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18
Aug

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 165 mm X 55
Size : Montecristo 80th Aniversario
Brand Strength : Full (linea 1935)
Hand-Made
Price : $30 – $35
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The larger format of Montecristo’s new line has the exact same dimension as the Montecristo 80th Aniversario which was supposed to be released in 2015 but came out last year!

Draw : 6 out of 6 stars
Burn : 6 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4.5 out of 6 stars
strength : 5 out of 6 stars

Appearance
As the Maltes and the Dumas, previously reviewed, the Leyenda wears a third band on the foot, a second band below the Marcas’ mentioning the name of the Line, Linea 1935 and the cigar’s name.
All cigars from the Linea 1953 come in a box of 20 stogies.
We have seen many shades of brown on the different boxes opened. Therefore we cannot say the Linea 35 are all Maduro or Colorado Maduro. Do not be surprised to have a shade difference between a box and another

Tasting

1st Part

The pre draw is perfect, not too loose not too tight, this is already very exciting and promising.
As soon as I light the Leyanda the burn is as good as the draw and loads of sweet woody notes to Start. I love the long module as the first flavours a very fresh and soft “almost” cold when they reach the palate.
Intensity comes very quickly and the full strength of cigar is already present with a nice woodiness and reach texture. The density of smoke is medium.
Some nice touches of earthiness added to the woodiness develop a very good Montecristo flavour profile with a high intensity.
Very low acidity, don’t feel that the cigar is young. The flavour complexity shows you this is a great cigar with a massive potential already felt during the first part. Cocoa and roasted coffee bring the Leyenda to sweet flavour profile.

2nd Part

During the second part the strength soften a bit. The density of smoke is very high the cigar just keep on bringing flavours reminding you of a great Montecristo with some age. The flavours are very well balanced. At the same time you can enjoy a powerful cigar but yet its development is so smooth that you just appreciate the flavours and don’t feel overwhelmed by strength.
The ash is long and strong. Beautiful shape and grey. The combustion is very even, you do not need to light your cigar 10 times during the tasting even if you leave it on the ashtray for 5 minutes you will still have a great combustion.
The aroma is great as well. I start realising this Leyenda is my favourite out of the new 1935 lines. So rich and complex.

3rd Part

The last third is pretty similar and doesn’t have a massive change. However towards the very end the Montecristo Leyenda starts to be slightly shorter and the palate this is really to pick something a bit negative in this great hour and twenty minute smoke. Also it becomes a bit dry and looses its grassiness and rich flavours and aroma.

Overall
I enjoyed the three cigars from the Montecristo 1935 Linea, the Dumas, the Maltes and the Leyenda. Out of the three, the Leyenda was really an outstanding cigar with a massive potential of development and ageing a great addition to the Montecristo cigars line. Cuba has done a great job.
My only issue with this new line is the new look and feel of the box not to my personal taste. I love the authentic wood with details on it.

Cigar Review – Montecristo Linea 1935 Leyenda

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17
Aug

Format : Robusto
Size : 5′ (124mm) x 50 ring gauge
Brand strength : Medium
Hand-Made
Cuba
Price : ~ € 12.00 / $ 13.00
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Cigar Rating

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 3.5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 3.5 out of 6 stars

Tasting

Beautifully constructed cigar, wrapper leaf claro, the draw and burn were very consistent.

The first part gave a light floral note with a creamy, sweet and slightly peppery feeling
to the front and middle palate.

The second part was more smoother, rounder with hints of saltiness, mild sweetness and woody characters.
Sometimes slight touches of vanilla would come up from the blend.

The third part was similar to the second part and continuity of the same flavour with a more leathery and fruity profile.

The acidity was present with citrus type of flavours. Towards the end, the Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill become really of medium strength. The strength al throughout the cigar was not very strong and the finish on the palate was overall light and finally ended up medium,

Overall Cigar Experience :

This is a very good and beautifully constructed cigar, with a consistent burn and draw.
It has a complex flavour and delicate taste. Strength wise it’s more of the of light to medium cigar then the actual medium.
I will definitely recommend this cigar for a mid-morning or after lunch.

Beneluxor

Cigar Review – Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill (Robusto)

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09
Aug

El SeptimoOrigin : Costa Rica
Size : 110mm x 38
Hand-Made : 5 Years old tobacco
Price : ~$18
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Cigar Rating

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 5.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 5 out of 6 stars

Cigar Tasting

The stick is of a small size and looks compact and elegant, very comfortable to handle, with a shiny yellow and silver band, suitable for people who prefer small ring gauges, it can be also very attractive for the Ladies Aficionada. The cigar wears a dark, milk chocolate kind of colour, wrapper,soft and silky gives pleasure just by touching it.

The stick is extremely easy to light, it almost does it by itself and you feel the combustion will be phenomenal for the entire smoke, no need to worry about adjusting the burn at any time, just enjoy the smoke.

At the very beginning an explosion of spices will meet your palate, as the wrapper closes the El Septimo Amarillo on both sides. After few puffs a great complexity of flavours appear: roasted coffee, nuts, milk chocolate, hay and cedar wood, spices, it also has a mineral sort of characteristic reminding of rocks, and a small hint of candid orange zest and raisin that gives a small perception of sweetness (more of a feeling rather than aproper flavour).

The draw is great and not efforts at all is required. The acidity is quite present and
is well compensated by a mild bitterness which is very enjoyable overall. As the cigar burns more it gains even more complexity, with some incredible picks, that will give unique experience

The second part of the cigar picks up in strength and delivers hearty and spicy flavours, salty and mineral notes, everything wrapped up by a creamy and mellow texture.

