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Partagas Serie D No.5

I reviewed this cigar before, but that was the 2008 limitd edition, when this specific size of 4.3×50 and name showed up for the first time. I guess the demand for this short robusto was so high that Habanos decided to put it into regular production as in 2011 the Partagas serie D #5 showed up again in boxes of 10 and 25, the limited edition was only available in boxes of 25, and in 2013 the cigar even became available in cardboard boxes of 3. Now I looked at my old review and noticed that the limited edition price of 2008 is 10 cents higher than the regular price late 2016 which further proves my point that I made in the past that the Cubans are producing more and more limited and regional editions to get us, the consumers, to pay more for nothing but a different vitola of a regular production blend. Nothing wrong with a limited if its limited due to the availability of the tobacco, but when its just a regular blend in a different vitola? That doesn’t make it special enough to justify a hiked up price in my book.


Now I want to review at least 10 Cuban cigars this year to make a ‘top 10 cubans’ at the end of 2017 and that turns out to be tough. When the year started I had over 5500 cigars in my stash but not a lot of Cubans and actually, I only came to 11 different types of Cubans. Most of them didn’t get high scores so far, as they just aren’t my thing anymore. When I look at my old reviews I realized that my preferences changed, instead of thick cigars I tend to like smaller cigars, I read an old remark that maduro and I never would be friends but now I like that wrapper and liked quite a few Cubans that when I smoked them in the last few years did nothing but disappoint me. These things happen slowly so you don’t realize it, but when you are able to read a 10 year history on your own thoughts of cigars you can see a huge difference. Not only in preferences, but also in the pictures, from a small apartment in a deteriarating neighborhood to that same apartment but after a paint job, to the house I bought and the men cave I built, to the garden how it was when I bought the house to what I did with it. And to top it, the style of writing a review and since January first the way of rating a cigar. Its been a long journey, and in 10 years things might look different again.


Now the cigar, because of the small size it actually looks thicker than the 50 ring it is. The reddish brown wrapper isn’t the prettiest I’ve ever need, its quite veiny, bumpy an rough looking. I feel a little soft spot right under the ring so the construction isn’t top notch either. The ring is a often copied one, simple red with golden lettering Serie D No.5 Partagas – Habana and a double golden line under and above the writings. It is printed on nice red glossy paper though and the gold pops. The cigar hardly has any aroma, what I smell is the classic Cuban barnyard aroma.


I punched the cigar. The cold draw is fine but quite tasteless. If I try hard I can taste a very mild milk chocolate. I lit the cigar with my soft flame and I taste leather, dry leather. After a few puffs I also taste some nuts and a metallic citrus flavor. After a third I also taste some chocolate for a bit. Halfway I taste leather, some sweetness and pepper. The cigar gets very hot and a little bit bitter because of the heat. After two thirds I still taste leather but the nuts take the main stage.


The smoke is very thin, unfortunately with a gray blue color but halfway the cigar the smoke gets a nice thickness and volume. The draw is fine, nothing to complain about. The ash is quite dark and frayed but yet also firm. The burn is ok, not razor sharp but also not too crooked to correct. The cigar is medium bodied and medium full flavored, there is some evolution but not too much. The smoke time is an hour.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah! For €10 + I can get better cigars.

Score: 87
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Cigar of the month September

It’s the end of the month, so it’s time to publish my list. What’s the best cigar I rated this month and what’s the worst?

The cigar with the highest rate in September  is:

My Father Commemorate 911 Rosado Habano

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) My Father Commemorate 911 Robusto (Nicaragua) 94 points
2) Alec Bradley Fine & Rare Torpedo (Honduras) 93 points
3) La Flor Dominicana Airbender Lancero (Dominican Republic) 92 points
4) Rocky Patel Royale Robusto (Nicaragua) 92 points
5) Undercrown Shade Flying Pig (Nicaragua) 91 points
6) Cornelius & Anthony Venganza Robusto (Nicaragua) 91 points
7) Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF (Dominican Republic) 90 points
8) H. Upmann Mag 46 (Cuba) 89 points
9) Bunch Toro (Nicaragua) 88 points
10) Vega Fina Summum 2013 Toro (Dominican Republic) 87 points
11) Bunch Robusto (Nicaragua) 84 points
12) Amero Short Robusto (Dominican Republic) 82 points
13) Bunch Short Robusto (Nicaragua) 82 points

 

 

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Amero Short Robusto

Amero, a Norwegian brand made in the Dominican Republic. You might think, hey, that sounds familiar and you are right, its the same Norwegian guy that own Viking cigars and his first attempt to make it in the industry was a collaboration with Willis Cabrera of the now also defunct Cabreras cigars. Together they made Amero, Chess and Hawk cigars.


