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Cigar of the month August

Just like every month I post the list of cigars I published that month in rating order, highest to lowest and in August I rated 15 cigars

The cigar with the highest rate in August is:

Don Fernando Corona with a 94 score.
Now as for the complete list of cigars I published at Cigarguideblog in August:

1) Don Fernando Corona(Nicaragua) 94 points
2) Mi Querida Sakakhan (Nicaragua) 94 points
3) 601 La Bomba Napalm (Nicaragua) 94 points
4) La Sagrada Familia Toro (Nicaragua) 91 points
5) Illusione ~hl~  Lancero (Honduras) 91 points
6) Rosalones Reserve Corona (Nicaragua) 91 points
7) Royal Danish Regal Blend Belicoso (Nicaragua) 91 points
8) Indian Motorcycles Habano Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
9) La Gloria Cuban Medaille D’Or #3 (Cuba) 89 points
10) Capadura 808 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 88 points
11) Capadura 808 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 87 points
12) Juan Clemente Club Selection #2 (Dominican Republic) 82 points
13) Juan Clemente Classic #2 (Dominican Republic) 82 points
14) Capadura 848 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 80 points
15) Capadura 898 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 72 points

 

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708 Barber Pole Shaggy & Juniors

Recently I was visiting the headquarters of a company that is thinking about going into cigars and the owner gave me a few cigars to try, amongst them were these 708 Shaggy & Juniors Barber pole by Brothers Cigars. I knew nothing about the brand so I googled and it turns out it is a Dominican made cigar named after the area code of Chicago where the brothers Zaid & Firas Eid have their shop.

As I said, the cigar is made on the Dominican Republic and I’ve seen and smoked several barber pole cigars, mostly with two kinds of wrappers. This cigar is actually made with three wrappers, Connecticut Shade, Habano and Maduro, so that sets it apart from the others. The Shaggy Barber Pole measures 7 1/2 inch but the bottom part is shaggy, and the ring gauge is 52 while the Juniors Barber Pole is a 4×44 petit corona.

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I like the look, 3 different color wrappers of which the Connecticut shade has the least appealing look because of a vein. In the shaggy foot I can see different colors of tobacco too. I wouldn’t call it a real shaggy foot though, just uncut, as it is pressed and firm, not shaggy. The construction feels great, the head is well rounded and the cap is applied perfectly. The only comment I can give is that the different tobaccos aren’t all applied in an even thickness, the Babano wrapper is a smaller strip than the Maduro or Connecticut. The ring is simple, Beige in the centre fading to brown with a simple brown logo saying 708 cigars in a handwritten font. The secondary ring has the barber pole style and says Barber Pole, just in case you hadn’t noticed. The rings are printed on nice glossy paper. The aroma is very strong, hay, straw and barnyard.


When I wet the cap to punch it I notice the sweetened cap, that’s not a positive in my book. The cold draw is fine and all I taste is that chemical sweetener. After carefully lighting the cigar I taste that sweetness with a little coffee, but it’s so overpowered by that naar sweetness that it’s almost not detectable. After the shaggy foot I just taste that nasty sweetness, I’m afraid this will be a long and painful review. The sweetness is fading a little bit and instead I taste a harshness of poor quality tobacco and a hint of chocolate. After a third the sweetness has faded to an acceptable level and I taste cheap chocolate and some soil. The flavor doesn’t change much, the second third starts out with the earth flavor and the chemical sweetness. Halfway the sweetness is finally gone, I taste green herbs, spicy, like rucola salad. The final third it’s wood with earth, pepper and herbs. The final few puffs are spicy and peppery.


The draw is fine. The smoke is white but too thin for my liking. The light gray ash is firm. The burn is good, quite straight. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored, the evolution picks up halfway. The smoke time is three hours.


Would I buy this cigar again? I still have one, guess I’ll have to cut the whole sweetened tip off before lighting it. The sweetened tip caused the score to be at least 5 points lower than it would have gotten without that nasty sweetness.

Score: 82
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708 Juniors Barber Pole


The day after, the next 708 Barber Pole but this time the 4×40 Juniors. Just as the Shaggy this cigar has three different wrappers, Connecticut Shade, Habano and Maduro and again the strips of tobacco are different in size, the maduro is way thinner than the others. The ring is a carbon copy of the Shaggy and the construction is equally good. The aroma is just as strong as the shaggy, very strong for a petit corona, and again hay, straw and barnyard.


Due to the thin size I cut the cigar instead of punching it. I’m smoking outside in an almost wind free spot of my garden for a change due to the perfect summer weather, so I will light the cigar with a jet flame. The cold draw is a bit loose and I taste some of the sweetness from the sweetened tip but not as strong as on the shaggy and some raw tobacco. I taste a spicy coffee and earthy flavor with just a hint of sweetness, the first puff is so much better than the shaggy. After a quarter of an inch the cigar gets a little harsh. After a third I don’t taste any sweetness just a sharp, spicy and mild salty fresh wood flavor and some earth. Slowly the cigar gets a little harsh again with more pepper. Near the end I taste more wood.


