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Cigar of the month February

February was a special month, the shortest month of the year but also because I turned it into a full month of F reviews, so there is a top 28.

The cigar of the month is a shared position this month, identical scores for:

Casa Fuente Lancero/Flores y Rodrigues CRV Azul Robusto

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Casa Fuente Lancero (Dominican Republic) 93 points
2) Flores y Rodriguez CRV Azul Robusto (Dominican Republic) 93 points
3) Fratello Bianco II (Nicaragua) 92 points
4) Falto Lonsdale (Dominican Republic) 92 points
5) Falto Gran Reserva Especial Perfecto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
6) Flor de Cielo Maduro Salomon (Nicaragua) 91 points
6) Flores y Rodrigues Cabinet Seleccion Maduro Robusto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
8) Flor de Las Antillas Benelux (Nicaragua) 91 points
9) Flores y Rodriguez 10th anniversary Figurado (Dominican Republic) 90 points
10) Flores y Rodriguez CRV Roja Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
11) Falto Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
12) Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Habano Canonazo (Dominican Republic) 90 points
13) Fonseca 30th Anniversary Toro (Dominican Republic) 90 points
14) Falto Delirio (Dominican Republic) 89 points
14) Flor de Selva Maduro Robusto (Honduras) 89 points
16) Flor de Oliva Maduro Robusto (Nicaragua) 88 points
17) Famous Nicaragua Robusti (Nicaragua) 88 points
18) Fuentes Crucet Habanero Toro (USA) 88 points
19) Famous Nicaragua 3000 Gordo (Nicaragua) 87 points
20) Fuego Sangre de Toro Toro (Honduras) 87 points
21) Fonseca Classic Robusto (Dominican Republic) 86 points
22) Felipe Gregorio Dos Capas Churchill (Dominican Republic) 83 points
23) Flor de Oliva Torpedo (Nicaragua) 83 points
24) Fumadores Churchill (Nicaragua) 83 points
25) Flor de Gonzales Torpedo (Nicaragua) 82 points
26) Funadores Corona (Jamaica) 80 points
27) Flor de Filipinas Corona (Phillipines) 77 points
28) Flor de Canaria Corona (Canary Islands) 71 points


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Fonseca 30th Anniversary Toro

You can consider this a vintage cigar since it was a limited edition release to celebrate Matasa’s 30th year in business. Now if Matasa doesn’t ring a bell, maybe Quesada does. And Matasa is the name of their factory on the Dominican Republic, Fonseca is on of the brands they make. And they celebrated their 30st birthday back in 2003, thats 15 years ago.


The cigar sports a Dominican wrapper. Now that doesn’t turn heads anymore but when it was released it was a novelty. Fuente just released the Opus X, the first cigar with a Dominican wrapper, and together with this Fonseca Matasa 30th anniversary La Aurora and La Flor Dominicana released cigars with Dominican wrappers and that was it. The cigar was released in two vitolas, a 6 1/2×52 Toro and a 5 3/4×54 Perfecto and in total 30.000 cigars were made.


The wrapper is dark and oily, leathery but beautiful. The construction feels good although the cap could have been placed a bit nicer. The ring is pretty, glossy black, popping gold, bright red and clear fonts. I like it. And then the aroma, strong and complex, like a Indonesian rendan spice mix.


I punched the cigar. The cold draw is fine, I taste some sweet raising followed by some pepper on my lips. A nice strong coffee is the first thing I taste after lighting. After half an inch I taste herbs, spices and a mild dark chocolate. After an inch it’s herbs and a mild peppery flavor. Every few puffs I taste some chocolate too. The flavors then change to meaty with a mild pepper. At the beginning of the final third the pepper gains a little strength. Slowly the pepper is getting stronger towards the end.


The draw is good. The white smoke is medium thick and full. The gray ash is dense and firm. The cigar is medium in body and flavor. The smoke time is two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Don’t think that would be possible

Score: 90


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Fonseca Robusto

This cigar is a classic, made at the Matasa factory owned and operated by the Quesada family that has been in tobacco for decades. I don’t know exactly how they got the rights to the fonseca name, if they bought it or if they owned it in Cuba too and just continued to use the name after the exodus, might be a good question if I ever run into them at Intertabac.

I got this cigars years ago and let it age in my humidor, not for the sake of aging but because it has a Connecticut Shade wrapper, a wrapper I used to hate but started to appreciate during the last year so it’s time to give this Fonseca a chance to impress me. The filler is tobacco from the Cibao region of the Dominican Republic.

the wrapper is light reddish brown color, its a nice color. The wrapper has one vein at the back. The ring is simple, golden with red and white, thin paper, good printing quality. The cigar feels evenly packed with a nice triple cap. The aroma of the cigar reminds me of a mild vinegar and lovage.

