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Cigar of the month May

Over the last month I reviewed 14 cigars and the cigar of the month may is:

Balmoral Anejo XO FT Lancero with a 95 score.

This month I smoked a unicorn that scored high, something I never expected to smoke, I smoked the best lancero I had in a long long time, and the best cigar I’ve smoked this year and the three worst cigars I rated for my blog since my new rating system came in place. So the reviews were all over the board.

1) Balmoral Anejo XO FT Lancero (Dominican Republic) 95 points
2) Undercrown Manifesto (Nicaragua) 94 points
3) Alec Bradley Tempus Nicaragua Robusto (Honduras) 93 points
4) JSK CRNA NOK Toro (Nicaragua) 93 points
5) Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro Robusto Nicaragua) 92 points
6) Santiago Connecticut Robusto (Nicaragua) 89 points
7) Macanudo Inspirado Mareva (Honduras) 88 points
8) 708 Juniors Barber Pole (Dominican Republic) 85 points
9) Antonius Red Label Robusto (Dominican Republic) 85 points
10) Romeo Y Julieta Gran Reserva Wide Churchill (Cuba) 84 points
11) 708 Shaggy Barber Pole (Dominican Republic) 82 points
12) Macarena Maduro Toro (Mexico) 75 points
13) Macarena Naturel Toro (Mexico) 73 points
14) Gasparilla Pirate Fest Churchill (USA) 73 points


Balmoral is a Dutch company, so as a fellow Dutchy i’m happy that we still master the art of making great cigars.

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Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro Robusto

When I started smoking Perdomo wasn’t available on the Dutch market, but I read about the brand a lot on Facebook, Club Stogie and later Cigar Asylum. Then I got bombed a few times so I had my chance to smoke a few Perdomo cigars but the brand didn’t impress me much and even after my first trip to the USA, back in 2009, where I tried a bunch of other Perdomo cigars it was just an okay brand for me. But then I smoked the Lot 23 maduro and I liked it a lot, and in my memory it is the best Perdomo cigar that I have smoked. Now in the most recent years Perdomo became available here, the company I used to work for distributed them so I tried several new Perdomo lines and even though its been a long time since I smoked that Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro, in my mind it’s still a great cigar. I wonder if I still like it so much, so I grabbed one for a review.

Now, what I remember from the conversation I had with Nick Perdomo about this cigar at Intertabac years ago, is that all the tobacco comes from a specific piece of one of his fields, lot 23, and the line started as an experiment. I guess the experiment was a success since the line had been available on the market for years and with three different wrappers, a Connecticut Shade, a Sun Grown (or Habano as its called in the USA) and this maduro wrapper and in an array of sizes. I picked the last 5×50 robusto I had in my stash, I still have a toro that I may or may not review in the future. As all the tobacco comes from Lot 23, which is on a farm in Nicaragua this is automatically a Nicaraguan puro.

In the cellophane and with my humidor lights the cigar didn’t look at that dark but once I get it out of the cellophane and in good light I notice how dark and oily the wrapper is, it’s almost black. It has two medium thick veins on the back of the cigar and a leathery feel to it. The construction is great with a neatly placed triple cap. The ring is about an inch in height, it’s pretty simple with a thick brown ring at the top and bottom and beige in between. On the top brown line it says Perdomo in beige letters, the bottom says Esteli, Nicaragua. On the beige there is a simple black drawing of a tobacco barn and a few palm trees. The paper is quite thick and has some embossing. The aroma is medium strong and all I can say is barnyard.

I punched the cigar, the cold draw is great. I taste a mild pepper with some cocoa. Right after carefully lighting the cigar with my Ronson varaflame I taste Cuban coffee, strong yet sweet. After a quarter of an inch i taste caramel with oak. After half an inch chocolate shows up too, dark chocolate. After a third I taste caramel, some citrus, wood and some toasted bread. Halfway I taste wood, toast and a little black pepper. Slowly the wood gets stronger with spices like nutmeg and a little cumin. A little later, but still in the second part, I start to taste nuts, walnut and hazelnut to be more precise. The final third starts with the nuts, cedar and a little bit of pepper. A few puffs later I taste peanuts with a little salt and more pepper.

The ash is almost white with darker smears, it’s firm too. The smoke is white, thick, full and it makes my air purifier work at full speed. The draw is flawless but all Perdomo cigars undergo a draw test before the wrapper is applied so that’s no surprise. The burn is pretty straight. This medium to full bodied cigar is very flavorful. The cigar has a lot of evolution. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a medium priced cigar yet very flavorful and good.

