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Cigar of the month July

Late 2016 I had the plan to post a review every Wednesday and every Sunday in 2017 with an added review on the 15th of each month as a series of Lancero reviews but I reviewed so many cigars that I had to post more, so for a few cigars I did a ‘full series review in one’, I added a few special dates to commemorate certain people, celebrate birthdays, last month I did a full week of review and this month I posted two extra Oliva Master Blend reviews so that the 1, 2 and 3 were posted in line. So, just like last month, there are more cigars rated this month than I expected to do. And the first 4 cigars all came very close to each other, with just tenths of a points in difference.

The cigar with the highest rate in July is:

Oliva Master Blend 1 Churchill with a 94 score.

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published at Cigarguideblog in July:

1) Oliva Master Blend 1 Churchill (Nicaragua) 94 points
2) Oliva Master Blend 2 Robusto (Nicaragua) 94 points
3) Jas Sum Kral Da Cebak A (Nicaragua) 94 points
4) Ilja VII by My Father A (Nicaragua) 94 points
5) Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) Oliva Master Blend 3 Torpedo (Nicaragua) 92 points
7) Illusione ~hl~ Maduro Lancero (Honduras) 92 points
8) Lars Tetens Steampunk Toro (USA) 92 points
9) Don Pepin Garcia series JJ Maduro Toro (Nicaragua) 91 points
10) Puros de Hostos Box Pressed Toro (Dominican Republic) 91 points
       Vegas de Santiago D8 Robusto (Costa Rica) 91 points
12) Puros de Hostos Churchill (Dominican Republic) 91 points
13) Romeo y Julieta #2 Tubo (Cuba) 87 points
14) Padilla Artisan Perfecto (Nicaragua) 87 points
15) Te Amo World Selection Series Nicaraguan Blend Robusto (Mexico) 86 points
16) Te Amo World Selection Series Mexican Blend Robusto (Mexico) 85 points
17) Te Amo World Selection Series Honduran Blend Robusto (Mexico) 80 points
18) Te Amo World Selection Series Cuban Blend Robusto (Mexico) 79 points
19) Te Amo World Selection Series Dominican Blend Robusto (Mexico) 76 points

 

 

 


The first 12 cigars all rated 91 or higher, with two cigars with the exact same score on the 10th spot. The complete top 12 I would smoke again with pleasure. Number 14 on the list is one of the best looking cigars I ever smoked though but the top 6 are all limited editions that cannot be bought anymore.

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Padilla Habano Artisano

Last year I lost my job, very unfortunate not only because I was unemployd but my it happened 2 weeks before my then girlfriend now wife, who’s from Singapore, had the results of the language test she had to do at the embassy before we could apply for her access to the country and I need to have a job to get her here. That was a major setback, but that has nothing to do with this review though. But because I lost my job I had time to reorganize my walk-in humidor, which was a huge mess and bugged me a lot, put everything into a database on stogierate.com and in the process I found a lot of hidden gems that I didn’t know I had anymore. Including this wonderful Padilla Artisan Perfecto.


I remember buying these cigars at the Padilla factory & shop in Miami on Calle Ocho when it was the Padilla factory, nowadays its no longer a factory or owned by Padilla but just a beautiful shop called Little Havana Cigar Factory. Padilla made these cigars for events and later sold them at his own shop and at cigarsinternational. I bought a pack just for the looks and I did a review years ago, but now that I found one in my humidor, my last one, I will do a redux and see if I still like it and what a 8 extra years of age have done to it.


The cigar looks amazing, I mean, have you ever seen a cigar like this on the market and for a reasonable price of around 8 dollars? I mean, I have seen some exhibicion sticks from La Flor Dominicana and Fuente with this form of art but haven’t seen any of them on the market like this one used to be. The Connecticut Shade, Habano and Connecticut Broadleaf wappers are wrapped around the cigars in a perfect pattern that its more like art than a regular cigar and it shows the skills of a highly trained roller. The construction feels good and even after 8 years the cigar still has a medium strong barnyard aroma. Too bad the ring isn’t of a high quality, the golden Padilla letters are a bit blurred just like the habano letters under the red & golden logo on a yellow background. The rest of the band is brown with golden decorations but the gold print is of a low quality. Too bad as a cigar with these looks deserve a much better looking ring.


Because of the shape I had to cut the cigar and I used a flat cut. The cold draw is a bit tight but that has to do with the shape of the cigar. I taste some pepper and some raisin, and the flavors feel a little meaty. I lit the cigar with my vintage varaflame as I usually do.  I’m surprised by the flavor right from the start, coffee with dried chilies and some cocoa beans. Slowly the flavors turn to fresh wood and pepper and the amount of pepper surprised me for a 9 year old cigar that was never known for its strength. The wood changes to a mild bitter kind and the pepper is now on my lips and I’m not exactly liking the flavors a lot to be honest. Probably because Connecticut Shade is used more than I prefer. Halfway the cigar gets a little better with a little salt, some pepper and wood but it’s still not a flavor I like. Near the end the pepper gets really strong.