I cut the cigar cold draw is great. I taste floral notes with a little pepper. The first flavor is a nice and smooth coffee. Soon I taste some nutmeg too. After an inch the cigar turns a little harsh. The harshness disappears at the one third mark. Halfway I taste fresh wood and refined sugar, the cigar is quite sweet although there’s still a rough edge on the flavor. The final third is sweet, floral with spices. I taste cloves and cumin with a minty aftertaste. The cigar is smooth all of a sudden. Near the end I taste coffee again with some vanilla.

The draw is great but the smoke is thin and gray. The ash is white and dense. The burn is uneven and had to be corrected a few times. This cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is an hour and twenty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, only the last third hit the spot.

Score: 86
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Cigar of the month January

In 2018 I will do a cigar of the month again and here’s the list for january, 15 cigars, in order from most liked to least liked.

The cigar with the highest rating last month is:

Drew Estate Undergrown Sun Grown Flying Pig with a 93 score

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Flying Pig (Nicaragua) 93 points
2) C.A.O. Fuma em Gorda Toro (Nicaragua) 93 points
3) Balmoral Añejo XO Gran Magnifico (Dominican Republic) 93 points
4) Plasencia Alma del Campo Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
5) Quesada 40th Anniversary Toro (Dominican Republic) 91 points
6) Gurkha Ghost Robusto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
7) Kristoff CG Robusto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
8) Epic Maduro Lancero (Dominican Republic) 90 points
9) Vegas de Santiago D8 Corona (Costa Rica) 90 points
10) Micallef Gomez Sanchez Esperiencia Prominente (Nicaragua) 89 points
11) Vegas de Santiago D8 Short Robusto (Costa Rica) 89 points
12) Vegas de Santiago D8 Corto (Costa Rica) 89 points
13) Vegas de Santiago D8 Toro (Costa Rica) 88 points
14) Xiphos Connecticut Robusto (Costa Rica) 88 points
15) Romeo Y Julieta EL 2016 (Cuba) 86 points

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Quesada 40th Anniversary Toro

This cigar, a 6×49 toro, was created to celebrate the 40th year of Manuel Quesada in the cigar business. Now some of you might think “why did I only hear the name Quesada the last few years?” and the answer to that is that before you probably smoked cigars from their Matasa factory before but none of those cigars carried the Quesada name, I think they were most famous for the Dominican Fonseca brand.

I met Patricia and Raquel Quesada at the intertabac trade show, and in the following week after in Amsterdam where we partied with Rocky Patel and a few others and at the trade show Raquel gave me a sampler with four Quesada cigars to review. The Quesada 40th Anniversary is the first in the series. The cigar has Nicaraguan and Dominican ligero filler, a Habano ligero binder and a beautiful Mexican San Andres wrapper.

This cigar is a looker, a dark, almost black, oily wrapper with beautiful veins and a soft leather touch. The ring fits the cigar, the black and gold ring with the gold and silver tobacco leaf in a Q shape that is the Quesada logo and a shiny black ring with a golden 40. The construction feels good, the shape of the cigar is good, the triple cap is good and there are bonus points for the closed foot, something I like in a cigar. The cigar has a strong manure and barnyard aroma.

I cut the cigar, I used my doubly guillotine cutter. The cold draw has a decent resistance and the flavor is quite peppery on my lips. After lighting I taste coffee and chocolate. Soon the flavors change to earthy flavors and herbs. There is still a little sweetness too. After an inch I taste pepper and wood with a minty aftertaste. Slowly the cigar is getting more peppery, with a dry wood and a little raw carrot. The aftertaste is a fresh, minty chocolate. Halfway I taste a lot of pepper with a little wood. This cigar has Nicaraguan tobacco and it shows in the pepper. The final third is wood, a lot of pepper and a little mint.

The draw is perfect. The burn needed a little correction. The frayed ash is gray and black. The ash is firm though. The burn is razor sharp. The smoke is medium in thickness and volume. I would call this cigar medium plus bodied and full flavored. The smoke time is two full and enjoyable hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? I hope this cigar is released in the Netherlands soon.

