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Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 (102mm) x 50
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.


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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Format : Imperiales
Size : 168 x 49 ring gauge
Brand strength : Medium
Price : ~ € 19.00 / $ 22.00
More info about purchasing Romeo y Julieta cigars…

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.


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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Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Robusto
Size : 124mm (5″) x 50
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.


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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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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Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Coronas
Size : 142MM x 42 (1200 cabinets of 50 made)
Price : ~$12
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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


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.


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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