Posts Tagged With: robusto extra

Cohiba BHK54

I got this Cohiba behike BKH 54, a 5.7 inch ring 54 robusto extra for my 39th birthday as a gift from a friend. I’ve been wanting to smoke a BHK for some time because of all the buzz that was going around about this cigar, which should be top of the premium Cuban cigars.
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First thing I notice is the beautiful cigar band, it is recognizable Cohiba but with an even more luxurious touch to it. The shiny and oily wrapper is reddish brown and the cigar is topped with a pigtail. The wrapper feels silky and only had tiny veins. The construction feels good and I smell a mild wood smell. The predraw is a bit tight and I taste tobacco and raisin.
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I taste a mild and caramel and honey sweet earth flavor with some wood. The earthy flavors are dominant with a mild pepper in the aftertaste. Soon I can also taste some toast and a bit more pepper. After a quarter of an inch I taste herbs, that earthy flavor with some caramel. On the background I taste caramel and a hint of pepper. After half an inch I taste that earthy flavor with herbs and a little bit of honey. The pepper has disappeared from the aftertaste and the cigar gets more subtle. After three quarters of an inch the cigar is subtle, I taste mild sweet herbs and earthy flavors that are spicy on the palate. After an inch there is also a hint of wood
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After a third I taste honey, wood and earthy flavors, very subtle and halfway the flavors have changed to wood with herbs, the sweetness has disappeared and the cigar is a bit more spicy with some white pepper in the aftertaste. The honey returns with some wood and earthy flavors, still very subtle. After two thirds I taste a bittersweet cacao with leather, lots of leather. The sweet honey returns and takes over the cacao flavors, I still taste a lot of leather too. With an inch and a half to go I taste cinnamon with leather and wood.
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This cigar lasted me for two whole hours. The draw is too tight and the smoke is a bit thin. The dark ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied and has a beautiful burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not for the 30+ euro it sells for in The Netherlands

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

Categories: Cohiba (Habanos), Cuban cigars, El Laguito | Tags: ,

Partagas Serie E no.2

The 5½x54 Partagas series E No.2 is the latest Cuban Partagas release and the thickest regular production Partagas parejo ever. The cigar is a bit thicker and longer than the ever popular Partagas series D no.4 and was introduced at the Habanos festival earlier this year but is now making its way to the shops. I was lucky enough to get one of these cigars before they even hit the Dutch shops. I believe this cigar has a price tag of 11 euro in The Netherlands.
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The cigar is beautiful, with an almost rosado like red glow to the deep brown and mild oily wrapper. I see a few veins though and the construction if a bit soft. I smell a sour barnyard, too much ammonia which confirms my belief that this cigar hasn’t been aged enough, something I keep saying about Cuban cigars. The predraw is fine, I taste a spicy and peppery tobacco.
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I taste a spicy and harsh earthy flavor and after half an inch an earthy flavor with pepper. The pepper is in the aftertaste. This cigar is harsh and way too young to be smoked. I also taste some wood. After an inch I taste wood, with some earthy flavors, pepper and herbs. On the background I taste something sweet, but that is really mild.
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After a third I taste mud with herbs, wood and some pepper. Halfway I taste pepper herbs and wood, the mud flavor has disappeared. After two thirds I taste nuts with wood and pepper. The cigar gets more spicy with herbs, earth and some pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. The draw is really good and I got a lot of smoke. The ash is dark. I had to correct the burn two times. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied, it is still way too young to be subtle or complex but it has a lot of potential.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, but I will age them for at least a few years before I would smoke them again.

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, Partagas (Habanos), Partagas Factory | Tags: ,

Trinidad Robusto Extra

This 6 x 52 Trinidad Cuban puro stands out from the masses because of the pigtail at the mouthpiece of the cigar. The wrapper is pretty and only has some small veins. The aroma is mild but clearly the well known Cuban barnyard smell. The predraw is on the hard side of fine and leaves me with a raisin flavor.
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I can taste warm coffee and leather flavors soon to be accompanied by a chocolate aftertaste. After an inch the coffee and leather disappear and the chocolate becomes the main flavor and turns a bit creamy. The power of the flavor grows a bit. Halfway I can taste the mild leather flavor again. At 2/3rds I say goodbye to the chocolate, creamy leather keeps me company until a full nutty flavor tells me it is time to put the cigar away.

 

The draw is on the tough side of good. The amount of smoke is a bit thin, I would have liked a bit more smoke. The ash is compact, firm and light colored with a perfect burn. In the beginning this cigar doesn’t pack a lot of power to the flavors, but slowly the flavors and the cigar become more powerful, although it never turns into a powerhouse. I would call this cigar a medium smoke.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Even though I liked the finish, I don’t think I will buy this cigar again due to the high price.

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, El Laguito, Trinidad (Habanos) | Tags: , ,

San Cristobal de la Habana la Fuerza

This is a pretty cigar with a fine smooth wrapper and a good feeling to it, no weak or hard spots at all. The draw is fine and the aroma is a dry barnyard smell.
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The flavor is leather with cedar, mild and smooth. Soon the cedar is replaced by some herbs and the leather is pushed a bit to the background. Halfway the cigar grows a bit in strength, even the leather. This cigar doesn’t have a typical Cuban feel to it.
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The ash is dark whole the smoke is more than enough. I had some burning issues and the draw was just fine.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, the torpedo from San Cristobal de la Habana is better in my humble opinion, even though this is a nice cigar.

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, La Corona, San Cristobal de la Habana (Habanos) | Tags: ,

Cuesta Rey Centenario #5 maduro

When I opened my humidor tonight to pick a cigar, I noticed some bloom on one of them and I decided to smoke that particular cigar right away. It was the Cuesta-Rey Centenario No. 5 Maduro, a 139mm long 53 ring size cigar from the Dominican republic with a sun grown USA Connecticut wrapper and a Dominican binder and filler.

The wrapper is nice and dark, with some veins. The downside is that the wrapper contains some color differences. The band is one of the prettiest I’ve seen so far, very arty and colorful, but I’d rather have a pretty cigar then a pretty band. The predraw was a bit hard, but not so hard that I would call it bad. The cigar smells like manure and dry hay.

After lighting I can taste leather and a bit of hay. Soon a hint of cacao shows up on the background. The leather isn’t any like the Cuban kind of leather, this flavor is much smoother and lighter. Halfway the cacao grows stronger and it keeps growing stronger when I get to the turning point. Right before I reach the turning point I can taste a strong fresh mint.

It took me about 65 minutes to finish this cigar. The smoke is a bit light, but the ash is pretty, firm and almost white.

Would I buy this cigar again? Perhaps, it’s not on top of the list.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 9 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

Categories: Cuesta Rey, Dominican cigars, Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia | Tags: , , ,

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