Score: 92

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A great book about Nicaraguan cigars

Somewhere in the autumn of 2014 my then employer Sasja van Horssen was approached by his friend and lifestyle journalist Marcel Langedijk with the question if we could help him setting up a trip to Esteli, Nicaragua for him and photographer Jesaja Hizkia and get him in touch with some cigar manufacturers for interviews and pictures in the factories. Marcel, who has been to Nicaragua more often, thought it was time that Nicaragua got a beautiful coffee table book about the cigar lifestyle too, a book nobody ever did except about Cuba and that the time was right for a book about Nicaragua considering the growing sales numbers, superb quality and the growing appreciation for Nicaraguan tobacco, not just in the USA but also in the rest of the world. Nicaraguan cigars dominate the ‘top 25’ lists the last few years and so a book seems appropriate.

I set up a trip, meetings at Joya de Nicaragua, A.J. Fernandez, Rocky Patel, Plasencia, Oliva, Padron and Drew Estate as requested, personally I would have added Perdomo as a major player too, Nica Suenos from my friend Skip Martin and back then I hadn’t met Noel Rojas yet otherwise I would have added him too and interviews with a few boutique brand owners, and I got to come along as I made all the appointments and had all the contacts, my then employer went along as translator as he’s fluent in Spanish. At our hotel, Los Arcos, I met Hector from Espinosa Cigars/La Zona and after seeing the La Zona factory Marcel and Jesaja decided on the spot that they had to be included in the book too, just as the Fe Y Alegria school we visited, a school that’s being supported by Pronica, a foundation that I helped to get started for with & for my then employer.

The name of the book is Cigaragua, a name that Marcel came up with after a few glasses of Flor de Caña. We were having some drinks and cigars at the courtyard of Los Arcos when Marcel just blurted out that name and immediately said “no, that’s to cryptic” but Jesaja and I were sold, perfect name. The next morning Marcel changed his mind and started to like the name more and more, and decided to go forward with the name.

The 12×12 inch coffee table book is not just about tobacco but also shows Esteli, Jesaja Hizkia took a lot of great pictures that are included in the book. The book is now available in Dutch and English and Spanish, German and possible French translations could follow in th near future. I know there are plans to release it in the United States as well but Marcel didn’t say when even though I asked, so if you want to know when the book is being released in your country contact Marcel or Sasja van Horssen.

Other than setting up this trip and proof reading the book before it went to the printer, I am not involved with the book, I gain no money from sales or promoting the book. But I like the book (and Nicaraguan cigars) so much that I wanted to spread the word about the book anyway.

Here are some pictures I took from the book (with my iPhone):




And I shot a little video: Cigaragua video on youtube

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Perdomo Fresco Toro

These bundled Perdomo Fresco cigars are made by Perdomo of tobacco from their own fields in Esteli, Nicaragua and wrapped in either a Connecticut shade of a Nicaraguan maduro wrapper. I smoked the 6×50 toro with the Connecticut shade wrapper.
The wrapper is quite dark for a Connecticut shade, it is dry too with a few veins. The construction is good and the predraw is fine. I taste musty tobacco and I smell a barnyard. I really don’t like the band.
I taste coffee with a spicy but sweet earth flavour and the flavors have an ashy touch to it. The ashy flavour disappears soon and after half an inch I taste earth with mushrooms. The cigar tastes like autumn, like wet leaves. After a third I taste some spices and a little bit of citrus.
The citrus slowly fades away and the flavors that remain are wood with spices, still autumn like flavors, with a little bit of pepper in the aftertaste. Past the middle point of the cigar I get a powdered sugar flavour. After two thirds the spices, like nutmeg, are getting stronger.
This cigar has a smoke time of two hours and fifteen minutes! The draw is great and I got a decent amount of smoke. The ash is light colored and not firm. The burn is good. This cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t think so

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

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Perdomo fresh rolled torpedo

Mark aka Borndead1 bombed me this cigar some time ago and it was time to review it. These Nicaraguan puros come in a Cuban wheel and are very wallet friendly.
This 6 1/2 x 52 torpedo comes without a band and has a sharp top. The wrapper is pretty and oily and only has some minor veins. The cigar itself doesn’t have a lot of aroma, just some hints of barnyard. The construction feels good. The predraw is just fine and releases some raisin.
The first flavor I taste is a firm earthy one combined with some leather and pretty soon some wood too. After half an inch I also taste a mild acid metallic flavor and it feels a bit creamy. After an inch the metallic flavor grows a bit in strength and then disappears.
The flavors are a mix of coffee, earthy flavors, leather and wood with a leathery aftertaste. The leather is different than the famous Cuban leather though. After the middle point of the cigar the coffee and earthy flavors are gone. I can taste wood with a minty note. The leather returns with the earthy tones. After that it’s a continues change between the main flavors wood, leather and earthy tones.
I get a reasonable amount of smoke and the draw is fine. The burn is straight as an arrow and the firm ash is light colored. The cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, a Cuban wheel of these cigars is a steal and they are very nice.

