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14
Jan

Origin : Cuba
Format : RobustoCohiba
Size : 5″ x 50 ring gauge (124mm)Hand-Made
Price : ~ € 100 / $ 120
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Draw : 6 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 5.5 out of 6 stars

16 years ago, Habanos SA introduced to the world the very first Reserva in 2003. It was the cohiba selection reserva. The reserva (and the grand reserva) series allow aficionados to enjoy cigars made entirely from a single year crop.
In the case of the Cohiba Robusto Reserva (reviewed here below), all leafs come from 2014. The cigar comes in 5000 numbered boxes of 20 cigars.

Tasting

First Part

I was very excited to crack the Cohiba robusto reserva. However the price in France of 100euros per cigar increased the expectation very much.

As I lit the Cohiba the first feeling of strength is very strong. After few puffs of a very well constructed cigar you can experience a long finish high acidity on the back of the palate. The very Easy draw creates a great density of smoke. Very rich and developing a nice aroma.

The regular production cohiba robust are always medium to full but this one it to me much stronger, very powerful smoke.

On the palate there are loads of dark cocoa notes and bitter coffee.

AMAZING aroma building slowly. The strength is not too overwhelming, strongly enough it is so round and balanced that you just enjoy it, a true cigar.

The first development brings a lovely sweetness and nuttiness soft finish compared to the beginning. You have the feeling you can get on an aged siglo 5.

As the ash is building it feels a bit loose and not strong.

Definitely a strong smoke but the craziness of the beginning soften slowly and brings more nutty and vanilla notes than dark rich flavours.

Very surprised by the strength keeps on being stronger and stronger. Slight bitterness toward the end of the flavours. Some parts brings up a harsh finish. You feel the blend still didn’t fully settle.

Great Cohiba flavours. Woody nutty. Slight sweetness.

Second Part

Construction is great. But the blend really need to settle and will settle amazingly as it is like a young powerful horse right now. Going all the directions and hard to control.

Second part is slightly softer. The dark cocoa beans come back with very little sweetness but the flavours are dominated by the wooddiness. The aromas is very nice. The structure on the palate is off dry and not as round as you would expect from a Reserva series.

Amazing nuttiness toward the end of the second third. Strength keeps on increasing !!!

Third Part

Slowly the strength decrease and it allows the flavours to really show up.

The cigar went off and I took 2-3 minutes to re light it. The last third would have been maybe too strong. The fact that I let the cigar off so a little while cool it down and was very enjoyable after.

The end feels a bit underfilled and the flavours dry.

Clearly this cigar is a beast to become, the aroma is incredible. So rich.

The flavours stay in the palate for a long time and turns out to be extremely nutty and sweet. Surprising feeling for the strong strength of the smoke.

The feeling of inderfilled was very short the Cohiba Robusto Reserva Turns out to be absolutely fine. The heat and strength really increase toward the very end as from the beginning I really enjoy the aroma of this cigar. True Cuban fine cigar.

Cigar Review – Cohiba Robusto Reserva (Cosecha 2014)

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21
Dec

Origin : CubaSancho Panza
Format : Romeo
Size : 162 mm x 52
Ring : 5
Hand-Made
Price : USD 20-
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Sancho Panza appeared on a cigar in 1848. The brand takes it name from the novel of Miguel Cervantes: Don Quixote.

The marca develops intense medium strength cigars with a high ageing potential. If you have the chance to enjoy a Sancho Panza Sancho from the late 90s they are pure pleasure and they are still around on the market.

I was very pleased to receive an early Christmas gift from La Casa Del Tabaco Knokke to review this cigar.

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

Tasting

I always enjoy the big double figurados shape. They require patience and love. The pointy part car be a pain for some people as not much flavours and smoke comes out of this part. Indeed, you are first enjoying the binder mainly until you reach the widest part of the cigar where finally the cigar express itself and already warm.

The first part was light in strength but tasty. Quick start in the woody and sweet notes.

Very quickly the cigar increases slowly in intensity and shows it has a lot to bring us in the next few years. However this increase of strength did not bring harshness nor bitterness as you would normally expect from young cigar. It is surprisingly smooth and elegant with medium power.

The second part shows an amazing burn and draw. The construction is perfect and allows us to enjoy the ash shape of a double figurados.

Some very nice toasty and roasted coffee notes appear, great woodiness. It is always nice to have a new cigar developing very quickly this velvety texture of great aged ones.

On the palate sometimes it can be slightly dry but great density of smoke always comes out.

Some coconut notes are leading the last third and a high heat takes over the cigar.
I really enjoyed the combination of strength and salty finish. Happily surprised with the round linger flavours of the blend so far.

The very last part turns out to be very oaky, this sweet vanilla woody notes.
All throughout the cigar the blend was changing very quickly. shows it needs sometimes to all be one. But so far it was not too fresh not aggressive like other new releases.

Maybe one of the best fresh cigar I had for a long time

Funny burn at the end but great strong flavour. Real smoke. Well done !!

