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CI Legend purple by Graycliff

The CI Legends series is a series of cigars, all toro’s in a 5.7 x 54 size except for the Perdomo blend which is a torpedo, made by several well known cigar makers especially for the online retailer cigarsinternational. By the color of the band you can see who the maker is, too bad they don’t mention it on the band, you need to check the website before you know who made the specific blend. So far I smoked the CI Legend yellow by Don Pepin, the CI Legend red by Perdomo, the CI Legend black by La Aurora and here’s my review of the CI Legend purple by Graycliff.
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The oily wrapper looks nice with a few long thin veins but when I took a closer look it looked like the wrapper had a case of severe chicken skin. The cigar smells like a horse stable and has a good construction. The predraw is a bit on the loose side and leaves a mix of wood and raisin flavors in my mouth.
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I taste a spicy peppery coffee flavor. The pepper tastes like green pepper and I also taste a hint of chocolate, but that flavor is very mild and far on the background. The pepper fades away a bit, the coffee becomes the main flavor and the chocolate is completely gone.
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Halfway I can taste dry wood with some earth flavors on the background. At ⅔ the earth becomes a bit stronger but the dry wood stays dominant.
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This cigar lasted me about 90 minutes and during that time I got plenty of reasonable thick smoke that has a brownish glow to it. The draw and burn are good, even though the wrapper cracks open while I am smoking, but that didn’t cause any burn or draw issues. The light colored ash is quite frayed. This cigar is both medium in flavor and in body.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, didn’t care much for this cigar

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

Categories: Bahamian cigars, Graycliff, Graycliff Cigar Factory | Tags: , ,

Taboo limited reserve Connecticut robusto

I think that it’s about two years ago that Taboo released the “limited reserve” and I ordered a sampler. I smoked one that had a terrible draw, so the rest of the sampler ended up at the bottom of my cooler. Recently I found the sampler again and decided to give the 5×50 robusto with the Connecticut wrapper from Ecuador a try. The filler is 3 to 5 years aged Dominican tobacco.
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The cigar looks nice with the light colored oily wrapper. The wrapper is quite smooth and doesn’t have any big veins. The construction feels good and the cigar has a nice aroma that reminds me of hay. The predraw is a bit on the loose side and I can taste dry wood and raisin.
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I can taste a mild bitter coffee flavor and dry hay. After a few puffs I also taste some herbs, but the mild bitter coffee is the main flavor.
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After an inch the bitterness disappears, just like the coffee. I can taste a hidden sweetness and the flavors are mild creamy, buttery creamy.
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The smoke time of this cigar was quite short, a robusto usually lasts me for over an hour but this medium to full flavored and mild to medium bodied cigar lasted only 50 minutes. The draw is good, just like the burn. I got a lot of smoke. The firm ash has a pepper and salt color, but more salt than pepper.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Don’t think so, the cigar was nice but the cigar is a bit on the mild side and I am not a fan of Connecticut wrappers.

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

Categories: Honduran cigars, Taboo | Tags: , , , ,

Taboo sfbc torpedo

A few years back, me and some Dutch friends, did a mega group buy at Taboo cigars and I ordered a sampler of these Taboo SFBC (Special Forces Boot Camp) for myself amongst other things. These cigars have been sitting in my humidor since and the cellophane started to turn yellow so it was time to light one of these puppies. I picked the 6×54 torpedo.
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The wrapper of this cigar is deep, dark and oily with a few thin veins. The cigar has a barnyard and straw smell to it. The construction feels good and the predraw, which tastes like peppery dry tobacco, is good too.
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I taste a strong coffee flavor, dry wood and just a hint of chocolate. After half an inch the coffee changes into a herbal flavor which slowly pushes all other flavors away. Halfway the chocolate makes a comeback, but only on the background.
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After two thirds I taste dry spicy herbs and some pepper. The aftertaste is pure pepper. The pepper flavor is becoming dominant and I taste it on my lips too. The herbs slowly fade away until all I taste is black pepper and some wood.
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This cigar lasted me for two whole hours. The draw was fine, but I had some burn issues. The smoke is thick and white, and there is plenty of it. The firm ash is dark and frayed. This cigar is definitely full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? A quick look on the Taboo website confirms that that is no longer possible.