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

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C.I. Legend red (Perdomo)

This cigar is made by Perdomo for Cigars International. The wrapper is nice, dark and has a few veins. The torpedo has quite a sharp point and feels well constructed. The predraw is good and gives me a pepper flavor. The cigar has a strong leather aroma combined with some black pepper.
I get a quite full bodied coffee flavor with a bit of pepper as an after bite. After half an inch I also get mild chocolate that slowly turns into dark bitter chocolate. This all happens behind the main flavor, which is still the coffee the cigar started with.
Halfway the feeling in my mouth gets dry and a wood flavor tries to find its way through the coffee. The chocolate is gone, but the pepper in the back of the throat still remains. At the 2/3rd point some nuts join the coffee.
I don’t get a lot of smoke, better said, the amount of smoke is poor and a bit brownish. The light colored ash is frayed but firm. The burn is good. After 2/3rd the smoke picks up a bit, but it’s too late. This is a medium bodied medium flavored cigar.
Would I buy this cigar again? I will stick to the Yellow by Don Pepin Garcia, I liked that better

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 5 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Perdomo Habano corojo robusto

This 5 x 52 Perdomo Habano with the Nicaraguan binder and filler has a dark Corojo wrapper with quite a lot of veins. The construction feels good; I could not detect any soft spots. The cigar band is quite big for a cigar this size and the foot is protected by another small band which says “Corojo”. The cigar is packed in cellophane. Once released from the cellophane I could smell a barnyard odor coming from the cigar. When I cut the cigar with my palio, the wrapper cracked. Fortunately I could still smoke the cigar without having to deal with sucking in false air. The predraw was just fine and left me with a flavor of raisin on the lips.
Lighting this cigar with my blazer torch was quite hard, harder than most cigars. The first puffs leave a slightly bitter coffee flavor on my palate and just after a few puffs I could taste some light pepper too. After half an inch the coffee fades away, but the bitterness stays combined with some wood. The bitterness fades away slowly and I could also discover some chocolate.
The coffee makes a comeback at about a third of the cigar until I reach the middle of the cigar. There I noticed that the flavors grew stronger and the smoke gets a bit thicker. The coffee disappears again and the woody flavors are back. The structure of the smoke is a bit creamy. The last third brings me some chocolate as an extra flavor next to the wood, and close to the turning point there is some noticeable black pepper too.
The burn was straight as an arrow in the first part, but then it got pretty crooked to the point where I had to correct. The smoke was medium to thin in the beginning but became fuller towards the end. At the 2/3rd point the wrapper cracked completely open. I consider this a mild to medium bodied cigar with a mild to medium strong flavor palate.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, I did like the last part of the cigar, but the road to the good part goes through too much harshness to make this a recurring smoke.

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

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Perdomo Lot 23 maduro robusto

This 5 x 50 cigar is made from tobacco grown on a small tobacco field in Nicaragua with a broadleaf maduro wrapper. The wrapper is a bit rough on the edges with some veins, but that just makes the cigar manly. The minute I remove the cellophane I could smell the barnyard aroma, which means the aroma is quite strong. The construction feels good, I couldn’t detect any weak spots. The band is nice, modest, stylish but unfortunately also quite large and glued together too good, which annoys me as with big bands like these, you have to remove them at a certain moment and with good glue that can be a problem. Oliva has big bands too, but their bands are easily removed so it’s no big deal, but on this Perdomo it’s different. The predraw is just fine.
When I light the cigar with my Ronson jetflame I could taste a full flavored coffee and after half an inch, the coffee gets a mild chocolate aftertaste and about half an inch later, the chocolate becomes the main flavor with a mild creamy texture. There isn’t a lot of change in flavors, but I don’t care because I like what I taste.
Halfway the cigar becomes a bit peppery and the pepper grows a bit in strength with the chocolate on the background. This flavor is consistent almost till the end. The final few puffs are nutty and then I have to dump the nub in the ashtray.
The draw on this cigar is fine and the burn is even better. I had minor burn issues in the beginning, with some crooked burning but it corrected itself and was razor sharp from that moment. The ash is light colored and a bit frayed on the top, but it didn’t turn into a Don King haircut, as I expected it to be after a few puffs. The amount of smoke is fine but the texture is kind of thin and the color has a light blue glow to it. I would call this a full flavored cigar, but I am not sure if this is a medium or full bodied cigar. I mean, while I was smoking it, it felt like a medium bodied cigar, but I think it’s a mean old sniper because I could clearly notice an overdose on Vitamin N when I stood up.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, you can find these for $3 a stick and that makes it a very affordable cigar.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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

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