Posts Tagged With: Royal Danish

Cigar of the month August

Just like every month I post the list of cigars I published that month in rating order, highest to lowest and in August I rated 15 cigars

The cigar with the highest rate in August is:

Don Fernando Corona with a 94 score.
Now as for the complete list of cigars I published at Cigarguideblog in August:

1) Don Fernando Corona(Nicaragua) 94 points
2) Mi Querida Sakakhan (Nicaragua) 94 points
3) 601 La Bomba Napalm (Nicaragua) 94 points
4) La Sagrada Familia Toro (Nicaragua) 91 points
5) Illusione ~hl~  Lancero (Honduras) 91 points
6) Rosalones Reserve Corona (Nicaragua) 91 points
7) Royal Danish Regal Blend Belicoso (Nicaragua) 91 points
8) Indian Motorcycles Habano Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
9) La Gloria Cuban Medaille D’Or #3 (Cuba) 89 points
10) Capadura 808 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 88 points
11) Capadura 808 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 87 points
12) Juan Clemente Club Selection #2 (Dominican Republic) 82 points
13) Juan Clemente Classic #2 (Dominican Republic) 82 points
14) Capadura 848 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 80 points
15) Capadura 898 Robusto (Dominican Republic) 72 points

 

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Royal Danish Regal Blend Queen #1

Danish cigars? Yes! But not made in Denmark though! The Danish have a long tradition with tobacco, dating back from the time when they traded with the West Indies as merchants and up till today Denmark is a major player in the pipe tobacco business, but back in the day the tobacco that the merchants brought from the West Indies was used for cigars too. And in the recent years two Danish entrepeneurs decided to go back into history and create their own brand & blend. I reviewed the Dominican made Splendid earlier this year and this exact same Royal Danish Regal Blend belicoso back in 2016, but since I now work with a 100 point scoring system I decided to do another review.


Royal Danish has cigars made in two different countries, Costa Rica and Nicaragua and as far as my knowledge goes, the Regal blend is made in Nicaragua at an undisclosed factory. The cigar should pack some punch as it has double ligero wrapped in a dark maduro wrapper. There is an ultra luxury edition of the same cigar with gold leaves and swarovski crystals but in my opinion, and without having smoked it, that is just a gimmick like the Daniel Marshall 24k gold torpedo that I reviewed last year too. I got this cigar as a sampler from the brand owner when my previous employer showed interest in distributing the brand, but the prices of these blends were just crazy high especially compared to other private labels made by the Plasencia family, so we said ‘no’. Another small distributer took Royal Danish on and Royal Danish added a few reasonable priced blends to the portfolio.


The first thing I notice when I want to release the cigar from the cellophane is how the cellophane is closed, not with a simple bar code sticker but a nice round, silver colored sticker with hologram and the text ‘2014 Royal Danish Cigars”. The rings and how the cigar is presented is so different and beautiful that in a shop it would worry me and would give me a Gurkha feeling. With that I mean that the packaging and marketing are more important than the cigar itself, and combine it with the ‘rare tobacco blah blah’ marketing of Royal Danish which I don’t fall for. But since I don’t score on marketing that won’t effect the score. The inch long foot ring is brown with red curly letters saying ‘Danish West Indies’, golden letters ‘Regal Blend’ and then a marketing story in black on a brown wrapper. On the bottom the roller had to put his initials. The oval top ring is black with the Danish crest and a golden crown. The crown has a crystal in it, which is unique, but what is most unique is the red ribbon running over the cigar from the foot to the top and then back to the foot. The construction feels good and the belicoso has a very sharp point. The wrapper is dark with one thin vein on the side of the cigar. The aroma is strong and I smell a mixture of barnyard, a dusty old abbandoned house and a foggy forest.


Punching is not an option with a belicoso so I used my Xikar to cut. The cold draw gives a bit more resistance than I prefer and I taste raisin and red pepper. After lighting it with my preferred soft flame I taste dark roast coffee with cane sugar. The sugar is quite strong. The sweetness is the strongest flavor but after half an inch i taste cedar and nutmeg too, with some white pepper on the background. Then out of the blue I taste a strong vanilla flavor. After a third I taste coffee with creamy vanilla and cedar. Halfway I taste nuts with still a little coffee, vanilla and a slowly growing pepper. The final third begins with cedar, vanilla, pepper and nuts, very flavorful and tasty.


The draw is fine, better than in the cold draw. The ash is salt & pepper colored and quite firm. The smoke is medium in thickness and volume. The burn is straight and slow. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored with plenty of evolution. The smoke time is an hour and fifteen minutes

Would I buy this cigar again? If it was a third of the price, yes, but with the close to €20 price tag, nope!

Score: 91
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Royal Danish Cigar Regal Blend Belicoso

Royal Danish Cigars is a brand by a Danish aficionado that celebrates the old connection that Danish royalty has with tobacco and cigars by having his own blends produced in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. I do not know where this particular cigar has been made, I got it in a sampler with a few other Royal Danish cigars, of which I reviewed one before.
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The cigar looks beautiful, with the red ribbon and the rhinestone on the band. The wrapper is nice dark brown without any color differences but has one big vein. There is a mild barnyard aroma. The construction feels good but the predraw is somewhat right with a mild raisin flavor.
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This cigar has plenty of flavor, wood, pepper and some citrus combined with some spices. The citrus slowly disappears while spices and the peppers grow stronger. After a third the cigar gets a pleasant bitterness, like in a really dark chocolate.
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The woody flavors are pushed to the aftertaste and this cigar pairs nice with my sweet ice tea.  Still taste the spices and pepper. After two thirds I taste more spices combined with the bitterness of dark chocolate.
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This was a pleasant full flavored medium bodied cigar that lasted me for 75 minutes. The ash is reasonably firm and has the color of salt & pepper. The draw and burn are fine, just like the smoke.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No! I liked it but the price that Royal Danish wants for this cigar is crazy.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 8

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Royal Danish Regal Blend Toro

This cigar is quite a looker, even though the concept of two different wrappers isn’t new. Joya de Nicaragua uses two wrappers on their cabinetta and the Dominican La Gloria Cubana does too. The band has a nice rhinestone in the crown and the red ribbon around the cigar gives it a royal look. The footband provides information about this pigtailed cigar with the shiny wrapper. The looks are top notch but also cause some concern, is the manufacturer putting so much effort into the looks to mask a low quality stick? Let’s find out.
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The construction feels good but you can leave it to Nestor Plasencia and his crew to roll fantastic cigars. The cigar has a mild barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and I taste some pepper on my lips.
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Once lit I taste a mild wood flavor and a little bit of pepper. I also taste the typical Connecticut musty harshness of which I’m not a fan to put it mildly. Slowly the flavor gets a bit stronger but there isn’t a lot happening in the first part of the cigar.
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After three quarters I taste more flavor, more pepper and more wood. I also taste a bit chocolate. As soon as the cigar reaches the Habano wrapper the cigar gets stronger and sweeter. The flavors change to dark wood with some sweetness and pepper on the lips. I wish the whole cigar was like this.
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The draw is fine, so is the construction. The smoke is medium in both volume and thickness. The burn is flawless. The light as is light colored and firm. The smoke time of this cigar is two hours
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, if the cigar was all like the last part I might, if the price was right.

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

 

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