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13
Oct

As many of you have emailed us regarding the dates of the Partagas Festival for 2018, we wanted to share the official prices of the event with you.

For those who have never attended the Partagas Festival before, it is a great gathering of cigar friends from all around the world.
The festival del Habanos every February attracts a more retail crowd while the friends of Partagas in November is more relaxed and convivial.

Last year Heriberto from the La Casa Del Habanos in the Partagas factory and his whole team have done an mazing job by organising such a beautiful week.
From a day out of Havana to the gala dinner, one can only find the right event to attend (or all of them).

See you there!!

Friends Of Partagas 2018 Prices – Partagas Festival 2018

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12
Oct

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Coronas
Size : 142MM x 42 (1200 cabinets of 50 made)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12
More info about purchasing Por Larranaga cigars…

It took me some times to post this review as the first one I smoked was plugged. The second one was tight, the third one as well and the fourth plugged…
We all know how much Cuba is rushing their production since few years, but this is getting ridiculous. I would rather wait longer than having plugged and tight cigars all the time. Smaller sizes are most likely to be tight or plugged as the error margin is smaller.
Therefore this review has been done on the least tight of all of them.

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

Appearance

The Por Larranaga Coronas comes in a cabinet of 50 cigars. Opening the box and pulling out the bundle of cigars is so rewarding. What a beauty! I always love nosing a big bundle of cigars. All the Coronas are claro color. Very elegant and beautifully boxed. I just cannot wait to crack one when visually it brings you so much pleasure.
Unfortunately the consumption of cigars has changed over the last ten years and we see Cuba reducing the production of cabinet of 50 cigars. We now prefer to buy boxes of 10 sticks as it is at better cost and easier to store.
This is why let’s all enjoy the rare 50 cabinets on the market.

Tasting

As soon as I light the cigar my first impression is a tight draw, thin cigars are more likely to have slight issues as just a slight twist while hand-rolling the cigar will have more effect than on bigger ring gauges.

The first flavour impression is very fresh, due to the hard draw the Por Larranaga Coronas develops a low density of smoke.

Its strength is very light, not much flavours on the first part so far.

Slowly the draw becomes better after enjoying like 2cm of the cigar. half way of the first part there are is a slightly dry feeling on the palate.

The first ash is great and the blend express a gentle creaminess.

Until the second part there are no bitterness nor acidity however the cigar is not the most exciting I have enjoyed lately.

I smoked last week a 2015 por larranaga petit corona and it was absolutely amazing. Always fascinated to see how good it taste after few years. Por Larranaga blends tend to develop really well over the time.

The draw and density of smoke increase half way.

The Por Larranaga slowly picks up the flavour profile you expect from the marcas. The creamy texture and sweet notes of almonds come up for our pleasure.

However the freshness and slightly dry feeling on the back of the palate comes back. The positive part is the absence of bitterness all the way

Oh yes the second half the cigar builds up on flavours with a nice sweetness. The draw is not completely tight but not very easy either. A medium density of smoke comes out of the cigar.

Entering the last third, we can enjoy round flavours.

The Acidity level increases and the flavours stay longer on the palate with a nice nuttiness lingering.

Towards the very end we feel the freshness but it’s a good cigar easy to enjoy. Not complex. Give it some times to settle and I am sure it will be a great smoke. My only issue is the construction and hope I am just not lucky in picking my cigars.

Before leaving the cigar to die in the ashtray the last notes we slightly citrusy and strength increases to medium. A vegetal bitter in the back of the palate.

Good finish. Slightly more complex and flavourful

Cigar Review – Por Larranaga Coronas (Regional Edition Alemania)

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19
Sep

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Diademas Finas
Size : 6 3/14″ x 50 ring gauge
Wrapper : Cuban seed from Ecuador
Binder : Olor Seco from Dominican Republic
Filler : Piloto Seco, San Vicente Ligero, Piloto Ligero, Hybrid Corojo/Olor Ligero and San Vicente Visus tobaccos from Dominican Republic

Price :P rice : ~ € 30 / $ 35.5
More info about purchasing Davidoff Nicaragua cigars…

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

When I bumped into Davidoff Of London I was very excited to direct myself to the new Davidoff 50th anniversary. I almost never smoke new world cigars but when you talk about Davidoff 50th anniversary you tell yourself about what was happening 50 years go. When in 1968 the genius Zino Davidoff started his journey with an amazing Cuban Chapter.

Cigar Tasting

What a beautiful jar Davidoff has produced. Just for the history of such a wonderful brand and the design of it I would buy it for my collection.

But the most important is the taste of it.

I am already very please with the Diademas Finas shape that we already enjoyed in special releases from Davidoff.
This medium long and elegant shaped double figurados wears the classic Davidoff of Geneva band and a stunning golden one indicating the 50th anniversary release.

The aspect and the visual of the Davidoff Diademas Finas is extremely appealing. The excitement builds up so much.

First Part

The first few puffs are to me the typical Davidoff Dominican Republic taste, very soft, very light, not much flavours to the blend. Slight dry feeling and saltiness. Few hints a sweet chocolate but this back bitterness that really strikes me and remind me this is a new world cigar.

The whole first part was to me below my expectation, I loved the Davidoff Art Edition 2017 so I know how great Davidoff can be. But so far this is a good Dominican cigar without much development and complexity.

