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Bunch Robusto, Short Robusto & Toro

Bunch is a private label made for a Portuguese cigar importer & distributer that imports several brands from Nicaragua and decided to have a label of his own. He ended up at Plasencia for his cigars, like many other people that want a private label, from retailers that want a house brand to big names that want something else they can’t make at their own factory, like the Casa Magna for the Dominican cigar family Quesada or at their regular factory like Alec Bradley who uses Raices Cubanas in Honduras for most of their productions except the Nicaraguan made Alec Bradley’s that are produced by Plasencia. And Rocky Patel’s operation in Honduras is actually a Plasencia factory dedicated to Rocky Patel, under supervision from Rocky Patel but still Plasencia owned.

I smoked the Bunch Petit Corona late 2015, today I’m reviewing the Robusto and I will review Toro and a Short Robusto in this series review too. The Petit Corona had a good start but a poor finish, let’s see what a little more length and the thicker ring gauge will do to the cigar.

Bunch Robusto


The wrapper looks amazing, dark, smooth, oily, shiny, the veins were obviously pressed before using the wrapper to create an even smoother look and it works. This wrapper is gorgeous. It doesn’t fit the ring, unfortunately, because the ring is simple and without class. Just a pale yellow to beige with a light brown letters Bunch and a simple tobacco leaf on each side and vertical stripes in two brown/green colors both on top and bottom of the cigar. The ring should elevate the cigar, persuade me to buy it but this one doesn’t. If I would buy this cigar it would be because of the wrapper. The construction is flawless, on the touch it feels evenly packed and the head is beautifully shaped, round and even. The aroma is quite strong, barnyard, stable, a little manure so typically a well fermented tobacco aroma.


I punched the cigar, the cold draw is good. I taste a bit of a raisin flavor, mild spicy. After lighting I taste a mild salty coffee and peanut flavor. After half an inch the flavor changed to a mild chocolate soil flavor with some acidity. After a third I taste pepper with some lemon and a little bit of nuts. The final third starts with a strong pepper over the soil flavor.


The draw is great and the smoke is voluptuous, thick and full. The ash is quite dark and with clear layers. The burn is pretty straight. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored at most. The evolution is non existent though. The smoke time is an hour and a half.


Would I buy this cigar again? No. It’s not an unpleasant cigar but boring because of the lack of evolution.

Score: 84
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Bunch  Short Robusto

The short Robusto measures 4½ x52 and has the exact same ring as the Robusto. The dark wrapper is oily, smooth and pretty. The construction feels good and the cigar looks well made. The aroma is  quite strong and a classic barnyard smell.


I punched the cigar, the cold draw is a bit tight. I taste raisin with some spice that I can’t identify. After lighting with a single jet flame I taste a mildly acidic dirt flavor. After a few puffs I also taste a decent amount of sweetness. After half an inch the acidity, which is lemon like, grows a bit in strength. After that there is no real evolution which makes the cigar quite boring. The flavors are not fantastic either, a bit rough around the edge. I don’t know the price of the cigar but it tastes like a budget cigar.


The smoke is thick and full. The draw is fine, but the burn is a bit crooked and I had to relight twice. The dark ash is quite firm. This is a medium bodied and medium flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.


Would I buy this cigar again? No, boring cigar.

Score: 82
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Bunch Toro


The 6×50 toro has a nice, shiny, medium dark wrapper but I feel a few soft spots in the construction. The ring is the same as the other vitolas, so not too pretty. The cigar looks good when it comes to shape and triple cap. The aroma is strong and is a classic barnyard smell.


I cut the cigar with a xikar guillotine cutter and I taste spicy, peppery sultanas with a perfect cold draw. I lit the cigar with a single flame torch and taste coffee with wood. After half an inch I taste a mild bitter cedar with black pepper and some minty nutmeg. Halfway the cigar gets very peppery, classic Nicaraguan with a base of cedar and a little nutmeg. This is the best Bunch so far. The final third starts with strong pepper and dry wood and toast. The pepper is growing in strength and is overpowering all other flavors.


The draw is great and the smoke is full and thick. The ash is a little flaky, quite dark. The burn needs some correction. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. The smoke time is two hours.


