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Cigar of the month February

I decided to make February Fernandez month, all cigars I reviewed for this month are made at the A.J. Fernandez factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, a factory I have visited in 2015 and a factory that produces some of my favourite cigars.

The cigar with the highest rating last month are two cigars with the exact same score:

San Lotano Pigskin & Man’o’war Skull Crusher with a 94 score

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) San Lotano Pigskin (Nicaragua) 94 points
1) Man’o’war Skull Crusher (Nicaragua) 94 points
3) Ave Maria Divinia (Nicaragua) 93 points
4) Ave Maria Reconquista  (Nicaragua) 92 points
5) San Lotano Maduro Lancero (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) San Lotano Habano Lancero (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) Man’o’war little devil (Nicaragua) 92 points
8) San Lotano Maduro Robusto (Nicaragua) 92 points
8) San Lotano The Bull Robusto (Nicaragua) 92 points
10) Man’o’War 52C (Nicaragua) 92 points
11) Man’o’War Ruination Torpedo (Nicaragua) 91 points
12) Reposado Habano Salomon (Nicaragua) 91 points
13) La Herencia Cubana Perfecto (Nicaragua) 91 points
14) Reposado Maduro Salomon (Nicaragua) 90 points
15) Man’o’war Phalanx (Nicaragua) 90 points
16) La Herencia Cubana Fuerte Robusto (Nicaragua) 90 points
17) Ave Maria Churchill (Nicaragua) 90 points
18) Man’o’war Torpedo (Nicaragua) 90 points
19) Man’o’war Virtue Torpedo (Nicaragua) 89 points
20) Puro Autentico Maduro (Nicaragua) 89 points
21) Puro Autentico Ligero (Nicaragua) 89 points

 

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Reposado Maduro Salomon

Yesterday, when I reviewed the Reposado 96 Habano Salomon I told you how I got introduced to the cigars and how I was amazed by the price. I remember that back in those days I smoked quite a few of these, I might even have ordered a box for myself or did I do a box split? I can’t remember exactly since it’s been so long ago. Somehow I lost these cigars out of sight. Time to revisit the maduro version as well.


I do not know if the Reposado 96 Salomon is related to the, also cheap, Reposado Estate Blend. Well, related it is, but what I ment to say, I don’t know if the blend is the same. The relationship is clear, both brands owned by Meier & Dutch, both brands made at A.J. Fernandez his operations in Esteli, both dirt cheap but the Estate Blend comes in bundles of 10 and have rings while the salomon, that got released years before the estate blend, comes in boxes of 30 and without ring. If anybody knows the answer, please contact me.


Just like the Habano this cigar comes protected in cellophane. The wrapper is dark and toothy, it feels a bit like fine sanding paper. The construction is awesome, the shape, the size, the color, this cigar looks apetizing and feels well made. Again, no ring so no score for that. The cigar has a medium, dry woody and slightly floral aroma.


The shape of the cigar asks for a cut, the cold draw is good, mild spicy and peppery. After lighting I taste coffee, clean yet smooth. After an inch I taste the coffee yet with sweetness and pepper. I also taste some licorice and chocolate. After a third I notice that the flavors are a bit muted. Halfway I taste some vanilla and cream with a good dose of pepper. The creaminess disappears while the pepper grows.


The draw is perfect. The ash is quite dark. The cigar had a nice evolution. The white smoke is medium thick and full. This cigar is medium to full bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will

Score: 91
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Mbombay Vintage Reserve Salomon

One of my Dutch friends is a big fan of Mbombay and he gave me a cigar that I smoked for a yet to be published review just a few weeks ago. And I liked it, I can’t remember the final score but I knew I liked it. And then, while in Singapore two weeks ago, my friend Nuzli, a great designer who’s doing some photoshopping for Mbombay gave me a brand new cigar, the Mbombay Vintage Reserve, both in a Salomon and in a Lancero vitola. I’m smoking the Salomon now.


I reached out to the Mbombay instagram account for some background information, we exchanged two or three messages but I haven’t gotten any information yet. I blame that on the IPCPR which is this weekend so brand owner Mel Shaw is probably crazy busy at the moment. Hopefully I get some information soon. Maybe it’s the same blend as the limited edition Vintage Reseve 1973 that got released at IPCPR 2016, but I simply do not know.


The cigar has a light brown wrapper with quite some thin veins, it looks oily and I have my suspicion that it’s a Connecticut Shade wrapper even though it’s not as pale as most Connecticut Shade cigars. I love the shape of a good Salomon and the cigar feels well packed but with the right amount of sponginess. The ring however, I think a better job could have been done. Whenever you walk into a humidor, all the other Mbombay cigars stand out because of the artwork while this one, well, let me put it that way, if I was browsing a humidor I would, at first glance, think that it’s a Davidoff cigar. White oval ring with dots and a thin secondary ring is kind of their trademark. At second glance you see a peacock, very detailed and nice but a far cry from the colourful and unique artwork from the other Mbombay cigars. The cigar has a strong aroma, straw and hay come to mind with a little pepper.