The draw is fine and the smoke is thick, white and there’s a lot of it. The ash is salt and pepper colored and firm. This is a medium bodied medium full flavored cigar with not a lot of evolution but then again, it’s too short to have a lot of evolution. The smoke time is forty five minutes.


Would I buy this cigar again? I would pick this over the shaggy but won’t pay for it.

Score: 85
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Non Plus Ultra Petit Corona

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

This Non Plus Ultra cigar was a private label for a Dutch cigar distributer that had a shop with the same name. The name of the shop then changed to Oliva Cigar Lounge, Studio Tobac Cigar Lounge and now is called Van Dalen Cigars Den Bosch and these Non Plus Ultra cigars have been off the market for a long time. They are still sold under the name Gil Gonzalez Davilla for a specific cooperation of Dutch cigar shops.
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The cigars were once made by Carlos Torano before he sold that part of the company to Swedish Match, years before he sold the remaining part of his company. The wrapper of the 5×40 petit corona is chocolate brown and looks nice. The ring is very simple. I smell hay and wood. The construction feels good and the cold draw, which tastes like raisin and herbs is good.
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I taste a nice coffee flavor, the cigar is quite spicy and after a centimeter I taste soap with soft wood and smooth herbs. After taking a sip of water I taste hazelnuts.
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After a third I taste sharp, harsh herbs and burned wood, charcoal like, but luckily that burned sensation disappears quick. Halfway I taste a mild creamy wood with herbs that is replaced by sweet herbs and spices with a sharp edge near the end.
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The smoke time is an hour exactly. The draw was fine, but I got little smoke. The ash is white. The cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored. The ash is frayed but firm and the burn is good.

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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah

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

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Bunch Petit Corona

What do i know about this cigar? Nothing, except that it’s a private label for a Portuguese company that imports cigars to Portugal and that it’s made by Plasencia, who makes a lot of cigars for a lot of people.
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The cigar looks cute, it’s small, it’s pretty, the finish is nice with a pretty dark and smooth wrapper. Even though the size is small, the aroma isn’t, the cigar has a strong stable aroma. The construction is a bit spongy. The predraw is fine, I taste some sweet raisin and some pepper. Too bad about the cheap looking simple band, this cigar deserves better and the score for appearance would have been higher with a classy band.
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The cigar starts with a full and strong coffee flavor with some pepper, soon accompanied by wood and spices, I’m surprised by this start, pleasantly surprised I might add.
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After a centimeter the cigar gets more pungent, I taste cayenne pepper, although the sharp edges fade away soon. The flavors turn to wood and spices but halfway the pepper return. After that it’s more of the same, only the spices like cinnamon, come and go. There is not much development, unfortunately.
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The draw is fine and I get a decent amount of full thick smoke. The burn needed a touch up or two. The ash is frayed, light gray and unfortunately not firm. This small cigar, a size I like, lasted me for an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, the start was good but the finish

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

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Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Petit Corona

In last weeks review I explained how I got these pre release cigars, and the double robusto blew me away. Today I decided to light the petit corona from the same blend to see if it’s just as good the double robusto.

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I like smaller ringed cigars but I must admit, the appearance of the double robusto looks more impressing than this petit corona. This cigar still looks awesome, dark, not much veins, beautiful and big band, triple cap. The stable smell is amazing. Predraw is perfect and I taste raisin.
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I taste coffee with pepper and some sweetness, lots of coffee. The sweetness is replaced with a citrus sourness, nice and fresh.After a third its wood and pepper, amazing how different a blend can taste in another vitola. Pepper slowly gets stronger with a herbal aftertaste. Halfway the nutty flavor I tasted in the double robusto shows up.
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It’s mostly pepper from this point, with some wood and some nuts. Wood grows in strength, nuts are gone, pepper is still there. Cigar can’t be nubbed like the double robusto. One last blast of pepper and it’s done
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The draw is fine and the smoke is thick. Not as white and thick as the double robusto, but still more than acceptable. The ash is silver gray and reasonable firm. The burn is razor sharp. The cigar lasted me 55 minutes.

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Would I buy this again? Yes, for the shorter smoke opportunities, but when I have plenty time I’ll go for the double robusto, which surprises me because of my love for smaller ring gauges.