Score: 91

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Casa Magna Colorado Lancero

Let me start by saying that even though this cigar will count as my lancero review of the month and will be a contestant in the ‘lancero of the year’ list that I will compile at the end of the year, officialy this is not a lancero. It’s called a lancero, it looks like a lancero, and it comes close to a lancero but the size is not a classic lancero size with a length that is an inch longer and a ring gauge that’s also slightly thicker than what’s considered industry standard for a lancero (7 1/2×38 vs 8 1/2×40 for this Casa Magna Lancero). It’s actually an old size used by Manolo Quesada and back then the name was ‘largo delgado’ which translates to “long skinny”. I still count it as a lancero because the size differences are only minor unlike the Alec Bradley (‘everything is bigger in’) Texas Lancero (7×70).

Casa Magna is a cooperation between the Quesada family, who are well known and respected cigar makers from the Dominican Republic and the Plasencia family from Nicaragua. That Manuel Quesada got the Cigar Journal Lifetime Achievement award last september at the award dinner at Intertabac is a testament to their accomplishments and knowledge. In 2008 they shook the world by becoming the no.1 on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 with this blend and that for a cigar that would usually be featured on the yearly ’top budget cigars’. This all Nicaraguan blend hit the right spot and became an international hit, with offsprings as the Casa Magna Oscuro (from Honduras), Casa Magna Domus Magnus series and most recently a Dominican made Casa Magna. The Casa Magna Lancero was released in 2011 but with a MSRP that was much higher than the other Casa Magna vitola’s at $12.95 and came in boxes of 7 to keep the box price below $100. I reviewed the cigar back in 2011, when it wasn’t for sale in The Netherlands and with my old scores in my old apartment, time for a new try, this time in my man cave, with my 100 point scoring system and cigars legally bought in The Netherlands where they were for sale for a limited time.

The cigar looks great, a nice dark and oily wrapper with a few minor veins, a closed foot and a lovely little pigtail. A well printed ring with quite some details on thick paper. If you scan the ring it looks simple but when you pay more attention you notice all small details and since I started paying more attention to the cigar rings I seem to enjoy the cigars a little more, maybe because of the appreciation of the pieces of art that cigar rings can be. The aroma is amazing, its like walking deep inside a forest in the fall with the smell of fermenting leafs, moss, animals and the aroma is quite strong. Construction wise I don’t have any complaints either, the cigar seems evenly filled and since a lancero is one of the harder vitolas to roll I take my hat off to the roller responsible.

The cigar is too thin to punch so I cut the cigar with my Xikar butterfly cutter. The cold draw is a little tough with a little bit of wood and quite some pepper. I used my soft flame to light the cigar. Right from the start I taste coffee with some salt and plenty of pepper. After a few puffs I also taste a little honey sweetness. The coffee goes away, I now taste earthy flavors and some chocolate with chilies. The flavors are very vibrant as you can expect from a cigar with a great filler wrapper ratio as a lancero. Just like the aroma, the flavors remind me of autumn.

After a third I still taste the earthy flavors with pepper but now with something I would describe as autumn leafs. I also taste some salt and a little licorice. The pepper gets stronger and is now the main flavor. On the background I also taste some vanilla. Slowly I also taste a nice wood flavor, oak. Some puffs later I also taste some citrus. The pepper is still the main flavor though, strong and powerful.

The draw is great, better than in the cold draw and since the lancero is so difficult to make again my hat off to the roller. The smoke is white, relatively thick and a decent amount of it. The ash is salt and pepper colored, a bit frayed too. The burn is quite good, not razor sharp, but still good. The cigar is full bodied, full flavored. I really enjoyed this cigar for almost 2 hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Once I’m out I’ll try to find another box, I still have a full one though.

Score: 91


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DM 24KT Golden torpedo

When I was looking for a new house I only had one thing that was non negotiable, the house had to have room for a man cave with walk-in humidor, so when I bought my house that was the room that was finished first. My boss knows I’m a cigar geek, that’s the reason he hired me, and gave me a cool housewarming gift. For the last 18 months I’ve been waiting for the right time to smoke it and last Monday was that night. It was my birthday, it was raining outside, my girlfriend is a 13 hour flight away so I could use a ‘pick me up’ moments. That’s Anthony Bourdain’s no reservations Singapore on YouTube, as I’m going there soon, and this DM 24KT golden torpedo 2011, a gold plated torpedo made by Quesada for humidor maker turned cigar brand owner Daniel Marshall.

The cigar comes in a coffin which mentions the website, a website that shows up black on my iPhone and iPad. When you pay so much attention to the cigar, why use such a simple and ugly band? And why mention a website that doesn’t work on mobile devices?  The cool thing is that the gold plating is so thin you can see the veins. Construction feels good but the gold makes it hard to smell anything. Wetting the cap for the cut is a bit of a weird sensation, a weird metallic taste. The cut cap looks cool tough and the predraw is fine yet flavorless, only if I focus real hard I taste a metallic taste and some pepper, but it’s all faint.

