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Cigar of the month November

It’s the end of the month again, so as in every month before this year I will rank the cigars I reviewed this month from best rated to lowest rated. This month I rated 14 cigars, some old, some very new and with a spread of the four most prominent cigar countries.

The cigar with the highest rating last month is:

Joya Red Half Corona with a 93 score

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Joya Red Half Corona (Nicaragua) 93 points
2) Tatuaje RC233 Figurado (Nicaragua) 93 points
3) Long Live the King my style is jalapeño Lancero (Dominican Republic) 93 points
4) Alec Bradley Lost Art Robusto (Honduras) 92 points
4) La Sagrada Familia Maduro pre-release Robusto (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) Todos Las Dias Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
7) Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserve Robusto (Nicaragua) 91 points
8) Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserve Torpedo (Nicaragua) 90 points
9) Viaje Zombie Antidote (Honduras) 90 points
10) A. Flores El Trovador Petit Belicoso (Dominican Republic) 90 points
11) Davidoff 702 #2000 (Dominican Republic) 88 points
12) Partagas Serie D#5 (Cuba) 87 points
13) San Pedro de Macoris Ecuador Robusto (Dominican Republic) 87 points
14) San Pedro de Macoris Brazil Robusto (Dominican Republic) 86 points

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Oliva O torpedo

The Oliva O series is well known and appreciated all over the world. The cigar is made from a Nicaraguan Habano binder and filler with a sun grown Habano wrapper. There are nine sizes available and there is even a complete maduro line, but I smoked the 6×52 natural torpedo
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The cigar has a wood and barnyard smell with the recognizable Oliva band. The wrapper is quite light colored and oily with a few veins. The construction is good and so is the predraw which tastes like spicy raisin.
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I taste a spicy but sweet coffee flavor. The sweetness is mild dominant. After a third I taste a sweet wood flavor and halfway that flavor gets company from some herbs.
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The sweetness is getting less dominant and now I taste an earthy flavor with wood and herbs and all flavors grow in strength.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and thirty-five minutes. I got a lot of thick white smoke and a great draw. The ash is light colored but frayed and reasonably firm. The burn of this medium flavored and medium bodied cigar is great.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the cigar but prefer the G and V series

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

Categories: Nicaraguan cigars, Oliva, Tabacalera Oliva | Tags: , ,

Partagas Serie D #5 LE 2008

This 4.3 inch cigar with the 50 ring gauge was one of the three limited editions that was released by Habanos S.A. in 2008, together with the Cuaba piramides and Montecristo Sublime. I have not smoked the other two LE’s, but I did smoke this Partagas Serie D #5 LE 2008, that I got from Serts at a herf. This cigar has a fixed price of € 10.50 here in The Netherlands.
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The cigar has a nice oily wrapper which is quite dark for a Cuban cigar. The aroma is classic Cuban barnyard, somehow the aroma is different than cigars from other countries, but the aroma is quite mild. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I don’t get much flavor from the predraw, only a little bit of pepper.
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I can taste some earth and coffee, mild and flat. After half an inch I can also taste some hay. After an inch I also get some chocolate, just a little bit, with the hay and earth flavors. The coffee has gone.
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The texture of the flavors is quite dry. After ⅔ I taste dry wood with just a hint of chocolate and a few puffs later some herbs come to the palate too.
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The cigar has a good draw, but the burn got a bit crooked after a third. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. The firm ash is pepper and salt colored and the smoke is quite thick and I get enough smoke from the cigar. It lasted me for about 70 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, don’t think so.

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

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

Partagas Serie D #4 *revisited*

This Partagas Serie D #4 comes from a Robusto sampler I bought a few years ago, so I don’t know the box code, all I know is that this 4.8 inch long ring 50 cigar is at least a 2007 and possibly even older.

 

The wrapper is quite light colored, a bit pale even, but tough and rough looking with the veins. The aroma is quite light and smells like a barnyard. The construction feels good. I punched the cigar and the predraw is just fine, I can taste a little bit of wood.
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I get a typical Cuban leather flavor with some cedar, medium full. The leather is definitely the main flavor and the flavors are a bit sticky. Halfway the leather grows a bit in strength without becoming really strong. Right after the mid part I can taste something fresh, mint like flavor trough the leather with some chocolate as an aftertaste.

 

After 2/3rd the flavors get a bit stronger, now it’s finally the powerhouse that everybody claims it is. The texture is mild creamy and I can also taste a little bit of pepper. Near the end the cedar wood returns in combination with the pepper and the never fading leather.
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The smoke is thin and the amount of smoke is a bit poor too, even though the amount of smoke grows a bit after a third, but it remained below the levels that I love to see while smoking. The ash is quite dark and both the burn and draw are fine. Near the end the burn got a bit crooked. This cigar is full flavored but not as full bodied as I expected. I purged the cigar near the end but got no flame at all, the cigar was very clean.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes. I was never impressed by the Partagas Serie D #4 but I have to change my opinion, this stick was awesome.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 5 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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

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