The cold draw is fine with a woody aroma. After lighting I taste that classic Connecticut Shade flavor, something I don’t like, but the flavor is mild and some sweetness actually make it enjoyable. After a centimeter I taste cedar, sweetness and some lemon, with that Connecticut Shade touch. After a third I taste a creamy, buttery cedar with a hint of vanilla and that Connecticut Shade flavor. Halfway I taste the cedar and Connecticut Shade flavor with a mild chocolate and a growing cayenne pepper. In the final third the cedar is still creamy with a little bit of vanilla and the cayenne but the Connecticut Shade mustiness as I call it is getting the overhand. Near the end the cigar gets spicy and peppery, suddenly it gains strength too.


The draw is fine. The smoke is medium in volume and thickness, but beautifully white. The smoke gets thicker and I see more of it once the burn reaches the thicker part of the cigar. The ash is almost silver and black, with thin rings. The burn is straight as an arrow. I would say this is a medium strong cigar, medium flavored and well balanced. The smoke time is two and a half hours.

Would I buy this cigar again?  Depending on the price, I might. This is one of the few Connecticut Shade cigars out there that I like.

Score: 91
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Cigar of the month February

February was a special month, the shortest month of the year but also because I turned it into a full month of F reviews, so there is a top 28.

The cigar of the month is a shared position this month, identical scores for:

Casa Fuente Lancero/Flores y Rodrigues CRV Azul Robusto

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Casa Fuente Lancero (Dominican Republic) 93 points
2) Flores y Rodriguez CRV Azul Robusto (Dominican Republic) 93 points
3) Fratello Bianco II (Nicaragua) 92 points
4) Falto Lonsdale (Dominican Republic) 92 points
5) Falto Gran Reserva Especial Perfecto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
6) Flor de Cielo Maduro Salomon (Nicaragua) 91 points
6) Flores y Rodrigues Cabinet Seleccion Maduro Robusto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
8) Flor de Las Antillas Benelux (Nicaragua) 91 points
9) Flores y Rodriguez 10th anniversary Figurado (Dominican Republic) 90 points
10) Flores y Rodriguez CRV Roja Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
11) Falto Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
12) Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Habano Canonazo (Dominican Republic) 90 points
13) Fonseca 30th Anniversary Toro (Dominican Republic) 90 points
14) Falto Delirio (Dominican Republic) 89 points
14) Flor de Selva Maduro Robusto (Honduras) 89 points
16) Flor de Oliva Maduro Robusto (Nicaragua) 88 points
17) Famous Nicaragua Robusti (Nicaragua) 88 points
18) Fuentes Crucet Habanero Toro (USA) 88 points
19) Famous Nicaragua 3000 Gordo (Nicaragua) 87 points
20) Fuego Sangre de Toro Toro (Honduras) 87 points
21) Fonseca Classic Robusto (Dominican Republic) 86 points
22) Felipe Gregorio Dos Capas Churchill (Dominican Republic) 83 points
23) Flor de Oliva Torpedo (Nicaragua) 83 points
24) Fumadores Churchill (Nicaragua) 83 points
25) Flor de Gonzales Torpedo (Nicaragua) 82 points
26) Funadores Corona (Jamaica) 80 points
27) Flor de Filipinas Corona (Phillipines) 77 points
28) Flor de Canaria Corona (Canary Islands) 71 points

 

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Flor de Cielo Maduro Salomon

I bought this Flor de Cielo Maduro Salomon at Corona Cigar Company in Orlando, there is no other option since its one of their house blends. And the thing isn’t cheap with a 10 dollar price tag but it’s huge. But I don’t think it was a big success since the cigars aren’t to be found on their website anymore so I guess they stopped production of this brand.


As I said, the cigar is huge, 7×58 in a huge perfecto size. From what I found online the cigar is rolled in Miami’s little Havana, but the tobacco is cured and fermented in Nicaragua. That makes me wonder what factory in Miami rolled these cigars.


The ultra dark wrapper is very oily and that caused the cellophane to become yellow. The wrapper looks awesome, only on thin vein, beautiful color and add that to the size, that makes this cigar look impressive and probably the reason why I bought this a few years ago. The ring is yellowish with a copper colored text Flor de Cielo in a typography that reminds me of Flor de Cana, the same way as Flor de Oliva does. The cigar feels evenly packed and knowing that this is a difficult vitola to roll I’m taking my head off to the torcedor. The cigar has a mild aroma of wood, hay and barnyard.


Due to the shape I had to cut the cigar. The cold draw is fine and I taste some hay, raisin and chocolate. Right after lighting I taste coffee. Soon I taste cedar, a little lime and a mild peppery spice. After an inch the cigar gets a little stronger in the citrus. Halfway I taste dry cedar with still a lemon. There is an overall Maduro sweetness and I’m digging it. The final third gives a little black pepper with the cedar and the lemon. Near the end I taste spicy, peppery carrots.


The draw is great. The smoke is thick and white. The salt and pepper ash is quite firm and the draw is straight. The evolution is good and the cigar is medium full bodied, full flavored.

Would I buy this cigar again? if Corona still has these I will on my first trip stateside.

Score: 91
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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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