Before the collaboration fell apart I met Hawk at the Intertabac trade show and he gave me a few samples to try, this Amero short robusto is the last of them so why not say goodbye with a review right?  Since the cigar never took off and the company is defunct I can not find any information about the blend, except that they used 2 to 3 year old tobacco to produce the cigar.


I like the 4×50 size, the cigar looks so cute as my wife would say and the little pig tail adds to the cuteness. The medium dark brown wrapper looks okay, it has a few veins. The ring is nice, green with the image of the American dollar bill where all the conspiracy theories are about and then Amero written in shiny golden letters. The construction feels good and like I said, the pig tail finishes the cigar. The cigar has a mild aroma that is a mix between acid and cinnamon.


I cut the cigar with a double blade guillotine cutter. The cold draw is fine and taste like spicy raisins. After lighting I taste a mild bitter coffee flavor. After half an inch I taste a mildly harsh cinnamon. Halfway I taste cinnamon and peper, slightly harsh. The final third starts harsh with pepper and cedar.


The draw is good, the smoke is thick and huge in volume. The ash is medium gray, layered and reasonable firm. The burn is good. The cigar is medium, both in strength and in flavor. The smoke time is forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I won’t.

Score: 82
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Bunch Robusto, Short Robusto & Toro

Bunch is a private label made for a Portuguese cigar importer & distributer that imports several brands from Nicaragua and decided to have a label of his own. He ended up at Plasencia for his cigars, like many other people that want a private label, from retailers that want a house brand to big names that want something else they can’t make at their own factory, like the Casa Magna for the Dominican cigar family Quesada or at their regular factory like Alec Bradley who uses Raices Cubanas in Honduras for most of their productions except the Nicaraguan made Alec Bradley’s that are produced by Plasencia. And Rocky Patel’s operation in Honduras is actually a Plasencia factory dedicated to Rocky Patel, under supervision from Rocky Patel but still Plasencia owned.

I smoked the Bunch Petit Corona late 2015, today I’m reviewing the Robusto and I will review Toro and a Short Robusto in this series review too. The Petit Corona had a good start but a poor finish, let’s see what a little more length and the thicker ring gauge will do to the cigar.

Bunch Robusto


The wrapper looks amazing, dark, smooth, oily, shiny, the veins were obviously pressed before using the wrapper to create an even smoother look and it works. This wrapper is gorgeous. It doesn’t fit the ring, unfortunately, because the ring is simple and without class. Just a pale yellow to beige with a light brown letters Bunch and a simple tobacco leaf on each side and vertical stripes in two brown/green colors both on top and bottom of the cigar. The ring should elevate the cigar, persuade me to buy it but this one doesn’t. If I would buy this cigar it would be because of the wrapper. The construction is flawless, on the touch it feels evenly packed and the head is beautifully shaped, round and even. The aroma is quite strong, barnyard, stable, a little manure so typically a well fermented tobacco aroma.


I punched the cigar, the cold draw is good. I taste a bit of a raisin flavor, mild spicy. After lighting I taste a mild salty coffee and peanut flavor. After half an inch the flavor changed to a mild chocolate soil flavor with some acidity. After a third I taste pepper with some lemon and a little bit of nuts. The final third starts with a strong pepper over the soil flavor.


The draw is great and the smoke is voluptuous, thick and full. The ash is quite dark and with clear layers. The burn is pretty straight. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored at most. The evolution is non existent though. The smoke time is an hour and a half.


Would I buy this cigar again? No. It’s not an unpleasant cigar but boring because of the lack of evolution.