Second Part

This was almost unexpected, the Davidoff Diademas Finas changed completely from the first part and all of a sudden a whole new flavour profile comes up. Reach, sweet, chewy with a great long finish. This great roasted nuts reminding you of aged Cuban Bolivar.
It is clearly another dimension than the first part, great velvety texture, medium to full strength and great long and sweet finish.

As I was mentioning above, we know the very special release of Davidoff can be very special, we all remember the review of Andre from Sweden to the Davidoff Royal Release Salamones . However the Royal Release price point is extremely high and even though the Diademas Finas still is expensive, can be enjoyed for 35USD for a special occasion

Third Part

For the very first time I was very impressed and confused on the complexity this cigar develops. We tend to get used to cigars that are pretty linear in the new world range. This blend really brings you three different parts and the last one builds up in intensity and flavours with great nuttiness and amazing texture on the palate. The vegetal feeling you can have in the back of the tongue in the new world cigars is not present at all.

I can’t wait to see more of this kind of cigars. It requires you to be patient and go through the first less interesting part to open a door to a great complex smoke.

Cigar Review – Davidoff Diademas Finas 50th Anniversary

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01
Sep

Juan LopezOrigin : Cuba
Format : Montesco
Size : 130mm X 55
Ring : 55
Released in : 2018
Hand-Made
Price : ~18 EUR each
More info about purchasing Juan Lopez cigars…

Cigar Rating

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 3 out of 6 stars
strength : 3 out of 6 stars

Juan López is an old cigar brand in Cuba, dating back to somewhere around 1870, but it is not a very well-known brand. There are three regular production sizes: the Petit Corona, the Selección No. 1, and the Selección No. 2. Until 2006, Juan López also manufactured the Panatelas Superba and a Corona. In the recent years, Juan Lopez was mostly known for its regional editions, and we’ve reviewed quite a few of them on the blog: the Don Juan (Benelux, 2014), the Seleccion No. 3 (Benelux, 2010), the Maximo (Switzerland, 2008), the Short Torpedo (Caribbean, 2008), the Ideales (Austria 2011)…

Today I am excited to share with you the latest of all, the Juan Lopez Punto 55 Exclusivo Francia. This 2018 release is a montesco format and best known as the Romeo Y Julieta Wide Churchill size.

Cigar Tasting

As I just lit the Juan Lopez Punto 55, the density of smoke was very big. A great thick smoke would come out and made it nice straight away.
It is always exciting to try new cigars but also always scary that it would not meet the personal expectation you have.

The first part was very fresh (too fresh?), flavours were green with a very dry feeling on the palate and a very high acidity level giving you this feeling of citrus notes.
You can feel the aromatic blend however this latter is hidden by a canopy of ammonia and a bitter touch to the overall feeling.

The burn started funny but went well very quickly. The cigar develops the right resistance needed to the draw and the strength is very strong.

So far the Juan Lopez Punto 55 is like a young racing horse, going crazy all around but lack balance and wisdom. I’d rather have this kind of first feeling than having a flat cigar. A flat cigar just being released is never very exciting when it comes to the question: Should I buy boxes to wait for the cigar to get better ?
In our case right now, even though it is not the greatest cigar of all time it is clearly a smoke that can only get rounder and smoother.

The second and last part of the Juan Lopez Punto 55 were the exact opposite of the first part. I am not sure if I would have smoked the whole cigar if the flavour profile would not have changed because of the acidity the bitterness and the strength experienced previously.
However all of a sudden I was enjoying a light strength cigar reminding me of Hoyo de Monterrey .

Very soft, silky texture, gentle herbal notes and very high density of smoke. It made it just so smooth and delicate up to the end. Nothing complex just an easy cigar with discreet flavours. Not your most flavours some light Habanos. The complete opposite of the first part. Very surprising.

I now look forward to reading your reviews on this new release and will taste one more in the coming weeks to see if that particular one was like this or not.

Cigar Review – Juan Lopez Punto 55 (Regional Edition Francia)

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29
Aug

Origin : CubaSan Cristobal de la Habana
Format : Torpedo
Size : 140 x 20.64 mm (5.5 x 52)
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
More info about purchasing San Cristobal de la Habana cigars…

Cigar Rating

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
strength : 5 out of 6 stars

Introduction From the Inspector
When we received the email from Ago with his cigar review, we were pleased to have a “beginner smoker” contacting us. Ago informed us he just started smoking cigar few months ago but had the desire to share his cigar experiences.
It is always great to see new people joining our community and we do not need to be expert to have an opinion on our favourite smokes.

Draw
Just like with the few torpedo shapes I have enjoyed, the draw is a bit tighter than a classic shape.
The San Cristobal La Punta draws well with a nice residence all the way until the end. Not too easy not too hard. I enjoyed the smoke coming out without having to pull hard.

Burn
As soon as I lit the cigar I really felt lots of flavours. The cigar burn and developed really well all the way nothing there was to mention.
I could leave the cigar on the ashtray for few minutes and did not have to light it again.

Flavours
The San Cristobal La Punta, develops a great structure on the palate. It is very rich and creamy with a light peppery note. A creamy musk develops half way through the smoke.
Finishing with some woody and Mildly leather notes.

Aroma
I was very surprised when appreciating the aroma developed by the cigar. Ginger bread type of notes and great burns leather hints.

Strength
I really enjoyed this cigar. As a beginner smoker it is not a brand I would have gone for but the shop recommended it to me. Definitely worth a try. It took me 60-80 to smoke it.
The strength was not too strong but the cigar was well present on the palate. I would say medium to full.

Cigar Review – San Cristobal La Punta

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