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Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto. A budget cigar released in the summer of 2018 by Maya Selva. It’s a brand extension for the already established Villa Zamorano cigars that are available all over Europe. The line was released in 2018 and won a cigar trophy from Cigar Journal a year later. The best value Honduras award went to Villa Zamorano Reserva

The Villa Zamorano Reserva is a Honduran Puro. Made with exclusively Honduran tobaccos. The wrapper comes from Jamastran, from the Habano strain. The robusto is a classic 5×50 size. With a Cuban triple cap. Other sizes available are the Intenso, Expreso, Corona, No.15, El Gordo, and Churchill. For this review, we chose the Robusto vitola.

The cigar is good looking. A nice, evenly colored wrapper. Colorado Maduro in color. And quite smooth looking, without big veins. The triple cap isn’t perfect though. The ring could use an update. This is a budge cigar and the ring shows it. Simple, not flashy at all. The secondary ring is bright red with white. The main ring is brown, black, and orange with white letters. The rings don’t match. The construction feels good. The aroma is strong. Wood, hay, and barnyard with a mild pepper tingle in the nose.

The cold draw is good. Earthy with green herbs is the taste of the cold draw. Once lit, the cigar releases a nice smooth coffee flavor. The coffee remains but with green herbs, salt, and a little grassy flavor. The flavors then change to soil with cinnamon sweetness, nutmeg. There is still a grassy or hay flavor on the background as well. Slowly the cigar turns toasty with nuts and sweetness. But all a little rough around the edges. The spice flavor is very nice, and after a third, it’s accompanied by leather and wood. There was a bit of a flavor that made the cigar less enjoyable. But halfway that layer is gone. The cigar gets more spices with a little pepper. There is a slight harshness in the back of the throat. The final third starts with spice and floral notes. The cigar gets creamy as well. Some pepper shows up in the last part. The finale has pepper and nuts.

The draw is great. The flavors are balanced and smooth. Yet a little rough around the edges. The smoke is nice and thick. The burn needed a touch up once. It’s a medium-bodied cigar, medium-flavored too. With a good construction and firm, light-colored ash. The evolution in this cigar is remarkable for a budget cigar. The smoke time is three hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? For €3,90, yes probably I would

Categories: 90, Honduran cigars, Tabacalera del Oriente, Villa Zamorano | Tags: , , , , , ,

Montecristo #4 reserva

On my roadtrip through the east coast of the United States in the spring of 2009 I met a nice gentleman that showed up at a herf that some friends in Alabama threw for us. The gentleman is part of the Cigar asylum community and a close friend to some of the moderators, who told him to come to the herf and smoke with us, even though we never met or even talk on the forum. And I was glad he did show up, not just for the crazy amount of aged Cubans he gave the traveling party, but also for his companionship. It was a great night near Fort Rucker, Alabama. One of the cigars he gave all of us was a Montecristo #4 Reserva, a cigar that was released in 2007 from three year aged tobacco in a limited production of 5000 boxes of 20.
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The wrapper is nice, mild oily, smooth and quite dark for a Cuban cigar with one big vein running over it. The cigar has a double band, but just as with the Montecristo Open series, the second band doesn’t match the classic brown and white Montecristo label. I don’t smell anything. The construction feels good and the predraw is just fine.
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I taste classic Cuban leather and earth with some toast. After half an inch I don’t taste earth and toast anymore but just leather with some nuts, mild spicy but smooth.
110805montecristoreserva43Halfway I taste wood with some leather and a mild sweetness. After two thirds I get some herbs, nuts and that sweetness. The cigar is quite flat, but with flavors like this, I don’t mind.
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The 5.1×42 cigar lasts me for an hour and I got a nice amount of smoke. I had to correct the burn in the beginning but the draw was great. The ash is dark and coarse but firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Great cigar, but way to expensive with a €24 a stick pricetag here in The Netherlands, so no

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, Montecristo (Habanos) | Tags: , , ,

Tatuaje Reserva J21

This Nicaraguan puro, made by Don Pepin Garcia for Pete Johnson, has a ligero wrapper and all tobacco are first generation Cuban seed. I got this from The Longfiller Company, the importer for Tatuaje in The Netherlands, in exchange for a review on my blog and my Dutch cigar website. The 5×50 robusto has an 11 euro pricetag in The Netherlands.
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This cigar looks great with the nice dark oily wrapper that only has one thin vein and a triple cap. The aroma, which isn’t that strong, is a warm barnyard aroma. The construction is great although the predraw, that tastes a bit peppery, is a bit loose. The bands, that are placed a bit crooked are glued to the cigar, that caused problems when I tried to remove them during smoking when the burn came close to the bands.
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I can taste a mildly bitter earth flavor soon to be accompanied by some wood. After ⅓ the earth flavor disappears and I taste the dry wood with herbal flavors and cacao powder as a mild aftertaste.

Halfway the cacao powder as an aftertaste disappears, just like the wood and the earth flavor returns, while the herbs are becoming dominant around the ⅔ point. At the end the cacao returns as a very mild aftertaste.
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The draw is a bit loose, although it gets better near the end. I got a lot of smoke from the cigar, the smoke is a bit thin though. The ash is almost white, firm and compact. The burn is great. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked this cigar, I wish it lasted longer than the 70 minutes I enjoyed it.

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

Categories: My Father Cigars, Nicaraguan cigars, Tatuaje | Tags: , , , ,

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