Posts Tagged With: Salomon

La Flor Dominicana salomon maduro

Little over a year ago I smoked this 7×64 La Flor Dominicana salomon maduro and loved it. I was very happy when they recently got released on the Dutch market. They have a price tag of € 18.50 here, which is pricy but not that bad when you look at what you get, a cigar this big and thick is a lot of tobacco and it takes a while to finish it.
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I love the shape and combined with the oily and leathery wrapper that has the color of dark chocolate the shape makes the cigar looks pretty mean. To add to that mean look I see some big veins. The smell is mild though, not as strong as you would expect. The construction feels great and the predraw is fine. I taste peppery tobacco.
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I taste peppery coffee with leather. The pepper is the dominant flavor. After half an inch I taste wood with that dominant pepper, the coffee and leather have disappeared. After an inch I also taste a little bit of an earthy flavor with the wood and pepper. The cigar is quite spicy too. For a few puffs I even taste some walnut.
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Halfway I only taste wood with pepper again and after two thirds I taste wood, pepper and a little sour flavor, which is quite nice. The pepper moves to the aftertaste and even fades away for a bit. Wood is now the main flavor while the sourness disappears.
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This cigar lasted me for little over two hours. The draw is great, and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The light colored ash is frayed but firm. I had to correct the burn a few times though. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored, don’t smoke it on an empty stomach.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, for special occasions

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

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Don Pepin Garcia serie JJ salomon

The JJ series by Don Pepin Garcia are Nicaraguan puros with a corojo rosado wrapper. It is a full serie with several vitolas, including this 7¼x57 salomones. The cigar was recently added to the portfolio here in The Netherlands and it has a 15 euro price tag. I see that the band has changed since I smoked my last JJ, the secondary band is still the same though. I can’t say I like the new band, compared to the old one.
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The wrapper looks leathery with some veins. The color is chocolate brown. I love the salomones shape. The cigar has a good construction and a mild straw smell. I only cut a small piece of the cap and still get a great predraw, which has a strong black pepper taste.
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I taste a spicy, peppery leather with some nutmeg. I get more pepper than expected, but then again, this is a Don Pepin Garcia cigar. After half an inch the cigar still gives me pepper, but now with wood, herbs and some spices. The pepper is less overpowering than before. After an inch wood becomes the main flavor with some spices and herbs, the cigar is quite spicy. The pepper has moved to the aftertaste.
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After a third the wood turns mild sweet. The wood slowly changes to cedar and the pepper has completely disappeared. The aftertaste is herbal. After two thirds nutmeg is the main flavor with spicy herbs, the wood flavor I tasted before is now a supporting flavor. Near the end the pepper makes a comeback, the cigar is now spicy and very herbal.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and twenty-five minutes. The draw is great. The cigar produced a lot of thick smoke. The ash is gray, compact and firm. The structure of the ash looks like sand. The burn is pretty straight. The cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? It is a nice cigar, but for the same amount of money I can smoke a Padron 1926 series which is better than ‘a nice cigar’

Appearance: 7 / 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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Casa Magna colorado salomon

This 6½x56 Casa Magna Colorado salomon is the latest addition to the Casa Magna Colorado series. It is not available in The Netherlands yet, but I expect that that will change soon enough so all my fellow countrymen can smoke this beautiful shaped cigar.
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Like I said, the cigar is beautifully shaped. but the dark and oily wrapper does have some veins. I smell a mild barnyard. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin with a white pepper aftertaste.
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I taste an earthy flavor with some wood, herbs and a peppery aftertaste. The feeling in my mouth is dry. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood and herbs with a little bit of sigar. After half an inch I also taste some chocolate on the background. The cigar slowly becomes peppery.

 

After an inch I taste leather and earth with some wood and herbs. The aftertaste is peppery. Some puffs later I mainly taste wood with some chocolate and herbs. The aftertaste is still peppery. Halfway I taste wood, nutmeg, herbs and a metallic flavor, all very nice. After two thirds I taste wood with herbs, the herbs are mild fresh and I get pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and the burn is ok. The smoke starts out poor but gets better along the way, slowly it gets thick and white. The peper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it.

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

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Partagas Salomon

Habanos started the production of this 7.2 inch ring 57 Partagas salomones in 2008 and they are a cigar exclusively made for the La Casa Del Habano shops all over the world. The cigar has that signature La Casa Del Habano band as a second band that is placed under the Partagas band.
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This cigar is beautifully shaped and it has a nice and warm mocha color. The wrapper is oily and has a few veins. The construction feels good. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is a bit hard and I taste some raisin and earth, really mild and dry.
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I taste a full earth flavor and a mild leather. After an inch I also taste a nut flavor. The leather fades away a bit, the nut flavor disappears completely and all I taste is earth after an inch and a half.
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After two inch I taste a mild toast flavor as a support to the earth. Halfway the leather gains power again and becomes the dominant flavor. The cigar starts to get more complex and interesting. The texture is mild creamy and the aftertaste is an earth flavor. After ⅔ I taste some nuts again with the leather and I can even taste some wood.
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Make sure you got plenty of time when you light this cigar, it took me two hours and fifteen minutes to finish it. The draw is good although the smoke starts out poor, but fortunately I keep getting more and more smoke the longer I puff on this salomones. Due to the shape I had a bit of a crooked burn in the beginning but the burn corrected itself. The ash is quite firm but frayed and has a salt & pepper color. This cigar is medium to full bodied and medium to full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I am at Mike’s Havana House I will buy a few more