The draw is great, after the first puff I felt something pop and the draw opened up immediately. The smoke is quite thick and plentiful. The ash has a bit of a brownish gray color. The ash is light gray with some darker smears. The burn is straight. The cigar is medium bodied at most and medium plus flavored. The smoke time is an hour and ten minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? It’s impossible but if I got the chance I wouldn’t.

Score: 87
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Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

A few years ago I was in Miami with some friends and we hooked up with Ernesto Padilla, whom I met before, at El Titan de Bronze on Calle Ocho, there he gave me this Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto, a 5×52 robusto made by El Titan de Bronze.
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The beautiful dark wrapper feels silky and has a few thin veins. The double ring looks great on the dark cigar. The aroma reminds me of horses. The cigar feels tightly packed but the cold draw is great.
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I taste a lot of coffee with some sugar and herbs. Soon after its herbs, spicy and peppery that makes my throat dry. After a third I taste herbs with some toast and halfway I also taste nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon.
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After two thirds I taste more toast, some herbs, some pepper and the overall taste is quite spicy. The toast is gaining some strength and the pepper moves to the aftertaste and never gets too strong.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty five minutes. The smoke is thick. The burn is beautiful just like the white, firm and dense ash. This cigar is medium bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Unfortunately these aren’t for sale outside the USA.

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

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Padilla 1932 robusto

Ernesto Padilla wanted to honor his father with this cigar and chose the name 1932 because that’s the year his father Heberto was born. Even though this cigar is a Nicaraguan puro, blended by Don Pepin Garcia, it is an American cigar because they are made in the El Rey de los Habanos factory in Little Havana, Miami, Florida. The blend consists of Nicaraguan corojo and criollo fillers, a Nicaraguan criollo binder and a Nicaraguan corojo wrapper. I heard a lot of good stuff about this cigar so when I ran into them in Orlando I bought a few 5×50 robustos.
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I like the band, it is stylish. The medium brown wrapper is oily and has a few long thin veins. I smell a mild tar and barnyard smell. The construction feels good. I notice that the wrapper is quite thin when I punch it. The predraw is great, I taste tobacco and cinnamon.
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I taste a pleasant coffee flavor with some cedar. The flavors are very nice and smooth with a little hint of cinnamon on the background. After half an inch I taste some toast with the other flavors. The flavors remain to be smooth but also full and subtle.
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The flavors don’t develop a lot, but I like what I taste so I don’t mind. After an inch the coffee disappears, I taste some cedar, some wood, a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon. After two thirds I taste some more cinnamon, the cigar gets more spicy and mildly bitter.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and a half. The draw is great, and I got thick smoke. The ash is quite dark, frayed and coarse but firm and I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I like the 1968 better

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

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Padilla Studio Tobac figurado

Studio Tobac, part of the Oliva Cigar Company and responsible for all the non-traditional cigars like Cain and Nub, announced a collaboration with Ernesto Padilla a while ago and the result is a 6½x60 figurado with a beautiful Padilla band with a second small Studio Tobac band. Only 10,000 cigars are made in this limited production.
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The cigar is beautifully shaped and has a nice oily chocolate colored wrapper with a lot of thin small veins. The band is awesome, I love the lion but maybe that’s because I’m a Leo. The construction is great and the predraw is fine. I taste wood with raisin and a little pepper in the aftertaste.
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I taste a soft coffee flavour with some wood and a little bit of citrus. After the top I taste some sweetness with the other flavours and the aftertaste is herbal. After half an inch I taste some herbal wood, mild sweet, with herbs and pepper in the aftertaste. A quarter of an inch later I also taste some dry chocolate and after an inch the sweetness gains some strength. A quarter of an inch later I taste some leather with the sweetness and wood. The aftertaste is leather and herbs and some pepper.
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Halfway I taste chocolate with wood and an herbal aftertaste. The pepper has disappeared. Just passed the middle point the flavours get mild creamy. I taste wood with leather and some nuts. The aftertaste is herbal, just like the background flavour. The nut flavour slowly grows in strength, also in the aftertaste and I also taste herbs. After two thirds I taste nuts with herbs and a little bit of a bitter flavour. The aftertaste is peppery, but still smooth and subtle.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw was great and I got a lot of smoke, but the smoke is a bit thin. The light colored ash is firm. The burn is beautiful. The cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied. The cigar is quite subtle. I have a feeling Studio Tobac is expanding and exploring more subtle blends. The Cain and Nubs are pretty straight forward and in your face, but the Cain Daytona and this Padilla Studio Tobac are much more subtle.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish, these cigars won’t make it across the pond

