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27
Aug

Origin : CubaPartagas
Format : Tacos
Size : 158mm X 47
Hand-Made
Price : USD 15
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Cigar Rating

Draw : 4 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 : 6 out of 6 stars

Appearance

The Partagas Presidentes is a double figurado shape (double pointed), a very particular shape which immediately catches the attention. It is dressed with a mild brown silky and high quality wrapper, not very oily and modestly veined, and obviously proudly shows the traditional red Partagas band.

Construction

This shape is very enjoyable and definitely a good fun smoke, just because of the shape itself the stick will deliver complexity and variation. At first, once lit will be smocking just the wrapper and the binder which are all about spiciness, and then when the cigar will be fully burning will deliver a bomb of rich and intense flavour to the palate.

Easy to cut, with a good combustion makes it easy to smoke and pain free experience.
The ash will stay compact and on the stick for almost half way, with some flaky bits but nothing that will affect the smoke.

tasting

The Partagas presidente, as already mentioned, begins with a spicy bomb all over the palate, this is because the very first puffs are just burning the wrapper and the binder.
This change very much when the all head comes on fire, at this point is tangible for anyone that the cigar changes from tight draw fit a spicy sensation to a looser draw much higher density of smoke puffed and a very rich and intense flavour profile, in true Partagas style.

The strength is Full already as it starts and will be constant throughout the cigar with some very intense bits especially as we get closer to the end.

If well-lit the cigar will burn evenly for the entire length and won’t need any lighter work, thanks to the good structure of the cigar perfectly rolled.

The flavour profile is typical of the brand, from sweet spices at the beginning with some vegetal notes as green pepper and hay, to milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, still vegetable with a hint of cedar wood and leather with a good balance between power, sweetness and a pleasant acidity tingling the tongue.

The second third is a linear consequence of the first keeping the strength level and flavours very similar just getting a bit stronger, but the best is yet to come.

As we get to the final third the cigar is at his peak, intense with very strong notes of dark chocolate, hay, pepper and cedar wood. The flavour profile goes to darker flavour but maintaining the same line.

Overall Experience

The Partagas Presidentes is a very serious smoke. Powerful, well balanced and complex delivers a big deal of flavours to a beautiful experience. It will take a seasoned smoker to be fully enjoyed as it is one of the most intense cigars I ever had.

It is recommended to have it after a good lunch or dinner, great with a digestive or a glass of red wine which share the same power and elegance.

Cigar Review – Partagas Presidentes

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21
Aug

Origin : CubaCuaba
Format : Romeo (large double figurado)
Size : 162 mm (6″4) x 52
Ring : 52
Brand Strength : Medium to Full
Hand-Made
Price : ~ € 12,50 / $ 14.00 each
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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 : 6 out of 6 stars

Cuabas are easy to recognise as the brand only produces double figurados cigars. The port folio now holds 5 different sizes. The smaller one may be challenging in terms of draw as they require more skills and attention due to the complex shape. The bigger sizes too but a minor mistake won’t plugged completely the cigar. The distinguidos is the second largest size still in production. The bigger one being the Salomones.

Cigar Tasting

Like for all the double figurados out on the market the first part, where we light the cigar is so thin that the surface of draw is very little. Something you can have the feeling of being plugged because it is hard to pull. It is normal for be patient to reach to widest part of the cigar where the blend will fully express itself.

To start the feeling is very fresh, the first few puffs are tight as expected and a very cool smoke come out. Not much flavours to it, this is because we burn mainly the wrapper and the binder.
It takes quite a lot of time to get to the wide curve to get the cigar to open.Once there, a slight saltiness appears. Straight away you can appreciate the great strength for an after dinner cigar. The cigar has a medium length on the palate. No bitterness so far but a slight acidity reminding you of a citrus notes.

The draw is impeccable. The high density of smoke is very enjoyable, round and thick on the palate.

I really enjoy the aroma, expressing a good quality Cuban. On the palate it’s a bit more shy but we are still at the beginning of the first part. Very citrusy and slightly salty.
So far the ash looks good and solid as you can see on the picture below.

Great burn so far. Sometimes the double figurados can burn funnily right after reaching the widest point because we have puffed too hard to get there. The draw is still great with the right balance between loose and a bit of resistance.

The flavours turn a bit green and the smoke remains very fresh in its feeeling, less round and longer in the palate.

A slight bitterness appear toward the end of the first third. The Cuaba distinguidos is very slow to consume. I am still in the first part after like 35 minutes. Really packed of tobacco.

Arriving half way it is getting very strong. What a powerful cigar! A bit of bitterness appears and the flavours remain herbal.

Nice creaminess and nuttiness arrive in the second part. However still this back of the tongue bitterness persist. The Cuaba distinguidos is definitely what we call a very rich tobacco blend. This is the strongest cigar I smoked in a while.

Towards the end of the second part, a slight nuttiness comes and no more herbal notes. Flavours are rounder and the smoke is felt out to the throat due to the power it develops.

The Last part is very surprising:
Roasted nuts feeling and slightly sweet. Not easy to get the flavours toward the end as the strength increases. Clearly a cigar to enjo after dinner.

Very high density of smoke the blend is much more balanced. Almost no more bitterness and only the nice vegetal notes coming up.
It gets stronger and stronger!

As I was just thinking on leaving the cigar die on the ashtray I blew in it hard and had a puff and a whole new flavour profile appeared. Sweet creamy soft and velvety…

What a complex smoke!!

Cigar Review – Cuaba Distinguidos

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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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