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

Categories: Honduran cigars, Taboo | Tags: , ,

Taboo Twist toro grande

On my Dutch board sigarenliefhebber.nl we did a huge groupbuy at Taboo, I think two years ago, and I got myself a few boxes of Taboo Twist Toro grande’s. I smoked a few when I just got them and shared them a lot with friends. I found one of those 6×58 monsters way down at the bottom of my humidor and decided to light it, it’s been a while since I smoked a twist.
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When I release this two tone cigar from its cellophane jacket I can smell something that is a mix between a horse and a barnyard. The cigar looks great, I don’t know what it is, but I just love the look of a barberpole, and this barbarpole is quite smooth. The dark wrapper is oily while the light colored wrapper is silky and I don’t spot any real veins. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit on the loose side. I can taste a little bit of straw.
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I can taste a sweet earth flavor and after a few puffs some chocolate shows up too with some herbs. After an inch the aftertaste is quite spicy, a green herbal spiciness. The flavors are creamy and buttery.
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The earth flavor becomes the main flavor, the spice disappears while the chocolate tones it down. There isn’t much development in the flavors. After ⅔ I taste some more butter and I also discover some leather.
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The smoke time of this monster is an hour and forty five minutes. As expected from previous experiences with the Taboo Twist, I got an enormous amount of thick white smoke and a fine draw. The light colored ash is firm. The burn is good. This cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Probably not, even though I liked the flavors, this cigar is a little too mild for me.

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

Categories: Nicaraguan cigars, Taboo | Tags: , , ,

E.L.V.I.S. 2009

In june 2009 a Dutch friend & me visited Las Vegas with two friends from Florida. A bunch of other friends from Cigar Asylum flew to Las Vegas too to herf with us, which was amazing. While planning our trip and this herf, the Las Vegas part of the trip got the name E.L.V.I.S. which stands for Epic Las Vegas International Smokefest. Andrew Wood from Guillen Cigar was coming too, so I asked him to make a special E.L.V.I.S. cigar. Unfortunately the cigars were stuck in customs, but we were able to buy bundles short after I got back home in The Netherlands.
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The first thing I notice is the beautiful shape, the top of the cigar is quite slender. The cigar has a nice color of milk chocolate and the wrapper only has a few minor veins. The cigar has a nice hay smell. The construction feels good. The wrapper has a dry leather look to it. The predraw of this 6 x 50 torpedo is good and I taste raisin.
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First flavors I get are earth and coffee but after an inch the coffee disappears. Wood takes the place of the coffee. The flavors are quite dry.
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Halfway I taste some herbs and wood, the cigar is mild sweet too. After ⅔ the wood gets stronger, the cigar is still a bit sweet and the earth flavor is gone.
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The smoke time of this one dimensional but pleasant cigar is 90 minutes. The draw is good and I got a reasonable amount of smoke. The burn is good and the firm ash is light colored. I would call this a medium bodied and medium flavored cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I still have half a bundle, so no. This was a limited production, I don’t evne know if Andy has any left.

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

Categories: E.L.V.I.S., Guillen Cigars/GDW, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , , , ,

Taboo limited reserve maduro figurado

When Rob from Taboo cigars released his first Limited Reserve I ordered the mega sampler and now, a couple of years later, I am finally in the process of smoking, tasting and reviewing this sampler. Today I chose to smoke the Taboo Limited Reserve Maduro Figurado, a cigar is looking very tempting to me due to the shape and color, so I guess it’s time to release the cigar from the cellophane coat and smoke it.
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The dark wrapper has some changing in color, the upper part of the cigar is darker than the lower part. I also see a lot of veins. The cigar has a nice shape though and it feels well constructed. The predraw is fine and tastes like raisin. This 6½ x 54 cigar has a strong barnyard aroma
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I taste some chocolate and earth. The chocolate becomes a bit more powerful and after an inch and a half the earth disappears. I taste a sticky chocolate and a straw with hay mixture. The flavors gain some strength, and the chocolate in the aftertaste is quite strong now.
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Halfway the chocolate strength decreases a bit and I just taste the straw and hay. The cigar makes my mouth feel dry. At ⅔ the chocolate returns full force, stronger than before and I like it.
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I enjoyed this cigar for a little over 90 minutes. There was a lot of smoke and a good draw. The dark ash is firm and the burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, I have to check the price of the stick first.