Score: 84
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Bunch  Short Robusto

The short Robusto measures 4½ x52 and has the exact same ring as the Robusto. The dark wrapper is oily, smooth and pretty. The construction feels good and the cigar looks well made. The aroma is  quite strong and a classic barnyard smell.


I punched the cigar, the cold draw is a bit tight. I taste raisin with some spice that I can’t identify. After lighting with a single jet flame I taste a mildly acidic dirt flavor. After a few puffs I also taste a decent amount of sweetness. After half an inch the acidity, which is lemon like, grows a bit in strength. After that there is no real evolution which makes the cigar quite boring. The flavors are not fantastic either, a bit rough around the edge. I don’t know the price of the cigar but it tastes like a budget cigar.


The smoke is thick and full. The draw is fine, but the burn is a bit crooked and I had to relight twice. The dark ash is quite firm. This is a medium bodied and medium flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.


Would I buy this cigar again? No, boring cigar.

Score: 82
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Bunch Toro


The 6×50 toro has a nice, shiny, medium dark wrapper but I feel a few soft spots in the construction. The ring is the same as the other vitolas, so not too pretty. The cigar looks good when it comes to shape and triple cap. The aroma is strong and is a classic barnyard smell.


I cut the cigar with a xikar guillotine cutter and I taste spicy, peppery sultanas with a perfect cold draw. I lit the cigar with a single flame torch and taste coffee with wood. After half an inch I taste a mild bitter cedar with black pepper and some minty nutmeg. Halfway the cigar gets very peppery, classic Nicaraguan with a base of cedar and a little nutmeg. This is the best Bunch so far. The final third starts with strong pepper and dry wood and toast. The pepper is growing in strength and is overpowering all other flavors.


The draw is great and the smoke is full and thick. The ash is a little flaky, quite dark. The burn needs some correction. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. The smoke time is two hours.


Would I buy this cigar again? This is the best Bunch but there are better cigars available.

Score: 88

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Nestor Miranda Art Deco Coffee Break

I bought this cigar in the USA on my trip late 2011 and smoked it early 2012. I lost the notes, that’s why it took me a year to post the review. In the meantime I met Nestor Miranda in person at the Intertabac trade show where he and his son in law Jason Wood, also from Miami Cigar & Co were attending. I visited Miami Cigar & Co last November and smoked a cigar with the MC&C crew at their office, Barry Stein has pictures to prove it.
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Back to the cigar, the Nestor Miranda Art Deco Coffee Break is a 4½x50 short robusto that is wrapped in cellophane. The wrapper is dark and the artwork, both on the band as on the tin box, is beautiful. The My Father made cigar has a triple cap, a strong hay smell and a great construction. The veins are of a lighter color. The predraw is great and I taste tobacco and wood.
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I taste spicy pepper with wood and some nuts, but the main flavor is wood. After half an inch I taste wood with spices, the pepper is gone. The cigar remains full flavored though. After a third I taste spices with wood, I like the nice mixture of wood and nutmeg.
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Halfway I get herbs with spices. The flavors slowly get stronger and sharp, heading towards the turning point.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and I got a lot of smoke. The draw is great but I got a slightly crooked burn. The firm ash is gray but the smoke is white. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I wish these were available in The Netherlands

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: 7 / 10

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Villa Gonzalez short robusto

I don’t have any background information on the Villa Gonzalez brand, I only know that it is a 100% Nicaraguan bundle cigar but I have no clue who the manufacturer is. I smoked the short robusto and this cellophane wrapped cigar measured 4×48
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The cigar has a milkchocolate brown wrapper with thin, darker, veins. I smell a strong barnyard smell. The construction is promising, it feels great. The predraw is fine, I taste raisin and tobacco, a quite spicy taste.
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I taste spicy herbs, dark slightly bitter coffee and some white pepper. There is also a hint of fresh wood. There are even some spices in the flavors and the flavors are sharp and strong. It reminds me a bit like cheap booze, the flavors are unpolished.
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Halfway I taste a dry wood flavor with herbs. The flavors are still sharp. Near the end I taste a bitter earthy flavor and some dark chocolate
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This cigar lasted me for forty-five minutes. The draw was great and the light colored ash was firm. I got a lot of smoke and the burn was very good. This cigar is medium bodied but full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, guess I am too spoiled to smoke bundle cigars