Would I buy this cigar again? This is the best Bunch but there are better cigars available.

Score: 88

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Don Fernando Corona

Years ago, while very active on Cigar Asylum, I met Andrew Wood. He just finished high school and teamed up with an exchange student from Nicaragua and his brothers to make cigars in the small factory their family had. At least, that is how I remember the story. That small company, Guillen Diaz Wood aka GDW Cigars and the factory Guillen Cigars made two blends that because very popular very quickly on the board, Reserva Miraflor and Goviado. Popular in a way with a certain crowd that I can only compare to the decidation of the Jas Sum Kral crowd. And maybe, if Facebook would have been as big as it is now, those brands would still be around. But unfortunately they are not and Andrew has moved on to be a tobacco broker in Texas, Tabacos Mundial, and he helps quite some brands to get their goods to the US Market.

Now back in that day I helped Andrew a few times with planning, with the set up of group buys and I also arranged some group buys from The Netherlands, my country of origin, as Reserva Miraflor and Goviado became quite popular here too. And Andy appreciated it, he showed that in a very special way.


In may of 2009 I went on my first trip to the USA, with 3 other guys I did a road trip all along the east coast, we flew to Orlando, drove to Key Largo and from there all the way up to upstate New York. From there we flew to Las Vegas to spend the last few days of our trip. And about 30 other people from Cigar Asylum decided to come to Vegas too, to herf with us, including Andrew, with an amazing gift.

My nickname on Cigar Asylum is Don Fernando and Andy had a special blend made for me and gifted me a box of Don Fernando cigars with the Dutch flag incorporated on the box and on the ring. In total he had 24 boxes made, 6 boxes of Corona, Torpedo, Toro and Robusto, the other boxes were sold on the forum. I still have a few of the cigars left and it seemed appropriate to review the Don Fernando Corona on my birthday.


The wrapper feels silky but has a few veins running over the medium dark and oily wrapper. The construction feels good, and I must add that I had never had a cigar from Guillen Cigars that had any construction issue. The cigar is well capped with a triple cap. The ring is printed on shiny paper and is red white and blue colored, like our flag, with a silhouette of a cigar smoking man wearing a panama hat, as I did in those days. On the side it says Don Fernando and the ring has a double outline in black. The aroma is still quite strong, it reminds me of wood and pepper.


I cut the cigar and the cold draw gives me a perfect amount of resistance. I taste a little raisin flavor, pepper and spices all before lighting. After lighting it, with a soft flame ofcourse, I taste a nice coffee with a little bit of chocolate. I also taste some toast. After a centimeter I taste wood with toast and some sweetness. After a third it’s more of a dark chocolate flavor with a good amount of pepper in the back of my throat. Halfway it’s mostly pepper with a hint of dark chocolate and some metal. After two thirds it’s full on pepper but now with some nuts.


The smoke is thick and plentiful, just how I like it and the draw is perfect. The ash is almost white, dense and firm. The burn is sharp as can be. The evolution is fantastic. The smoke time is an hour and thirty minutes. This cigar is medium full bodied and full flavored.

Would I buy this cigar again? I wish that was possible, I would love to have a few extra boxes.

Score: 94
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Black Cat Dominican No.4

A friend gave me this cigar, a brand I never heard of, and when I googled I found out that these are the houseblend of the Black Cat cigar company, a B&M in Pennsylvania. They have several blends, the one I had was the Dominican No.4, a 4¾x50 robusto blended by Henke Kelner, who’s famous for his work for Davidoff and Avo. The cigar has a Connecticut shade wrapper and is a Dominican puro.
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The wrapper is mocha brown with a few thin veins and looks dry. The cigar has a musty wood smell. The construction is good but the predraw is a bit on the hard side and is spicy and musty.
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The cigar tastes like musty and sweet cardboard, mainly sweet and smooth. After an inch the cigar gets a little bit spicy.
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There is absolutely nothing going on, flavor wise until I reach the two third mark, after that I taste a bit if a sweet licorice flavor.
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This cigar lasted me a long fifty minutes, if it wasn’t for a review I would have tossed it. I got a reasonable amount of smoke which is medium thick. The ash is light colored with some dark spots and it is firm. The burn is great. This smooth cigar is mild bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No way.