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

Categories: Nicaraguan cigars, Taboo | Tags: , , , ,

CI Legend white by Camacho

The CI Legends series is a series of cigars, all toro’s in a 5.7 x 54 size except for the Perdomo blend which is a torpedo, made by several well known cigar makers especially for the online retailer cigarsinternational. By the color of the band you can see who the maker is, too bad they don’t mention it on the band, you need to check the website before you know who made the specific blend. So far I smoked the CI Legend yellow by Don Pepin, the CI Legend red by Perdomo and the CI Legend black by La Aurora. This is the review for the CI Legend white by Camacho.
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The cigar has a silky wrapper and the construction feels firm. The wrapper is quite light colored with a few big veins and looks quite thin. The predraw is a bit loose and leaves me a spicy but musty flavor in the mouth.
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I taste a sweet earthy flavor, mild musty and after an inch I also taste some leather and a flavor that reminds me of chocolate paste. All the flavors disappear except the chocolate paste flavor which is sweet and a bit musty.
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There isn’t much going on at the palate, just after the mid of the cigar it becomes a bit spicy. At ⅔ the cigar get sweeter and I have to correct the burn. After that the cigar is harsh and unpleasant. I purge the cigar, but that only helps for a few puffs.
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I get a decent amount of reasonable thick smoke and the draw is fine. The cigar is mild to medium flavored and also mild to medium bodied. The burn is ok and the pepper and salt colored ash is quite firm. Even though the turning point came early I smoked this cigar for 75 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar was boring.

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

Categories: Camacho, Honduran cigars, Rancho Jamastran | Tags: , ,

CI Legend black by La Aurora

The CI Legends series is a series of cigars, all toro’s in a 5.7 x 54 size except for the Perdomo blend which is a torpedo, made by several well known cigar makers especially for the online retailer cigarsinternational. By the color of the band you can see who the maker is, too bad they don’t mention it on the band, you need to check the website before you know who made the specific blend. So far I smoked the CI Legend yellow by Don Pepin and the CI Legend red by Perdomo and now it’s time for the CI Legend black by La Aurora.
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As mentioned before, this is a 5.7 x 54 toro, wrapped in cellophane. Once unwrapped I see a chocolate brown cigar with some veins that smells like wood, hay and pepper. The cigar, made of corojo and Cubano piloto tobacco from Nicaragua has a good construction and a fine predraw that releases some raisin flavor with a lot of white pepper.
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I can taste a medium full coffee flavor that changes into an earthy flavor quickly with a very mild chocolate that disappears after two puffs. The flavor stays the same, they just grow a bit in strength but it’s just earthy flavors with a hint of chocolate every now and then.
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Right before the middle point of the cigar I can taste some wood breaking through the earthy flavors but it disappears just as quickly as it showed up. At the ⅔ mark the ash breaks and I can taste the wood again with the earthy flavors and the incidental chocolate.
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The cigar produces plenty of smoke but the burn is pretty crooked and I had to correct it a few times. The ash is pepper and salt colored and quite firm. The draw is just fine. I would rate the cigar medium to full bodied and medium flavored and I would like to add that the cigar is quite boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar was boring.

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, La Aurora, Tabacalera La Aurora | Tags: , ,

Veritate robusto

I got this cigar from Smokey, and he got it straight from the source, he met the owner of the brand on facebook. Now I don’t know much about the brand, but their facebook page mentions a shop in Colorado, so this could be their house blend but I am not sure.
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This robusto has a 5 x 50 size with a dark Nicaraguan wrapper, that looks rough and manly. The binder and filler are Dominican. The band is way too detailed, that makes it a bit messy. The construction of the cigar is good, the predraw is fine and gives me a dry tobacco flavor. The cigar has a very nice aroma of hay and honey.
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The flavors are quite dry, I taste tobacco with a bit of coffee and after a centimeter I also get some grass and hay. Halfway the flavors change to wood and after 2/3rd the cigar gets a little musty, but not unpleasant.
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I get plenty of white smoke. The ash is firm and I can’t complain about the draw. The cigar is a medium flavored cigar, and medium bodied at most.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar is too mild for me. But if you like mild cigars, give this one a try.

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

Categories: Dominican cigars, Veritate | Tags: , ,

El Original claro lancero

On our US trip we stopped at the Island smoke shop on Key Largo FL to meet Bill aka Madurofan. He handed us a lancero claro from their house blend El Original and I liked it so much that I bought a box, and it won’t be the last box I buy.
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The cigars are packed in a nice wooden box and then individually packed in cellophane. The 7 x 39 lancero has a nice small pigtail and the light wrapper is almost without veins. The predraw is good, just as the construction and the cigar has a nice barnyard aroma.
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I taste some white pepper on my tongue and leather in my mouth. This cigar has a Cubanesque flavor profile with some added pepper. After 2 inch none of the original flavors are noticeable, all I taste are nuts and that flavor is growing stronger and stronger.
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I get a lot of thick smoke from this cigar, and the burn is straight. The ash is light gray and firm. The draw is just fine.
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When I lit the cigar and took my first puff I thought this would be a full bodied cigar, but the strength mellowed out a bit and the cigar turned out to be a medium bodied cigar, but full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No doubt about it.

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

Categories: American cigars, El Original | Tags: , , ,

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