I taste some herbs, also dry in texture.
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Halfway the dark chocolate returns and is clearly noticeable. At ⅔ I taste wood, earth and herbs, still dry in texture. The herbs become the main flavor.
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Even though this cigar is just 5 inch, I puffed on it for two hours and fifteen minutes. The cigar produces a lot of smoke which is quite thick. The draw is fine and the pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The burn was good too. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it, just like the normal Casa Magna

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

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Liga Privada #9 oscuro robusto

Someone gave me this Liga Privada, a cigar I would never have bought just because it’s made by Drew Estate and that name has a negative ring to it due to the flavored crap they produce.
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This 5 x 52 robusto has a nice oily oscuro dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper with one big vein. A plantation grown Brazilian mata fina binder and three Cuban seed tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras make this cigar complete. The band is nice and simple. The cigar doesn’t have a lot of aroma. The construction and draw are great, I get a little pepper flavor in the back of my throat.
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I taste wood with pepper in the back of my throat. After a centimeter I get a little chocolate too. These flavors stick with me for a long time. At 2/3rd the pepper fades away, but that is the only real change I get since the chocolate appeared. The flavor of the wood reminds me of an Opus X a lot.
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I get a nice smoke from the Liga Privada. The draw and burn are good and the ash is white and firm. This Drew Estate cigar actually surprised me.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, simply yes.

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

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G. de Graaff Costa Rica oscuro robusto

G. de Graaf is an old Dutch brand and they have produced a Costa Rican longfiller for some time now. Recently the owners decided to change the blend and the wrapper. The wrapper is now Ecuadorian and comes in both natural and oscuro. I got a sampler with both cigars to try out and review. I smoked the oscuro this afternoon while watching soccer on TV.

The cigar looks pretty, a nice smooth wrapper, quite dark but no maduro. The full aroma reminds me of a stable and at the top of the cigar you can clearly see different kinds and colors of tobacco in the filler.

The first flavors are distinct leather with a nice pepper, but pretty soon these flavors fade away slowly. The cigar becomes a bit creamy but not creamy enough to deserve that label. Halfway there is a harsh sharp flavor for just one puff and then the light cream flavor comes back with now and then a hint of chocolate, but just as the cream, the chocolate flavor never really comes trough.

This cigar is not complex, there is not a lot of development in the flavors but then again, what I taste is not unpleasant.

The burn is fine, only at the end of the cigar I had some problem, the ash is uneven and the smoke is quite full and pretty white.

Would I buy this cigar again? Perhaps, it’s a nice cigar although there are better cigars in this price range.

Btw my team won the match with 6 to 1

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

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