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

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Corona gold series maduro robusto

The biggest cigar shop I have ever visited must be Corona Cigar Company at sand lake rd, in Orlando, FL. Both times I went to Florida I spent some time there and the last time I bought one of their house blends, the Corona gold series robusto maduro. The cigars are rolled in Miami, which makes them American cigars. They come with different wrappers, I smoked the 5×50 maduro.
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The dark wrapper is quite oily, has a few veins and a simple band. The construction seems a bit hard. I smell chocolate and ammonia. The predraw is great and tastes like pepper and tobacco
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I taste coffee with dark chocolate, with some pepper. The flavors are full and spicy. I get a dark chocolate aftertaste. After an inch I taste wood, dark chocolate, herbs and sal-ammonia.
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Halfway I taste more herbs with a little bit of dark chocolate and sal-ammoniac. The wood is still there, but less strong and dry. Soon after that I also get a nut flavor, which reminds me of pecan.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and a half. The draw is great and I got plenty of thick smoke. The silver gray ash is compact and firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. I had to correct the burn quite often.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not for $8

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

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El Original maduro corona

El Original is the award winning houseblend of the Island Smoke shop on Key Largo, Florida. I visited the shop on several occasions and I reviewed the El Original maduro lancero and the El Original claro lancero in the past. On my last trip to Florida I bought another box of the claro lancero but I also bought a sampler with a few other sizes, all rolled in the USA.
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The El Original Maduro corona measures 5½x44 and has a spotty, dry and dark wrapper with quite some veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and a good construction. The predraw is fine and I taste spicy tobacco.
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I taste sweet pepper with a hint of dark chocolate and some coffee. After those first flavors I taste some oak with herbs. The flavors are quite dry.
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After an inch I taste a lot of herbs with some wood as supporting flavor. Halfway I taste wood with herbs, full but smooth and very pleasant. After two thirds I still taste the wood and herbs but now with some nuts.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour. I got a lot of thick gray smoke. The ash is white colored and firm. This cigar has a good burn and draw. The flavors are full and the body is medium to full.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I’m in Florida I have to stock up

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

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Lynn USCE rosado toro

A friend, who orders regularly at Lynn cigars, gave me this Lynn USCE rosado toro, as he knew that I really liked the previous Lynn rosado houseblend. I tried to find more information about this cigar, but I think it was just one batch as they are no longer available on Larry’s website anymore.
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This 6×50 cigar looks good, sturdy and well finished. The wrapper has that fine rosado glow and lots of small veins. The construction feels good and I smell a mild mixture of flowers and charcoal, it reminds me of the smell of my pipe after I smoked an aromatic tobacco like Indian Summer. The predraw is fine and leaves a mixture of floral flavors and raisin with a peppery aftertaste.
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I taste a dry wood with earthy flavor and some sweetness. The flavors don’t change in the first inch, which doesn’t happen that often. After a third still no changes in flavor, only in strength, the flavors get milder and more boring.
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Halfway I taste a bit more wood, but that is the only development that I notice. After two thirds the sweetness disappears, I only taste that dry wood and earth. At the end I taste some nuts.
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This cigar had a smoke time of two hours. The smoke started out thin, but the volume was good and the smoke got thicker along the way. The ash is light colored with dark swipes and it is reasonably firm. The burn is good. This cigar is medium flavored and mild to medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, I like rosado cigars but this was a bit of a let down

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

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Lynn Nicaraguan maduro lancero

Lynn is a well known webshop and I heard good stuff about his house brands, most of them are made by Miura. I smoked the Nicaraguan Connecticut perfecto and I liked it, which is rare as I don’t like Connecticut much. A friend, who orders at Lynn regularly, gave me this extremely dark unbanded 6½x36 lancero from the Lynn Nicaraguan line.
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The wrapper is very dark and leaves some stains on my fingers, so I think that the wrapper is dyed. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and some thin veins. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit hard and leaves a peppery flavor in my mouth.
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I taste a peppery leather, the pepper is strong but fades away a bit after half an inch and then I taste more leather. After two inch I taste more pepper again with the leather. The flavors are nice and I also discover some wood and a tiny bit of nuts on the background.
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The flavors don’t develop anymore, but I like what I taste. After two thirds the pepper turns sharp and stronger.
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This cigar lasted me for seventy-five minutes and it had a great draw. The burn is good, although I had to correct it once or twice. The ash is dark and firm and I got a decent amount of smoke. The cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Can’t find them on the website anymore.

