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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

Categories: Bunch, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , ,

Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Petit Corona

In last weeks review, I explained how I got these pre-release Joya 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 many 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: , ,

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, José L Piedra (Habanos) | Tags: ,

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, El Credito, General Cigar Dominicana S.A.S. | Tags: ,

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, General Cigar Dominicana S.A.S., Macanudo | Tags: , ,

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

Categories: Cubanica, Nicaraguan cigars, Padron | Tags: , ,

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

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

Don Duarte Reserva shorty

The Placensia made Don Duarte cigars are new to the Dutch market, I smoked all three available blends so far, including the Don Duarte reserva series robusto. Now I smoked the Don Duarte reserva shorty, a 4½x46 petit corona. This cigar has a price tag of € 5,90.
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The wrapper is nice, dark and oily with a beautiful crest on the band. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and a great construction, The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco with some pepper.
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I taste toast, pepper and some coffee with a mild sweetness, something like French toast. I never tasted this before in a cigar and I like it. The flavors soon change to flavors I recognize as earth, coffee and something I can’t recognize but I like it anyway. After an inch I taste soft wood with nutmeg.
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After a third the cigar gets a bit spicy in the aftertaste with some green pepper. Halfway I taste creamy chocolate with nutmeg and a peppery aftertaste. Near the end I taste more pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is compact and firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like all Don Duarte cigars.

Appearance: 8 / 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

Categories: Don Duarte, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , ,

La Casita Criolla HCB

La Casita Criolla is one of the latest inventions by Pete Johnson and like all of his other cigars the production is done by the Garcias at the My Father factory in Nicaragua. The thing that makes this La Casita Criolla different than any other cigar is that not only the wrapper is broadleaf Connecticut but also the binder and the filler. Not all broadleaf Connecticut can be used as wrapper and Pete decided to use those leaves as binder and filler. The La Casita Criolla HCB has a € 5.50 price tag in The Netherlands.
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The HCB is the smallest of the three vitolas with a 5⅛x42 size. The cigar doesn’t look too good with a couple of thick veins on the shiny wrapper. I smell a mild but intense barnyard smell. The construction feels a bit soft and the predraw is a bit easy. I taste raisin and tobacco. The band is very small.
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I taste pepper and herbs with some coffee and some spiced cake. I also get a bit of chocolate but the pepper is the main flavor. After half an inch I taste cacao with herbs, the combination is beautiful, spicy with a bite. There is a spicy acidic flavor in the aftertaste. After a third the cigar is quite spicy and peppery.
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Halfway the cigar tastes nice, the harsh spiciness has disappeared, I taste wood with herbs and a peppery aftertaste. After two thirds I taste mild herbs. The pepper has gone but slowly returns to the scene. The cigar gets spicy again with an overpowering pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for only fifty minutes. The draw was on the easy side but I got an incredible amount of smoke. The ash is gray, coarse and reasonably firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this cigar is something special, it has a different flavor profile than most other cigars.

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

Categories: La Casita Criolla, My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , ,

Don Duarte Clasico intermedio shorty

Another Don Duarte review, this time I smoked the 4½x46 Don Duarte Clasico intermedio shorty, which is a tribute to Evelio Oviedo, the master blender who helped to blend this cigar before he died a few years ago. I got this cigar from Don Roger Duarte when I met him in Amsterdam. The cigars are new to the Dutch market.
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The crest on the band is very pretty and the cigar has a dark and oily wrapper which looks good too. The cigar has a barnyard and wood smell. The construction is good, the predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste a full earthy flavor with coffee, the flavors are mild bitter and spicy but not too bitter or spicy. I also taste dry wood. The bitterness quickly disappears and I taste some pepper on the tongue as the aftertaste. After half an inch I taste earthy flavors with herbs, pepper and some sweetness.
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After a third I taste more sweetness and lots of herbs. I also get some wood on the background. The mixture of herbs is a bit weird, different than other cigars and I am not overwhelmed. Halfway I still taste lots of herbs with some sweetness. After two thirds the cigar gets a bit harsh with spicy herbs, some sweetness and a hint of pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for seventy-five minutes. The draw and smoke are great, the smoke is plenty and thick. The light gray ash is coarse and not firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will

Appearance: 8 / 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

Categories: Don Duarte, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , ,

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