Flavours are very persistent even several hours after having enjoyed the El Septimo Amarillo smoked.

The hash is dark grey with blue hue and sometimes even the smoke gets the most desired
colour, due to the long aging of the leaves that made this masterpiece.

When to smoke it: Being a med to full cigar this cigar is great after lunch or dinner, but it can be smoked at any time really, even at coffee break.

Cigar Review – El Septimo Amarillo Precioso (5 years aged tobacco)

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04
Aug

El SeptimoOrigin : Costa Rica
Size : 110mm x 38
Hand-Made : 5 Years old tobacco
Price : ~$18
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Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 5.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 5 out of 6 stars

Cigar Tasting

The stick is of a small size and looks compact and elegant, very comfortable to handle, with a shiny yellow and silver band, suitable for people who prefer small ring gauges, it can be also very attractive for the Ladies Aficionada. The cigar wears a dark, milk chocolate kind of colour, wrapper,soft and silky gives pleasure just by touching it.

The stick is extremely easy to light, it almost does it by itself and you feel the combustion will be phenomenal for the entire smoke, no need to worry about adjusting the burn at any time, just enjoy the smoke.

At the very beginning an explosion of spices will meet your palate, as the wrapper closes the El Septimo Amarillo on both sides. After few puffs a great complexity of flavours appear: roasted coffee, nuts, milk chocolate, hay and cedar wood, spices, it also has a mineral sort of characteristic reminding of rocks, and a small hint of candid orange zest and raisin that gives a small perception of sweetness (more of a feeling rather than aproper flavour).

The draw is great and not efforts at all is required. The acidity is quite present and
is well compensated by a mild bitterness which is very enjoyable overall. As the cigar burns more it gains even more complexity, with some incredible picks, that will give unique experience

The second part of the cigar picks up in strength and delivers hearty and spicy flavours, salty and mineral notes, everything wrapped up by a creamy and mellow texture.

Flavours are very persistent even several hours after having enjoyed the El Septimo Amarillo smoked.

The hash is dark grey with blue hue and sometimes even the smoke gets the most desired
colour, due to the long aging of the leaves that made this masterpiece.

When to smoke it: Being a med to full cigar this cigar is great after lunch or dinner, but it can be smoked at any time really, even at coffee break.

Cigar Review – Amarillo Precioso (5 years aged tobacco)

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23
Jul

Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez
Format : Britanicas Extra
Size : 5 3/8 (137mm) x 48
Hand-Made
Price : $25.00 each
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Cigar Rating

Draw : 3 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 3.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 4 out of 6 stars

The Rafael Gonzales 88 is a “perfecto” shape cigar. Not completely straight (or Parejo in Spanish) not completely double figurados (both end pointed like the Cuaba Salamones).
As described in my review of the Pre-Release Gloria Cubana Exclusivo Gran Bretana (click here), this vitola is part of my top three favorite. First introduced in the Regional edition series in 2012 for the Bolivar Britanicas, UK edition. Then for the Ramon Allones Perfectos Swiss and now the first Rafael Gonzales for Asia Pacific.
The Rafael Gonzales 88, comes in boxes of 10 cigars. 8,888 numbered boxes have been produced.

Tasting

Just like all the regional edition (except the first one released) the Rafael Gonzales 88 wears a double band red and silver indicating its market.

I cut my cigar very shallow, as I lit it, it was slightly tight like my Gloria Cubana britanicas reviewed last month. However a great aroma came out of the smoke straight at the beginning.
The first taste feeling was very floral with dried fruits notes on the palate. As expected in rather young cigars, even though this one was part of the 2016 release but came out only in 2017, there is a slightly dry finish to the blend. Talking about the blend the latter is light just like a Rafael Gonzales should be. However due to the tightness of the cigar it is hard to fully appreciate the blend’s potential as the amount of smoke is very low.

The end of the first part is very dry on the palate but a slight creaminess can be appreciated, this shows the blend potential. I like the toast aroma of the smoke. Even-though its density is too low.

The second part doesn’t Start very well, sadly it’s very tight. On top of it the dry feeling from before remains very present and persistent.

The cigar burns funnily and goes off very quickly as there is not much air going through to keep it lit.

It is not my first Rafael Gonzales 88, I had one in the past that was just so lovely and was excited to review this one. You can feel the flavours are interesting but to shy to really give a serious opinion about it.
As soon as I ‘re-lit’ the second part again a warm creaminess comes out very gooood :)

I finally decided to cut a bit more, really to the edge of where it would pill off. And, magic!!! All opened. High density of smoke, great expression, no more dry finish all of a sudden really round and fruity kind of finish.

Complete change of direction towards the end of the second third. Very strong. High woodiness and stone fruits. Mineral on the finish.

The draw is even too loose. But can’t complain after the struggle of the first part.
We always say cut it a bit more but sometimes we are shy to do so. We shouldn’t be. I would have ruined a great powerful cigar. Never thought a Rafael Gonzales could be that strong.

The end turn into almond notes. Very complex as the flavours profile keep on changing and it would be complicated for me to describe it in two words.

The Rafael Gonzales 88 offers a very long finish at the end. A by dry still but nice lingery flavours.

The finish is creamy but still with some bitterness and freshness the blend need some times to be more round and smooth.

Cigar Review – Rafael Gonzales 88 Regional Edition Asia Pacifico

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