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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
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.

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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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
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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

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
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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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