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

Categories: Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, Joya de Nicaragua, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Jose L Piedra cetros

A few months ago, I gave a member of my Dutch board a few cigars to review and he gave me a few, including this Jose L Piedra petit cetros. I had never smoked this one, I did however smoke a lot of petit cazadores back in the day before the smoke ban, it was my “take to the pub and smoke without paying too much attention to the cigar” stick. The cetros is a handmade shortfiller that measures 5×38.
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The wrapper is quite dark, for a Cuban cigar that is, and quite wrinkly. The band is simple and I smell a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is tight and I taste spicy tobacco.
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I taste leather and some pepper. After a quarter of an inch also taste some wood. After an inch I taste some cheap chocolate too.
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The flavors don’t develop or change until I taste some herbs halfway. Near the end I even taste some nuts and something sweet.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour. The draw is a bit tight. I got a decent volume of medium thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is coarse and not firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wasn’t impressed

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

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El Credito serie R #3

A friend gave me this Dominican El Credito serie R #3 to review. The cigar is 4½x42 small and has a price tag of € 5,50 here in The Netherlands. The cigar is made by La Gloria Cubana, part of General Cigar owned by Scandinavian Tobacco Group who brought them to the Dutch market. I smoked several non Cuban La Gloria’s and in the past I did enjoy the El Credito serie R #6, but it has been years since I smoked one. I never got around to ask if these El Credito are the same as the La Gloria Cubana serie R, only with a different name and band, as La Gloria Cubana is a registered name by Habanos in Europe when I visited the La Gloria Cubana lounge in Miami.
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The milk chocolate brown wrapper is wrinkly and has a few thin veins. I smell wood with some hay coming from the cigar. The construction feels good and I taste dry tobacco and something that reminds me of the shell of walnuts. The predraw is great.
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I taste a bitter coffee flavor with some soil. After half an inch the flavors changed into charcoal and after an inch I taste a mild bitter wood flavor with some straw. On the background I get some bitter chocolate.
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Halfway I taste hay with straw and a hint of dry wood. The flavors don’t change that much anymore but after two thirds I get a very unpleasant bitter taste.
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This cigar lasted me for seventy minutes. The draw was great, and I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is light colored, coarse but firm and the burn is great too. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wouldn’t

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

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Macanudo Maduro Petit Corona

I visited a B&M in my home town. They act as a post office too and I needed to ship out an ashtray to someone. Me and the owner started to talk about cigars and he said he received good feedback on the Macanudo maduro petit corona, a 4×42 cigar with a price tag of € 5,50 here in the Netherlands. Now I am not a Macanudo fan, but open minded as I am, I decided to buy one and try it.
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I start to appreciate this size more and more. The dark wrapper has some colour differences. The band is nice and simple and the construction feels goof. The cigar smells like straw and charcoal. The predraw I a bit tight and I taste some chocolate.
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I taste a spicy and herbal earthy flavour, much stronger than I anticipated. After half an inch the flavors are less strong. I taste a bit more herbs and less earthy flavors. After that I taste wood, quite spicy.
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After two thirds I mainly taste herbs, mild bitter and with a little bit of chocolate.
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This cigar lasted me for about an hout. The draw is good. I got a lot of smoke and the light coloured ash is firm. The burn is straight. This cigar is full flavoured and medium bodied
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Would I buy this cigar again? I’ll pass

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

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Padron 1964 Principe natural

The Padron 64th anniversary series was released in 1994 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Padron cigars and they have been scoring very good and consistent in the reviews and ratings of the big magazines. I smoked quite a few Padron 64th anniversary cigars and loved them all, just like the 1926 series. It was time for a review of the natural Principe, a 4½x46 cigar.
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The cigar is box pressed with a nice dark wrapper that is wrinkled on the top. I see one thin vein. The construction is great and I smell a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is fine but flavorless.
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I taste coffee, mild sweet and smooth, with some nutmeg. After a quarter of an inch I taste herbs and wood. The flavors are complex and smooth. I still taste some of the nutmeg too.
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Halfway the structure of the flavors is dry. I taste wood, herbs and a little bit of pepper. After two thirds I taste spices and some spice, the wood and pepper have disappeared.
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This smoke time of this cigar is an hour. The draw was a bit easy. I got a lot of extremely thick smoke. The ash is light colored, almost white, and firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I love Padron but this cigar was a bit disappointing, I like the bigger sizes better.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 9 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Bolivar Coronas Junior

The Bolivar coronas junior is a 4.3×42 small stick with a price tag of € 5,60 here in The Netherlands. They are one of the favorite smokes of a friend of mine and he gave me this stick, he knows that I am a Bolivar whore too, Bolivar is my second favorite Cuban marca.
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The cigar is boxes pressed and has a latte colored wrapper, which is mild oily and hardly has any veins. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell and a good construction. The predraw is fine.
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I taste a strong leather flavor with a little bit of herbs. After half an inch I taste leather and earth with some herbs, the flavors are dry and definitely fit the Bolivar flavor profile.
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After an inch I taste herbs, and half way those herbs get company from leather and a tiny bit of chocolate. The leather slowly grows stronger again.
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This small cigar lasted me for an hour. It got a decent amount of smoke, but the smoke wasn’t thick at all. The draw is good, just like the burn. The light gray ash is firm. This cigar is medium flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, I’ll choose the Bolivar royal corona or the Bolivar belicoso finos over the coronas junior anyday.

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

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