Posts Tagged With: small panatela

Punch Ninfas

On the boards that I visit, the Punch Ninfas, a 7×33 slim panatela, is one of the most praised and sought after discontinued Cuban cigars. I never thought I would get my hands on one, as they have been discontinued since 2002, years before I started my journey into the world of hand rolled cigars. To tell you the truth, I can’t remember how I got this specific cigar, it was probably one of the many gifts and bombs I got since joining Club Stogie (R.I.P.) and Cigar Asylum. So thank you, whoever gave me this cigar.
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The wrapper is quite dark for a Cuban, dull and full of thin veins. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit hard.
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I taste leather with some pepper and after three quarters of an inch the flavors get less strong, but I still taste leather with pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper fades away and now I taste leather and a bit of an earthy flavor.
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After a third I also get some nuts with the leather and halfway the flavors are smooth leather only, quite dry though. After two thirds the nuts make a comeback and the cigar gets a mild spicy, peppery aftertaste.
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This long thin stick lasts me about eighty minutes. The smoke is thin, and there isn’t much of it at all. The draw is good, but close to too hard. The ash is dark, coarse and not firm. The cigars is medium flavored and mild to medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? That’s close to impossible

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

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Categories: Cuban cigars, La Corona, Punch (Habanos) | Tags: ,

Olifant vintage Amersfoort

This small 4¾x30 cigar from the Olifant vintage line is available at Paul de Wilde in Amersfoort only. If I am not mistaken, this cigar is a release to commemorate the 750th birthday of the city of Amersfoort. One of the guys on my Dutch board is a regular at Paul de Wilde and we traded some cigars, including this Olifant vintage.
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The wrapper is light colored, dull and has lots of veins. The construction feels good but the predraw is somewhat easy, although, it is a shortfiller, so that may explain the easy draw. I taste raisin and dry tobacco.
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I taste herbs that are mild spicy on the tongue. After a quarter of an inch the cigar becomes a little bit sweet and very spicy, the flavors are sharp. After an inch I taste some wood and nuts, but still sharp.
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After two thirds I taste a lot of black pepper with some wood and nuts. Unfortunately the sharpness of the flavors kill the fun.
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This small shortfiller lasted me twenty-five minutes. I got a good draw, a little easy, but not bad. The smoke is plenty and thick. The ash is light colored, frayed and not firm. The burn is very good. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nope

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

Categories: Dutch cigars, Olifant, Sigarenfabriek de Eenhoorn | Tags: ,

Romeo y Julieta Petit Julieta

Recently I walked into my local B&M and the owner handed me a cigar that she got from the Cubacigar Benelux sales rep. This cigar, the Romeo y Julieta petit Julieta is new to the Dutch market and has a price tag of € 3.30. Due to the size it is not a cigar I would normally grab, usually I am a robusto and torpedo guy, but the owner of the B&M wanted my input so I smoked it.
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This Romeo y Julieta petit Julieta is a 4×30 entreacto with a quite dark wrapper without veins. Even though the cigar is really small and thin, it still has a triple cap. The construction feels good and I smell a mild barnyard aroma. The predraw is good and tastes quite spicy.
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I taste a spicy coffee with pepper and in the aftertaste I still taste pepper with a hint of chocolate. After a quarter of an inch I taste some wood, very spicy, and some pepper.
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After half an inch the cigar is less sharp and spicy, slowly a floral flavor shows up with the wood. The pepper has disappeared. After two thirds I taste the pepper again, the pepper is full and strong. I also taste some wood and nuts.
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This small cigar has a smoke time of thirty five minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The burn is great too and the ash is dark. The ash breaks off easy though. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, these cigars could be the answer to “what should I get for as a short smoke” question.

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, Romeo y Julieta (Habanos), Romeo y Julieta Factory | Tags: ,

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