Cigar Review – Sancho Panza Gran Quixote Exclusivo BELUX

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02
Dec

Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 (102mm) x 50
Hand-Made
Price : $14 each
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Cigar Rating

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

Our dear friend from Sweden who runs another interesting blog (click here), just shared with us his review of the new Regional Edition cigar from Habanos Nordic.

Tasting

Location: This review was made indoors in a cigar lounge.

Wrapper: Milk chocolate, oily and silky smooth wrapper with tiny veins.

Construction: Firm even feel.

Cold draw: Light wood notes and nuttiness.

1st third: Starts with a oak wood heavy note, followed by salty peanuts and freshly ground coffee.

2nd third: Keeps the oak wood notes, but the other notes now turn to a toasted bread and lightly roasted hazelnuts. There is also a faint hint of sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste.

The burn: Burns steady and fairly sharp with a white-ish ash.

Smoke: Medium voluminous smoke with a medium to cool feeling on the tounge. The draw is a classic Cuban draw, a little tighter but still perfect.

3rd third: Keeps previous flavors and also I’m getting a peppery feeling on the lips.

Conclusion: Medium bodied cigar with a medium strength profile. Perfect for an late afternoon or evening smoke. It reminds me of an Montecristo but without the chocolate and earthy notes. Think this would match perfectly with a dark rum, I’m thinking a Havana Club 15 year old, or a cup of coffee.

Result: In my book this is an 90 point cigar.

/Cigarmaster André

Cigar Review – Rafael Gonzalez Báltico North Star 2017 Nordico

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27
Nov

Format : Imperiales
Size : 168 x 49 ring gauge
Brand strength : Medium
Hand-Made
Cuba
Price : ~ € 19.00 / $ 22.00
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Cigar Rating

Draw : 5.5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 5.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 2.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 2.5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 2.5 out of 6 stars

Part of Habanos SA 2018 Limited Edition Series, the Romeo Y Julieta Tacos is the only one coming in box of 25 cigars.
The Cohiba Talisman and Bolivar Soberanos come in SLD Box of 10 cigars.

Tasting

The cigar is visually very elegant, great wrapper, nice size. A very pleasing cigar to look at.

I did not get very inspired while sharing this experience but thought even in few words I could describe it. I look forward to hearing you point of view on this cigar.

Strong ash developing straight away which is most o the time a great sign of good construction.

The flavours are slightly woody but very shy to start, a bit of saltiness tickles the edge of the palate.

Medium strength at the beginning, but tends to become stronger as it warms up quickly.

The Romeo Y Julieta Tacos burnt evenly during the first third and nothin really to mention regarding its construction.

Feeling of green pepper and dry tea leaves appearing half way in the cigar development. These two are a bit clashing and not making the blend very enjoyable.

After 35 minutes you feel a lack of development, flavours are quite similar all along the smoke.

The smoke density increases and gets milky around the second third.

The cigar is well rolled as the draw and burn are almost perfect. However the blend of tobacco lack of complexity and harmony.

I will give it another chance in 6 months then a year to see if any changes have occurred.

Cigar Review – Romeo Y Julieta Tacos EL 2018

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26
Nov

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Robusto
Size : 124mm (5″) x 50
Hand-Made
Cosecha : 2012
Price : £55 / $ 65 each
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Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 5 out of 6 stars
Flavours : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4.5 out of 6 stars
strength : 4 out of 6 stars

The wrapper shade is Colorado and surprisingly light for a Reserva cigar where all leaves have undergone an extra ageing of three years.
When smelling the outer leaf it offers an aromatic bouquet of chocolate, roasted hazelnut and frangipane.
When holding the cigar, the texture is very smooth, almost lacquered. And when pressing the stick between the fingers, it feels firm and well packed in tobacco leaves.

Tasting

There is a slight and pleasant resistance in the draw which provides a thin yet delicate smoke.
The mouth feeling is very buttery and savoury. It drops lots of sweetness onto the lips, witness of the ageing process that really improve the wrapper characteristics.
It mainly develops sweets and gourmets flavours with hints of caramel and coffee beans.
There is an absolute absence of bitterness as if the blend already reach a partial harmony, not long after being rolled.
The burn is regular and the ash consistent over the 1st third.

While going through the second part of the module, the draw is getting really loose and the smoke’s density increases considerably.
In the same time the herbaceous panel of flavour proper to Hoyo starts revealing itself and hit the top of the palate. A very nuanced saltiness appears as an aftertaste.

The finish provides an explosion of all the flavours previously felt in each and every single puff. It blends the sweet side with the vegetal one, bringing balance and complexity.
It is always a great surprise when witnessing such development and evolution from the foot toward the head of a cigar.
The aftertaste last quite long and remains smooth,without the usual dryness you’d find in some other modules.

The richness and lightness of the tobacco allows you to smoke this vitola at anytime of the day.
Finally a Reserva edition that doesn’t disappoint and worth to be smoked soon after being released. Time will tell if the ageing benefits the blend, but it seems to evolve toward the right direction.

Cigar Review – Hoyo Epicure No.2 Reserva

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