Once lit I taste toasty peppery flavors but soon there is some sweetness too. And of course a metallic flavor, but that’s no surprise. After a centimeter I taste a weird wooden flavor, still with that metals undertone. After a third it’s spicy again, like red pepper with the metallic flavor and the wood.
The wood gets stronger, and I get a toast flavor again, of course with the metal. Halfway the toast disappears again with the pepper returning. Later on the cigar gets ashy.

I get a decent amount of smoke from this cigar, pretty thick. The ash is golden, but a lighter shade than the pre burn. It looks weird, the dark ash in the inner core and the golden outside. The burn is a bit crooked, but how do you correct it? The ash is firm because of the melted gold. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. Because of the gold the cigar burns very slow, it lasted me 2 hours.


Would I buy this cigar again? No, it’s a $250 gimmick, but now I want to try the Royal Danish gimmick as well.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 6
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 6
Aroma second part: 6.5
Aroma third part: 5.5

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Casa Magna Colorado churchill

I smoked all sizes of the Casa Magna Colorado that are available in The Netherlands, but never this Churchill as we can’t get this one on our little part of the world. Too bad, as I like to smoke churchills when I have plenty of time and I am a fan of the Casa Magna Colorado series. I got this cigar from a friend who bought them online in the USA.
The wrapper is nice and dark, oily and shiny with a few thin veins. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste spicy and sharp herbs.
I taste coffee and an earthy flavour with herbs and a mild sweetness. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood, coffee, herbs and chocolate with some sweetness on the background. After an inch I taste wood with herbs and a little bit of chocolate. The flavors are full but smooth. Halfway the chocolate gets a little bitter, but pleasant bitter. The wood with herbs are now a background flavour.
After two thirds that earth flavour from the start returns with a little bit of pepper and a very pleasant nut flavour. The nut flavour disappears too soon and the cigar gets more spicy.
This cigar lasted me for two hours and fifteen minutes. The draw is great and I got a medium amount but thick smoke. This ful flavoured and full bodied cigar has a beautiful burn and a firm salt & pepper colored ash.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

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

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Casa Magna Domus Magnus optimus

I am a fan of the Casa Magna Colorado cigars and I was looking forward to the limited edition Casa Magna Domus Magnus. I bought a optimus for € 6.00 here in The Netherlands. The optimus is the smaller of the two box pressed cigars in the Domus Magnus line, with a 5¾x54 size. The cigar has a nice pigtail and a colorful band, prettier than the normal Casa Magna bands and the foot band is tasteful too.
The cigar looks great, the wrapper has a milk chocolate color with a few minor veins and a nice box pressed shape. I smell wood. The construction feels great. The predraw is great and I taste tobacco with a little bit of pepper.
I taste a nice coffee flavor, strong like espresso with a little bit of cacao far on the background and a fresh aftertaste. After half an inch I taste wood with some herbs and a mild sweetness. There is also a hint of nut flavors on the palate. The herbs slowly grow in strength and they become a bit sharp. After an inch I taste sharp herbs with wood and some cacao, the flavors are dry
Halfway I taste spicy and mild acidic wood with some herbs and on the background a little bit of cacao. The acidity is a bit metallic. After almost two thirds some nuts join the flavors and I taste a little bit of white pepper on the background. Near the end I taste coffee and pepper.
This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The silver gray ash is firm. The cigar had a great burn. It is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I enjoyed this cigar.

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

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Quesada tributo Alvarito

The smallest of the Quesada Tributo series is the Alvarito, a 4½x40 petit corona which costed 3 euro in The Netherlands when they were still available. They are off the market now and replaced by the Quesada Espana series, here in the Netherlands.

The band is pretty, simple but stylish just like the foot band. The wrapper is dark and shiny, it looks laquered, that’s how shiny it is. The cigar has a horse stable smell and a good construction. The predraw is great and I taste dry chocolate.

I taste coffee with a hint of nutmeg. The spices slowly get stronger while the coffee disappears. After half an inch I mainly taste spices with spicy herbs and a sugar like sweetness.

After a third the spice leaves and I taste more wood with the herbs and spices. The sweetness has disappeared too. After two thirds the cigar gets quite spicy again.

This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and twenty minutes. The draw is a bit tight. I got plenty of medium thick smoke and a firm pepper and salt colored ash. The wrapper of this full flavoured and medium bodied cigar cracked halfway.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah

Appearance: 8 / 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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