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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Lynn Panama robusto

There’s not much that I know of these Panamanian robustos, I got two from a friend who bought them as a budget bundle from Lynn cigars and that website tells me that the cigars are longfillers from Panama, made my Miura cigars. The cigars come without band and are nameless.
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The cigar is wrapped in cellophane, is 5×52 and has a chocolate brown wrapper, full of small veins and has a triple cap. The construction feels a quite firm. The cigar has a mild acidic straw smell. The predraw is good and I taste tobacco.
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The flavors are a bit musty, I taste both citrus and earthy flavors, quite full and mild sweet. After an inch I just taste sugar with a little bit of herbs in the aftertaste.
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Halfway I get some wood too and near the end the cigar gets a bit spicy.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of reasonable thick gray smoke. The firm ash is light gray. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, these didn’t impress me at all

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

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Lynn Nicaraguan Connecticut perfecto

I got this unbanded and 6×60 perfecto from a Dutch cigar aficionado and all I knew that it was a Lynn houseblend which comes dirt cheap. After smoking I found out that it has a Connecticut wrapper, and regular readers of my reviews know that I hate Connecticut, but this cigar I liked.
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The wrapper is light colored, thick and fat with lots of veins. It is also mild oily. The cigar has a strong aroma of soil and a barnyard. The construction is good and the raisin flavored predraw is fine.
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I taste wood with a hint of pepper and the pepper slowly grows in strength. After a quarter of an inch I also taste some citrus. After half an inch the cigar has a flavor palate of sweet wood and nuts and after an inch I also taste chocolate. The sugary sweetness grows in strength with some wood, chocolate and some herbs. The mixture of these flavors are good, everything is well balanced.
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Halfway I get some more nuts while the chocolate has gone, the flavors are a bit sweet and I taste herbs in the aftertaste. The nuts and the sweetness become the main flavors with some herbs in the aftertaste.
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This cigar was good for an hour and thirty-five minutes. The draw and the burn are good. I got enough smoke, which was reasonably thick. The light colored ash is extremely firm, as the pictures show. This cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, especially for the price!

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

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Mercer cigars HJ46 figurado

My friend Drew from Mercer Cigars in Merida, Mexico gave me some HJ Fig 46 cigars, custom rolled cigars made by the Cuban roller Handsome Jimmy, a level 8 roller from the Partagas factory in Havana, Cuba. Handsome Jimmy rolled those cigars from Cuban tobacco on his last trip to Mexico. But don’t worry, even though Handsome Jimmy is back in Cuba, Mercer Cigars will get a new but limited supply in every two months.
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The cigar is 5¾x46 long without a band. The wrapper is medium brown, shiny and oily and the cigar has a typical Cuban smell, barnyard with some ammonia, so I guess the cigar is still quite young. The shape is unique, it has a short sharp point and is a bit oval. The predraw is fine and I taste a sharp grassy flavor.
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The first flavors are coffee, earth and grass, again a sign that this cigar is still quite young. The flavors are full. I also taste some chocolate on the background. After half an inch the chocolate becomes dominant with some black pepper and grass in the aftertaste. After an inch I also get a minty freshness. Halfway the cigar gets more herbal and spicy with a mild chocolate flavor.

 

The chocolate disappears and I taste a lot of grass with some wood, a little bit of pepper and the freshness I mentioned before. After two thirds the cigars changes spectacularly, I taste a lot of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, the finish of this cigar really blows me away.
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I got a decent amount of smoke, that started out thin but it got better along the way. The draw is flawless, and the burn is great. The ash is light colored and firm. The cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I love these, maybe a group buy sometime? And I need to try the other Mercer exclusive custom rolled cigars too.

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

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