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

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Padilla series ’68 robusto

Ernesto Padilla honors his father with this Padilla Series ’68 cigar line. His father was arrested and imprisoned in Cuba in 1968 after publishing a collection of poetry that criticized the communist Castro regime. I think someone gave me this cigar, but it could be a souvenir from my US roadtrip as well. There is a text on the band with a number on the bands, just like with the Padron anniversary series to prevent counterfeit cigars.
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The 5×52 robusto has a nice dark wrapper with a vein and it is quite oily and a nice band. I smell straw and barnyard. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and tastes like chocolate powder and raisin.
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I taste chocolate, an earthy flavor and coffee. The chocolate is the main flavor and after an inch the coffee morphs into wood. Halfway I taste hay with a hint of chocolate.
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The flavors are dry and slowly I taste more herbs while the chocolate fades away slowly. After two thirds I don’t taste any chocolate anymore but just herbs with a fresh aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and five minutes. I get a decent amount of smoke, but it is a bit thin. The draw and burn are good. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt

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

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Padilla series ’68 torpedo

Ernesto Padilla honors his father with this Padilla Series ’68 cigar line. His father was arrested and imprisoned in Cuba in 1968 after publishing a collection of poetry that criticized the communist Castro regime. I bought this cigar when I was at the Padilla factory & lounge on Calle Ocho in may 2009, so this cigar has been resting for over a year in my humidor. There is a text on the band ‘Corojo 05 0775’ and I wonder what those numbers mean.
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This cigar has a nice dark wrapper with some thick veins. The cigar has a unpleasant hay smell with a hint of fish, something I never smelled in a cigar before. The construction of this 6.1×52 cigar feels good and the predraw is just fine. It tastes mild spicy. Even though this cigar is rolled in Honduras, it is made from Nicaraguan tobacco, Havana seed tobacco from Esteli and Condega for the filler and a corojo wrapper.
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At first I taste a nice and quite spicy coffee. The feeling in my mouth is quite dry. I also taste some herbs. After half an inch I also taste some wood. The coffee has disappeared and there is some pepper in the aftertaste. There’s also a little sweetness on the background.
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Halfway the cigar tastes like sweet but dry wood with some herbs. After two thirds the cigar becomes spicy again.
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I enjoyed this cigar for exactly an hour. The draw was fine and so was the burn. The smoke was thick and there was plenty of it. The ash is light colored with some black spots and it was quite firm. I got a huge flame when purging this full flavored and full bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I think so.

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

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Padilla Artisan perfecto

I bought this 5.75 inch ring 54 figurado at the Padilla shop & factory at Calle Ocho in Miami but the cigar is also for sale at cigarsinternational.com but it is backordered at the moment. It is a Nicaraguan puro with 3 different wrappers in a crisscross pattern that makes this cigar a work of art. Ernesto Padilla made these cigars at an event as a special but they are so popular that cigarsinternational.com decided to sell them too.
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The predraw is a bit on the easy side and leaves me with a dry, raisin like, flavor on my lips. After lighting the cigar I taste some dry grass with a lot of white pepper. Even though the white pepper flavor is full, it is not overpowering. The flavors are warm and I can taste milky chocolate.
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After an inch the pepper mellows down and I taste a flavor similar to walnuts that is replaced by chocolate again around the middle of the cigar. The texture is creamy. I can taste some nuts again before the grand finale that lets me experience pepper and nuts.
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This cigar produces a lot of smoke, and due to the different wrappers, the color of the smoke changes. The first smoke was blue but it turned to white smoke later on. The ash is light colored and firm. What strikes me most is the burn, I mean, I always have problems getting the burn straight on a figurado like this and with the 3 different wrappers in a strange pattern I was expecting the worst, but the burn was razor sharp.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, the flavors are nice and the cigar itself is a nice conversation piece.
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Appearance: 10 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 9 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Padilla Obsidian toro

This great cigar 6 x 54 by Ernesto Padilla is made out of Honduran Corojo and Nicaraguan filler and a beautiful Nicaraguan ligero wrapper. The wrapper has some light veins. The cigar has a barnyard aroma to it.
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I could taste coffee and after a few puffs some chocolate on the background. After an inch there is some white pepper instead of chocolate but the coffee remains. The background flavors keep on changing from that point. After reaching the middle of the cigar I could taste cedar wood instead of coffee. The cedar is combined with pepper and chocolate for the grand finale.
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The draw is a bit too easy but the smoke is thick and full, and there is plenty of it. The ash is quite dark and the burn is good, pretty straight and the cigar won’t die quickly. Medium bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I just placed an order because I saw them on sale.
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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