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

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Reposado maduro

This is another cigar from rising star A.J. Fernandez and all the tobaccos used for this cigar are Cuban-seed Nicaraguan grown and the only vitola available is a salomon in a stout, 7.1”x58 frame. They are available with a Habano, Maduro or Connecticut wrapper. This is a review of the Maduro.
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The wrapper has a lot of spots, as if it just hit puberty and there are also a lot of veins on the leaf. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong barnyard aroma that makes my nose itch when I smell it. The oily wrapper has a leathery feel to it. The predraw is fine and releases pepper on my palate.
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I taste a sweet chocolate with a hint of cedar and soon the sweetness disappears and the flavors change from chocolate and cedar to hay and wood. I can also taste a citrus like acid flavor with a hint of pepper which slowly grows in strength. This all happens within the first inch of the cigar. The strength of the flavors are medium.
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The citrus flavor is gone and everything is peppery hay. The structure of the flavors are sticky. The pepper is a mix of red and black peppers and burn on my tongue. Halfway the flavors fade away a bit and the pepper turns to black pepper only. The flavors keep fading away to the end.
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The draw of this cigar is great and I get a lot of thick white smoke. The burn is straight as an arrow and the ash is almost white. I would rate this cigar as medium to full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I think I will stick with the Habano.

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

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La Flor Domincana salomon

This La Flor Dominicana had been sitting in my humidor for a while and after seeing it make the number 13 on Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 of 2009 I could not wait any longer and decided to light this beautiful cigar
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This 7 x 64 salomon is made from vintage Dominican tobacco, grown at the La Cunela farm in 2004 and 2005 and finished with a beautiful oily Nicaraguan Habano wrapper which looks tough due to some nice veins. The construction feels a bit hard but the predraw is just fine. I could taste peppers, black pepper and red pepper. The cigar has a nice barnyard aroma, not too heavy.
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I can taste pepper with some wood, but mostly pepper, a lot of pepper, green and black pepper. After almost an inch I get a little bit more wood and just a tiny hint of chocolate. The pepper gets a bit milder at the same time.
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A bit further the pepper mellows out and almost disappears towards the 2 inch mark. The wood that I mentioned before is now the dominant flavor with just a little bit of pepper and even later with some chocolate after the pepper disappears.
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After a third the chocolate grows a bit in strength but remains the support flavor for the wood. At 2/3rd the chocolate disappears and the cigar gets a bit salty. Towards the end, the salt disappears and the chocolate returns on the background.
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The draw is fine and the cigar gives me lots of white, medium thick, smoke. As always with figurado’s, I had some problems with the burning at the beginning but the cigar corrects itself. The ash is light colored, firm but frayed. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. It gave me a huge vitamin N overdose. This sigar is not for the faint hearted.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes. I can understand why they made Cigar Aficionado’s top 25.

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

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Reposado habano

The Reposado is another AJ Fernandez blend, one of the hottest names in the industry at the moment and referred to as “the poor man’s Don Pepin” due to his strong and spicy blends for bargain prices. This reposado, which is only released as a 7 x 58 salomon, can be bought for just $ 2.50 a piece.
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Simon aka SmokeyNL gave me this cigar for review purposes, he gave me both the maduro and the habano, and I decided to light the habano. The cigar has a rough wrapper that looks tough with all the veins. The construction feels good and the predraw, which gives me a mixture of raisin and wood with a peppery aftertaste, is just fine. The cigar has a unique aroma, very deep and dark but not strong at all.
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I get quite a full flavor, earthy with a bit of coffee and wood, all mild peppery. The pepper gains some strength for a while and then mellows out again. I taste a full earthy flavor with some leather and just a hint of pepper. At a certain moment I can also taste a mild chocolate in the aftertaste.
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The pepper gains some strength again, and the chocolate returns. Halfway I also discover a nut flavor, which keeps on disappearing and appearing for the remainder of the cigar.
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I get a lot of smoke from the cigar and the smoke is medium thick. Usually I have burn problems at the beginning of a Salomon or perfecto, but this cigar burns straight as an arrow right from the start. The firm as is silvery gray. The cigar is definitely full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes. It is a nice cigar, especially when you take the price into consideration. There isn’t much depth in the cigar, and there isn’t a lot going on at the palate, the cigar was never boring.

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

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Cuaba Salomon

Well, what can I say? This is by far the biggest cigar I smoked so far. It is huge, 187 mm long and a ring size of 57, it has a strange shape and it looks just impressive, though, a real men’s cigar with the raw wrapper with veins, the shape and the nice colorful band.

When I smell the cigar I can smell some hay. Trying to cut the cigar is always a hassle with figurados due to the torpedo shape. Cutting a normal shaped cigar is easy, I just put my cutter flat on the table, stick the cigar in and cut, but that won’t work with a figurado. Cut too little and you get a hard draw and a nicotine rush, cut too big and it feels like you are blowing a hose. I made a perfect cut so the pre-draw was fine, not heavy but not light either. The draw became heavier though the more the cigar was smoked.

After lighting the cigar I tasted light leather with a bit of sweetness. After about one and a half centimeter the leather becomes stronger but never loses its smoothness. Halfway there is a bit cacao and a mild taste of tobacco on the background and at 2/3rd some nut flavors pass. Somewhere hidden in the cigar is a bit of pepper and right before the turning point I can taste some liquorices sweet. Even though there are several flavors available in the cigar, I expected much more complex city and more evolution in the flavors. It is not as full bodied as I expected.

Due to the strange shape I had lot of burn problems, straight from the start. I had to correct several times. The ash is pretty, silver gray and firm, the smoke is light and thin.

Will I buy this cigar again? I don’t think so

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

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