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

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A. Turrent triple corojo short robusto

I’ve been smoking quite a few Mexican cigars lately, due to Intertabac where we stopped at the A. Turrent booth. I smoked and reviewed the whole Te-Amo world selection series and the A. Turrent triple play recently and today I reviewed a A. Turrent Triple Corojo short robusto. As the name implies, this cigar is made purely from corojo tobacco. The filler comes from Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua, the binder is Nicaraguan with a San Andres corojo wrapper. The short robusto measures 4½x54. The robusto will be available in The Netherlands soon.
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The cigar looks messy with lots of veins on a latte colored wrapper. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine. I taste dry tobacco and dried raisin.
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I taste a spicy and bitter earthy flavor with coffee and some grass. The flavors are full but dry. I get a sweet flavor on the background. After half an inch I taste sweet leather with a little bit of citrus and some sweetness in the aftertaste. After three quarters of an inch I taste some toast and nuts. After a third I taste leather with hay, mild spicy and some bitterness in the aftertaste. The hay flavor is dominant.
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Halfway I taste some pepper, a little bit of citrus and some hay. The aftertaste is spicy. After two thirds I taste fresh wood and coffee. The cigar gets spicy too and the aftertaste is peppery.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and thirty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The burn was a bit crooked and the ash is dark and ugly but firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might

Appearance: 6 / 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

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Quesada Espana short robusto

Quesada got introduced to the Dutch market a few months ago with the Tributo line and although I didn’t dislike them, they never impressed me either. And not just me, but most of the Dutch aficionados came to that conclusion, so the distributer decided not to continue with the Tributo series but try the Edicion Espana instead. I smoked the robusto and came to the same conclusion, nice cigar but not impressive. Now it’s time to try the Quesada Espana short robusto, a 4×50 short smoke that has a 5 euro price tag.
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The chocolate brown wrapper is oily and looks good. I see a few veins and a pretty band. The construction feels good and I smell a strong smell that reminds me of a cow farm. The predraw is great and I taste tobacco with some raisin.
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I taste a pleasant coffee flavour with some toasted sandwich and I like it. After a quarter of an inch I taste smooth coffee with wood and a hint of chocolate on the background. After half an inch I also taste a bit of red pepper in the back of my mouth and a mild sweetness is added to the flavours.
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After a third I taste toasted flavours with some herbs and some pepper. Halfway I taste that sweetness again with herbs and wood. The toasted flavours have gone.
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This cigar lasted me for fifty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The pepper and salt coloured ash is beautiful and firm. The wrapper cracks a bit and the burn isn’t completely straight, I had to correct once or twice. This cigar is full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, loved it.

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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Cain Daytona short robusto

The Cain Daytona is the newest Studio Tobac release, they just hit the stores in the US and they will hit the stores in Europe next week so I thought it was a nice opportunity to make it ‘Cain Daytona week’ on Cigarguideblog, you can expect six reviews in the next few days. Let me kick the week off with the 4½x50 short robusto. This specific vitola isn’t available on the market, it will be included in the ‘free with purchase’ sampler you can get at the Studio Tobac world tour. The Cain Daytona is a bit smoother than the other Cain blends due to the fact that only Jalapa valley ligero was used for the Daytona.
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First thing I notice is the orange footband, I like the color orange as it is our national color. The silky wrapper is nice chocolate brown with one vein. I smell a barnyard smell with ammonia, which shows that the cigar is quite fresh. The construction feels great and the predraw is fine. I taste spicy tobacco with some pepper.
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I taste a spicy and peppery herbal flavor with some sweet soil in the aftertaste. This cigar packs quite some power but not as much as the Cain F. I also taste a bit of wood. After half an inch I taste wood with herbs and a sugar sweetness. Every now and then I taste a little bit of cacao. These flavors are full and stick around till halfway.
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Halfway I taste sweet wood and a little less herbs. The sweetness changed from sugar to caramel and I also taste some spices. After two thirds the sweetness gains some strength with some wood and a little bit of herbs.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was great, just like the burn. I got a lot of thick smoke. The light colored ash is compact and firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish, it’s only available in the ‘free with purchase’ Studio Tobac event sampler

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

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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

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