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Swag Elite

Swag is one of the brands that falls under the Boutique Blends company of Rafael Nodal, just like the better known Aging Room. And I knew nothing about this cigar when I bought it on a trip to Florida a few years ago, I just saw a lancero that I didn’t know and never smoked so I bought it. The price tag is still attached, I paid $ 6.46 for it, and today I’m smoking it as part of my series of lancero reviews.


A google search taught me that the cigars are made at Tabacalera Palma, which isn’t a surprise considering its part of Boutique Blends and it’s a Dominican puro. The 7×40 lancero is completely made with Dominican Habano Ligero tobacco, from filler to binder and wrapper.


The cigar is almost completely covered with wax paper with the Swag logo, a nice way of wrapping the cigar. The ring is burgundy with white letters and several golden, black and red lines on top and bottom. The foot ring has the same color scheme but says Puro Domincana. The shape is beautiful, well finished head and the construction feels good too. The wrapper is mild oily, has an espresso color but with a reddish glow and it looks smooth. The aroma is mild and woody.


I cut the cigar. The cold draw is good. I taste a peppery flavor. After lighting it with my vintage Ronson. I taste a cinnamon and other spices flavor with some sweetness and pepper. The cigar gets peppery, with some nutty wood and a maple syrup sweetness. After a third I taste sharp wood with pepper. The cigar is a bit harsh and a both ashy halfway because the cigar starts to bleed tar. I cut a piece off to rescue the cigar. The ash flavor is gone but the cigar continues to be peppery and slightly harsh.


The draw is great, the cigar is well made. The smoke is good in volume but could be a bit thicker. The light gray ash is dense. It isn’t firm though. The burn is great. I would call this cigar full bodied and full flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? This isn’t my cigar.

Score: 88
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Categories: 88, Dominican cigars, Swag, Tabacalera Palma | Tags: , , , ,

Cigar of the month May

In may I published 19 reviews and this is the the list, ranking from best to worst.

The cigar with the highest rating last month is:

Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lonsdale with a 96 score

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lonsdale (Nicaragua) 96 points
2) Goviado Lancero (Nicaragua) 93 points
3) Jas Sum Kral Zlatno Sonce Soloman (Nicaragua) 92 points
4) Viaje Platino Lancero (Honduras) 92 points
5) Goviado Torpedo (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull (Dominican Republic) 91 points
7) Eiroa the first 20 years Prensado (Honduras) 91 points
8) Alec Bradley Post Embargo Robusto (Honduras) 91 points
9) Mayimbe Robusto (Nicaragua) 91 points
10) La Sirena Merloin Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
11) Aging Room Solera Fantastico (Dominican Republic) 89 points
12) Brick House Connecticut Toro (Nicaragua) 89 points
13) C.A.O. Pilon Robusto (Nicaragua) 89 points
14) La Gloria Cuban Duke (Cuba) 87 points
15) Don Ibarra Natural Belicoso (Dominican Republic) 86 points
16) Don Ibarra Natural Robusto (Dominican Republic) 86 points
17) Undercrown Shade Gordito (Nicaragua) 86 points
18) Don Ibarra Natural Gordo(Dominican Republic) 85 points
19) Gurkha 125h anniversary Rothschild (Dominican Republic) 79 points

 

 

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Aging Room M20

I got this cigar at a cigar event at De Oude Tijd in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Aging Room is available on the Dutch market but the m20 ain’t, so was very pleased to get it.
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I love the box pressed perfecto shape, the little pigtail and the dark wrapper. The cigar doesn’t have much veins. There is a slight manure smell to the cigar. The predraw is fine, I taste some pepper.
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The cigar is easily lit and even though perfectos can have a shitty draw at the start this cigar starts out fine with a lot of pepper and some toast. Soon I taste a bitter tar flavor with citrus, I check for built up tar but none of that. After a centimeter it changes to herbal flavors with pepper. The pepper in the aftertaste has a burning sensation.
092015agingroomm203
After 3 centimeter the cigar turns sweet with heaps of red pepper, you can’t say this cigar is subtle. Slowly but surely I also get wood flavors. The sweetness is overpowering the wood and the background and aftertaste is very peppery. Halfway I taste a strong lemon flavor with that wood and the abundance of pepper.
092015agingroomm204
The draw is very good, straight from the start. The smoke isn’t think and isn’t plentiful although it improves. The burn is decent, not straight but not crooked. The silver gray ash is frayed and not firm. Full flavored, medium to full bodied. The cigar lasted me 90 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, too peppery, not subtle.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 7
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 5
Aroma second part: 6
Aroma third part:  6
Categories: Aging Room, Dominican cigars, Tabacalera Palma | Tags: , ,

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